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Jill Link, right, has been Sydney Diksen’s mentor for the past decade. Marie Nitke/FOCUS

Pair builds 10-year friendship through Perham's Kinship program

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Mashed potatoes, pickles and Spaghettios.

That used to be Sydney Diksen’s favorite thing to eat. As a little girl, she loved to dip the pickles in the potatoes, take a nice big crunchy bite, and then dig into the Spaghettios, which she always asked to have served “on the side.”


“I would always have to run up to Service Foods and buy big cans of Spaghettios if I knew Sydney was coming over,” laughed Jill Link during an interview on Saturday.

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Marie Johnson
Marie Johnson (formerly Nitke) came to the Perham Focus after several years as the Education and Arts & Entertainment Editor at the Herald-Review of Grand Rapids, Minn. She lives in rural Ottertail with her husband, Dan, and their spunky yellow lab, Louisa.
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