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From left, Marylin Kliethermes and her brother, Glen Kliethermes, chat with Ute Geller, who recently retired after a 40-year teaching career in Lank, Germany. They were among several dozen people who attended a pool party on Sunday as part of a German Heritage Society event. The Loose Creek-based society visits its German ancestors every four years, and welcomes its German counterparts every four years. This year, about 25 families are hosting 45 German residents.

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Loose Creek hosting 45 Germans in quadrennial cultural event

To some, Sunday’s pool party for a group that celebrates the ties between areas around Loose Creek, Mo., and Lank, Germany, might have seemed a bit like a culture clash.

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