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MONTE DRAPER | BEMIDJI PIONEER Rick Toward and Sherry Mergens, married now for more than 20 years, first had their daughter, Harper, in 2000. They turned to African adoption to expand their family. Pictured are, from left, Hana, Massy, Sherry, Al, Rick and Harper.

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After a two-week visit to their birthplaces, adopted sisters Hana and Massy have mapped out their futures.

“Me and Massy are going to be buddies,” said Hana, 12. “We’re going to fly over there (to Ethiopia) and live in the same house.”


Her brother, Al, 6, chimed in, “Massy wants to start a hair salon there.”

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