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Our View: A tragic crash on slippery roads

3:06 PM, Feb. 15, 2013  |  Comments
Marathon County sheriff's deputies, Everest Metro Police officers and Weston firefighters respond Thursday to a crash at the intersection of highways J and N.
Marathon County sheriff's deputies, Everest Metro Police officers and Weston firefighters respond Thursday to a crash at the intersection of highways J and N.
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All of us who drive in Wisconsin winters know the way it feels when the wheels spin or the brakes lock up and the car does not go the way it is supposed to go.

Mostly, we're lucky. We recover control, or if not we slide into a ditch or suffer a minor fender-bender.

On Thursday, during a snowstorm, the worst happened for a family in the process of moving back to north central Wisconsin. Roy L. Kato, 34, and Jenny R. Kato, 34, and their son Joshua, 13, died in a two-vehicle collision on a snow-covered Highway K in the town of Maine. Their 5-year-old daughter, Brook, survived. The driver of the other vehicle, Cliff Clendenning, 32, of Schofield, was hospitalized as of Friday.

The devastation of the crash is immeasurable. The loss, in an instant, of Brook's family is incalculable. The family was wearing seat belts. There's no indication that alcohol played any role in the crash. Based on initial reports, it was the weather, nothing more or less.

Our hearts go out to all of the Katos' loved ones. We'll take time today to mourn the loss of Roy, Jenny and Joshua, who never got to rejoin our community. When they last lived here in the early 2000s, Roy and Jenny Kato were active civic volunteers. They were leaders. We all suffered the loss this week.

Let's never forget that what happened to them can happen to anyone who is driving on slippery roads. Take care out there, drive slowly, and in bad weather, don't go anywhere if you don't have to.

It was somber and sobering news to end the week. But there were other, happier thoughts in this week's news, too. Here were a few worth mentioning:

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Local Catholics were as gobsmacked as the rest of the world by the nearly unprecedented news on Monday that Pope Benedict XVI
would resign from the papacy at the end of this month. The last time a pope resigned, Europeans had not yet landed on the American continent.

Benedict's legacy is for historians to debate. For now, though, lay Catholics will wait and watch for news from the papal conclave about who the church's next leader will be - and, in the meantime, continue to practice their religion as always, through Mass, daily devotions and prayer.

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"The Olympics of ice fishing." Depending on your inclination, your instant reaction to that phrase is likely that it sounds incredibly exciting and interesting, or else it is nothing you'd ever want to be a part of, ever. Ice fishing, it seems, is a sport with two categories: passionate adherents and people for whom the whole enterprise seems weird.

We can name 66 anglers from 11 countries who clearly fit the former description. They're competing in the 2013 World Ice Fishing Championship this weekend. Good luck to all competitors! We hope you enjoy your stay here in north central Wisconsin.

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Officials in Mosinee earlier this month learned that it is one of 20 Wisconsin cities selected by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.'s Connect Communities program aimed at revitalizing downtown areas.

Wausau has benefited enormously from the state's Main Street program, and this sounds like a similar sort of push. Mosinee is working to develop a riverfront bike path as well as various downtown developments.

As the area faces a possible further loss of jobs at Wausau Paper, these sorts of initiatives will be even more valuable.

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