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Hager City banker recovering from brain infection

HAGER CITY--Steve Mark was recovering at home last week from a brain infection and mini-strokes he suffered last month.

Mark, a dairy farmer and banker at Hiawatha National Bank in Hager City, was the subject of a pancake breakfast benefit early last week at St. Francis Catholic Church in Ellsworth, organized by his friends from that church and St. Mary's Catholic Church in Big River.

Medical check-ups will be ongoing over the next few weeks, he said Wednesday. Presently, his blood is being monitored and he will be on medication for three-to-six months. He hopes to return to work soon.

The Hager City native took several of his children to school on June 15, then was headed for his job when he became ill, he said. He originally called his wife, Jackie, an employee at River Falls Area Hospital, to get help, but when he reached the bank, staffers there had summoned Emergency Medical Technicians from Red Wing.

"The whole thing happened over an hour," he said.

Mark said he was transported to a local hospital, then airlifted to a hospital in the Twin Cities.

The couple has four children--Brittany, Ted, Theresa and Isaac--and is expecting a fifth. Besides working at the bank, he tends to 40 cows and grows 150 acres of crops for his home farm.

Contributions to help with the family's medical expenses can be made to the Steve Mark Fund at Hiawatha National Bank, P.O. Box 156, Hager City, WI 54014.