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Stanley Edward Huber, 85, Prescott, died March 10, 2009, surrounded by his family for many days prior to his passing at the Prescott Nursing and Rehabilitation Community in Prescott, Wis. Stan was born to Arthur and Helen (Schmidt) Huber on Oct. 15, 1923, in Ellsworth, Wis. On June 11, 1948, he married Joyce Meier of Prescott, Wis., at St. John's United Church of Christ, where they have been members all their lives.
Robert J. "Bob" McCoy, age 85, of Cannon Falls, died on Tuesday morning, March 10, 2009, at the Fairview Red Wing Medical Center. Bob was born on August 2, 1923, in Hastings, the son of William E. and Margaret (Zusan) McCoy. He graduated from Hastings High School in 1941. He married Rosella M. Gergen on June 7, 1944, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in New Trier. Bob had served from 1945 until his honorable discharge in 1947 with the US Army in Italy during WWII. He had worked for Cudahy's Meat Packing Plant in Newport for a time.
Award-winning Minnesota poet Larry Schug just sent me his new book, a gem called "Arrogant Bones,"(North Star Press, $12.95). Schug works at the College of St. Benedict, by St. John's University, where Sen. and poet Eugene McCarthy went to schools. Schug's down-to-earth, sardonic rural poems remind me of the senator's.
Two men learned Tuesday that even precautionary moves can be risky. Frontenac, Minn., resident Robert Hoeft and Scott Balster of rural Red Wing, Minn., had begun the process of removing an icehouse from Lake Pepin. But around 4 p.m., the men and Hoeft's all-terrain vehicle broke through the ice near Florence Beach on the Minnesota side. A passerby noticed the situation and alerted Goodhue County (Minn.) sheriff's deputies. By the time officers arrived, the men and the ATV were out of the water.
HAYWARD - An avid fly fisherman and fishing guide is the latest Wisconsin world record holder for the monster musky he landed on the Chippewa River with a fly rod. The National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum notified Brad Bohen of Hayward last week that the 51.25-inch musky he caught Oct. 16, 2008, was indeed a world fly rod record for a released fish on a 36-pound tippet, according to Emmett Brown, the Hall's executive director. "I've never been a record chaser by nature, but I must admit that I am tickled to be in this position," Bohen says.
Great works for readers of all ages make the list I'd have given my right arm for the new volume before me when I was book review editor of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Back then my job at Christmas was to comb through famous works of literature about Christmas. These were difficult to find.
Two years ago, I watched the long PBS special on Mormonism. I was shocked to learn of the Mormons' massacre of 120 non-Mormon settlers who had moved into Utah in 1857. The reportage was just a small part of the PBS special and I longed to hear more. My wishes were recently fulfilled with a new book, "Massacre at Mountain Meadows," by Ronald W. Walker, Richard E. Turley and Glen M. Leonard (Oxford University Press, $29.95).
Arlene Ann Klecker, age 72, of Ellsworth, died Sunday, August 24, 2008, at the Kinnic Long Term Care, River Falls. She was born on January 11, 1936, in the town of Oak Grove, the daughter of George and Wilma (Detert) Fiedler. Arlene was a graduate of Prescott High School. She married Delmer Baggenstoss on July 16, 1960; he died in 1974. Arlene later married Eldon Klecker on July 17, 1976, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Clayfield. She worked as teller for many years at the Hiawatha National Bank in Maiden Rock, Wis.
St. Paul poet Margaret Hasse is out with her third book, "Milk and Tides," (Nodin Press, $16). Hasse writes about motherhood, aging, her childhood memories of South Dakota. She writes about real stuff that often hits me close to home. Here's a prose poem that reminded me of my late mother: "Soir de Paris or Evening in Paris started to be sold in the 1920s as an inexpensive perfume.
Spain's relationship with Germany in the 1930s and 1940s has captured the imagination of countless writers and artists, from George Orwell to Ernest Hemingway to Pablo Picasso. There's something about the Spanish Civil War that pitted German Stukas and tanks against outfits like America's Abraham Lincoln Brigade and literary critics like Christopher Caudwell manning a machine gun that's irresistible.