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Randii Waddell (left) and Leah Buysee exchange vows before Judge Larry Clark at a wedding ceremony Friday night in John Rich Park. Buysee returned to her hometown of Red Wing to marry her partner of 15 years. (Republican Eagle photo by Michael Brun)

Tying the knot in Red Wing

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When word broke last May that gay marriage would be legalized in Minnesota, Leah Buysse and partner Randii Waddell were thrilled.

“I was so proud of my home state,” Buysse said. “It brought tears to my eyes.”


But the news was bittersweet, as Buysse and Waddell — who live together with their daughter near Madison, Wis. — realized they could not receive the same marriage benefits on their side of the border.

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Michael Brun
Michael Brun is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program. He has worked for the Republican Eagle since March 2013, covering county government, health and local events. 
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