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Wednesday, January 6, 2010 Vol. 120, No. 20• Shell Lake, Wisconsin


Santa’s day off

Spooner man gets jail time

Next Director of Fandemonium? See page 14

by Regan Kohler SHELL LAKE – A Spooner man originally charged with 20 counts of burglary, theft and property damage was sentenced to jail for three counts Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, at the Washburn County Courthouse. Joshua E. Wallace, 20, Spooner, had been charged with two other men for crimes occurring from early June until late July, 2009, in Crystal, Bass Lake and Stone Lake. According to the report, the sheriff’s department received multiple complaints of burglary from six home and cabin owners near Potato Lake. Items stolen included firearms, electronic and stereo equipment, power and hand tools, sporting goods, alcohol and other miscellaneous property, while vandalism occurred to the buildings. The damage and value of the stolen items were both estimated at around several thousands of dollars. One of the homeowners personally investigated the incidents and uncovered

See Burglaries, page 3

Santa parked his sled and gave his reindeer a rest as he arrived on a snowmobile for his last appearance of the year at the AAA Sport Youth Fishing event on Spooner Lake. More photos on back page. — Photo by Larry Samson

Adult entertainment still possible

Year in Review Part II See page 2

Nordic ski races See page 14

by Regan Kohler SPOONER – The Spooner Plan Commission is continuing work on finding an outlet for adult entertainment facilities, after a meeting Tuesday, Dec. 29, in city hall. The city began working on potential zoning changes after Kip Olson, owner of Moe’s Place on Walnut Street, told the city council he planned to start having topless dancers at the tavern, to bring in more business. However, the city ordinance prevents liquor-licensed establishments from nudity or acts simulating sex, and cites the potential for secondary effects such as prostitution or crime. There is a Supreme Court ruling that nudity, and therefore exotic dancing, is a form of free speech and cannot be banned outright, as per the First Amendment. Performance arts centers are exempt from this part of the ordinance, allowing nudity, and Olson had tried to denote his business as such, but was told by the council he hadn’t gone the proper route. In response to the ordinance’s prohibition of nude dancing, Olson began looking into having bikini dancing, where the dancers would be wearing beach-approved bikinis. The plan commission began working on ways to find a proper area within the city that could allow and regulate exotic dancing, without banning it and violating the First Amendment. The commission also began studying secondary effects of strip clubs in other towns, and received opinions from two attorneys, who suggested amending the zoning ordinance on adult entertainment.

At previous commission meetings, it was suggested that the city prohibit exotic dancing in all zones except for those classified as industrial, and that it could be a conditional use, in which a permit is needed. However, the commission was told that they would have to come up with specific standards for conditional uses in nude dancing. A new zoning classification was also suggested, though this could take a considerable amount of time, according to the city administrator. A public hearing was held in early December, in which many citizens and downtown business owners expressed opinions on nude dancing; the majority was against strip clubs in Spooner, though some people suggested areas other than downtown. Since then, the city has been looking at areas in which adult entertainment facilities could exist, without close proximity to residences, schools, churches or government centers. One place suggested Tuesday night was west of the fairgrounds, near a sewage treatment plant. City attorney Jeff Kohler provided the commission with examples of other cities’ and states’ conditional uses for adult entertainment. Kohler said it seemed the commission was leaning toward creating a special district for adult entertainment, which “should just permit it,” without going through conditional uses. Kohler said that the other attorney commented that the city needs to be really careful, as it doesn’t want a “zone of impossibility” for anything else looking to locate in such an area.

The commission discussed distances and setbacks from residences, schools or government facilities, with 300 feet minimum, or the length of a city block, being suggested. Kohler told the commission that if they created a special zone, they needed to make sure spacing requirements would not be impossible to meet. City Council Alderperson Esa Everroad said, “Three hundred feet doesn’t seem like enough.” The liquor ordinance would not change, so any adult entertainment establishment would not allow alcohol. Commission member Fred Schluter said that he wanted to see a designated area for adult entertainment, without conditional uses. “Fortunately in the city, we do have one such area … down on Beaverbrook Avenue,” he said, referring to the aforementioned area. Going into industrial areas and saying there would only be a 300-foot setback would make complicated boundary lines, Schluter added. He also said that if the city designates a piece of land for such a use, it would behoove them to use this property for that use only. The commission will be exploring setbacks at its next meeting, which was set for Tuesday, Jan. 26, and it was suggested that the commissioners visit the proposed area beforehand. “We want to make sure we’re researching this as thorough as possible,” Mayor Gary Cuskey said.

“On t h e s h o re s o f b e au ti fu l S he l l L a k e” •


Part 2: July through December

Looking back at our 2009


The Shell Lake Community Center celebrated its 30th anniversary in conjunction with Shell Lake’s Third of July celebration. A TEA — Taxed Enough Already — party was held in front of the Washburn County Courthouse on the Fourth of July. Paula Burton, Shell Lake, competed at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Farmington, N.M. 12-year-old Tyler Crosby, Shell Lake, son of Shorty and Melissa Crosby, took second place in the unlimited class with a family tractor during the Indian Creek tractortruck pull.

Nick Milroy, 73rd Assembly representative, speaks at the Democrat’s chili feed in Spooner. — Photo submitted Washburn County actively participated in the national debate about the economy, health care reform and other matters. Here, protesters attended a TEA party on the Washburn County Courthouse steps on July 4. — Photo by Diane Dryden

Gov. Jim Doyle signed two bills in Minong on July 10, one which designated the Totogatic River as a state Wild River, and the Slow, No-wake Bill, which prevents motorboats from going within 100 feet of a shore on all the state’s lakes. – Photo by Regan Kohler The Shell Lake Farmers Market kicked off its season, being open on Fridays from 3 to 7 p.m. Contact person was John Maher. The Rev. Jack Starr and his family, wife Cheryl and daughters Hannah and Leah, were welcomed as the new pastor at the Spooner and Lakeview United Methodist Church. Gov. Jim Doyle signed the Wild Rivers and Slow, No-Wake bills at Totogatic Park in Minong.

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“A Midsummer’s Memoir: Marnie’s Story,” written by Marnie Housel, Spooner, and Diane Dryden, Shell Lake, was published. Alison Ricci was one of the first winners of a booklover’s bag in the Shell Lake Public Library’s summer reading program drawing for adults. Luke Gronning played on the North team in the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star Classic at UW-Oshkosh’s Titan Stadium. The Romsos farm, Timberland, celebrated 100 years. The new Spooner High School was unveiled. Gary Burkhart was the winner of the Kymco scooter and Max Smith a kayak in the Shell Lake Lions Land and Lake raffle. Carisis Kodesh, Calista Hollman, Renae Lloyd and Emma Bennis attended the summer technology and engineering preview at UW-Stout for girls. Rachael Jensen, Shell Lake, took fourth place in the 13-14 class in the USA Cycling National Mountain-Bike Cross-County Championship in Granby, Colo. Willie Christ and Conner Schmidt were


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the swimming instructors during Shell Lake’s swimming lessons. The Washburn County Relay For Life received a $100 check from Nancy Sinatra after she became aware of Deb Ekern dressing as her in the Relay’s look-alike contest. Aage Duch, 101, Sarona, and Violet Nielsen, 102, Spooner, were honored at the Washburn County Fair. The Class of 1947 celebrated the age of 80 with a birthday get-together at the Trego Dinner Bell. Fifteen classmates attended. Pastor Mary Strom was installed as Long Lake Lutheran Church’s new pastor. “Ghost Walk 2009,” written by Mary B. Olsen, and sponsored by the Washburn County Historical Society, was performed with cast members Nancy Rich, Ruby Aukema, Barb Anderson, Charles Lutz, Bud Hoekstra, Rock Ewalt, Ron Aukema and Rod Ripley. Austin Shotts received the Order of the Arrow in Boy Scouts.


Dahlstroms Lakeside Market celebrated their 85th anniversary. A four-day celebration was held at the Shell Lake Full Gospel Church to commemorate its 40th anniversary. A concert by the Michael Gungor Band was held. Alecia Knoop and Roger Mroszak were first-place winners for the crazy hat contest during a picnic held at Lakeview Methodist Church to welcome Pastor Starr and his family. Brandon Degner, Shell Lake student, raised beetles for the city of Shell Lake that are considered a biological control method for controlling purple loosestrife. Shell Lake school bus drivers, Marlene Stariha, Jerry Ullom, Frank Graf, Donny Bruce, Trish Hayden, Wayne Boyd, Judi

Wilson, Bob Forsythe, Janice Organ, Boyd Anderson and Larry Samson, attended a bus drivers in-service in Frederic, taught by the Wisconsin State Patrol. Happy Tonics sponsored the European Day Market between the Happy Tonics building and Tru-Gas. The Shell Lake Police Department received a $1,400 defibrillator for their squad car from Bosch Packaging Technology. Janice Organ became the new advisor for the Shell Lake Student Council, replacing Patti Naglosky. Members of the council were Marlo Fields, Brandon Degner, Sage Dunham, Dillon Hopke, Beth Bulgrin, Hannah Bartz, Lindsey Green, Emilee Organ and Amanda Hagen. Duck for the Oyster band celebrated 20 years. The city of Shell Lake received a $15,000 community block grant that would be used to develop a plan for downtown revitalization. Committee members for Town and Country Days were executive Chairs Larry Samson, Becka Cusick, Deb Allen, Tammy Fulton, Shannon Klopp and Laurel Lawrence, Bingo leader Connie Quam, kiddie parade organizer Joni Christ, tractor

See Looking back, page 10

Sunday, July 19, the new Spooner High School building was officially opened. — Photo by Reagan Kohler

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Benzer retires from Shell Lake State Bank


SHELL LAKE — The Shell Lake State Bank directors and staff expressed their appreciation and extended their best wishes to Dirk Benzer on his retirement as its president and CEO effective as of the first of the year. Benzer began his career at the bank on June 4, 1973, as a lending officer when the bank had total assets of approximately $11.5 million. He became president and CEO on July 15, 1991, and has served in that capacity since. Benzer’s efforts and leadership over the past 36plus years have been instrumental in the bank’s growth to its present level of almost $130 million in total assets. Benzer expressed his thanks and appreciation to the many clients he has had the pleasure to work with during his years of service at the bank noting that,

New Shell Lake State Bank President and CEO Dave Haroldson (L) was welcomed by outgoing President Dirk Benzer, who retired after 36 years at the bank. Haroldson took over for Benzer on the first of the year. – Photos by Joni Christ

RIGHT - Dirk Benzer, former president and CEO of the Shell Lake State Bank, retired at the end of 2009.

Relay for Life kicks off at Jersey’s Jan. 21 by Regan Kohler SPOONER – The annual kickoff event for the Washburn County Relay for Life is set for Thursday, Jan. 21, at Jersey’s, Spooner, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Planning is already under way for the 2010 American Cancer Society-sponsored Relay for Life event, to raise money to fight cancer, which is June 45 this year, at the Shell Lake High School track. The kickoff is held every January, to get teams together and provide them with information, and to invite new teams to sign up. This year’s speaker will be Dianne Neste who will talk about the Hope Lodge and the ACS’ services, and her family’s experi-

ence with them. Hope Lodge provides hospitality for cancer patients and their caregivers, as well as resources and education. The kickoff will have refreshments, door prizes and the chance for one team to win a fee waiver. That Saturday, Jan. 23, Jersey’s will also host a regional roundtable event for the Relay for Life. This is a four-hour leadership training and recognition event. Registration is at 8:30 a.m., followed by the meeting starting at 9. To reserve a seat, call 877-423-9124, or email, or, before Jan. 9.

Two more sent to prison in tribal drug case

Women from Webster, Shell Lake among 13 now sentenced; six more await sentencing; five indicted; one a fugitive

BURNETT/POLK COUNTIES - Two more area residents have been sentenced to prison as the result of St. Croix Tribal drug investigation involving local, state and federal authorities, bringing the total being prosecuted and sentenced to 13 with another dozen facing prosecution. Shaleah F. Reynolds, 22, Webster, and Ericka J. Reynolds, 22, Shell Lake, were sentenced by Chief United States District Judge Barbara Crabb. Shaleah received a sentence of two years in prison without parole, and Ericka to one year, six months in prison without parole.

Six additional defendants have pleaded guilty and await sentencing. Five were indicted Dec. 2 and await trial. One who was indicted Dec. 2 remains a fugitive. Shaleah and Ericka conspired with Michael Hammond, Shannon Corbine, and others to obtain and distribute crack cocaine on St. Croix tribal lands from approximately December 2007 to approximately June 2008. Crack cocaine was obtained from sources in the Twin Cities area and then sold to customers on tribal lands in northwestern Wisconsin. Agencies involved in the investigation included the Wisconsin Department of Justice, the FBI, sheriff’s deputies from Burnett and Polk counties, and the St. Croix Tribal Police Department. - Gary King with information from office of U.S. Attorney, Western District of Wisconsin

Milk producers hoping for a better year

STATEWIDE - Dairy producers in Wisconsin muddled through a year of low market prices. But, 2010 may prove to be a better year. Wisconsin producers enjoyed recordhigh milk prices in 2007, but by late 2008 prices dropped catastrophically low. They weren’t much better in 2009. UWExtension dairy market specialist Bob Cropp says this was one of the toughest years since the early 1970s. He says as milk prices dropped, feed costs continued to rise. Cropp predicts a better year for dairy farmers in 2010. Milk market prices are again on the rise. He says as production

is up too, producers set a new record in milk production, over 25 billion pounds, in 2009, which is something Cropp says farmers can look forward to. Cropp says profits from the recordhigh prices of 2007 and most of 2008 kept many dairy producers in the business. The U.S. Department of Agriculture sent direct payments to dairy farmers across the U.S. to help finish the year. The funds come from the dairy economic loss assistance payment program. Wisconsin producers received $57 million, or on average, $4,500 per dairy farmer. Wisconsin Public Radio (Steve Roisum)

“It has been a pleasure to work with the many customers and friends that I have made during the past 30-plus years that I have served at the bank. I would also like to thank the board of directors and the staff for all of their efforts and contributions to the growth of the bank.” Benzer indicated that he is looking forward to spending more time with his family and grandchildren as well as his hobbies and outdoor activities. Benzer will be succeeded by David Haroldson who has been appointed president and CEO effective as of the first of the year. “I would also like to express my appreciation to Dirk who has been my mentor for many of my years in banking, and I will put forth my best effort to continue the standard of excellence that Dirk has been established at the Shell Lake State Bank.” — from Shell Lake State Bank

Unprecedented homelessness funding announced

STATEWIDE - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced a record level of homeless assistance for local communities and programs across the country. As Kirk Carapezza reports, Wisconsin will get about $21 million out of the $1.4 billion in federal aid. Shaun Donovan is secretary of the federal housing and urban development department. He says this record-level assistance will support an unprecedented number of programs and communities. Donovan says as 2009 draws to a close, everyone knows it’s been an “ex-

traordinarily difficult” year for families. Foreclosures, evictions, layoffs and other financial problems have caused many Americans to struggle, with many becoming homeless. One of the several Wisconsin homeless agencies receiving money is the West Central Wisconsin Community Action Program. Greg Quinn is its director for the Families in Transition program. He says his agency will use its $434,000 grant to help homeless families transition to households, freeing up more space in shelters. - Wisconsin Public Radio (Kirk Carapezza)

MADISON - Tailgating with friends and family in a stadium parking lot before a big game is a Wisconsin tradition. But on highways and streets, tailgating can be disastrous. Drivers who tailgate cause countless crashes that could be avoided if they would just leave sufficient space between their vehicle and the one ahead of them, according to Captain Jeff Frenette of the Wisconsin State Patrol Northwest Region. “It doesn’t matter if you’re driving on a busy highway or a

city street, if the vehicle in front of you stops unexpectedly or if it loses control on a slippery road, you’re probably going to crash unless you leave enough room to stop completely,” Frenette says. According to state law, drivers “shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent” based on the speed of the vehicle, road conditions, and traffic. A violation of the law costs $200 along with three demerit points. from DOT

information of the stolen items being pawned in Rice Lake, Eau Claire and Duluth, Minn., leading him to Wallace. Wallace was arrested, and according to the report, confessed that he and two other young men broke into the homes and stole property. Wallace said they entered by force, kicking in doors or breaking windows, as well as doing extensive damage to the interiors. The report said Wallace tried to pawn the stolen property, and threw away what he couldn’t. Search warrants were obtained, and stolen property was also found at the home of another accused party; Michael E. Hunter, 24, Spooner, was subsequently arrested, and confessed, as well, to breaking in and stealing the items. Wallace was originally charged with two counts of armed burglary, two counts of movable property theft, six counts of misdemeanor theft, six counts of criminal damage to property and four counts of burglary to a building or dwelling. Hunter faced 17 counts, as well, of the same charges. Wallace entered a plea agreement, in which he pleaded no contest on Nov. 19 to three charges: armed burglary, theft of movable property over $10,000 and criminal damage to property of more than $2,500. He was sentenced to one year in jail with Huber, or work release, and 10 years of probation, owing more than $11,000 in restitution. He was also or-

dered to have no contact with any of his victims, as well as counseling, random drug testing and any Department of Corrections-imposed conditions. An acquaintance wrote a letter to the court, saying she had known Wallace since he was 13 and that “he has always tried to be a caring person who wants to do the right thing,” but that he was badly influenced by his peers. “He just got led down the wrong path,” the acquaintance testified, adding that he was doing better recently. Hunter pleaded guilty to armed burglary, movable property theft and criminal damage to property on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009. He awaits sentencing, which is set for Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. Two of the victims wrote letters to the court, recounting the aftermath of the crimes and how they were affected, and expressing their disappointment in the sentencings, as they’d hoped for stronger ones. The other party involved, Shawn M. Smith, 19, Spooner, pleaded no contest to criminal trespassing to a dwelling, criminal damage to property and theft of movable property less than $2,500. According to Wallace’s confession in the report, Smith was only involved in one of the burglaries. He was given 20 days in jail with Huber, no contact with the victims or the other parties involved, two years of probation and $3,379 in restitution.

Tailgating causes countless crashes

Burglaries/from page 1


Letters to the editor

Where is the money coming from?

Safe Routes To School: I saw in a Safe Routes To School minutes dated Sept. 29, 2008, that they were going to conduct a walking/bicycle audit on how students come to and leave school. Was this ever done? I would guess that not very many walk or ride as the school bus picks up most and there are not many sidewalks to use so if they do walk or ride a bike this means they must do so in the street! How much money was for this grant and where did the city get its share from? Pond in the industrial park: Why was this done very late this fall? This was discussed many years ago when the water was much higher. This pond is to take care of the industrial park and Corbits Corner subdivision. Why was this done when the lake is so low and water runoff is needed to the lake? This water came into the lake for at least four years and it didn’t hurt the lake. In my opinion there are three main issues threatening the small-town way of life. The first is the cost to live in a small town. This includes the cost of housing, services such as water, sewer, power and garbage collection, property taxes levied for school and city-provided administration and services, and the availability of the essentials of food and fuel. The second is pride. We must ask the question of ourselves if our tradition impacts our way of life to the extent of threatening that way of life. The third issue is debt. Do our costs and pride drive a debt that will put our town in jeopardy? I believe that if we address these issues united we will be a healthy small town with a stable future less dependent on outside influences of finance, government and business. In other words we, the citizens of the town, plot the road map of the fu-

Who decided that it had to be done this fall and what is the total cost and where is the money coming from? Real bad timing as I see it! Dredging of the main landing: Another project that also should have waited till spring! With ice on the lake and cold, snowy weather, isn’t this cost going to be more than in the spring when the temperature is a lot better? What is the total cost of this project and where is the money coming from? Double chip sealing: Wouldn’t you also on this get more bang for the buck if they just did chip sealing? With double chip sealing it seems that the equipment would have to come twice. If you do double chip seal a road wouldn’t the amount of miles be less than single chip sealing would be? If the county only did a chip seal on the heavily traveled CTH D road why do we have to do a double? CTH D has heavy

truck traffic to take to the landfill. It seems like I can remember that in the Nov. 9 city council meeting they had to hurry up and get the double chip sealing in the five-year street improvement plan to get LRIP funding, otherwise the double would not be covered for just over $15,000 to do two miles of South Lake Drive. If it was only single could more than two miles have been done? Could not the LRIP money still have been used for single chip sealing if that was in the five-year plan? Why and who decided that it had to be double chip sealing? I am going to close for now and maybe this new year will bring more water to the lake and more efficiency and better planning on all items.

ture and not holders of our debts and obligations. Small towns that hold the lines of spending, zoning, and debt and encourage participation of the citizens grow in strength and pride. Business is encouraged with a solid and stable tax base allowing for the essential of business, to make a profit. Jobs are created and the economy grows. Citizens are secure in their neighborhoods with the confidence of community, education and opportunity. Our current mindset of trying to get what we want sooner than later will be tested. From a personal view, I would rather drive on gravel than debt-financed asphalt. Presently Shell Lake is holding debt service that has a $123,000 levied cost. Debt service is the fastest growing segment of the city budget. This

does not include a very large debt in tax increment financing that is due in 2019. We must live in the budget and be extremely careful not to take on more debt. Our nation, state, county and city are riding on a growing debt that can be only paid by tax dollars. The property tax issue needs to be looked at from a wider angle. I encourage citizen involvement to plot the course for our city, our school and our home.

Three threatening issues

Thanks to the highway workers

As a wife of a Washburn County Highway Department truck driver, I believe that all the county highway workers deserve a huge pat on the back for spending the entire Christmas holiday in their trucks and graders. These men spent approximately 12 hours each day from Thursday, Dec. 24, through Saturday, Dec. 26, and even some guys on Sunday, Dec. 27. They

gave up their time with their families to make our roads safe for the many families that traveled over Christmas. So when you see a county highway worker, be sure to thank them for all they do to keep us safe! Deb Voelker Springbrook


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Cell Phones for Soldiers

This is an update on our Cell Phones for Soldiers program. Big appreciation is extended to everyone who has donated their used phones. Monday, Jan. 4, we shipped off our first box containing 85 cell phones! How awesome is that! Cell Phones for Soldiers is a program where used cell phones are recycled, and the money paid for them is used to purchase prepaid phone cards for use by our soldiers overseas, to enable them to keep in touch with their families. Each phone recycled generates about $5 in phone minutes. I am looking for more drop-off points, but in the meantime, you may drop them off in the county clerk’s office in Shell Lake at the courthouse, or if you have access to the Internet, go to, click on Help our troops, then click on the red label information box. Here you can print a prepaid label to send in your phone free of charge. Thanks again to everyone who has donated their phones. Lynn Hoeppner Washburn County Clerk

Looking back at 2009’s flu scare and lessons learned

STATEWIDE - The H1N1 flu pandemic hit kids hard in 2009. And a third wave is expected to follow the outbreaks which occurred last spring and fall. However, overall deaths and sickness in Wisconsin were on par with the seasonal flu. In preparing to ward off H1N1, state health officer Seth Foldy says they couldn’t be sure how bad the flu virus would be. It mutates almost more than any human disease, leaving health officials guessing from one pandemic to the next about its severity. Fearing this pandemic might be as

deadly as the one in 1918, communities were prepared to keep the virus from spreading. Douglas County health officer Deb Clausen says for the most part, commerce and education continued as usual. She says businesses were pretty much able to stay open even with compromised staffing. And not a single school closed in Douglas County. The initial supply of H1N1 vaccine was less than expected and Foldy advised communities to target those most vulnerable until more supplies arrived. He says the world’s scientists and governments need to develop a more reli-

able and faster vaccine production process that doesn’t rely on a huge amount of a natural resource, such as chicken eggs. Forty-seven people in Wisconsin died from H1N1 last year. Foldy says flu does come in waves, and they’re not sure if they’ve seen the last one. “There’s still considerable H1N1 in the community today,” he says. And now, the supply of vaccine is plentiful. - Wisconsin Public Radio (Shamane Mills)

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

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

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Ninth-annual Jack Frost Fest Jan. 16

SPOONER – The ninth-annual Jack Frost Festival, Spooner, is set for Saturday, Jan. 16, with returning and brandnew events. Aaron Arf, executive director of the Spooner Area Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the event, said that a snowshoe race and dogsledding are new to Jack Frost Fest this year. The first-ever Jack’s Snowshoe Jaunt is a 4-km race, to be held in the city park at 9:30 a.m. Preregistration can be done online, at, or that Saturday, from 8-9:15 a.m. The top-three male and top-three female finishers will be awarded medals, and there will be refreshments provided. Everyone racing will be entered into a raffle to win a set of snowshoes, which the Spooner Outlet is donating to the event. Dogsled rides will be available to those wishing to experience this thrill; more information will be available on this event closer to the date. The second-annual Jack’s Pond Hockey Tournament, back by popular demand after last year’s success, begins at 9 a.m. on the ice adjacent to Tony’s Riverside. Teams can preregister on the Web site or on the day of, at 8 a.m. There are two open divisions, Gold-Adult Men 18 and older, and Silver-Adult Men 18 and older. The four rinks will be approximately three-fourths regulation, and the nets are 6x10 feet. The entry fee is $100 per team, and every player receives a promotional gift package from the festival. Championship game participants will receive Jack Frost Fest jerseys, with the winners getting their names engraved on the Pond Hockey Cup as well as receiving $100 in Spooner Chamber dollars. The annual ice-fishing contest, with contestants searching for the longest northern and pan fish, is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Yellow River Flowage. Winners will be announced at 3:30 p.m. in the event tent across from Tony’s. Prizes are as follows: Longest northern • First place - $300 • Second place - $150 • Third place - $75 • Children-$50 savings bond

Longest panfish • First place - $100 • Second place - $50 • Third place - $25 • Children - $50 savings bond

Participants can visit the Web site for registration forms and contest rules, or register at the event tent the day of the event. Contestants and spectators can purchase a fishing raffle ticket, to win an ice auger. Contestants must purchase a raffle ticket to enter the contest. The antique snowmobile show, presented by the Rolling Hills Snowmobile Club and sponsored by Wild River Sport & Marine, is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. by the

Temps & levels Temperatures recorded at

Spooner Ag Research Station

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2009-2010 Dec. 28 Dec. 29 Dec. 30 Dec. 31 Jan. 1 Jan. 2 Jan. 3

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event tent. There is a $5 entry fee, and registration begins at 10:30 a.m. Forms are available online. There are two entry types – original and restored – in each class of: pre-1966, 1967-71, 1972-75, 1976 and newer, plus racers and best of show. The winners will be announced in the event tent at 3:30 p.m., and will win trophies. More information is available by calling 715-520-2370 or 715-466-2914. Also at 11 a.m. is the ever-popular Turkey Bowling contest, in which players knock down pins with frozen turkeys. Bowling goes until 3 p.m., on the ice next to Tony’s. The annual rib and chili cook-off registration is at Big Dick’s Buckhorn Inn, with registration at 11 a.m. Bar Olympics kick off at noon with nine-pin tap bowling at Kegler’s Pub & Pin. Players must bowl two games, and the high handicap wins.

Other Olympics include straight-eight pool at the Tamarack Tavern at 1:30 p.m.; a single-elimination dart tournament at The Stone Pony at 3 p.m.; foosball at the Buckhorn at 4:30 p.m.; and Texas Hold ‘Em at 6 p.m. back at Kegler’s, in tournament format, with entrants receiving $2,500 in chips. Registration for these events begins at 11:30 a.m. There are multiple prizes to win for the popular Jack Frost Fest raffle. People have the chance to win a $300 gift certificate for the Spooner Outlet, a two-night stay at the Heartwood Conference Center, a $200 gift package from Spooner Mercantile, Best Western and Foxxy’s or two tickets to a Minnesota Wild/Columbia Bluejackets game. Drawings will be done throughout the day, with the grand prize at 3:30 p.m., in the event tent. Tickets can be prepur-

chased at the chamber or the event tent. Weather permitting, there will be a children’s sledding hill in the event tent lot - participants must bring their own sleds, an all-ages snow water-coloring event and open skating rink by the pond hockey area, also a new event. The minnow races begin at 2 p.m. at the Buckhorn. There will be free all-day movies, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Palace Theatre, where people can bring Washburn County Food Pantry donations. The event tent will have food and official Jack Frost Fest merchandise for everyone. For more information and details on the festival, visit the Web site, or call the chamber at 715-635-2168. – with info. from the Spooner Area Chamber of Commerce.

H1N1 community clinic to be held

SPOONER — Washburn County Health Department will be holding an H1N1 community vaccination clinic on Friday, Jan. 15, from 1 to 6 p.m., at the Washburn County Highway Building. The public is encouraged to get the H1N1 vaccination since the threat of H1N1 is not over. H1N1 influenza can continue well into 2010. Target populations continue to be a high priority. Children, pregnant women and health-care workers should receive the vaccine now if they haven’t yet.

In the last two months, WCHD vaccinated over 2,500 people, despite the vaccination restrictions and holiday disruptions. They also continue to vaccinate the public by appointment at the WCHD daily. Local health-care providers have also vaccinated hundreds of people. However, this still leaves a large portion of the 17,000 people in Washburn County unvaccinated and at risk of becoming infected with H1N1 and spreading it in the community.

WCHD encourages those persons now requesting H1N1 vaccinations to come to the community clinic. The community clinic will be fully staffed, so there should not be any delay in getting vaccinated. The clinic will be held at the highway department on CTH A; one mile north of Spooner on Hwy. 63, turn right onto CTH H, between Hwys. 53 and 63. Watch for the signs. There will be plenty of parking available. — from WCHD

1950 - 60 years ago

top of him. The sawdust pile was on the site of the Wilber West Saw Mill in the town of Sarona. • Marcia Esswein, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Esswein, Shell Lake, graduated from the Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis.

Dave Pieper, Bob Washkuhn, Carl Krantz and Elmer Anderson. Charter members were Lloyd Bohn and George McNabb. Charter members of the auxiliary were Jenny Lund, Mabel Allen and Eva Lutz. Officers of the auxiliary were Alta Wight, Sylvia Stouffer, Jenny Lund, Linnea Rydberg, Lilli Bakker and Dotty DesJarins.

Register Memories

• The New Year’s baby born at Shell Lake was a boy, Wolfgang, born to Mr. and Mrs. Burton Wolfe, Stone Lake. • According to O.S. Soholt, county clerk, marriage licenses in Washburn County took a decided drop since 1946. In 1946 108 licenses were issued, 1947 101, 1948 83, and in 1949 67. • Mrs. E.R. Hering was interviewed over the radio during her role as Queen for the Day. She was commended for her work in the community and received many gifts from Shell Lake, Rice Lake and Barron merchants. Prior to the broadcast Mrs. Hering, Mrs. Oran Plahn, Mrs. Charles Garnhart and Mrs. J.S. Benson were guests at a steak dinner in Rice Lake. • Those attending colleges who were home for the holidays were Suzanne Stouffer, Jerry Schaefer, Fred Knapp, Mary Plahn, Mary Lund, Donna Allen, Patricia Phaneuf, Miles Miller, Jack Robinson, John Clanton, Eugene Christiansen, Kay Spafford, Don Goetzl, Dave Hubin, Pat Corning, Kathryn Rounce, Jean Stouffer, Lawrence Bohn and Delbert Soholt.

1960 - 50 years ago

• Seven pounds, 8 ounces of cute femininity with a Kewpie doll curl in her red hair won the Shell Lake Chamber of Commerce baby contest. Diane Lorraine Hubbell was born Jan. 6 to Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Hubbell of Springbrook. Shell Lake Chamber of Commerce president Cyril Christiansen presented gifts from the chamber with members of the chamber assisting, secretary Donn Dinnies and Lakeview Pharmacy proprietor Nick Masterjohn. • Ed Lashmett, Shell Lake, received a serious eye injury while wrecking a tractor. A piece of steel lodged in one of his eyes and he was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, Minn., for surgery. • Gerald Campbell, Sarona farmer, escaped serious injury when a large frozen sawdust pile caved in on him while he was loading sawdust into a wagon. He was buried up to his armpits with an estimated two tons of frozen sawdust on

1970 - 40 years ago

• Mr. and Mrs. Robert O’Hare, Hayward, were the proud parents of the first baby of the year born at Indianhead Memorial Hospital. Nancy May O’Hare was born at 12:18 a.m. on Jan. 5 and weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces. Shell Lake Chamber of Commerce President Arnie Stovring and Vice President Richard Rydberg presented Mrs. O’Hare with a bouquet of roses. • Del at Shell Lake Hardware had the answer to your roofing problems with wrap-on electric gutter cables to stop ice damage on your roof and to provide escape channels for melting ice and snow. • Explorer Unit 51 held its annual pancake supper. A short movie of the unit’s sailing trip in the Apostle Islands was shown. Justin Cassel talked about careers in medicine. • Ann Chaney, Shell Lake student majoring in art at Wisconsin State University in Madison, was featured in the article The Young Artist in an issue of Arts and Activities.

1980 - 30 years ago

• Gerald A. Sibik was appointed Second Ward Alderman for the unexpired term of David Peterson. • Candidates for city government were incumbent Elmer Mattrick seeking a third term as mayor and James Bailey a candidate for that office; Bill Richie, Third Ward; Charles Foley, First Ward; and Emory Burnham, Fourth Ward. • Gateway Equipment held their grand opening in Shell Lake and showed visitors some of the most modern facilities in the area. Truman, owner of Gateway, visited with some of the many visitors who stopped in to wish him success in his new business venture. • Officers of the American Legion were Warren Winton, Pat Harrington,

1990 - 20 years ago

• Movies playing at the Palace Entertainment Center were “She-Devil” with Meryl Streep and Roseanne Barr; “Look Who’s Talking” and “All Dogs Go To Heaven.” • Dry hardwood was for sale at $20/cord. • City water was back to normal after two weeks of chlorination. • Divers from Indianhead Scuba of Rice Lake recovered the body of Barbara Beattie, 31, from the bottom of Shell Lake, two months after a tragic airplane crash.

2000 - 10 years ago

• The first Shell Lake baby of the new century was born at Indianhead Medical Center on Jan. 3 to Michelle Chaney, Shell Lake. Blake William Bartle was presented with gifts by Karla Mortensen, representing the Shell Lake Chamber of Commerce. • Candidates for city offices were Charles Lutz running for another term as mayor; Michelle Bassett for Second Ward alderperson; Joseph Smith and Rebecca Anderson, First Ward alderpersons. Lynette Butenhoff expressed interest in the Second Ward position vacated by Lyle Hartwig. • The city of Shell Lake had to add chlorine to the city’s water supply after receiving notification of a chloroformcontaminated water sample. • Clint Stariha, Shell Lake chief of police, reported that someone broke into the Classic Café located on Hwy. 63 in Shell Lake. The burglar(s) made off with a small amount of cash.


Shell Lake volunteers leaving for Mexico by Larry Samson TURTLE LAKE — On Saturday, Jan. 9, 49 volunteers from Shell Lake, Barron, Clear Lake, Cumberland, Almena and Rice Lake, representing five different denominations, will make the trip to Rio Bravo, Mexico, to provide needed medical work and to construct houses. This will the 11th year that Parkview United Methodist Church has gone to Mexico to do mission work. Each year, many of the area churches send mission workers to Central and South America to help make life better for people who are less fortunate. The size and diversity of this project makes it unique. This year, Donna Ness and Bonnie Reno of Shell Lake will be joining the group to construct three casitas (houses) and to finish up on a church in Reynosa, Mexico, that they started last year. Two years ago, a group constructed a new two-room school. Steve Matthys, a police officer in Turtle Lake, was on that team, and this will be his third year. “It was so rewarding to be making such a difference in the children’s lives.” He talked his sister, Reno, into making the trip this year and she in turned talked Ness into going. “We leave the best of friends and will come back even better friends,” Ness remarked. “Working together helps to create bonds with people you have just met.” Each year brings new and different experiences for the mission workers. Over the years, they have built a special bond with the families they have worked with in the Rio Bravo area. The area is not without danger as it is the middle of a drug war. The members downplay the risk as they will be traveling in a well-marked

Donna Ness and Bonnie Reno will be leaving Shell Lake for sunny Mexico. They will not be leaving to get away from the bitter cold but to do mission work. — Photo by Larry Samson convoy and will be staying in a gated compound. Mission workers are well respected in doing the Lord’s work. Still they ask that your prayers be with them and for their safe return on Sunday, Jan. 17.

in the state. He says the sooner the report comes the better, as there’s always legislation regarding virtual schools that he’s reluctant to back without information on their efficiency and cost. He says it’s also important to have the audit report so policy makers can make good decisions. Evers is hopeful the audit will be done sometime in January. More than 3,600 students are enrolled in Wisconsin’s virtual schools. - Wisconsin Public Radio (Brian Bull)

Happy Tonics gains volunteer staff on East Coast SHELL LAKE — Happy Tonics Inc. is proud to announce that Deneen Stambone, of Springfield, Va., has accepted the volunteer position of copy editor for the quarterly newsletter Butterflies and Gardens. In her early career days, Stambone was a magazine editor at a prestigious law association in Washington, D.C. She has since completed a master’s degree in special education. President Barack Obama visited her school, Wakefield High School, in Arlington, Va., on Sept. 8, 2009.


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What goes around comes around. Mary Ellen Ryall started Happy Tonics in the Washington, D.C., area back in 1999. Now 10 years later, the nonprofit is attracting some officers and staff from where it once began. Happy Tonics will keep a seasonal presence in Shell Lake where the environmental education organization and public charity oversee two Monarch Butterfly Habitats, one on DNR land and the other on city property within city limits. — from Happy Tonics

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Audit on Wisconsin virtual schools misses deadline

MADISON - Wisconsin’s chief education official is hoping a review on the costs and benefits of virtual schools comes soon, as its official deadline passes. Tony Evers, superintendent of the Department of Public Instruction, says Dec. 30 was when the Legislative Audit Bureau was to have finished its study on Wisconsin’s virtual schools. This included findings on student achievement, quality of teacher-student interaction, and a cost-analysis comparison of students attending virtual schools versus public schools. Evers says the audit was part of the legislative compromise reached last year that permitted virtual schools

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Changes in state law will affect commercial driver’s licenses in 2010 DMV encourages CDL holders to familiarize themselves with the changes

MADISON — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently reviewed Wisconsin’s commercial driver’s license program and found a number of discrepancies between Wisconsin statutes and federal regulations. In an effort to address these discrepancies and improve Wisconsin’s compliance with the federal regulations, Wisconsin’s biennial budget bill included several legislative changes related to commercial driver’s licenses. All changes took effect Jan. 1. It is important that all CDL holders are aware of these changes as they are, in some cases, quite substantial. “One of the biggest changes,” notes DMV citations and withdrawals section chief, Erin Egan, “is that Wisconsin CDL drivers will be subject to a two-year disqualification of their CDL if the DMV receives notice from another jurisdiction for failing to appear to contest a citation, failure to pay a judgment entered against the person or failing to comply with the penalties imposed by a court.” She noted that disqualifications will be reduced to 30 days when notice of compliance is received. “This is a change that drivers must be aware of as it would affect their ability to hold a CDL.” Egan stressed that there are other changes regarding the areas of administrative suspensions, out-of-service orders and some that would affect new residents applying for a CDL. More information about the changes in store for CDL holders can be found at the DMV Web site. — from WisDOT

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Peggy’s celebrates eighth year

New Year’s Day marked the eighth anniversary of Peggy’s Place Restaurant in Shell Lake. Helping to celebrate were (L to R): Corrine Hill, Jackie Ullrich and Peggy Crawford. Hank and Peggy Crawford had been recognized as Shell Lake’s 2005 Business of the Year. — Photo by Larry Samson

No-smoking law takes effect later this year

STATEWIDE - By the time the statewide smoking ban takes effect later this year, workplaces, taverns and other public places will have had a year to prepare. Some establishments are ready; others are still fighting for an exemption, which now is only allowed for cigar bars, retail tobacco stores and private residences. Some are eagerly anticipating a statewide smoking ban; others are resigned. Dick Johns is mayor of Rhinelander, where local voters three years ago rejected limits on lighting up, whether it be at work, in a restaurant or bar. But come July, all those places, in Rhinelander and elsewhere around the state, will be smoke-free. Johns says “the law’s going to be the law.” Rhinelander tavern owner Pat Deau is prepared for the ban; he already has an outdoor patio area for customers. But he still thinks business owners should be able to determine for themselves if they allow smoking. Deau says predictions are it

will affect a business’ profits by 5 percent, but he says “5 percent is a lot of money.” Thirty-eight communities in Wisconsin now have some sort of smoking restrictions. SmokeFree Wisconsin director Maureen Busalacchi says the health benefits to smokers and those around them make a statewide ban necessary. She says, “the more that we learn about the damage secondhand smoke does to us, the more we realize how important these laws are – there are decreases in heart attacks that are measurable.” The statewide smoking ban does not exempt hotels but that could change. The Wisconsin Innkeepers Association supports a bill sponsored by lawmakers worried about competition from Illinois, Minnesota and Iowa. The legislative proposal aims to allow a percentage of smoking rooms in hotels. The new law takes effect July 5, 2010. - Wisconsin Public Radio (Shamane Mills)

STATEWIDE - The election is still 10 months away, and the incumbent hasn’t even officially announced he’ll run again. But the issues in the race for Wisconsin attorney general are already well marked out. Incumbent J.B. Van Hollen says he will seek re-election, and will announce sometime in the near future. His declared opponent, former Department of Natural Resources Secretary Scott Hassett, has a campaign Web site up with a list of issues on which he differs from the state’s current top cop. Hassett says Van Hollen has let partisan ideology guide his actions too often during his tenure. He points to a lawsuit filed before the 2008 presidential election that challenged the voter registration process in Milwaukee. Hassett calls it a “national Republican strategy to discourage voting in urban Democratic areas.”

The suit was dismissed, but Hassett says it was an example of using the attorney general’s office for political reasons. Hassett also says Van Hollen sided with social conservatives when he refused to defend a challenge to the state’s new domestic-partner registry. But Van Hollen says that was not an example of partisanship but rather loyalty to the Constitution. He says he “looked for every possible way to defend” the case, but he couldn’t square it with the Constitution, so he declined. That case will likely be decided before the November election and will be one of several issues the voters will weigh in deciding whether to keep Van Hollen as attorney general or choose Hassett to replace him. - Wisconsin Public Radio (Gil Halsted)

STATEWIDE - 2009 proved to be a challenging year for corn and soybean growers in Wisconsin. After a wet, cool summer and rainy October, the harvest came in late. Producers had to dry wet crops and in rare cases, contended with mold. Now they hope 2010 will see healthy market prices and better weather. Bob Oleson, executive director of the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association, says on the bright side, Wisconsin saw a very healthy yield, and corn prices were double from four years ago. He’s optimistic for the next year. For one, Oleson says there’s more credit available to farmers.

Andy Bensend, president of the Wisconsin Soybean Association, agrees that the overall yield was very good this year compared to 2008. He says demand is up too, with over 50 percent of Wisconsin’s soybean crop exported overseas. He says soybeans are going at about $10 a bushel, which he says isn’t bad. But prices can fluctuate with the market, which one can never forecast. He says a lot depends on what South America does and where the price of corn goes, as it also affects bean prices. Bensend says soybean producers should consider locking in a price before next year’s harvest for at least some of the crop to help ensure a decent return. Wisconsin Public Radio (Steve Roisum)

Growers keep fingers crossed for better times in 2010

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Felted-bag class to start

SPOONER — Need a new knitting project this winter? Northwind Book & Fiber is offering a felted-bag class on Mondays, Jan. 11 and 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. Learn to knit and felt this fun purse pattern. The fee is $20, and supplies are

available at the store. Class will be held at Northwind Book & Fiber in downtown Spooner. Contact the store at 715-635-6811 to register or for more information. — from Northwind Book & Fiber

Spooner Middle School wrestling to start

SPOONER — Spooner Middle School wrestling will start on Monday, Jan. 11, and will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Antholz Gym balcony. Wrestlers should have their forms completed and a physical or parent per-

mission card on file. Wrestling packets can be picked up in the middle school office. For more information, contact Jon Griffith at 715-635-6101. — from Spooner Schools

Enjoying the snow on Christmas Day by building a snowman and snow fort were (L to R) Joshua Hanson, Aubri Hanson, Danielle Stypula and Tigger. — Photo submitted


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Thursday, Jan. 7 • Shell Lake Chamber of Commerce meeting. • Aphasia Group, 10-11:30 a.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, Spooner. Contact person Betsy 715-520-7999. • Northwest Wisconsin Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, 1 p.m., lower level at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Shell Lake. • Free community meal, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 409 Summit, Spooner, 4-6 p.m. All welcome. Donations accepted. Friday, Jan. 8 • Spooner Women’s Club 96th anniversary luncheon, noon, at Tracks. Tuesday, Jan. 12 • Moms Club meets at Faith Lutheran, Spooner, 10 a.m. All stay-athome or part-time-working moms welcome with their children. Wednesday, Jan. 13 • Free community meal, 4-6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 135 Reinhart Dr., Shell Lake. All welcome. Donations accepted. Thursday, Jan. 14 • The Shell Lake Lions Club will meet, 6:30 p.m., at the Shell Lake Community Center. • United Ostomy Association local support group meeting, 1:30 p.m., at the Spooner Health System. • Fibromyalgia/CFS/Chronic Pain Support Group of Barron County meets from 1-3 p.m. at the Chetek Lutheran Church, Chetek. Coffee and refreshments served. Educational materials available to sign out. Call 715-651-9011 or 715-237-2798 for further information. • Free breastfeeding classes, 1:30 p.m., Lakeland Family Resource Center, 314 Elm St., Spooner. Sponsored by Washburn County Health Department. Please call Washburn County Health Department at 715-635-4400 to register or for additional information. • The Washburn County Chapter of Wisconsin Right to Life monthly meeting at 6 p.m. at Spooner Church of the Nazarene, located at N4584 Hwy. 253. Friday, Jan. 15 • Second-annual Winter Environmental Film Festival sponsored by Happy Tonics Inc., at 1 p.m., Lakeland Manor, 201 2nd Ave., Shell Lake. “MicroCosmos,” an environmental film about the little creatures that inhabit the earth, will be shown. Film features beautiful close-up photography of a little-known world. Open to residents and seniors. Refreshments will be served. Registration or questions, call Mary Ellen Ryall 715-468-2097 or e-mail: Saturday, Jan. 16 • The Indianhead Writers meeting will be held at 1 p.m. at the Northwind Book and Fiber in Spooner. Anyone interested in writing is invited to attend. For more information, call Mary at 715-468-2604. Sunday, Jan. 17 • Shell Lake FFA ice-fishing contest, Bashaw Lake, noon to 4 p.m. Registration 10:30 a.m. • Boy Scout Troop 51 meeting, 6 p.m., at Shell Lake Masonic Lodge. Monday, Jan. 18 • Northern Lights Camera Club meets at 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1790 Scribner St. (Hwy. K), Spooner. Feedback on photos, education and support. Beginners to professionals. Tuesday, Jan. 19 • Shell Lake/Spooner Masonic Lodge 221 will meet at 7 p.m. at the lodge.

Volunteer opportunities

The Shell Lake After-School Program needs volunteers to help: • Knitting or crocheting, once a week or once a month from 5:15 to 6 p.m. • Homework help from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Monday, Tuesday or Thursday with first- through sixth-graders. • Readers Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, to read to any student K-6 from 4:15-4:45 p.m. or from 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. For more information, call Kris Brunberg at 715-4681206, ext. 1205. ••• Terraceview Living Center, looking for volunteers to help quilt tote bags, Monday afternoons, starting at 1 p.m., at Terraceview. ••• The Shell Lake Public Library is in need of a 10th- to 12th-grade student volunteer. Those interested would need to commit to a regular schedule and be motivated. This experience would look great on a college application. Please call Beth at 714-468-2074 for more information. ••• Indianhead Community Action Agency is looking for volunteers to help out in their thrift store and food pantry. Food pantry volunteers must be able to lift at least 25 lbs. ICAA appreciates help, whether it be for a couple of hours or days per week. Please stop in to their location at 608 Service Rd. and pick up an application or call 715-635-3975 for more information. Background checks are required for all volunteers. ••• To publish a volunteer opportunity, submit it to us by Monday noon. E-mail it to, bring it to the office on Fifth Avenue in the mall 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.

Wednesday, Jan. 20 • Games and activities, 1 p.m., Shell Lake Senior Center. • Shell Lake Public Library Board of Trustees meeting, 4 p.m., at the library, 501 1st St., Shell Lake. The public is welcome. Thursday, Jan. 21 • The Washburn County Humane Society open board meeting will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the State Patrol headquarters in Spooner. Call 715-635-4720 for more information. • Shell Lake PTA meeting, 6:30 p.m., in the 3-12 school library. Baby-sitting will be provided. • The Shell Lake Economic Development Corporation will meet at 4:30 p.m. in the city council chambers in the Shell Lake City Hall. • Town and Country Days meeting, 6 p.m., Shell Lake City Hall meeting room. • II Annual Winter Environmental Film Festival sponsored by Happy Tonics Inc., at 2 p.m. - Spooner Health System Activity Department, 819 Elm St., Spooner. Environmental film “Incredible Journey of the Butterflies.” Award-winning film by NOVA and shot in stunning detail. Open to residents and family. Registration or questions, call Mary Ellen Ryall 715-468-2097 or e-mail: maryellen@happytonics. org. Friday, Jan. 22 • Second-annual Winter Environmental Film Festival sponsored by Happy Tonics Inc., at 5 p.m., Friendship Commons, 118 4th Ave., Shell Lake. Potluck supper served at 5 p.m. and environmental film “Incredible Journey of the Butterflies,” shown at 6 p.m. Bring something to share. Freewill offering helps support Friendship Commons and the Monarch Butterfly Habitat in Shell Lake. Open to the public. Registration or questions, call Mary Ellen Ryall 715-468-2097 or e-mail: Saturday, Jan. 23 • Free community breakfast, 7 to 10 a.m., First United Pentecostal Church, 337 Greenwood Ave., Spooner. All welcome. Donations accepted.


Monday: Lifestyle weight management support group will meet at 4 p.m. Weigh-in, meeting at 4:30 p.m. in the dining room of Indianhead Medical Center in Shell Lake. Call Michelle Grady at 715-468-7833 for more information. Membership fee is $10 per year, dues 50 cents per week. • Partners of Veterans women’s support group will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at Counseling Associates in Siren, located across from the Burnett County Government Center. For more information, contact Julie Yaekel-Black Elk at 715-349-8575. • Monday and Thursday: Washburn County Alzheimer’s Day Respite Program is held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Spooner. Daily fee includes lunch and a program of crafts, exercise, games, music, quiet time, etc. For more information, call 715-635-4367. • First Friends Playtime, 10 a.m. to noon, Lakeland Family Resource Center, 314 Elm Street, Spooner. 715-635-4669. All families welcome. Snack provided. There is no fee to attend. • First and third Monday: Celebrate Recovery – Life Connections is a Christ-centered recovery program. Meetings take place each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Life Center at Spooner Wesleyan Church, Hwy. 70 West. For more information, call 715635-2768. Tuesday: Birth to Three Playgroup, 10-11:30 a.m., Lakeland Family Resource Center, Spooner. Casual and fun time for parents and children to meet, play and enjoy music with others. Snack provided. • Ala-Teen meets at 6:30 p.m. in the New Life Christian Center in Rice Lake. Use the back entrance. • Library Fun For Little Ones, 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., Birchwood School Library. A time for stories, craft and a snack. No age minimum or maximum for participants. • Women Healing Women support group at Time-Out Family Abuse Outreach Office, every other Tuesday starting May 5, 45:30 p.m. For survivors of domestic abuse and/or sexual abuse. Free, confidential, closed after first session. For more info or to register, contact Time-Out Family Abuse Shelter Outreach office at 103 Oak St., Spooner, WI 54801, 715-635-5245. Wednesday: Lakeland Family Resource Center open from noon to 3 p.m. • Kids/Parentime at Lakeland Family Resource Center, every Wed. from 10 a.m. to noon. Learn, discuss, and share ideas on topic of the day. Short parent ed. segment at 10:30 a.m. and a parent/child activity. • Al-Anon meeting welcomes all, 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Spooner. Please use back door. • 9 a.m. to noon, sewing at Shell Lake Senior Center. Thursday: AA meets at 7 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, Minong. • Al-Anon meets at 8 p.m. in the cafeteria at Indianhead Medical Center, Shell Lake. • Library Fun For Little Ones, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Shell Lake Public Library. A time for stories, craft and a snack. No age minimum or maximum for participants. ••• Domestic abuse and sexual assault are crimes. Time-Out provides free, confidential victim support. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence in a relationship, please call 800924-0556. The Genealogy Research Room in Shell Lake is closed for the winter. Special openings can be made by calling either 715635-7937 or 715-635-6450, weather permitting.

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pull organizer Jack Harrington, button raffle organizer Carrie Thompson, minirod pull leader Swan Wennerberg, Niel Petersen, Keri Jensen, Phyllis Bergeron, Corrine Hill, Barb Anderson, Kristi Alt, Jeff Dunham, Kathy Wahlstrom, Tom Scott, Dale Johnson, Tara Heckel and Adam Wennerberg. Isaac Cusick, Shell Lake, was the Town and Country Days button design winner. Shell Lake Police Chief Clint Stariha accepted a preliminary breath tester from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for the department’s participation in highway safety programs. Washburn County Judge Eugene Harrington greeting Shell Lake teachers and staff on their first day of in-service for the new school year. He pledged his support in education and offered his services. The Shell Lake High School marching band took second place at Cumberland’s Rutabaga Festival parade.


The Washburn County Register newspaper held a five-year anniversary drawing for subscriptions to the paper. Winners were Nan Hendry, Spooner; Art Swan, Shell Lake; Lorraine Haremza, Shell Lake; Marvin Knoop, Shell Lake; and Bette Kunselman, Shell Lake. Sage Dunham was the Glenview Golden Rocker winner during the Golden Rocker Challenge. New teachers at Shell Lake Schools were Jennifer Mark, first grade, Jennifer Sauve, third grade and Tom Sauve, seventh- and eighth-grade social studies. The Shell Lake Senior Citizens Center was renamed Friendship Commons. City crew members Jack Harrington, Mitch Brown, Jeff Parker, Dan Baade and Dave Wilcox, along with fisherman Bill Frahman, pulled in a large log from the lake that was left over from the logging days in Shell Lake. Three logs of significant size were pulled from the lake. Dr. Eric Stone relocated and renamed his vet clinic Northern Lakes Vet Clinic when the office opened in Shell Lake’s Industrial Park. In addition to Dr. Stone, staff members include receptionist Kiersten Nowaczyk and vet tech Kris Garza. Glenview held a dedication donations made to the complex that included a flagpole, a sidewalk that fully circles the building, an angel statue, a pergola, a garden area and a John Deere Gator. Karen Nord sewed a quilt to be raffled off with proceeds going to purchase SMART boards for classrooms at Shell Lake Schools. Law enforcement departments paid tribute to colleague Deb Friedell who lost her battle to cancer. Bob Agle, Cape Coral, Fla., visited Shell Lake with his 1958 Shell Lake Rocket that was designed by Cy Atkinson and was built and tested by the Shell Lake Boat Factory. Faye Hanson and Karry Davis were the winners of the Town and Country Days scavenger hunt. They found the hidden lighthouse in a bush outside the Masonic Lodge after the third clue was given. Winners of the Lake Run held during

The officers of the Washburn County Sheriff’s Department, and Shell Lake and Spooner Police Departments gave fellow employee Debra Friedell a final tribute at her funeral. Friedell, a 16-year dispatcher/jailer, lost her battle with cancer. — Photo by Larry Samson Town and Country Days were 5K Trail Run Jose Ocariz, Spooner, and Therse Shumaker. Winners of the 15K Lake Run were Jon Lindberg and Jenny Wilcox. Six-year-old Morgan Wendel asked the guests who attended her birthday party to bring gifts that would be donated to Indianhead Medical Center rather than keeping them for herself. Jay and Debbie Pearsall, Shell Lake, participated in the T-Totalers Club, a vintage auto collector group that took a 80-plusmile trip. The Pearsalls own a 1931 Model A and a 1927 Model T pickup. Timberland Ringebu Church celebrated 100 years. Brandon Degner was crowned homecoming king and Brianna Stellrecht was homecoming queen. Other court members were Bryan Marschall, Becky Gefken, Michael Johnson, Kara Spears, Alec Hopke, Stephanie Clark, Gabe Lagarde, Grace Helstern, B.J. Burton and April Richter. Tanner Williams was the winner of a Laker Pride Basket and Kylie Williams the winner of the Laker quilt created by Karen Nord during the Shell Lake Education Foundation community homecoming event. Football cheerleaders were Brandi Evans, Sarah Schumaker, Felicia Pokorny, Sadi Gajewski and Taelor Schaffer. Shell Lake eighth-grader Cody Robinson received grand champion in therapeutic walk trot class, top 10 in therapeutic trail class and top 10 on his educational horse project scrapbook at the Wisconsin State 4H Horse Show in West Allis.


Northern Lakes Veterinary Clinic, Shell Lake, held an open house at their new facility and also introduced their new self-service Mud Puppy Dog Wash. Recognized for their 10-year sponsorship of Whitetails Unlimited were A&H Taxidermy, River’s Edge Hunting Products and The Prime. The Friendship Commons of Shell Lake sponsored Banjo as part of their community project after their first dog, Frida, was adopted. Maria McKay, Museum of Woodcarving,

The Lawence family lost their barn and 40 cows in a fire on December 16. — Photo by Larry Samson donated money that was thrown into the Lions Den display as well as a personal contribution to the Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, 4-H and Ventures. Laptop tables were donated to the Shell Lake Public Library by Friends of the Shell Lake Library, Shell Lake State Bank and Pamida. Jay and Debbie Pearsall gave residents of Glenview rides in their 1931 Model A. Northern Lakes Veterinary Clinic, Shell Lake, held its grand opening. Shell Lake Lakers were using their new score table that was purchased with donations. Senior Brandon Degner had his personal-best time of 18:31.8 during the conference cross-country meet held in Webster. He also placed ninth in a field of 73 runners. Sixth-grader Keagan Blazer received ninth place in the girls middle school division. Shell Lake FFA team members Paige Klassa, Johannah Feeney, Jackie Brown and David Smith received the second-place trophy at the Tri-County Soil Judging held in Balsam Lake. Ashley Anderson and Brandon Degner were selected as Washburn County Wisconsin 4-H Key Award winners. Brett Holman represented Shell Lake Schools at the Wisconsin School Music Association Middle Level State Honors Music Project concert in Madison. The Shell Lake State Bank celebrated 75

years of banking. Alex Eiche was the winner of the Halloween Movie Night Buck from the Shell Lake Public Library. Diane Dryden was the guest reader at Shell Lake After-School Program’s young authors short story festival. Janice Organ replaced Patti Naglosky as student council advisor. Shell Lake Student Council officers were Brandon Degner, president; Marlo Fields, vice president; Sage Dunham, secretary; and Brett Holman, treasurer.

Kip Olson, owner of Moe’s Place, Spooner, advertised this fall on a sign outside the tavern for bikini dancers. Olson tried to get permission for topless dancers initially and was denied by the city council. — Photo by Larry Samson

A command center north of Minong was created by Wisconsin law enforcement agencies to stay vigilant for northwestern Wisconsin’s public safety during the Hells Angels convention in late July. The Minong command center vehicles included the Wisconsin Emergency Management’s Mobile Command County board Supervisor Tim Brabec interviewed Aage Duch and Violet Center, the Department of Justice’s mobile center, in which analysts from the Nielsen, who are both over 100 years old, at the Washburn County Fair on Fri- criminal investigations department worked, and armored vehicles from Marathon, La Crosse and Eau Claire counties. – Photo submitted day, July 24.— Photo by Reagan Kohler

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Northwest Wisconsin Independent Insurance Agents Association gave $3,500 to the Shell Lake Fire Department to go toward one-half of the new extrication pump purchased by the department. Judy Albee was sentenced to five years in prison for thefts from church funds and the Clam River Tuesday Club. WCCO Radio meteorologist Mike Lynch taught a two-hour class in astronomy for the Cumberland, Shell Lake and Spooner Community Ed in Shell Lake.


An amount of $75,000 was restored in the Washburn County Sheriff’s Department portion of the 2010 budget. A potential cut could have led to the loss of a patrol officer, whose duties would then be transferred to the juvenile officer, and therefore, the liaison between the schools and court system would have been sacrificed. Installed as officers of the Indianhead Community Health Care Inc. were Sue Weathers, president; Patti Naglosky, vice president; Dexie Dunham, treasurer; and Nancy Furchtenicht, secretary. Receiving awards during the 4-H and fair volunteers banquet were Kiersten Nowacczyk, club Leader of the Year; Kevin Johnson, Volunteer of the Year; Tom Schultz, Friend of 4-H Award; Barb Allen, 4-H project Leader of the Year; Judge Eugene Harrington, 4-H Alumni of the Year. Linda Degner received the President’s Award from Washburn County Fair Board President John Morris. Jeff Burch received the Friends of the Fair Award. Mary Emerson and Charlotte Thompson were recognized for their years of services as

During the Indian Creek tractor and truck pull, 12-year-old Shell Lake student Tyler Crosby pulled two tractors. Tyler, son of Gary and Melissa Crosby, is a fourth-generation farmer. He pulled a tractor for the first time on Saturday. He took a second-place trophy in the unlimited class with a family tractor. – Photo by Brenda Sommerfeld

On Saturday, July 18, the Romsos family celebrated being a century farm. Wayne and Marie Romsos farm the 120-acre farm in Roosevelt Township near Timberland with their children, Jason and Krista (Romsos) Losey, Brent Losey, Allison and Aiden. — Photo by Larry Samson volunteers to 4-H and the Washburn County Fair. Winners of the Northern Heritage Fiddle Contest were Beginner: Stacia Zweig, first; Kyra Jackson, second; Keely Jackson and Lucas Woodhall, tied third. Intermediate: Laurissa Herlinger, first; Madelaine Kemp, second; Jenny Parr, third. Championship: Sedra Bistodeau, first; Deena Bistodeau, second; and Tom Weisgerber, third. Making Lakeland All-Conference in volleyball was Ashley Anderson. Stephanie Clark received honorable mention. Named volleyball Fans of the Year were Bob Shelasoe and Caleb Schmidt. Mackenzie Curtis received all-conference for defensive end and Joe Mikula for offensive guard. Caleb Parker was named most improved player of the year in football. Curtis earned the offensive Most Valuable Player Award as running back. Serving as team captains of the football team were Mitch Kraetke, Mackenzie Curtis and Marlo Fields. Performing in the middle school honors band at the Shell Lake Arts Center were Shell Lake Middle School students Sabrina Skindzelewski, Lynsey Hagen, Amy Bouchard, Katie Slater, Trevor Anderson and Tia Carlson. Superintendent Brian Nord, primary school Principal Mike Werner and high school Principal Don Peterson wrote to the Shell Lake School Board supporting a voluntary compensation freeze for their wages at the current rate. Cavan Maher, Sara Shumaker and Marlo Fields earned the honor of performing with the 2009 Lakeland Conference Honors Choir in New Auburn. Playing in the high school honors band were Kayla Blazer, Isaac Cusick, Brandon Degner, Beth Bulgrin, Brett Holman, Sage Dunham, Dillon Hopke, Renee Mikula, Emilee Organ, Emma Frey and Elise Bouchard.

On July 24, a truck driver out of Minnesota found out the hard way that his GPS is not always right. The GPS apparently was confused by the old and new CTH D. The driver expected his destination to be farther up the road, turned too suddenly and ended up dumping his load. - Photo by Diane Dryden

The Shell Lake Fire Department received a $700 check from Barron Electric as part of their Concern for the Community program. The Schmitz family sold handcrafted items to earn money for World Hope International, garnering over $4,000 for their efforts. With some reductions to the budget made, the Shell Lake City Council adopted the 2010 budget with the tax levy to remain the same as the previous year.

Deb Ekern dressed as Nancy Sinatra for the Relay for Life Look Alike Contest June 5. Shortly after the Relay for Life walk was over, committee members received a phone call from Nancy Sinatra’s office in Beverly Hills, Calif. Her office had received a Google alert for Sinatra’s name, which directed them to the Washburn County Register Web site. Sinatra sent a donation. – Photo by Regan Kohler


Mayor Donna Barnes-Haesemeyer announced that she would seek re-election to a second term in 2010. One day last summer a dog had The city of Shell Lake began working on downtown redevelopment plans through chased this newborn fawn into Shell Lake. The Carrigan family of Maplethe help of a grant it had received. Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin wood, Minn., spotted it swimming, Wall, Renate Cathers shared her story netted it, and brought it back to shore. about leaving East Germany before the — Photos by Mike Carrigan wall was built. Matt Sienko and Brandon Degner, representing Washburn County, attended the 88th National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Ga. Chad Kostner, Shell Lake City Council alderman from the First Ward, resigned his position. Becky Gafken, Bramen, Germany, a 17year-old foreign exchange student, was spending the school year with the Bob Forsythe family. Fire claimed Richard and Pauline Lawrence’s barn in Dewey Township. Shell Lake State Bank donated $1,000 to the Shell Lake Arts Center. The Shell Lake School Board was opposing the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Association’s proposed football conference realignment plan. Low water levels in Shell Lake were Owen Carlson, son of Beth and Jeff Carlson, Minong, was the $2,500 Lions calendar a concern again this year — Photo submitted winner.

Spooner resident and artist Patty Solveson painted a mural on a cemetery wall in Jerusalem, Israel, in November. — Photo submitted


St. Francis Christmas concert Chloe Zebro, Taylor Childs and Garrett Cook conveyed the feeling of sleep as they sang “Homemade Christmas.”

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The 4-year-old kindergarten class stole the show with this song, “A Big Howdy Do to You” at the St. Francis de Sales Catholic School Christmas concert, “Christmas in the Country.” Shown are Natalie Martin, Chloe Zebro, Shane Dutton and his trusty sidekick, Roman Paffel. Dressing up as cowboys was a good motivator for these boys to sing in the choir. Back row (L to R): William Tack, Aaron Sacco and Michael DelFiacco. Front: Declan Ross, Jacob Olsen, AJ Christner and Miguel Barrett. LEFT - Tiffany Romportl, a very talented second-grader, is a rising star in the lead role of Rachel in the play “Christmas in the Country.” The play was performed by students in prekindergarten through grade four at the St. Francis Christmas concert held Wednesday, Dec. 23.

Singing the traditional Christmas songs are back row (L to R): Rachel Medley, Audrey Blonk and Sophia DelFiacco. Front: Evelyn Paffel, Tiana Barrett and Kayla Kielkucki. Twenty-one students make up the St. Francis School fifththrough eighth-grade band. Playing trumpets are Michael Harris, Skylar Halvorsen, LaShanda Mays and Ryan Silvis, and Luke Langland on baritone. In the back on percussion are Jacob Sacco, Trevor Woodworth and Mark Nauertz. The students at St. Francis start playing musical instruments in the fourth grade as part of their education.


SHELL LAKE — The first-annual New Year’s Eve Bash sponsored by Indianhead Community Health Care Inc., was held at the Shell Lake Arts Center. Those in attendance had a fun-filled night of dancing to the live music of the Breezy Bay Boys. All proceeds from the evening will go to help health care in the local community and surrounding areas. In 2009, money was given to all five senior citizens centers in Washburn County; the Alzheimer’s organizations in Spooner; Indianhead Memorial Hospital; Terraceview Living Center; Glenview As-

New Year’s Eve Bash held

sisted Living; for scholarships/continuing education for those in the field of health care; Shell Lake Schools, and to the Shell Lake Clinic. ICHC also runs the Lifeline program that currently has over 100 units placed in homes for senior citizens throughout the area. Gratitude is extended to the supporters who help to make this event possible. If you would like to join this worthwhile organization, please contact Donna Ness at 715-822-2877. Mark your calendar for New Year’s Eve 2010

Enjoying bringing in the New Year together at the Indianhead Community Health The dance floor was active as the Breezy Bay Boys played for Indianhead Community Health Care’s New Year’s Eve Bash held at the Shell Lake Arts Care New Year’s Eve Bash held at the Shell Lake Arts Center are friends Jerry Center. Over 80 people rang in the new year at an event that will become an Carroll of Baraboo and Shell Lake residents Amy Monson and Gina Lewis. — Photo by Suzanne Johnson annual tradition in Shell Lake. — Photo by Larry Samson


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SHELL LAKE — Slow starts caused the Shell Lake girls to drop another pair of games, 64-41 to Clear Lake and 54-35 to Luck. “I told the girls that I was going to petition the WIAA that we only play the second half of our games,” remarked Laker coach Carlo Kumpula. “We haven’t gotten off to a good start yet. We’re averaging just five points a game in the first quarter and 13 points in the third quarter. Our biggest challenge is to figure out how to change that.” The Lakers had their best scoring balance of the year against Clear Lake with Jen Cassel scoring 13 points, Ashley Anderson 12, Steph Clark eight and Emma Anderson six. Anderson also grabbed 14 re-


bounds while Cassel and Kim Moravec snared seven and six, respectively. Early foul trouble doomed Shell Lake in a loss at Luck. “Steph and Ashley were both in foul trouble all night,” said Kumpula. “As a result, we were never in sync on either offense and defense.” Anderson led Shell Lake with 25 points while Cassel and Moravec combined to pull down 16 rebounds and Carissa Forsyth dished out four assists. The Lakers jumped right back into action after the holiday break as they hosted Webster on Monday night. Thursday they travel to Clayton and will then host Prairie Farm on Tuesday, Jan. 12. — submitted The Shell Lake boys basketball team hasn’t won a game this season, but that hasn’t dampened the spirits of these loyal Laker fans (L to R): Caleb Schmidt, Emmalee Statz, Aaron Druschba, Sabrina Garcia, Grace Helstern and Aaron Slinker. — Photo by Larry Samson

Boys basketball Fri., Jan. 8: At Clayton, 7:30 p.m. Tues., Jan. 12: DH vs. Prairie Farm, 7:30 p.m. Fri., Jan. 15: DH at Cameron, 6 p.m. Tues., Jan. 19: DH at Siren (n/c), 7:30 p.m. Fri., Jan. 22: At Turtle Lake, 7:30 p.m. Fri., Jan. 29: DH at St. Croix Falls (n/c), 7:30 p.m. Tues., Feb. 2: DH at Northwood, 6 p.m. Fri., Feb. 5: At Clear Lake, 7:30 p.m. Mon., Feb. 8: Vs. Webster (n/c), 7:30 p.m. Fri., Feb. 12: Vs. Clayton, 7:30 p.m. Tues., Feb. 16: DH at Prairie Farm, 6 p.m.


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

Girls basketball Thurs., Jan. 7: At Clayton, 7:30 p.m. Tues., Jan. 12: DH vs. Prairie Farm, 6 p.m. Fri., Jan. 15: DH at Cameron, 7:30 p.m. Tues., Jan. 19: DH at Siren (n/c), 6 p.m.

SPORTS Thurs., Jan. 21: At Turtle Lake, 7:30 p.m. Tues., Jan. 26: At Spooner, 7:30 p.m., (n/c) JV 5:45 p.m. Fri., Jan. 29: DH at St. Croix Falls (n/c), 6 p.m. Tues., Feb. 2: DH at Northwood, 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Feb. 4: At Clear Lake, 7:30 p.m. Tues., Feb. 9: Vs. Clayton, 7:30 p.m. Tues., Feb. 16: DH at Prairie Farm, 7:30 p.m. Tues., Feb. 23: Vs. Cameron, 7:30 p.m. Fri., Feb. 26: Vs. Turtle Lake, 7:30 p.m. Tues., March 9: Regional (Round 1) TBA Thurs., March 11: Regional (Round 2) TBA


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

Wrestling Thurs., Jan. 7: At Flambeau, 7 p.m. Sat., Jan. 9: At Superior Tourney, 10 a.m. Thurs., Jan 14: Vs. Cornell/Gilman, 7 p.m. Sat., Jan. 16: At St. Croix Falls, 9:30 a.m. Thurs., Jan. 21: At Northwood, 7 p.m. Sat., Jan. 23: At Shell Lake Tourney, 10 a.m., Spring Valley, Cumberland, New Richmond, Spooner, Park Falls, Bloomer, Boyceville, Hudson.

Thurs., Jan. 28: Vs. Cameron, 7 p.m. Sat., Jan. 30: Pre-K-8 Youth Shell Lake Open, 9:30 a.m. Sat., Feb. 6: Conference at Cameron, 9:30 a.m. Sat., Feb. 13: WIAA Regional at Clear Lake TBA Tues., Feb. 16: WIAA Team Sectional at Ladysmith, 6 p.m. Sat., Feb. 20: WIAA Sectional at Osseo-Fairchild, 9 a.m. Thurs.-Sat., Feb. 25-27: Individual State at Madison Fri.-Sat., Mar. 5-6: Team State at Madison Girls JH basketball Tues., Jan. 12: At Clear Lake, 5 p.m.

Thurs., Jan. 14: Vs. Clayton, old gym, 5 p.m. Tues., Jan. 19: At Prairie Farm, 5 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 28: Vs. Turtle Lake, old gym, 5 p.m. Tues., Feb. 2: Vs. Northwood, 5 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 4: Vs. Clear Lake, 5 p.m. Mon., Feb. 8: Vs. Prairie Farm, old gym, 5 p.m. Tues., Feb. 9: At Clayton, 5 p.m. Tues., Feb. 16: At Cameron, 5 p.m. Fri., Feb. 19: Vs. Cameron, old gym, 5 p.m. Tues., Feb. 23: At Turtle Lake, 5 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 25: At Northwood, 4:30 p.m.


Packer fan chases opportunity of a lifetime

Needs help from online voters

by Marty Seeger FREDERIC– Some can only dream of going to a Super Bowl someday, let alone being part of the coin-toss ceremony at the start of the game. But former Spooner native, Aretina Trepczyk, could get a chance to do just that, and much, much more as part of’s NFL Director of Fandemonium Sweepstakes. In November, Trepczyk found out she was one of 32 finalists chosen from 200,000 applicants for a chance at becoming the next Director of Fandemonium. The winner will have several duties throughout the year, which include participating in the coin-toss ceremony at Super Bowl XLV, selecting a play at the 2011 Pro Bowl and announcing a pick at the 2010 NFL draft. There’s also a $100,000 signing bonus. “Really, the experience is more of what I’m interested in,” Trepczyk said by phone Monday from her home in Portland, Ore. Trepczyk graduated from Spooner High School in 1995, and attended college at UW-Eau Claire before moving to Portland, where she’s a systems implementation auditor. Her parents, Gerald and Kim Trepczyk, reside in Webster,

HAYWARD — The Spooner Nordic team traveled to Hayward on Monday, Dec. 28, to a race under the lights at the 00 Nordic Ski chalet. Spooner girls placed second with Brooke Adams taking a first in the 5-km classic race and Iciar Ocariz fourth. In the middle-school division, Rachael Jensen finished fourth in the girls 3-km race. Results were: Brooke Adams, 16:20; Iciar Ocariz, 19:08; Beth Kujala, 23:30; Maddie Kunkel, 24:38; Hannha Dunn, 28:02 and Michelle Emerson, 33:25. Middle-school finishers: Rachael Jensen, 13:33; Andrew Emerson, 16:15; Josh Riewestahl, 19:24 and Anna Emerson, 21:26. The following day, Dec. 29, Spooner hosted the Spooner Nordic Holiday Race at the new high school with a 6-km mass start at the City Park trails behind the school.

Aretina Trepczyk has roots in northern Wisconsin and needs your help in becoming the next Director of Fandemonium. Find out more at – Photo submitted

which allows Trepczyk to hold onto her Wisconsin roots and her love of the Green Bay Packers, who she is representing in the contest. Trepczyk initially found out about the contest through her sister, who thought she’d be the perfect candidate for the job. “I’ve been just a huge Packer fan my

entire life, actually my whole family, we’re just huge fans and my sister was like ‘you have to do this,’” said Trepczyk. The application process was simple enough. Answer a few questions such as: why you’re a fan, what a normal game day was like for you, as well as submitting a profile photo. Originally she was an alternate candidate, but they liked the profile so much they selected her to be one of 32 finalists. The competition has been narrowed to just eight contestants through online voting by fans. As part of the contest, the eight contestants were flown to the NFL headquarters in New York City, to compete against each other in quirky competitions. Trepczyk was also interviewed by NFL and executives, as well as Jerome Bettis and former Packer great Sterling Sharpe. That alone had Trepczyk’s family excited. “When they found out I was going to be interviewed by Sterling Sharpe they went crazy,” Trepczyk said. On day two of her stay in New York, the eight contestants were outfitted with a duffel bag stuffed with various items like a football, penalty flag and a subway pass. For nine hours that day, Trepczyuk was followed by a camera crew as she tried getting NFL fans to do various stunts in order to spread Fandemonium. The video clip of that day and her inter-

view can be found at “That was really cool, just to go out there and be crazy with the fans,” Trepczyk said. Although Trepczyk is miles from home, she still calls her family after every Packer game and comes back to the area three or four times a year. She still remembers the many Sundays her family shared in front of the television watching Packer games. “It’s just really cool because it’s been a way for me to connect with my dad,” Trepczyk said. If she wins, she wants to use the extra ticket to bring her dad to the Super Bowl, but before she does, she needs help from online voters, who also get a chance to win a trip to the Super Bowl. On Monday, Jan. 11, the elimination of the finalists begins, and two contestants will be eliminated each week. At press time, Trepczyk was in sixth place on the leader board. The only way to move up in the standings is with more votes, and anyone can vote once per day. “I really need to get people from Wisconsin on board with this,” Trepczyk said. To vote, and enter for a chance to win a trip to the Super Bowl, go to

Spooner Nordic team results

Teams participating in the event were Spooner, Hayward, Canski (Washburn/Ashland), Barron, Amery, Drummond and Lake Nebagamon. Hayward won the girls race with Spooner placing second. The Canski boys won the boys event over Hayward by one point. Adams took the podium for Spooner with a second-place finish and Jensen took third in the girls 4-km MS race. Team results boys: Canski 10; Hayward 11; Drummond 39; Barron 40. Girls: Hayward 10; Spooner 17; Canski 34; Amery 54. Individual girls results: 2 Adams 19:34; 4 Ocariz 22:26; 16 Kujala 27:09; 21 Kunkel 31:01; 27 Emerson 36:29. Middle school boys and girls comThe Spooner High School Nordic Ski Club held its holiday race Tuesday, Dec. 29, on the bined: 14 (3rd f) Rachael Emerson; new school grounds. The boys team kicked the afternoon off, followed by the girls and 19 Kaelin Anderson; 25 Emerson and 28 Annabelle Revak. — submit- later the middle school students. Five area schools competed that afternoon, skiing laps behind the school and up to the city park. – Photo by Regan Kohler ted

Wrestling cheerleaders

The 2009-2010 Shell Lake wrestling cheerleaders are back row (L to R): Kellie Myers, coach Danette Hopke, Lindsey Green and Beth Bulgrin. Front: Sara Mayer, Sarah Shumaker and Emily Pfluger. Being a wrestling cheerleader requires that they give up their Saturdays during tournament time which runs until March. — Photo by Larry Samson

Iciar Ocariz placed fourth at the Nordic race in Hayward and in Spooner. — Photo by V. Eric Jensen

Competing in the middle school division, Rachael Jensen, Shell Lake, took third in the girls 4-km race during the Spooner Nordic Holiday Race. — Photo by V. Eric Jensen

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Buyer beware: Electric heaters may not live up to money-saving claims

by Kryssy Pease, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism STATEWIDE - Electric heaters, which have long been a bad deal for most people trying to lower their energy bills, are an even worse deal in Wisconsin this winter because of falling prices for natural gas. But that doesn’t stop manufacturers of electric heaters from using newspaper and Internet ads – some of which feature home-repair guru Bob Vila and pictures of Amish craftsmen – to attract buyers by promising big savings. Jack Brennan, 70, of Green Bay, bought two $350 EdenPURE electric heaters after seeing an ad that vowed to “cut your heating bill by up to 50 percent.” When his next bill came from Wisconsin Public Service, it was three times higher than normal. “I almost died,” Brennan said. “A gal from (Wisconsin) Public Service called me and she said, ‘What are you doing? What did you buy?’ When I told her I bought two of those heaters, she said, ‘Well, you just answered the question.’” Steve Kraus, media relations manager at Madison Gas and Electric, said ads promising big savings “are very deceptive,” but spokesmen from two major electric heater companies said they stand by their products. “If you read the ad, we say ‘save up to 50 percent,’” said Michael Giorgio, general manager of Suarez Corp. Industries, parent company of EdenPURE, whose heaters are endorsed by Vila. “And really, we’re unique because we put so much copy in our promotions, because we believe in telling you all the features and benefits about how to use the heater in the ad. We’re a company that’s been in business for 40 years, so if you don’t like it, we certainly will take it back and we’ll pay the shipping.” Chris Pugh, multimedia communications specialist with Heat Surge, whose ads for electric fireplaces feature Amishmade wooden mantels, said in a statement

Jack Brennan had purchased two electric heaters hoping to save money on his heating bill. The heaters, not being used, are collecting dust because of the high cost of running them. — Photo courtesy Green Bay Press-Gazette/H. Marc. Larson that the heater “when used in conjunction with zoned heating allows you to heat selectively and save money. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, zone heating can produce energy savings of more than 20 percent. In addition, the fireplaces use about 9 cents of electricity an hour on the standard setting. They come with a limited full-year replacement or money-back warranty less shipping plus a 30-day satisfaction guarantee.” Spokesmen from four Wisconsin utility companies and the state Focus on Energy program confirmed they often get inquires about electric heaters, with people thinking they are a way to save money. No complaints related to the heaters have been filed with the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, according to spokesperson Donna Gilson. The Better Business Bureau has received 281 complaints about Heat Surge LLC in the past three years. During that period, the BBB received 299 complaints about

Man recalls ice harvest from years ago

ing to the Soo Line article, the weeds had to be raked, and this year, streaks of green were seen in the ice. However, Dr. E.R. Hering, Shell Lake’s general practitioner from the late 1900s until the 1950s, analyzed the ice and found it to be “harmless.” Hering’s grandson, Richard Sharratt, Jefferson, shared his story in a letter to the Register. Sharratt said he recalled visiting his grandparents during the late 1930s and seeing the Jacobs icehouse on the lakeshore north of what is now Memorial Park, near a boat factory. “They were still storing ice from the lake and delivering it by horse-drawn wagon to the homes in Shell Lake,” Sharratt said. Sharratt’s mother, Kathleen nee Hering, spoke of the harvesting process often, he said, as did her younger brother, George, who passed away in August 2009. Sharratt said his uncle spoke of the railroad harvesting ice and shipping it by train to points on the railroad, to cool insulated cars used to transport meat. “George vividly recalled the men loading the boxcars as depicted in [the Soo Line magazine] article,” Sharratt said. The men loaded the cars late into the night, according to Sharratt’s recollection of his uncle’s stories, to get them ready for the following day’s shipment. Sharratt said his uncle told him the Soo Line article accurately described what happened at Shell Lake. “He even talked about running around on the ice as the harvest was in process and one of his friends falling into the open water created by the ice-harvesting process,” Sharratt said. “George said his friend was ‘fished’ out of the water by the men working there, using poles that they used to move the ice to reach him in the water.” Sharratt said that Shell Lake had no weeds, so the ice was prized for this reason, confirming his grandfather’s long-ago analysis that the lake was harmless and green free at the time.

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by Regan Kohler SHELL LAKE – Years ago, Shell Lake was the site of ice harvesting, before refrigeration was invented and clean ice was needed for storage. From the 1880s to the 1930s, according to a 2004 article in the Soo Line Historical Society magazine, ice harvesting was introduced to the northern Midwest by a Norwegian immigrant, Ole Olsen Hjelle, who happened to be good with mechanics. The article said that Hjelle designed and built an incline elevator, powered by a steam engine, which would raise ice from the lake level. Ice was then moved into railroad box cars by an incline and manpower, according to the article, with a machine that made all the ice blocks the same size. Icehouses were used to lower the ice to ground level, to create tiers, the article says. The ice was packed in sawdust for the summer months. According to the article, in the early 20th century, the work began in August, with lake grass being cut twice before the winter. In December, repairs on the equipment began, followed by the work itself beginning as soon as the ice was at least 4 inches thick. The Soo Line railroad had 21 icehouses across the Midwest, including Wisconsin, according to the article. In Shell Lake, a man by the name of Wm. Jacobs had an annual icing contract with the Omaha Railway, for 200,000 tons, along with his own output. In archived briefs from the Washburn County Register in the 1920-’30s, Jacobs had a crew of 24 men loading 10-15 railroad cars a day with ice harvested. He would run at “full blast” every day. In 1930, according to a Register blurb, Jacobs had about 75 cars to fill on the Omaha contract, and there was the possibility that other outside contracts could be received. One year, there was concern over the lake still being in bloom while it froze, as accord-

Suarez Corp. Industries. All complaints were either resolved or closed. The companies are based in Canton, Ohio. “Some people save a great deal of money and some people don’t save a great deal of money, depending on what their heat source is,” Suarez’s Giorgio said. “If you’re an all-electric house ... you’ll save on your electricity.” Wisconsin utility officials estimate around 10 percent of residents, most of them apartment dwellers, use electricity as their sole heating source. “Beware what is being promised,” cautioned Brian Manthey, spokesperson for We Energies. “If you think you’re going to heat your whole house with these things and save money, that’s highly unlikely.” People who use a space heater and turn down their thermostat will likely see savings on their natural gas bill, but their electric bill could skyrocket. And this winter, natural gas prices are down, meaning the potential for savings goes down for most residents, too. Kraus said that statewide, natural gas prices are expected to drop 15 to 20 percent compared to last year, while electricity prices are expected to increase by about 4 or 5 percent. Jonathan Beers, residential services manager at Madison Gas and Electric, said electric heat is nearly three times as expensive as a high-efficiency natural gas furnace. “For most people, the only way you really could save what the ads claim is to let your house go cold for most of the winter

and just carry your heater everywhere you go,” Beers said. Consumer Reports has reported that to save 50 percent by using a space heater, residents would have to lower their thermostats by about 17 degrees. Kraus said zone heating – keeping the majority of your house cold and using a space heater in a small, closed-off area – is the only way to save money with electric heaters, which is exactly what the manufacturers recommend. Kraus added that he turns on a space heater in one room of his home in the morning while leaving the rest of his house under 60 degrees. William Acker, a Green Bay energy efficiency engineer and former president of the Wisconsin chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers, said his late father bought one heater and saw his electricity consumption increase 85 percent. “What got me the most about this electric heater is it’s preying on our elderly people,” Acker said. “When they read ‘50 percent savings,’ they immediately believe it. My dad did.” Beers said the expensive heaters that Brennan, and Acker’s father, bought produce no more heat than a $30 space heater you can find at any hardware store. “If it sounds too good to be true, it is,” Beers said. “A space heater is a space heater is a space heater. If you’re going to use one, do it safely, and don’t expect it to do miracles for your bill.” The nonprofit Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism ( collaborates with its partners –- Wisconsin Public Television, Wisconsin Public Radio and the UW-Madison School of Journalism & Mass Communication – and other news media. To learn more Information about zone heating: /2008/11/zone-heating.html Information about electric heaters: t_Management_System/Residential_Prog rams/basicsofhomeheating_factsheet.pdf To file a complaint Complaints regarding any product in Wisconsin may be filed with the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection by calling 800-422-7128 or filing an online complaint: o / c p / c o m p l a i n t form/CPComplaintForm.jsp

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They left us in 2009

As we reflect back on 2009, we pause to think of those who have left us. Names of the persons whose obituaries were printed in the Register from July through December were:

A monk took a young man for a boat ride, but gave him the oars. But the young man complained, “I’m going around in circles. Why?” “You’re using only one oar,” said the monk. As in boating, so in believing; use two oars – Prayer and Work. Before our Lord raised Lazarus from the dead, he said, “Take away the stone.” Then he prayed, and Lazarus was given life. The Lord expects you to do what you can. Then he’ll do what you can’t. Before you call on him to solve a problem, see if you need to move a stone. To pray for miracles when you refuse means is a mistake. So use two oars – Prayer and Work.

July Rita E. Heideman, Michael C. Panula, Rose A. Lindemann, Ada M. Toombs, Larry W. Johnson, Dr. George V. Hering, Anton “Tony” Roeser, Helen B. Rich, Anna M. Ruhl, Brent M. Roux, Hertha Graham, Dale E. Reinhart, E. Marie Bennett, Patrick E. Harrington, Lynn L. Lauritsen, Cora O. Oehmcke, John Andresen and Richard “Mac” McCaslin. August Linda T. Titel, Paul L. Schlosser, Karen Thomas, Debra S. Friedell Johnette Greifzu, John F. Kornfeind, Allen R. Hansen, Philomena M. Curella, Debra S. Friedell, Peggy L. Hansen and Mildred P. Hanke.

September Stacy L. Lombard, Arlene J. Powers, Dagny O. Jensen, William M. Posso, Darrell “Jim” Karl, Mary E. Nelson, Thomas “Swanny” Swanson, Shirley Surrell, Margaret C. Cable, Lori Ann Breckenridge and Marion R. Esser.

October LeRoy Benson, Susan A. Peper, Ethel A. Swanson Marchi, Anna Wickman, Hazel G. Drake, Anna C. Jensen, Wildred L. Skidmore, Neil Shoquist, Paul N. Cunningham, Herman “Hank” G. Arkema, Christine S. Howard, Phillip Kirkwood, John E. Krakau and Donna J. Galambos.

November Mary F. Germann, Reynold Rydberg, Keith A. Van Wyhe, Gerda Chopp, Helen E. Paffel, Geneva M. Falstad, Rosa G. Nelson, Russell J. Naber, Russell “Bear” Banks, Eddie R. “Stretch” Nelson, Stanley L. Jones and Cindi L. Todd. December Nettie F. Otis, Lannie Mathisen, Dorothy DesJardins, Opal L. Sanders, Elverta “Bobbie” Lester, Kenneth J. Reno and Myrtle I. Trumble.

Kenneth J. Reno

Kenneth J. Reno, 67, Shell Lake, died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, at Lakeview Medical Center, Rice Lake. Kenneth was born Aug. 23, 1942, in St. Paul, Minn., to Jerome and Evelyn (Nagel) Reno. He was married in Shell Lake on Aug. 26, 1995 to Bonnie Matthys. Above all, Ken loved visiting with people. It didn’t matter who – the person sitting next to him at the casino, family, friends or Wal-Mart customers where he was employed as a greeter. His second hobby was going to casinos. Ken was a Vikings fan. Most importantly he loved his family and was so proud of them. Ken was preceded in death by an infant brother, Jerry. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie, Shell Lake; sons, Kevin (Julia), Anoka, Minn. and Jerry (Mary), Fredericksburg, Iowa; daughter, Becky (John) Knoop, Anoka, Minn.; seven grandchildren, Lina Reno, Jessica Reno, Kristen Reno, Katie Reno, Jeff Hayes, Dylan Knoop and Jacob Knoop; three stepchildren, Chris (Donna) Hopke, Coventry, Conn., Peter (Danette) Hopke, Shell Lake and Vicki (Michael) Whitsitt, Springfield, Mo.; seven stepgrandchildren, Nicole Hopke, Ashley Coutu, Shane Coutu, Dillion Hopke, Dominc Hopke, Madeline Hopke and Isaac Hopke; sisters, Dodie (Dick) Knoche, St. Paul, Minn., Rita (Ron) Meyer, Vadnais Heights, Minn.; brother, Jim (Patty) Reno, Oakdale, Minn.; his first wife, Bennye Hall; many nieces, nephews and his Wal-Mart family. Memorial services were held Monday, Dec. 28, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Shell Lake, with Father Ed Anderson officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Skinner Funeral Home of Shell Lake was entrusted with arrangements.

Myrtle Irene Trumble

Myrtle Irene Trumble, 93, Eau Claire, died at the Clairemont Nursing Home in Eau Claire on Dec. 26, 2009. Myrtle was born Sept. 1, 1916, in Burnett County, to Frank and Sarah (Isack) Trumble. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Sarah; brother Clarence and his wife, Celia. She is survived by brother Ralph (Arlene) Trumble; sister Fran (Orville) Brown; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Jan. 5 at Smith Funeral Chapel with Chaplain Anne Marie Swanson officiating. Burial will be in Shell Lake Cemetery. The Smith Funeral Chapel, Eau Claire, was entrusted with arrangements.

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Marlene will be teaching Belly Dancing Classes on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. This dance class is for beginners and fun for all ages. Call the studio at 715-468-2232 for more information.

Becoming a Love and Logic Parent training to be held

SHELL LAKE — Shell Lake Community Education is excited to welcome Debra Pawlak. Pawlak will be facilitating a Love and Logic training for parents, parent educators and anyone interested in learning about the Love and Logic parenting philosophy. Love and Logic parenting was founded by Jim Fay and Foster W. Cline, M.D., and is based on the experience of a combined total of over 75 years working with and raising kids. Fay teaches that we should “lock in our empathy, love and understanding” prior to telling kids what the consequences of their actions will be. The parenting course Becoming a Love and Logic Parent teaches parents how to hold their kids accountable in this special way. Pawlak has a bachelor of science degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in education and

Winter Rye: New Uses for an Old Crop kicks off Safari series

SPOONER – The Spooner Area UW-Extension Office will be holding its annual Northern Wisconsin Agriculture Safari program beginning on Friday, Jan. 15, at 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the Spooner Ag Research Station. The first topic of this four-week series is titled Winter Rye: New Uses for an Old Crop. Jason Fishbach, UW-Extension agriculture agent, will discuss how this versatile crop has profit potential for farmers. Research has shown that winter rye harvested in the early boot stage makes quality spring forage, and as a cover crop it helps reduce soil erosion and suppresses fall and early spring weed growth. The Northern Safari features University of Wisconsin and other specialists who address agriculture topics in programs presented across northwestern Wisconsin. The Spooner Ag Research Station will be the site for these four weekly series starting on Fridays, Jan. 15 through Feb. 5. Upcoming topics and dates include: Taking Charge in Challenging Times, ways to improving your farm’s financial strategies and working with your lender, Jan. 22. Working Lands Intiative: What it means to farmers. Explore your options to protect farmland and expand tax credits on qualified farmland, Jan. 29. Relative Grain Quality: Not all corn is created equal. This new grain test helps farmers and nutrition consultants improve animal performance, Feb 5. All seminars will be held at the Spooner Ag Research Station on Fridays from 10:30 a.m. until noon. There is no cost for these programs. Preregistration is requested but not required. For more information contact Kevin Schoessow or Otto Wiegand at the Spooner Area UW-Extension Office at 715-635-3506 or 800-528-1914. - submitted

curriculum instruction. She has taught elementary school for 19 years and is a parent of a teenage daughter. She has attended workshops hosted by Fay and has been facilitating the Love and Logic parenting classes since 1998. Becoming a Love and Logic Parent will be offered for free over the course of four Monday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m., beginning Jan. 18 and ending Feb. 8. Preregistration is required by Monday, Jan. 11, and can be obtained by calling Shell Lake CE at 715-468-7815, ext. 1337 or by downloading a registration from — from Shell Lake CE

The Magi

Pastor Jack Starr in his final presentation of the Christmas story as the Magi seeking the Star of the East. A part of the Christmas story was acted out each Sunday during Advent at the Lakeview Methodist Church. — Photo by Connie Quam


Area churches Alliance

St. Francis de Sales

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

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

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Episcopal St. Alban's

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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United Methodist

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

Lakeview United Methodist

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

Salem Lutheran, ELCA 803 Second St., Shell Lake Pastor Carol Ann McArdell 715-468-7718 www.shelllakesalem Sunday Worship: 8 and 10 a.m.; coffee and conversation: 9:15 a.m.; Midweek program: 3 yrs. - 6th grade: Wed. 3:30 -5:30

Timberland Ringebu Free Lutheran

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

Trinity Lutheran

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

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

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


Church of the Nazarene

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


Spooner Wesleyan Hwy. 70 W, Spooner Senior Pastor Ronald W. Gormong; Assistant Pastor Chopper Brown 715-635-2768 Sunday Worship: 9 a.m.; Sunday School and ABF’s: 10:30 a.m.; nursery provided; Celebrate Recovery, 1st and 3rd Mondays: 6:30 p.m.


Cornerstone Christian

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


United Methodist

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

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The Spooner Daisies are shown holding the birthday packages they made for the Washburn County Food Pantry. Each package has a handmade birthday card, cake mix, frosting, candles and napkins. As you can see from their smiles, the girls were excited to know that their gift will brighten someone’s birthday. The troop is made up of 31 kindergarten and first-grade girls that meet after school on Tuesdays. Coleaders are Kati Stumpf, Sara Wickre and Stacy Wiemeri. — Photo submitted

Ramblings of a Frugal Housewife topic at LFRC

SPOONER — Wendy Muska will speak on the importance of a budget; provide great resources for recipes, money-saving Web sites and the most economical way to shop while keeping attendees smiling with her amusing anecdotes, during Ramblings of a Frugal Housewife.

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This informative gathering will be held Wednesday, Jan. 13, 6 p.m., at the Lakeland Family Resource Center, 314 Elm St., Spooner. Preregistration appreciated prior to noon on Tuesday, Jan. 12. Phone 715-635-4669. No child care available. — from LFRC

by Helen Pederson

Happy New Year! It sure came in cold, didn’t it? We had minus 17 degrees here but it was colder other places. This can’t last too long and the days are getting longer, which is very nice. Mavis and Roger Flach were Christmas Eve dinner guests of Steve and Jody Flach and family. On Christmas Day Roger and Mavis had Wayne and Kim and family, Brad and Kelly and Hailey and Steve and Jody and family to Christmas dinner at their home and gift exchange. Peder Pederson took Mary Morton to dinner at the Trego Lighthouse Church on Saturday, Dec. 19. Arlys Santiago spent Christmas Eve with Karen Olson and her guests and Christmas Day with Chuck and Heidi Hile, Logan and Olivia in Haugen. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Peder Pederson spent with Cheri and Steve Minot and family. The Minot family drove to Arkansas to visit Linda and James King and Zackary for Christmas. Mary and Keith White and Chad of Cross Plains and Gina White of Stillwater, Minn., came through the storm on Dec. 24 to visit relatives in this area. They celebrated the white Christmas on Dec. 26 at Jenny and Matt Christner’s home. Tim and Sue Pederson, Megan and friend Cory, Stephanie and friend Dustin came up to visit the Quams and the Floyd Pederson family. They enjoyed brunch on Christmas Day with Jane and Rick Lauterbach and Noah in Spooner. On Christmas Day the Pederson families enjoyed dinner with Larry and Sue Winner at their home in Solon Springs along with Chris and Greta Bachinski and Greta’s friend, Logan. Jeff and Brenda Pederson, Nick, Brent and Aaron and houseguest Shanda of Peru enjoyed Christmas Eve at Mary and Gordon Krantz’s along with other relatives. John and Mary Marschall spent Dec. 24 with Wealthy Marschall in Amery. Dec. 26 they enjoyed brunch with the Furcht-

SPOONER — The Edina Realty Foundation, which supports homeless-related causes throughout Minnesota, western Wisconsin and Fargo, N.D., has awarded grants to the following organizations: $500 to ICAA Sawyer County Food Pantry and $500 to ICAA Washburn County Food Pantry. A large portion of grant money came directly from the REALTORS® of Edina Realty’s sales offices as well as from Edina Realty itself. In addition, Edina Realty agents and employees hold events throughout the year that help raise additional contributions. A nonprofit organization, the Edina Realty Foundation was created in 1996 to support organizations

that help homeless children and families in the markets in which Edina Realty does business. “Our primary business is helping people buy and sell their homes. But there are many people in our community that are not as fortunate,” said Mike Dale, Edina Realty/Spooner Area Offices sales manager. “We believe it’s our responsibility to help people for whom housing is a major issue in their lives, and we are proud to donate both our time and our money to these worthy organizations.” The Edina Realty Foundation provides financial support to organizations that provide housing and related services, such as counseling and medical care, to homeless children, families and individuals. To date the foundation has raised more than $5 million. For more information about the Edina Realty Foundation, visit — from Edina Realty

Applications for spring semester being accepted

RICE LAKE — Applications for admission to the University of WisconsinBarron County for the spring semester are still being accepted. The final placement testing/orientation/registration session for the spring semester for new and transfer students is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 20. In order to participate in this session, a student needs to apply and be accepted for admission to the university. To learn more about UW-Barron County, visit the campus Web site at, where you can apply online. For a paper application or to talk to an academic adviser, call student services at 715-234-8024 or e-mail If you have applied and been accepted but have not yet taken part in placement testing or an advising/registration session, you are urged to make an appoint-

ment for the Jan. 20 session. At the advising and registration session, students take English and mathematics placements tests, sign up for spring classes, and will be given an introduction to UWBarron County. Those who were UW-Barron County students during the fall and are planning to return this spring but who have not yet registered for their classes will want to do so as soon as possible. The UW-BC spring semester begins with final registration for continuing students on Tuesday, Jan. 19, and Thursday, Jan. 21. Classes begin on Monday, Jan. 25. For more information or assistance with the application process, contact the UW-Barron County Student Services Office at 715-234-8024 or e-mail — from UW-BC

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enicht family at Marion’s. Sunday they were with the Harold Owens family in Indian Creek. New Year’s found the Marchalls at John’s mom, Wealthy’s, for dinner. Jerry and Carla Gronning and family spent Christmas Day with Carla’s parents in Cable. New Year’s Eve Glenview tenants were treated to music and supper, which was very good. Arlys Santiago met Harley and Kathy Bergeron at the New Year’s bash at the Shell Lake Arts Center. Severt Olson of Barron attended the Ken Reno funeral last week and afterward went to Terraceview Living Center to visit Arvid Pederson and Evelyne by Shirl Yeazle, Spooner Olson. Later he stopped to see Floyd and Let me write a new song Helen Pederson at Glenview and had a Of all the love you have shown, real nice visit. Try it again Severt. Severt How you came along and his wife are planning to go to Mexico And gave me hope, again this year with a group from other And made me sing churches. Of the love that made me grown. Peder Pederson visited Helen and Floyd Pederson one day last week. You came in my life I talked with Margaret Pederson LobWhen it was full of strife, nitz in California last week. She said it You gave me new hope was 70 degrees while we had the cold And joy aglow. spell and she said that was cold for them. How I will never let you go. Her husband, Gordon, suffered a stroke this last fall and is in a nursing home in Days are getting better Santa Barbara. Our prayers are with the And fear becomes less, family. I feel refreshed, and Bob Pederson, Jill and Joe Okonek and Not so much stress. Bailey, Gloria Grove and Diane Ascher visited Arvid and D. Helen Pederson Dear God, I want to thank you, over Christmas. For being there with me. Our sympathy to Bonnie Reno on the And all the love you gave me, death of her husband, Ken last week. And for holding me Our prayers go out for you, Pauline So tenderly. and Richard Lawrence, on losing not only your barn but also hay, cattle and your kittens. We hope you have a better year in 2010 and on. A 2001 study found flowers reduced depression, refreshed memory and inspired better communications among senior citizens. Full moon on Jan. 30 is known as wolf moon.

Area writers corner

by Shirl Yeazle, Spooner I’m sitting here Somewhat depressed, I should be happy But my thoughts are a mess. Kids don’t call Or check on me, Whatever happened Those days when I held them on my knee. Kissed their owies When they fell down, Or took them shopping In the town.

Taught them right from wrong, Or read them stories all day long. Made them dresses Or sewed on buttons But all too soon it’s all forgotten. I sit by the phone Waiting for it to ring. Hoping it’s one of the kids And what joy it would bring.

But now they’re all grown, With families of their own. And Mom’s put on the back burner, And not first on the list. Maybe soon they will realize, Mom does exist.

Written for last week Boy oh boy — have we ever had things going on this past week or so. Visitors from all over. Christmas parties. Everyone having a great time with family and friends. A1C Michael Forster recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland AFB, Texas. His parents, Mike and Deb, and his friend, Amber, attended the ceremony. Michael then traveled to Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he will complete his training to become a crew chief on C130 aircraft. Michael was able to return home for a couple weeks to spend the holidays with family and friends. Mike and Deb had volunteered to usher at Barronett Lutheran for the month of December, and Michael was there to help them. It was so nice to see Michael and find out that he is doing so well. We all hope that he will enjoy his years traveling around the world while in the Air Force. Beth Ranallo hosted the first-annual customer appreciation day at the Barronett Bar on Dec. 20. She said that everyone had such a good time that she is sure she will be hosting appreciation days every year for a long time. One of the events during the celebration was an ugly sweatshirt contest. Beth said that there were so many extremely ugly shirts that day that it was pretty difficult to choose the worst, so they picked out three winners. First place was won by Nancy Scharhag, who painted, “I got run over by a reindeer” on the back of her sweatshirt, and then smeared a chocolate bar across that. Bonnie Fogelberg won second. She had pinned old Christmas cards all over her shirt, and had even pinned on a couple of envelopes from last year, which had been returned to her because she hadn’t put enough postage on the cards. And, last, but of course not least, Jerry Zappa won third with a creation of a hideously bright red with a gaudy bright green Christmas tree pictured on front. Sounds like everyone had a great time. Start planning now, and maybe next year you can prove to everyone what bad taste you can have by winning one of Beth’s contests. The Sunday school Christmas pageant was presented the evening of the 20th. This year it was titled “Sleepover in the Stable,” and all the Sunday school students were dressed as animals and carried on conversations about what was happening in their cozy little stable. The students who participated in the play were Devon Snowbank, Makita and Cherie Jerry, Holly and Max Hendrick, Dakota and Jacob McWilliams, Sondra and Allie Jerry, and Ethan Thompson. Devon and her mom, Jennifer, sang “Bethlehem Lullaby,” and Makita, Cherie and Devon sang “Glory Be to God on High.” After the play everyone gathered in the church basement where they enjoyed cookies and conversation. Duane and I missed the play this year, I think for the first time since we have been attending Barronett Lutheran. Our granddaughter, Sanara Marsh, had a 16th birthday party in Hudson that same evening. I spent the day watching her sister, Savanna, play basketball in a tournament in Chaska, Minn. She won her first game and lost the second, but they were both exciting to watch. Suzy, Ryan and Miriah Lehmann and Brock Grewe joined us at Hudson to celebrate Sanara’s 16th. She is pretty excited about getting her driver’s license so she can borrow Dad’s car to run helter-skelter. Merl and Shirley Overvig have been busy the past couple weeks. On Dec. 19 they attended the Bluegrass Gospel Christmas Concert in Amery, which featured Monroe Crossing and the Alzen Family. Shirley said that it was an excellent concert. This is the second Mon-



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roe Crossing concert they have been to, and she was wondering if that classified them as groupies. Hmmm. She was also impressed by the talent of the Alzen youngsters. She said it was well worth the trip to Amery. Shirley’s son, Ben Lemke, flew in from Monterey, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 15, to spend Christmas with his family. Shirley might be just a little envious of the fact that Ben is in a place where the weather is nice and warm, because she was pretty happy about the fact that he flew in on one of the coldest days we’ve had for the entire year. I’m not sure what Ben thought about that, probably couldn’t wait to get home to sunny California. The whole family gathered at Kris, Rick and Drake Vocovich’s home in River Falls to celebrate Christmas. The guests were: Mark, Ronalea, Kalea, Elizabeth and Addison Lemke; Ben Lemke; and Merl and Shirley. They exchanged gifts, ate dinner and had family time together. Our former intern pastor, Chrisy Bright, called on the 23rd. She sounds as though everything is going well at her new church. I hope those people know how lucky they are to have her there. She was so enthusiastic and outgoing while she was here, and I’m sure that hasn’t changed at all in Michigan. She said that Bear’s family is doing fine, and that his new daughter (18 months old) is a joy. She might be in the area again sometime this year, and we certainly hope she will have time to stop by for a visit. Don and Anitia Lehmann hosted a family Christmas party at the hunting shack on Christmas Eve. They have a new great-grandson, Gavin Donald, who was born on Thanksgiving Day. He is the son of Shane and Angela, and was certainly given plenty of attention at his first Christmas party. Anitia said that there were over 20 people at the party, and that everyone had a wonderful time. The only family member who couldn’t attend was Randy Lehmann, who is living in Oregon. Poor guy, he called that evening and said that he hoped we were all having a good time in the frozen north. He just happened to be walking on the beach in 55 degree weather. He had to tell us, didn’t he? On Sunday Don and Anitia attended a party given by Jane and Jim Koenig for the bakery employees of Marketplace Foods. Anitia said that Jane and Jim are wonderful hosts, and that everyone had a very good time. Jay, Marcia, Jordan and Jace Olson, and their 4-pound watchdog, Miley, traveled up from Clinton, Mo., to spend some time with their family and friends. The Olson family — Pat, John, Denyse, Cassie, Allie, Kyle, Jocelyn, Jeffrey, Jay, Marcia, Jordan and Jace — celebrated Christmas on Sunday by going to the Rosedale Mall in Roseville, Minn., to do some shopping. Jay and his family will be here for a few more days, enjoying our winter wonderland, before heading back to Missouri and the boring warmer weather. The Lang family — 21 of them — got together the day after Christmas for a family celebration at Leonard and Marilynn’s home in Barronett. Little Bridgette Andersen, Justina and Rob’s daughter, who turned 1 year old on Dec. 6, was the youngest family member and had a lot of fun playing with all her cousins. Everyone had fun opening gifts, eating a lot of food and visiting. The Albee family celebrated Christmas four times this year. On Christmas Eve they all met at Shirley’s home. On Christmas Day they went to Tammy and Bruce Hanson’s home, where the kids got together and built an igloo. Shirley said that the snow was packing so nicely that they took dishpans outside, packed the snow into blocks, and put it together. We’re hoping to see a picture of it in the newspaper. Then, on Saturday everyone went to Kathy and Clarence Bevels home in Almena and on Sunday they met at John and Sandy Peichel’s home. I talked to Shirley on Monday morning, and she said they all had a lot of fun — especially the kids with the igloo — and it was so nice to have everyone get together, but, after four parties in a row, she was ready to put her feet up and relax for a couple of days. I guess I will have to continue this next week. I’m running out of space here. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that 2010 will be one of the best years of your life. See you next time.



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ably last about a week and a half— I promise myself to eat right and exercise. Yeah, right, that’s going to happen. But, this year I decided to quit spending money so foolishly. I’m afraid that I am one of those people who see something they absolutely can’t live without, impulsively buy it, bring it home, and never use it. Anyway, I am going to try to change that this year. I’ll let you know if that resolution lasts longer than the “I’m going to be healthier this year” one. If you would like to let us know what your resolution is, give me a call. I’d be glad to spread the word around town for you. That’s about all I know from Barronett this week. Hope 2010 is starting out great for you. Stay warm. See you next time.


Happy 2010! Now, my question is, are you going to say “twenty ten” or “two thousand ten?” I’ve heard some of the talkshow types say that it will be twenty ten, but doesn’t that sound a little odd? Sounds like a little guy that hasn’t learned all the numbers. I guess time will tell. We’ll end up doing it whichever way the smart people decide is right. Did you have fun on New Year’s Eve? We had a really nice time. Don and Anitia Lehmann, Jerry and Penny Sundvall, Pat Olson and Duane and I met at the Hilltop for supper and conversation. We’re not exactly party animals though. We were home by about 8:30 and sleeping well before midnight. Seems like it’s not as much fun staying out late as it used to be. The congregation of Barronett Lutheran would like to extend gratitude to Millie Carlson for playing the organ for us on Sunday morning while our regular organist, Geri Pittman, was out of town. She did an outstanding job. No one would ever expect less of Millie and we certainly appreciated it. The annual meeting for members of Barronett Lutheran is coming up very soon, on Jan. 17, actually. This is the most important meeting of the year, so I certainly hope that everyone who is a member will be able to make it to church that Sunday. We will be electing new council members and there will be discussion and voting on other things pertaining to the business of the church. Please attend and help us make the decisions that will be best for everyone. Barronett lost a bachelor and gained a happily married man this past weekend. Jeno Herman married Colette Potter-Neuser at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church on Saturday afternoon. The bridesmaids wore champagnecolored gowns with black lace trim and black stoles. The soloist, Roxanne Britz, was, without a doubt, one of the most outstanding singers I’ve ever had the privilege to hear. The flower girls and the ring bearer were absolutely adorable. And the bride, dressed in a an ivory gown, was radiant. The groom, best man and groomsmen, aah, what can you say about the guys? They wore black and looked handsome, but really, it’s all about the girl in white. After the wedding ceremony, there was a reception and dance at the community center in Barronett. The Herman family catered the event, and, of course, everything looked great and tasted even better. I lost count, but someone told me that there were over 40 different hors d’oeuvres in addition to the wedding cake and those chocolate truffles that Jeno serves at Bistro 63. I had to postpone my resolution to eat healthy for one more day. It was a wonderful party, and everyone, especially Jeno and Colette, had a great time. We all wish the newlyweds a lifetime of happiness. Shirley Albee hosted a lutefisk dinner at her home on Saturday. She also made meat loaf for sissies like me who are afraid of lutefisk. Her guests included her daughters, Tonja, Tammy, Sandy and Kathy, grandson, Rambo, and his friend, and Duane and me. We all had a good time eating food and gabbing. Lynn and Garett Thon and Garett’s friend, Rachel, and Jim, Jensyn, Maddy and Olivia Marsh, and Sharai Hefty and Gary Rahn came to our place on Sunday afternoon for dinner and a kind of late Christmas celebration. Lynn had to work every day during the week of Christmas, so this was the soonest we could celebrate with her. One of Lynn’s many talents is designing jewelry, and she had a whole box of her creations here, so she very generously asked the girls to pick out something for themselves for a Christmas gift from her. Let me tell you, it was a lot of fun watching them sort through all the jewelry to find just the right thing. When there are that many young girls in a room a person has to do a lot of listening, because you really can’t get a word in edgewise. Anyway, we all had a good time and I don’t think anyone went home hungry. Speaking of being hungry, I think we all know that our friendly neighborhood moocher is probably famous for being hungry most of the time. Well, he called on Sunday afternoon to let me know what a poor old bachelor does when he gets bored and is thinking about his favorite subject — food. He whipped up some homemade noodles and ham — a lot of noodles and ham. He used 39 eggs and eight pounds of flour and had 27 pounds of finished product. Can you imagine!?! I asked what he could do with that much food, and he said that he figures he’ll give most of it away, but he just had nothing better to do on a cold afternoon. Now, however, he said that he could sure use a lady (just temporarily) who loves to clean kitchens. Good luck with that, Terry. Would you like to share your New Year’s resolutions with us? I always make the same ones, and they prob-

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by Pauline Lawrence

The door to 2009 closed and now the 2010 door has opened, giving us another year. We hope everyone had a very merry Christmas and a very happy New Year as we forge ahead with our lives. Did anyone make a New Year’s resolution? Well, I did and mine is I’m going to continue to think positive no matter what the problem. Dewey town treasurer reports that his new hours for tax collection at the town hall are 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays and Thursdays during the month of January. Happy birthday wishes go out to a very special little lady, Allysha Feeney on her special day, Jan. 10. Have a wonderful day, honey. Happy birthday to Jack Warren Kaiser on his special day, Jan. 11. Have a fun day, Jack. Jan. 12, a very happy birthday to Pam Pomykala, Allisa Mogenson, Alyssa Hansen, Travis Vanderhoof, Rose Sexton, Lois Stellrecht and Emily Marie Dorweiler. May you all have a wonderful day. Anniversary greetings go out to Josh and Rana Cooper as they enjoy their special day, Jan. 12. Many more to you. Way down in Texas, a very happy birthday to my cousin, Ralph Smith Jr., and to Olivia Hile, both on Jan. 13. Many more to you. A very happy birthday to a dear golden oldie, Glen Crosby, on his special day, Jan. 14. Many more to this old-time farmer. Our deepest sympathy to the family of Ken Reno who passed away Dec. 22 with funeral services held this past week. Bonnie, know you are in our special thoughts and prayers for you and your family. New Year’s Day the Quam clan got together for a fish fry. There were Rich and Trish Feeney, Johanna, Allysha and Richy, Mike and Jim Quam, Janie and Rich Lauterbach, Rich, Ryan and Noel and Gene and Debbie Quam, Buddy and Alyssa. We find the DNR cutting back on hours open at the counter now as they are in a money squeeze like the rest of us. In Spooner the days will be Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 17, Bernard and Sandy Redding attended a Christmas concert and enjoyed watching grandson James play his trumpet. The choir also played and sang and we hear it was wonderful. Robin and Robyn Major, James and Christopher had the family get-together at their home in Somerset. Coming to enjoy gift opening, family time and a smorgasbord were Sandy and Bernard Redding, Tim and Kris Redding, Tanner and Chase, Jeff and Dee Redding, Andrea and Spencer, Dawn and Bill Kane, Nate, Rachel, Heather, Michael and Shawn. It was a wonderful celebration for the Reddings as last year at this time Robyn Major was over in Kuwait with the Army National Guard. Well, for barn news we have now buried the remains of our beautiful barn we built in 1989. It’s hard to look now with just dirt there and I miss my animals and my routine for the day with those bossies and my cats and kittens. It’s a big shock to one day have the barn and the next day all you see is fire and hay smoldering. Somehow, some way, we will come through this. Our biggest concern remains for my Sunshine who continues to be a patient at Luther/Midelfort/Mayo Hospital in Eau Claire where he has been since Dec. 15. He is im-

proving some and is eating much more and being tube fed. We found out he was being overdosed with pain medication and that’s been cut off. He takes Tylenol if he has pain. Paula is with him every day and we go down for a few days at a time. Please keep him in your special thoughts and prayers for a full recovery. If you would like to send him a card, his address is Richard Lawrence, 957 Dorbe St., Eau Claire, WI 54701 c/o Paula Cramer. It would be much appreciated. Talking with Diane Hulleman we find her attending church services at United Methodist Church along with many others for the Christmas Eve service. Diane tells us she had the whole gang home Dec. 26 for a huge smorgasbord, gift opening and family time. Coming were Mike and Nancy Murray, Michael, Patrick and Sonya Murray, Nicole and Gus DePoister, Jack and Ginny Schnell, Amanda and Kate, Christ and Pam Hulleman, Lucas, Heather, Jackie Perlt, Ryan, Chris and Nick Perlt and two girlfriends, Tiffany and Molly and Madison, and Colleen and Chad Jensen and little Izzy. It was Christmas in the country for the families. Granddaughter Shannon Chempeny and daughters Marlie and Gabby came this last Thursday to celebrate Christmas with the Mike Murrays and Diane. The roads were just terrible for Shannon to come up earlier. Table Talk: What would you do if you were left on a 10,000-acre wilderness with no food, no shelter, no car and 50 miles away from the next town? I’d hoof it to the nearest town and hope for my sake I didn’t run into any bears. Well farmers, are you celebrating that huge check the government sent to each farmer according to how much milk we sold this past year? Ya, it’s just a drop in the bucket as things continue to go higher in cost and our milk prices continue to be low. We need about $30 a hundred for a few years to stay in farming. Our government spends money like a huge nonending roll of money, tearing sheet after sheet in the millions and billons of dollars for their pet projects. Ya, while the rest of us continue to put our tax dollars for these unnecessary projects and at home in the U.S. we have millions of people out of work, people losing their homes and living on the streets and we taxpayers are wondering when this huge roll of money will quit. Haven’t had much snow in Dewey Country this past week. Dec. 30 we had a couple inches of snow, which came down so softly and lazy like, making the ground just white and pure. Nate Petersen is now home for a couple months. Last spring Nate went to, I think, Kansas where he got on a huge combine and along with others starting combining crops. He says he went to seven states and says he really enjoyed the work. He also was driving trucks for the crops. Rich and Annette Petersen had their entire family of 10 children home for Christmas and a huge meal and good family time, along with gift opening. Butch and Loretta VanSelus spent Christmas Day with Matthew and Cory Stone, Reyna, Megan and Jameson where they enjoyed dinner along with gift opening and family time. News from the Fjelstad Palace finds Kris and Bob staying home New Year’s Eve and both enjoying lobster with all the trimmings. Visiting at the Fjelstads were Greg and Cherie Dorweiler, and Greg’s nephew from Minnesota Dylan Buhl. Dylan likes to ice fish with

Tuesday, Dec. 15 Christopher J. Gregory, 26, Stone Lake, hit a deer on Hwy. 63 and Fox Trail, Bashaw, at 6:45 p.m. According to the State Patrol report, Gregory wasn’t injured, and there was minor damage to the front of his vehicle. Tuesday, Dec. 22 Two vehicles, driven by Travis H. Nichols and Albert C. Mack, both 16 and from Spooner, collided on Scott Drive, Bashaw, at 7:15 p.m. Nichols was driving east on Scott Drive, just east of a residence, while Mack was driving west, when they hit each other head-on. The the roads were covered in snow. Two of those involved reportedly suffered injuries, one of which was Mack’s passenger, Michelle M. Zacharias, 16, Springbrook, who hit the windshield. There was severe damage to the front of both vehicles; they were towed by Jock’s Auto & Truck Repair. Both Nichols and Mack were cited for driving too fast for conditions and Zacharias was cited for seat belt violation. Friday, Dec. 25 Multiple vehicles in ditches kept one deputy busy on Christmas Day. The first occurred at 12:30 p.m., in which the deputy

K. Andrea, 24, Spooner, were not injured. The vehicle had minor damage to the front. Saturday, Dec. 26 A deputy was dispatched to an abandoned vehicle in the ditch, partially blocking the road, on CTH E east of the Twin Oaks Bar & Restaurant, Spooner, around 8:30 a.m. However, the owner had removed the vehicle before the deputy arrived. At 12:30 p.m., Cody J. Taubman, 17, New Richmond, went into the ditch on CTH B and Sawyer Creek Road, just outside Shell Lake. Taubman was driving west on CTH B when the vehicle lost control on packed snow and ice. The vehicle left the road and rolled four times, coming to rest upright on its wheels. Taubman was reportedly driving 45 mph, and it was snowing that day. The report said Taubman had three passengers, 16 and under, and one was taken to the emergency room for injuries. The vehicle had severe damage to all areas, and was removed by American Towing & Recovery. Sunday, Dec. 27 A Shell Lake police officer reported finding a vehicle in the ditch north of Little Valley Road and CTH K, Spooner, around

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found a vehicle belonging to Kay M. Patterson, 55, Shell Lake, in the ditch on Hwy. 63 north of Barronett. There was no damage, but Jock’s had to pull it out. The second vehicle was found around 10:50 p.m., after the Webb Lake Police Department reported a slide-in near Hwy. 70 and Tozer Lake Road, Spooner. Donald I. Chell, 30, Madison, was driving the vehicle and lost control due to slushy roads, sliding into the ditch. Jock’s pulled the vehicle out, and it had no damage. The third vehicle was found around 11:20 p.m., when the deputy was on patrol near Hwy. 70 and found it in the ditch and people walking nearby, toward Spooner. The driver, Jennifer L. Swonger, 37, Shell Lake, was not reportedly injured, nor was there any damage, though Jock’s had to remove the vehicle. Earlier that day, at 10:50 a.m., Zachary H. Hove, 26, Mounds View, Minn., went into the ditch on Hwy. 63 and Lonestar Road, Beaver Brook. Hove was driving south on the highway when he lost control on the slushy roads, and slid backward into the ditch. It was sleeting that morning. Hove and his passenger, Gina

6:10 p.m. It was later discovered that Justin T. Huebner, 16, Spooner, said he was driving north when he hit a slippery spot, losing control and going into the west ditch. There was not much damage, though American had to pull the vehicle from the ditch. Wednesday, Dec. 30 William C. Davis, 27, Baudette, Minn., hit a snow bank on Hwy. 53 and Veteran’s Way, Spooner, at 11:29 a.m. Davis was driving north on the highway in the passing lane, and had just finished negotiating a curve, passing a deputy, when he lost control and slid into the ditch, and snow bank, backward, hitting a road sign. It was snowing that morning, so the roads were slushy. Davis was not injured, nor were his passengers – Latosha S. Davis, 37, Baudette and three young children. The vehicle had severe damage to all areas and was towed by American. The Highway Department was also notified of the sign down. – with info. from the Washburn County Sheriff’s Department

Bob and they had a great time we hear. Saturday, a group from LVUMC was at the church washing and cleaning up their new kitchen. It was renovated and Kris tells us it looks just wonderful. Tom Gerlach and company did the work. I read the following and want to pass it on. It’s called, It makes a world of a difference. In one year Eco Products customers made a difference by saving: 742,414 gallons of gasoline, enough to drive around the earth 673 times; 13,487.914 pounds of green gasses and 8,629,476-kw hours of energy, enough to power the average American household for 810 years. Amazing, isn’t it? Maybe we should all be more careful of saving our Mother Earth. Carl and Betty Meister had all their family home Dec. 26 with gift opening and lots of munchies. Coming were Beth and Mark Hansen, Ryan and Alyssa, Bev and Jarrett Cassellius and son Erik, Sony and Kevin Carl Meister and Bryan and Trudy Meister. All were there at various times. Talking with Gretchen Best we find son and wife, Kevin and Jess Best, and Bonita Best home at their folks, Jerry and Gretchen Best’s for Christmas. Kevin’s came Dec. 17 from Florida and the family was over to Lillian Strege’s near Luck on Dec. 19 with a potluck dinner along with family time and gift opening. Jerry and Gretchen had Christmas with Kevin, Jess and Bonita on Dec. 20. Dec. 22 found the Kevin Best’s flying back to Florida. This weekend, Gail and Ben Kobernick were supper guests at Jerry and Gretchen’s along with Gretchen’s brother, Mitch Strege, and Lillian Strege. Lillian is spending the weekend at the Best’s. Phyllis Rath tells us she had a wonderful Christmas. Phyllis made a huge dinner and had her daughter, Brenda Peterson, and her fiancée Jim, Clint and Marlene Stariha and Danielle and Bob Stariha to enjoy dinner and family time. Christmas Eve, Clint picked Phyllis up in Spooner to spend Christmas Eve with them along with Marlene and Danielle, and Justin and Katie Stariha and daughter Hailey. The weather was really bad so Phyllis says her nephew, Clint, came with his big truck to take her to their house. A very nice and thoughtful thing to do Clint. Ann Johnson made a huge Christmas dinner for Christmas Day. Attending were Duane, Kyla and Iver Johnson and Dale Johnson. Doc Sue stayed with Greta who wasn’t feeling well. Cherie Johnson and friend came Dec. 26, staying overnight and heading back to the Twin Cities the next day. Due to the snow and icy conditions none of Jim and Sandy Atkinson’s family came up for Christmas but waited until Dec. 27 when Jimmy Atkinson, Patty and Noel Beaufeaux and sons Mitchell and Kyle, Dan and Lisa Otto, Marjorie and Charlie and Kristen Williams, Kim, Jannah and Brianna came to enjoy dinner along with gift opening and family time at Jim and Sandy’s. Talking with Allene Peterson we find her and daughter, Deb, spending Christmas together due to the bad weather. Dec. 28 was Allene’s birthday so Allene and Deb went to The Potter’s Shed painting and will pick up their artful talent dishes in January after they are fired up. Allene tells us they are snug as a bug in her home. Big thank-you to Jim and Connie Quam for the homemade pecan pie Connie made. Only problem is I can about see those calories just a addin’ pounds. Connie does this for all Jim’s aunts and uncles for Christmas. A very thoughtful present Connie and Jim. Talking with Dixie Andrea we find they had Christmas afternoon and Christmas Eve at their home with supper along with gift opening with their daughter, Toni, and hubby Dan Gedatus, daughter Penny and hubby Paul Anderson of River Falls and their children and son Chad and his fiancée Allison, who will be married in June. Watch for news of the big party. And Tim and Mary Andrea and Samantha Rose. Christmas Day, due to Chuck’s recent surgery, they had a quiet day together. Dixie tells us her honey is doing just great, which we are very happy to hear. Cecil and Evelyn Melton were over to Doris Linton’s for Christmas Eve exchanging gifts and enjoying snacks. Christmas Day they were over to Vicki and Don Trott’s for dinner. If itchin’ for what you want doesn’t do much good, ya gotta get out and scratch for it! Have a great week!

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by Marian Furchtenicht

There is just something in our hearts that brings families together at Christmastime and especially people like to be able to go home for Christmas. However, this Christmas Eve lots of plans were changed with the weather report. Luckily in our area, it was mild, so we got mostly rain on Christmas Eve, otherwise we would have had a heap of snow by Christmas Day. Traveling was fair, so I hope your dreams came true and you got to be with your families. A week ago Wednesday, Barb Schaefer and children, Shania, Isaac and Colton, Shell Lake, came over and visited Virginia Stodola. Over Christmas, Virginia’s sons Dave, Jack and Jim, along with their wives, four grands and nine greatgrands were home. Greg and Sue Krantz’s daughter, Ericka Hutton and children, Lainy and Chance, Amarillo, Texas, arrived Dec. 21 and planned to fly home Thursday, Dec. 31. The kids had a ball in the snow. They spent Christmas Eve at Greg’s folks, Gordie and Mary Krantz’s, and on Saturday with Sue’s, the Hugh Smith family. The Frey families were all at Jan’s for Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day the ones that could were at Gloria and Anton’s. Tony Frey and Kelly had a homemade sauerkraut supper on Tuesday at his folks. Sounds good after all the sweets. Gloria Frey, sister Joann Paulson and their brother, Bill Foltz, and some of their family went to the Rice Lake Convalescent Center and had Christmas with their mom, Dorothy Foltz, one day. There were about 15 of them. Cathy and Paul Hagen had the Sauer family over on Christmas Eve and they

were all together for Christmas dinner at Carol’s. Attending were Jon and Linda, Carla and Rick Townsend, Bridgett and Dan Loney and their new baby from Hudson, Mark, Julie and Drew Sauer and Paul and Cathy Hagen. Marilyn Zimmerman had everyone in on Dec. 19 including her brothers, Tom, home from Oregon and Jim Hrouda from Balta, N.D. Last Sunday about 20 family members went on their secondannual sleight ride with cousins, Gerald and Josh Schmidt at their places south of CTH M, near Rice Lake. Tuesday, Marilyn Zimmerman, Renee, Brian and her brothers, Tom and Jim, visited uncle George Hrouda and wife Karen in rural Spooner. Wednesday friends, Josh and Michelle Alters and son Logan of Hudson came for supper and gift exchange and on Sunday they took her brother, Tom, to the airport. Dort Lombard is doing well now after having some shots in her back but is still in Terraceview Living Center. Some of her family got together and took her out for the day and had Christmas with her at Lakeland Manor. Daughter Frannie was home from Alaska, Sue and Tom Miller, Menomonie and Willie and Vicki Lombard. Marie King and Esther Parker also stopped by. Willie and Vicki Lombard enjoyed Christmas with her family at the folks, Leonard and Marilyn Lang’s, Barronett. Dave Schilling visited Aage Duch on Monday. Aage says he’s gotten lots of phone calls and cards. Heard from Allan and Jolene Loew in Villa Park, Ill. Al had knee surgery Dec. 8 and is dong well with his new knee. Do your exercises, Al!


A son, Parker Jay, was born Dec. 19, 2009, to Brandon and Jessica Fingerson, Spooner. Parker weighed 8 lbs., 13 oz. •••

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Washburn County is accepting applications for the part-time 80% position of Emergency Management Director. This position is responsible for the development, supervision, operation and administration of countywide emergency government programs, has primary responsibility for the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), fulfilling requirements of the Superfund Amendment and Reauthorization Act (SARA), and coordinating the 911 system. Starting salary range is $31,971 - $34,433 DOQ plus fringe benefits. Requirements include high school graduation and considerable administrative experience, preferably supplemented by related education and training. For an application contact the Washburn County Personnel Department at 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. Closing date for 7-9b applications is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, January 8, 2010. “E.O.E.” 502391 18-20r

OPEN ADMISSION POLICY Statement for Terraceview Living Center, Inc.

It is the policy of Terraceview Living Center, Inc., Shell Lake, Wisconsin, to admit and to treat all residents without regard to sex, religion, age, race, color, national origin or physical challenge. The same requirements for admission are applied to all, and residents are assigned within the nursing home without regard to religion, age, race, color, national origin or physical challenge. There is not distinction in eligibility for, or in the manner of providing any resident service provided by or through the Living Center. All facilities of Terraceview Living Center, Inc. are available without distinction to all residents and visitors, regardless of sex, religion, age, race, color, national origin or physical challenge. All persons and organizations that have occasion either to refer residents for admission or recommend Terraceview Living Center, Inc. are advised to do so without regard to the residents’ sex, religion, age, race, color, national origin or physical challenge. Terraceview Living Center, Inc. 502859 20r is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Notices / Employment (Dec. 23, 30, Jan. 6) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF MARY ELLEN NELSON Notice to Interested Persons and Time Limit for Filing Claims (Informal Administration) Case No. 09 PR 46 An application has been filed for informal administration of the estate of the decedent, whose date of birth was November 19, 1928, and date of death was September 14, 2009. The decedent died domiciled in Washburn County, State of Wisconsin, with a post office address of: 409 3rd Street, Shell Lake, WI 54871. Please take notice that: 1. The application will be heard at the Washburn County Courthouse, Wisconsin, before Marilynn E. Benson, Probate Registrar, on January 12, 2010, at 9 a.m. or when scheduled thereafter. You need not appear unless you object. The application may be granted if no objection is made. 2. Creditors’ claims must be filed with the probate registrar on or before April 30, 2010. 3. Publication of this notice shall constitute notice to any persons whose names or addresses are unknown. **The names or post office addresses of the following persons interested (if any) are not known or reasonably ascertainable: Charles E. Tinsley II Address Unknown. Marilynn E. Benson Probate Registrar December 15, 2009 Thomas J. Bitney Personal Representative/ Attorney Bitney Law Firm, Ltd. 225 Walnut Street P.O. Box 488 Spooner, WI 54801 715-635-8741

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Mavis Schlapper went to Fritz and Faith Lutheran in Spooner on Thursday. Mary Mancl’s for Christmas dinner with Her dad, Tom Slayton, worked at the their family. Scott’s friend, Nancy Baker, Farmers Union in Shell Lake for many was also there. years. Daughter Cindy and I, Russ and Mary Marschall and John got home Nancy Furchtenicht were at my old Tuesday from La Crosse where they had homestead for Christmas Eve. This been to the wrestling meet that Brian makes my 77th Christmas Eve there and took part in with the Shell Lake team. brother Don’s 75th. Only 15 there on acCindy Furchtenicht’s mom, Linda count of the weather. It was homey and Jachim, Rice Lake, fell recently at church, warm with the little old woodstove in breaking her arm and hurting her knee the living room crackling away. Thanks and had to have them casted. Cindy has to sister Sharon for making it possible. been spending time there helping out. Cindy and I attended funeral services Roger, Cindy and Casey were there for for Opal Sanders on Wednesday at Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinScalzo’s Funeral Home and lunch at the ner. A speedy recovery is wished for you, Trego Community Church following. It Linda. was a beautiful service and nice to see Happy birthday this week to John niece Debra and Bruce of Wakefield, Marschall, Mike Campbell and Mark with kids Joshua, Hailey and Matthew, Thompson, Jan. 7; Miles Taylor, Jan. 8; who I hadn’t seen in a while and also her Jennifer Zaloudek, Ryan Lord and Lormom, Wilma Zenk. raine Thompson, Jan. 9; Sue Krantz, Saturday my family was here for Karen (Davis), Jan. 10; Shannon Sutherbrunch, 24 of us. Grandsons Duane land, Vinnie Williams, Colton Smith and Swanson, Menomonie and Johnnie Judy Albee, Jan. 11; Jim Gagner, Julia Wilkans, Lake of the Hills, Ill., came up Lyga, Karianne Furchtenicht and Ron on Christmas Day. Furchtenicht, Jan. 13. Have a happy one. Sympathy to my cousin, Francis AnAnniversary wishes to Tim and Ingrid derson, and family of Inver Grove Elliott on Jan. 12. Heights, Ill., in the death of wife Cathy on Christmas. SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING Services for her were at CITY OF SHELL LAKE DECEMBER 29, 2009

Mayor Barnes-Haesemeyer called the meeting to order at 5 p.m. Council members present were Baker, Bitney, Graf, Kittelsen, Pesko and Peterson. Alderperson Pederson was absent. Brad Pederson was also present A temporary Class B beer/wine license application from the Indianhead Community Health Care Auxiliary for December 31, 2009, through January 1, 2010, for their fundraiser to be held at the Shell Lake Arts Center was reviewed. Bitney moved, seconded by Graf, to approve the license. The motion carried. Pesko moved, seconded by Kittelsen, to adjourn at 5:05 p.m. The motion carried. Donna Barnes-Haesemeyer, Mayor Brad Pederson, City Administrator 503086 20r


TOWN OF SARONA Notice Is Hereby Given That The Sarona Town Board Will Be Meeting On Mon., Jan. 11, 2010, At 7 p.m., At The Sarona Town Hall

The agenda shall be posted one day prior to meeting. 503093 20r Victoria Lombard, Clerk

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, the Barronett Town Board will hold its Monthly Board Meeting on Wed., Jan. 13, 2010, at 7 p.m., at the Town Hall located at N1608 South Heart Lake Road, Shell Lake, Wis. The agenda shall be posted one (1) day prior to meeting. 503114 Patricia A. Parker, Town Clerk 20r

(Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Jan. 6) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. Plaintiff, vs. RICHARD L. LAGER, et al. Defendants. Case Number: 09 CV 70 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on September 21, 2009, in the amount of $111,407.47 the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: January 20, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: North Entrance of Washburn County Courthouse 10 4th Ave, Shell Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: All that part of the Southwest 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4 of Section 26, Township 38 North, Range 12 West, Town of Beaver Brook, Washburn County, Wisconsin, lying West of the right of way of U.S. Highway No. 53, except the South 33 feet thereof. PROPERTY ADDRESS: W5680 Heisterkamp Road, Sarona, WI 54870 TAX KEY NO.: 65-008-2-38-1226-3-3-0030 Dated this 25th day of November, 2009. /s/Terry Dryden Sheriff of Washburn County Christina E. Demakopoulos State Bar #1066197 Attorney for Plaintiff 13700 W. Greenfield Avenue Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 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 the purpose. (179348)


The Shell Lake City Council will hold their regular monthly meeting Monday, January 11, 2010, at 7 p.m., in the Council Chambers, City Hall. AGENDA: Public Comment; Approval Of Minutes; Reports From Appointed Officials; Reports From Committee Chairpersons; New Business: Appointment of First Ward Alderperson, Review of Safe Routes to School Draft Plan, Recommendation on Bond Refunding; Unfinished Business: Amendment to Streetlight Program; Any Other Items That May Be Added To This Agenda Will Be Posted At City Hall. Bradley A. Pederson, City Administrator 503134 20r

(Dec. 30, Jan. 6, 13) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY BAC Home Loans Servicing, L.P. Plaintiff vs. Jeremy Mehsikomer Stephanie D. Mehsikomer Defendants SUMMONS Real Estate Mortgage Foreclosure Case No. 09 CV 299 Honorable Eugene D. Harrington Case Code: 30404 THE STATE OF WISCONSIN To the following party named as a defendant herein: Stephanie D. Mehsikomer 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 on you, states the nature and the basis of the legal action. Within 40 days after December 30, 2009, 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: Washburn County Clerk of Circuit Court 10 4th Ave P.O. Box 339 Shell Lake, WI 54871 and to J. Timothy Lovett/Blommer Peterman, S.C., plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is: Blommer Peterman, S.C. 13700 W. Greenfield Avenue Brookfield, WI 53005 You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not provide a proper answer within 40 days from the date stated above, 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 this 16th day of December, 2009 J. Timothy Lovett/Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1019525 13700 W. Greenfield Avenue Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 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. (181866)

(Dec. 30, Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., as Trustee for ABFC 2006-OPT2 Trust, ABFC Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2006-OPT2 by American Home Mortgage Servicing Inc., its attorney-in-fact, Plaintiff, vs. JAMES L. MILTON and TANIA J. MILTON, husband and wife, and JANE DOE and/or JOHN DOE, unknown tenants, and WASHBURN COUNTY, Defendants. Case No. 09-CV-156 Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage Dollar Amount Greater Than $5,000.00 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on August 10, 2009, in the amount of $99,155.30, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: February 17, 2010, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. PLACE: Washburn County Courthouse, located at Ten Fourth Avenue, Shell Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Lot 1 of CSM No. 3082 recorded in Volume 14, Page 62 as Document No. 300346; being part of the SE 1/4 of the SW 1/4, Section 17, Township 38 North, Range 12 West, Washburn County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: W6766 Woodcraft Road, Town of Beaver Brook. TAX KEY NO.: 65-008-238-1217-34-0010 Terry C. Dryden Sheriff of Washburn County, WI O’DESS AND ASSOCIATES, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 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.

TOWN OF BASHAW Tax Payment Notice

Residents of the Town of Bashaw may pay their taxes by: Mail to: Lynn Hoeppner, Treasurer W8876 Co. Hwy. B Shell Lake, WI 54871 or Making Payment: At the Shell Lake State Bank, in Shell Lake. First half payments are due by January 31, 2010. Dog licenses expire December 31, 2009. License fees may be included with tax payments. License fees are $5.00 for altered dogs, $15.00 for unaltered dogs. Lynn Hoeppner, Treasurer 502891 20r Town of Bashaw

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(Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Jan. 6) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. Plaintiff, vs. ESTATE OF PHILIP P. WEBER, et al Defendants Case Number: 09 CV 58 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on June 30, 2009, in the amount of $67,488.29, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: January 20, 2010, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: North Entrance of Washburn County Courthouse 10 4th Ave, Shell Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lots 4 and 5, Block 37, Fifth Addition to the City of Spooner, Washburn County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 402 W. Balsam Street, Spooner, WI 54801. TAX KEY NO.: 65-281-2-39-1231-0-0-8185. Dated this 24th day of November, 2009. /s/ Terry Dryden Sheriff of Washburn County Christina E. Demakopoulos State Bar #1066197 Attorney for Plaintiff 13700 W. Greenfield Avenue Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 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 the purpose. (179343)

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Case No. 08-CV-180 Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage Dollar Amount Greater Than $5,000 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on January 20, 2009, in the amount of $92,918.68, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: January 20, 2010, at 10:15 o’clock a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. PLACE: Washburn Cty. Courthouse, located at Ten Fourth Ave., Shell Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: That part of the SW1/4 of the SE1/4, Section 14, Township 40 North, Range 11 West, described as follows: Commencing at a point 150 feet Southeasterly from where the wagon road, known as the Louis Mishler Road, crosses the railroad; thence Northeasterly along the railroad right of way 100 feet to the point of beginning; thence continuing Northeasterly along said railroad right of way 65 feet; thence running Southeasterly 264 feet; thence running Southwesterly parallel with the railroad right of way 165 feet; thence running Northwesterly along the wagon road 164 feet; thence Northeasterly, parallel with said railroad right of way 100 feet; thence Northwesterly 100 feet to the point of beginning and also Lots 4 and 5, Block 7, Village of Springbrook, Washburn Cty., Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: N8560 Andrews Road, Town of Springbrook TAX KEY NO.: 65 036 2 40 11 14 4 3 0060, 65 036 2 40 11 14 4 2 5335 and 65 036 2 40 11 14 4 2 5340 Terry C. Dryden Sheriff of Washburn Cty., Wis. O’DESS & ASSOCIATES, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 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.


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(Dec. 9, 16, 23, 30, Jan. 6, 13) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY EVERHOME MORTGAGE COMPANY, Plaintiff, vs. SHANNON HANSEN f/k/a SHANNON SMITH and JOHN DOE, unknown spouse of Shannon Hansen f/k/a/ Shannon Smith, and JOHN DOE and/or JANE DOE, unknown tenants and MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., and STATE OF WISCONSIN, and WELLS FARGO FINANCIAL, and DOAR, DRILL & SKOW, S.C., Defendants. Case No. 09-CV-203 Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage Dollar Amount Greater Than $5,000 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on October 23, 2009, in the amount of $103,485.56, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: January 27, 2010, at 10 o’clock a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. PLACE: Washburn County Courthouse, located at Ten Fourth Ave., Shell Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: The East 10 acres of the Southwest Quarter of the Northwest Quarter of Section 23, Township 38 North, Range 13 West, in the Township of Bashaw, Washburn County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: W8025 DNR Road, Town of Bashaw. TAX KEY NO.: 65-004-2-38-1323-2-3-000-0020. Terry C. Dryden Sheriff of Washburn County, WI O’DESS AND ASSOCIATES, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 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.

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Laker Times by Larry Samson SHELL LAKE — One of the bestkept secrets in the area is the Shell Lake High School art program under the leadership of teacher Joan Carlson. Over the years, many students have gone on to work in the graphic and visual arts areas, all inspired by their art teacher. Carlson was named Teacher of the Year in 2006, and many of her students and former student were in attendance when she was honored. She has the ability to bring out the best in her

Student artwork on display

students and the wisdom to stand back and let them create. The teenage years are a very difficult time in the life of any child. Art has always been a great avenue for expression, and it comes as no surprise that they will use that medium to truly say what they are feeling. Carlson gives students the opportunity by posting their artwork in Reinhart Commons, with the students artwork being open for the public throughout the school year.

RIGHT - Sophomore Grace Helstern tries to put a human face on the global issues of our times. “Sometimes it is easy to overlook the people that are suffering in the world when they are so distant.”

Sophomore Alex Engen uses her art to express the emotion of being a teenager with a broken heart. “A friend, a boyfriend, family members who come and go in your life can break your heart.”

RIGHT - Sophomore Kellie Myers takes a lighthearted look with her painting of tiger cubs. The influence of anime can be seen in the use of the oversized eyes of the cubs. Anime is an art form that was developed in Japan and was greatly influenced by Walt Disney in the 1930s.

School menu

Breakfast Monday, Jan. 11: Juice, cereal, toast. Tuesday, Jan. 12: Fruit, sausage link, waffle sticks. Wednesday, Jan. 13: Juice, cheese omelet, toast. Thursday, Jan. 14: Fruit, breakfast pizza. Friday, Jan. 15: Juice, yogurt, toast. Lunch Monday, Jan. 11: Chicken nuggets, whipped potatoes, carrots, pear slices. No Laker. Tuesday, Jan. 12: Chili with cheese, crackers, mixed vegetables, peach slices,

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muffin. Laker: Pizza. Wednesday, Jan. 13: French toast, sausage patty, hash browns, applesauce. No Laker. Thursday, Jan. 14: Chicken Alfredo, peas, peach slices, bread sticks. Laker: Hot dog. Friday, Jan. 15: BBQ pork sandwich, corn, fresh fruit. Laker: Chef salad. Salad bar available at 3-12 building each day. Breakfast served each day for K-12 students. Bread and milk served with each meal. Laker sandwiches available to grades 7-12 only.

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AAA Sport Youth Fishing event

Cody Harvey proudly showed the northern he caught on Spooner Lake at the AAA Sport Youth Fishing event. He is a big believer in catch and release, so this northern lived to grow another day.

Photos by Larry Samson

The children lined up to get a gigging rod from Santa at the annual AAA Sports Youth Fishing held Tuesday, Dec. 29, on Spooner Lake. It was a day of fishing with food provided by donations from Spooner Bake Shoppe and Schmitz’s Economart.

Lexi Fave, a ninth-grader from Minneapolis, Minn., didn’t mind a slow day on the ice as she knows that you can have fun on the ice hanging out with family and friends.

RIGHT - Jordan Borelli was hoping for a northern. There are many things that Santa can do, but making the fish bite is not one of them.

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