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Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011 Vol. 122, No. 14 • Shell Lake, Wis.

Weekend watch

w c r e g i s t e r. n e t

• 31st-annual Christmas Art and Craft Show, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Check for Events for locations. See Events, page 9

Royalty attends City of North parade


SPORTS Basketball lineup, etc.

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4-H and fair volunteer banquet See page 2

People you should know: Michael Andrews See back page


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SHELL LAKE — With the lighting of the Christmas Celebration in Lights, the 2011 Winter Wonderland in Shell Lake’s Municipal Campground and Park, the holiday season will officially begin in the city of Shell Lake. The lighting will take place at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 24. On Saturday, Dec. 3, the Shell Lake Chamber of Commerce will sponsor Holiday Saturday. Children will have an opportunity to have their photo taken with Santa at the Shell Lake Community Center during the Breakfast with Santa held from 9-11 a.m. The Shell Lake Student Council is providing a make-and-take-it project for children at the breakfast. The Shell Lake After-School program is sponsoring a craft show at the 3-12 school from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The Shell Lake Education Foundation will have food available at the show. A book sale will be held at the Shell Lake Public Library from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. during Holiday Saturday. The library is also accepting letters addressed to Santa and will see that a reply letter is sent. Happy Tonics Visitors Center/Store will be showing holiday and butterfly movies from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The children’s book that honors youth and the monarch butterfly, “My Name is Butterfly,” written by Mary Ellen Ryall and illustrated by Stevie Marie Aubuchon-Mendoza, will be available for purchase. My Favorite Things is offering 40 percent off toys for the Toys for Tots program. Gifts may be placed in the Santa bag at the store for delivery. Vitality Village will have free offers from 9 – 10 a.m., including yoga, facial massages, Raindrop Technique for hands or feet as well as refreshments. The United Methodist Church of Shell Lake is hosting a holiday bazaar. Lake Mall will be open Holiday Saturday with special events happening. Many local businesses are planning special sales and refreshments. Watch next week’s Register for their advertisements. — with submitted information ••• STATEWIDE -Are you ready for Thanksgiving? People across Wisconsin will be driving and flying for the holidays. ReadyWisconsin wants you and your family to be safe. Following these simple tips during the Thanksgiving weekend can save you from heartaches, headaches and potential dangers. • Check the roads: Before you leave, get the latest Wisconsin road conditions at or call 511 • Keep gas in the tank: Have at least a half tank of gas in your car in case you are stranded or stuck and need to run your heater • Have a winter emergency kit: Keep a kit in your vehicle with candles and matches, a flashlight, pocket knife, snacks, a cell phone adapter, a blanket and extra clothing. ReadyWisconsin is a campaign from Wisconsin Emergency Management with a mission to prepare individuals, families and businesses for emergencies and disasters. For additional Thanksgiving safety tips, visit Ready

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Saturday, Nov. 19, Shell Lake royalty, Miss Shell Lake Dakota Robinson, First Princess Renae Lloyd and Junior Miss Shell Lake Emily Lloyd, braved the cold night wind and snow of Duluth, Minn., to be one of the 72 entries in the Christmas City of the North parade. — Photo submitted

Committees will not be combined

No county board meeting in December

by Jessica Beecroft WASHBURN COUNTY – After a committee has met for a year to try to study the combining of committees to save the county money, the presented changes were voted down at the county board’s regular monthly meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 15. County accountant Michael Keefe estimated $10,000 - $15,000 in savings per year if this resolution passed. The resolution was to make five groups of committees with the realigning of the county’s committee structure into the following groups: 1. Health, human services and child support, ADRC/unit on aging, veterans 2. Soil and water, U.W. Extension, zoning, forestry 3. Highway, public property, information technology 4. Finance, personnel, law enforcement, emergency government 5. Executive The discussion brought up several concerns about county board supervisors not being able to be on the committees they are already serving on and being limited to the group they are on. For instance, some people currently are on finance, executive and perhaps the unit on aging. This would be impossible with this plan. Another concern was the fact that each meeting could last all day long. Although Chair Sather explained that each committee would have a set time, the concern of staying at a meeting all day long was hard for people to accept. “Each meeting would have its own set time,” Sather said. “If there is a long time before the next meeting, people could go do something.” Another concern is missing a whole day of

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work for meetings. Some board members believed that this would keep people who work from serving on the board. The idea was board members could take one day off a week instead of having to take a few hours off three to four times a month. Clay Halverson, District 10 supervisor, said “If we can realign these committees as it is proposed, we are going to save the county (money) even as far as mileage goes. Why wouldn’t we do that? In the economic times that we are in, where budgets are harder and harder to meet, why wouldn’t we support a savings of money?’’ Sather added, “We’ve asked the department heads to do it, why can’t we do it?” David Haessig, District 14 supervisor, agreed with Mackie when mentioning that the interaction with other board members would be limited with this plan. William Allard, District 9 supervisor, said, “Some people are not going to be able to attend an all-day meeting. Some employers won’t give you a full day off; $25 per day, per diem is not enough to support your family and miss a day of work.” The vote was no – 13 (Robert Lester, Beth Esser, Robert Washkuhn, Tim Brabec, David Haessig, Romaine Quinn, James Dohm, Larry Ford, James Pearson, Steve Waggoner, Nell Lee, Tom Mackie and Tom Ricci), yes – 6 (Greg Krantz, Sather, L.H. “Skip” Fiedler, William Allard, Halverson and Michael “Don” Quinton). Youth in Government As part of the annual Youth in Government Day, several youth from the Spooner and Shell Lake High schools came to participate and ask questions of the county board supervisors. “Why did you choose to become a county board supervisor?” they asked. Sather responded, “In 1992 I was a bar owner in Minong. At that time they made a new dis-

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Washburn County 4-H and fair volunteer banquet

Pete and Betty Hubin received the 100th Fair Volunteer Award for their work in returning the tug-of-war to the Washburn County Fair.

Chris Weyh was presented a certificate by Angie Anderson recognizing her for 35 years of service to the Washburn County 4-H program.

Charlotte Thompson, standing with Angie Anderson, was recognized for 50 years of service to the Washburn County 4-H program, during the 4-H and fair volunteer banquet held Monday, Nov. 14, at The Prime in Trego. Sheri Jacoby earned the Club Leader Award. She is the leader of the Earth Keepers 4-H Club. The group was started a year ago with 15 active members and is growing. Jenny Arnes has been instrumental in the creation and has been very helpful in the first year.

Sherry Kasten earned the 4-H Project Leader of the Year Award. She shared the award with Bonnie Granzin for the clothes project.

Jackie Ullrich earned the 4-H Alumni of the Year Award.

Photos by Larry Samson, unless otherwise noted

Standing with Washburn County Fair Board President John Morris is Vonnie Durand who earned the President’s Award for her work and dedication to the fair.

Larry Samson, photographer/reporter for the Washburn County Register, earned the Friend of the Fair Award. Greg Gerard of Country Pride was also a recipient of the award. — Photo by Kyle Bouillon

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by Jessica Beecroft

Inspection of buffers on lake completed

SHELL LAKE - On Thursday, Nov. 10, Dave Vold and Shell Lake Police Chief Clint Stariha did the annual inspection of the required lake buffers. According to Stariha, only one was not in compliance. They have a buffer plan from the Washburn County Land Conservation, but have not implemented the plan as of yet. The completion to correct this mandated buffer will be July 15, 2012. Most buffers on lakeshore property include a naturally vegetated shoreline which filters excessive nutrients and pollutants from entering the the lake and can stabilize shoreline from wind and wave ac-


Temporary license approved

The Theatre in the Woods was granted a temporary license to serve alcohol from Dec. 2 to Dec. 11 for a special event they are hosting. The question about posting signs stating “no firearms allowed” in places serving alcohol was raised and, according to Stariha, “If you are carrying a firearm, you are not allowed to be served alcohol, however, if you want to go into a place that serves alcohol and order a ‘soda’ (for instance) you can do so.” The actual establishment owners serving alcohol have the final say and can post signage and not

allow firearms if they wish to do so.

Financing the Third Street project

The resolution authorizing the city of Shell Lake to borrow $380,000 from the Shell Lake State Bank on a 10-year term at 3.49 percent was passed. It was noted that the State Trust Fund loan rate for a 10-year term is 3.75 percent. The funds will finance the Third Street project and the Courtesy Dock. It was noted at the financial administration committee meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 9, that the debt service for the 3rd Street at $43,272 adds 5.3 percent to the levy. Brad Pederson, Shell Lake City ad-

ministrator, reported that auditor Dan Thole calculated the levy limit worksheet, and the city would increase the levy over last year by $143,718. Pederson noted that Thole recommended the city keep the levy as close to the additional debt requirement as possible because increasing the levy over that amount will reduce future levies.

Planning commission seeks members

The city of Shell Lake is looking for individuals interested in participating on the Shell Lake Plan Commission. Any interested people should contact city hall directly.

Hunters register 112,581 deer after opening weekend

Enthusiasm for hunting remains high

MADISON – More than 600,000 hunters were on their stands Saturday morning, Nov. 19, eagerly waiting the opening moment of the 2011 gun deer season. By the end of the weekend, a preliminary call-in tally showed hunters registered 112,581 deer over the two-day period. “As I listened to deer hunters over the opening weekend, there is a lot of excitement about the changes implemented this year; particularly the fact that hunters are no longer required to harvest an antlerless deer before harvesting their first buck in the CWD zone,” said DNR Executive Assistant Scott Gunderson. “As we all expected, this change is extremely popular amongst hunters which is important as the DNR wants the hunting public to ‘buy in’ to our herd management structure.” “It is also important to remember that harvesting antlerless deer remains an important part of deer management in Wisconsin,” said Gunderson. “I would encourage hunters to keep this in mind as they hunt the remaining days of the traditional season and when they return to the woods during the December statewide antlerless hunt and the Holiday Hunt in the CWD management zone.” A breakdown of the harvest by DNR Region and county is available in portable document format on the DNR Web site at Deer registration numbers in Polk, Burnett and surrounding counties are down when comparing numbers from opening weekend in 2010. Polk County registered a total of 2,821 deer this year, in

comparison to 4,359 in 2010. Burnett County registered 1,237 deer in the first two days this year, and 2,006 were registered in 2010. Barron County registered 2,644 in 2011, and 3,542 in 2010. Washburn County registered 1,181 deer on opening weekend this year, as opposed to 2,359 last year. “We want to remind folks that these preliminary numbers come from a staff callaround to deer registration stations this morning,” said Tom Hauge, director of the DNR wildlife management program. “The final opening weekend tally will likely be somewhat larger, when all the registration stubs are entered into the database over the next couple of months.” Hunters experienced mixed weather including snow, rain turning to snow and moderate temperatures depending on where you hunted. The 2011 preliminary count was up about 5.6 percent from the opening weekend count of 106,404 from 2010. Preliminary buck harvest statewide in 2011 was 57,977 (54,263 in 2010) and preliminary antlerless harvest was 54,604 (52,141 in 2010). “This is Wisconsin’s 160th modern-era deer gun season. It is a fall, family tradition cherished by over 600,000 hunters. These preliminary numbers are just a small part of the event we know as opening weekend. I suspect for every deer reported there are 10 great deer camp stories out there. It appears that this season is well on its way to creating lifelong memories, added Hauge.”

Enthusiasm for hunting remains high The department’s license sales office reported 603,919 gun deer licenses sold by the start of shooting hours on Nov. 19. Deer

Shell Lake Police Department report

by Jessica Beecroft

SHELL LAKE – Police Chief Clint Stariha presented his October police reports to the city council at the Monday, Nov. 14, meeting. “Overall it was a very quiet month,” Stariha said. “A new squad car has been ordered, and it will be here in January. We also have a new part-time officer, Anthony Olson.” The Shell Lake Police Department responded to: 17 complaints, 11 Washburn County assists, three ambulance assists, two motorist assists, one arrest, five dog

complaints, one dog to pound, two funeral escorts, three lift assists, two alarms, two fights, one car accident, one theft, eight welfare checks, two car versus deer accidents, two attempted break-ins, one helicopter assist, one fire, two four-wheeler complaints, 29 verbal warnings and 12 citations. The SLPD issued the following tickets: three speeding, three no registrations, one disorderly conduct, one no insurance, three failure to stop and one passing in an intersection.

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trict up there, and I put my name on the ballot, won my election and have been here almost ever since. At that time I believed the county board needed a little younger crowd. And 20 years later, I’m still the younger third of this board.” Tim Brabek, District 12 supervisor, said, “If you have so much fun today, you can all go take out papers. All you need is 20 names and your name goes on the ballot. You can run for office and make big bucks.” To which the full county board had a good laugh. It was noted they have to be 18 years of age. Tom Mackie, District 5 supervisor, noted, “I taught in Spooner for 35 years. A friend of mine told me I should run for the opening on Spooner City Council. I sat on the city council for 22 years. I’ve been on this board for 24. Why? Trying to make the county a better place for people to live. You heard the statistics, and

I know they get boring, but when you see a quarter of our population in trouble, for economic reasons, you have to try to make a better place for the people. My mama always taught me, leave it better than you found it. And that’s the philosophy I try to live by.”

Joint planning with Burnett County The Washburn County Board of Supervisors agreed to work with Burnett County in doing a study to find out the benefits of working with Burnett County to establish a public safety answering point. The study was presented to the board at this meeting, and after much discussion and talk about possibly having to build a new building as well, the county board passed the resolution to continue working with Burnett County on this project to get more answers. Mike Keefe, Washburn County ac-

license and tag sales will continue through the hunting seasons. The long custom of buying a license on the way to deer camp is also intact. DNR licensing managers reported selling a record 99,998 licenses on Friday, Nov. 18. At one point in late afternoon Friday, computers showed license sales coming in at a rate of 220 per minute.

Some facts about Wisconsin hunters: • There were 53,914 females this year, an increase of 1,486 from 2010. They comprise 9 percent of all hunters.

• Deer hunters hail from all 50 states. There were 571,491 hunters from Wisconsin, with Minnesota (16,058) and Illinois (7,737) the next highest. And hunters love Wisconsin’s deer hunt so much that 209 came all the way from Alaska and 12 came all the way from Hawaii to participate. • Nearly 30,000 hunters are 70 and older, and of them, about 2.6 percent are women. In contrast, 103,151 hunters were 20 or younger, and more than 18 percent were girls.

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DNR reaches out to property owners

Workshop for those affected by storm set for Dec. 3

SPOONER — Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials continue to receive responses to two postcard mailings last month to help track the timber salvage efforts of public and private property owners in the three months since a violent July 1 windstorm swept through Northwest Wisconsin, downing trees in six counties. The downed trees, if allowed to remain, present a significant wildfire hazard in one of Wisconsin’s most fire prone regions. “We encourage all those who were sent a survey to fill it out and return it so we can better assist property owners Firewise issues, or the downed timber around their homes or cabins,” said Steve Runstrom, DNR St. Croix Area Forestry supervisor. The Firewise program identifies and evaluates fire risk areas around a cabin or home and suggests actions to minimize fire risks. More than 2,500 postcard mailings were sent to property owners in high-risk areas. The mailings to all property owners addressed fire risks to their home or cabin resulting from the blowdown and steps they can take to protect their property. A free Home Ignition Zone assessment by local fire staff was also offered. To date, 733 or 44 percent of the 1,670 postcards sent property owners of fiveplus acres have been returned. Sixty-one percent of those responding declined assistance and 37 percent – primarily Burnett, Douglas and Washburn county property owners — requested forest management assistance.

countant, said that the study shows that within a 10-year period, the county could save $2.2 million. However, that was not including the building of a new building or staffing to implement this plan. Keefe noted that possibly the building expenses would come out from the savings. “The $2.2 million is not all levy money we would be saving. We have to separate out how much is capital versus how much is operational savings to use toward additional jailers if we have to.” Halverson said “I think all the questions that the board members have raised are good ones, and that’s the very reason I think we need to pass this. We have to keep moving forward with this to find out the answers to all these questions and find out if it’s a good deal for us. There’s a lot of potential to this, but there are a lot of questions to be answered and a lot of details to be worked out. If we can get this passed and get

About 14 percent, or 156 of the 1,036 property owners of five acres or less, have responded to date. About half asked for a Home Ignition Zone or a self-assessment form and about 50 percent said their dwellings were already Firewise or weren’t interested in a free HIZ assessment. Approximately 110 property assessments addressing timber damage – totaling 1,650 acres – have been completed to date. Between the two mailings, a HIZ assessment was requested by 155 respondents with nearly half completed to date. The fire danger in the north and throughout most of the state is currently low, but Runstrom noted conditions, especially in the blowdown are highly variable depending on weather conditions, which are currently warmer and dryer than normal. A workshop for property owners in the blowdown area will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., at the Webster Community Center, 7421 West Main St., Webster. Hosted by Graceland Resource, Conservation and Development and funded by a grant from the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board, the workshop will include DNR speakers and information on a host of blowdown-related issues, including cost sharing, forest management, taxes and wildlife. Attendees are requested to preregister by Wednesdady, Nov. 30. The charge for the workshop is $10 and includes lunch. For more information contact Graceland RC&D at 920-465-3006 or office@ — from the DNR

going we will know if it will work or not.” Quinton, District 18 supervisor said, “I wasn’t for this to begin with. I’m for it less now that the state patrol is out. Now today, we discover we have to build a building and we’re not going to save that much in personnel costs. Burnett County is not the ideal partner. If it were a different county maybe it would be different, but this is just a bad idea.” The vote to continue planning jointly with Burnett County to establish a Public Safety Answering Point was passed with it breaking down to yes – 14, and no – 5 (Quinton, Lester, Washkuhn, Brabek and Ricci). The two excused from the meeting were Dan Hubin and William Cambell. Ricci, although he voted against further on with this study, was appointed by Sather to serve on the PSAP committee with Burnett County to go further on



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I would like to reply in the governor’s defense

Sue Hanson’s letter of Nov. 9 attempted to demonize Gov. Scott Walker. I believe she left a few things unsaid and made a few erroneous assumptions, perhaps purposely so. Hanson states that Walker has attacked the rights of Wisconsin’s workers. The missing word is Wisconsin public workers. Only about 20 percent of Wisconsin workers are public employees. Walker was actually helping the nongovernmental workers who pay taxes which support governmental workers. In many cases, government employees have higher earnings and better benefits than those who are supporting them. Walker was only attempting to level the playing field by having government employees pay a little more for some of their own benefits and restrict some of the public

unions collective bargaining privileges which sustain this wage disparity. Notice the use of the word privileges not rights. Public employee collective bargaining laws were passed by the Wisconsin Legislature and signed by the governor back in the 1960s. These laws were never inherent laws from on high. In fact, that great Democrat, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, stated that to grant government workers collective bargaining rights would be a huge mistake because it would allow a small group (a union) to bargain against the general public. On another matter, Hanson states that Walker passed an undemocratic voter ID bill despite the fact that both the legislators and governor that passed this bill were democratically elected to office. I

think it important that voters feel that elections are free from fraud. How many people refuse to vote, because they feel elections are rigged and their vote is likely to be canceled by a fraudulent vote? Those who lack the initiative to obtain an ID, to my mind, are not all that interested in voting. Requiring an ID should reduce fraud on both the Republican and Democrat side. Why is it, that mainly Democrats are opposed to the ID law? Finally, Hanson mentions the Koch brothers, who have funded many conservative causes. Why doesn’t she mention multibillionaire George Soros and his which has funded many left-wing-front organizations and which are currently helping fund Occupy Wall Street?

Walker inherited a state with a fiscal mess on its hands. He and the Legislature have made good progress in straightening it out. The state budget is balanced without gimmicks, our bond rating has improved, school districts have avoided massive layoffs, school superintendents have reported that they have avoided cutting programs, and the business climate of the state has improved. Walker deserves our support. Let’s stand with him to help ensure further progress toward a prosperous Wisconsin.

At this time of year, as we take stock of all for which we are thankful, consider the importance of your support for community organizations that turn your compassion into action. While it may seem more difficult to offer that support this year, it is more important than ever that Americans reach out to help their neighbors in need — around the corner or across the nation — through the American Red Cross. Nationally, the Red Cross responded to wildfires that burned hundreds of thousands of acres; tornadoes that destroyed entire towns; and flooding from the Dakotas to the East Coast. The Red Cross provided assistance to more than 386,000 members of the military and their families, distributed more than 9 million blood products and taught life-saving courses to more than 8 million people. Before the year is finished, local chap-

ters will respond to more than 70,000 small disasters in communities nationwide – most of them home fires. Your American Red Cross has been there at each and every disaster, because the American people expect us to be there and because they have always supported us. This holiday season, the American Red Cross is asking for the support of residents of western Wisconsin to give something that means something and help people in need through a donation to the Red Cross. People can visit gifts and browse through the online Red Cross Holiday Giving Catalog, selecting from more than 20 symbolic gifts to purchase for, or in honor of, a loved one during the holiday season. The gifts represent all Red Cross lines of service and include items such as blankets for

disaster victims, comfort kits for wounded warriors, swimming lessons for those who want to learn to swim and vaccinations against measles for children overseas. Everyone is invited to make a donation in the name of the people on their gift list. Their donation will help ensure the Red Cross is able to help people when they need it – when a disaster victim needs food and shelter, when a patient needs blood, or when a member of the

military needs to get in touch with their family. The public’s support during this holiday season will allow the Red Cross to continue to help to those in need. Please give something that means something by giving to the American Red Cross.

The Rally to Recall Scott Walker held in Spooner on Saturday, Nov. 12, drew a standing-room-only crowd of 200 citizens who came from Superior, Gordon, Hayward, Rice Lake, Chetek, Cumberland, Amery, Grantsburg, Siren, as well as our own towns. Speakers filled the crowd with stories from Wisconsin’s history, which inspire us to seize our moment and live up to the memory of the hard work expended by our foreparents to blaze a path of social justice in our state. Wisconsin became a leader in the nation exactly 100 years ago when, after 10 years of work, the Legislature passed the nation’s first workman’s compensation law. I’m so proud of the many thousands of Wisconsin citizens, Democratic, Republican, Independent or of no party, who stand together now to do the right thing and recall this governor and his

lieutenant governor who are doing so much damage to our state. They did not tell the voting public these were their plans so the electorate was fooled. It is time to sign a petition asking for a new election based on the truth. I found this quote from 1910 while researching Wisconsin history for this letter. Please don’t let the far-right use a “word” to frighten you into voting for them. “We cannot forever take things which Christianity has approved of since the time of Christ and put them in a bundle and write on the outside, ‘Socialistic, don’t touch.’ In all reforms which Christ would have advocated if he were on earth the only way to beat the Socialists is to beat them to it.” Charles McCarthy, 1910

The seasons are changing in Wisconsin, but unfortunately campaign season never ends in our state, thanks to another round of recalls launched by Democrats and unions. If you read their cardboard signs or letters in the paper, the basis to their argument is that Gov. Walker is extreme and radical. Fortunately, facts don’t lie. In his first year in office, Walker has successfully balanced a $3.6 billion deficit inherited from Jim Doyle, including a repayment of $59 million to Minnesota. School districts across the state have realized substantial savings by simply having the ability to shop for employee health care. Most importantly, Wisconsin taxpayers will see no increase in property taxes this year. So what is so extreme and radical about Walker? For starters, he required public employees to pay 12.6 percent to their health care premiums and 5.8 percent to their pensions. In other words, taxpayers will still pick up the tab for 87.4 percent of public workers insurance,

and pay 94.2 percent of their pension. How’s that for radical? Under Act 10, public employees are able to supplement their pensions with saving from previously mandated union dues, or Fair Share; anywhere from $700 to a thousand dollars per year per teacher of spending power that was shipped out of our area to fund union bosses and democrat candidates. The top seven WEAC officials collected $1,355,043 in wages last year; money taxpayers and local school districts meant to go to local classrooms. WEAC Executive Director Dan Burkhalter collected $242,807. WEAC President Mary Bell collected $173,466. In contrast, the average household income in Wisconsin is around $49,000. If someone approached you to sign a petition recalling Walker, simply ask them “Why?” before giving them your signature and get the facts, not spin.

I am neither impressed nor sympathetic to the antics of the recall Walker crowd. These so-called sophisticated, highly intelligent, educated people can’t seem to realize the simple fact Walker is not the problem. Wasn’t it James Carvel who once remarked, “It’s the economy, Stupid. What is there about that you don’t understand?” Instead, they have left me with the impression they are a bunch of greedy, selfish people who act like a bunch of spoiled children having some of their candy taken away from them. They apparently think they are a special group set above the fray and protected by their privileges from the slings and arrows thrown at the private sector every day. They claim to be a group with sympathy toward the underprivileged. But they are very good at ignoring the plight of their private-sector neighbors who have lost or are losing their homes, who have either lost their jobs or are underemployed, and who have watched their income severely cut. Yet the recall Walker crowd expects those people to pay more so the crowd can continue to enjoy their special privileges. I am also offended that my tax dollars were and may be used to pay for special elections. We had an election a year ago but these babies didn’t like the outcome. I experienced many elections having results I was unhappy with too, but I lived with it. I would like to see all those people signing the recall petitions have to pay $25 or more to cover the costs of the special elections. Find out how serious they really are. It is nice to demand things when the cost doesn’t come out of your pocket. Under Walker, Wisconsin has pro-

duced a balanced budget for the first time in many years and on time without raiding a bunch of special accounts. One would think that would have been appreciated. That was why he was elected in the first place. By the way, whatever happened to all the money the cigarette companies paid to the state? And why did we have to repay the doctors liability fund in the amount of $200 million? The economy is in the tank and just look at our national debt! Not only are many countries in the world at the edge of bankruptcy, but many of our own communities are in the same position. They not only have given away the company store, but they are also eating up the seed money. And one would have hoped the public sector would willingly share a little of the pain the rest of us have experienced to help us out of this mess, but instead we hear cries of, “Tax the rich.” Even the rich, whoever they may be, don’t have enough money to cover all the bills. Someone besides the farmers need to start producing some wealth in this country. Otherwise there is nothing really to share. Printing more funny money is not going to solve the problem. Neither will ranting like a bunch of labor goons. As James Carvel remarked, “It’s the economy, Stupid.” I don’t claim to be the smartest person in the world or even on my block, but I have been exposed to a few hard knocks in my life. It there is anyone who thinks I am way off base in my position, they can name a time and place to discuss this with me and I will be there.

James Lewis Shell Lake

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A new election based on the truth

Susan Hansen Shell Lake

Walker’s reform is working

James Miller Hayward

Kyle Kriegl Regional executive officer

Not impressed

Rod Ripley Spooner

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GRANTSBURG/UNIVERSITY PARK — Rodney “Rick” Erickson, a 1964 graduate of Grantsburg High School, has been named interim president of Penn State University. He was appointed to the position after the firing of President Graham Spanier in the wake of accusations of child molestation against assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Erickson will preside over one of the country’s oldest Ivy League universities, which encompasses 24 campuses across the U.S. as well as an online campus. Currently 96,000 students are enrolled at Penn State, which employs some 46,000 employees and has an alumnus more than a half a million strong. — from the Inter-County Leader ••• ST. CROIX FALLS —Talented 10-year-old Eli Anderson, a fifth-grader from St. Croix Falls, will be heading to Los Angeles, Calif., in January for a chance to audition for what could become a brandnew program on the Disney Channel. His parents, Jodene and Dirk, describe the show as a combination of the “Mickey Mouse Club” and “Glee.” Whether modeling, acting or just performing for friends and family, Eli’s mom says that Eli has had an interest in being in front of the camera, or on television someday, from a very young age.” He has had three modeling gigs, which included everything from jackets to lacrosse sports gear. Jostens Kinderkraft, Gopher sport products and Gettington, which is a product line of Fingerhunt, are the three Eli’s worked for. While pulling A’s and B’s in school, he has taken acting classes in the Twin Cities. — from the Inter-County Leader ••• ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Professor John Harlander, a Frederic High School graduate, is part of a team of researchers recently awarded a $1 million grant by NASA that is the first step to funding a satellite

mission. Harlander, a St. Cloud State University physics professor, is co-investigator on the Ionospheric Connection Explorer team. His focus has been studying the earth’s upper atmosphere. The grant from NASA is for evaluating potential future space missions, particularly to study the variability in the earth’s ionosphere. That variability can interfere with communications and geopositioning signals, both of which are of national concern. The ICON team has 11 months to complete the study; it then will go on to compete for a chance to be awarded a satellite mission and receive a budget of up to $200 million. — from the Inter-County Leader ••• RICE LAKE — The Rice Lake Chronotype will be shutting down its press and contracting out its printing. Chronotype publisher Warren Dorrance said the change came about because it was no longer feasible to make the investments necessary to maintain and update the press and other equipment used in the printing process. The newspaper will continue to be assembled electronically in Rice Lake and transmitted by way of the Internet to the printing facility. — from the Rice Lake Chronotype ••• CAMERON — The doors closed for a final time at a one-stop shop for outdoorsmen and women, Wild Bill’s Outpost, on Hwy. SS in Cameron. Long hours, combined with the slow economy and a new grandson prompted the decision for Bill and Sarah Turner to sell the business. — from the Barron NewsShield

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Great-granddaughter acknowledges a veteran

Olivia Piech, 10, of Franklin, sent her greatgrandfather, Bob Washkuhn, Shell Lake, this acknowledgement for Veterans Day. — Photo submitted

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STATEWIDE — The options for doing business with Department of Motor Vehicles online continue to increase, offering customers great convenience and more flexibility. In addition to vehicle registration renewal, which continues to grow in popularity, there are now more than a dozen transactions a DMV customer can do online, and that number will continue to increase. There is growing interest in all of DMV’s online services. Customers are busy, and they appreciate the convenience. The most

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Temps & levels

Temperatures recorded at Spooner Ag Research Station 2010 Nov. 14 Nov. 15 Nov. 16 Nov. 17 Nov. 18 Nov. 19 Nov. 20

2011 Nov. 14 Nov. 15 Nov. 16 Nov. 17 Nov. 18 Nov. 19 Nov. 20

High 33 33 35 34 36 32 38

High 50 52 47 33 33 N/A N/A

Low Precip. 31 8.0” snow 29 .5” snow 22 22 22 22 11

Low Precip. 31 27 28 .01” rain 20 trace rain 19

Lake level: Monday, Nov. 22, 2010: 1,217.68’ MSL Monday, Nov. 21, 2011: N/A

popular online service continues to be vehicle registration renewal. In the last 12 months, 867,000 customers have chosen this option. Recently added online services provide DMV customers the opportunity to: • Request both their driver and vehicle records;

• Check to see if they have any restrictions (incidents) against their records; • Find out whether their choice for a personalized license plate is available; • Expanded the types of vehicles eligible for online registration renewal “Clearly online is the way to go if you want to save time and money,” says

1951 - 60 years ago

the hunting season. • Spc. Ronald Theese, Mennheim, Germany, of the 35th Armored Division, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Theese, Barronett, was chosen Soldier of the Month for his unit.

Register Memories

• With mistress of ceremonies, teacher Arlyne Toll, an autumn festival was held at the Plainview School. Tamara Toll was the winner of the cakewalk and Mrs. DesJardins won a blanket. Several short skits were performed as well as songs and recitations. Homemade candy was sold, and a fish pond drew lively interest from the youngsters. • Lt. Edward Juza left for Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., after a visit at the R.A. Juza home. His wife and small son, James Michael, remained for a longer stay. • Members of the Brownie Girl Scouts entertained at a surprise farewell party for Cathy Bingham. Cathy and her family would spend the winter in Portage. • Mr. and Mrs. Leander Shellito and family were guests at the Gerald Besse home before they moved to Baraboo to live.

1961 - 50 years ago

• Dale Robert Hubin, Beaverbrook, and Carol Lowayne Tahieman, Rice Lake, were issued a marriage license. • Tory Ingebretson, an 87-year-old Long Lake farmer who had been missing since September and the object of an extensive search at that time, was found in the Long Lake area woods two miles southeast of his home. His body was found by Daryl Alexander, 23, Rice Lake, who was hunting in the area. Ingebretson was found by a swamp where he apparently fell and to all appearances died of natural causes. The amazing part of the story was that when Ingebretson left his home in September he had his faithful little Pomeranian dog, Penny, with him. Penny was still guarding her master’s body two months later, alive and hungry but apparently in good health. It was her excited barking that led Alexander to the body of her master. • Local deer hunters were smiling when the first snow of the year hit Washburn County leaving a 2-inch blanket of snow with a forecast of four more inches expected during the remaining days of

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1971 - 40 years ago

• Services were held for Kenneth Bergquist, 51, well known in Shell Lake for having worked as a part-time policeman for the city and as a driver for the Blume Funeral Home for many years. • A five-car accident happened on the overhead bridge one mile north of Sarona on Hwy. 53. A car driven by Ronald Berg, 27, Chicago, struck a patch of ice. The car and four other vehicles slid into the pileup. No one was injured, and the accident was listed as unavoidable. • Larry Hopke, 27, Shell Lake, was examined at the Indianhead Memorial Hospital in Shell Lake after his pickup truck struck a deer and rolled over. • Officers for Explorer Unit 51 were Tom Dahlstrom, president; John Schullo, vice president; Dave Ekern, secretary/treasurer; and Greg Flogstad, quartermaster. Upcoming speakers for the group would include Kenneth Matson, Bill Albright, Virgil Amundson, Del Soholt, Bill Taubman, Dan Genereau, Charles Zorel, Ray Schochert, Elmer Beran, Dennis Bailey, Gene Gilbertson, Phil Soltis, Rollie Schaefer and John Goberville.

1981 - 30 years ago

• Knute Brekke, Sarona, was named Western Division Soccer Player of the Year as a member of the UW-Barron County team. • Ken Ogden was named Coach of the Year for Class C schools. • Participation in the Shell Lake School lunch program was down 36 percent, so cooks would be reduced an hour per day each except for a part-time cook who would lose one-half hour per day. • The barn on the Alfons Pundy farm burned to the ground.

1991 - 20 years ago

• The Shell Lake Lakers football team was the state champions. This was Shell Lake’s third state championship — the first came in football in 1980, the second in wrestling in 1988. • Robin Weinhold and her 6-year-old son, Kenny, both of Shell Lake, took home trophies from the Twin Ports Open Karate Tournament held at UW-Superior. • Evelyn Albee, Happy Corners 4-H Club, received the Bessie Peterson 25year leader plaque presented by Severt Olson, guest speaker at the 4-H Leaders Banquet. • New officers of the Town and Country Days Committee were Brad Mortensen and Jerry Thompson, cochairmen; Jene Morey, treasurer; and Linda Mortensen, secretary.

2001 - 10 years ago

• Mary Nelson, 73, Shell Lake, won two Polaris XC600 snowmobiles, trailer, helmets and suits when she hit the jackpot on a quarter slot at the St. Croix Casino and Hotel in Turtle Lake. • Jim Campbell, athletic director for the Shell Lake School District, was named District Athletic Director of the Year by the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association. • Shell Lake was represented in the Christmas City of the North Parade in Duluth by Miss Shell Lake Katie Foss and her court, Kayla Zaloudek, Jill Pederson and Tera Reynolds. Carol Leischer, of Carol’s Floral, donated the use of Christmas props to adorn the float. • Named to the football all-conference roster were Jackson Smith, honorable mention; Chris Soukup, first-team free safety and first-team kicker; Luke Forseth, second-team linebacker; Craig Furchtenicht, first-team defensive end and second-team offensive tackle; Adam Wabrowetz, honorable mention; Trent Vanderhoof, first-team defensive tackle; and Mike Pesko, first-team wide receiver.


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SHELL LAKE — A holiday dinner for the Shell Lake Chamber of Commerce is set for Thursday, Dec. 1, at Lakeview Bar and Grill in downtown Shell Lake. A social hour will begin at 6 p.m. with a choice of shrimp or prime rib dinner served at 7 p.m. All chamber members and those interested in the chamber are invited to attend. Please call Suzanne at 715-468-2314 by 4 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 29, to request your meal choice. — from SLCC

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ADOPTABLE PETS OF THE WEEK We have two dogs that are quite sad, and I will tell you why, Mack and Chopper seem to be the two that are passed by. You'll never find a nicer dog than either one of these, They only want a family who each one can love and please. Chopper's been here far too long, since August I believe, And Mack it's been since June, he says he'd really like to leave. Maybe no one wants them cause they're of the pit bull breed, That doesn't make them bad, misunderstood unfortunately. Please give these boys a chance to prove that what I say is true, A chance is all they'll need because they're awesome through and through. Dogs for adoption: 2-year-old female black/brown Chihuahua/dachshund mix; 6-monthold male black Lab mix; 2-year-old brindle male pit bull; 6-month-old male black/white Lab mix; 5-yearold neutered brown/white American Staffordshire terrier; 2-year-old neutered male black Lab; 5-yearold neutered brown/tan min pin mix; 8-year-old white/brown spayed Chihuahua; 1-year-old neutered black/brown Chihuahua mix and a 4- to 5year-old neutered springer spaniel mix. Cats for adoption: 7-month-old gray/white female medium-hair tiger; 2-1/2-month-old male gray medium-hair kitten; 6-month-old male black shorthair; 6-month-old male black/white shorthair; 6month-old female black/white medium-hair; 4-month-old male buff/white shorthair tabby; 3month-old male black/white shorthair; 1-year-old spayed brown/white shorthair Abyssinian mix; 4month-old male orange/white longhair; 7-monthold female black/white shorthair; 6-year-old neutered orange shorthair tiger; 2 young shorthair calicos; 3-year-old neutered gray/white shorthair tiger; 2-month-old black longhair male; 2-year-old shorthair calico and her 6-week-old kittens, one black, one black/white, one orange tiger; and three 7-week-old black/white kittens. Strays include: 2-year-old black male Chihuahua mix found on River Street in Spooner and an adult neutered orange longhair cat found on Scribner Street, Spooner.

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roasting thermometer for all temperature readings rather than relying on the pop-up thermometer in the turkey. After three hours, the breast meat should have reached about 120 degrees. If you are cooking in an uncovered roasting pan with tall sides, turn the bird for even cooking. Return the bird to the oven and continue cooking until the breast, leg and thigh meat all register 165 degrees, covering the breast as necessary to prevent overbrowning and basting as desired. Check the temperature every 20 to 30 minutes as you near the end of the cooking time to prevent overcooking. “After about five hours, the breast, leg and thigh meat should reach 165 degrees for safe serving,” Ingham says. After the meal, remove leftover turkey meat from the carcass within two hours, slice and place in shallow containers. Refrigerate other leftovers such as gravy and stuffing in shallow containers no more than three inches deep. Leftovers that are not eaten within two days should be frozen to enjoy later. More information on roasting turkeys from frozen is available at A guide on thawing and cooking turkeys is available at Contact your county UW-Extension office for more information on preparing poultry as well as other food safety questions at www.yourcounty — from UW-Extension

St. Francis de Sales School honor roll

SPOONER — St. Francis de Sales School in Spooner is proud to announce its honor roll for the first quarter of the 2011-2012 school year. Fifth Grade - A honor roll: Spencer Blonk and John Nauertz Sixth Grade - B honor roll: AJ Christner, Tyler Griffith and John Hoellen

Seventh Grade - A honor roll: Anna Emerson and Adeline Paffel Seventh Grade - B honor roll: Audrey Blonk, Sophia DelFiacco, Rachel Medley and Mark Nauertz Eighth Grade - A honor roll: Kayla Kielkucki and Lauryn Olson-Byrnes Eighth Grade - B honor roll: Jacob Sacco. - submitted

Kipsters compete in championship

SUPERIOR — The Kipsters gymnastics team of Deutsch’s Gymnastics Training Center in Rice Lake competed Saturday, Nov. 12, in the Lake Superior Gymnastics Association Championships held in Superior. The team placed eighth in the championship. The results for local athletes competing in the level 4 age 11 group were as follows: Lyndsey Hanson, Shell Lake, receiving second and earning team points on beam with 8.7. She also earned team points in bars and had a personal best with 7.9. She received 8.75 on vault, 7.1 on floor and 32.45 in all-around. Meghan Stone, Shell Lake, earned an 8.0 on vault, 4.85 on bars, 7.4 on beam, 6.95 on floor and 27.2 in all-around. Competing in the level 4 age 10 group was April Kyrola, Barronett. She had a personal best on beam with 7.0 and all-around with 28.3. She earned 8.35 on vault, 5.75 on bars, and 7.2 on floor.

Logan Sprenger, Spooner, competed in level 4 age 9 and placed ninth on beam with 7.95 and 11th on vault with 8.65. A personal best was received on floor with 7.0. Other scores earned were 7.3 on bars and 30.9 in allaround. Noelle Nelson, Shell Lake, placed first and earned team points with a 9.05 on bars for the level 4 age 7 division. She placed fourth on vault with 9.0, received sixth and earned team points on floor with 7.75. She scored 6.9 on beam and 32.7 in all-around where she took sixth place. Team standings were Northwoods Tumblers 108.00, Grand Rapids 107.55, Bemidji 104.25, Twin Ports 103.95, Midwest Motion 103.9, Northern Twistars 102.95, The Gymnastics Academy 102.3, Deutsch’s 101.6, Duluth YMCA 99.6, and Bay Area 97.65. —with information from Deutsch’s Gymnastics Training Center



s I opened the drapes in the dining room one day earlier this month and saw that snowflakes had accumulated on the front lawn, I was thankful that the streets were bare of any snow. I was thankful that I had a dependable car to drive to a job that I am thankful to have, and also that I would not have to drive on slippery roads that day to get to my job that I like. I was thankful as I looked out the window and saw the wind blowing the American flag on the neighbor’s flagpole that I had a warm and comfortable home to live in that is in a beautiful and free country. As I sat down to enjoy a hot breakfast, after taking a warm shower, I was thankful for

that as well. There may be times that I just take for granted all I have been blessed with. How many times on the news have I heard about natural disasters all across this land? Or the poverty? Or the living conditions for some as their country is at war? Or for some that have never experienced the freedoms that we have here in the United States? It may not be considered by some to be politically correct to say this, but I can still have a personal opinion, I believe in God and I am thankful to him for all the blessings I have received.

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“It is difficult to pass these costs on to consumers, when not a lot of jobs are being created. I’m doing my best to make sure EPA becomes more reasonable.” Lineman Dan Ripplinger commented on the Clean Water Act, which calls for stricter guidelines for power plant cooling water intakes. Dairyland Power has met all requirements of the Clean Water Act. Proposed new rules could cost $100 million per plant, if building water-cooling towers is required. The final rule is expected in November 2012. The options for compliance are limited and very costly and could result in the need to shut down coal-fired power plants reducing reliability of the power supply system. Barron Electric’s Board President Selmer Nelson remarked on spent nuclear fuel, which cost Dairyland Power and cooperative members $6 million a year or $390,000 for Barron Electric members for a shut-down nuclear facility. The federal government promised to take spent nuclear fuel starting in 1998. However, this has not happened. Barron Electric Board Director Richard Bol discussed the RICE Rules HR 3185. Barron Electric and Dairyland Power

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have reduced peak electric use through the Load Management Program with member-owned standby generation. These efforts have helped eliminate the need for additional coal-fired generation and have improved reliability of the distribution system. Beginning in 2013, the EPA is planning to implement their most recent final rules in the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines, also known as the RICE Rules. In these rules, standby generation for peak shaving will no longer be allowed. Peak-shaving programs enhance electric reliability and lower cost to members by reducing demand on generating plants. General Manager Dallas Sloan thanked Duffy for voting to pass H.R. 2273, the Coal Residuals, Reuse and Management Act. This coal ash bill specifically directs EPA to treat coal as a nonhazardous mate-

rial and gives states significant oversight. He also thanked him for co-sponsoring the Regulation Moratorium and Jobs Preservation Act of 2011, H.R. 2898, as well as co-sponsoring and voting for the TRAIN Act, H.R. 2401. H.R. 2898 prohibits any federal agency from taking any significant regulatory action until the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a monthly unemployment rate equal to or less than 7.7 percent. H.R. 2401 delays the implementation of two major rules, the Cross State Air Pollution Rule and the Maximum Achievable Control Technology Rule until a cumulative impact study is completed. Duffy said, “These are real-life stories that affect families and people. I want to assure you that I am listening to Wisconsin businesses and my constituents on the best way to get this economy growing and create jobs.”– submitted

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SHELL LAKE — The Shell Lake FFA is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive on Thursday, Dec. 1. The blood drive will be held in the Shell Lake High School gym from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The drive is a way for the FFA to earn a scholarship of $500 if 60 pints of blood are donated. They are looking for 30 pints donated from the public. If you are interested in donating please contact Jenifer Bos at 715-468-7814. — from Shell Lake FFA


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Monday: Lifestyle weight management support group will meet at 4 p.m. Weigh-in, meeting at 4:30 p.m. in the dining room of Indianhead Medical Center in Shell Lake. Call Michelle Grady at 715-468-7833 for more information. Membership fee is $10 per year, dues 50 cents per week. • Partners of Veterans women’s support group will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at Counseling Associates in Siren, located across from the Burnett County Government Center. For more information, contact Julie YaekelBlack Elk at 715-349-8575. • Celebrate Recovery meetings at 6:30. This is a Christ-centered recovery program. Meetings take place in the Community Life Center at Spooner Wesleyan Church, Hwy. 70 West. For more information, call 715635-2768. • First Friends Playgroup open to all children. Focus on infants and their caregivers with sensory stimulation and movement experiences. Art project materials provided and the morning closes with circle music time and instrument exploration. 10 a.m. to noon at Lakeland Family Resource Center, 314 Elm St., Spooner. Monday and Thursday: Washburn County Alzheimer’s Day Respite Program is held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Spooner. Daily fee includes lunch and a program of crafts, exercise, games, music, quiet time, etc. For more information, call 715635-4367. Tuesday: Women Healing Women support group at Time-Out Family Abuse Outreach office, every other Tuesday, 4-5:30 p.m. For survivors of domestic abuse and/or sexual abuse. Free, confidential, closed after first session. For more info or to register, contact Time-Out Family Abuse Shelter Outreach office at 103 Oak St., Spooner, WI 54801, 715-635-5245. • Ala-Teen meets at 6:30 p.m. in the New Life Christian Center in Rice Lake. Use the back entrance. • The Washburn County Historical Society Research Room, 102 West Second Avenue, Shell Lake, open Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. throughout the year. • Bridge at Friendship Commons, Fourth Avenue, Shell Lake, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Practice your Bridge skills. Beginners welcome. Wednesday: Lakeland Family Resource Center open from noon to 3 p.m. • AA meeting, 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Spooner. • 9 a.m. to noon, sewing at Shell Lake Senior Center. • Kidstime-Parentime at Lakeland Family Resource Center, 314 Elm St., Spooner, 10 a.m. to noon. Learn, discuss and share ideas and experience to enrich parenting skills. Preselected art or play materials available for children of all ages. Kidstime-Parentime provides quality time for families, networking for parents and a social opportunity for both parents and children. The last Wednesday of the month a potluck lunch is held at 11:15 a.m. Thursday: AA meets at 7 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, Minong. • Al-Anon meets at 8 p.m. in the cafeteria at Indianhead Medical Center, Shell Lake. • Library Fun For Little Ones, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Shell Lake Public Library. A time for stories, craft and a snack. No age minimum or maximum for participants. Thursday and Monday: Washburn County Alzheimer’s Day Respite Program, see listing above.

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SHELL LAKE — In the Wednesday, Nov. 16, edition of the Register there was an error on the years of continuous membership that Charles Lutz has had with the American Legion. Lutz was presented with an award for 65 years rather than 60 as stated. The staff at the Register apologizes to Lutz, the American Legion and also to Elmer Anderson who presented the award, for the error. — WCR

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••• Amber Bednar, RN, Washburn County Health Department, is available at the public health office to provide breastfeeding basics, how-tos and postpartum support. Appointments can be made at 715-635-4400. Domestic abuse and sexual assault are crimes. Time-Out provides free, confidential victim support. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence in a relationship, please call 800-924-0556. The Washburn County Genealogy Research Room, 106-1/2 2nd Ave., Museum Hewitt Building, Shell Lake, is closed for the winter. The room can be opened upon request, weather permitting. Call 715635-7937 or 715-635-6450, for more information. Shell Lake Alano Club Meetings on CTH B, 2 blocks off Hwy. 63. All meetings are nonsmoking Sunday 10 a.m. AA 6 p.m. AA Beginners Noon AA Monday 5 p.m. GA Tuesday Noon AA 7 p.m. AA Wednesday 1 p.m. AA NA 7 p.m. Thursday 1 p.m. AA 7 p.m. Al-Anon Friday 2 p.m. AA 7 p.m. AA Step Noon AA Saturday 7 p.m. AA Fourth Saturday of every month, Pin Night with 5:30 p.m. potluck and 7 p.m. meeting.

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Indianhead Community Action Agency is looking for volunteers to help out in their thrift store and food pantry. Food pantry volunteers must be able to lift at least 25 lbs. Please stop in to ICAA at 608 Service Road and pick up an application or call 715-635-3975 for more information. ••• The Washburn County Area Humane Society is looking for volunteers to update and maintain their Web site and to research and apply for grants. For more information, call Susie at 715-468-2453 or e-mail ••• Terraceview Living Center Inc. is providing opportunities for talented volunteers skilled in group and 1:1 interactions with the elderly. Seeking services between 3-7 p.m. daily. There will be flexibility in scheduling your services. Orientation is provided. If you are interested please stop by their office and fill out an application. ••• Volunteer help at the Shell Lake Arts Center is needed for special occasions during the school year. We need help with the middle school honors band, bulk mailings, the piano festival, middle school honors choir and the Gala. If you are interested in volunteering please call 715-468-2414. ••• Faith in Action of Washburn County is looking for volunteers to provide direct services to seniors and adults with disabilities. Tasks might include transportation, light housekeeping, light yard work, fix-it jobs, telephone and in-person visits. Training is provided, and all volunteers choose what they want to do and when they want to volunteer. For more information, please call 715-635-2252 or e-mail Faith In Action at ••• The Shell Lake Arts Center is in need of a volunteer with bookkeeping experience to work three to four hours per week between now and June 2012. Activities include payroll processing, bill payment and documentation, and communicating with the center’s finance committee. Familiarity with QuickBooks is essential. Contact Tara Burns at the SLAC if interested, 715-468-2414. ••• To publish a volunteer opportunity, submit it to us by Monday noon. E-mail it to, bring it to the office, or call 715-468-2314. Please list the type of volunteer work you need, as well as dates, times and length of service. Make sure to include your contact information, including your name and phone number. When the volunteer position is filled, please let us know so we can take it off the list. This service is offered free of charge in an effort to bring the community together so those that are looking for help can find those that are looking to help.

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Sunday, Dec. 4 • The Spooner Community Choir will present its annual Christmas concert, 2 p.m. at the Spooner High School Auditorium. The public is invited to attend. A freewill offering will be received. Tuesday, Dec. 6 • Flood risk information open house, 6 p.m., county boardroom Elliot Building, 110 Fourth Avenue, Shell Lake. • Shell Lake/Spooner Masonic Lodge 221 meeting, 7 p.m., at the lodge. Wednesday, Dec. 7 • Washburn County HCE all-member holiday luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Installation of officers. Bring items for food pantry. • Unit on Aging, 1 p.m., Shell Lake Senior Center. • Free soup and sandwiches, Church of the Nazarene, 5:30 p.m. 715-635-3496 to confirm. Donations accepted. • Washburn County Health Department Open Immunization Clinic, Spooner, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Walk-ins on that day only. Appointments are available by calling 715635-4400. Suggested donation of $5. Bring child’s immunization record. • All former Shell Lake School District employees, spouse or friend, Christmas luncheon, noon Lakeview Bar & Grill, order from menu. Thursday, Dec. 8 • The Shell Lake Lions Club meeting, 6:30 p.m., Shell Lake Community Center. • Fibromyalgia/CFS/Chronic Pain Support Group of Barron County meets from 1-3 p.m. at the Chetek Lutheran Church, Chetek. Coffee and refreshments served. Educational materials available to sign out. 715651-9011 or 715-237-2798. Friday-Sunday, Dec. 9-11 • “An O. Henry Christmas” at Theater in the Woods, Shell Lake. For reservations 715-468-4387 or Saturday, Dec. 10 • 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. Chuck 715-635-9309, Bill 715468-4017 or Ardys 715-222-4410. • Spooner Moms Club community toy drive distribution day, 8-11 a.m., Faith Lutheran Church, W7148 Luther Road, Spooner. • Christmas at the Fort, Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park, 8500 CTH U, Danbury, 11 a.m-6 p.m. 715-8668890 or visit Monday, Dec. 12 • Diabetes education meeting, 2-3 p.m., Spooner Health System. Topics and speakers vary each month. Information call Claudia at 715-635-1217. Tuesday, Dec. 13 • Moms Club meets at Faith Lutheran, Spooner, 10 a.m. All stay-at-home or part-time-working moms welcome with their children.


November Thursday, Nov. 24 • Lighting of the Christmas Celebration in Lights, 2011 Winter Wonderland, Shell Lake Municipal Campground and Park, 5 p.m. Sponsored by the Shell Lake Lions Club. Saturday, Nov. 26 • Free community breakfast, 7-10 a.m., First United Pentecostal Church, 337 Greenwood Ave., Spooner. All welcome. Donations accepted. • 31st-annual Christmas Art and Craft Show, 9 a.m.2 p.m., United Methodist Church, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Elm St., Spooner. Tuesday, Nov. 29 • Washburn County American Cancer Society Relay For Life meeting, 6 p.m., Faith Lutheran Church, W7148 Luther Road, Spooner. Steve at 715-416-0486. Wednesday, Nov. 30 • Free community supper, 4-6 p.m., St. Alban Episcopal Church, 220 Elm St., Spooner. December Thursday, Dec. 1 • Shell Lake Chamber of Commerce Christmas party at Lakeview Bar & Grill. Social hour 6 p.m. Dinner at 7 p.m. Call Suzanne at 715-468-2314 by 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, to request your meal choice. • Aphasia Group, 10-11:30 a.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, Spooner. Betsy at 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. • Shell Lake FFA American Red Cross blood drive in the Shell Lake High School gym from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. If interested, contact Jenifer Bos at 715-468-7814. Friday, Dec. 2 • Washburn County Genealogical Society Christmas party, 12:30 p.m., at Tracks Restaurant, Hwy. 70, one mile west of Spooner. The meal will be self-paid. A $5 Christmas gift exchange man for man, woman for woman, may be brought. There will be no meeting in November or December. Friday-Sunday, Dec. 2-4 • “An O. Henry Christmas” at Theater in the Woods, Shell Lake. For reservations 715-468-4387 or Saturday, Dec. 3 & Sunday, Dec. 4 • Christmas at the Fort, Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park, 8500 CTH U, Danbury. The North Pole theme. Saturday 11 a.m-6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 715866-8890 or visit Saturday, Dec. 3 • Shell Lake’s Holiday Saturday. Breakfast with Santa 9-11 at community center. Craft fair at school. Special events throughout the day. • Barronett Lutheran Scandinavian smorgasbord 1-5 p.m.

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Girls basketball lineup

Amy Bouchard Freshman Guard

Dakota Robinson Freshman Guard

Katie Slater Freshman Forward

Tia Carlson Freshman Forward

April Richter Junior Guard

Hailey Flach Sophomore Forward

Hannah Cassel Sophomore Guard

Katie Gronning Sophomore Guard

McKenzie Olson Sophomore Forward

Shania Pokorny Sophomore Forward

Allysha Feeney Junior Guard

Dani Kuechle Junior Forward

Jennifer Connell Junior Forward

Kim Atkinson Junior Guard

Taylor Bauch Junior Forward

Emma Anderson Senior Guard

A season of promise

by Larry Samson SHELL LAKE — The Shell Lake girls basketball team will start the season with a tough nonconference rival, the Siren Dragons, on Tuesday, Nov. 29. On Friday, Dec. 2, Shell Lake will be playing Spooner in the American Cancer Society’s Coaches versus Cancer basketball game. The money raised by Shell Lake and Spooner players will be going to the Washburn County American Cancer Society Relay For Life. The Lakers bring to the court one of their most experienced teams in recent years, as they have six returning varsity players. Seniors Emma Anderson, Erica Kozial and Jen Cassel have 10 years total of varsity playing, three years playing on the court together. Jen Connell, a varsity transfer student from Turtle Lake, will bring with her years of experience in that program. Kristin Kraetke, Hannah Cassel and Shania Pokorny were three freshman starters last year who will be a year older and stronger. Coach Tom Sauve, returning for his second year, will have eight returning JV players to choose from to fill out the varsity bench.

Other members of the coaching staff are assistant coach Brad Sauve along with assistant coach Annie Cassel. Shell Lake plans to improve on their 2009-2010 season where they finished 4-18.

Erica Kozial Senior Forward

Jennifer Cassel Senior Forward

Spooner All-Conference



Junior high boys basketball Tuesday, Nov. 29: At Northwood High School, 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1: Vs. Clear Lake, at SLAC, 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5: At Clayton High School, 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8: Vs. Prairie Farm, at SLAC, 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12: At Cameron Middle School, 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16: At Turtle Lake High School, 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19: Vs. Northwood, 5 p.m. Boys varsity basketball Saturday, Nov. 26: Scrimmage at Unity, 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29: Doubleheader vs. Siren 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2: Vs. Grantsburg, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5: Vs. Northwood, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9: Doubleheader at Prairie Farm, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12: Vs. Flambeau, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16: At Cameron, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20: Vs. Turtle Lake, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22: Doubleheader vs. Birchwood, 7:30 p.m. Girls varsity basketball Tuesday, Nov. 29: Doubleheader vs. Siren, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2: At Spooner, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9: Doubleheader at Prairie Farm, 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16: Vs. Turtle Lake, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20: At Cameron, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22: Doubleheader vs. Birchwood, 6 p.m.

Senior Iciar Ocariz went to state in cross country with a qualifying time of 15:31.5 at the Barron Sectionals. At state, she finished 44th with a time of 15:31.

Kyra Schmock made the allconference golf team for 2011. Teammate Erin Winesberg also made all-conference but was not present for the photo.

Denver Quenett was the sole soccer player from Spooner to make the Heart O’ North All-Conference Team.

The Spooner High School football had a great season, finishing with an 8-3 record. Ten players made the Heart O’ North All-Conference Team. They were back row (L to R): Gavin Anderson, sophomore, firstteam quarterback; Eric Bitney, junior, honorable mention, inside linebacker; Logan Anderson, senior, firstteam end/flanker; Bryson Grubbs, senior, second-team defense linebacker and Ryley Holden, senior, first-team offensive center. Front: Tyler Cornell, senior, second-team defensive corner/safety; Ian Strasburg, senior, first-team offensive guard/tackle; Austin Hochstetler, senior, honorable mention end/flanker and Brandon Shutt, senior, second-team running back. Not present for the photo, Ambrose Depies, senior, honorable mention lineman. — Photos by Larry Samson




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Boys basketball lineup

Dylan Sandwick Freshman Guard

Trevor Anderson Freshman Guard

Adam Hungerbuhler Sophomore Forward

Curtis Parker Sophomore Guard

David Brereton Sophomore Forward

Jesse Sibert Sophomore Forward

AJ Burton Junior Forward

Alec Stager Junior Guard

Austin Williams Junior Forward

BJ Burton Junior Guard

Brandon Melton Junior Forward

Isaac Cusick Junior Forward

Nick Muska Junior Guard

Tyler Gramberg Junior Forward

Wyatt Carlson Junior Guard

Jon Lloyd Senior Forward

Football team holds awards banquet

The previous year had 17 graduating seniors. This year, Shell Lake had four seniors. (L to R): Jon Lloyd will be missed at the wide-end-receiver position, Caleb Schmidt earned his fourth football letter, Jesse Gronning is a three-time football letterman, and Caleb Parker is a three-time letterman who will remember the four touchdowns he threw in the Hurley game.

The Lakeland All-Conference Team has been announced. Earning a spot on the team are (L to R): Jesse Gronning, second-team running back; BJ Burton, first-team, safety, honorable mention running back; Caleb Parker, honorable mention quarterback and Caleb Schmidt, first-team offensive and defensive lineman. He was also named to the all-district team. — Photos by Larry Samson

LEFT: The Laker Awards are given to players in special recognition and are voted on by the players. Receiving awards at the football banquet held Tuesday, Nov. 15, were (L to R): Most Improved David Brereton, Scout Team was Sam Muska, Special Teams Player went to BJ Burton. Jesse Gronning got the top award, Most Valuable Player, and MVP Offense. Caleb Parker came away with the Coaches Award. Caleb Schmidt earned the MVP Defense for the 10 sacks he had for the year. Standing tall with the team is Richey Feeney who earned the Manager of the Year Award. RIGHT: Earning their letter awards the hard way, these juniors will be stepping up to the leadership role. (L to R): Tyler Harrell, Wyatt Carlson, Austin Williams, Bj Burton, Anthony Lloyd and AJ Denotter.

In their first year of varsity football, these freshmen got their opportunity to play on special teams and substitution when needed. Earning their Participating Award are (L to R): Dylan Sandwick Noah Skluzacek, Marty Anderson and Luke Langland. Sam Muska earned his varsity letter.

Returning next year as juniors, these sophomores will have a year or two of experience under their belt. (L to R): Sam Livingston, Tanner Williams, Jesse Sibert, David Brereton, Beau Skluzacek, Cody Mayer and Tyler Kozial.



by Larry Samson SHELL LAKE — Shell Lake will be hitting the basketball court this season with one of the youngest teams in recent years. With only one returning senior, Jon Lloyd, third-year head coach Dave Bouchard will have to rely on his experienced juniors, AJ Denotter, BJ Burton, Austin Williams, Isaac Cusick and Wyatt Carlson. Bouchard will have several experienced junior varsity players to draw from. Height will not be a problem this year as sophomores Adam Hungerbuhler, Curtis

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Let’s play basketball

Parker, David Brereton and Jesse Sibert are all over six feet tall. Coming off a 2-19 season, the Lakers have only one way to go. With the strong junior and sophomore team, they will improve this season and be competitive in the conference. It is difficult to rebuild a team with the small number of athletes going out for the sport. Sometimes doing nothing, while not the best choice, is the one many have opted for. Assistant coach Rich Taylor will aid Bouchard. Tay-


lor is a transplant from the Hoosier State of Indiana. He will bring a fresh approach to the game. Evan Fox will be back to help with the coaching duties. He is a college student who spends his spare time giving back to the school and sport he loves. Shell Lake will have a tough start with their opener against Siren on Tuesday, Nov. 29. The Lakers will meet up with the Grantsburg Pirates on Friday, Dec. 2. Both games are at home and are nonconference.

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WASHBURN COUNTY — With the Christmas holiday approaching, there are many opportunities to reach out to those that may need a little assistance and a bit of encouragement. Various organizations are available to assist. The following is a list of opportunities to give locally.

Christmas Fund The Christmas Fund is available to those in the Shell Lake and Spooner school districts. Those wishing to receive a holiday basket are urged to apply soon by filling out an application. In Shell Lake, applications are available at the Washburn County Human Services Office and at the Washburn County Register newspaper office located in the Lake Mall. Donations of money, food, new toys and clothing are also be accepted at these offices as well as at the Shell Lake State Bank. In Spooner application forms are available at the Washburn County Food Pantry, the Washburn County Public Health Office and the Spooner, Advocate where donations are also being accepted. The Indianhead Credit Union is also accepting donations. Monetary gifts may be mailed to Christmas Fund, P.O. Box 321, Spooner, WI 54801. Gift baskets will be delivered on Friday, Dec. 23. This project is sponsored by the Spooner – Trego and Shell Lake Lions clubs.

Toys for Tots Boxes in Shell Lake for donations to the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots are at Lake Mall, Indianhead Medical Center and WGMO radio station. All branches of the Shell Lake State Bank, the Country Store in Spooner, as well as the Barronett Bar are also accepting donations of new toys. Toys will be distributed at the Barronett Community Center on Sunday, Dec. 18, from

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Northwoods Support Team The Northwoods Support Team is collecting items for the Christmas stockings going to soldiers in Afghanistan. Items needed include nail clippers, granola bars, hard individually wrapped candy, pocketsize tissue, silly string and crossword or find a word puzzle books. To obtain a complete list of items needed, you may call Darlene Heller at 715-635-2930 or e-mail or Lynda Marquardt at 715635-6237 or Monetary donations are also welcome to help with postage. Checks can be made out to the American Legion Auxiliary with Northwoods Support Team written on the memo line. Items and money can be dropped off at the Community Bank of Spooner or at Heller’s home. — with submitted information


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The cast of characters includes: Richard Shipman, Kathy Brihn, Justin Peck and Leon Hanson, all from Spooner; Rose Bauman from Webb Lake; Barry Melcher from Stone Lake; Pat Shifferd from Minong; and Don Bruce from Shell Lake. Seating is limited. Reserve online at or call the box office at 715-468-4387. Refreshments will be available. Cash or check accepted. Theatre in the Woods is a nonprofit community theater organization, now in its 22nd year, located at the Erika Quam Memorial Theatre, 605 1st St. in Shell Lake. For more information visit — from TiTW

Dick Quinton is home again after having surgery in Rice Lake. Earl Joslyn from Milwaukee is staying for a few days with his uncle and aunt, Don and Lida Nordquist. Colin, Chad and Chris Harrison were weekend guests at the home of Nina and Lawrence Hines. Colin will be staying for several days during the week. Weekend visitors of Karen and Hank Mangelsen

were Don Nordquist, Earl Joslyn, Larry Mangelsen and Mark Hines. Some of the visitors over the weekend at the home of Ronda and Maynard Mangelsen were Dylan Longhenry, Chris Harrison, Duane Otis, Jeanne, Brea and Bryce Williamson, Daya, Jordan and Cora Lawrence and Hank, Karen and Larry Mangelsen.

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SHELL LAKE – “An O. Henry Christmas” directed by Roger Sweeney takes to the stage on Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 2, 3, 9 and 10, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 4 and 11, at 2 p.m., at the Erika Quam Memorial Theatre in Shell Lake. The play is set in an abandoned railroad spur in 1893 New York City on Christmas Eve. Several of O. Henry’s themes are woven together by a mysterious escaped prisoner who narrates the stories as a ragtag group of street people act them out. The stories begin to impact individuals and rekindle the spirit of Christmas in a magical and heartwarming way—a charming alternative to all the Christmas Carols.

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by Diane Dryden SHELL LAKE — This past summer, Shell Lake residents showed their love of gardening by planting gardens - for some it was their first one - using pots and planters and even straw bales to produce some amazing amounts of produce, flowers and herbs. Connee Brabec, the president of Friendship Commons Senior Center, reports their 4x4 raised beds did exceptionally well. “I bought the beds that were made of cedar and stood 4 feet tall so even folks that were in wheelchairs or in walkers could tend to the plants. The city not only supplied the dirt for all the planters, but they also watered the beds daily. We had two raised beds and two half-barrels and we grew tomatoes (along with marigolds for pest control), bush cucumbers, yellow and green beans, Sugar Snap peas, purple, green and orange varieties of peppers; carrots and radishes. Our crops were so successful that we used them in our general meeting potlucks, the beans in a green bean casserole, the carrots as candied carrots and the peppers we stuffed and baked. Happy Tonics had their four halfbarrels on the other side of the center and they grew herbs, ground cherries and lots of other things. They had a youth grant from the Aldo Leopold Foundation and Happy Tonics worked with the Shell Lake Girl Scouts. Since the grant ran out, Happy Tonics gave them to us and we’re going to plant them next year with whatever our 37 members decide.”

The geraniums, Wave petunias, bachelor buttons and snapdragons were beautiful this year that were grown by the center. After the replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall left the area, the center inherited five of the planters that held flow-

Early news deadline, so I don’t have much! By the time you read this, you’ll have been cooking up a storm for Turkey Day or eating leftovers on Black Friday or maybe enjoying fresh venison steak! The coolest temps of the fall arrived midweek forming thin ice on small ponds. Les and Sandi Vogt were in New Brighton, Minn., checking on and helping her 86-year-old mom that still lives in her own home, to do some things for her and also attend Sandi’s once-amonth Mounds View Class of 1966 gettogether, this time held at the Running Ace Casino with around 18 attending. Dale Webb, Somerset, visited Rocky Furchtenicht and also me on Wednesday evening. He brought his big deer rack for us to see that he had gotten the first day of bow season and also early Christmas presents of jerky, sausage and bologna he had processed. Brett Holman spent overnight with Casey Furchtenicht. They made homemade hand soap out of tallow and ashes and also made and baked some bricks they formed out of lime. It seems folks are making more old-time recipes, including homemade washing soap, skin creams and even vanilla. Tuesday I and my sister Nell Lee visited our sister Sharon Wilber, in the hospital at Spooner. She was taken to the

emergency room on Monday night with health issues, so keep her on your prayer chain. Grandson Brian Marschall visited and had lunch with me on Wednesday and did some things on my honey-do list while here. Mary Krantz and I shopped and had lunch together in Rice Lake on Thursday. En route home on Bear Lake, right close to the road, we stopped and watched a flock of swans. They are so graceful and beautiful. Please call me with your Turkey Day news and hunting results by next Monday noon so you don’t have to read just all about me. Happy birthday to Greg Lyga, Luke Riewestahl, Nov. 24; Tayna Sigmund, Bridgett Lee, Janet Hauph, Mike Linton Jr., Herb Sandau and Josh Riewestahl, Nov. 25; Elfreda West, Irene Johnson and Devan Musil, Nov. 26; Bob Washkuhn, Jolene Peck and Tony Frey, Nov. 28; Jesse West, Barb Grobe, Cindy Campbell, Gracen Zaloudek and Barb Anderson, Nov. 29; Bert Richter, Bonnie Helmer, Diane Kubista, Linda (Lombard) Hines, Susan Miller, Jill Hanson and Sara Marschall, Nov. 30. A happy anniversary is wished for Ken and Sally Ziemer on Nov. 25 and Butch and Evelyn Schaffer on Nov. 30. Thanksgiving blessings to all!

This experiment in straw-bale gardening ended in a draw. The tomatoes never blighted, but it cost a fortune to keep it watered every day using city water and there was a big surprise when it was taken apart after the harvest was over. — Photo by Diane Dryden

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SPOONER – A Family Christmas Spectacular is the theme of the Spooner Community Choir’s Christmas concert to be held on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2 p.m., at the Spooner High School auditorium. Among the choral selections included in the concert are a Christmas carol medley entitled “Baroque Christmas Festival,” Tschesnokoff’s “Salvation Is Created,” J. Ashley Hall’s arrangement of “Away In a Manger” and Handel’s “Hallelujah” chorus.

The choir, under the direction of Bill Benson, consists of 35 vocalists from Spooner and the surrounding communities. Judy Chupp is the accompanist. The public is invited to attend this annual concert sponsored by the Intermezzo Music Club. A freewill offering will be received with proceeds going toward music scholarships for Spooner and Shell Lake students who are winners in the spring music auditions. — from Intermezzo Music Club


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ers for the display. Now they say what they need is a nice pergola to put in the middle of their growing garden to get full enjoyment out of their efforts. They’re also looking for someone to build a few more 4x4 planters. They’ll supply the wood and hardware and the plans, all they need is someone to build them. Happy Tonics also bought fencing for the home that Fresh Start is building in town. The garden provided fresh vegetables for the crew, helping each member when it came their day to cook. Happy Tonics also supplied containers to the Shell Lake Public Library. Beth Carlson, library director, reports that all the crops in the five containers did well. They grew cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, green beans and mint. They also grew potatoes, which produced very well, especially the way they grew them. “We put a small amount of soil on the bottom of the pot and placed the potatoes on top and added only as much soil as would cover them. When the potatoes sprouted and grew several inches, we put more soil in the pot

and kept up this scheme until we had filled the entire pot with soil. That way we had potatoes all the way down to the bottom.” If you were a visitor to the library during the summer and early fall, you might have received some of the harvest because they gave it all away to anyone who came into the library. The Monarch Butterfly Habitat planted a Three Sisters garden again this year that produced very well. Corn is the first sister, beans the second sister and squash the third. When the corn grew to 8 inches, the beans were planted around the stalk. After the beans were up and winding around the corn, squash was planted underneath the corn, its large leaves keeping the moisture in the soil. Another plus to this cooperative garden scheme is the beans supply the nitrogen the corn takes out of the soil. Traditionally the three sisters are harvested only after the beans and corn have dried. The squash is sliced and dried too and this was the way Native Americans gardened in absentia in the summer while they were away hunting meat for the winter. When they returned, the crop was ready for harvest. Megan Conners gardened in straw bales this year to mixed reviews. She grew tomatoes, peppers, basil and marigolds. “Because I live in town and use city water, the watering every day really ran up my bill.” Raising plants in a straw bale is almost like hydroponic gardening because the small amount of soil that is used at the beginning under each plant is soon washed away by the daily watering. After that they grew mostly on commercial fertilizer and water. “One nice thing though is that none of my tomatoes blighted.” It was a crazy growing year with folks all around the county complaining that their tomatoes didn’t turn red until fall to everyone’s carrots doing poorly, while vine crops produced bumper crops. It was a great year though for second cropping, with reports of peapods still being harvested the first week of November while the rest of the garden had already died and was put to bed. Gardening is certainly addicting and when the winter is in full gear and the snow is silently piling up, there’s nothing like a garden catalog to take away the chill.

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Hey, hey, did you get to watch the Packer game on Monday night, Nov. 14? Yes, the Packers played the Vikings, and of course, the Packers won. The score was 45 in favor of the Packers with the Vikes 7. The Packers at this time haven’t lost a game, so maybe we’ll get to the Super Bowl. Yes, would be great for we diehard Packer fans. Yah, and those newspeople that bring the news from the Twin Cities aren’t bad-mouthing us. What a change! Well, now the Vikes are trying to find a way to build the new stadium that they want. They are looking at how Wisconsin paid for Lambeau Field. Want to know how they did it? Well, in Packer Land those Packer fans dug deep into their pockets, and they have shares in our Packers field. They don’t earn any credit or money, but it sounds like a great idea. There’s a whole lot of gold in these people’s hearts, don’t ya think? Happy birthday to Desire Hartwig on her special day, Nov. 24. Also it’s happy birthday to Faith Petersen, Kelly Dahlstrom and to Ron Atkinson, all on Thanksgiving Day. Have a wonderful day. Nov. 26, it’s happy birthday wishes to Nancy Bergquist on her birthday with lots more to come. A very happy anniversary, their 29th, to Noel and Pattie Beaufeaux on Nov. 27. Lots more for you! Nov. 29, it’s happy birthday to Gary LaVeau, Dale Spaulding and Trevor Melton as they enjoy their special day with many more to come.


by Pauline Lawrence

Warren Quam got a very sad phone call. His brother, Everett Quam, called from South Dakota informing Warren that their cousin, Ardell Bierman had passed away. Wednesday morning, Warren and Marie headed for South Dakota for the funeral on Thursday. They stayed with Everett and his wife. Would you like to read something about our Wisconsin dairy farmers? Well here goes. In 2009, farmers spent $24.33 for every hundred pounds of milk they produced. In 2010, dairy farmers spent $24.37 per hundred pounds. Well in 2009, farmers lost $9.05 per hundred weight of milk. In 2010, farmers lost $5.24 for every 100 pounds of milk. Now tell me, how are farmers to keep cash flowing with these numbers? Talking with Lynn Smith we find Lynn has some apples left. You must call before you come out. They are really wonderful apples for pie or other or to eat. Sorry they’re are no more treats as Lynn said she is done. Roger Lawrence, my Sunshine’s brother, had very serious back surgery on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire. Please keep Roger and his wife, Donna, in your special thoughts and prayers. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and please look very carefully before you up and fire your gun if you are deer hunting. Yah shoot someone and you’ll carry that quilt for the rest of your life. Scatter sunshine! Have a great week!

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Thanksgiving Memories

by Mary B. Olsen It seems that we have always celebrated some kind of Thanksgiving, though unofficial, ever since this was a country. The Native Americans often held thanksgiving feasts and the early Pilgrims expressed their thanks for the Lord’s bounty. If one were to journey back in time and search out records that have survived it is there for us to see. The ancient peoples, the Greeks, the Romans, the Hebrews and the Chinese held harvest festivals and feasts. It might have been to show a desire to appease the spirits who may have been angered by the taking of the harvest. Nobody tells exactly why. In this country, there is much skepticism about the first Thanksgiving. Yet there are accounts of the Pilgrims sharing in a celebration of the harvest with the Indians, possibly only two or three Indians, and they may have brought along some venison for the feast. They say the celebration lasted for three days. These Pilgrim folks came from England, where they had a custom of Thanksgiving celebrations. It was different. They served the food all at once. All of their serving dishes were set out and anyone could help himself or herself from the serving dishes. They did not use forks or plates. They took it right off the table and used napkins, especially if it was hot food, and they wrapped their napkin around their portion. At least, this is what is said of the event. There may have been much reheating and replenishing going on. Later Thanksgiving feasts and celebrations were probably about the same. Although the folks at Colonial Williamsburg had very proper table manners and used some forks and knives, as well as each person having a large knife for cutting meat. They used napkins, too. They say the proper way to dine was to tuck the large napkin around one’s neck, almost like a big apron. Their food was made up of wild game, as well as chickens and ducks, and they had beef and pork. Many of their recipes were strange to our modern cooks. They had puddings and pies nothing like ours. To me, kidney

pie sounds a bit strange, don’t you think? I like to think of puddings as dessert. Here in America we had our first official Thanksgiving, proclaimed by our first president, George Washington. In 1789, he declared the holiday. The people feasted and set off fireworks, too. He was one president who was held in high regard by the people. After the Whiskey Rebellion he had some detractors, though. Other presidents declared the holiday and the individual states had Thanksgiving celebrations. During the dark days of the Civil War, in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation declaring the last Thursday of November to be a day of Thanksgiving. A few days before, he journeyed to Gettysburg, Pa., to give a speech dedicating the cemetery, on Nov. 19. It was a short trip by rail, so he probably was home in time to rest up so he could help his wife and her staff prepare a nice feast for the occasion. He may have had to prepare a turkey for the meal. Unless they gave presidential pardons for the turkeys given to them. Finally, in the term of Franklin D. Roosevelt, in 1939, 1940 and 1941, hoping to extend the Christmas shopping season while there was a Depression, some lobbyists got Congress to pass a joint resolution proclaiming Thanksgiving to be the fourth Thursday of November. So it remains today. This brings us to the kind of celebration here in our north woods. Our gun deer hunting season always occurs during Thanksgiving week. This means the costumes of our family members present for the feast are colored blaze orange. The meal takes place after the sun goes down. Nonhunters may dine at another time, but most families are involved in the hunting, in some way. A kind of excitement prevails, adding the pleas to the Lord for a safe and successful hunting season to those of giving thanks. For me, the dinner would not be the real thing without roast turkey, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. The best part of the holiday is family members gathering. It is a time to catch up on our separate lives, tell about the buck that got away or the venison for the table, share the bounty of the harvest and give thanks for the many good things in our lives.

Barronett by Judy Pieper

Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you are having a very successful hunting season. Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, the deadline for news this week was on Friday, so I haven’t even heard anyone bragging about the big buck they got, yet. I sure hope we get the snow we are supposed to so tracking will be a little easier. If you are a resident of the village of Barronett, you probably noticed all the activity on Old Hwy. 63 and by the sewer lift station this past week. After a lot of checking, it was determined that there was a serious problem with the line that leads down to the sewer pond. I don’t know how they figured out exactly where it was plugged, as the pipe must be about a mile long, but they did it. If you didn’t see the trucks, you probably wouldn’t even have noticed that there was a problem. There was no backup or any of the other disastrous things that can happen with something like that. We are all very grateful to John Sweet, our quick-thinking and knowledgeable maintenance man, for knowing exactly what to do and who to call. You know, Duane and I retired from driving semi truck this spring. I think in May. Anyway, I have had one chore on a honey-do list for him for months, and finally, yesterday, I put my foot down and told him he couldn’t leave the house until it was done. All he had to do was drill a hole through the wall between the closet and the office so I could run the telephone cord through it. I was so tired of having the cord running across the bedroom floor. It must have taken him less than a half hour to get the tools together, drill the hole, and pull the phone cord through. Anyway, I’m so glad it’s done, and I rewarded him by making peanut butter cookies. There will be an old-fashioned candlelight service at the Wiesner Chapel, located on CTH V between Rice Lake and

Cumberland, on Sunday, Dec. 4. Fellowship hour will be from 7-8 p.m., and the worship service will start at 8 p.m. Pastor Jeff Martin from The Refuge in Chetek will be leading the worship service. I hope you can join us there. The friends of Wiesner Chapel have the church beautifully decorated for Christmas, the church is nice and warm because of the potbellied woodstove, and everyone is so friendly. When we attend that service we feel as though we stepped back in time to the late 1800s. The day before that, of course, is the Scandinavian smorgasbord, hosted by members of Barronett Lutheran, at the Barronett Community Center. That would be on Saturday, Dec. 3. The meal will start at 1 p.m. and we will be serving until 5 p.m. It’s served buffet style, so you can make yourself right at home and go back to the buffet table as many times as you want. There are plenty of things to choose from, except lutefisk, of course, we don’t know how to cook lutefisk. We also have a dessert table with all kinds of sweet stuff. You can also buy lefse, baked goods and crafts at the bazaar table. There are red flyers hanging on bulletin boards all around town if you need more information, or you can give Geri Pittman or me a call, and we would be happy to tell you all about it You know, if my mom was still with us we would have been celebrating her birthday this past Thursday, Nov. 17. Well, we have a calendar from one of the grocery stores in the area, and Nov. 17 was Homemade Bread Day. How appropriate is that? My mom used to make bread all the time. There is nothing that smells quite so nice as walking into the house and smelling bread baking. I guess that’s about all I know from Barronett this week. Please be sure to mark your calendar for the Scandinavian smorgasbord and the old-fashioned candlelight service. See you later.

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Lake Park Alliance 53 3rd Ave., Shell Lake Pastor John Sahlstrom Lay Pastor Richard Peterson Youth leader Ryan Hunziker 715-468-2734 Worship Service: 10 a.m. Youth Group, 7th - 12th grades: Wednesdays 7 - 8:30 p.m.

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


St. Joseph's Catholic

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


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.

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

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Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church

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

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

St. Francis de Sales

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

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

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

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Spooner Baptist

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

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


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.

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St. Alban's

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

Salem Lutheran, ELCA

803 Second St., Shell Lake Interim Pastor Don West 715-468-7718 www.shelllakesalem Sunday Worship: 8 and 10 a.m.; coffee and conversation: 9:15 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 Tuesdays 2 & 7 p.m.


Church of the Nazarene

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


Spooner Wesleyan

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


Trinity Lutheran

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


United Methodist

135 Reinhart Dr., Shell Lake, 715-468-2405 Pastor Gregory Harrell Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. Sunday School during worship time; FISH Youth Group Wednesday, 7:30 - 9 p.m.

Cornerstone Christian

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

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


n evangelist visited a small church and preached a sermon on gratitude. He closed by saying, “No matter what happens, always be thankful.” Later, when the offering was taken, an usher used his hat. But it came back empty. Praying, he said, “I thank Thee, Lord, I got my hat back.” At least he practiced what he preached. Gratitude reveals itself in three ways: a thrill in the heart, a testimony from the lips and a gift in return. Let’s express gratitude regularly, receive it readily, but expect it rarely. The Bible says, “No matter what happens, always be thankful.” Visit us at:

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Troy T. Allar, Spooner, disorderly Terry A. Welch, Spooner, operating without valid license, $200.50. conduct, $243.00. Angela M. Brown, Milwaukee, dis(Nov. 9, 16, 23) orderly conduct, $300.00. STATE OF WISCONSIN Patrick J. Irvine, Trego, failure to CIRCUIT COURT support child, $132.00. WASHBURN COUNTY Branden B. Pinkerton, Spooner, IN THE MATTER OF THE disorderly conduct, $299.00. ESTATE OF JOE A. ROBOTKA, Jeffery W. Snider, Spooner, operatAKA JOSEPH A. ROBOTKA ing while revoked, $299.00; bail Notice to Creditors jumping, $299.00. (Informal Administration)

Monday, Nov. 7 John R. Engstrom, 56, Eau Claire, was eastbound on CTH F at Hwy. 53 in Minong, when he gradually left the roadway. It appeared that he attempted to correct himself by traveling back onto CTH F, however, was unsuccessful. Engstrom then traveled further east on the lake bed where his vehicle collided with a culvert. According to the police report, it appeared Engstrom exited the vehicle and fell onto the ground where Deputy Harrington and EMTs found him and took him to the Spooner hospital. Engstrom had a blood alcohol test and has been charged with OWI. The accident occurred at 11:36 p.m. The vehicle had severe damage and was towed.

Case No. 11 PR 48 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth April 6, 1924, and date of death March 27, 2010, was domiciled in Washburn County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 218 Euclid Avenue, Birchwood, WI 54817. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedents estate is February 16, 2012. 5. A claim may be filed at the Washburn County Courthouse, 10 4th Avenue, P.O. Box 316, Shell Lake, Wisconsin. Marilynn Benson Probate Registrar November 2, 2011 Mark E. Coe Coe, Dalrymple, Coe & Zabel, S.C. P.O. Box 192 Rice Lake, WI 54868 715-234-9074 Bar Number 1000202


Sunday, Nov. 13 Amy E. Rohloff, 29, Rice Lake, was driving on CTH E in Trego at 7:14 a.m. when she called in the rollover. Rohloff stated she swerved between two deer and lost control. Rohloff had several injuries and was transported to the Shell Lake hospi-

I, Lynn K. Hoeppner, Washburn County Clerk, do hereby certify that the following is a true and correct summarized version of the monthly meeting of the Washburn County Board of Supervisors held on November 15, 2011. Complete copies of record of all resolutions, ordinances and attachments, from this meeting, are on file in the Washburn County Clerk’s Office, 10 4th Ave., Shell Lake, WI 54871, (715/468-4600). Minutes are available after approval online at Further, all ordinances shall be effective upon adoption. Publication of ordinances shall occur in accordance with Section 66.0610 of the Wis. Statutes. All Washburn County Code provisions are available at the office of the Washburn County Clerk or online at Pursuant to Sec. 65.90 (5) (a) Wis. Stats. Notice is hereby given that some of these resolutions may contain amendments to the 2012 County Budget. NOTE: These minutes as published herein are subject to corrections, deletions or additions upon approval at the next County Board meeting. Lynn K. Hoepppner Washburn County Clerk November 15, 2011

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Call Meeting to Order at 9:00 a.m. by Chair Sather. Moment of Silent Meditation and Pledge of Allegiance by Supvr. Washkuhn. Notice of Meeting by County Clerk Hoeppner. Roll Call by County Clerk Hoeppner. Present: (19) Pearson, Fiedler, Waggoner, Lee, Mackie, Ricci, Lester, Esser (arrived at 10:20 a.m.), Allard, Halverson, Washkuhn, Brabec, Krantz, Haessig, Quinn, Dohm, Ford, Quinton and Sather. Excused: (2) Campbell and Hubin. Youth: Present (3) Emerson, Granzin and Oakland. 5. Approval of Agenda on a motion by Fiedler, seconded by Allard. M.C. 6. Approval of October 18, 2011, County Board Minutes on a motion by Lee, seconded by Fiedler. M.C. 7. Concerned Citizens: Marv Bollom (Springbrook) Concerns over closure of County Forest to hunters. 8. Youth Government Day Introduction by Chair Sather. Chair welcomed students from Spooner, Shell Lake and Northwood schools. Students introduced themselves. 9. Maintenance Department Report. Murphy reported on the recent repairs and improvements to the LEC HVAC system and expected savings. 10. Health and Human Services Annual Report given by Director Lori Bina. 11. Resolution 57-11 - 2011 Tax Levy and 2012 Budget. Motion to approve Mackie, seconded by Fiedler. Correspondence from Hubin opposing funding for EDC. Discussion and questions. Keefe explained budget. Roll vote: Yes (18), Excused (3) Esser, Campbell and Hubin. Youth: Yes (3). M.C. 12. Consent Agenda Resolutions: Motion by Halverson, seconded by Quinton, to approve Regular Consent Agenda Items. M.C. Regular Resolutions A. Rezoning Petitions & Amendatory Ordinance B. Resolution 58-11 County Forestry Dept. Fish and Game Projects C. Resolution 59-11 To Comply with Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) No. 54, Fund Balance Reporting and Governmental Fund Type Definitions and Appointment Financial Resolutions: Motion by Halverson, seconded by Fiedler, to approve Consent Financial Resolution. Roll Vote: Yes (18), Excused (3). Youth: Yes (3). M.C. D. Resolution 60-11 Transfer Funds From 2011 Highway Fund Budget into the 2011 General Fund Budget (Esser arrived at the meeting.) 13. Other Resolutions and Ordinances: A. Resolution 61-11 2012 County Forest Work Plan. Motion to approve by Allard, seconded by Washkuhn. Roll Vote: Yes (19), Excused (2). Youth: Yes (3). M.C. B. Resolution 62-11 2012 County Forest Variable Share Payments. Motion to approve by Allard, seconded by Fiedler. Roll vote: Yes (18), No (1) Brabec, Excused (2). Youth: Yes (3). M.C. C. Resolution 63-11 Specialized Transportation Services/Elderly & Handicapped. Motion to approve by Brabec, seconded by Washkuhn. Roll vote: Yes (19), Excused (2). Youth: Yes (3) M.C. D. Resolution 64-11 Washburn County’s Intention to Continue Planning Jointly With Burnett County to Establish a Public Safety Answering Point. Motion to approve by Sather, seconded by Halverson. Roll vote: Yes (14), No (5), Excused (2). Youth: Yes (3). M.C. E. To Realign Washburn County Committees. Motion to approve by Sather, seconded by Quinton. Motion by Brabec, seconded by Quinton, to amend to delete Finance from group 4 and add to group 5. Voice vote. Motion to amend fails. Roll vote on original motion: Yes (6), No (13), Excused (2). Youth: Yes (3). Motion Fails.. 14. Committee Reports. Motion by Halverson, seconded by Mackie, to dispense with reports. M.C. 15. Corporation Counsel Comments - none. 16. Chair Appointments: Elroy Medor to Veterans Service Commission, Tom Ricci to PSAP. Chair thanked Miles Miller for his service on the commission. 17. Citizen Comments: Mary Emerson - against committee realignment. 18. Chair Comments: Letter from Dept. of Administration granting Washburn County withdrawl from the Comprehensive Planning program. Reminded Supervisors to inform the Clerk if you are not running for re-election so it can be publicized for prospective candidates for those districts. 19. Possible Future Agenda Items - none. 20. Audit Per Diems on a motion by Mackie, seconded by Allard. M.C. 21. Adjourn at 11:50 a.m. on a motion by Allard, seconded by Halverson. M.C. Respectfully submitted, 550202 14r Lynn K. Hoeppner, County Clerk

tal. Rohloff is charged with OWI and operating with a BAC of .08 or more. Rohloff was brought to the Washburn County Jail and the vehicle was towed. At 6:48 p.m., Jason A. Martinson, 24, Couderay, was tracked down after a hit and run involving a gas station pole in Birchwood. Martinson left the scene of the accident and was tracked down because he had a load of wallboard from Menards, and Sgt. Helstern was able to get the vehicle information from Menards in Rice Lake. When Helstern went to the residence where the vehicle was registered, the owner stated her son (Jason) just returned from Menards and stated he had hit a pole and needed to call it in. However, Martinson left the home before Helstern arrived

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Dylan J. Wheeler, Minong, criminal trespass to dwelling, $299.00. (Nov. 16, 23, 30) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF Michael James Yeazle DOD: 3/24/2011 Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 11PR49 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth 9/07/1961 and date of death 3/24/11, was domiciled in Washburn County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of W7363 Little Valley Road, Spooner, WI 54801. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is Feb. 16, 2012. 5. A claim may be filed at the Washburn County Courthouse, Shell Lake, Wisconsin. Marilyn E. Benson Probate Registrar November 3, 2011 Form completed by: Katherine M. Stewart P.O. Box 364 Spooner, WI 54801 Telephone 715-635-9081 Bar Number: 1005716

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Lillian Ullom, Shell Lake, speeding, $175.30. Nicholas D. Urban, Trevor, speeding, $200.50. Jeremy T. Wiberg, Trego, ATV operating with passenger without headgear, $150.10. Susan J. Wilkins, Hayward, speeding, $200.50. Jill M. Young, Superior, speeding, $200.50.


The following is a summary of the Washburn County Approved 2012 Budget. Public inspection of the detailed Approved Budget may be made at the office of the Washburn County Clerk, Shell Lake, Wisconsin. 2009 2010 2011 2011 2012 % of Actual Estimated Budget Approved Change GENERAL FUND Actual General Fund Equity January 1 4,860,684 4,992,855 5,968,418 5,968,418 5,732,741 EXPENDITURE CATEGORIES General Government 3,745,230 3,739,652 4,018,707 4,084,581 4,071,166 Public Safety 3,387,929 3,259,743 3,482,522 3,585,004 3,419,936 Public Works 40,043 39,718 20,792 41,000 41,200 Health & Human Services 426,120 412,559 390,899 410,987 206,355 Culture, Recreation and Education 479,885 475,565 585,600 494,113 491,182 Conservation & Development 789,912 796,843 745,708 728,423 730,143 Other Financing Uses 163,752 72,242 272,000 272,000 172,000 Total General Fund Expenditures 9,032,871 8,796,322 9,516,228 9,616,108 9,086,982 -5.50% REVENUE CATEGORIES Property Tax Levy Taxes (other than levy) Intergovernmental Grants & Aids Licenses & Permits Fines, Forfeitures & Penalties Public Charges for Services Miscellaneous Revenues Other Financing Sources Total General Fund Revenues

General Fund Equity December 31

5,490,248 1,213,646 1,013,633 161,297 82,066 422,119 58,563 723,470 9,165,042


5,658,375 1,270,976 994,514 153,464 84,333 386,081 55,706 1,168,436 9,771,885


(General Fund Equity includes Reserved, Designated & Undesignated) PROPERTY TAXES LEVY by FUND General Fund Special Revenue Funds Debt Service Capital Projects Proprietary Fund Type: Highway Department Copy Machine Fiduciary Fund Type

5,490,248 1,864,124 1,459,554 –

5,917,615 1,198,420 1,014,169 161,308 90,500 452,709 35,830 747,790 9,618,341

5,973,563 1,189,520 632,109 161,500 85,200 401,400 348,659 243,391 9,034,982


5,917,615 1,890,728 1,144,321 –

5,917,615 1,890,728 1,144,321 –

5,973,563 1,867,856 1,144,321 –





1,478,489 – 18,150 10,499,564

1,531,250 – 15,650 10,499,564

1,531,250 – 15,650 10,499,564

1,481,250 – 15,750 10,482,740

County Tax Rate* 3.841 3.975 Per $1,000 of Equalized Value Estimated General Obligation Debt as of December 31, 2011: $4,060,000 SUMMARY - ALL FUNDS REVENUES General Fund 3,674,794 4,113,510 Special Revenue Funds 9,700,516 7,329,414 Debt Service Funds 127,178 60,512 Capital Projects Fund 1,651,641 1,337,345 Proprietary Fund Type: 0 0 Highway Department 4,853,476 5,004,314 Copy Machine 6,969 7,411 Fiduciary Fund Type 21,072 22,963 Total Revenues 20,035,646 17,875,469 Total Tax Levy 10,281,348 10,499,564 Total All Revenues 30,316,994 28,375,033




3,362,936 6,573,008 2,247,196 1,563,824 0 4,134,342 8,000 18,000 17,907,306 10,499,564 28,406,870

3,679,098 6,849,534 453,943 2,543,370 0 4,725,218 8,000 18,000 18,277,163 10,499,564 28,776,727

3,061,419 6,225,628 399,210 2,436,520 0 5,886,097 7,500 18,000 18,034,374 10,482,740 28,517,114


General Fund Special Revenue Funds Debt Service Funds Capital Projects Fund Proprietary Fund Type: Highway Department Copy Machine Fiduciary Fund Type Total Expenditures

9,516,228 7,403,888 3,338,747 1,150,812 0 6,396,360 8,000 33,650 27,847,685

9,616,108 8,758,214 3,338,747 2,543,370 0 6,256,468 8,000 33,650 30,554,557

9,086,982 8,073,385 1,491,531 2,436,520 0 7,367,347 7,500 33,750 28,497,015


County Equalized Value


Income (Loss)

1,451,272 – 16,150 10,281,348

5,658,375 1,894,085 1,450,465 –

5,917,615 1,206,092 717,079 164,081 96,467 445,908 58,622 674,687 9,280,551

2,676,439,400 2,641,138,400 2,550,763,300 2,550,763,300 2,480,184,700

9,032,870 10,933,280 1,531,737 1,540,902 0 5,759,172 11,525 30,741 28,840,227 1,476,767

8,796,322 9,266,825 1,462,922 1,769,271 0 6,426,186 13,298 44,677 27,779,501





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Timothy C. McMahon, Maplewood, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Franklin W. Merrill, Rice Lake, speeding, $175.30. Dana A. Montgomery, Dalton, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Casey M. Ostman, Minong, operating without valid license, $200.50. Colin P. Parrott, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Jennifer A. Peters, Afton, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Spencer P. Prokop, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Suzanne M. Schullo, Spooner, OWI, $817.50, license revoked 6 months, alcohol assessment. Donna M. Sheehan, Hayward, failure to stop at stop sign, $175.30. Jerome C. Shippy, Pearl City, Ill., speeding, $276.10. Ashley M. Smith, Spooner, failure to register dog with town clerk, $150.10, three times. Cynthia M. Smith, Spooner, speeding, $175.30. Dale L. Spencer, Stone Lake, speeding, $175.30. Clayton J. Steines, Shell Lake, dog law violation, $150.10; failure to register dog with town clerk, $150.10. Robert C. Steinway, Minong, disorderly conduct, $117.00. Terrance W. Suwyn, Irma, OWI, $817.50, license revoked 6 months, alcohol assessment. Jennifer L. Tavolacci, Spooner, speeding, $200.50. Stephen J. Temple, Spooner, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50; inattentive driving, $187.90. Marvin E. Titel, Spooner, OWI, $817.50, license revoked 6 months, alcohol assessment.

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Cody L. Allard, Trego, disorderly conduct, $169.00. Lars A. Anderson, Zimmerman, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Sarah A. Barker, Trego, allow dog to run at large, $154.25. Bonita J. Buckley, Glen Ellyn, Ill., speeding, $200.00. Michael J. Bushie, Beesmer, Mich., failure to yield for yield sign, $175.30 Johnathon J. Conti-Masanz, Roseville, Minn., inattentive driving, $187.90. Robin S. Culbreath, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Russel W. DeCherrie, Hayward, failure to stop at stop sign, $175.30. Breanna P. Dennis, Spooner, speeding, $200.50. John L. Eash, Sarona, operating without valid license, $200.50. Mark S. Hanson, Chicago, Ill., speeding, $200.50. Marlys J. Harens, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Abram J. Heyn, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Gary J. Johnson, Spooner, ATV operation adjacent to roadway, $200.50. Adam P. Kidd, Spooner, speeding, $200.50. Jean L. Kissack, Spooner, speeding, $175.30. Rajesh Kumar, Lincoln, Neb., speeding, $200.50. Kristina K. Landgraff, Bird Island, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Brian K. Lawrence, Neebing, Ontario, speeding, $200.50. Caitlin M. Leach, Fargo, N.D., speeding, $175.30. Kassandra K. Martin, Webster, operating without valid license, $200.50.

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(Nov. 16, 23, 30, Dec. 7, 14, 21) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY SPECIALIZED LOAN SERVICING, LLC AS SERVICER FOR U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE ON BEHALF OF THE HOLDERS OF THE TERWIN MORTGAGE TRUST 2006-7, ASSETBACKED CERTIFICATES, TMTS SERIES 2006-7 Plaintiff vs. DEBRA L. MAGNUS, et al. Defendant(s) Case Number: 10 CV 281 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on June 27, 2011, in the amount of $90,990.51, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: January 4, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: At the North entrance of Washburn County Courthouse located at 10 4th Avenue, Shell Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Lot Three (3), Block Twenty-nine (29), Third Addition to the City of Spooner, Washburn County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 306 West Hazel Street, Spooner, WI 54801. TAX KEY NO.: 65-281-2-39-1231-0-0-7375. Dated this 17th day of October, 2011. Terry Dryden Sheriff of Washburn County Annie M. Schumacher State Bar #1074726 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way 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 the purpose. 278685

(Nov. 16, 23, 30) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF Mary Jenkins Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 11 PR 50 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration as filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth 4-26-1932, and date of death 10-22-11, was domiciled in Washburn County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 211 Pederson Dr., Shell Lake, WI 54871. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is Feb. 16, 2012. 5. A claim may be filed at the Washburn County Courthouse, Shell Lake, Wisconsin. Marilynn E. Benson Probate Registrar 549701 Nov. 8, 2011 WNAXLP


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(Nov. 16, 23, 30) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF NELLIE ROCKAWAY Order and Notice for Hearing on Petition for Final Judgment (Formal Administration) Case No. 11 PR 03 A petition for final judgment was filed. THE COURT FINDS: The decedent, with date of birth May 28, 1910, and date of death July 9, 2010, was domiciled in Washburn County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 802 County Highway B, Shell Lake, WI 54871. THE COURT ORDERS: 1. The petition will be heard at the Washburn County Courthouse, Shell Lake, Wisconsin, before Hon. Eugene D. Harrington, Court Official, on December 19, 2011, at 9 a.m. You do not need to appear unless you object. The petition may be granted if there is no objection. 2. Notice by publication is required. Publication of this notice to any persons whose names or addresses are unknown. If you require reasonable accommodations due to disability to participate in the court process, please call 715-4684688 at least 10 working days prior to the scheduled court date. Please note that the court does not provide transportation. Please check with the person named below for exact time and date. BY THE COURT: Hon. Eugene D. Harrington Circuit Court Judge November 7, 2011 George W. Benson Attorney at Law BENSON LAW OFFICE LLC P.O. Box 370 Siren, WI 54872 715-349-5215 Bar Number 10102978

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Plaintiff vs. GLORIA G. DAVIS, et al. Defendant(s) NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case Number: 09 CV 157 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on November 20, 2009, in the amount of $84,047.88, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: December 14, 2011, at 10:15 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: At the North entrance of Washburn County Courthouse located at 10 4th Avenue, Shell Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Lots 6, 7 & 8, Block 12 of the Village of Birchwood, Washburn County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 214 S. Main Street, Birchwood, WI 54817. TAX KEY NO.: 65-106-2-37-1025-0-0-5530, 65-106-2-37-1025-0-0-5535 & 65-106-2-3710-25-0-0-5540. Dated this 20th day of October, 2011. Terry Dryden Sheriff of Washburn County Scott D. Nabke State Bar #1037979 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way 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 the purpose. 278907

(Nov. 9, 16, 23) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF Michael F. Nelson DOB: 09/30/1953 Order Setting Time to Hear Petition for Administration and Deadline for Filing Claims (Formal Administration) Case No. 11-PR-19 A petition for formal administration was filed. THE COURT FINDS: The decedent, with date of birth September 30, 1953, and date of death November 18, 2010, was domiciled in Douglas County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 1318 Catlin Ave., Superior, WI 54880. THE COURT ORDERS: 1. The petition be heard at the Washburn County Courthouse, 10 West 4th Avenue, Shell Lake, Wisconsin, before Circuit Court Judge/Circuit Court Commissioner Eugene D. Harrington, on December 5, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. You do not need to appear unless you object. The petition may be granted if there is no objection. 2. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is February 1, 2012. 3. A claim may be filed at the Washburn County Courthouse, Shell Lake, Wisconsin. 4. Heirship will be determined at the hearing on petition for final judgment. 5. Publication of this notice is notice to any persons whose names or addresses are unknown. BY THE COURT: Hon. Eugene D. Harrington Circuit Court Judge October 26, 2011 David L. Grindell 105 West Oak Street P.O.Box 585 Frederic, WI 54837 715-327-5561 Bar No. 1002628

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EUGENE J. GEISSLER 319 E. Lake Drive Shell Lake, WI 54751 CHRISTINE M. GEISSLER 245 Dwight Street Chippewa Falls, WI 54729 CHEM-MASTER, INC. 1912 Truax Blvd. Eau Claire, WI 54703 GTP Towers II, LLC 750 Park of Commerce Blvd., Suite 300 Boca Raton, FL 33487-3612 ACC TOWER SUB, LLC 750 Park of Commerce Blvd., Suite 300 Boca Raton, FL 33487-3612 THE BANK OF NEW YORK c/o ABS Structured Finance Services 101 Barclay Street, Floor 4 West New York, NY 10286 Defendants Case No.: 10CV505 Case Code: 30404 AMENDED NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE By virtue of a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above-entitled action on September 10, 2010, the undersigned Sheriff of Washburn County, Wisconsin, will sell at public auction at the front entrance of the Washburn County Courthouse in the City of Shell Lake, in said county, on the 14th day of December, 2011, at 10:30 a.m., the real estate and mortgaged premises directed by the judgment to be sold, therein described as follows: Lot Three (3), Block Three (3), Pine Lane Plat, City of Shell Lake, Washburn County, Wis. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 319 E. Lake Drive, Shell Lake, Wis. TERMS OF SALE: Cash DOWN PAYMENT: A deposit of 10% of sale price to be deposited in cash or by certified check with the Sheriff at the time of sale; balance to be paid by cash or certified check within ten days after confirmation of sale. Dated this 27th day of October, 2011. Terry C. Dryden, Washburn County Sheriff Donald R. Marjala - Lawyer SPANGLER, NODOLF, BRUDER & KLINKHAMMER, LLC P.O. Box 1030 Eau Claire, WI 54702-1030 715-839-7786 Attorneys for Plaintiff Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1692), we are required to state that we are attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtained will be used for that purpose.

(Oct. 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT BRANCH 2 ST. CROIX COUNTY ANCHORBANK, FSB Assignee of S & C BANK Plaintiff DAVID H. RAILSBACK II ARLA J. RAILSBACK LAMPERT YARDS, INC. ANTCZAK CONSTRUCTION, INC. STATE OF WISCONSINDEPARTMENT OF REVENUE JOHN DOE #1 AND JOHN DOE #2 the unknown tenants of the premises located at W8389 Carlton Rd., Spooner, WI 54801 JOHN DOE #3 AND JOHN DOE #4 the unknown tenants of the premises located at N5126 Greenfield Road, Spooner, WI 54801, Defendants. Case No. 10CV822 Case Code: 30404 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE By virtue of a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above-entitled action on October 20, 2010, the undersigned Sheriff of Washburn County, Wisconsin, will sell at public auction at the front entrance of the Washburn County Courthouse in the City of Shell Lake, in said county, on the 7th day of December, 2011, at 10:30 a.m., the real estate and mortgaged premises directed by the Judgment to be sold, therein described as follows: The NW 1/4 of the NW 1/4 and S 1/2 of the NW 1/4, the NE 1/4 of the NW 1/4, lying S of the road and the NW 1/4 of the NE 1/4; lying S of the road, all in Section 34, Township 39 North, Range 13 West, Town of Evergreen, Washburn County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: W8389 Carlton Road, Spooner, WI N5126 Greenfield Road, Spooner, WI. TERMS OF SALE: Cash. DOWN PAYMENT: A deposit of 10% of sale price to be deposited in cash or by certified check with the Sheriff at the time of sale; balance to be paid by cash or certified check within ten days after confirmation of sale. Dated this 24th day of October, 2011. Terry C. Dryden Washburn County Sheriff Donald R. Marjala, Lawyer Spangler Nodolf, Bruder & Klinkhammer, LLC P.O. Box 1165 Eau Claire, Wis. 54702-1165 (715) 830-9771 Attorney for Plaintiff Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1692), we are required to state that we are attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtained will be used for that purpose.

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(Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Dec. 7) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT EAU CLAIRE COUNTY BRANCH 2 ROYAL CREDIT UNION 200 Riverfront Terrace Eau Claire, WI 54703 Plaintiff vs.

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NOTICE OF SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION (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 3, 2012, to fill the following board positions: three 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 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 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 5:00 p.m., on the first Tuesday in January. Dated this 7th day of November 2011. Linda Nielsen, District Clerk 549618 13-14r WNAXLP




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FFA attends national convention

FFA members who participated in soil judging are back row (L to R): Emma Mechtel, Katrina Nyreen, BJ Burton, Jesse Gronning, Cody Nielsen and Ryan Melton. Front: Trevor Anderson, Noah Skluzacek, Tony Klassa and Dani Kuechle. — Photos submitted Shell Lake FFA members attending the national convention in Indianapolis, Ind., Oct. 19 – 22, were (L to R): Steph Stetler, Katrina Nyreen, Emma Mechtel and Allysha Feeney. — Photos submitted

Shell Lake FFA and outdoor education/agriculture students recently participated in the 37th-annual Tri-County Soil Judging contest held in Grantsburg. Fifth-place team members shown (L to R) are: Trevor Anderson; Noah Skuzacek, who also placed fourth in individual; Tony Klassa and Cody Nielsen.

LEFT: Tony Klassa and Dani Kuechle are pictured judging one of four soil pits in the contest.

Senior High A Honor Roll Sage Alberts, Carley Andrysiak, Tia Carlson, Hannah Cassel, Kelsey Egbert, Casey Furchtenicht, Lynsey Hagen, Brett Holman, Calista Holman, Adam Hungerbuhler, Shania Pokorny, Sabrina Skindzelewski, Seth Olson, Trevor Anderson, Jennifer Connell, Darren Sahlstrom, Sage Dunham, David Brereton, Colleen Knoop, Curtis Parker, Katie Gronning, Kellie Myers, Isaac Cusick, Dillon Hopke, Katie Slater, Carley Myers, Josiah Kay, Renae Lloyd, Jade LaFave, Beau Skluzacek, Tanner Williams, Wyatt Carlson, D’Artagnan Andrysiak, Emma Anderson, Samuel Muska, Chloe’ Wykel, Hana Anderson, Amy Bouchard, Chrystal Dvorak, Emma Gimse White, Madeleine Hodgett, Carisis Kodesh, Kristen Kraetke, Samuel Livingston, Dakota Robinson, Jennifer Cassel, Emma Mechtel, Kourtney Klassa, Rachel Mechtel, Makenzie Olson, Noah Skluzacek, Hailey Flach and Johnathan Lloyd.

Senior High B Honor Roll Kayla Blazer, Jeremy Sandstrom, Abigail Granzin, Gabriel Lagarde, Jesi Sando, Bethany Bulgrin, Hannah Hodgett, Bryan Knoop, Corey Hamer, Andrea Miranda, Grace Helstern, Emilee Organ, Kimberly Atkinson, Madison Johnson, Marissa Spaulding, Emmalee Statz, Daniel Atkinson, Bradley Burton, Brianna Schaefer, Sarah Shumaker, Nicholas Muska, Jenna Schultz, Mikayla Smith, Talon Pollei, Cheyenne Tiegs, Renee Mikula, April Richter, Dylan Sandwick, Stephanie Stetler, Erica Kozial, Carissa Forsythe,

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RIGHT: The Shell Lake FFA was part of the service-learning project hosted at the naFFA convention. tional Katrina Nyreen, Allysha Feeney and Emma Mechtel are shown helping sort donated goods that can be put out on the shelves at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Four members of the Shell Lake FFA attended the 84th-annual FFA National Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., Oct. 19-22. Attending were Katrina Nyreen, Allysha Feeney, Steph Stetler and Emma Mechtel. The FFA National Convention is held each year with nearly 55,000 FFA members and guests from all across the United States attending. The Shell Lake group started their trip to Indianapolis by catching the Section One bus in Turtle Lake. Upon arrival at national convention, they attended many educational tours at Hoosier Park race-

Shell Lake first term honor roll

Caleb Parker, Jessica Irvine, Allysha Feeney, Luke Sahlstrom, Caleb Schmidt, Alexandra Engen, Katrina Nyreen, Andrea Bauch, Kaylea Kidder, Jesse Gronning, Katelyn Soltis, Cole Smith, Tracy McMullin and Austin Williams.

Middle School A Honor Roll Amber Anderson, Keagan Blazer, Kaitlyn Haynes, Ashley Lord, Isaac Otterson, Daniel Parish, Natalie Smith, Reyna Stone, Lauren Osborn, Lindsey Martin, Emily Parish, Caitlin Brereton, Cassidy Schroeder, Kyley Williams, Caleb LaFave, Hope Balts, Anna Hungerbuhler, Emily McCarty Lanae Paulson, Dominic Hopke, Amanda Brereton, Sheri Clark, Nathaniel Wingler, Cassandra Skindzelewski and Jack Skluzacek.

Middle School B Honor Roll Emma Thomas, Zachary Melton, Jerney Meister, Courtney Melton, Marty Anderson, Heidi Steines, Rei Grandadam, Alyssa Hodgett, Hailey Christensen, James Crawford, Gina McSweeney, Logan Zebro, Kayde Bontekoe, Tiffany Herzog, Savannah Soltis, Madison LaFave, Niki Everroad, Nathaniel Swan, Tara Gramberg and Daniel Laveau.

Sixth Grade A Honor Roll Grace Anderson, Gracie Christensen, Katie Crosby, Kennedy Ellanson, Bailee Hanson, Emily Jones, Meredith Kevan, Ashlea Meister, Logan Pashby, Julia Pokorny, Greta Stellrecht, Meghan Stone, Allison Tims, Tyler Toth, Clare Walker and Miranda Weber.

Sixth Grade B Honor Roll Johanna Balser, Kennedy Baumgart, Isabel Carrillo, Matthew Denotter, Austin Eggert, Madison Fogelberg, Madeline Hopke, Julia Johnson, Arianna Schreiber, Adrianna Smith, Jannah Williams and Emily Wykel. Fifth Grade A Honor Roll Alexis DeLadi, Taylor Eiche, Heidi Fredrickson, Breanna Green, Erick Haynes, Jordan Herzog, McLain Hutton, Zachary Jensen, Natalie Jury, Alecia Knoop, Morgan Krueger, Dawson LaRue, Carter Lawrence, Andrew Martin, Kayla McCarthy, Anna Mikula, Breeana Monson,

track and barns. They had a tour of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Museum. Along with the many tours, they also attended several general sessions where they learned how to present better projects as well as listened to many inspirational speakers. They attended a career show and a community service project. “This was truly a memorable trip for all those who attended,” commented one of the attendees. Community sponsors of the trip were Cenex, Shell Lake State Bank and Dahlstroms Lakeside Market. — from Shell Lake FFA

Ellie Nelson, Carly Osborn, Luke Savas, Cassie Skattebo, Molly Slater, Savannah Steines, Rachel Swan, Samuel Symond, Nicholas Udovich and Opal Warren.

Fifth Grade B Honor Roll Payton Anderson, Keolani Baumgart, Jonathan Beecroft, Ashley Clark, Jordan Dougard, Madelynn Flach, Cecilia Harrington, Brook Kidder, Dakota LaSarge, Emily Lloyd, Vishav Monga, Ivy Morrison, Daniel Nielsen, Breanna Nyreen, Douglas Scalzo and Aylissa Zempel. — from Shell Lake Schools

School menus

Breakfast Monday, Nov. 28: Juice, cereal, toast. Tuesday, Nov. 29: Fruit, sausage link, waffle sticks. Wednesday, Nov. 30: Juice, breakfast pizza. Thursday, Dec. 1: Fruit, pancakes. Friday, Dec. 2: Juice, yogurt, toast. Lunch Monday, Nov. 28: Chicken nuggets, whipped potatoes, mixed vegetables, pear slices. No Laker. Tuesday, Nov. 29: Spaghetti, meat sauce, peas, peach sliced, bread stick. Laker: Egg roll. Wednesday, Nov. 30: Hamburger on bun, cheese slice, fries, pickles, carrots, pineapple tidbits. No Laker. Thursday, Dec. 1: Mozzarella dippers, corn, applesauce. Laker: Cheddarwurst. Friday, Dec. 2: BBQ on bun, au gratin potatoes, green beans, fresh fruit. Laker: Salad bar. Breakfast served each day for K-12 students. Whole-grain bread and buns and milk served with each meal. Laker sandwiches available to grades 7-12 only. Laker salad bar available to grades 3-12.

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People you should know

Michael Andrews

Mike Andrews is originally from Lima, Ohio. “I went to North Central Bible College in Minneapolis where I met my wife, Jessica. I came to visit her family and fell in love with the area and decided to make the area my home,” Mike said. “Jessica and I were married in 1999, lived in Rice Lake for two years, then moved to Superior until 2003 when we moved back to the Spooner/ Shell Lake area.” He has been the children’s ministry director for years now. “I love working with the kids at Shell Lake Full Gospel and in the community through VBS, The Harvest Party and the annual Princess Gala we have at church. I am looking forward to serving the church and this wonderful community for years to come.”

Michael Andrews

The Michael Andrews file

Full name, age: Michael Andrews, 40 Family: Wife, Jessica Occupation: Children’s ministries director at Shell Lake Full Gospel, site manager for Horizon Management and annuities specialist for Benes Insurance Services. Washburn County resident since: 2003 Hobbies/interests: Hunting, model railroading and cross stitching Favorite sport to watch: Football Place I would most like to visit: Ireland Dinner companion, dead or alive: My

wife, of course. Best movie I ever saw: “Oh Brother Where Art Thou?” Favorite TV show: “Criminal Minds” and “Bones” - it’s a tie Music I listen to: Christian Last book I read: “Monster” My friends would describe me as: A big kid! My first job was: A pool boy at Davis Hotel in Lima, Ohio I’d like to be remembered for: Reaching the children of this world for the Lord Jesus Christ.

UW-BC hosts First Tuesdays

RICE LAKE — One in five UW-Barron County students are returning to learn after four or more years away from the classroom, and half of those students are 30 years of age or older, reflecting a national trend in education, according to figures released this fall at UW-Barron County. “We know there are many more prospective students who want to finish or start their college education, and with many new options available, the time to return is perfect,” said Dale Fenton, assistant dean for student services. To help prospective students find out more about today’s options, UW-BC is hosting First Tuesdays for returning adult students. This program will be held the first Tuesday each month from December through April, beginning Dec. 6. Appointment times are between 1 and 7 p.m. Students can select their own time or team up with a friend or co-workers to explore education and career options. Each visit is personalized to meet a prospective student’s needs. Students can tour the campus, take a career assessment or placement test, meet with financial aid advisors or learn about degree completion options. If Tuesdays are not convenient, other appointment dates are available. Employers can make special arrange-

ments for information sessions at their workplace. “UW-Barron County’s adult students are starting out, starting over or moving forward,“ said Deb Neuheisel, adult student initiatives coordinator. “Working adults want to increase their earning potential, gain new knowledge and develop skills to use in jobs they have now or to qualify for promotions. Others want to start or complete an education they started years ago, or they want to be a role model to their own children.” Adult students balance work, family and education. That’s why, for example, UW-Barron County launched an evening FastTrack program which blends one night a week in class and online coursework. Students can earn an associate degree with business concentration up to 40 percent more quickly than in other programs. Collaborations with UW partners make it possible to complete a four-year degree using online and other forms of instruction. Many bachelor-degree programs are available, and the menu of choices is increasing every year, said Neuheisel. Appointments can be scheduled with Neuheisel by contacting the UW-Barron County Student Services office at 715234-8024. — from UW-BC

• There were 71 customers from foreign counties, with the most hunters coming from Canada, 17; Germany, nine; and Mexico and Norway, each with five. • Internet sales topped hunter preferences on where to get a gun deer license. Top selling over-the-counter locations were Mills Fleet Farm in Appleton, Green Bay, Germantown, Stevens Point and Wausau, with more than 137,000 licenses sold from Fleet Farms in the Fox River Valley.

tim s. These injuries are sober reminders that safety has to be foremost in every hunters mind at all times on the hunt — and during all deer drives.” Schaller noted that historically about half of Wisconsin’s shooting incidents happen during deer drives, usually because someone wasn’t where they were supposed to be or someone shot at a deer when they did not have a safe backstop or in a direction they should not have been shooting. In 2010, there were no shooting-related fatalities during the nine-day gun deer hunt. “Always be sure of your target and anything behind it, and if you aren’t sure, don’t shoot.” Know where your bullet will impact if you miss. “It is really important that hunting parties wanting to drive deer have a plan and that they follow that plan to the letter. Knowing where your hunting mates are and where safe shooting lanes are is critical,” he said. – Marty Seeger with information by the DNR

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