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(Left to right) Lauren Hagstrom and Elizabath Tagetz will graduate from Jefferson High School in Alexandria on Sunday. They first met in kindergarten, and found that they shared a lot of uncanny similarities. (Echo Press photo by Tara Bitzan)

Coincidence or fate? Lives of JHS graduates intertwined from birth

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The Echo Press first introduced readers to Lauren Hagstrom and Elizabeth Tagetz of Alexandria on March 5, 2003.

The two met while attending kindergarten at Zion Lutheran School in Alexandria.


They were excited to learn that they shared the same birthday – February 27.

It didn’t take long before they learned of several other coincidences.

Lauren moved to Alexandria in 1996 from Plymouth with her parents, Steve and Tammy Hagstrom.

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Tara Bitzan
Tara Bitzan is editor of the Echo Press. She joined the company in 1991 as a news reporter. A lifelong resident of Douglas County, Tara graduated from Brandon High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications and English with a minor in Scandinavian Studies from Moorhead State University. She and her husband, Dennis, and their children live near Alexandria.
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