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Abby looks at a sketch drawn by twin sister Isabelle at the Carlsen home in Mandan, N.D. David Samson / The Forum

Formerly conjoined twins from Fargo turn 8 years old

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MANDAN, N.D. - Belle Carlsen crouches down at the bottom of the stairs, puts her ponytailed head to the floor and kicks her legs into the air to perform a handstand against the wall.


Within seconds, Abby Carlsen is copying her, bracing her body upside-down against the couch.

It's gymnastics time for the Carlsen twins.

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