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Two Harbors quadruplets go separate ways after graduation

Quadruplets Lacey (from left), Cole, Brad and Lee Myrdal check their boutonnieres while waiting in line for the processional during the Two Harbors High School senior commencement Friday night in the gymnasium of the Two Harbors High School. Clint Austin /

For Brad, Cole, Lee and Lacey Myrdal, graduation from high school Friday night was particularly bittersweet.

The quadruplets, who attended North Shore Community School and Two Harbors High School, will now be splitting up for the first time.

Brad is headed to Vermilion Community College in Ely. Lee and Lacey are both going to Lake Superior College in Duluth. Cole has a job at Magnetation in Grand Rapids.

In high school they were all talented athletes, though they distinguished themselves in different sports.

Lacey was a star in soccer, basketball and track and field, qualifying for the state meet in track last year.

Lee also played soccer and competed at state, helping Two Harbors bring home a third-place team medal.

Cole was a running back for the football team, rushing for more than 1,000 yards in his senior season, and played basketball and baseball.

Brad was an outfielder for the varsity baseball team.

"The guys used to have lots of arguments about which sport was the best one," Lacey said. "We always supported each other though."

"They were always really close growing up, looking out for each other," their mother, Laurie Myrdal, said.

Though parents Laurie and Neal have been "pretty emotional" about becoming empty-nesters, the quadruplets said they were ready to get out on their own.

"It's exciting, though it is going to be a change not having them all around," Lacey said. "I'm glad Lee's going with me, it'll be nice to see a familiar face."