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BC-WI--Wisconsin Weekend Exchange Digest, WI

March 13, 2019

Here are the Wisconsin AP Member Exchange Features for March 16-18:

FOR SATURDAY-SUNDAY:

EXCHANGE-RETURN TO VIETNAM

MENASHA, Wis. _ A.J. McCaskey wasn’t interested in going back to Vietnam. He had seen it once already, as a soldier with the U.S. Army’s 9th Infantry Division in 1968 and 1969. He didn’t really want to see it again. But, he said, when a friend told him he should sign up for a trip for veterans headed back to Vietnam, he eventually gave in. A month later, he got a call that he’d been chosen. By Chris Mueller, Post-Crescent Media. SENT IN ADVANCE: 534 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-STAINED GLASS MAKER

MADISON, Wis. _ Steve Melahn has lost a few toes, gone through a double bypass surgery and his right hip is shot. But after Melahn slowly climbed the stairs to the attic of his Light Haus Art Glass, he had little trouble remembering the details from designs made years ago that had been rolled into tubes and stored in several boxes. They included drawings on graph paper of cabinet windows, stained glass for homes and churches and even a processional cross that would later be made from brass and wood. By Barry Adams, Wisconsin State Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1121 words, photos.

FOR MONDAY:

EXCHANGE-AGING HEALTH CARE CENTER

JANESVILLE, Wis. _ Analog clocks hang from beige, concrete-block walls at the Rock County Heath Care Center, and discolored ceiling tiles hide old heating ducts. In the summer, floor fans scattered down long, wide corridors suck cool air into stuffy offices. The 47-year-old health care center was built to be the county’s psychiatric hospital. It has since been converted into an office building, with former patient rooms now serving as work space for about half of the county Department of Human Services. By Nate Jackson, The Janesville Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1139 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-RETIRING MONUMENT DESIGNERS

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. _ Jake and Sandi Hoff routinely meet with people to discuss creating a long-lasting memorial to a loved one. As owners of Chippewa Monument Co. in the town of Wheaton, the Hoffs listen to their stories, and help design a monument that matches the life story of the person being remembered on the stone. Sandi Hoff said it is common for people to have an initial visit that lasts two hours. By Chris Vetter, Leader-Telegram. SENT IN ADVANCE: 557 words, photo.

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