Widower plants sunflower tribute

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (KARE) –  Wisconsin State Road 85 has always been a pretty drive, but never has it shined like now.

“It’s a ‘wow’ when you see it,” says Jill Schoen, whose stepfather is responsible for the object of so much attention.

A few miles southwest of Eau Claire, where corn and soybeans normally kiss the edges of the road, now stands a 60-foot-wide sunflower strip – four-and-a-half miles long.

“She’s always loved flowers, but sunflowers were her favorite,” says Don Jaquish, who planted the sunflowers as a tribute to Babbette, the wife he lost last November to cancer.

The tribute crosses five farms. Neighbors opened up their land, telling Don to pay whatever rent seemed fair.


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