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Formerly conjoined twins Abby and Isabelle Carlsen play with their parents, Jesse and Amy, at the family home in Mandan in this undated image.

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MANDAN - Belle Carlsen crouches down at the bottom of the stairs, puts her ponytailed head to the floor and kicks her legs into the air to perform a handstand against the wall.

Within seconds, Abby Carlsen is copying her, bracing her body upside-down against the couch.

It’s gymnastics time for the Carlsen twins.

“From 6 to 9. At our house. Every night,” their father, Jesse Carlsen, deadpanned.

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Mike Nowatzki
Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.