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Peter Nyhus, the commissioner of the Olympic games, still wears the original jersey he wore during the 1983 family Olympics. Above, he explains the rules for bingo to the grandchildren. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

Two families unite to compete in 'Potato Lake Olympics'

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A tradition spanning nearly 30 years continues to bond two families on Potato Lake - the Summer Olympics.

Peter Nyhus and Jerry Pederson, who had coaching jobs together at Valley City State College in the 1970s, became close friends.

"I was the head football coach and Jerry was the head basketball coach," Nyhus said.

Their families became close as well and the first Olympics competition between the families was Dec. 31, 1983.

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