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Former Preston mayors Hoff, Quanrud first to be interred in Minnesota Veterans Cemetery

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PRESTON, Minn. (KTTC) -

Earl Hoff and Clarence Quanrud are tied together in service; both served in the Korean War and both once served as mayor of Preston, Hoff from 1991 to 1994 and Quanrud from 1994 to 2002.

After Veterans Day, Hoff and Quanrud will be forever bonded as the first two to be interred in Minnesota's second veterans cemetery, located in the city they both called home.

Hoff and Quanrud, who passed away in 2009 and 2011 respectively, were both survived by their widows, who were on hand to see their husbands honored. Both Hoff and Quanrud were cremated, but their widows, Eloise Hoff and Martha Quanrud, waited until Preston's new cemetery opened to inter them.

While it was an honor for Eloise and Martha to have their husbands be the first veterans interred in Preston, it also brought out many mixed emotions.

"It was bittersweet. It was a relief, but it was still kind of sad," said Hoff. "It's closure."

"The same for me, really," said Quanrud. "It's bittersweet and sad."

Earl Hoff and Clarence Quanrud also served together on Preston's city council before either was elected mayor. The veteran's cemetery will have its grand opening ceremony on the Sunday before Memorial Day.

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