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Pen pals' friendship spans five decades
Lynn Bates and Susan Farid stand together outside Bates' home north of Brodhead.
BRODHEAD - Their relationship began thanks to a Girl Scout badge requirement when they were in third grade. The Girl Scouts - known as Girl Guides in Wales - gave them each other's names and they became pen pals, writing letters to each other every month or so. That was 50 years ago.