I have to admit I joined the many Viking fans who were sorry that the Vikings lost in Sunday’s NFC Championship game.

What a historic event it would have been for the Vikings to host to the Super Bowl in their own stadium. Oh well.

Not that I was able to watch the game. Amazing Gracie did it again. I caught my toe and did a few wild grabs before hitting the floor. Talk about stop, drop and roll.

For once I was grateful for all the extra padding to cushion the impact. Ended up with a wrenched ankle and lots of recliner time keeping it elevated. If I thought I went crazy not getting around very well before, you can imagine how stir crazy a person gets when they are forced to be off their feet almost completely. It’s amazing how creative you have to be about finding things to do to keep yourself busy. Please keep me in your thoughts for quick healing.

It might be the blah time of year but there were several things people did recently to have fun. Sports Day at Bruce Mound. Making snow angels and snow men. Friends baking bread. Donkey basketball. Pictures in the snow. Ice fishing. Watching the snow fall. As I am typing, the area is in a winter storm warning and we are probably in for a few inches of the white stuff, Be careful out there.

Sharon Soppa sure had a lot of ways to celebrate her 70th birthday. There were flowers, stuffed animals, cards and well wishes galore. It might have been her birthday, but everyone who stopped at the cafe got the present of a piece of her beautiful birthday cake. Happy birthday, Sharon.

You can bet this little news item got my hubby’s attention — there were recent Elk sightings on the Hixton Ridge.

Add Jackie Krszjzaniek to the January birthday list. Hope it was a happy one, Jackie.

Weston Rowekamp traveled to his first wrestling tournament in Sparta and came away with third place. Way to go, Weston, and congratulations.

Jeanette from Candy’s Styling Salon recently had the honor of cutting Emma Fischer’s hair for donation to Wigs for Kids. It is always so heartwarming to see how many people want to help by donating their hair.

Christian Stiehl of Hixton earned honors at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point for the fall 2017 semester. Congratulations, Christian.

I recognized a few people with Hixton ties on the president’s list at Chippewa Valley Technical College. Congratulations to Cody Bergerson, Jennifer Leisgang and Lance Leisgang.

Not everyone can say they talked to “Elvis” but the West family members can cross that off their bucket list. The whole family recently traveled to Las Vegas (first time in a plane for the girls) to attend the wedding of Erik and Katy West. Erik is the son of Gaylin’s brother Steve and Ruth from Montana. “Elvis” was the DJ at their reception. Congratulations, Erik and Katy.

After a lot of road trips, taking them across the country, it’s nice to see that Them Coulee Boys will be making music nearby at the Skyline Golf Course on Monday, Jan. 29, at the Holiday Party for the Jackson County Tavern League. The public is welcome. Tickets are $30 each and include social hour, buffet dinner, live auction and entertainment.

You will never get easier and more tasty Super Bowl party food. Let ‘em eat pizza when the pizza comes from the youth groups from the Hixton/Northfield and Trinity Peace Lutheran parishes.

On Feb. 4, the kids will be busy making up these delicious treats — let’s see if they make a record number. Twelve-inch pizzas and Cheesy Garlic Bread are $10 each and 16-inch pizzas are $15 each. Orders must be in by Jan. 28 and may be made by calling the church offices at 715-662-2561 or 715-963-4291, emailing your order to mara.ahles.Iverson@gmail.com or contacting a youth group member. Delivery will be on Feb. 4 in plenty of time for the game. Checks can be made to Trinity Peace Youth Group. Proceeds go to the youth heading for Houston for the National Youth Gathering.

Toner will be part of the fun at the ninth annual Arnold Music Tribute on Feb. 24 at Club 16 in Sparta.

By the time you read this there will be 54 days til spring.

If you have Hixton news to share, contact Lori Johnson at 715-963-2531 or email at hixtonhappenings@yahoo.com.

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