Meet this year's Mr. and Mrs. Yukon, married 65 years

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Penny Sippel couldn’t believe it when the phone call came: would she and her husband Don like to be named Mr. and Mrs. Yukon 2023?

“I couldn’t say anything for a few seconds, and I said, ‘Really? My goodness. Oh, yes, of course we will.'” Penny recalled. “What a surprise. It was just wonderful.”

Every year, the Yukon Order of Pioneers selects a couple to represent the organization as ambassadors at the Yukon Rendezvous Festival and through the rest of the year — and this year, the Sippels will don the honourary sashes.

They’ve been married for 65 years — more than half the Yukon’s existence as a territory — and they’re delighted to be recognized

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