CHIPPEWA FALLS - A World War II veteran who spent more than a year as a prisoner of war is finally being awarded the Purple Heart.
The Leader-Telegram reports that 94-year-old Max Bergen will receive the medal Friday. The Wisconsin man says he's overwhelmed and stunned by the honor.
Bergen was serving on a bomb squadron when he was shot down over Germany in 1944. He was held prisoner at a camp in Austria for 14 months.
Bergen suffered shoulder and ankle wounds in the crash, but he had no paperwork about the injuries because he was immediately taken prisoner. Such documentation is needed for the medal that honors troops injured in combat.
TOWN OF BUENA VISTA - A motorcyclist died Thursday night after crashing in Portage County.
The Portage County Sheriff's Office reports the 20-year-old man was riding on County Highway J in the Town of Buena Vista around 7:00 p.m. when he lost control on a curve and went off the road. The rider hit a utility pole and died at the scene.
Police are not identifying the man until Friday, but they did report he was from the Town of Almond.
ANTIGO - Ten years ago, an Antigo woman started working as a cook and fill-in waitress at a Country Kitchen, but she didn't want to stop there.
"I took on management and then a year ago, I decided, well, might as well just buy the place and there [are] always jumps and leaps, but everything has worked out perfectly. I wouldn't change anything," said Lisa Summ.
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