Nothing like trying to get things done when you are coming off of a 24-hour flu bug. Hate the “noodle-legged” feeling. Not to mention the fact that I usually don’t have a lot of energy on my best days—and now I really feel like a sloth. But on we go…

You always learn something new when you read the local papers. I learned that not only is there a “Old Britches” Beef Showmanship contest at the Jackson County Fair, but that Mark Sedelbauer won in his age group. Katie Sedelbauer had awards for Grand champion and reserve champion sheep. There were more than 90 ribbons and awards that I counted that were won by people with Hixton ties—a lot of talented people out there—kids and adults alike.

Exciting times for Thea Bergerson, former neighbor way up the road, who was crowned this year’s Miss Whitehall. She is the daughter of Amy and Ryan Bergerson and granddaughter of Norma Bergerson and Rhonda Hass. Congratulations Thea—I know you will do a wonderful job representing your town.

The area was well represented during the Whitehall Beef and Dairy Days parade with Thea on the Miss Whitehall, Mckayla Gilbertson and Amber Gilbertson on the Miss Jackson County and Cassidy Bunnell on the Miss Black River Falls floats.

Sunday, August 20 was a bright and sunny day and the perfect day to celebrate a wonderful lady’s birthday. Jan Hudson was honored at a party at her daughter Rhonda Amman’s house and there were almost as many family members and friends as there were her 80 years of celebration. Jan’s sister, brother and two sisters in law traveled from Minnesota for the event, joining her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and friends.

Conservation Congressman hubby traveled to Wausau this past Saturday for a committee meeting.

Thea and Larry Leisgang celebrated their Sept. 1 50th wedding anniversary a bit early, surrounded by family at the Stone’s Throw Supper Club. They thought this was a great opportunity for a family picture as well.

It was another fantastic meal served at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with even more served than last year. They were very generous with their take out portions, and hubby had strict orders not to come home without a piece of that wonderful lemon meringue pie. I had enough food for not one, but two small meals plus a beef sandwich and every bite was better than the last. Winners of church raffle—$500 -Mona Young, $250—Greg Seichter, quilt—Betty O’Brien, $50—Julie Storlie, $50—Beaver Schultz, $50 (donated by Dick and Betty Fischer)—Tim Kaul and the blue afghan donated by Clara Pasek—Hatfield Fire Department. Not only did Mike and Sue Shramek donate the pork for the meal as they have for several years now, they also donated peacock feather centerpieces.

The Hixton Rod and Gun Club held their Field Days on Friday and Saturday Aug. 18-19. Things started off with their ninth annual 50 bird shoot on Friday, and continued with 100 bird shoot. There were 21 shooters on Friday night and 32 shooters on Saturday. Prizes for this year’s raffle fundraiser were a Browning A Bolt 30-06 Rifle or $400, Winchester SXP Trap 12 Ga Shotgun or $300 and Vortex Diamondback 10-42 binoculars or $100. First place winner is Kim Zagorski from BRF, second is Mike O’Leary from Humbird and third is Terry Mason from Blair.

New dates for the Hixton Area Food Pantry will be the second Tuesday of each month from 9-10 a.m. or when food runs out.

Additional information received on the York Rodeo—First runner up for York Rodeo Princess is Emmerson Steig. Both she and Rodeo Princess Avery Baumann attend Whitehall Elementary School.

Cain’s Orchard report—Summer blueberries are about done for the season, but good news—fall blueberries are still available. The next Saturday of U-Pick Elliot Blueberries will be Saturday. Aug. 26. They will then start fall hours and will be open daily 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. beginning Saturday, Aug. 26.

Them Coulee Boys had a successful concert in BRF at the bandshell on the 16th and they have another fun event coming up on Sept. 14 at the 13th Annual Great Community Cookout in downtown Menomonee.

Did you catch Toner’s interview on WWIS radio along with the debut of their song “All Half Hearted“?

Usually news that gets phoned in to me is mentioning a happy occasion. This time—not so much. Sometime between Thursday and Friday morning, August 17 and 18, the Hixton Post Office was vandalized. From what I understand, the front door was shattered and side window damaged. What a thing to find when you come to work, huh?

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