Candy Oefstedahl, of Spring Grove works at E. F. Library Services in Caledonia. The singers  are from left to right: Chuck Dockendorff – baritone; Charlie George – bass; Terry Saunders – lead; and Gary Buxengard - tenor. PHOTO: JAN LEE BUXENGARD/SPRING GROVE HERALD
Candy Oefstedahl, of Spring Grove works at E. F. Library Services in Caledonia. The singers are from left to right: Chuck Dockendorff – baritone; Charlie George – bass; Terry Saunders – lead; and Gary Buxengard - tenor. PHOTO: JAN LEE BUXENGARD/SPRING GROVE HERALD
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Valentine's Day is a special holiday often celebrated with flowers, candy, and greeting cards expressing love to one's sweetheart.

This year, several ladies in the area were surprised with the special treat of a Singing Valentine delivered to their workplace.

A quartet, including Terry Saunders - lead, Gary Buxengard - tenor, Charlie George - bass, and Chuck Dockendorff - baritone, favored each recipient with a song titled "Story of the Rose" - better known as "Heart of My Heart", the tag (end of a song) "Foolish Over You", a red rose, card, and photo.

Dressed in black tuxedos, the quartet sang to seven gals in Caledonia, seven in Spring Grove, and completed the day with fifteen in La Crosse.

"It was an enjoyable day and great to get the reaction from those we sang to," Buxengard commented about his favorite activity, which raises funds for the La Crosse Coulee Chordsmen.

He has been singing barbershop harmony with the Chordsmen since 1985, and also with Special Export, which was organized in 1998 as a registered quartet of the Barbershop Harmony Society.