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April 5 election rundown

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 Vol. 121, No. 31 • Shell Lake, Wisconsin


Would you?

Some choices for all residents

Jauch speaks in Spooner See page 2

by Gregg Westigard WASHBURN COUNTY – April 5th is the spring non-partisan election for Washburn County residents. Besides the state Supreme Court race, there are contests for three of the six school boards, all four villages and cities, and in ten of the 21 towns. Here are the candidates for the contested races only.

School boards (I) = incumbent Shell Lake: two seats. Tim Mikula (I) & Wendy Muska (I). Muska is running as a write-in and earlier deciding not to run. Spooner: three seats. Bev Bohac (I), Paul Goellner (I), Kurtiss

See Rundown, page 3

Spring election:

Do you know where you live?

Going back See page 7

by Gregg Westigard NORTHWEST WISCONSIN– There will be election contests on the April 5 ballot for all residents of Burnett, Polk, and Washburn Counties. There is a contested seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. School board and village board seats come up every year but in the odd-numbered years town boards are also on the bal-

See Election, page 3

Judge will take time deciding legality of collective bargaining law

A new school record in the triple jump

SPORTS Pages 12, 13, 15

by Shawn Johnson Wisconsin Public Radio MADISON - The judge in a case challenging Wisconsin's new collective bargaining law says she won't issue a quick decision in the case. While Governor Scott Walker signed the collective bargaining plan last week, Wisconsin Secretary of State Doug La Follette says he won't publish the law until March 25th. That's the maximum ten business days he's allowed to wait under the law. While La Follette has said that will give legal challenges time to proceed, Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi says she won't have a decision by then. “If either side wants a quick thumbs up or thumbs down on the Constitutional issues or statutory issues, this is not your court."

See Judge, page 3

Jack Neely, part-time Shell Lake resident, along with instructor Brad, leave the plane during Neely’s first skydiving experience over South Padre Island, Texas. Neely relates his skydiving experience in a story on the back page of this week’s Register. - Special photo

No pitchforks necessary

Issue of sheriff’s deputy position surfaces at county board meeting

by Jessica Beecroft WASHBURN COUNTY – On Tuesday, March 15, the Washburn County Board had a busy agenda to work through. There was no meeting in February, so the board had two months worth of business to conduct. Greg Krantz, county board member, ad-

dressed the public regarding the law enforcement committee requesting the personnel department to approve the sheriff’s deputy position, and it not being approved at this time. Krantz, who serves on the law enforcement committee, said, “Everyone that wants to come after us with pitchforks and torches needs to understand we don’t have any money.” Krantz queried why would you want to fill a position and then have to fire them at the end of the year since it is only budgeted for this year?

New director Tammy Tom-Steinmetz, the new unit on aging director, was introduced to the board. Tim Brabec, county board member, introduced Tom-Steinmetz and assured them the aging committee would go easy on her for the first couple of months. The unit on aging director has big shoes to fill, according to members of the committee. Several citizens attended the meeting, and the authorization for a full-time assistant recreation administrator position to take over for a retiring employee was approved by the board. Tom Ricci voted against the position that was brought to the board. Ricci said “It was only to prove a point. They cut the fulltime position at the vet’s office down to part time, but we can hire a seasonal worker for the parks?” LEFT: Citizens came to encourage the Washburn County Board to be proactive with the new budget cuts facing the county. - Photo by Jessica Beecroft

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Sen. Jauch in Spooner to address Budget Repair Bill


by Jessica Beecroft SPOONER – Sen. Bob Jauch spoke to citizens on Thursday, March 17, at the Spooner Agriculture Station. He was there to speak and answer questions from concerned citizens regarding the Budget Repair Bill. Jauch said he was “trying to make the rounds to as many places as possible to correct the myths of the bill, to talk about the issues, this bill’s consequences and the impact the bill has.” The senator discussed how Sen. Robert the Budget Re“Bob” Jauch pair Bill would speaks to the com- give Gov. Walker munity about the the right to sell Budget Repair Bill off nuclear Thursday, March 17. plants without going through a

A large crowd gathered at the Spooner Agricultural Station to hear Sen. Jauch speak. — Photos by Jessica Beecroft

public/legislative review. “Imagine one person having the right to sell off a major resource of our state to his best friend if he wanted to,” Jauch said. When faced with the medical assistance issues, Jauch stated, “Poor will suffer, sick people get sicker and that isn’t the Wisconsin way!” Also, the issues about unions not having collective bargaining rights were raised. Gene Rick, a recently retired

School board invites public to vote online in superintendent search

teacher from Barron, questioned Jauch about how Wisconsin’s teachers used to be encouraged to get master’s degrees, and now with the union collective bargaining being taken away, he was concerned that older, more educated teachers would be replaced with teachers fresh out of college who would not be paid as much. Jauch responded with “that is an issue that is very possible.” Under the Budget Repair Bill, collective bargaining is taken away, and it will be up to the school districts to decide. “We just hope the school districts use good judgment when faced with that,” Jauch said. Republicans, Democrats and Independent citizens all came together to discuss the issues facing the state. Jauch encouraged participation with the crowd of concerned citizens and asked people

not to “boo” when people expressed their concerns and beliefs. One citizen said “How do you feel about people who say the election is over; deal with it?” Jauch said he believed that several people that voted for Walker knew he was planning on repairing the budget, as he ran on that platform; however, they did not know he was going to take away the rights of Wisconsin workers and make all these drastic cuts. The senator also explained why the 14 Democrats left the state to try to keep the bill from passing. Jauch stated, “the people needed to have time to voice their opinion and this bought time for that. It was our constitutional right to leave quorum.” Jauch told about how it was hard for the family to be separated for 23 days, but if he had to do it all over again, he would. He was staying with family in Clinton, Ill. He did make a few trips to meet with Republican leaders in hopes to compromise to get the bill negotiated before it was passed. Jauch explained that he believes the rights of the Wisconsin people will be restored, because the citizens are speaking up against the bill. “For the time being, we are going to see a lot of changes, but these rights will be restored,” Jauch assured the audience. Jauch promised to “stand with them (Wisconsin citizens) in restoring rights.” He also quoted Abe Lincoln, “You stand by the man that is right when he’s right, for as long as he’s right.”

Youth reps complete term

The Shell Lake Board of Education met on Monday, March 21, at the Shell Lake High School. The school board has posted a link on their Web site ( where they are asking the public to give their input for consideration in hiring the new superintendent. This gives the community a chance to fill out the survey online and be part of the hiring process. Shown (L to R) are school board members Jeri Bitney, Mary Ann Swan, Tim Mikula and Don Peterson. - Photo by Jessica Beecroft

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Youth representatives on the Washburn County Board finished serving their two-year terms on Tuesday, March 15. Shown (L to R) are Ian McNurlin, Amanda Hagen and Chris Soelle. They have each helped bring insight to the committees and board, and they are greatly appreciated, said Tom Mackie, county board member. The whole Washburn County Board gave a thanks to the youth for serving. The new youth members have been selected and will be at the next Washburn County Board meeting in April. - Photo by Jessica Beecroft

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Back row (L to R): Director Hailey Hersey cuts it up with Hannah Bartz, Sage Dunham and fellow director Carrie Russell. Sitting, Emma Gimse White, Emilee Organ and Beth Bulgrin are on stage for the Shell Lake High School production of “While the Lights Were Out.” The who-done-it murder mystery will be performed Friday, March 25, and Saturday, March 26, at the Shell Lake Arts Center. — Photo by Larry Samson

Deer herd numbers are up

by Larry Samson SPOONER — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources held their annual spring meeting on the status of the deer herds in the state. The meeting for Washburn and Burnett counties was held Tuesday, March 15, at the Spooner Elementary School and was attended by area hunters.

Nancy Christel, wildlife biologist with the WDNR, conducted a deer herd status meeting providing information on the deer herds in deer management units 11, 12, 15 and 17. — Photo by Larry Samson

Wildlife biologist Nancy Christel, herself a hunter, stated that the herds in the area were in good condition. The projected deer numbers were high enough to put DMUs 11, 12 and 15 into the Deer Control Unit, which would mean that more $2 antlerless tags would be issued. In DMU 17 a limited number of antlerless tags would be available for $12. Some of the hunters in the meeting questioned that assumption that the numbers were up. “Where are the deer?” That was the question of the night. Christel answered that question by saying that the disruption in deer patterns has caused changes in selected areas. Such as increased deer sanctuaries with private land as more people move out into the country. The changes in hunting techniques have resulted in less deer movement. The use of baiting and feeding has caused the deer to be less active during the day and become more nocturnal. This has been a hot topic in many years that has split the hunters into two groups. One believes that it is a useful tool for harvesting deer, and others believing that it is disruptive and is not sporting. Christel briefly touched on the timber wolf controversy stating that we have a healthy wolf population and a healthy deer population. Wisconsin has a wolf management plan and is able to remove trouble animals. It has a fund to pay out for damages. The state at this time is unable to move ahead because of the lawsuits. The wolves are a federally protected species; restrictions and re-

Severe weather preparedness training offered

State VA reorganization draws ire of workers, service officers


by Gil Halsted Wisconsin Public Radio MADISON - State Veterans Affairs employees are speaking out against a proposed reorganization plan which department officials say should save the state more than a million dollars. The state would save $1.2 million by converting an assisted living center at the Union Grove Veterans Home into a skilled nursing home. The change would eliminate more than 20 jobs including seven nurses. Several employees facing pink slips testified against the plan during a teleconferenced public hearing this week. County veterans service officers spoke out against another part of the plan that would consolidate the Bureau of Claims with the Veterans Benefits and Services Division. Rock County service officer John Solis says that will make it harder for him to help veterans get the federal benefits they’re entitled to.

“Everybody’s concerned about getting our veterans benefits,” says Solis. “Part of the reason is that it brings money into the state. We are not going to be able to bring money into the state at the level people would like us to if we don’t have that support at the regional office.” Another service officer, Russ Peck, says weakening the claims department may hurt the neediest clients he works with: service members widows who are eligible for only $7,500 a year in pension benefits. “Their biggest concern is what flavor of cat food to open for breakfast, and for the VA to hold a claim on them for sixnine months for something ridiculous, is ridiculous. It’s our job to go up and make sure that that moves along.” The Veterans Affairs Board won’t vote on the reorganization plan until April. Meanwhile, the Department of Veterans Affairs is fighting cuts in Gov. Walker’s budget that would cut funding for other veterans service programs including those that serve homeless vets.

Krueger, Chrictina Martin, Timothy Reedy, & Robert Hoellen. Birchwood: one seat. David Sullivan & Jessica Downey.

Birchwood: Clerk – Vicki Busick & Mary Gibson. Chicog: Supervisor #1 – Steven Loisell (I) & Donna Fairbanks. Clerk – Mary Anderson (I) & Cathy McDowell. Evergreen: Clerk – Ella Marie Hills (I) & Mary Zehn.

Rundown/from page 1 Villages PresidentMorris Birchwood: Gillett(I) & Linda Zillmer. Trustees (two seats)- Rebecca Darkow (I), Stacie Small (I), & Robert Hayes. Minong: President- Earnie Ostrom & Lloyd Wallace.

Gull Lake: Supervisors – Thomas Thorp (I), Jason Rabuck, & Cari Johnson. Long Lake: Supervisor #2 – Brett Westphal & David Haessig. Minong: Supervisor #1 – Jim Smith (I) & Russ Robinson. Supervisor #2 – Russ Robinson & Jim Smith. [The same two people running for each seat] Sarona: Supervisors – Jacob West (I), Paul Hagen, & Charles Hoffman. Springbrook: Chair – Lawrence Neste (I) & David Baumgarden. Supervisors – Arlyn Helm (I), John Baranek, & Larry Neste. Stinnett: Chair – William Groat (I) & William Turner. Supervisors – Jon Sheehan (I), Brian Takala, William Turner, & Terry Kannegiesser.

Cities Shell Lake: Alderperson/ ward 2 (two seats) - Randy Baker (I), Donna BarnesHaesemeyer, Dan Hubin, & Mitch Fox. Spooner: Alderpersons – ward 1 – Jocylen Ford & Bob Otto. ward 2 – James Dohm (I) & George Basgall (I in ward 4).

Towns (two supervisors at large unless seats are numbered) Bass Lake: Chair – William Hinkfuss (I) & Laura Kilmer. Supervisor seat #1 – Robert Reinert (I) & Charlie Vig. Seat #2 – Guy McFarren & Lee Magnuson.

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Sheriff Terry Dryden and David Haessig at the law enforcement/emergency planning committee meeting Thursday, March 17. - Photo by Jessica Beecroft

by Jessica Beecroft WASHBURN COUNTY – With severe weather season upon us, the county is going to be working with the state for emergency planning. The Wisconsin Emergency Management Training Program offers an extensive array of training opportunities for emergency managers, law enforcement, fire, EMS, public health, local officials and volunteer organizations. Part of the planning at the county level includes updating maps, offering municipalities training on conveying damage information, indentifying damage with a damage assessment team and advanced shelter planning. The DNR will be working hand and hand with fire departments for continued cooperation and protection against

lot. Most residents in the three counties live in towns, not villages and cities. And where they live is not the same as their post office address. In Wisconsin, towns (not townships) are the government for the rural areas. Villages and cities are the governments for most built up areas. Most, because there are those odd “unincorporated” places like Danbury and Cushing that have everything but a government. There are 66 towns in the three counties and all the towns elect their boards this year.

forest fires. The dispatchers have continued training every year, and in fact, just received more training this last week according to Sheriff Terry Dryden. Tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms. Spawned from powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes can cause fatalities and devastate a neighborhood in seconds. A tornado appears as a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud that extends from a The spring 2011 ballot thunderstorm to the ground with The April 5th ballot has the Supreme whirling winds that can reach 300 miles per hour. Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and 50 miles long. If you would like to go through tornado spotting training, classes will be in April. Sumi says she'll be out of state next You can contact Washburn County Emergency Management or visit week on a previously planned vacation and won't be back until March 28. A spokesman for Dane County Execuaining . tive Kathleen Falk, one of the plaintiffs in the case, says lawyers won't ask to re-

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Court race state-wide, a Polk County judge contest, at least one seat on every school board, and municipal races in every town, village, and city except Amery. The municipal titles can be confusing. Towns have a town chair and two supervisors on the three member town board. (Some towns have five member boards.) All are elected for two year terms. Villages have a village president and six trustees (Birchwood has four) on a seven member village council. All are elected for two year terms. Cities have a mayor and a varied number of alderpersons. Terms are two or four years.

place Sumi. The lawsuit claims the bill unconstitutionally bypassed a quorum requirement since it includes significant fiscal proposals and that legislators broke the open meetings law when they passed it.

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Letters to the editor

Rescue our state from corporatocracy

Why am I paying for radio ads for Supreme Court candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg? I want people and not corporations to control our government. Corporations, e.g. the Koch brothers


holes currently enjoyed by billionaires and corporations, thereby raising revenues. Oh no, said Duffy. That won’t work, and here’s why. He then explained that if a struggling K-Mart raised its prices it wouldn’t help them compete in the marketplace with Wal-Mart. I’m not making this up. He actually said that, and then looked at us all as though it made perfect sense. The analogy reached a level of such absurd hilarity that I almost sprang to my feet in applause. After all, it takes a special kind of talent to say something so

blatantly ridiculous with such a straight face. Can you say .... con man? So if you missed Duffy last time around, be sure to catch his act next time. He’s pretty funny; in a creepy, not-sofunny kind of way. And you just never know what’s going to come out of his mouth.

The upcoming concert will include a variety of exciting music, including “Hounds Of Spring,” Alfred Reed; “Cambrian Explosion,” Richard L. Saucedo — dedicated to the Bethune Environmental Action Team; “Overture To Candide,” Leonard Bernstein; and “Variations on a Theme,” by Glinka, featuring oboe soloist Alana Heukel, and several others. For over eight years, my son and I

have been playing in this group. If you enjoy good music, well presented, I urge you to attend the upcoming concert. If you play an instrument or used to and could again, considering joining the group in the near future.

future budget,” but approves another position in another department? I’m sorry, but I feel our safety in this county is a much higher priority. The officer position was already budgeted for 2011, and as for future budgeting issues, how can they work to make it better if our county is OK’ing money to go to the forest rather than our own safety? I sure hope it’s not you or your family

member getting robbed, raped, beat up or in need of any assistance, it may take awhile. Hope, pray and thank the personnel committee that voted against filling the officer position for their high priorities. The safety of our county should not be left to childish/political games.

ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” Anything that takes our attention away from the values, the Constitution, and the inception of our nation become distractions. We have not only the privilege, but also the responsibility to vote into office people who will uphold our constitutional rights and values. I will quote here from a March 14, Wisconsin Right To Life e-mail, which is not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. “Justice David Prosser is running for re-election to the state Supreme Court on Tuesday, April 5. Some are publicly promoting the idea that a vote against Prosser is a vote against Gov. Walker. Justice Prosser is a fine jurist who deserves 10 more years on the bench. As a legislator, he maintained a strong right-to-life voting record. You can do more than cast your vote … please urge everyone you know to vote to re-elect Justice David Prosser!” You’ve heard me say this before, and I dare say it again, “the protection of human life and especially that of the un-

born, along with marriage between one man and one woman, as God has commanded, should be our foremost concerns!” If we do not uphold these basic family values the whole of our government will be disabled and decay under the corruption of ungodliness. This is the time to pray, speak out for righteousness and vote for a man in our state Supreme Court who will uphold our God-given constitution and values.

Urge you to attend

The Communiversity Symphonic Band, under the direction of Michael Joosten, will present its spring concert Tuesday, March 29, at the Fine Arts Center of UW-Barron County in Rice Lake. This group of around 50 players includes college and high school students along with a variety of community people representing a wide age range. Some people drive from Cable, Balsam Lake and other communities.

Wow! Notice the headlines? They just seem to be getting worse and worse. You’ve seen them from at home to abroad: “Judge issues restraining order to block collective bargaining bill; Expert: Japan crises ‘far worse’ than Three Mile Island; Egypt deeply divided on constitutional referendum; Obama to Gaddafi: Stop or face military action; War with Libya looms; Palestinian terrorists murder family in Israel – Including 3-month-old infant.” Without faith headlines like these strike fear to the bravest hearts! However, lest we be disheartened and distracted by these weighty matters, I want to draw our attention to one of the most famous and often quoted passages in our history, and then remind us what is at stake with the upcoming state Supreme Court elections. Here’s our United States of America’s Preamble: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, ensure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to

Vote for JoAnne Kloppenburg on April 5. Rescue our state from corporatocracy.

You missed quite a show

With all of the conflict and controversy in state government these days, a lot of folks may have missed Congressman Sean Duffy’s recent town hall tour throughout Northwest Wisconsin. If you didn’t catch his act, you missed quite a show. During the middle of an especially fevered rant at his Hayward appearance, in which Duffy painted America’s future in Mad Maxish, apocalyptic hues due to government overspending, a couple of citizens inquired about eliminating the wide range of tax exemptions and loop-

Whoa, I’m confused! The personnel committee denied our county’s safety but approved an administrative position for the forestry department? Where are the priorities? Is it the Washburn County departments mismanaging money or our own country board? The chair previously voted against filling the county officers position due “to uncertainties over the

who bought Gov. Walker, are good at making money, which is a good thing. But people not corporations should make the decisions that shape our government.

Where are the priorities?

We must not be distracted

Saturday, March 12 John J. Matthews, 46, Orr, Minn., was driving at the intersection of Hwy. 53 and Ojibwa Road in a snowstorm at 7 a.m. Matthews had the cruise control set when the vehicle lost speed, shifted, accelerated, lost traction and went out of control. The vehicle came to a stop on the passenger side. Matthews complained of neck pain but refused treatment. The vehicle had moderate damage and was towed.

Marlene C. Ricci, 66, Burnsville, Minn., was eastbound on Nancy Lake Road at 1:45 p.m., just east of South Bridge Road, when she lost control on the ice and the vehicle rolled onto the passenger side. Passenger Patrick A. McDermitt, 67, Minneapolis, was not injured; however, Ricci had minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to the Spooner emergency room. The vehicle had moderate damage and was towed.

Ed Fischer Spooner

Steve Carlson Trego

Keith Trembath Spooner

Angie Christner Spooner

Lydia Chorpening Shell Lake

Act on beliefs

Jesus said, “‘Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matt. 25:40) and “Whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.” (Matt. 25:46) I urge you, my fellow Christians, to ask yourselves if you can in good conscience support the governor’s efforts to seriously reduce medical help (SeniorCare, BadgerCare, and Medicaid) for the neediest among us — our elderly, our disabled, our children. If you believe the words of Jesus, I call on you to vote for JoAnne Kloppenburg for Wisconsin State Supreme Court on April 5. Kloppenburg has a reputation for fairness and common sense while her opponent has already voiced his support for the governor’s plans. Step up, act on your Christian beliefs, and do the right thing — vote for Kloppenburg on April 5. The Rev. Dr. Terrance Stratton Trego

Where to write

President Barack Obama 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, D.C. 20500

Gov. Scott Walker 115 East, State Capitol Bldg. Madison, WI 53707 phone: 608-266-1212 email: Web site: Congressman Sean Duffy (7th Congressional District) 2462 Rayburn Office Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20515

Rep. Roger Rivard (75th Assembly District) Room 307 North, State Capitol P.O. Box 8952 Madison, WI 53707 608-266-2519 • 888-534-0075 Rep. Nick Milroy (73rd Assembly District) Room 8 North P.O. Box 8953 Madison, WI 53708 phone: 608-266-0640 fax: 608-282-3673

Sen. Robert Jauch (25th Senate District) Room 415 South P.O. Box 7882 Madison, WI 53707


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Conservation Reserve Program sign-up announced

SPOONER — Evie Moore, county executive director of USDA’s Washburn/Burnett County Farm Service Agency, reminds landowners and producers that a general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program began on March 14 and continues through Friday, April 15. During the sign-up period, farmers and ranchers may offer eligible land at their county Farm Service Agency office. For 25 years, CRP has generated significant environmental improvements. Sound conservation pracencouraged through CRP tices enrollment preserve the soil, clean our water and restore habitat for wildlife. All interested farmers and ranchers are encouraged to contact their local FSA office to learn more about this opportunity. CRP is a voluntary program that assists farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers to use their environmentally sensitive land for conservation benefits. Producers enrolling in CRP plant long-term, resource-conserving covers in exchange for rental payments, cost-share and technical assistance. By reducing water runoff and sedimentation, CRP also protects groundwater and helps improve the condition of lakes, rivers, ponds and

streams. Acreage enrolled in the CRP is planted to resource-conserving vegetative covers, making the program a major contributor to wildlife population increases in many parts of the country. Land may be enrolled in CRP provided all eligibility requirements are met. Additionally, current CRP participants with contracts expiring this fall may make new contract offers. Contracts awarded under this sign-up are sched-

uled to become effective Oct. 1. FSA will evaluate and rank eligible CRP offers using an Environmental Benefits Index for environmental benefits to be gained from enrolling the land in CRP. The EBI consists of five environmental factors — wildlife, water, soil, air and enduring benefits — and cost. In addition to general sign-up, CRP’s continuous sign-up program will be ongoing. Continuous acres represent the

most environmentally desirable and sensitive land. For more information about any farm programs please visit your local FSA county office or visit The Burnett/Washburn FSA County Office is in Spooner and can be reached by calling 715-635-8228, Ext. 2. — from USDA

In search of crane counters

WASHBURN COUNTY — The annual Midwest Crane Count will be conducted throughout Washburn County on Saturday, April 16, from 5:30 a.m.-7:30 a.m. The count, organized by the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, is used to monitor the general population trend of sandhill cranes in the Upper Midwest, as well as to promote awareness of cranes and wetland conservation throughout the count area. Volunteers are needed to participate. New volunteers interested in taking part should first contact their local county coordinator, Judy Haseleu, at 715468-4300.

The nonprofit International Crane Foundation sponsors the annual Midwest Crane Count as a part of its efforts to preserve and study the world’s 15 species of cranes and the natural communities on which they depend. Sandhill cranes experienced severe population declines in the late 1800s to early 1900s in the Upper Midwest, but have recovered successfully. The annual Midwest Crane Count has documented the growth of the sandhill population and allows ICF to monitor crane abundance and distribution. Observations of the abundant sandhill cranes can lend insight into the endan-

gered crane species of the world. One local example is the flock of whooping cranes being released in central Wisconsin and led on migration to the Gulf Coast of Florida by ultralight aircraft. Whooping cranes from this project have been known to land in both Lake and McHenry counties during their migrations. Participants may have a chance of sighting a whooping crane during the count. For more information on the Midwest Crane Count, visit or call Kate Fitzwilliams at 608-356-9462, Ext. 147, — from ICF

SHS to affiliate nursing home with Benedictine Health System

SPOONER — Spooner Health System has signed a letter of intent to affiliate its nursing home with the Benedictine Health System, a nonprofit health system based in Duluth, Minn. The agreement calls for BHS to lease and manage the nursing home operations, effective July 1. “Our new arrangement with BHS will allow quality long-term-care services to continue to be provided in our community. With the ongoing changes in the long-term-care industry, we are confident that BHS’s knowledge and experience in long-term care will be of great value and benefit to our nursing home residents and to our community,” said

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Mike Schafer, SHS CEO. “The local leadership will be the same, just the process of providing long-term-care services will change for the better.” SHS Nursing Home is licensed for 90 skilled nursing beds with 150 employees. The nursing home is attached to the hospital and shares some services. SHS will continue to own and operate the hospital and home-care services as they currently do. The Benedictine Health System is a nationally recognized Catholic health-care system sponsored by the Benedictine Sis-

ters of St. Scholastica Monastery, Duluth, Minn. Begun in 1985, BHS has grown in size and expertise from three organizations to more than 40 long-term-care facilities, nursing homes, assisted and independent living facilities, located in communities across seven states. “We are excited about the opportunity to serve the residents of the Spooner area and work with the dedicated employees at SHS Nursing Home,” said Dale Thompson, BHS president/CEO. “SHS and BHS share a similar mission and values which makes this affiliation a great

Register Memories

1951 - 60 years ago

• The following babies were baptized at the Methodist church by the Rev. H.C. Logan: Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lutz; and Steven Francis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clinton DesJardins. Mary’s sponsors were Kathleen Hogness and Mrs. Alfred Cooan. Steven’s godparents were Mrs. Leo Reinhart and Eddie Allen. • A wedding shower was held for Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sexton at the home of the bride’s grandmother, Mrs. Marie Albee. More than 100 people attended. • Fred Knapp, Shell Lake, was among the cast for the Wisconsin Haresfoot show, “Good News,” at the University of Wisconsin. • Jess Mangelsen returned to work in Superior after a 10-day hospital stay in Madison.

1961 - 50 years ago

• Deloris VanSickle, Shell Lake Methodist Church, and Susan Lemke, Salem Lutheran Church, attended the Youth Fellowship Seminar sponsored by the Youth Department of the State Council of Churches in Madison. • The village board passed a resolution to have a referendum as to whether Shell Lake should become a fourth-class city. • The Shell Lake Boat Company’s Ski Bronc, a combination of a surfboard and water skis, was featured on the Gary Moore Show that aired on Duluth’s Channel 3 and the Twin Cities Channel 4. • Mrs. N.J. Masterjohn, Mrs. Ed Bohn and Mrs. Douglas Lutz hosted a pink and blue shower in honor of Mrs. Howard Nebel at the Lutz home.

1971 - 40 years ago

• Tuesday Club girls of the month were Sherry DesJardins and Sheila Aderman.

fit for the future.” Both organizations have now begun the due diligence phase and are completing the final agreements. “I am very excited about our partnership with Benedictine Health System,” added Dr. Mark Van Etten, SHS Nursing Home medical director and SHS board member. “I believe the expertise in longterm care that BHS brings will lead to even better quality care in our nursing home and will, in time, lead to expanded services and options for elders in the Spooner community.” — from SHS

Compiled by Suzanne Johnson

• Fifth-grade students presented the operetta “The Enchanted Attic.” Cast members were Nancy Haugland, Julie Hile, Billy Forrestal, David Moen, Pam Porter, Marty Hile, Eydie Marker, Jeff Lindemann, Susan Johnson, Darwin Nordin, Peggy Carlson and Teresa Melton. • The Shell Lake Lions Club was offering residents of Shell Lake the opportunity to buy house numbers for their homes. The cost was $2 and included all the numbers needed as well as a bracket to hold the numbers. • Mr. and Mrs. Dale Stellrecht were selected to participate in the Land O’ Lakes Youth Farmer Program and to attend the golden anniversary annual meeting of Land O’ Lakes in Minneapolis. The selection was based on their active role in community and cooperative affairs and their commitment to agricultural production.

1981 - 30 years ago

• Poster winners announced at the annual Farm Institute Day in Shell Lake were Deb Volkman, eighth grade; Janell Anderson, sixth grade; and Pam Carlson, fourth grade. • Lyle Graf, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Graf Sr., was named superintendent of the Buckeye School District in Sacramento, Calif. • Winners of the grand opening drawing at Petals and Plants Plus were Margaret Pederson, Shell Lake; Pat Johnson, Spooner; and Beverly Ricci, Shell Lake. Roberta Hubin, seventh grade, picked the names. • Two women’s bowling teams from Shell Lake participated in the state tournament at Eau Claire. Members of the team sponsored by Klopp’s Fifth Avenue Bar were Lilah Kauffman, Carole Lindemann, Sue Thomas, Aggie Jones and Linda King. Dorothy Hanson, Aggie Anderson, Leila

Lehmann, Debbie Glessing and Mary Jane Ekern were on the team sponsored by Buckhorn Tavern, Spooner.

1991 - 20 years ago

• Chosen good citizens at Shell Lake Elementary School were Katie Foss, Lindsey Mortensen, Josh Luedtke, Tony Donatell and Jessica Dahlstrom. High school students of the month were freshman Stacey Williams, sophomore Stephanie Curtis, junior Chad Benzer and senior Chris Carlson. • Pam Sundeen, Spooner, completed a 40-hour class for accredited customer service representative for personal lines of insurance. She received a plaque from Joyce Schraufnagel of Lake Insurance. • Jean Furchtenicht, Sarona, was named Farm Wife of the Year for the local area in a contest by WCSW/WGMO Radio of Shell Lake. • Shell Lake students advancing to forensic competition in Superior were Kendra Carlson, Terri Butler, Melissa Bergeron, Kristine Cardwell, Peter Biver, Stephanie Curtis, Penny Lawrence, Jenny Buck, Jamie Schindeldecker, Sam Smith, Angie Quinton, Dawn Bernecker, Tammy Smith and Danielle Stariha.

2001 - 10 years ago

• After five years of service to the Shell Lake area, Del and Lori Melton announced they were closing Dell’s Shell Lake Repair. • Austyn was born to Brenda and Chad Morse. • Advancing to state in folk-style wrestling were junior high students Eric Berlin, Tony Mikula, John Berlin, Kip Reynolds, Cory Campbell, Cody Knoop and Ryan Mikula. • Lisa Baldocchi was selected Badger Girl, and Jackson Smith was selected Badger Boy for Shell Lake Schools.


Pins for Pets annual bowling fundraiser set for WCAHS

SPOONER — Bowlers and spectators are invited to spare some time on Saturday, April 16, to enjoy the annual Washburn County Area Humane Society’s Pins for Pets bowling fundraiser at Kegler’s Pub & Pin in Spooner. The first shift of bowling begins at 11:30 a.m. and continues into the afternoon with the second shift beginning at 2:30 p.m. This event helps to raise the donations so important to operate this local animal shelter, located in Spooner at 1400 Cottonwood Ave., just past the Washburn County Fairgrounds at the south end of Spooner. This will be the sixth year this nine-pin tap/threegame “un-furgettable” bowling event has been held at Kegler’s. Bowlers of any age and bowling skill level are invited to sign up for one or both shifts by using the sign-up sheet at Kegler’s, by calling Connie at 715-6357677, or by signing up the day of the event. The entry fee will cover the three games of bowling, shoe and ball rental, and the remaining portion is donated directly to the WCAHS animal shelter. Because this is a fundraiser, many bowlers also compete for the top donation prizes when bringing in their donation form and money the day of the event. These donation forms are available at the shelter, attached to posters throughout the area, on the shelter Web site and on the bulletin board at Kegler’s. The WCAHS local animal shelter is funded in large part by money and supplies from donations. There were 688 animals — 208 canines, 457 felines and 23 other species — that found a temporary home in 2010 at

March Madness in Community Ed

SHELL LAKE — There is lots and lots ahead in community ed. Choose from Spanish, basketball or beans. Starting this week: Open Gym Basketball: Every Wednesday, seventhgrade students through adult, 6-8 p.m. No fee. No registration. Just drop in for some court action. Coed. Location: Shell Lake High School. WITC—Introduction to Spanish: Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 31 through April 14, 9:30-11:30 a.m., $30.50. 62-plus $4. This is a very slow-paced relaxed class where you will learn Spanish vocabulary, grammar and common phrases and expressions. Spanish is explained in an applicable easy-to-use format that helps you get comfortable with communication. Location: Friendship Commons, Shell Lake Senior Center. Beans—Flavorful, Versatile, Healthy and Inexpensive: Thursday, March 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m. The cost is $15. Beans are a favorite ingredient in cuisines around the world and a boon to anyone wanting to incorporate more fiber and nonmeat protein into their diets, or who simply enjoy well-flavored food. Class participants will learn about and sample a variety of ways to cook with beans from a bean aficionado, Joan Jacobowski. Location: Spooner Schools. Register for all classes through Shell Lake School District Community Education program at 715-4687815 or We look forward to hearing from you. — from SLCE

the shelter. That is why the success of fundraisers such as Pins for Pets is important. WCAHS event coordinators are appreciative of continued support from Andrew and JoAnn at Kegler’s, and WGMO Radio Station owners and their DJ, Rock & Roll Dr. Dan, who continue to help spread the word and get the ball rolling on this annual fundraiser for WCAHS. Also, the humane society is always looking for a variety of help through volunteers. Everyone who feels a soft spot for an animal could be a person to be involved with this shelter. There are so many ways to be in-

volved: walking dogs, petting cats, fostering an animal even just for a day or two, writing grants, helping with the Web site or newsletter, being on the board that oversees the shelter operation, being a part of the education committee or the fundraising committee, or dropping off needed shelter supplies. This local shelter is a special place, and Washburn County is fortunate to have such a facility. Please come see it or be a part of it. The shelter Web site is — from WCAHS

SPOONER — Looking for terrific ideas, unparalleled advice, top-quality products and first-rate services for home improvement and new home projects? Then look no further than the Northland Area Builders Association’s Home Expo 2011 at the Spooner High School on Saturday, March 26, and Sunday, March 27. Show hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. There is no admission fee. The NABA Home Expo provides visitors with an opportunity to shop, compare and get expert advice on hundreds of quality products and services for home building, home remodeling, redecorating, landscaping and fine home living from both NABA members and nonmembers. The NABA Home Expo will offer new, money-saving ideas that visitors can utilize

in their own homes and gardens. Also featured will be seminars by local experts on a variety of topics of interest to home and cabin owners. Please visit for a schedule of events, list of exhibitors and other information. The Northland Area Builders Association is a nonprofit trade association serving Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Sawyer, and Washburn counties in Northwest Wisconsin. Chartered in 1989, the Northland Area Builders Association is comprised of industry professionals united and dedicated to preserving and promoting safe and affordable housing for the people of Northwest Wisconsin. For additional information, please contact Jennifer Johnson, executive officer, at 715-259-3486 or — from NABA

NABA Home Expo this weekend

Come join the fun

LAKE — SHELL An evening of food and entertainment awaits you this Thursday, March 24, in the Shell Lake 3-12 Commons. Join friends and neighbors at the Shell Lake Education Foundation’s first-annual Chilly Jamboree. The chili, provided by the Shell Lake Lions Club, will be served from 4:30-6:30 p.m. After you have filled up on chili and desserts, move to the gym for the jamboree where the internationally famous Duck for the Oyster will be playing from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Perfect for anyone who enjoys listening, tapping their toes or full-out

Wilber and Mr. Gardner

The house located across the street north of my parents home has been the dwelling place for four different families that I have known over the years. The first family I remember living there was Wilber and Mary Heimbecker. My memory of them is sketchy, as I was pretty young when they lived in Clam Falls. Wilber drove an old Ford pickup truck. He was a skinny guy who wore bib overalls and smoked a pipe. As I recall, Mary always seemed to have an apron on. When I think of Wilber I get the vision of the TV character Mr. Ziffel played by Hank Patterson on Suzanne “Green Acres” or Percy Kilbride’s Johnson character Pa of the comic team Ma and Pa Kettle. I don’t recall if that is accurate or not. After Wilber and Mary passed on, Mr. Gardner took ownership of the place. Even though his name was

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dancing, Duck for the Oyster teaches the dances before the music starts and dancers are prompted by a caller. No age limit or experience needed, as this is pure fun for everyone. You can work off some chili by dancing, clapping or laughing along with everyone. Tickets are available at the door. Come say goodbye to our chilly winter and celebrate the start of spring and kick up your heels with the SLEF and Shell Lake Lions Club. You will have a night out and help support educational programming in the Shell Lake Schools. — from SLEF

Emmett, none of us kids called him that. He was Mr. Gardner. In my mind, when I think of Mr. Gardner, I have the image of Jimmy Stewart. Mr. Gardner was in the entertainment business. I’m not real sure what that meant, but as kids that impressed us. When the Clam Falls Lutheran Church was raising funds to get a new organ, Mr. Gardner said he would be able to provide a night of entertainment. And he did. We were treated to a showing of “Pollyanna” while sitting in the pews of the church. Mr. Gardner was able to get the film on reel-to-reel and project it onto a large screen. So maybe his connection with the entertainment world was that he was a movie projectionist or perhaps he once owned a movie theater. All I know is that we were pretty impressed, and the funds were raised for that new musical instrument. Of all us neighborhood kids, it was my brother, Robert, who had a close friendship with Mr. Gardner. Whenever Robert would visit, Mr. Gardner always had some way of teasing him. One line Mr. Gardner always liked to use was, “Did I ever tell you about the time I ran over myself?” He would then go on to say that he was working outside and asked someone to go get him a bottle of pop at the local store, and they replied, “No.” Mr. Gardner would say, “So, I ran over myself.”

by Diane Dryden ISRAEL - Local artist Patricia Solveson has just arrived back in Israel, and after a few days of extreme jet lag, she’s picked up her paintbrushes. Once again, she’s hard at work for the next three months at the Alliance Church International Cemetery in Jerusalem painting the next segment of the football-field-length diorama of the earth’s time line, beginning at creation and ending at the risen Christ. This is her fourth trip back to paint since starting the project in October of 2009, and each time she goes, three months in the spring and three months in the late fall, she, along with volun-

Patricia Solveson is once again in Israel pursuing her goal, the Jerusalem Wall of Life.

teers, adds more scenes to the wall. “I would love to stay for a longer period of time in order to get more done, but the Mideast summers and winters are not conducive to happy paint,” she said. “It gets clumpy during both seasons, so it’s not worth staying.” Solveson was originally requested to do this painting, and the task has been by Dan Hubin, Supervisor, District 21 Washburn County Board of Supervisors met March 15. Mike Keefe, county administrator, briefed the board on the final results of county’s expenditure for 2010. The county spent Dan Hubin, $900,000 less that supervisor, we budgeted. District 21 This is good! We can pass this money to the 2011 budget. We welcomed the new director for Unit on Aging, Tammy Tom-Steinmetz. She comes to Washburn County from Boyd and has prior experience working in the aging office.

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This picture shows how much work has already been done on the wall of the Alliance Church International Cemetery in Jerusalem during the past three trips. The back wall is the length of a football field. - Photos submitted

daunting. “The wall height goes from 8 to 12 feet, the back wall is the length of a football field, and the two ends are each a third of a field,” she noted. “It encircles the International Alliance Cemetery whose graves contain the remains of gentiles who have left a positive mark on Jewish history. We butt up against a German cemetery and both of us are located at the top of a very busy traffic T with cars passing by day and night. We both have gates, walls and regular visiting hours.” Now that the wall is partially finished, it’s bringing in tourists and locals by the dozens. “It’s often difficult to find time to paint because I’m busy answering questions,” she says. “Even though there is a local Jewish tour guide on hand named Meir, I often get involved in the conversation about the wall and why I’ve come from the United States to paint it. We have to be very careful what we say to visitors, because many Jews oppose any illustration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the We also created an ordinance that describes the duties and a code of conduct for county board supervisors. This ordinance provides a procedure for citizens to make comments at county meetings and also file complaints against supervisors. On Feb. 21, I attended the Superior Days conference in Madison. The attendees represent seven counties in Northwest Wisconsin for the express purpose of bringing forward issues unique to our area. We were also briefed by department secretaries and staff about their departments. I found this be extremely beneficial, because they explained the services the state provides and the impact on the counties. We also had an opportunity to meet with elected representatives and discussed in-depth issues that concerned Northwest Wisconsin. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me at 715-4682528.

results of our casual conversations could have dire consequences. We always proceed with caution. “So far the wall’s story is painted from creation up to the figure of Abraham, who is claimed as Father Abraham by the Jews, the Arabs and Christians. Next up will be the giving of the law from God to Moses and then scenes which will depict the era of the Old Testament kings and prophets. The scene I’m really anxious to paint is the one with a Roman soldier and a Pharisee who are going up to a hill together with a lamb in between them for sacrifice. The Roman soldier represents the local law, because Rome ruled the entire area at the time of Jesus’ death, and the Pharisee represents the Jewish law. “Most Jews would take deep offense if there was a cross at the top of the hill, so I’m painting an altar instead; when you think of it, they represent the same thing, Jesus’ sacrificial death for us. What excites me most is that I plan to paint a cross in as part of the wood on the altar.” Solveson figures that it will take about four more three-month trips to complete the diorama, and now that the cemetery

has finally gotten electricity, there is talk of fully lighting the wall and maybe adding music. As one of their final goals, they’d like to get individual audio tapes and earphones so visitors can take the tour at their own pace. There is already much interest in the project, the proof being last year when they entertained more that 1,700 people in two days, and Solveson has already been asked to paint a mural on the wall of a new upscale hotel going up. She said no. This is a huge enterprise and no one has ever done this kind of thing before, especially from this area. If you care to be part of this undertaking, contributions can be made to Patti, or Patricia Solveson as she’s known in Israel, by either clicking on her Web site at or sending your tax-deductible gifts to Rose of Sharon, Inc. at Greater Glory Ministries, P.O. Box 18175 West Street, St. Paul, MN 55118. If you’d like to get in touch with her personally in Israel, you can reach her at


Community Calendar

Volunteer opportunities

Volunteers are needed at the Washburn County Historical Museum in Shell Lake. Call 715-468-2982. ••• Indianhead Community Action Agency is looking for volunteers to help out in their thrift store and food pantry. Food pantry volunteers must be able to lift at least 25 lbs. Please stop in to ICAA at 608 Service Road and pick up an application or call 715-635-3975 for more information. ••• The Washburn County Area Humane Society is looking for volunteers to update and maintain their Web site and to research and apply for grants. For more information, call Susie at 715-468-2453 or email ••• Glenview Assisted Living is looking for a volunteer to assist the in-house beautician with appointments. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Interested volunteers please call 715-468-4255 or e-mail at ••• To publish a volunteer opportunity, submit it to us by Monday noon. E-mail it to, bring it to the office , or call 715-468-2314. Please list the type of volunteer work you need, as well as dates, times and length of service. Make sure to include your contact information, including your name and phone number. When the volunteer position is filled, please let us know so we can take it off the list. This service is offered free of charge in an effort to bring the community together so those that are looking for help can find those that are looking to help.

March Thursday, March 24 • The Shell Lake American Legion will meet at 6:30 p.m., at the Friendship Commons. • Shell Lake VFW will meet at 7 p.m., at the Friendship Commons. • 1st-annual Chilly Jamboree at the 3-12 commons between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Shell Lake Lions Club will serve chili. Afterward, guests may move into the gymnasium for a Duck for the Oyster jamboree performance from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sponsored by Shell Lake Education Foundation. Friday, March 25 • Washburn County Genealogical Society meeting, 1:30 p.m., city hall building, 501 1st St., Shell Lake. Program at the end of the meeting will be Your Biggest Storm Story. The public is welcome to attend. • The members of Barronett Civic Club are hosting a pancake supper at the community center from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 25 & Saturday, March 26 • Shell Lake High School presents Jack Sharkey’s “While the Lights Were Out,” at 7 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, at the Shell Lake Arts Center. • Pizza & a Play at the Quam in Shell Lake, 6 p.m. For more information, call 715-468-4387. Saturday, March 26 • Free community breakfast, 7 to 10 a.m., First United Pentecostal Church, 337 Greenwood Ave., Spooner. All welcome. Donations accepted. • Indianhead Writers will meet at 1 p.m. at the Northwind Book & Fiber Bookstore in Spooner. Anyone interested in writing is invited to attend. For more information, call Mary Olsen at 715-468-2604. Sunday, March 27 • Troop 51 of Shell Lake pancake breakfast to raise money for supplies and events, 8 a.m. to noon at the Masonic Lodge in Shell Lake next to WITC. Tuesday, March 29 • International Cesarean Awareness Network, local chapter, ICAN of Northwest Wisconsin will meet, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at LifeCircle Birth and Wellness Center in Shell Lake. Topic is Birth Stories. Meetings are open to women who’ve had previous cesareans, those planning or interested in VBAC and any women interested in childbirth issues. Call 715-468-4065 for more information. • UW-Barron County Communiversity Band Spring Concert, 7:30 p.m., at the UW-Barron County Fine Arts Building. Guest oboe soloist is Alana Henkel. Wednesday, March 30 • Free community supper, 4 to 6 p.m., St. Alban Episcopal Church, 220 Elm St., Spooner. • Kidstime/Parentime, 10 a.m., potluck lunch 11:15 a.m., Lakeland Family Resource Center, 314 Elm St., Spooner. Thursday, March 31 • Annual PTA Soup, Sandwich and Bingo for Beanie Babies, 5-7:30 p.m., 3-12 commons, Shell Lake Schools. April Saturday, April 2 & Sunday, April 3 • Northwoods Figure Skating Club, One Hit Wonders, 2 & 7 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Northwest Sports Complex Ice Rink, Spooner. Friday, April 1 • GFWC Spooner Women’s Club will meet at Karie’s home, 1 p.m. Speaker will be Dawn Wagner from the Indianhead Community Action Agency, Washburn County Connections. Following will be a short business meeting, then refreshments will be served. For more info, call Sharon at 715-635-2741. Saturday, April 2 • Barron County Master Gardeners Spring Expo at the WITC Conference Center in Rice Lake. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with gardening sessions lasting until 2:30 p.m. Preregistration due at the Extension Office by Tuesday, March 22. • Benefit for Josh Hunter noon to 4 p.m. Tony’s Riverside, Spooner. Josh was badly injured in a car accident. For more info, call Warren Hunter at 715-520-3499 or Maude Hunter, 715-520-0194. Tuesday, April 5 • Shell Lake/Spooner Masonic Lodge 221 meeting, 7 p.m. at the lodge. Wednesday, April 6 • Washburn County HCE meeting, 9:30 a.m., UW-Extension meeting room, Spooner. • Unit on Aging, 1 p.m., Shell Lake Senior Center. • Free soup and sandwiches, Church of the Nazarene, 5:30 p.m. Call 715-635-3496 to confirm. All welcome. Donations accepted. • Washburn County Health Department Open Immunization Clinic, Spooner, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Walk-ins on that day only. Appointments are available on other days by calling 715-635-4400. Suggested donation of $5 per vaccination. Bring child’s immunization record Thursday, April 7-Sunday, April 10 • “Little Women” presented on the Theatre in the Woods stage at the Quam in Shell Lake. Thursday thru Saturday performance at 7:30 p.m. Sunday performance at 4 p.m. For ticket information and reservations, call 715-468-4387 or Thursday, April 7 • Middle school honors choir concert, 6 p.m., Shell Lake Arts Center.

• Shell Lake Chamber of Commerce dinner meeting, Lakeview Bar & Grill, 5:30 p.m. social, 6 p.m. dinner, meeting to follow. • Aphasia Group, 10-11:30 a.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, Spooner. Contact person Betsy 715-520-7999. • Northwest Wisconsin Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, 1 p.m., lower level at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Shell Lake. • Free community meal, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 409 Summit, Spooner, 4-6 p.m. All welcome. Donations accepted. Saturday, April 9 • Piano Festival concert, 7 p.m., Shell Lake Arts Center • Washburn County Food Distribution in conjunction with Ruby’s Pantry, Spooner Middle School Tech Ed Building on Elm Street. Ticket sales at 9 a.m. Distribution at 9:30 a.m. Volunteers needed. To sign up or for more information, contact Chuck at 715-635-9309, Bill at 715-468-4017 or Ardys at 715-222-4410.


Monday: Lifestyle weight management support group will meet at 4 p.m. Weigh-in, meeting at 4:30 p.m. in the dining room of Indianhead Medical Center in Shell Lake. Call Michelle Grady at 715-468-7833 for more information. Membership fee is $10 per year, dues 50 cents per week. • Partners of Veterans women’s support group will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at Counseling Associates in Siren, located across from the Burnett County Government Center. For more information, contact Julie Yaekel-Black Elk at 715-349-8575. • Celebrate Recovery meetings at 6:30. This is a Christ-centered recovery program. Meetings take place in the Community Life Center at Spooner Wesleyan Church, Hwy. 70 West. For more information, call 715-635-2768. • First Friends Playgroup open to all children. Focus on infants and their caregivers with sensory stimulation and movement experiences. Art project materials provided and the morning closes with circle music time and instrument exploration. 10 a.m. to noon at Lakeland Family Resource Center, 314 Elm St., Spooner. Monday and Thursday: Washburn County Alzheimer’s Day Respite Program is held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Spooner. Daily fee includes lunch and a program of crafts, exercise, games, music, quiet time, etc. For more information, call 715635-4367. Tuesday: Women Healing Women support group at Time-Out Family Abuse Outreach office, every other Tuesday, 4-5:30 p.m. For survivors of domestic abuse and/or sexual abuse. Free, confidential, closed after first session. For more info or to register, contact Time-Out Family Abuse Shelter Outreach office at 103 Oak St., Spooner, WI 54801, 715-635-5245. • Ala-Teen meets at 6:30 p.m. in the New Life Christian Center in Rice Lake. Use the back entrance. • Washburn County Historical Museum in Shell Lake, through the winter months, open every Tuesday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 715-468-2982. Wednesday: Lakeland Family Resource Center open from noon to 3 p.m. • AA meeting, 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Spooner. • 9 a.m. to noon, sewing at Shell Lake Senior Center. • Kidstime-Parentime at Lakeland Family Resource Center, 314 Elm St., Spooner, 10 a.m. to noon. Learn, discuss and share ideas and experience to enrich parenting skills. Preselected art or play materials available for children of all ages. Kidstime-Parentime provides quality time for families, networking for parents and a social opportunity for both parents and children. The last Wednesday of the month a potluck lunch is held at 11:15 a.m. Thursday: AA meets at 7 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, Minong. • Al-Anon meets at 8 p.m. in the cafeteria at Indianhead Medical Center, Shell Lake. • Library Fun For Little Ones, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Shell Lake Public Library. A time for stories, craft and a snack. No age minimum or maximum for participants. Thursday and Monday: Washburn County Alzheimer’s Day Respite Program, see listing above. ••• Amber Bednar, RN, Washburn County Health Department, is available at the public health office to provide breastfeeding basics, how-tos and postpartum support. Appointments can be made at 715635-4400. Domestic abuse and sexual assault are crimes. Time-Out provides free, confidential victim support. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence in a relationship, please call 800-924-0556. The Genealogy Society Research Room at 206-1/2 2nd Ave., Museum Hewitt Building, Shell Lake, is closed for the winter. Volunteers will be available to help the public on appointment as weather permits. Call 715-635-7937 for more information. Shell Lake Alano Club Meetings on CTH B, 2 blocks off Hwy. 63. All meetings are nonsmoking Sunday 10 a.m. AA 6 p.m. AA Monday Noon AA 5 p.m. GA Tuesday Noon AA 7 p.m. AA Wednesday 1 p.m. AA 7 p.m. NA Thursday 1 p.m. AA 7 p.m. Al-Anon Friday 2 p.m. AA 7 p.m. AA Saturday Noon AA 7 p.m. AA Fourth Saturday of every month, Pin Night with 5:30 p.m. potluck and 7 p.m. meeting.


Tommy Bentz Band to perform at SLAC's 7th-annual gala

SHELL LAKE — The Shell Lake Arts Center is pleased to announce the addition of one of Wisconsin’s premiere rock bands, the Tommy Bentz Band, to the Evening with the Stars Gala entertainment lineup. Featuring selections for dancing, the band will light up the night at the Evening with the Stars Gala. Based in River Falls, the band is known for its soulful lyrics, thoughtful and direct melodies, and effortless work on electric and acoustic guitar. The group is led by Tommy Bentz, program director of the Shell Lake Arts Center’s rock band camp. Critics describe Bentz’s music as “a cross between Van Morrison and The Allman Brothers, or between Cat Stevens and Jethro Tull … Tommy is one of the area’s premier guitar players. His lead, style and presence is unique and amazing.” With three full-length albums under his belt as well as national tours, Bentz is no stranger to the music world. He owns and operates Brickhouse Music in River Falls and keeps a home with his wife, Broadway performer Jennifer BurleighBentz. Burleigh-Bentz will join the band on stage at the gala, giving audience

classes for music teachers, concerts and support for area schools. The focus of the gala is to raise funds to ensure quality programming. For more information on the Evening with the Stars Gala, please call the Shell Lake Arts Center office at 715-468-2414, or visit their Web site at: The gala will be held Saturday, May 14. — from SLAC

Only two names to go

Tommy Bentz Band will perform Saturday, May 14, at the seventh-annual Evening with the Stars Gala, held at the Shell Lake Arts Center. – Photo submitted members a chance to hear from another show-stopping vocalist. Her vocal stylings have been heard in the original Broadway production of “Mamma Mia!” as well as national theater tours and Twin Cities area stages.

Over the past 44 years, the Shell Lake Arts Center has emerged as an influential leader in the northwestern Wisconsin arts community. It has provided educational and enrichment opportunities through summer camps and workshops, graduate

Citizen Science Extravaganza at Hunt Hill

— SARONA A Citizen Science Extravaganza will be held Saturday, April 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Hunt Hill in Sarona. This free educational event is perfect for all ages and interests, plus it’s great for families. Learn more about how you can help protect Wisconsin’s animal populations. During the Citizen Science Extravaganza, participants will learn how they can help collect vital information on the birds, bats, amphibians and other animals of the area for scientific studies. You do not need to have a scientific

background or any special equipment, just a love for the natural world and the ability to collect simple and accurate information. The program begins at 9 a.m. with an introduction to Citizen Monitoring. At 9:15 a.m., Beaver Creek Reserve, who will be presenting nature mapping, a simple online program that allows nature observers to record information on the animals they see in their area. By 10:45 a.m., Hunt Hill staff will show participants how easy it is to collect information on endangered bat species for the Wisconsin Bat Monitoring Program. After a light lunch, learn

about aquatic invasive species, water monitoring and then discover all the bird monitoring activities available in the area. The program day ends after final presenter, Randy Korb, has the group interacting with live salamanders and frogs as they discover how to monitor for amphibians. The complete schedule can be found at Registrations are requested, but not required, call 715635-6543 or e-mail — from Hunt Hill

SPOONER — Memorial Day is fast approaching. That is the time when the Washburn County Veterans Service Office hopes to finish etching the rest of the names on a memorial stone out at the veterans wayside near the veterans cemetery on Hwy. 53. Only two names are left to finish the 12th stone. If you have a loved one just home from Iraq, or father, mother, sister or brother who are veterans, what a way to honor them by having their name placed on these memorial stones. For $100 you can have the last, first, middle initial of name, year of entry and year of discharge, and initials of the military branch. Each stone consists of 24 names. Please call 715-635-4470 and request an application or stop in the veterans service office at 1600 CTH H, Spooner, and someone will help you fill out the one-page form. A letter will be sent to you when it has been etched on the stone. To have the stone done by Memorial Day, names need to be received by Tuesday, April 12. — from WCVSO


Middle school students tour Spooner Health System

Over 20 eighth-graders from Spooner Middle School toured Spooner Health System on Wednesday, March 16, as part of their career day. They met with the following departments: Rehabilitation services, emergency room, nursing, pharmacy, diagnostic imaging, laboratory and nursing home. It was a great opportunity for students to learn about the job duties, required education, and recommended high school classes for the various positions within each department. Pictured is pharmacist Bruce Laird explaining the difference between a pharmacist and a pharmacy technician. — Photo submitted

Pruning fruit trees workshop offered

SHELL LAKE — Proper pruning is important for a healthy, strong fruit trees. The best way to learn these techniques is through hands-on demonstrations and discussions. A fruit tree pruning workshop sponsored by UW-Extension will be held on Friday, April 1, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Bashaw Valley Farm and Greenhouse, one mile north of Shell Lake on Hwy. 63. The focus of this workshop will be on pruning young cherry, plum and pear trees. According to Kevin Schoessow, area ag development agent for UW-Extension, “If a tree is properly trained from a young plant, it needs only moderate annual pruning when it reaches bearing age.” The afternoon workshop will include both an indoor presentation and an outdoor demonstration on proper training and pruning techniques.

Dr. Rebecca Harbut, fruit specialist with UW-Extension, will be the featured speaker and lead participants through the pruning process. The workshop is open to the public and intended for both commercial and hobby growers and will be held rain or shine. Later in the evening, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., there will be a second seminar for commercial fruit producers at the Spooner Ag Research Station east of Spooner on Hwy. 70. This session is for anyone interested in commercial fruit production and will include discussions on production and direct marketing topic. There is no charge for either program, however participants are encourage to preregister by contacting Schoessow at 800-528-1914 or 715-635-3506. — from UW-Extension

Pizza with a bit of Greek seasoning

SHELL LAKE — Theatre in the Woods cordially invites the public to an evening of food and entertainment. TITW brings the food and those attending provide the entertainment. Whether you’re a scholar of Greek literature or have never heard of Aristophanes, you are welcome at pizza and a play, Friday evening, March 25, starting at 6 p.m. Latecomers are welcome. “What we do is gather around the table in the basement of the Quam Theatre and simply read a play,” explains event coordinators Karen Kaufman and Carolyn Burnett. Theatre in the Woods has done this several times in the past, reading plays by local writers, classic comedies and more than one Shakespeare drama. No one is required to read, some enjoy just listening. Pizza, salad and beverages are provided free of charge, though donations toward the cost of the scripts are accepted. The play to be read on Friday is “Lysistrata,” the comedy by Greek

playwright Aristophanes. “We’re asking for people to join in reading this play as a way to determine just how much bawdiness the community would enjoy,” say Burnett and Kaufman. The Greeks are known for the very serious, heavy tragedies, but the comedies are less often produced. One reason is no doubt the abundant references to situations and personalities of a few hundred years B.C. “Lysistrata” is the most often performed comedy and resonates well in these times. It is sometimes referred to as an anti-war play, but rather than take a strident tone, it takes one of playfulness, pitting the sexes against one another as the women decide to withhold their sexual accessibility from their husbands until they cease fighting endless wars. “After directing two Shakespeare productions for Theatre in the Woods, we decided to look at the classic Greek plays,” again Kaufman and Burnett. “We focused on the comedies, and have found an adaptation of ‘Lysistrata’ that we think suits our time and place. Now we are looking for opinions from the community. We hope you will join us this Friday at the Quam. Bring a friend.” The Erika Quam Theatre is located at 605 1st St., Shell Lake. Further information is available from Burnett, or 715-354-3803. — from TiTW

Agency assists with amplified phone program

SUPERIOR — If you or someone you know is having trouble using the phone because of problems with hearing, sight or other physical limitations, the Telecommunications Equipment Purchase Program can help with the cost of an amplified phone or other assistive device. And, North Country Independent Living, the region’s independent living center, can help you get the equipment you need. If you qualify, TEPP provides a voucher to cover most or all of the cost of the equipment you need. Voucher funding varies depending on the type and severity of disability. Categories available for funding include: hard of hearing, severely hard of hearing or deaf, speech impaired, mobility impaired or motion impaired, severely hard of hearing or deaf and low vision, severely hard of hearing or deaf and blind. If all of this sounds complicated, that’s where North Country Independent Living can help out. From assessing your situation to purchasing the equipment you’ve chosen, North Country Independent Living specialists can assist at every step in the process. Once the equipment needs are assessed and the consumer has the opportunity to try out several types and brands of phones, either at home or at a North Country office, the Independent Living specialist helps with the TEPP application and, if needed, the Hearing Loss Certification form. North Country also provides a complete list of Wisconsin vendors that carry amplified phones and signaling devices who accept the TEPP voucher. North Country Independent Living is a private, nonprofit agency serving individuals with disabilities in Douglas, Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Iron, Price, Sawyer and Washburn counties. For more information please contact Bob Olsgard at North Country Independent Living at 800-924-1220, Ext. 20 V/TTY. — from NCIL

Discover UW-BC to be held April 5

RICE LAKE — Discover UW-BC, the spring open house for high school students and their parents, will be held on Tuesday, April 5, in the fine arts theater at the University of Wisconsin-Barron County in Rice Lake. Discover UW-BC will begin with optional campus tours at 6:15 p.m. The tour will give parents and future students the opportunity to see firsthand the $6.4 million expansion/renovation. The project created state-of-the-art science laboratories and greenhouse, high-tech classrooms, well-designed student activity spaces and a comfortable student commons. The program will start at 7 p.m. Discover UW-BC is designed to introduce high school students and their parents to the UW-BC experience. Campus guests will learn about admissions, financial aid and the lowest tuition in the UW-System; meet faculty and staff; find out about transferring to four-year universities; visit with current students; and discover opportunities for student life and activities. The goal of the evening is to make sure that future students and their parents leave Discover UW-BC with all questions answered. According to Dale Fenton, UW-BC assistant campus dean for student services, “Whether you have applied for admission or are just starting to plan for college, this is your chance to see what UW-BC is all about.” To make a reservation to attend Discover UW-BC contact the student services office at 715-234-8024, e-mail or register online at and follow the Action Links on the home page. — from UW-BC





Middle school wrestling highlights

SPOONER — On Monday, March 14, the Shell Lake Middle School wrestling team had 16 wins and six losses at a meet held in Spooner along with Cameron, Cumberland and Northwestern. Traveling to Shell Lake on Thursday, March 17, were the middle school wrestling teams from Ashland, Hayward and Barron. Shell Lake earned 20 wins and took nine losses. — from Shell Lake Schools

Cassie Lawrence holds and keeps her Ashland opponent from getting away. Suffering her first loss of the season, Lawrence was two for four for the day. She has an overall 7-2 record.

Isaiah Skidmore with a takedown of his Cumberland opponent. Skidmore is a fifth-grader at Spooner Middle School.

Wt. 90 108 135 75 90 120 118 97 110 113 142

Monday, March 14 meet results Grade 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 8 8 8 89

Rank 3 5 5 3 5 3 1 4 5 2 3

Wrestler Bob Bontekoe 2-0 Noah Haines 1-1 Cassie Lawrence 2-0 Jack Skluzacek 1-1 Christian Monson 1-1 Ben Frey 2-0 Dominic Hopke 1-1 Dylan Sandwick 2-0 Trevor Anderson 1-0 Noah Skluzacek 2-1 Bryan Knoop 1-1

Trevor Anderson with a win over his Chequamegon opponent. This is his first year wrestling. He will one of those young wrestlers to watch.

Tim Meister with a takedown of his Cameron wrestler. This seventh-grader is an up-and-coming wrestler for the Spooner program.

Seventh-grader Noah Skluzacek tries to pull his opponent back on the mat in an eight-school meet held Thursday, March 17, in Shell Lake.

Brian Knoop tries to pin his Northwestern opponent as referee Will Slayton watches his shoulders closely. Knoop had three wins and no loses for the meet.

Photos by Larry Samson

Weight 90 108 135 75 90 120 118 215 97 110 113 142

Thursday, March 17 meet results

Grade 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 8 8 8 8

Wrestler Bob Bontekoe 2-0 Noah Haines 3-0 Cassie Lawrence 2-2 Jack Skluzacek, 0-0 Christian Monson 1-1 Ben Frey 3-0 Dominic Hopke 2-0 Jordan Hill 0-2 Dylan Sandwick 2-1 Trevor Anderson 2-1 Noah Skluzacek 0-2 Bryan Knoop 3-0




First track meet of the season held

New school record set in triple jump

MENOMONIE — The Shell Lake High School track team attended their first meet of the season on Saturday, March 19, at UW-Stout. It is an early meet and due to the wonderful weather it was the first fullfledged opportunity for the runners and athletes in the field events to practice their events. The meet was treated like it was a practice. “I was not worried about how well we did but that we would have the opportunity to work on learning and improving at a great facility. To my overwhelming excitement the students far outdid my expectation for them,” praised coach Katrina Granzin. For the boys team, placing first in the triple jump, Tyler Anderson took home a new school record of 39 feet 11 inches, replacing the old record that was set in 1990 by Kyle Shaffer.

Tyler Anderson set a new Shell Lake High School record in the triple jump with a jump of 39’11” on Saturday, March 19, in Menomonie.

Hannah Cassel surging the down the final stretch to pass the Chetek Bulldogs. — Photos submitted

Tanner Williams in the 4x400. Placing second was Tom Helstern in the 55 with a time 6.86. “This event cost us a hamstring strain but if an injury is going to happen this would be the time I would chose. He will have plenty of recovery time and alternative workouts that will allow him to be strong and

ready to go well before tournament rounds,” explained Granzin. Placing seventh was Ben Butenhoff in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:24.74 and the knowledge and determination for improvement. Also placing seventh, Tory William in the shot put with a throw of 39 feet 8.75 inches, which was over a 5-foot improvement from the year before. Placing eighth was David Brereton in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 13:05. On the girls side the 4x200-meter relay team, made up of Renee Mikula, Hannah Cassel, Emma Anderson and Jen Cassel, took first with a time of 1:58.1. Placing third was the 4x400-meter relay team made up of Jen Cassel, Emma Anderson, Hana Anderson and Shania Pakorny, with a time of 4:34.79. Emma Anderson in the 800-meter ran 2:37. Placing fourth was Shania Pakorny in the 800-meter run with a 2:41. Placing fifth was Colleen Knoop in the shot put with a throw of 29 feet 5 inches. Placing seventh was Hannah Cassel in the long jump with a jump of 12 feet 11.75 inches. “For many of our athletes this was their first high school meet and indoor

Green story hour Wearing of the green, having green-colored snacks, making green-macaroni necklaces and listening to stories was all part of the fun for the children attending story hour at Shell Lake Public Library on Thursday, March 17. The library hosted around 24 children during Library Fun for Little Ones on St. Patrick’s Day. Children’s story hour, sponsored by Lakeland Family Resource Center, is held each Thursday at the library from 10:30-11:15 a.m. — Photo by Suzanne Johnson

In the 800-meter run, front-runner Shania Pokorny finished fourth and Emma Anderson in the end passed Pokorny to finish third.

AJ Denotter in the 4x400.

meet, which can be pretty intimidating when you see 18 teams all within a 200meter track. They all worked hard and did their best and for that I am proud of each of them,” said Granzin. — from Shell Lake athletic department


"Becoming Juliet"

In a scene that could be in any school in any town, the students of Sibley High gather in the lunchroom for the local gossip going around the table. (L to R): Corey Peck, Quintin Clements, Janessa McNitt, Katherine Lyons, Kourtney Strunk and Andrew Temple.

The Ashleys were a self-contained clique of the most popular obnoxious girls. Ashley - Janessa McNitt, Ash Lee - Kourtney Strunk and Ashleigh Katherine Lyons had fun with the roles. Photos by Larry Samson

Each of these young actors drew on their experience with their favorite or less-thanfavorite teacher for their roles. (L to R): Ben Olson, Ian McNurlin, Brittany Gormong and Lane Hansen. McNurlin, playing the part of Principal Erving, must have spent many hours studying his favorite principal.

Father and Daughter Dance

This is a special day for Emily, dressing up to be with her father, Greg Drabek, Springbrook.

Preston Whittington lets 3-year-old daughter Jasmine know that he loves her.

Sara Keith is a 16-year-old who likes spending time with her father, Tom Keith, Springbrook.

Three-year-old Nikki Miller got all dressed up to go to the Shell Lake/Spooner Father and Daughter Dance held Friday, March 18, at the Shell Lake Community Center. Hope Fellowship Church of Spooner hosted the event.

Tansy dances with her father, Chuck Pocernich. The event provided an opportunity for quality time in these busy times.



Wrestling banquet

Award recipients during the wrestling banquet were back row (L to R): Marlo Fields, Most Improved and All-Conference; Caleb Schmidt, Most Valuable Player and All-Conference; Brian Marschall, Most Valuable Player and All-Conference; and Tyler Anderson, Most Valuable Player and All-Conference. Front: Tyler Kozial, Most Improved and All-Conference; and Beau Skluzacek, Most Dedicated.


The Shell Lake wrestling squad co-captains were recognized during the wrestling banquet held Tuesday, March 15. Shown (L to R) Senior Brian Marschall, coach Jim Campbell and senior Tyler Anderson. — Photos by Mary Marschall

Youth wrestlers participate in dual meet

GLENWOOD CITY — On Saturday, March 19, the Shell Lake youth wrestlers traveled to Glenwood City for a dual meet team tournament. Shell Lake started the day wrestling New Richmond and came up just a little short, losing 46-42. In the second round, they wrestled Boyceville, losing by a score of 52-32. The team then faced Menomonie and came out with a 57-34 win. The final round saw Shell Lake competing against Glenwood City with the winner getting a third-place trophy. It


Seventh- and eighth-grade wrestling Thursday, March 24: At Cameron High School, 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 29: At Prairie Farm High School, 5 p.m. Friday, April 1: At Cumberland High School, 5 p.m Track Friday, April 1: At UWS (Packey) indoor meet, 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 12: At Ladysmith, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14: At Spooner, 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 18: Shell Lake High School meet, 4 p.m. SL, TL/Clayton, Cornell, New Auburn, Flambeau, Frederic, Prairie Farm, Ladysmith, Lake Holcombe, Grantsburg Tuesday, April 19: At Unity, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19: JH at Siren, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26: At Frederic, 4:15 p.m. Thursday, April 28: JH at Frederic, 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 29: JH at Shell Lake meet, 4 p.m. SL, Siren, Frederic, Luck, Prairie Farm, Spooner, Flambeau, St. Croix Falls

Timberland Archery

Bow Hunter League Week 10 Compounds Shell Lake State Bank: 677 Community Sanitation: 662 Double D’s: 655 Granite Electric: 589 Snag’s Bar: 402 Women’s Bearded Hens: 500 Red Brick Café: 465 Traditional Droptine Camp: 325 Inflamed Shoulders: 324 Timberland: 321 Putzes: 276

came right down to the end with Shell Lake winning 50-42. The coaching staff is very proud of all the youth wrestlers. Wrestlers participating on Saturday were Ethan Lyga, Isaac Hopke, Cody Swan, Christian Mirabal, Taren Farley, Kale Hopke, Billy Hagberg, Chase Melton, Sam Melton, Carter Lawrence, Bob Bontekoe, Blake Flach, Dominic Hopke, Ben Frey, Cassie Lawrence, Noah Haines, Koy Hopke, Tanner Smith, Jameson Lucas and Brady Lehnherr. — submitted


Baseball Friday, April 1: Vs. Cumberland, 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 4: Vs. Butternut, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5: Vs. Solon Springs, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7: Vs. Clear Lake, 5 p.m. Saturday, April 9: At Spooner w/Washburn 10 a.m. Thursday, April 14: At Prairie Farm, 5 p.m. Friday, April 15: At Birchwood, 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 18: Vs. TL/Clayton, 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 19: At Unity, 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 26: At Clear Lake, 5 p.m. Thursday, April 28: At St. Croix Falls, 5 p.m. Friday, April 29: Vs. Siren/Webster, 5 p.m. Softball Friday, April 1: Scrimmages vs. Spooner, 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 4: Vs. Butternut, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5: Vs. Solon Springs, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7: Vs. Clear Lake, 5 p.m. Friday, April 8: At Luck, 4:30 p.m.

AAA Sport Shop League

Hunter League The Stone Pony: 6,268 Corrado Custom Tile: 6,212 Spitting Swamp Llamas: 6,101 Jeff Nordby Trucking: 6,004 Grandpas: 5,987 Bottom Feeders: 5,709 John Meed’s Trucking I: 4,715 Wholford Construction: 4,694 Adult Youth Sam Hicks: 4,823 Archery Buddies: 4,091 Youth John Meed’s Trucking II: 2,552

The Shell Lake wrestling team cheerleaders received recognition at the wrestling banquet. Shown back row (L to R): Beth Bulgrin, McKenzie Johnson and advisor Danette Hopke. Front: Lindsey Green, Emily Pfluger and Kelsey Collier.

Basketball camps start next week

RICE LAKE — Local youth basketball players have multiple options to improve their game this spring as the Total Hoops Academy and UW-Barron County host training events at the campus gymnasium in Rice Lake. The camps will meet on either Sunday or Tuesday evenings for seven weeks, starting March 27. The three training options are: High Intensity Training, Skills and Contests, and Shooting Stars camps. The HIT training sessions are for boys and girls, grades 7-12, who have the goal of becoming very successful high school players and being an impact athlete in college. HIT will meet on Sunday evenings from March 27–May 22, skipping May 15. Session one will meet from 5:30–7 p.m., and Session two will meet from 7– 8:30 p.m. Limited to only 10 players per session, the individual HIT instruction will focus on agility, core movement and critical basketball skill development at a very intense level. After registering for this opportunity, participants will be interviewed by the coach for acceptance into the program. Those accepted will be grouped by age and ability. The registration fee is $180, which includes a T-shirt and Total Hoops training book. The Skills and Contests option is for boys and girls grades four through eight with the sessions meeting on Sunday evenings, March 27–May 22, skipping May 15, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Forty minutes of each session will focus on offensive skill development, with the last 20 minutes comprised of various contests and games that incorporate the fundamentals of great offensive basketball. The registration fee is $75 and includes a Total Hoops T-shirt. Any family with two or more players at-

tending will receive the discounted fee of $65 per participant. The Shooting Stars camp is for boys and girls grades seven and up. These sessions will meet on Tuesday nights, March 29May 10, from 7-8:15 p.m. Shooting Stars will be an intense shooting session focusing on all the critical aspects of building great shooters. The registration fee is $75 and includes a Total Hoops T-shirt. Any family with two or more players attending will receive the discounted fee of $65 per participant. Any player participating in both Shooting Stars and Skills and Contest will receive a $10 discount. David Swan, founder of the Total Hoops Academy, will run the camps along with local coaches and college players. Swan coached college basketball for seven years and professional basketball in Europe for six seasons with a winning percentage of over 80 percent and captured numerous championships. He has trained over 15,000 basketball players at camps around the globe and has developed a unique and effective training program for skill development. He was also founder of the Norwegian Basketball Academy in Bergen, Norway, one of the most innovative youth basketball teaching centers in all of Europe. For more information, please call Swan at 715-205-4424 Participants can register for the Total Hoops Academy and pay online by going to and clicking on Community Education; or by calling Samantha Heathman at 715-234-8176, Ext. 5403; or e-mailing — from Total Hoops Academy



Area youth participate in Love Hungry

When John D. Rockefeller was a boy, a medicine man visited the town with a cure-all. He took out a silver dollar and asked, “How much am I bid for this?” No bids were made. “Come,” he pleaded, “how much am I bid?” “A nickel,” said little John D. “It’s yours,” said the man. “Hand up your nickel.” “Take it out of the dollar,” he answered. There was a man who made money. But money never makes a man. Neither does it make him happy. The more he has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one. The Bible says, “Better is little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure and trouble therewith.” Visit us at:

The youth of the Shell Lake United Methodist Church participated in a 30-hour famine to draw attention to worldwide hunger. It was hard for them to pose in front of the trays of food, but they were good sports. Back row (L to R): Pastor Greg Harrell, Caleb Parker, Marlo Fields, Austin Williams, Emilee Organ, Calista Holman and Joey Kodesh. Front: Dillon Hopke, Brett Holman Dakota Robinson, Delayna York, Alicia Meister, Chelsea Christensen and Tammy Holman. — Photos by Larry Samson

Janet “Tookie” Spaulding Hanson

Janet “Tookie” Spaulding Hanson, 75, Elk River, Minn., died surrounded by family on March 18, 2011. She was preceded in death by her mother, Frances Hanson. She is survived by her children Judy (Bob) Volz, Ron Spaulding, Shell Lake, Chuck (Sue) Spaulding, Shell Lake, Jim Spaulding, Donna (Todd) Stiles, Mark Spaulding, Shell Lake, and Peggy Reiger; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and first husband, George Spaulding, Shell Lake. Family and friends may gather from noon to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 26, with a memorial service at 1 p.m., at Dare’s Funeral Home, 805 Main St. NW, Elk River, Minn., 763-441-1221. Memorials preferred to the Princeton Elim Home. The Dare Funeral Home, Elk River, was entrusted with arrangements.

30-hour famine held to raise awareness

SHELL LAKE — Wars and natural disasters dominate the world’s daily headlines, but behind the scenes and far from the spotlight, hunger and preventable diseases claim the lives of 24,000 of the world’s children every day. More than 1 billion people go hungry every day. More than 6 billion live on the planet. One in six will go hungry tonight. Why so many? For some families, the only food they have is whatever they can grow themselves. One drought or flood can wipe out a year’s harvest. When it does, there’s no supermarket or food bank they can turn to. Others can barely afford food despite their best efforts. Either way, hunger is anything but yesterday’s problem. For 1 billion people, it’s a problem right now. But world hunger is 100-percent preventable, and teens from the Shell Lake United Methodist Church are ready to help. Last weekend they joined the efforts of hundreds of thousands of young people all over the nation who set aside the usual stuff that fills their daily lives. Instead, they did World Vision’s 30-hour famine. By going without food, the participants got a taste of what the world’s poorest children and families face every day. Prior to the event weekend, students raised funds with the knowledge that every $30 they raised could help feed and care for a child for a month. Funds raised by 30hour famine participants help feed and care for children

Delayna York wears the theme of the World Vision 30-Hour Famine on her cheek, Love Hungry.

in communities in need around the globe through World Vision. A portion of the funds raised assist families in need in the United States. Famine funds contribute to World Vision’s response in areas where famine, conflict and other crises make children vulnerable to hunger and preventable disease. Since 1992, 30-hour famine has raised close to $140 million, representing countless lives saved. World Vision works in nearly 100 countries, helping approximately 100 million people every year. V i s i t or call 800-7-FAMINE for more

information. World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. For more information, visit — from World Vision

After school fundraiser LEFT: Eric Haynes drops his muffin as he poses for the photograph in the breakfast line. This is his kind of fundraiser; he will do his part to support the after-school program by eating. BELOW: Brett Holman announces the winners of the Chinese auction as Dillon Hopke and director Kris Brunberg pick out the winning tickets. The third-annual breakfast and silent auction to raise money to help offset the cost of the after-school program was held Saturday, March 19.


Area churches Alliance

St. Francis de Sales

53 3rd Ave., Shell Lake Pastor John Sahlstrom Lay Pastor Richard Peterson Youth leader Ryan Hunziker 715-468-2734 Worship Service: 10 a.m. Youth Group, 7th - 12th grades: Sunday 6 - 8 p.m.

409 N. Summit St., Spooner Father Edwin Anderson 715-635-3105 Saturday Mass: 6 p.m. Sunday Mass: 10 a.m.

Lake Park Alliance


Northwoods Baptist W6268 Cranberry Dr., Shell Lake; 4 miles south of Spooner on U.S. 253 Pastor Adam Dunshee 715-468-2177 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. Sunday service: 6 p.m. Wednesday service: 7 p.m.

Spooner Baptist W7135 Green Valley Rd. (Green Valley Rd. and Hwy. 63) Pastor James Frisby 715-635-2277 Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. Sunday evening service 6 p.m. Wed. evening service 7 p.m.


St. Joseph's Catholic 100 N. Second St., Shell Lake Father Edwin Anderson Saturday Mass: 4:30 p.m. Books & Coffee: Tues. 9 a.m.

St. Catherine's Catholic CTH D, Sarona Father Edwin Anderson 715-468-7850 Sunday Mass: 8:30 a.m.

Episcopal St. Alban's

Corner of Elm & Summit St., Spooner Father Bob Rodgers 715-635-8475 Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist: Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Morning prayer: 8:15 a.m. Monday Thursday

Full Gospel Shell Lake Full Gospel

293 S. Hwy. 63, Shell Lake Pastor Virgil Amundson 715-468-2895 Sunday: Celebration Worship Service: 10 a.m. Sunday School: 9 a.m. Jr. Kids Church: 10:30 a.m.; UTurn Student Ministries (7th-12th grades): 6 p.m.; Power & Light (2nd - 6th grades), 6 p.m. Tuesday: Compassion Connection: 7 p.m.


Barronett Lutheran 776 Prospect Ave., Barronett Pastor Todd Ahneman 715-671-3197 (cell) Sunday Worship: 9 a.m. The Spirit Connection Youth Group will meet the first Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m.

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church (WELS) Hwy. 70 at Hwy. 53, Spooner Pastor Gene E. Jahnke 715-635-7672, Home: 715-354-7787 Sunday Worship: 9:30 a.m. Sunday School and Bible class: 10:45 a.m.

Faith Lutheran (Missouri Synod) South of Spooner off Hwy. W7148 Luther Rd. Pastor Brent Berkesch 715-635-8167 Sunday Worship 8 a.m. Sunday School 9:15 a.m. Praise and Worship 10:30 Lutheran Hour on WJMC 96.1 FM Radio at 9 a.m. Sundays

Long Lake Lutheran Church W3114 Church Rd., Sarona Pastor Mary Strom Sunday Worship: 9 a.m.; Sunday School 9 a.m.

Salem Lutheran, ELCA 803 Second St., Shell Lake Pastor Carol Ann McArdell 715-468-7718 www.shelllakesalem Sunday Worship: 8 and 10 a.m.; coffee and conversation: 9:15 a.m.

Timberland Ringebu Free Lutheran

20805 CTH H, Barronett 715-468-4403 Pastor Al Bedard Sunday School 8:30 a.m. Family Worship 9:30 a.m. Fellowship follows worship Holy Communion first Sunday of the month Midweek Studies Tuesdays 2 & 7 p.m.

Trinity Lutheran

1790 Scribner St., Spooner Pastors Will & Carolyn Mowchan 715-635-3603 Sunday Worship: 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:15 a.m.


United Methodist

135 Reinhart Dr., Shell Lake, 715-468-2405 Pastor Gregory Harrell Sunday: Sarona - 9 a.m.; Worship: 10:30 a.m.

United Methodist 312 Elm St., Spooner 715-635-3227 Rev. Jack Starr Sunday Worship: 10:45 a.m.

Lakeview United Methodist

Williams Road, Hertel 715-635-3227 Rev. Jack Starr Sunday Worship: 9 a.m.


Church of the Nazarene

Hwy. 253 S, Spooner Rev. David Frazer 715-635-3496 Sunday Worship: 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Sunday School: 9:45 a.m.; Wednesday Adult, youth and children ministries: 6:30 p.m.


Spooner Wesleyan

Hwy. 70 W, Spooner www. Senior Pastor Ronald W. Gormong; Assistant Pastor Chopper Brown 715-635-2768 Sunday Worship 9 a.m.; Sunday School and ABFs: 10:30 a.m.; nursery provided; Celebrate Recovery, now every Monday at 6:30 p.m. Team Kid ages 4 yrs. 6th grade Wednesday 6:30 p.m.


Cornerstone Christian

Pastor Tom Kelby 106 Balsam St., Spooner 715-635-9222 www.cornerstonechurch Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Children’s Sunday School: 10:30 a.m.; Wed. Prayer: 6:30 p.m. Youth Group Wednesday: 6:30 p.m.

Senior Menu

Monday, March 28: Turkey tetrazzini, peas and carrots, craisy chip cookie, V8 juice, whole-grain bread, milk, coffee. Tuesday, March 29: Chicken drumstick, Brussels sprouts, potato salad, chocolate pudding, whole-grain bread, milk, coffee. Wednesday, March 30: Roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans with onions, mandarin oranges, whole-grain roll, milk, coffee. Thursday, March 31: Glazed pork chop, baked sweet potatoes, tossed green salad, applesauce, whole-grain bread, milk, coffee. Friday, April 1: Cheesy vegetable chowder, crackers, tuna on whole wheat, grape juice, apricot crumble, milk, coffee. Meal reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Call 715468-4750.


Road show comes to Rice Lake

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — “There was buried treasure in the backyard just waiting to be dug up, and the family knew it. So one day the granddaughter decided to excavate what her grandmother, an escapee from an oppressive Russian tsarist rule, put in the dirt years ago. Turns out it was $57,000 worth of Russian gold rubles.” That’s just one story Colleen Rivera likes to tell. Witnessing such impressive finds is part of her job as a show manager for the Ohio Valley Gold & Silver Refinery’s traveling road show. The Springfield, Ill., based company is at the Days Inn, 1710 South Main St., Rice Lake, through Saturday, March 26, looking to buy precious metals, jewelry, historical artifacts, antiques and other collectibles. When someone brings in an item, The Ohio Valley Refinery & Roadshow evaluates it, makes an offer, then writes out a check sending that person home with some extra cash. “Our job is to find buyers for items. We’re the middleman. We try to find someone in that market interested,” said Jeramy Weese, also a show manager. Weese said that when an individual brings in an item,


The Ohio Valley Gold & Silver Refinery’s Traveling Roadshow will be at the Days Inn in Rice Lake through Saturday, March 26. — Photo submitted

by Marian Furchtenicht

the buyers will enter the details into their online system that connects with over 10,000 collectors. Items can range from coin collections to vintage guitars and everything in between. “If we can get someone to generate an offer, they agree to the terms and we give them a check on the spot. However, if more than one collector is interested, the offer can go higher,” explains Weese. David Ford, a buyer for the company, said he enjoys traveling to different towns each week and finding new and interesting items. Just a few weeks back he had a woman come in who had bought a coin from the casino she worked at for $1 the night before. She walked out that morning with a check for $50. She joked that this was the quickest $49 she ever made. So search through your closets and bring down your items to the Days Inn Rice Lake Lodge this week. Chances are, you will walk out with a little extra money in your pocket. For more information, call 217-726-7590. — from Ohio Valley Gold & Silver Refinery’s Traveling Roadshow

Snow is nearly gone; robins were reported on March 17. Kelly Stoner reported seeing a bluebird and geese are here, too. It’s time to start seeds for early bedding plants, Sue Krantz did that on Sunday. All this week, cold, breezy, snowy, rainy, March weather is in our forecast. Will March go out like a lion? Dave and Kelly Stoner spent five days in Rockport, Texas, visiting her mom and stepdad, Joann and Larry Reichert of Dallas, Wis., who were camping there in Texas. Reported the Polish show at Cheska Opera in Haugen was entertaining. Janet and Marilyn Zimmerman took it in Friday night. Marlene Hansen and her sisters, Janet Hamilton and Lynette Bueler, visited their dad, Leonard Saffert, at the Cumberland nursing home on Sunday and report he was having a good day. Sympathy to the family of Dick Haynes, Sarona, He graduated from Spooner, was in the service, a teacher and lived away until a few years ago. He moved back to Sarona and lived with his brother in the former Mia Sauer house on Frontage Road. The funeral was held Friday at the veterans cemetery with family coming from the Carolinas. Dick was only 64 years old. He had spent a month over Christmas with his family in the South and said he had hoped to move back there some day. Viv and Blanche Bergman went to the herb garden seminar at Hunt Hill on Saturday. They each brought home a potted plant with herb seeds. Saturday night, Blanche and family went to The Prime for Denny Bergman’s birthday. On Sunday, Blanche and Viv rode with Gene and Katy over to the Twin Cities to Scott and Karen’s for their son, Nick’s, birthday.

Vivian has been out pruning her apple trees and shrubs. Reports the rabbits were busy eating all the bark off the branches she had put on the ground. Virginia Stodola attended Lenten services held at Salem Lutheran Church in Shell Lake on Wednesday night. On Saturday, Virginia went to Marian Brincken’s 80th birthday party at the United Methodist Church. Belated wishes Marian. A little tidbit of Sarona United Methodist Church’s history. While going through stuff for the 100-year reunion that is planned for August, things were sure a lot different than today. In 1910 when they built the church the price of 27 pounds of eightpenny nails was 81¢, 42 pounds of shingle nails were $2.34, 72 pounds of threepenny nails were $2.34, and eight 14x40 window frames and two 10x16 frames totaled $1.70. Les and Sandi Vogt got back from a trip to Corpus Christi, Texas. They had a great time, saw lots of sights, enjoyed the seashore, but the weather could have been a whole lot warmer. The Big Ripley Trekkers have starting planning for their team’s Relay For Life fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, April 16, at the Getaway. So put it on your calendar. There will be great items for auction, even a Packer Super Bowl football, with proceeds going to the Relay for Life itself scheduled for June 3 and 4 at the Shell Lake High School track. There’s a benefit for Marty Tyree to be held at Tony’s in Spooner. Marty had undergone bladder cancer surgery recently. So try to attend the benefit Saturday, March 26. Thursday, Mary Krantz and I browsed around stores in Rice Lake and had a Rueben for St. Patrick’s Day.

My sister, Verna Clyde, and daughter Kelly Burns, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., stopped by Friday and visited and took a tour of the farm. They had come up Thursday and stayed overnight with Richard and Karen Clyde in Macky Valley. Had a phone conversation with brother Donnie Shoquist. They returned from Arizona on Thursday night. Son-in-law John, and Brady Marschall came out Saturday night with their catch of the day, cleaned fish, had supper with me and played a game of cards. Brady was home from Northwest Iowa Community College on spring break. Elaine Ryan and I had coffee with Bev Helmer on Saturday. Mavis Schlapper visited and stayed over at her sisters, Joyce Wade’s on Tuesday. Last Sunday Mavis went to Pam’s in Elk Mound for birthday dinner for the March birthdays. Mavis got a call from daughter Ann in Emmon, Minn., saying her husband, Dave, fell on the ice, breaking his leg. A speedy recovery is wished for him. Happy birthday wishes to Raeleigh Ripplinger who turns 3 and Linda Dahle, March 24; Lauren Knutson, March 25; Sue Weathers, Elsie Cleaven and Gus Raab on March 26; Andy Curtiss and Tiffany Schroeder, March 27; Elaine Krugar, Rachelle Hansen, John Schmitz, Hailey Bender and Doug Millard, March 28; Pam Cernocky and Angela Mancl, March 29; Marian Foged, Kyia Coulter, Layne Meyer, Jack Brown and Dorothy Foltz, March 30. Anniversary wishes to my brother and wife, Don and Shirley Shoquist on March 27, their 35th; and Keith and Dorinda Kemp, March 29.

Will M. Bennett, Spooner, disorderly conduct, $243.00, probation, sent. withheld. Andreka D. Brown, Spooner, disorderly conduct, $243.00, probation, sent. withheld. Patrick J. Irvin, Trego, criminal damage to property, $243.00, probation, sent. withheld; criminal trespass to dwelling, $163.00, probation, sent. withheld. Travis E. Lamphier, Las Vegas, Nev., failure to support child, $7,050.00, probation, sent. withheld; failure to support child, $68.00, probation, sent. withheld, twice. Timothy J. Stout, Spooner, bail jumping, $243.00, probation, sent. withheld; disorderly conduct, $163.00, probation, sent. withheld; possession of THC, $163.00, probation, sent. withheld.

Celia A. Domich, Ely, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Joseph P. Duffy, Plymouth, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Brent A. Ekstrom, Chicago, Ill., speeding, $250.90. Brian S. Eliason, Frederic, operating vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Michele L. Erickson, Danbury, speeding, $200.50. Margaret A. Ericson, Minong, speeding, $200.50. Laura L. Girolamo, Eleva, speeding, $175.30. Kevin A. Griepentrog, Trigerton, driving too fast for condition, $188.10. Earl R. Hemmerich, Nisswa, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Nancy J. Hovey, Eden Prairie, Minn., operating snowmobile, failure to comply with signs, $175.30.

Mary M. Otterlei, Edina, Minn., operating without valid license, $200.50. Sherri J. Paulson, Ashland, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. William Perkiss, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $200.50. John Polgar, Spooner, speeding, $175.30. Daniel L. Proffit, Danbury, seat belt violation, $10.00. Jace M. Richter, Danbury, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50; speeding, $200.50. Robert P. Roman, Trego, speeding, $175.30. Frances A. Russ, Chetek, operating snowmobile, failure to comply with signs, $175.30. Shelby C. Sarne, Spooner, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00.

Washburn County court news Richard H. Tate, Spooner, bail jumping, $243.00, local jail, costs; resisting or obstructing an officer, $163.00, local jail, costs; disorderly conduct, $163.00, local jail, costs. Kristina M. Weigelt, Spooner, disorderly conduct, $243.00, probation, sent. withheld, twice. Jason M. Wickware, Sarona, OWI, $1,424.00, local jail, license revoked 24 months, other sentence; criminal damage to property, $375.00. Will M. Bennett, Spooner, OWI, $817.50, license revoked 6 months, alcohol assessment, other sentence. Janice M. Britten, Farmington, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Kay M. Conroy Peckham, Rice Lake, speeding, $200.00. Kelsey M. Dale, Springbrook, operating without valid license, $200.50.

Travis G. Jensen, Burnsville, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Jim Miller Excavating, Hayward, vehicle equipment violations Group 1, $238.30. James E. Kari, Superior, speeding, $175.30. Susan A. Kowarsch, Stacy, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Marc P. Kronlund, Spooner, speeding, $200.50. Annette M. Lawrence, Spooner, operating without valid license, $200.50; speeding, $200.50. Gary W. Lindeman, Trego, reckless driving, $375.00. James J. O’Hearn, Baxter, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Steven E. Orwoll, Rogers, Minn., operating snowmobile, failure to comply with signs, $175.30.

Jennifer SchoenzeitScholler, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Wesley T. Soar, Barnes, speeding, $276.10. Jessica M. Thompson, Spooner, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Terry J. Tobin, No. St. Paul, Minn., operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. William J. Tutlewski, Chesterton, Ind., speeding, $200.50. John T. Weinel, Lakeville, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Jennifer M. Whelan, Poplar, speeding, $200.50. Alexander J. Wishard, Somerset, operate snowmobile without safety certificate, $162.70.

Area Writer’s corner

For the Love of Water

by Mary B. Olsen, Shell Lake The thaw is coming. Today I could feel it. The power of the ice is dwindling. It crunches underfoot. It makes me think of the bad witch of Oz screaming, “I’m melting! I’m melting!” Fading away, and like poor Dorothy, I don’t know water can destroy things. Yes, actually I know that. Water is an element not to be taken lightly. It is everywhere calling itself to our attention. We can’t forget the rise of the lake, boathouses and 100-year-old trees ravaged and inundated by high water. Water is a powerful force. The other day a man told of the loss of his grandpa’s house, and how he stood on the porch seconds before the house, porch and all, along with chunks of other houses and trees, became a part of the Chippewa River flood. We hear of the flood after the hurricane in New Orleans and in Bangladesh, and we know water is a menace as well as necessary. Spring floods that will accompany this melt are as welcome as a Japanese beetle lighting on my plate. It all brings to mind some memories. Both good and bad. There is this town in Illinois some 30 miles from my hometown. It is laid out with a creek running through it. My aunt, uncle and their two girls lived there sort of on the edge of town. One time I was there in the summer to stay overnight. It rained hard, and they had a flood in the town, but only near the creek. It did a lot of damage. The next day everyone was busy cleaning up the terrible mess, yards and basements flooded, and cars. Everything was full of mud and grassy debris. They were using pumps to clear muddy water out of houses. Their house was fine, but it sure was an impressive flood. One summer my mother, dad, uncle and the whole family went camping. We had my uncle’s big tent. He


said to my dad, “You’ll need this spade to make a trench around the tent before dark because it’s going to rain.” My dad said OK and forgot about it. Then my uncle left because he had to be up early to work the next day. We all settled ourselves in the tent and off to dreamland we went. Along came the thunder and lightning, and the rain poured like Niagara Falls on our tent. Our canvas floor was wet, almost washing us away. My dad belatedly dug a trench while the rain came down. The water began to drain off, but we were uncomfortably wet as was our camping gear. It took nearly all the next day to dry everything out. We weren’t allowed to swim in the river when we were small. We knew a boy who drowned there when he stepped into a drop-off. My older brother, Pat, let me go with him to swim in a great place with bigger boys, where we could hold onto a long rope, swing out over the water and drop down. It was exciting and a good place. When Dad asked where we had gone swimming, he demanded we never go there again. “That is a mining pit, and it is probably a 100 feet deep.” It was a bit scary. We had a special swimming hole we liked, and that was better, especially for poor swimmers, like me. There was a high bank you could leap from into the water. There was a swimming pool in town, too. That meant a lot more rules, so pools weren’t as much fun. One spring day my brother, Pat, and my younger brother, Tommy, and I and our dog, Brownie, a teddybear-like dog of mixed heritage, had been following Spring Creek. It was usually a slight trickle, but in flood stage it had become volumes of white water, surging and flowing swiftly. We were thrilled to see this familiar creek changed into a strange new stream. We were headed home and near the bridge but blocked off from the road. Unless we walked all the way back, we would have to cross the creek to get to the road. Pat told us, “It’s too dangerous. You go back, like we

came. You’re just a girl. Tommy, go back with her, and take Brownie.” “I can cross it.” I said, bravely, taking off my black Mary Jane shoes. “OK,” he said, as he jumped into the surge, finding footing on rocks above the surface. He made it across. I stepped in, dropped a shoe. Fortunately, Tommy grabbed up the shoe. I stepped back to the shore. Tommy went on, standing firm and taking giant steps until he hurrahed from the other side. “Throw the shoes across!” they both shouted. Knowing my poor performance as a pitcher, I should have known better, but I hauled back and threw the first shoe. Pat caught it neatly, but he had to lean in. The next shoe, with hardly a splash in the rushing current, became a part of Spring Creek. It bobbed once or twice and then it was out of sight. Determined to cross the actual water power wasn’t as bad as it looked. I threaded my way across, holding my skirt up. I remember a kind of triumphant feeling. We nearly lost Brownie. Pat went back in after him and caught hold of his hide, pulling him out, both dripping wet, before he went down with the current. I brought up the rear tired out, after Brownie, shaking the water from his long coat, and we climbed up the cinders and gravel to the road. I felt bad about the lost shoe, but it was Pat who kept saying he was in trouble because he never should have let us cross the creek. We didn’t tell anybody. When Mother asked me about the other shoe, I said I didn’t know where it was. When I think back, maybe we could have lost ourselves, by drowning, but we did perilous things all the time. And a lot of it was on water. I think it’s best to respect water power. If you’ve ever seen the Grand Canyon, you know what water can do.

Dave Toll spent the weekend with his pa, Jim Toll. Jim has a terrible cold and we hope he gets much better soon. Saturday found Jerry and Gretchen Best going to Luck to Gretchen mom’s, Lillian Strege, for the day. Also there were Gail and Ben Kobernick, Gwen, Chad and Annie Strege and Gwen’s two little granddaughters. Saturday, Butch and Loretta VanSelus went to Camp Phillips to the Boy Scout Pinewood Derby where these little Scouts race the cars they made. Loretta says the place was packed. Wednesday some of Marie Lawrence’s good friends took her out to lunch at Riverstreet to help Marie celebrate her birthday. I hear the gals had a ball! Jimmy Atkinson was up to spend the weekend with Jim and Sandy Atkinson. Talking with Mark Knoop we find he has taken on a new job. Yes, Mark is on the Burnett County Dairy Board since Dec. 18, 2010. He is on for a three-year period. President of the board is Kevin Knauber. Any questions about the dairy, etc., call Mark and he will come up with the answers. Robin Melton spent the weekend home with Cecil and Evelyn Melton. Saturday night the three enjoyed supper at Vicki and Don Trott’s, along with Teresa, Vicki and Don’s daughter, as she was going back to Tennessee Sunday morning. Phil and Bonnie Scheu have now hung those milkers up and no more bossies there. Also hear Jim Bernecker hung his milkers up and it was bye-bye to his bossies. Well, it’s spring now with the robins back singing their

hearts out, so glad to be back. News from the Fjelstad Palace finds Kris visiting Pam Pomykala and Elmer Talbert on Tuesday. Wednesday evening, Kris, Dixie Andrea, Beth Crosby and Judy Leonard enjoyed supper together at the 5 O’Clock Club. Also on Wednesday, Cherie, Tyler and Emily visited Bob and Kris. Friday Bob and Kris enjoyed supper at Taste Budz. Saturday, Jeff Larson visited Bob and Kris and Greg and Cherie and Emily visited Bob and Kris. Saturday Kris attended the 80th birthday party for Marian Brincken at the Shell Lake United Methodist Church. Kris says there were lots of relatives and friends enjoying helping Marian celebrate. That evening, Kris tells us they had their first bonfire of the season. Yes, and no mosquitoes. They burned an old wooden snowman and Kris says, “Winter is done. It’s spring.” Kris and Bob have also sighted and heard robins and Kris says she saw the bird harbinger, which is a red-winged blackbird. Table Talk; Are you putting in a garden this year? It saves lots of money. Think spring! Scatter sunshine! Have a great week!

Dewey Country by Pauline Lawrence

It’s the first day of spring 2011! Yes, and it’s very chilly out and raining as I write this. We’ve all been looking forward to warmer weather and this is a big disappointing day for us, isn’t it? For the most part, our snow is gone but who knows what’s ahead of us for more snow comin’! Happy birthday wishes go out to Jim Mogenson and to Lynette LaVeau on their special day, March 24. Have a great day. Happy birthday wishes go out to Laurel Stellrecht, to Kim Hotchkiss, and to Kim Crosby all on March 26. Many more. Happy birthday to a very dear lady, Lorraine Crosby, on her special day, March 27. Many more Lorraine. Happy birthday to Cory Hamer on March 28. Have a wonderful day, Cory. March 29, a very happy birthday to a hardworking farm gal, Karen Vanderhoof. Also to Lillian Strege, Cory Stone and Jessica Talbert. Have a wonderful day. I went to see my favorite sister, Marie Quam, this past week. We had a great time talking about everything. Janie and Ellianna and Noah Lauterbach came with two pies Janie made, along with lots of good food she made for the Quam family supper. Later Tim and Sue Pederson and Rick Lauterbach came to join in the festivities. And a little later came Rich and Pattie Feeney to enjoy supper and family time. Connie and Jim Quam, Michael Quam and Gene and Debbie Quam, Allysa and Buddy were also coming. It was so great to see everyone. Ellianna is just a precious little doll. Yes, she is almost 8 months old and petite and looks like a live doll. However, Ellianna had a problem that day upsetting her mom and dad and my sister. Janie found a wood tick on Ellianna’s arm and she was very upset. She took her to the doctor and he removed the whole tick and said it was a bear tick. He didn’t think the tick had time to do any damage to Ellianna, which everyone was thankful for. So beware everyone, the ticks are out! Gas prices took another swing at us by going up to $3.64-9/10 per gallon. They tell us there are more pennies coming per gallon. Diesel prices are way up now to nearly $4 per gallon. Aren’t we lucky to live where we do with all the problems across the world? Yes, every time a person looks at the news there’s something more happening. Japan certainly has a problem with the radiation, no food, no water, and the radiation in the air. Why does this happen? They say everything has a reason, but I certainly wonder why. And it looks like the U.S. stuck their noses in another country and another war could come forth. Talking with Ann Kohnson she tells us she saw on the news where we have a super moon. This only happens every 16-18 years where the moon gets much larger than normal. We all think there’s a man in the moon and since this is a super moon, maybe Superman lives up there. Ann also says to watch the next few days, as the big moon will be orange.

Dewey-LaFollette by Karen Mangelsen

Lawrence Hines came home Monday after having knee surgery in the Twin Cities and spending a few days in the hospital there. Visitors of his and Nina’s during the week were Maynard, John, Diana, Hank and Karen Mangelsen, Lida and Don Nordquist, Jim and Verlene Pearson and Donna and Gerry Hines. Lawrence and Nina’s son-in-law, Colin Harrison, drove them home and is spending a few days there. Jan, Caleb and Hannah Schott were overnight guests of Don and Lida Nordquist Friday. Hank and Karen Mangelsen visited Bob and Pam Bentz Friday evening. Sue Ackerman was a weekend guest at the home of her parents, Jack and Kay Krentz. Dixie and Chuck Andrea, Kris Fjelstad, Lida Nordquist, Pam Bentz, Karen Mangelsen, Sue Ackerman and Jack, Kay and Joel Krentz were among a number of people who attended the open house for Marian Brincken Saturday at the UM Church in Shell Lake. The party was in honor of Marian’s 80th birthday and it was sponsored by her children.

Friendship Commons by Theresa Sigmund

We had our agenda meeting Wednesday, March 16. On our next meeting we will discuss the garage sale, a potluck, the tea that will be in May that will be dress-up affair and also the book club. I read the book “Double or Nothing on Foster Avenue” by Diane Dryden. I enjoyed it very much. Smear afternoon we had two tables. The winners were Marvin M. first, Virginia second and Connee third. My new neighbor, Sharon, here at the apartments, is going to join us at the center. She played Rummikubs with us on Wednesday and really enjoyed it. Some played Doodle Dice. That’s a fun game, too. Here at the apartments we had corned beef and cabbage on Tuesday. Seventeen attended. Thanks to Sharon Nelson, Jean Messenger and Gwen Organ who did most of the work. They did a wonderful job. We also celebrated the March birthdays. There were seven. My son, Allen, and his wife, Judy, took me to a fish fry at Peggy’s on Friday. It was very good. They just got back from Chicago. They visited with my sister-in-law who I haven’t seen in 10 years. Butch, as we fondly called her, was well and very glad to see them. I got a letter from my granddaughter. She sent me a picture of my great-granddaughter, Rylee Ann Marie Burton. She’s a month old now. She’s my 12th great.


Barronett by Judy Pieper

Happy spring! Isn’t it amazing how fast the snow is melting? Duane and I went to Jordan, Minn., on the 17th for a St. Patrick’s Day party with some of his old friends, and a lot of the fields were nearly bare. The pond at Clear Lake was completely free of ice, and there were some geese swimming around on it. Hooray! Seeing spring come is one of the biggest joys of the year to most of us here in northern Wisconsin. Shirley Overvig called and said that Gertrude and Heathcliffe (her name for the first two geese of the season) had landed on the pond near their home on 30th Avenue. Pat Olson said that there were swans on Lower Waterman Lake. Pat and Doug Sweet had robins in their yard. The crocus and grape hyacinths are up on the south side of our house. The geese are back at Ryan and Suzy Lehmann’s farm. Maybe we’ll get our first bear report soon. Of course we all realize that we can get a lot more snow and cold weather before summer is actually here, but at least we know that winter is definitely on the way out. Maybe we’ll get really lucky this year and just coast easily into summer. Fat chance. This must be the season for pancake suppers and breakfast. On Thursday, there will be a pancake supper at the senior center in Cumberland. On Friday, the Barronett Civic Club members will be hosting their firstever pancake supper at the Barronett Community Center. And on Sunday morning, the Cumberland Hockey Association will be hosting a pancake breakfast at the American Legion in Cumberland. Hope you can make it to one or more of the meals. The congregation of Barronett Lutheran was very happy to welcome Pastor Jon and Alice Simundson, their daughter, Susan, granddaughter, Katy Ann, and Katy Ann’s friend, Nick, to worship service on Sunday morning. After the service the women of the church served coffee and snacks, and we were able to visit with the Simundsons. It was wonderful. We all felt that we were welcoming back very special family members. And, one of the very best parts of the visit was that

Washburn County Area Humane Society ADOPTABLE PETS OF THE WEEK You may have heard about our Captain Jack, The pup with the injured front leg, He needed your help and your help’s what he got, Neither we nor Jack needed to beg. Everyone’s always so generous, We had just barely got the word out, And all of you good, caring people, Proved again what this town’s all about. The shelter and Jack wish to thank you, From the bottom of our grateful hearts, You have given this puppy his life back, A life Jack is excited to start!

Dogs for adoption: 6-year-old female black Lab/shepherd mix; 9-year-old spayed white/black Chihuahua; 2-year-old neutered brown/white pit bull/boxer mix, two 8-month-old neutered Chihuahua/Pomeranian mix brothers; 2-year-old female black Lab mix and her seven 6-week-old pups; 1-1/2-year-old spayed chow/retriever mix; 3-1/2month-old male black Lab/rott mix, and a 3-1/2month-old male tan/black shepherd or collie mix pup. Cats for adoption: 1-year-old spayed shorthair gray/black/brown tiger; 2-year-old male gray/white shorthair tiger; 3-year-old neutered orange/white shorthair; 3-year-old male gray shorthair; 8-month-old male white/tiger shorthair; 1-year-old female black/white shorthair; 1-1/2-yearold female medium-hair cream-point Siamese mix; 11-week-old shorthair tortie; 2-year-old female black medium-hair; 2-year-old neutered tricolored declawed longhair; 1-1/2-year-old male Birman mix; 1-year-old female dilute calico shorthair and an 8month-old female gray/cream tiger. Strays include: Young adult male black/white Border collie mix found on LaFollette Street in Spooner. Go to for more info about our annual Pins For Pets Bowling Benefit coming up on Saturday, April 16, at Kegler’s Pub & Pin.

Located at 1400 Cottonwood Ave. in Spooner (Behind the county fairgrounds)


Alice appears to be perfectly healthy after that terrible scare this past winter. Pastor Jon said that he would be coming out of retirement temporarily to help their home church by visiting shut-ins and hospital patients. We all had to chuckle at that, because when we asked Pastor Jon to fill in temporarily, we kept him for about 15 years. It will be interesting to see how long this fillin job lasts. Dick and Ruth Grover traveled to Montrose, Minn., last Monday to visit with Ruth’s son and daughter-inlaw, Dennis and Darlene Speiser. Her granddaughter and new little great-grandson, Michelle and Brody Simmons were also there, Ruth loves that baby, she said he is the most adorable little guy ever with his little round face and pointy chin. She said that he smiles and makes the cutest noises. I think she’s smitten. They all had dinner and enjoyed visiting and spoiling little Brody. The Cumberland Hockey Association hosted the annual alumni games on Saturday. There were four regular teams and two oldies. Suzy Lehmann said that there were “young oldies” and “old oldies,” and the “old oldies” were not the winners. I can see it all now, pretty soon the old guys will be out on the ice pushing their walkers like the little ones push chairs around to learn to skate. It’s the circle of life in ice hockey. The friendly neighborhood moocher, aka Terry Goodrich, has it made. Not only does he get pies from friends and neighbors in this community, he now has promises of pies from Sparta and La Crosse. He said that so far its just promises, but he will let us know if and when he gets them.

Heart Lake by Helen Pederson

What a dull morning it was on Monday. I think they are predicting more rain. The snow is gradually melting. Amy Monson, who just returned from a vacation in Arizona on Wednesday, said she saw one robin on her lawn. So far, they haven’t visited Glenview. We had one birthday party this week. Joyce Green served cake and ice cream on Wednesday, which was on her 92nd birthday. Greetings to you Joyce. She is a sister to Elaine Schaefer. Friday night, we were treated to an evening of music with Tom Dahlstrom. Everyone enjoyed it. On Saturday, Mavis and Roger Flach went to Glenwood City for the Shell Lake youth wrestling match. Grandson Blake wrestled. Shell Lake came in third overall. Lillian Ullom went to the birthday party for all residents at Spooner Nursing Home and visited, among others, Vi Strand, a good friend. Brady Marschall, who was home on spring break, returned to school again on Sunday. While he was home he and his dad enjoyed fishing together. Sara Marschall returned from her vacation in Florida. I’m sorry I wrote you live in Cumberland where you work. Actually you drive home to your folks each evening. Tuesday night, John, Mary and Brian attended the wrestling banquet at school. Thursday night, Mary and Keith White of Cross Plains came up to Shell Lake to visit relatives staying, with Dottie White. They attended a party at the community center for nephew of Keith’s, Matt Adams, son of Dennis and Judy (White) Adams of Cambridge. He is going to be deployed to Afghanistan. Gina White of Stillwater, Minn., came up and visited her grandmother, Helen V. Pederson, before returning home. On Friday, Tim and Sue Pederson of Amherst, daughter Megan of Eau Claire, Sue and Larry Winner of Solon Springs, Mary, Keith and Jeff Pederson enjoyed lunch together at Lakeview. Tim, Sue and Megan helped Helen and Warren Quam celebrate their birthdays Saturday night with the Quam family. Greetings to you two. Sue and Larry went to Larry’s daughter’s in Milaca for a birthday party of his granddaughter on Saturday before returning home. They had two inches of snow in Duluth on Saturday night. Saturday, Peder and his friends, Susie Anderson and son John, met with his daughter, Linda, and James King and Zack of Bentonville, Ark. Cheri and Steve Minot and family, Curt and Martha Pederson and family of Hudson, met at Mall of America where they had a good time eating, visiting and shopping. Lori Cray and son Colton of Spooner visited Helen V. Pederson on Sunday. March 22 would have been Floyd Pederson’s 90th birthday, and we are all thinking of him and remembering. If you can’t have the best of everything, make the best of everything you have. Have a good week. Spring is supposedly here. Did you see the full moon?

The OTD gang met at Jerry and Penny Sundvall’s home for a card party on Sunday evening. We had a fantastic time. Penny is such a good hostess. In addition to the Sundvalls, Tom Bayerle, Don and Anitia Lehmann, Pat Olson and Duane and I were there to do our best at 500. I suppose I shouldn’t brag, but Duane and I took first prize, and Don and Pat took last. You can be sure that it wasn’t superior playing on our part — it was dumb, blind luck. But it sure was fun. Ryan Lehmann had a hair-raising experience while throwing straw out of the haymow last week. There are always mice up there, and when he goes up there are always about four cats that follow him in hopes that he will scare up a few mice for dinner. Anyway, he was throwing straw, the mice were running scared, and the cats were having a field day. Suddenly, one of the little mice decided that he would probably be safe if he hid in Ryan’s pants leg. Ryan felt him, stomped his foot and shook his leg a couple of times, thought he had shaken him out and went about the business of throwing down bedding. Suddenly, Ryan felt the little bugger under his shirt, climbing frantically up his back. Picture this … Ryan dancing around, trying to hit his back, yelling for Suzy to come up and help him get the mouse out of his shirt. The mouse is clawing and biting his way to the top, and finally, in addition to yelling for Suzy’s help, Ryan starts tearing his clothes off to get rid of the unwelcome pest. Can you just imagine what Suzy would have done if she had heard him calling for her, gone up and saw him tearing off his clothes. We all decided that she would have stayed in the bottom part of the barn, slammed the trap door closed and locked him up there. Duane thinks that, from now on, Ryan should tie twine tightly around the bottom of his pants legs when he goes in the haymow. I guess that’s about all I know from Barronett this week. Hope to see you at the pancake supper on Friday evening. See you next time.



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Laker Times Kindergarten class visits Spooner Research Station

Lisa Pitman shows the young students how the milking machines work at the research station’s milking parlor. The farm is one of a few research farms doing studies on sheep milk production.

Photos by Larry Samson

Heidi Smith doesn’t mind having her hands full with day-old lambs; it’s the 47 visiting kindergarten students who want to hold one of them that might cause a bit of stress.

Fundraising trio Jade, Ella, and Kora Folstad pose proudly with their faces painted like cats, at the breakfast/silent auction fundraiser held Saturday, March 19. More photos page 16. — Photo by Larry Samson

School menu

Marcus Carpenter held his first lamb when his kindergarten class spent Friday morning, March 18, at the Spooner Research Station. More Photos on page 14. — Photo by Larry Samson

Breakfast Monday, March 28: Juice, cereal, toast. Tuesday, March 29: Fruit, sausage link, French toast sticks. Wednesday, March 30: Juice, breakfast pizza. Thursday, March 31: Fruit, pancakes. Friday, April 1: Juice, yogurt, toast. Lunch Monday, March 28: Super nachos, lettuce, cheese, corn, pineapple tidbits. No Laker. Tuesday, March 29: Baked chicken, whipped potatoes, peas, peach slices. Laker: Cheddarwurst.

Wednesday, March 30: BBQ on bun, au gratin potatoes, mixed vegetables, pear slices. Laker: Corn dog. Thursday, March 31: Chili, cheese, crackers, carrots, applesauce, blueberry muffin. Laker: Calzone. Friday, April 1: Quesadilla, green beans, fresh fruit. Laker: Salad bar. Breakfast served each day for K-12 students. Whole-grain bread and buns and milk served with each meal. Laker sandwiches available to grades 7-12 only.


Would you? by Jack Neely SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas — Have you ever done something that you thought you would never do because you thought it was inherently dangerous or because you lacked courage? Something that was totally unknown to your experience? Something that would expand your senses — maybe even your whole outlook on life? Something so foreign to your imagination that you could not focus your senses or force them into a recognizable image in your mind’s eye? Something that you have virtually no control over? No, I am not talking about getting married! Oh, maybe skydiving is a bit like getting married. You’ve never done it before. You do not know what to expect. Beforehand you may be scared, anxious, ambivalent, giddy or joyful. Afterward you may think, “what did I just do!” or “I can’t believe I did that … I must be crazy!” You may enjoy it, but you may never do it again even if you survive your partner. Or you may become addicted to it and try it six or seven times, looking for a different experience each time. But if lucky, it may be the best decision you ever made, even if on the spur of the moment! I am talking about skydiving. I had seen it in movies, on TV, in an air show and the video of a friend’s jump many years ago. The closest approximation to skydiving that I have had was a dream in which I flew, no falling, on my back. It felt very real and was wonderful. I recently saw the video of two friends, both in their 70s, who jumped on South Padre Island, Texas. Their joy and enthusiasm was contagious. I soon found myself hooked in tandem to Brad; a veteran of over 10,000 jumps. After a 10-minute walk-through on the ground, we had a checklist videoed once we were in the plane. You are hooked up while on you knees with your back to the front of your savior. After a 15-minute flight, you are over the jump zone, and you and your partner, along the three other silly persons now joined navel to butt, all waddle forward on their knees to the open door — like eight wounded brown pelicans looking for salvation. Then with Brad’s admonition of, “Let’s go have some fun!” we were at the plane’s open door at 13,500 feet. All the banter has faded as you are the fourth and last couple to move toward Mother Earth at her finest. You struggle a bit to keep your balance as you hear two final instructions: Keep your thumbs hooked under your shoulder straps, so that you are unable to grab the door jamb as fear strikes at the last moment. After all you just signed a six-page waiver and payment has been electronically sent via credit card, and keep your head back so the video person jumping beside you can get your smile as you hurtle out into space. That of course is impossible, because once out the door and free-falling at 150 mph for one minute, the wind stretches the corners of your mouth so that they touch your ear lobes, not unlike Daffy Duck or Squidward of SpongeBob fame. Now at the door, the wind has the sound one hears under a train trestle as a train thunders overhead. Thumbs appropriately hooked in place, we lean forward like a baby falling into the deep end of the pool for the first time, and down, down we go. Soon the video man, also free-falling, is in front of us and we join hands so that he can spin us around. At this point it is difficult to appreciate the magnificent view due to your other senses being in high gear. Within a minute, Brad guides my right hand to his hip and I pull the rip cord. Hopefully not named after the first skydiver to meet his maker when something “tore” apart. Why not call it a pull-cord? The chute opens with a noticeable jerk. Then, relief, silence, the wonderful sensation of floating, and a fantastic view of the island, the multicolored waters of the bay and Gulf of Mexico and the 2-1/2-mile connecting

Jack Neely, part-time Shell Lake resident, along with instructor Brad, leave the plane during Neely’s first skydiving experience. - Special photos bridge. Brad places my hands in the guide loops at the bottom of the chute, with his on top, so I can guide the ride for a bit. At some point, Brad says something to the effect of, “Let me know if this ‘red pull’ is too much.” With that he pulls down hard with his right hand and we swing out fast in a circle, parallel to the ground. My only concern other than all my blood collecting in my feet was that the harness vigorously pulling upward would render me a soprano for life. People have asked me if I was scared and if I would do it again. I have to say that I never thought of the chute not opening or of not landing safely. However, falling though space is much different than floating down while enjoying the view and talking with your tandem partner. The fear I felt in going out the door and “falling” came from not having ever experiencing a situation where I had no control. That dissipated as soon as Brad put my hand on the pull cord. Then I felt relief, the exhilaration of freedom and the sensation of suspension never before experienced. So yes, there was some apprehension at the exit door and some fear in the start of the fall. And all came from the unknown. And yes, I hope to do it again. It took me a day or two before I could say that I would skydive again. It took that long to process the event; mainly in leaving the plane and the first seconds of the fall. But maybe it will take more courage or maybe less once in the plane next time, for I now know what to expect. I only know that I’ve had no experience so different. One that I have no words to describe. I can tell you afterward the feelings, i.e. ambivalence, a rush, exhilaration, anxiety, fright, joy, trust, beauty, relief, courage and accomplishment. I experienced all of that and more in various combinations along the way. I am told that we all respond differently. I cannot accurately describe it, only experience it. You will just have to do it yourself. I guarantee that you will not regret it! And, you will do it again! Remember the line in Baz Luhrmann’s song, “Everybody’s Free, ‘Do one thing every day that scares you!’” But, don’t wait till age 75 like I did!

RIGHT: Soaring over South Padre Island, Texas, Jack Neely is tandem with his instructor.

Destination ImagiNation to be hosted by Spooner

by Larry Samson SPOONER — The St. Croix Regional Destination ImagiNation Tournament is being hosted by Spooner Schools on Saturday, March 26. Area schools that choose to participate form teams that will compete in one of seven predetermined challenges. Teams consist of seven members that have been meeting since September working on their own with very little coaching from their adult coaches.

Shell Lake will be sponsoring seven teams this year, which is up from previous years. The teams compete against teams in their age groups in their selected challenge and in the instant challenge. The instant challenge is an improvisational challenge that teams are scored on. Teams have the opportunity to advance on to state, which will be held at UW-Stevens Point Saturday, April 16.

Team Sterns came in on Saturday morning, March 19, to put in the finishing touches on their set for the upcoming regional Destination ImagiNation competition being hosted by Spooner Schools on Saturday, March 26. Members of Team Sterns are back row (L to R): Renae Lloyd, Chrissy Kodesh and Kelsey Egbert. Front: Chris Heibel, Marty Anderson, Daniel Parish and KayDe Bontekoe. — Photo by Larry Samson

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