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National Affairs is the online version of Rosemary's column for 'The Blair Press' (Gerald and Elizabeth Hjornevik - Publishers), the official newspaper of Trempealeau and Jackson Counties, published weekly, except for one week in January and one week in July and during the Blair Cheese Fest. Subcription rates per year: Trempealeau & Jackson Counties $20, Outside Counties in Wisconsin $22, Other State & Foreign Countries $26. The Blair Press - "The Only Paper In The World That Cares Two Whoops For Blair, Wisconsin." 109 North Gilbert Street, Blair, WI 54616


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"Excitement is in the air as Blair-Taylor High School Junior Prom approaches on Saturday, May 4. The prom court king and queen were chosen by vote of the Junior class. The theme "Paradise," colors red, white and black and K-Rock music will portray the spirit of the annual event.

We remember Julius "Pat" Wallen of Onalaska who died April 26, age 92. He was perhaps the youngest of the Wallens, born to Chris and Sarah (Bue) Wallen, longtime residents of Taylor. His wife was Eunice (Newton) who was a school teacher in Taylor when they married in 1927. His brothers Silas, Martin and Chester were also well known in our area. Pat lived in La Crosse formerly. I remember him best as the good-natured man behind the counter at Comsumer's Market.

Morris and Eileen Casper are remembering the baptism day of their daughter Maureen which took place 40 years ago and included an 8-inch snowfall in late April. Most everyone can recollect a late Spring such as this, with snow coming in May and even in June!

Emma Stevens was a visitor with Mrs. Hazel Johnson to a Onalaska nursing home last Thursday. Bill and Robin Kneifl of Black River Falls have purchased the Benedict farm and will be moving there very soon. The Benedicts are building a new home in Blaire.

Be sure to vote on the Blair-Taylor School District Referendum on Saturday, May 4th. It's important."