5 siblings reconnect; 2 crossed paths at Wal-Mart

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Associated Press

Posted on February 14, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 14 at 4:07 PM

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The lives of five brothers and sisters born in North Dakota who were separately adopted at infancy took the twists and turns that 50 years bring. Some moved to different states; some married; some had children. But none of them ever knew the others existed.

Then, the obituary of their biological mother helped bring them together. And one brother realized he wasn't so unfamiliar with one of his siblings.

Fifty-seven-year-old John Maixner says he had been greeted a half a dozen times or so by his sister at their local Wal-Mart in Dickinson, N.D., where she's worked for 23 years.

Maixner's sister, 56-year-old Buddine Bullinger, for years worked at the store as a customer service manager and greeted shoppers.

All five siblings reunited for the first time in October.

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