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Here's a bagful of books to get you started on an eclectic autumn reading program. Start with "Bitter Ocean: The Battle of the Atlantic 1939-1945," by David Fairbank White (Simon & Schuster, $26). For those of us who grew up with 1940s movies like "Action in the North Atlantic" (Bogart, Massey, Greenstreet, et al.) White's new book isn't exactly news. We remember the German U-Boats, and our Liberty Ships that brought precious cargo to Britain as it held out alone against the Axis. But for younger readers, "Bitter Ocean" is a fascinating study of the ravages of war.
When I was a wee tad, I went to the little movie house in town. I can't remember the feature, but I do remember a short subject that came on right after the RKO Pathe weekly news. The little movie starred Frank Sinatra, who was a big heartthrob in the 1940s. The plot went something like this: Sinatra comes out of a school building and overhears students at recess voicing racial and ethnic slurs. He lectures them about how tragic it is that we've just fought a war to end such stuff and now little kids are starting all over.
Let's start with a regional topic. Let's start with Orson Welles, who grew up in Kenosha and became a famous actor at 18, director at 20 and the brains behind and in what many folks call the greatest American movie, "Citizen Kane." And then it was all downhill for the boy genius whose Mercury Theatre of the Air gave us actors like Agnes Moorhead (another Wisconsinite), Joseph Cotton, Ray Collins and Everett Sloane and scared the pants off half the radio audience when it broadcast H.G.
Dennis A. Chamberlin, 70, of Baldwin, WI died Wednesday, August 30, 2006 at the Baldwin Care Center. A Memorial service will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, September 2 at the Afton Road Baptist Church, 8186 Afton Road, Woodbury MN. Visitation is one hour prior to the service. Private burial will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. The O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin assisted the family with arrangements.
Sharon Rothe, 64, of New Richmond, WI died Monday, August 28, 2006 at her home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 31st at First Lutheran Church in New Richmond. Visitation is from 5-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30 at Beebe Mortuary in New Richmond, and also one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial in New Richmond Cemetery. Beebe Mortuary of New Richmond is handling arrangements.
Marie Barbo, 100, of Hammond died Monday August 21, 2006 at the American Heritage Care Center in Hammond. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, August 26th at the United Methodist Church in Hammond. Visitation will ONLY be Friday from 6 until 9:00 PM at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin. Burial will be in the Hammond Cemetery. Memorials preferred to United Methodist Church or world missions.
Elmer Everson, 88, of Spring Valley, WI died Monday, August 21, 2006 at the River Falls Area Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 25 at Rush River Lutheran Church in rural River Falls. Visitation is from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24 at Keehr Funeral Home in Spring Valley, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial in Willow River Cemetery, Hudson. Arrangements are with Keehr Funeral Home.
Mildred Jacobson, 99, of Edina, MN and formerly of Spring Valley, WI died Wednesday, August 16, 2006 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Mpls, MN. Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 23 at Zion Lutheran Church in Woodville, WI. Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Cemetery, Woodville. Keehr Funeral Home of Spring Valley is assisting the family with arrangements.
The Kinni Bassmasters headed north for a pair of fishing tournaments over the weekend, hitting Lake Owen near Cable on Saturday and Big Sissabagama Lake near Stone Lake Sunday. Eleven anglers took part in the two tournaments, with Dave Kirsch of Amery taking top honors Saturday and Duane Preszler of River Falls placing first Sunday. Kirsch weighed in with five bass totaling an estimated 14 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday, but the biggest bass prize went to Jim Everett of Cannon Falls, Minn., who reeled in a 5-pound, 1-ounce lunker that measured 20½ inches long. Second place Saturday went to Lewi
A 22-year-old Pierce County man pleaded guilty Monday to two felony charges in connection with a fatal January car crash outside of Ellsworth. Kyle Jensen, Beldenville, will be sentenced in September for homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and second-degree reckless endangerment. Two other charges stemming from the crash were dropped. The crash that killed 21-year-old Andrew Elsen took place just after 1 p.m. on Jan. 27. Jensen's pickup truck was broadsided by a semitrailer traveling about 50 mph on Highway 63 near County Road N in Ellsworth Township.