Identical quadruplets Megan, Calli, Sarah and Kendra Durst have hit the teen years. The Star Tribune has been following the girls since they were babies -- this time, we catch up with them as they prepare to enter high school in Buffalo, Minn.
Poor Donald Trump.
Poor Donald Trump?
During a TV talk-show taping eight years ago, the Donald met his match when the Durst girls -- a blur of identical quadruplets from Buffalo, Minn. -- commandeered his office with a brash innocence that could make the toughest New Yorker cower. "Are you rich?" Megan Durst asked, pausing a moment before three other freckled-faced whirlwinds peppered Trump with questions.
During another TV appearance, on "The Tonight Show" when they were in kindergarten, the always-animated Durst quads left George Clooney and Rob Lowe dazed and breathless. You don't interview the Durst quadruplets, you referee them, a bemused Jay Leno told Oprah Winfrey two years ago during her show about "America's Most Amazing Kids."
But these auburn-haired dynamos, whom Star Tribune readers have followed since infancy when they were four on the floor, are now 14 years old and ready to start high school. And suddenly they've met their match: hormones.
Calli, Kendra, Megan and Sarah Durst make up one of only 60 known sets of identical quadruplets worldwide -- of which 37 sets are girls. Their mother, Naomi Durst, a Maple Lake High School English teacher, beat the odds of one in 700,000 by having quadruplets without using fertility drugs. She might be defying even greater odds by maintaining her sanity. Because the odds of these girls agreeing on anything these days is nearly off the charts.
A typical conversation:
Sarah: "I weigh 95 pounds."
Kendra: "You don't weigh 95 pounds."
Megan: "Sarah does not weigh 95 pounds."
Kendra: "She weighs 99 pounds."
Calli: "How come you're so exact about everything? At least we all agree that 'Tom Sawyer' was a good book."
Kendra: "'Tom Sawyer' was stupid. Who wants to read a book written in the 1800s?"
Sarah: "I weigh 96."
Megan: "Sarah, you weigh 98, so get over it."
With these quads, who range in height from a hair less than 5 feet 1 inch (Calli) to just under 5 feet (Sarah), size of personality matters.
"Their personalities seem bigger than life, but they're so different," said Alisa Ireland, their seventh-grade English teacher, who watched the quads dominate a recent Buffalo youth-league soccer game. "They've become such leaders, but they don't realize it yet.
"People are so impressed. 'Oh, the Durst girls. You mean you know them?' They don't seem to care about fame. They just want to be young girls.