Life is good when you open your column file and your news is actually there this time. After that fiasco last week, you can bet your bippy that I was darn careful about saving things as I was working on it throughout the week. Never did figure out how to find the lost info. And now my hixton happenings email account is acting wonky and I am not able to access it—always something, it seems!

It’s only been about 15 years, but a fishing trip was finally worked out between former Hixton Little League coaches hubby and Steve Mickelson for a trek to Trego, joined by Jay Mageland. Sounds like they had a good time. I took the opportunity of the nice morning to take a drive myself. It may not sound like a big deal, but I don’t usually go anywhere when I am by myself and hubby is not around. It’s that anxiety thing and not being very mobile. This time I told myself if I can get to the car, I am going for it and had a nice time, getting back before it got too humid out to be enjoyable.

By the time you read this there will be a new Miss Jackson County. Of the eight contestants, will she be one of three young ladies from Hixton? Amber Gilbertson, daughter of Scott and Amy Gilbertson is sponsored by Nick’s Welding and Fabrication; McKayla Gilbertson, daughter of Mike and Tina Gilbertson is sponsored by BRF Studio 107; and Olivia Hefty, daughter of Jeff and Tanya Hefty is sponsored by Re-Pete’s.

There is just something about a county fair. I always look forward to seeing the results of all the hard work by area folks who enter items at the fair. And did I see that the quest to find the best lefse in Jackson County is this year‘s theme for the contest sponsored by Moe‘s Hardware? With all the great lefse makers out there, that is going to be one heck of a contest.

They had beautiful weather for the Park Beat event where Toner performed on July 24. They were also part of the fun at the National Night Out on Tuesday, August 1 and will be playing at the Jackson County Fair on August 5.

Speaking of great music, mark your calendars. Them Coulee Boys is scheduled to perform at PeopleFest at the Driftless Music Gardens at Hillsboro, to be held from Aug. 10-12 , and at the Lunda Park Bandshell on Tuesday, August 15 at 7 p.m.

The Osegard family, descendants of Martin and Anna Osegard had a reunion in Pigeon Falls on July 15, hosted by George and Peggy Everson. A picnic with pictures and stories were shared of the good ol’ days.

Bennett and Nolan Bucek are attending the Boy Scout Jamboree in West Virginia.

Those who attended the services at New Hope this past Sunday enjoyed the music from the Sanctuary Singers, and the Ice Cream Social afterwards had its usual great eating.

It was Happy Birthday to Gabriella Brynn Ercole who celebrated her fourth birthday on July 29. I bet her favorite present was having her Grandma and Grandpa Skoug there to watch her blow out the candles. Rob and Diane recently returned from their trip to help her celebrate.

It sounds like Garden Valley Gatherings is making a great name for itself as a wedding and events venue and also a place to gather on Thursday nights.

Will Prindle celebrated his birthday and someone else will be getting a gift. He recently visited Studio 107 and participated in the Pantene Beautiful Lengths where his hair and donations of $625 were gathered.

August means it’s time for the Annual Roast Beef and Pork Dinner at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Alma Center—this year to be held on Wednesday, August 16 from 4-7 p.m. in the church basement. I always call it the harvest dinner because there are so many good things from the garden that is part of the great meal you will find there. If you are looking for a meal like Sunday dinner at Grandma’s house, this would be it. Along with the beef and pork, there will be potatoes and gravy, rutabagas, a vegetable, creamed cucumbers, coleslaw, bread and let’s not forget their specialty of several different kinds of homemade pie! They are having it a week later than usual so they can hopefully add fresh from the garden tomatoes that have been so popular at past dinners. There will also be a raffle with cash prizes and a beautiful quilt by Joanne Schroeder. The drawing will be held at 6:45 p.m. that night!

Hixton has lost one of its long time citizens with the passing of Ray “Ole” Berg on July 21 at the age of 89. Funeral services were held on July 29 with burial at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Taylor. He was a 1946 graduate of Hixton High School and served in Korea. Ole was one of the first neighbors I met back in 1977 when I came to Hixton and he was known for his Belgian horses, telling a good story and joke and his infectious laugh. Sympathy is extended to his family and friends during this sad time.

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