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Mary Patnode (right) is happy to see Bernie Gerl as the two met and share stories at Wade Stadium on Thursday. Gerl was a member of the 1948 Duluth Dukes team that was in a bus crash that killed six, including manager George Treadwell, Patnode's father. (Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com)

Reunion marks 66th anniversary of tragic Duluth Dukes bus crash

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Bernie Gerl took a phone call late last summer from a man looking to reunite lost history.

“Does the name ‘George Treadwell’ mean anything to you?” the man asked.

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“Why, yes it does,” Gerl responded.

“I’m his nephew,” the man said.

Gerl nearly fell out of his chair.

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