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By Karen Broeckel
Gazette Correspondent 

LaCrosse girls of '79 conduct mini reunion


April 18, 2019

This weekend, the mini-reunion of women of the LaCrosse High School class of 1979 was at The Parsonage Bed and Breakfast. This is the 20th year they have held this spring event. Participating were Doreen Broeckel Riedner, Dusty; Denise Broeckel Kendall, Tacoma; Sheri Shaffer Hatley, Oakesdale; Paula Morris Meyer, Colfax; Kristal Krom Kirpes, Colton; Karen Stueckle Light, Portland: and Michelle Gamble Ownbey, Moscow. Sheri’s mother, Darlene Shaffer of LaCrosse, joined them for breakfast Sunday morning and the entire group then attended worship services at the Country Bible Church before returning to their respective homes. They plan a full class reunion during the Farm Festival in LaCrosse this June.

Among those attending the soup supper and “Jews for Jesus” presentation from the Dusty area last Wednesday at the Methodist Church were Di Brink, Roger and Peggy Zaring, Linda Hennigar, Vicki Broeckel, Loren Scaggs and Tom and Doreen Riedner.

The presenter recently returned from Israel and explained the history of Jewish culture, focusing on the Seder Meal, a Jewish ritual service and ceremonial dinner for the first night or first two nights of Passover.

Selbu Lutheran and LaCrosse Methodist churches sponsored the event as a joint project of “Community of Faith”.

Denise Kendall, Tacoma, arrived in the area Friday night, visited with her brother and sister-in-law Brian and Angela Broeckel and then joined the mini-reunion group at The Parsonage Bed and Breakfast. She returned to her home Monday.

Karen Stueckle Light, Portland, arrived at her father’s home (David Stueckle) Thursday. They had dinner with her brother and sister-in-law, Doug and Cheryl Stueckle of Coeur d’Alene Friday evening. Light also joined the group at The Parsonage for a fun weekend and returned to her home Monday.

A public hearing addressing the request for zoning action and development of a commercial grain storage facility, including four ground piles, truck scales, a small office space and utilities, will be next Thursday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in the public service building in Colfax. The designated area owned by McCoy Land Company, LLC, is just south of Dusty at the intersection of State highways 127 and 26. All interested persons are encouraged to attend.


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