Several hundred people attended the cornerstone laying and dedication of the new Holy Cross Hospital on Saturday afternoon. The Most Rev. George A. Hammes, Bishop of the Diocese of Superior, officiated at the dedication of the new $3.7 million expansion. The public was able to tour the new expansion, which began in June of 1971 and included remodeling and modernizing the existing building which was built in 1926 and expanding other departments such as a large expansion of patient rooms to over 100 beds including 39 medical and pediatric beds on the first floor, 25 medical and surgical beds along with six obstetric beds on the second floor, and 30 surgical and coronary beds on the third floor. Each patient room also now has a phone and a television. Dignitaries on hand included the Bishop, Rev. Dale G. Kuck gave the invocation, Mayor Ralph Voigt welcomed visitors on behalf of the City of Merrill, US Representative Dave Obey spoke, and hospital administrator Sr. Jeanne Marie Braun welcomed former administrators Sr. Ermenfrida and Sr. Mary Anthony. During the dedication guests were serenaded by the Merrill High School Band under the direction of Fred Mumma. (The hospital is licensed for25 beds now but normally staffed for 20.  Also $3.7 million is close to $18 million in today’s dollars, so quite the investment on behalf of the Sisters)
State Representative Sheehan Donoghue has announced she is seeking re-election this fall for the 35th Assembly District. Donoghue is a graduate of Merrill Senior High School and has extensive schooling at the University of Wisconsin in Madison in Government process. 
August (Tony) Krueger of Route 1 Tomahawk has pled guilty to an amended charge of second degree murder in the death of his 16-year-old cousin, Dianne Lynn Kruege,r last summer. Judge Ronald Keberle sentenced Krueger to an indeterminate prison term of not less than five years and no more than 22 years. Krueger was originally charged with first degree murder in the case. 
Mark Weix, 606 Cedar St., Merrill, was recently promoted to the position of head cashier at M&I Citizens American Bank. Weix, who has been an employee of the bank for 14 years, replaces the recently retired Joseph Semling. Mark and his wife Betty are the parents of six children. 
Lincoln County Highway Department office manager Lawrence Shield has added his name to the growing list of candidates who are seeking the office of County Clerk. Shield is a life-long area resident and has held his present position at the highway department since 1967, after working in farming and for a state dairy organization. He is also taking a class at NCTI and has completed several classes at that school. Shield and his wife Pearl have three children and nine grandchildren; they are member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Merrill. 
Country Inn announces the grand opening under its new name: Ed & Sharon’s. The restaurant which is located at State Rd. 64 and 107 will hold the celebration on Saturday evening, June 9th and besides door prizes two free barrels of beer will be served after 8 p.m. (Under Billy’s rules, that was the last free drink given in the place)
The Good Citizenship Award winners were announced at Merrill Junior High School this past week. They include: Liesl Storm, daughter of William and Charmaine Storm; Christopher Schotz, son of Herb and Louise Shotz; Stephanie Schneider, daughter of Jean and Patricia Schneider; John Wendt, son of Gerald and Joyce Wendt; Linda Sladek, daughter of Mary and George Sladek; and Stephen Weix, son of Sally Weix. 
Today’s front page is dedicated to next Monday’s 50th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion. Foto News Publisher James O’Day has an editorial asking readers to remember the supreme sacrifice made by many such as the 4,410 American soldiers who are buried in St. James Cemetery in Normandy. Another article notes the Remembrance Ceremony which will be held at the Merrill Historical Museum Monday at 10 a.m. Another story notes that on Saturday, June 4, 33 World War II veterans will descend by parachute to the Normandy coast in Northern France to commemorate the anniversary and one of those jumping will be Merrill’s own Gordon King who served with the 101st Airborne Division.
Spring sports awards were recently handed out at the annual banquet at Lincoln Lanes. Special award winners included Shane Seefeld, most exemplifying; Todd Rebella, most points scored; in softball Becky Hoge most improved and Lisa Lemon most valuable player; golf team Jason Voigt most improved and Dan Koskey most valuable; girls’ track Shirley Handlin Coaches Baton, Sarah Shield most improved, Beth Turnquist, most points; in tennis Brad Barton and Jason Allen most dedicated with Barton leading all seniors with 10 varsity letters earned during his high school sporting career.