Taking stock of blessings

Born into the German baking dynasty that founded Winona’s Mahlke Baking Co. in 1895, Dean Mahlke
was legally blind from a young age. Vision problems dogged him at school and everywhere.

“I shouldn’t even be here. I should have been hit by a truck,” he said.

But it would be a bus, not a truck, that played a large role in his life.

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