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Wednesday, February 20, 2013 Vol. 124, No. 27 • Shell Lake, Wis.

Weekend watch

• Second-annual Thrifty Fashion Show • Gun deer hunting opener

See Events page 8

A watchful eye


Ski Out Cancer races held in Shell Lake See page 2

A day on the hill See page 19

Patti Haskins is cooking again! See page 8

Point-In-Time count finds homeless in Washburn County


Basketball and wrestling

Ten of them under the age of 18

See pages 9-11


It was a February day that found Julianna Nelson as she daydreamed about a hot summer day filled with the sounds of children playing on the beach. A day filled with fun and no school. While it has been a cold February, the 15-day outlook shows normal average temps and above normal precipitation. The average temperature at this time of the year is 28 degrees for a high and 6 degrees for a low. — Photo by Larry Samson

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WASHBURN COUNTY — Highway commissioner reminds residents on snow removal. With winter upon us, the Washburn County Highway Department has received many reports of snowplowing across various roads and highways in the county. Washburn County Highway Commissioner Jon Johnson would like to remind people that according to statute 86.01, it is illegal to place material, such as snow, in the travel way of any road or highway. This activity may also cause an accident to happen. Please consider this as you remove the snow from your driveway this winter. Also, give plenty of room to the plows out on the roads. Pass plows with extreme caution and never drive into a snowplow’s cloud. Remember, in bad weather, if you’re out there, so is your county highway department. — from WCHD

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by Sherill Summer Special to the Register SPOONER - Counties across Wisconsin attempted to count the homeless last month. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires states to attempt to count the homeless twice a year in a Point-In-Time count, and the amount of homeless counted helps determine the amount of aide a county receives to pay for food shelves and shelter. Only individuals who are found in hunting shacks, ice shacks, campers, hotel rooms, outdoors, homeless shelters or the like can be counted. Those who are staying with family or friends are not considered homeless for this count. In Washburn County, the Point-In-Time count found 16 individuals homeless, including 10

under the age of 18. Most of the homeless were housed in motels. In the six-county area covered by Indianhead Community Action Agency, there were 39 individuals staying in motels, including 15 under the age of 18, and there were 27 individuals staying in shelters, including eight children under the age of 18 for a total of 66 individuals. The six counties covered by Indianhead are Burnett, Washburn, Clark, Rusk, Sawyer and Taylor. Crystal Meier, of Connections in Webster, coordinated the count in Burnett County. To curb multiple counting of the same individual, Wisconsin requires that the homeless fill out a survey to be counted. She said the inability to save money for the damage deposit needed to rent an apartment was a contributing factor described by multiple homeless individuals in the survey. In Washburn County, a big percentage of individuals counted listed job loss as the main factor to their homelessness.

CWD: Not out of the woods yet

Monitoring of deer from within the area will likely continue, but perhaps not as intensively. Dave Zeug reports Page 3

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Ski Out Cancer cross-county ski race held in Shell Lake

Braving the cold wind, David Swan mans the starting line for the Spooner Health System 2K youth race. Shown (L to R): Julia Lyga, Sabian Ripplinger and Morgan Wendel.

Photos by Larry Samson

Seven-year-old Byron Ripplinger ducks as he skis through the loop in the McDonald’s 200M obstacle race.

Greg Lyga puts on the speed as he nears the finish line of the 10K race. It was a good day at the Red Barn ski trails for him and his family.

Daniel Pederson of Spooner places first in the 10K race held at Red Barn Campground on Sunday, Feb. 17. He placed 14th in freestyle at the 2013 High School Nordic Ski Championship on Sunday, Feb. 10, at Rhinelander.

Scott Pederson of Spooner is shown at the start of the Elite 5K on Sunday, Feb. 17, at Red Barn. Recently he finished sixth in the freestyle race at the High School Nordic Ski Championship in Rhinelander.

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After Newtown, UW-Superior holds “active shooter” drills

by Joe Gigliotti Wisconsin Public Radio SUPERIOR - Students and staff at UW-Superior were put to the test last week with “active shooter response drills” in each of its buildings. “(Ding ding) I would like your attention please. We are about to conduct of the emergency response plan.” That’s UWS Public Safety Director Gary Gulbrandson alerting people in Wessman Arena Friday, Feb. 15, that it was their turn in the school’s series of active shooter response drills. He says the Newtown, Conn., tragedy played a big part in doing these drills. “The tragic events of Sandy Hook drove home the fact that, technically, nobody’s safe anywhere.” He says the drill-response protocol is simple. “Follow the recommendations — RUN. If you can’t run, hide. If you can’t hide, you’re going to have to consider possibly fighting.” The reactions to the drills have been mostly positive. “We’ve had a lot of people who thanked us for putting these drills on.” But facilities director Tom Fennessy says there are concerns, too! “We need to change out some room locks so we can lock them quicker. We need to look at exit doors, lights; how do you shut some of these lights off that have occupancy sensors?” And students need to know what to do. Many didn’t. Senior Jessica Schubring says her Swenson Hall drill was startling and confusing. “It was pretty terrifying. I didn’t know where to go, then finally the lady in the office over here said ‘C’mon over, quick, quick, quick, quick.’ We were told to be quiet, and we covered up the windows and anything else a shooter could come in and see.” The school will hold an open discussion on the drill later this month.

Walker and passenger rail advocates not on same track

by Chuck Quirmbach Wisconsin Public Radio MADISON - Gov. Walker’s budget proposal for railroads is sparking more disagreements with passenger rail advocates. The governor says he wants to dedicate $60 million for the state’s freight railroad preservation program. Walker says freight rail is hauling more frac sand from Wisconsin to controversial hydrofracking oil and gas drilling projects elsewhere. “It allows them to take the frac sand from mines on the roads to the spur and then get it off to wherever they need it, whether that’s in the Dakotas, Texas, or eventually hopefully places like Pennsylvania and Ohio, where they have shale deposits as well.” Walker says he’s not changing state funding for passenger rail, including Wisconsin’s share of the Amtrak Hiawatha Line between Milwaukee and Chicago. The Hiawatha Line had record ridership last year of more than 830,000. Walker says Wisconsin is still trying to join with other states to improve Hiawatha. But the lack of new Wisconsin money for passenger rail disappoints Ron Wolfe of the Madison group Pro-Rail. Wolf says, look at the rising price of gasoline. “So it gets more and more expensive for people to travel by car, and we’d like to see the option of rail.” Wolfe says the state ought to help Amtrak with another Empire Builder run between Milwaukee and La Crosse, settle a lawsuit and get the Talgo-built train cars onto the Hiawatha Line, and even reconsider the Madison-Milwaukee high-speed-rail project axed by Walker.

Gov. Walker’s budget proposal for railroads is sparking more disagreements with passenger rail advocates. - Photo by Ron Zack



Not out of the woods yet on CWD

eer aren’t supposed to be spending the day in a woodshed. I think we all know that, so when one bolted out of mine last week, I was surprised. I figured it was a fluke; the deer was only trying to find some shelter close to the bird feeder during a January cold snap. It seems the blue jays and squirrels think it’s their job to distribute the elevated sunflower seeds to the less acrobatic members of the animal kingdom. I didn’t give it any more thought than that. When the same thing happened the next day, I got concerned. The deer bounded off a few yards and stopped, giving me a good look at it. And what I saw wasn’t pretty. With hip bones and ribs showing through a ragged winter hide and a backbone that looked like a silhouette of the Rocky Mountains, it was clear this was an unhealthy deer. This is always a concern to our kind, especially when you live close to where a CWD-infected deer was found like I do. A phone call to the DNR describing what I saw got a quick response. “Don’t let that deer get away,” said Dave Zebro, DNR’s Northern Regional warden. After another call to city hall and the police department, I went to the gun locker. Then I did what needed to be done quickly and safely. We were lucky on this deer. An old injury or deformity to its lower jaw impacted its ability to feed and with the subzero temperatures, it simply couldn’t survive. Nature can be a cruel taskmaster during a cold Wisconsin winter, but at least CWD wasn’t the catalyst this time. Residents of northwestern Wisconsin can afford a sigh of relief now that the testing of 1,000 deer from a 10-mile circle where the infected deer was found resulted in no additional positive results. But this doesn’t mean we’re home free. The 3-year-old doe that tested positive had ample time to shed prions onto the landscape before succumbing to the disease and other infected deer may be on the landscape. At a recent meeting with the innovative Northern CWD Citizen Advisory Team, Mike Zeckmeister, Northern Regional wildlife biologist and Mark Rasmussen, CWD biologist, discussed the results of the recent testing with CAT members. “Finding no more CWD-positive deer from our large sample size is a very good thing. This strongly suggests that we found the disease early and it’s not widespread,” said Zeckmeister. “With a very low prevalence rate, even our extensive sampling could have missed another infected deer, but the lack of additional positives is a good sign. Up here we have a spark and we have the best chance of putting that spark out.” Zeckmeister was also grateful for the public support of the fall’s testing. “We owe the success of our sampling effort to hunters, landowners and concerned citizens. Without their cooperation and interest we would have little information. We look forward to this cooperation continuing,” said Zeckmeister. Zebro also complimented hunters and recreational deer feeders in the Barron, Polk, Washburn and Burnett county area where the legislatively mandated baiting and feeding ban was in effect. “There was excellent compliance with the ban, although a few citations were issued in each county,” said Zebro, adding, “the conviction rates for these violations are very high, which shows people got the message.” CAT member Barry Nielsen responded, saying “I saw more deer roaming around this fall and winter than I have in years and the ones I’ve seen are spending time actually browsing, not swapping spit at feed or baiting locations. They also seem to be moving more at all times of the day rather than only at night. I hope the baiting and feeding ban stays in place.” Unfortunately, the lack of CWD-positive deer found in the northwest isn’t indicative of what’s going on in southern Wisconsin. There the disease is spreading in density and area. In one township in Iowa County, six miles west of the core CWD area, the prevalence rate among the population was 4 percent in 2007. In 2012 this figure jumped to 24 percent of the deer. This area has the highest deer densities of all areas where helicopter surveys have been done. Actual deer seen from the helicopter were at the rate of 80 deer per square mile. Richland County saw similar prevalence rates. In 2007, less than 1 percent of the deer were infected and that rose to 8 percent in 2012. Sauk County, where deer densities hit 50 deer per square mile, saw a jump from less than 1 percent in 2007 to 5 percent in 2012. In places where the disease is well established, surveys have found a 1 of 5 infection rate in adult bucks, which are most susceptible to the disease. Interestingly, in Sauk County’s Devils Lake State Park, after an aggressive shooting program the infection rate was considerably lower than in surrounding

An obviously unhealthy deer is always a concern, especially when you live close to where a CWD-infected deer was found. This deer was killed safely and quickly. - Photo by Dave Zeug

areas where not as many deer were shot. “These prevalence rates show what happens when the disease is left alone to fester without any active management. We didn’t catch the disease early enough (in southern Wisconsin) and when we did find it, we attempted to reduce insanely high populations and eliminate baiting and feeding, but many would argue it was too late. Up here, our extensive sampling in 2012 pretty well proves, but there’s no guarantee, that CWD is not widespread and we caught it early,” said Zeckmeister. Deer populations in Northwest Wisconsin aren’t nearly as high as they are in parts of the southern CWD zone. This is good news for those concerned with the spreading of the disease in the north, but not a good sign for the southern zone, where the disease is spreading in intensity and area. Of the last eight reports of sick deer in the southern zone, unlike the deer in my woodshed, all eight of these animals tested positive for CWD. Locally, the DNR plans to continue their monitoring efforts through the winter. So far, 61 deer have been tested from within the two-mile circle of where the infected deer was found. Permits for landowners interested in taking a deer from this circle are available also, since more samples from this core area are needed. The city of Shell Lake partially falls within this two-mile circle. In an effort to cooperate with the testing, the city is allowing 10 adult deer to be shot from select areas within the city limits by a group of hunters familiar with the area. So far only three deer have been taken. The DNR also will be conducting an aerial index of the two-mile area to determine the abundance and concentrations of deer. Future plans haven’t been determined yet, but will be discussed by the DNR and Citizen Advisory Team. What was clear is that there will be continued monitoring of deer from within the area, but perhaps not as intensively in the 10mile circle. “We would like to test every adult deer from the two-mile circle or a bit further out though,” said Rasmussen. – reprinted with permission from Wisconsin Outdoor News

Guest columnist • Dave Zeug



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Investment in the existing workforce system means maximum return

As board members of the Wisconsin Workforce Development Association, which represent Wisconsin’s 11 regional Workforce Development Boards, we welcome the recent announcement by Gov. Walker that the state will begin investing state funding in workforce development. For years, the workforce boards, like the Northwest Workforce Investment Board Inc., have been on the front lines in local communities helping employers find skilled, qualified employees and job seekers get the training they need to find jobs. The NWWIB is made up of business people, elected officials, educators, labor professionals and community leaders. The majority of each workforce board must be comprised of local employers. This on-the-ground, grassroots membership makes workforce boards among the most nimble and responsive organizations to the needs of local employers and job seekers in the state. At the heart of the Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board’s priorities is a commitment to collaboration, efficiency and accountability. Collaborative partners are essential to accomplishing our mission of helping job seekers enter, remain and advance in the workforce while strengthening the region’s business climate and supporting economic development priorities A major challenge our workforce faces is ensuring that workers that are already employed can access training throughout their careers that will keep them, and their employers, competitive. Workforce boards

currently administer millions of dollars in federal job funding for employers and job seekers. However, federal rules limit our ability to provide training to workers if their income is above a certain level. Workforce boards currently have the expertise and capacity to train thousands of workers in promising small businesses that would like to upgrade their workers skills, but need a little extra help to do so. Providing workforce boards with state funding will allow us to work with these employees to build their skills and ability for advancement in the workplace. This, in turn, allows employers to expand their businesses and, therefore, Wisconsin’s economy. The regional Workforce Development Boards are positioned to implement the governor’s new initiatives in a manner that will address the governor’s statewide priorities while assuring attention to local and regional conditions. Workforce Development Boards were created through federal legislation specifically to identify area employment needs, develop plans to address those needs and oversee the acquisition and deployment of resources to address those needs. It would only be prudent to fully utilize these organizations to implement these new initiatives. It is our hope that we can work with Walker and the Legislature to utilize the local workforce boards to not only help job seekers find jobs, but to also use our proven expertise to train existing workers and help

After the hard work of putting the State of the Union speech together, President Barack Obama needs another break from his tiring schedule and so has decided to head down to Palm Springs, Fla., to take a few golf lessons from Tiger Wood’s trainer. I guess the rest from the Hawaiian vacation in January has worn off and more relaxation is needed. His armored car and his large entourage will all be flown down there at the cost of millions to taxpayers. I guess Michelle and family would rather go skiing in Aspen so they are taking her jet there. The size of the U.S. deficit and the $16 trillion debt apparently were not a consideration in making the vacation plans. With many Americans out of work and struggling to pay normal living expenses, you’d think the president would be a little more discreet in his use of perks. This sort of reminds me of the CEO who gives himself a large bonus or accepts such a bonus from a slavish board even as he is cutting his employees pay or laying

them off as his company struggles financially. Every dollar that is added to the national debt becomes the obligation of future taxpayers, many of whom are not yet born. Our Founding Fathers felt that each generation should pay for its own debts and not pass them on to future generations. Such passing of the buck, to our founders thinking, was immoral, a type of stealing. I think they were correct in this conviction. I am astonished that our president and many members of Congress, most of whom are liberals, haven’t made efforts to stop this thievery. They talk like they are going to do something about it but then take no action. We as citizens should take action and boot out of office those who show so little regard for the lives of future generations.

Leaders of the Wisconsin Legislature are opposed to a tonnage tax on iron ore. Real mining states, Minnesota and Michigan, have a tonnage tax. The no-new-taxes guy, Grover Norquist of California, has sent some members of our Legislature a letter claiming a tonnage tax would be contrary to the Norquist oath many of them have taken. I am tired of out-of-state money and out-of-state

oaths running Wisconsin. Norquist should not be allowed to help give away Wisconsin’s mineral wealth to a mining company which isn’t willing to pay a fair tonnage tax on iron ore. Tell Gov. Walker to stop this.

State of U.S. economy apparently not a factor in making the Obamas’ vacation plans

James Lewis Shell Lake

Out-of-state opinions shouldn’t be part of the decision making

Ed Fischer Spooner

WASHBURN COUNTY GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP Six-Week Group • March 1 - April 5 Fridays 9:30-11 a.m. At Spooner Health System

No charge. Must preregister. Open to adults grieving the death of a loved one. Sponsored by Spooner Health System and Regional Hospice and area churches. To preregister, call Regional Hospice at 715-635-9077 and ask to speak to the Grief Group Facilitator


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Six-Week Group • March 4 - April 8 Mondays 10-11:30 a.m. At Burnett Medical Center

No charge. Must preregister. Open to adults grieving the death of a loved one. Sponsored by Burnett Medical Center and Regional Hospice. To preregister, call Regional Hospice at 715-635-9077 and ask to speak to the Grief Group Facilitator


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businesses expand. Workforce boards are comprised of your local employers, your educators, your elected representatives and your neighbors. Directly utilizing the workforce boards ensures that decisions are made where they count the most, at the local level. This infusion of workforce funds is a great start, and we hope we can continue to build on this much-needed investment. LeRoy Forslund, chair, NWWIB Superior

Mari Kay-Nabozny, CEO, NWWIB Ashland

Area news

HAYWARD — On Tuesday, Feb. 5, officers from the city of Hayward Police Department, assisted the sheriff’s departments from Bayfield, Washburn and Douglas in apprehending three suspects involved in armed robberies in the aforementioned counties. A female subject was arrested on Illinois Avenue and two male subjects were taken into custody from separate residences on Havenwood Lane. The Hayward Police Department requested and received the assistance of the Sawyer County SWAT Team in entering and removing one of the male subjects from the residence. In addition, two other individuals of interest, one male and one female, were located and brought in for questioning by the police department. — from the city of Hayward Police Department ••• SIREN— Counties across Wisconsin attempted to count the homeless last month. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires states to attempt to count the homeless twice a year in a Point-InTime count, and the amount of homeless counted helps determine the amount of aide a county receives to pay for food shelves and shelter nights. Only individuals who are found in hunting shacks, ice shacks, campers, hotel rooms, outdoors, homeless shelters or the like can be counted. Those who are staying with family or friends are not considered homeless for this count. In Burnett County, the Point-In-Time count found 18 individuals homeless, including six under the age of 18. Most of the homeless in Burnett County were staying in motels on the day of the count, but three adults and four children were in a shelter. In the six-county area covered by Indianhead Community Action Agency, there were 39 individuals staying in motels, including 15 under the age of 18, and there were 27 individuals staying in shelters, including eight children under the age of 18 for a total of 66 individuals. The six counties covered by ICAA are Burnett, Washburn, Clark, Rusk, Sawyer and Taylor. West CAP organized the PointIn-Time count for Polk County. They found 44 homeless individuals in the county. There was no further breakdown available from West CAP. There were 144 homeless individuals in the six-county area covered by West CAP that includes the counties of Polk, Barron, Dunn, Pepin, Pierce and St. Croix. — from the Inter-County Leader ••• ALMENA — Gospel Mennonite School will now be even closer to building a new school thanks to the support of local farmer David Toews and America’s Farmers Grow Communities. Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, which is the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, Grow Communities provides eligible farmers the chance to win a $2,500 donation for a local nonprofit organization of their choice. Toews selected Gospel Mennonite School to receive the $2,500 donation. Gospel Mennonite School will put the donation toward the purchase of new desks for the classroom. “We would like to build a new school in the future, and we started a fund for that,” Toews said. “It’s still a little slow and growing, so I thought it would be a good place to direct the donation.” America’s Farmers Grow Communities is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund to partner with farmers in helping them positively impact their communities. — from Cumberland Advocate ••• RICE LAKE — For its participation in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over nationwide crackdown on drunken driving from Aug. 16-Sept. 3, 2012, the Rice Lake Police Department will receive a $4,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Bureau of Transportation Safety to purchase five new driver’s license scanners and a Stalker radar unit. — from Barron News-Shield ••• CEDAR LAKE – A snowmobiler was run over by a logging truck trailer near Swamp Road in the Town of Cedar Lake on Tuesday, Feb. 12. John W. Knickerbocker, 49, Eau Claire, suffered trauma to the chest and was airlifted to an Eau Claire hospital said Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald, adding that Knickerbocker was conscious and alert. Knickerbocker was driving a snowmobile a quarter mile down the snowmobile trail when he met a logging truck with a trailer. Knickerbocker then drove up a snowbank to pass the truck, but the snowmobile slid off the snowbank and Knickerbocker slid under the trailer and was pinned by a tire. The driver of the truck was Cory H. Vee, 53, Svee Trucking Inc., Elk Mound. — from the Rice Lake Chronotype


Free seminar on Medicare to be presented

Kaner wins Megawatt Community Service Award

SPOONER — Washburn County Aging and Disability Resource Center elder benefit specialist Terri Reiter will present a free seminar to anyone new to Medicare, currently on Medicare, caregivers and family members. The seminar will be held Thursday, Feb. 28, from 1011:30 a.m. at the Spooner Senior Center, 402 Oak St.

The seminar lasts approximately 1-1/2 hours. Preregistration is preferred, but not necessary to attend. Contact the ADRC at 715-635-4460 or aging@co. — from ADRC

PLATTEVILLE — Lynsey Hanley, Spooner, general engineering major, earned academic honors for the fall 2012 semester at the University of WisconsinPlatteville. Hanley made the chancellor’s list by earning a 4.0 grade-point average during the semester. Attainment of the chancellor’s list represents the highest academic achievement at UW-Platteville. She was also named to the dean’s list for her academic achievement. — from ReadMedia ••• LA CROSSE — The following area students completed degree requirements at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in December. The 48th-annual midyear commencement was held at the La Crosse Center on Sunday, Dec. 16. 2012. Students earning degrees in December included: Timothy Hovde, Birchwood, Bachelor of Science, biology major; Tammy Byrley, Sarona, certificate, medical dosimetry; Lucas Ackerson, Spooner, Bachelor of Science, middle childhood through early adolescence education major; and Cole Gallagher, Spooner, Bachelor of Science, communication studies major: broadcast and digital media emphasis. — from TheLink ••• MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, Minn. — The following students have been named to the 2012 fall semester dean’s list at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. To qualify for the dean’s list, a stu-

dent must complete 12 or more lettergraded credits while attaining a 3.66 grade-point average. Shell Lake: Anthony L. Mikula, senior, College of Biological Sciences; Spooner: Meghan R. Kreidler, senior, College of Liberal Arts; Shelby J. Seckora, senior, College of Biological Sciences; and Ali J. Strickland, freshman, College of Liberal Arts. — from TheLink ••• BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Emily Perkins, Spooner, was named to the dean’s list at Olivet Nazarene University during the recently completed fall 2012 semester. To qualify for inclusion on the dean’s list, a student must have been enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student and must have attained a semester grade-point average of 3.50 or higher on a 4.00 grading scale. — from ReadMedia ••• ST. PAUL, Minn. — Eric Raum, Spooner, graduated from Bethel University, St. Paul, following the fall 2012 semester. Raum earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater arts. He is the son of Terri Kludt, Spooner — from ReadMedia

BARRON — Member Nancy Kaner was recently nominated for Barron Electric’s Megawatt Community Service Award. She was instrumental in setting up the office for the Rice Lake Area Free Clinic. She recalls a conversation with Dr. Adler, some 30 years ago, about the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic and was excited about being part of that opportunity here. Kaner was a licensed practical nurse for St. Joseph Hospital for 10 years and worked at the Rice Lake Convalescent Center for 30 years. Kaner took her experience and incorporated that into her role at RLAFC. She commented, “I saw the need for an office manager; so I took on that role.” Kaner spends about 300 hours per year volunteering her time at the clinic. The RLAFC is open three days per month and serves Barron, Washburn and Rusk counties. They have approximately 150 volunteers with over 700 visits annually. Some of the more common medical issues that they see are obesity, diabetes, lung disease, high cholesterol, hypertension and depression. Kaner also volunteers at St. Joseph School in Rice Lake. She also works at the election office for the Town of Rice Lake. In her spare time, she enjoys fishing, hunting and spending time with her family. Nominate a member for the Megawatt Community Service Award Barron Electric Cooperative wants to reward members and their families for community service by awarding a $50 electric bill credit to the chosen winners on a monthly basis. Barron Electric’s General Manager Dallas Sloan said,

GREAT LAKES, Ill. — Navy Seaman Sara J. Stiles, daughter of Maryann and David Stiles, Spooner, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Stiles completed a variety of training, which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid,

firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness. The capstone event of boot camp is Battle Stations. This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. Battle Stations is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, team-

1953 - 60 years ago

Arthur Olson, installed him. Pastor Albert would also serve the Timberland and Heart Lake communities.

Academic news

Shell Lake Lions Calendar Winners

February 11 - $30 Dirk Benzer, Shell Lake February 12 - $30 Tammy Holman, Shell Lake February 13 - $30 Richard G. Anderson, Spooner February 14 - $30 Jeri Bitney, Shell Lake February 15 - $30 Jerry Thompson, Spooner

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Temps & levels

Temperatures recorded at Spooner Ag Research Station 2012 Feb. 11 Feb. 12 Feb. 13 Feb. 14 Feb. 15 Feb. 16 Feb. 17

2013 Feb. 11

Feb. 12 Feb. 13 Feb. 14 Feb. 15 Feb. 16 Feb. 17

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High 32 27 31 36 30 17 15

Low Precip. -3 -1 3 16 26 .5” snow 25 21 trace snow

Low 24 14 14 21 0 -4 -14

News from the service

Precip. 3” snow & .15” rain .9” snow

• Frederick J. Knapp, Shell Lake, was among the 66 graduates of the University of Wisconsin Reserve Officers Training Corps who received commission as a second lieutenant in the Army Reserve. • Ward Winton was selling his 1949 Packard for $975. With one-third down, balance could be financed. • Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Amundson purchased the Sarona Market from Roy Perkins who had owned it for the previous three years. • Pfc. Charles Thomas of the Bashaw Brook community was back in Korea after two weeks of R and R in Japan.

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• Charlie Kearns, sports announcer, program director and engineer for WKTY, La Crosse, would be the speaker for the third-annual Shell Lake athletic banquet. Kearns graduated from Shell Lake High School. • Mrs. Mabel Allen entertained 18 guests in honor of the 89th birthday of her mother, Mrs. C.R. Merchant, a longtime resident of Shell Lake and surrounding communities. • Officers and directors of the Shell Lake Cooperative Livestock Shipping Association were Norman Olson, president; Walter Hubin, vice president; Frank Neuman, secretary-treasurer; Emil Norton and John Estes, trucker managers; R.W. Schrankel and Robert Schlapper, directors. • An installation service for Pastor Albert Olson was held at the Barronett Lutheran Church. His father, Pastor

Barron Electric member Nancy Kaner was the first winner for Barron Electric’s Megawatt Community Service Award. — Photo submitted

“This directly reflects Barron Electric’s mission statement to improve the quality of life in the area we serve and exemplifies the seventh cooperative principle of concern for the community.” Nominate a member by completing the application form, available online at in the news area or by contacting the office at 800-322-1008 to have the application form mailed. – from Barron Electric Co-op

work and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Its distinctly Navy flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a sailor. Stiles is a 2009 graduate of Spooner High School. — from Hometown News

Compiled by Suzanne Johnson

1973 - 40 years ago

• Shell Lake FFA officers were promoting National FFA Week. Officers were Tim Pederson, president; Brad Marker, vice president; Jim Biver, reporter; Russ Furchtenicht, secretary; John Roeser, sentinel. • Three-year-old Sarah Allen celebrated her birthday with a party given by her parents, Ed and Joann Allen, at their home on Donovan’s Cove. • Mrs. Hubert Smith received the Loyal Laker Fan Award. • Shell Lake and Cameron tied for Western Lakeland Conference champions in basketball.

1983 - 30 years ago

• Shell Lake skiers participating in the Birkebeiner at Telemark in Hayward were the Rev. Norman Luecke, Phillip Odden and Dr. George Lind. Dr. Allan Haesemeyer skied the Kortelopet race. • Members of the Shell Lake FFA Parliamentary Procedure Team were David Lawrence, Troy Taubman, Eric Jensen, David Kempin, Clint Shell and Paul Stariha. • Teresa Porter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Porter, Shell Lake, was selected as a member of the Indianhead Honors band. • Named Good Citizens at Shell Lake Elementary School were first-grader Tanya Zaloudek and fifth-grader Steve Flach.

1993 - 20 years ago

• Students of the Month at Shell Lake Schools were freshman Kelly Schultz, sophomore Betsy Olson, junior Lance Benzer and senior Mark Meister. • Shell Lake wrestlers advancing to state competition were Ken Ailport, Steve Naglosky, Andrew Melton, Ty Hopke and Adam Erickson. • Candidates for Miss Shell Lake were announced. Seeking the title were Amber O’Brien, Bonnie Klinger, Jessica Knutson, Ericka Krantz, Dayna Barrett and Bobbie Jo Zillmer. • Kevin Kennedy was sworn in as Shell Lake’s postmaster.

2003 - 10 years ago

• Shell Lake Schools announced the top students for the Class of 2003. Covaledictorians were Tera Reynolds, daughter of Terry and Diane Reynolds, and Bethany Simpson, daughter of Mike and Dori Simpson. Shannon Reinert, daughter of Phil and Pat Reinert, was named salutatorian. • Chuck Jenkins was elected president of the Shell Lake Economic Development Corporation. • Brandon Degner, Shell Lake fifthgrader, was named Outstanding Young 4-H’er. The son of Linda and Steve Degner, he was a member of the Excella 4-H Club. • Helping to cheer on the basketball team were cheerleaders Claudia Berlin, Jena Novak, Shayna Hall, Kelsey Bitney, Bethany Simpson and Amanda Zaloudek. Julie Foss was the advisor.


IMC holds fundraiser for Relay For Life

Indianhead Medical Center in Shell Lake held its annual Valentine’s bake sale and book sale on Thursday, Feb. 14, in the hospital’s lobby. Shown are IMC employees Gayle Marker, left, and Joni Parker, who is also IMC’s Relay For Life team coordinator. Washburn County’s Relay For Life will start at 6 p.m., Friday, May 31, at the athletic field at Shell Lake High School. — Photo by Suzanne Johnson

Washburn County Area Humane Society

ADOPTABLE PETS OF THE WEEK Here’s a nice girl, even though she is 9, I think Maggie’s the sweetest dog you’ll ever find. A home and a lap, that’s where she’d like to be, I don’t think she would argue, I’m sure she would agree. How content she would be, and your heart she will win, One as special as Maggie will most surely fit in. Please don’t turn her away just because of her age, A home is what she needs, not to live in a cage. She is loving and friendly, there is no need to fret, Maggie won’t even mind if you have other pets. I believe she’s the one that you’ve been waiting for, There is no other dog you could ever love more. Dogs for adoption: 6-year-old spayed black Lab; 5-year-old neutered tan boxer; 2-year-old neutered black Lab/husky mix; 9-year-old spayed black/white shih tzu; 3-year-old neutered black/ white rat terrier; 5-1/2-year-old spayed beagle; 6year-old neutered black Lab/ Newfoundland mix; two 9-month-old male black Labs; five 8-week-old black Lab/Border collie mix puppies and a 4-yearold female gray pit bull. Cats for adoption: 1-1/2-year-old neutered black/ gray shorthair tiger; 1-year-old neutered orange shorthair tiger; 8-month-old female black/white shorthair; 1-year-old female Abyssinian mix; 2-yearold neutered orange/white longhair; 4-month-old tan/white female shorthair; 1-year-old female orange/white medium/hair; 8-month-old female brown/black shorthair tiger; 5-month-old shorthair calico/tiger mix; two 1-year-old neutered black shorthairs; 1-year-old neutered shorthair tiger; 2year-old spayed shorthair calico and a 4-month-old shorthair calico.

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Earned Income Tax Credit supports Wisconsin working families

MADISON— For many low- and moderate-income families, the earned income tax credit offers a chance to bring in anywhere from a few dollars to several thousand dollars of additional income at tax time. Both federal and state earned income credits are available, and for some families, they can be worth close to $8,000. People qualify for the credits based on money earned in 2012, but can only collect them by filing a tax return, even if filing a return would not otherwise be required. Each year, thousands of eligible families in Wisconsin miss out on these valuable credits. The federal earned income credit ranges from a few dollars up to $5,891, and the Wisconsin credit can be as high as $2,003. The specific amount depends on income as well as the type of household; credits are higher when there are more children in the household, with the largest credit for those with three or more children. People may qualify with incomes as high as $50,270; the income cutoff depends on marital status and number of children. As income approaches the cutoff, the amount of the credit gets smaller. “Some people may be eligible this year for the first time if their earnings were lower than in the past or they only worked part of the year,” says Judith Bartfeld, UW-Extension food security research and policy specialist and professor at UW-Madison. “Workers do need at least some earned income in 2012 to qualify.” To claim the federal credit, eligible people must file federal income tax returns and specifically claim the credit. While some people are eligible for the tax credit in most years and are already familiar with how it works, others may be newly eligible and more likely to miss out. According to IRS estimates, up to one in five eligible workers fails to claim the credit, potentially forgoing thousands of dollars. Those most likely to be eligible yet not file a claim include people with recent changes in circumstances, people in nontraditional families such as grandparents raising grandchildren, non-English speakers and those whose income is too low to otherwise have to file tax returns. In addition to the federal EITC, there is also a state earned income credit and a state homestead credit. Those who are eligible for the federal credit and have qualifying children automatically qualify to receive an

additional state earned income credit, as long as they file a Wisconsin tax return. And both renters and homeowners with incomes of less than $24,680 may qualify for the Wisconsin Homestead Credit, worth up to $1,160. The specific amount depends on income. The purpose of this credit is to offset the impact of rent and property taxes on low- and moderate-income households. To help eligible households learn about the credits, UW-Extension has developed a Web site providing detailed information, including information on eligibility and benefits, links to tax forms, and more. The Web site,, also provides resources for groups interested in helping to get the word out about the tax credits. Extension educators do not prepare taxes or provide tax advice, but they provide access to resources and information for Wisconsin residents. For individualized free help in filing taxes and claiming tax credits, taxpayers can visit a volunteer income tax assistance or tax credit for the elderly site that provides service to low- and middle-income tax filers. To find a VITA site near you, visit vita-sites/. To find a TCE site near you, visit taxaide/. To help tax preparers determine your eligibility for the EITC, bring along as much of the following information as possible: Photo identification; valid Social Security cards for the taxpayer, spouse and dependents; birth dates for primary, secondary and dependents listed on the return; current year’s tax package, if received; wage and earning statements, Form W-2, W-2G and 1099-R from all employers; interest and dividend statements from banks, Form 1099; copy of last year’s federal and state returns, if available; bank routing numbers and account numbers for direct deposit; any other relevant information about income and expenses; total paid for day care; day-care provider’s identifying number. For more information, visit the IRS Web site at To learn more about keeping pace with day-to-day expenses and living on a budget, contact Deb Meyer at the UW-Extension office, 715-635-4444. —from UW-Extension

String musicians needed

RICE LAKE — Red Cedar Symphony Orchestra invites area string musicians to rehearsals for its upcoming spring concerts. The first rehearsal is Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m., at UW-Barron County Fine Arts Building. A program of movie music will be presented on Saturday, April 6, at 7 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church in Birchwood, and Sunday, April 7, at 4 p.m., at UW-Barron County Fine Arts Theatre. Movie themes from “Gone with the Wind,” “Robin Hood,” “Star Trek,” “Sound of Music,” “Singing in the Rain,” and

“Star Wars” are included. The orchestra is under the direction of Josh Aerie, now in his fifth season. Red Cedar Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1983, is a community orchestra of volunteers from a 50-mile radius of Rice Lake. String musicians may call 715-234-9755 for more information. A limited number of openings for woodwinds, brass and percussion may be available also. — from RCSO

Call for artists

SHELL LAKE — Applications for the 11th-annual Shell Lake Fine Art Festival are now available. The art festival is Saturday, July 6, in Memorial Park in Shell Lake. Applications can be picked up at the Shell Lake City Hall or by contacting art festival director David H. Haessig at Application deadline is April 2.


This is a juried fine art and fine craft show, and applications are juried by three slides or photographs of current work. The Shell Lake Art Festival has become a successful event and would like to encourage local fine artists and craftspeople to apply. — from SLFAF committee

Hoodie-Hoo Day

y the time you read this column, it will be too late to observe Hoodie-Hoo Day for this year. When I read of this event, Hoodie-Hoo Day, to be celebrated on Feb. 20, I purposely waited to write about it. If you are one that knows what it is and did celebrate it, are people still walking cautiously around you and raising an eyebrow? So what is Hoodie-Hoo Day, you may ask? At high noon on Feb. 20, everyone is suppose to wave their hands over their heads and yell, “Hoodie-Hoo” to chase away winter and make way for spring. If we have a late spring this year, I guess there will be plenty of us nonparticipants to blame it on. I did see that the fifth-annual Hoodie-Hoo Day Geocaching Social Event in Minnesota was scheduled to start at 11:45 a.m. I guess with 11:45 a.m. being the starting time,

everyone should have been in place and ready to shout at noon. One suggestion for celebrating Hoodie-Hoo Day was to tell children to go outside and scare away the chills by yelling Hoodie-Hoo, hoping to keep them busy while you sat back warming your hands with a mug of a hot beverage. It was also suggested that while they are out there, the kids could shovel the driveway, too. In its zaniness, Hoodie-Hoo Day is only celebrated in the northern hemisphere. Now what does that say about us? If you already have a 2014 calendar, you may want to circle Thursday, Feb. 20, for HoodieHoo Day. I personally think I will plan to forget about it and maybe consider celebrating Feb. 27, which is No Brainer Day, an entire day devoted to obvious choices.

Beyond the office door • Suzanne Johnson


Workforce Corner: Free job-seeker workshops offered by NWWIB and CEP Inc. staff

ASHLAND/SPOONER — Online job boards are overflowing with advice for job seekers. Advice from how to establish a plan of action, how to tweak your resume, to new and improved interviewing tips. However, the sheer volume of job boards, networking sites and resume builders can be overwhelming. And, then what happens when you have a question about some of the blogs and Web site articles you’re reading? More and more people want to talk to a real, live person for answers and advice. Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board and Northwest Wisconsin Concentrated Employment Program Inc. have free workshops that provide job seekers with valuable information, instruction and tools for their job hunt. Workshops are available at the Ashland CEP Inc. office and the Spooner CEP Inc. office. Perception is Reality, presented by Bradford Gingras, chief operating officer

of CEP Inc., explores the harsh reality that everyone you come in contact with judges you by your appearance, handshake, phone etiquette and even online presence. However, other people’s perceptions can be used to your advantage with the right knowledge and tools. The workshop explains the ways to use this judgment to your advantage along with a dose of reality, including mistakes that people commonly make to their detriment. Using Social Media as a Job Seeker is a workshop focused on developing your personal brand through social media networks, such as Facebook and LinkedIn. Personal branding and social media are very useful for promoting yourself as a job seeker and as a professional when used to their full positive advantage. Presented by Melissa Burris, NWWIB public information coordinator, you will learn how to create, polish and manage your networks to be viewed by human re-

source recruiters and potential employers. These workshops are provided through the Wisconsin Workforce Development Association video conference system This statewide network provides local job seekers with the opportunity to participate in free workshops including interviewing techniques; e-mailing resumes,

cover letters and navigating online applications; and Age is an Advantage. Workshops are offered on a monthly basis; please check the calendar for specific dates and times. For assistance with registration at either the Ashland or Spooner offices, please contact Burris, at 715-682-9141 or — from NWWIB

MayBe Molly performs at Glenview

Student council sponsors dance at TLC Members of MayBe Molly dancing and singing group stopped by Glenview Assisted Living in Shell Lake on Saturday, Feb. 16, to spread a little of their dancing cheer. MayBe Molly members in attendance were leader Karen Kaufman, Joan Cervenka, Mary Hemshrot, Janine Reuter, Jan Bliss, Jody Peck, Lynn Bishop and Janet Rowney. They entertained the tenants with a dance while Kathy Brihn led the singing of favorites like “Red Red Robin” and “76 Trombones.” — Photo by Janice Organ

Barronett by Judy Pieper

OK, the first thing I would like you to do when you’ve finished reading the entire newspaper is walk over to your calendar and put big red marks on Feb. 22 and 23. Here’s why. On the evening of the 22nd, at 5 p.m., the members of the Barronett Civic Club will be hosting a French toast and pancake supper at the community center. Immediately after the supper, starting at 7 p.m., the Dragons 4-H Club will be presenting a play, “The Bottle of Joy.” It would be a terrific way to spend some quality time with your family and friends. And, of course, we all know why Feb. 23 is important. That’s when Walter Bell will be having a birthday party at the Red Brick Cafe. The party will start after Debbie closes for business at 2 p.m. I’m not going to give away Walter’s exact age, but if he has as many guests as he is years old, there will be between 90 and 100 people attending his party. Walter is such an interesting man. He served in the military during WWII and, as you can imagine, he has lots of stories to tell about things that have happened and how things have changed in the years that he has been here on Earth. I hope you can stop by to wish Walter a happy birthday. Sandy and John Peichel hosted a huge going-away party for their daughter, Kayla, on Friday evening at the Corner Bar in Cumberland. Kayla left for San Antonio, Texas, on Tuesday to go through basic training for the Air Force. There were lots of family and friends at the party to wish Kayla good luck in this new endeavor. The food was fantastic,

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The Shell Lake Student Council sponsored a sweetheart dance at Terraceview Living Center Inc. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, in honor of Valentine’s Day. Students decorated the room and coordinated with DJ Bob Forsythe to provide music. Students dressed in formal attire and danced the afternoon away with residents of Terraceview. Shown (L to R): Kaitlin Brereton, Colleen Knoop, William Campbell and Kristen Kraetke. — Photo submitted

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and there was plenty of it. We are all going to miss Kayla, but we know she will be outstanding in the Air Force. Tinille Lehmann, Darek Burke, Miriah Lehmann and Beau Olson took a skiing/snowboarding trip to Christie Mountain on Sunday. Tinille said that they had so much fun. Miriah and Beau started off on the long skis and got their feet so tangled up that they fell in the most ridiculous ways possible. Tinille finally convinced Beau to use the blades, and he was very impressed because skiing on blades is a lot like skating on snow. Anyway, Miriah was finally convinced to use the blades too, and things went a lot better from that point on. Until, that is, they took the T-bar up one of the big hills. Tinille was on a snowboard, and at one point she fell off the T-bar, ran into Miriah, and knocked her off the T-bar as well. They were sliding downhill on their backsides in front of about 30 other skiers, all of whom found their antics pretty funny. Luckily, the person operating the T-bar stopped it and they were able to get back on and ride to the top of the hill. One other thing about the sliding trip. On one of the hills there are jumps that brave people can go over. The girls were smart (or cowardly) enough not to try it, but the two guys decided they were going to do the jumps. Tinille and Miriah went down first so they could see Beau and Darek tackle the jumps, and while they watched they could see them head

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Patti Haskin’s is cooking again!

by Diane Dryden Register staff writer SPOONER — Patti Haskins, a 1971 Spooner graduate, was one of those students who failed to see the advantages of a college education and has gone on to make a success of her life anyway. She graduated, married and had the first of their three sons within her first year out in the world. Well, actually this wasn’t her first year of real life, she started working at Nick’s Restaurant when she was 15 and fell in love with the business. She had other friends who worked at the Topper Café or at the City Café down the block that was open 24/7. At Nick’s, she could be a carhop and take customers orders while wearing roller skates. Haskins also learned the food service business from

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the ground up by helping with all aspects of her job. “These weren’t the days of specific job descriptions,” she said. “We’d waitress, wash dishes and anything else we were asked to do. Now it’s amazing how many certified chefs are only proficient in their own areas and haven’t a clue how to perform the most simple cooking methods for other foods. We knew it all, including cooking. We had to.” When the original Spooner Civic Center came to town, it had more than a few owners before Haskins came on the scene. It had been a deli, a catering-only facility and a restaurant. Food service was provided for the hockey camp participants who stayed in the dormitories across the street as well as for meetings and weddings. The civic center had its ups and downs. For a few years, Haskins was the food service director for what was then the Schwan Center, now Heartwood. She was flown all over by the company, New York, Boston and Indianapolis come to mind, in order to learn how the corporate folks liked things done. She created the menus, did all the ordering and was busy climbing the corporate ladder. Then her husband retired, and thinking it was a great idea, she did too. The civic center was closed and empty in Spooner for eight weeks, and then former residents, Lars and Kate Geary, bought the monolith and reopened it under the name The Ice House. Haskins was called by the Gearys to see if she would consider being head of the banquet and catering department. She said yes, and now, along with her longtime friend, Perry Lombard, with whom she worked for years both at the civic center and at Heartwood, they’re back creating their outstanding food and creative table centerpieces. The fitness center and the hockey ice have reopened along with the restaurant featuring daily specials as well as an entirely new menu. It is still called Jersey’s Sports Bar and Grill. The banquet and catering service is a separate entity now allowing both food service operations to flourish individually. And they have. Wedding receptions, class reunions, meetings and retirement parties are already stacking up that will be held either in the ballroom upstairs, that will seat 300, or the cozy poolside room for more intimate gatherings. With her many years of experience, Haskins not only

Patti Haskins, head of the Ice House Banquet and Catering service, is joined by her friend and right-hand helper, Perry Lombard. — Photo by Diane Dryden

enjoys planning special menus for unforgettable events, but is happy to work with those who are organizing any special events. “We’ve made especially requested family foods that varied from hundreds of thin Italian bread sticks to curried rice dishes, and we even were able to pull off lots of those fussy chocolate truffles for an occasion. We’ll try tackling just about any food just to please the people who ordered it.” Haskins is available at 715-635-6144, Ext. 2, during business hours. If there is an occasion coming up in your life that requires inspired food, give her a call and see what the new Ice House Banquet and Catering facility can do for you. But she’ll guarantee you that none of it will be served wearing roller skates, those days are but a distant, albeit happy, memory.

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It is not every day that Noah Savas gets this kind of service from his older brother, Luke. Luke and his grandfather, Steven Carlson, were helping to serve meals at the community dinner held every second Wednesday of the month at the Shell Lake United Methodist Church. The meal is provided for a freewill donation and is open to the community. — Photo by Larry Samson

Mary Dunn, Lida Nordquist, Donna and Nina Hines and Karen and Diana Mangelsen were guests at the home of Marlene Swearingen Tuesday. Lorri McQuade and Marlene hosted an afternoon of visiting and playing cards. Lawrence, Nina, Gerry and Donna Hines went to Circle Pines, Minn., Wednesday to attend the funeral of Lawrence and Gerry’s aunt, Tressa Miller. Hank and Karen Mangelsen went to River Falls Thursday evening to attend two musicals put on by




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Fourth grade sees action on the basketball court

Addison Schroeder with a jump shot.

Morgan Wendel concentrates as she brings the ball downcourt.

Brittany Clark drives around a Frederic defender. The Little Laker program in the first, second and third grades has helped these young players develop the basic skills they need for basketball. – Photos by Larry Samson

The fourth-grade team has finished their first year in basketball. Shown (L to R) back row: Alanna Dunn, Kora Folstad, Brittany Clark, Morgan Wendel and Brianna Williams. Front: Makenna Anderson, Brooke Lehnherr, Haley Balts, Grace Thomas, Addison Schroeder and Frances Kevan.

Kora Folstad takes aim at the basket.

Gymnasts compete at Lambeau Leap Invite

GREEN BAY – The Kipsters gymnasts from Deutsch’s Gymnastics Training Center competed in the Lambeau Leap Invite in Green Bay on Saturday, Feb. 9. Competing in level 4 for 9-year-olds was Ashleigh Clark, Spooner. She had a personal best on beam with 6.5. She received 8.675 on vault, 6.85 on bars, 8.475 on floor and 30.5 in all-around. Marah Hanson, Spooner, competed in level 4 for ages 10 and up. She had personal bests on bars with 4.35 and floor with 7.55. She received 8.95 on vault, 6.25 on beam and had 27.1 in all-around. Noelle Nelson, Shell Lake, competed in level 5 for ages 9 and under. She took second place on bars with 7.7. She scored 7.75 on vault, 6.9 on beam, 7.0 on floor and received 29.35 in all-around. Meghan Stone, Shell Lake, competed in level 5 for ages 12 and up. She had personal bests on bars with 7.675 and in all-around with 29.375. She scored 8.0 on vault, 7.25 on beam and 6.45 on floor. In level four competition, Deutsch’s placed third with 105.825 and in level 5 placed fourth with 101.55. The state meet will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 2324 in Kenosha. — with information from Deutsch’s

Brianna Williams watches the ball after her shot.

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Cheerleaders stand by their wrestlers

The Laker cheerleaders have been with the wrestling team through thick and thin. There were meets this year where Shell Lake had more cheerleaders than wrestlers. Shown (L to R): Jade LaFave, Tracy McMullin, Hana Anderson, Chrissy Kodesh and Madison Johnson. — Photo by Larry Samson

Three Rails wrestlers compete in sectional tournament

SOMERSET — On Saturday, Feb. 16, Spooner Rails wrestlers Patrick Baker, Lucas Hagberg and Blake Johnson traveled to Somerset to compete in the WIAA Sectional Tournament. The top three wrestlers in each weight class advance to the state tournament. Baker, in the 138-pound weight class, had to wrestle Michael Chadwick of Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal in the first round. Baker wrestled his best and came out aggressive but was unable to beat Chadwick. Chadwick ended up in second place and is one of the top wrestlers in the state. Baker had a good season and will have one more shot next year as he competes as a senior. Johnson also wrestled well but lost in the first round to Austin Edison of St. Croix Central in the 185-pound weight class. “I was so proud of all that Blake accomplished this year as a first-year wrestler,” praised head coach Andrew Melton. Johnson finished the season with a 24-12 record. “We wish him the best as he graduates this year and moves on to college next year,” stated Melton. At 182, Lucas Hagberg had the best shot of the three to make it to state this year. Hagberg wrestled very well in his first match against Tyler Miller of

Prescott. The score was 8-5 in the second period when Hagberg pinned Miller. In the semifinals, Hagberg wrestled Joe Rademacher of St. Croix Falls. Rademacher was 40-0 going into this match and proved to be the better wrestler as he pinned Hagberg in the second period. Hagberg responded right back when he pinned Harry Lipke of Black River Falls in the second period during his next match. Now Hagberg was once again one match away from qualifying for the state tournament. During the third-place match, Hagberg wrestled Danny Dobbs of Melrose-Mindoro/ Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau. “I knew within the first minute that Lucas was not wrestling his best. I believe the nerves got to Lucas, and he just wrestled too timid in his final match,” explained Melton. The score was only 1-5 when he got caught in the second period and pinned. “I was very proud of him and his family after the match; they handled the loss very well. It was very disappointing, but I believe he will use this experience for his benefit next year,” praised the coach. Hagberg had a great season and ended with a 37-8 record. submitted

Saying farewell

The sign says it all. The Spooner graduating seniors will be missed by their teammates and fans. Shown (L to R): Ellen Reidt, Taylor Roman, Steph Henk and Hannah Stellrecht. Shelbie Buckingham is the fifth graduating senior and was not present for the photo. – Photo by Larry Samson

Spooner ladies beat Somerset

It was a big night for Sarah Taylor and the Spooner girls basketball team as they beat Somerset 50-26 on Monday, Feb. 11. Taylor, a junior, had 16 points for the game. Blake Johnson, wrestling at 285, made it to the Sectional D2 Somerset Regional in his first and only year wrestling. - Photos submitted

Wrestling in the 138-pound weight class, Lucas HagFormer Spooner state wrestler Denver berg pins his Prescott opponent Tyler Miller in the secQuenette talks to Patrick Baker about ond period. He lost to St. Croix Falls wrestler Joe Rademacher who was 40-0 this season. strategy before his match.

Alex Hotchkiss with a jump shot under the basket. She had 12 points for the game. Spooner is the seventh seed in the Division 3 playoffs. Spooner will play St. Croix Central on Tuesday, Feb. 26, in Spooner.

Nancy Stellrecht watches as head coach Michelle O’Connell hugs graduating senior Hannah Stellrecht in a tearful exchange as the seniors were recognized before their game with Somerset. – Photos by Larry Samson




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Laker boys finish regular season

AJ Denotter with a jump shot against Clayton defender Jordan Gilbertson. Shell Lake played the state-bound Clayton Bears in their final game of the regular season on Tuesday, Feb. 12. The Lakers played a good game but came up short, losing 55-41 to the undefeated Lakeland Conference rivals.

by Larry Samson Register staff writer CLAYTON - The Lakers ended their regular season with a 55-41 loss to the 11-10 Clayton Bears on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Playing one of their best games of the season, they felt good going into the locker room knowing that they played with them through the first half. They finished the season with a disappointing 2-10 season. They were 5-4 in nonconference play, 7-14 overall. Shell Lake will play Birchwood in the first game of the playoffs on Tuesday, Feb. 19. The winner of that game will play Washburn on Thursday, Feb. 21. The final game of the regional will be played on Saturday, Feb. 23, time and place to be announced.

Jesse Sibert with a layup against Clayton defender Zach Schradle. – Photos by Larry Samson

Curtis Parker with a tip up under the basket.

Big win over Clear Lake

by Larry Samson Register staff writer SHELL LAKE – After a 49-39 loss to Clayton on Tuesday, Feb. 12, the Laker girls finished up the week with a 52-19 win over Clear Lake in a home game on Friday, Feb. 15. The Lakers will end the season with a 4-8 Central Lakeland Conference record, and with one nonconference game left on their schedule they should finish 12-22 overall. Shell Lake came out slow against the 9-2 Clayton Bears. At the end of the first quarter, Clayton had an eight-point lead, 16-8. The Lakers cut that lead by one, trailing 19-12 going into the second half. Shell Lake stood their ground matching the Bears, but they could not overcome the hole they dug in the first quarter. Shania Pokorny put up 18 points for the game followed by Taylor Bauch with nine points. The Laker girls gave their parents a gift on Parents Night by putting the Shania Pokorny with a layup against the Claygame away early in the second quarter, outscoring ton defenders. She had 18 points for the game. Kristin Kraetke with a 3-point shot. Clear Lake 16-2. They took – Photos by Larry Samson a 27-10 lead into the locker Shell Lake will finish out the regular season with a room. Pokorny had 19 points for the game followed by home game against Winter on Thursday, Feb. 21. They Sheri Clark with six points. Clark is a freshman and a will host Washburn on Tuesday, Feb. 26, in the first cousin to Pokorny. They play a similar style of basket- game of the playoffs. The winner of that game will play ball. Fast and quick, they make most of their points South Shore in Port Wing on Thursday, Feb. 28. The under the basket or at the free-throw line. Mckayla final game of the regional will be played on Saturday, Waggoner of Northwood and Pokorny are on track to March 2, time and place to be announced. easily break the 1,000-point career mark.

Jenny Connell goes up with a jump shot under the basket. She had two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter against Clayton but it was not enough as Shell Lake lost, 49-39, on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Shell Lake finished the week with a 52-19 win over Clear Lake on Friday, Feb. 15.




Students receive Top Rails Awards

Spooner High School held their student of the term breakfast reception on Thursday, Feb. 14, in the multipurpose room. The Top Rails Award recognizes student achievement in various areas of education. Shown (L to R) back row: Abby Dubek, Noco Van Meter, Riley McShane, Brad Baker, David Westphal, Tyler Voelker, Paige Nemec, Ellen Reidt and Brett Sommerfeld. Front: Brittany Rothstein, Kayla Kielkucki, Katelynn Retzlaff, Jase Scalzo, Alexandra Ripley, Hannah Gostonczik, Tabitha Weideman, Adriana Oakland, Abby Rankila and Paige Osterhues. Missing from the photo are: Miranda Haack, Drew Miller, Sarah Dettle and Zeb Swearingen. – Photos by Larry Samson

Top Rails Award Second Term Agriculture Education: Zeb Swearingen, Business Education: Hannah Gostonczik and Brittany Rothstein, English Language Arts: Jase Scalzo and Brett Sommerfeld, Foreign Language: Adriana Oakland and Paige Osterhues,

Mathematics: Kayla Kielkucki and Noco Van Meter, Performing Arts: Miranda Haack and Abby Rankila, Physical Education: Abby Dubek and Tyler Voelker, Science: Tabitha Weideman and Drew Miller, Social Science: Alexandra Ripley and Sarah Dettle, Technical Education: Brad Baker and David Westphal, and Visual Arts: Riley McShane and Ellen Reidt.

Spooner FFA assists fellow FFA members

SPOONER — Shortly after returning from Christmas break, Spooner FFA Vice President Abby Zehm was made aware of a horrible event that devastated a family in the Shell Lake School District. The Richard Feeney family had lost their home and all of its contents in a fire. Johannah Feeney had been a member of the Shell Lake FFA, and her sister, Allysha, is currently a member. The Spooner students weren’t aware that the Feeney girls had a younger Shown receiving a donation from the Spooner FFA are Patty, Johannah and Richard Feeney, brother, Richie, but their along with Rylee Nelson, Abby Zehm and McKayla Olson from the FFA. — Photo submitted parents, Richard and Patty, have also been inthe home basketball games, but they would also dovolved in the Shell Lake-Spooner FFA Alumni. nate half of the money raised at their popcorn concesImmediately, the wheels started turning for the sion stand. For the next four games, that is exactly Spooner FFA members, and they wanted to do some- what they did. thing for the Feeney family as a chapter, but what? Three of the Spooner FFA officers presented a donaThey tossed around a couple of ideas, and then they tion to the Feeney family at the recent benefit held for decided they would not only put out a donation can at the family in Shell Lake. — from the Spooner FFA


he Spooner Area School District has always prepared and acted on the basis of multiyear, longrange plans. As the district looks toward a future of ever-changing student demographics, fluctuating school finances and the increasing demands from our community and nation for well-educated graduates, the district board of education thinks this is the right time to redefine and refocus priorities. On Dec. 17, the Spooner Area Schools Board of Education approved entering into the strategic planning process. Strategic planning will help the board to anticipate changes and make wellinformed decisions about the future direction of the school district. This planning process will give the board of education the information it needs to be better able to achieve desired outcomes that have been defined by members of the community and school district.

Used on a regular basis in the private sector for a long time, strategic planning is a common and accepted process in use today to routinely chart a longterm course of action. As the vision for what the Spooner Area School District should be unfolds, new ideas for the education of students can be created that build upon what the school district has already accomplished. A strategic planning team will develop the plan based on opinions and priorities expressed in community, staff and student surveys. A strategic planning team goal is that anyone in the community who desires to add their thoughts about the future of the school district will have an opportunity to do so. The kickoff meeting for the strategic planning team will be on Monday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m., at the Spooner High School media center.

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School employee Sarah Hansen handed Noco Van Meter a Spooner T-shirt as one of the rewards for being recognized as a Top Rails Award recipient.

Computer classes available

SPOONER — Melissa Smith, an educator in the Spooner Area School District, has over 12 years of technology experience. Smith has introduced new technology to her students, including blogs, Web sites, iPads, e-mail, PowerPoint, and Microsoft Word. Before teaching, she worked as an office and restaurant manager for seven years where she created spreadsheets, word documents, and PowerPoints at the drop of a hat. She finds keeping updated on current technology an interesting pursuit. Smith enjoys helping friends, co-workers and students on technology problems and projects. She currently writes a personal blog, creates a blog with her classroom, uses social media to advertise her husband’s business, and works with students on iPads. She is getting to know Google Drive and all the other up-andcoming technology. Feel free to look at some of Smith’s work at or her Teacher Pay Teacher site at: Now you have a chance to take advantage of Smith’s expertise through community education classes. Smith’s down-to-earth, friendly style will give you confidence in these fast-paced technological times. More information about her upcoming classes: Computers, Today’s Technology Topics: Microsoft Word and Excel, is being offered Monday, Feb. 25; Microsoft PowerPoint and SmartBoard, Monday, March 4; Blogs and Google Documents, Monday, March 11; iPads and Internet Sites, Monday, March 18. All classes are from 4-6 p.m. in the high school computer lab, Room C42. Bring to class any projects you would like to work on. Check out Spooner Area School District’s Web site for complete listing and fees of spring classes. Class additions are made when a leader steps forward. Check back often. Register for classes by calling 715-635-0243; going online at under Community to get a complete listing and registration form; mailing a registration form to Spooner Area ComEd, 801 CTH A, Spooner, WI 54801; or dropping off the registration form at the district office. Class fees must accompany registration form. Information on cost and required items for each class is available from Spooner Area Community Education and on the school’s Web site. Many classes fill quickly. Sessions will be canceled if sufficient enrollment is not received; such fees will be fully refunded. Avoid disappointment of class cancellations, register early and invite a friend or two to register with you. Those who register should assume they are in the class at the time and place indicated. If there is a change, participants will be notified. All SACE classes are self-funding; we depend on enrollment to cover the cost of instructors. SACE assumes no responsibility for reaching those who do not provide daytime contact information. — from SASD

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Except for the wind on Sunday it was a beautiful day. It makes me think I’m having spring fever. Spring is only a few weeks away. Hooray! A very happy birthday to Martha Derrick on Feb. 21. Have a wonderful day. Feb. 21, a very happy birthday to Jerry Butenhoff. Enjoy your day, Jerry. Feb. 22, a very happy birthday to Cricket Mackenzie as she enjoys that special day with lots more to come. A very happy birthday to Lelu LaVeau as she enjoys her special day Feb. 23. Have a fun day Lelu. Happy birthday wishes go out to Cathleen Hotchkiss, Roger Lundeen, and our Dewey Country clerk Pam Brown on Feb. 24. Have a great day each of you. Feb. 25, a very happy birthday to Cassie Lawrence on her birthday. Have a great day, Cassie. Feb. 26, a happy birthday to Curt Atkinson, Melissa Gerlach, Mike Ternberg and Tracey Baumgart as they enjoy their special day. Feb. 27, a very happy birthday to a great farmer, Gaylen Derrick, on his special day when he turns 79 years young. Friday I had the Polk-Burnett Co-op out to put a pole

and run electricity to my house. It was very expensive, but if I want to sell my house at least that’s done. The next Dewey Town Board meeting will be March 12. See yah there. Those coyote hunters have been out every day this past week. They hunt across from my house on Johnson’s land, on Craig Smith’s and across west on Town Hall Road. Gosh, gas prices have certainly gone up. I filled up at $3.63 9/10. Phew! They tell us on TV they have to get the spring fuel ready and that makes the higher price. Do you believe that? Jameson Stone spent Friday with his grandpa, Butch, and grandma, Loretta. Sunday they had a potluck dinner at Faith Community Church in Danbury. Loretta says it was really good. Thursday, Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, was Loretta’s birthday so Butch took off work and they went out for breakfast and that evening they went to Foxxy’s. What a birthday present, Loretta. Saturday found Diane Hulleman at her daughter, Ginny and Jack Schnell’s. Also there were Aaron and Amanda. They celebrated Aaron’s birthday. Friday found Jerry and Gretchen Best visiting her

mother, Lillian Strege, Luck. Gretchen says she enjoys looking outside and seeing birds and the deer at night by their home. Get-well wishes go out to Karen Hotchkiss who has gotten the flu. She is thankful the rest of the family is OK. My son, Richy, is building a two-story house. He’s been waiting a long time for this, and I’m glad he’s doing it. Beth Crosby attended a baby shower for Danielle Parker and her honey, Brandon Parker, at the assisted living in Cumberland. Tom Crosby has put together an ice-fishing contest for the kids in show and sale. This event will be held at Gull Lake by the Wolf Point Bar and Grill. Lots of prizes, including money. Table Talk: If you wanted to live in a different state in the U.S., which state would you chose? This week there are no deaths in our neighborhood to report. I’m glad to hear everyone is OK. It seemed for quite some time there were so many deaths. Scatter sunshine. Have a great week.

The longer days seem good. We have 90 minutes more daylight than two months ago. We’ve been having typical February weather, light snow now and then and up-and-down temperatures. Mark and Debbie West took a car trip to the Southwest sightseeing the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and Boulder Dam; report a nice week’s getaway. Their black Lab, Reba, stayed with his mom while they were away. Dan and Heather Ripplinger and family got home from a week’s vacation. They attended the National Farm Show in Louisville, Ky., visited a cousin in Missouri and enjoyed sightseeing along the way. Their two sons, with friends, came up and went ice fishing on Long Lake and Little Ripley Lake. No fish stories to tell. Donna and Norm Ness visited Earl and Dorothy Semm in Rice Lake for Dorothy’s birthday one day last week and enjoyed a great visit. Anton and Gloria Frey went to supper at the Prime for Valentine’s Day. Gloria says it’s nice to have kids, when son Pete was there on Saturday to repair her sink faucet. Gloria Frey attended the Shell Lake 20th class reunion Friday night held at Becky’s. Lots of teachers, short on students, but it was really nice. There were 35 at Hunt Hill for the soup meal on Tuesday. Storme Nelson gave an interesting talk on identifying nature tracks in the snow. When Greg Hartman was here to work on my computer, he reports his stepmom, Betty, moved back to Mississippi, near her daughter, after his dad died. She fell recently and broke her hip and should be getting out of the hospital soon. Cards could be sent to her: Betty Hartman, 905 Aqua Drive, Gallatin, TN 37066. A speedy recovery to her. She has been missed at the Madge-Sarona gals breakfasts at Katty Shack. A thrilled Marilyn Zimmerman is a first-time grandma to a grandson, Broden Michael, born Feb. 14 at the Rice Lake hospital. Proud parents are Brian and Jessica. Congrats to the happy family. Dave and Kelly Stoner and the Getaway gals, Heidi and Corba, went up north of Brainerd, Minn., to Heidi’s property there and did some fishing. Had fun and fishing was good. Kelly has been out skiing every day. Nice snow for it. Bob Juza, Haugen, is in charge of selling season tickets to the Cheska Opera House shows for this year. Call him at 715-635-5600 for more info. There was a good turnout for the Triple Treat at the Namekagon Church in Earl on Saturday. Mavis Schlapper, Elfreda West, Dorothy Esser and I went together and really enjoyed it. Bev Helmer’s son, Bob, from West Bend, was up last weekend. Bev hasn’t

been feeling the best. Dick and Janice Gagner both have health problems. Keep those folks in your thoughts and prayers. Jack and Judy Stodola, Onalaska, were up at his mom’s on the weekend. Roger Furchtenicht went along with son Casey to Ashland on Saturday to look over Northland College at their invitational. In the evening, Roger, Cindy and I attended the Cabaret in Shell Lake where Casey took part with his trumpet. The band Cabaret was tremendous. Our community can be so proud of some very talented kids. The gym was so beautifully decorated for the event. Congrats to Arlene VanMeter on winning the raffle grand prize, a beautiful quilt made and donated by Myrna Atkinson to support the band. Nancy Furchtenicht and granddaughter Jillian took

in the Triple Treat at the Earl Church to see Nell Lee’s miniature house displays. They are neat. She has lots of hours put into them. Russ Furchtenicht went snowmobiling with some farmers and agribusiness people to northern Minnesota on the weekend. Russ and Nancy Furchtenicht enjoyed the Elvis dinner show in Eau Claire. Craig Furchtenicht and Sarah Jamme’ returned on the weekend from a week’s vacation in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Mavis Schlapper, Joyce Wade, Mary Krantz, Bobbie Bailey and I ate together at River Street after attending our dear friend, Norma Anderson’s, funeral visitation Wednesday evening. Grandson Brian Marschall came out and visited me

I hope all of you are well. Colds and flu are going around. Glenview seems to be good and everyone well. Weatherwise, it is cold for a few days and then it gets warm … not much snow. Sympathy to Nora Homes and family on the death of husband and father Paul of Rice Lake. Nora was a Peterson girl growing up in the Shell Lake area. Our prayers are with you Nora. Funeral is Thursday at Salem Lutheran Church. On Saturday morning the MayBe Molly Dancers were here to entertain us. They are a group of women who get together to sing and dance. This group’s concept began in England. Jude and Myron Bolterman attended Ash Wednesday services at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Jude made three kinds of soup for the soup and sandwiches served after the services. Three churches take turns having Lenten services together, the United Methodist, St. Joseph’s, and Salem Lutheran. Salem will host on Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. Myron Bolterman attended the fish fry at the Knights of Columbus with Jim and Susie Schmitz last week. Mavis Flach helped serve after the sliding party on Sunday afternoon given for the youth of Salem Lutheran at the old school hill. Reports of a good time!

The benefit for Jimmy Hartwig on Sunday at the Shell Lake Community Center was well-attended. Brent Pederson attended. He and Jimmy have always been good friends. Keep up the good work on your rehabilitation Jimmy! On Sunday, Jean Odden attended the dedication and dinner for the new addition to the Timberland Church. Brother Abner Odden of Cumberland represented the Christ/Odden family. There were also families of Oddens, Lauritsens, Olsons, Romsoses, and other descendants. It really is a nice addition. On Sunday afternoon, Arlys Santiago joined her friends at a fishing contest on a local lake. They fish bowled and had a good time. Peder Pederson attended Sunday night church services with Cheri and Steve Minot this past Sunday evening. Lillian Ullom enjoyed Sunday night supper with her sister, Florence Carlson. Mary and John Marschall and boys were dinner guests of Sara and Kyle Mathison’s in rural Cumberland Sunday night. Also attending were Marian Furchtenicht and Wealthy Marschall. Memories are the keepsakes of the happy times we’ve known.

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Thursday, Feb. 21 • Shell Lake PTA meeting, 6:30 p.m., in the 3-12 school library. Baby-sitting available. • Washburn County Historical Society special meeting of the board of directors, 4 p.m., Hewitt Building in Shell Lake to discuss the purchase of the Bennett property. The public is invited to attend. Friday, Feb. 22 • Barronett Dragons 4-H Club play, “The Bottle of Joy,” at the Barronett Community Center, 7 p.m. Starting at 5 p.m., members of the civic club will be hosting a pancake and French toast supper. • Washburn County Genealogical Society meeting, 1:30 p.m., Shell Lake City Hall meeting room, library building, 501 1st St. Program: My Worst Snowstorm Story and Anti-Virus Protection. The public is welcome. Saturday, Feb. 23 • Free community breakfast, 7-10 a.m., First United Pentecostal Church, 337 Greenwood Ave., Spooner. All welcome. Donations accepted. Wednesday, Feb. 27 • Free community supper, 4-6 p.m., St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 220 Elm St., Spooner. Thursday, Feb. 28 • First Year Parenting class, 5-8:30 p.m., Spooner Annex Building, UW-Extension conference room. Call Deb Meyer at 715-635-4444 or deb.meyer@ces.uwex. edu. • The Shell Lake American Legion meeting, 6:30 p.m., Friendship Commons. • Shell Lake VFW meeting, 7 p.m., Friendship Commons. • Washburn County Aging and Disability Resource Center elder benefit specialist Terri Reiter will present a free seminar to anyone new to Medicare, currently on Medicare, caregivers and family members, from 1011:30 a.m., at the Spooner Senior Center, 402 Oak St. Seminar lasts approximately 1-1/2 hours, and preregistration is preferred, but not necessary to attend. Contact the ADRC at 715-635-4460 or aging@co.


Friday, March 1 • GFWC Spooner Women’s Club will be meeting at the United Methodist Church, 1 p.m. Speaker is Eva Apelqvist regarding exchange students. A short meeting and refreshments follow. Information, Sharon, 715-635-2741. • Father/Daughter Ball, 6 p.m., Shell Lake Community Center. Limited seating. Make reservations by Friday, Feb. 15, by calling 715-766-2010. No charge. May bring a salad or dessert to share. Sponsored by Joy Circle ladies of Hope Fellowship Church, Spooner.

Saturday, March 2 • Shell Lake Lions ice-fishing contest on Shell Lake. Tuesday, March 5 • Shell Lake/Spooner Masonic Lodge 221 meeting, 7 p.m. at the lodge. Wednesday, March 6 • Washburn County HCE meeting, UW-Extension meeting room, 9:30 a.m. • Unit on Aging, 1 p.m., Shell Lake Senior Center. • Free soup and sandwiches, Church of the Nazarene, Spooner, 5:30 p.m. Call 715-635-3496 to confirm. All welcome. Donations accepted. Thursday, March 7 • Aphasia Group, 10-11:30 a.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, Spooner. Call 715-520-7999. • Northwest Wisconsin Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, 1 p.m., lower level at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Shell Lake. • Free community meal, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 409 Summit, Spooner, 4-6 p.m. All welcome. Donations accepted. • Washburn County Habitat for Humanity annual meeting, 6:30 p.m., Wesleyan Church Family Life Center, 1100 West Maple, Hwy. 70, Spooner. Agenda will include the election of officers for the ensuing year. Saturday, March 9 • Washburn County Food Distribution in conjunction with Ruby’s Pantry, Spooner Middle School Tech Ed Building on Elm Street. Tickets 9 a.m. Distribution 9:30 a.m. Volunteers needed. Contact 715-635-9309, 715468-4017 or 715-222-4410. Tuesday, March 12 • Winter soup luncheon, Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary, Sarona. Soup, noon-1 p.m., in program learning center. Nature topic for conversation led by staff. Guests are welcome to stay after for cards or to chat. For questions, directions or to learn more call 715-6356543, or go to • Moms Club meets at Faith Lutheran, Spooner, 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 13 • Book Chat, 3:30 p.m., Faith Lutheran Church, Spooner. Selection is “The Cellist of Sarajevo” by Steven Galloway. All are welcome. • Free community meal, 4-6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 135 Reinhart Dr., Shell Lake. All welcome. Donations accepted. • The board of directors for the Railroad Memories Museum meeting, 1 p.m., Spooner City Hall. All volunteers welcome. Thursday, March 14 • The Shell Lake Lions Club meeting, 6:30 p.m., Shell Lake Community Center. • United Ostomy Association local support group

Student from Germany has local connection

OCONOMOWOC — Line Eichmann, 17, is from Goottingen, Germany. She is spending this school year, 10 months, with her host family, Chris and Lisa Gall of Oconomowoc. The Galls also have a cabin on Shell Lake. Lisa is the former Lisa Leischer, daughter of Glenn and Carol Leischer, Spooner. Carol is the former owner of Carol’s Floral that was located in downtown Shell Lake. Eichmann and her host family spent this past Christmas at the Leischer home in Spooner. Eichmann has three brothers and one sister and has provided the following information. First impression of the United States: We stayed in a hotel in Chicago, and I was amazed to have four blankets for my bed. In Germany you only get one, especially in summer. But I found out why so many, after I experienced the air conditioning. We don’t have that in Germany. Also the roads are so big. The United States is very big and exciting. Also I had never seen a skyscraper before Why did you pick the U.S.? Because all of my friends did. What do your parents do? My dad is a doctor. My mom is a teacher. She teaches French, geography and bilingual studies. What do you think of American food? People eat too much and it is too fatty. I came here as a vegetarian. I have eaten a lot of new foods, but prefer German food. Favorite American food? Nachos with cheese baked on top and Line Eichmann salsa and guacamole. Which foods here do you not like? Peanut butter and skim milk. What do you miss most from home? My friends, my boyfriend, my family and some foods. Has this trip helped you in your future profession? It is helping to improve my English. What are your future plans? I have two more years of high school, so am undecided. Possibly a doctor or the medical profession. What surprised you about the United States? How very little people know about Germany and Europe. And the slow speed limits. What will you buy to take back? Clothes, because they are so cheap. Lots of Wisconsin stuff. Packers, Brewers and Bucks stuff. Things from Bath and Body Works. The little bottles of hand sanitizers. Also Skittles candy. We don’t have that at home and I love it. What are you involved in here? Cross country and gymnastics, International Club, Young Life, which is a church club, and student council. What were you involved in at home? Skiing, track and field, and volleyball. Describe yourself: I love sports. I am open, helpful, happy and self-confident. — with submitted information



Indianhead Community Action Agency is looking for volunteers to help out in their thrift store and food pantry. Please stop in to ICAA at 608 Service Road and pick up an application or call 715-635-3975 for more information. ••• The Washburn County Area Humane Society is looking for a fundraising coordinator, someone to think of fundraising ideas and to organize the fundraisers. Also, volunteers to become a board member. For more information, call Susie at 715-4682453 or e-mail ••• Terraceview Living Center Inc. is providing opportunities for talented volunteers skilled in group and one-to-one interactions with the elderly. There will be flexibility in scheduling your services. Orientation is provided. If you are interested please stop by their office and fill out an application. ••• Faith in Action of Washburn County is looking for volunteers to provide direct services to seniors and adults with disabilities. Tasks might include transportation, light housekeeping, light yard work, fix-it jobs, telephone and in-person visits. Training is provided, and all volunteers choose what they want to do and when they want to volunteer. For more information, please call 715-635-2252 or e-mail Faith In Action at ••• Washburn County Unit on Aging is in need of volunteer drivers for the Meals on Wheels program and the medical escort program. This is a great opportunity to socialize, meet new people, travel and help others. Mileage is paid to volunteers who use their own vehicles when transporting and/or delivering. You must possess a valid state of Wisconsin driver’s license and be able to read maps, road names and street signs. If interested, please contact Eva at the Aging and Disability Resource Center in Spooner at 715-635-4460. ••• ICAA Crossroads Literacy is looking for tutors in reading, health and computer skills. If interested, please contact coordinator Jean Walsh at 715-7907213 or e-mail 30rtfc ••• To publish a volunteer opportunity, submit it to us by Monday noon. E-mail it to wcregister@, bring it to the office, or call 715-4682314. Please list the type of volunteer work you need, as well as dates, times and length of service. Make sure to include your contact information, including your name and phone number. When the volunteer position is filled, please let us know so we can take it off the list. This service is offered free of charge in an effort to bring the community together so those that are looking for help can find those that are looking to help.


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Washburn County Genealogy Room is closed for the winter. The room may be opened by appointment, depending on weather conditions. Please call 715-6357937 for more information. Monday: Celebrate Recovery meetings at 6:30. This is a Christ-centered recovery program. Meetings take place in the Community Life Center at Spooner Wesleyan Church, Hwy. 70 West. For more information, call 715-635-2768. • First Friends Playgroup open to all children. Focus on infants and their caregivers with sensory stimulation and movement experiences. Art project materials provided and the morning closes with circle music time and instrument exploration. 10 a.m. to noon at Lakeland Family Resource Center, 314 Elm St., Spooner. Monday and Thursday: Washburn County Alzheimer’s Day Respite Program is held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Spooner. Daily fee includes lunch and a program of crafts, exercise, games, music, quiet time, etc. For more information, call 715-635-4367. Tuesday: Women Healing Women support group at Time-Out Family Abuse Outreach office, every other Tuesday, 4-5:30 p.m. For survivors of domestic abuse and/or sexual abuse. Free, confidential, closed after first session. For more info or to register, contact TimeOut Family Abuse Shelter Outreach office at 103 Oak St., Spooner, WI 54801, 715-635-5245. • Ala-Teen meets at 6:30 p.m. in the New Life Christian Center in Rice Lake. Use the back entrance. Wednesday: Lakeland Family Resource Center open from noon to 3 p.m. • AA meeting, 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Spooner. • 9 a.m. to noon, sewing at Shell Lake Senior Center. • Kidstime-Parentime at Lakeland Family Resource Center, 314 Elm St., Spooner, 10 a.m. to noon. Learn, discuss and share ideas and experience to enrich parenting skills. Preselected art or play materials available for children of all ages. Kidstime-Parentime provides quality time for families, networking for parents and a social opportunity for both parents and children. The last Wednesday of the month a potluck lunch is held at 11:15 a.m. Thursday: AA meets at 7 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, Minong. • Al-Anon meets at 8 p.m. in the cafeteria at Indianhead Medical Center, Shell Lake. • Library Fun For Little Ones, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Shell Lake Public Library. A time for stories, craft and a snack. No age minimum or maximum for participants. • Washburn County Historical Society Research Room open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Located in the basement of the main museum. Also by appointment. Call 715-4682982. Thursday and Monday: Washburn County Alzheimer’s Day Respite Program, see listing above. ••• Domestic abuse and sexual assault are crimes. Time-Out provides free, confidential victim support. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence in a relationship, please call 800-924-0556. Shell Lake Alano Club Meetings on CTH B, two blocks off Hwy. 63. All meetings are nonsmoking Sunday 10 a.m. AA Monday Noon AA Open Tuesday Noon AA Closed 7 p.m. AA Closed Wednesday 1 p.m. AA Open 7 p.m. NA Open Thursday 1 p.m. AA Open 7 p.m. Al-Anon Closed Friday 2 p.m. AA Closed 7 p.m. AA Open Saturday Noon AA Closed Fourth Saturday of every month, Pin Night with 5:30 p.m. potluck and 7 p.m. meeting. Closed meetings are for only that group. AA – Alcoholics Anonymous. GA - Gamblers Anonymous. NA Narcotics Anonymous. Al-Anon - for relatives and friends of alcoholics.





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Monday, Feb. 25: Cabbage rolls, mashed red potatoes, yellow beans, oatmeal cookie, bread, butter, milk, coffee. Tuesday, Feb. 26: Pork chow mein, vegetables, rice, yogurt, roll, butter, milk, coffee. Wednesday, Feb. 27: Spaghetti with meat sauce, parmesan, garden salad, dressing, tapioca pudding, cheesy garlic bread, milk, coffee. Thursday, Feb. 28: Kielbasa, au gratin potatoes, salad, pineapple cake, bread, butter, milk, coffee. Friday, March 1: Tuscan soup, egg salad croissant, grape juice, crackers, Dutch apple pie, milk, coffee. Meal reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Call 715-468-4750.

Paul W. Homes, 84, Rice Lake, formerly of Eau Claire and Shell Lake, died on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at Mayo Clinic Health Systems Northland-Barron. Paul was born July 29, 1928, to the late Thomas F. and Ruth A. (Ripper) Homes in Iron Mountain, Mich. On Sept. 16, 1950, he married Nora Peterson. For 41 years, he worked as an optician with Benson Optical. Paul was a 50-year member of the Masons and an avid Packer fan. He will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Nora; sons Thomas

and Timothy (Karen); grandson Matthew and fiancee Hollie; granddaughter Jessica; other relatives and friends. Paul was preceded in death by his sister, Grace Person; and daughter-in-law Shannon. Memorial service will be held 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, at Salem Lutheran Church, 803 2nd St. in Shell Lake with the Rev. Arvid Sundet officiating. Family will receive friends one hour prior to service at church. Interment will be at a later date. To send your condolence to the family, see the obituaries at The Evergreen Funeral Home and Crematory, Eau Claire, was entrusted with arrangements.

possible second, swerve away and come down the regular trail. That happened twice before the guys finally went over the jumps. Tinille said that they weren’t exactly Olympic material, but at least they didn’t break any bones. Maddy Marsh and one of her friends were at Christie Mountain the same day and visited with the Lehmann crew for a while. Maddy is a natural on the snowboard and is on the slopes as often as possible, Devon Snowbank and Emily Anderson represented Cumberland FFA at the FFA Farm Forum in Wisconsin Rapids, which was sponsored by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau. The girls rode down with Mrs. Meyers and her two children, James, who is 6 years old, and Ellie, who is 6 months old. Devon said that she learned a lot at the forum, but the part she liked best was sitting between the two little ones on the way there and back. If you happen to see Merl Overvig around, you might want to mention that you heard that he hasn’t been having the best luck playing Cribbage. Shirley called on Sunday afternoon, crowing just a little bit, about how the games have

been going. Ray and Marilynn Shaurette spent a couple of weeks in Tucson, Ariz., this month. Ray had to work, but Marilynn was able to go with him and soak in the sun and see the sights. On Ray’s time off, they did a lot of sightseeing, including a day trip to Tombstone. They followed Route 66 part of the way, through Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico, and enjoyed stopping at the historic diners. They were even able to spend one night in a historic hotel in Texas on the old route. They thoroughly enjoyed the warm weather, and Marilynn said that they had quite a shock when they stopped to get fuel in Baldwin. Welcome home! Ray will be returning to Tucson for a few weeks, but Marilynn is going to stay home and get everything ready for the April elections. I was told that I missed one very important birthday when I mentioned those in February last week. Little Gavin Lehmann celebrated his third birthday on Feb. 4. Sorry I missed it, but from what I understand he had a wonderful

time at his birthday party. The Lehmann family had a huge fish fry at Suzy and Ryan’s place on Saturday evening to celebrate Alyse, Miriah and Suzy’s birthdays. There was enough fish to feed a small community, and we all tried our best to leave no leftovers. We didn’t quite succeed at that. Everyone had a very nice time, and the girls seemed to be enjoying their party quite a bit. There were quite a few people at the Wednesday evening spaghetti supper and Ash Wednesday service at Barronett Lutheran. Peg Thompson and the members of the Spirit Connection are grateful to everyone that contributed food items and those who came to supper for making the spaghetti supper such a big success again this year. There will be lunches served every Wednesday evening during Lent, and we hope that you can join us for the good food, good fellowship and inspiring Lenten services. That’s about it from Barronett. Have a wonderful week, and I’ll see you later.

and fixed breakfast Wednesday morning. That was nice, and took care of my pesky red squirrels. Elfreda West and I went to her son, Mark’s, after church Sunday for noon lunch with Debbie and daughter Gina Noterman and little boys Levi and Chase, up from the Twin Cities. Adam West also joined us. Mark and Gina’s husband were at the trap shoot. Sunday evening I went to granddaughter Sara and Kyle Mathison’s in Cumberland for a taco supper with her folks, John and Mary Marschall, brothers Brady and friend Ashley and Brian and grandma Wealthy from Amery. It was

very nice. Happy birthday to Jim Campbell, Seth Symond and Becky Hall, Feb. 21; Kayla Zaloudek, Amber Kemp, Carol Anderson, Jody Rindsig and Karrie Gamboni, Feb. 22; Charlotte Prock, Feb. 23; Bill Pfluger, Feb. 24; Marion Bray, Roger Lundeen, Mary Krantz and Trisha Zaloudek, Feb. 25; Doriee Magnes, Bobbie Halverson, Stacey Fox, Mike Gallo and Nathan Odden, Feb. 26; Karla Holt, Joshua Studt, Kelly Stoner, Roy Spexet and Wencl Mancl Feb. 27. Don’t look back, you’re not going that way.

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Washburn County is seeking applicants for a full-time EntryLevel Mechanic with the highway department. To request an application or further information, please contact the Washburn County Personnel Department, P.O. Box 337, Shell Lake, WI 54871, 715-468-4624 or go to Resumes will be accepted, but will not take the place of a completed application. Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m., 577888 26-28r March 21, 2013. E.O.E.


Washburn County is seeking applicants for male/female LTE 911 Dispatcher/Jailers. Flexible PT hours. Requirements include HS grad or equivalent, clerical training and knowledge of Windows/computers. Previous dispatcher/guard or law enforcement, criminology or corrections training/exp. preferred. Future FT positions probable. Starting $15.19/hour. State Dispatcher/Jailer test and Personnel Evaluation Profile exams to be completed at the Washburn County Courthouse Lower-Level Law Enforcement meeting room in Shell Lake. WI. Applications may be downloaded from the County Web site at or by contacting the Washburn County Administration Office at P.O. Box 337, Shell Lake, WI 54871. Tel.: 715468-4624; Fax: 715-468-4628. Resumes will be accepted but will not take the place of a completed application. Applications must be received 577721 26-27r by 4:30 Friday, March 1, 2013. E.O.E.


Washburn County is accepting applications for a Full-time Aging Director/ADRC Supervisor. The position is responsible for the administration, management, supervision, fiscal planning, implementation/ overview of programs, and leadership of personnel and programs for the Unit on Aging and ADRC to assure compliance with county, state and federal regulations and mandates. Other examples of duties include: supervision of nutrition, transportation, supportive programs, public benefits, information, assistance and referral services for persons with disabilities ages 18-59 and persons sixty years and older within Washburn County. Education requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration or related field; three- to five-years’ supervisory experience; or any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities. A valid Wisconsin driver’s license is also required. Starting salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits. Download an employment application and a position description from the County Web site at or contact the Washburn County Personnel Department, P.O. Box 337, Shell Lake, WI 54871, 715-468-4624, fax 715-4684628. Resumes will be accepted, but will not take the place of a completed application. Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m., 577889 26-27r March 15, 2013. E.O.E.

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Benjamin S. Axelrod, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Bradley D. Buchman, Farmington, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Jamie L. Holmen, Ashland, speeding, $175.30. Jeremiah J. Johnson, Spooner, speeding, $175.30.

Paul M. Murphy, Machesney Park, Ill., failure to yield for yield sign, $175.30; reckless driving, $389.50, license suspended 12 months. Shaun D. Neva, Cumberland, speeding, $276.10. David F. Brown, Hayward, OWI, $1,172.00, state prison, extended supervision.

Aric A. Klobertanz, Spooner, operating without valid license, $200.50. Tiana R. Oswald, Hayward, hunt turkey without valid permit, $308.55; possess game birds/animals without license, $295.00. Victor J. Sacco, Sarona, speeding, $175.30.

Tyler D. Voekler, Springbrook, speeding, $175.30. Richard M. Wymer, Shakopee, Minn., speeding, $250.90. Robert J. Russo, Winfield, Ill., OWI, $754.40, license suspended 7 months.

Friday, Feb. 1 At 2:51 a.m. Deputy Brendan W. Harrington, 36, Shell Lake, was westbound at W9502 Dock Lake Road in Spooner when he hit a deer with the squad car. Vehicle damage was reported. No injuries were reported.

age. No injuries reported.

pher M. Fick, 41, Hayward, while McInerney’s passenger Robert D. Lindell, 38, St. Paul, Minn. Both vehicles were towed with moderate damage. No injuries were reported. At 12:19 p.m. Beth E. Lindenfelser, 32, Minong, was southbound on Hwy. 53, two miles south of Brooklyn Road in Minong, when she lost control on the icy roadway that occurred during the winter storm. She entered the median and rolled the vehicle multiple times before it came to a rest. According to the report, there was a child in the car seat as a passenger. No injuries were reported. The vehicle was towed with moderate damage.

At 1:02 p.m. Emily C. Meyer, 20, Ashland, was northbound on Hwy. 63, 100 feet north of Brickman Lake Road in Springbrook, when she lost control on the icy roadway while negotiating a curve. She struck the face of the guardrail. Minor damage was reported. No injuries reported. At 11:20 p.m. Duane J. Clauer, 31, Hales Corners, was northbound on Hwy. 53, one mile north of Lakeside Road in Minong when he hit a deer. The vehicle had moderate damage reported. No injuries were reported.

Sunday, Feb. 3 At 1:42 p.m. Talina A. Olson, 39, Hayward, was westbound on Hwy. 63, 500 feet west of East River Road in Hayward, when she lost control due to icy roadway conditions, slid across the left side of the road and collided with a telephone pole. The vehicle was towed with severe dam-


Sunday, Feb. 10 At 11 a.m. Barry K. McInerney, 34, St. Paul, Minn., was southbound on Hwy. 63, 100 feet north of Brickman Lake Road in Springbrook, when he was negotiating a curve, lost control, hit the guardrail and came to rest on the opposite lane side of the road. McInerney’s passenger Robert D. Lindell, 38, St. Paul, Minn. After coming to rest on the side of Hwy. 63, by oncoming traffic, when he was hit by Jennifer L. Nolden, 42, Hayward, at 12:52 p.m. Nolden’s vehicle then entered the ditch. Nolden’s passenger was Christo-


We wish to express our heartfelt appreciation to our friends, neighbors and relatives for the sympathy and kindness extended to us in our bereavement, the death of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and greatgrandfather. We especially thank the Rev. Greg Harrell for his comforting words, and the ladies of United Methodist Church of Shell Lake for serving the food. We also want to thank Dr. Katie Eichten and Dr. Mark Van Etten and the staff at Benedictine Living Center in Spooner for the care that was given. Thank you to the Skinner Funeral Home, those who sent flowers and those who gave memorials and condolences in any way. 578064 27rp

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Lake Park Alliance

53 3rd St., Shell Lake 715-468-2734 Rev. John Sahlstrom, Lay Pastor Richard Peterson, Youth Director Ryan Hunziker, Sunday School 9 a.m.; Sunday Worship Service 10 a.m., Nursery Provided; Faith & Friends, K - 6th grades, Wednesdays 3:15 - 5 p.m.; Youth Group, 7th - 12th grades, Wednesdays 7 - 8:30 p.m.


Northwoods Baptist

W6268 Cranberry Dr., Shell Lake; 1 mile north of CTH B on U.S. 253 Pastor Adam Dunshee 715-468-2177 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. Sunday service: 6 p.m. Wednesday service: 7 p.m.

Spooner Baptist

AREA CHURCHES Episcopal St. Alban's

Corner of Elm and Summit St., Spooner 715-635-8475 Holy Eucharist: Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Full Gospel Shell Lake Full Gospel

293 S. Hwy. 63, Shell Lake Pastor Virgil Amundson 715-468-2895 Sunday School & Adult Education Classes: 9 a.m. Celebration worship 10 a.m.; KFC (Kids For Christ) during Service; UTurn Student Ministries 6 p.m.; Tuesdays: Compassion Connection (Men only) 7 p.m.; Wednesdays: Compassion Connection (Women only) 7 p.m.; Thursdays: Compassion Connection (Coed meetings) 7 p.m.;


W7135 Green Valley Rd. (Green Valley Rd. and Hwy. 63) Pastor Darrel Flaming 715-635-2277 Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. Sunday evening service 6 p.m. Wed. evening service 6:30 p.m.

Barronett Lutheran

St. Joseph's Catholic

(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.


100 N. Second St., Shell Lake Father Edwin Anderson Saturday Mass: 4:30 p.m. Books and Coffee: Tues. 9 a.m.

St. Catherine's Catholic

CTH D, Sarona Father Edwin Anderson 715-468-7850 Sunday Mass: 8:30 a.m.

St. Francis de Sales

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

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

W3114 Church Rd., Sarona Pastor Mary Strom Worship Service & Sunday School 9 a.m.

Timberland Ringebu Free Lutheran

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

Trinity Lutheran

1790 Scribner St., Spooner Pastor Russ Leeper 715-635-3603 Sunday Worship: 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:15 a.m.


United Methodist

Sarona Methodist Pastor Gregory Harrell Sunday Worship 9 a.m.

United Methodist

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

(Missouri Synod) South of Spooner off Hwy. 63 W7148 Luther Rd. Pastor Brent Berkesch 715-635-8167 Sunday Worship 8 and 10:30 a.m.; Sunday School 9:15 a.m.; Lutheran Hour on WJMC 96.1 FM Radio at 9 a.m. Sundays

Long Lake Lutheran Church

803 Second St., Shell Lake 715-468-7718 shelllakesalem Worship 9 a.m. Sunday School 10:15 a.m..

135 Reinhart Dr., Shell Lake, 715-468-2405 Pastor Gregory Harrell Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. Sunday School during worship time; webcast

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church

Faith Lutheran

Salem Lutheran, ELCA

Lakeview United Methodist Williams Road, Hertel 715-635-3227 Rev. Jack Starr Sunday Worship: 9 a.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 ABFs: 10:30 a.m.; nursery provided; Celebrate Recovery, now every Monday at 6:30 p.m. Team Kid, ages 4 yrs. - 6th grade, Wednesday 6:30 p.m.


Cornerstone Christian

Pastor Tom Kelby 106 Balsam St., Spooner 715-635-9222 cornerstonechurch Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Children’s Sunday School: 10:30 a.m.; Wed. Prayer: 6:30 p.m. Youth Group Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. Team Kid, 4 yrs. - 6th grade, Wednesday 6:30 p.m.

Trego Community Church

Pastor John Iaffaldano W5635 Park St. Trego, WI 54888, 715-635-8402 Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. prayer meeting; 6:30-8 p.m. AWANA Sept. - April. Sunday School 9:15 a.m., all ages. Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Bishop Patrick F. Roper 715-719-0124 644 S. 6th Street, Barron 715-537-3679 Sunday: Sacrament 10 a.m., Sunday School/Primary 11:20 a.m., Priesthood/Relief Society 12:10 p.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’s ministries: 6:30 p.m.


hen he was in the eighth grade, Sparky failed every subject. When he got to high school, he also did poorly. He was not good at sports and did not fit in with the other students. Everyone considered him a loser. However, he enjoyed drawing. And even though no one else was proud of his artwork, he was. He submitted his cartoons to many editors. Unfortunately, every one of them turned him down. So he decided to write his autobiography in cartoons. He presented himself as a childhood loser, alone and left out, always looking for a friend. His comic strip, Peanuts, has become famous, and today, nearly everyone knows and loves Charlie Brown. There are days when all of us feel lonely and left out, friendless and afraid. Every now and then, we all need to know that we are loved, wanted and important. Charles Schultz, with Peanuts, put his faith in God and never gave up, and God honored him. God will do the same for us if we trust him and look to him to be our friend forever.

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The following amendment to the Shell Lake Zoning Code is being considered for adoption: Add cemeteries as a permitted use in a Resource Conservation District - RC-1 under Sec. 131-33(b). A public hearing will be on the proposed code amendment Monday, March 4, 2013, at 5 p.m. in the Council Chambers, City Hall. 578171 27-28r WNAXLP Bradley A. Pederson City Administrator

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You Are Hereby Notified That The Annual Meeting Of The Shell Lake Co-Op Livestock Shipping Assoc., Shell Lake, WI, Will Be Held On Saturday, February 23, 2012, 1:30 p.m. At The Shell Lake Primary School For The Transaction Of Any Business That May Properly Come Before This Meeting There will be an election of two board members. Dated: February 6, 2013 577795 26-27rp Mark Thompson, President ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS

PROJECT: Minong Dam Reconstruction Washburn County Minong, Wisconsin BID DEADLINE: March 18, 2013 2:00 p.m., Local Time NOTICE: Sealed bids for the above project will be received by Jon Johnson, Commissioner, Washburn County Highway Department, 1600 County Highway H, Spooner, WI 54801 until the Bid Deadline. Immediately thereafter, the bids will be publicly opened and read aloud. In general, the project consists of constructing an additional spillway section near the existing dam to increase spillway flow capacity, replacing the existing spillway piers and walkway, adding concrete to the existing spillway to improve stability, stabilizing the downstream slope of the right embankment and replacing three slide gates. A mandatory prebid meeting to discuss the project will be held on March 1, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. Meet at the project site located at N 13450 County Highway I, Minong, WI 54859. A single prime bid will be received for the work. BID SECURITY: Bids must be accompanied by bid security in the amount of 5% of the maximum bid amount. Bid and bid security may not be withdrawn for a period of 60 days after the Bid Deadline. Bid security will be retained if the Bidder is awarded the Work and fails to execute the Agreement and furnish 100% Performance and Payment Bonds. PROJECT FUNDING: This project is receiving funding under the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Municipal Dam Grant Program.

WAGE RATES: State prevailing wage rates are applicable to this project.

QUALIFICATIONS: Bidders shall submit a Statement of Bidder’s Qualifications to the Owner with their bid.

RIGHTS RESERVED: Owner reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive informalities in any bid.

BIDDING DOCUMENTS: Bidding documents may be examined at Builders Exchanges in Eau Claire, La Crosse, Duluth, Minneapolis and St. Paul; at the iSqFt & AGC of MN Planroom in St. Paul, MN; at the MEDA Construction Connection in Minneapolis, MN; and through the electronic plan rooms of McGraw-Hill Construction Dodge and Reed Construction Data. Bidding documents may be obtained: • In Adobe Acrobat® electronic format by download from the Quest Construction Data Network Web site, accessible via by clicking on the “Bidding” link, for $20. • In paper format from Ayres Associates, 3433 Oakwood Hills Parkway, Eau Claire, WI 54701-7698, 715-834-3161, upon payment of $60 per set. Payment will not be refunded. 578173 27-28r WNAXLP Published by authority of: Washburn County

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that at the election to be held in the Town of Roosevelt, on April 2, 2013, the following proposed Resolution of the Town Board, will be submitted to a vote of the people: RESOLUTION 2013-01 AUTHORIZING AN ADVISORY REFERENDUM WHEREAS, the Timberland Town hall requires excessive and expensive reconditioning, and in its current state is not usable to the public for meetings or any other activity; and WHEREAS, the Town of Roosevelt currently does not have the money to recondition or maintain the upkeep of the town hall; and WHEREAS, the town board requests the residents opinions concerning the sale of the town hall; and WHEREAS, an advisory referendum would provide the board with the town voter’s opinion on this matter; and WHEREAS, at the April 1, 2012, Annual Town Electors Meeting, the town electors motioned to hold an advisory referendum at the April 2013 election. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Town Board of the Town of Roosevelt, Burnett County, Wisconsin, by this resolution, by a majority vote of the town board, and proper notice having been given, resolves and declares as follows: The Town Board authorizes an advisory referendum, which is hereby called to be held on April 2, 2013. The referendum question shall be: “Should the township sell the Timberland Town Hall and one acre of attached land located at 2695 Timberland Road, Barronett, WI”? The question will appear on the ballot as follows: “Should the township sell the Timberland Town Hall and one acre of attached land located at 2695 Timberland Road, Barronett, WI”? EXPLANATION

This is an advisory referendum in which town electors may provide their opinion to the town board. A “YES” vote means you are advising the town board you want the township to sell the Timberland Town Hall. A “NO” vote means you are advising the town board you do not want the township to sell the Timberland Town Hall. A Town meeting must be called after the election for the electors to grant authority by a resolution to the town board for the disposal of town property. Done in the Town of Roosevelt on February 12, 2013 Patricia Hayden, Town Clerk 578132 27r WNAXLP

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(Feb. 13, 20, 27) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY Bank of America, N.A. as servicer for The Bank of New York Mellon fka The Bank of New York as Trustee for the Certificate Holders CWALT, Inc. Alternative Loan Trust 200565CB Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2005-65CB Plaintiff vs. SUSAN R. GRENA, et al. Defendant(s) Case No: 12 CV 7 AMENDED NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on August 22, 2012, in the amount of $286,322.28, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: March 13, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: By bidding at the sheriff sale, prospective buyer is consenting to be bound by the following 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. 3.) Plaintiff opens bidding on the property, either in person or via fax and as recited by the sheriff department in the event that no opening bid is offered, plaintiff retains the right to request the sale be declared as invalid as the sale is fatally defective. PLACE: At the North entrance of Washburn County Courthouse located at 10 4th Avenue, Shell Lake, Wisconsin DESCRIPTION: Part of Lots 6, 7, 8 & 9, Block 2 Rockford Park described as Lot 6 of Certified Survey Map #2396 recorded in Volume 10, Page 118, as Document No. 255687, Washburn County, Wis. PROPERTY ADDRESS: W2672 Rockford Road, Sarona, WI 54870. TAX KEY NO.: 65-028-2-38-1124-5-15-602-510500. Dated this 4th day of February, 2013. /s/Sheriff Terry Dryden Washburn County Sheriff Dustin A. McMahon Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1086857 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 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 that purpose. 2496650 577602 WNAXLP

(February 6, 13, 20) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY OneWest Bank, FSB Plaintiff vs. ESTATE OF TERRY T. FISCHER, et al. Defendant(s) Case No: 11 CV 87 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on February 17, 2012, in the amount of $130,625.54, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: March 6, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: By bidding at the sheriff sale, prospective buyer is consenting to be bound by the following 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. 3.) Plaintiff opens bidding on the property, either in person or via fax and as recited by the sheriff department in the event that no opening bid is offered, plaintiff retains the right to request the sale be declared as invalid as the sale is fatally defective. PLACE: At the North entrance of Washburn County Courthouse located at 10 4th Avenue, Shell Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: That part of the Northwest 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4 and that part of the Southwest 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4, lying South and West of the blacktop road, in Section 17, Township 39 North of Range 11 West, in the Town of Crystal, Washburn County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: N6305 10th St., Spooner, WI 54801. TAX KEY NO.: 65-018-2-39-1117-3 02-000-001010. Dated this 22nd day of January, 2013. /s/Sheriff Terry Dryden Washburn County Sheriff Dustin A. McMahon Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1086857 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 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 that purpose. 2461396 577195 WNAXLP




A day on the hill

Shell Lake kindergartner Emily Dorweiler challenges the sledding hill like she faces life, eyes wide open and a smile on her face.

Mrs. Sauve is taking her students, Kaelin Farley and Jacob Haynes, for a ride. It is hard to tell who was having more fun.

Cody Sylvester does not realize something bad is about to happen. He did not get hurt in the fall.

Let’s see how many first-graders and their teacher we can get on one tube. Mrs. Stearns managed to take six of her students down the hill. Visible were Emily Swan and Lilly Fogelberg.

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Jordan Lawrence and Lindsey Ziemer enjoyed the end-of-theterm sledding party for Shell Lake Elementary students on Friday, Feb. 8. – Photos by Larry Samson

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Rebecca Beecroft is all smiles before and after she wipes out with her sled.

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Presidents play

St. Francis students enjoy cross-country skiing

The Shell Lake third-grade class performed two plays for their family and friends about the life of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The boys dressed like frontiersmen for the play. Shown back row (L to R): Nicholas Eiche, Tristan Kemp, Jackson Schaffer, Cade Hanson and Brody Heckel. Front: Draven Fogelberg, Cole Lynch, Carlton Miller, Isaac Smith, Ethan Jacobson and Jared Egbert. — Photos by Larry Samson

Third-grade girls dressed like pioneer women for the Abraham Lincoln play at Shell Lake Elementary. Shown back row (L to R): Baylee Brown, Noelle Nelson and Jennica Yates. Front: Kyla Leek, Mia Bohl, Christina Hubbell, Rhianna Johnson, Gracie Lawrence and Lila DeLadi.

St. Francis de Sales students enjoyed a cross-country ski outing at Spooner City Park on Friday, Feb. 8. Ski equipment was provided thanks to a grant from the Birkie Foundation. — Photo submitted

A night of jazz

It was a special night of jazz as the Shell Lake band held their annual Cabaret at the Shell Lake High School on Saturday, Feb. 16. The Shell Lake Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Ben Kunselman, performed throughout the night.

ABOVE LEFT: Natalie Smith and Brett Holman on trumpets. Holman, one of the top high school musicians, will be graduating this year. Smith, a freshman, is just starting her high school music career. She will be challenging his legacy. ABOVE RIGHT: Jazz singer Jessica Irvine sang “My Funny Valentine” to the delight of the audience.


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