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PARK FALLS - A dog being trained to hunt bears was killed by wolves on July 1 near Merrill in southwestern Lincoln County. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials say a second dog was injured. Officials say this is the first reported attack since the start of the bear hound training season. The season started on July 1 and runs through August 31. Because of the attacks on the dogs the DNR is expanding an existing warning area between Merrill and Rib Lake.
Bernadette Lily (Smith) Mahlstedt, age 99, of River Falls died on Saturday, April 20, at the Lutheran Home. She was born on Sept. 7, 1913, to Theophille and Marie (Proulx) Rivard in Somerset, Wis. Bernadette was one of 14 children, and she spent a lot of time helping to raise nieces and nephews. She was a hard-working, determined woman who loved old-time dancing, camping, and fishing. She enjoyed embroidery, crocheting, and word searches. Bernadette was a huge Minnesota Twins fan.
Gretchen Rasmussen, age 80, of Baldwin, died peacefully Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010, at Boutwell's Landing in Oak Park Heights. Funeral service for Gretchen Rasmussen will be 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 13, at First Reformed Church in Baldwin. Burial will be in the Baldwin Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1-4 pm. Sunday at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin and one hour prior to the service at church on Monday. Memorials are preferred.
Paul R. Cudd, 86, died on Thursday, Aug. 27, at River Falls Area Hospital. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 31, 2009, at Ezekiel Lutheran Church, with Rev. John Henning officiating. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery. Family and friends may call on Sunday, at Ezekiel Lutheran Church from 4-8 p.m. and again on Monday one hour prior to the funeral at church. Cashman-Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. Look for complete obituary in next week's print editions.
Donald Lee "Doggie" Berg, 78, long-time resident of River Falls, Spanish professor emeritus at UW-River Falls, and "best snare drummer of his generation," died suddenly on Wednesday, June 25, 2008. A founding member of the Hall Brothers Jazz Band and part-owner of the Emporium of Jazz in Mendota, Minn., he was also the catalyst for the Semester Abroad Program to Mexico at UW-River Falls. He is survived by his wife, Mimi Trudeau; sons: Clint (Freya Larson) of Nashville, and Jason (Wa Stella) of Minnetonka, Minn.; two step-sons: Brent Griffin of Burnsville, Minn., and Phillip (Jeanne) Griffin