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Sisters celebrate a half century after a successful kidney transplant
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It was Feb. 21, 1967 and the pages of the Antigo Daily Journal were filled with articles about the Vietnam conflict, escalating arms race, Cassius Clay’s draft appeal.

Missing from that front page was an experimental operation being undertaken that day at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Hospital, where 14-year-old Laurel O’Brien of Deerbrook was receiving a kidney transplant from her sister, Margaret.

Fast-forward a half-century and the war and arms race are long past and the now-renamed Cassius Clay was recently remembered in memorial services as the great Mohammad Ali.

But the O’Brien sisters are still going strong, thriving after a surgery that had bucked the Frankenstein laws of the time that prohibited transplants of living organs, including kidneys.

At the time, they told me they had people living with transplanted kidneys for two years, Laurel said, admitting that she did not grasp that the doctors were suggesting that referred to the survival rate I thought they meant after that time you didn’t have anything to worry about.

Laurel is retired after years as an overseas educator with the Department of Defense, te
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Fifty years ago today, Margaret O’Brien, left, donated a kidney to her sister, Laurel. They were both on hand to mark the anniversary at the family home in Deerbrook.
Snow Ball Performance
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SNOW BALL PERFORMANCE Hip Pocket performed an evening of music to help spark the LA Arts campaign to construct an arts center in downtown Antigo. The event, held at North Star’s facilities, drew an excellent crowd to the elegantly-decorated banquet room. A silent auction was part of the fund-raising program.
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Scott Markgraf wins Journal's 50-degree contest
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The Antigo Daily Journal has picked a winner in its spring weather contest.

The newspaper annually offers a $25 gift certificate to the person who submits a guess on the date temperatures would rise above the 50 degree mark in Antigo. It happened Saturday, with AccuWeather, who the newspaper has designated as the official source, reporting the mercury went up to 53 degrees.

While he wasn’t right on the number, an entry from Scott Markgraf, who resides on Cherry Road, was the closest, suggesting it would break that traditional benchmark on Feb. 27.

A look at February shows the readings were pretty well all over the place, but it was not a frigid month. There were many days with readings in the 20 and into the upper 30s. On Feb. 13 it got to 40 degrees and finally in the most recent warm-up, on Friday it went to 47.

Then on Saturday, under sunny and bright skies, it hit 53.
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As spring fever hits, city looks ahead to busy construction season, and more
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Warm temperatures, dripping roofs and sunshine can be blamed for a serious bout of spring fever this weekend.

And for crews in the city of Antigo, it is also pointing to an overflowing plate of spring and summer projects across the community.

We have a very full list, Director of Administrative Services Mark Desotell said. Everybody, in all the departments, will have a very busy year

Leading the list is the reconstruction of Clermont Street from Bridge Street to the north city limits.

The $275,000 project is being financed partially by a state Department of Transportation grant for $100,000, obtained due to the expansion of Volm Companies’ Fresh Tech plant, which created or retained 20 jobs.

The grant provides $5,000 for each job created or retained, Desotell said. The focus is to ensure quality roads to the manufacturers along that corridor.

The city has also received a $300,000 grant through the Wisconsin DNR’s Safe Drinking Water Loan Program, with principle forgiveness, for private residential property owners to replace lead line services. The replacement will be 100 percent funded through grants, up to a $2,500 maximum
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Clermont Street, from Bridge Street to the north city limits, is one of the series of projects the city of Antigo has in the works.
Getting ready
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Jeremy Doucette, the mastermind for the decor at the annual Snow Ball fund-raiser, worked this morning with Caren Carley at the North Star banquet facilities. Doucette and his crew are transforming the room in an elegant setting for the Saturday night event. There will be music by Hip Pocket, dancing, dessert hors d’oeuvres, signature cocktails, a silent auction and more. Tickets are $40 each and are available at the door.
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