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The Montevideo contingent of World War II veterans includes John Handeen, from left, Milt Hoidal, Verdie Gilbertson, Stan Folkestad, George Stai and Connie Stai. Handeen lives on a farm outside of town, while the other five all live within a few blocks of each other. Aaron Hagen/Daily Globe

War tells just small part of bond for five regional vets

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WASHINGTON -- Five Montevideo men who embarked on Honor Flight Southwest Minnesota's third journey recently to Washington, D.C., shared more in common than simply serving their country in World War II. All now live within just a few blocks of each other in a town they've called home for more than 40 years, if not their entire lives.

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