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David Logghe, longtime member of the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College board of directors and former Glenwood City area farmer and business owner, died Tuesday in Sun City, Ariz. He was 67.

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Logghe was elected as a employer member of the WITC board in 1997. His current term would have expired in June 2009. During his tenure he served as secretary-treasurer, vice president and state president. He was presently serving on the National Association of Community College Trustees as state coordinator.

WITC-New Richmond campus Administrator Joe Huftel said Logghe worked hard to ensure that students had an affordable way to better themselves through education.

Huftel called him a "tenacious advocate" who worked closely with state and national officials to improve the educational opportunities offered localled.

"David brought to the board room a unique, entrepreneurial spirit and business savvy that served the taxpayers of the college district well," Huftel said. "He will be missed by many at WITC."

He was born and raised at Glenwood City, graduating in 1959. He attended UW-Madison where he completed the Agriculture short course and served as class president. He and wife Kay (Dobberphul) farmed 900 acres of cropland and milked 170 cows until 1991.

While farming, Logghe was active in the Tri-State Breeders Co-op, served as Farm-Supply Co-op director, St. Croix DHIA director, as a member of the Glenwood City School Board and WDHIC/State Policy Committee and was a delegate to the National DHIA.

In 1985, Logghe and his brother John began hauling sawdust for themselves on the farm. Three years later they launched Logghe Trucking and Misty Meadows Wood Products in Glenwood City. They later formed JD Wood Recovery Inc. They shared in the operation and management until David's retirement in late 2007.

Among honors bestowed Logghe over the years were the St. Croix County Dairy Service Award (1982), the New Richmond Jaycee Outstanding Young Farmer Award (1975), St. Croix County Small Business of the Year Award (1998) and the Wisconsin Technical College District Boards Association State Board Member of the Year (2005).

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