Bismarck couple celebrate a golden anniversary

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Published: Jun. 27, 2020 at 5:50 PM CDT
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Concerns about the coronavirus have forced many celebrations to be canceled, or postponed.

But one Bismarck couple was determined to celebrate their milestone anniversary despite the pandemic. So they found a creative way to celebrate 50 years of marriage.

In this church parking lot, big plans were underway. Carol and Ernie Reinert spent the past two years preparing for Saturday's golden event.

"Fifty years ago my parents got married," said daughter, Allyson Sensenbaugh.

Their daughter knew how much the day meant to her parents, after safety concerns caused the family to cancel party plans, Allyson invited friends, family and neighbors to a drive-by cupcake celebration.

"I thought it's a way to at least be able to celebrate and still...[my parents would] be able to see their friends," said Sensenbaugh.

They say they biggest secret to a happy marriage-

"Compromise...I take that to believe about 50-50, unfortunately in my case that not quite where it's at," said Ernie, "but it's good...it's works," responded Carol.

While they mostly joke with each other, they say humor is a big part of that secret.

"Learn to laugh with each other...everything can't be too serious in life and then honor that vow and that commitment," said Carol.

The couple isn't sure what's in store for the next 50 years, but they do know one thing.

"Let's put it this way, for the first 50 years, I got to do everything my way and for the next 50 [years] Ernie gets to do everything my way," said Carol.

The Reinerts said another one way to stay active is to celebrate. So they plan to hold a do-over party next year for their '50 plus one' anniversary.

The couple both lived in Mott and were introduced by mutual friends before Ernie served in Vietnam in 1967.