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Clifford and Mildred Bjerke discuss their 75 years of marriage at Serenity Assisted Living in Dilworth, Minn. Photo by David Samson, The Forum

Wife's death separates couple after 75 years of marriage

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DILWORTH, Minn. - At age 23, Clifford Bjerke's mother was worried he'd become an old bachelor. So she sent him down the road to visit young Mildred Warwick, the only girl she knew worth marrying.

Clifford knew 18-year-old Mildred loved horses, so he jumped on his "Black Beauty" horse to pay her visit.

He started to worry she would pick the horse instead of him.

She didn't.

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