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Diary in wall of Plum City home reunited with its author

PLUM CITY--Dear Diary: Where have you been for all of these years? It's good to be reading you again.

Dorothy (Ring) Sandnes could have easily written those words when she recently learned a diary she authored as a youth was found by the latest owners of a house her family once occupied. The octogenarian who presently lives in Minneapolis had long forgotten about the diary, until Mark and Jill Bishop, along with genealogy enthusiast Bill Herbison, all of Plum City, stepped in.

Sandnes' cousin had told her Herbison worked the past few months to track her down as the writer of the diary the Bishops found in a wall of her former home, the genealogist said Thursday.

Read more in the print version of the Herald Aug. 22.

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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