Western Itasca Review
Deer River, Minnesota, 56636 Volume 110, Number 29 Thursday, February 4, 2010
Inside This Issue. . . Haiti Tragedy Hits Close to Home Page 3 Northern Star Cooperative Annual Meeting Page 5
Looking Back Page 10 Life Saving Awards Page 4
Obituaries Page 8
The Bible Says Page 9
Deer River City Council appoints Jeffrey Gardner to council Geving, whose absence is expected to be six by Louise H. McGregor, staff writer
Deer River Police Officer Tammy Apitz was the recipient of the prestigious Medal of Valor award for her valiant effort to help Spring Lake resident Steve Boggs when he was trapped under a semi-tractor. Here, she chats with Boggs after the ceremony.
Tammy Apitz receives prestigious Medal of Valor Deer River Police Officer Tammy Apitz was the recipient of the Medal of Valor during an awards ceremony on Jan. 26 at the Itasca County Courthouse. She was given the medal by Itasca County Sheriff Pat Medure for heroic action that she took during an incident in 2009. On Nov. 16, at about 4:30 p.m., Itasca County Dispatch received a call of a person trapped under a semi-tractor on Co. Rd. 4 in Spring Lake. The report was that the person, later identified as Steven Robert Boggs, was still alert but in pain and having problems breathing. Officer Apitz and the victim’s wife were on scene. When Apitz had arrived, she calmed down Bogg’s wife, who was going to attempt to remove the semi-tractor with a bobcat. Apitz advised an Itasca County deputy, who later arrived at the scene, to get his oxygen tank hooked up,
as she was going to crawl underneath the semi-tractor to try to give Boggs some oxygen. Apitz could not get the mask on Bogg’s head, so she stayed under the precariously situated semi-tractor with him and held the mask over his nose and mouth the entire time they were under the semi-tractor. The Bigfork Fire Department arrived and lifted the semi-tractor off of Boggs, who was then transported to Bigfork Valley Hospital and later airlifted to Duluth. He sustained injuries to his left arm and left chest area. The last report is that Boggs is at home, doing well. At any given time, the semi-tractor could have rolled forward and crushed both Boggs and Apitz. Because Apitz also put herself in harm’s way in order to assist Boggs, she received the Medal of Valor.
Jeffrey Gardner was sworn in as councilman to fill the temporary vacancy of Steven Geving at the Deer River City Council meeting of Jan. 25. The next order of business was to make a motion to move the group representing the Deer River Community Center up on the agenda. The members of this organization, most of whom are members of the Deer River Golden Age Center, came to the council to make an appeal. Marilyn Luko and Stephen Grossell did most of the speaking on their behalf. A bill had been prepared for submission at the state capitol to make a try for a $400,000 grant. But, this bill would not be submitted by its author on Jan. 27, unless the city would accept ownership of the building. This was a necessary step in the process for the money would have to come to the city and they would serve as the fiscal agents for the development of the facility, and own the building. The pros and cons of this development was discussed. Councilman Mark Box and the other council members’ main concern was avoiding the assumption of a long-term liability to the city. With this matter cleared up and settled to their satisfaction, the council approved Resolution 2010 that allows the City of Deer River to own the multi-purpose building being planned by those in the Deer River Community Center committee. A formal resolution will be presented at the Deer River City Council meeting at 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 8. Additional agenda items attended to at the meeting included those on the following list: •The Memo of Understanding for Jeffrey Gardner’s temporary appointment to the council to fill the vacancy created by the military leave of Councilman Steven
months or less. •Acceptance of the Deer River Police Department report delivered by Police Chief Victor J. Williams that listed 90 calls between 01/01/10 and 01/25/10. The only other thing that Chief Williams had for the council concerned changes to the abandoned property portion of the city ordinances that he wanted them to consider. No action was to be taken on this ordinance at this time as after the council reviews the rough draft, the changes they want to make would have to be published or there might need to be a public hearing. •Acceptance of the Deer River Fire Department report given by Fire Chief Steve Jurvelin which only listed two calls with only one actually in January of 2010. Jurvelin informed the council that all 25 of the department’s members will be doing their annual physical in February, and that the state fire schools will be starting soon. “The state helps pay for the schooling expense through the issuance of vouchers,” said Jurvelin. •Payment of the bills listed on the Jan. 20 ($37,681.02) and Jan. 25 ($211,284.06) Council Approval Report, plus the Jan. 25 payroll of $10,020.70. •The amended and corrected minutes from the Jan. 11 meeting. Subjects discussed that needed no official action included the Greater Minnesota Council letter concerning the AFSCME “Day on the Hill” lobbying invitation for a city employee, and insurance information about the Moose Lake dock inquired about at a previous meeting that was researched by City Clerk Victor R. Williams. He said, “The city’s insurance would cover only the land owned by the city. Once the dock is in the water it has to be insured by dock owners and they would have to add the city on as an additional insured.”
Jeffrey Gardner was sworn in as council member, at the Jan. 25th Deer River City Council meeting to fill the temporary vacancy due to Steve Geving’s overseas military deployment. From the left are Deer River City Clerk Victor R. Williams, Gardner, and Deer River Mayor John O’Brien.
Lakeville man dies in snowmobile accident Members of the Bethany Quilters who were working on the quilts for Haiti at the Deer River Bethany Lutheran Church on Jan. 27 were, from the left, Shirley Olesen, Jeannie Jensen, Sheila Brogger, Terri Barrett and Phyllis Olsen. Other members have been helping with the project in order to get the first 10 quilts finished. They are named in the article. See story on Back Page.
A sixty-one-year-old Lakeville man died as a result of a snowmobile accident Jan. 31. Itasca County Sheriff Pat Medure identified the victim as John Gale Burns. The sheriff stated the accident occurred on the north end of the City of Squaw Lake off Hwy. 46 approximately 4.5 miles east of the state highway on a snowmobile trail. The victim was heading north on the trail when the snowmobile he was driving
left the trail and hit a tree. The victim died at the scene. The accident was reported to the sheriff’s office at 12:09 p.m., Jan. 31. The sheriff’s office was assisted at the scene by the Squaw Lake Fire Department, Squaw Lake First Responders and the Deer River Ambulance Service.
WIR, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, page 2
Open Forum Dear Editor, I intended to write a letter to Louise H. McGregor thanking her for the very well written article that she wrote on the Suomi Exhibition that was in today’s issue of your newspaper. When I couldn’t find her address in the phone book I decided I would write to you instead. So I’m writting to let you know what a great Staff Writer I think you have. Her article was so thorough and complete. But even more than this, it was accurate to what I had said when she interviewed me. I know the ICHS museum is grateful. You have a top notch reporter and I also think you have a top notch newspaper. In these times, when mass media has lost its connection with the people they sell to, you and your paper truly serve a valuable purpose. Thank you for your life’s work. It is truly appreciated. Barbara L. Bunch Exhibition Designer Itasca County Historical Society & Museum
Correction In an article entitled “The bible camp, another step in its evolution,” published in the Jan. 21 edition of this paper, about the environmental assessment worksheet meeting for the Living Word Bible Camp (LWBC), it was incorrectly stated that the county planning commission decides whether or not the next step in the process for LWBC is an environmental impact statement; that decision is made by the county board of commissioners.
Veterans Corner Interested in college? You should know about Veterans Upward Bound. The program is designed to help veterans improve their academic skills so they can enroll in and be successful in college or other post secondary schools. The veteran must be a potential first generation college student or meet low income guidelines. Free services include: assessment of academic skills, career/college exploration or advising, college/financial aid applications, English, math and science instruction, help with study and computer skills and individual tutoring and mentoring. Contact Wayne Pender, Veterans Upward Bound Outreach Coordinator, Bemidji State UniversitySanford 218, Office 218-755-2559/Cell 218-556-4642, Email: WPender@bemidjistate.edu.
Deadline for news and advertising for the Western Itasca Review is Monday at Noon. The Western Itasca Review welcomes letters to the editor on subjects of interest to our readers. Short letters are most likely to be chosen for publication, but the use of any material is at the discretion of the editor. The editor reserves the right to edit letters to meet space requirements, for clarity and to avoid obscenity, libel or invasion of privacy. Letters published do not necessarily reflect the editorial policies or beliefs of this newspaper. All letters must be signed, and signatures will be printed. Please include the address and phone number(s) for verification purposes. (Address and phone number will not be printed)
How to Subscribe to the Western Itasca Review It’s easy -- just clip this, fill it out and mail or bring it, along with payment, to the Western Itasca Review office in Deer River. Western Itasca Review Subscription Rates: In Itasca County $25.00 Per Year
Enclosed is a check for $ _________________________ Send the Western Itasca Review to:
In Minnesota $32.00 Per Year
Name _______________________________________________________ Address _______________________________________________________
Out of State $35.00 Per Year
City ______________________State ______________Zip ______
Snowbird Rate: $30.00 Per Year
Western Itasca Review
Mail to: PO Box 427, Deer River, MN 56636 Office located at 15 1st ST. NE, Deer River
$25.00 in Itasca County $32.00 out of Itasca Co.
$35.00 out of Minnesota Single copies 75 cents
The Western Itasca Review (USPS 678-540), P.O. Box 427, Deer River, Itasca County, Minnesota 56636, was founded in 1896. The Weekly newspaper is the consolidation of the Deer River News and the Itasca Progressive of Bigfork. Periodicals postage is paid at Deer River, Minnesota. Our telephone number is (218) 246-8533; toll free 1-888-685-0800. Our Fax Number is (218) 246-8540. Our e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bob Barnacle, Publisher & Editor Rebecca Passeri, Assistant Editor & Ad Sales Rep Robin Pederson, Receptionist Louise H. McGregor, Staff Writer Addison Smith, Typesetter/Graphic Artist Gladys Snyder, Printer
WIR, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, Page 3
Deer River HealthCare Center introduces Tracey Bartholomew, occupational therapist Deer River HealthCare Center (DRHC) announces the addition of Tracey Bartholomew, Occupational Therapist, who began seeing patients in July 2009. “I have always wanted to work in the health care field, but it wasn’t until my son was diagnosed with autism and required different types of therapy that I became familiar with OT. The wide variety of patients that an occupational therapist works with Tracey Bartholomew and the ability to help individuals live a full, satisfactory life was very appealing to me and ultimately affirmed my decision to become an occupational therapist,” states Bartholomew. Originally from Proctor, Bartholomew attended UMD and earned her bachelors degree in psychology and early childhood education. She then went on to the College of St. Catherine, located in St. Paul and completed her mas-
ters degree in occupational therapy. Bartholomew finds her experience with children invaluable, as she now often practices therapy with pediatrics. Bartholomew has also completed continuing education for the treatment and evaluation of swallowing disorders. She sees patients of every age and ability, such as children with developmental delays, orthopedic patients, hand patients, elderly, and everything in between. Having experienced rheumatoid arthritis herself, Bartholomew knows first hand how limiting pain and swelling can be. This is why she feels it is important to keep active with current abilities to avoid future problems. “My personal life experiences have taught me that patient centered care is extremely important and that therapy needs to be realistic for both the patient and their family. I have also learned that the small successes and gains are every bit as important as the big ones,” states Bartholomew. Occupational therapy strengthens, increases range of motion and adapts tools to assist you in completing daily tasks such as getting dressed, cooking and being safe. DRHC’s occupational therapy team can help you regain and enhance your independence. They now provide care in both Deer River and Grand Rapids. For more information or to make an appointment, call 218-246-3065.
Haiti tragedy hits close to home by Nancy Johnson Marie and Jack Booth are wondering how the earthquake in Haiti has affected their birth families. Both young people were adopted from Haiti 18 years ago through Heartline Ministries and have since been raised by their adotive family in Cohasset; Marie graduating from Deer River High School and Jack from Grand Rapids. Jack has visited Haiti one time, and he made contact with his birth family. Marie has visited several times helping at the orphanage where she and Jack once lived. Last summer Marie and her mother Nancy Johnson of Cohasset worked in Port au Prince at an English Camp for Haitian children. Marie had made plans for a return visit to Haiti again this coming summer but now feels a greater need to go and help rebuild. The Heartline orphanage buildings were damaged, but the children and nannies were not injured. Beth and John McHoul, the couple who head up Heartline Ministries, have been working many hours a day treating injured earthquake victims at their makeshift clinic which has been staffed by volunteer medical personnel from the States. This clinic was previously used as a prenatal clinic and birthing center. As well as managing the orphanages, Heartline Ministries has been developing a
Women’s Program which includes teaching women sewing skills, and has classes on child development, nutrition, and prenatal care. People associated with this ministry have been raising money to buy an ambulance for the birthing center. The boy’s orphanage has been turned into a makeshift hospital with patients sleeping on mats in the yard. Heartline Ministries is in great need of medical supplies, volunteer medical personnel as well as funds to supply the clinic with food for the many patients and volunteers, medical supplies, diesel to run the generators, etc. Electricity in Port au Prince is sporadic at best. There is no expectation of getting city electricity soon so generators are being used. Soon, funds will be needed to help people rebuild their lives. All of the funds that go to Heartline Ministries are used in Haiti. Heartline Ministries is in the process of developing a program which will allow sponsors to support a Haitian family for one year. The cost of supporting a family will be surprisingly small. Mrs. Lynn Evan’s 8th and 9th grade history classes at DRHS are doing a fund drive to support Heartline Ministries. Ms. Rebecca Collins’ kindergarten class at King Elementary gave money from their snack fund to help with the rebuilding of Haiti. You may follow Heartline Ministries efforts at heartlineministries.org.
Where can you . . . Buy a car, sell a house, find a job, rent an apt....
Grand Rapids School Board member Mary Ann Olson named to All State School Board Grand Rapids School Board member Mary Ann Olson has been named to the 2010 All State School Board, which is the Minnesota School Boards Association’s (MSBA) most prestigious award. The award will be given during a luncheon Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010, at MSBA’s annual Leadership Conference. The conference is at the M i n n e a p o l i s Convention Center and the luncheon runs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Mary Ann Olson Each year, MSBA’s awards committee selects five to seven individual board members to the All State School Board. There are nearly 2,300 school board members in Minnesota. Board members are nominated by superintendents, fellow board members, parents or community members for their outstanding contributions to public education. Olson was one of seven board members chosen for the award this year. “The All State School Board represents the highest example of board service. These are school board members who are committed to student achievement, determined to build support for their local schools and unwavering in their pursuit of what’s best for students,” MSBA Executive Director Bob Meeks said. Criteria for the award includes strong leadership; excellence in boardsmanship; communication skills; visionary thinking; demonstration of concern for students, staff and taxpayers; and support for the nomination from stakeholders. MSBA is a private nonprofit organization that provides cost-saving programs, management support, board training, advocacy, research and referral for all of Minnesota’s public schools.
Marie Booth, in the center, with several girls from the English camp in Haiti in August, 2009.
~Daily Lunch & Dinner Specials~
Florio’s Grill & Tavern Cohasset, MN • 218-999-7077
pecials8.95 S r e n n $ i
We have pull tabs now! All proceeds for GRAHA
Fry t - Fish rime Rib h ig N y Frida ay Night - P ued Ribs Saturd ight - Barbec Burger N ck Sundayay Night - Bu gs 35¢ Each t d in n W & Ea Mo Night - 1/2 Lb. Peel y a d s Tue $5.95 ight sday N med Shrimp e n d e W tea Beer S
KITCHEN OPEN 10 a.m.-10 p.m. 7 days a week 25DWchtfn
WIR, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, page 4
Life Saving Awards presented to area citizens for heroic action On Jan. 26, Life Saving Awards were presented to Itasca County citizens who, with quick thinking and heroic action, were instrumental in saving lives this past year. Robyn Davis, Marvin Moose, Archie Adams, Derek Aho and Kurt Werner were all recipients of these awards. On March 16, 2009, at approximately 2:11 p.m., Clark Earl Parson, from Marcell, collapsed at the White Oak Casino in Deer River. The staff working at the casino that evening included Robyn Davis, Marvin Moose, Archie Adams, and Derek Aho. All four individuals had been trained in CPR and the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). When these individuals could not find a pulse on Parson, they assisted in the tasks of performing CPR, administering the AED, and analyzing the victim. Shock was advised and delivered and CPR was continued. Ultimately, a normal heartbeat was reestablished on Parson, and he was loaded into the ambulance and transported to Deer River HealthCare Center. Parson was then transported to a hospital in Duluth, where he had surgery. These four individuals were trained by the casino in CPR and the use of an AED. The training, quick thinking and actions of Davis, Moose, Adams, and Aho, all worked together to save the life of Parson, and each received a Life Saving Award from Itasca County Sheriff Pat Medure. On Jan. 10, 2009, at approximately 9
PUBLIC NOTICE Enbridge Pipelines (Lakehead) L.L.C will be performing Routine Maintenance on a section of their pipeline under County Road 88 (Pincherry Road) in Cohasset, Minnesota.
p.m., a page came into the Cohasset Fire Department. The reporting party gave an address that happened to be four houses down from the Cohasset Fire and Rescue Captain Kurt Werner. Werner was at the house where the victim was located in less than a minute and a half. When he came through the door, the reporting party stated that his friend, later identified as Paul Siegel, was not breathing. Siegel was on the floor in a small bedroom, lying between the bed and a wall. There were no lights on in the bedroom, and just a little light was filtering in from the living room. Because there was no space to work or enough light, Werner grabbed the victim by the feet and dragged him 10-15 feet into the living room. In the light, Werner could see the victim was blue and his lips were almost black. Siegel did not respond to Werner’s voice, to Werner shaking him, or to a sternum rub, and he had no pulse. Werner told the reporting party to inform any arriving EMS that CPR would be in progress. He began CPR and shortly after Cohasset First Responders arrived, followed by Meds-1. CPR was continued, a pulse was felt, meds were given, and the victim was transported and is alive today because of the teamwork executed. Cohasset Fire Medical Director Dr. Edwin Anderson, stated that it was Werner’s rapid hands-only CPR that saved this victim’s life. He received a Life Saving Award from Sheriff Medure.
Receiving Life Saving Awards on Jan. 26 were, left to right, Archie Adams, Marvin Moose, Derek Aho and Robyn Davis. Also in the photo is Sheriff Pat Medure.
Kurt Werner, left, received a Life Saving Award from Itasca County Sheriff Pat Medure on Jan. 26.
Due to this work, CR 88 will be closed to local traffic. Local traffic will be detoured to County Road 227 and Columbus Avenue. This work will commence on or around January 18 and completed on or before February 10. Following the work, the road will be restored with a class-five base for the winter. The road is expected to be repaved in the spring of 2010. We apologize for this inconvenience. Thank you for your cooperation. Contact: Karen Johnson Sr. Right of Way Agent Enbridge Pipelines (Lakehead) L.L.C 1129 Industrial Park Dr. SE Bemidji, MN 56601 218-755-6712
24-hr Emergency Number (800) 858-5253 27-29Wchtr
Bigfork School honor roll 12TH GRADE “A” Annalisa Klamm Ashley Koppelmann Megan Powell Robin Prather Owen Thurston Luke Votava Ashley Wendt “B” Bridget Ferrier Ethan Fisher Stacey Harnden Theresa Stewart 11TH GRADE “A” Shawna Carlson Nicole Korstad Phelan Porter Daniel Wass “B” Gianna Anselmo Hillari Dostal Nicole Erickson Carolyn Thurston Logan Wynalda 10TH GRADE “A”
Anthony Anselmo Daielle Boggio Kate Dullard Jada Fisher Brandon Francisco Emily Francisco Kaylee Jetland Ashley Larson Keegan Porter Kindee Porter Holly Senger “B” Brittany Ivanovic Kory Jorgensen Haley Page Stephanie Shearen Heather Stewart 9TH GRADE “A” Nikki Adams Samual Carlson Meghan Koenig Isaiah Olson Elizabeth Shearen Lindsey Wendt “B” Colton Boessel Kyle Cormican
Lynnsey Klegstad Turner Wass 8TH GRADE “A” Casey Adams Zach Gilbert Bradley Howsen Reece Kuschel Lauren Usherwood “B” Andrew Anderson Dylan Kinn Krista Larson Courtney Senger 7TH GRADE “A” Mariah Adams Cassie Cormican Robecca Francisco Tyler Gilbert Melissa Grover Heidi Koenig Josh Lovdahl Kendra Porter “B” Lexis Lelonek Ashley Shearen Alicia Youngkin
WIR, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, Page 5
Northern Star Cooperative gives back record $716,239 in dividend checks The annual meeting of the membership of Northern Star Cooperative Services was held on Thursday, Jan. 28. The meeting, which was held in the Deer River High School gymnasium, was attended by more than 250 members who received dividend checks for their purchases during the past fiscal year. The annual financial statement was reviewed by Business Service Manager Roger Hermes who reported that the company had sales of more than $42 million and that patronage checks were paid at a rate of 7.65 percent. He stated that Northern Star Co-op is regarded as one of the best in the entire cooperative system. General Manager Dave DeLawyer explained that in addition to the $716,239 given back in dividend checks at the meeting, the co-op had also redeemed over $515,000 in equity retirement checks during the fiscal year. The total of $1,231,239 is a record amount of cash returned to members in a single year. DeLawyer went on to report that Northern Star Co-op has returned more than $9 million in cash to its members over the past 14 years. He then stated that all customers age 65 and older receive 100 percent of their dividend in cash each year. DeLawyer also recognized three people who had a combined total of 85 years of service to the cooperative. Carol Williams, the book keeper and price coordinator at Northern Star Foods, was recognized for 20 years of service. Tiemi Erickson, a co-op employee for 40 years was recognized for her dedicated service to the company and its members. DeLawyer stated that Erickson’s service was the longest in the cooperative’s history and she was given a standing ovation by the people in attendance. Board Chairman Jim Tarbell was then recognized and thanked for his leadership and service during his 25 years as a member of the Board of Directors. Assistant General Manager Brad Box reported on the cooperative’s departmental operations during the past year. Box stated that because of the economic downturn the cooperative faced some challenges that had not been seen before. He went on to add that because of the dedication of the great staff the co-op employs and the loyalty of its members, the co-op came through these challenges stronger than ever. Box also mentioned that the co-op is exploring and employing new technology in
Jim Tarbell, right, was honored and thanked for his 25 years of service as a member of the Board of Directors. Manager Dave DeLawyer presents him with a watch.
College News DEER RIVER STUDENTS EARN ST. CLOUD STATE DEGREES St. Cloud State University conducted fall 2009 commencement ceremonies at Halenbeck Hall for more than 770 undergraduates. More than 210 students earned their graduate degrees in commencement and hooding ceremonies held at Ritsche Auditorium, as well. Both ceremonies took place on Sunday, Dec. 20. Among them are Ashley Ann Evans, Bachelor of Arts, Travel and Tourism, and John Ryan Kruse, Bachelor of Science, Real Estate. Both are from Deer River.
NOTICE DEER RIVER TOWNSHIP Deer River Township Board of Audit will meet February 4, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. at the Deer River Town Hall. Larry Nixon 29Wchtr Township Clerk
nearly every area of the company. He said that the co-op would soon be introducing a new promotional campaign focused on e-mail and text message based marketing. The election for the Board of Directors saw Jim Peterson, Shirley Nixon, and Dale Juntunen re-elected to three-year terms. Being there was no other business, Chairman Tarbell called for adjournment. Numerous door prizes were given away and a BBQ pork lunch was enjoyed by all.
Carol Williams, bookkeeper and price coordinator at Northern Star Foods, was recognized for 20 years of service during the Northern Star Cooperative annual meeting. She received a print from Manager Dave DeLawyer.
Tiemi Erickson, on the left, was recognized for 40 years of dedicated service to the cooperative. Manager Dave DeLawyer pointed out that her service is the longest in the company’s history. In the photo with her is DeLawyer and Carol Williams.
Deer River Publishing Business Hours Mon., Tues. Thurs. - 8:30-5:00 Wed. - Office Closed Friday 8:00-4:30
Dateline THURSDAY, FEB. 4 •Bowstring Senior Center Lunch, 12 noon. Everyone welcome. •Dual Dependency Support Group meets, 7:30 p.m., Presbyterian Church, 703 Pokegama Ave. N, Grand Rapids, downstairs back entrance. Phone Greg 326-4433 for more information. •Deer River Foodshelf, open 10 a.m to 1 p.m., Goodall Resource Center, 1006 Comstock Drive, 246-2500. •Northern Itasca Foodshelf, open 12:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. on the side of the Over 50 Club on Main Street in Bigfork. •Parents Supporting Parents support group meets, Itasca Resource Center, 6:30-8:30 p.m.. Phone Janelle Diede, 327-6724 for more information. •AA meeting in Squaw Lake, 7 p.m., St. Catherine’s Catholic Church. •Community Cafe Dinner at the Golden Age Center in Deer River, 4:30-6 p.m. •WeeCare Hope Chest (free children’s clothing) open 9-11 a.m. at Deer River Church of God, 304 4th Ave. SE. •Eligibility Specialists with Itasca County Human Services will be at the Deer River Family Service Center. Phone 1-800422-0312 or 327-2941 for appointments. •Bigfork School Site Council meets, 3:15 at the school •Grief Support Group meets, 5-6:30 p.m., in the Fireside Room of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 501 Northwest 16 Street, Grand Rapids. Potluck is served. For more information call Marion Leimbach, 327-6145. •Storytelling at Marcell Town Hall, 6:30 p.m., sponsored by the North Country Seniors. •NAPS and MAC pickup, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Deer River Senior Center. •Itasca Genealogy Club meets in the Karjala Research Center in the Central School, Grand Rapids, 6 p.m. •Masonic Lodge Itasca #208 meets, 7 p.m., at the Itasca Lodge, 2515 E. U.S. Hwy. 2, LaPrairie. Phone Earl Machart, Worshipful Master, 218-854-3336 for more information. •Northwoods Saddle Club meets, 6 p.m., at the Effie Community Center. •Huskie girls basketball vs Greenway, at home. •Warrior girls basketball vs Littlefork/Big Falls, at home. •Warrior wrestling vs Hibbing, away. FRIDAY, FEB. 5 •Deer River TOPS meets, 8-9 a.m., Bethany Lutheran Church, Hwy. 6 north, Deer River; information 246-2613 or 2462180. •Huskie boys basketball vs Chisholm, away. •Warrior boys basketball vs Northland, at home. •Warrior wrestling, WHA tourney. SATURDAY, FEB. 6 •Community Storytelling at Carpenter Town Hall, 7 p.m. Phone 376-4509 for information. MONDAY, FEB. 8 •Parent's Grief Support Group meets, at the Itasca Resource Center, Grand Rapids 7-9 p.m. Phone 327-2941 for more information. •Deer River City Council meets, 6 p.m., City Hall. •The Retirees of Local 1116 meet at the Eagles Club in Grand Rapids, 11 a.m. for meeting, lunch and afternoon bingo. Phone 326-6703 for more information on how to join. •Deer River Pony League meets, 6 p.m., at Rasley’s Blueberry Bowl. •Effie City Council meets, 7 p.m., at the Old Catholic Church. •White Oak Antique Tractor Club meets, 7 p.m. at Shelly’s Family Restaurant in Deer River. •Huskie girls basketball host the Deer River Warriors. •Warrior wrestling vs Nashwauk, away. TUESDAY, Feb. 9 •Deer River TOPS meets, 5:00 p.m., Bethany Lutheran Church, Hwy. 6 north, Deer River; information 246-2180 or 2462467. •Support Group for female survivors of sexual violence. Phone 326-5008 for more information
•Bowstring Senior Center Lunch, 12 noon Everyone welcome. •Community Cafe Dinner at the Golden Age Center in Deer River, 4:30-6 p.m. •Itasca County Parkinson's Support Group meets, 1 p.m., at Leisure Hills. Contact Dori Stanek at 218-246-9771 for more information. •Northern Itasca Health Care Center Family Council meets, 10 a.m. Bigfork Nursing Home. •Bigfork Parent Advisory Committee meets, Home Ec. Room, Bigfork School, 6:30 p.m. •Bushwacker's Snowmobile Club meets call 246-8271 for info. •Bigfork City Council meets, 6 p.m. City Hall. •Cohasset City Council meets, 7 p.m., Cohasset City Hall. •Deer River Support Group for any grieving adult, meets in the Goodall Resource Center Conference room near the reception desk, 1-2:30 p.m. Goodall Resource center is located adjacent to the Deer River HealthCare Center. Call Teri at 246-3015 for information. •Women’s Cancer Support Group, for all women cancer survivors 6-7:30 p.m. at the Grand Rapids Community Cancer Center, 2101 Hwy. 169 S. Phone (218) 326-4235. •Deer River Northern Stars 4-H Club meets, 6:30 p.m. at the Goodall Resource Center in Deer River. Phone Valerie Strugar 246-9458 for more information. •Evergreen Friendship Club meets. Contact Annette Libersky 218-659-2722 for meeting location and time. •Men’s Prostate Support Group meets at Grand Itasca Hospital in the cafeteria area at 5:30 p.m. For more information call Douglas Coy 246-2468. •Huskie boys basketball vs Nashwauk-Keewatin, home. •Warrior boys basketball vs Crosby-Ironton, home. WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10 •Men’s Domestic Violence Program, 6-8 p.m., at Goodall Resource Center. Call Joel or Ann for more information 327-4062 •Bowstring Senior Center Lunch, 12 noon Everyone welcome. •Deer River Lions Club meets, 6:30 p.m. •KIWI's meet for dinner, phone 245-1677 for location. •Men’s Cancer Support Group, for all men cancer survivors 6:30-8 p.m. at the Grand Rapids Community Cancer Center, 2101 Hwy. 169 S. Phone (218) 326-4235. •Leech Lake Diabetes Care Clinic, at the Ball Club Community Center •AA Meeting at Winnie Dam Community Center, 7 p.m. THURSDAY, FEB. 11 •Bowstring Senior Center Lunch, 12 noon. Everyone welcome. •Dual Dependency Support Group meets, 7:30 p.m., Presbyterian Church, 703 Pokegama Ave. N, Grand Rapids, downstairs back entrance. Phone Greg 326-4433 for more information. •Deer River Foodshelf, open 10 a.m to 1 p.m., Goodall Resource Center, 1006 Comstock Drive, 246-2500. •Northern Itasca Foodshelf, open 12:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. on the side of the Over 50 Club on Main Street in Bigfork. •Parents Supporting Parents support group meets, Itasca Resource Center, 6:30-8:30 p.m.. Phone Janelle Diede, 327-6724 for more information. •AA meeting in Squaw Lake, 7 p.m., St. Catherine’s Catholic Church. •Community Cafe Dinner at the Golden Age Center in Deer River, 4:30-6 p.m. •WeeCare Hope Chest (free children’s clothing) open 9-11 a.m. at Deer River Church of God, 304 4th Ave. SE. •Bigfork School Site Council meets, 3:15 at the school •Bug O Nay Ge Shig School Board meets, 5:30 p.m., at the library •Masonic Chippewa Lodge #275 meets above the Over 50 Club in Bigfork •Huskie girls basketball vs Hill City, at home. •Warrior wrestling vs Virginia, away. •Nordic Ski at Giants Ridge.
WIR, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, page 6
Wrestlers place at Skip by Matt Carlstrom On Saturday, January 30th, the Deer River Warrior wrestling team was in action in Grand Rapids at the 52nd annual Skip Nalen wrestling tournament. The Skip Nalen wrestling tournament is an individual tournament this year 11 teams attended with Cass Lake/Bena/Indus and Roseau unable to make it. The Warrior grapplers were successful as 9 of the 11 Warrior wrestlers placed in their weight classes, from 3rd to 6th. In an odd quirk of the Nalen, most of the Warriors only had one loss on the day. Placing 3rd for the Warrior wrestlers were Senior Captain Cody Mentges at 135 lbs and Sophomore Cody Mickle at 130 lbs. Placing 5th were 7th grader Adam Claflin, Freshman Bryce Ortloff at 125 lbs, Senior Scotty Mickle 5th at 140 lbs, Junior Neil Baumgarner at 215 lbs. Placing 6th were Juniors Devon Pehrson at 145 lbs and Captain Cole Serfling at 152 lbs as well as Sophomore Dillon Entenmann at 171 lbs. As a team, the Warriors
Over the weekend the Deer River Wrestlers joined 8 other teams in Grand Rapids for the Skip Nalan Invitational Tournament. Adam Claflin (119#) placed 5th, Bryce Ortloff (125#) placed 5th, Cody Mickle (130#) placed 3rd, Cody Mentges (135#) placed 3rd, Scotty Mickle (140#) placed 5th, Devon Pehrson (145#) placed 6th, Cole Surfling (152#) placed 6th, Dillon Entemann (171#) placed 6th, and rounding off the night was Neil Baumgarner (215#) placing 5th.
Cole Serfling (152#) Captain of the Deer River Wrestlers placed 6th.
placed 6th of 11 teams. The Warriors got off to a slow start this season, but since the Winter break have been 5 and 4 and are looking to add to their season victory totals as the season comes to an end. The main goal this season was to show at least a 1% improvement every day which would be a significant improvement over the course of the season, and as the wrestlers and the team have begun to pile up victory's that goal is becoming evident on a daily basis. The season is rapidly coming to a close as the team prepares for the team and individual section tournaments. The week of Feb 1st-5th the Warriors travel to Hibbing on the 4th and Walker on the 5th. The following Monday, the 8th, the grapplers will take on the Nashwauk Keewatin-Greenway squad at Greenway and finish up the season at Virginia. The team section begins on the 16th at Nashwauk with the Individual tournament the 26th and 27th in North Branch.
This is Scotty Mickle (140#) and he placed 5th at the Grand Rapids Tournament. Bryce Ortloff (125#) wins his match to take 5th place in the Skip Nalan Tournament.
Photos by Ana Ortloff.
Bowling Scores MONDAY NIGHT KEGLERS 1-25 21-14 GRV Wild Rice 19-16 White Oak 17-18 Paul Bunyan 17-18 Northview Bank 16-19 Co-op 15-20 Blueberry Bowl Team High Handicap Game: Northview Bank 951; GRV Wild Rice 925; Blueberry Bowl 902. Team High Handicap Series: GRV Wild Rice 2716; Northview Bank 2712; Paul Bunyan 2595. Individual High Scratch Game: Bernie Matlock 233; Ray Guertin 223; Wayne Rhoades 212; Bill Westcott 212. Individual High Scratch Series: Bernie Matlock 611; Wayne Rhoades 580; Ray Guertin 571. Splits: Bernie 2-7, 3-10 x2; Bob B. 4-5; Bob C. 3-10; Bruce 3-10; Butch 3-10; Jim J. 3-10; Mac 3-10; Ray 3-10 x2, 4-7; Len 5-7; Fred 6-10; Jim H. 5-7-8. PINPOUNDERS 1-19 15-5 Macharts
14-6 D.R. Healthcare Center 12-8 Coors Light 10-10 Big Winnie Bar 10-10 Northern Star Food 9-11 Cen-XXX 6-14 Advantage Water Team High Handicap Game: D.R. Healthcare Center 909; Big Winnie Bar 904; Advdantage Water 899. Team High Handicap Series: D.R. Healthcare Center 2709; Big Winnie Bar 2665; Advantage Water 2641. Mens Individual High Scratch Game: Vince Cleveland 234; Dave Chase 226; Bruce White 191. Mens Individual High Scratch Series: Vince Cleveland 633; Dave Chase 613; Denny Hagen 517. Womens Individual High Scratch Game: Carol Skaja 202; Laurie Chase 189; Jessica Cleveland 182. Womens Individual High Scratch Series: Carol Skaja 547; Diana Daigle 508; Laurie Chase 495. Splits: Amy 5-8-10; Willie 2-5-7; Shane 3-10; Mandy 2-7; Cindy 4-5.
South of the Border Buffet Only
*Must show Winners Club card to receive discount
Tuesdays 11am - 3pm, 5pm - 9pm
ALL AMERICAN 1-27 32-10 Denny’s Resort 28-14 Lucky Strike Lounge 24-18 Hastie Construction 21-21 GRV Gibbs 21-21 Carroll Funeral Home 19-23 Cherney’s Resort 13-29 Ott Drug Store Team High Handicap Game: Denny’s Resort 1202; Lucky Strike Lounge 1120; Carroll Funeral Home 1113. Team High Handicap Series: Denny’s Resort 3372; Lucky Strike Lounge 3251; Hastie Construction 3216. Individual High Scratch Game: Pat Rooney 255; Mick Hagen 234; Jeff Gardner 225. Individual High Scratch Series: Pat Rooney 676; Jeff Gardner 650; Bernie Matlock 622. BLUE MOON LEAGUE 1-29 85-62 Sportsman Cafe 83-64 Rogers Ram/Jets 74-73 Whiteoak Casino 69-78 Big Winnie Bar 68-79 Vet’s Club 62-85 Tractor Club Team High Handicap Game: Sportsman Cafe 854; Big Winnie Bar 844; Vet’s Club 834. Team High Handicap Series: Big Winnie Bar 2459; Vet’s Club 2418; Sportsman Cafe 2346. Individual High Scratch Game: Nelda White 206; Linda Mayo 205; Brenda Bixby 201. Individual High Scratch Series: Beckii Andrie 540; Brenda Bixby 532; Cheryl Braford 504; Nelda White 504. Splits: Cheryl Kellems 510; Chip Johnson 3-10; Cheryl Braford 2-10; Beckii Andrie 3-10. EARLY SUNDAY MIXED 1-31 88-59 Mixed Trix 75-75 Upnorth 4 72-75 Graveyard Shift 59-88 No Fear Team High Handicap Game: Mixed Trix 961; Graveyard Shift 908; No Fear 898. Team High Handicap Series: Mixed Trix 2698; No Fear 2635; Graveyard Shift 2583. Mens Individual High Scratch Game: Richard Shadley
Burritos Beef Taquitos Chicken Enchilada Casserole Refried Beans Spanish Rice Nacho Chips Taco Shells
103 pounder, Spencer Tibbetts.
Taco Beef Fajitas Beef & Chicken Con Queso & Salsa Verde Broasted Chicken Mashed Potatoes & Gravy All Menu Items Subject To Change
223; Skyler Barton 214; Ron Shandorf 211. Mens Individual High Scratch Series: Ron Shandorf 579; Richard Shadley 554; Skyler Barton 546. Womens Individual High Scratch Game: Laurie Shadley 205; Dawn Hagen 168; Amanda DeBock 151. Womens Individual High Scratch Series: Laurie Shadley 511; Felicia Shadley 425; Dawn Hagen 406. Splits: Steve Nelson 3-10. ROADRUNNERS 1-21 49-27 Pete’s Toothfairies 48-28 Rapids Energy Center 43.5-32.5 D.R. Healthcare 43-33 Blueberry Hills Golf 32-44 Advantage Water Team High Handicap Game: Advantage Water 873; Rapids Energy Center 848; D.R. Healthcare 823. Team High Handicap Series: Rapids Energy Center 2406; Blueberry Hills Golf 2368; Advantage Water 2363. Individual High Scratch Game: Marla Rasley 217; Cheryl Braford 203; Fran Nason 188. Individual High Scratch Series: Marla Rasley 565; Cheryl Braford 499; Fran Nason 477. SUNSHINE LEAGUE 1-19 92-55 Blueberries 89-58 Gutter Gals 86-61 M&M’s 79-68 We Try 70-77 Jessie’s Girls 68-79 Rolling Pins 66-81 Shud A Bens 65-82 Loons 63-84 Honor Guard 57-90 Jury’s Out Team High Handicap Game: Blueberries 656; Loons 648; Jessie’s Girls 638. Team High Handicap Series: Blueberries 1888; Loons 1871; We Try 1801. Individual High Scratch Game: Fern Jurvelin 203; Marla Rasley 192; Sharon Miller 179. Individual High Scratch Series: Marla Rasley 552; Fern Jurvelin 522; Rita Onraet 489. Splits: Karen Haiby 4-9; Mary Peck 3-10; Sharon Miller 310; Rita Onraet 3-10; Fern Jurvelin 5-10; Sue Schottle 5-10.
Deadline for news and advertising for the Western Itasca Review is Monday at Noon.
Northern Lights Casino Hotel & Event Center 877 LIGHTS 9 Walker, MN www.northernlightscasino.com Proudly Owned And Operated By The Leech Lake Band Of Ojibwe. Management reserves all rights. 29DW,31DWch
WIR, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, Page 7
Seven bring home awards from regional junior high championships by Sue Cook The Regional Junior High Championship Nordic Ski Race was held at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd on Jan. 30. The Warrior junior high racers brought home 13 ribbons and one medal for their efforts. Individual races were held for non-varsity boys and girls in sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth grades in skate and classical skiing. The total distance was 8K; 4K for skate skiing and 4K for classical skiing. This was the final race of the season for the junior high team. The girls raced first taking on the skate course. In the sixth grade race Ali Juntunen finished in fifth place and earned a ribbon with a time of 16:55. Emma Shaw finished in 11th with 23:33. Seventh grader Tiffany Amy completed her race in eighth place with a time of 18:34, earning a ribbon. Nikki Kellems finished 10th with 19:36, Karley Paulley was 11th with 20:06, and Rita Helleckson was 14th with 27:16. In the eighth grade race Vanessa Perrington finished in first place with a time of 13:35 and RaeAnn Giffen was seventh with 21:53, both earning ribbons. Ninth graders Hannah Hron and Caitlin Wilson finished in fourth and fifth places with times of 17:22 and17:44, respectively. They each earned a ribbon. Liam Martin was Deer River’s only boy racing in the championship and was motivated to capture a first place finish. He completed the skate course with a time of 12:08 taking first place. After a short rest period, the teams were back on the course to complete the classic portion of the completion. In the sixth grade race Juntunen took sixth place with a time of 24:16, earning another ribbon. Shaw finished in 11th place with a time of 30:49. The seventh graders finished in the following order Amy 9th, 24:02; Pauley 10th, 24:46; Kellems 11th, 25:17; and Helleckson 13th, 37:03. Eighth grader Perrington completed the classic race in second place with 18:33 and Giffen took sixth with 26:20, so they each earned another ribbon. In the ninth grade race Wilson took third with 21:47 and Hron took fourth with 23:03, both earning another ribbon.
Martin attacked the course for a second time and finished the classic race in first place with at time of 16:21, earning a second ribbon. Martin also had the best combined time for the seventh grade boys and was awarded an overall champion medal. Teams competing in the championship were Little Falls, Brainerd, Bemidji. Otter Tail Nordic, Alexandria and Deer River.
Four Warriors earned ribbons at the North Star Conference ski meet in Brainerd. Back row, left to right, Kaila Juntunen, Vanessa Perrington. Center, Kevin Drotts, and front, Liam Martin.
Deer River skiers show their awards from the Junior High Championships. Back row, left to right, Tiffany Amy, Hannah Hron, Vanessa Perrington, Caitlin Wilson. Middle row, RaeAnn Giffen and Ali Juntunen. Front row, Liam Martin. Photo by Kari Juntunen
Nordic ski team takes on the Little Falls Invite The Deer River Nordic ski team participated in the Little Falls Pursuit on Jan 18 at Camp Ripley. In the past, this meet has been important because this is the same course and race format that will be used for the Section meet which will determine who will go to State. However, as I prepare this article the rain has started and the snow is degrading which makes any future plans uncertain. The varsity race was a 10K pursuit comprised of a 5K classic race, with over an hour rest period and then a 5K freestyle course. In the classic race, skiers left the starting line three at a time in 30 second intervals. Kevin Drotts dug deep and put in a great race. He finished in the classic race in 13th place with a time of 20:17. Cody Gustafson finished in 31st place with a time of 21:45. For the second race, the freestyle portion, skiers leave the starting line in the order and time interval that they finished the classic race. Drotts completed the freestyle course with a time of 17:55 and his overall place was 14th with a total time of 38:12. Gustafson completed the freestyle race in 19:06 at took 35th place with a total time of 40:51. In the girls’ varsity race, Kaila Juntunen worked the course hard and finished the classic race in 16th place with a time of 25:05. She lost some ground in the freestyle portion finishing in 23rd place with an overall time of 48:06. The Warriors met some competition they have not seen all year. Schools from the Metro and St. Cloud area as well as Section members were in attendance. Teams were from St. Cloud Tech, St. Cloud Apollo, St. Cloud Cathedral, Anoka, Mora, Willmar, Buffalo, Bemidji, Detroit Lakes, Brainerd, Little Falls, Alexandria, TrekNorth, Long Prairie and Otter Tail. The top 10 finishers received a pair of ski straps. Deer River had no junior varsity skiers but plenty of junior high competitors. The junior high teams began their 3K freestyle with a mass start in a large field before narrowing onto the trail that cut into the woods. The
skiers were required to double-pole to a certain point before breaking into skate skiing. In the boys’ race Liam Martin made a hard push and was the first into the woods. He battled to keep the lead but St. Cloud Tech’s Corey Rouw was able to push ahead and took first place with 11:09. Martin was right behind him for second place with a time of 11:15. In the girls’ junior high race Mora dominated the top three spots with Little Falls, Anoka and Brainerd claiming the next five. Warrior Vanessa Perrington took ninth place with a time of 14:13. The rest of the Deer River girls’ junior high team finished in the following places: Ali Juntunen 22, 16:30; Hannah Hron 27, 17:17; Tiffany Amy 32, 18:04; Caitlin Wilson 35, 18:29; Nikki Kellems 40, 19:51; Karley Paulley 45, 21:31; Amy Gustafson 47, 23:21; and RaeAnn Giffen 48, 23:27.
North Star Conference meet held in Brainerd by Sue Cook The North Star Conference ski meet was held Jan. 26 at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd with four Warriors earning awards. It was a cold day and a little harsh in the open fields, but skiers reported that there was sufficient windbreak once they got into the woods. The varsity and junior varsity teams raced on a 5K classic course. In the boys’ varsity race Kevin Drotts pushed hard and finished in third place with a time of 14:43, receiving All Conference honors. Cody Gustafson completed the race in 11th place with a time of 16:09. In the girls’ varsity race Kaila Juntunen took eighth place with a time of 18:39 earning an Honorable Mention award. Juntunen was only three seconds behind Sarah Fairbanks of Brainerd. Overall, Bemidji collected enough varsity points to secure the conference championship for both the boys’ and girls’ teams. Ashlea Grife was Deer River’s only junior varsity racer. She finished the course in 12th place with a time of 24:31. This was her final race of the season. The junior high teams raced 4K, a little longer than they are accustomed to, and made a good showing. Liam Martin took third place in the boys’ race with a time of 14:20. Michael Shaw finished in 21st place with a time of 22:58. In the girls’ race, Vanessa Perrington also took third place with a time of 16:06. The rest of the team finished in the following order: Hannah Hron 13, 19:07; Ali Juntunen 14, 19:45; Tiffany Amy 15, 20:19; Amy Gustafson 19, 21:01; Karley Paulley 20, 21:14; RaeAnn Giffen 21, 21:53; Nicole Kellems 23, 22:03; Emma Shaw 24, 22:12; and Rita Helleckson 31, 29:37.
College News Warrior Liam Martin fights to extend his lead in the boys’ junior high race at the Little Falls Invite. Photo by Jim Gustafson.
VERMILION COMMUNITY COLLEGE FALL HONORS LIST Nicolle Worcester, of Bigfork, was named to the Fall 2009 Honors List at Vermilion Community College in Ely. Students must have attained a semester GPA of 3.75 to earn placement on the Highest Honors list, 3.5 for placement on the High Honors list, and 3.0 for placement on the Honors list.
Deer River Publishing now offers
NEW ADDRESS 502 SE 10th St. Grand Rapids 218-326-1833 800-400-1833 www.wcphello.com
15 1st St. NE, Deer River
Just West of Airport Road Round-About 29W30Dchtfn
WIR, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, page 8
Obituaries James Harry Gilbert
Elmer Roy Hanson
Jane Dorothy Kolar
James Harry Gilbert, 71, of Effie, MN, died Monday, January 25, 2010, at Hibbing Fairview Hospital. Jim was born September 24, 1938, in Duluth to Gerald and Hazel (Harrington) Gilbert. Jim graduated from Bigfork High School in 1956 and Arden Hills Police Academy in 1963. He worked with Rajala Mill Company for many years and in between was a Deputy Sheriff for Koochiching County Sheriff Department, at one time. He owned his own trucking company for most of his work life. He loved his trucks. Jim married Shirley (Carrigan) on May 27, 1961. Together they had three children. Jim’s greatest joys in life were his family, friends, trucks, and he was an avid outdoorsman. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jill Flom and his mother, Hazel. He is survived by his father, Gerald Gilbert; wife, Shirley; sons, Michael (Laura) Gilbert, Grand Rapids, Jason (Shannon) Gilbert, Bigfork; son-in-law, Loren Flom, Bigfork; grandchildren, Kyle (Kandis) Gilbert, Lindsey (Derek) Brandstrom, Jenna Flom, Kirk Gilbert, Garrick Flom, William Gilbert, Zachary Gilbert, Tyler Gilbert, Sydnie Gilbert, Amanda Martin, and Susan Thomas; great-grandchildren, Claire, Cassie, Kiley, Dominick, and Anthony; brother, Wendel (Sally) Gilbert; sister, Geraldine (Oscar) Johnson; and nieces and nephews. Visitation was one hour prior to the Friday, January 29, 1 p.m. service at Effie Lutheran Church. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River and Bigfork.
Elmer Roy Hanson, 85, of Chisholm, died Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. He was born Oct. 4, 1924, in Togo, to John and Maria (Tarkkanen) Hanson. He grew up in Togo and resided there until moving to Chisholm in 1950. He was united in marriage on June 21, 1947 in Hibbing to Myrle L. Stephenson. After moving to Chisholm, he went to work in the underground mine in Albany and also worked part-time at the Goodyear Tire Store in Hibbing. From 1958 until 1965 he worked for Erie Mining Co. in Hoyt Lakes, and in 1965, he went to work for Eveleth Mines until his retirement in 1983. He was a member of Chisholm Baptist Church and also the Minnesota Deer Hunters Assn. Since his retirement he and his wife spent 23 winters snow-birding, mostly in Mission, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Ronald; daughter, Julie Hanson; brothers, Vernie and Ray; and sisters, Sigrid, Isla, Mabel, Ethel, Myrtle, Dorothy and Lorraine. Survivors include his wife; children, Dennis of Drain, Ore., Patty Tervonen of Balkan, Diana Schweickhardt of St. Louis, Mo., David of Balkan; 14 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; daughter-inlaw, Suzanne Hanson of Red Wing; numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation was held on Sunday, Jan. 31, and continued for one hour prior to the service in the Chisholm Baptist Church on Monday, Feb. 1. Interment followed at Chisholm Cemetery.
Jane Dorothy Kolar, 85, of Evergreen Terrace in Grand Rapids, died on Friday, Jan. 22, 2010 with family at her side. She was born on July 11, 1924, to Sam and Mary Skurich in Marble, where she resided until moving to Evergreen Terrace in July 2007. She was united in marriage to George Kolar on August 23, 1942 in Marble. She was a graduate of Greenway High School and earned her licensed practical nurse degree at Itasca Community College. She worked at the Itasca County Hospital for 32 years and proudly spent the majority of her career attending to newborn babies in the nursery. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church all of her adult life. She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant son; brothers, Mil Skurich and Peter Skurich; and sisters Mary Chanak and Mayme Colombo. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, George Kolar; her children, George Kolar of Marble, James Kolar of Walker, Elizabeth Berglund of Detroit Lakes, John Kolar of Marble; her sister, Elizabeth Bruiger of Tustin, Calif.; and her brother, George Skurich of Hibbing; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation was one hour prior to the services, Jan. 26, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Marble. Burial was in Lakeview Cemetery in Coleraine.
June Rose Kenow June Rose (Mrs. Martin) Kenow, age 92, of Bigfork and formerly of Minneapolis and Faribault, died on Monday, January 25, 2010 at Bigfork Valley Communities, Bigfork. June Rose, the daughter of Norman and Emma (Kline) Farmer, was born on June 20, 1917 in Faribault. She married Martin Kenow on June 22, 1934 in Faribault and he preceded her in death on June 14, 1991. June’s love of machine knitting turned into a business she ran from her Minneapolis home. She will be remembered by many friends and customers she made over the years. She is survived by two daughters, Jeanine (and Jerry) King of Bigfork and Sylvia (and Daryl) Simonson of Brooklyn Park; 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; 7 great-great-grandchildren; one son-in-law, Roger Schmidt of New Brighton; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Martin; two daughters, Rosemarie Schmidt and Martha Kenow; one great-grandson, Patrick King; and one brother, Norman Farmer. Visitation was held at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault, on Saturday, January 30, for two hours prior to the service. Funeral services were held on Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 2 p.m. at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault, with Pastor Michael Swecker officiating. Interment was held at Meadow Ridge Memorial Park, Faribault. Memorials are preferred. Visit boldtfuneralhome.com for information and guest book. Paid Obituary
Carroll Funeral Home
Providing: Funeral Options, Cremation Options Pre-aarrangements, and Monuments Serving our neighbors since 1956
Deer River 246-88181 • Bigfork 743-33960
Locally Owned by Carl & Angie Williams
Allen Neat Cronk II Allen Neat Cronk II, 34, of Martins Mill, TX, passed away Tuesday, January 5, 2010 in Grand Saline, TX. He was born June 19, 1975 in Cambridge, MN, to Allen Neat and Janice Marie “Clarke” Cronk. He was Baptist by faith. He was employed by the Canton School District as a computer technician, a job he was well suited for and really loved. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and camping. He earned a black belt in tae kwon do. He attended schools in North Branch and Bigfork, MN, graduating at Bigfork. He also attended ICC in Grand Rapids, MN. He was preceded in death by his sister, Lisa Anne and his grandfather, Neat H. Cronk. He is survived by, in Martins Mill Texas, his wife of nine years, Diane “Smallwood” Cronk; daughter, Bethany Michelle Welsh; and son, Allen Neat “Trey” Cronk III. In Minnesota, his parents, Allen Neat and Janice Marie Cronk of Deer River; sister, Deborah (Steve) Hacken of Winona; brothers, David (Andree) Cronk of Cambridge and Brian (Paula) Cronk of Pine City; his grandmother, Helen R. Cronk of Forest Lake; his aunt, Elaine Engberg of Grantsburg, WI.; and nephews, nieces, cousins and many friends. He is also survived by four aunts out east; Eleanore Thompson of Manchester, N.H., Wilda Roman of Palm Coast, FL., Gwendolyn Belanger of Haverhill, MA and Dixie Comeau of Stuart, FL; and many cousins also in ME, NH, MA, CT, NC, and FL. Services for Allen Neat Cronk II, 34, Martins Mill, TX, were held at 2 p.m. January 9, 2010 in Canton, TX. with brother Matt Parker officiating. Burial was in Holly Springs Cemetery, Martins Mill. Paid Obituary
College News UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA DULUTH (UMD) ANNOUNCES DEAN’S LIST The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) has announced its dean’s list for fall semester 2009. Students on the dean’s list have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Students from Cohasset are Jace G Bentson, Education & Human Service Pro, Psychology B A Sc; Alex R Demianiuk, Education & Human Service Pro, Psychology B A Sc; Alicia M Gemmill, Education & Human Service Pro, Elem/Middle Sch Educ B A Sc; Matthew J McCarroll, UMD-Sci & Eng. Swenson Coll of, Elect/Computer Engineering; and Jena M Zollner, Education & Human Service Pro, Unified Early Chld Stud B A Sc.
Sheriff’s Report Monday, Jan. 25 — Responded to a vehicle in the ditch on Hwy. 2, Deer River at 1:10 p.m. Responded to a vehicle in the ditch on Anderson Addition Rd., Northome at 4:28 p.m. Responded to a vehicle in the ditch on Scenic Hwy., Bigfork at 7:21 p.m. Responded to a residential intrusion alarm on Chasewood Rd., Deer River at 10:38 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26 — Responded to a sounding carbon monoxide detector on River Circle Dr., Cohasset at 9:28 a.m. Friday, Jan. 29 — Assisted Deer River Police Department with an attempt to locate on Comstock Dr., Deer River at 11:11 a.m. Responded to a domestic argument on Agate Rd., Deer River at 8:53 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30 — Received a report of vehicle theft from E. Bowstring River Rd., Inger at 1:46 a.m. The vehicle was recovered on S. Bowstring River Rd. Received a report of an intoxicated female on S. Bowstring River Rd., Inger at 1:06 p.m. The female took off running when deputies arrived. She was apprehended and arrested for probation violation and fleeing on foot. Received a report of harassing phone calls on Co. Rd. 140, Deer River at 2:47 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31 — Received a complaint of fraud on Co. Rd. 234, Cohasset at 10:10 p.m. The complaint involved the sale of magazines.
Police Report Friday, Jan. 22 — Responded to a lock-out on 1st St. N.E. at 8:57 a.m. Checked a handgun permit on 2nd St. S.E. at 2:32 p.m. Responded to a report of receiving stolen property on 1st Ave. N.E. at 4:50 p.m. Provided public assistance on 2nd St. S.E. at 7:16 p.m. Issued a warning for speeding on Main Ave. at 9:35 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 — Provided public assistance on Main Ave. at 1:00 a.m. Received a report of a suspicious vehicle on 2nd Ave. N.E. at 3:21 a.m. Responded to a report of gas theft on Main Ave. at 4:03 p.m. Responded to an intrusion alarm on Division St. at 5:50 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24 — Assisted state patrol on Hwy. 46 at 10:39 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25 — Responded to a parking complaint on 1st St. N.E. at 8:40 a.m. Responded to a dog at-large on 4th Ave. N.W. at 8:14 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26 — A vehicle hit a power pole on Division St. at 8:28 a.m. Assisted state patrol with a crash on Hwy. 2 at 7:02 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27 — Responded to a juvenile disturbance on 1st Ave. N.E. at 1:10 p.m. Responded to a report of theft on 1st Ave. N.E. at 1:12 p.m. Received a report of harassing phone calls on 1st Ave. N.E. at 1:13 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28 — Responded to a lock-out on Main Ave. at 8:26 a.m. Assisted a motorist on 2nd St. S.E. at 12:13 p.m.
WIR, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, Page 9
The Bible Says ...
AIRMAN DAVID SHAW GRADUATES FROM BASIC TRAINING Air Force Airman David M. Shaw graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eightweek program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. He is the son of Andrew and Paula Shaw of Maple Creek Road, Deer River. Shaw is a 2009 graduate of Deer River High School.
He is able by C. Marvine Scott I have been more blessed than most people in that I have grown up in a family of great faith. My father, Charlie Grier, set a beautiful example my entire of life in simply believing that God is certainly able to do what He promises. In spite of this, there are many times that my faith has wavered. I knew what the bible said but had trouble believing always that a miracle would occur when all circumstances screamed ‘impossible!’ This year I have been challenged to simply ‘believe God.’ I was impressed with the following article from The Bible Friend. HE CAN “He…hangeth the earth upon nothing.” Job 26:7 “In looking to God for deliverance of any kind, we are prone to try to discover what material He has on hand to work on in coming to our relief. If we are praying for financial help, we are apt to look over the community to see if we can think of any one whom the Lord might influence to lend us some money. If there are no apparent probabilities in that direction, we find it difficult to believe for hard cash. “If it is employment we need in order to insure the continuance of our bread and butter, we make diligent inquiries in the industrial centers, and if we find that the shops, stores and factories are more than full handed, it is pretty hard work to be hopeful that we are going to get work. “If we are ill and our physician is at a loss to know what next to try in order to alleviate us, it is not at all easy to convince ourselves that we are going speedily to recover. “It is so human to look and crave for something in sight that will help the Lord out. In time of need, if we can only find a little something for God to begin on, we seem so much better satisfied. To need a sum of money and not be able to think of a friend a man or a monied institution from which it might be obtained, gives a dark background to the scene. “To need work, and to find that throngs of others as needy as yourself are also idle, makes the human outlook very dark. To be in bed day after day, feeling no better, but rather worse, doctor’s bill increasing, business suffering and patience giving out, make a situation in which relief does not seem very probable. The trouble is, there does not appear to be a single human prospect to begin on. The outlook is all liabilities with no resources to help out. “Now, to God’s child, what is the real situation? Is there nothing but liabilities? Much every way. Are there no resources? Yea, thousands, millions, billions, trillions! Where are they? Above you, below you, around you. Earth and air are full of wealth untold. You can’t see it, eh? You don’t need to see it. Keep your eye on him. “Just think a moment. It is not at all necessary for you to see any help in sight, nor is it really necessary for God to have any relief on hand. He does not need anything to begin on. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. What did He make them out of? Nothing, absolutely nothing. When the earth was made what did He hang it on? Nothing. Pretty satisfactory earth to be made of nothing, eh? Remember, not a scrap of anything was used to make it. “He…hangeth the earth upon nothing.” “It hangs all right, doesn’t it? Very well, then. A God who can make an earth, a sun, a moon and stars out of nothing, can supply all your needs, whether He has anything to work with or not. Wonderful, isn’t it? “Trust Him and He will see you though.” -Gospel Tract Society, Inc. The Bible Friend, Jan-Feb 2010, p.1
When we feel circumstances crowding us, we need to look at people like Fanny Crosby. What a beautiful lady! This little blind girl wrote the following poem at 8 years of age! BLIND BUT HAPPY by Fanny Crosby O what a happy soul I am! Although I cannot see. I am resolved that in this world Contented I will be.
Rejoice, sing out and shout. Praise is the cure of grumbling God dwells in the courts of praise Praise is the tune of angels Let it brighten all your days. Yes, praise will bring you blessings Will make your heart revive Will lift your heavy burden And cause your soul to thrive. A praising man is easy To live with every day Then, let us practice praising To drive the clouds away. This world is fully of sorrow And happy men are few So learn the art of praising In everything you do. When your days are trying And when your spirit is glum Just keep on praising Jesus And Satan will succumb.
Ibid p. 4
SQUAW LAKE Centennial Lutheran LC-MS Rev. James Anthony Sunday Service 8:30 a.m. St. Catherine's Catholic Father Thomas P. Galarneault (218)659-4353 Saturday Mass 4:00 p.m.
JESSIE LAKE Jessie Lake Baptist 832-3911 Rev. Howard Williams Sunday School 10 a.m. Sunday Worship 11 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study Jesse Lake Lutheran Pastor John Hanson Parsonage 832-3834 Church 832-3883 Church Service 8:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Clara Lutheran DEER RIVER 246-8191 Apostolic Faith Church Lay Pastor Pastor Timothy Schultz Peg Christensen 212 2nd St. S.E. 246-2243 Sunday School & Sunday School & Worship Service Worship Service 9 a.m. 10:00 a.m. Hwy. 6 N - Right on Cty. Rd. 142, Bible Study, Wednesday Left on Cty. Rd 144 - 1 mile. 6:00 p.m. Deer River Bible Church BENA 246-9570 St. Anne’s Catholic Pastor Gaylord Finch Father Stephen Solors Home 246-2093 Saturday Mass 7 p.m.. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. FEDERAL DAM Morning Worship 10:45 a.m. Sacred Heart Catholic Evening Service 6 p.m. Father Stephen Solors Family Bible Study & Prayer Sunday Mass 11 a.m. meeting Wednesday 7 p.m. 1 mile north on Hwy. 6
Evangelical Covenant Pastor Ron Grossman Sunday School, 9:45 a.m. Sunday Worship 11:00 a.m. Wed. Night Bible Study 7 p.m. 246-8062
MARCELL Marcell Community Church Pastor Paul Olson Sunday School 9:15 a.m. Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. Wed. Bible Study 10 a.m.
St. Mary's Catholic Church Fr. Paul Larson Parish Office 246-8582 Saturday Mass 4:00 p.m. Sunday Mass 10:30 a.m. Confessions half hour before Saturday mass United Methodist Pastor Richard Wilder Sunday Worship 10:00 a.m. Office (218)246-8591 Cell (218)360-4795
Caribou Chapel Pastor Ron Grossman (218) 326-3574 Sunday 9 a.m. Bible Study Wed. 7 p.m. All denominations welcome! At Marcell Town Hall
SUOMI Suomi Evangelical Lutheran Pastor John Hanson Parsonage 832-3834 Sunday Service 10:30 a.m.
SAND LAKE Northwoods Chapel Rev. Howard Williams Non-Denominational On Corner of Co. Rds. 35 and 36 Sunday Service 9:00 a.m. Fellowship following Wednesday Bible Study For info 1-218-259-0425
Redeemer Lutheran LC-MS Rev. James Anthony Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Worship Service 10:30 a.m. Evening Service, Thursday, 7 p.m. Memorial Day thru Labor Day Bethany Lutheran, ELCA Rev. Dwight Rudquist Highway 6 North, 246-8398 Worship - 9:30 a.m. Wednesday - ‘Club 100’ Sept.-May (1st-6th grade) "The Welcome Place" Oteneagen Chapel (An Independent Bible Church) Church Services 10-11 a.m. Sunday School 11:15-11:45 a.m.
EFFIE Ibid p.4
How do we go from doubts to joy? Stella Adams suggests a beautiful method in the following poem.
12/29/09 Mutual aid-structure fire 100 Maple St. 01/10/10 CO alarm 2nd Street S.E.
Area Worship Schedule
Sand Lake Alliance Pastor Sam Muntean Cty Rd 4 just east of Anchor Inn Resort) Worship 10 a.m. Bible Study - Wed. 7 p.m. 218-798-2872
How many blessings I enjoy That other people don’t! To weep and sigh because I’m blind I cannot, and I won’t.
January Deer River Fire Rescue Report
The devil can’t stand praises He hates a thankful heart Praise will bring deliverance Let’s master this great art.
Effie Fredheim Lutheran Church ELCA Rev. Ryan Aarestad Office 743-3368; Parsonage 743-6986 Sunday Worship 8:45 a.m.
Deer River Church of God (Pentecostal) Rev. Lee Pederson 246-8760 304 - 4th Ave. S.E. Sunday School 9:00 a.m. Sunday Worship 10 a.m. Sunday Evening Prayer 6 p.m. Wed. Night Bible Study 7 p.m.
Bigfork Lutheran, ELCA Rev. Ryan Aarestad Office 743-3368; Parsonage 743-6986 Sunday Worship: Bigfork Lutheran and First Presbyterian are having blended worship services at the First Presbyterian Church two blocks west of Bigfork City Hall at 10:15 a.m. Bigfork Assembly of God Pastor Mike Stevens 101 Golf Course Road Morning Worship 9:30 & 10:30 Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Evening Service 6:30 p.m. 218-743-6316 Riverside (Presbyterian) Chapel Sunday Worship 8:30 a.m. Cell (218)360-4795 Our Lady of Snows Catholic Father Thomas P. Galarneault (218) 743-3255 Sunday Mass 9:00 a.m. Wed., Thurs., Fri..- 8:00 a.m. First Presbyterian Church Rev. Ryan Aarestad Office 743-3368; Parsonage 743-6986 Sunday Worship: Bigfork Lutheran and First Presbyterian are having blended worship services at the First Presbyterian Church two blocks west of Bigfork City Hall at 10:15 a.m.
BOWSTRING Bowstring (Presbyterian) Chapel located 15 miles north on Hwy. 6, 1 block west on Co. Rd. 133 Sharron Lewis Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Sunday Worship 10:15 a.m.
BALL CLUB St. Joseph's Catholic Father Stephen Solors Saturday Mass 5 p.m. Sunday Mass 9 a.m. Ball Club Assembly of God Church Rev. Greg Baudeck Pastor - 327-1005 Church-246-2511 Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. Sunday Evening 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study 7 p.m.
COHASSET West Cohasset Chapel Pastor Joe Franzone Sunday School -9:15 a.m. Worship Service - 10:30 a.m. AWANA Wednesday - 6:30 p.m. 999-9030 On Hwy. 6 one mile north of Hwy. 63 St. Augustine’s Catholic Church Fr. Paul Larson Sunday Mass 8:30 a.m. Confessions half hour before mass Calvary Pines Baptist Church Pastor Charles Pratt 7 miles north of Cohasset at crossroads of Co. Rd. 256 & 62 Sunday School (ad. & youth) 9:30 a.m.
Worship Service 10:30 a.m. Sunday Bible Study - 6 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study - 7 p.m. Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Pastor Chris Gorshe Pastor Bill Zeige 35568 Foxtail Lane, Cohasset 328-5165 Sunday 9:00 Wednesday Evening 7 p.m. Sunday School & Bible Study 10:30 a.m. New Life Christian Fellowship 35 N.E. 3rd St., Cohasset, MN (Formerly Redeemer Lutheran Church behind SuperAmerica)
Sunday Prayer 8-8:30 a.m. 9:00-9:45 a.m. Sunday School Worship 10:00 a.m. Sunday Evening 6 p.m. prayer 6:30 p.m. Worship Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Bible Study Good News Bible Church Rev. Tom Adams 9 a.m. Sunday Wednesday 7 p.m. 326-5972
THE ART OF PRAISE by Stella Adams Too often we are weary With all our trials and strife But, praising our dear Savior Will bless and gladden our life. Like sunshine drives out darkness So praise can scatter doubt Just keep on praising Jesus
Jurvelin Hardware Deer River 246-8628 Rajala Timber Co. Deer River & Bigfork
246-8277 or 743-3333
Deer River Publishing 246-8533 North Itasca Electric Co-op Bigfork Area 743-3131
Carroll Funeral Home Deer River & Bigfork 246-8181 or 1-800-457-8181
WIR, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, page 10
Looking Back Compiled by Joan Isaacs from the files of the Deer River Newspapers. 110 Years Ago—Wm. Buell made proof on his homestead. George Moore of Cohasset has a logging camp at Steamboat cut-off. Three inches of snow fell here, which is enough for good sleighing. School opened in the new school house...toll of 600-lb. bell sounds quite reviving. 100 Years Ago—The band boys are getting together for the winter’s practice. They will give their annual ball Feb. 12. Scarlet fever claims life of seven year old Cecil Marth. Disease is spreading fast. 90 Years Ago—Deer Lake to be a big resort spot. Thorpe Bros., a big Minneapolis concern, has platted Silver's Portage, which is termed “Sherwood Forest.” Silver’s Portage was homesteaded about 25 years ago by Archie Hallock, who was then known only by the name “Silver” and who still resides near Deer River...The land embraced in Sherwood Forest comprises a ridge lying between Deer and Moose lakes beginning at the P.R. Brooks lodge and everything east about one mile. Lots are being offered at $150 - $300 by Thorpe Bros. 80 Years Ago—729,037 cars were registered in Minnesota in 1929. “Blue and Gold Chips” (Deer River High School news): Editor was Gilbert MacAdams, assisted by Zona Venne, Marguerite Foley, Phebe Campbell, Violet Nelson, Harry Johnson and James Tucker. The annual is being prepared by the Deer River Senior class. Married: Gertrude Ebel, who taught in Deer River during 1914-15 is married to Clay Dawson. 70 Years Ago—School Notes: Two
G.A.A. games were played. Mabel Lind was umpire. Betty Lou Lehman and Leona Yost were timers, and Helen Oleheiser and Peggy Munhall were scorers. GirlsReserves sold candy at the basketball game. Selling were Dorothy Wolfe, Marvel Jorgenson and Mildred Alajoki. FAA basketball team lost to Grand Rapids FAA team. Scoring were Mahlon Howe, Zane Bixby, Dean Myhro and Ted Gamble. Marcell 4-H members, Charles Lengstorf and Maurice Dobson, win safety poster contest. 60 Years Ago—The Deer River Municipal liquor store netted $21,986. A new low of -49 degrees is lowest since 1935. First ski meet at Blueberry HIlls ski slide was attended by 500 people. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Gunning, Deer River, remodel restaurant, Jack’s Place. 50 Years Ago—School news from Derivian: Judith Byers wins Deer River High School Betty Crocker Homemaker test. Dance at the Arena after basketball game. Boys cannot wear levis and girls must wear skirts or dresses! Susan Saari is awarded scholarship to Bemidji State college. 40 Years Ago—Warrior Basketball: Mark Wohlrabe, Ray Keller, Rob Metke, Doug Peterson, Dale Hedquist score in basketball game against Tower-Soudan. Alva and Edith Baker, Deer River, are honored at Itasca County Nursing Home. Alva served 22 years on Itasca County welfare, hospital and nursing home commissions. 30 Years Ago—Mark Gullickson wins Special Olympics wrestling title. Craig Andrie wrestles at Moorhead State University. Deaths: Hazel Olson, Inga
Telephone operator nostalgia by Harriett Stiyer Elton Elliot It was interesting reading about the demise of the telephone office in Deer River in the November 19 issue of the Western Itasca Review. It was a surprise to see my picture on the back page. For quite a long time that picture was used in ads for the telephone company without my knowledge! This article prompted me to jot down some of my telephone operator memories. Enjoy. Party lines where you heard everyone’s ring. Each household had a special series of rings for their number. No privacy -because there were always “rubbernecks”, who listened. Ringing the fire siren at noon and again at 9 p.m. for curfew. One night there was a call for a rural fire about 9:15. It took “forever” for the firemen to respond because they thought it was curfew. At this time the operator rang the siren for a fire and the firemen called her to find out where the fire was. People living on “Oklahoma Hill” and that general area either didn’t have phone service or were on a party line with about fourteen other households would come to the telephone office to make their long distance calls. During deer season, there were two operators working the evening shift. Sometimes it took as long as 4 HOURS to get a long distance call through. Calls were often cancelled and tempers flared! Can you imagine? A POW Camp at Cut Foot was on a
party line with several resorts. If they needed to make a call with “sensitive” information, they came to town and used a pay phone. In certain areas, if there was a storm, trees blew over the lines, so the service was cut off. The crew worked on it as soon as possible to restore service. However, one resort owner blamed it all on the operators and threatened them with all kinds of things. When John Glenn made his first space orbit, not one telephone in the Deer River area was in use for at least 5 minutes. Everyone was glued to their TVs. It was almost eerie to have the switchboard idle during the day. There was pandemonium when an airplane flying from Bigfork disappeared and crashed. FAA and CAP were involved trying to trace it; and were making lots of calls. Pandemonium again as World War II ended. This time it was joyful! High school boys partying at someones cabin, at some point late in the evening, would call the operator and tell her all kinds of things. I truly loved my job as telephone operator. My daughter and I were the last ones talking on the old switchboard system when it was cut to dial. Aren’t we glad for modern technology--even though it is irritating to see people driving and using the phone; or walking through stores having a phone conversation.
Aho, Hubert Wakanabo, Wilbur MacDonald, Percy Opsahl, Roy Hagen and Hugo Sunell. 20 Years Ago—Deer River Food Shelf serves 33,351 pounds of food in 1989. The Christa McAuliffe team of four Deer River teachers returned from the New York filming of a docudrama based on their involvement in the Deer River school system. They are Dennis Peterson, Yvonne Wilson, Janet Florine and Myrna Peterson. The Deer River “Satin Slippers” danceline will compete at a clinic in the Metrodome with hopes of placing and being able to perform during
the half time of a Timberwolves game. 10 Years Ago—Deer River City Council approves annexation of a portion of King Elementary School property that is located in Deer River Township. Also annexed was the Andrew and Paula Shaw property north of the city limits. Employees honored at Northern Star Cooperative annual meeting are: Bob Thompson, 28 years; Tiemi Erickson, 30 years; Jim Mundt, 17 years; Don Evans, 20 years; Lyle Edgeton, 17 years; John Reed, 16 years. Deaths: Shane Whitebird, 18, dies as result of auto accident.
Deer River Warrior 1959 basketball team. Back row, left to right, Gary Hagen, Gordon Emerson, Roger Will, Bill Linder, Tom Swisher, Bob Seaman, Terry Lindgren. Front row, left to right, Coach Don Guthrie, Mack Williams, Gary Swanson, John Linder, Ed Schjenken and Noel Bateman.
WIR, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, Page 11
Western Itasca Review
Classified Ads For Sale: 2000 Arctic Cat Z 370 ES, reverse, hand and thumb warmers. $1,500. 218-743-3816. ......................28DWchtfn
SERVICES Monuments and Markers: Available in granite and bronze. Also do final dating, cleaning and foundation work. FREE estimates Serving your area, Jerry Pula, Sales rep. (218)7433711. .....................26-49DWpd Deer River Area Food Shelf: 1006 Comstock Drive. Every Thursday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .DWtfn Free Kid’s Clothing! WeeCare Hope Chest. Open every Thursday, 9-11 a.m. and last Saturday of every month, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. 304 4th Ave. SE., at Deer River Church of God. .........................16DWtfn
STORAGE Mini Storage Units. Five different sizes available at Northern Star Cooperative. Call 2468296 to reserve. . . . . . . . . . . . 12DWchtfn
FOR RENT For Rent: Three Bedroom Home for Rent, $675 per month plus utilities. Newly remodeled. Call John @ 326-6646. ......................28DWchtfn For Rent: 2 - 1 bedroom apts. $400/$450 per mo. + dep. 327-5416. .........................25DWtfn
For Rent: 1 bedroom $569/month, $569 deposit, available immediately, utilities included. Nonsmoking. Laundry on-site. Wilderness Apartments, Effie, MN. Call Jeff or Paula 218-743-1618 day. 218-743-3859 evening. ......................19DWchtfn For Rent: 2 bedroom $685/month, $685 deposit, available immediately, utilities included. Nonsmoking. Laundry on-site. Wilderness Apartments, Effie, MN. Call Jeff or Paula 218-743-1618 day. 218-743-3859 evening. ......................19DWchtfn For Rent: Super Efficiency Apartment. Available immediately. 500 month/500 deposit. Non-smoking, utilities included, laundry on-site. Wilderness Apartments, Effie, MN. Call Jeff or Paula at 218-743-3616 day 218-743-3859 eve. ..............15W16DWchtfn For Rent: Condor Bigfork Apartments, Bigfork, MN. Applications are being taken for one and two bedroom apartments. 62 years of age or older, disabled or handicapped. Must meet certain income guidelines to qualify for Section 8 assistance. EHO. Contact (218)743-3735 or Oliver Management Service, Inc. (218)628-0311. ......................08DWchtfn
CLASSIFIED ADS MUST BE PREPAID
Deadline for all advertising material for the Western Itasca Review is by noon on Monday
HELP WANTED Mystery Shoppers: Earn up to $150 per day. Undercover shoppers needed to judge retail and dining establishments. No experience required. Call 877 630 4742 .....................29-31DWpd
MISSING Missing: Brindle, female boxer, 7 mos old. White socks, chest, wishbone on face. Cash reward for her return. Last seen Buckhorn Resort, Marcell. Has collar with tags. Please contact with ANY info. 612-578-6458. ..................28-30DWpd3
WORK WANTED Odd Jobs Wanted. Has truck, trailer, tools, helpers, as needed, for snow removal, dump, good will, recycle loads or other work. Call Dave at 218832-3267. $75 minimum. .....................29-31DWpd
It may be COLD outside but the deals are HOT inside of
Annabella’s Antique Mall & Cafe
Up to 25 words - $4.75 for 1 week $9.50 for 2 weeks and receive a 3rd week FREE! Add 15 cents per word over 25.
Inventory Reduction Sale!
30-50% Off TONs of selected items!
Mon.-Sat. 10-5 www.AnnabellasAntiques.com 29DWchtr
STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM Seeks local coordinators passionate about your community? Help us expand. Unpaid but monetary/travel incentives. Must be 25+. 877/216-1293
BECOME AN INSURANCE CLAIM REPRESENTATIVE This profession offers interesting work and good compensation. Unique 9-month program prepares you. Classes begin in August. Ridgewater College 800/722-1151.
FOR SALE Steel buildings, main frame, custom built, any size building. Complete with doors and windows. Contact Schweiss 507/426-8273
FOREMAN To lead utility ﬁeld crews. Outdoor physical work, many positions, paid training, $17/hr plus weekly performance bonuses after promotion, living allowance when traveling, company truck and good beneﬁts. Must have strong leadership skills, good driving history and able to travel in Minnesota and nearby states. E-mail resume to Recruiter25@osmose.com or online at www.Osmoseutilities.com EOE M/F/D/V OTR DRIVERS NEEDED Flatbed, Reefer and Tanker positions. Prime Inc. is a ﬁnancially stable, expanding and growing carrier 9 months + OTR exp. 800/277-0212 www.primeinc.com
HELP WANTED - DRIVERS DRIVERS NEEDED: Earn up to $45,000 per year +beneﬁts. Get pre-hired with Roehl, Swift, Werner & others. No experience needed. Training classes start weekly. Call 877/459-6044
Northern Lights Casino Hotel & Event Center
877 LIGHTS 9 Walker, MN Proudly Owned And Operated By The Leech Lake Band Of Ojibwe. Management reserves all rights. 29DW,31DWch
SERVICE TECHNICIAN NEEDED For John Deere agricultural equipment. Training & experience preferred. Send or e-mail resume to: Mahnomen Implement, Box 130, Mahnomen, MN 56557 email@example.com
BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY ALL CASH VENDING! Do you earn $800 in a day? Your own local vending route. Includes 25 machines and candy all for $9,995. 888/776-3066
MISCELLANEOUS HERNIA REPAIR? Did you receive a Composix Kugel Mesh Patch between 1999-2008? If the Kugel patch was removed due to complications of bowel perforation, abdominal wall tears, puncture of abdominal organs or intestinal ﬁstulae, you may be entitled to compensation. Attorney Charles Johnson 800/535-5727 DISH NETWORK $19.99/mo, why pay more for TV? 100+ channels. Free 4-room install. Free HDDVR. Plus $600 sign-up bonus. Call now! 866/690-3219
WANTED TO BUY OLD GUITARS WANTED: Collector is buying older American made guitars, banjos, mandolins, basses and violins. Any condition will be considered. Please call 800/451-9728 Your ad here! Only $199 to reach a statewide audience of 2 million readers!!! 1-800-279-2979
FOR SALE ONE PIECE HYDRAULIC DOORS by Schweiss Doors. “New” hydraulic doors for farmshops/airplane hangars. Low headroom required, easy to install. Visit us at www.bifold.com 800/746-8273
HOMES FOR SALE NATIONWIDE FORECLOSED HOME AUCTION 700+ Homes | Bids open 2/8. Open house: 1/30, 31 & 2/6. View full listings: www.Auction.com. REDC | Brkr 40040398
LOTS & ACREAGE BANK FORECLOSURE Colorado land bargain 87 acres - $39,900. Rolling ﬁelds, Rocky Mountain views, access to 1,000’s of acres BLM land. Electric, telephone, excellent ﬁnancing. Call now 866/696-5263 x5486
REAL ESTATE FREE FORECLOSURE LISTINGS Over 400,000 properties nationwide. Low down payment. Call now 800/741-4834
FURNITURE MIDWEST HOTEL FURNITURE Liquidators, LLC. Centrally located in Alexandria, MN. 320/763-5361 Visit online for our current hotel furniture acquisitions. Public welcome! www.HotelFurnitureGuy.com
WIR, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, page 12
Bethany Quilters of Deer River sending quilts and health kits to Haiti by Louise H. McGregor, staff writer The mission was somber, but the mood of the women working on the quilts was lightened by their conversations and jokes. Everything fit together in a flow, the conversation, jokes, and stitching, as the women moved swiftly to accomplish their task. Their’s was a serious mission, members of the Bethany Quilters were at the Bethany Lutheran Church of Deer River on Jan. 27 doing something that would help someone in dire need of help—they were there to work on more quilts to send to Haiti. On Jan. 12, Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, was devastated by a 7.0 earthquake. Hospitals, schools, office buildings, homes of all types and the main prison in that city collapsed. An estimated 200,000 people were killed and another 250,000 were estimated to have been injured in that quake which left approximately 1.5 million of the 2 million population of that city homeless. “My heart just bleeds for those children,” said Shirley Olesen. It is estimated that there are about 1 million unaccompanied or orphaned children, or children who have lost one parent in the quake. This leaves them in a very vulnerable position with no one to fend for them. For, besides those who were already preying on the children of Haiti, the collapse of the prison released 6,000 to 7,000 inmates out in the streets, to add to the list of predators who were already there. The Bethany Quilters, Olesen, Jeannie Jensen, Sheila Brogger, Terrie Barrett, Phyllis Olsen, Barb Tornes,
Pat Tarbell, Kathy Gilbert, Barb Gill and Robbie Osse, had 10 completed quilts ready. “We are shooting for 20,” said Barrett. “We know that what we do won’t make a dent in the need of the Haitians,” said Olesen, “but we want to do what we can to help as many as we can.” The quilters are trying to get all of the quilts they can make, finished in time for the Lutheran World Relief shipment to Haiti. Besides the quilts, the Bethany Quilters were able to buy supplies for 45 health kits. These kits were to be assembled later on that day by the Bethany Club 100 Youth. “We had enough money to do 45,” said Barrett, “but if our appeal for donations from businesses are granted we can do another 45.” The health kits contain some bare essentials that the homeless in Haiti don’t have right now, a towel, washcloth, bar of soap, toothbrush, comb, fingernail clippers and six bandaids. “Toothpaste and other items will be added later on in the shipment,” said Barrett. The women may think that they are not doing much for the people in Haiti, but they are doing what they are able to. These items will be gratefully received by those who have nothing and are lucky if they have a tent to shelter them from the rain. If other groups do the same thing, it won’t help everyone in Haiti, nor will it solve the problems there, but it will ease the situation for some. Club 100 Youth photos submitted by Pastor Dwight Rudquist.
Shirley Olesen, on the left, and Jeannie Jensen put together a quilt that is being made from a design made up by members of Club 100 Youth.
Bethany Quilters, starting from the left, Jeannie Jensen, Terri Barrett and Phyllis Olsen work on a quilt they are getting ready for shipment to Haiti. The pattern on this quilt is aptly named “Trip Around the World.”
Club 100 Youth members find out that they too, can do something to help those in need, like the people of Haiti. Helping hands are sometimes all that is needed to provide someone, somewhere, with items they can use.
WATCH NBC UNIVERSAL’S COVERAGE OF THE 2010 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES IN HIGH-DEFINITION WITH PBTV HD! CHANNEL 506
$9.95/mo. for over 25 high-denion channels INCLUDES: A&E HD / ABC HD / ABC FAMILY HD / BRAVO HD / CNBC HD / DISNEY CHANNEL HD / DISNEY XD HD / E! HD / ESPN HD / ESPN 2 HD FOOD NETWORK HD / FOX HD / FSN HD / G4 HD / GOLF CHANNEL HD / HD NET / HD NET MOVIES / HD THEATER / HGTV HD / HISTORY HD NBC HD / SYFY HD / UNIVERSAL HD / VERSUS HD
218.999.1234 GRAND RAPIDS
888.586.3100 TOLL FREE
Must have Main Paul Bunyan Television service to add PBTV HD service. PBTV HD subscribers will receive the HD channels of the digital channels they subscribe to. Additional subscription(s) may be required to receive all channels listed. Where required, installation fee of $75 for set up of high definition receivers. In order to receive a true high-definition signal you need an HD ready or HD compatible television set. PBTV HD service is compatible with HD television displays of 480p, 720p, 1080i, and 1080p. PBTV HD Channel line up is subject to change without notice. Prices do not include franchise fees or taxes. One month minimum subscription required. Service availability depends upon location. Some restrictions may apply.
Club 100 Youth arrived at the Bethany Lutheran Church on the afternoon of Jan. 27 to assemble health kits for Haiti.