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Wednesday, August 1, 2012 Vol. 123, No. 50 • Shell Lake, Wis.

Weekend watch

Friday, Super salad luncheon and bake sale, Trinity Lutheran Church, Spooner. Saturday, Benefit for Olivia Greener, Greener’s Reel ‘Em Inn on Long Lake. See Events, page 8


Back scratcher

Border challenge See page 2


Volleyball camp begins the season See page 14

People you should know: Vanessa Warren Emily Milton has an interesting method of grooming her shorthorn beef cow. The cow puts up with her because she likes having her back scratched. More 2012 Washburn County Fair highlights inside, on pages 12 and 13 — Photo by Larry Samson

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SHELL LAKE — Young Eagles airplane rides to take place. With weather permitting, the EAA Chapter 631 will be giving free airplane rides for young people ages 8 through 17 at the Shell Lake Airport on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Young Eagles from previous events are welcome to return for another free ride. A parent or guardian must accompany the individual in order to sign a permission form. — from EAA Chapter 631 ••• LONG LAKE — Olivia Greener, 2-year-old daughter of Michelle and Troy Greener, faced medical concerns even before she was born. She has multiple health problems including failure to thrive with gastroparesis and relies on a feeding tube for nutrition. Livy, as she is affectionately called, has medical appointments at Children’s Hospital in Minnesota, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., as well as Pediatrics’ Gastroenterology in Minnesota. Due to medical expenses, which include traveling for medical appointments and equipment, a benefit is planned for Saturday, Aug. 4, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at Greener’s Reel ‘Em Inn on Long Lake. The benefit will include an all-you-can-eat spaghetti buffet, silent auction, raffles paddles and drink specials. All proceeds from this event will go to the Livy Love Foundation Fund. — with submitted information ••• FREDERIC – Former major league pitcher Jarrod Washburn and wife Kerrie are hosting the Whitetails of Wisconsin summer picnic at their Clam River Whitetails deer farm Saturday, Aug. 11. The picnic is held at a different location in the state every year, but this is the first time for Clam River Whitetails. The picnic is geared toward showcasing the deer farm to other deer farmers across the state but it’s open to the public as well. See page 14 for story.

August primary a Republican event

Washburn County clerk, U.S. Senate only contests

by Gregg Westigard Special to the Register

WASHBURN COUNTY – The Tuesday, Aug. 14, primary election will have only two contested races on the ballot. Both are Republican Party nominations. Voters statewide will be selecting the Republican Party nominee for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Sen. Herb Kohl, who is retiring. And Washburn County voters will select the Republican candidate for Washburn County clerk to replace the retiring Lynn Hoeppner. Lolita Olson and David Kidder are the Republican county clerk candidates. The winner of the primary will face Democrat Jacque Avery in November.

Four candidates are seeking the Senate nomination, Jeff Fitzgerald, Eric Hovde, Mark Neumann and Tommy Thompson. Fitzgerald is the current speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly, Hovde is a businessperson making his first run for a political office, Neumann is a former congressman and prior Senate candidate, and Thompson is a former Wisconsin governor. All four are waging active campaigns. The winner of the Republican primary will face the Democratic candidate, Tammy Baldwin, in November. Baldwin is currently a member of Congress representing the 2nd District. Two other candidates, Libertarian Joseph Kexel and Nimrod Y. U. Allen III, an Independent, will also be on the November ballot. There will be a full ballot of candidates in No-

See Primary, page 4

Highway workers seriously injured

Run over by runaway front-end loader

by Jessica Beecroft SHELL LAKE - Two Washburn County Highway Department workers are recovering this week from injuries they suffered Monday, July 23, when they were both run over by a

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front-end loader. Adam Gronning, 25, Shell Lake and Gregory Washkuhn, 52, Spooner, were among a crew of workers attempting to remove a barrier from a ditch on CTH B at Hubin Road near Shell Lake when the front-end loader rolled over Gronning and Washkuhn. According to a sheriff’s report, Edward

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Broken Rudder border challenge held on Shell Lake

Sixteen catamarans have to cross the starting line at the start of the Broken Rudder Wisconsin/Minnesota Challenge that was held Saturday, July 28, on Shell Lake. With beautiful weather and blue skies, it was ideal for spectators. A little more wind would have been nice for the sailors.

Shell Lake is a favorite site for the annual catamaran race that is a competition between sailors in the two-state region. The two teams earn points in their two-day competition. In 2011, Wisconsin evened the rivalry 7-7 with a 117.5-204 victory. The Minnesota win now gives them the edge.

Red sky at night, sailors delight. Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning. Sailors for centuries have had to learn to deal with the wind. Last year, with winds of 30-40 mph, six boats were capsized and the second race was called during the Broken Rudder border challenge. This year with winds of 3-7 mph, the boats struggled to complete the course. Only three races were completed on Saturday, July 28, and two more on Sunday, July 29.— Photos by Larry Samson A view of the stern of a catamaran as this sailor gains on the boat in front of him. He is reading the sails and listening to the sounds they make to use the wind to his advantage.

The person on the right side or starboard is steering the catamaran by the rudder while the other person is attending the sails, working together as a team to get the maximum speed with the available wind. When the wind switches directions, the sailors switch sides, coordinating their moves.

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CWD deer carcass disposal and transportation recommendations for Barron, Burnett, Polk and Washburn counties

SPOONER — Chronic wasting disease can be spread among deer by both direct contact between animals and exposure to environments contaminated with CWD prions, the protein that causes the disease. Exposure to an area where a CWDpositive carcass has decomposed could be enough to cause infection in deer. “The chance that a deer has CWD is likely very low, but we won’t know that for sure until we have more extensive sampling. We cannot take any chances to have this disease spread any further,” said Mike Zeckmeister, DNR Northern Region wildlife supervisor. Because of this risk, it is important that the carcasses of deer, especially deer within Barron, Burnett, Polk and Washburn counties possibly infected with CWD, including all bones and other waste from butchering, be disposed of in a way that protects uninfected deer from exposure. Options include: • Bury the carcass bones and waste deep enough to prevent scavengers from digging it up. • Disposal in a landfill or rendering plant that accepts deer waste. Landfills are a safe and cost-effective

option for disposing of carcass waste from deer potentially infected with CWD. Landfill disposal establishes a barrier between uninfected deer and deercarcass waste that potentially contains infectious CWD material. Scientific research has shown that when properly disposed of in a landfill, prions are extremely unlikely to migrate from the landfill disposal site. There are disposal methods that destroy prions, such as incineration at 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit or digestion in sodium hydroxide, but these methods are cost-prohibitive and not practical for the public.

Carcass movement/transportation Currently, Wisconsin law does not restrict the movement of wild-deer carcasses, or certain parts of those carcasses, killed within Barron, Burnett, Polk and Washburn counties or other counties outside of the established chronic wasting disease management zone in southern Wisconsin. “But, hunters, taxidermists, meat processors are encouraged to follow these best management practices to minimize any additional spread of CWD,” said David

Zebro, North Region warden. When a deer is killed within Barron, Burnett, Polk or Washburn counties, and any part of it is to be transported outside of those counties, best management practices give the following guidelines. The parts from wild cervids killed within Barron, Burnett, Polk and Washburn counties should only be transported beyond those counties if they are in the condition listed below: • Meat that is cut and wrapped — either commercially or privately. • Quarters or other portions of meat to which no part of the spinal column is attached. • Meat that has been deboned. • Hides with no heads attached.

• Finished taxidermy heads. • Antlers with no tissue attached. • Clean skulls with no lymphoid or brain tissue attached. • Upper canine teeth (also known as buglers, whistlers or ivories). The exception to these BMP’s and the only time not to follow these recommendations would be when a hunter takes the whole deer carcass directly to a taxidermist or meat processor. The purpose of following this practice is to prevent tissues most likely to contain CWD from being brought to areas of the state where CWD does not yet exist, thus minimizing the spread of CWD. — from WDNR

Barron Electric helps Girl Scouts

County’s unemployment rate up from May Down from last year

by Sherill Summer Special to the Register WASHBURN COUNTY - The Washburn County unemployment rate jumped from 7.7 percent in May to 8.3 percent in June and there were more residents looking for work in June, compared to May, according to figures released recently by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. The good news is that the county also had more employed residents over the same time frame. Both employed residents and residents looking for work jumped substantially from May to June. The 8.3-percent unemployment rate compares to 8.9 percent during June of last year.

Numbers breakdown In June there were 8,165 in the labor force in Washburn County. A total of 7,489 residents were employed and 676 were looking for work with an 8.3-percent unemployment rate. A month earlier, in May, there were 7,829 in the labor force, 7,228 residents were employed and 601 were looking for

Workers/from page 1

Richter, 34, Rice Lake, who was working as part of the highway crew that morning, said he left the front-end loader running, with the parking brake on, but somehow the machine began to roll. Richter said he didn’t realize what had happened until the machine had run over both men. Gronning suffered a broken leg and was found lying face down between the bucket and the loader. The report stated

work. The May unemployment rate was 7.7 percent. A year ago, in June 2011, there were 8,291 in the labor force, 126 more than June of this year. There were 7,556 residents employed, 67 more than June of this year with 735 residents looking for work, 59 more than June of this year. The June 2011 unemployment rate was 8.9 percent.

National, Wisconsin and area states Statewide the unemployment rate jumped from 6.8 percent in May to 7 percent in June. Unlike Washburn County, there was an overall loss of 7,882 jobs at the state level. Minnesota also lost jobs over the same time frame, losing 1,964 jobs. The Minnesota unemployment rate remained at 5.6 percent for the third month in a row. Michigan had a higher unemployment rate than Wisconsin in June with 8.6-percent unemployment. The state lost 7,454 jobs between May and June. The U.S. economy gained 29,000 jobs in June. The national unemployment rate is 8.2 percent. - with information from U.S. Bureau of Labor and WI WORKnet data analyst his right leg was twisted from the hip down in an unusual position. Washkuhn complained of pain to his midsection, where he was hit and was having difficulty breathing. Gronning was airlifted to Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire and Washkuhn to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, Minn. The accident was reported at 10:12 a.m. – with information from the Washburn County Sheriff’s Department

Two Washburn County Highway Department workers were run over by a department front-end loader on Monday, July 23. Both men were airlifted to hospitals with serious injuries. - Photo from Washburn County Sheriff’s Dept.

Barron Electric Cooperative recently donated $500 to the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes. Holding the check are Girl Scouts Emma Abbott and Haily Klump. Shown in the back (L to R): Girl Scout Leader Deanna Abbott, Melissa Klump, Barron Electric’s customer service representative and Girl Scout leader; Amy Underwood, fund development manager at GSNWGL; and Shannon Waterhouse, community development coordinator for GSNWGL. The donation will help provide girls with opportunities that build the self-esteem and confidence necessary to become leaders. The organization serves almost 20,000 girls in 58 counties in northern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Girl Scouting is celebrating 100 years in the United States. Funds for community donations are made available through the Federated Youth Foundation, an administrative trust overseeing unclaimed capital credits of former members. — Photo submitted

Rivard seeks second term as representative to 75th District

RICE LAKE — Rep. Roger Rivard, elected to the Assembly in 2010, announces that he is seeking a second term as a representative to the 75th Assembly District. During his first term in office, Rivard authored or co-authored 11 pieces of legislation focused on bringing jobs to northern Wisconsin while protecting the environment and natural resources of the area. Rivard sits on the ComRep. Roger mittee on Housing, the submitted Committee on Natural Resources (vice chair), the Committee on Rural Economic Development and Rural Affairs and the Special Committee on State-Tribal Relations. Rivard explained that, “Wisconsin has come a long way and has achieved fiscal responsibility with state and school budgets. Our efforts to bring jobs to Wisconsin have brought our unemployment rate to 6.7 percent, one of the lowest in the nation.” Rivard explained that the Legislature has been attempting to close income disparities by encouraging industries that will bring high-paying jobs to the area while protecting our environment. Rivard was born in Rice Lake on Aug. 27, 1952. He and his wife, Berni, have six children and are enjoying their 10 grandchildren. A 1970 graduate of Rice Lake High School, Rivard also attended the Barron County Campus of Stout State University in Rice Lake, now UW-Barron

County. Rivard has lived in the 75th District all of his life. Rivard is the former owner/operator of Rivards Campers in Rice Lake and Rivards Dairy Drive In in Barron. He is a member of the Realtors Association of NW Wisconsin (past president), Rice Lake Chamber of Commerce (past president), and the Knights of Columbus (past grand Rivard. — Photo knight). Rivard is actively involved in the Diocesan Pastoral Council, Diocese of Superior, Pastoral Finance Committee and the Assumption Blessed Virgin Mary Church (chairman). He is a former member of Troop 28 (scoutmaster), St. Joseph’s School Board, Wisconsin Realtors Association (state director) and the Regional Sales Associate Advisory Panel for Coldwell Banker. He has been a realtor/developer with Coldwell Banker for over 20 years. Rivard has shown a lifelong dedication to his community and to creating opportunities for people from all walks of life to realize their economic and real estate dreams. Rivard extends gratitude to the citizens of the 75th Assembly District for the opportunity to serve during the last two years. He would be honored to continue representing your concerns in Madison. Rivard’s Web site is rivardforassembly. com. — from the office of Rep. Rivard



Good or evil, your choice!

There is an evil movement in the White House, it extends through the State Department, Homeland Security and other federal agencies; it’s the promotion of the religion of Islam. This is intentional misuse of the power of our government to favor Islam over other religions in our country and the world. Our foreign aid, military and influence is being used to advance the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya, Egypt and now Syria. The FBI failed their responsibility to investigate the Islamic extremist attack that murdered 13 people in 2009 at Fort Hood, Texas, and our government calls this workplace violence. The influence of Muslim extremists extends to the State Department where Hillary Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin has family connections to the Muslim Brotherhood. When Rep. Michele Bachmann and other Republican lawmakers voiced their concerns about Abedin after information from intelligence and national security agencies raised questions about the Muslim Brotherhood, she was demonized by many in her own party. We have to wonder who is loyal to their country and who is not? President Obama has encouraged the uprisings in Libya, Egypt and Syria, and on Sept. 13, 2011, he praised those he


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called fighting for democracy in these Muslim countries. The Muslim Brotherhood is not about democracy and freedom in these countries. The Brotherhood is about Islam taking over and installing their values and laws and our president knows it. Obama knows Christians are being forced to convert to Islam or be killed. Many thousands of Christians are being murdered in the name of Islam, and the president praises those doing the killings. The Brotherhood credo is “Allah is our Objective; the Quran is our Law; The Prophet is our Leader; Jihad is our way and death for the sake of Allah is the highest of our Aspirations.” By their own words Islam will not accept our way of life, our laws or accept people of other faiths. Islam is being used as a tool to destroy our country and our way of life. There are those who are standing up to this tyranny, two of these people are Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin who served in Delta Force and Frank Gaffney, a security specialist. His Web site is It is time to take a stand. Allan Heil Shell Lake

Where did the summer go?

ith the end of the Washburn County Fair, many people are asking where the summer went. This must be an age thing. The county fair was at one time in the middle of August and moved up early so it would take place before the Wisconsin State Fair that is held in early August. When the fair was over, it was close to the start of school. It was a time when the farmers were anxious to finish their second crop of hay while they still had their help at home. The sweet corn and other fresh vegetables were picked and preserved to feed the family. We headed out with ice-cream buckets to pick blackberries. I liked the wild raspberries better but blackberries were easier to pick. The reality is that we still have a month before the children return to school even though the back-to-school sales are in full swing.

Sometimes I wish the retail stores would not jump the gun and let us enjoy the summer since winter, with the blowing snow and subzero temperature, is still fresh in our minds. There are other reminders out there that the end of summer is approaching. Football and volleyball practice start next week, blackbirds are grouping up and days are getting shorter. Let’s enjoy the rest of the summer. Statistically, most families vacation in August. It is a long month with 31 days. We have Jack Pine Savage Days Aug. 3-5, Rutabaga Festival Aug. 22-26, and the Town and Country Days Aug. 31- Sept. 3. Then and only then is summer over and it is time for school to start. School starts for Shell Lake and Spooner on Sept. 4. I wonder where I put my snow shovel?

Guest column • Larry Samson

Primary/from page 1

vember with contests for president, Congress, the state Senate and Assembly, and four county offices. However, except for the county clerk contest, only a single candidate from each party filed for each of these offices and primaries are not needed. The primary is a month earlier this year than in the past when the midSeptember election was sometimes seen as the start of the fall election season.

Information on the Senate candidates Candidates now use the Internet to get

BURNETT COUNTY — A Wisconsin State Patrol trooper attempted to stop a vehicle drive by Christopher L. Stensgard, 27, Cottage Grove, Minn., for a traffic violation. Stensgard attempted to flee at a high rate of speed and then left his vehicle and four passengers. He jumped into Clam Lake in an apparent attempt to swim across the lake. The Burnett Count Sheriff’s Department and North Ambulance were called to

their messages out. Each of the candidates has a campaign Web site.

The Republicans

Jeff Fitzgerald – fitzgeraldforwisconsin. com Eric Hovde – Mark Neumann – Tommy Thompson – tommyfor

The others

Cave of ignorance

I am one of the newest library board members at Shell Lake. I would like to request some front-page exposure and follow-up space on other pages for a (Paul Harvey style) “The Rest of the Story.” I have read the article when I returned home, and it is kinda like someone coming out of a cave of ignorance and writ-

ing an article about those pesky Americans bombing Japan in World War II. I don’t recall a single reporter attending a library meeting during my short term on the board.

Do you remember that I wrote about the number of fraudulent signatures on Gov. Scott Walker’s recall election? They found over 60,000 names that were involved. I have in my possession a picture of three signatures of one person that was on Walker’s recall petition. Shell Lake address and the right fire number, but one thing wrong. This person never

signed the Walker petition. I believe that forgery is a crime. Folks, I want to bring this to your attention so that you will know what we are dealing with. We need voter I.D.

A word should be said about the genesis of this committee. This is not a group of people selected by the DNR but rather began when Warden Dave Zebro asked three or four people to chat with him about what people were thinking soon after the announcement was made that a CWD-infected deer had been found near Shell Lake. At that informal meeting, it was suggested that perhaps a committee such as this could be helpful in communicating with the public and in identifying ways to manage the problem. The idea was enthusiastically endorsed by DNR staff, and the three or four of us at that meeting identified others that gave the committee representation from the broad area affected as well as some of the special interests involved. The advisory committee has met three times already. Without any model to follow, we necessarily have spent quite a bit of time determining the best way to move forward and how we might be the most effective in assisting this effort. And we have spent considerable time listening, studying and learning about CWD in general. It has been very enlightening. What all we may become involved in during the coming months, and perhaps years, can’t be predicted yet, but we do know that we can and will play a major role in distributing information about the disease, about how it may impact hunting and handling deer, and about what we as citizens, landowners and hunters can do to help mitigate the problem. Expect to learn about public meetings we will be hosting throughout the affected

area during the next few months. The first public information meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 21, 7 p.m., at the Spooner High School auditorium. At a recent advisory committee meeting, we had Dr. Bryan Richards of the UWGS National Wildlife Health Center speak to us, and it was an extremely informative and interesting presentation. Richards is perhaps the country’s foremost authority on CWD and is an excellent presenter. He is returning to make his presentation again at the Aug. 21 public meeting. This is a program that everyone should plan to attend. As a committee, we are going to work hard to have a full house for that evening. One observation that has been expressed at our meetings multiple times, and in multiple ways, is what we think we see as public apathy. People are not taking this issue seriously. The deer population of this area is a source of great pleasure for both hunters and nonhunters, it is an important food source for many of us, and it plays a very big role in our economy. It is critical that we all take the matter seriously and become proactive. Can we eliminate it from our deer herd? Maybe not, but we can do things to greatly reduce its spread. It is incumbent on every citizen to do what they can. Attend our public meetings, become well-informed and then do your part.

With all due respect, J.L. Mitch Fox Shell Lake


Bob Ostenson Spooner

Citizen-based advisory committee formed

Bill Taubman Citizen-based advisory committee member

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Academic news

Tammy Baldwin – Joseph Kexel – Nimrod Allen –

HOUGHTON, Mich. — Seth Adams, Sarona, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering technology

from Michigan Technological University. — from ReadMedia

assist at the scene. Stensgard was ultimately apprehended, taken into custody and transported to the Burnett County Sheriff’s Department. He was charged with fleeing, possession of methamphetamines and possession of a stolen vehicle. — from the WSP ••• DANBURY — Gov. Scott Walker was in Danbury on Thursday, July 19, and had a chance to visit with Danbury Chamber of

Commerce members, including members of the Danbury Centennial Committee and Little Miss Danbury, Aubree Hill. Danbury will be celebrating its 100th birthday Aug. 4-5. — from the Inter-County Leader ••• CAMERON — A 23-month-old boy died a day after he was found near a swimming pool in the village of Cameron on Tuesday, July 17. Emergency personnel who re-

sponded to the scene found Rhett Cowley unconscious and laying beside an inflatable swimming pool at a residence. He was airlifted from the scene and passed away at Gillett Children’s Hospital in St. Paul on Wednesday, July 18. — from the Rice Lake Chronotype

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Trout streams keeping their cool despite drought

EAU CLAIRE — Although drought and high heat have caused fish kills in some marshes and shallow lakes in Wisconsin, the state’s trout streams remain in good condition, biologists said. Many of these streams are continually refreshed by groundwater springs. The influx of cold water provides a buffer against hot, dry conditions at the surface. “This area of the state is experiencing a longer-term precipitation deficit that is lowering groundwater levels and causing greater impacts on trout streams than this summer’s weather,” said biologist Jamison Wendel in Spooner. Still, Wendel reports, the streams in Northwest Wisconsin are in good shape. Biologists point to the difference between short- and long-term consequences. Counties in the southwest have had plenty of rain in recent years, recharging groundwater resources, but are parched this year. Counties in the northwest have had rain this year, while still needing more, but are still reeling from the effects of a six-year drought. “Warm spells can increase water temps to stressful conditions in some streams,” said biologist Dave Seibel, “but

as long as cool nighttime temperatures return every few days, trout can find relief and handle the conditions just fine. Angler reports have been very good.” Mike Staggs, bureau of fisheries director, advised anyone with questions about a particular stream to contact their local fish manager. Patience is advised as crews are busy conducting surveys in the field. Contacts for local fisheries managers are available on the DNR Web site. Staggs said it is unlikely any streams will be closed to fishing in Wisconsin even if the drought worsens. During the drought of the late 1980s, many streams were closed, but when the drought ended and biologists analyzed the effects, they concluded closing the streams was not helpful. In the highest quality streams, trout numbers either remained strong or rebounded quickly and marginal trout streams depend on stocking in any case. The bottom line: if you like to fish for trout, go for it. When high temperatures are in the upper 80s and 90s, however, you might want to get out there at dawn. By noon, you’ll be melting in your waders. — from WDNR

Anti-bullying presentation to be held at LFRC

SPOONER — The Lakeland Family Resource Center will be the location of a zero-tolerance presentation on Monday, Aug. 6. Justin Patchin, Ph.D., co-director of Cyberbullying Research Center and associate professor of criminal justice at UW-Eau Claire, will present the latest on cyberbullying information. Following his presentation, there will be a panel of community members who will share professional and personal experiences and answer questions pertaining to bullying. Everyone is welcome to attend this

Shell Lake Lions Calendar Winners

July 23 - $30 Tony Johnson, Shell Lake July 24 - $30 Rick Wiemann, Madison July 25 - $30 Claudia Place, Spooner July 26 - $30 Denny Downs, Andover, Minn. July 27 - $300 Nate Swan, Shell Lake

The Vitality Village

Winners also announced on WJMC FM Radio

Temps & levels

Temperatures recorded at Spooner Ag Research Station 2011 July 23 July 24 July 25 July 26 July 27 July 28 July 29

2012 July 23 July 24 July 25 July 26 July 27 July 28 July 29

High 87 76 78 85 79 78 85

High 88 88 85 83 80 79 81

Low 66 56 58 53 62 65 61 Low 69 63 70 65 61 50 61


.48” rain .10” rain .49” rain Precip. .24” rain .03” rain .19” rain

Lake level Monday, Aug. 1, 2011: 1,218.16’ MSL Monday, July 30, 2012: 1,217.67’ MSL

informative evening on an important topic. Preregistration is appreciated and can be made by calling the center at 715635-4669. UW-Eau Claire, UW-Extension Washburn County, Lakeland Family Resource Center and the Washburn County Department of Health and Human Services sponsor this event. Lakeland Family Resource Center is located at 314 Elm St., Spooner. — from LFRC

Burnett County beach closed by authorities Testing closes Crooked Lake swimming beach

SIREN - The Burnett County Health Department has closed Crooked Lake Beach in Siren due to high levels of fecal coliform bacteria. High levels have been confirmed in a conclusive water test reported to the health department on July 30. The beach will be closed until two consecutive tests resulting in acceptable levels are obtained. Wisconsin State Statute 254.46 gives local health departments the authority to restrict swimming if a human health hazard exists. The testing consists of sampling for fecal coliform bacteria, an indicator of human and animal waste contamination. Swimming in unsafe water may result in minor illnesses such as ear, eye, nose and throat infections, the most common being gastroenteritis (upset stomach). Children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are at a greater risk of getting sick when they come in contact with

Farmers document livestock losses due to adverse weather

MADISON — With recent adverse weather conditions in some areas of the state, the Farm Service Agency encourages farmers to document and report livestock losses to their local FSA county office. Producers who suffered livestock losses as a direct result of an adverse weather event, such as extreme heat, may need to provide documentation of death if an FSA program for livestock losses is implemented in the 2012 Farm Bill. FSA staff can provide producers with a list of potential acceptable loss documentation that includes proof of death, producer records and verifiable inventory documentation. Some of the acceptable documents may include rendering

truck receipts, veterinary records, purchase records, production records or private insurance records. Adequate documentation must prove the death of eligible livestock occurred as a direct result of an eligible adverse weather event in the calendar year for which benefits are being requested. If adequate verifiable proof of death records documentation is not available, a livestock producer may provide reliable records, along with verifiable beginning and ending inventory, as proof of death. Additional information in regard to livestock losses and potential documentation can be obtained by contacting your local county office. FSA program information is also available online at — from FSA

1972 - 40 years ago

• Jim Heinsohn, St. Paul, hauled in a 3.95-pound smallmouth bass near the beach in Shell Lake while fishing with a leech for walleye. • Knights of Columbus representatives James Fenton and Oliver Frey presented $244 to Teresa Anderson, Washburn County Day Development Center director, for the center’s building fund. The money was from the organization’s sale of Tootsie Roll candies.

Register Memories

1952 - 60 years ago

• Arleen Omernik and Fern King Spafford received their Bachelor of Science degrees from Wisconsin State College, Superior. Receiving certificates from the two-year rural state-graded course were Mable Foss, Anah Crocker Shellito, Beatrice Stock and Kathryn Slater. • Pfc. Henry Stellrecht, Shell Lake, left the 21st Comb. Decon. Co., Eighth Army, on the Korean front in the Iron Triangle area and returned to the United States. After a 30-day furlough, he would report to Camp McCoy. • Several people of Burgs Park appeared before the Shell Lake Village Board to discuss the possibility of extending the water main to include that addition. • The Salem Lutheran Church served a chicken dinner at the shelter house. An adult’s meal was $1, while a child’s meal was 50 cents.

1962 - 50 years ago

• Shell Lake Scouts Dennis Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Archie Johnson, and Mike Haremza, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Haremza, were initiated into the Order of the Arrow, an honorary order of the Boy Scouts, at Camp Phillips. • Kenneth Zimmerman, 26, of Mayville, who was to be one of the new teachers at Shell Lake High School, was fatally injured when his sports car rolled over as he was making his way home from an afternoon of golfing. He had been hired to replace Neil Koeneman who had taken a position at Oshkosh. • Marty Paul was born to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Hoar, Shell Lake; and Debra Alice was born to Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Atkinson, Hertel. • Shell Lake students attending summer school were Karen Lenz and Lynne Davenport, Eau Claire State College; and Raymond Miller, Stout State.

contaminated water. The Burnett County Health Department recommends swimmers take caution when swimming at any beach, especially after heavy rains. Bacteria counts usually rise after a rainstorm at all beaches. The most frequent sources of disease-causing microorganisms are waterfowl fecal contamination, sewage overflows, polluted city or agricultural storm-water runoff, sewage treatment plant malfunctions, boating wastes and malfunctioning septic systems. If you are concerned about swimmer’s itch, a type of dermatitis causing a rash and itching, swimmers should rub off with a rough towel before the water film dries on the skin surface. An immediate fresh shower after leaving the water is also effective. For more information about swimming beach monitoring and safety, you can call the Burnett County Health Department at 715-349-7600 or visit the Burnett County Web site at - from Burnett County Health Dept.

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• The Shell Lake Fire Department responded to a fire at the Rolland Erickson home. The fire was caused when sparks from a trash barrel ignited the gas tank of a snowmobile, which in turn started the back of the garage on fire. Considerable damage was done to the back of the garage, and the snowmobile, stored behind the garage for the summer, was totally destroyed. • Delegates to the Wisconsin State Fair Dress Review were Melody Gabrielson, Sharon Smejkal, Julie Brabec, first alternate; and RayNell Petz, second alternate. • Attending the Indianhead Art Center Aquatic School were Jane Dinnies, Lynn Flogstad, Patti Bitney, David Gray, Joy Jorgensen, Bill Lenz, Kathy Lenz and Paul Moen. • Valhalla, a 26-ft., 2-ton cruiser that was rebuilt by Peterson Bros. Boat Works in Shell Lake, was to be launched in Shell Lake for her shakedown cruise, but as most boat owners know, it’s difficult to launch a big boat in Shell Lake’s clear waters because of the gradual sloping shoreline. Plans called for mooring the boat on Lake Superior. The Peterson brothers were complimented for the beautiful job they did restoring the craft.

1982 - 30 years ago

• The Washburn County Unit of the American Cancer Society held a longest day of golf event. Terry Wiseman, Shell Lake High School principal, played 136 holes of golf between 5:05 a.m. and 9:33 p.m. Mark Bauer, Terry Downs, Jim Anderson, Tim McQuade and Craig Zadra played a total of 54 holes while Dave Eichhorn, Dan Cuskey and Tom Downs completed 102 holes. • A number of immediate relatives and friends attended the wedding of Rhonda Longhenry and Maynard Mangelsen at the Chris Mangelsen home.

1992 - 20 years ago

• Shell Lake’s new grade 4-12 school was taking shape as work crews laid the brick walls. • Garry Crosby Jr. was named Wisconsin’s State Farmer fourth runner-up. • Brian Meister, Shell Lake, son of Carl and Betty Meister, graduated from the dairy herd management program at WITC-New Richmond. • Fifty riders were signed up to compete in the donkey races at the Washburn County Fair. Five heats, consisting of 10 riders each, were scheduled in the grandstand.

2002 - 10 years ago

• Bob Thompson and Sons of Hayward started clearing the path for the 4.5-mile diversion pipe from Shell Lake to the Yellow River. • Haylee Hall was crowned Fairest of the Fair. • Jim Campbell, athletic director for Shell Lake School District, was one of seven people inducted into the UW-Superior Athletic Hall of Fame. Campbell was inducted as recipient of the Mertz Mortorelli Coaching Achievement Award. • Dominic Bieniewski, Milwaukee, caught a nice 17-inch smallmouth bass while fishing on Shell Lake with his grandpa, Bill Frahman.


St. Francis de Sales programs see expansion and summer improvements

SPOONER — Under the guidance and direction of Kathy Kurkiewicz, principal of St. Francis de Sales School, various expansion and improvement plans

United Cerebral Palsy fundraiser under way

Brent Thunberg, Rice Lake, is a United Cerebral Palsy ambassador. — Photo by Judy Thunberg

RICE LAKE — United Cerebral Palsy Ambassador Brent Thunberg, Rice Lake, and his Iron Horse Campaign are up and running with the 11th-annual United Cerebral Palsy benefit. Tickets are available locally at Lakeview Bar and Grill in Shell Lake, Tony’s Riverside and Taste Budz in Spooner as well as the Spider Lake Resort, Bluegill Bar and Lincolnwood Resort in Birchwood. First prize is a 2012 Harley-Davidson Touring Street Glide in the new big blue pearl color. Second prize is a $1,000 gift card for gas or groceries from Gordy’s Country Market of the Chippewa Falls/Eau Claire area. All proceeds from ticket sales stay in the local area and help over 600 families with medical equipment and respite care. The drawing will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, at Sport Motors Harley-Davidson, Chippewa Falls. Donations may be sent to Brent Thunberg, 2130 23rd St., Rice Lake, WI 54868. — submitted

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ADOPTABLE PETS OF THE WEEK We have cats and kittens from 2 months to 8, Owning a cat we think is pretty great. With so many choices how do you choose one, You know we think two cats are twice as much fun. Each one is different from shorthair to long, With so many colors you just can’t go wrong. There’s sure to be one to fit with your lifestyle, Whoever you choose you’ll leave with a smile. Cats for adoption: 3-year-old male black/white shorthair; 11-week-old male black/white shorthair; 7-month-old female black/white shorthair; two 3month-old black female kittens; 3-month-old female black/white kitten; two 11-week-old shorthair kittens, one black, one orange tiger; three 7-week-old shorthair tabby kittens; 3-month-old neutered gray shorthair; 7-month-old male medium-hair orange tabby; 8-week-old male shorthair tiger; three 7-weekold female medium-hair dilute calico kittens; 3-1/2month-old shorthair calico; 6-month-old female Siamese mix; 8-year-old spayed gray/white shorthair; 1-year-old male orange shorthair tiger; 6month-old male gray shorthair; 5-month-old male brown/black medium-hair tabby; and many kittens from 6-12 weeks old. Dogs for adoption: 3-year-old male black/white fox terrier mix; 3-year-old spayed black Lab mix; 10month-old female German shepherd; 4-1/2-monthold female Lab/shorthair mix; 8-year-old neutered black Lab; 8-year-old neutered shih tzu; 3-year-old male maltese mix; 4-year-old male Chihuahua mix and a 3-year-old neutered brown/white JRT/ Chihuahua mix. Also for adoption: 3-year-old male white/brown rat and 1-year-old male white/brown rat.

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have been under way this summer. Starting with the 2012-2013 school year, SFdS’s preschool program is expanding from one combined classroom to two, separating the 3- and 4-year-old programs. Various updates have been implemented to ready the classrooms and lunchroom for this preschool program expansion. Carol Waltz, who has been at St. Francis since 2010, will lead the 4-year-old program. She has degrees in both special education and elementary education from UW-Eau Claire. Waltz’s expertise has taken her around northern Wisconsin presenting workshops to preschool teachers, day-care workers and Head Start staff. Before coming to St. Francis de Sales, she was employed during 28 years as teacher and director at Salem Preschool in Shell Lake. Kathy Hewitt, who had previously worked with Waltz at Salem Preschool, was made a part of the preschool staff for the 2011-2012 academic year. Hewitt will be teaching the 3-year-old preschool program, under Waltz’s direction, beginning this fall. Computer and phone systems have been updated over the summer. Several new Mimio interactive whiteboard systems have been added. This technology was made possible thanks to funds raised via a second col-

lection in July at the parishes of St. Francis in Spooner, St. Joseph in Shell Lake and St. Catherine in Sarona. As announced in June, Kurkiewicz will only be teaching half-time in order to dedicate the other half to her duties as principal. To make this possible, Jose Ocariz, who has been teaching Spanish, art and physical education part time since 1998, accepted a full-time position. In addition to his previous responsibilities, Ocariz has been asked to expand the middle school Spanish program from half to full year. He will also be teaching the middle school science classes. One last improvement, still under way, is the transition to a new Web site at saintfrancisschool The Web site will provide information for prospective parents interested in learning more about the options St. Francis de Sales School has to offer as well as useful information for current parents and students. The school’s marketing committee plans to have the site ready for use for the start of school in September. St. Francis de Sales School is still open to new enrollment for the 2012-2013 school year. For more information, please contact Kurkiewicz at 715-635-2774 or — from SFdS

August events at Hunt Hill

SARONA — Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary in Sarona will be hosting several events in August. To learn more or to register, see Web site, e-mail program, or call 75-635-6543. Adult Spanish language and culture immersion camp In partnership with Spanish educator, Pete Ducos, Hunt Hill will once again host the adult Spanish language and culture immersion camp from Aug. 5-10. Preregistration and payment are required by Friday, Aug. 3. This residential program for adults employs nativespeaking instructors to lead participants on an immersion of language and culture through meals, language lessons, evening cultural programs, songs and activities. In addition, guests enjoy the pristine natural setting with free time available for nature hikes, Hunt Hill-led programs, swimming, canoeing and more. Full-moon canoeing A full-moon canoeing program is set for Saturday, Aug. 4, beginning at 8 p.m. Preregistration is required by Friday, Aug. 3, for this event. Participants will receive instruction, canoes, paddles and lifejackets before heading out and letting the light of the moon guide them as they explore the shorelines of the glacial lakes. GRANDparent Adventures: Water Explorers Splash, explore and paddle in the water with your grandkids on Wednesday, Aug. 15. Preregistration is requested but not required. GRANDparent Adventures are afternoon camps for youth and their adult mentors — grandparents, parents, kinship, etc. — to enjoy spending time together in nature. Take the afternoon to enjoy two of Hunt Hill’s most popular activities, ponding and canoeing. During ponding, families will investigate the animal life that lives in the lakes followed by time to explore the water by canoe. Following the program, an optional swim time with lifeguard is provided. Preregistration is requested but not required. Basket making A basket-making program will be held Saturday, Aug. 18, from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Preregistration and payment are due by Friday, Aug. 10.


Beginners and experienced basket weavers are encouraged to attend this program where participants will spend the day weaving a barron tote basket. This tote is great for carrying work essentials, going to the beach or storing magazines in, and even comes with your choice of cloth handle. Create a basket that is not only beautiful, but also functional. Cakes at the Lake Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary hosts Cakes at the Lake on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 8-10 a.m., with a nature program from 10-11 a.m. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources furbearer specialist John Olson will lead a fascinating and family-friendly presentation called Mammals of Shore and Shallows: Beaver, Otter, Mink and Muskrats, which follows the pancake breakfast at Hunt Hill. The presentation will include science and stories about these unique semiaquatic furbearers of the Upper Midwest. Olson will walk through some of the ecological needs and values these species require/provide, trivia science, population status and how society views these animals. He is a storyteller and oftentimes engages the audience in sharing their views of species and species management. — from Hunt Hill

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SHELL LAKE — Have you ever wondered where yarn comes from? Children of all ages are invited to join Cheryl Kruizenga, Cumberland, at the Shell Lake Public Library on Thursday, Aug. 9, from 2-3 p.m., to learn how yarn comes from sheep. Kruizenga will bring raw fleece, a drop spindle, as well as a spinning wheel and samples of yarn from alpaca and buffalo. This is an opportunity to learn how to spin wool into yarn. Volunteers will be on hand to teach knitting as well. For more information, call 715-468-2074, or visit shell — from SLPL


hen granddaughter Adalyn visits at my house she likes to help Grammy with doing chores. One task we do together is to walk the kitchen countertop composting container to the compost pile in the backyard. As we dump out the food scraps, including carrot tops, potato peels, eggshells and coffee grounds, we have discussed the pile that we are adding to. How much of the concept of composting sticks with this 3-year-old is hard to tell. But, seeds are being planted. On our way back toward the house, we usually stop at the apple trees to check the size of the apples and to see if they are turning from green to red. We next pay a visit to the garden to see how things have gone from a little seed in the soil to a plant that is bearing green beans to eat. We discover that the beets are ready to consume, also. As we carry the ceramic compost crock back to the kitchen, I remember back to when I

was a child. We didn’t have such a fancy container with its charcoal filter lid. Rather, our container to hold kitchen waste to be dumped on the “pile out back” was an old plastic pail called the “slop bucket.” Before the days of garbage disposals, you probably had a container that was used for kitchen scraps also. Perhaps it had a fancier name than our container did. My grandmother liked to keep her special pail for kitchen scraps under the kitchen sink. To this day, I don’t like the smell of Palmolive dish liquid. This was one of my grandmother’s favorite products, and when I would reach under the sink to get the bottle when doing dishes for her, I could smell the mixture of rotting peelings and coffee grounds. Hopefully, when Adalyn remembers things we have done together, they will be provoked by pleasant smells and enjoyable activities as well as positive learning experiences.

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The Shell Lake High School Class of 1962 held a reunion Saturday, July 21, at Lakeview Bar and Grill. Standing (L to R): Mick Hoar, Jan Spaulding Melton, Mavis Parks Flach, Jim Graf, Ginger Walport Strunk, RuthAnn Rohlik Hoar, Cindi Nelson Mosca, Carolyn Peterson Denton, Corrine Johnson Sonnenberg, Patty Mackay Middleton, Carol Christiansen Sturtevant and Rose Frey Mika. Seated: Dan King, Tom Melton, Ray Johnson, Larry Todd, Roy Peterson and class advisor John Schnell. — Photo by Debby Johnson

Saxophone and music theater camp performances at the Shell Lake Arts Center

SHELL LAKE — The camp to the max Shell Lake Arts Center is for an unforgetpleased to present its saxotable experience phone and music theater that could only be camps during the week of found in Shell Aug. 5-10. Lake. This camp Longtime teacher and will host its final friend of the Shell Lake performance on Arts Center Eugene Friday, Aug. 10, at Rousseau will once again 5 p.m., in the Darbe leading the Yamaha saxrell Aderman Auophone workshop. ditorium. Rousseau’s program feaDon’t miss the tures private lessons, final concerts for chamber music, solo perthe current week formance, saxophone literof camps. The ature, music interpretation trumpet workand much more. This shop final concert world-renowned saxois on Thursday, phonist and his faculty will Aug. 2, at 6 p.m., be presenting a special The Yamaha saxophone workshop at Shell Lake Arts Center will present at the lakefront recital on Tuesday, Aug. 7, special concerts. — Photo submitted pavilion. Guitar at 7 p.m., in the Darrell and bass is at the Aderman Auditorium. Students will complete their pavilion on Friday, Aug. 3, at 4 p.m., and music theater camp experience in a final concert on Thursday, Aug. 9, on Friday, Aug. 3, at 6 p.m., in the Darrell Aderman Aufirst at 4 p.m., then again at 7 p.m. Those performances ditorium. also take place in the Darrell Aderman Auditorium. You can still register for these programs. For more The second week of music theater camp will also take information or to register, please call the center office at place during the week of Aug. 5-10. This camp features 715-468-2414, or visit their Web site at shelllakeartscenclasses in improvisational acting, vocal production and — from SLAC jazz dance technique. Professional instructors take this

SPOONER — The Spooner Farmers Market will be selling from the parking lot at Dave’s Hardware Hank this Saturday, Aug. 4, during Jack Pine Savage Days. The market will be open from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The market is currently offering baked goods, fresh and dried flowers and an abundance of seasonal herbs and vegetables, including fresh local corn. SFM shoppers are being asked to park on the gravel portion of the parking lot. The blacktop portion of the parking lot, next to the store, is reserved for customers of Dave’s Hardware Hank. The following week the market will return to the municipal lot on Front Street at Oak Street for the rest of the season. For additional information 715-635-9696. For vendor information 715-520-0593. — from SFM

ATTENTION The Class of 1957 invites Shell Lake High School graduates and classmates from all years for a get-together at the Shell Lake beach shelter house, Sunday, August 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. Bring your own snacks and drinks.

Bowling for storms

here is something so nostalgic and comforting about harmless thunderstorms. One night, as I stayed up until 1 a.m. to finish a paper, the lightning streaked across the sky and the thunder rolled into the night. Raindrops pelted against the glass and I took a small break from diligent typing to smell the scent of rain on pavement and a soaked sky. I am reminded of a time when I was little and afraid of thunderstorms. My younger sister and I used to share a room, and our bathroom was connected to my oldest sister’s room. During booming thunder, and flashes of lightning illuminating our entire room, I remember sneaking into her room and crawling into bed with her out of fear. “It’s just the angels bowling in heaven, Abby.” And during an especially loud boom she’d say, “Sounds like they got a strike!” The rain danced on the skylight in our bathroom and the lightning flashed its sinister smile while the thunder replied in loud laughter. The blankets were warm against my skin and my sister’s steadfast words and arms wrapped around me. And suddenly, thunderstorms weren’t so scary anymore. When I think of thunderstorms, my mind wanders to stormy nights in summer, random bouts of midday rain and swimming in the lake while the rain made delicate ripples on the water’s surface. There was a night

when I sat out on the smaller deck on the third floor of our house, my body protected from the rain by the roof. The thunder echoed across the lake, the lightning’s jagged, arthritic-looking fingers reached beyond the sky, the sweetness of rain wrapped around me. I felt totally and utterly safe and comforted by watching a storm unfold before me while I sat untouched by the rain and lightning. There were other nights where I opened the curtains and windows to my bedroom only to lie in bed and fall asleep to the sounds of a midnight summer storm. I remember rainy summer days as a kid, the smell of rain steaming on hot pavement, running outside in my swimsuit, getting coated with grass and mud until we had to jump into the lake to wash off. The sun would poke out and the rain would dissipate, and a rainbow would decorate the sky. But what began as a fear as a small child quickly turned into a pocket I could keep - teeming with memories, comfort and dreams. Now, as my nieces - all ages 5 and under - are scared of thunder and lightning, I tell them what their mother once told me as a little girl - it’s just the angels bowling in heaven. And they giggle as they try to guess whether it was a strike, or a gutter ball, or a split, or somewhere in between. And suddenly, thunderstorms aren’t so scary anymore.

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SPOONER — The Washburn County Area Humane Society will be hosting the fifth-annual Par for Pets Golf Tournament at the Spooner Golf Club, located northeast of Spooner on Hwy. H, on Sunday, Aug. 12, with a 3 p.m. shotgun start. This will be a four-person, nine-hole scramble. The cost of this event covers the nine holes of golf, a cart and a grilled chicken buffet. Prizes will be awarded to the first- and second-place golfers. You may preregister by calling the Spooner Golf Club at 715-635-3580 or you may register the day of the event beginning at 1 p.m. What is so good about this tournament is that there is no age limit or skill level to be a part of this fun, and you will be a part of a fundraiser for the local animal shelter located at the south end of Spooner. Golfers that day will not only experience the fun of different hole contests and putting competition, but will also enjoy the satisfaction that the profits from this event go entirely to the this local humane society. Financing this local shelter is still based largely on donations from this type of fundraising effort and community support. Donations of any type, monetary or shelter supplies, to the animal shelter are never taken lightly and are even more appreciated knowing it is harder to give to charity in these economic times. — from WCAHS

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Thursday, Aug. 2 • Indianhead Community Health Care picnic potluck in the park, 4-6 p.m., at the Shell Lake beach shelter house. Bring a dish to pass. Beverages, utensils and broasted chicken provided. RSVP to 715-468-7833. Current members, former members and future members invited. • Shell Lake Chamber of Commerce meeting, 4:30 p.m., Shell Lake City Hall meeting room. • 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. Friday, Aug. 3 • Super salad luncheon and bake sale, Trinity Lutheran Church, Spooner. 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Everyone welcome. Saturday, Aug. 4 • Benefit for Olivia Greener, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Greener’s Reel ‘Em Inn on Long Lake. Tuesday, Aug. 7 • Shell Lake/Spooner Masonic Lodge 221 meeting, 7 p.m. at the lodge. Wednesday, Aug. 8 • 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. • The Book Chat will meet 1 p.m. at the Lakeview in Shell Lake, to discuss “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein. All are welcome. Thursday, Aug. 9 • The Shell Lake Lions Club meeting, 6:30 p.m., Shell Lake Community Center. • Fibromyalgia/CFS/Chronic Pain Support Group, 1-3 p.m. at the Chetek Lutheran Church. Call 715-651-9011 or 715-237-2798. • Education and support for people affected by cancer, 3:30-5 p.m., Marshfield Clinic Rice Lake Center. Registration required, 715-236-8327. Friday, Aug. 10 • The Spooner Memorial Library, along with the Railroad Memories Museum, will be sponsoring Michiganbased author Bill Jamerson, who will be presenting a music and storytelling program about the Civilian Conservation Corps, 2 p.m., outside the museum, Spooner, rain or shine.


Saturday, Aug. 11 • 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. Sunday, Aug. 12 • Par for Pets fundraiser for Washburn County Area Humane Society, 3 p.m. shotgun start. Call Spooner Golf Course, 715-635-3580, to register. Monday, Aug. 13 • Diabetes Education Meeting, 2-3 p.m., in the classroom at Spooner Health System. Call 715-635-1217. Tuesday, Aug. 14 • Moms Club meets at Faith Lutheran, Spooner, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15 • Games and activities, 1 p.m., Shell Lake Senior Center. • Shell Lake Public Library Board of Trustees meeting, 5 p.m., at the library. The public is welcome. • The Washburn County Humane Society open board meeting 5:30 p.m., state patrol headquarters, Spooner, 715-635-4720. Thursday, Aug. 16 • Shell Lake PTA meeting, 6:30 p.m., in the 3-12 school library. Baby-sitting available. • Washburn County Historical Society meeting, 4 p.m., Hewitt Building. Friday, Aug. 17 & Saturday, Aug. 18 • Alban’s Closet, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday; 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, 220 Elm St., Spooner. Friday, Aug. 17 • Recording artist and songwriter Jonathan Rundman will perform at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spooner at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20 • “Ghost Visit 2012,” lakeside pavilion, Shell Lake, 7 p.m. • Northern Lights Camera Club, 7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1790 Scribner St., Spooner. • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group, 5 p.m. group activity, 5:30 p.m. dinner, 6-7 p.m. meeting, Lakeland Family Resource Center, 314 Elm St., Spooner, 715-635-4669. Tuesday, Aug. 21 • Shell Lake/Spooner Masonic Lodge 221 meeting, 7 p.m., at the lodge. Thursday, Aug. 23 • 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.

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The concession stand for Monday Night Movie night needs volunteers. If interested, e-mail joahnahgp@hotmail. com. ••• Indianhead Community Action Agency is looking for volunteers to help out in their thrift store and food pantry. Food pantry volunteers must be able to lift at least 25 lbs. Please stop in to ICAA at 608 Service Road and pick up an application or call 715-635-3975 for more information. ••• The Washburn County Area Humane Society is looking for volunteers to update and maintain their Web site and to research and apply for grants. For more information, call Susie at 715-468-2453 or e-mail ••• Terraceview Living Center Inc. is providing opportunities for talented volunteers skilled in group and 1:1 interactions with the elderly. Seeking services between 3-7 p.m. daily. 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 posses 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. 30rtfc ••• The Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum, 312 Front St., Spooner, is seeking volunteers to join its team of keymasters. These are the folks that dedicate three or four hours every couple of weeks during the summer to open the museum exhibit hall to visitors. No special knowledge or skills are required, just a friendly attitude and a willingness to be prompt and responsible. The museum exhibit hall is a pleasant place to spend your time while helping keep this Northwest Wisconsin institution open. The exhibit hall is open from Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and on Sundays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Keymasters work either half a day or a whole day, whichever they wish, and set their own schedule of days. Inquiries for more information can be made to Jed Malischke at 715-6352479 or by writing to ••• ICAA Crossroads Literacy is looking for tutors in reading, health and computer skills. If interested, please contact coordinator Jean Walsh at 715-790-7213 or e-mail walsh7213@

••• To publish a volunteer opportunity, submit it to us by Monday noon. E-mail it to, bring it to the office, or call 715-468-2314. Please list the type of volunteer work you need, as well as dates, times and length of service. Make sure to include your contact information, including your name and phone number. When the volunteer position is filled, please let us know so we can take it off the list. This service is offered free of charge in an effort to bring the community together so those that are looking for help can find those that are looking to help.


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Monday: Partners of Veterans women’s support group will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at Counseling Associates in Siren, located across from the Burnett County Government Center. For more information, contact Julie Yaekel-Black Elk at 715-3498575. • 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. • Each Monday through Monday, Aug. 27, free movie at dusk near the lakeside pavilion on Shell Lake. Bring your own blanket or chair. Refreshments available. To receive an e-mail about the weekly movies or to volunteer in the concession stand e-mail • Friendly Bridge, Shell Lake Friendship Commons on 4th Avenue, 1 p.m. All abilites welcome. 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 Time-Out Family Abuse Shelter Outreach office at 103 Oak St., Spooner, WI 54801, 715-635-5245. • Ala-Teen meets at 6:30 p.m. in the New Life Christian Center in Rice Lake. Use the back entrance. • The Washburn County Historical Society Research Room, 102 West Second Avenue, Shell Lake, open Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. throughout the year. Wednesday: Lakeland Family Resource Center open from noon to 3 p.m. • AA meeting, 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Spooner. • 9 a.m. to noon, sewing at Shell Lake Senior Center. • Kidstime-Parentime at Lakeland Family Resource Center, 314 Elm St., Spooner, 10 a.m. to noon. Learn, discuss and share ideas and experience to enrich parenting skills. Preselected art or play materials available for children of all ages. Kidstime-Parentime provides quality time for families, networking for parents and a social opportunity for both parents and children. The last Wednesday of the month a potluck lunch is held at 11:15 a.m. Thursday: AA meets at 7 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, Minong. • Al-Anon meets at 8 p.m. in the cafeteria at Indianhead Medical Center, Shell Lake. • Library Fun For Little Ones, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Shell Lake Public Library. A time for stories, craft and a snack. No age minimum or maximum for participants. Thursday and Monday: Washburn County Alzheimer’s Day Respite Program, see listing above. Friday and Saturday: The Washburn County Genealogy Research Room, 106-1/2 2nd Ave., Museum Hewitt Building, Shell Lake, is open for the summer. The room will be open each Friday & Saturday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m and will close after Labor Day for the winter. Volunteers will be able to help the public. Call 715635-7937 for more information. • Washburn County Historical Society Museum, 102 W. 2nd Ave., Shell Lake, open June through Labor Day, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 715-468-2982. ••• Amber Bednar, RN, Washburn County Health Department, is available at the public health office to provide breastfeeding basics, how-tos and postpartum support. Appointments can be made at 715-635-4400. Domestic abuse and sexual assault are crimes. Time-Out provides free, confidential victim support. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence in a relationship, please call 800924-0556. Shell Lake Alano Club Meetings on CTH B, 2 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







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by Diane Dryden SHELL LAKE - Lee Gramberg is a 1995 Shell Lake graduate who’s been a successful in life already by finding a need and filling it. “I was raised on a farm and spent my childhood working in the fields and milking cows,” he said. “I also got interested in construction when I was 15 and decided that it would be the career I would pursue. When I was a kid, I was fascinated as to how things worked. I took apart lots of things just to see their mechanisms. I can’t remember ever putting anything back together though, but I learned a lot about how things work.” Gramberg started his building career with the easy projects like decks and remodeling. He soon moved into roofing, both steel and shingle, and pole buildings and garages. He was instrumental in adding a standing 40x80 pole barn, which was purchased in Cumberland, to an already standing 40x80 pole barn. That meant taking the first building completely apart and transferring it to the job site and then reassembling it and adding it onto the other building. The resulting structure was huge, 40x220, and everyone was well-satisfied with the work. His fiancée, Stephanie Schultz, was raised on a horse-breeding farm, and so she has brought these animals into their family mix making it a natural that his next project would be something for them. Last year, they were in Madison for a horse fair, and Gramberg realized the possibilities of constructing the portable shelters he saw at the fair. “The shelters were clever, but I thought they should be able to be modified to fit the buyer’s needs.” Some owners were going to use them for horses, some cattle, and others were going to store their winter wood in them. When the various uses presented themselves, he added building options for the customers like

See a need and fill it

Lee Gramberg, 1996 Shell Lake graduate, has purchased the old feed mill in town and is transforming it to meet his needs as a yard barn and portable shelter construction site. – Photos by Diane Dryden

Lee Gramberg and fiancee, Stephanie Schultz, share a home, children and this new business, Portable Shelters.

cleanout doors, roll-up doors, an electrical system, sliding doors, gates, tongueand-groove lumber or even windows on their building. Last year at the Minnesota State Fair, where 45,000 people attended the horse expo, they took four 10x12 buildings down for display along with a 12x24 one and sold all they had and took orders for more. His smaller sheds were used at each gate, and they sat in the larger one, which they lit at night and handed out their new brochure and an-

Flow into the light of the moon with a paddlesport primer!

SHELL LAKE — Reset yourself before the Labor Day holiday weekend with this unique class offering on Thursday, Aug. 30, from 5-8 p.m. Start your evening with a beachfront meditative stretching sequence designed to stretch your sides and sitting muscles before embarking on the water of beautiful Shell Lake. Whether you’re looking to connect with like-minded folks or you’ve been looking for and still haven’t had time to take a kayak lesson, you’ll paddle into the sunset and fill your cup, leaving you feeling refreshed for the weekend ahead. Welcome Wild Earth Eco Tours for a small group instruction session designed to give you confidence on the water. To ensure quality instruction, this class is limited to 13 partici-

pants. Local instructor Lorrie Blockhus of Om Sweet Om Yoga, along with guest instructors from Wild Earth Eco Tours, welcome you to this specialized retreat. The cost of $35 includes kayak seats, kayak and equipment (paddles, personal flotation devices) and safety equipment, along with a light snack. Please contact Shell Lake Schools Community Ed office for questions and registration, 715-468-7815, Ext. 1337. Registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 24. — from SLCE

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BRUCE — The NW Wisconsin Graziers Network and UW-Extension invite you to a unique beef pasture walk at the Blake and Maureen Bocek farm at Bruce in Rusk County on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 10 a.m.-noon. The farm is located at N5371 Mattison Road, west of Hwy. 40. The tour will begin at the new pole shed. From Bruce, take Hwy. 40 north one mile, turn left or west on CTH O, drive about two miles, then stay on Johnson for 100 yards, turn right on Mattison Road. Go one-half mile. Watch for the signs. There are two farms with 200 acres of grazing. The Boceks currently raise 70-



swered a myriad of questions. He offers free delivery within a 90-mile radius, which was another great selling point at the fair. Between the fair and adding them to Craigslist last September, they’ve sold over 60 sheds. Now Gramberg has taken his shelter building business out of his own backyard and moved it to Shell Lake. It’s located at the old feed mill on CTH B and Hwy. 63. This building had been on the market for several years with little interest to

the buying public. It was deemed to be too large, too chopped up, and the parking was minimal. It was perfect for the Portable Shelters business though. The far left part of the building is where the shelters are built, the next building is where the building material is stored and the next building is dedicated to his newest project, yard barns. The last building will be used as office space until someone wants to rent it for retail space. Gramberg credits his business on several principles, being on time, getting back to people quickly and working with his customers to get exactly what they want. He has finished buildings on display in Cumberland at the Ace Hardware store and has one outside his new shop. He’s got a Web site,, and is on Facebook under portable shelters. His cell phone number is 715-4160140. Until recently, he’s worked alone on the shelters, but with this new facility open in town, his son, Tyler, helps out, and he has four other men on his construction crew that help with building projects other than the sheds. When his day is over, he returns home where their three kids are busy with 4-H projects and daily chores. With 11 horses, 30 chickens, three steers, eight sheep, seven pigs, six rabbits, three ducks, three dogs and two cats, there’s plenty to do and willing hands to do them. He’s teaching the kids the same responsibility that he knew as a kid, and when the chores are finally done, they head for the house to work on completing the remodeling of their own kitchen. They’re using clever recycled materials, and they’re excited about the finished product.

80 beef cows, mostly Black Angus, and some occasional stockers. They practice rotational grazing, following a plan drawn up by NW Graziers. The farm features a new hay storage shed that was funded on a low-interest loan through FSA, and a creek crossing funded through NRCS cost sharing. The Boceks own a fencing business called Northwest Fence. They will show different types of fencing on the farm including high-tensile, barbed and woven wire. The family has been beef farming for more than 50 years. For more information, contact Rich Toebe, the Rusk County UW-Extension ag agent, at 715-532-2151, Ext. 4, or Randy Gilbertson at 715-520-2112 or Lynn Johnson at 715-268-8778 at NW Graziers. — from UW-Extension





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Governor greets Danbury officials in community’s 100th year

Gov. Scott Walker was in Danbury last Thursday, July 19, and had a chance to visit with Danbury Chamber of Commerce members, including members of Danbury’s Centennial Committee and Little Miss Danbury, Aubree Hill. The governor is shown in photo at left with Judy Brickle, head of the 100th-anniversary committee for Danbury. In the center photo he’s with Danbury Lions member Klaus Nieder and Vicki Koenen, coordinator of the Danbury Historical Display, and in the photo at right he’s pictured with Matt and Jen Hill and daughter Aubree, Little Miss Danbury. A story on Danbury’s 100-year celebration can be found below. - Special photos

It's party time! Danbury set for centennial celebration

Danbury set for centennial celebration!

by Carl Heidel Special to the Register DANBURY – After waiting 100 years for an excuse to really party down, Danbury finally has one. After months of events and anticipation, the Danbury centennial has finally arrived, and if that’s not an excuse for a party, nothing ever will be. The big celebration runs from Saturday, Aug. 4, through Sunday, Aug. 5, and there will be lots to enjoy in that short time pe-

riod. Festivities kick off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, with an official Danbury historical display at the Swiss Town Hall that runs until 3 p.m. At the same time, Main Street in Danbury will be buzzing with a craft fair, and the post office will be issuing an official Danbury postal cancellation stamp at the Swiss Town Hall. And since the lumberjack era played a big part in Danbury’s history, there will be a lumberjack show running at 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m. on Main Street. The Danbury Lions will be serving food, and the Danbury Fire and Rescue will provide bever-

ages. The events of that first day will draw to a close a 7 p.m. with the 100th-anniversary dance featuring the Jim Post Band and sponsored by the Fishbowl. Sunday, Aug. 5, the actual anniversary date, the fun resumes with an anniversary lunch at the fire station at 11 a.m. And after time to let the food settle, the party resumes at 1 p.m. when Wayne’s Foods Plus unveils a car show that will run until 4 p.m. at Wayne’s store. And as they say in all those TV ads trying to sell you something, “But wait! There’s more!” And there will be more, be-

cause the Siren Community Band will perform at the Swiss Town Hall from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Then comes that final event. From 2 to 3 p.m. there will be the official anniversary ceremony with a proclamation, speakers, a cake-cutting ceremony and the announcement of the raffle winners. Quite a party! Plan now to attend because if you miss this one ... well, you’ll have to wait 100 years for the next big party.

Frederic couple’s niece survives Colorado shooting

President Obama shares Young’s story with the nation

by Mary Stirrat Special to the Register FREDERIC – Across the nation, people are still reeling from the shooting in an Aurora, Colo., theater that left a dozen dead and nearly five dozen wounded. For one Frederic couple, however, the story has a happier ending. Allie Young, the 19-year-old niece of Jack and Deb Route of Frederic, was shot in the neck during the rampage, but should be released from the hospital this week, her aunt said. “I’m glad we have a happy ending,” said Deb. “Things look good. She should recover fully.” Young will go home with 30 pellets still in her body, but they apparently won’t cause any problems, Deb added. The 19year-old is the daughter of Deb’s brother, Steve Young, and his wife, Kathy. Young drew national attention when President Barack Obama told her story at the end of his July 22 speech at the University of Colorado Hospital, where many of the shooting victims were recovering. He used the story to point out the

Colorado shooting victim Allie Young, niece of Jack and Deb Route of Frederic, met President Barack Obama as the President visited the hospital where the injured were taken. At right is Allie’s friend, Stephanie Davies, who stayed with Allie after she was shot, putting pressure on the wound and calling 911. — Photo submitted

strength and courage found in many of America’s young people, noting the heroic efforts of Young’s best friend in stopping the flow of blood, calling 911, and helping to get Young to the ambulance. Stephanie Davies, 21, and Young were in the Aurora theater watching the movie

when the gunman entered and threw a gas canister, which landed just feet away from the two. Young stood to give warning but was immediately shot. As she went down to the floor, her friend, Davies, went down with her, pulling her from the aisle and applying

pressure to the wound. Young told her to run, but instead Davies used her cell phone to call 911, even as the gunman continued shooting. She later helped carry Young to a waiting ambulance. On Sunday, Obama visited the hospital, talking with each of the survivors and the friends and family that were with them. In his address to the nation after visiting the victims, the president told Young and Davies' story. “I don’t know how many people at any age,” he said, “would have the presence of mind that Stephanie did, or the courage that Allie showed. “And so, as tragic as the circumstances of what we’ve seen today are, as heartbreaking as it is for the families, it is worth spending most of our time reflecting on young Americans like Allie and Stephanie, because they represent what’s best in us, and they assure us that out of this darkness a brighter day is going to come.” Davies also used her cell phone to contact Young’s parents, who were sleeping at the time. They then gave the news to the Routes. Young is doing well, according to Deb, who said, “She’s a pretty strong kid. She has a great family and good support.”

Swedish fiddlers to perform in Siren

The Swedish fiddlers will perform at the Siren United Methodist Church on Sunday, Aug. 5, 6 p.m. – Photo submitted

SIREN – Once again a popular group of young Swedish fiddlers will return for a performance in Siren. The Vikarbyns Lilla Spelmanslag will perform in concert on Sunday, Aug. 5, 6 p.m., at Siren United Methodist Church. The concert will feature folk music from all over Scandinavia. The Vikarbyns Lilla Spelmanslag consists of fiddlers in their midteens to early 20s who attend a school devoted to the study of music in the province of Dalarna, Sweden. Several of them have previously visited this area. Margaretha Mattsson, well-known throughout Sweden for her innovative techniques with young musicians, is their director. The fiddlers group was formed in 1996 and has since performed in parts of Scandinavia as well as Ireland, England and the United States. Their music, both lively and serene, is enhanced by their colorful Swedish costumes, and will appeal to audiences of all ages. There is no admission charge, but a freewill offering will be taken. Siren United Methodist Church is located one block west and one block north of the town traffic light. – submitted

2012 Washburn County Fair



One of the best locations to view the fireworks on Saturday night was from the Ferris wheel which stands high above its surroundings.

In her last year of 4-H, Andi Bauch earned grand champion with her ewe and the Senior Showmanship Award.

Abby Granzin runs her horse in the final stretch of the barrel race in the gymkhana horse show held Wednesday, July 25. While the Washburn County Fair officially started Thursday, July 26, there were various projects that started early, including the gymkhana.

Too young to show, Haelyn Eggert is in Little Britches. She will be back next year showing sheep in her own sheep project.

Gretchen Granzin earned a Best of Show with her flower macro. This was the third straight year for this young photographer. Washburn County Fairest of the Fair Jacque Ullrich and Wisconsin Fairest of the Fair Richelle Kastenson take time out of their busy schedule for this photo. Kastenson is a UW-Whitewater junior who plans to be an elementary teacher. “I have so many memories of the fair growing up,” she said. Hopefully her time at the Washburn County Fair will be another good memory.

The veggie races are a hit with Taylor Weinstock and the other children at the fair. Participants build racers out of vegetables and compete in different age groups. They are not required to eat all their vegetables but not all the racers make it from the staging area to the racetrack.

Katie Rosenbush with her pet guinea pig Molly MacButter. Despite the name, a guinea pig is not in the pig family nor from Guinea, and while they are raised in South America as a food source, Molly may be a guest at the table and never an entree.

The best buy at the fair was the entry fee at the pie-eating contest. Dominic Blatterman won a chocolate cream pie for his first-place finish. Ramie and Connor Hammac feeding their little kittens that they have raised since birth when they were abandoned by their mother. — Photos by Larry Samson

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Three-year-old Emily Bullion learned that wearing cowboy boots is a distinct disadvantage in the slipper-kicking contest. Her distance was 3 feet. Willow Stroede was her supporter and biggest fan.

Mia Olson turns her horse in the gymkhana horse show. The 7-year-old is already an expert, riding her father, Eric Olson’s, roping horse. — Photos by Larry Samson

Madeline Hopke holds her grand champion lamb for judge Marlin Subra to exam while her grandmother and mother watch closely. Hopke is a member of the Clover Leaf 4-H Club.

Cathryn Walker shows confidence and poise as she faces Phil Holman while he judged her vegetable project. Walker earned Best of Show for her plate of beans. In the face-to-face judging, she was able to get instant feedback, giving her a learning experience.

Daniel and Scott Pederson were clowning around at the talent show held on Sunday, July 29. They took second place in the 1318 age class.

LEFT: In an upset victory over the Hanson Concrete tug-of-war team, the Farmers took first place. They were back row (L to R): Coach Allen Lawrence, Lee Gramberg, Rodney Lawrence, Jesse Bendt, Brent Nyreen and Sam Mechtel. Front: Gabe Alger, Pete Hopke, Keith Kidder, Rich Larson Jr. and Steve Meister. RIGHT: The 2012 women’s tug-of-war champions are the Country Gals. Shown back row (L to R): Coach Monty Parker, Emma Mechtel and coach Allen Lawrence. Front: Lilly Nyreen, Katrina Nyreen, Courtney Klassa, Dani Kuechle and Katie Parker. They defeated the Shell Lake State Bank for the top honors.



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Volleyball camp

Taylor Rohow sets the ball as Ashley Lord anticipates the return. They are part of the incoming freshman class that will bring new players into the JV volleyball program.

Practice makes perfect and timing is everything. Incoming freshman Bryanna Davis has the height and athletic ability to make a great player. — Photos by Larry Samson


April Richter gets down for a dig, working on the fundamental skills in a four-day volleyball camp that was held for the athletes at Shell Lake starting on Monday, July 23.

Clam River Whitetails hosting open house

Whitetails of Wisconsin summer picnic held at local deer farm for first time

by Marty Seeger Special to the Register

FREDERIC – Former major league pitcher Jarrod Washburn and wife Kerrie are hosting the Whitetails of Wisconsin summer picnic at their Clam River Whitetails deer farm Saturday, Aug. 11. The picnic is held at a different location in the state every year, but this is the first time for Clam River Whitetails. The picnic is geared toward showcasing the deer farm to other deer farmers across the state, but it’s open to the public as well. The Inter-County Leader featured an article on the farm last summer, late August, that showcased the huge whitetailed bucks on the property located just north of Coomer, with some of those bucks pushing well beyond 350 inches according to the Boone and Crockett scoring system. “The ones from last year that were big are bigger this year,” said farm manager Greg Listle, who hopes that a large portion of the general public will attend to not only see the large bucks and even does and fawns, but also for an education on deer farming. “They’ll get an education just coming here. If they come and they spend three or five hours here, or even one or two hours, just being able to talk to deer farmers, it completely changes people’s perspective on the deer-farming industry,” Listle said. The event is also about showcasing the deer to other deer farmers across the state. Last year, the farm hosted a pasture walk, with about half of the 50 people who showed up being deer farmers and local farmers. The other half were just curious onlookers who admitted to being a bit nosy and wanted to see what was on the other side of the fence, and to see what deer farming was all

Spooner volleyball tryouts set

SPOONER — Any interested female attending Spooner High School this fall who wants to play for the Spooner volleyball program is welcomed to participate in the tryout process. Tryouts are scheduled at the high school gym as follows: Monday, Aug. 13, and Tuesday, Aug. 14, freshmen and sophomores 8-10 a.m.; juniors and seniors, 10 a.m.noon. Wednesday, Aug. 15, freshmen-seniors will have skill testing from 8-11 a.m., and game play evaluations from 3-5 p.m. Teams will be posted Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 7 p.m. — from Spooner Area School District

about. “The feedback that we got, from farmers as well as the public, was just phenomenal,” Listle said. Along with farm tours they are hoping to have a veterinarian on hand to show the public how blood samples are drawn from the deer and how they’re handled. If the weather is too hot, however, they won’t be handling any deer because it isn’t safe. The picnic is free and gates open at 10 a.m. The free lunch is planned for 12:30 p.m., but anyone planning to eat must RSVP no later than Tuesday, Aug. 7, by contacting Listle at 715-216-2037. The farm has also scheduled a band to play later in the afternoon, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Clam River Whitetails is located on 5234 Kent Lake Road, Frederic, 54837. Listle says a GPS will bring you right to the front door, but Kent Lake Road can be easily located off of CTH B, seven miles east of Siren. Listle said to also look for the picnic signs to help guide you there. “We’re so far in the middle of nowhere, we don’t get a lot of deer farmers that come and visit us, and this is a way to showcase our animals to the other deer farmers,” Listle said.

Clam River Whitetails is hosting its first-ever Whitetails of Wisconsin summer picnic on Saturday, Aug. 11. The public is encouraged to visit the deer farm, to get an education on deer farming in Wisconsin and take a look at some impressive whitetailed deer. The bucks pictured are only 1- 1/2 years old. – Photo by Marty Seeger

Golf league scores Butternut Hills Ladies July 26

18-hole Weekly Event: Tee to Green Winner: Barb Zielinski, 58 First flight Low gross: Barb Zielinski, 90 Low net: Jeanie Bedner, 73 Low putts: Loie Wollum, 30 Second flight Low gross: Vicki Sigmund, 101 Low net: Judy Nelson, 71 Low putts: Judy Nelson, 30 Third flight Low gross: Gloria O’Flanagan, 111 Low net: Debbie Johnson, 75 Low putts: Cindy Hanson, 33 Birdie: Judy Nelson Chip-in: Judy Nelson, No. 6


First flight Low gross: Bev Grocke, 49 Low net: Mary McCarthy, 35 Low putts: Bev Grocke, Midge Kinkead, 15 Second flight Low gross: Martha Matte, 66 Low net: Shirley Thurston, 49 Low putts: Shirley Thurston, 16 Third flight Low gross: Arlys Santiago, 57 Low net: Esther Prestegard/Margie Reisten, 40 Low putts: Holly Herland, Jan Grilley, 16 Birdie: Bev Grocke, No. 3 Chip-ins: Shirley Thurston, No. 1; Bev Grocke, No. 3


Athletic meeting reminder

SHELL LAKE — A mandatory athletic meeting for all Shell Lake student athletes of school-sponsored sports will be held Monday, Aug. 6, at 5:30 p.m. This includes sixth-graders in cross country and wrestling, fifth-graders in wrestling, and all students in grades 7-12 who plan to participate in athletics this school year. After the meal, free to students and $3 for parents, there will be a presentation by B.J. Brenna on sports injury prevention, off-season training and school nutrition; and concussion and injury management and lumps and bumps evaluations by Joel Anderson and Dr. Jeff Dunham. There will be a time to have forms and permission forms signed and physical cards turned in. Please respond to Phyllis Bergeron at 715-468-7816 or with how many adults and students will be attending from each family. — from Shell Lake Schools

Barronett by Judy Pieper

The Washburn County Fair was great! I took three of my grandchildren, Savanna, Maddy and Wrigley Marsh, up there on Friday afternoon. While the girls went to the midway, Wrigley and I went to the barns to see the animals. When we went into the chicken barn, he was fascinated. I thought, “Oh boy, a little grandchild who likes chickens as much as I do.” That was right up to the point when a rooster crowed. The first time it happened it was a short distance from us, and I reassured him — he’s just 1 year old — that it wouldn’t hurt him. But, the next time, we were right in front of the cage of the rooster that was crowing. He was pretty loud in voicing his opinion that he wanted nothing to do with any more chickens, so we got out of there. Hopefully he changes his mind by the time he’s 2. Maddy and Savanna had a great time winning wonderful prizes (plastic swords) at games on the midway. Maddy is 13 and Savanna is 15, I doubt they were very impressed with the swords. But then Savanna decided to play the ball tossing game until she won a goldfish. And $15 later, she could have bought lots of goldfish, she won one. She bought goldfish food, took it home, let it get acclimated to our water just like the guy told her to, and finally put him in a nice new home of his own. You guessed it. Bright and early the next morning he was a goner. Good thing we didn’t rush out and buy a 50-gallon aquarium for him. Live and learn. There is going to be a get-together in the basement of Barronett Lutheran Church next Sunday immediately after the worship service to celebrate Ruth Grover’s birthday. She is having one of those annoying birthdays that end with a zero, so we all insisted that we have cake and coffee with her. If you are one of Ruth’s many friends, please feel free to join us. Anitia Lehmann had Suzy and Ryan and family over for supper on Saturday evening to celebrate Ryan’s birthday a little late. She had fresh vegetables that Penny and Jerry Sundvall had brought over. The cucumbers were to die for. And lots of other good food, of course. She makes the best homemade German chocolate cake I have ever tasted. We all had a very good time eating and visiting. Terry Goodrich, aka the friendly neighborhood moocher, called on Saturday evening to tell me about taking a trip to Forts Folle Avoine. Terry has a tepee, and he knew that he would be able to get a

lot of information about the history of tepees at The Fort. He started talking to a man who had a tepee at The Fort, and he found out a lot about the Native American customs of entering the tepee, sleeping in the tepee and the way the food was cooked. He also learned about erecting the tepee. The women were the ones responsible for sewing the tepees, and it was a very prestigious thing to be a tepee sewer. It was a lot of work, as you can well imagine, even when they switched from buffalo hides to canvas. They started using canvas when the buffalo were becoming scarce, and actually, the canvas lasted longer than the hides. Anyway, even though the man was considered the head of the household, the tepee belonged to the woman. Even in the case of a divorce, or whatever, the man had to leave and the woman retained possession of the tepee. Hmmm. Terry noticed that things haven’t changed much over the last couple of hundred years. The man Terry was talking to took him over by his tepee, and as they were standing outside, Terry could hear a dog growling and snarling from inside the tepee. He could tell by the sounds of it that it was a pretty big critter. Everyone knows that Terry likes ponies, puppies, pies and kitties, not necessarily in that order. But that sounded like a very nasty dog inside the tepee. The walls of a tepee are not very thick, and this one was off the ground slightly for ventilation, so Terry, being just a little nervous, asked if the dog was tied up. The man gave Terry a funny look and asked him to come inside the tepee. Terry is not normally afraid of dogs, but he was pretty apprehensive about going inside. Once in there, he looked around and couldn’t find any dog, but there was a very portly gentleman, sound asleep, snoring and making the growling/snarling sounds. I know exactly what Terry is talking about. Once when we were little we stayed at Uncle Bud and Aunt Helen’s house overnight, and we woke up to Bud’s snoring, scared to death that there was a bear in the house. Sharai Hefty called to let us know that she will be acting in the play “The Dixie Swim Club” at the Red Barn Theatre in Rice Lake from Aug. 1-11. That is a great play. I saw it in Cumberland and hope I’ll be able to get over to Rice Lake to see it again. Oh, show time is at 7:30 p.m. I guess that’s about all I know from Barronett this week. Hope you have a great week. See you soon.

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Andy Griffith: America’s sheriff

by Mary B. Olsen The news came just as we prepared to celebrate the Fourth of July. The actor who played the role of the sheriff of Mayberry, Andy Griffith, passed away at the age of 86, at his home in North Carolina. In 2000, he had undergone triple bypass surgery. His wife, Cindi, said that he was the love of her life, her partner and best friend. She said he had an incredibly strong Christian faith, and she knows he is at peace with God. Andy Griffith gained fame acting in several Hollywood movies and in stage productions. In the movie, “A Face in the Crowd,” he played a kind of likable scoundrel, probably modeled after the radio star, Arthur Godfrey. It was in the television series “The Andy Griffith Show,” in which he played Sheriff Andy Taylor, that he became a larger-than-life American folk hero. The series ran from 1960 to 1968. He was a small-town sheriff, the kind of man who could be reasonable, polite and a Southern gentleman, but he was shrewd, and no one could hoodwink him. He had his deputy, Barney Fife, played by the comic actor Don Knotts, and his little boy, Opie,

played by Ron Howard. They say the series showed small-town America to the world. At the end of the 1960s, the entertainment industry went through dramatic changes. There was very little family programming. The show about Mayberry was always wholesome entertainment designed for families and children. Sheriff Andy was the heart and soul of Mayberry. Barney was the highly excitable helper, more than likely to get into trouble, but Andy could get him out of it. Then there was Gomer Pyle, played by Jim Nabors, and Goober Pyle, played by George Lindsey, and many other delightful small-town characters. It was a show about folks who enjoyed life. I think of them as folks who loved to sit around the cracker barrel in the general store and swap stories and argue politics. Andy was born June 1, 1926, in Mount Airy, N.C. It is where he grew up. The show was filmed in Mount Airy. Just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, the folks in the little town celebrate Mayberry Days, and they have an Autumn Leaves Festival. It’s a grape-growing region where there are wineries. They say Mount Airy is a great place to hear bluegrass and traditional music. Like many of our celebrated actors, Andy had problems in his personal life.


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Another beautiful day. Days are getting shorter, but I don’t think it is so noticeable, yet. It’s so nice to have the windows open until the sun is hot in the afternoon. One tenant here at Glenview said she saw a mother doe and a fawn outside her window Sunday night. The Washburn County Fair is now history and it will be 102 next year. We planned a trip to the fair from here, but I think it was just too hot and no one chose to go. Carolyn and Byron Denton returned to their home in California after spending a couple of weeks here with the Flachs. We welcome Ruth Swan to Glenview. She has lived in Cumberland many years. We hope you will feel welcome here, Ruth. I would imagine everyone watched the opening of the Olympics on Friday night. They always have such outstanding exercises, even ads and surprises. It was fun to watch. We celebrated Charlie Paffel’s birthday on Thursday, July 26, with our usual cake and ice cream. Happy birthday, Charlie. Also having birthdays this last month were Carla Gronning, Wendy Hayes, Ann Okonek, Mary Randall and Chloe Wykel. Happy birthday to you all. Mary and John Marschall took in the Washburn County Fair on Saturday and also the Polk County Fair. On Sunday, Mary attended a wedding shower for daughter Sara at the Drewe home put on by Gina Drewe, Robyn Heineke and Elaine Molls. The wedding is fast approaching. Visiting with Roger and Mavis Flach’s for a week were Ronnie Erickson and grandson Tristan from Greensboro, N.C.

On Saturday, Mavis and Roger Flach joined the Erickson family and relatives and friends at Jan Erickson’s for a family get-together. Curt and Martha Pederson and Daniel of Hudson visited Peder Pederson for four days. They took in the Washburn County Fair and helped Peder at his home. Happy wedding anniversary to Tim and Sue Pederson of Amherst who are celebrated on Monday, July 30. Visiting with Helen V. Pederson on Sunday afternoon were Milton and Jean Odden of Rice Lake. Arlys Santiago and her sister, Avis Paulson, of Verndale, met Avis’ daughters Cindy and Sharon of Texas at Albuquerque, N. M., for a surprise retirement party for Avis’ son, Mark Paulsen, having worked at U of N.M. as a strength coach for 25 years. This was held at Mark’s home. They report a good time, and we congratulate you too, Mark. Arlys and Avis returned on Tuesday. Florence Carlson, Lillian Ullom, Margaret Jones and Marvin Mortensen attended the wedding on Saturday of Jenny Mortensen and McKenzie Curtis at Full Gospel, with the reception and dance at the community center. Jenny is the daughter of Roger and Sheryl Mortensen, and McKenzie Curtis is the son of Kelly and Jerry Curtis. Here to attend the wedding from Louisiana was Roger’s brothers, Dale, and his wife and two grandchildren; Greg, and his wife and two grandchildren; and sister Janine and Eugene Dent. Congratulations to the happy couple. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

Karen Mangelsen visited Lois Snyder Friday morning to wish her a happy birthday. Chad, Jenny, Aubrey and Ashley Harrison were weekend guests of Nina and Lawrence Hines. Weekend visitors of Donna and Gerry Hines were Mark and Sue Hines and Donna Edgar, Roxy, Jack and Matthew Rodriquez. Jerry and Rose Sexton hosted a Mangelsen family reunion Saturday afternoon at their home. Thirty-three family members were there. Oldest attendee was Nick Mangelsen, 80, and youngest was Elsie Marek, 4.

Hank and Karen Mangelsen went to Timberland Sunday afternoon for a gettogether at the Timberland church hosted by Wayne and Marie Romsos. The celebration was in honor of the baptism of Matthew Losey, grandson of Wayne and Marie. Lida Nordquist went to the home of Joleen and Richard Funk Sunday to help Joleen celebrate her birthday. Sunday evening visitors of Gerry and Donna Hines were Lawrence and Nina Hines. Karen and Hank Mangelsen visited April, Dave, Patty and Mandy Close Sunday evening.

He and his first wife, Barbara Edwards, had two children, Sam and Dixie. They divorced and he married Salica Cassuto, and that marriage ended in divorce. He and his third wife, Cindi, were married in 1983. It seems like so many of our beloved actors are passing from the scene. Don passed away in 2006. George, who went on to become part of the cast of “Hee Haw,” passed away in May of this year. I hear that Jim is still around. And Ron is making epic movies. Andy played a Southern lawyer in the series “Matlock” from 1986 to 1995. It probably showed the world that the Southern courts were where people seek justice. They are not the setting for monkey trials, where people debate the evo-

lutionary theories. With a lawyer like Matlock, the client was in good hands. Andy sang gospel. He had been given many awards in his acting career, but the award for his gospel album was probably his most treasured. Many people mourned his passing. He was like an old and revered friend to the nation. Ron stated, “… his pursuit of excellence and the joy he took in creating, served generations and shaped my life. I’m forever grateful. RIP, Andy.” I like to think of him sauntering down a dusty country road whistling a merry tune. We are all going to miss him.

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Candidates and interest groups spent $81 million on recall efforts

by Shawn Johnson Wisconsin Public Radio STATEWIDE - Candidates and interest groups spent nearly $81 million, combined, in the failed effort to recall Gov. Scott Walker, according to a new report by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. The $80.9 million spent on the recall was just for the governor’s race. Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Director Mike McCabe says that if you add in what was spent on state Senate recalls this summer and last, the total jumps to nearly $138 million. “We saw spending and fundraising records galore fall in these state Senate recall elections in 2011, and of course, fundraising and spending records again set in the governor’s race, too.

So money screamed in these elections.” The leading spender was Walker himself, who poured roughly $36 million into his recall victory. The next biggest spender on the Republican side was the Republican Governor’s Association, which spent $9.5 million. On the Democratic side, the Greater Wisconsin Political Fund led the way, spending $5.3 million attacking Walker. The No. 2 spender was Wisconsin for Falk, a labor-funded group that spent $4 million on Kathleen Falk’s unsuccessful primary bid. McCabe said other groups were able to hide their spending, leaving the Democracy Campaign to estimate. “Even some of the groups that disclose their

spending don’t have to reveal their actual donors. So we’ve got an awful lot of dark money that’s flowing into these elections.” According to the Democracy Campaign, Walker and Republican groups outspent Democrats $58.7 million to $22 million.

I was sitting out on my front deck one evening and a couple of sandhill cranes flew over squawking and a little green tree frog that lives behind my welcome sign answered them, four times. They do sound somewhat the same. Weather was great for our Washburn County Fair this year and for my boys who are getting in the third crop of hay. They’re grateful for having a crop to put in, unlike lots of other places. This past week we did get a few sprinkles of rain, each drop helps. Crickets and cicadas have started singing. Signs of fall. It’s time to turn another calendar page already, that’s hard to believe, August is here. Jeff Hutton, Amarillo, Texas, was up Wednesday night until Sunday staying at Greg and Sue Krantz’s to watch the kids at the fair. Wednesday evening both Lainy and Chane rode horses in the gymkhana, each getting five blues. Thursday they took part in the horse drill team where Chane got the high point trophy for open class. Saturday they both took part in the horse show, where Lainy got high points for her age group for her horse. The kids left on a vacation with their dad. Vinnie Fergerson, Friendship, spent a few days here at the Rux cabin and visited at Anton Frey’s a couple of times. Mavis Schlapper and Joyce Wade took in the dance at Whitetail with Trees on the Moon playing Saturday night. Jan Rath, Mavis Schlapper and Marion Rieter took first, second and third place at women’s horseshoes Sunday morning. Sunday afternoon, Mavis Schlapper, her sister, Joyce, Jan Rath’s friends, Jim and Marvin went up to Pine River where Larry and The Drifters were entertaining. Judy Stodola visited Virginia Stodola on Thursday. Dave and Cathy Stodola, Hudson, were up on the weekend. Saturday, Virginia’s granddaughter, Coreen, and sons Sam and Sawyer of Hudson were up. Russ and son Corey Furchtenicht went on a motorcycle ride with 30 area dairy farmers to Black River Falls and toured a brewery while there. Russ reports there were 28 Harleys, one Yamaha, and one Can-Am threewheeler on the trip.

Sympathy to the family of Larry Todd, 60, Madge, who passed away July 16. A celebration of his life was held at the Madge Town Hall on Saturday. A speedy get-well is wished for a former West Sarona neighbor boy, Adam Gronning, who was airlifted to Eau Claire with a badly broken femur last Monday in an accident near CTH B and Hwy. 253. Shell Lake Boy Scout Troup 51, that Casey Furchtenicht is in, spent Sunday through Friday at Camp Phillips. Roger and Cindy Furchtenicht attended the Friday night closing ceremonies. Brett Holman and Casey Furchtenicht went to Danbury to the Forts Folle Avoine Rendezvous and tented out Friday and Saturday night, taking part in the event. Les and Sandi Vogt had some high school friends from the Twin Cities here Saturday night for a little gettogether. Brian Harrison, Little Ripley Lake, stopped for water while biking on Thursday and I had a nice chat with him. It was such a hot day. Saturday a biker from Menomonie stopped by to borrow a socket to fit his bike chain and filled up with water. He was on his way to Webster, so I had a nice visit with him. Last Tuesday my brother, Don, and Shirley Shoquist, sister Nell Lee, Stanberry, and Sharon and Merle Wilber, Webster, and myself joined sister Verna Clyde at her daughter Karen and Richard Olson’s in Mackay Valley for a spaghetti and meatball supper together. Thursday noon, Mary Krantz and I met some classmates from the Town of Crystal of years back, June (Johnson) Ellingson, Green Bay, and Lois (Martin) Titas, Louisville, Ky., at her summer place in Springbrook and had a great visit together over lunch in Spooner. Friday when I got home from the fair it was nice to have my yard all mowed. Grandson Duane Swanson, Menomonie, had come up for the afternoon and then had supper with me. Sunday, daughter Mary Marschall and I attended a

bridal shower for Sara held at the Crewe Farm, Cumberland, hosted by three of Kyle’s friends’ moms. Really a fun country-style event. They served luscious pies and ice cream for lunch, fun games and they received some neat gifts. Elaine Ryan and Rocky Furchtenicht attended the Weitzenkamp family reunion in Dodge Center, Minn., on Saturday with a good turnout of cousins attending. Reports crops look good in that area. This weekend, Aug. 3-5, is Jack Pine Savage Days in Spooner with lots of fun things going on to enjoy. The Whitetail Campground is having their first-annual golf tournament at Butternut Golf Course. The tee time is 11 a.m. for the 9-hole event on Saturday, Aug. 4. Trophies will be given out. A benefit for little Olivia Greener will be held at the Reel ‘Em Inn on Long Lake from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4, to help the family with medical bills. Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 8, it’s polka time from 14 p.m. with Ray Rubenzer at the White Tail Ridge Campgrounds. Happy birthday this week to Donna Pokorney, Vicki Lyons, Debbie West, Ben Elliott, Justin Hemshrot, Joann Milton, Sue Ellen LaVeau and Wyatt Whitney, Aug. 2; Darlene Johnachek, Judy (Gagner) Schroder and Marc Oberstar on Aug. 3; Angela Quinn, Nancy Swanson, Nancy Harrell, Denny Luy and my sister Verna Clyde, Aug. 4; Allan Zaloudek, Keith Kemp and Carol Huerth, Aug. 5; Lonnie Gohde, Lee Johnson, Art Stubfors Jr., and Allison Stubfors, Aug. 6; Marie Harrell and Pricilla Morley and Stephanie Lindermann, Aug. 7; Amanda Musil, Wendee Thompson and Jack Curtiss, Aug. 8. Some couples with anniversaries this week include Matt and Christi Krantz, Tom and Barb Degner, Ron and Linda Christianson, Bob and Janet Single, Mike and Marla Backer, Mark and Vicki LaRuse and Kenny and Francine Connors. Happiness is wished for each couple.

This is the last of July that I will have to write about for this year. Yes, July is about gone, and it’s hard to believe it, as summer is about gone. In about a month it will be time for school to start with the school bells ringing. I don’t know where the summer went, do you? Happy birthday wishes go out to Joanne Dahlstrom on her special day, Aug. 2. Have a great day, Joanne. Aug. 2, a happy birthday to Mark Knoop, our Dewey Country chairman, to Greta Johnson, and to Ashlyn Mitchell. All have a wonderful day. Happy anniversary to Tom and Lois Hodgson as they celebrate their anniversary together Aug. 2 with lots more to come. Happy birthday to Jeff Redding on Aug. 3 and also to Bill Forrestal. Have a wonderful day. Aug. 4, it’s a very happy birthday to Tom Biver when he celebrates his special day with many more to come. Happy anniversary to Penny and Jeff Ladd on Aug. 5 when they celebrate 17 years together with lots more to come. Happy birthday to Dale Scribner on his special day, Aug. 6. Enjoy your day, Dale. Happy anniversary to Dustin and Chelsea Lee as they celebrate their special day with lots more to come on Aug. 6. Happy anniversary to Mark and Beth Hansen on their special day, Aug. 6, when they celebrate 18 years together with lots more to come. A very happy birthday to Ashley LaVeau as she enjoys her special day, Aug. 7, with lots more to come. Happy birthday to my special niece, Susan Pederson, on Aug.8, with lots more to come. Also a very happy birthday to Wyatt Stellrecht as he enjoys his special day. Has anyone noticed that there aren’t any squirrels around? Usually we have eight to 10 squirrels running around in our yard and up the trees. This year we don’t seem to have them. Maybe the coyotes or some other animal got them. Our deepest sympathy to the family of Judy Fox who passed away July 21. Judy was ahead of me in school.

Judy will be missed by her friends and family. Don’t the corn and soybeans look great? Yes, we had some rain and it sure helped. Let’s hope we get more rain as the corn is in need of it now with the ears forming. This year I didn’t plant a garden. I guess I have lots of food in the basement and in the freezers, so there’s no use of planting any more. I didn’t even make jam as the girls have lots also. Saturday, Jim and Sandy Atkinson attended the Atkinson reunion at Lyle Atkinson’s. Sandy says there were lots of people there and it was nice to see everyone. Sandy Redding tells us her honey, Bernard, had his chemo treatment last Friday. She says he will have to take seven treatments in all. Jeff and Dee Redding and children were up for the weekend, and they painted a shed red with white trim. Please keep Bernard and Sandy in your special thoughts and prayers. Butch and Loretta VanSelus took in the Washburn County Fair last Thursday. In the evening, they also took in the horse pull, which both of them enjoyed. Jarrett and Bev Casselious and son Eric spent the weekend with Bev’s parents, Carl and Betty Meister. Micheal Patrick Murray and Steve Hulleman worked on siding Diane Hulleman’s home on Saturday and Sunday. Talking with Beth Crosby we find the Chad Crosbys were home for the weekend. Saturday, Garry and Beth Crosby visited Preston and Pattie Haglin. Sunday, Glen and Lorraine Crosby and Shorty and Melissa, Tyler and Katie Ann were at Garry and Beth’s for supper. Tyler and Katie Ann took dairy, beef and a horse to the Washburn County Fair where they received many different prizes, which is great. Thursday, Shorty and son Tyler headed for the Wisconsin State Fair where Tyler was to show dairy. I’m sure Tyler will come out on top. Scatter sunshine! Have a great week!

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Bernard “Pete” Shaw

Bernard Peter “Pete” Shaw, 84, formerly of Sarona, passed away Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at his home in Panama City, Fla. Pete was born in Chicago, Ill., March 25, 1925, and has lived in Panama City for the last 10 years. He retired as an insurance agent for Prudential Insurance Company after 30 years of service. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lucille Lundquist Shaw, in 1987. Survivors include his wife, Mary R. Shaw, Panama City, Fla.; his children, Carol Brown and husband Jim, Dixon, Ill.; Bernie Shaw and wife Durenda, Fountain, Fla.; Dave Shaw and wife Rosslynn, Dixon, Ill.; his grandchildren, Melissa Coleman and husband Bobby, Rebecca Shaw, Tim Shaw, Matthew Brown and Zachary Shaw; his great-grandchildren, Niklas Nystrom, Theoren Nystrom, Ethen Shaw, LeAnne Shaw, Hailey Shaw,

Dylan Shaw and Gabi Shaw; sister Margaret Scholman and husband William, Madison; and nieces. Memorial services will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 4, at Appleyard’s Home for Funerals in Rice Lake. Family will receive friends beginning 10 a.m. until service time. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Pete’s name may be made to the Hospice of Emerald Coast, 2925 Martin Luther King Blvd., Panama City, FL 32405. The Appleyard’s Home for Funerals, Rice Lake, was entrusted with arrangements.

by Mike Simonson Wisconsin Public Radio SUPERIOR - Three years after the fish-killing disease VHS was found in Lake Superior, a researcher will come out with a report next week that says for the first time, fish in that lake may have built up immunity to the disease. University of Minnesota Extension aquaculture specialist Nick Phelps says there’s no doubt viral hemorrhagic septicemia exists in Lake Superior. “Now that’s good and bad. It shows us the virus is surviving in fish, persisting in the wild. That’s the bad part. The good part is, it’s not killing them.” While VHS exists in every Great Lake, and there have been large fish kills in four of those water bodies, there have been no fish kills in Lake Superior. Phelps will report to the American Fisheries Conference in La Crosse next week that VHS may not be the great


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Episcopal St. Alban's

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

Salem Lutheran, ELCA

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

Full Gospel Shell Lake Full Gospel

Timberland Ringebu Free Lutheran

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.; Thurdays: Compassion Connection (Coed meetings) 7 p.m.;

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

Trinity Lutheran


Barronett Lutheran

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

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church

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

Faith Lutheran

(Missouri Synod) South of Spooner off Hwy. W7148 Luther Rd. Pastor Brent Berkesch 715-635-8167 Sunday 9. a.m. Worship Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Worship Lutheran Hour on WJMC 96.1 FM Radio at 9 a.m. Sundays


Long Lake Lutheran Church

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


United Methodist

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

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.

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

Church of the Nazarene

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


Spooner Wesleyan

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


Cornerstone Christian

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

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.


girl said to her date, “If you do not tell me that you love me, I am going to hold my breath until I pass out.” “Holding your breath may be interesting,” he said. “Being a doctor, I realize that if you pass out it may be a metabolic disorder. I suggest Vitamin B6. You can take a tablet or eat liver.” “I asked for love,” sobbed the girl, “and all I get is a prescription for beef liver.” Everyone needs love. It is the greatest gift the world has ever known. It takes the unloved and makes them believe they are loveable. It takes the unacceptable and makes them feel acceptable. It brings respect to those who have never been respected. The source of love is God. The beginning of love is God. And the end of love is God. It is only as he reigns in our hearts that his love will be revealed in our lives. Visit us at:

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Wisconsin frac sand sites double

by Kate Prengaman Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism BLAIR - Behind a hill in rural Trempealeau County, farmland undergoes an industrial transformation. Outside this city of 1,300, Preferred Sands turns Wisconsin’s sandy soil into a hot commodity. A wall of green trees opens to a vast expanse of sand buzzing with activity. Excavators mine and conveyors carry the sand from towering stockpiles up into the processing plant. Every week, this facility ships 7,500 tons of sand by rail to oil and gas fields in Texas, North Dakota and Pennsylvania. This 400-acre mine and processing facility is one of 20 such operations that have sprung up in the past two years in Trempealeau County. The mines and processing plants produce strong, finegrained sand in high demand for a type of oil and natural gas drilling known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The number of Wisconsin frac sand mining operations has more than doubled in the past year, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism found, and the state leads the nation in production. “We have the best sand in the world,” said Tom Woletz, the frac sand specialist at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. “And we have a lot of sand.” A year ago, the center,, identified 41 facilities operating or proposed in the state. This summer, 87 are operating or under construction, with another 20 facilities in the proposal stage. “Our office has turned into a zoo,” said Kevin Lien, director of land management for Trempealeau County. “We have seven applications for mining permits in July. Everyone here is engulfed in mining. It’s a huge workload for us.” Frac sand fever has hit much of westcentral Wisconsin, catching residents and local governments by surprise. Permit applications have come in faster than residents or officials can process them, or the implications for their communities. The frac sand boom has divided residents into those who believe mining will create sorely needed jobs in rural Wisconsin and those who fear the impacts these mines may have on human health, road safety and the environment. Some communities have readily welcomed frac sand mining for economic reasons. Others, including Buffalo, Dunn, Eau Claire and Pepin counties and a handful of towns, slapped on temporary moratoriums to give them time to review and update their land-use regulations. The demand for sand has soared in tandem with the explosion in controversial hydraulic fracturing operations across the country. The sand is used to prop open fractures in the bedrock, allowing oil or natural gas to flow past. Frac sand production has increased sevenfold in the past decade, according to the United States Geological Survey. Thomas Dolley, a mineral commodity specialist at the USGS, said he can’t divulge state-specific numbers, but he confirmed that Wisconsin is currently the largest producer of frac sand. “It’s like a land rush for this material,” Dolley said. “I’ve been covering this commodity for 11 years, and I’ve never seen anything like this.” But Bruce Brown, senior geologist with the Wisconsin Geological Survey, agrees with other state officials that Wisconsin may be reaching the peak of the frac sand boom. “I think it’s going to slow down,” Brown said. “People worry that we’re going to sell out all of the sand in Wisconsin. That’s not going to happen.” The center found that about one-third of Wisconsin’s frac sand operations are in towns with no zoning regulations. In those areas, the only control local offi-

A conveyor pours crushed sand into a stockpile before it is washed and sorted by grain class size at the Preferred Sands mine in Blair on June 20. The number of such frac sand facilities has more than doubled since 2011. – Photo by Lukas Keapproth/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

Mine supporters wear pro-sand mining T-shirts to a Buffalo County Board meeting in Gilmanton on June 14. - Photo by Kate Prengaman/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

cials have is through the reclamation permit, which primarily deals with how the site will be returned to a productive land use, like agriculture or a park, after mining is complete. “If you don’t have zoning, it makes it very difficult to say no,” said Dan Masterpole, the conservationist for Chippewa County, where frac sand facilities are located primarily in unzoned towns. “We have no authority to regulate where (mining) should occur, operations, noise, air, dust or any of those type of nuisance-related impacts.” The DNR handles air and water regulations for all sites, zoned or not. Large mines and processing facilities must meet state air pollution limits for airborne particles, in part to reduce exposure to silica dust, a substance that can cause silicosis, a life-threatening lung disease. While silica exposure in the workplace is tightly regulated, there are no specific limits for silica dust in the open air. In January, the state Department of Natural Resources, Mines/documents/SilicaSandMiningFin al.pdf, decided that no additional regulations are needed. Since then there have been two damaging sand, spills, both in May, caused in part by failure to follow existing state rules, local/158518655.html. At a Burnett County mine, a leak in a new storage pond poured silty water into the St. Croix River for days until a hiker noticed the problem. Shortly after Preferred Sands bought the mine in Blair from a Canadian company, a wet stockpile of sediment slipped and flooded a neighboring home. “We’ve had a huge amount of change since we had that spill,” said Todd Murchison, the regional manager for Minnesota-based Preferred Sands. “Every day, we have to leave everything so that it will be safe in case it rains 2 inches overnight.” Added Murchison, “We need this stuff, we need natural gas. We need energy independence, in my opinion. I think that the key is we’re going to do it, but let’s do it right.” In Gilmanton, a town of fewer than 500 people in Buffalo County, many lawns sport bright green signs proclaiming “Sand = Jobs.” About half the residents in attendance at a public hearing in June wore bright green shirts with the same slogan, provided by Glacier Sands, a mine operator applying for permits. Company co-owner Ryan Thomas said he plans to hire about 100 employees plus local contractors for electrical, welding and other services for the four mining, processing and loading sites his Menomonie-based company is planning for Buffalo County. For many residents, the promise of new jobs and new industry trumps all other concerns. Others worry about how mining could change west-central Wisconsin. Mike O’Connor, a Buffalo County resident, attended many meetings in the past year to voice his concerns about the frac sand industry, including increased heavy truck traffic on winding local roads. “Many of us are here for Aldo Leopold’s sand country,” O’Connor said, referring to the famous Wisconsin environmentalist. “This is a really spectacular piece of the world, so to have it ripped apart is kind of emotional. “But there is a pretty compelling story on the other side. It’s a very ambiguous issue which makes it emotionally very difficult.” Editor’a note: A longer version of this story, including an interactive map, can be found at our Web site at wcregisteronline. net.

Map of all of the frac sand facilities operating and proposed in Wisconsin as of July 2012.

Marriage licenses

Andrew L. Curtis, Barronett, and Jennifer L. Anderson, Barronett. Justin H. Leckel, Birchwood, and Maria A. Aubart, Birchwood. Thomas E. Bies, St. Louis Park, Minn., and Rachel N. Otto, St. Louis Park, Minn. Adam J. Walter, Stone Lake, and Jennifer M. Ozee, Stone Lake. Terry L. Shegstad, Minong, and Danielle E. Beauvais, Minong. Dylan C. Thorson, Parkers Prairie, Minn., and Amanda G. Daniels, Stinnett. Gabriel C. Alger, Dewey, and Dorothy E. Nelson, Beaverbrook.


Thursday, July 12 At 4:18 p.m. Milo L. Jones, 77, Sarona, was westbound on CTH E, in the median at Hwy. 53 in Trego when he was sideswiped by a semi pulling out of the Trego Travel Center. The semi was driven by Robert Osborn, 54, of Radotich Enterprise LLC., Chisholm, Minn. Law enforcement pulled over the semi in Douglas County. Sunday, July 15 At 4:55 p.m. Alila L. Lindgren, 30, Spooner, was southbound on Hwy. 53, at Dilly Lake Road in Spooner when she hit a deer. Minor damage to the front end was reported. No injuries were reported.

Garage sales

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Deadline is noon on Monday!

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Fri. & Sat., Aug. 3 & 4 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.


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FIRST-TIME GARAGE SALE Men’s & women’s clothing, girls infant to 5T; toys; pictures; bar stools; medicine cabinet; countertop; many misc.

Sun., Aug. 5, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everything Is Free! W3833 CTH B • Sarona



The City of Shell Lake is seeking proposals for engineering services for a number of street projects scheduled to be completed in 2013. Specifications can be obtained at the City Administrator’s Office, 501 First Street, P.O. Box 520, Shell Lake, WI 54871. Sealed proposals must be submitted to the City of Shell Lake by 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 28, 2012. The City of Shell Lake reserves the right to accept or reject any and all proposals or to select the proposal most advantageous to the city. Jeffrey D. Park, Public Works Director 566506 50-51r WNAXLP


Pursuant to WI Stat. 5.84(1), a public test of the electronic voting equipment will be held on Tuesday, August 7, 2012, at 5 p.m., at the Barronett Town Hall, N1608 South Heart Lake Road, Shell Lake, WI. This test is open to the public. Patricia A. Parker, Town Clerk 566121 50r WNAXLP


Pursuant to Wis. Stat. 5.84 a test of electronic voting equipment will be held Tuesday, August 7, 2012, at 10 a.m., in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 501 First St., Shell Lake, 566297 50r WNAXLP Wis. This test is open to the public. Bradley A. Pederson, City Administrator/Clerk-Treasurer


City of Shell Lake property owners can drop off tires (without rims), appliances, computers and televisions free of charge at the Shell Lake City Shop, 55 Richie Road, on Saturday, August 4, 2012, between the hours of 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is a residential collection only. The City reserves the right to limit quantities. For further information, contact: Jeff Parker at 715-468-7873 Brad Pederson at 715-468-7679 or Shell Lake Public Works Department 566511 50r WNAXLP


Pursuant to WI State 5.84(1), a public test of the electronic voting equipment will be held on Tuesday, August 7, 2012, at 6 p.m., at the Sarona Town Hall. This test is open to the public. Victoria Lombard, Clerk 566481 350r WNAXLP

speeding, $175.30. David M. Morrison, Spooner, disorderly conduct, $263.50. Brian R. Mundt, Rice Lake, speeding, $276.10. Brandon J. Nelson, Rice Lake, operating ATV on county forestland, $50.00. Rick J. Neva, Turtle Lake, operating ATV without valid safety certificate, $162.70. Shaun D. Neva, Turtle Lake, ATV operation on highways, $200.50. Thomas E. Niccum, Surprise, Ariz., speeding, $200.50. Wendy R. Pfaff, Cameron, disorderly conduct, $263.50. Daniel P. Salzl, Roseville, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Danielle M. Reynolds, Shell

Lake, operating without valid license, $200.50. Lloyd O. Olson, Birchwood, operating while suspended, $200.50; speeding, $200.50. Clint K. Scribner, Birchwood, seat belt violation, $10.00. Shawn M. Smith, Spooner, disorderly conduct, $263.50. Stephanie C. Snow, Glencoe, Ill., speeding, $225.70. Craig C. Soderling, Bloomington, Minn., speeding, $250.90. Norma J. Soloman, Sarona, operating boat without valid certificate number, $200.50. Shaye D. Strenke, Cameron, meeting of vehicle wrong side, $187.90. Sabrina M. St. John, Hayward,

Help Wanted Country Pride Co-op

HELP WANTED DELI, CASHIER & FEED DEPTS. Must be available nights and weekends. Apply In Person

1/2 mile south of Shell Lake on Hwy. 63.


Athletic Director

The following position is available in the Shell Lake School District: Athletic Director. The Athletic Director position will start with the 2012/ 2013 school year. Previous experience in coaching and athletic administration is preferred. To apply, applicants must send a letter of application and resume. Successful applicant must pass a criminal background check, drug screen and required medical exam. Start Date: 2012-13 school year Application Deadline: August 10, 2012 Submit application materials to: Don Peterson, 7-12 Principal School District of Shell Lake 271 Hwy. 63 Shell Lake, WI 54871 The Shell Lake School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or disability.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Office Operations Manager

Washburn County is accepting applications for the position of Office Operations Manager with the Highway Department. This position is responsible for a variety of administrative activities in support of overall departmental operations. Other duties include the preparation of program budgets; facilitation of county, state and local road programs; management of inventory/purchasing; logistics; employee relations and payroll prep; tracks fixed assets; and oversees financial reporting for the department.

Candidates for this position must possess strong leadership skills, knowledge and experience in problem-solving techniques and exceptional communication skills. Duties also include responsibility for the management and coordination of finance activities related to construction and maintenance of the county, state and town infrastructure. This position is under the direct supervision of the highway commissioner.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor degree in Accounting or related field, four years’ automated cost accounting or office management experience, proficiency with automatic accounting systems or any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes an excellent benefit package. Download an employment application and a complete position description from the County Web site at or contact the Washburn County Human Resources Department, P.O. Box 337, Shell Lake, WI 54871 (Ph. 715-468-4624, Fax 715-468-4628). Resumes will be accepted but will not take the place of a completed application. Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m., Friday, August 10, 2012. 566484 50-51r 40b “EOE”

disorderly conduct, $263.50. Brian J. Timp, Glen Flora, operating with restricted controlled substance, $695.50, license revoked 6 months, alcohol assessment. Casey L. Satter, Minong, battery, $243.00; disorderly conduct, $243.00.


(July 25, Aug. 1, 8) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WINNEBAGO COUNTY EVERBANK 8100 Nations Way Jacksonville, Florida 32256 Plaintiff, vs. NICOLE M. STRENKE and JOHN DOE, unknown spouse of Nicole M. Strenke P.O. Box 113 Minong, WI 54859 OR 654 Cedar Street Neenah, WI 54956 Defendants Case No. 12-CV-0817 Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage Dollar Amount Greater Than $5,000 FORTY-DAY SUMMONS THE STATE OF WISCONSIN, TO: NICOLE M. STRENKE and JOHN DOE, unknown spouse of Nicole M. Strenke P.O. Box 113 Minong, WI 54859; and N13337 Denniger Road Minong, WI 54859 654 Cedar Street Neenah, WI 54956 You are hereby notified that the plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. The complaint, which is also served upon you, states the nature and basis of the legal action. Within 40 days after July 25, 2012, you must respond with a written answer, as that term is used in Chapter 802 of the Wisconsin Statutes, to the complaint. The court may reject or disregard an answer that does not follow the requirements of the statutes. The answer must be sent or delivered to the court, whose address is: Clerk of Circuit Court Winnebago County Courthouse 415 Jackson Street P.O. Box 2808 Oshkosh, WI 54903 and to O’Dess and Associates, S.C., Plaintiff’s attorneys, whose address is: O’Dess and Associates, S.C. 1414 Underwood Avenue Suite 403 Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 53213 You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not provide a proper answer within 40 days, the court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. O’Dess and Associates, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff By: M. ABIGAIL O’DESS Bar Code No. 1017869 Post Office Address: 1414 Underwood Avenue Suite 403 Wauwatosa, WI 53213 (414) 727-1591 O’Dess and Associates, S.C., is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a Chapter 7 Discharge in Bankruptcy, this correspondence should not be construed as an attempt to collect a debt. 565955 WNAXLP


(July 18, 25, Aug. 1) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. as servicer for Bank of New York as Trustee for the Benefit of Alternative Loan Trust 2007-7T2 Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2007-7T2 Plaintiff vs. ROSS A. SCHLIESMANN, et al. Defendant(s) Case No.: 08 CV 236 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on February 23, 2009, in the amount of $588,653.31, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: August 15, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1.) 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2.) Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: At the north entrance of Washburn County Courthouse located 10 4th Avenue, Shell Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: A parcel of land in Government Lots 1 and 2, and in lands not part of the U.S. Public Land Survey, Section 3, Township 37 North, Range 10 West, and in the SE1/4 of the SW1/4, Section 34, Township 38 North, Range 10 West, Town of Birchwood, Washburn County, Wisconsin, more particularly described as follows: Commencing at the Quarter Corner to Section 34, Township 38 North, Range 10 West and Section 3, Township 37 North, Range 10 West and Section 3, Township 37 North, Range 10 West, marked by a 2-1/2” brass-capped iron pipe; thence N 64 Degrees 55’03”W, 715.83 Feet to the place of beginning. Thence S36 Degrees 12’11”W, 818.88 Feet to a 1” iron pipe near the North Shore of Nick Lake; thence N39 Degrees 34’57”W, 257.90 Feet along the lake to a 1” iron pipe; thence leaving the lake N36 Degrees 12’11”E, 448.96 Feet to a 1” iron pipe; thence N27 Degrees 36’35”E, 410.00 Feet to a 1” iron pipe; thence S 28 Degrees 01’48”E, 181.15 Feet to a 1” iron pipe; thence S46 Degrees 04’54”E, 149.48 Feet to the place of beginning. Including also all lands lying between the lakeshore meander line and Nick Lake. Surveyor’s-Certificate I, Stuart L. Foltz, Registered Land Surveyor #S-1170, hereby certify that we have surveyed the above-described property; that this plat is an accurate survey and a true representation thereof, and correctly shows the exterior boundary lines and the correct measurements thereof; that we have made such survey by the order of Ross Schliesmann, and that we have complied with Chapter 236.34 of the Wisconsin Statutes. A lso known as: Parcel 1 of C.S.M. No. 3464 Recorded on July 25, 2006, as Document No. 319583. PROPERTY ADDRESS: W1129 Peufald Road, Birchwood, WI 54817. TAX KEY NO.: 65-010-2-37-1003-5-05-002-001010. Dated this 3rd day of July, 2012. /s/Sheriff Terry Dryden Washburn County Sheriff Scott D. Nabke Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1037979 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. 1952515

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Minn., speeding, $200.50. Matthew C. Lein, Stone Lake, speeding, $175.30. Mohammad F. Mahrat, Glen Ellyn, Ill., speeding, $250.90. Taylor B. Marsh, Rice Lake, operating ATV on county forestland, $50.00. Rhonda A. Moe, Imperial Beach, Calif., hunting without license, $192.70. Merri L. Moody, St. Paul, Minn.,

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fishing without license $192.70. Philip J. Hedlund, Spooner, failure to yield when emerging from alley, $175.30. Michael A. Hill, Rice Lake, operating ATV on county forestland, $50.00. Victoria R. Irvine, Spooner, seat belt violation, $10.00. Rebecca J. Janke, Eau Claire, speeding, $175.00. David S. Lasserre, Coon Rapids,

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The Classifieds

(July 25, Aug. 1, 8) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF CHARLES R. MELTON Order Setting Time to Hear Petition for Administration and Deadline for Filing Claims (Formal Administration) Case No. 12 PR 40 A petition for formal administration was filed. THE COURT FINDS: The decedent, with date of birth April 18, 1952, and date of death June 17, 2012, was domiciled in Washburn County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of W6056 Cranberry Road, Shell Lake, WI 54871. THE COURT ORDERS: 1. The petition be heard at the Washburn County Courthouse, Shell Lake, Wisconsin, before Circuit Court Judge Eugene E. Harrington, on August 13, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. You do not need to appear unless you object. The petition may be granted if there is no objection. 2. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is October 31, 2012. 3. A claim may be filed at the Washburn County Courthouse, Shell Lake, Wisconsin. 4. Heirship will be determined at the hearing on petition for final judgment. 5. Publication of this notice is notice to any persons whose names or addresses are unknown. Please check with person named below for exact time and date. BY THE COURT: Eugene D. Harrington Circuit Court Judge July 18, 2012 Ryan M. Benson Attorney at Law Benson Law Office LLC P.O. Box 370 Siren, WI 54872 715-349-5215 565835 Bar No. 1036463 WNAXLP

(August 1, 8, 15) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF RICHARD D. PURFEERST Order Setting Deadline for Filing a Claim (Formal Administration) Case No. 12 PR 32 A petition for formal administration was filed. THE COURT FINDS: 1. The decedent with date of birth March 17, 1943, and date of death May 15, 2012, was domiciled in Washburn County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of W2255 Larson Rd., Springbrook, WI 54875. 2. All interested persons waived notice. THE COURT ORDERS: 1. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is October 20, 2012. 2. A claim must be filed at the Washburn County Courthouse, Shell Lake, Wisconsin. BY THE COURT: Eugene D. Harrington Circuit Court Judge July 20, 2012

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(July 25, Aug. 1, 8) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF EDMUND SEDBROOK Notice Setting Time to Hear Application and Deadline for Filing Claims (Informal Administration) Case No. 12 PR 38 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth May 10, 1927, and date of death July 4, 2012, was domiciled in Washburn County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of W821 Metcalf Road, Stone Lake, WI 54876. 3. The application will be heard at the Washburn County Courthouse, Shell Lake, Wisconsin, before Probate Registrar on August 14, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. You do not need to appear unless you object. The application may be granted if there is no objection. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is October 25, 2012. 5. A claim may be filed at the Washburn County Courthouse, Shell Lake, Wisconsin. 6. This publication is notice to any persons whose names or addresses are unknown. Marilynn E. Benson Probate Registrar July 11, 2012 Jack Kussmaul KINNEY, URBAN & KUSSMAUL 151 W. Maple St., P.O. Box 528 Lancaster, WI 53813 608-723-7661 Bar Number: 1011078 565688 WNAXLP

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(Aug. 1, 8, 15) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT, F/K/A FARMERS HOME ADMINISTRATION, Plaintiff, vs. JOAN VAZQUEZ, and LORETTA FRENCH, et. al Defendants. CASE NO.: 11CV-83 FORECLOSURE CASE CODE 30404 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of a Judgment of Foreclosure made in the aboveentitled action on 9/29/2011, in the amount of $109,121.98, I will sell at public auction at The North Entrance (a.k.a. North Steps) of the Washburn County Courthouse 10 4th Avenue, Shell Lake, WI 54871, City of Shell Lake, County of Washburn, State of Wisconsin, on 8/29/2012, at 10:00 a.m. all of the following-described mortgaged premises, to wit: Lot Nineteen (19), The Pines Subdivision, City of Spooner, Washburn County, Wisconsin. The above property is located at: 1700 Pine Drive, Spooner, WI 54801. Tax Key No.: 65 281 2 38 12 06 1 0 5090. TERMS OF SALE: Cash DOWN PAYMENT: 10% of amount bid by cash or cashier’s check due at time of sale. Balance of purchase price must be paid within ten (10 business days after confirmation of the sale. This property is sold “as is” subject to all legal encumbrances and any outstanding and accruing real estate taxes, special assessments, and penalties and interest, if any. Upon confirmation of the sale by the Court, purchaser will be required to pay all recording fees and, if desired, the cost of title evidence. Dated this 1st day of August, 2012, at Shell Lake, WI. /s/Terry Dryden Terry Dryden Sheriff Of Washburn County, WI Kohner, Mann & Kailas, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 4650 N. Port Washington Road Milwaukee, WI 53212 566231 WNAXLP PH: 414-962-5110

Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1692), we are required to state that we are attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose.

(Aug. 1, 8, 15) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY CITIBANK, N.A. 701 E 60TH ST. NORTH SIOUX FALLS, SD 57117 Plaintiff, vs. GARY D. GRAHAM W4999 Veazie Rd. Trego, WI 54888-9408 Defendant(s). Case No. 12CV82 AMENDED SUMMONS Money Judgment: 30301 Our File: 1547603 THE STATE OF WISCONSIN, To each person named above as Defendant: YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that the Plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. The complaint, which is also served upon you, states the nature and basis of the legal action. Within 40 days after 7/30/12 you must respond with a written answer, as that term is used in chapter 802 of the Wisconsin Statutes, to the complaint. The court may reject or disregard an answer that does not follow the requirements of the statutes. The answer must be sent or delivered to the court whose address is P.O. BOX 339/110 W. 4TH STREET, SHELL LAKE, WI 54871 and to Rausch, Sturm, Israel, Enerson & Hornik, LLC, Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is shown below. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not provide a proper answer to the complaint or provide a written demand for said complaint within the 40-day period, the court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. Dated: July 17, 2012. /s/ Brandon E. Bowlin Rausch, Sturm, Israel, Enerson & Hornik LLC Attorneys in the Practice of Debt Collection 250 N. Sunnyslope Rd. Suite 300 Brookfield, WI 53005 Toll-Free: 877-667-8010 Attorney for the Plaintiff 566298 WNAXLP


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(July 18, 25, Aug. 1) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY Bank of America, N.A., as successor by merger to BAC Home Loans Servicing, L.P. Plaintiff vs. JOYCE A. ANDERSON FKA JOYCE A. HAGEN, et al. Defendant(s) Case No: 11 CV 209 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on February 10, 2012, in the amount of $77,287.22, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: August 15, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1.) 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2.) Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: At the North entrance of Washburn County Courthouse located at 10 4th Avenue, Shell Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: The South 45.20 feet of Lot 3 and the North 26.80 feet of Lot 4, as measured along South Summit Street, Block 5, Lawndale Addition, in the City of Spooner, Washburn County, Wis. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 217 South Summit Street, Spooner, WI 54801. TAX KEY NO.: 65-281-2-39-1231-5 15-418-524500. Dated this 11th day of June, 2012. /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. 1896884

TOWN OF BEAVER BROOK RESIDENTS Regular August Monthly Meeting date changed to Aug. 7, 2012. Notice is hereby given that the Beaver Brook Board shall hold the regular monthly Meeting on Tues., August 7, 2012, at 7 p.m., at the Town Hall. NancyE rickson,Tow nC lerk

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(July 25, Aug. 1, 8) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY In the matter of the name change of: Rita Marie Schroepfer By (Petitioner): Rita Marie Schroepfer Notice and Order for Name Change Hearing Case No. 12 CV 120 NOTICE IS GIVEN: A petition was filed asking to change the name of the person listed above: From: Rita Marie Schroepfer To: Rita Marie Eiche Birth Certificate: Rita Marie Schroepfer IT IS ORDERED: This petition will be heard in the Circuit Court of Washburn County, State of Wisconsin: Judge’s Name: Hon. Eugene Harrington Place: 10 4th Ave., Shell Lake, WI 54871 Date: August 24, 2012 Time: 3:30 p.m. BY THE COURT: Eugene Harrington Circuit Court Judge July 18, 2012 565987 WNAXLP


(July 18, 25, August 1) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF MICHAEL F. NELSON DOB: 09/30/1953 Amended Order and Notice for Hearing on Petition for Final Judgment (Formal Administration) Case No. 11-PR-19 A petition for final judgment was filed. THE COURT FINDS: The decedent, with date of birth September 30, 1953, and date of death November 18, 2012, was domiciled in Douglas County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 1318 Catlin Avenue, Superior, WI 54880. THE COURT ORDERS: 1. The petition will be heard at the Washburn County Courthouse, Shell Lake, Wisconsin, before Hon. Eugene D. Harrington, Court Official, on August 20, 2012, at 2:15 p.m. You do not need to appear unless you object. The petition may be granted if there is no objection. 2. Notice by publication is required. Publication of this notice is notice to any persons whose names or addresses are unknown. The names or addresses of the following interested persons (if any) are not known or reasonably ascertainable: Christopher Fuentes. BY THE COURT: Hon. Eugene D. Harrington Circuit Court Judge July 6, 2012 David L. Grindell GRINDELL LAW OFFICES, S.C. P.O. Box 585 Frederic, WI 54837 715-327-5561 Bar Number: 1002628




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chool funding, and specifically the July state equalization aid estimates, has recently been in the headlines around the state. So, I thought I’d talk some about that issue as it relates to Shell Lake School District. We have historically been what people refer to as a “property rich” school district. This means that we have an above-average amount of real estate property value for the number of students that we have. This has meant that we don’t get as much state aid as most districts in the state. This is not much different than most Northwest Wisconsin school districts. The lakefront property is very valuable, and there are not as many students per square mile as in other parts of the state. The initial July aid estimates show Shell Lake state aid going up over $464,000. The actual increase might not be quite that big, however, it will be close to that amount. That is an increase from $2,172,325 to $2,626,976. I, nor anybody else, can take credit for this increase. There are quite a few reasons for this change, but there are two major reasons. First, our student enrollment has slowly increased. The second significant factor is the property value in the district has gone down close to 6 percent over the past year. These two factors, working together, create a situation where the property value per pupil is considerably less than last year. This leaves us much less property rich than we used to be. This chart came off the


DPI Web site, and it shows how our property value per pupil has fluctuated the past 10 years. What this means for Shell Lake is a decrease in the mill rate. It does not mean we get $400,000 more money. We still have revenue caps and only so much money to spend. It means that within the revenue cap, $400,000 more of it will come from the state instead of local real estate taxes. Also, factoring into the mill rate decrease is the fact that the nonrecurring referendum also expires, decreasing our revenue by $450,000 from

last year. Preliminary mill rate calculations are estimating a probable decrease in the mill rate of about 1.25 mills, or in terms of dollars, $125 for each $100,000 of property value. As we get closer to the budget approval time of year, I will be talking much more about mill rates, debt service and school funding. We are looking into a revenue cap exemption for energy-efficiency improvements. If we decide to move forward with some of those items, the mill rate decrease might not be quite so significant. However, as

of now, any way it plays out, we will see a decrease in mill rate. ••• In other district happenings, the school buildings at Shell Lake have been very busy this past month. The second term of summer school ran July 9-20 with swimming lessons in the afternoon and classes in the morning. We had over 100 students signed up. Summer school is a very good way to slow down the summer regression that takes place with students. Summer school also helps to generate revenue for the schools that have it. One of my goals is to eventually have a much larger summer school program that is self-funded by the revenue it generates. ••• We are almost finished with the concession stand in the 3-12 building. I am very pleased with the way it fits in and looks like it belongs where it is and was not a last-minute add-on. It should prove to be a much better way for the volunteers to sell during athletic and community events. District funds purchased the materials, but no additional district staff was needed to build it, regular summer maintenance people got it done. ••• As always, feel free to call with questions, especially if you have any questions regarding the school funding I talked about. Go Lakers, Jim

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