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Courtesy Photo by John Maixner From left to right, Deidre Handtmann, John Blankendaal, Sandy Watkins, Buddine Bullinger and John Maixner line up by age, youngest to oldest, at their sibling reunion in Bismarck earlier this month. It was the first time the five, who were adopted into different homes when they were younger, were all together.

‘50 years of catching up to do’: 2 Dickinson residents reunited with 3 lost siblings

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Over the years, John Maixner started to recognize Buddine Bullinger as an employee of the Dickinson Walmart. That was the only connection the pair had — or so they thought.


Now when he sees Bullinger, he’ll know she is his biological sister, separated five decades ago by adoption.

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