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By Andi Bourne

Working together for the past 60 years


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Karen, 20, and Dale Conley, 22, on their wedding day, July 21, 1961.

SWAN VALLEY – When seventh-grader Karen Clothier from Salmon Prairie met eighth-grader Dale Conley of Big Fork at a 4-H meeting she told her girlfriends he was the cutest boy there. They worked side by side starting in the Clothier hay field and from then on with all their different businesses based from their home on the Swan River. That spark continues through friendly banter and laughter for the Conleys who have been partners in life for 60 years of marriage and raised four children.

After their first meeting, it wasn't until the high school dances in Condon and Swan Lake that they re...

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