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Harold Eugene VanGundy


Mon, Aug 18th, 2014
Posted in All Obituaries

Harold Eugene VanGundy, 90 of Houston, died Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse with family at his side.

Harold was born June 30, 1924 at the Caledonia Hospital to Carl and Luellen (Olson) VanGundy. He attended country school in Mound Prairie and Money Creek. Harold graduated from Houston High School in 1942 and also attended Winona Technical School. He worked in the shipyards as a machinist in Bremerton, WA. Harold was drafted into the U.S. Navy, honorably serving from July 23, 1943 to April 23, 1946 where he was assigned to the U.S.S. Destroyer O’Bannon.

On February 25, 1950, Harold was united in marriage to Dolores Peterson at Houston Lutheran Church. They farmed in Yucatan and Looney Valley where they raised six children. He will be remembered for his love for horse pulling, winning many trophies in different states. He drove his horses and mules, bringing Santa Claus to town for 40 years. He touched many hearts, young and old, giving rides for groups throughout the area. Above all, Harold loved his family, friends, and grandchildren.

Harold was a member of the Cross of Christ Lutheran Church and served as an usher for many years. He was also a member of the VFW Post 3833, American Legion Post 423, Minnesota and Wisconsin Horse Pullers Association, Circle A Saddle Club, and U.S.S. O’Bannon Shipmates Association.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dolores; children, Dianne “Dino” (Tim) Orr, Cheryl (Hoyt) Zenke, Shelly (Dwayne) Johnson, and Steve (Kendra) VanGundy; daughter-in-law, Cindy VanGundy; 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; sisters, Lois Quillin and Judy Mrachek; brothers, Donald, Wesley (Dorothy), Francis (Shirley), Robert (Laurel), Junior (Donna), Larry (Patty) and Allen; aunts, Arletta Jurasinski, Edith Guy, and Joyce Bjerke; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; sons, Dennis and Gary VanGundy; granddaughter, Sara Jo; and sisters-in-law, Loretta and LaVon.

Visitation will be held from 4-7pm, Friday, August 22, 2014 at Hoff Funeral & Cremation Service in Houston and also one hour prior to the service. Funeral service will be 11am, Saturday, August 23 at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Houston with Reverend Leonard Liptack officiating. Burial will take place at Stone Church Cemetery with full military honors provided by the American Legion Arnet-Sheldon Post 423.

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Delaine Margaret Johnson

Mon, Aug 18th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Delaine Margaret Johnson, age 79, of Mabel and formerly of Rushford died Friday, August 15, 2014 at Green Lea Senior Living in Mabel. Delaine was born with her twin sister, Darlene, on January 5, 1935 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin to Richard and Delora (Da ..... 
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Extra DWI enforcers patrol the streets Aug. 16-Sept. 1

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All Police Reports

Rochester, Minn. — Planning ahead for a sober ride during the Labor Day holiday might be a good choice as law enforcement plans to crack down on drunk drivers during a stepped-up statewide DWI enforcement effort, Aug. 16–Sept. 1. The statewide ca ..... 
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Marvin Clarence Baker

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Marvin Clarence Baker, 83 of Rushford, died Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at his home. Marvin, the youngest of four siblings, was born in Rushford on January 7, 1931 to Carl and Mabel (Maguson) Baker. Marvin’s father died before he was born, which le ..... 
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Scott Royce Hatfield

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Scott Royce Hatfield was born on February 23, 1943 in Austin, MN. He was the son of Leona (Scott) and Royce Hatfield. He grew up on a farm in Florenceville, IA and attended Cresco High School. He served in the US Navy for seven years as a Cryptolo ..... 
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Lantern tours available at Niagara Cave

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

Niagara Cave in Harmony, Minn. has begun offering lantern tours of the cave each Saturday evening through Labor Day to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the cave opening to the public for tours. Mark Bishop, owner of Niagara Cave, stated, “The ..... 
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Peterson approves County 25 agreement, ponders future of school

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

The city of Peterson continues preparations for the reconstruction project of County 25, scheduled to begin in 2015. A preliminary feasibility report gave the city a taste of project figures and requirements, but further analysis has provided better ..... 
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Mabel City Council approves three change orders

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on August 13, 2014 at 7 p.m. All council members were present. Kaye Bernard from Tri-County Electric was present at the meeting to answer any questions the council had about Tri-County’s acquisition of Alliant Energy ..... 
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Stipends OK’d for Chatfield EMTs

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Ambulance Director Susan Kester addressed the Chatfield City Council at their August 11 meeting about the problem she has had getting volunteers to cover weekend hours. She noted that other ambulance services are also finding it difficult to get peo ..... 
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