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Photo submitted by Thru Him Photography Fred Swanson got down on one knee to propose to his girlfriend of just over a year, Kelli Case, at the turtle races last week. The pair had their first date at the races about a year ago, and have been regular volunteers ever since.

Groom-to-be comes out of his shell to make surprise public proposal

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Two ‘turtle doves’ who first found love at Perham’s International Turtle Races a little over a year ago came full circle with their romance last week, with a marriage proposal at the Wednesday races.


Fred Swanson came out of his shell and made a surprise proposal to Kelli Case, happily stunning his bride-to-be and shocking tourists and turtles alike.

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