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Local twin sisters featured in Emmy-winning TV profile

Doris Hines and Dorothy Seifert suspected they had achieved fame as the subjects of a TV newscast feature last year.

Little did the Ellsworth twin sisters know the spot would ultimately be honored for excellence. But early last week, the 89-year-old pair accepted presentation of a regional Emmy statuette their appearance on its evening news had won for KARE-TV, Channel 11 in the Twin Cities.

"We're going to share it...I'll take it at Christmas and she'll get it at Easter," Hines said, referring to the traveling trophy-type arrangement she and her sister had worked out.

Their feature was part of the station's "Boyd Huppert's Land of 10,000 Stories" series profiling everyday people throughout the region. The fact these youthful senior citizens still dress alike, such as in the matching red outfits they wore for their latest visit from Huppert and a camera crew at Hines' home, likely helped attract the big-city media to them in the first place.

That, and perhaps a few other notable accomplishments, which have ranged from a prize-winning catch at the Eau Galle-Rush River Sportsman's Club's fishing contest to serving as grand marshals at a hometown parade. It also couldn't have hurt Hines, who's the mother of 13 children, boasts 103 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

The presentation of the statuette a week ago Monday had a real family feeling to it, not only because several of their many family members were on hand to witness it and sit down to breakfast together afterward, but due to Huppert's area roots. The TV reporter has a few relatives nearby himself, including an uncle Tony, the landlord at Ellsworth's own Flanders station and a key staffer at Spring Valley's Team Oil.