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Rodney and Leota Dillon pose for a photo in the living room of their Hastings residence. They will celebrate their anniversary on Saturday with friends and family. Star Gazette photo by Chad Richardson

Celebrating 75 years: Rodney and Leota Dillon of Hastings had some very humble beginnings and now prepare to celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary

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Rodney and Leota Dillon are proof that there’s a lot more to a marriage than just a wedding.

Their wedding, almost 75 years ago now, couldn’t have been any more humble.


On Tuesday, April 25, 1939, the two had decided to get married. They had to make the trip from Keystone, S.D., to Custer, S.D., to get their marriage license, but neither had a car. Their friend (nicknamed Little Hoot) agreed to drive them to the courthouse to get things under way.

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Chad Richardson
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.
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