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Minnesota man accused of molesting children in 1970s; defendant's wife also named in suit

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BRAINERD, Minn. -- A Crosby man is being accused of molesting two children — a brother and a sister — in the early 1970s at his wife’s in-home day care in Minneapolis.

The brother and sister, Kelly (Crandall) Appel and Joel Crandall, who live in Wisconsin, filed the lawsuit Feb. 6 in Crow Wing District Court against Howard J. and Joanne L. Blanchar of Crosby. The suit contends Joanne L. Blanchar negligently permitted her husband to watch the children.

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