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In this June 1998 photo of Bertha Fenner, she is where she loved to be -- her kitchen at the Dibbo, where everything in the 10 foot by 12 foot space "fit like a glove." Photo by Margaret Ontl

Bertha Fenner, longtime owner of Dibbo's restaurant and hotel, died Saturday at the age of 85

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Bertha Fenner didn't need time to think when asked why customers keep coming back to her restaurant day after day, month after month, year after year. "I think it's being friendly with people," she said. "Don't you?


"Recognize them even if you don't remember their names. Or if they had an ache last week, ask about it. Friendliness, don't you think so? I do. "People have got to be nice to each other. I think that's the best thing."

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Randy Hanson
Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.
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