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Wednesday, February 10, 2010 Vol. 120, No. 25• Shell Lake, Wisconsin


Starving artist

Spooner has three candidates for council in Ward One

Aage Duch dies at age 102 See page 3

What’s it like to be a juvenile offic ficer See page 9

by Regan Kohler SPOONER – Washburn County has one primary election on Tuesday, Feb. 16, with Spooner City Council Ward One Alderperson Esa Everroad (I) facing opposition from Jocelyn Ford and Kip Olson. The primary will narrow it down to two candidates, those who have the most votes. The Spooner City Council candidates were asked about their backgrounds and experience, reasons for running, issues they’d like to address if elected and any other information. The following are their responses:

Esa Everroad (I) “I am a public servant, not a politician. I’ve worked hard the past two years to help Spooner grow in the right direction and keep the city a decent, prosperous and beautiful place to live,” said Everroad. Everroad, 58, owns the Purple Pelican Gallery downtown. She currently chairs the safety and licensing committee and is also on the personnel committee. She and her husband, Terry, retired, have been married 34 years. Everroad has been a broadcaster, professional singer, missionary and artist, moving to Spooner five years ago. In the late 1970s, Everroad was head of fundraising for the Cancer Society in her hometown in Missouri, and in one year

The students at St. Francis were asked to dress as what they would look like in 20 years as part of National Catholic School Week. William Tack, above, sees himself as a starving artist in 20 years. More photos on page 11. — Photo by Larry Samson

A firsthand report from Haiti See Primary, page 3

Shell Lake man’s fourth humanitarian trip to Haiti comes amidst turmoil

SPORTS See pages 12 - 15

by Diane Dryden SHELL LAKE/HAITI - Shell Lake resident Nick Helstern recently returned from a week’s trip to Haiti at the end of January and he’s still deeply moved by what he saw. This was Helstern’s fourth trip to the island; his first was back in 2005 when he accompanied the medical team from the Shell Lake Full Gospel Church on their foray into this beautiful but desperately poor country that even before this current disaster had a 70-percent unemployment rate with those who were employed earning only a few hundred dollars a year. “Even five years ago there were thousands of orphans living in poverty and sickness,” he said. “Each year the medical team went there were always hundreds of people that came to the

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Lines for food are often broken by people jumping across vehicles to be first in line. — Photo submitted

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temporary clinic. The lines seemed to go on forever and we always ran out of medicine before the week was up. These are the people who daily drink fetid water, grow only what they need to survive and live in houses fit only for animals. One thing they do learn is to be self-sufficient. They have no guarantee of another day so their attitude is to live for the day and do what they have to do for survival.”

Jonathan Three weeks ago, when the earthquake rocked the shared island of both the Dominican Republic and Haiti, Helstern had a personal interest in the names of those who survived because a young man named Jonathan had practically become a part of the Helstern family. “I met Jonathan on my first trip and I liked him immediately. His father is a mason and he was doing some work on the orphanage and brought his son along to help. Because I became so attached to this young man, I talked the situation over with my wife, Pam, and we decided that we would pay for Jonathan’s next four years of school if his father agreed. “I asked him how old he was and neither he, nor anyone else knew for sure. They don’t record day of birth like we do, they do it more by occurrences in Haiti, like so-and-so was born three months after a certain hurricane. Now,

This is Jonathan, who wants to be a doctor.

This young man was just told there was no more food. – Photos submitted after four years of school are behind him, Jonathan is speaking English better, along with French and Spanish, and we were able to talk when I was there. He told me that he’s 14 now as far as he knows. We are so impressed with his progress that we plan to put him through high school too, and because he wants to

The team, Roy Peterson, Nick Helstern and Pastor Yves, connected with Bolivian Major Adroiazola who gave them food to distribute.

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be a doctor, we hope we can bring him stateside for college and medical school. He’s got a cell phone now and when he calls he talks to us all, including our kids.”

A drive to the border Pastor Yves is the medical team’s contact in Haiti and he had left the island only a day before the earthquake in order to spend the Christmas holiday with his family in the United States. Naturally he was anxious to get back to see how his schools, orphanages and churches that are under his care were doing and how much damage each one sustained and how many lives were lost. Helstern, along with former resident Roy Peterson, agreed to meet Yves in the Dominican Republic where they rented a car to drive the 4-1/2 hours to the border. There was an orphanage staff car waiting for them at the border and they exchanged vehicles and then drove the additional 1-1/2 hours to get to Port-auPrince. No sooner had they crossed the border than they started seeing damage; a security wall partially down here, a piece of a house roof there - the damage got progressively worse as they traveled on. Part of Yves and Helstern’s job was to assess the security and get the information back to the medical team which was to leave Feb. 8 for a week. They reported back with much more information than just the security. “The smell was unbelievable for one thing,” said Helstern. “Being an officer for Washburn County I’ve smelled a lot of death, but this stench was like nothing I’ve ever smelled before and hope to never smell it again. It was the culmina-

tion of newly dead, and not-yet-buried people, along with those dead over three weeks that were still trapped under collapsed buildings. “One evening I asked Pastor Yves if he thought it was safe to be out on the street and he said he thought it would be. I slipped out and walked several blocks and ran into some young men who were standing in front of pile of rubble that was once a church. One young man said that his sister and mother were still in that building and they were no doubt contributing to the stench. They also said that Haiti desperately needed a new government and said that they and many others wanted the United States to set up a government for Haiti like the one in America. ‘Now would be the time to do it because one-third of our government is gone,’ they added. “‘Our people are so desperate for food,’ one young man said, ‘that they’re easily bribed by the promise of something to eat by our corrupt government that doesn’t want to lose its hold over the country. Each time there is a CNN or other news service camera, they’re pushed in front of the media along with an American flag to burn in ‘protest.’” Chaos A day after arriving, Helstern, Yves and Peterson had to go back across the border because there was a truckload of food from the World Compassion people for them to distribute. Cops are paid very little in Haiti so they aren’t real gung-ho to do their job and the border checkpoint was a traffic nightmare. Being a cop, Helstern couldn’t stand the confusion and hopped out of the van. He jumped into the middle of the mess and started directing traffic, using a few people as traffic cones. As traffic smoothed, they were able to cross over with ease, get their truck just on the other side of

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One picture you won’t see on TV is the trail that’s been made over the mountain by an estimate of over 6 million Haitians fleeing their county to the Dominican Republic on foot.

School board hears of idea for indoor cage


by Regan Kohler SHELL LAKE – The Shell Lake School Board is looking into an indoor cage system for the 3-12 gym, after hearing from the baseball coach Monday, Feb. 8. Tom Sauve, head baseball coach for the Lakers, told the board during public comment that he had found an indoor cage system he would like to see in the gym, so students can become more successful at batting and also be able to practice when they are stuck inside during inclement weather. There were four options, he said: no cage; one that can be removed; a permanent suspension cage, or a mechanical drop-down cage. The latter, however, was more expensive, Sauve said. After talking to other coaches, who said they would be fine with a cage in the gym, Sauve said they found a non-

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raised more money than any other city in the state. During her seven-year missionary tenure in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, a city of 80,000, Everroad served as president of her neighborhood development association, which involved over 100 homeowners, representing the organization in civic development projects with the mayor and other officials. She was instrumental in expanding a program for feeding homeless elderly people while in Mexico and continues to raise funds for them, as well as for an orphanage in Costa Rica. In 2005, Everroad helped merchants reactivate the Business Improvement District, an organization dedicated to revitalizing downtown Spooner. She is responsible for the city’s commitment to sponsor the flower displays in the warm months, downtown and along River Street. “Spooner is becoming the most important city in Northwest Wisconsin,” Everroad said. “More people are visiting and moving here because of the natural beauty of the area, the friendliness of the people, and the availability of quality goods and services. Spooner is the real deal. It’s totally authentic with no artificial ingredients added. There’s an unaffected, easygoing feeling we enjoy here that’s irresistible and I’d like to help keep it that way. I would like to see culturally enriching businesses, family-friendly entertainment and low-impact industry welcomed, tourism developed and green spaces added. I want to help Spooner be able to offer opportunities for our young people so they can make their homes here and not have to move out of the area. “A vibrant downtown is a reflection of the vitality of almost any city, its green spaces, schools, health-care facilities, and economic opportunities. The charm of our downtown area and the approach to it, along with the railroad, the Canoe Museum and the new city park along Front Street, are making Spooner a destination of choice. It’s not uncommon to hear people on the street say, ‘Wow. I’ve never seen Spooner look so nice.’ Our excellent medical facilities and one of the most impressive school districts in Wis-

permanent structure for $2,000, 70 x 12 feet, in which students could do station work – hitting balls – and have a pitching machine. Everyone could share it, he added. Sauve said that with this cage, it would have netting to prevent balls from going over the top into the gym. “Safety’s a top priority,” he said. The cage would be up around the end of March, Sauve said, and would come down in late April. There would be no interference with gym classes and basketball, he added. Board treasurer Tim Mikula said he thought it was a good idea. “That month is tough,” he said of finding activities, due to unpredictable weather. Sauve said that the cage would be at zero cost to the district, with the excep-

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tion of some manpower to install it and take it down. The board said they would be discussing this matter further before making a decision. Also that night, the board approved the following: • Policies on Youth Options, gate receipts and free admissions to activities • The 2010-11 school calendar • The 2011 graduation date as May 20, at 7 p.m. • A shared services contract for 201011 with Cooperative Educational Service Agencies No. 11 • Purchase of an individual assessment program called Measure of Academic Progress • Consent agenda Shell Lake Education Foundation Board member Tamara Smith gave an

Jocelyn Ford

consin add another dimension to Spooner’s distinctive appeal. “I agree with the president who once said, ‘There’s no limit to what we can accomplish as long as we don’t mind who gets the credit.’”

Jocelyn Ford “I have been a resident of Ward One since I moved here in the spring of 2000. I grew up as an Air Force brat till my father retired from the Air Force to reside in Duluth, Minn. I myself served in the

Kip Olson

Air Force for 13 years, then came back home because I loved the area. When I met my husband and married him, we moved here. This is the place that is most like home to me. Military bases are like small towns. Though I grew up in Duluth when the base was there and I have had the opportunity to live in many places stateside and abroad, this is the most comfortable for me. “As a resident of Ward One I am running to be your representative on the city council. As a resident I do not have an

update on what the foundation is doing in raising funds that go back into the district, and technology education teacher Bob Forsythe gave a report on his classes, telling of the new laser engraver that will allow the students to create items for eventual sale. He also gave an update on the School to Work Program, in which there are four students currently working jobs in the community to prepare for future careers. Other reports given included the budget review, administrative and subcommittee reports, an update on district goals and announcement of a CESA No. 11 joint meeting Tuesday, March 23. At the end of the meeting, the board went into executive session to discuss hiring of coaches and other matters.

agenda to better my business as my two opponents do. I feel that as your representative I need to concentrate on what is important to you and the whole ward and not a one-block area of Walnut Street as my opponents. I am not a business owner on Walnut Street. I am a concerned resident who has watched the council make decisions that go against what the people want, and what the neighboring cities are doing. “I believe that common sense needs to be used in making decisions for the ward and the city as a whole and not certain areas. An example would be the unwanted bike trail, through a quiet residential neighborhood. Then there is the over a quarter of a million dollars of city money that was spent on the Canoe Museum, in which the city will probably not see a full return on. “The current alderperson for Ward One is only on one committee for the city – safety and licensing. This is not representing the ward completely. If she were paying attention in the safety area in the

Aage Duch dies at 102

Lived full life in two countries

by Regan Kohler SARONA – Aage Duch, a longtime Sarona resident, lived to see age 102. Duch died Tuesday, Feb. 9, at Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake. Duch came to the United States from Denmark in 1929, at age 21, after some American relatives had visited. He was the youngest of nine children, with a large family on both sides of the ocean. Duch said the cousins seemed to be prosperous and wanted to challenge himself to make twice as much as they did. However, he arrived just in time for the Great Depression, he said, and lived “in the woods” for a while, with little to survive. Duch eventually became a dairy farmer and co-owned the Shell Lake

Feed Mill for a number of years. He went back to Denmark every so often to visit family, with his nieces and nephews referring to him as “Uncle Aage from America.” A documentary movie was made five years ago about Duch’s life. Duch was honored in July 2009, at age 101, as a centenarian during the Washburn County Fair. He turned 102 on Friday, Feb. 5, celebrating his birthday with family. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 12, at Salem Lutheran Church, Shell Lake, with the Rev. Carol Ann McArdell officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Shell Lake. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday at the Skinner Funeral Home, Shell Lake, and one hour prior to service on Friday at the church. A complete obituary will be published next week.

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Aage Duch

Spooner police take oath

The Spooner Police Department took the oath of office in the city hall Tuesday, Feb. 2. Mayor Gary Cuskey (facing the officers) swore in (L to R): Officers Jerry Christman, Steve Christner, Dawn Richter, Steve Pank, Mike Carroll, Derek Ricci, Tim Imrick, Dewayne Olson, Don Quinton and Chief Bob Andrea. Cuskey said he was proud to administer the oath that evening, and that the number of calls to the department has been down recently. – Photo by Regan Kohler


Letters to the editor

Reconsider the Pokegama Lake dam issue

It’s not too late for the county board to reverse their position on the Pokegama Lake dam issue. As I understand the facts: 1) Sometime in the 1960s the county highway department reconstructed CTH I over Shell Creek. Included in the project was a culvert to continue the outflow of Pokegama Lake into Shell Creek. For whatever reason, the county placed a snowplow blade in front of the culvert (on the lake side) which effectively raised the outfall by about 1 foot. Representatives of the DNR reviewed this project in response to a citizen concern in August of 1968. At that time, the DNR elected to leave well enough alone. No citations, admonitions or complaints were issued to the county. The vast majority of landowners on the lake are happy with the way things have

been over the past 40 years. About three years ago the DNR, again in response to a citizen concern, cited the highway department for failure to obtain a proper permit for the construction back in the 1960s. In response to this citation, the county board approved a study which could cost up to $125,000 in tax levy funds in order to decide whether or not to apply for a permit. To date, the county has only spent a small percentage of these funds. If I understand the essential facts correctly, it would seem that the board may have decided to start spending money on this issue too soon. Certainly the DNR had already implied their approval of this project in 1968; and by their continued silence in the ensuing 40 years, they have endorsed their original conclu-

sion. It would seem then, at this point, for the county to spend over $100,000 to determine whether or not to retroactively apply for a permit that may have already been granted is folly and should be reconsidered. This is an even more significant consideration when one notes that the cost to qualify for said permit will certainly involve significantly more tax dollars. This would appear to be a case of two governmental entities fixing to spend thousands of our dollars to resolve an issue that doesn’t appear to need resolving. There must be a better place to put that money.

Seventh District Congressman Dave Obey will always outspend his opponent. If an opponent thinks he/she can win against Obey by spending a lot of money, he/she is sadly mistaken. Do we really want someone in Congress who thinks taking tons of taxpayers money and spending it is a good thing to do? Unlike my two opponents, I have contributed extensively to my own campaign. I put my money where my mouth is. Our set budget says I only need $140,000 more to run an effective campaign. If you want a fiscally conservative congressman, vote for me. Don’t vote for those who spend extravagantly.

You won’t see me often in TV ads. Instead, you will see me on the streets or you will get a call with a message from me on the phone or receive a flyer, and if you call, it’s likely I will answer. If you give me a stack of fence posts, host a gathering, pay for a billboard, or offer my wife and me a night’s lodging, I will be grateful for that in-kind contribution. Yes, I will also take cash or checks. But, they all are greatly appreciated. I have been faulted for spending my own money, seeking in-kind donations rather than cash, printing our own flyers, refusing to rub shoulders with the elite power players and for not letting Wash-

ington tell me what to say and do. Well, guess what, folks, I am sick of that type of puppet. I am sick of being ripped off by big spenders. I don’t want our grandchildren paying for the debts we create. Please, don’t base your choice of candidate on how much money they raise and spend. For God, freedom and country,

STATEWIDE - Lawmakers are floating the idea of providing tax incentives for small businesses that expand their payrolls. Some Wisconsin business owners say it’s just one tool that could speed up job growth and jump-start sluggish sales. But others aren’t so sure. Wisconsin has lost some 150,000 jobs during the recession. The southeastern part of the state has borne the brunt of the economic downturn – especially its manufacturing sector – but there are pockets of pain everywhere. Cheryl Detrick, president of the De

Pere Area Chamber of Commerce, says she’s excited about legislation co-sponsored by Congressman Steve Kagen that would give a $5,000 tax incentive to businesses that make new hires. But she says government legislation is not the answer. Detrick says while it can create a climate for businesses to take a risk, creating jobs hinges on what business leaders are comfortable doing. Not everyone agrees that a tax incentive will boost the job market. John Florsheim, president of the Milwaukee-based Weyco Group, says the downturn has

hurt sales of his company’s footwear. Florsheim says they’re not in a “very conservative” hiring mode, and Weyco will base hiring decisions on consumer demand, not tax incentives. He adds they generally hire people as needed when business picks up. Critics of the proposed tax incentive say it won’t spur job growth, but will only increase government spending, and add to the deficit. - Kirk Carapezza, Wisconsin Public Radio

first place, Ward One would have proper city street lights like the other wards. That aforementioned quarter of a million dollars would have been a start to that project. As it stands now the rest of the city is getting replacement lighting. “Ward One also covers a very large and empty industrial-zoned area and there does not appear to be any movement to bring business that would fit in that area, that could mean jobs to the area and the city. This city lost a lot when the railroad left but it can still keep its home atmosphere if the right businesses are recruited for the area. “I would like to see that happen for Spooner, and by being your representative on the city council, maybe we can make that happen, because I would make sure that your voices are heard as it should be when you are an elected official.”

managed the Village East mobile home park for 6-1/2 years, and have been a tavern owner for 1-1/3 years. “I have no past experience in or on any government boards, but will fight for what I think is right, like free enterprise, and more businesses in our area; not just small businesses, but all businesses, that will bring more jobs for the young and the older, as this is what we need to grow and prosper. “One of the main reasons I am running is to try to stop how the taxpayers’ money is so foolishly spent on things that are not going to bring any long-term jobs to the Spooner area, like the 1.1-mile bike and walking trail going to the schools that is going to cost taxpayers to keep up year after year, that hardly anyone wants. “Another reason – to try to find a place for our young adults, 18, 19, 20 and above, to go and hang out, and socialize with each other, instead of just moving out of our area to look for work or going to war; to help them stay off drugs and alcohol. I do believe this will work for the young adults, as I talked to a lot of

them. This is what we need for these young adults to stay in our area to grow and prosper. “Plus, I want to see some free enterprise, like the Canoe Museum and the Railroad Museum in this town, to help it grow and bring jobs and tourism to our area, and to try to bring more tourism, like ATVers, snowmobilers and more street dances, like almost every place else in the state of Wisconsin has. “My wife and I have been married for 25 years, and have been together for 27 years, and we have known each other for over 30. We have raised three sons and one daughter, and now we are raising one of our grandsons together. We also have been blessed with 11 other grandkids, nine girls and two boys. So this is why I would like to see more jobs and more free enterprise in our town, so these kids can stay in the Spooner area. “Like the others running for the same seat on the city council, I too am asking for your vote on Feb. 16, 2010.”

Greg Kittelsen Shell Lake

Mielke versus Obey for Congress


Will tax incentives for small businesses help create jobs?

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Kip Olson “I was a firefighter for 16 years, bartender and a bouncer on and off for 33 years, and a logger for six years. I also

Where to write

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

Governor Jim Doyle 115 East, State Capitol Bldg. Mailing address: P.O. Box 7863 Madison, WI 53707

Congressman David Obey 7th Congressional District 2462 Rayburn Office Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20515 or Wisconsin office: Federal Building Wausau, WI 54401 (715) 398-4426 No e-mail address available

Rep. Mary Hubler 75th Assembly District Room 7 North, State Capitol P.O. Box 8952 Madison, WI 53708 or 1966 21-7/8 St. (Hawthorne Lane), Rice Lake 54868 (715) 234-7421• (608) 266-2519

Rep. Nick Milroy 73rd Assembly District Room 8 North State Capitol P.O. Box 8953 Madison 53708 E-mail: (608) 266-0640 Senator Robert Jauch 25th Senate District Room 19 South State Capitol P.O. Box 7882 Madison, WI 53707 E-mail: U.S. Senator Russ Feingold SDB 40, Rm. 1 Washington, D.C. 20510 or 8383 Greenway Blvd. Middleton, WI 53562 (608) 828-1200

U.S. Senator Herb Kohl 330 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20510

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Cabaret this Saturday evening

SHELL LAKE — It’s that time again! The Shell Lake High School Jazz Ensemble will be performing in the annual Cabaret on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m., in the high school gymnasium. The jazz ensemble will have a with clinic guest clinician and performer Dr. Jeffery Crowell on Friday, Feb. 12, from 8:30 a.m. Dr. Jeffery Crowell to 1 p.m. Crowwill be guest clinician ell will be perat Saturday evening’s forming with Cabaret. — Photo the band on submitted S a t u rd a y evening. In addition to performances by the high school jazz ensemble, you will also hear the junior high jazz ensemble, the vocal ensemble, and the Band-Aides. There will be drawings of the winning tickets for the annual Cabaret raffle throughout the evening. Proceeds for this event go toward scholarships to send students to the Shell Lake Arts Center for summer camp and the upcoming trip to Chicago. Members of the fifth- and sixth-grade bands will be ready to serve you refreshments throughout the evening. Come enjoy a fun evening of entertainment. The music department is very excited this year to have Crowell as the clinician. He is an associate professor of music and coordinator of the Wind and Percussion Division at the University of WisconsinEau Claire, where he teaches applied percussion and percussion techniques, conducts the UW-Eau Claire Percussion Ensembles, and leads Jazz Ensemble III, part of the outstanding UW-Eau Claire award-winning jazz area. Before joining

Shell Lake Lions Calendar Winners

Feb. 1 - $30 Diane Karis, Somerset Feb. 2 - $30 Jeremy Peterson, Waukesha Feb. 3 - $30 Shane Williams, Shell Lake Feb. 4 - $30 Gloria Kandle, Lansing, Mich. Feb. 5 - $30 Mel Ferguson, Spooner

Spooner Health System Winners also announced on WJMC FM Radio

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the faculty at UW-Eau Claire, Crowell taught on the faculties of several colleges, including Purdue University. Crowell received his DMA in percussion performance with a jazz performance/electro-acoustic media emphasis from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. He is active throughout the United States as a performer, clinician, adjudicator and educator with recent performances in South Africa and at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. A versatile artist in many genres, Crowell’s performance and recording credits include such artists as Bobby Shew, Louie Bellson, David Samuels, Henry Mancini, Joan Rivers, Lou Harrison, Kent Nagano, David Garibaldi, Buddy Baker, Glen Velez, Nebojsa Zivkovic and John Bergamo. He has performed at the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella Series, presented and performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, is in the motion picture “The Majestic” starring Jim Carrey, marched with the Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, and has taught on the staffs of numerous award-winning groups including the Tournament of Roses Marching Honor Band. He is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society, having been recently the Wisconsin Chapter president as well as a current member of the music technology committee. Crowell is an artist/clinician for Mapex Concert/Quantum Marching and Majestic Concert Percussion, Sabian Cymbals, REMO drumheads, Black Swamp Percussion, and Innovative Percussion Sticks and Mallets. — from Shell Lake Schools Music Department

The annual Cabaret will be held Saturday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m., at Shell Lake High School. — Photo submitted

Author Michael Perry on stage at the Quam

SHELL LAKE — Michael Perry, humorist and author of the bestselling memoirs “Population 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time,” “Truck: A Love Story,” and “Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs and Parenting,” will appear on stage at the Erika Quam Memorial Theatre in Shell Lake Saturday evening, Feb. 20, at 7:30. The evening’s entertainment is billed as a humorous monologue drawing on incidents of the author’s life growing up on a small dairy farm, being the only cowboy in all of Wyoming who was simultaneously attending nursing school, serving on an all-volunteer fire department, as emergency medical technician and first responder, and not least,

as husband and as father of two daughters. Perry claims he can run a pitchfork, milk a cow in the dark, and say, “I don’t understand” in French, Greek and Norwegian, but is utterly unable to polka. For more about Perry visit his Web site A book signing will follow the entertainment and Northwind Book and Fiber of Spooner will have copies of Perry’s works on sale at the event. Sponsored by Theatre in the Woods, reservations may be made by calling 715468-4387 or visiting The Erika Quam Theatre is located at 605 1st Street, Shell Lake. — from TiTW

• Pamela Bergman, Sarona, student at Superior State College, spent the weekend at home and entertained a group of friends for her 18th birthday.

Lake Indianhead Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

Register Memories

1950 - 60 years ago

• Straight A students for the past semester at Shell Lake Schools were Barbara Villella, Jimmy Masterjohn and Shirley Hawkinson. • A bridal shower was held at the L.D. Garnhart home honoring Mrs. Charles Lutz. Mrs. Howard Pearson and Mrs. E.R. Hering assisted Mrs. Garnhart. • The birth of Robert Brian, to Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Linton, Shell Lake, was announced. • There were 29 girls present at their Girl Scout meeting. A group of girls put on a 15-minute radio script titled “A Place for Patsy.”

1960 - 50 years ago

• Postmaster Herbert Hoskins announced at the chamber of commerce meeting that postal officials looked over several sites for a new post office with the option to build on Cyril Christiansen’s property next door to the Shell Lake Telephone Company. Hoskins said the new building would be a $20,000 to $30,000 asset to the town. • Being a number one fan of Shell Lake High School over the years, Reuben Tarbox, proprietor of Tarbox’s Hardware, was presented a plaque by high school Principal Ellis Axon. Tarbox was also honored by the Shell Lake Chamber of Commerce during Reuben Tarbox Night. He was presented with a gift and expressed appreciation for his never-tiring efforts to better the village of Shell Lake. • Births announced at the Shell Lake Hospital were David William, to Dr. and Mrs. D.V. Moen; Judy Lyn, to Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Dahlstrom; James Walter, to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Tomasiak; Janet Elizabeth to the Rev. and Mrs. Victor Johnson, Shell Lake; Patricia Annette, born to Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Young; and Diana Lynn, born to Mr. and Mrs. Elmo Smith.

1970 - 40 years ago

• Mary Graf and Carol Petz was chosen Tuesday Club Girls of the Month. • Mary Dinnies was elected president of the hospital auxiliary. • Major Jack W. Graf, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Graf, Barronett, earned the U.S. Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. Navy Airman Charles L. Arrasmith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Arrasmith, Shell Lake, helped mark the 15th anniversary of nuclear power in the U.S. Navy while serving aboard the USS Enterprise. Marine Lance Corporal Richard A. Pfundheller, son or Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Pfundheller, Shell Lake, was promoted to his present rank while serving with the 1st Marine Division in Vietnam. • With memorial money received, the Indianhead Memorial Hospital Auxiliary would purchase a defibrillator machine for the hospital.

1980 - 30 years ago

• Hubert H. Smith, resident of the Fourth Ward, Shell Lake, consented to be a write-in candidate for Washburn County Board of Supervisors. • The second-annual Indianhead Resident House Invitational Softball Tournament was held in bright 10-degree weather on the ice and snow of Shell Lake. The Bashaw Bucks took the firstplace trophy. • Preparing to hostess the Shell Lake Tuesday Club’s Valentine party at Lakeland Manor were Barbara Erickson, Irene Bitney, Ruby Mallo and Gen Mattick. • Nancy Ekern, Nancy Peterson and Kevin Krueger were the recipients of the merit scholarships awarded by the Shell

1990 - 20 years ago

• Jason Jerry, junior at Shell Lake High School, took home the first-place trophy at a talent competition held in conjunction with the All Lakeland Conference band and choir performance held at Turtle Lake. He played the piano and sang, “Our Love Will Never Change.” • The Luke Robotti home, located 14 miles west of Shell Lake, was completely destroyed by fire. • The Glide and Stride Club held their first-annual moonlight ski at the public beach in Shell Lake. Activities included skiing on the lake, trail groomer demonstration and a bonfire complete with marshmallows to toast. • Candidates for the title of Miss Shell Lake were Megan Wellvang, Gina Andrews, Kerrie Durand, Katie Swan, Sheila Shaddrick, Joanna Petterson, Amanda Burnham, Richelle Anderson and Dawn Bernecker.

2000 - 10 years ago

• Habitat for Humanity of Washburn County became an official affiliate. Board members were Steve Carlson, president; Dena Matzke, vice president; Julie Glynn, secretary; Dennis Olesewski, treasurer; Lynn Nielsen, Brian Nord, Craig Hokanson, Katherine Eisele, Gary Buchi, Tom Ensign, Laura Ensign and Tom Downs, members. • Theresa Jensen was an agent for World Insurance. • Area snowmobile trails were closed until more snow arrived. • The annual neighborhood sledding party was held at Al and Marlene Hansen’s with over 60 folks attending.


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SPOONER — Perhaps you’ve always wanted to sing out loud in public, but never had the chance or nerve to do it. Are you ever in luck! Glenview — assisted living in Shell Lake — is sponsoring a fundraiser to assist with financing costs associated with their new special care wing. The event, Sing-Along with Glen … View featuring everyone’s classical favorite movie, “The Sound of Music,” will occur on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2 p.m. at the Spooner theatre. For a fun-filled afternoon of singing, led by special guest song leaders, you’ll want to plan now to attend

this once-in-a lifetime event. Door prizes will be announced at intermission. Tickets will be limited, so you’ll want to get yours early. The show, at the Spooner Palace Theatre, with new theatre seating, will start promptly at 2 p.m., have an intermission time for favorite-things door prizes and, then, conclude when the “hills become alive” or the movie ends. Plan now to get your tickets in advance, which also includes a special meal offer for after the movie at Jersey’s in Spooner and/or Becky’s in Shell Lake. What better way to spend an afternoon with friends and/or

Opportunity to purchase trees for spring planting


If I were to select a president of the United States that I have enjoyed reading the most about I would pick Abraham Lincoln. In the Seeds of the Sower column of this paper back in January, the following paragraph was included: Abe Lincoln wasn’t a handsome man. He often joked about his homeliness. Once, in a debate, Douglas, a rival, called him “two-faced.” Lincoln turned to the crowd and said, “I leave it to you. If I had two faces, would I be wearing this one?” In my travels, I have visited the birthplace of Lincoln in Kentucky as well as his home in Springfield, Ill. I have walked up the steps and stood near the statue of him seated at his monument in WashSuzanne ington, D.C. Johnson Another former president I like reading about and seeing footage on is John F. Kennedy. A well-known quote taken from President Kennedy’s inaugural speech is, “And so my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” A quote of Lincoln’s I like is “In the end it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” Many of you may have read the following facts about both men. This information was taken from a pamphlet that I picked up on one of my travels.

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chased. All sales are on a first-come, first-served basis. Be sure to order the items you want early. Distribution of tree orders is planned for April 16 and April 17 at the Spooner Ag Research Station, the wildflowers will be June 4 at the Spooner Ag Research Station. Order forms for the items listed in this article may be picked up at the land and water conservation office in the county courthouse in Shell Lake or you can call the land and water conservation office at 715-468-4654. — from WCLWC • Both Presidents Kennedy and Lincoln were replaced by a President Johnson. • Both Presidents Kennedy and Lincoln were concerned with civil rights. • Lincoln was elected in 1860. Kennedy was elected in 1960. • Both were slain on a Friday and in the presence of their wives. Both were shot from behind and in the head. • Their successors, both southern Democrats, were previously in the Senate. • Andrew Johnson was born in 1808, and Lyndon Johnson in 1908. • John Wilkes Booth was born in 1839, Lee Harvey Oswald in 1939. Booth and Oswald were both assassinated before going to trial. • Both presidents wives lost sons through death while in the White House. • Lincoln’s secretary, Kennedy by name, advised him not to go to the theater. Kennedy’s secretary, whose name was Lincoln, advised him not to go to Dallas. • John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln in a theater and ran to a warehouse. Oswald shot Kennedy from a warehouse and ran to a theater. • The names Lincoln and Kennedy each contain seven letters. • The names Andrew Johnson and Lyndon Johnson each contain 13 letters. The names John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald each contain 15 letters. As we acknowledge Presidents Day, perhaps you will reflect on the life of one of your favorite leaders of our country.

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Gary and Jane Kaefer of Siren announce the engagement of their daughter, Kelsey Kaefer, to Randy Kidder, son of Rick and Dory Kidder of Shell Lake. The bride-to-be is currently a senior at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minn., majoring in social work and is currently employed at Northwest Passage in Frederic. The groom-to-be is a 2005 graduate of Shell Lake High School and is currently a senior at Crown College located in St. Bonifacius, Minn., majoring in physical education and coaching. He is currently employed by Consumer Choice in Hopkins, Minn. A June 26, 2010, wedding is planned. — Photo submitted


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neighbors … singing great movie tunes and then out to dinner for a “few of your favorite things.” Tickets can be purchased in advance at Glenview, Palace Theatre or from the following board members: Lois Sass, Judi Kempin, Mary Harrington, Betty Hubin, Jim Lewis, Jay Pearsall, or Gary Davis or committee members Sharon Kessler or Connie Kesti. Plan now to get your ticket(s) for this special fundraising event. Seating will be limited so don’t delay, buy your tickets today. — from Glenview

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SHELL LAKE — At the Jan. 25 membership meeting, the members of Friendship Commons, Shell Lake’s Senior Center, installed interim officers to reorganize in preparation for a general election of officers at a meeting to be held on Monday, Feb. 22, at 4 p.m. Wanda Howard was named interim president. Karen Blodgett agreed to serve as interim vice president, and Donna Barnes-Haesemeyer as interim secretary/treasurer. Mary Ann Raehsler was named the interim representative to the advisory board. Nominations for all officers will be accepted from the floor. Any senior aged 55 or older is eligible to become a voting member and a candidate for office. All seniors are encouraged to participate in

planning a new direction for Friendship Commons. The Washburn County Unit on Aging recently decided to transfer the site manager from Shell Lake to Spooner, leaving a void in programming and management of Friendship Commons. Howard stated, “This is an opportunity for seniors to play an active role in the future of Friendship Commons. We need interested members to step forward and take leadership roles in the organization.” In addition to the elections, the following matters will be discussed at the Feb. 22 meeting: Creation of a roster of active members; key policy; Christmas in July event; and outside signage. — from Friendship Commons

“Clarisse and Friends” at the Quam

Jan Lee performs in “Clarisse and Friends” at the Erika Quam Theater for the Theatre in the Woods on Friday, Feb. 5. It is a play first performed 20 years age at the Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield and is still relevant today. The play was written by Dew Harding and came out of the desire to say “something truthful in an entertaining way.” — Photo by Larry Samson



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Junior Miss Shell Lake candidate by Regan Kohler SHELL LAKE – Sheri Clark, 11, is one of three contestants in the first Junior Miss Shell Lake competition Saturday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in the arts center. Clark, daughter of Noah Clark and Rachel Keenan, sister of Brittany, Ashley and Mary, is a sixth-grader at Shell Lake. An athlete, she plays basketball, soccer, softball and volleyball, and takes gymnastics in Rice Lake. Her favorite classes are physical education, art and science, but she enjoys recess, as well. Clark also loves fishing and being with friends. After graduating from high school, she said she wants to “go to college, and enjoy my life,” preferably as a doctor or lawyer. This year, the Junior Miss Shell Lake competition was added for girls in fifth and sixth grade. They will participate in everything the high school Miss Shell Lake contestants do, except for an individual talent. This means they will have individual interviews with judges, perform a group dance to “Rhythm is a Dancer” – this year’s pageant theme is Revolution of Dance – and answer an interview question they won’t know beforehand. Clark said she was inspired to participate in the pageant after her sister Ashley competed in the Little Miss Shell Lake pageant, for first- and second-graders. She said it seemed like a lot of fun, and that she could “tell my kids that I did that.”

Sheri Clark. – Photo by Barb Ray Clark said she felt she could best represent Shell Lake by being good to people, and that she is known to be trustworthy. “I think I’m good at being a friend,” she said. “I like to have a positive attitude.” The best part for Clark thus far has been getting to know the other girls, and learning the dance, as she has enjoyed dancing in the past. Of practicing for the private interviews, she said, “It’s been good.” Clark is sponsored by Peggy’s Place.

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The Shell Lake After-School Program needs volunteers to help: • Knitting or crocheting, once a week or once a month from 5:15 to 6 p.m. • Homework help from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Monday, Tuesday or Thursday with first- through sixth-graders. • Readers Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, to read to any student K-6 from 4:15-4:45 p.m. or from 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. For more information, call Kris Brunberg at 715-468-1206, ext. 1205. ••• Terraceview Living Center, looking for volunteers to help quilt tote bags, Monday afternoons, starting at 1 p.m., at Terraceview. ••• The Shell Lake Public Library is in need of a 10th- to 12thgrade student volunteer. Those interested would need to commit to a regular schedule and be motivated. This experience would look great on a college application. Please call Beth at 714-468-2074 for more information. ••• 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. ICAA appreciates help, whether it be for a couple of hours or days per week. Please stop in to their location at 608 Service Rd. and pick up an application or call 715-635-3975 for more information. Background checks are required for all volunteers. ••• The Washburn County Area Humane Society is looking for volunteers for the following activities: • Event planner to coordinate fundraising activities for the upcoming year. • Person to write thank-you notes to donors. • Person with computer skills to maintain membership and mailing lists For more information, call Penny at 715-635-4720 or e-mail ••• Happy Tonics needs volunteers to grow seed. Happy Tonics Inc. has ordered 1,000 butterfly weed seeds. Common milkweed has been slow to start in the habitat and the butterfly needs milkweed. Milkweed, the host plant of the monarch, is the only plant the female will deposit her eggs on. Butterfly weed prefers sandy soil, which is the habitat’s soil. Want to give a hand? Give Mary Ellen Ryall a call, 715-4682097, or e-mail


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Wednesday, Feb. 10 • Free community meal, 4-6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 135 Reinhart Dr., Shell Lake. All welcome. Donations accepted. Thursday, Feb. 11 • The Shell Lake Lions Club will meet, 6:30 p.m., at the Shell Lake Community Center. • United Ostomy Association local support group meeting, 1:30 p.m., at the Spooner Health System. • Fibromyalgia/CFS/Chronic Pain Support Group of Barron County meets from 1-3 p.m. at the Chetek Lutheran Church, Chetek. Coffee and refreshments served. Educational materials available to sign out. Call 715-651-9011 or 715-237-2798 for further information. • Free breast-feeding classes, 1:30 p.m., Lakeland Family Resource Center, 314 Elm St., Spooner. Sponsored by Washburn County Health Department. Please call Washburn County Health Department at 715-635-4400 to register or for additional information. • Second-annual Winter Environmental Film Festival, sponsored by Happy Tonics Inc., at 2 p.m., Spooner Health System Activity Department, 819 Elm Street, Spooner. Environmental CD photos and talk on plants and butterflies at Monarch Butterfly Habitat. Open to residents and family. Registration or questions, contact Mary Ellen Ryall, 715-468-2097. Friday, Feb. 12 • Second-annual Winter Environmental Film Festival, sponsored by Happy Tonics Inc., at 1 p.m., Lakeland Manor, 201 2nd Avenue, Shell Lake. Film “America’s Lost Landscape.” Event open to residents and seniors. Registration or questions, contact Mary Ellen Ryall, 715-468-2097. Saturday, Feb. 13 • Cabaret, 7 p.m., at the Shell Lake High School. Sunday, Feb. 14 • Valentine Vignette benefit concert, 2 p.m., Spooner High School Auditorium. Freewill offering to benefit Faith in Action Washburn County. Monday, Feb. 15 • Northern Lights Camera Club meets from 7-9 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1790 Scribner St. (Hwy. K), Spooner. Presentation: 10 Lessons to Get 10 Times Better and 10 Times Faster by member Bill Voight. Photo theme is Three. Optional mentoring from 6-7 p.m. Come with questions and/or expertise. Contact or Patricia at 715-466-4010. • Grandparents raising grandchildren support group meeting, Lakeland Family Resource Center, 315 W. Elm St., Spooner. Free dinner at 5:30 p.m. Call 715-635-4669 for reservations. Meeting 6-7 p.m. Topic is early Head Start and Head Start. Bring the kids. Tuesday, Feb. 16 • Shell Lake/Spooner Masonic Lodge No. 221 will meet at 7 p.m. at the lodge. • The Washburn County Chapter of Wisconsin Right to Life meeting, 6 p.m., Spooner Church of the Nazarene. Upcoming Washburn County March for Life will be discussed and planned. • Relay for Life committee meeting, 6 p.m., Faith Lutheran Church, Spooner. Wednesday, Feb. 17 • Games and activities, 1 p.m., Shell Lake Senior Center. • Shell Lake Public Library Board of Trustees meeting, 4 p.m., at the library, 501 1st St., Shell Lake. The public is welcome. Thursday, Feb. 18 • The Washburn County Humane Society open board meeting will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the state patrol headquarters in Spooner. Call 715-635-4720 for more information. • Shell Lake PTA meeting, 6:30 p.m., in the 3-12 school library. Baby-sitting will be provided. • The Shell Lake Economic Development Corporation will meet at 4:30 p.m. in the city council chambers in the Shell Lake City Hall. • Town and Country Days Meeting, 6 p.m., Shell Lake City Hall meeting room. • Learn how to apply CPR to infants and children, 6 p.m., Lakeland Family Resource Center, 314 Elm. St., Spooner. Preregistration required. Call 715-635-4669. No child care provided. With additional lesson time and a $20 materials fee, students may obtain Heartsaver



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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. • 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 715-635-4367. • First Friends Playtime, 10 a.m. to noon, Lakeland Family Resource Center, 314 Elm Street, Spooner. 715-635-4669. All families welcome. Snack provided. There is no fee to attend. • First and third Monday: Celebrate Recovery – Life Connections is a Christ-centered recovery program. Meetings take place each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Life Center at Spooner Wesleyan Church, Hwy. 70 West. For more information, call 715635-2768. Tuesday: Birth to Three Playgroup, 10-11:30 a.m., Lakeland Family Resource Center, Spooner. Casual and fun time for parents and children to meet, play and enjoy music with others. Snack provided. • Ala-Teen meets at 6:30 p.m. in the New Life Christian Center in Rice Lake. Use the back entrance. • Library Fun For Little Ones, 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., Birchwood School Library. A time for stories, craft and a snack. No age minimum or maximum for participants. • Women Healing Women support group at Time-Out Family Abuse Outreach Office, every other Tuesday starting May 5, 45:30 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. Wednesday: Lakeland Family Resource Center open from noon to 3 p.m. • Kids/Parentime at Lakeland Family Resource Center from 10 a.m. to noon. Learn, discuss, and share ideas on topic of the day. Short parent ed. segment at 10:30 a.m. and a parent/child activity. • Al-Anon meeting welcomes all, 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Spooner. Please use back door. • 9 a.m. to noon, sewing at Shell Lake Senior Center. 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. ••• 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 800924-0556. The Genealogy Research Room in Shell Lake is closed for the winter. Special openings can be made by calling either 715635-7937 or 715-635-6450, weather permitting.

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by Diane Dryden SHELL LAKE - It takes a special person to deal with today’s kids at their deepest emotional level day after day. These are the students who spend too much of their young life having to worry about peer pressure, bullying and sometimes insurmountable problems at home, to name only three. In 1996, Sheriff Terry Dryden applied for and got a three-year federal grant of $75,000 in order to create this new and much-needed position at the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office. COPS is short for Community Oriented Policing Services and it’s offered through the Department of Justice. Their goals are to build relationships and solve problems in the most effective manner possible through a greater outreach in the community, mainly through the schools. Pete Frey applied for the spot having a two-year associate degree in what was then called police science and a 10-year record working as an officer for Shell Lake. Frey got interested in being a law enforcement officer partly because of his sister, who worked for Sheboygan’s police department, and where he was allowed to ride along when she was on duty. He also wanted to stay in his hometown, having graduated from the Shell Lake High School. This father of two also trained and worked in the drug-investigation field for three years, with drug-endangered children, which has helped immeasurably with the students. Washburn County found this juvenile officer position as having enough worth and merit to pick up the funding after the grant ran out. Frey’s main focus is the Counteract program, which is especially tailored to students in the fifth and sixth grades. Four public schools in Washburn County teach this yearly program, those schools being Shell Lake, Spooner, Birchwood, Northwood in Minong, and it’s also taught at St. Joseph’s in Spooner which is a private school. “The six-week program starts when school begins in the fall. Students have a once a week class in learning to make smart choices which includes how to get out of bad situations; in other words, they learn to counteract with other suggestions for behavior that do not include

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Valentine Vignette this Sunday

by Regan Kohler SPOONER – The fifth-annual Faith in Action Valentine Vignette Benefit Concert is Sunday, Feb. 14, in the Spooner High School auditorium at 2 p.m. Faith in Action is a nonprofit organization that reaches out to residents in Washburn County and the surrounding area. Since 2004, community volunteers have been visiting elderly and disabled residents, to help with housework, cooking, shopping, transportation and other needs. The benefit started when the board of directors came up with the idea of having an event to recognize their volunteers on Valentine’s Day. Faith in Action Director Barb Nelson said they felt there weren’t many events that day. “We just thought that fit the love theme [of the program],” Nelson said, adding that it calls attention to the fact that the volunteers are showing love all yearlong. The annual concert will feature new and returning musicians. Those who are new this year include: Barb Anderson and Jo Henrikson on piano; new Spooner Methodist Church Pastor Jack Starr, who will play his guitar; Trinity Lutheran Church guitarist Joe Weiss; Dawn Olson and Sue Cosmano of the Intermezzo choir; and the No Strings Attached Puppeteers, from the Spooner Wesleyan Church. Nelson said that this show consists of 20 performers behind the stage with black lights and neon gloves. Returning musicians include Chuck Shell and Jewelanne Hedrick on guitar, harmonica and fiddle; Trinity Lutheran Church choir director Steve Bulgrin; vocal quartet Julie Zaloudek, Laura Ferguson, Kristine Fisher and April Witkus; and the Spooner Wesleyan Church Barbershop Quartet. Emcees are Mike Bitney and Larry Neste. Volunteers are recognized that day and receive roses. A freewill donation is taken, with proceeds going toward the program.

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the checkpoint and then turn around and drive back into Haiti. “It was really discouraging to look out of the rearview mirror and see that as soon as we passed back over the border, traffic went right back to its snarl. We hadn’t driven very far when we saw a UN truck parked in front of a large truck that was carrying food. Just as I was saying, ‘I hope they don’t plan to stop here for a distribution to the public,’ they did and we were behind them. It was instant chaos. Haitians were running across car hoods to get their bag of rice. Some would take it home to feed others; some wanted it so they could sell it on the street. “On their way to distribute their own food they saw lines of people everywhere. Even if they do not know what the line is for, they join it. There was even a very long line at the U.S. embassy for Haitians trying to exit the country. Unless you had a white face, you were not going anywhere.” A “God thing” With their white faces they were able to boldly drive right into the

Spooner teacher Larry Neste (L) and Washburn County District Attorney Mike Bitney have been the emcees for the Valentine Vignette for the past two years, and return this Sunday. – Photos submitted

Nelson said it was a blessing to be able to use the new SHS auditorium, which she said is a beautiful facility. In previous years, it has been held in the Wesleyan Church. “I’d like to really thank [Principal] Bob Kinderman and the school board, and people responsible for helping us,” she said. “It’s a real gift.” This year, the concert has sponsors, and Nelson said they wanted to have at least five, in keeping with the five-year anniversary of the benefit. The sponsors are Schmitz’s Economart, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, the Washburn County Aging and Disability Resource Center, Bank of the West, Shell Lake State Bank and Community Bank of Spooner. Nelson has been with the organization for over five years. She said that the program began when social agencies were unable to meet everyone’s needs. Many of the agencies also have age and income restrictions, whereas Nelson said with Faith in Action, everyone who needs assistance receives it, regardless, and the volunteers go beyond to assist residents.

U.S./Brazilian compound in order to ask for food and water they could distribute. Through their efforts and boldness they were able to meet Major Adroiazola from Bolivia who gave them rice and beans, sardines and oil plus bottles of water. “I couldn’t believe that we just drove in and got what we wanted, but when I looked at my watch I knew exactly why. It was Sunday morning, just the time my home church congregation, Full Gospel, begin their prayer session. You could most definitely call it a ‘God thing’ because I knew they were praying for us.” Helstern saw tent city after tent city. Anywhere there was a green space or open land, there were makeshift tents. Those that didn’t have a tent were making their bed in the street by placing a single layer of cement blocks round them, vehicles tires only inches away from their heads. He helped distribute food bags to the school. Each bag contained a cooked meal of rice with a bean, sardine and tomato sauce and a container of water for each of the 500 kids. The bowls were large because this would be the students’ only meal that day. Even so, many parents sat on the sidelines

Even during the horror around them, kids are still kids and here they spend their day playing with their homemade trucks.

Tom Bowan, Shell Lake, has been able to visit his wife, Fern Seagren, at the Spooner Nursing Home with the help of Faith in Action, after being separated for a year. Volunteer Chuck Levine has been driving Bowan to see his wife, as well as taking him on errands and for doctor visits, and said he is very appreciative of the program’s services, telling Levine, “I am so thankful to God for you, otherwise I couldn’t see my wife.” Levine said it is rewarding to see the two together. (L to R): Bowan, Levine and Seagren.

“You don’t have to qualify for our services,” she said. “It’s a real exciting program to be in, because people are so helpful.” Over the years, assistance has expanded from within the county to over the border, in places such as Douglas County. Nelson said this helps those counties who don’t have a program similar to Faith in Action. Faith in Action works with county programs such as health and human services, NorthernBridges, Hearts of Gold and area hospitals and churches, to ensure that elderly and disabled residents can remain in their homes, Nelson said. These programs often give referrals to clients for Faith in Action. The main office is located in Spooner’s Methodist church, and Nelson said that

often, volunteers come from the same church as a potential client, which makes it easy to match. Volunteers go through training sessions, so they can be confident in their work while establishing boundaries, and Nelson said that Faith in Action’s volunteers always stay with the organization for a long time. In turn, she added, those the organization has helped often give back to the program. Faith in Action receives donations throughout the year, and as of 2009, Nelson said that the number of Friendship Angel donors – of amounts up to $99 – was at 223. This is a huge jump from the 63 in 2006, she said. Also, as of the end of 2009, there are 148 volunteers, from 18 different county churches, who have served 355 people. There were 3,339 hours put into the work, and over 5,000 miles driven. Nelson said that the program does not charge for mileage, either. Many major businesses in the community have been very generous with gifts, Nelson said. Recently, one donation allowed them to build wheelchair ramps. “The community is what pays for the program,” Nelson said. The program is based in Christianity, and Nelson said that the board prays for a good match when they receive a new client request for volunteer assistance. Her favorite Scripture that she feels speaks to the program best is Isaiah 58:10. It reads, “And if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness and youßr night will become like the noon day.” “It’s a promise,” Nelson said, adding that she is thankful to God for “what he’s done to establish the program. His spirit has worked on volunteers hearts.” Nelson thanks the volunteers, community and businesses for all their support with the program.

“Even though I’ve seen this picture on television,” Helstern said, “to see it in person and realize there are still bodies between the three floors that had pancaked together, is very moving.” — Photo submitted while the children ate and gladly finished what their student couldn’t eat, taking furtive bites when no one was watching. The report that Helstern brought back to the medical team was that there are still dead bodies everywhere and the natural water is even worse now. Doctors already there are preparing for the next catastrophic wave and that will be disease carried from the dead bodies by both flies and mosquitoes. They are also preparing for massive cases of gangrene as amputations that were done weeks ago turn septic due to no additional health care. As Helstern was driving through town his team saw a truck loaded to the top with boxes.

They pulled alongside to see if they could get some of the food the truck was carrying and were told that it wasn’t food but prosthetics in the boxes and the men were doctors there to do their small part in an insurmountable task. “When we finally left a week later from the Dominican, the only thing I could think of was what would happen if there was a monumental catastrophe somewhere else in the world and the Haitians would be abandoned,” Helstern said. “I hope and pray this doesn’t happen because it’s only because of the kindness of others that this country will survive.”


National Catholic School Week at St. Francis

The Spooner Area Honor Guard stands at attention as Arnold Hoecherl and David Ingalls of the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery fold the American flag for the students at St. Francis School on Wednesday, Feb. 3. The theme for the day was Dividends For Life in the Nation.

A r n o l d Hoecherl the shows kindergartners how he would present the flag to loved the ones of a veteran as part of the ceremony.

Five-year-old John Tack has high expectations as he sees himself as the pope. The students at St. Francis were asked to dress as they would look like in 20 years as part of National Catholic School Week held Feb. 1 through Feb. 6. — Photos by Larry Samson

Free ski held by Ski! Shell Lake

RIGHT - Deb Kielkucki poses with her daughter, Kayla, who sees herself as a grandmother in 20 years. In 20 years Kayla will be about the same age that her mother is now. Deb is one of the parents who volunteer at the school.

Ski! Shell Lake hosted its second-annual free ski on Sun., Feb. 7 at Red Barn Trails in Shell Lake. Ski! Shell Lake is a nonprofit crosscountry ski club which promotes youth and family skiing. Many people showed up Sunday to enjoy skiing on the beautifully groomed trails through the woods. Ski races are scheduled at Red Barn Trails on March 7 for youth and adults. Proceeds will support the club. For more information contact David Swan at 715-205-4424 or — Photo submitted




Shell Lake takes second at conference tournament by Larry Samson CAMERON — In the Lakeland Conference Tournament held Saturday, Feb. 6, Shell Lake advanced four wrestlers into the final match. Drew Knoop and Tyler Anderson took a first place, while Michael Johnson and Caleb Schmidt placed second. Knoop received two byes to advance to the semifinals of the 145-pound class where he pinned Darren Lee from Clear Lake 5:13 into the match. In the championship match, Knoop pinned Hunter Cardinal with 3:27 on the clock. With that pin he set a new school record of 145 wins. In the 140-pound class, Anderson earned a well-deserved first place with a 7-5 decision over Dylan Hendricks of Unity. To get to the championship match Anderson pinned Garrett Radenzal from St. Croix Falls and won a decision over Ben Ackerley of Luck/Frederic/Grantsburg. Johnson took a second place in the 171-pound class after losing to the defending state champion Joe Raygor of St. Croix Falls. Schmidt lost to Rock McKiittick from Flambeau in the 189-pound class. Shell Lake took second place as a team with a score of 271.5 to first place Clear Lake with a score of 320. Both teams will face each other Saturday, Feb. 13, in the Clear Lake Regional Tournament. This will be a tough regional with seven schools competing for a spot at sectionals in Augusta/Fairchild the following week. Only two wrestlers in each class will make that trip. Approximately 91 wrestlers, 68 ranked, will compete for 26 spots at sectionals.

Tyler Anderson with a 7-5 decision over Dylan Hendricks of Unity in the championship round earned him a first in the 140-pound class.

Dan Cassel and Ryan Behnke in the quarterfinals show the intensity of a wrestler. Cassel lost the match by a 7-2 decision and went on to place fourth in the 112-pound class. — Photos by Larry Samson

Drew Knoop maked it look easy as he pinned Hunter Cardinal from Turtle Lake/Clayton. He took home first place and scored 39 team points in the 145pound class. He set a new school record with 145 wins.

LEFT - Dillon Hopke earned two points with this takedown of Tyler Villalpando to win a 6-3 decision.

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Lakers fall to Warriors


Ty Frisbie put this jump shot up near the freethrow line. by Larry Samson CLEAR LAKE — With a 49-32 loss to the Clear Lake Warriors, the Shell Lake boys basketball team fell to 17 in conference play and 1-14 overall. Earlier in the week, the Lakers lost to Northwood 49-32. While the boys are not winning, they are playing exciting ball. Jordan Forsythe was the high scorer of the game with 11 points. Mario Estrada put up three 3point shots for nine points, followed by Brandon Degner with eight points. Shell Lake will play the first-place Clayton Bears in a home game Friday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m.

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Mario Estrada with a 3-point shot. He had three for the game. Lakeland Conference Tournament results

103: Chris Kidder placed sixth and scored 6.00 team points. 112: Dan Cassel placed fourth and scored 16.00 team points. 119: Al Hopke placed third and scored 23.00 team points. 125: Dillon Hopke placed fifth and scored 11.50 team points. 130: Aaron Slinker placed sixth and scored 9.00 team points. 140: Tyler Anderson placed first and scored 35.00 team points. 145: Drew Knoop placed first and scored 39.00 team points. 160: Colten Kozial placed fourth and scored 23.00 team points. 171: Michael Johnson placed second and scored 32.00 team points. 189: Caleb Schmidt placed second and scored 30.00 team points. 215: Marlo Fields placed fifth and scored 19.00 team points. 275: Brian Marshall placed third and scored 29.00 team points. Team Scores Clear Lake: 320.0 Shell Lake: 271.5 St. Croix Falls: 236.0 Unity: 222.0 Flambeau: 202.0 Bruce: 180.0 Cornell/Gilman: 147.0 Cameron: 142.0 Turtle Lake/Clayton: 127.0 Luck/Grantsburg/Frederic: 105.5 Northwood: 42.0

Michael Johnson with a takedown of Nathan Fouks that ended in a pin. Johnson lost the firstplace match to state champion Joe Raygor of St. Croix Falls.

Robert Scheu with a jump shot. He scored 11 points against the Northwood Evergreens.

Photos by Larry Samson


WA S H B U R N C O U N T Y R E G I S T E R NORTHWOOD/CLEAR LAKE - The Shell Lake girls basketball team played their sixth and seventh consecutive road games last week, losing to Northwood, 68-24 and to Clear Lake, 44-29. At Northwood the Lakers started strong, trailing the state’s second-ranked team by just 17-11 after one quarter, but the Evergreens took over from there. “Northwood has won 13 games by an average of 39 points,” said Laker coach Carlo Kumpula, “they just overwhelmed us. They’re favored to win our sectional, and if they keep playing as they are now, I really think they can win the whole thing.” Ashley Anderson led Shell Lake with 11 points and nine rebounds, while Steph

Laker girls finish road trip


Clark added six rebounds and Emma Anderson chipped in with five rebounds and three assists. At Clear Lake the Lakers ran into a redhot Warrior team and fell way behind in the first half before outscoring Clear Lake in the second half. Clark led the Laker effort with nine points, nine rebounds and a pair of assists. Ashley Anderson added seven points and eight rebounds, while Jen Cassel also scored seven points and Emma Anderson grabbed seven rebounds. The Lakers hosted Clayton on Tuesday and on Friday will travel to Solon Springs for a 6 p.m. varsity-only game. — submitted

Katie Sohn going one on one with point guard Jennifer Cassel.

Photos by Larry Samson

Ashley Anderson with a jump shot under the basket. She was good for 11 points as Shell Lake fell 68-24 to the state-bound Northwood Evergreen team.



Boys basketball Fri., Feb. 12: Vs. Clayton, 7:30 p.m. Tues., Feb. 16: DH at Prairie Farm, 6 p.m. Fri., Feb. 19: Vs. Cameron, 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 25: Vs. Turtle Lake, 7:30 p.m. Tues., March 2: Regional (Round 1) TBA Thurs., March 4: Regional (Round 2) TBA Sat., March 6: Regional final at Webster TBA Fri.-Sat. March 12-13: Sectional at Spooner, 6 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., March 18-20: State at Madison TBA

Stephanie Clark with a jump shot near the freethrow line. Shell Lake was within six points at the end of the first half.

Emma Anderson passes the ball around a determined defender, Katie Sohn. Northwood has a defense that never lets up.

Girls basketball Tues., Feb. 16: DH at Prairie Farm, 7:30 p.m. Tues., Feb. 23: Vs. Cameron, 7:30 p.m. Fri., Feb. 26: Vs. Turtle Lake, 7:30 p.m. Tues., March 9: Regional (Round 1) TBA Thurs., March 11: Regional (Round 2) TBA

Sat., March 13: Regional Finals at Webster TBA Fri.-Sat., March 19-20: Sectional at Spooner, 6 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., March 25-27: State at Madison TBA

Wrestling Sat., Feb. 13: WIAA Regional at Clear Lake TBA Tues., Feb. 16: WIAA Team Sectional at Ladysmith, 6 p.m. Sat., Feb. 20: WIAA Sectional at Osseo-Fairchild, 9 a.m. Thurs.-Sat., Feb. 25-27: Individual State at Madison Fri.-Sat., Mar. 5-6: Team State at Madison

Girls JH basketball Tues., Feb. 16: At Cameron, 5 p.m. Fri., Feb. 19: Vs. Cameron, old gym, 5 p.m. Tues., Feb. 23: At Turtle Lake, 5 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 25: At Northwood, 4:30 p.m.




Bantams win River Falls tournament

RIVER FALLS — After placing second in their home tournament the weekend before, the Spooner Bantams traveled to River Falls this weekend, taking the championship in their 10-team tournament. The Rails played their first game on Friday night against the host team River Falls/Baldwin. The Rails earned a decisive 10-2 victory. Tanner Vik led the team with eight goals. Brady Schafer and Jake Aardappel also scored for the Rails. Earning assists were Brett Gauger and Aardappel with two each, and Bryce Sohn, Matt Slaminski and Vik. Eric Anderson played a great game in the net, turning away 21 of the 23 shots he faced. In the semi-final game on Saturday, Spooner faced River Heights, Minn. The Rails played one of their best games of the season winning 6-1. Dale Stafford and Vik each scored a three-goal hat trick. Slaminski was credited with three assists and Stafford had two. Vik and Gauger each earned a single assist. Anderson had 15 saves in picking up the win.

Pictured with the championship trophy is the Spooner Bantam team back row (L to R): Coach Nick Freeman, Becker Lindner, Jake Aardappel, Brady Schafer, Dale Stafford, Tanner Vik and Eric Anderson. Front: Tanner Schafer, Brett Gauger, Matt Slaminski, Bryce Sohn and Cole Lucius. — Photo submitted Spooner faced New Prague, Minn., in the championship game. A high-scoring first period ended with the Rails having a 5-2 lead. The teams traded goals in the

second period, and New Prague scored early in the third to cut Spooner’s lead to 6-4. The momentum appeared to be with New Prague, until the Rails exploded for

four goals in the last half of the period. This gave the Rails a 10-4 win and the tournament championship. Scoring for Spooner were Vik with five, Aardappel with two, and Stafford, Slaminski and Becker Lindner. Earning assists were Stafford with four, Gauger three, Vik two, Lindner and Slaminski. Anderson capped off his third win on the weekend with 25 saves. Coach Nick Freeman was very pleased with how his team played, especially in the last two games against strong teams from Minnesota. He commented on the efforts of every player, particularly in the Saturday evening game where they played with only eight skaters and a goalie. The team showed a great deal of heart and earned their championship trophy. With the three victories this weekend the Bantams record now stands at 10 wins, five losses and one tie. — submitted

Spooner Peewees win home tournament

SPOONER — The Spooner Peewee hockey team won its home tournament this past weekend. The tournament was a four-team round robin, and the Rails won each of their three games. They faced off against Tomahawk in the opening game of the tournament and skated to an 11-2 victory. Scoring for Spooner were Matt Slaminski with four goals, Brett Gauger and Levi Neubich with two goals each, Nick Graham, Ryan Shutt and Alex Huebner. Earning assists were Becker Lindner with three, and Shutt, Neubich, Jase Scalzo and Alex Grubbs with two each. Tanner Schafer, Huebner, Gauger, Slaminski and Graham each had one assist. JT Gunderson and Trevor Brimblecom shared the goalie duties and had 10 saves. In their second game on Saturday, the peewees played a strong team from Proctor, Minn. Proctor scored first just three minutes into the game. Rails Dani Dewitt scored unassisted with five minutes remaining in the first period to tie the score. The score remained tied until 10 seconds remained in the second period when Huebner scored for Spooner on an unassisted goal. With 2:13 left in the third

Spooner Peewees pictured with the championship trophy are back row (L to R): Coach Phil Neubich, Joseph Tolzman, Alex Huebner, Becker Lindner, Tanner Schafer, Nick Graham and coach Chris Beehler. Front: JT Gunderson, Jase Scalzo, Ryan Anderson, Dani Dewitt, Levi Neubich, Alex Grubbs, Ryan Shutt and Trevor — Brimblecom. Photo submitted period, Lindner scored off an assist from Grubbs to cap off the scoring and give the Rails a 3-1 victory. Both Spooner goalies played great with Brimblecom turning back nine shots and Gunderson

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Team Standings: Masterjohn Realty 10, Silver Shears 9, The Prime 7, Leisure Technology 7, The Cats Meow 7, Shell Lake Chiropractor 7, Bradway Construction 5, Shell Lake State Bank 4 Boys games: Alex Peterson 202, Chad Lenser 177

Boys series: Alex Peterson 519, Chad Lenser 479, Joe Fraatz 395 Girls games: Danielle Powers 218, Casi Ostermann 212 Girls series: Casi Ostermann 492, Danielle Powers 488, Kristine Powers 409

Adult Northwoods Construction: 698 Riverbend: 651 Grandpa’s: 608 Napa Auto Parts: 603 Corrado Custom Tile: 583 J&J: 562 Spitting Swamp Llamas: 463

Adult Youth John Meeds Trucking: 608 Wohlford Construction: 517 Youth RT 532: 581 John Meeds Trucking 2: 251

Traditional Bone Collectors: 445 Roosevelt QDM: 412 Eyesore: 321 Putz’s: 308

Men’s Bounty Hunters: 781 Granite Electric: 730 Schlitz: 729 Timberland Pub: 723 Shell Lake State Bank: 707 Chad Sparish Taxidermy: 705 Olsen’s RDC: 691 Close Encounters: 678 Sandstrom: 585 Coldwell Bankers: 574 Wildlife Solutions: 553

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stopping 10. The Rails secured the title with a 6-0 victory over Chippewa Falls on Sunday. Scoring for Spooner were Shutt with two, Lindner, Joseph Tolzman, Schafer and Huebner. Credited with assists were Lindner, Dewitt, Shutt, Tolzman and Neubich. Gunderson and Brimblecom once again shared the goalkeeper duties and combined for a shutout while stopping all seven Chippewa Falls shots.

The Spooner coaches commented that they were very proud of the way the team played this past weekend. There was balanced scoring with almost all players scoring a goal during the weekend. Defensively the team played very well and got solid goaltending in all three games. Proctor placed second in the tournament, followed by Chippewa Falls and Tomahawk. — submitted

Sports equipment swap sellers reservation deadline set

SHELL LAKE — Those looking to sell their gently used athletic equipment are asked to reserve a spot for the first Sports Equipment Swap. Sellers, shoppers and those looking to barter for equipment are invited to recycle outgrown and underused gear. Suggested ideas include — but are not limited to — sleds, skis, snowshoes, sports balls, jerseys, hockey sticks, winter/athletic footwear, helmets, bikes, roof racks, toboggans or any other recreational gear. All are welcome to shop, barter and sell. Sellers must reserve a spot by Friday, Feb. 26. Seller guidelines are available on the Shell Lake School Web site under For Community — Community Ed or by calling Shell Lake CE at 715-468-

7815. Not interested in the hassle of selling your goods? Donate them to the swap. Please bring your gently used sports equipment to the Shell Lake Elementary office at the high school before Feb. 26 and you’ll contribute to the Shell Lake CE fundraiser. All funds raised from donations for this event will support youth opportunities for this year’s summer program. There will be no motorized items, firearms or household items allowed. The sports equipment swap will be held Saturday, March 6, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Shell Lake High School. — from Shell Lake Community Ed

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George Washington’s famous gray charger

by Bruce Burton, Sarona It’s 1766 and in the American colonies all is quiet, nothing is stirring, not even a mouse. In Morocco a gray stallion, one of the best North African barbs owned by the emperor of Morocco, is loaded on ship leaving Morocco. When this ship arrives in the West Indies the stallion is unloaded to exercise in the yard with piles of lumber. He playfully climbs a pile of lumber and it collapses under him breaking three of his legs. The poor stallion is doomed, but another ship captain asks if he can have him anyway. This captain resets the stallion’s legs and put them splints, the stallion is put into a sling and lifted to the ship where the weight is kept off of his legs. Three months the stallion hangs in the sling until the ship arrives in Connecticut. There the captain sells the stallion to Colonel Wyllis, who calls him Ranger. This stallion would become famous in New England and Virginia and famous people would own horses related him. Not all remains quiet, tensions are mounting with England over taxation and rights. Terrible events will occur and innocent people will die within 10 years. Two years later, in 1768, the British Parliament tightens its grip on the colonists by passing the Townshend Acts. British troops now begin to take control without due process. They seize John Hancock’s ship, the Liberty. This military presence led to more unrest and culminated with gunshots from the British troops March 5, 1770. It was the Boston Massacre and three innocent bystanders died from their wounds that day. Soon three shiploads of tea from India arrive in Boston and the tea is even taxed. This was just too much and the colonists rebelled on Dec. 16, 1773, by dumping 342 cases of tea in Boston Harbor. In 1774, the British retaliated again with the Intolerable Acts and closed Boston Harbor in 1774. On March 14, 1774, a second Tea Party occurred with the dumping of 28 cases of tea into Boston Harbor, 16 of which were consigned to Henry Lloyd, who was in the employment of Oliver Delancey of New York City. George Washington writes an article in the New York Gazette and called them “an Invasion of our Rights and Privileges.” The British couldn’t stop now so they send more troops that arrived April 18, 1775. That night Paul Revere, on his “Narragansett Pacer,” sounds the alarm and word is sent to the Continental Congress. The Second Continental Congress meets and


Painting by John Faed “George Washington Taking the Salute at Trenton,” was done before 1890 because it is in the Morgan Horse Register, volume 1, page 60a, to Library of Congress, 1892, printed 1895. — Photo submitted

appoints General Washington to be commander in chief of the Continental Army on June 14, 1775. General Washington goes to Massachusetts to receive his commission at Cambridge and assumes command in July. Washington is evidently impressed by horses Ranger sired from “Narragansett Pacer” mares in the previous nine years and thought these horses were among the best in America. Independence from England is declared on July 4, 1776, and the English declare war. Before British troops arrive, General Washington returns to Connecticut with a young soldier called “Light Horse Harry,” Henry Lee

II, who was part of Washington’s personal guard. Washington gathers enlistees to serve in the Continental Army and gives commissions. Those horses that impressed Washington two years earlier again come to his attention. Samuel Whitman now has that gray stallion in Hartford, Conn. Washington and Lee make arrangements to buy Ranger and two of his sons from Narragansett mares. The two stallions and Ranger are shipped to Virginia. Captain Lindsay travels with the three horses and cares for Ranger in Virginia, and Ranger becomes known as Lindsay’s Arabian. This gray stallion becomes Washington’s charger Nelson, named after General Nelson. This gray charger then serves Washington throughout the rest of the Revolutionary War. The other gray charger is used by Light Horse Harry and is called “Lee’s Terror” by the British. Another son of Ranger was ridden by General Putnam during the war. Putnam’s charger helped him escape from the British by running down 100 steps. Washington was evidently so impressed with the performance of Nelson and his half brothers during the war, that in 1789 when he became president, he used four gray colts by Ranger to pull his carriage from Mount Vernon to Philadelphia. Another son of Ranger is born about 1770, before the Revolutionary War and is called Sportsman. Like his half brothers, he too was out of a Narragansett mare. In 1778 Sportsman is owned by a man named Justin Morgan in West Springfield, Mass. That year Justin Morgan bred Sportsman to his Narragansett mares. One of the fillies born in 1779 became the grandmother of a stallion that would later be named Figure, better know as Justin Morgan or the Morgan Horse. Figure was foaled in 1789, the same year George Washington became president and rode another son of Ranger called Magnolia by Ranger. It is interesting that during the Civil War descendents of Ranger again carry soldiers. Many of the horses used by the North and South are known to be Morgan. Many in the South were descendents of Thoroughbred Grey Eagle, a great-grandson of Ranger or Lindsay’s Arabian. Back to Light Horse Harry, his son General Robert E. Lee rode a horse called Traveler, a descendent of Grey Eagle, during the Civil War. Nearly all the American horse breeds trace to Ranger, but this through only one breed primarily, the Morgan. These include the standardbred, saddlebred, Tennessee walker, Missouri fox-trotter, Kentucky Mountain, quarter horse, paint and Appaloosa.

by Marian Furchtenicht

Would you bet there were headaches in New Orleans Monday morning after celebrating the Saints 31-17 win at Super Bowl 44 Sunday night? It was a great game to watch. Bev Gallo and Jan Cummings came up from the Twin Cities for the day on Friday and helped Jo and Katie Lechnir with a birthday party for their dad, Aage Duch. There were around 20 folks at his house to help him celebrate and enjoy the nice noon meal and special cake for our very special neighbor. Rocky and Pat Semm went to daughter, Mary, and Todd Doanes’, in Rice Lake, Sunday to help celebrate their grandson, Andrew’s, 10th birthday. Others there were grandparents Bruce and Joanne Doanes, Chetek, Lisa Sundeen and boys Jacob, Cole and Christopher from Chippewa Falls, aunt Teresa Swenson, Katie and Josh of Rice Lake, and great-aunt Sandi Chartrand, White Tail Ridge, Rice Lake. Belated wishes Andrew. Before coming home, Rocky and Pat visited at her home farm with her mom, Marie Labrande, who was out of the convalescent center for the day. Marlene Hansen attended a baby shower for her niece held at her sister, Janet Hamilton’s, in Weyerhaeuser on Saturday, and on Sunday visited her dad at the Cumberland nursing home and found him doing pretty well. Vicki Lombard took in the hockey tourney in Cumberland on Saturday to watch her sister, Cheryl, and Eric Miller’s twin sons, Matt and Jonathon, of River Falls play. There was a full house at Cathy Hagen’s on Sunday for a brunch and baby shower for Kristi Hart, Carla’s daughter. She’s from Menomonie. They enjoyed fun games and she received lots of cute little things for the baby. Some of the Frey family were at Gloria and Anton Frey’s for Sunday breakfast. In the afternoon they enjoyed going for a ride in the fresh air, Gloria and Anton on their gator, Jim, Tony, Kelly, Jan and Jeff on their four-wheelers. Pat and Andy Frey watched the game Sunday night with Anton.

Bill and Linda Hines of Superior visited Dort Lombard at Terraceview Living Center. They were down to attend the funeral for his brother, Chip Hines, of Cumberland. Sympathy is extended. Sue Miller of Menomonie visited her mom, Dort Lombard, on Friday. Russ and Ryan Furchtenicht snowmobiled last weekend in the Minong-Gordon area with Lester Johnson from Cumberland and his three friends from Rice Lake. Wednesday and Thursday Russ Furchtenicht enjoyed snowmobiling with the Monsanto Ref and other dairy farmers from the Almena and Turtle Lake area. Elaine and Rocky Furchtenicht had their daughter Nicki and Shane Baker and boys from Rice Lake over for supper Friday night. Shane helped Rock with his new computer, downloading some stuff he had on his old one. Ryan and Jessie Furchtenicht flew out to Las Vegas and attended the World of Concrete show. Report it was very interesting, well worth their time and learned several new things. While there they visited Jessie’s grandma and grandpa, Bob and Gerri. Gramma Nancy and Grampa Russ babysat Jillian and Jaxson while the folks were away, so that kept them busy from Thursday until Monday morning. There were only five at the Katty breakfast at Economart for the February breakfast. I was one of Economart’s lucky winners of $50 at their second week winter giveaway. Thanks. Marion Rieter, Jan Rath and Diane Klukas enjoyed lunch together at Pillars on Tuesday before bowling. Saturday afternoon I took in the wrestling tournament at Cameron and watched the Shell Lake kids, including grandson Brian, do two pins in the heavyweight class. Granddaughter Sara Marschall leaves on Wednesday with 20 others from college to attend the World Dairy Expo in Tulare, Calif., and visit some big dairy farms there also. Mavis Schlapper joined Ray and Mavis Schlapper, Ida Winkler and daughter Sarah, at Warren and Betty Schlapper’s in Rice Lake for dinner Thursday noon.

Just getting the family together to visit was the occasion. Mavis said Carmen Leisman in Missouri called to get an address so she enjoyed a phone visit with her. Happy birthday to Dorothy Semm, Glenn Leischer, Dean Mott, Daniel Knutson, Rolanda Musolf, Feb. 11; Jessica Furchtenicht, Jerry Sigmund and Peter Foote, Feb. 12; McLain Hutton, Feb. 13; Mandy (Hagen) Polson, Tiffany Shank, Feb. 14; Linda Tabor, Sam Armour, Florence Millard, Feb. 15; Betty Hubin, Feb. 16; Dave Stoner, Dawn Raymond, Kurt Meier, Little Scott Butterfield turns 2 Feb. 17. Have a happy one! A happy anniversary to Becky and Nat Rudolph on Feb. 17.

Dewey-LaFollette by Karen Mangelsen

Hank and Karen Mangelsen visited Donna and Gerry Hines Monday afternoon. Clam River Tuesday Club met Feb. 3 at the home of Judy Leonard. The group had a fun time playing the dice game. The next meeting will be March 3 at 1:30 p.m. at the home of Trudy DeLawyer. Karen and Hank Mangelsen called on Ray and Marge Bestler Thursday morning. Hank Mangelsen visited John and Mary Dunn Friday. Visitors of Maynard and Ronda Mangelsen at various time over the weekend were Jeff and Jackie Peterson, Jean, Terry, Brin and Bryce Williamson, Mike, Dylan and Kayla Longhenry, Daya Lawrence and Donnie and Melba Denotter. Jeff, Jackie and Daya stayed overnight Saturday and Kayla stayed overnight Sunday. Karen and Hank Mangelsen visited Wayne and Marie Romsos at the Romsos Farm Saturday evening. Bob and Pam Bentz were supper guests of Hank and Karen Mangelsen Sunday. They then watched the Super Bowl together.


by Beth Carlson, library director Amnesty Month in February All overdue materials returned during the month of February will be free from fines. This would be a great time to check your bookshelves and DVD cases. If you accidentally put one of the library’s items aside and forgot it, you may now return it with no overdue fees charged. Bring back all your overdue materials, you know, the stuff under the bed, the audio book that somehow ended up in your trunk, the DVD that got packed when you moved, and we will waive all your fines. That’s right, no fines to pay, just the good feeling of ticking something off your end-of-the-year to-do list! This program helps the library recover many items long lost and missing from our shelves that other patrons are waiting for. Pizza party! Students in grades 6-12 are invited to a pizza party on Thursday, Feb. 11, after early release from school. Students will enjoy pizza, fruit and drink, play Wii games, board games and/or card games. Students may ride the bus to the library if they have permission. The program will end about 2:30 p.m. Early-release pizza parties are sponsored by the AODA committee of Washburn County and the Shell Lake Public Library providing students with a safe, alcohol and drug-free activity.

A farmer was a chronic grumbler. He never missed a chance to complain. But one year he harvested a bumper crop. “You couldn’t ask for more,” said a friend. “I don’t know,” he grunted. “Crops like this are hard on the ground.” It’s not the greatness of the trouble that makes people complain; it’s the littleness of the soul. And the reason why some people are dog-tired at night is because they’ve growled all day. When things are good, be grateful, and when things aren’t good be grateful also. Even then God is making all things work together for your good. So be like the Levites of whom the Bible says, they “praised the Lord day by day.”

Thelma Cooan

Thelma Cooan, Elmore, Minn., died Feb. 1, 2010. She was 90 years old. Thelma was born Nov. 23, 1919, in Rake, Iowa, the daughter of Joseph and Hannah (Johnson) Espeland. She was raised and educated in Rake, where she attended schools. She was married to Alfred “Doc” Cooan on Dec. 19, 1941, in Frost, Minn. The couple farmed in Shell Lake until 1954 when they returned to the Elmore area where Doc was employed at the Elmore Nursery where he later retired, and Thelma worked at Telex Corporation where she later retired. She was a longtime member of the Elmore United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband in 2003; son Randall Cooan in 1997; brothers Clarence, Jerome and Ward Espeland; and sisters Stella Erickson and Una Mae Fenske. Thelma is survived by sons Ronald (Janet) Cooan, Murrieta, Calif., Richard (Galina) Cooan, Greer, S.C.; sisters Charlotte Olson, Huntley, Betty (Charles) Lutz, Shell Lake; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Feb. 6 at Elmore United Methodist Church. The Patton Funeral Home, Blue Earth, was entrusted with arrangements.

Accident reports

Monday, Jan. 25 Vicki J. McAllister, 45, Stone Lake, went into the ditch on CTH A west of CTH M, Stone Lake, around 4 a.m. McAllister slid into the northern ditch, and the deputy who responded happened to be her husband. McAllister was not injured, and the vehicle had no damage, though Jock’s Auto & Truck Repair had

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to pull it out. At 1:55 p.m., Kyndra K. Swan, 18, Shell Lake, overturned on Hwy. 253 and Shelton Tower Drive, Beaver Brook. The State Patrol report said Swan was driving south on the highway when she lost control and slid into the ditch, where she overturned. The roads were covered in slush. Swan was not injured, but the vehicle had severe damage to the front and roof, and was removed by American Towing & Recovery. Wednesday, Jan. 27 Nicholas D. Urban, 16, Shell Lake, struck a vehicle driven by Jessica L. Stariha, 39, Spooner, on Fourth Avenue at Second Street, Shell Lake, at 3:25 p.m. Stariha was stopped at a stop sign west on Fourth Avenue, and Urban thought she was going to pull out. Urban hit the brakes, but slid slightly backward and hit Stariha. The roads were slushy.

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Increase in fines The library has increased its fines on books, books on CD, playaways and magazines to 10 cents per day with a maximum fine of $5 on each item. Story hour Library Fun For Little Ones is every Thursday from 10:30-11:15 a.m. Children and their caregivers will learn the love of reading, make a craft and enjoy a snack. Drop-ins welcome, no need to sign up. Web site You can check due dates and fine status, renew materials, keep a log of materials you’ve read, place holds on materials we or another library own at and click on Library Catalog Online. Make it one of your favorites. Join the Friends of the Shell Lake Library Would you like to help the library thrive? This is your opportunity to make a difference in your library. Join the Friends group. Friends raise funds for programming and big-ticket items that the library normally cannot afford, plan and host children, teen and adult programs and just help the library become the best library around. Don’t wait. Contact Sue at 715-468-7014 today. Winter library hours Monday, noon to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, noon to 8 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Driving too fast for conditions causes many wintertime troubles

STATEWIDE — Maintaining control on slick surfaces A violation of this state law costs $213.10 with four will be critical to the success of many athletes compet- demerit points added to the driver’s record. A second ing in the 2010 Winter Olympics this month. Maintain- offense within a 12-month period costs $263.50 with an ing control is also critical to the safety of motorists on additional four points. icy and snow-covered roads. But all too often, mo“The slogan ‘Snow Means Slow’ also applies to fourtorists lose control of their vehicles and end up in wheel-drive and other heavy-duty vehicles, which need ditches or causing crashes because they were driving the same stopping distance as other vehicles on sliptoo fast for conditions. pery roads,” says Frenette. “It’s too late to change your “When there’s ice, snow or slick spots on roadways, driving behavior after your vehicle is in the ditch or inor when visibility is reduced because of bad weather, volved in a crash. If you drive too fast for conditions, you must slow down to maintain control of your vehi- you likely could end up paying a couple of hundred cle and to be able to stop safely. In bad weather or slip- dollars for a ticket in addition to your towing and vehipery road conditions, driving at the posted speed limit cle repair bills.” — from WisDOT may even be too fast for conditions,” says Captain Jeff Frenette of the Wisconsin State Patrol Northwest Region. Slowing down when driving conditions are poor is not just sound advice — it’s also the law. It is illegal to drive at speeds that exceed what is reasonable and prudent under existing road conditions. Logun Nathaniel Arnes was born Feb. 3, 2010, to Drivers are required to adjust their speeds to take into Dean and Jenny Arnes of Barronett. account both the actual and potential hazards due to ••• weather, highway conditions or other traffic.


Urban wasn’t injured, and Stariha and her passengers, Debra L. Vike, 51, Spooner, and a younger child, weren’t either. Her vehicle had minor damage to the rear while Urban’s had moderate damage to the driver’s side. Friday, Jan. 29 Timothy J. Nelson, 37, New Richmond, hit a deer on Hwy. 63 east of Larson Road, Springbrook, at 5:52 p.m. He was patrolling west on the highway when he came upon Nelson’s disabled vehicle, which was pulling two snowmobiles on a trailer, in the eastbound lane near the Namekagon River. Nelson hit a deer, which caused a headlight and blinker to go out, and pushed the bumper back toward the tire, causing the trailer’s lights to short. Nelson and his passenger, Anna C. Mortenson, 30, St. Anthony, Minn., were not reportedly injured and were wearing seat belts.

Saturday, Jan. 30 Arnold D. Wellnitz, 72, Siren, hit a deer on Hwy. 70 and Greenfield Road, Evergreen, at 6:40 p.m. Wellnitz was not injured, and his vehicle had front damage but was driveable. The deer was reportedly off the road. Sunday, Jan. 31 Kathleen H. McKee, 54, St. Paul, Minn., went into the ditch on Hwy. 63 and CTH E, Springbrook, at 2:20 p.m. The State Patrol report said McKee was driving south on the highway and decided to turn around to go back north. In that area, the highway goes east-west, so McKee pulled onto the shoulder and tried to turn in a driveway and parking lot. However, she slid through her turn and punched through a snow bank. The vehicle stopped with its front end down in the ditch and its rear wheels off the ground near the driveway. McKee was not in-


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jured, and American pulled her out. There was minor, pre-existing damage to the bumper cover, but after the accident, it was cracked and hanging down. Monday, Feb. 1 Diane J. Thompson, 50, Spooner, hit a deer on Hwy. 63 south of State Patrol Hill, Shell Lake, at 5:55 p.m. The sergeant’s narrative said he was dispatched to the accident and found a deer in front of Thompson’s van, which was on the north shoulder, still partially in the road. The deer was taken care of, and Jock’s removed Thompson’s vehicle from the shoulder. She was not reportedly injured. Tuesday, Feb. 2 Corazon D. Romportl, 45, Spooner, overturned on Hwys. 53 and 63, Spooner, at 5:22 a.m. Romportl believed the vehicle hit a patch of hidden ice, which caused it to slide and hit a snow bank before overturning. It was

snowing, so the roads were covered. Romportl was not injured, though she could not get out of the vehicle. The vehicle had moderate damage to the roof, both sides and front, and was towed by American. At 9:18 a.m., Gary F. Ruzic, 69, Neillsville, overturned on Hwy. 53 and Milepost 156, Sarona. The State Patrol report said Ruzic was driving north on the highway when he lost control and slid sideways into the ditch. The vehicle overturned once in the snow, coming to a final rest facing the southwest, on its wheels. It was snowing that morning, so the roads were covered. Ruzic was not injured, but the vehicle had severe damage to the roof and passenger’s side, so was towed by American. – with info. from the Washburn County Sheriff’s Department


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St. Francis de Sales

53 3rd Ave., Shell Lake Pastor John Sahlstrom Lay Pastor Richard Peterson Youth leader Luke Gronning 715-468-2734 Worship Service: 10 a.m. Youth Group, 7th - 12th grade: Sunday 6 - 8 p.m. Wednesday Faith in Friends Club for K - 6th grade 3:15 - 5:30

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

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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 evening 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 eve. service 6 p.m. Wed. eve. service 7 p.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: Sun. at 10:30 a.m. and Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Morning prayer: 8:15 a.m. Mon. - Thurs.

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

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.

776 Prospect Ave., Barronett Pastor Todd Ahneman 715-822-5511 Sunday Worship: 9 a.m. The Spirit Connection Youth Group will meet the first Wed. of the month at 6 p.m.

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church

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

(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.

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United Methodist

(Missouri Synod) South of Spooner off Hwy. W7148 Luther Rd. Pastor Brent Berkesch Church of the Lutheran Hour 715-635-8167 Worship: 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., Adult Bible study & Sunday School: 9:15 a.m Lutheran Hour hear on WJMC 96.1 FM Radio at 9 a.m. Sundays.

Lakeview United Methodist

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.; Midweek program: 3 yrs. - 6th grade: Wed. 3:30 -5:30

Timberland Ringebu Free Lutheran

12805 CTH H, Barronett Pastor Shane McLoughlin Sunday Worship: 9:00 a.m.,coffee and fellowship following.

Trinity Lutheran

1790 Scribner St., Spooner Pastors Will & Carolyn Mowchan 715-635-3603 Sunday Worship: 8 a.m. & 9:45 a.m.

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

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 Senior Pastor Ronald W. Gormong; Assistant Pastor Chopper Brown 715-635-2768 Sunday Worship: 9 a.m.; Sunday School and ABF’s: 10:30 a.m.; nursery provided; Celebrate Recovery, 1st and 3rd Mondays: 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 Wed.: 6:30 p.m., Kids Club Wed.: 6:30 p.m.


United Methodist

135 Reinhart Dr., Shell Lake, 715-468-2405 Pastor Gregory Harrell Sunday: Sarona - 9 a.m.; Shell Lake - Sunday School: 9:15 a.m., Worship: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Youth: 6:30 p.m.

Senior Menu

Monday, Feb. 15: Bavarian kraut, smothered pork chop, buttered potatoes, sliced baked apples, light rye, butter, milk. Tuesday, Feb. 16: Beef tips and ‘shrooms, rich brown gravy, over kluski noodles, garden tossed salad, dark chocolate pudding, beverages. Wednesday, Feb. 17: Salmon loaf with creamed peas and baby red potatoes, fresh fruit salad, bread, butter, beverages. Thursday, Feb. 18: Penne ham skillet, ginger baked squash, pineapple slices, cherry-blueberry muffin, milk. Friday, Feb. 19: Crispy-baked fish, wild rice blend, Harvard beets, peach crumble, bread, butter, milk. Meal reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Shell Lake Center, 715-468-7010, Teresa Dahlstrom, site manager/cook.



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Were you one of the millions of people who wasted their time on Sunday evening watching the Super Bowl? Really, who cared? Neither the Packers nor the Vikings were in it, so the outcome didn’t make much difference. I was rooting for the Colts because Peyton Manning seems like such a nice guy, but it was difficult to work up any enthusiasm over a team that I hadn’t paid any attention to all season. I bet that the action in the streets of New Orleans after the game was a lot more exciting than the game itself. Actually, the best part of the Super Bowl is usually the commercials, and even those left a lot to be desired. My favorite was the Budweiser horses with the longhorn bull or the little guys talking about investments. If you wanted to see an exciting game, you should have been at the Cumberland ice arena for the girls hockey games on Sunday afternoon. They played two games against Chippewa Falls, and won them both by large margins. The first one was 7 to 1, and the second was 6 to 0. The goalie for Chippewa Falls was really on her toes, though. There were 36 shots on goal the first game and she only let seven through. You can tell by the scores that our goalies were also very sharp. Pat Olson was at the second game to cheer for her granddaughter, Jocelyn, and the rest of the team. Pat is usually working on the weekends when the games are played, so this was the first game she has been able to attend this year. She seemed to enjoy the game — the girls all played super as a team, and Jocelyn was in on a lot of the action. We invited Pat over to our place to watch the Super Bowl after the hockey games. That was one of our better ideas. You know Pat — she loves to feed people. She stopped by the grocery store on the way over and brought all kinds of snacks. Veggies and dip, cheese and chips. We ate until we hurt. Do you realize that Lent starts next week? Hard to believe, isn’t it. Ash Wednesday is on the Feb. 17 this year. The youth group will be hosting their spaghetti supper, starting at 5:30 that evening, before Ash Wednesday service. There is a sign-up sheet on the door of the church for items they need for the supper. If you would like to donate something, and forgot to write it down, give Peg Thompson a call and let her know. And, please plan to join us that evening. The kids work hard getting the food ready and making the dining room in the church basement look nice. The food is always good, everyone has a good time visiting before the service, and, I’m sure, Pastor Ahneman’s sermon will be inspiring. Debbie Arnes was one of the many service people who were involved with hauling supplies into and people out

of Haiti after the earthquake. Debbie was working out of Puerto Rico from Jan. 16-30, and said that they were at least twice as busy as they are during a normal two-week tour of duty there. That has to be a very gratifying and exciting way to make a living. Alyse Lehmann celebrated her 21st birthday this past weekend (Feb. 5) with family and friends. I won’t go into a lot of details here, but from what I understand the group made an appearance at quite a few of the Rice Lake establishments. They planned ahead and had a couple of designated drivers with them, which is always a good idea when celebrating a 21st birthday. The grandparents (Don and Anitia and Duane and I) joined them for birthday cake when the party first started, but, because we’re all older than dirt, we left early, got plenty of sleep that night, and felt great the next morning. Anyway, we all wished Alyse a happy birthday, and want her to know that the next 70 or so birthdays probably won’t be quite as exciting. Lucas Arnes celebrated more than a second birthday this year. The little guy turned two years old on Feb. 6, but, even more exciting than that, he became a big brother on Feb. 3. His little brother, Logun Nathaniel arrived three days too early to be a birthday present. Doesn’t matter. Lucas was thrilled anyway. He’ll probably be the world’s best big brother. Randy Lehmann will be celebrating a milestone birthday this year. On Feb. 16, he’ll hit the half-century mark. I asked his mom, Anitia, how he could be getting so old when she is staying so young. She didn’t have a good answer for that. Anyway, we all hope Randy and John have a wonderful time celebrating his birthday in sunny, warm Oregon. We just hope we aren’t subjected to another weather report like the one we got at Christmastime. By the way, Randy is coming home for Easter. I can’t wait to visit with him. And, I will have a chocolate cake made just to guarantee that he stops by. Two more Lehmann family members will be celebrating birthdays soon. Miriah’s is on the 11th, and Suzy’s is on the 18th. Of course, they’re both much younger than Randy. We wish them a very happy birthday. Robin Theese will be celebrating her birthday on the 11th too. If you see her that day, be sure to wish her a happy birthday. Well, the friendly neighborhood moocher did it again. You know that last week his friend, Alvera, hosted a birthday dinner for him. Well, this past weekend Agnes Vanek decided that the poor, malnourished little guy needed more food. So she invited several people, including Terry, to her home and she made five pies! Terry knows that at least three of them were apple, one of his

We’re now into February and it’s only weeks off until spring. Yes, the birds will be coming back to Wisconsin in a couple of months, grass will be greening up along with our hay fields and farmers are getting their spring planting in order for seeds, fertilizer, spray and other things that goes along with crop planting. It will be another spring before long and as farmers plant those tiny seeds they will look to the heavens to harvest a good crop. Happy birthday wishes go out to Brooke Becker on her special day, Feb. 12. Have a wonderful day, Brooke. Happy birthday wishes go out to Jim Marker as he enjoys his special day, Feb. 12. Many more to you, Jim. Happy birthday on Feb. 13 to Billie Aderman as she enjoys her special day. Hope you have a wonderful day, Billie. A very happy anniversary to a very dear special niece and nephew, Connie and Jim Quam on Feb. 14. Have a wonderful day you two. Happy birthday to our Valentine’s Day babies, Levi Meister, Loretta VanSelus, Bonnie Cook and Luanna LaVeau. You all have a great day with many more to come. Hey there A.J. Denotter, I see you have a birthday coming up soon. Yes, A.J. will be celebrating his birthday Feb. 15. Have a wonderful day, A.J. Happy birthday to Rose Johnson on Feb. 15 as she enjoys her birthday with many more to come. A very special happy birthday to my dear favorite aunt, M. Pauline Smith, way down in Texas on Feb. 17. Have a wonderful day dear aunt. Hey there Katie Ann Crosby, a very happy birthday to you on Feb. 17. Have a great day, Katie Ann. Do you all need a cute little story? Well, read on. Two sisters, one blonde and one brunette, inherited the family ranch. Unfortunately, after just a few years they found themselves in financial trouble. In order to keep the bank from repossessing the ranch they needed to purchase a bull so they could breed their own stock. Upon leaving, the brunette tells her sister, “When I get there, if I decides to buy the bull, I’ll contact you to drive out after me and haul it home.” The brunette arrives at the man’s ranch, inspects the bull, and decides to buy it. The rancher tells her that he will sell it for $599, no less. After paying him,

she drives to the nearest town to send her sister a telegram to tell her the news. She walks into the telegraph office and says, “I want to send a telegram to my sister telling her that I’ve bought a bull for our ranch. I need her to hitch the trailer to the truck and drive over here so we can haul it home. The telegram operator explains that he’ll be happy to help her and then adds, “It will cost you 99 cents a word.” Well, after paying for the bull the brunette realizes that she’ll only be able to send her sister one word due to only having a dollar. After a few minutes of thinking she nods and says, “I want you to send her the word comfortable.” The operator shakes his head. “How is she ever going to know that you want her to hitch the trailer to your pickup truck and drive out here to haul the bull back to your ranch if you send her just the word comfortable?” The brunette explains, “My sister’s blonde. The word is big. She’ll read it very slowly … com for-da-bul.” My Sunshine is on the outs as of this day. He was taken to Luther/Midelfort/Mayo Hospital in Eau Claire and was found to have pneumonia so is hospitalized as of this writing. He is back and forth with his eating. Please keep him in your special thoughts and prayers so he gets well to come back to Dewey Country. Thanks. The Clam River Tuesday Club met at Judy Leonard’s this past week with nine or 10 ladies there. The gals enjoyed playing the dice game, exchanged valentine gifts and are thinking of the fundraiser they put on every fall. Sandy Redding tells us she and Bernie have quite a free show in the trees by their house. Yes, they have flying squirrels. Flying squirrels don’t actually fly; they glide. This winter we find we have many more squirrels in our yard. They’re small but do they ever chase and play up and down the trees, jump to a bigger branch and down again. It looks like they’re playing tag and they don’t seem to have a care in the world. What’s really cute to watch is when they jump from branch to branch making the branch shake. They’re holding on for dear life and we’re cheering those little ones on as they teeter-totter back and forth. Hold on tight! Scatter sunshine. Have a great week!

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personal favorites. Her sister-in-law, Mary Dolan, brought two pies, one pumpkin and one butter. Never heard of a butter pie? Neither had I. Come to find out, it’s a recipe from 1930 and it’s kind of like a custard pie. Terry said that it had excellent flavor. Anyway, Terry isn’t saying how many pies he left with, but he did say that he made out like a bandit. He also said that being known as the friendly neighborhood moocher isn’t all bad. He was at the movie “Avatar” on Saturday evening and a lady saw him and, because he is a moocher, she gave him her popcorn. He said that she doesn’t want her name in the paper, but that if you like reading books you probably see her in one of the public buildings in Cumberland a lot. While he was at the movie, he saw a face on the screen that brought back a memory. Seems that a number of years ago, Terry was an extra in the movie “Gettysburg.” He had his camera on the set with him, and was taking a lot of pictures of his own until he ran out of film. He saw a woman there — a very attractive woman, actually — who was taking pictures. She had a camera bag, and he asked if she had any extra film. She didn’t, but volunteered to go and buy some for him. Well, he was one of about 2,000 men dressed in Civil War uniforms, so he figured she’d never find him again — but she did. In about a half hour she walked up to him with the film. He tried to pay her for it, but she wouldn’t take the money. So then he told her that he had been gathering maple sap with a friend in the Blue Hills, and that he would send her some maple syrup instead. She thought that would be nice, and while she was giving him her address her husband walked up. Her husband happens to be the big, mean-looking Marine in Avitar, Steven Lang. Made Terry just a little nervous thinking that maybe this guy thought he was flirting with his wife. Turns out the guy was very friendly, they had a nice chat, and Terry did send them the maple syrup. I bet you didn’t know that Terry was in a movie, did you? I didn’t. And, he said that they asked him to be in “Dances with Wolves,” but he was busy so they had to settle for Kevin Costner. Hmmm. I think I’ll take that with a grain of salt. I guess that’s about all I know from Barronett this week. Hope to see you on Ash Wednesday for supper and the service. See you next time.

Heart Lake by Helen Pederson

It is Monday morning and we were all waiting for a big snowstorm. I hope it is worn out by the time it comes from Washington, D.C. Be sure to watch the Olympics which will probably start with opening exercises Friday night. Happy birthday to Si Wylette who had a birthday on Monday. I think it is his 98th year. Cake and ice cream were served at Glenview. Happy birthday, Si! Birthday greeting to my brother, Abner Odden, who celebrated his 94th birthday on Feb. 8. They had a party in his honor with relatives on Sunday at the Regency in Cumberland. It is good to see relatives. Sue and Larry Winner, Solon Springs, came down on Sunday afternoon to take Helen and Floyd Pederson to Cumberland. After the party we were invited to Jean and Milton Odden’s condo. We hadn’t seen it, and it is a lovely place for them to retire to. I’m sure most of you watched the Super Bowl game on Sunday night. It was interesting, even the commercials. Judy and Myron Bolterman watched the game with Sue and Jim Schmitz on Sunday night. Judy had surgery on Wednesday for a knee problem, so she is on sick leave at the present time. Enjoy it Judy! Mavis and Roger Flach attended granddaughter Hailey Flach’s basketball game and also the kids basketball game where Maddy and Blake played. Aren’t grandkids fun to watch? The Marschalls went to Cameron to watch Brian wrestle. He came in third. Congratulations, Brian. Saturday night, Lillian Ullom was a dinner guest of Norman and Donna Ness. Also there were Larry and Cody Melton and children Mattie, Maisie and Drake, Lillian’s great-great-grandchildren. Birthday greetings go out to Floyd’s brother, Arvid Pederson, at Terraceview Living Center, celebrating his 94th birthday on Feb. 11. Also their sister, Hazel Whitter, in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday, Feb. 13, celebrating her 92nd birthday. Greetings to you, Hazel. Salem Lutheran Church had a souper bowl Sunday. The youth had packaged different kinds of soup, which they were selling. They also had samples that we tasted before we purchased them. Good job to the youth group and leaders. Tulip bulbs were once used as money in Holland and were worth their weight in gold. Feb. 17 is Ash Wednesday. Have a good week.


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Joanie M. Bentley, Webster, retail theft, intentionally take, $103.00, costs. Amanda L. Carlson, Chetek, retail theft, intentionally take, $100.00, probation, sent. withheld. Hans R. Cathers, Shell Lake, failure to support child, $19,998.69, probation, sent. Withheld; failure to support child, $77.00, probation, sent. withheld, twice. Shane A. Chapman, Eveleth, Minn., failure to support child, $18,530.16, probation, sent. withheld; failure to support child, $113.00, probation, sent. withheld. Steven R. Daniels, Trego, obtain/DNR approval while ct. revocation, $88.00, costs, other sentence DNR, revocation/ supervision. David B. Delong, Birchwood, disorderly conduct, $263.50. John R. Duch, Spooner, disorderly conduct, $263.50. Orville E. Easland, Comstock, theft, movable property, $290.00. Christopher J. Ellis, Spooner, disorderly conduct, $100.00, probation, sent. withheld. Jason C. Emblom, Minong, manufacture /deliver THC, $113.00, probation, sent. withheld, license suspended six months. Carl R. Engbertson, Trego, possession of THC, $263.50. Eric A. Falstad, Shell Lake, disorderly conduct, $249.00. Grace V. Gillette, Menasha, disorderly conduct, $263.50. Codi L. Grenier, Spooner, possess drug paraphernalia, $100.00, probation, sent. withheld. Daniel S. Grochowski, Spooner, operating with PAC .08 or more, $904.00, local jail, license revoked 12 months, alcohol assessment. Jason R. Hanson, Spooner, theft, movable property, $13,367.26, state prison, extended supervision; criminal damage to property, $88.00, local jail, costs; bail jumping, $113.00, state prison, extended supervision; burglary, building or dwelling, $363.00, state prison, extended supervision. Willaum V. Haynes, Trego, operating while under the influence, $1,219.00, local jail, license revoked 24 months, other sentence. Jodi M. Holmes, Webster, resisting or obstructing an officer, $263.50, other sentence; disorderly conduct, $100, local jail, costs, other sentence. Tracy J. Janeczko, Minocqua, operating while under the influence, $1,219.00, local jail, license revoked 24 months, other sentence. Nathanial Z. Johnson, Hayward, battery, $107.00, probation, sent. withheld; disorderly conduct, $263.50. Robin Johnson, Shell Lake, bail jumping, $263.50, probation, sent. withheld. Joshua L. Kupsch, Chetek, possession of THC, $249.00. Heather M. Lock, Spooner, disorderly conduct, $263.50. Jennifer E. Melton, Stone Lake, disorderly conduct, $249.00. Debra J. Monnier, Springbrook, theft, $263.50. Andrew J. Otten, Shell Lake, disorderly conduct, $263.50; re-

sisting or obstructing an officer, $263.50. Thomas C. Pagel, So. St. Paul, Minn., possess drug paraphernalia, $263.50. Kenneth L. Pasquale, Birchwood, disorderly conduct, $263.50. Christopher R. Rank, Springbrook, operating while under the influence, $904.00, local jail, license revoked 12 months, other sentence. Calvin D. Riley, Shell Lake, battery, $88.00, probation, sent. withheld; intimidate witness, $88.00, probation, sent. withheld. Brandon L. Schmidt, Spooner, theft, movable property, $100.00, probation, sent. withheld; bail jumping, $80.00, probation, sent. withheld. Brandon L. Schmidt, Shell Lake, battery, $100.00, probation, sent. withheld. Timothy J. Stout, Shell Lake, disorderly conduct, $263.50; resisting or obstructing an officer, $263.50. Tanya C. Thompson, Luck, retail theft, intentionally take, $253.50. Tina R. Vernor, Duluth, Minn., resisting or obstructing an officer, $498.00. Lisa A. Waggoner-Roberts, Minong, operating while under the influence, $1,219.00, local jail, license revoked 27 months, alcohol assessment, other sentence. Terrance J. Wakely, Drummond, operating while under the influence, $1,219.00, license revoked 24 months, other sentence. Caleb J. Wolff, New Richmond, possess drug paraphernalia, $263.50. Terran J. Adams, Hayward, seat belt violation, $10.00. Shasta Andersen-Alberts, Shell Lake, speedometer violations, $169.00. Muriel J. Anderson, Hayward, speeding, $175.30. Taylor J. Anderson, Trego, seat belt violation, $10.00. Linda K. Anderson, Hudson, speeding, $175.30. James M. Anderson, Hayward, drink open intoxicants in motor vehicle, $263.00; operating while revoked, $263.50; failure to notify police of an accident, $263.50. Karen S. Austin, Franklin, Tenn., speeding, $175.30. Douglass Y. Bartley, Grafton, speeding, $200.50; operating without valid license, $200.50. Peter H. Bergstedt, Chisago City, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Charles M. Blair, Spooner, seat belt violation, $10.00. Darren N. Blichfeldt, Trego, speeding, $200.50. Joshua M. Bottolfson, Cable, seat belt violation, $10.00. Lindsay M. Broome, Rice Lake, seat belt violation, $10.00. David A. Brown, Rio, speeding, $200.50. Jeremiah J. Brunner, Lakewood, Colo., speeding, $200.50. Tyler T. Butterfield, Bloomington, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Andrew B. Channing, Hayward, speeding, $175.30. Michael A. Chisnell, Spooner, operating while suspended, $200.50. John N. Christophersen, Elgin, Ill., speeding, $250.90. Rachel A. Coyle, Minneapo-

lis, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Antoine H. Dalbec, Maple, seat belt violation, $10.00; truck following too closely, $208.50. Steven R. Daniels, Trego, hunt/fish/trap after revocation, $731.00, DNR revocation/suspension. Anthony J. Dashiell, Superior, speeding, $250.90. Traci L. Depolis, Spooner, speeding, $250.90. Sean P. Duffy, Ashland, speeding, $175.30. Judith A. Durand, Shell Lake, speeding, $200.00. Scott L. Ellingson, Hudson, speeding, $200.00. Joshua S. Englund, Spooner, operating while revoked, $263.50. Harry C. Fadde, Maple Grove, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Lyle J. Feenstra, Bay City, no tail lamp/defective tail lamp, $148.50. Colleen M. Flint, Mt. Laurel, N.J., speeding, $200.50. Debra M. Fosberg, Minong, seat belt violation, $10.00. Timothy E. Frederick, Fall Creek, operate unregistered snowmobile, $199.00. Cindi L. Friebohle, Winona, Minn., operating while under the influence, $754.50, license revoked 7 months, alcohol assessment. Lisa M. Gabriel, Shell Lake, operating with PAC >.08<.10, $250.00, license revoked 6 months, alcohol assessment. Mark W. Gelbmann, North Branch, Minn., cut and harvest vegetation from county forest without permit, $103.00, costs. Nancy C. Gorton, Spooner, speeding, $175.30. Staci R. Guerrero, Riverside, Calif., interstate record of duty status, $263.50. Theresa C. Guy, Duluth, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Steven J. Hancock, Stillwater, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Randy L. Hanson, Spooner, seat belt violation, $10.00. Kevin J. Hapner, La Crosse, operating while suspended, $200.50. Larry S. Harder, Spooner, seat belt violation, $10.00. Alexis A. Hartman, Sarona, failure to notify police of accident, $263.50. Willaum V. Haynes, Trego, operating while under the influence, $667.00, license revoked 6 months, alcohol assessment. Anthony R. Hays, Rice Lake, operating while suspended, $200.50. Raleigh F. Hedrington, New Auburn, speeding, $200.50. Caitlin M. Helgesen, Green Bay, speeding, $200.50. Linda J. Hershey, Stone Lake, speeding, $175.30. Alan D. Hess, Hopkins, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Steve P. Hestad, Rice Lake, speeding, $175.30. HKL Trucking LLC, Springbrook, nonregistration of vehicle >10,000 pounds, $263.50. Cynthia M. HochstetlerHanna, Shell Lake, seat belt violation, $10.00. Heidi M. Honigmann, Hayward, speeding, $200.50. Hannah M. Horman, Hayward, speeding, $175.30. Desiree S. Jasper, Birchwood, nonregistration of auto, $175.30. Nichole J. Jensen, Spooner, nonregistration of auto, $105.00,

costs. Ralph M. Johnson, Rock Hill, S.C., speeding, $200.50. Timothy A. Jung, Sarona, reckless driving, $389.50, other sentence. Jessica L. Kannegiesser, Hayward, seat belt violation, $10.00. Justus A. Keenan, Hayward, operate after rev./susp. of registration, $175.30. Derek B. Knutson, Hayward, nonregistration of vehicle <10,000 pounds, $175.30. Donn W. Kubnick, Springbrook, drink open intoxicants in motor vehicle, $200.00. Lon P. La Bumbard, Spooner, seat belt violation, $10.00. Michael A. Lao, Eau Claire, speeding, $200.50. Deborah L. Latuff, Barronett, seat belt violation, $10.00. Kelli L. Lester, Amery, speeding, $200.50. Lloyd E. Lightner, Birchwood, nonregistration of auto, $175.30. Ira L. Lloyd, Shell Lake, place/transport loaded firearm/vehicle, $258.10; discharge firearm from across highway, $217.70. Bill E. Lockhart, Boyceville, speeding, $200.50. Megan R. Loesch, Sarona, speeding, $175.30. Herbert L. Love, Springbrook, operate vehicle excess weight without permit, $208.50. Mark J. McClure, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Edward C. Meister, Spooner, seat belt violation, $10.00. Helen M. Melville, Chippewa Falls, speeding, $175.00. Shawn G. Monson, Clear Lake, speeding, $175.30. Kenneth J. Morris, Rice Lake, speeding, $175.30. Mark J. Neta, Spooner, disorderly conduct, $389.50.

Aaron D. Nickels, Spooner, seat belt violation, $10.00; operating while suspended, $200.50. Stephen D. Ogren, Stillwater, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Christopher J. Olson, Ramsey, Minn., speeding, $200.50. John H. Page, Park Falls, speeding, $175.30. Lauran A. Parkos, Stone Lake, speeding, $250.90. Debbie L. Pavlichek, River Falls, speeding, $200.50. Cherie L. Powers, Trego, allow dogs to bark annoying neighbors, $202.00, costs. Kathleen M. Ramirez, Milwaukee, speeding, $175.30. Amy M. Rients, Eagan, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Jeremiah S. Ries, Hudson, speeding, $200.50. Clinton J. Rooney, Golden Valley, Minn., operate without valid license, $200.50; speeding, $175.30. Chelsey P. Roth, Eau Claire, speeding, $186.00. Tina C. Salley, Minong, seat belt violation, $10.00. William J. Scalzo, Trego, speeding, $211.20. Bruce W. Severance, Trego, operate vehicle over 900 pounds on Wild River Trail, $200.50. Clinton D. Shell, Spooner, seat belt violation, $10.00. Shelly L. Simpson, Hayward, seat belt violation, $10.00. Ben A. Sivula, Pence, speeding, $173.50. Jackson S. Smith, Mosinee, speedometer violations, $175.30. David R. Spears, Trego, speeding, $200.50. Benjamin J. Sprenger, Sarona, fish >3 hooks/lines/baits, $182.70; operate ATV in area designated closed, $186.00. Andy J. Stoeckel, Rice Lake, transport raw forest products, $582.46. Dustin T. Striebel, Madison, speeding, $200.50.

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Daniel G. Thomas, Wilson, seat belt violation, $10.00; speeding, $175.30. Leif R. Torgerson, Blair, reckless driving, $375.00. Shayne T. Trudelle, Shell Lake, reckless driving, $389.50; hit and run property adjacent to highway, $263.50. Elizabeth M. Turba Miller, Brooklyn Park, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Edward C. Vass, Minneapolis, Minn., ATV careless operation, $200.50. Gerhard P. Wehr, Blaine, Minn., operating while under the influence, $691.50, license revoked 6 months, alcohol assessment. Fritz A. Weiler, Milwaukee, possess fish 75 percent or more over bag limit, $544.50; DNR revocation/suspension; possess fish 51 percent to 75 percent over bag limit, $444.00, DNR revocation/suspension. Joseph F. Westphal, Red Wing, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Jason M. Wickware, Sarona, seat belt violation, $10.00. Gerald D. Wilcox, Minong, seat belt violation, $10.00. David L. Witzke, Chicago, Ill., speeding, $200.00. Zachary J. Yeazle, Spooner, seat belt violation, $10.00. Sean J. Zeien, Springbrook, seat belt violation, $10.00. Ashley A. Zellmer, Spooner, operating while suspended, $200.50; operate after rev./susp. of registration, $175.30. Jasmine S. Zenisek, Sarona, speeding, $175.30. Tamra F. Ziemer, Spooner, reckless driving, $375.00. Paul L. Zilly, Spooner, seat belt violation, $10.00. Christopher G. Zimmerman, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $150.30.

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(Feb. 10) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY Capital One Bank (U.S.A.), N.A. c/o Messerli & Kramer P.A. 3033 Campus Drive, Suite 250 Plymouth, MN 55441 Plaintiff, vs. Cody R. Swan 300 Oseewee Plaisance Spooner, WI 54801 Defendant. Case No. 10SC15 Publication Summons TO THE PERSON(S) NAMED ABOVE AS DEFENDANT(S): You are being sued by the person(s) named above as Plaintiff(s). A copy of the claim has been sent to you at your address as stated in the caption above. The lawsuit will be heard in the following Small Claims Court: Washburn County Circuit Court, Washburn County Courthouse, P.O. Box 339, Shell Lake State: WI Zip; 54871, on the following date and time: February 16, 2010, 1:30 p.m. If you do not attend the hearing, the court may enter a judgment against you in favor of the person(s) suing you. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. You may have the option to answer without appearing in court on the court date by filing a written Answer with the clerk of court before the court date. You must send a copy of your answer to the Plaintiff(s) named above at their address. You may contact the clerk of court at the telephone number above to determine if there are other methods to answer a Small Claims complaint in that county. If you need help in this matter because of a disability, please call: 715-468-4677. Messerli & Kramer, P.A. Jillian N. Walker Attorney, #1066378 763-548-7900 Dated: January 2, 2010

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(Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar. 3, 10) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY OneWest Bank, FSB Plaintiff, vs. JULIE K. THOMPSON, et al. Defendants. Case Number: 09 CV 71 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on September 9, 2009, in the amount of $214,062.53, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: March 24, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: North Entrance of Washburn County Courthouse 10 4th Ave., Shell Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lot 3 of Certified Survey Map No. 2206, recorded on June 24, 1996, in Volume 9 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 146, as Document No. 245937, being a part of the Northeast 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4 of Section 35, Township 39 North, Range 13 West, in the Town of Evergreen, Washburn County, Wis. Subject to an easement for roadway purposes over the East 66 feet of said parcel and subject to a 15 foot Private Access Easement as shown on Certified Survey Map No. 2206. ALSO DESCRIBED AS: Part of the Northeast 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4, Section 35, Township 39 North, Range 13 West, Washburn County, Wisconsin, described as Lot 3 on Volume 9 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 146, as Survey Number 2206 and Document No. 245937. PROPERTY ADDRESS: W7715 Highway 70, Spooner, WI 54801. TAX KEY NO.: 65-020-2-39-1335-4-1-0060. Dated this 25th day of February, 2010. /s/Terry Dryden Sheriff of Washburn County Chaz M. Rodriguez State Bar #1063071 Attorney for Plaintiff 13700 W. Greenfield Avenue Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for this purpose. (185483)

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(Jan. 27, Feb. 3, 10) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY BANK MUTUAL 4949 W. Brown Deer Road P.O. Box 245034 Milwaukee, WI 53224-9534 Plaintiff -vsGARY L. BENSON and KATHRYN A. BENSON W11496 620th Ave. Prescott, WI 54021 Mortgagor Defendants HIWAY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION 111 Empire Dr. St. Paul, MN 55103 UNKNOWN TENANTS N11242 Burian Place Rd. Trego, WI 54888 Defendants AMENDED SUMMONS FOR PUBLICATION Case No.: 09CV-276 Code 30404 THE STATE OF WISCONSIN To Defendants Gary L. Benson and Kathryn A. Benson YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that the plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. Within forty (40) days after January 27, 2010, you must respond with a written demand for a copy of the Complaint. The demand must be sent or delivered to the court, whose address is Clerk of Courts, Ten Fourth Ave., Shell Lake, WI 54871 and to plaintiff’s attorneys whose address is 345 S. Jefferson St., Green Bay, WI 54301-4522. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not demand a copy of the Complaint within forty (40) days, the court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. We are attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. HANAWAY ROSS, S.C. By: /s/ Daniel J. Duke Bar No. 1020745 Attorney for Plaintff POST OFFICE ADDRESS: 345 S. Jefferson Street Green Bay, WI 54301-4522 920-432-3381

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(Feb. 10, 17, 24) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF Frances A. Sandridge Notice to Interested Persons and Time Limit for Filing Claims (Informal Administration) Case No. 10PR05 An application has been filed for informal administration of the estate of the decedent, whose date of birth was Feb. 27, 1920, and date of death was Jan. 26, 2010. The decedent died domiciled in Washburn County, State of Wisconsin, with a post office address of: N1440 Long Lake Ave., Sarona, WI 54870. Please take notice that: 1. The application will be heard at Washburn County Courthouse, Shell Lake, Wisconsin, before Marilynn E. Benson, Probate Registrar, on March 1, 2010, at 9 a.m. or when scheduled thereafter. You need not appear unless you object. The application may be granted if no objection is made. 2. Creditors’ claims must be filed with the probate registrar on or before May 28, 2010. 3. Publication of this notice shall constitute notice to any persons whose names or addresses are unknown. Marilynn E. Benson Probate Registrar Feb. 3, 2010 Robert Sands Personal Representative 3169 Hickory Ridge Rd. Madison, WI 53719

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Center by May 1. If you would like to be considered for one of these scholarships, applications are available at Indianhead Medical Center, 113 4th Ave., Shell Lake, WI 54871, 715-468-7833; or Stone Lake Medical Center, 16887 2nd St., S., Stone Lake, WI 54876, 715-865-6510. —from IMC

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SHELL LAKE — For the 12th year, General Kissinger and his sons are awarding four $500 scholarships to area students of the medical profession. Repeat applications will be accepted. The scholarships, in honor of General’s wife, Marilyn Kissinger, will be awarded in June. Applications should be returned to the Indianhead Medical

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Academic news

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Jessica Smuda, Spooner, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2009 semester at Concordia University, St. Paul. Smuda is a senior majoring in 5-12 comm. arts/lit. licensure. Students with a gradepoint average of 3.5 or higher are recognized for superior academic performance by being named to the dean’s list. — from Concordia University •••

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Laker Times Second-graders visit Shell Lake Family Dental

If only brushing your teeth were this easy. Seth Symond, Jordan Aronson and Tayla Lundberg learn and practice the correct way to brush their teeth.

LEFT - Elizabeth Fogelberg is too cool to be scared as she sits in the dentist chair. Dr. Dunbar wants children to come away with a good experience when visiting a dentist.

RIGHT - Camryn Nasman has a great smile even while she has the fluoride cup in her mouth. She and the other second-graders learned dental hygiene during their visit to Shell Lake Family Dental. February is National Children’s Dental Health Care Month. Each year Dr. Dunbar and his staff have Shell Lake secondgraders visit their facility. — Photos by Larry Samson

Knowledge Bowl winners

Poster contest winners

The Spooner/Shell Lake area Knights of Columbus held the first round of the Knowledge Bowl. Noah Skluzacek won the seventh-grade math division and Lynsey Hagen won the eighth-grade spelling division. They will advance to the second round to be held in Ladysmith on March 5.

The winners of the National Educators Association Poster Contest, from first to sixth place, were Arianna Schreiber, Katie Crosby, Bailee Hanson, Ashlea Meister, Adrianna Smith and Austin Schultz. The contest is open to all fourth-graders. The theme this year was The Land Holds All the Stories. The first three places advance to the next level. — Photos by Larry Samson

Spelling Bee winners

The Shell Lake Junior High held its annual spelling bee. There was a threeway tie for the eighth-graders. Curtis Parker, David Brereton and Sam Livingston will compete in a runoff later in the month to determine who will advance to the next level. Seth Olson will be representing the seventh-graders. His sister Emily has been the only student from Shell Lake to advanced to the national level.

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School menu

Breakfast Monday, Feb. 15: No school. Tuesday, Feb. 16: Juice, cereal, toast. Wednesday, Feb. 17: Fruit, sausage link, French toast stick. Thursday, Feb. 18: Juice, breakfast pizza. Friday, Feb. 19: Fruit, yogurt, toast. Lunch Monday, Feb. 15: No school. Tuesday, Feb. 16: Chicken wrap, lettuce, cheese, green beans, peach slices. Laker: BBQ rib.

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Wednesday, Feb. 17: Mozzarella dippers, fresh veggies, dip, pineapple tidbits. Laker: Cheddarwurst. Thursday, Feb. 18: Hamburger on bun, cheese slice, fries, mixed vegetables, pickles, pear slices. Laker: Egg roll. Friday, Feb. 19: Tuna salad sandwich or Smucker’s peanut butter and jelly, corn, applesauce. Laker: Chef salad. Salad bar available at 3-12 building each day. Breakfast served each day for K-12 students. Bread and milk served with each meal. Laker sandwiches available to grades 7-12 only.

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Job skills create opportunities for NorthernBridges disabled members SPOONER - Soft-spoken and shy, you might not recognize them as successful entrepreneurs. They are like most young adults trying to decide what path their lives will take. Unlike most young adults, they have developmental disabilities in a world that limits their options. Ben, Jamie, Jennifer and Melissa are members of NorthernBridges, an organization all about helping their members live the best life possible. NorthernBridges is a publicly funded company contracted by the state of Wisconsin to deliver Family Care, a long-term care program for the frail elderly and physically and developmentally disabled adults in Northwest Wisconsin. Nearly half of NorthernBridges members have developmental disabilities. “Social interaction may be very limited for those with disabilities,” said Carla Musil, a NorthernBridges social services care manager. “It’s a common theme after they graduate. They are bored, missing their friends from school and sitting idle every day.” Very often, such isolation can lead to depression, which can cause some very real health issues. “NorthernBridges does what we call member-centered plans where the member is the center of a team that includes a care manager, a nurse and anyone else the member chooses to be on their team,” explained Musil. “Together, as a team, we help make decisions about their individual outcomes. We listen to them and then find the services and supports that best meet these goals. In the

These friends and business partners host social get-togethers for those with disabilities. Pictured (L to R) are: James “Jamie” Correll, Jennifer Sanders, Ben Anderson and Melissa Dollaway. - Special photo

case of these members, who are very high functioning young adults, one of the things we needed to do was find something for them to do to add value to their lives.” This group of members had a similar outcome of wanting to learn job skills in areas that they chose. They had graduated high school and were ready to be active participants in their communities. Musil and Roberts-Seboe, another NorthernBridges care manager who

works with the group, brainstormed options. They then connected their members to Ventures Unlimited, an organization that supports those with disabilities in the areas of, among other things, developing skills for employment. They also teach the daily living skills it takes to keep a job such as how to use public transportation. “The group decided for themselves on the kind of things they wanted to do, said Musil.”

They decided to develop a business patterned after those in Menomonie and Eau Claire that offer social events to the disabled community, as well as the general public. “There really aren’t that many opportunities for those with disabilities to get together socially, said Musil. The first party proved it with a crowd of over 100. “They are learning what works and what doesn’t,” said Seboe-Roberts. “What to charge to make a profit, how to plan on the food and purchase it, tracking costs and doing marketing flyers.” Ventures staff members Mike Grilley and Missy Paulson meet every week with the group to help plan the next event as well as to develop skills to write a resume or how to interview for employment. They are also exploring other business ideas such as making and selling rugs. The hope is that for members who have the capability and desire to hold a job, NorthernBridges will help to meet that need. “We help make the connections to community support and grants available to give our members some of the same opportunities as others have,” said Musil. For more information on NorthernBridges, go to - with submitted information

Editor’s note: NorthernBridges has hubs in Spooner, Rice Lake, Ashland, Superior, Centuria, Ladysmith, Hayward, Park Falls with headquarters in Hayward.

Third-annual Souper Bowl of Caring

Thursday night’s Souper Bowl of Caring had many local merchants donate baskets for the Chinese raffle.

The third-annual Souper Bowl of Caring fundraiser and chili feed was held at Spooner High School Thursday, Feb. 4, raising around $1,000. Spooner’s Americorps/VISTA program and the Lakeland Family Resource Center worked on the event, which was held the week before the actual Super Bowl game, and served 130 people. In the past, the Souper Bowl has been held on a Saturday, at a church or the elementary school, but this year it was held during a basketball game versus Hayward, so visitors could enjoy the event, as well. The proceeds will go toward the school garden, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, the Washburn County Food Pantry and LFRC. – Photos by Regan Kohler

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