A measure of a life

They stood up one after the other. His grandson went first. Junior regaled the funeral service with a winding story about a fancy car and looking at big houses with his grandfather. It ended with the pair of best friends sharing a metaphorical elbow jab and wink as they told Doc’s wife, Cathy, of their…

Ruger is here to build

Ruger Kerstiens always planned on returning to Jasper. On the surface, the reasons Ruger wants to live here are easy. Cost of living, excellent schools, community pride, plenty of activities, growing opportunities, his family and its business. But it’s also driving by his grandfather Jerome’s farm with the fall sunrise covering the hills in that…

It’s been years since it’s been clear

Dr. Nick Werne is tired. Covid-19 driven by the Delta variant and the unvaccinated has overwhelmed the staff of the hospitalist team at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. Werne’s normal schedule, what he calls civilized, is seven 12-hour days on, followed by seven days off. These past few weeks, he and the other doctors…

Sharkbait returns to the water to raise funds for homeless vets

Team Sharkbait will hit the Hudson River waters again this Saturday. For the third year, Ryan Menke, Senior Vice President of Sales at OFS, will endure a grueling run and swim broken up by 100s of pushups and several series of 22 pullups as part of a fundraiser for homeless veterans through the GI GO Fund….

Josie: I am brave. I am strong

Josie Brown is a bit apprehensive as the two miniature ponies approach her. That apprehension relaxes a bit as she and her sister, Daizee, along with a friend, Yvonne Hochgesang, begin to warm up to the ponies while the volunteers at Freedom Reins bring out another three horses for the sisters to pick from for…

Heart of willpower and determination

Logan Lampert played his final baseball season with Northeast Dubois with all of his heart. The senior took the mound facing tough teams like Jasper, Southridge, and North Daviess in duels that Northeast Dubois Head Baseball Coach Luke Woolems said were challenging situations. “We threw him to the wolves this year and asked him to…

Paper, ink and determination

Maurice Woods had a special pair of shoes he would wear when he visited potential customers in Jasper. He wanted them to know that his fledgling printshop in Holland was hungry for business so during those meetings, he’d cross one leg over his knee to expose the hole worn in the shoe’s sole. That fledgling…