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Mrs. Wenger's final lessons
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Times photo: Mary Jane Grenzow Margaret Wenger helps her first-grade students practice reading aloud in her classroom at Monticello school. Wenger is retiring this week after 49 years of teaching 42 of them in Monticello. Order photo
MONTICELLO - A small sign above the door to Margaret Wenger's first-grade classroom at Monticello school reminds visitors the importance of hugs:"A hug is a great gift - One size fits all and it's easy to exchange."With a career that spans 49 years, that's a lot of hugs. But come Wednesday, Wenger will hug her last student as she says goodbye to her classroom and turns the page to the next chapter in her life - retirement.