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Donkey basketball returned to Shell Lake. Shell Lake teacher and girls basketball coach Dan Kevan found out the pitfalls of donkey basketball when his donkey decided not to play nice. More photos on page 11. — Photo by Larry Samson


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JFK had an affinity with Wisconsin; our readers remember the day he was assassinated 50 years ago this Friday

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assassination of John F. Kennedy, and through a maze of new books and media productions on the topic, we invited readers to share their memories of that day and how they felt.

Connection Wisconsin natives, even those in rural areas like Washburn County, had come to know John Kennedy personally in the spring priGary King | Editor mary election. NORTHWEST WISCONSIN - Nearly a genKennedy is the last presidential candidate eration of us were in a classroom when the an- in the past half century to campaign intensely nouncement came. A Friday afternoon, Nov. in Northwest Wisconsin, knowing every vote 22, 1963, with a handful of hours before the in the state counted in winning his party’s final bell rang and the weekend would begin. nomination for the presidency. He was up Whether you against Democratic rival and Minnesota Sen. were in first Hubert Humphrey, someone well-known and grade or a high admired in western Wisconsin and a neighbor school senior - or and friend to rural America. anywhere else A press advisory from Kennedy’s campaign the news that the shows how visible Kennedy was in this area in president had March of 1960. been shot in a moIt was a Friday - March 18 - when Kentorcade in Dallas, nedy flew in to Clear Lake to begin a trail of Texas, evoked im- stops on his way to a banquet speech in Sumediate sadness perior that evening. After a brief appearance and shock - and in Cumberland, the campaign rolled into Shell the beginning, Lake where Kennedy shook hands and spoke some say, of na- to local citizens on Main Street.  The next stop tional loss of in- was Spooner, where he climbed atop a car to nocence. make a speech on Main Street and pretended For those too young to remember or who to nurse a beer at the Buckhorn Tavern before were not alive in 1963, the event is something using the rest room there (both the beer and interpreted through history books, mourn- bathroom are enshrined at the Main Street esful stories and speculation by parents and a tablishment) before hitting the road for Haymountain of media focused on assassination ward. JFK’s brother, Robert, pressed the flesh theories, tabloid journalism about the Kennedy and broke bread with countless local politifamily in general ... and, of course, Hollywood.  cians and party leaders. This Friday marks the 50th anniversary of the See Remembering, page 18

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He still uses his great-great-grandmother’s cookware Diane Dryden|Staff writer SPOONER — Lon LaBumbard lives in Spooner. You’ve probably seen him around, especially if you’re one of the horsey set. He’s been a forester for the DNR all of his life, working fire control as a ranger, but his passion, hands down, is cooking. “I married a woman in 1975 that didn’t cook and it was an ideal situation. Billie had been working as a missionary for the United Methodist Church. I met her at her family reunion where I was doing the cooking. She was just returning to start work on her master’s degree after serving in Nigeria, Africa, for the previous four years.” After the two were married, she changed her mind about full-time missionary work and began working in the health industry in Washburn County while still making short-term missionary tours, which she still does to this day. LaBumbard grew up in a family where the men cooked. His grandfather started the ball rolling and his father was in charge of all the outside grilling. His mom was in charge of canning the large garden’s produce. “My father found an excuse to grill year-round, even if he had to shovel off the grill to start it. “I was probably 12 years old when I stepped in for my mom and cooked supper one night when she was not feeling

Cowboy wanna-be Lon LaBumbard, built his own chuck wagon to hold his many cast-iron Dutch ovens, food and a coffee grinder attached to the outside, so he could live the dream of camp cooking. well. I fixed liver and onions and mashed potatoes for the family and you might say it was the beginning of my love of the art.”

After four years at Michigan Tech, back when he was just an unmarried rookie starting out, LaBumbard shared a place with three other guys when he got his first assignment with Shawano’s DNR. They all cooked. When he was transferred to Tomahawk, the situation was the same, but he was honing his skills with each move. When he finished his time in Appleton and Grantsburg, he finally ended Larry Samson up in Spooner. He worked in Spooner Staff writer from 1982 until 2003 when he retired. He TWO HARBORS, was becoming a deft hand when it came Minn. — On Sunday, to food prep. Nov. 10, the Split Rock He admits that had always been a cowLighthouse north of Two boy wanna-be. This may explain his parHarbors, Minn., held a ticipation in both the rodeo and the saddle special ceremony, Lightclub that led to trail rides, which led to ing of the Beacon at Split outdoor cooking, which led to his love Rock Lighthouse, to comaffair with the cast-iron skillets, griddles memorate the sinking of and Dutch ovens from the 1700s when the SS Edmund Fitzgerthey were first manufactured. ald on Nov. 10, 1975. His favorite pots were the heavy Dutch Split Rock was built ovens, complete with feet and a flat, rein 1910 and was decomcessed lid. These could be set directly on missioned in 1961. It now the hot coals of the campfire. Because the is part of the Minnesota lids were recessed, coals could also be Historical Society and is placed on them, which created the effect a state park. The lightof an oven, hence the name, Dutch oven. houses that were once The beauty of these pots, which many part of an intricate netpeople never realized, is they can be work on the Great Lakes stacked from the large one on the bottom were replaced with GPS. that often held the meat, to one on top of So once a year, the lights it that cooked the potatoes. The one on top from the lighthouse are of the spuds was often the vegetables or turned on and can be baked beans and so on up the stack to the seen five miles away. dessert, often a cobbler of some kind. But The SS Edmund the biscuits were always in their own lidFitzgerald, captained ded skillet on a separate part of the coals. by Ernest M. McSorBecause he was so enamored with ley, left Superior loaded cooking this way, he built his own chuck with 26,116 tons of tacowagon complete with a low steel table. He nite pellets for Detroit volunteered to be the cookie on trail rides on Nov. 9, 1975. On the and parties. 1986 was the beginning date evening of Nov. 10, the of a 13-year job cooking for a trail ride in ship encountered severe North Dakota he took with his friends. weather about 17 miles He didn’t always cook locally with the from Whitefish Bay. The The lighthouse at Split Rock is a relic of the past. Once a year, on captain radioed in that Nov. 10, it is lit as a memorial to the crew of the SS Edmund Fitzger- ovens. When he could, he used a mobile gas griddle, something like restaurants he was having difficul- ald. — Photo by Larry Samson use today, only smaller. Whether it was a ties and was taking on beef tenderloin cut into steaks, or bacon, water. The ship was listing to port and had two almost equal sections. The official U.S. eggs and pancakes, that griddle was of three ballast pumps working. It lost its Coast Guard report supported the theory radar and damage was noted to its ballast that faulty hatches caused the sinking of tank vent pipe. He gave the order, “Don’t the ore ship. The ship took on water after let anybody on deck.” That was the last one or more hatch covers was damaged in that they were heard of. The 711.2-foot the storm. ship was found years later, split in two

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Not many people know that Dutch ovens can be stacked one on top of the other in order to cook an entire meal using a minimum of space, akin to the way the Asians use their bamboo steamers. pressed into service for many occasions. He cooked for 50 people at his daughter’s rehearsal supper and provided the wedding dessert of peach and raspberry cobbler for a party of 200 using the ovens. He hitched up his chuck wagon and cooked at family parties and their United Methodist’s youth group and his class reunion. “It’s a lot of work to be the camp cook and I’ve learned that the cook on the wagon trains going West was the second highest paid man, only a bit less than the foreman, because of his responsibility to keep everyone fed. He had to keep the sourdough starter going as they traveled the distance from the East Coast to the West, and he had to deal with large pieces of meat each time a steer was killed, having to preserve a certain amount of meat that hadn’t been used for the first meal. His responsibilities were endless and his skills tantamount to a successful journey.” LaBumbard’s been the cook for the past 15 years for their extended family’s Thanksgivings and Christmases. If there’s any cooking going on at their church, you’ll find him in the kitchen with his heavy cast-iron skillets in the oven full of rolls browning nicely. Just a few weeks ago, he was the cook for their Bible study on Tuesday night. The menu would have made a cowboy cook proud – beef stew and biscuits. He has dozens and dozens of cookbooks and an immense amount of heavy cast-iron cookware, including a wok. Stir-fries are starting to interest him a lot. His go-to website is simply “There,” he says, “you can list the ingredients you have and it will come up with several recipes using them.” Now that Thanksgiving is upon us, one wonders how LaBumbard cooks a turkey. “I use a Nesco roaster,” he says. “It does a great job.” Now that’s a man unafraid to branch out to whatever works.

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2013 tax levy, 2014 budget approved

SHELL LAKE — The Washburn County Board of Supervisors passed the 2013 tax levy and 2014 budget on Tuesday, Nov. 12. In addition to the approval of five separate agenda items, the board addressed possible options to restore Namekagon Transit services to Washburn County. Several concerned citizens spoke before the board regarding the need for services provided by Namekagon Transit.  Hilary Neste, Dawn Wagner, Joanne Jacobson, Zach Tranmer, Dori Washburn, Chuck Adams and Susan  Hansen all expressed to the board the need for services provided by Namekagon Transit. The resolution to approve the 2013 tax levy and 2014 budget involved several amendments and board discussion.  Thomas Ricci, District 6, made the motion to reduce the highway department’s request to borrow by $50,000 and to reduce wayside maintenance by $12,622.  Board members discussed how this would affect next year’s budget, highway borrowing

availability, the debt levy, the mill rate, and a .03 tax rate drop. Supervisor Halverson stated this would reduce the borrowing capacity in future years, $50,000 will come off the debt levy, and the other funds will come off the operational levy.   The motion passed on a close 11-to-10 vote to result in increasing the levy by six-tenths of a percent, with a projected county budget total of $10,482,740.  Tim Brabec, District 12, began board discussion after making a motion to amend the budget by $10,000 to fund the Namekagon Transit.  The board discussed funding options, management, services and restoration of routes for the transit.  Thomas Mackie, District 5 and member of the finance committee, stated that the transit had requested $5,000 for a new bus and $5,000 for a transportation coordinator, but nothing was discussed about restoration of service routes to Washburn County.  The board passed an amendment to the motion, 16 to 5, to make the county

funding conditional on restoring service routes in Washburn County that were cut in 2013. Further discussion led to the motion to fund Namekagon Transit to fail on a 5-to-16 roll-call vote. The board determined to ask Namekagon Transit representatives to attend the December board meeting to clarify and re-present their request. Clay W. Halverson, representative of District 10, presented the board with a letter of resignation effective Nov. 20.  In other board business, members approved five separate agenda resolutions.  On a unanimous vote the board approved the county forest share payments and the 2014 county forest work plan.  The board approved the request to borrow $805,000 for the state trust fund loan application on a 19-to-2 roll-call vote with Dave Wilson, District 11, and Tim Brabec, District 12, dissenting.  A voice vote determined the Washburn County Board of Supervisors deci-

sion to oppose Senate Bill 349 that would limit local government control regarding nonmetallic mining, air and water quality, and highway damage and use contracts. The bill was recently introduced in the Wisconsin Legislature restricting local governmental authority.  A copy of the resolution will be sent to Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Bob Jauch, Reps Nick Milroy and Stephen Smith, Wisconsin DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp, and the Wisconsin Counties Association.  The board approved on a 14-to-7 rollcall vote to begin the process of the reduction in the county board size.  Currently one individual from each of the 21 districts is represented at the county board.  The board approved the proposal to reduce to 15 districts with the difference between the two sized boards being 250 to 300 people per district. — Danielle Moe with information from Washburn County Clerk’s office  

Intermezzo Music Club to present 39th-annual Advent concert

SPOONER — The Intermezzo Music Club will present its 39th-annual Advent concert on Sunday, Dec. 1, 5 p.m., at the Wesleyan Church, 1100 W. Maple St., Spooner. As always, the concert will feature the Intermezzo Music Club singers and their award-winning youth including, La Shanda Mays, Annabelle Revak, Adriana Oakland, Daniel Pederson, Rachel Medley, Tyler Revak and Bryce Carroll. This year’s concert will also feature some outstanding local talent. Bruce Buchmann will sing, Michelle Simpson will play the flute, and Kevin McMullin and Rebecca

Macone will also be featured. The Intermezzo Music Club promotes music appreciation and education in the Spooner and Shell Lake communities. Working with the middle and high school educators, the youth of the area schools are encouraged to audition for cash music awards, which are to be used to further the musical training of the participants. First-place winners receive a scholarship to attend a week of music camp at the Shell Lake Arts Center. Donations from local businesses and the freewill offering taken during the concert are the main sources of fundraising for student schol-

BadgerCare+ changes delayed SPOONER — The BadgerCare+ Reform changes scheduled for Jan. 1, 2014, are being delayed until April 1, 2014. This means that nonpregnant adults between the ages of 19 and 64 whose income is 100 percent of the federal poverty level and children over 300-percent FPL will remain on the BadgerCare+ program until April 1, 2014.  Additionally, Wisconsin is delaying when childless adults below 100-pecent FPL can begin applying for BadgerCare+, either through,

phone or paper application, until early 2014.

Guidance The best way for adults with no dependent children to apply for health-care benefits right now is through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace, also called the Exchange. To apply through the Marketplace, go to or call 800318-2596 or 855-889-4325 (TTY). — from Washburn County Health Department

Former Spooner officer pleads not guilty Danielle Moe | Staff writer SHELL LAKE – Thomas L. Glau, former captain of the Spooner Police Department, pleaded not guilty to three felony counts during his arraignment hearing in court Oct. 30 at the Washburn County Courthouse. In the criminal complaint Glau, 63, of Spooner, is charged with first-degree sexual assault of a child without great bodily harm, child enticement-sexual contact,

arships. All money collected goes to the students, as the Intermezzo Music Club has no administrative overhead. The public is cordially invited to at-

tend this concert, a traditional evening of music, which celebrates the season of Advent. Be sure to mark your calendars. — from Intermezzo Music Club

City to celebrate Holiday Saturday Santa to visit Suzanne Johnson|Staff writer SHELL LAKE — Santa is coming to Shell Lake to help celebrate Holiday Saturday on Dec. 7. He plans to have a hot pancake breakfast at the Shell Lake Community Center between 8 and 10 a.m. He is also setting aside some time to be photographed with those wishing to visit with him. While at the breakfast with Santa, children will also be able to participate in a make-it and take-it project. Those attending are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item for the Washburn County Food Pantry. During Holiday Saturday, the Shell Lake After-School Program is hosting a craft sale from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the 3-12 School. The Shell Lake United Methodist

Church will be having its annual bazaar from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. with coffee and rolls available. Several downtown businesses will be running specials that Saturday. Lake Mall will be open from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. with specials and complimentary refreshments. There will be additional vendors set up in Lake Mall to add to the Christmas shopping opportunities. A bake sale raising funds for the community Christmas fund will be set up at Suburban Propane in Lake Mall. Donation boxes for new clothing and toys for the Christmas fund and a box for new toys for Toys For Tots are located in Lake Mall. The Shell Lake Chamber of Commerce warmly invites everyone to visit Shell Lake and to share in this day to kick off the holiday season.

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and exposing a child to harmful material.   In his statement the victim detailed the alleged incidences took place from 2007 to 2010 when he was 15 to 17 years old.  The victim stated that he first met Glau while Glau was in uniform in a SPD vehicle and offered him a ride after school.  If found guilty Glau faces up to 60 years in prison.  Glau’s next court appearance is a motion hearing on Jan. 22, 2014 at the Washburn County courthouse.

Holiday Jingle Mingle to be held SPOONER — Spooner High School’s family and consumer science students invite you to a Holiday Jingle Mingle to be held immediately following both the choir and band winter concerts. The high school choirs will perform Monday, Dec.

9, at 7 p.m. The high school bands will perform Monday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. Both concerts will be held in the high school auditorium. After the concerts, Mrs. Eichhorst’s culinary arts students will be serving homemade appetizers and sweets in the high school commons. A suggested freewill donation will be taken with all proceeds going toward the Washburn County Food Pantry. Meet up with friends and neighbors for an evening of music, food and holiday spirit. — from SASD

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Jon Johnson, Washburn County highway commissioner, stands with the new tow plow that will be used in the upcoming snowplowing season on Hwy. 53. — Photo by Danielle Moe

Danielle Moe|Staff writer SHELL LAKE — Washburn County has received a new piece of equipment for snow removal from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Jon Johnson, Washburn County highway commissioner, applied through WisDOT to receive the unit that will clear two lanes of traffic in one pass, saving both money and time. Common in other parts of the country, Eau Claire is the only area of Wisconsin with this unique piece of equipment.

Since the unit covers both lanes of traffic, drivers will not be able to pass it. “We hope this cuts back on the number of plow-passing-related accidents,” Johnson said.  WisDOT supplied the county with the $100,000 piece of equipment and covered the cost of adjustments to the current county plow truck.  “There will be no additional cost to the county … the DOT is even covering future service to the unit,” Johnson added.



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Harold was lucky Thank you so much for the article on Jessie Nilssen. It brought back good memories. We had been married two weeks when my husband and I moved to Ashland in 1958.  He was starting his first year of teaching and I was learning to keep house.  Older faculty members were very supportive of my husband, and Jessie and Harold took us under their wing.  Harold shared his knowledge of fishing with my husband, and Jessie shared her recipes with me.  I learned that Jessie’s recipe for white bread was better than the one in my cookbook.  My recipe box still contains cards with Jessie’s recipes for coffee cake and never-fail jelly roll in her handwriting. We bought our home in 1966.  When I look through my garden I am reminded

of Jessie. The lemon yellow rose that blooms every June was a piece from Jessie’s bush.  I have a fragrant purple iris I got from Jessie, and the hosta she gave me has been divided over the years into at least two dozen plants at various places in my shade garden. I’m not surprised Jessie is still quilting.  When she was in Ashland, Jessie was very active at Sarona Lutheran church.  I will share your article with the members at Saron.  Her close friends have passed on, but I am sure there will be some, like myself, who remember Jessie as a very kind and beautiful woman. We felt Harold was lucky.   Helen Hoar Ashland/Shell Lake

Faith in Action: Strenthening community one need at a time In the Holy Bible, Jesus commanded all mankind to a simple, yet noble standard; treat each neighbor with the same kindness and respect you would wish for yourself. His teaching went even further to infer that the weakest among us deserves the same dignity as the Son of God himself. In Jesus’ time, the marginalized members of society, like lepers or social outcasts, were more visible in their communities than those suffering today. Would you know if your elderly neighbor that no longer can drive, lives in despair from loneliness? Would you be aware that another neighbor lives in a home in need of repairs that he cannot afford? Would you expect your neighbor to come to you for help? And would you ask for help if you were in a similar situation? Every day, members of our community without the support of family or friends face incredible challenges in living an independent life. Faith in Action has been committed to helping these people in the Washburn County area since 2004. Since then, thousands of hours of service have been donated by our wonderful and caring volunteers to allow our community members to live with the same dignity and respect that we all deserve. The mission of Faith in Action is to provide help to our older and disabled adult neighbors through trained, caring volunteers and a network of organizations. Our volunteers provide a wide range of services, including (but not limited to) friendly visits, lawn assistance, meal preparation and home repair. We partner with local organizations to make larger projects possible, such as constructing a wheelchair ramp at no cost to the recipient. We often have recipients who express

their gratitude. One recipient wrote that Faith in Action was to her like “a lighthouse for a ship sailing in the night.” Another called in to tell us that the help coming from our organization was the best thing that’s ever happened to her! Faith in Action functions with only one part-time staff member and a shoestring budget. The majority of our income comes from individual donations in the community. Historically, we have generated just enough income to meet our budget. Recently, this has been a greater challenge. This year alone, we have already depleted half of our emergency reserve. We are thankful for all of our generous donors, but unfortunately it’s not enough. Despite the increasing need for our services, our board of directors are forced instead to focus attention to our financial situation. We are at a crossroads, and something needs to change. The fate of Faith in Action lies in the hands of our Washburn County communities. Do you value our mission? Would you like our organization to exist years in the future when you personally may be in need? Please support our cause by donating an amount that reflects your ability to help and sustain the unmet needs that surround us. Your donation can be sent to us at P.O. Box 387, Spooner, WI 54801. Gratitude is extended to our community for the many years of support. We pray that we will be here to serve those in need for many years to come. For further information, contact us at 715-635-2252 or email to fiawashburn@ Board of Directors Faith in Action – Washburn County

Misstatement in last week’s Register There is a misstatement in last week’s Register article about library funding. The board approved a 1.5-percent pay increase for the library staff. A majority of the board approved an hourly wage increase of 14 percent for the director and added five vacation days, one day per

month sick time and six holidays to her benefit package. Chris Ottosen Shell Lake Public Library Board member

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Misleading In the Nov. 13 issue of the Washburn County Register, David MacFarland, wildlife biologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, states, “We are actually actively working to reduce the bear population in the state.” And also states, “For the past six years, the Wisconsin DNR has been increasing bear tag quotas in line with their bear population management program.” The reality is: Bear tag quotas issued: 2010: 8,910; 2011: 9,005; 2012: 9,015; 2013: 8,560.

As anyone who spends any time outdoors in Wisconsin knows, the black bear population has dramatically increased in recent years. It is time for the Wisconsin DNR to quit misleading the public and to actually increase bear tag quotas such that the population can be adequately controlled. Steve Thoe Cumberland

Snowplow Driver Appreciation Day Governor’s proclamation praises snowplow drivers’ efforts to make roads safer and keep traffic moving

MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker proclaimed Wednesday, Nov. 20, as Snowplow Driver Appreciation Day in Wisconsin. The governor’s proclamation acknowledges the steadfast efforts of the state’s snowplow drivers to make roadways safer and keep traffic moving during winter storms. The proclamation also encourages motorists to be cautious whenever they encounter snowplows and to limit their driving during severe storms to avoid becoming stuck or stalled in their vehicle, which impedes snow removal efforts. “Removing snow and ice from more than 100,000 miles of roads and streets in Wisconsin is a tremendous challenge performed primarily by county and municipal highway departments,” said Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb. “Snowplow drivers frequently work extremely long hours during hazardous weather to make roadways safer and keep traffic flowing as efficiently as possible. Their dedicated efforts help all of us travel during the winter while also maintaining the delivery of

goods and services to support our state’s businesses and industries. They do their jobs, so we should do our part.” The Wisconsin Department of Transportation offers these safety tips for driving during winter weather, especially when snowplows are on the road: • State law requires that you stay at least 200 feet behind a working snowplow. When you’re following a snowplow, make sure that you can see the driver’s mirrors to ensure the driver is able to see you. You never know when a snowplow driver may have to back up. • If you have to pass a working snowplow, be careful. The snowplow may create a cloud of snow that could obscure your vision. Also, remember that the roadway behind the snowplow is in better condition than the roadway in front of it. • Before traveling, call 511 or go online to Wisconsin 511,, to check road conditions. • If there’s ice and snow, take it slow. The posted speed limits are based on dry pavement. Those speed limits may be hazardous when roads are slick or visibility is reduced. Most traffic crashes in winter are caused by driving too fast for conditions. • Always buckle up, pay attention to traffic and road conditions, slow down and drive sober to help reduce the number of preventable traffic deaths to zero in Wisconsin. — from WisDOT

Incentivizing hunting through Stephen the first-time buyer’s program Smith and safety in the field 75th Assembly Wisconsin’s gun-deer season will be here soon, and it is important that our sportsmen and women are aware of a few changes to state laws and WisDNR policies since last year’s season. One of the biggest changes to this year’s rules and regulations is a recent change that incentivizes first-time hunting license purchasers. For first-time buyers of a license, the cost is only $5, a significant savings from the usual $24 resident deer license. Another change benefits our veteran sportsmen and women, when you recruit a first-time hunter or angler to purchase any first-time license, make sure to tell the salesperson that you were responsible for recruiting them. If you are responsible for recruiting three new sportsmen or women, you will receive your license for half price next year. This is a great way to save on a license and encourage someone to take advantage of this great November tradition. As we enter the 2013 gun-deer season for Wisconsin, we are proud to acknowledge the reputable safety record our state has fostered through the continued efforts to improve hunter safety. Wisconsin’s hunter education helps create a safe and enjoyable hunting environment for new and seasoned hunters alike, as shown by Wisconsin’s constant decline in hunting accidents, including three seasons free of fatalities, 1972, 2010 and 2011. We should all be proud of this milestone and always remember that safety is No. 1 in the field. For new hunters in Wisconsin, it is important to internalize certain safety precautions relating to firearm safety. These four principles of firearm safety include: treating every firearm as if it is

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loaded, always pointing the muzzle in a safe direction, being certain of your target and what is beyond it, and keeping your finger outside the trigger guard until you are ready to shoot. It is always important to properly utilize tree stands, harnesses and deer drives. In setting up tree stands, it is helpful to remember to always use a full-body harness, always unload your firearm before climbing into or out of the stand, and during your ascent or descent, make sure to maintain three points of contact: two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand. In using deer drives, you should always review the four firearm safety principles, reconfirm that you have positively identified your target, reconfirm that you have a safe backstop for your bullet, and review and stick to your hunting plan to assure the safety of all hunting parties. Additionally, if you harvest a deer that you aren’t able to eat, consider donating the deer to help Hunt for the Hungry. You can find a list of processors who will take donated deer, process them and deliver them to charities that will help feed the hungry. You can find that list and more information at hunt/donation.html. I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable hunting season. I hope that this has answered any questions you may have on safety practices and first-time buyer advantages. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments or concerns regarding any issue of importance to you. I can be reached toll-free at 888-534-0075 or via email at


ATV campground ground breaking celebrated

Danielle Moe|Staff writer SHELL LAKE — Individuals instrumental in the city of Shell Lake’s future ATV campground convened on the property located under the Shell Lake water tower off CTH B on Thursday, Nov. 14, to celebrate ground breaking on the facility. After receiving city council approval on Monday, Nov. 11, Jeff Parker, the city’s public works director, moved forward with the stumping and grubbing process to the 15-1/2-acre property.  The city purchased the land with $40,000 obtained through the all-terrain vehicle grant program administered by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the off-road vehicle advisory council.  Later the city received an additional $30,000 from the ATV fund, $20,000 of which is funding the initial ground clearing currently under way.  “No tax money is being used, it is all ATV user funded,” said city

council member Andy Eiche. Caleb Johnson of Northwoods Transplanting and Landscaping is doing 100 hours of work at $200 an hour.  With only 27 proposed campsites, the city hopes to maintain the rustic atmosphere for ATV campers.  “We are very excited about it, and we are going to try to keep as many trees as possible,” said Parker.

Individuals instrumental in the city of Shell Lake’s future ATV campground convened on the property located under the Shell Lake water tower off CTH B on Thursday, Nov. 14, to celebrate ground breaking on the facility. Shown (L to R): Jeff Parker, public works director, Ken Schultz, Mayor Sally Peterson, Dan Harrington, Andy Eiche and Caleb Johnson. — Photo by Danielle Moe

Are you interested in adopting a family this holiday season? SHELL LAKE — It is that time of the year again when the Shell Lake Lions team up with the Spooner/Trego Lions to collect and distribute food and Christmas gifts for the less fortunate in the Spooner and Shell Lake school districts. Mike Cox, Wanda Zeug, and Jim and Nancy Swanson recently met with Brenda Dewitt from the Spooner/Trego Lions

Club to discuss this year’s community Christmas fund. Letters have been sent to Spooner and Shell Lake businesses asking for donations. Last year the Christmas fund provided food for a Christmas dinner to 197 families and gave gifts to 350 children. Many may not be aware of the opportunity to choose a family and purchase gifts

just for that family. Gifts are purchased for infants through 18 years of age. You may request an age group if you wish. Participants are supplied with a wish list. All you have to do is shop for that family and then contact Cox at 715-468-2589 to have the items picked up. In Shell Lake, families can pick up an application for the food and gift baskets

at the Washburn County Human Services office and at the Washburn County Register newspaper office in Lake Mall. Request forms need to be received no later than Tuesday, Dec. 10. Anyone wanting to donate a gift or money can drop them off at the Washburn County Register or the Shell Lake Bank in Shell Lake. — with information from the Shell Lake Lions

Area news at a glance RICE LAKE — Rice Lake city planner Harry Skulan, who has held the job for 29 years, will be out of a job on March 1. A motion to eliminate the position was passed when the city council met in regular session. Skulan is the department head for the Community Development Depart-

Correction The Nov. 13 issue of the Washburn County Register contained an article pertaining to Shell Lake City Administrator Bradley Pederson’s retirement letter. The letter stated, “I have appreciated the support I have received from the mayors, council members, employees and community while serving in this capacity over the last 33 years.” The Register apologizes for the misquote that was published. — WCR

Shell Lake Lions Calendar Winners Nov. 12 - $30 Jeff Larson, Shell Lake Nov. 13 - $30 Eddie and Sarah Ballew, Shell Lake Nov. 14 - $30 Dudley Livingston, Shell Lake Nov. 15 - $30 Jim Glick/Katie Conley, Edina, Minn.

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ment, which includes planning and inspections. The deciding vote to eliminate the position was cast by Mayor Steve Hartington after the council tied 4-4 on the question. At a meeting last month, Harrington proposed eliminating the position as of Jan. 1, saying there was not enough work to justify the full-time position. The mayor later suggested reducing the hours to 32 on July 1 rather than eliminating the

full-time position. “I went through the job description and believe the majority of it can be handled by staff and council,” said the mayor. — from the Rice Lake Chronotype ••• BARRON — The Barron Police Department responded to an accident scene at First National Bank on Wednesday, Nov. 6. City police reported that a car driven by Mina M. Salah, Barron, was eastbound

Register Memories 1953 - 60 years ago

• The Howard Parker home in Sarona was destroyed by fire. • The November business meeting was held at the Methodist church with 40 Girl Scouts and two visitors present. Marie Frey and Connie Nieman brought their rabbits and gave talks on their pets. Kathleen Taylor, Sandra Andrea, Marcia Esswein, Barbara Bergquist, Judy Wennerberg and Mrs. Agnes Hess were hostesses. • The Red Cross Chapter of Washburn County was in urgent need of cotton bed blankets. • Parents visited the regular classes at Roosevelt Consolidated School. The teachers, Mrs. Alice Brown and Mrs. Ellen Bly, served lunch. Report cards were discussed.

1963 - 50 years ago

• Judy and Janet Porter, Nancy and Mary Pat Welter, Debby Davenport and Sharon Erickson joined the International Order of Job’s Daughters Bethel No. 66 in Spooner. • A baby shower was given for Mr. and Mrs. Donn Dinnies by Mr. and Mrs. Glen Peterson. Guests included Mr. and Mrs. John Beardsley, Mr. and Mrs. John Schullo, Dr. and Mrs. D.V. Moen, Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Lewis, Mrs. Milton Lenz, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Gingles, Mr. and Mrs. Nolan Penning, and Mr. and Mrs. Vern Parker. • Officers in Mrs. Penning’s eighthgrade class were Wendy Hanson, president; Elaine Brown, vice president; Susan Pederson, secretary; and Paulette Swan, treasurer. • Receiving the best costume awards at the Sadie Hawkins dance held at Shell Lake Schools were Sue Musolf and Rene Lindeman, dressed as dice; and Bob Burns and Bonnie Pieper as martians. Best boy award went to Jim Stodola, and the best girl went to Judy Porter. In the twist contest, winners were Nancy Welter and Dennis Johnson.

on LaSalle Avenue when it rear-ended another vehicle, veered to the right, scraped alongside the building then crashed into the drive-through booth. Two female passengers in the vehicle were transported and treated for what were described as minor injuries. — from the Barron NewsShield •••

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1973 - 40 years ago

• David Ekern, son of Mr. and Mrs. Duane Ekern, Shell Lake, earned a spot on the 13-member varsity basketball team at UW-Center Barron County. • There’s a fuel shortage? Nobody wanted to talk about it. But everybody seemed to know it exists. Shell Lake School Superintendent Hubert Smith said that oil and gasoline suppliers for the school did not hint about a shortage. Both oil for heating the schools and gasoline for the buses appeared to be intact. • The following local hunters had their bucks on the buck board at The Medicine Chest: Bill Albright, spike; Steve DesJardins, 4-pointer; Dave Mortensen, spike; James Mommsen, 2-pointer; Bob Ottosen, 4-pointer; Tim Harrington, 4-pointer; Charles Conselman, 9-pointer; Nolan Penning, 5-pointer;, Marge Crotteau, 8-pointer; Ed Percy, 6-pointer; Lawrence Bixby, 6-pointer; Harlan Bixby, 8-pointer; John Zaloudek, 6-pointer; Anton Zaloudek, 4-pointer; and Gary Zaloudek, 11-pointer. • New arrivals at the Indianhead Memorial Hospital included Christine Louise to Mr. and Mrs. Dean Slinker, Spooner; Robert Timothy to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kemp, Shell Lake; and twin boys to Mr. and Mrs. Dale Schlapper.

1983 - 30 years ago

• Marvin Dehne, administrator of Indianhead Medical Center, Shell Lake, accepted a position at Iron Mountain, Mich. • Former Shell Lake coach and Principal Al Axon, 68, died. • RaeJean Rydberg was the new coach for the Shell Lake girls basketball team. Jill Goodman was her assistant. Returning letter winners were Julie Butterfield, Julie Druschba and Raeann Bontekoe. Mary VanMeter, also a letter winner, decided to forgo basketball because of a knee injury. • Nancy Nelson, Rice Lake, unraveled the mysteries of microwave cookery in a demonstration sponsored by the Shell Lake Public Library. It was the first such demonstration for the library according to librarian Carol Butler.

1993 - 20 years ago

• The quick actions of neighbors prevented serious fire damage to the Pat and Jeanne Healy cabin on North Lake Drive. Lightning struck the cabin and ignited a fire near an electrical box on the side of the building. Doug Williams noticed the fire and called the fire department. He then awakened another neighbor, Larry Alt, and they went to work extinguishing the fire. Harley Bergeron, volunteer firefighter, stopped to assist, while on his way to the fire station. • Tim Ullom, head of the maintenance department, was named Shell Lake School District’s Employee of the Month. • Tammy D. Smith, Shell Lake, received the American FFA Degree, which is the highest degree of membership awarded by the National FFA organization. She received her degree at the National FFA Convention in Kansas City, Mo. • Members of the Shell Lake Quiz Bowl team were Betsy Olson, Angie Parker, Angie Baldocchi, Chad Green, Jacob Ekern, Scott Witte and Adam Erickson. Jeff Patterson was the adviser.

2003 - 10 years ago

• Shell Lake Mayor Larry Fletcher opened the valve on the Shell Lake to Yellow River water diversion system. • During the Veterans Day program at Shell Lake High School Alex Mentel, Alyssa Degner and Joel Simpson gave a presentation on military music and a video slide show honoring veterans. Trent Vanderhoof and Raven Defilippo talked about their trips to Badger Boys and Girls State. • Emma Wabrowetz, Shell Lake, completed 40 hours of instruction from Al Winsor of Winsor’s Pro Diving in Hayward to become a certified diver. The course work included a swimming competency evaluation, classroom instruction, confined water practice dives, a written test and a series of three open water dives to approximately 30 feet. • Washburn County Land Conservation Committee Chairman Robert Washkuhn presented the Conservation Leadership Award to Mary Emerson.


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Thursday, Nov. 21 • Shell Lake PTA meeting, 6:30 p.m., in the 3-12 school library. Baby-sitting available. Saturday, Nov. 23 • Chicog Fire Department annual hunters feed, turkey and ham and all the trimmings, 5-8 p.m., Chicog Town Hall, 10 miles west of Minong on Hwy. 77. • Free community breakfast, 7-10 a.m., First United Pentecostal Church, 337 Greenwood Ave., Spooner. All welcome. Donations accepted. • “The Art of the Film,” 7 p.m., Shell Lake Arts Center. Other dates are Nov. 30, Dec. 14, Jan. 4, Feb. 8 & 22, March 8, 15, 22 & 29. Monday, Nov. 25 • Wilderness player auction, good for an hour’s worth of work from a Wilderness player. Proceeds go to benefit the American Cancer Society. Event will be hosted at Jerseys Bar & Grill from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27 • Free community supper, 4-6 p.m., St. Alban Episcopal


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Church, 220 Elm St., Spooner. Thursday, Nov. 28 • Tozer Turkey Trot 5K run/walk benefit for the Washburn County Food Pantry. Registration 7-8:15 a.m. Start time is 8 a.m., at the intersection of Tozer Lake Road and Green Valley Road, Spooner. For more information, call Kate 715-220-3076 or Ryan, 715-338-2317. Saturday, Nov. 30 • Recycle plastic bags, making them into holiday crocheted snowflakes, perfect for hanging outdoors, 1-4 p.m., Northwind Book & Fiber, downtown Spooner, 715635-6811 or • Christmas art and craft show, Spooner United Methodist Church, 312 Elm. St., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Also bake sale and lunch.


Sunday, Dec. 1 • Intermezzo Christmas concert, 5 p.m., Wesleyan Church, Spooner. Scholarship winners will be performing. Monday, Dec. 2 • Christmas lights will be turned on in the Shell Lake Park with a countdown at 5 p.m. Hot cocoa and bonfire available. All are welcome. Call Arlys 715-468-4121, for more information. Tuesday, Dec. 3 • Shell Lake/Spooner Masonic Lodge 221 meeting, 7 p.m. at the lodge. Wednesday, Dec. 4 • Washburn County HCE holiday luncheon, 11:30 a.m. • Unit on Aging, 1 p.m., Shell Lake Senior Center. • Free soup and sandwiches, Church of the Nazarene, Spooner, 5:30 p.m. Call 715-635-3496 to confirm. All welcome. Donations accepted. • The 16th-annual Holly Auction and Taste of the Holly Days, Rice Lake Elks Lodge Banquet Hall, 36 East Eau Claire Street, Rice Lake. Doors open at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 • Aphasia Group, 10-11:30 a.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, Spooner. Call 715-520-7999. • Northwest Wisconsin Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, 1 p.m., lower level at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Shell Lake. • Free community meal, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 409 Summit, Spooner, 4-6 p.m. All welcome. Donations accepted. Friday- Sunday, Dec. 6-8 • Night in Bethlehem, Friday 6-8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 4-7 p.m., Cornerstone Church, 106 Balsam St., Spooner. Wander the busy streets of Bethlehem for an interactive drama. Saturday, Dec. 7 • Shell Lake’s Holiday Saturday celebration at local businesses, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Santa will meet for breakfast at the community center. • Community Christmas Fund bake sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Suburban Propane, Lake Mall, Shell Lake. • Shell Lake United Methodist Church holiday bazaar, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. • Holiday Saturday after-school program craft sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 3-12 school. • Santa’s visit, Lakeland Family Resource Center, 314 Elm St., Spooner, 9 a.m.-noon.  • Alzheimer’s Day Respite Holiday Home Tour, 1-4

p.m. Touring four decorated homes. Tickets available at Dahls Home Store, Spooner, Mercantile, Thimbles Quilt Shop, Shell Lake State Bank in Spooner and Shell Lake, and Spooner Elementary School. All funds go to support the Alzheimer’s Day Respite program held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Spooner. Monday, Dec. 9 • Holiday Jingle Mingle to be held immediately following the high school choir concert that starts at 7 p.m. in the Spooner High School auditorium. The culinary arts students will serve homemade appetizers and sweets in the commons. Tuesday, Dec. 10 • Moms Club meets at Faith Lutheran, Spooner, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 • Free community meal, 4-6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 135 Reinhart Dr., Shell Lake. All welcome. Donations accepted. • The board of directors for the Railroad Memories Museum meeting, 1 p.m., Spooner City Hall. All volunteers welcome. Thursday, Dec. 12 • The Shell Lake Lions Club meeting, 6:30 p.m., Shell Lake Community Center. • Washburn County food distribution in conjunction with Ruby’s Pantry, Spooner Middle School Tech Ed Building on Elm Street. Tickets 9 a.m. Distribution 9:30 a.m. Volunteers needed. Contact 715-635-9309, 715-4684017, or 715-222-4410. Saturday, Dec. 14 • Springbrook VFW children’s Christmas party, 11 a.m.3 p.m. Adult party 6-9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16 • Northern Lights Camera Club, 7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1790 Scribner St., Spooner.  • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group, 5 p.m. group activity, 5:30 p.m. dinner, 6-7 p.m. meeting, Lakeland Family Resource Center, 314 Elm St., Spooner, 715-635-4669. • Holiday Jingle Mingle to be held immediately following the high school band concert that starts at 7 p.m. in the Spooner High School auditorium. The culinary arts students will serve homemade appetizers and sweets in the commons. Tuesday, Dec. 17 • Shell Lake/Spooner Masonic Lodge 221 meeting, 7 p.m., at the lodge. Wednesday, Dec. 18 • Games and activities, 1 p.m., Shell Lake Senior Center. • Shell Lake Public Library Board of Trustees meeting, 5 p.m., at the library. The public is welcome. Thursday, Dec. 19 • Shell Lake PTA meeting, 6:30 p.m., in the 3-12 school library. Baby-sitting available. Saturday, Dec. 21 • U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots distribution, noon-2 p.m., Rice Lake Armory. For more info, call Larry Miller, 715-234-1792 or Butch Holmes, 715-822-2118. Sunday, Dec. 22 • U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots distribution, noon-2 p.m., Barronett Civic Club. For more info, call Larry Miller, 715-234-1792 or Butch Holmes, 715-8222118. Donations of new, unwrapped toys being accepted at Lake Mall in Shell Lake.

Spooner High School honor roll First term – A honor roll Seniors Eric Anderson, Gavin Anderson, Kaelan Anderson, Aaron Breitenfeld, Sarah Dettle, Rachel Eytcheson, Caitlin Fielding, Joseph Fraatz, Allison Gosney, Andrew Graham, Levi Hansen, Alexandria Hotchkiss, Taylor Johnson, Hannah Kaefer, Denessa Knutson, Mikhaila Lampert, Hannah Langhammer, Cole Lucius, Kayla Margl-Chastek, Ashtin Markgren, Drew Miller, Yara Mintjes, Paige Osterhues, Richard Quinton, Keith Richardson, Michelle Richardson, Brittany Rothstein, Danielle Sauleen, Mariah Schultz, Brooke Schumacher, Willow Shell, Zachariah Shutt, Sara Taylor, Julie Trcka and Tanner Vik. Juniors Noah Anonich, Julianne Bray, Dana Danger, James DePolis, Andrew Emerson, Hannah Gostonczik, Miranda Haack, Katelyn Heino, Becker Lindner, Alex

MacDonell, Adriana Oakland, Spencer Peck, Annabelle Revak, Alexandra Ripley, Dylan Sahr, Larissa Schmock, Jadin Schwartz, Dylan Simpson, Matthew Slaminski, Kallie Thompson and Tabitha Weideman. Sophomores Benjamin Caithamer, Desmond Fielding, Chad Lenser, McKayla Mathiesen, Madison Mitchell, Cheyenne Nowaczyk, Daniel Pederson, Cassidy Quinton, Tanner Schafer, Soeren Schuettrup, Marshall Seas and Mitchell Shellito. Freshman Keenan Adams, Audrey Blonk, Sydney Busch, Samuel Dettle, Danielle DeWitt, Anna Emerson, Christopher Gale, Gracia Gormong, Grace Haakenson, Amanda Heino, Ally Jacoby, Rachel Johnson, Abhinab KC, Sophia Meaux, Rachel Medley, Abigail Melton, Mark Nauertz, Tansy Pocernich, Tyler Revak, Kathryn Rosenbush and Angelica Scribner.

B honor roll Seniors Christian Babich, Kierra Bartle, Spencer Carson, Alexander Colbert, Emma Curran, Jason Dewey, Katrina Fulton, Halie Gerovac, Lucas Hagberg, Casey Holland, Zachary Jenson, Nicholas Minerva, Paxton Pocernich, Savannah Quinn, Bryce Sohn, Ashley Surdey, Derek Swan, Joseph Vande Vrede, Cody Vander Heyden, Kimberly Voight and Alexandra Wulf. Juniors Alexis Berg, Lee Ferguson, Brett Gauger, Katie Gobel, Austen Grap, Clayton Groehler, Johanna Grumpelt, Jonathan Gunderson, Joakim Jarvis, Christina Jensen, Amanda Jewert, Darrian King, Richard Lauterbach, Alex Mason, Jordan Melton, Benjamin Nelson, Timothy Ritchie, Ryan Silvis and Brandon Thomas. Sophomores Hayley Anderson, Alyssa Babich, Alison Barnes, Nathan Chastek, Jessica Col-

bert, Chase Davies, Aaron Durand, Dillion Ferguson, Hannah Ford, Kelsie Gerovac, Katie Hayward, Brandon Jepson, Jon Johnson, Kayla Kielkucki, Erin Markegard, Aaron McNitt, Samuel Meaux, Devan Miller, Brant Osterhues, Mackenzie Paffel, Nicholas Posso, Katelynn Retzlaff, Justice Santana, Brady Schumacher, Hannah Schwab, Connor Seckora, Ryan Shutt, Adrian Spores, Karly Swan, Aftyn Tellefson and Kyra Thornley. Freshman Ryan Anderson, Colton Andrea, Tiana Barrett, Emmie Bassett, Emily Beehler, Sophia Delfiacco, Chloe Englund, Sarah Eytcheson, Gavin Hochstetler, Logan Johnson, Scott Lindenberger, Aspen Mullikin, Levi Neubich, Zackary Olsen, Adeline Paffel, Emily Peoples, Emma Schoessow, Buki Shabani, Serena Solveson, Joseph Wacek, Elizabeth Walker and Callie Williamson. — from SASD

Affordable Care Act webinar for farmers to be held in Spooner SPOONER — Twenty-two UW-Extension offices across the state will offer an overview of what the Affordable Care Act means for farms, both as small employers and the self-employed, on Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 6:30-8:30 pm.  The local meeting will be held at the Spooner Agriculture Research Station.  Part of this presentation will be a we-

binar discussing the impacts of the ACA on farm families. A local ACA certified application counselor will answer individual questions and provide assistance to families interested in signing up for insurance in the Marketplace. The webinar will provide highlights of what ACA requirements are already in place and the changes beginning in 2014. 

Heidi Johnson, the Dane County agriculture agent, will talk about what the law will mean for both farm families purchasing their own health insurance and farms, as small businesses, exploring the option of providing health insurance for their employees. The webinar will also cover how to access the online Marketplaces to shop for health insurance for individuals,

families and for employers considering offering insurance to their employees. For more information on the meeting, contact UW-Extension agents Deb Meyer at 715-635-4444, Otto Wiegand or Kevin Schoessow at 715-635-3506 or ACA counselor Hilary Neste at 715-634-2541, ext. 2237. — from UWEX  


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Lions Camp needs your help to collect deer hides

SHELL LAKE — The Shell Lake Lions, along with the Spooner-Trego Lions, are once again collecting deer hides for Wisconsin Lions Camp. Hides may be dropped off anytime in the special orange collection boxes, now through Monday, Dec. 16, in Spooner at the DNR Ranger Station on Hwy. 70, O’Reilly’s and Shopko; in Trego at Saw This and in Shell Lake at Shell Lake Marine on Hwy. 63 and United Ag Co-op Shell Lake C-Store on Hwy. 63. Every deer hide donation will help give a disadvantaged child a free experience of a lifetime. Members from both Lions clubs will regularly pick up the hides and preserve them for delivery in January when they will be sold by the camp. You may wonder, what is Lions Camp? It is a 440-acre facility in Rosholt, about 15 minutes from Stevens Point. The camp is set up to provide a lasting experience at no charge to the camper – children who are blind or visually impaired; children, who are deaf or hard of hearing, children with mild cognitive disabilities and adults who are blind or visually impaired

The camp has a 45-acre private lake, 11 year-round cabins, a dining hall, administrative offices, a larger building for conferences and a recycling center for used eyeglasses that are sent all over the world wherever they are needed. All facilities are handicapped accessible and built with the young camper in mind. The goals and objectives of the Wisconsin Lions Camp reflect a true commitment to excellence. The camp’s primary objective is to provide a fun, safe and memorable camping experience that will have a positive impact on the camper’s life. This is accomplished through a carefully designed program, which focuses on each camper’s individual needs. A dedicated camp staff plays a key role in achieving these goals for the campers, ensuring that each child will have a very special and memorable experience at the Wisconsin Lions Camp. “Blind kids can’t go to outdoor camps and stuff like that …” This remark by a blind teenager started it all nearly 50 years ago. That chance comment, overheard by a Wisconsin Lions Club member, has

turned dream into reality for thousands of youths and adults with disabilities throughout Wisconsin. Typical camp activities are like those at any other summer camp and include nature hikes, campfires, games and skillbuilding activities like the climbing wall, archery course and ropes courses, but here program activities are targeted to each child’s abilities and are paced accordingly. Since its beginning in 1956, the Wisconsin Lions Camp has been dedicated to providing a quality camping experience free of charge to Wisconsin residents with disabilities or persons attending schools within the state. Nonresidents may apply, but will be accepted only on a space-available basis and are charged a minimal fee. In addition, the camp’s Environmental Education, Retreat and Conference Center and team-building programs provide an opportunity for personal development in a safe, accessible environment. More information about the Lions Camp is available at wisconsinlionscamp. com. — from Shell Lake Lions Club

Message to hunters: Be careful, be courteous, be safe … and have fun SPOONER — Wisconsin is a beautiful, bountiful state and one of the state’s great traditions is its annual gun deer hunt. Wisconsin whitetails are legendary and well documented in the pages of Boone and Crocket and on the cabin and den walls of the North Woods. Yes, it is about the hunt, but so much more. It’s the anticipation, the waiting for the perfect shot and the excitement of taking it. Yes, many of us want a trophy and venison for the freezer. But we also go for the stories, tales of the 30-pointer that got away, the deer camp, and but most importantly it’s about families, friends and traditions. These traditions feed our hunting

heritage, help feed our families and our economy. Traditions are built over decades and generations. My dad didn’t hunt when I was a kid growing up in Milwaukee. I was introduced to the sport by a good friend and fellow Boy Scout. He and his father took me on my first hunt north of Rhinelander when I was 14. I will hunt with my son this year and I look forward to someday hunting with my new grandkids - all three of them - they’re triplets! If we are fortunate enough to bring home some venison we will be sharing it with a second son, a brother-in-law and some elderly church members. If you are inclined to donate venison to a good cause, check out the venison dona-

tion program, which is in its 13th year of providing venison to the hungry. You can find information on our website dnr. We have talked to many present hunters, former hunters, and folks who are not hunters now but are interested in hunting to try and identify roadblocks to returning or getting started. To help, we created a $5 license for new hunters and for returning hunters who’ve not hunted for 10 years or more. If you introduce three new hunters to the sport, you can earn points toward a half-price license for yourself in the future. We will also launch a new App before the opener. We’ll add features over time but for now  it will have places to hunt

and a list of registration stations with coordinates you can put into your GPS and get turn-by-turn directions to register your trophy. Watch our website for the new app, it’s free and works for iPad, iPhone and Android devices. To learn more about these and many other DNR programs, give our customer service center a call at 888-WDNR-INFo (888-936-7463), or go online to our easyto-search website at The coming nine days are special. Enjoy them. Be careful, courteous and stay safe. – John Gozdzialski|Northern regional director, Department of Natural Resources

Start Ahead/Start Here open house set RICE LAKE — Adults thinking about completing or starting a University of Wisconsin associate or bachelor’s degree are invited to Start Ahead/Start Here, an open house to be held Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 5-6:30 p.m. in Meggers 159 at the University of Wisconsin - Barron County in Rice Lake. “One in five UW-Barron County students are returning to the classroom to start a new career, advance at work or complete a personal goal,” said Deb Neuheisel, adult student initiatives coordinator. “They choose UW-Barron County because it is close to home, offers quality instruction and is the lowest cost education in the UW System.”

Open house guests may tour the campus, learn about associate degree FastTrack courses designed for working adults, and learn about several options for earning a four-year University of Wisconsin degree. One new option is the UW-BC Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree with courses on the UW-Barron County campus and with partner institutions. Open house participants will be offered a free Myers Briggs Type Indicator career assessment and follow-up and a voucher toward ReFresh workshops to sharpen mathematics and English skills. FastTrack associate degree classes make it possible to attend class one night a week

and complete an associate degree. These courses were especially designed for students who have work and family responsibilities. Courses are taught in a blended format, combining in-class and online instruction. Some courses are accelerated and start midterm. This allows student to enroll in selected courses throughout the year. Courses are both general education and business, including accounting, economics, information systems and general business classes. Students who want to complete a bachelor’s degree without leaving the area have many options. UW-Barron County offers the new Bachelor of Applied Arts

and Sciences Degree for those with a liberal arts associate degree. Students can also complete several majors with UW partner universities using various distance education forms of instruction. To register for the Start Ahead/Start Here open house contact UW-BC Student Services at 715-234-8024 or email For more information on FastTrack or other options for adults who want to launch their college education close to home contact Neuheisel at 715-234-8176, ext. 5445. — from UWBC

Shell Lake Arts Center initiaties film series

SHELL LAKE — Did you miss a recent Oscar-winning film? Did you want to catch that foreign film that got super reviews? Have you ever left a movie theater wanting to talk about what you just saw? Coming soon, the Shell Lake Arts Center announces the inception of an annual film series. “The Art of the Film” will begin Saturday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. This first series will run between November and March and features 10 recent critically acclaimed films from the United States and around the world, with time

for discussion and tips on how to appreciate cinema as an art form. “The Art of the Film” will be relaxed and fun, with popcorn and beverages available. Said Mary Hemshrot, a member of the film series committee, “I love movies and am excited by this opportunity to see some really good films on a big screen and be able to talk with others immediately following each film.”   Justin Peck, Spooner native, and UWMadison film studies graduate, will offer a short introduction to each film and fa-

cilitate conversation following each film. Many of the movies chosen for this first series were not available in area theaters when first released, and some are just worth seeing again. The center’s cafeteria will become the theater, with a 9’-by-16’ screen and seating at tables. Audience members are welcome to bring their own comfortable, folding chairs if they prefer. The arts center is

HERTEL — It’s time to make the Christmas season a little merrier for needy children in Northwest Wisconsin. The St. Croix Chippewa of Wisconsin’s 21stannual Gifts from the Heart toy drive begins Sunday, Dec. 1. The drive runs from 8 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 1, through 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7. Donate a new, unwrapped toy or gift at any of the three St. Croix Casinos, St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake, St. Croix Casino Danbury or St. Croix Casino Hertel Express, and receive $5 in Turtle Bucks slot play. Toys and gifts for all ages from infancy to high school age are welcome. Acceptable donations include toys, games,

winter clothing items, cosmetic items, jewelry and gift cards. Guests may donate once per day at each casino. A valid players club card and ID are required. Items collected will be distributed to charities in Barron, Burnett, Polk, St. Croix, Sawyer and Washburn counties during the week of Dec. 9. Since 1993, more than 97,000 toys have been collected and distributed through the Gifts from the Heart program. For more information on the Gifts from the Heart toy drive, contact Judy Warmanen at 800-846-8946 or — from SCC

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located at 802 First St. in Shell Lake, two blocks off Hwy. 63. The south doors that face First Street are the entry doors for the film series. Admission is by donation with a suggested donation of $7 a person. A full list of show dates and film titles is available by contacting the Shell Lake Arts Center at, or calling 715-468-2414. — from SLAC 


Attorney general cautions consumers STATEWIDE – Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen cautions for consumers to be wary of fraud when signing up for the Affordable Care Act. Any time a new, large-scale program, such as the Affordable Care Act, is unveiled, fraudsters and identity thieves may try to take advantage of consumers who may not be familiar with the specifics of the program. Of particular concern is the potential for fraudulent websites designed to obtain consumers personal information or steal their money. Reports of suspicious websites, advertisements, telemarketing calls and door-todoor solicitations have turned up since the rollout. Therefore, to protect your personal information and your pocketbooks, keep in mind the following precautions when signing up for an ACA program. Protect your Social Security number, health information and financial information.  Before you give out any personal, health or financial information, stop.  Call the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance to confirm with OCI that the entity is legitimate.  If someone discourages you

from contacting OCI or pressures you into giving up private information, you may be dealing with a fraudster. Verify the legitimacy of websites you visit. Using search engines may lead you to fraudulent websites if you are not careful.  A good practice is to type the name of the website you want into your browser window, rather than merely searching for information about the Affordable Care Act.  The official, primary site is  Other federal and state governmental websites provide links to legitimate sites relating to the ACA. Keep good records.  Keep a record of everyone who assists you, who they work for and their telephone number, address, email address and website. Think before signing.  Don’t sign anything you don’t fully understand. Be suspicious.  Are you being asked to transact business in an unusual way – for example by using money order or by buying a money card?  Stop, call and confirm.  Also note, insurance discount cards are not the same as insurance. Don’t give into high-pressure tactics. 

Toys For Tots donations being accepted locally

SHELL LAKE — The Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots drive is on again. The program was founded in Los Angeles in 1947 to provide Christmas toys to children disadvantaged as a result of World War II. Thanks to the U.S. Marine Corps more than 188 million underprivileged children have had their Christmas dreams come true in the past 64 years. There are toy drop boxes in Cumberland at Cumberland Federal Bank, U.S. Bank, Cumberland Hospital, Cumberland Dollar General and the Cumberland Middle School. Barronett has one at the Barronett Bar and Grill. There are also drop boxes in Spooner at the Shell Lake Bank. In Shell Lake you will find them at the Lake Mall and WGMO. The toys will be given out in Rice Lake at the Rice Lake Armory Saturday, Dec. 21,

Threats, limited-time offers or misinformation about Medicare are red flags. You cannot go to jail for failing to enroll in the Affordable Care Act.  The ACA’s enrollment period runs through March 31, 2014, therefore, you should not feel pressure to decide on a plan today.  If you are on Medicare, you do not need to enroll in the ACA or reapply for Medicare. If in doubt, check with the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance.  OCI licenses anyone authorized to engage in the business of insurance in Wisconsin,

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lthough I have been warned that it is easier to write about things you know, I thought maybe I would try to write a little bit about hunting. I have never been hunting for animals. The only hunting I have done in my lifetime is the type of hunting you do when in the search of a lost item. I confess, I have shot a gun before, though. I don’t remember how old I was when my uncle, Jim, showed me how to hold the gun up to my shoulder and to pull my finger on the trigger to allow the gun to go off. All I remember about the shooting lesson was falling flat on my backside. Only to be laughed at, I may add. I don’t know if I would have gotten into hunting if my first experience with a gun would have been hitting the bull’s eye and jumping up in glee rather than the embarrassing performance I put on in front of others.

My dad was never a hunter. Nor were any of his siblings. It was my mom’s dad, uncles and brother that were diehard hunters in my family tree. My brothers, John and Robert, got their hunting experience from Uncle Jim. At Jim’s funeral held in October, my younger brother, Robert, shared how Jim would take him coon hunting. He stated that Jim’s advice to him was, “Always walk straight and keep the moon over your shoulder and you will never get lost.” My mother then shared about how she and her brother Jim, as children, would go squirrel hunting. One day they decided to see how far the innards of the dead squirrel would stretch after cleaning it out. Observing this, their sister Pat couldn’t handle seeing what they were doing and ended up losing all the contents from her stomach. During the luncheon at Jim’s funeral, Garry Crosby asked me if I too had gone coon hunting with

Jim and Robert. I answered with a simple “no.” I didn’t share my experience with a gun at that point. There was a time when my brothers were going to get my city-dwelling brother-in-law to experience the deerhunting season. When my sister Beth went to visit Dave in the deer stand she asked if all the marks he had made on a stick were the number of deer he had seen. He replied, “No, that’s the number of times I had to pee.” He never did get into hunting. Even though I don’t take to the woods during this upcoming nine-day gun deer season, I still listen to the stories that others have to tell. Since I live near a registration station, I can look out my living room window and see others with their trophies. For those of you that are eagerly anticipating the big hunt, may you be successful, safe, and may the notches on your stick represent deer sightings.

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Mary B. Olsen t is only a dream. I imagine I am outdoors minding my own business in the fall of the year preparing for the coming winter. I must bring into the house my plants before the killing frost, I am thinking. A strange breeze ruffles the dried leaves around me. I look with wonder upon a life-size figure arising out of thin air. She is a fairy dressed in leaves. She speaks to me and bows down, greeting me with a voice like music. She has outstretched arms and wings like transparent spiderwebs. “I am the keeper of songs,” she says. “I don’t know you,” I say, startled, to say the least. “I have a gift for you. Do you see the magic harp I hold in my hand?” How could I help but see it as she thrusts it toward me? I nod my head. “Tell me quickly, what is your favorite song? Of all the songs you hold in your memory, what is the one song you love more than all the others?” “You, you caught me by surprise,” I stammer. “I cannot choose just one song.” “Look up into the sky,” the keeper said, and there above in the clear blue sky flew a flight of geese in the shape of a V moving toward the southern horizon. “Those are not your ordinary geese. That is a flight of memories of songs. They are leaving never to return. This magic harp I hold out to you when strummed will call back the bird that holds your favorite song. Otherwise, you will lose your memories of all the songs you have ever heard or known.” Suddenly a life without music loomed ahead. I had to think of my favorite song. The geese were moving fast. I scratched my head and tried to recall the first melody that came to my mind. I was making a list unconsciously of early childhood songs.

There were nursery rhymes, and silly little songs like “Pop Goes the Weasel.” “Well, my dear, the geese fly swiftly,” the keeper said. “I go for ‘Yankee Doodle.’ My favorite song. As a child I learned it on the piano and practiced it on the violin.” “Strum the harp,” she insisted. I held this small harp in my arms, and even though I had never had the ability to play a harp, I strummed out the melody and sang out, “Father and I went down to camp ...” Then I suddenly remembered I had never played a harp and I stopped playing. The fairy took from my hands the harp and began to strum the melody, “... went down to camp along with Cap’n Gooding. There we saw the men and boys as thick as hasty pudding.” She sang along as she played, and there was never before so beautiful a rendition of this rather dull little song. “Yankee Doodle, keep it up, Yankee Doodle dandy.” Before I could compliment her on her music, the fairy disappeared with a puff of wind and only a pile of dried leaves remained. I looked up into the sky. The geese were wheeling and turning, and came toward me in their flight. I suddenly remembered a song, one about wanting to go where the wild goose goes, which was really about

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Donkey basketball ball fundraiser exceeds goal SHELL LAKE — This time of year when we all reflect on our many blessings, it is fitting that we offer thanks to those who so generously give to others.  The Shell Lake Student Council was amazed at the turnout Friday, Nov. 15, for the Dairyland donkey basketball game. From grandmas and grandpas through toddlers, so many families attended  this event.  It was such a representation of the kind of community Shell Lake is; we value our families, we value our friends, and we value our neighbors. As a result, the student council more than surpassed their donation goal for metastatic cancer research. Many people, when buying their tickets, said, “Just keep the change.”  Those donations inspired the student council to add to the total to make their donation an even $2,000. The council has selected Metavivor in Annapolis, Md., as the recipient of their donation, due to the fact that 100 percent of the monies they receive go directly to research. “We have made so much progress in the fight against breast cancer, yet 30 percent of those who win that battle will find themselves fighting once again when their cancer metastasizes to other areas of the body.  It is our hope that the money we donate to Metavivor will enable those fighting other cancers to some day experience the same success rate we have for breast cancer today. Better yet, a day when all cancer is a thing of the past,” stated a member of the council. The student council could not have sponsored this event without those people who gave up their time, and some their pride, to ride the donkeys. Gratitude is extended to student team members Keagan Blazer, Hannah Cassel, Andrew Dahlstrom, Austin Gagner, Tony LaVeau, Michael Monson, Courtney Roat, Jenna Schultz and Beau Skluzacek; staff members Jen Bos, Jim Connell, Pete Hopke, Dan Kevan, Tom Sauve, Josh Schmidt, Julie Schunck, Kristina Stearns and Julie Westlund;  alumni wrestlers Andrew Berlin, Danny Burns, Will Christ, Steve Flach, Tanner Hall, Jon Hile, Steve Naglosky, Eric Neilsen, Caleb Schmidt and Shane

Junior high students got into the spirit of the game supporting some of the parents. Shown holding the signs (L to R): Maddie Flach, Savanna Steines, Morgan Krueger, Carly Osborn and Ali DeLadi.

During halftime, the younger fans got the opportunity to ride some of the more gentle donkeys. Hadley Tims is riding a donkey that is being led by Mrs. Bos as Marlene Hoffmann walks alongside.

Williams; and alumni basketball players and overall Donkeyball Champions Jim Deladi, Taylor Hall, Dale Marker, David Marker, Don Marker, Aaron Pederson and Brent Pederson; scorekeeper Amy Skattebo, and last, but certainly not least, our very entertaining master of ceremonies Bob Forsythe. Special recognition goes to Trudy Druschba for serving as the spokesperson and sharing her knowledge of the facts of metastatic cancers. — from the Shell Lake High School Student Council

Photos by Larry Samson unless otherwise noted The pressure was on Daniel LaVeau as he shot the ball. Julie Schunck, Courtney Roat and Dan Kevan watch from the floor. The students beat the teachers and staff in the semifinals but lost to the Shell Lake basketball alumni team in the final game.

Wrestling coach and teacher Pete Hopke is seeing the down side of donkey basketball. It is not if you win or lose, it is how you play the game. This might not be a good way to play the game, though.

Cleanup crew on lane one. When accidents happen, and they do, the Samaritan Crew, as they are called, was on the job. Wearing the hazardous waste suits were Leo Carrillo, Dominic Hopke, David Brereton and Marty Anderson.

The Shell Lake Student Council presented Trudy Druschba with a $2,000 check for metastatic cancer research. Shown (L to R): Patti Naglosky, student council advisor; Cassie Skindzelewski, student council treasurer; Colleen Knoop, student council president; and Druschba. — Photo submitted

Shell Lake senior Jenna Schultz with a hook shot to win the game for the student team over the teachers and staff team. Her teammates in the red helmets watch in anticipation while the opponents, wearing blue helmets, watch in disbelief as their hopes for the championship are dashed. The Shell Lake Student Council held a donkey basketball tournament on Friday, Nov. 15, to raise money for metastatic breast cancer research.


Local students take first in regional competition Danielle Moe|Staff writer SPOONER — Eight students from the St. Francis de Sales School in Spooner represented the Washburn County area at the 2013 First Lego League tournament held on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the University of Wisconsin – Stout in Menomonie. The FLL gives kids ages 9 to 16 from over 70 countries across the globe the opportunity to think like scientists and engineers. Started in 1998, the FLL releases a challenge based on a real-world scientific topic each fall.  Each challenge has three parts: the robot game, the project and the FLL core values. By designing the challenges through topics like nanotechnology, climate and transportation, the FLL hopes to expose participating students to potential career paths within a chosen challenge topic.  This year’s challenge topic was nature’s fury. The SFdS Phoenix team consisted of Aaron Sacco, Spencer Blonk, Anna Silvis, Alex Allen, Noah Olson, Spence Hoellen, Michael Del Fiacco and Miguel Barrett.  At UW-Stout they competed in the FLL tournament against 13 other teams from across northwestern Wisconsin.  The team began working on their robot and challenge project later than most FLL teams, but their hard work paid off.  The SFdS Phoenix team took first in the project challenge with their firefighter heads-up display device.  Inspired by the 19 Hotshot firefighters that lost their lives in June after being trapped by a wildfire in Yarnell, Ariz., the team decided firefighters needed something to give them an edge above the danger and power of wildfires to avoid potentially deadly situations.  “I liked all the creativity and imagination we had to

Lego League team members display their first-place project, a firefighter heads-up display, on team member Alex Allen and a presentation board. Shown (L to R): Miguel Barret, Anna Silvis, Alex Allen, Michael Del Fiacco, Noah Olson and Spence Hoellen. — Photos by Danielle Moe unless otherwise noted use,” said Phoenix team member Alex. With the eight team members, Vic Sacco and Denny Snarski worked as coaches through the  processes of identifying their project idea, designing a robot, to project research.  For their research into their project, the team met with Bob Focht, a retired DNR forester; Darin Vic, chief of the Spooner Fire Department; Renae Essenmacher, a DNR forest ranger; Kirby Demovsek, a DNR forest ranger; and Carol Buck, director for Washburn County Emergency Management, to learn about forest fires, emergency situations, and any information that would help them develop their project idea. 

In keeping with the theme of their project, the Phoenix team stands next to the DNR fire danger sign, before heading to the First Lego League tournament in Menominee. Back row (L to R): Miguel Barrett, Michael Del Fiacco and Spencer Blonk. Front: Spence Hoellen, Noah Olson, Aaron Sacco, Alex Allen and Anna Silvis. – Special photo

With their help, the team created the “heads-up” display device. Much like the recently developed Google glasses, their device would be in the visor of fire-

fighters helmets, giving them up-to-theminute information based on their GPS coordinates. “Base command will be able see where each firefighter is and the firefighters will have a map so they can see where they are,” explained Spence.  With this device firefighters would also be able to see and monitor the fire’s height, wind speed, and direction, allowing the firefighters to know exactly when they were in harm’s way. “We got to program and build a robot, and put it in competition,” Phoenix team member Noah added.  Besides designing and presenting their project the team also built a robot to complete missions at the FLL tournament for points.  In their first year, the SFdS Phoenix team found the robot challenge portion of the competition challenging, coming in 11th of the 13 teams.  In their first year the achievements of participating, having fun, and securing first in the project category have this group already laying plans for next year’s challenge. “We are really proud of these kids, it was a real creative process and they had fun doing it,” said coach Sacco.

Local man named 2013 Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Danielle Moe|Staff writer SPOONER — “I was totally surprised actually, I had no idea I was getting an award,” said Steve Clay, Spooner. On Saturday, Nov. 9, Clay was awarded a 2013 Outstanding Volunteer of the Year at the American Cancer Society Northern Region leadership conference in Wausau.  The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives through research, education, advocacy and service.  This award is one of four state awards presented to a person who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, initiative and creativity to increase American Cancer Society awareness in their community.  This person has also demonstrated successful practices and innovations in supporting the society’s mission and goals in the areas of mission delivery, advocacy, survivorcaregiver engagement and youth involveSteve Clay of Spooner was awarded 2013 ment.   “When you reach the voice-mail Outstanding Volunteer of the Year from  the message on Steve Clay’s cell phone, the American Cancer Society. — Photo by Danielle message says, ‘This is Steve Clay. I can’t Moe take your call right now; I’m probably talking to someone about the Relay For a personal belief in the value of giving Life!’ This dedication to Relay is the rea- back, Clay began 25 years of volunteering son why Steve is this year’s Outstanding through the ACS in 1985.  Clay is a decVolunteer Award recipient,” said Deb adelong member of the  Midwest Relay Richards, senior manager, Relay for Life advisory task force and attends Relay for Midwest Division, who presented Clay Life events nationwide in this capacity.  with the award. Retired from 35 years of teaching social “I think it is about giving back some- studies at Spooner Middle School, Clay thing, which I still try to do as best I can,” enjoys keeping busy, and helping out a Clay explained.  A modest statement good cause fits.  In his words staying acfrom the man that has been the Washburn tive, meeting new people, having fun and County Relay For Life chair 17 years, right helping out a great cause are, “just part of from the beginning.  Inspired by his own my personality.” personal experiences with cancer and

Eight students from St. Francis de Sales competed at the regional First Lego League tournament in Menominee on Saturday, Nov. 9. Phoenix team members stand by their robot mission practice arena.  Shown (L to R): Miguel Barrett, Anna Silvis, Alex Allen, Spence Hoellen, Noah Olson and Michael Del Fiacco.

St. Francis de Sales School honor roll SPOONER — St. Francis de Sales School in Spooner is pleased to announce first quarter honor roll for the 2013-2014 school year. Grade 5, A honor roll Noah Olson and Anna Silvis. B honor roll Tiffany Bartle, Liam Brierton and Michael Del Fiacco.

Grade 6, A honor roll Spence Hoellen, Tiffany Romportl and Aaron Sacco.

B honor roll Austin Stoner. Grade 7, A honor roll Alexander Heino and John Nauertz. B honor roll Spencer Blonk, AJ Buchman and Evelyn Paffel. Grade 8, A honor roll Laura Medley. B honor roll Steve Clay, front in white T-shirt, at the national Relay For Life summit in Nashville in 2012 that Miguel Barrett and John Hoellen. he attended in his capacity as a member of the Midwest Relay advisory task force. — Special photo — from St. Francis



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Looking back on first year with new volleyball coach

Larry Samson|Staff writer SHELL LAKE — The Shell Lake volleyball program ended their season with a banquet held Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Reinhart Commons. It was time to look back on the season that saw three new coaches. They were not new to volleyball, as they were outstanding players for Shell Lake at one time. Head coach Jessica Furchtenicht replaced Ann Cassel who was the head coach for the 2011 and 2012 season. In 2011, Cassel coached the girls to a regional championship, 3-0, over Bayfield. Three of the players were announced as earning a spot on the Lakeland Conference All-Conference team. Shania Pokorny earned a spot on the first team. Only 15 players are awarded a spot on the first team and this was Pokorny’s second year on that team. Jennifer Connell and Katie Gronning earn honorable mention. The players are nominated at the coaches meeting and are voted in by the coaches. The players also earned awards that are voted on by their teammates. Earning the top award, Most Valuable Player, was Shania Pokorny. She also earned Best Offensive Player. Katie Slater earned the Lady Laker Award and Most Improved. The Lady Laker award is awarded to the player who best exemplifies the sportsmanship and character of a Shell Lake player. Katie Gronning earned Best Defensive Player. Jennifer Connell earned Best Server and the Rookie of the Year went to Sheri Clark. The junior varsity players earning awards were Savannah Soltis and Amanda Brereton for Most Valuable

Playing varsity in the 2013 season, back row (L to R): Shania Pokorny, Katie Gronning, Jennifer Connell, Colleen Knoop and Carly Myers. Front: Tia Carlson, Kaylea Kidder, Katie Slater, Amber Anderson and Sheri Clark. Player. Soltis also earned the Quickest Feet Award. Ashley Lord earned the Most Dedicated Player; the Best Server went to Courtney Melton. The Most Improved Player was earned by Hope Balts, Best Shagger went to Caitlyn Brereton. Natalie Smith earned two awards, the Number One Musketeer and Number One Encourager.

On the C-Team, Cassidy Schroeder earned the Most Valuable Player, Best Server went to Rachel Kidder and the Most Improved went to Alina Mujic. Mujic is a German foreign exchange student playing her first year in volleyball. Best Net Player Award was shared by Schroeder and Kidder. Best Defense went to Cassidy Schroeder and Emily Parish. The team will be losing five seniors next year: Shania Pokorny, Katie Gronning, Jennifer Connell, Colleen Knoop and Carly Myers. With 15 JV players competing for a spot on the team, the 2014 team should be strong.

Gymnasts compete in LSGA championships

SUPERIOR — The Kipsters from Deutsch’s Gymnastics Training Center in Rice Lake completed in the LSGA championships in Superior on Saturday, Nov. 9. They competed against gymnasts from (L to R): Shania Pokorny earned a spot on the Lakeland Conference All-Conference First Team. Brainerd, Minn., Bemidji, Minn., Grand Katie Gronning and Jennifer Connell received honorable mention. Earning an all-conference award Rapids, Minn., Virginia, Minn., Duluth is the highest honor for a student athlete in any sport. This award is voted on by the coaches in the YMCA, Superior and Ashland. conference and honors the best in the conference. In level 4 ages 12 and up, Meghan Stone, Shell Lake, earned team points with her second-place finish and personal best with a score of 9.4 on beam. She also had a personal best in all-around with 31.725. She took sixth place on vault with

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The volleyball awards were announced at the 2013 Shell Lake volleyball banquet held Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Reinhart Commons. The awards were voted on by the players to recognize their teammates. Shown (L to R): Katie Gronning, Best Defense; Shania Pokorny, Best Offense and Most Valuable Player; Jennifer Connell, Best Server; Katie Slater, Lady Laker and Most Improved and Sheri Clark earned Rookie of the Year.

Thursday, Nov. 21: At Bruce, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26: At Frederic, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3: At Prairie Farm, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6: Vs. Cameron, doubleheader, 5:45 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9: Vs. Turtle Lake, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12: Vs. Flambeau, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16: At Solon Springs, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20: At Clayton, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27: At Luck, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3: Vs. Unity, doubleheader, 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7: Vs. Siren, 7:30 p.m.

Girls varsity basketball Tuesday, Nov. 26: At Unity, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3: At Winter, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6: Vs. Cameron, doubleheader, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13: At Turtle Lake, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16: At Solon Springs, doubleheader, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20: At Spooner, doubleheader, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27: At Luck, doubleheader, 5:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3: Vs. Unity, doubleheader, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7: At Clayton, 7:30 p.m.

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Coaching in their first year were Jessica Furchtenicht, Rachel Schmidt and Ashley Anderson.

Thursday, Dec. 5: Vs. Unity, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14: Spooner Tournament, 10:30 a.m.

7.7. She received 6.3 on the bars and 8.325 on floor. Level 4 took third place as a team with 102.5. Competing in level 3 age 10, Ashleigh Clark, Spooner, earned team points with her third-place finish and personal best of 9.275 on vault. She had a personal best of 7.9 on bars and took seventh with 8.35 on floor. She received 6.95 on beam and 32.475 in all-around. Level 3 team took third place with 106.45. — with information from Deutsch’s Gymnastics

Thursday, Dec. 19: Vs. Cameron, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21: At Northwestern, 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 27: Away, TBD, 9 a.m.

Girls varsity hockey (Hayward, Spooner, Northwestern, Ashland, Shell Lake) Friday, Nov. 29 & Saturday, Nov. 30: River Falls Invitational, Baldwin Civic Center, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3: At Siren, 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9: Vs. Tomahawk, Hayward Sports Center, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10: At New Richmond, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14: Vs. Hudson, Hayward Sports Center, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17: Vs. Chippewa Falls, Hayward Sports Center, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19: At Superior, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26: Blaine Invitational, Fogerty Ice Area, Blaine, Minn., 7 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3: Vs. Proctor, Hayward Sports Center, 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4: At Onalaska, 7 p.m.

Boys varsity hockey (Spooner, Shell Lake, Barron, Cumberland)

Tuesday, Dec. 3: Amery, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7: Vs. Regis, Barron, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10: Vs. Hayward, Spooner Ice House, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12: Park Falls, 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13: Vs. Black River Falls, Cumberland, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26 - Saturday, Dec. 28: Tournament, Spooner Ice House, TBD. Friday, Jan. 3: At Ashland, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7 Vs. Altoona, Spooner Ice House, 7 p.m.




Spooner High School honors first-term Rail Award recipients SPOONER — Spooner High School acknowledged 24 students for the 2013-2014 first-term Rail Awards in recognition of their outstanding student performance. Teachers from each of 12 departments selected an upper and lower classmen for recognition based on their individual qualities.  Ryan Anderson was the only student selected in the area of agriculture, for perfect attendance, participation and positive attitude.  Mitchell Shellito and Alexandra Wulf were honored for their achievements in business education by Mr. Walker.  Shellito was honored for his great attitude and always being prepared.  Wulf was selected for her excellent understanding and personal persistence in accounting. Rachel Johnson was nominated by Mrs. Wolden for her efforts in English language arts.  Joakim Jarvis was nominated by English language arts teacher Mrs. Johnson for his positive attitude and energy level.  Mrs. Eichorst nominated Erin Markegard and Jadin Schwartz for their outstanding work in family and consumer science classes.  Sophia Meaux was nominated by Sra. Nelson for her excellent work in Spanish I.  Nelson also chose Joseph Fraatz to be awarded in Spanish for the great example he sets for other students in class.  Tansy Pocernich and Christina Jensen were selected for their achievements in mathematics.  Mr. Frankiewicz nominated Pocernich for her participation and positive attitude.  Jensen was nominated by Mr. Griffith for her work ethic and determination.   Mrs. Schlultz nominated Spencer Peck for his leadership and outstanding achievement in choral music.  Dr. Aderman selected Ally Jacoby for her hard work and enthusiasm.  In physical education, Tiana Barrett and Zach Shutt were awarded.  Mrs. Jensen selected Barrett due to her positive attitude and excellent work ethic.  Mr. Melton chose Shutt for his leadership and setting a good

Spooner High School handed out the 2013-2014 first-term Rail Awards on Tuesday, Nov. 12, to 24 students in recognition of their outstanding student performance. Shown back row (L to R): Denessa Knutson, senior; Adriana Oakland, junior; Sophia Meaux, freshman; Tansy Pocernich, freshman; Ryan Anderson, freshman; Christina Jensen, junior; Alexandra Wulf, senior; Halie Gerovac, senor; Josh Brown, senior; Joakim Jarvis, freshman; Marshall Seas, sophomore; and Daniel Pederson, sophomore. Front: Hannah Ford, sophomore; Gracia Gormong, freshman; Ally Jacoby, freshman; Rachel Johnson, freshman; Erin Markegard, sophomore; Tiana Barrett, freshman; Zach Shutt, senior; Spencer Peck, junior; and Mitch Shellito, sophomore. Not shown: Jadin Schwartz, junior; and Joseph Fraatz, senior. — Photo by Danielle Moe example for other students. In the science department Adrianna Oakland was selected by Mr. Hungerbuhler for her understanding and mathematical applications in the discipline of physics.  Daniel Pederson was selected by Mr. Flynn for his work in Chemistry I.  Gracia Gormong and Halie Gerovac were awarded for their work in the social studies department.  Mr. Schullo nominated Gormong for always being prepared for class and her conscientious attitude.  Mr. Miller selected Gerovac for demonstrating what it means to be a good citizen for other students. 

In the technical education department Mr. Cornell nominated Marshall Seas and Josh Brown. Seas was recognized for his exceptional work in drafting and design, Brown was honored for his helpful attitude and assistance in the completion of the football storage building. Mrs. Dohm selected Hannah Ford and Denessa Knutson to be recognized in the visual arts department.  Ford was recognized for her hard work and creativity in advanced placement art.  Dohm selected Knutson based on her impressive work ethic and dedication. — Danielle Moe with information from SHS

Upcoming Spooner Area Community Ed classes announced SPOONER — Spooner Area Community Ed classes to be offered are: Pickleball Open Gym: 6-8 p.m., Fridays and Sundays, elementary school gym. Free. Bring to class: athletic wear, water bottle. All ages welcome! Join this fast, action sport that had a mascot long before it had a rule book. Pickleball, bearing some resemblance to tennis, badminton and pingpong, was started by a couple of dads conniving to eliminate those summer “I’m bored” whines! It’s easy to learn, versatile, and can be played by anyone/any age on a driveway, tennis court or cul-de-sac. Join at any time. Call Karen Collins at 715-6350243 for any closed dates. Samurai Techniques of Ancient Japan: 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays and/or 7-8:30 p.m. Fridays. High school multiuse/wrestling room, instructor Bill Allard. Fee: $23, which will be donated to Spooner Area School’s wrestling team supply needs. Bring to class: athletic wear, water bottle. This beginner class is for ages 15 and up. Nami ryu Aiki Heiho is based on ancient martial arts, an exclusive secret of the Samurai nobility. Later these arts formed the basis of modern arts, including Brazil-

ian jujitsu and aikido. Foundational arts of aiki-jujutsu, kenjutsu and iaijutsu will be explored, in addition to practical modern techniques and self-defense. Call Karen at 715-635-0253 ahead for any closed dates. Original Monster Mash: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesdays, every other week, through Feb. 18, high school media center. Instructors are Jessica Smuda and Heidi Wahlstrom. Bring to class: $5 materials fee payable to instructor, notebook and pencil. Before Twilight, “Wolfman,” and the walking dead, there were Dracula, Frankenstein, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Are monsters the same now as they were back then? We’ll see if we can find out by reading the classic novels and comparing them to their film adaptations. Contact community ed coordinator Karen Collins at 715-635-0243 to sign up today. World through Literature: 6:30-7:30 p.m., biweekly Tuesdays through Feb. 25, high school FACE Room B40. Instructors are Jessica Smuda and Heidi Wahlstrom. Bring to class: $5 materials fee payable to instructor, notebook, pencil, reading material to be determined after first class. Ever wonder what it would be like to sit

Spooner Kiwanis donated to food pantry

Frank Gray, president of the Spooner Kiwanis, presents Sue Adams, Washburn County food pantry director, with $1,050 from the Kiwanis’ Pennies for the Pantry campaign on Thursday, Nov. 14. Shown (L to R): Carol Meacham, Adams, Gray and Spooner Kiwanis’ treasurer John Meacham. — Photo by Danielle Moe


at table with Emerson, Mursaki Shikibu, Richard Llewelyn and other world-renowned writers? Unfortunately, we can’t, but we can read, discuss and explore their works while eating dinner together. Bring a simple dish to share or just yourself, and we’ll investigate writings from a variety of authors. Contact Karen at 715-635-0243 to sign up today. Dance: Learn to Waltz: 6:30-8 p.m., Mondays, Dec. 2, 9 and 16, Spooner Middle School commons, with instructors Kay and Bill Burkholder. Bring to class: Leather or hard, smooth-soled shoes to make your steps quicker and easier. The waltz is a smooth progressive couples dance. Learn the dance steps and look great with your partner on the dance floor. Couples will learn waltz dance basics and beginning dance patterns. You will hear the waltz beat in many types of music venues. Call Bill or Kay Burkholder with questions at 715-635-8470. Mosaic Sampler: Stained-Glass Window or Table Lamp: 6-9 p.m., Thursdays, Dec. 5 and 12, high school art room, B96. Instructor is Peggy Ingles.   Bring to first class: $15-$28 material fee payable to instructor. Second class bring cut-up terry towels, small container with lid, and messy clothes. See class information below regarding WITC partnership classes. Add color to your world with stained glass. Mosaic is easy and fun for the beginning artist. Mosaic glass is cut and ready week one. Brighten your day with an 8.5” by 11” window that is brilliant as the sun shines through it. Or light the night with a classic 9” tall square cylinder tabletop light. Grout and protect it week two for art that will amaze your friends and family. Choose from patterns or bring your own. Indicate your project choice on your registration form.   Basket: Double Wine with Grapes: 5:3010 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 19, high school art room, B96. Instructor is Roxanne Melton. Fee: $6. Bring to class: materials fee of $35 payable to instructor, dishpan, flexible tape measure, sharp scissors,10 clothespins, pencil, butter knife, old towel. Need a gift for that hard-to-buy-for person?  This double wine basket is an excellent weave with a painted grape strip accented by colors. An easy weave with an elegant style. Registration deadline is Dec. 2.

Holiday Baking: 5:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5, high school FACE Room, with instructor Jackie Perro. Fee $12. Materials: Will contact registered participants regarding cost of ingredients. Bring to class: materials fee to instructor, a cooling rack and containers for your cookies. Too busy to bake for the holidays? Grab a friend or your child and let’s make our favorite holiday treats in one night with Jackie, local, prizewinning baker! Bring home an assortment of different cookies and candies for freezing or gift giving, such as chocolatecovered cherry cookies, sugar cookies, peppermint almond bark cookies, pizelles and more! Got a favorite you’d like us to consider making? Demonstration of two Christmas favorites will make this a memorable evening. Enjoy some community holiday camaraderie and baking. Registration deadline is Nov. 26. Class information: Register for classes by calling 715-635-0243; going online at under Community to get a registration form; mailing a registration form to Spooner Area ComEd, 801 County Hwy. A, Spooner, WI 54801; or dropping off the registration form at the district office. Class fees must accompany registration form. Information on cost and required items for each class is available from Spooner Area Community Education and on the school’s website. Note some classes are offered in partnership with WITC-Rice Lake. Contact WITC, 715-234-7082, ext. 5409, to enroll or visit the following website to register online, classinfo.asp?RID=3774 or contact Karen Collins, 715-635-0243. Many classes fill quickly. Sessions will be canceled if sufficient enrollment is not received; such fees will be fully refunded. Avoid disappointment of class cancellations, register early and invite a friend or two to register with you. Those who register should assume they are in the class at the time and place indicated. If there is a change, participants will be notified. All SACE classes are self-funding and dependent on enrollment to cover the cost of instructors. SACE assumes no responsibility for reaching those who do not provide daytime contact information. — from SACE

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The state Assembly passed on Thursday night, Nov. 14-- largely on party lines -- a proposal to amend the state constitution to essentially raise the bar for calling recall elections. - Photo WPR/Flickr

Assembly passes first step towards restricting recall clections Gilman Halsted | Wisconsin Public Radio

MADISON - The state Assembly passed on Thursday night, Nov. 14-largely on party lines -- a proposal to amend the state constitution to essentially raise the bar for calling recall elections. Republican supporters of the bill call it a common-sense measure that will allow recalls only if an elected official has committed a crime or a serious ethical violation. Democrats, however, say the change will deprive voters of the right to hold elected officials accountable. State Rep. Cory Mason, D-Milwaukee, said the Legislature shouldn’t be restricting the right of voters to replace elected officials. “The point isn’t whether or not you agree with the reason for recalls. The point is whether or not we’re going to trust voters enough to give them the freedom to hold us accountable, for whatever reason they view as a betrayal of the public trust,” Mason said.

The author of the amendment, Republican Rep. Jim Steineke, said it’s needed to prevent what he calls “capricious recalls” that cost taxpayer dollars to carry out. He said it’s ultimately up to the voters, though, whether or not they want fewer recalls. “We’re voting on this to give the citizens -- your constituents -- the ability to say whether they want this or not. Why are you afraid of that? It makes no sense. If you’re right, and we’re crazy, and people feel like we’re taking away their rights, they’ll vote it down!” he said. Republican backers of the bill say they have heard from many constituents that they resent the fact that they were asked to vote in the recall of Gov. Scott Walker last year simply because some people didn’t like his policies. The constitutional amendment must still pass the state Senate and then pass both houses again in the next legislative session before it would go to the voters.

Soil scientist: Wisconsin is rich in soils MADISON - Franklin Delano Roosevelt once said, “The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.” Kevin Schoessow would agree with Roosevelt’s sentiment. Schoessow is the University of Wisconsin Extension area agricultural development agent for Burnett, Washburn and Sawyer counties in northwestern Wisconsin. He received his B.S. in soil science from UW-River Falls and his M.S. in soil science from UW-Madison, so it’s an area in which he is particularly interested. One thing Schoessow wants people to know is that soil and dirt aren’t the same thing. Soil is much more complex than dirt, and Schoessow said, “Anyone who knows me, or has taken my classes, knows that I’m a stickler for that definition. I get on my soap box. I give my little speech about the difference between soil and dirt. “Dirt is what you find under your fingernails when you’re digging in the soil, or you bring it in on your shoes into the house,” he said. “In the end, I really

don’t mind so much what they call (soil) as long as they appreciate the value of it and how important it is.” Soil comes from materials produced and combined over millions of years, as well as the remains of creatures that have lived on and in it. The result is what soil scientists refer to as “parent material,” he said. “In Wisconsin, we are blessed with just all kinds of varied geology, and that’s basically because of the glaciers that ripped through this region thousands of years ago,” Schoessow explained. “Wisconsin is just so varied in our landscape, and in the types of parent materials that we have to develop our soils. That’s the beauty of living in a state like Wisconsin that has lots of different changes in topography and lots of different soils.” For the layperson, it may be hard to believe, but Schoessow said that Wisconsin has well over 600 named and classified soils across the state. One soil stands apart from the others, because it has been designed the State Soil of Wisconsin. The Antigo silt loam was championed by UW Soil Science Professor Francis Hole and was designated as such by the state Legislature in 1983. Schoessow recommended these resources for those interested in learning more about soil health. “They are focused more on farmers rather than home gardeners,” he said, “but the concepts are still the same.”

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Redistricting reform the antidote to majority party extremism Assembly Democratic freshmen urge support for nonpartisan redistricting reform as fall session ends STATEWIDE - Assembly Republicans are ending the fall legislative session with an extreme agenda that focuses on issues like voter suppression, undermining women’s health care, race-based mascots and a power grab on the state Supreme Court – continuing the division they started when they took power nearly three years ago. With the fall session ending today, freshmen Democratic legislators from the state Assembly are urging support for nonpartisan redistricting reform as an antidote to this Republican extremism. The legislation the 14 Democratic freshmen introduced earlier this year would remove the redistricting authority from politicians and assign it to a nonpartisan body. Assembly Democrats will attempt to bring the bill to the floor for a vote tomorrow. “Last year Democratic Assembly candidates received 174,000 more votes than Republicans but that translated into just 39 out of 99 seats. Without gerrymandered Assembly districts, the Republican actions that are on tomorrow’s agenda would not pass,” Rep. Mandy Wright, D-Wausau, said. “Yet Republicans want to make themselves even less accountable with tomorrow’s bills by discouraging legiti-

mate voters from voting. Republicans are essentially telling the people of Wisconsin that their priorities, input and votes don’t matter.” “When politicians pick their voters instead of voters selecting their representatives, we end up with a divided, polarized state and government that does not reflect the will or priorities of the people,” Rep. Stephen Smith, D-Shell Lake, said. “The people want lawmakers to work together to help Wisconsin families and create jobs so we are no longer in the bottom half of the nation on job creation.” “Gerrymandering has enabled gridlock in Washington and extremism in Wisconsin,” Rep. Eric Genrich, D-Green Bay, said. “The antidote to partisan extremism is nonpartisan redistricting. It’s long past time for Republicans to stop worrying about their own jobs and start focusing on creating jobs for Wisconsin families.” Currently, state law mandates that members of the majority political party in the Assembly and Senate must redraw district borders every 10 years. This bill reassigns that authority to the nonpartisan Legislative Reference Bureau and a to-be-created Redistricting Advisory Commission. This bill is modeled after the redistricting process that has been in place in Iowa for more than 30 years. — submitted by Reps. Mandela Barnes, Eric Genrich, Evan Goyke, Dianne Hesselbein, LaTonya Johnson, Deb Kolste, Tod Ohnstad, Daniel Riemer, Melissa Sargent, Katrina Shankland, Stephen Smith, Dana Wachs and Mandy Wright




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

Corner of Elm and Summit St., Spooner 715-635-8475 Father Aaron Zook Holy Eucharist: Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning prayer 8:15; Mass 9:30 a.m.

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Northwoods Baptist

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

Spooner Baptist

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


St. Joseph’s Catholic

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

St. Catherine’s Catholic

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

St. Francis de Sales

St. Alban’s

Full Gospel Shell Lake Full Gospel

293 S. Hwy. 63, Shell Lake Pastor Virgil Amundson 715-468-2895 Sunday School & Adult Education Classes: 9 a.m. Celebration worship 9 & 10:30 a.m.; KFC (Kids For Christ) during Service; UTurn Student Ministries 6 p.m.; Tuesdays: Compassion Connection (Men only) 7 p.m.; Wednesdays: Compassion Connection (Women only) 7 p.m.; Thursdays: Compassion Connection (Coed meetings) 7 p.m.;


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

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

W3114 Church Rd., Sarona Pastor Mary Strom Sunday services, 9 a.m. Sunday school 9:15 a.m.

Salem Lutheran, ELCA

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

Timberland Ringebu Free Lutheran

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

Trinity Lutheran

1790 Scribner St., Spooner Pastor Russ Leeper 715-635-3603 Sunday Worship: 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Sunday Schools 9:15 a.m. Office hours: Monday Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


United Methodist

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church

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

Faith Lutheran


Long Lake Lutheran Church

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

Sarona Methodist Pastor Steve Miller Sunday Worship 9 a.m.

United Methodist

(Missouri Synod) South of Spooner off Hwy. 63 W7148 Luther Rd. Pastor Brent Berkesch 715-635-8167 Sunday Worship, 8 a.m. with Holy Communion 2nd, 4th and 5th Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Praise worship with Holy Communion, 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday; Sunday School 9:15 a.m.; Lutheran Hour on WJMC 96.1 FM Radio at 9 a.m. Sundays

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

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

Church of the Nazarene

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


Spooner Wesleyan

Hwy. 70 W, Spooner 715-635-2768 Senior Pastor Ron Gormong; Pastor Brian Scramlin, Assistant Pastor; Pastor Patrick Cooper, Student Ministries; Pastor LeRoy Drake, Pastoral Care; Joel Simpson, Worship Arts Director 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday Worship and 9 a.m. Sunday School and ABF; 10 a.m. Third Place Cafe; 10:30 a.m. Worship; Wednesday - 6:30 p.m. Family night, kids, youth and adult programming, nursery provided.


Cornerstone Christian

Pastor Tom Kelby 106 Balsam St., Spooner 715-635-9222 cornerstonechurch Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Wed. Prayer: 6:30 p.m.

Trego Community Church

Pastor John Iaffaldano W5635 Park St. Trego, WI 54888, 715-635-8402 Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. prayer meeting; Youth group, 6:30 p.m.; Kids program, AWANA, ages 4 - grade 6.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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


fter an experiment failed, Lord Kelvin said to his students, “Gentlemen, when you are face to face with a difficulty, you are up against a discovery.” This is true not only in learning but also in living. David was face to face with a difficulty and he came upon a discovery. If it had not been for David’s pains, there would not be the Psalms. These treasures came only because of his trials. He went from strength to strength because he went from struggle to struggle. The person who has no trials has no triumphs. Joseph’s prison was the path to the palace. If he had not become Egypt’s prisoner, he would not have become Egypt’s prime minister. Even Job’s boils became his blessings. And in heaven there are no crown wearers who were not cross bearers on Earth. Are you in distress? It is not to overwhelm you but to grow you. Turn care into prayer and your trials will become your triumph.

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ADOPTABLE PETS OF THE WEEK There’s much to be thankful for, don’t you agree, Like family and friends, they mean so much to me. Each day that goes by I need them and one more, My pets, my best friends, who I love and adore. They always are there through the darkest of days, They bring back a smile when it’s so far away. They teach good life lessons, so simple and true, Just like your friends and family, they’ll be there for you. Now if you feel alone and you don’t have a pet, It’s time for a change, one you’ll never regret. Stop down at the shelter, take a look around, The best friend you’ll have’s waiting here to be found. Dogs for adoption: 2-1/2-year-old spayed white bull terrier; two 1-year-old male brindle/white Staffordshire terriers; 5-year-old female black Lab mix; 7-month-old male komondor mix and a 2-year-old male brown/white JRT. Cats for adoption: 1-year-old female gray/white shorthair/tabby mix; 1-year-old neutered black shorthair; 3-year-old shorthair tortie; 3-month-old male black/white shorthair; 1-year-old female shorthair black/brown/orange tiger and her five 7-week-old kittens. Also for adoption: Two male guinea pigs; two female calico guinea pigs and a 1-year-old brown/white male rat. Remember to join us at WCAHS on Sunday, Dec. 1, for our annual tree lighting in honor and memory of our beloved pets.

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Capt. Joseph Neuman, 87, Nederland, Texas, passed away Oct. 30, 2013, at his home. He was born in Shell Lake, Wis., on March 31, 1926, to the late August and Anna Feipel Neuman. Burial was held Friday, Nov. 15, at Madge Evergreen Cemetery.

The family of Harold K. Anderson would like to thank Cumberland Healthcare and Extended Care Unit, Dr. Leitheiser, April, Bill and Bob of Skinner Funeral Home and staff, Pastor Al Bedard, Timberland Ringebu Lutheran Church, American Legion Post 98, friends and relatives for all the food, flowers, cards, kindness, comforting words and prayers throughout our time of saying 596216 14rp goodbye and loss.

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Remembering JFK and Nov. 22, 1963/from page 1 Legendary political stories have JFK and his wife, Jackie, often reminiscing fondly of their time – and, perhaps, survival in Wisconsin - the tours of farms and sausage factories, smiling through a never-ending rendition of “Beer Barrel Polka” at one rally and enduring the bitterly cold weather. Sometimes Jackie held down the campaign by herself while her husband, then a senator, returned to Washington, D.C,. to cast a vote. “Getting out of the car into the snow and wind, Jackie would shake hands and talk with people on one sidewalk on the main street of a small town while her husband worked his way along the opposite side of the street. He kept his eyes on her, and often muttered to one of us, ‘Jackie’s drawing more people than I am, as usual,’” wrote Dave Powers, JFK’s longtime friend and adviser, in his book, “Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye.” Powers also related another Wisconsin primary yarn about the time a wife of a local Lutheran minister was waiting to meet Kennedy, with her 13 children at her side. “Jack shook hands with the beaming mother and each of her children, posed for pictures with them, and then said to me, ‘Get Jackie and bring her over here.’ I escorted Jackie across the street from the opposite sidewalk where she had been charming a crowd of her own admirers. Jack introduced her to the mother of 13 children and said to her, ‘Shake hands with this lady, Jackie. Maybe it will rub off on you.’” Nine months later, Powers noted, John F. Kennedy, Jr. was born. Rural Wisconsin liked Kennedy enough to keep the vote close between him and Humphrey (among Washburn County voters, Shell Lake and Spooner went for Kennedy but the county voted for Humphrey by 200 votes) but it was the big city vote - and some say Catholic voters - in Wisconsin that helped him win in the April 23 primary vote. Wisconsin residents likely felt they knew JFK personally and may have felt responsible for his meteoric rise to the presidency.  They certainly mourned just as deeply as the rest of the world in the wake of his death, perhaps with a certain affinity. The Washburn County Register and its sister paper, the Inter-County Leader, invited readers to share their memories of Nov. 22, 1963.  Where they were, what they felt about the loss of their young president. Following is a sampling of those memories:

freshman band at Frederic High School and it came on over the PA system that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated. We all just kind of sat there stunned for a moment and then all wept openly. Such a sad, tragic day, especially for such a young man in the prime of his life.

On Shell Lake’s Main Street

On the front page of the March 24, 1960 Washburn County Register was this photo of Kennedy campaigning for president. Here’s the original caption: “Yes sir, that’s Nick Masterjohn’s Drug Store in the background and the scene is Shell Lake. Senator John F. Kennedy (Democrat Mass.) now campaigning for the Democratic nomination for president, visited Shell Lake last Friday afternoon, March 18. Senator Kennedy is shown here on the right shaking hands with Ralph Smith, Hertel, Wis., the chairman of the Democratic party in Burnett County. The senator stopped along the main street of Shell Lake, shaking hands and talking to local citizens.” - File photo

Robert Rickard, Cumberland In November 1963, I was in the Navy stationed aboard a ship out of Terminal Island, San Francisco. During the month of November, I was assigned temporary duty to the ship’s squadron office on base.  This was considered light duty as there was very little to do and no watches to stand. I can recall very clearly the morning of the 22nd.  There was nothing going on and I had just asked the CO if I could have the rest of the day off.  Before he gave me an answer, the word came that President Kennedy had been shot in Dallas.  The entire base was locked down instantly with no one entering or leaving, due to the fact that if this was the beginning of an attack by another country, we needed to be prepared for war. As the news of what actually happened started to materialize, we stayed locked down until word came to the base of an all clear.  Some very tense moments during those few, very long hours shall forever be etched in my memory.

Carlotta Romsos, Sarona In 1963, I was a teacher at the Barron High School. In the middle of teaching one of my home economics classes an announcement came over the school’s PA system, “President John F. Kennedy has been shot.” The whole class was shocked and tearful. It was certainly an event my class will never forget!  For me it was an especially emotional day because it was my mother’s birthday and that morning I had just found out that we were expecting our first child. It truly is a date I will always remember.

Wally Nelson, Siren After serving nine years as postmaster at Siren, Wis., I was promoted to the position of postal inspector.  I was to report to Washington, D.C., along with 18 others from around the country, for inspector training. I arrived in Washington on Nov. 21, 1963, and began classes on Nov. 22.  We received the news while in class.  We were all shocked and kept our ears close to radio and TV.  Washington was in complete lockdown with military personnel on every street corner. No one knew at the time if there would be a follow-up. Our classes continued until his funeral on Nov. 25 at which time we were

Gene Romsos, Sarona In 1963, I was a full-time student at River Falls, while Carlotta was teaching in Barron. It was around noon and I had just walked into a small restaurant on the north end of Main Street when I learned about the Kennedy shooting. They had a radio turned on and everyone was talking about it. The people were all in shock and, frankly, I don’t remember if I ate lunch there or simply went back to the house to try to see something more on TV. Needless to say, our phone call that evening was emotional. Connie Quam, Shell Lake I’ll never forget the day that President John F. Kennedy was killed. I was in

Diane K. Rickard, Cumberland On that fateful day of Nov. 22, 1963, I was stationed at the Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla., and just finishing up photographer’s mate school. We were doing field day, (cleaning up) and preparing for graduation when one of our fellow classmates came rushing down the hall, announcing, “President Kennedy’s been shot!”  We had nicknamed him Old Salty as he had spent some years at sea as a Boswain’s mate and as he neared retirement, decided to change his rate to photographer’s mate.  He was always telling jokes and this time we thought he had another one up his sleeve.  Another classmate asked, “So what’s the punch line?”   “This ain’t no joke,” yelled Old Salty. “The president’s been shot!”  As the morning progressed, we got more news on the president’s assassination.  A few of us entered one of our instructor’s offices to get some more information.  Sgt. Yelvington was one of our favorites, a deeply respected Marine who had served in both World War II and the Korean War. He was seated at his desk with a grim expression on his face.  “What’s going to happen now?” we asked. With an even more grim face, he leaned forward with his elbows on his desk, clasped his hands tightly together and exclaimed, “This could mean war!”  With that answer, we too left with grim faces, and silence permeated the rest of the field day. The day of the funeral, we were given the day off and sat glued to an old black and white TV in the barracks lounge; tears flowed freely as we said farewell to our revered commander in chief.

The itinerary published to the media by the JFK presidential campaign notes the candidate’s schedule for three days in Northwest Wisconsin. - from

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Remembering JFK and Nov. 22, 1963/from page 1 given a few hours off to watch the funeral activities. Together, with a couple of friends, we positioned ourselves near the entrance to the cathedral where his funeral was held.  We were close enough so we could see the Kennedy family, new President Johnson and dignitaries from around the world.  It was a sad time but very historical, from my point of view.  Marguerite Kevan, Spooner I wouldn’t consider myself a person of political knowledge, yet married a man who was. We were excited to have a president especially of Irish-Catholic background. My day began Friday, Nov. 22, 1963, caring for my children. On this day, I wasn’t feeling very well, as I was seven months pregnant with my daughter Elizabeth. My two children, Cathy and Tim, and I laid down for a nap. We were awakened by my husband rushing in the door and yelling, “The president has been shot!” I was devastated. We listened to Walter Cronkite telling us the horrible news. All the hopes and dreams we believed in were gone in seconds. I still remember it as if it were yesterday! It has been the most horrible historical event that has happened in all of my 78 years! Mary B. Olsen, Shell Lake Last year, on a bus tour, our little group of retired people visited Texas. Texas is big, and is desert and forest and orange groves and oil wells, and lots more. The contrast between it and our north-woods Wisconsin is great. Yet there are similarities, as well. We went first to Fort Worth. We stayed at a fine hotel in the center of the downtown, took in a couple of rodeos and shopped around. The stores had more cowboy hats on display than anywhere else in the world. The smell of cows and dust and leather in the air felt like I was back on the farm. We tourists watched the rodeo stock driven by real cowboys on horseback to the arenas each afternoon. It was touching, like a dreamy memory of the Old West, in real time. Traffic stopped for this parade. I could have been happy to stay in Fort Worth always. Then there was Dallas. We found it a bustling city deep in the heart of Texas. We chomped down on beefsteaks. With or without barbecue. We kept time to the music and watched the line dancing. Just watched. People in Texas are some of the friendliest folks, with that Southern style of politeness and an added hearty down-home quality. There may have been a seedier side, but we saw gracious homes and thriving businesses. Dallas is definitely a city of beautiful parks with statues and waterfalls. Then we visited Dealey Plaza. It has been 50 years since the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas. It is the kind of historical event that makes people ask, “Where were you when you learned of this tragedy?” I remember it clearly. We were living in one of those three-bedroom suburban development homes where the homes are not different from their neighbors. My husband worked the night shift. Three of our kids were in school and the others were home with us. Our family had a new television console complete with record player and AM and FM radio. I was in the laundry area of the kitchen but when the news bulletin came I heard it and stepped into the living room. It was brief. From Dallas, Texas. Shots were fired at the president’s motorcade. He has been rushed to Parkland Hospital. No word as to his condition. Stunned, we listened for further news. My prayers joined those offered by millions of Americans waiting and hoping for good news. We were nearly overwhelmed with questions. Didn’t the president have Secret Service protection? How could a thing like this happen? In this century? What happens if he dies? We could not leave the television set. A half hour later the news came that he had died. It

Rose Garden ceremony President John F. Kennedy presents the 1961 Teacher of the Year Award (a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers) to Helen Adams of Cumberland, Wis. Superintendent of Public Instruction (Madison, Wis., George E. Watson, stands in front at far left. Back row, L-R: Publisher of LOOK Magazine, Vernon C. Myers; Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, Abraham Ribicoff; unidentified man; Managing Editor of LOOK Magazine, William B. Arthur. Also included in the President’s schedule for this event is Deputy Commissioner of Education Wayne O. Reed. A tribute written in the Register following the assassinaRose Garden, White House, Washington, D.C. - Photo from tion by then-editor John M. Schullo. seemed like everyone in the nation had been assaulted. Not everyone approved of the leadership in Washington. Critics abounded. The media focused on the “climate of opposition” in Dallas as a cause of this murder of a president. People crowded into churches. For the next few days the television showed us the events as they unfolded. We saw the swearing in of the new President Johnson aboard Air Force One. At that time we didn’t have continuous news on the networks like we have these days. But during those days we had it. We saw people lining up to pass by the flagdraped casket. We saw the funeral procession. The whole country mourned. Business in Washington went on. The conspiracy theories had started. Fast forward to Dallas nearly 50 years later. Our tour group stood on the grass of Dealey Plaza. There were school groups and couples standing together and several single people with heads bowed. It was neatly trimmed green grass. To our right we could see the back of the old courthouse towering over the other buildings. We could see the overpass where the motorcade passed that morning. We saw what they called the grassy knoll. We were facing the tall brick building where the motorcade turned directly under this Texas Book Depository. There are white marks in the pavement, a cross to indicate where the president was shot. The building is now a museum. Visitors can go up to the sixth floor and see the window where Lee Harvey Oswald stood and fired at the motorcade. The window has a protective frame but one can see the street below. There are historical artifacts on the sixth floor. These are all about the activities of the Dallas Police Force at the time. The guides at the museum told us attendance was low. There were usually thousands of people a day touring the museum. The police performed well. They learned very quickly the name and address and recent history of Lee Harvey Oswald. They found out he worked in the building and had just walked away. Not more than an hour later, a police officer in his squad car saw Oswald walking on the street and pulled over to question him. Oswald took out a handgun and shot the officer and went to his body and shot again. There were two eyewitnesses. Another man heard the shots and came to the squad car. He got another person to call the dispatcher on

the police radio. The suspect continued on and walked into a movie theater without buying a ticket. The police arrested him in the theater without incident. He was taken to the police station. Seldom does a police force apprehend a suspect in such a short time after the crime. The news media had already descended on the police station. The federal agents took charge of the investigation. Security was impossible there. They decided to transfer Oswald and three days later they escorted him with officers on each side of him. A man came out of the crowd of reporters and shot Oswald. His name was Jack Ruby. Oswald died. The answers to many questions died with him. The residents of Dallas know that some people hold them responsible in some way for the assassination of President Kennedy. They are Texans. Their history tells them that they lost the Alamo. But they won the war at San Jacinto. They became a nation. Then they became a state in the United States of America. They love Dallas. For me, I prefer Fort Worth. Americans saw televised their presidAmericans saw televised their president buried at Arlington National Cemetery. They saw Mrs. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy walking behind the flag-draped casket followed by leaders of nations. An officer led a saddled, rider-less black horse. A flame burns at his gravesite. Judy Pieper, Barronett I was working for the Wisconsin Board of Vocational and Adult Education, Rehabilitation Division. I had just come back from a coffee break when the news came over the radio that President Kennedy had been shot. It’s a day that, like Pearl Harbor Day, will live forever in infamy. I’m sure most of you are too young to remember President Kennedy when he was alive, but we old-timers will never forget him. He was so charismatic, had a beautiful wife and two adorable children. They were the first couple who made the White House glamorous. I know that those are not the things that presidents are normally remembered for, but we were young and this was the first time most of us had even been interested in politics. After the assassination, the entire nation was glued to television sets, watching

the news and hoping that Lee Harvey Oswald would get everything coming to him. We were watching when Jack Ruby shot Oswald as he was being transferred to a different location. We all watched President Kennedy’s funeral, and we all watched his poor little children as they said goodbye to their father. The one thing that can probably still bring tears to the eyes of most of us is the memory of little John, who was probably 3 years old at the time, saluting his father’s casket. President Kennedy’s assassination ended an era of innocence where we all believed that the leader of our great nation was safe from harm. Barb Parsons, Webster Nov. 22, 1963, was a clear day and a good day for cleaning. I had just started on the back of the house when I heard someone coming down the hall.  As a young mother with two children and a husband that just left on a business trip, I was not expecting anyone. Upon checking, it was my husband.  I was alarmed and asked why he was here.  “The president just got shot.”  Nothing else was said and I walked back to the bedroom and cried.  I was not in support of President Kennedy, but the emotion was overwhelming. Living in Arlington, Va., at the time made the following days more real.  I stood at the Lincoln Memorial after the ceremonies and saw the everlasting flicker of the light placed at his gravesite.  No matter who you were, it affected the whole community.

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by Judy Pieper

Good luck hunters. Does anyone know why Thanksgiving and hunting season are so late this year? My mom’s birthday was on Nov. 17, and it usually fell during the first part of hunting season. I’m sure there’s a reasonable explanation for this, and hopefully someone will let us know. The Town of Lakeland budget hearing and regular monthly town meeting were very well attended. In fact, every chair in the meeting room was taken and we had to get one more out of Marilynn’s office. There was some discussion on the proposed budget, but it was finally passed. During the regular meeting, Bruce Holmes was appointed as town clerk to finish out Marilynn Shaurette’s term. As you probably know, Bruce was elected in April as a town supervisor, so the remaining board members, Bob Jerry and John Rieper, appointed Mel Pittman to act as supervisor for the remainder of Bruce’s term. It was great to see that so many residents were interested in, and concerned about, how the town is being run. The monthly meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month. Meeting times are published in the Cumberland Advocate and posted at Silver Lake Store, the town shed and the town hall. There was a pretty good crowd at the hunters supper at the Barronett Community Center last Friday evening. Civic club members served a delicious meal, beef or chicken stew in a bread bowl, salad and a variety of desserts. It was nice seeing and visiting with so many friends and neighbors. The civic club members do so much good in the community. They had a free beverage for those people who remembered to bring in a Toys For Tots donation. They will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for a few weeks now, and then distribute them to area families in time for Christmas. Man, that’s coming up way too fast, isn’t it? Jim and Summer Marsh were out of town, so we had little Wrig at the hunters supper with us. He had a ball — running around and watching what the older kids were doing. At one point he was under the salad table trying

to figure out how to fold the legs in. He was also our official errand boy for taking meat raffle paddles back each time we didn’t win. Which, I might add, was every time we bought a paddle. We were sitting at the wrong table, the lucky one was right behind us. I think someone from that table won almost every time a number was called. I stopped by Nilssen’s Market in Cumberland for a few groceries a few days ago, and there was a man from Circle K Orchard there giving out samples of his apples. Well, you know, we have apple trees out at the garden, and every year Duane works so hard trying to get wormfree apples, and every year some of the apples are bad. Very discouraging! So, I struck up a conversation with the apple orchard guy. He gave me lots and lots of good advice about spraying, control burning, pruning - anything I asked, he had an answer for. He also said that, if we didn’t want to do a lot of spraying, bagging the apples works well. Duane had done that before with small plastic bags, but, come to find out, there are lined paper bags made specifically for bagging apples. So, I think that’s what we are going to try again. I’ll let you know next October how it turned out. Shirley Overvig called an impromptu meeting of church council members after worship service Sunday morning to get approval to send a donation to help victims of the typhoon in the Philippines. Of course, the council members agreed, and Shirley will be sending that out this week. Can you imagine the devastation those people are facing? I think every island was affected. We hope that our donation, along with the millions of other donations from around the world, will help with the cleanup and rebuilding. In the meantime, let’s all keep the residents of the Philippines in our prayers. Deb Lehmann does a booming business at the Red Brick on Sunday mornings. We stopped by for breakfast after church on Sunday and there wasn’t an empty table in the whole place. Luckily Betty Solum and Gene Hines had just sat down at a table for four and invited us to join them. It’s so great to live in a little town where everyone

Stone Lake

by Mary Nilssen

Heart Lake

by Helen V. Pederson

With the fall season almost behind us, winter is moving in fast. There seems to be more people coming to town this week as our next holiday, deer hunting, approaches. Best of luck to all hunters and be careful out there! The Feed-A-Family campaign is now going on in Stone Lake. Money donations may be dropped off at Marie’s or the Lakes Community Co-op. Please make checks payable to Feed-A-Family. If you have any questions, call Jim at 715-865-6989. Everyone in the Stone Lake area is invited to the Thanksgiving Community Service to be held at Stone Lake Wesleyan Church on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m.,

How about this weather? Cold, windy, rain but no snow. It will come soon enough and stay a long time. I just don’t like dreary days. Weather was deadly in Illinois and Indiana. It didn’t look like much standing except the water tower in one town. Visiting Florence Carlson over the weekend were Margaret Jones and Louis Schade of Minnesota. Mary and John Marschall met Brent and Toni Saffert in Rice Lake and went out to eat together on Friday night. On Saturday a big crowd gathered at the Barronett Community Center to help Angie Anderson celebrate her 50th birthday. She was a classmate of Mary Marschall so

with pie and ice cream to follow. Sponsors also include First Lutheran of Stone Lake and St. Francis Mission. This is a great time for fellowship and a donation offering of nonperishable food to go to St. Francis Mission. Be sure to mark Saturday, Nov. 23, on your calendars. The Stone Lake Scholarship Committee will sponsor a hunters chili feed from 4-7 p.m. at the Lions hall. They will have cakewalks, silent auction, fish pond and raffles. This would be a good time to visit with friends and neighbors. Please come and support our community young people as this will be the only event they will hold this year. For more information call 715-865-5500.

John and Mary attended. Birthday blessings, Angie. Arnie Hash of Cumberland visited his brother one day last week. On Sunday, Mavis and Roger Flach visited Steve and Jody Flach and watched the Packer game together. Peder Pederson took in the dinner at the Methodist church with his daughter, Cheri, and said it was delicious. We had a pancakes and sausages breakfast here at Glenview last Friday morning. It sure hit the spot. One day last week, several tenants took the van to Spooner to the Dollar Store and ShopKo. We observed Veterans Day here with some readings

is so friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed visiting with Betty and Gene, and the excellent food. Duane and I went to Turtle Lake on Sunday afternoon to visit with Paul and Ashley Schmitt in their new home. They are in the process of doing some remodeling and settling in. Paul gave us a tour of the place and told us what they would be changing. Pretty exciting stuff. Not quite as exciting, though, as their news that they are going to have a baby. Yea! Congratulations to the happy parents-to-be. Don and Anitia Lehmann had lots of company this past weekend. Kate, Kevin, Loren and Emma O’Neal stopped by on Saturday and brought a slow cooker of beef stew that Kate and Loren had made while Kevin and Emma were in the woods checking out the deer stand. The O’Neal family made sure Anitia relaxed while they served dinner and cleaned up afterward. If you know Anitia, you know how hard it is to get her to sit down and let someone else do the work, but she said that she needed the break and she really appreciated the visit and all the work they did. Then, on Sunday morning, Aaron and little Miles Lehmann stopped by to visit for a while after checking out their deer stand. And, Sunday evening Shane Lehmann stopped by to visit and make sure his grandma was feeling OK. Anitia knows how lucky she is to have such a loving, caring family. I think you probably know that Anitia has been undergoing chemo treatments for a while now. She is looking forward to the end of December because then she will be done with them. She is doing very well, and has kept a positive attitude through all of this. Do you remember where you were on Nov. 22, 1963? You can read about my experience in a different article located in the Washburn County Register this week. I guess that’s about it from Barronett this week. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the candlelight service at Wiesner Chapel on Sunday, Dec. 1. I’ll remind you of that again next week. See you next time.

Marie’s Hideaway will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving Day meal again this year. Frankie will be putting the final touches on this meal from noon to 1 p.m. and begin serving after that. Turkey with all the trimmings will be served and Frankie wants everyone who will be alone for Thanksgiving to stop in and have an enjoyable meal along with excellent camaraderie. Donations will be greatly appreciated, but not necessary. Have a good week and be safe! Mary Nilssen can be reached at 715-865-4008 or

and comments of the veterans who live here or had someone in the service. Last week, Arlys Santiago along with her sister Audrey Carlson, Heidi Hile, and Olivia drove to Verndale, Minn., to visit Avis Paulson and reported a good time. They returned on Sunday. Jeff Pederson returned on Monday after spending a week in North Dakota visiting his son, Jerid, and Rachel Pederson and children. They had snow on Saturday. Kind words and kind deeds keep life’s garden free of weeds.

Washburn County Court Cody L. Allard, Trego, disorderly conduct, $299.00, other sentence, community service. John C. Ellingsen, Eau Claire, possession of THC, party to a crime, $299.00, community service. Jeremy C. Englund, Spooner, disorderly conduct, $299.00, probation, sent. withheld. Joshua S. Englund, Spooner, disorderly conduct, $299.00, probation, sent. withheld. Cory J. Feirn, Chippewa Falls, possession of THC, $299.00. Robert D. Frikart, Minong, disorderly conduct or resisting or obstructing an officer, $299.00. Eric J. Haupt, Trego, disorderly conduct or resisting or obstructing an officer, $299.00, community service. Jeremy C. Hollen, Hayward, operating while revoked, $200.50. Keith A. Lacy, Spooner, disorderly conduct, $243.00, probation, sent. withheld. Lisa G. Langdon, Spooner, disorderly conduct, $299.00. Calvin T. Morrison, Barronett, operating while suspended, $299.00; possess drug paraphernalia, $299.00.

Tiea R. Moyer, Spooner, disorderly conduct or resisting or obstructing an officer, $299.00. Paxton G. Pocernich, Spooner, operating with restricted controlled substance, $761.50, license revoked 6 months, alcohol assessment; possess drug paraphernalia, $299.00, community service. Daniel A. Polson, Sarona, disorderly conduct or resisting or obstructing an officer, $299.00. Dustin E. Riley, Shell Lake, underage drinking, $295.00. Pamela M. Tatro, Ladysmith, disorderly conduct, $299.00. Brett A. Witte, Minong, disorderly conduct or resisting or obstructing an officer, $299.00. Betty L. Zieroth, Spooner, disorderly conduct or resisting or obstructing an officer, $299.00. Allied Waste DBA Republic, Rice Lake, spilling waste load on/along highway, $200.50. Nicholas A. Anderson, Woodville, speeding, $175.30. Casey L. Anderson, High Bridge, speeding, $175.30. Benjamin A. Arts, Cameron, OWI, $887.50, license revoked 6 months, alcohol assessment; possess open intoxicants in motor vehicle, $263.50.

Steven G. Atkinson, Shell Lake, speeding, $175.30. Andrea K. Ballard, Savage, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Terry L. Beltezore, Trego, dog owner failure to pay license, $154.10. Joseph F. Brickner, Bay City, speeding, $175.30. Angel M. Brueske, Weyerhaeuser, OWI, $887.50, license revoked 6 months, alcohol assessment. Michael R. Butkus, Cary, Ill., speeding, $250.90. Evan M. Christianson, Trego, speeding, $175.30. Paul R. Dobbe, Trego, dog owner failure to pay license, $154.10, twice. Amanda J. Erickson, Spooner, nonregistration of vehicle, $175.30. Gabrielle M. Fontana, Lake Villa, Ill., speeding, $200.50. Juli B. Freeman, Lees Summit, Mo., speedometer violations, $225.70. Duane D. Grimm, Trego, speeding, $200.50. Cody A. Helstern, Trego, speedometer violations, $276.10. Steven W. Karlic, Fitchburg, speeding, $200.50. Rachel M. Keenan, Shell Lake, speeding, $200.50; operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50.

Stuart S. Keene, Corpus Christi, Texas, speeding, $200.50. Jarrod M. Klink, Chippewa Falls, speeding, $200.50. Terrance J. Leason, Rice Lake, operating without valid license, $200.50. Daniel A. Love, South Range, speeding, $175.30. Donald R. Ludzack, Shakopee, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Daniel D. Luebke, Rice Lake, operating while suspended, $200.50; operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Brian L. Mallam, Oelwein, Iowa, failure to stop/improper stop at stop sign, $175.30. Cody R. Mayer, Shell Lake, minor possesses or purchases tobacco, $162.70. Serafin Mendoza-Olvera, Terrell, Texas, speeding, $250.90. Matthew D. Monnier, Hayward, operating while suspended, $200.50. Rodney R. Ogren, Trego, dog owner failure to pay license, $154.10. Tyler J. Olsen, Spooner, underage drinking, $114.50. Anthony D. Orlandi, Superior, speeding, $200.50. Brandon R. Peiffer, Winter, illegal pass of school bus reported, $326.50.

Sandra J. Podgorak, Gordon, speeding, $200.50. Stephanie L. Praschak, Trego, speeding, $175.30. Foley P. Quinn, Trego, dog owner failure to pay license, $154.10. Theodore R. Rilea, Chicago, Ill., failure to yield right of way from stop sign, $175.30. James L. Robotka, Birchwood, speeding, $200.50. Mike E. Roen, Rice Lake, speeding, $175.30. Devin Rogers, Burlington, speeding, $200.50. Aric W. Schroeder, Cottage Grove, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Scott Sigurdson, Katy, Texas, speeding, $200.50. Alexander J. Streitz, Trego, operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50; speeding, $276.10. Amera N. Striegal, Shell Lake, failure of occupant to notify police of accident, $389.50. Patrick L. Suddarth, Rockford, Ill., speeding, $175.30. Leza D. Temple, Spooner, speeding, $175.30. Kevin J. Thomson, Barron, speeding, $200.50.

Thad N. Tudor, Elk River, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Jerry Vega, Minong, OWI, $887.50, license revoked 6 months, alcohol assessment. Julia P. Vogel, Spooner, using telephone while driving with probationary or instructional permit, $187.90. Joyce E. Wozny, Trego, dog owner failure to pay license, $154.10. Daniel M. Yates, Barron, speeding, $200.50.


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Dewey Country What dreary days we’ve had here in Dewey Country! And to top it off, we had rain. Yes, when we needed the rain in July it just didn’t rain. Hopefully we’ll get some snow for deer hunting. Yes, it’s lots of luck getting that big buck! At Diane Hulleman’s over the weekend were her sons-in-law, Chad Jensen and Mike Murray, who were hunting. Mike came in and had lunch then crawled into bed for a snooze before going back out hunting. Happy birthday to Phyllis Rath on her special day, Nov. 21. Enjoy your special day Phyllis. Nov. 22, a very happy birthday to Debbie Quam, Frank Taylor and Hailey Noel Stariha. Have a great one.

Nov. 22, birthday wishes go out to Bennie LaVeau as he celebrates his special day. Talking with Diane Hulleman she told me she is having trouble with her shoulder. Says she knows she has to have surgery but like all of us, she keeps putting it off. Diane tells us her daughter, Colleen Jensen, and Izzy went with friends to Las Vegas. I think it was for the weekend. Has anyone noticed the prices of new cars and trucks? Well in the Wild Rivers Advertiser, I saw an ad for a car at over $45,000 and a new truck at $51,999. Who could afford them? Friday night found Butch and Loretta VanSelus attending the donkey basketball game in Shell Lake. Saturday evening they

ing he would swear and pound the table. I never got a spanking from my dad as he reasoned things out. For that I’m grateful. We never had fancy foods but Mom made good home-cooked foods and we all enjoyed it. I think of this and think how I’m cookin’ and I find I have a lot of the same recipes and do make them. Scatter sunshine! (Nov. 6, 13, 20) Have a STATE OF WISCONSIN great week! CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY OneWest Bank, FSB Plaintiff vs. ESTATE OF WILMA D. MELLUM, et al. Defendant(s) Case No: 12 CV 142 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE

by Marian Furchtenicht

Weather has been mild but foggy and misty. Sounds like colder and a 10-percent chance of snow for opening of deer season on Saturday. Folks have been busy getting things done before the hunt. After setting up for the bazaar and meal-in-a-peel on Friday afternoon at the Methodist church, quite a number of folks went to the Pioneer for pizza together. On Saturday there was a great turnout, 182 meals served at the mealin-a-peel. It was delicious. Glad to report Sam brought his mom, Mary West, home from the nursing home on Thursday. Elfreda West and I stopped by with a hi on Friday. She was by the sink washing dishes. Weak yet, but happy to be home. She will be getting therapy at home for a while. John Roeser was filling holes in the blacktopped road in our town so now we don’t have to dodge them and it is so nice to get it done before winter, otherwise the holes fill with water and heave up the blacktop. The Hansen Concrete crew finished the last big pour, the center alley, in the new barn at Fuernot Farm on Friday. Relief to have that finished. Our Spooner High School Class of 1950 got together at Tracks last Wednesday, but there were only nine this time. Carolyn West brought place mats for us that they had made of her and Hokey taken 75 years ago and also pictures of their 60th anniversary party that was held recently at the Country Inn with just their immediate family. Congrats to them. Allan and Charlotte Ross’ daughter, Nancy Troyan, Eau Claire, was up Saturday and took in the potato meal with her dad while her mom was working at the church. Coffee visitors at my house during the week were Bob Kruegar bringing out the Lions Club calen-

dars, we always have a good visit; there were lots of people. Julie Della, Jump River, Wendy’s sisterMavis Schlapper, Gloria Frey and Westlund and also Austin Gagnor in-law, Stacey Story, and her two Elaine Ryan were out one day and rode a donkey, among others. sisters from Medford came for the grandson Duane Swanson, MenoRyan Furchtenicht bagged a day and all had a wonderful time monie, came on Sunday. 9-point buck while bow hunting visiting and dining. Anton got out Sandi Vogt reports that several last Saturday. Congratulations. of the house full of women and Big Ripley neighbors were at the There will be live music Satur- went to son Jim’s. Getaway Saturday night to cel- day night at the Backwoods. Their Birthday wishes to Mark Cuebrate Cobra’s birthday. It was a annual deer season pool tourney sick, Travis Zaloudek and Brenda good time, especially enjoyed ka- will be Wednesday, Nov. 26, 7 p.m. Long, Nov. 21; Germaine Paulraoke. Many more is wished. son and Paul Dan King, Nov. 22; – put that on your calendar. Mavis Schlapper is expecting I received a call from class- Rudene Kruegar, Gwen Nielsen son Dean and wife from Texas and mate Ardeane Bray Summerfield, Bartholomew, Avis Nordin and son Wayne from Stevens Point on Hutchison, Minn. She’s fine and Amy Bolterman, Nov. 23; Greg Thursday as they are coming for says hi to classmates and folks Lyga, Barb Anderson and Darcy here. hunting. Kloop, Nov. 24; Janet Hauph, Mike Received an email from another Linton Jr., Herb Sandau, Bridgett Marian Foged is looking forward to her son, Chris, coming classmate, Betty Tidler Ness. She Lee and Tayna Sigmund, Nov. 25; from Lincoln, Neb., for the Wis- said she is scheduled for surgery Elfreda West, Irene Johnson and consin deer hunt. the end of November for a brain Devin Musil, Nov. 26. Sympathy to the family of Dan aneurism in the back of her head. Anniversary wishes to Bob Chartier, 72, Sarona. His funeral Put her on your prayer list. She and Rudene Kruegar, their 54th was held Monday at the Taylor and her husband, Jerry, live in on Nov. 21; and to Ken and Sally Family Funeral Home. He and Texas. Ziemer, Nov. 25. wife Pat came often to the onceGloria Frey reports a great day Wishing hunters a safe, happy a-month breakfasts at the Katty on Saturday when Wendy Der- and successful hunt. novsek, Hudson, and her mom, Shack. He will be missed. I was saddened to hear of the death (Nov. 6, 13, 20) SNOW AND ICE REMOVAL NOTICE of a bowling friend, CITY OF SHELL LAKE STATE OF WISCONSIN Edith Daniels, 78, The owner, occupant or person in charge of any lot which CIRCUIT COURT Trego. I bowled with fronts upon or abuts any sidewalk shall keep the sidewalk clear WASHBURN COUNTY her years back. Sym- of all snow and ice. Section 6-2-7 of the Shell Lake Code of OrIN THE MATTER OF THE pathy to her hus- dinances provides for a penalty in the event snow and ice is not ESTATE OF removed within twenty-four (24) hours from the time the snow or band, Vernon, and ice accumulates on the sidewalk. In the event of hazardous conHUGH GORDON PETERSON family. ditions the snow and ice must be removed within two (2) hours. Notice to Creditors Janet Donetell and If snow and ice are not removed within that 24-hour period, side(Informal Administration) her mom, Elfreda walks will be cleaned off by city crew and the property owner will Case No. 13-PR-40 West, visited Janet’s be billed. No person shall move snow to a location that would PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: obstruct or limit vehicular or pedestrian vision, movement or mother-in-law, Vera 596215 14r access. 1. An application for informal Donetell, at GlenJeffrey D. Parker, Public Works Director, City of Shell Lake administration was filed. view on Sunday. She 2. The decedent, with date of enjoyed reminiscing birth December 6, 1942, and with Elfreda. They date of death March 15, 2013, went to the same was domiciled in Washburn grade school when County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of N1286 they were young. Hwy. 63, Shell Lake, WI 54871. Russ and Nancy, 3. All interested persons have Ryan and Jessie WITC Administrative Office – Shell Lake waived notice. Furchtenicht and 4. The deadline for filing a kids took in the don- Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is accepting applications from claim against the decedent’s key basketball game qualified candidates for the position of Human Resources Specialist. estate is February 20, 2014. in Shell Lake on Qualifications include an Associate degree, a minimum of four years’ 5. A claim may be filed at the prior related work experience involving extensive customer service, Friday. They report Washburn County Courthouse,


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took in the meal at Frederic put on by the Amish who have moved there. They want to start a school there. Butch tells us the food was delicious. The Amish are going to have a breakfast in February as a fundraiser. Butch tells me he misses the people he worked with but certainly doesn’t miss the long drive, especially this time of year when our roads get snow covered. Pattie and Noel Beaufeaux and Jim Atkinson were at their parents, Jim and Sandy Atkinson’s, for dinner on Sunday. Noel got in some hunting but says he didn’t see a thing. Yah know this time of year, I think so much of my dad as he passed away 33 years ago on Nov. 18. You can bet my dad is busy playing cards; and if he was los-

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There will be a Public Hearing to review the draft application for the 2014 SPECIALIZED TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR WASHBURN COUNTY (s.85.21 Wisconsin Statutes). 9 a.m., Tuesday, December 3, 2013 SPOONER ANNEX - CONFERENCE ROOM 850 West Beaverbrook Avenue, Spooner, Wisconsin The draft 2014 application for s.85.21 aid will be available for public inspection prior to the hearing & can be obtained at the Washburn County Aging & Disability Resource Center, 850 W. Beaverbrook Ave., Suite 4, Spooner, Wisconsin. Those persons unable to attend the hearing & wishing to submit comments in advance may do so by mailing their comments prior to the hearing to Washburn County Aging & Disability Resource Center, Attn: Director/Supervisor, 850 W. Beaverbrook Ave., Suite 4, Spooner, WI. Persons who are elderly & disabled wishing to attend the hearing & in need of transportation may contact the Washburn County Aging & Disability Resource Center to request transportation service. The location of the hearing is accessible to persons with disabilities. 596064 14r WNAXLP

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Marilyn E. Benson Probate Registrar October 30, 2013 Thomas J. Bitney/Bitney Law Firm, Ltd. P.O. Box 488 Spooner, WI 54871 715-635-8741 595282 WNAXLP Bar No. 1002841

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on August 29, 2013, in the amount of $61,614.96, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: December 4, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: By bidding at the sheriff sale, prospective buyer is consenting to be bound by the following terms: 1.) 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2.) Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3.) Plaintiff opens bidding on the property, either in person or via fax and as recited by the sheriff department in the event that no opening bid is offered, plaintiff retains the right to request the sale be declared as invalid as the sale is fatally defective. PLACE: At the North entrance of Washburn County Courthouse located at 10 4th Avenue, Shell Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Part of the Southeast 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4 Section 7, Township 38 North, Range 11 West, described as Lot “D” of Certified Survey Map recorded in Volume 1, Page 144, as Document No. 135998, in the Town of Madge, Washburn County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: N4175 Johnson Road, Sarona, WI 54870. TAX KEY NO.: 65-028-2-38-1107-4 04-000-005000. Dated this 30th day of September, 2013. /s/Sheriff Terry Dryden Washburn County Sheriff Dustin A. McMahon Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1086857 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. 3029128 595121 WNAXLP


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(Sec. 120.06(6)(B), WI Stats.) Notice is hereby given to qualified electors of the Shell Lake School District that a school board election will be held on April 1, 2014, to fill the following board positions: two members at large. An elector desiring to be a candidate for a position on the school board must file a campaign registration statement and a declaration of candidacy at the District Administrator’s office, 271 Highway 63, Shell Lake, Wisconsin 54871, between the hours of 8 a.m., and 4:30 p.m., on Monday through Friday, mailed to address above or filed personally with the school district clerk or school district deputy clerk prior to 5 p.m., on the first Tuesday in January. Dated this 18th day of November, 2013. Linda Nielsen, District Clerk 595875 14r WNAXLP



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A COUNTY SUPERVISOR for each county supervisory district, for a term of two years, to succeed the present incumbent listed, whose term will expire on April 14, 2014: James Pearson District 1 Lester “Skip” Fiedler District 2 Steven P. Waggoner District 3 Nell Lee District 4 Thomas J. Mackie District 5 Thomas Ricci District 6 Robert Lester District 7 Elizabeth Esser District 8 Terry Leckel, Sr. District 9 Clay Halverson District 10 Dave Wilson District 11 Tim Brabec District 12 Gregory Krantz District 13 David Haessig District 14 Romaine Quinn District 15 James Dohm District 16 Larry G. Ford District 17 Tony Baier District 18 Steven “Fluffy” Sather District 19 Andy Eiche District 20 Terry Leckel, Jr. District 21 Information concerning county supervisory district boundaries may be obtained from Washburn County Clerk, Lolita Olson, 715-468-4600. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that the first day to circulate nomination papers is December 1, 2013, and the final day for filing nomination papers is 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that if a primary is necessary, the primary will be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. DONE in the City of Shell Lake, this 13th day of November, 2013. 596063 14r WNAXLP Lolita Olson, Washburn County Clerk

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IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF Ronald Zimmerman DOB: 9/1/1943 Amended Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 13-PR-32 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth September 1, 1943, and date of death May 28, 2013, was domiciled in Washburn County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of W5361 Zimmerman Road, Sarona, WI 54870. 3. All interested persons have waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is February 26, 2014. 5. A claim may be filed at the Washburn County Courthouse, P.O. Box 316, Shell Lake, Wisconsin. Marilynn E. Benson Probate Registrar November 4, 2013 Thomas J. Bitney/ Bitney Law Firm, Ltd. P.O. Box 488 Spooner, WI 54871 715-635-8741 595511 Bar No. 1002841 WNAXLP

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS WASHBURN COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT SPOONER, WISCONSIN Official Notice to Contractors Sealed proposals for new equipment described herein will be received until 2:00 p.m. local time, Wednesday, November 27, 2013, by the Washburn County Highway Department, Office of the Highway Commissioner, 1600 County Highway H, Spooner, Wisconsin 54801, whereupon the sealed proposals received will be publicly opened and read at 2 p.m. in the Highway Conference Room. PROPOSAL CONTRACT #19-13E Dump Truck Fleet Program Detailed specifications and bid form(s) are available from the Washburn County Highway Department via email or hard copy. Bidders wishing to submit their bid by mail may do so at their own risk. Bids received through mail by the Washburn County Highway Department, later than the time set forth above will be returned unopened. The correct mailing address is Washburn County Highway Department, 1600 County Highway H, Spooner, WI 54801. The County reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids, to waive any technicalities, and to select the bid proposal deemed most advantageous to the Washburn County Highway Department. Jon Johnson, Commissioner 595876 14-15r WNAXLP Washburn County Highway Department


State of Wisconsin County of Washburn City of Shell Lake

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that at an election to be held in the City of Shell Lake on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, the following officers are to be elected: MAYOR FOR THE CITY OF SHELL LAKE for a term of two years to succees Sally Peterson whose term will expire April 15, 2014. ALDERPERSON FOR THE FIRST WARD for a term of two years to succeed Chad Shelton whose term will expire April 15, 2014. ALDERPERSON FOR THE FIRST WARD for a term of two years to succeed Andy Eiche whose term will expire April 15, 2014. ALDERPERSON FOR THE FIRST WARD for a term of one year to succeed Brent Edlin whose term will expire April 15, 2014. ALDERPERSON FOR THE SECOND WARD for a term of two years to succeed Matt Dryden whose term will expire April 15, 2014. ALDERPERSON FOR THE SECOND WARD for a term of two years to succeed Dan Harrington whose term will expire April 15, 2014. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the first day to circulate nomination papers is December 1, 2013, and the final day for filing nomination papers is Tuesday, January 7, 2014, at the City Administrator’s office. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that if a primary is necessary, the primary will be held Tuesday, February 18, 2014. Signed in the City Hall this 14th day of November 2013. Bradley A. Pederson, City Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer 596138 14r WNAXLP

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Mayor Peterson called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Council members present were Buckridge, Dryden, Edlin, Eiche, Leckel and Shelton. Council members absent were Burns and Harrington. Also present were Jeff Parker, Dave Wilson, Danielle Moe, Vern Redlich, Teresa Anderson, Jack Harrington and Brad Pederson. The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. A moment of silence was held in recognition of Veterans Day. Eiche moved, seconded by Buckridge, to approve the October 14, 2013, regular meeting minutes. The motion carried. Vern Redlich questioned the recommendation to resurface a portion of North Lake Drive that is on the agenda for this meeting. Mr. Redlich noted the First Avenue (Sand Road) is in bad shape and probably has more traffic. Mr. Redlich questioned where North Lake Drive is on the Five-Year Road Improvement Plan. Alderperson Eiche explained the committee is recommending reconstructing a portion of North Lake Drive under the Local Road Improvement Program where the City receives fiftypercent cost sharing up to a certain amount for a specific project. As reconstruction of the Sand Road would be much more costly it was not considered for the LRIP Project. Jeff Parker reported on the Public Works Department’s activities. Teresa Anderson, from MSA, reported the City will receive up to $500,000 in principal forgiveness through the Clean Water Fund for the Wastewater Fine Screen Improvement Project. Dave Wilson reported on the Police Department’s activities. PLAN COMMISSION: The November 4, 2013, commission meeting minutes were reviewed. It was reported the commission approved a conditional use permit (CUP) for Donna and Winston Rock and Michael and Mindy Gadke for a short-term rental at 312 Stariha Drive. Eiche moved, seconded by Edlin, to concur with the issuance of the CUP. The motion carried. LIBRARY BOARD: The October 16, 2013, board meeting minutes were reviewed. HIGHWAY 63 ADVISORY COMMITTEE: A Wisconsin DOT handout pertaining to the public informational meeting held October 30, 2013, in regards to the 2015 Highway 63 Improvement Project, was distributed for informational purposes. EXECUTIVE/HUMAN RESOURCES: It was reported health insurance coverage for city employees and their families was bid out, and the committee recommends the City Council select the Health Partners plan. Eiche moved, seconded by Shelton, to select the Health Partners 2500/5000 plan with the plan to expire 12/1/14. The motion carried. It was reported the committee recommends the City’s Personnel Policies be revised to read 30 or more hours per week to be eligible for group health insurance instead of 35 hours. Shelton moved, seconded by Eiche, to approve the Personnel Policies revision as recommended. The motion carried. It was reported the committee approved a revised Public Works Director Job Description and copies were provided to the Council. It was reported the committee developed a recommendation for 2014 wages and benefits which will be considered after the 2014 budget is adopted. PUBLIC WORKS ADMINISTRATION: The November 6, 2013, committee meeting minutes were reviewed. It was reported the committee recommends North Lake Drive from the intersection of County B to the intersection with Donovan Cove Road be scheduled for reconstruction in 2015 in the City’s Five-Year Road Improvement Plan. Eiche moved, seconded by Shelton, to place North Lake Drive on the Five-Year Road Improvement Plan for a LRIP Project in 2015. The motion carried 5-yes 1-no. It was reported two bids were received on the engineered fabricated concrete building for the Wastewater Fine Screen Improvement Project with Huffcutt submitting the low bid at $37,645. Edlin moved, seconded by Buckridge, to accept Huffcutt’s bid in the amount of $37,645. The motion carried. An update was given on the 2013 street projects. FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION: The October 29, 2013, committee meeting minutes were reviewed. It was reported the 2014 proposed city budget has been completed and a special City Council meeting will be held December 3, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. for budget presentation, public hearing and adoption of the 2014 budget. Eiche moved, seconded by Edlin, to approve vouchers 14181557. The motion carried. The Budget Status Report was reviewed. PARKS AND RECREATION: Alderperson Shelton reported the committee met November 5, 2013, and worked on updating job descriptions for campground manager, lifeguards and camp helper. UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Mayor Peterson referred the matter of possible removal of the diversion ditch earthen plug to the Public Works Committee. Jeff Parker reported he can contract for a trackhoe and dozer with operators for a combined price of $200 per hour for stumping and grubbing for the ATV Campground and recommended authorization to proceed. Shelton moved, seconded by Edlin, to authorize the Public Works Director to proceed with the stumping and grubbing as recommended. The motion carried. NEW BUSINESS: Brad Pederson announced he will be retiring from his position as City Administrator/Clerk-Treasurer effective March 31, 2014. Mr. Pederson noted in his letter that he appreciated the support he received from the mayors, council members, employees and community while serving in this capacity over the last 33 years. Buckridge moved, seconded by Eiche, to accept the resignation. The motion carried 5-yes 1-no. Mayor Peterson referred the process of replacing the City Administrator/Clerk-Treasurer to the Executive/Human Resources Committee with the final decision to be made by the City Council. Eiche moved, seconded by Dryden, to adjourn at 7:45 p.m. The motion carried. Sally Peterson, Mayor Bradley Pederson, City Administrator 596176 14r WNAXLP




Shell Lake High School takes on journalism

Tracy McMullin|School newspaper editor SHELL LAKE — Students have come together to create both the newspaper and the yearbook in their journalism class, which is offered as an English credit. In the school newspaper, named Laker Way News, you can find events that have taken place in the entire school from grades K-12, along with a few community events that include student involvement. The newspaper is available to everybody, everywhere and can be found at sllak- The first publication, on Friday, Oct. 11, has been followed with publications updated frequently according to deadlines the students have. The school’s newspaper editor is Tracy McMullin. Prior to beginning work on the newspaper, the class traveled to Frederic, where they visited the Inter-County Cooperative Publishing Association where multiple papers are printed. The purpose of this trip was to ensure that the class understands what goes into making a paper

and all of the different steps in the process before it can be published. Along with the trip, Larry Samson came in and talked about what went into a good picture to go with your article. He also furthered their education by taking a journalism student down on the football field to give pointers and advice on how to take a good sports photo. The yearbook will include grades 7-12 and will be done online with Walsworth and sent electronically to be published

by the Walsworth Company. The yearbook will be published and given to the students in the spring of 2014 and will include everything up to graduation. To further the class members knowledge of creating a yearbook, Mary Czech, from Walsworth, came in and showed how to work with the yearbook website. The yearbook editor is Maddie Hodgett.

Parent-teacher conferences

Ashley Vanderhoof watches and plays with her daughter, MaKenna, on the pull-up bars. By hanging upside down, a child can see the world from a different angle.

Kaden Thomas came to the parentteacher conferences so he could check out the cool books at the PTA Book Sale at the Shell Lake Primary School on Thursday, Nov. 14.

Three-year-old Oliver Anderson is practicing his shots as he waits for his mother to finish her conferences. His mother, Shonda Anderson, is the 4-year-old kindergarten teacher.

Last iPad class for 2013 Photos by Larry Samson

Celebrate American Education Week


merican Education Week, Nov. 18-22, is a time to celebrate public education and those who work in our schools to help our students learn. Whether today’s young people become nurses, skilled trade workers, business or civic leaders, inventors, entrepreneurs, or teachers of the next generation, we want them to have the education they need to succeed. Wisconsin public schools are national leaders in graduation rates and ACT scores. Additionally, the state leads the

SHELL LAKE — Planning for 2014, Organize Your Life is set for Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Shell Lake High School. Whether you are a well-connected businessperson, a stay-at-home parent or just someone managing multiple schedules or just your own, you can use the iPad to organize your life. Default apps such as contacts, calendar and notes can help you manage your days with a simple tap of a button. Learn to sync and share calendars

Midwest in Advanced Placement exam are moving toward online and blended results. These big accomplishments learning; schools are working to expand are built each day in our classrooms as career and technical education and dual students gain both practical skills and credit opportunities; and we will have a broad intellectual foundation from students and their parents developing the hundreds of educators — teachers, academic and career plans so they have a clearer picture of students’ administrators, professional interests and talents as well as and support staff members — direction for their education. helping them graduate ready These and other innovations for college and careers. And, are vital to close gaps among while we can point to many student groups and help all successes, we face challenges students build the educational as well; challenges that require foundation they need for a sucmore work and public support cessful life. to meet the needs of all students. I encourage the community, Education is undergoing and especially parents, to be a Tony Evers rapid change. Classrooms part of our children’s education.

on your computer with another computer, iPad or smartphone. This class will give you a close look at some of the many tools built into these devices to make your life, and tracking everyone else’s, easier. Bring your iPad or request use of a school iPad. Instructor is Sara Ducos. Classroom assignment will be emailed upon registration. Cost is $10, payable to Shell Lake School. Register by calling 715-468-7815, ext. 1337 or email jensenk@ — from SLCE Volunteer in schools. Read to and with our preschool and elementary school children. Stay involved as our kids move into middle school and high school. They still need adults in their lives to provide direction and continually renew the unwavering belief in the power of education. It is the key to brighter futures. The challenges in education are many and the rewards immeasurable. During American Education Week, I encourage all citizens to celebrate the strengths of America’s public education system and use this time to thank the men and women who work with our children. Through education we are building futures.

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Thanks to volunteers banquet held Larry Samson|Staff writer TREGO — The Washburn County Fair Association and the Washburn County 4-H Leaders Association held their annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet at the Prime Supper Club in Trego on Monday, Nov. 11. A dinner and a slide show created by Jackie Ullrich preceded the awards ceremony. Fair board President Dan Rosenbush announced this year’s recipients of the fair awards. Friends of the Fair went to Jim Berger. The President’s Award went to White Birch Printing and the Sponsor of the Year went to Bill Parenteau of B and B Disposal. He made a special presentation of the Coat Award to Mary Housel. The Coat Award is a ratty old fur coat that is passed on in the tradition that no good deed should go unpunished. This year the Washburn County 4-H Leaders gave out two awards. Curt and Marge Johnson were both honored with the Friends of 4-H Award for the work they do for the 4-H. A special award was given in memory of Deb Sandstrom for the lifetime of dedication and leadership she gave to the 4-H and the horse project. Her sudden death in May was a loss to the 4-H, Washburn County Fair and to the Rodeo Committee. She had been a mentor and a leader in the community. Her family, Dean and Jennifer Arnes, along with their youngest daughter, Lily Jo, accepted the award. A Curt and Marge Johnson, Shell Lake, received the Friend of 4-H plaque remembering her will hang in the Oscar JohnAward for their time and work for the 4-H youth in the area. son building at the fairgrounds in Spooner for everyone to share.

The Washburn County 4-H Leaders Association awarded Deb Sandstrom their highest award in memory of her lifetime of leadership and dedication to the youth of Washburn County. Accepting the plaque is her family, Jennifer, Lily Jo and Dean Arnes.

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