Update: KARE 11 will air story about six Elk River couples, lasting love

by Joni Astrup
Associate editor
A helicopter hovering over Elk River on Tuesday afternoon created quite a stir.
But the news crew from KARE 11 TV wasn’t covering a fire, accident or other tragedy. They were putting together a story on enduring love.
The story is about six couples who all live close to one another in a neighborhood near St. Andrew’s Catholic Church. Together, the six couples have tallied close to 350 years of marriage, according to Wally Fox.
Fox and his wife, Gayle, were one of the couples interviewed.
The other couples are Ralph and Pearl Stahlberg, Roger and Hannah Ostby, Donald and Joyce Coder, Henry and Marion Tembrock and Hartley and Kathy Dahl.
All have been married for at least 50 years and one couple — the Stahlbergs — will mark their 70th wedding anniversary on Feb. 12. The story will air on KARE’s 10 p.m. news that day, Fox said.
Asked the secret to his long marriage, Fox said he was asked the same question in the TV interview.
“I told him if I knew the answer to that I would be very rich,” Fox said with a laugh. “There is no simple answer to that one. That’s like the meaning of life.”

No breaking news was the word from KARE 11 on why they were hovering one Elk River on Tuesday afternoon.