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A Night in Bethlehem Page 2

Twenty nine years and eight months later Page 13

Face for Every Name Project under way Page 3

One-year-old Eli Kolthoff is as fascinated with Santa as Santa is with him. Santa paid a visit to children in the area on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Lakeland Family Resource Center in Spooner. While Eli could not tell Santa what he wanted, you just know Santa will know what to bring him. More photos page 9. - Photo by Larry Samson

Navigating through the Affordable Care Act And where to get some local help

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Garth Olson | Special to the Register NORTHWEST WISCONSIN - Passed in 2010, the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, rolls out some big changes in health care in 2014. The new laws have implications for the already insured, as well, since it boosts coverage on many preventive care items without a co-pay. The Affordable Care Act also prevents insurers from turning away customers because they’re sick and does not allow insurers to cap the amount they will pay out.

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SHELL LAKE — The Shell Lake Library will be receiving a visit from Santa Claus today, Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 6-7:30 p.m. Santa will be reading “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” listening to wish lists and giving out treat bags. Bring your camera. Children are encouraged to wear pajamas. — from SLPL •••

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Preventive services without co-pay Under the new laws, the following items would be covered by insurance without a copay: • Cancer screenings, such as mammograms and colonoscopies; • Vaccinations such as flu, mumps and measles; • Blood pressure screening; • Cholesterol screening; • Tobacco cessation counseling; • Birth control (challenged in court system); • Depression screening. Fines for the uninsured In 2014, a $95 fine or 1 percent of income, whichever is more, will be added to an individual’s tax on their federal tax return. In 2016, the fine jumps to $695 per adult or 2.5 percent of income, whichever is more. Children are required to be insured and fines for families are capped in 2014 at $285 or $47.50 per uninsured child. Purchasing health insurance – dos and don’ts First bit of advice – jumping on by yourself at the Marketplace or Exchange website at may not be in your best inter-

est. According to a recent webinar hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Extension, with participation from the Polk County Health Department and Mike Rust of ABC for Rural Health, individuals looking to purchase health care on the website are advised to have the assistance of a certified application coordinator or of a navigator – or someone trained in the Affordable Care Act. The Marketplace or Exchange website sells plans until March 31; however, insurance on the website would need to be purchased by Dec. 15 to have it start by Jan. 1.

Where to find help in Washburn County from certified application counselors and/ or certified insurance agents with the Affordable Care Act: • Northwest Wisconsin Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. - Individuals should call the Ashland CEP office at 715-682-9141 and your call will be directed to the appropriate person. Businesses, civic groups or other entities interested in having a navigator to present information and provide services are asked to contact Tasha Hamburg at 715-635-2175 or thagberg@ • Indianhead Medical Center, Shell Lake Patti McKee.  McKee can help guide people to the website and assist them through the enroll-

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A Night in Bethlehem

Sam and Ally Gronning and their newborn daughter, Grace, played Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus for the Saturday, Dec. 8, performance. The Spooner Cornerstone Church presented their annual live nativity, A Night In Bethlehem. They turn their church into a small street in Bethlehem from over 2,000 years ago. Potters were very important artisans at the time of Christ. Pottery was used for cooking and eating. Taylor Schmitz, Maddie Hagberg and Cadence Bush made their pots as people milled around the market.

The artisans are busy making the wooden mallets that can be purchased with the Roman coins given to guests. Playing the carpenters are Acaiden Simeth, Samuel Melton, Josh Melton and Isaiah Skidmore.

The children from the community play an important role in the production of A Night In Bethlehem, which serves as a learning experience for them. Shown (L to R) back row: Kirby VanTrees and Connor Melton. Front: Abby Melton, Dereon Richardson, Addison Schroeder and Ethan Melton.

Spooner Elementary students demonstrate spirit of giving

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The weavers were busy making apparel to be sold at the market. Shown (L to R): Emma Kelby, Chloe Bush, Brooke Schmitz and Rally Downer.

First-grade students at Spooner Elementary School demonstrated their spirit of giving in November when they collected items to fill shoeboxes for needy children in other countries. The children collected toothpaste, soap, small toys, school supplies and other items. These boxes, along with the hundreds of other boxes collected in the Spooner area, were trucked to the distribution center in Minneapolis before Thanksgiving to ensure delivery before Christmas. — Photo submitted

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Gubernatorial candidate shares views

Burke makes a swing through NW Wisconsin as she seeks the Democratic nod to run against Walker

Danielle Moe | Staff writer NORTHWEST WISCONSIN - On Oct. 7, Mary Burke, Madison school board member, former Wisconsin Commerce Department secretary and former Trek Bicycle executive, announced that she would seek the Democratic nomination for governor in the fall 2014 election against incumbent Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Burke, 53, is currently the only declared Democratic gubernatorial candidate, and with the exception of being elected to the Madison Metropolitan School District School Board, has never held a political office.   On Sunday, Dec. 1, she attended the Washburn County Democrats holiday party held at Foxxy’s in Spooner.   “It was a great opportunity to see a lot of people, get to understand the issues that are important to them,” Burke said in a phone interview. Of the numerous problems in today’s headlines, Burke said that the issues around jobs and access to affordable health care are the most important to people across Wisconsin.  In 2007, she resigned as Wisconsin commerce secretary but, before doing so, criticized the commerce department for their lack of initiative to create jobs.  Today, Burke feels the same passion and said, “I think that we do need to make sure we are being as aggressive as possible in terms of job creation ... the state needs to be more supportive in terms of helping companies find the capital that they (small businesses) need to expand.”  

Mary Burke, Democratic nominee for Wisconsin’s 2014 governor election, meets citizens in Hudson on Sunday, Dec. 1, during a tour through Northwest Wisconsin - Photo courtesy Burke for Wisconsin Burke thinks that by focusing on help“Yes, there was legislation proposed ing entrepreneurs, small businesses and that was bipartisan legislation proposed new businesses get started, it will help by Sens. Jauch, Cullen and Schultz, which to encourage Wisconsin’s struggling job had the environment protections that market. would have safeguarded our air and our Burke stood by her opposition to leg- water and now it is pushed aside for this islation passed in March of this year that other legislation that did not, in fact, do lessened the powers of the Wisconsin that, and so I would definitely want to see Department of Natural Resources, alle- that legislation repealed,” she said. viating pressure on the $1.5 billion open With a recently updated website, Burke pit mine project planned for the Penokee Hills in northern Wisconsin.  According to the Wisconsin Legislative documents, the 2013 Wisconsin Act 1 is written to repeal, amend, recreate and create numer- ment process. The phone number is 715ous statutes within existing regulations 468-7833. related to ferrous metallic mining includ• Northlakes Community Clinic, Miing procedures for obtaining approvals nong - Hilary Neste, resource coodinator, from the DNR for the construction of util- is a certified application counselor. Reach ity facilities, making an appropriation and her at 715-466-2201. providing penalties.  There is no guide at Spooner Health System or within the Washburn County Government Center.  Washburn County Health and Human Services Department does have a computer set up for people to enroll, but no counselor to help with enrollment. In addition to certified application coordinators, individuals looking for help with the website can also contact certified insurance agents with the Affordable Care Act. If you don’t like the Obamacare website, you may purchase insurance other ways. The source of many late-night TV country during the Vietnam War. talk-show jokes, the federal health-care A total of 738 photos of the casualties website has been the source of a lot of from Wisconsin have already been sub- frustration and anger. It seems, however, mitted.  More than 400 are still missing, some of the glitches have been ironed out including those of two from this area, and, despite some delays, the website is John M. Bronkema of Shell Lake and now working, despite stalling during Gregg M. Goslin of Spooner. heavy traffic times during the day.   The The list is based on the Department website has a 24-hour call center at 800of Defense’s count of 1,161 names of 318-2596 and for the hearing impaired, Wisconsin casualties engraved on The 855-889-4325. Wall in Washington, D.C. The advocacy group Families USA and The goal is to help honor and preserve USA TODAY reported that three-quarters the memory of Wisconsin servicemen and of people buying insurance in the indiwomen.  The photographs will become vidual market are eligible for tax credits part of the Wall of Faces - a lasting tribute or subsidies because of their income levplanned for the education center at The els. That includes individuals earning less than $46,000 and families of four earning Wall and an online memorial.  “Our goal is to be sensitive to those who less than $95,000. In order for individulost family and friends and honor those als to receive such tax credits, they must who gave their lives in Vietnam,” WPR purchase insurance through the Exchange or the federal health-care website, healthstated in their news release this week. For more, go to However, if your income is on and click on Editor’s post: A face for every the higher scale, health-care insurance can be purchased outside of the federal webname. site.

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Face for Every Name project under way

Photos sought for Vietnam Veterans Memorial effort Gary King | Editor SPOONER/SHELL LAKE - Out of a holiday season known for memories that can be joyful, melancholy and oftentimes downright sad, comes a noble effort to gather not toy donations or gifts of money … but photographs. Photos that could evoke all of the aforementioned emotions, with pride added for good measure. Wisconsin Public Radio announced recently its Face for Every Name project. Working in partnership with Wisconsin Public Television and Milwaukee Public Radio and Television, along with Wisconsin veterans organizations and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, WPR is inviting members of the public to identify, find and share photos of young men and women who gave their lives for their

Washburn County approved for $805,000 loan MADISON – The Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands approved a State Trust Fund Loan on Tuesday, Dec. 3, totaling $805,000 to Washburn County to finance a road project. The board approved loans totaling nearly $5.7 million the meeting. Local loans approved were to the city of Cumberland, Barron County, finance street improvements, $100,000; and the village of Webster, Burnett County, to purchase water and sewer monitoring system, $40,000. With income generated by State Trust Fund Loans, and not a single taxpayer dollar, the BCPL provides all of the state’s financial aid to public elementary, middle and high school libraries; $30.1 million in

offers an issues section which states her support for the rights of workers to collectively bargain. If elected governor, she would work with the Legislature to implement laws that would bring back collective bargaining.   “We would have to bring people together to do that, and it certainly, with the current Legislature, will be challenging but that is what governors do, and that is what we have to focus on for the long term.” Another devisive topic is the state’s expanding school choice program, which has operated in Milwaukee for the past 20 years.  The program allows low-income students in the public school system to attend private schools at $6,442 a voucher, the taxpayers expense.  In 2011 the program was expanded to Racine with vouchers for 250 students, then 500 in 2012, and an unlimited number to be allowed in 2013. As an active Madison school board member, Burke feels the program should be limited to start.  “Secondly, would be working with the Legislature to eliminate the provision that even allows for the 500 or 1,000 students (vouchers),” said Burke. She went on to iterate that research into the program has not proven its effectiveness, but research has not been proven conclusive to favor either side’s argument. Burke visited the communities of Hudson, Amery, Rice Lake and Spooner over the weekend.

.Gov, .gov, .gov If we’re repeating the website a lot, it’s for a good reason. Don’t be fooled by similar web addresses such as or 2013 alone. A complete list of the 2013 – those are not the official federal healthlibrary aid distribution by school district care plans eligible for potential tax credits. can be found at Medicaid docview.asp?docid=24671&locid=145. If you’re happy with your health-care State Trust Fund Loan monies come coverage through your job or you purfrom the principal of the state’s Common chased your own health insurance before School Fund enhanced by revenue the Affordable Care Act passed on March generated by fees, fines, forfeitures, 23, 2010, you don’t need to worry about unclaimed property and timber sales.  a lot of this. Low-income individuals and Established by the state constitution, the families can also look to see if they qualify current BCPL consists of the Secretary of for Medicaid, which has been broadened State Doug La Follette, Attorney General in some states.  If you don’t qualify for J.B. Van Hollen and the state treasurer, Medicaid, you can still investigate public Kurt Schuller. programs for kids at To learn more about the agency, visit — from BCPL New for kids and women Insurers can no longer drop your coverage for arbitrary reasons or deny you

coverage if you have a medical condition. Individuals paying higher premiums based on existing conditions may want to shop for a new health-care plan with their adviser/agent. Dental and vision coverage for kids are required in the marketplaces. Insurers can no longer charge higher prices for women and must cover pregnancy and childbirth as well as counseling for new moms. (With information from the Wall Street Journal).

Living in rural Wisconsin and smoking will cost you more Unfortunately, residents in Northwest Wisconsin will pay more in premiums than folks living just across the river in Minnesota. Wisconsinites living near major cities will likely have lower premiums than rural residents. According to the New York Times, Pima County in Arizona has the best health-care rates due to a flooded marketplace of competing insurers. For smokers, if you haven’t quit yet, you’ll save money on the exchanges if you’re smoke free for six months. Obamacare obstructionists The Wall Street Journal reported that blue states, or states not run by mostly Republicans, typically have greater resources to support enrollment in the exchanges and have had less setbacks. To be fair to Republican-led states, many plans in the Marketplace limit the network of available doctors, so keeping your doctor under the new health-care laws is one of many concerns with Obamacare. Too early to tell if marketplace concept will lower costs Unfortunately, large insurers like Cigna and UnitedHealth Group have opted out of many states’ exchanges. Aetna has backed out of seven exchanges it originally applied for based on cost models. If additional insurers opt into the exchanges in future years, government officials claim health-care prices should decline. Advice is free; shop around “A lot of insurance agents have decided not to continue to work in the health insurance market,” Doug Willert of Noah Insurance said. “But I have stayed in health insurance for 14 years and we’re here, ready to help people. Agents get paid from the exchanges now, so why not sit with an agent/adviser when selecting health insurance.“ Next year – shorter open enrollment As of today, next year’s open enrollment for the exchanges runs only from Nov. 15- Dec. 7. For businesses with less than 25 employees, the Small Business Health Option Program, which features tax credits, must be purchased through a broker and the website for SHOP has been delayed.


for Wisconsin City council approves increase Living wage workers in sewer rates I Discussion on Trap Neuter Release program

Danielle Moe | Staff writer SHELL LAKE- Among several recommendations at the Shell Lake City Council meeting on Monday Dec. 9, council members approved increasing city sewer rates and entertained a discussion about the possible introduction of the Farm, Feral and Stray cat program ,Trap, Neuter and Release, to the city of Shell Lake and Washburn County.  Visit the Register’s website for full story on the meeting.

Council approvals The recommendation from the executive human resources committee to approve 2014 pay increases for city employees was approved by the board on a unanimous voice vote. Pay increases in the approved resolution included a 5-percent pay increase for officer Dave Bos and appointment to sergeant, a 50-cents-per-hour increase for regular part-time officer Tim Imrick, a 1.5-percent pay increase for all other full-time employees and to increase the route pay ( from $10 a day to $25 a day. The street vacation of the former trap club driveway was approved by the council.  Brad Pederson, city administrator, explained, “Right now it is basically a driveway to a couple of garages out there owned by the same family.”  A portion of the land is involved in a land exchange and sale that Pederson said will likely involve an encroachment to a building that is slightly on airport property, that has been in the works for a of couple years.  “Formally, that is what we are looking at is to vacate the former trap club road and the undeveloped stub street at the end which will open it up for us to do our land sale exchange and get that encroachment taken care of,” said Pederson.  The description of the vacation reads in the resolution: pertaining to the street vacation of all of Lake Drive,  running from its intersection with Burg’s Park Drive southwesterly to the northeasterly boundary of that parcel of real estate owned by the city of Shell Lake. Review of the wastewater utility user rates study, submitted by Daniel Thole, CPA, of Clifton Larson Allen lead to the recommendation to increase the city sewer rate meeting the council’s approval.  The rate is a 16.5-percent increase with the last rate increase approved in 2009.  It is noted in the public works administration committee minutes that debt service for the city’s major sewer project that is currently under way is a contributing factor in the rate increase.  For specific rate changes, see the chart of the approved proposed increases to the city’s sewer rates included in a letter from Clifton Larson Allen  to the public works committee. After receiving word that the city of Rice Lake would be putting their 1999 sewer jet vacuum truck out on bids, Jeff Parker, public works director, recommended the city submit a bid.  Parker explained the current truck is rusting severely and the pump is getting weak.  “This piece of equipment is very important, because if we have to use it because you have sewer coming in your basement and this piece of equipment goes down we cannot do it,” stated Parker.  The council approved the request to submit a bid on the city of Rice Lake’s sewer jet vacuum truck.  

Kathleen Schoener speaks before council members about the Farm, Feral and Stray Trap, Neuter and Release program. - Photo by Danielle Moe Trap, Neuter and Release program Kathleen Schoener spoke before city council in the absence of Tanya Borg of the farm, feral and stray TNR program. Penny Dunn of the Washburn County Area Humane Society also spoke in response to the TNR program.  Farm, Feral and Stray is a volunteer nonprofit organization that is working to implement a Trap, Neuter and Release program for Washburn County’s free-roaming cats.  Dunn told the council that euthanizing animals is not the society’s prerogative, but is a part of the program.  “We do this out of compassion. I do not want to be an animal living out in this kind of weather … who is going to care for them?” On the flip side, the farm, feral and stray program feels cats are masters of survival, and the current overpopulation crisis is an example of their hardiness.  Despite conflicting views on whether cats should be left to fend for themselves or humanely put down if feral, both parties agreed that the area was in desperate need of a low-cost spay and neuter program as a means to an end.  Schoener stated that Borg intends to bring the program before the county board.  Mayor Sally Peterson referred further program discussion to the general administration committee. Election inspectors The council approved the selections for election inspectors.  Mary Dunbar was selected as chief inspector and the special registration deputy.  From the Democratic Party, Susan Hansen and Pat Pesko were selected.  From the Republican Party, Lynn Hubin and Jim Lewis were selected.  Seven other Shell Lake residents were chosen as alternates.  Republican alternates are Jill Dunlavy, Dan Hubin and Randy Baker.  Unaffiliated alternates are Marlys Masterjohn, Barb Shaw, Elaine Studt and Sharon Tobias. For further details on the Monday, Dec. 9, Shell Lake City Council meeting will be available at

The specific rate changes of the approved proposed increases to the city’s sewer rates from a letter from Clifton Larson Allen to the public works committee.

n Wisconsin, we know if you want to get ahead you have to work hard. Yet there are hardworking individuals in our state working full time making minimum wage who are unable to cover their basic living expenses.  The minimum wage in Wisconsin is not a living wage.  An individual who works full time making minimum wage, currently $7.25, brings in less than $300 a week or approximately $15,000 a year.  This is $7,000 below the poverty line for a family of four.  In the land of opportunity, it is unacceptable that a person working full time cannot support their family. In January of this year, I joined my Democratic colleagues from across the state to sponsor Senate Bill 4 to increase the minimum wage to $7.60 an hour and index it to inflation.  To date, the chairs of the Assembly and Senate Labor Committees have refused to hold a public hearing on SB4 to give the citizens of Wisconsin a say on this important issue.  This week, we are reminding these chairs of the importance of raising the minimum wage and asking them to hold a public hearing.  Raising the minimum wage to $7.60 an hour would benefit over 300,000 workers statewide.  If the minimum wage had been indexed to inflation in 1968, it would be $10.40 today.  Most people think of minimum-wage jobs as being filled by teenagers.  In fact, over 80 percent of minimum-wage workers in Wisconsin are over 20 years old, a fourth of them have children and a third are married.  Nationally, over 40 percent of minimum-wage workers have higher than a high school education. Research shows that the overwhelming number of employers of low-wage workers are extremely profitable corporations with large numbers of employed


Milroy 73th Assembly State Representative workers. Even as corporate profits reach historic highs, the wages and benefits of workers have stagnated.  Raising the minimum wage helps build a strong economy for everyone, not just the richest 1 percent of our state.  Paying workers a living wage enables them to cover basic living expenses without relying on public assistance and food pantries.  Costco, the second largest retailer in the U.S. after Wal-Mart, is often cited as an example of a tremendously successful company that pays its workers an average of $20.89 per hour.  Since the minimum wage was enacted in 1938, opponents have argued it will hurt businesses and force them to lay off employees.  In fact, studies have shown that raising the minimum wage makes it easier for employers to recruit and retain workers, and it contributes to consumer demand.  According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, for every dollar increase that a minimum-wage worker receives their annual household spending increases by $3,500. When workers are paid a living wage the benefits are felt throughout our society.  Families have greater economic security, there is less reliance on public assistance, and new consumer spending to boost the economy. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s words in 1937 still hold true today, “Our nation so richly endowed with natural resources and with a capable and industrious population, should be able to devise ways and means of ensuring to all our able-bodied working men and women a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.” 

NRCS announces sign-up period for Conservation Stewardship Program SPOONER — The Natural Resources Conservation Service has announced that they will be accepting applications for the Conservation Stewardship Program until Thursday, Jan. 17, 2014. CSP is offered in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Pacific and Caribbean areas through continuous sign-ups with announced cutoff dates for ranking periods. The program provides many conservation benefits including improvement of water and soil quality, wildlife habitat enhancement and adoption of conservation activities that address the effects of climate change.

All producers are encouraged to apply for CSP. The program, authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill, is a voluntary program that offers payments to producers who maintain a high level of conservation on their land and who agree to adopt higher levels of stewardship. Eligible lands include cropland, pastureland and nonindustrial forestland. For more information in Burnett and Washburn counties contact the Spooner NRCS office at 715-635-8228, ext. 3. — from NRCS

Amended budget adopted Council promotes two employees

bled people that stated their opposition to the proposed library funding cuts during the nearly 40-minute-long public hearing on the proposed budget were Shell Lake residents Wanda Zeug, Tom Scott and Danielle Moe | Staff writer SHELL LAKE — Many concerned citi- Mary Harrington. The council approved increasing the zens appeared at the special Shell Lake City Council meeting held on Tuesday, library budget by $5,000 on a 2 - 4 voice Dec. 3, in support of the Shell Lake Pub- vote. After approving the amendments lic Library. Council members Dan Har- to increase the city’s contingency fund by rington and Matt Dryden were not in $3,000, reduce the public works outlay by $5,000 and to increase the street machine attendance.  Amy Stormberg, library director, and repairs and maintenance fund by $2,000, Mary Dunbar, library board president, council members approved the amended were among those assembled.  Storm- 2014 city of Shell Lake budget with a berg spoke before the council regarding levy of $884,444 on a unanimous voice the proposed city budget not allocating vote.  “This is a 1.73-percent increase over the total $76,000 of the library’s 2014 bud- 2013,” said Brad Pederson, city adminisget request.  The city finance committee trator, in a phone conversation on Friday, meeting in November approved $71,000 Dec. 6.  The net mill rate for all taxing enfor the library’s 2014 budget, $5,000 short tities in the city of Shell Lake is at $21.26 of their request.  In 2014, the library will per thousand.  On a recommendation from the execulose about $5,000  through the county and adjacent county funding due to a funding tive human resources committee, Mitch formula that relies on the library’s circu- Brown was promoted to the position of lation numbers.  By law, municipalities public works director on a unanimous are not required to follow this funding voice vote.  Brown has been with the city since 2006 and will take over after the formula.   “The library submitted a budget and re- current public works director, Jeff Parkcouped that $5,000 through the city, and I er’s, final day on Tuesday, Dec. 31.  Acunderstand the need for it, but we cannot cording to committee meeting minutes always continue to pick up the slack as a the position’s salary was established at city,” said council member Terry Leckel.  $48,000.  The council also promoted Jack Stormberg told the council that the pro- Harrington as water and sewer operator.  posed funding cut would probably lead to Harrington has worked for the city as a the library cutting hours.  Of those assem- public works employee since 2005.


ICCPA holds 80th-annual stockholders meeting

Richard “Dick” Erickson elected to board Danielle Moe | Staff writer

FREDERIC - Despite heavy snowfall and treacherous roads, the Inter-County Cooperative Publishing Association’s annual stockholders meeting was well attended on Thursday, Dec. 5. Held at Hackers Lanes in Frederic, the meeting consisted of casting votes for a seat on the board of directors, a finance report, manager’s report, and words from co-op President Charles Johnson, followed by lunch. In addition to the weekly newspapers, Inter-County Leader and Washburn County Register, ICCPA publishes the five Advertisers, offers commercial printing and sells office supplies at its stores in St. Croix Falls, Frederic, Siren and Shell Lake.   New board member  Richard “Dick” Erickson, Grantsburg, was elected to the open seat on the five-member ICCPA board of directors. He replaced Carolyn Wedin by a one-vote margin. Wedin had served two terms on the board. The continuing board members are Charles Johnson, Janet Oachs, Merlin Johnson and Ann Fawver. Erickson owned and operated the Red Owl/ Super Valu grocery store in downtown Grantsburg for 30 years.  According to his bio, Erickson has been a member of many


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Shell Lake Lions Calendar Winners Dec. 2 - $30 Rob McManon, Stoddard Dec. 3 - $30 Carolyn Beitel, Spooner Dec. 4 - $30 Ruth Swan, Shell Lake Dec. 5 - $30 Niel/Marlys Petersen, Shell Lake Dec. 6 - $30 Helen Esmond, Hudson

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The board of the Inter-County Cooperative Publishing Association welcomed a new member and thanked an outgoing member at its annual meeting held Thursday, Dec. 5, in Frederic. Shown (L to R), back row: Doug Panek, manager; Charlie Johnson, board president; Richard “Dick” Erickson, newly elected member; Merlin Johnson and Ann Fawver.  Front row: Carolyn Wedin, outgoing member and Janet Oachs. - Photo by Gregg Westigard civic groups, served on the boards of many area organizations over the years and serves as a church treasurer. Strong financial sheet Abby Williamson, auditor from Carlson Highland Certified Public Accountants, presented the financial statement for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2013.  She reported that total sales were $4.87 million, up from last year’s sales of $4.83 million.  Operating costs went up by nearly $42,000 with the final margin of profit up over last year at $72,114.  Once again there is no debt and the co-op has total assets valued at $2,827,505 with less than $500,000 in liabilities.  Almost all the ICCPA worth is in patron equity, the value owned by the co-op’s members.  Williamson told the members that the co-op has a very strong financial sheet and that “member ownership of over 80 percent is really good.”  The motion to accept the report was approved. Manager’s report Doug Panek, manager, pointed out the historical significance of the meeting, the 80th-annual meeting of the cooperative’s stockholders. “And to think, I’ve worked here for more than half of those years,” he said, going on to highlight the changes that have occurred in that time. He acknowledged the effect that the rise of the Internet has had on newspapers.  The number of pages in the InterCounty Leader has decreased to an average of 18 pages less per week than in 2008 and the number of the newspaper’s Facebook friends now rivals print subscribers.  Panek explained how staff have had to adjust their deadlines to meet new United States Postal

Service pickup times. Since late October mail has to be ready by 2:30 p.m. instead of 4:30 p.m., affecting all levels of production.  He also reviewed equipment purchases made this past year, including the replacement of the computer-to-plate system and replacement of 15 Apple computers used in production with new models. New service ICCPA is now offering website building and according to Panek, 10 sites have been successfully built for customers.  Gayle Olson is in charge of building the sites and promotions for the service started in the form of ads, statement stuffers, Facebook and email blasts. Visit for more information or stop in to any of the four offices located in Frederic, St. Croix Falls, Siren or Shell Lake.  An envelope press was also purchased to speed production.  At a total cost of $14,000, the press is being used to print an average of 45,000 envelopes per month.  The company van was also replaced with a newer model. “We have around 70 employees in our Frederic, Siren, St. Croix Falls and Shell Lake offices.  It takes many hands to produce our products, whether it is office products, commercial printing, newspapers or advertisers,” acknowledged Panek. Board president’s report Charlie Johnson, president of the ICCPA board, said the co-op had another positive year despite hard economic times.  “The year 2013 was the International Year of Cooperatives,” Johnson said. “The seven cooperative principles set coops apart from stock companies. The seventh principle is ‘Concern for Community’ and the ICCPA

Register Memories 1953 - 60 years ago

• Pat Carol Albee, Norma Quam and Shirley Mae Hickox, Shell Lake, students at Superior State College, were among the 164-member chorus to perform in “The Creation” in Gates gymnasium. • Officers of the Salem Luther League were Caren Morey, president; Dean Hillman, vice president; Ramona Gronning, secretary; and Sherill Hillman, treasurer. • In spite of unfavorable weather, a very large crowd was at the benefit dance held at the Sarona Hall basement for the Howard Parkers who lost their home and all their belongings in a fire. • The December business meeting of the Girl Scouts was held at the Methodist church. There were 38 Girl Scouts and 12 parents of the new Girl Scouts present. The following girls became Tenderfoot Girl Scouts: Donna Hermann, Gwen Stouffer, Judy Axon, Connie Morey, Babs Moen, Georgene Gramberg, Vicki Andrea, Linda Anderson, Suzanne Lempke, Carol Frey, Delores VanSickle, Kathy Lewis and Sally Clanton. Lunch was served by Randy Stouffer, Gretchen Blume, Marlene Parker, Marcia Gramberg and Ann Bohn.

1973 - 40 years ago

• Officers elected to the Shell Lake Chamber of Commerce were Wendell Pederson, president; Elden Evans, vice president; Herbert Hoskins, secretary; and J.B. Beardsley, treasurer. • James Ahasay, bass, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Ahasay, Shell Lake, was a member of the River Falls State College Choir. • Mr. and Mrs. Richard Rydberg announced the birth of a son on Dec. 5. • Evans Drug in downtown Shell Lake was offering a three-roll pack of wrapping paper for 88¢; Aero Snow spray, 69¢; a Brownie movie camera for $18.88; and a 20” nurse doll with two 4-1/2” babies for 88¢.

works for a sustainable quality of life in our community through its efforts such as scholarships while continuing to deliver the news to the readers. We are a cooperative community. The Leader will be here for another 80 years.” Johnson shared a poem in honor of the friendship created by the cooperative over the last 80 years. He said the poem was given to him by a friend but written by an unknown author. Take care of your friends Friend is a word that I don’t throw around Though it’s used and abused, I still like the sound. I save it for people who’ve done right by me And I know I can count on, if ever need be.   Some of my friends drive big limousines, Own ranches and banks and visit with queens, And some of my friends are up to their neck In overdue notes and can’t write a check.   They’re singers or dancers or writers of prose And others, God bless ‘em, can’t blow their own nose! I guess being friends has nothing to do With talent or money or knowing who’s who.   It’s a comfortable feeling when you don’t have to care, ‘Bout choosing your words or being quite fair. ‘Cause friends’ll just listen and let go on by Those words you don’t mean and not bat an eye.   It makes a friend happy to see your success. They’re proud of your good side and forgive all the rest. And that ain’t so easy, all of the time, Sometimes I get crazy and seem to go blind!   Your friend just might have to take you on home, Or remind you sometime, that you’re not alone. Or ever so gently pull you back to the ground, When you think you can fly, with no one around.   A hug or a shake, which ever seems right Is the high point of giving, I’ll tell you tonight,

All wordly riches and tributes of men, Can’t hold a candle to the worth of a friend. - Reporter Gregg Westigard contributed to this story

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1973 - 40 years ago

• Jerold Soholt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Soholt, Shell Lake, was named to the dean’s list at Mayville State College, Mayville, N.D. • Officers of the Excella 4-H Club were Mary Gaulke, president; Robert Gaulke, vice president; Heidi Kraemer, secretarytreasurer; and Rose Gaulke, reporter. Janet McNabb was re-elected general leader. • Gary Rahn bagged a 4-point buck and a 350-pound bear during fall hunting. • Oscar and Evelyne Olson entertained with an annual venison feed.

1983 - 30 years ago

• Chris Hopke, club reporter, reported on the Country Neighbors 4-H Club. Two new members joined the club. They were Christine and Eric Leckel. • The Tuesday Club held their Christmas party. Jean Odden showed slides and gave a talk on the Scandinavian countries. Serving were Jane Winton, Lucille Miner and Billie Aderman. • Mathew Mark Parker, infant son of Joni and Mark Parker, was baptized at Salem Lutheran. • Food-n-Fuel on the north side of Shell Lake opened. Manager was Tom Stariha.

1993 - 20 years ago

• The Washburn County Genealogical Society and Washburn County Historical Society honored Lucille and George Miller on their retirement. Lucille was the office manager at the museum. • Jane Winton was recuperating at home after being released from the hospital. She was suffering from broken ribs she received after taking a fall. • Shell Lake Chamber of Commerce President Carol Leischer presented a $500 check to Shell Lake Mayor Ray Heil-born. The check represented the first installment of the

chamber’s $2,500 commitment to the city’s campground/park improvement project. • Randy and Corrine Slabaugh received the Washburn County Water Quality Leadership Award. Wayne and Jacky Dahlstrom received the Conservation Farmer Award, and Oneita Zehm received the Conservation Leadership Award.

2003 - 10 years ago

• A celebration honoring Virginia Stodola’s 15 years working at the Shell Lake Public Library was held. • Mark Cusick, Shell Lake, a medic with the U.S. Army, would be deploying to Iraq in January. Mark, a member of 477 Medical Company, Ground Ambulance, Duluth, is the son of Tom and Audrey Cusick. • Paul and Patti Naglosky, Barronett, received the District I Distinguished Service Award at the 37th-annual Wisconsin Athletic Directors’ Association workshop held in Appleton. The Nagloskys had been an integral part of the Shell Lake athletics for the past several years. Paul was involved as an assistant football coach, junior high assistant softball coach, chairperson of the IMC Golf Outing, member of the Shell Lake School Board, member of the Shell Lake Masonic Lodge, Jaycees, Boy Scout scoutmaster and co-chair of the Shell Lake Post Prom Party. He was also a volunteer with the wrestling program. Patti was involved as the Shell Lake Pep Club adviser, Shell Lake Student Council adviser, AODA committee member, school Strategic Planning Committee member and cheerleading adviser, along with a variety of other civic organizations. • Shell Lake basketball cheerleaders were Sami Dodge, Jena Novak, Heather Wiesner, Claudia Berlin, Sarah Reddmann and Amanda Zaloudek.


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Thursday, Dec. 12

• The Shell Lake Lions Club meeting, 6:30 p.m., Shell Lake Community Center.

• Washburn County food distribution in conjunction with Ruby’s Pantry, Spooner Middle School Tech Ed Building on Elm Street. Tickets 9 a.m. Distribution 9:30 a.m. Volunteers needed. Contact 715-635-9309, 715-468-4017, or 715-2224410. • Shell Lake High School band chili feed, 6-8 p.m., 3-12 school commons.

• Shell Lake Primary School holiday concert, 9:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 21

• U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots distribution, noon-2 p.m., Rice Lake Armory. For more info, call Larry Miller, 715-234-1792 or Butch Holmes, 715-822-2118.

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• “The Promise of the Light” musical, 10:30 a.m., Shell Lake • Spooner Women’s Club will meet at 1 p.m. at Glenview in United Methodist Church. Shell Lake.   Dr. Emory Johnson will lead Christmas carols.  • U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots distribution, Bring a plate of goodies to share. Visitors, please contact Pat noon-2 p.m., Barronett Civic Club. For more info, call Larry at 715-865-2250 for more information.  Miller, 715-234-1792, or Butch Holmes, 715-822-2118. Saturday, Dec. 14 Donations of new, unwrapped toys being accepted at Lake • Springbrook VFW children’s Christmas party, 11 a.m.- 3 Mall in Shell Lake. p.m.  Adult party 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25 • Christmas cookie walk, United Methodist Church, 312 Elm • Christmas dinner at Trinity Lutheran, Spooner, noon. St., Spooner, 8-11 a.m. Freewill offering given to a hunger project. Please make your Sunday, Dec. 15 reservation to the church by Thursday, Dec. 19. • Bethany Belles performing at Theatre in the Woods, Shell Thursday, Dec. 26 Lake, 2 p.m.  • Free community supper, 4-6 p.m., St. Alban Episcopal • Christmas in the Country, Shell Lake Full Gospel Church, Church, 220 Elm St., Spooner. 293 Hwy. 63 South, Lunch and activities begin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28 Christmas concert, 2 p.m. • Free community breakfast, 7-10 a.m., First United Monday, Dec. 16 Pentecostal Church, 337 Greenwood Ave., Spooner. All • Northern Lights Camera Club, 7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran welcome. Donations accepted. Church, 1790 Scribner St., Spooner.  January • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group, 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 group activity, 5:30 p.m. dinner, 6-7 p.m. meeting, Lakeland • Shell Lake Education Foundation Dad’s Belgian Waffles Family Resource Center, 314 Elm St., Spooner, 715-635during doubleheader basketball against Northwood.  4669. Advanced tickets are available from any SLEF board member • Holiday Jingle Mingle to be held immediately following the or the district office at the 3-12 building.   high school band concert that starts at 7 p.m. in the Spooner High School auditorium. The culinary arts students will serve homemade appetizers and sweets in the commons. 

Tuesday, Dec. 17

• Shell Lake/Spooner Masonic Lodge 221 meeting, 7 p.m., at the lodge. • Shell Lake Elementary holiday concert, 7 p.m., 3-12 gym.

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Driver’s ed teachers should be acknowledged When you were a teenager, do you remember the person that taught you how to drive an automobile? Was it a stern, perhaps frightening and demanding person? In most cases, I assume your driver’s ed instructor was an individual spending long hours trying to indoctrinate you and other young drivers with a need to understand the rules of good conduct when operating a motor vehicle. Milt and I have a friend, Paul, who in addition to being the high school guidance counselor was also the driver’s ed instructor. Paul often has mentioned that he truly enjoyed working with

students that were learning to drive. He said they were pretty intent and well behaved because they had a goal at the end — to obtain a driver’s license. A Twin Cities news reporter recently went through a driving-skills test with an instructor to see how well he followed the rules. He made some errors. I’m sure many of us after driving a vehicle for many years would need to brush up on a few things, too.

The following excerpt was printed in the Dec. 19, 1963, edition of the Washburn County Register. I think it merits a reprinting even though I don’t know who wrote it.

My Driver Education Teacher

Who sits beside me so outwardly calm, When the turn I have made is outrageously wrong? Whose facial expression is very serene Though I handle the car like a plowing machine. Whose knees turn to water and heart

skips a beat As I take the car careening down the street. Whose hair’s turning gray before his time? Who’s a nervous wreck in the year of his prime? The description above can fit only one, The bravest man under the sun, The most courageous of any earth creature, I’m referring, of course, to my driver’s ed teacher.

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Suzanne Johnson | Staff writer SHELL LAKE — Returning to the private woods on the morning of Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 28, Bill Frahman, Shell Lake, at first was angry when he spotted a blood trail in the light dusting of snow. No other hunters were expected to be in the woods where Frahman had permission to hunt. Frahman tracked the blood trail only to find that a nubbin buck had recently died from losing blood after having its right

front leg shot just above the knee, leaving it dangling from the body. The deer had made it to Frahman’s wooden hunting shelter before lying down to die from its injuries. “At first I thought it was a joke,” stated Frahman, after spotting the deer lying in his shelter. “I looked around as if I was on ‘Candid Camera.’” As the deer wasn’t even stiff at the time Frahman found it, he proceeded to tag and dress out the animal. According to Frahman, “steam came out of it.” Frah-

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Nonnberg Abbey when she was asked to be a tutor for the Trapp children. She was born on a train bound for Vienna in 1905. She grew up poor, but the highlight of her life was attending summer music camps. When Baron Von Trapp asked her to marry him, she fled back to the abbey and asked the mother abbess what she should do. She was told it was God’s will she should marry. In her book she wrote that she was angry at God and at her new husband because she really wanted to be a nun. She wrote: “I really and truly was not in love. I liked him but didn’t love him. However, I loved the children so in a way I really married the children. I learned to love him more than I have ever loved before or after.” He was 47 and Maria was 22 when they married. They had three children, the last one a son born in Philadelphia in 1939. Baron Von Trapp lost all his money in a bank failure. He believed he should not work, since he was an officer. Austria no longer had a seacoast, so they had no navy. He was ordered to take a command by the Hitler regime. He was against all the Nazi obsession and refused, so he was looked upon as a criminal. Maria had taken charge, and with the help of a priest who lived with the family and became their musical director, they began touring as a family of singers. They booked a tour of the U.S. They sang in Salzberg, and in Scandinavian countries, and in

Italy. They recorded with RCA Victor. Maria believed that if they emigrated to the U.S. her husband and the children would be able to stay. So they came. They bought a farm, in 1942, in Stowe, Vt. It was situated in mountains like those the family left behind in their homeland. They turned it into the Trapp Family Lodge, which is a ski resort. They held music camps in the summer. The family singers disbanded in 1967. The touring was difficult for them, especially the grown-up children. They wanted normal lives, without travel. Maria lived at Stowe for 40 years. She died in March of 1987 at the age of 82. She wrote her book, “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers,” published in 1949. The story was made into a Broadway musical with Mary Martin starring, and “The Sound of Music” movie was made in 1965. Maria wrote the book, “My Own Story,” in 1972. She and three of their children became missionaries in Papua, New Guinea. They also started the Trapp Family Relief Fund to help the Austrian people during the recovery after WWII. Many people in Austria didn’t like to hear about them. The rest of the world did fall in love with them. The film will soon be 50 years old. I still remember the family and their beautiful music. It wouldn’t be Christmas without this sweet memory.

Area writers corner The sound of Christmas music Mary B. Olsen

Music was always part of the holidays growing up. Since our mother was of Austrian heritage, we included the records of the Trapp Family Singers, singing their folk songs and carols, along with our American records of carols. The Trapps were the family in the movie “The Sound of Music.” My mother read the book written by Maria Von Trapp. When their concert tour in 1948 played in Peoria, my mother and I and several relatives attended their performance. Thinking of it now, I recall the show. It was colorful with the family dressed in traditional costumes of the Tyrol. The girls and Maria wore peasant blouses and dirndl skirts and the two boys, one tall teenager and a 10-yearold, wore lederhosen, short leather pants and embroidered suspenders, and felt hats on their blond heads. Maria spoke for the group and explained that several, including her husband who passed away in 1947, couldn’t be with them. She announced the songs they would sing and the dances, including the shoe buckler, in which the dancers slapped their shoe soles. They performed with such energy, and their melodic voices and yodels

made the rafters of that Masonic hall ring. There was a program on television last week about the Trapp family. A man who had been in the movie, and played the boyfriend of the girl, and several of the family members were featured. They were telling about how some of the real-life events were different in the movie. They seem to think the movie was so popular because of Julie Andrews and the pathos of the family fleeing their home. It is a classic. The truth, which most Trapp fans know, is they did not sneak across the Alps in the dead of winter. Nobody could. They were booked for a tour and didn’t go back. The true story is better than the movie. They sang their way into the hearts of the people. Georg Von Trapp was born in 1880 in Zara, Dalmatia, part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. His father was knighted and elevated to the nobility in 1876. Like his father, he went into the Austrian navy. His father died when Georg was 4. His brother died in WWI and his sister was an artist. He became an officer in 1915. He was in the submarine service. He married Agathe Whitehead, of England, the niece of Robert Whitehead who invented the torpedo. They had six children. The family moved to a villa in Aigen, a suburb of Salzburg, in 1924. His wife, Agathe, had died of scarlet fever in 1922. In 1926, Georg hired Maria to be a home tutor for the children. It is true that Maria was a novitiate in the

Area news at a glance BARRON — John Easterly, 62, Wooster, Ohio, was attempting to unload round bales when one fell on him, Tuesday, Nov. 26. According to the Barron County Sheriff’s Department, Easterly was transported to the hospital and later died as the result of the injuries. — from the Cumberland Advocate ••• RICE LAKE — A Rice Lake citizen who watched city council meetings on television said one of the council members was sending and receiving text messages during a recent council meeting. Jim Weber

said that the council member should have been paying attention during the meeting, and that texting during a meeting was disrespectful to other members of the council. He said the texts should be public documents because they may have been to other council members about how they would vote on a topic at hand or other city business. Weber’s comments came during the public comments part of the meeting. The council took no action. — from the Rice Lake Chronotype ••• CHETEK — Diane Fjelstad, Chetek,

took part in this year’s Running of the Reindeer in Anchorage, Alaska. She and her son, Eric, who is an environmental lawyer in Anchorage, were among the crowd of participants from all over Alaska and across the globe. The event is a fundraiser for Toys For Tots. “I believe the registration brings in tons of dollars,” Fjelstad said. Many runners don goofy costumes to add to the challenge of outrunning the reindeer. Fjelstad showed off her Packer pride with her jersey, scarf and cheesehead. Runners are given a head start, then a half dozen reindeer are re-

leased. Fjelstad said the reindeer are not vicious, but it requires some caution to run with them so as to stay clear of their sharp antlers. As soon as the race on the snow-covered half-mile course is over, the reindeer are put back into pens and the road is immediately cleared of all hoof prints and footprints. — from the Rice Lake Chronotype •••


Santa visits Spooner Caitlyn Swanson is helping her daughter make a pinecone Christmas tree as they wait to see Santa.

Photos by Larry Samson

Curtis Stone is happy and content to sit on Santa’s lap. While some children are scared to sit on Santa’s lap, he is not the least bit afraid as he enjoyed his visit on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Lakeland Family Resource Center. He wanted an airplane for Christmas.

Young families are the strength of the community. Trapper and Jessica Tomesh with their 2-year-old son, Cayden, and 6-day-old daughter, Bailee, spent Saturday morning having fun making crafts and of course visiting with Santa.

C o r d e e Stone is using his hands as he tells Santa what he wants for Christmas. He asked Santa for a big bike that he can put away and ride when he gets older and from his hand gestures maybe an elephant.

Ray Witte announces retirement Danielle Moe | Staff writer SHELL LAKE — “As it turned out, I knew fairly well a friend of Arnie Stovring, who was president here (of the bank) at that time,” Ray Witte said. Originally from northwest Iowa, Witte found the job opening at Shell Lake State Bank through an employment agency.   Shell Lake State Bank has been providing financial services to the residents and visitors of Northwest Wisconsin since 1934.  Today, the bank is also an independent insurance agency with branches in Spooner and Sarona. Witte’s career with Shell Lake State Bank first began on Nov. 1, 1987, as vice president of operations officer.  He will retire from the same position, 26 years later. As an outdoorsman, Witte found the Shell Lake area a perfect fit.  “It has lakes and woods, it is a pretty area,” he acknowledged. In the banking business for 43 years, he has witnessed many industry changes from regulation rules to the rise of computers. “When I first started, banks were just beginning to use computers,” he said.  For Witte the numerous changes to regulations have become increasingly more complicated and can be mind-boggling. After nearly three decades of leadership, the relationships he has built with

Ray Witte, the longtime vice president of operations at Shell Lake State Bank, announced his retirement effective Friday, Dec. 20. — Photo by Danielle Moe customers and co-workers alike will be the part of the job he will miss.  In his retirement, Witte and his wife, Jan, plan on moving closer to their children who both live in Fargo, N.D.  “We do not plan on moving to Fargo, just closer,” Witte clarified.

King installed as president of ICHC Linda King, left, was installed as the new president of Indianhead Community Health Care Inc., on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Jude Bolterman, Northwest District president, performed the installation at the regular board meeting. Other officers, Nancy Furchtenicht, vice president; Sue Weathers, treasurer; and Sabrina Naglosky, secretary, were installed at the ICHC fall dinner meeting in November. King was unable to attend that meeting. — Photo by Suzanne Johnson



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Tough loss for Lady Lakers


Larry Samson | Staff writer SHELL LAKE — The Shell Lake girls basketball team went up against a team that they were not expected to beat and came away with victory of sorts. The final score was 90-61 in favor of Cameron and while that tells you how well Cameron played, it does not tell you how well the Lakers played. Cameron is a team capable of making a run at state this year on the strength of several players. Chloe Wanink put up 49 points for the win. Ashley Bayer had 13 points.

Senior Jennifer Connell takes to the court as the Lakers hosted their first home game of the season on Friday, Dec. 6. It was a 90-61 loss to a very good Cameron team. Cameron has the players to make a run for a state championship.

Shania Pokorny put up 28 points against the Comet defense.

Makenzie Olson is fouled from behind on her shot. Cameron had aggressive defense that managed to put two players on every shooter.

Cameron played a fast-break offense that relied on high-percentage shots. Often the point guard passed the ball to a spot before the player was there. The Cameron team is made up of mostly juniors who will be back again next year. At times the Cameron defense struggled with the Lakers offense, especially under the basket. Cameron took an early 24-15 lead in the first quarter, by the end of the half it

was 47-29. In the third quarter, Shell Lake outscored Cameron, 20-12. With just two minutes left in the third quarter, the Lakers had pulled within seven points of the Comets. Going into the fourth quarter, Shell Lake ran out of steam as Cameron put the game away on a very potent offense. Shania Pokorny put in another fine performance with 28 points and Hannah Cassel had 17 points. Shell Lake will travel to Solon Springs for a nonconference game on Monday, Dec. 16, at 5:45 p.m., and to Spooner on Friday, Dec. 20, at 7:15 p.m. Amy Bouchard with a jump shot. – Photos by Larry Samson

Shell Lake boys finish out week on a loss Larry Samson | Staff writer SHELL LAKE — The Shell Lake boys basketball team finished out the week with a 56-39 loss to the Cameron Comets on Friday, Dec. 6. Shell Lake played point for point in the first quarter, trailing by two going into the second quarter. In the second quarter Cameron got hot as Shell Lake grew cold and the Comets outscored the Lakers 16-4. Trailing 23-9 at halftime, Shell Lake made a comeback in the third quarter, outscoring the Comets 11-7. It was a matter of too little, too late as Cameron won 56-39. The bright spot in the game is that Shell Lake scored 30 points in the second half to Cameron’s 33 points. David Brereton had 11 points for the game followed by Dylan Sandwick with nine points and Curtis Parker with eight points. Parker was 4 for 4 at the free-throw line. Max Verdegan was the top scorer for Cameron. The Verdegan name is well-known in the Flambeau girls basketball program. They made the Flambeau Falcons team a powerhouse in the state. Shell Lake will host the Flambeau

Jesse Sibert drives the basket on this layup. He can play the outside but prefers playing under the basket.

Photos by Larry Samson

Curtis Parker with a jump shot under the basket. He put eight points on the scoreboard.

David Brereton draws attention and a trip to the free-throw line from Cameron defender Payton Dibble. Brereton had 11 points for the game.

Falcons on Thursday, Dec. 12, and will travel to Solon Springs on Monday, Dec. 16. Flambeau is coming off a 71-49 loss to Siren on Nov. 21. Their game with Cornell was canceled because of snow.

It was a good night for point guard Dylan Sandwick as he put up this jump shot for two points. He had nine points for the night, but it was not enough as Shell Lake fell 56-39 to Cameron in their first home game Friday, Dec. 6.



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Spooner has big win over Hayward

Larry Samson | Staff writer SPOONER — The Spooner Rails boys basketball team started the season out with a big 54-38 win over their Heart O’ North Conference rivals the Hayward Hurricanes. Spooner took an early 14-11 lead and built on it in every quarter. Coming out of the locker room with a seven-point lead after the half, Spooner outscored Hayward 18-7 in the third quarter as they put the game away. Jordan Melton was the high scorer for Spooner as he put 25 points on the scoreboard, followed by Gavin Anderson with 11 points. Spooner will host Chetek-Weyerhaeuser on Friday, Dec. 13, with a 7:15 p.m. starting time. Chetek is coming off an 80-58 win over Cumberland and will be an early test for the Rails team.

Austin Barbrick eyes up the basket before his freethrow shot. He made six trips to the free-throw line and converted five times. Levi Hanson puts on a fancy move to get around a Hayward defender to get this shot.

Local gymnasts compete in Oshkosh OSHKOSH — The Kipsters gymnasts from Deutsch’s Gymnastics Training Center in Rice Lake competed in Oshkosh Saturday, Nov. 23, and Sunday, Nov. 24. Teams participating were Oshkosh, Deutsch’s, Air Force, Carousel, Infinite, Starz, M&M, Tri-County and LaFleur’s. Team totals for Deutsch’s were Level 3: 102.0; Level 4: 98.025; and Level 5 93.425. Ashleigh Clark, Spooner, competed in Level 3 age 10. She took fourth place, earning team points with her 9.25 score on vault. She also scored team points with

8.45 on floor. She had a 6.975 on bars, 7.8 on beam, and 32.475 all-around. Level 3 athletes were awarded participation ribbons at each event, based on a range of scores. Meghan Stone, Shell Lake, competing in Level 4, ages 12 plus, scored team points with her sixth-place 8.7 on beam. She also scored team points with her 7.6 on bars and 7.6 on floor. She scored 7.7 on vault and 31.6 all-around.— with submitted information

Coaching staff excited about this year’s wrestling season for Spooner SPOONER — The Spooner coaching staff is very excited about this year’s wrestling season and is looking forward to working with a great group of young athletes. Blake Larson is returning at the 106pound weight class. Brenden Hanson has also decided to join with no previous experience. Trey Lawrence, freshman, will be wrestling at 113 this year. Currently there is no 120-pound weight class wrestler for the team. At 126, Jadin Schwartz returns for his third season. At 132 is freshman Dakota Harrison. At 138 is Brandon Jepson returning as the starter as well as freshman Hunter Peterson. As a sophomore, Ryan Shutt is joining wrestling for the first time. At 145 are Patrick Baker, leading as a senior, and RJ Anderson and Mitch Shellito. At 152 are Dylan Sahr and Dustin Metzig. Moving into the district this year is Josiah Melton, also at the 152-pound weight class. Returning at 160 is Richard Lauterbach. Also new to the district is Joe VandeVrede (Melton), who will be wrestling at the 170-pound weight class. Also at 170 is Douglas Scheel who is joining wrestling for the first time. At 182 is senior Lucas Hagberg. At 195 is Jared Quenette. At 220 is Zach Shutt. There are three 285 wrestlers, Brad Baker, Donavan Knutson, and Jonah Blake. On Saturday, Dec. 7, the team traveled to Glenwood City for their first match of the season. This was a dual tournament with some very good schools to compete against. “In the past we typically try to win at least one dual out of

It was a big night for Jordan Melton and the Spooner team as they put away Hayward, 54-38, in their home game on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Melton had 25 points for the win.

Photos by Larry Samson

the five,” stated Andrew Melton, head coach. This year the coaching staff was hoping to change that. “Unfortunately we had some guys missing on Saturday due to injury and illness. We also had guys who were not at their ideal weight class yet. We started out wrestling Triton, Minn., in our first dual. I truly think if we had our full team we would have been able to beat them this year. The guys that wrestled did well and gave it their best effort,” continued the coach. Spooner lost, 51 to 27. The team came right back from the loss and picked up their first win of the day by defeating Glenwood City, 54 to 19. Amery qualified for team sectionals last year and outmatched Spooner, 47 to 24. Once again, Spooner came right back to win the next dual against Somerset, 42 to 28. “If we could win our last dual we would place in the top three for the first time since I started coaching in Spooner,” explained Melton. The boys wrestled extremely well and pulled out a victory against Neillsville 40 to 36. “This was a very exciting victory for the whole team. We have a lot to work on but the team is very excited about the opportunities this year as a team,” said Melton. Both Jepson and Shutt were 5-0 on the day and wrestled extremely well in all five matches. “I am proud of all of the wrestlers and look forward to a great season. I encourage friends, family, and fans to come watch the boys when they get an opportunity,” stated Melton. — from the Spooner Schools Athletic Department

Cross-country ski rental is available SHELL LAKE — Ski! Shell Lake will once again be renting out cross-country ski equipment. Ski! Shell Lake is a nonprofit group which promotes cross-country skiing and has provided equipment and lessons for hundreds of local youth and families.  Local skiers can use top-quality skis,

boots and poles for the entire winter. You may pick up equipment this Thursday or Friday, Dec. 12-13, from 3:30-5:30 p.m., at the pole shed at the Red Barn Ski Trails, two miles east of Shell Lake on CTH B.  For more information, please call David at 715-205-4424. — from Ski! Shell Lake

Shell Lake wrestling falls at Unity Leo Carrillo, Shell Lake, wrestles against Unity’s Colin Loehr. Carrillo won the match by pin when Shell Lake traveled to Unity on Thursday, Dec. 5. — Photos by Marty Steeger

Box score Shell Lake at Unity Unity 64.0, Shell Lake 16.0

106: Derek Johnson, Unity, pinned Jack Skluzacek, Shell Lake, 3:31 113: Adrian Bearhart, Unity, forfeit 120: Evan Countryman, Unity, forfeit 126: Joey Schmitz, Unity, forfeit 132: Tucker Olson, Unity, forfeit 138: Damon Bearhart, Unity, forfeit 145: Dominic Hopke, Shell Lake, major decision, Jett Kobs, Unity, 8-0

152: Ty Hoffbeck, Unity, pinned Noah Skluzacek, Shell Lake, 2:30. 160: Tevin Anderson, Unity, major decision, Beau Skluzacek, Shell Lake, 14-3 170: Ben Frey, Shell Lake, pinned Patric Tillery, Unity, 4:51 182: Erion Priebe, Unity, forfeit 195: Brad  Eley, Unity, forfeit 220: Leo Carrillo, Shell Lake, pinned Colin Loehr, Unity, 2:27 285: Josh Dahlberg, Unity, forfeit Shell Lake’s Dominic Hopke defeated Unity’s Jett Kobs by an 8-0 decision. Another winner for Shell Lake was 170-pounder Ben Frey, pinning his opponent with 1:09 left in the third period.


School craft fair

Reinhart Commons in the Shell Lake High School was a busy place on Saturday, Dec. 7, as Christmas shoppers got the opportunity to shop from local artists at the Shell Lake after-school program’s Holiday Saturday craft fair. It was a good turnout in spite of subzero temperatures during Shell Lake’s Holiday Saturday. — Photo by Larry Samson

Holiday Saturday at Lake Mall

Snow day

Justice Santana, Hanna Davis, Brooke Schmitz and Jacob Davis enjoyed a day off from school as area schools were called off on Wednesday, Dec. 4, because of snow, rain and ice. The weather Konnie Didlo of KonnieMae Knits, Frederic, assists a customer during Holiday Saturday at the did not keep these students from hanging out and having fun. Schools generally have three snow days built into the school year before they have to start making them up. — Photo by Larry Samson Lake Mall. — Photo by Suzanne Johnson

In the spirit of giving

Members of the Spooner MOMS Club spent part of their busy holiday season to sew 40 blankets for the Time-Out Abuse Shelter. The blankets will be use this coming year to help the women and children in the area. Shown (L to R) back row: Solei and Louise Kolthoff, Michelle Stone, Melina Dernovsek, and Sarah and Emory Slayton. Front: Chantel Donegan, MOMS Club vice president; Christine Nash, domestic violence program coordinator for Time-Out; Audrey Neal, sexual assault program coordinator for Time-Out, and Jane Lauterbach, MOMS Club president. — Photos by Larry Samson

Melina Dernovsek, Michelle Stone and Louise Kolthoff pack the flannel blankets at their special meeting on Sunday, Dec. 8.

“The Gospel According to Scrooge” presented at Lakeview Methodist Church Pastor Jack Starr of the Lakeview Methodist Church, Hertel, portrayed Charles Dickens as he presented, “The Gospel According to Scrooge,” during Sunday worship on Dec. 8. — Photo by Connie Quam

Audrey Neal, Louise Kolthoff and Jane Lauterbach load the van with the donated blankets. The cold wintery weather is a reminder of how badly needed these blankets are.


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GREEN BAY — Local students graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay on Saturday, Dec. 14, are Stacy Wiemeri, Sarona, bachelor’s degree with a major in nursing; and John Berlin, Shell Lake, bachelor’s degree, majoring in nursing. — from TheLink


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Washburn County Sheriff Terry Dryden, left, accepts retiring Washburn County Treasurer Jan Ullom’s resignation. Dryden, taking the resignation reluctantly, says he’s going to miss Ullom’s efficiency, friendly face and cheery personality. — Photo by Diane Dryden treasurers association that includes 11 northern counties with twice-a-year seminars to attend each year. To say she’s a busy woman would be an understatement. When pressed about her retirement she answers simply, “All our daughters are married and we have 11 grandchildren. I want to spend more time with them.” She also lost her mother last year and had been looking forward to spending lots of time with her, now it’s too late. But it’s not too late for her children and grandchildren. She plans to spend time with them putting in a garden and just being home and available. She and Danny would like to travel a bit and maybe find somewhere a little warmer in the winter to spend some time. Hospice care is something that appeals to her, too, so it’s no telling where her path will lead. For now she just wants to thank everybody for giving her the opportunity to serve and to get to interact with him or her at tax time. “It’s been great, all 29 years and eight months of it and I’m going to miss it all.” The county board will appoint someone to fill the last three years of her term. New names will go on the ballot during the next election. Ullom is not the only one leaving her county job. Clay Halvorson turned in his resignation as county board chair several weeks ago. Washburn County Health and Human Services Ad2 Design Layouts ministrator Karen Talmadge and Lori Bina, human serTo Choose From vices director, along with Tom Miller, information tech director, will also be leaving. Deb Nebel will be leaving the sheriff’s department, and Marilyn Benson’s, register in probate’s position, appointed by the judge, will be vacant. Teri Reiter, from the Aging and Disability Resource Center, has handed in her resignation, as has Krista Love, the


The businesses in Lake Mall, Shell Lake, thank everyone that stopped in during Holiday Saturday on December 7. A special thank-you for all that donated to the bake sale for the Community Christmas Fund. Over $240 was raised. Thank you to Suburban Propane for supplying pizza for all vendors and businesses in Lake Mall that day. Winners in drawings held throughout the mall were: Sarah Baier, Spooner, platter of cookies from the bake sale; Jake Jacobs, Shell Lake, poinsettia from Suburban Propane; Jill Schlapper, Spooner, Gift Bag from Gerry’s Fifth Avenue Salon; Jeanine Moody, Frederic, gift certificate from Gerry’s Fifth Avenue Salon; Anita Dugan, Shell Lake, gift certificate from Lovadabeads; Paula Rypkema, Shell Lake, box of chocolates from Lovadabeads; Karry Davis, Shell Lake, candle from Lovadabeads; Carrie Romsos, crystal earrings from Lovadabeads; Jim Worre, Shell Lake, gift bag from Washburn County Register. 597287 17rp

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Diane Dryden | Staff writer SHELL LAKE — Washburn County Treasurer Jan Ullom is retiring from her office at the end of the year. She could stay another four months to round her time working for the county to an even 30 years, but according to her, “Four more months aren’t going to make much difference one way or another, so I handed in my resignation and I feel good about it. I’m going to miss everyone very much, both my fellow employees and also all the people who visit the office to pay their taxes.” Ullom’s 30-year journey began during the time she and her husband, Danny, were milking cows in the Town of Bashaw. Maybe they would have stayed a farming family if it weren’t for the lack of health insurance. They had four daughters who were still little when she started attending night school at WITC in the business and accounting field. That landed her a job in the land records office, officially making her husband a Mr. Mom. “He’d put them on a blanket during the summer at the end of the field and would check on them each time he drove past. They’d ride on the tractor with him too.” In 1984, when Ullom worked in the land records office, Washburn County property owners names and addresses and their property’s assessed value were typed onto a metal plate and then the individual plates were put into drawers in alphabetical order. Impressing the letters into the metal took lots of strength, and because they usually had their office radio on to the local station, Ullom would pound the keys in sync to the music. Her favorite song was “Tiny Bubbles.” She’d sing and pound at the same time. When she first started her career, there were over 27,000 of these plates made by the faithful address-o-graph machine. This job led to her next position as account clerk for the county for two years. Part of her job was to record payments that had been paid to vendors for products like office and housekeeping supplies. “I realized as I got more and more into working with figures that I really loved numbers. I never realized that until I started at WITC.” Her next sideways move was as a deputy county clerk. Here she was in charge of the county’s payroll. During her 13-1/2 years she also started a new computerized payroll system. The county clerk’s office handled all of the elections. They were the go-to office for marriage and DNR licenses. They were in charge of the county board minutes as well as various committee meetings. They also wrote voucher checks and did the budget. The big move came in 1999 when Washburn County Treasurer Agnes “Aggie” Anderson retired six months before her term was up. Ullom and five other people ran for the position and she got the nod. When it came time for the election, she kept her position, winning the vote. During her time in office she also instituted three different tax programs trying them all until she found a program very compatible to their needs. “One of the hardest parts of being treasurer is the tax deeds. After four years of the property owner not paying their taxes, our office has to foreclose on the property. We do everything in our power to contact the property owners. We try to contact them by mail and phone calls and we even post signs on the property of the impending foreclosure. We do everything we can think of. It’s always difficult to see someone lose their land, but it’s even harder when it’s where they live. We hate to see them lose their home and the property and buildings sold at auction, but sometimes there’s nothing we can do. Out of maybe 380 properties that have been tax delinquent, we usually can contact and work with most. Usually it’s down to around three that lose their land. This year it was 11 people who had to move on. It’s so sad to be a part of this.” Ullom has also been treasurer for over 14 years for the Washburn County Industrial Development Agency. She’s had a six-year stint on the block grant committee, which provides financial aid for county residents for things like asbestos removal or new business start-ups and the like. For eight months she made time to be a part of Leadership Washburn County. She was so impressed with the program that she’s been board treasurer for four years. Her love of numbers and people has also resulted in a four-year membership and a two-year presidency of the


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Northwoods Baptist

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St. Joseph’s Catholic

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

St. Catherine’s Catholic

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

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

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Timberland Ringebu Free Lutheran

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Church of the Nazarene

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

United Methodist

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

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

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

Trego Community Church

Pastor John Iaffaldano W5635 Park St. Trego, WI 54888, 715-635-8402 Sunday School 9:15 a.m. Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. prayer meeting; Youth group, 6:30 p.m.; Kids program, AWANA, ages 4 - grade 6, 6:30 p.m.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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

Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013


ollowing a lengthy and dangerous surgery, the doctor took aside the patient’s fretting and talkative wife to instruct her as to his care. “Your husband must have peace and quiet,” he told her as he handed her a bottle of pills. “Here are some sleeping tablets.” “What time am I to give them to him?” she asked. “Oh,” said the doctor, “they’re not for him, they’re for you.” When I am anxious, I cannot bring peace to others. When I am afraid, I cannot bring comfort to others. When I am filled with hate, I cannot bring love to others. When I am worried, I cannot bring joy to others. When I am discouraged, I cannot bring hope to others. When I am in doubt, I cannot bring faith to others. Jesus said, “Come to me and learn of me.” If we want to bring peace and comfort, love and joy, hope and faith to others, we must first learn them from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is the teacher from whom we learn the important gifts of life to give others.

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Robert “Bob” Slayton

Lewellyn “Lew” Nelson

Robert “Bob” Slayton, 71, Town of Springbrook, Stone Lake, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, after a short battle with cancer. Bob was born April 5, 1942, to Thomas and Gertrude (Hinkfuss) Slayton in Shell Lake. After graduating from Spooner High School, Bob was drafted into the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany, working as a heavy-equipment operator and driving for visiting German officers. Bob returned home to Stone Lake after serving his country and worked for over 40 years at the Cenex feed mill in Spooner and in later years the Shell Lake Co-op. He was well known to the local farmers and community members. Bob enjoyed hunting and fishing, watching movies, doing crossword puzzles, playing cards and Yahtzee, and loved spending time with his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Katherine Anderson; and nephew, Tim Anderson. Bob is survived by siblings, Richard (Gloria) Slayton, Elsie Johnson, William (Audrey) Slayton; brother-in-law, Francis Anderson; nieces and nephews, Scott, Rick, Terry, Kim, Tom, Todd, Tia, Mick, David, Gordon, Ella, Holly, Jennifer, Rebecca and Will; and many friends. Funeral service followed by military honors was held Dec. 7 at Faith Lutheran Church in Spooner with Pastor Brent Berkesch officiating. Burial was at the Earl Cemetery. The Taylor Family Funeral Home, Spooner, was entrusted with arrangements.

Lewellyn “Lew” Nelson, 57, Durand, died Saturday, Dec. 7, while in the company of his sister and brother-in law, Rose and Henry Matton, at the Chippewa Valley Hospital in Durand.  Lew was born May 6, 1956, in Superior, the son of Alice (Stillson) Mack.  He was employed for many years as a welder and painter in Barronett, Cumberland, and Frederic, until becoming disabled by a stroke in 2005.  Lew loved fishing and swimming, hot rod cars, and enjoyed playing cards and darts; usually with a cold beer close at hand. He enjoyed the time he spent with his sister, Rose, her husband, Henry, and their son, Tony Matton.  He was a great brother, uncle and friend. Lew is survived by sisters Rose (Henry) Matton, Rice Lake, and Velma (Eddie) Chapman, Shell Lake; brothers  Robert (Jeannie) Nelson, Barron, Charles (Linda) Nelson, Frederic, Larry Nelson, Frederic, and Orin Daniels III, Madison; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Alice; his stepfather, Orin Daniels; his grandparents; and aunts and uncles.    Visitation will be Friday, Dec.13, 1-5 p.m., at the Skinner Funeral Home in Rice Lake. Committal services with military honors will be Tuesday, Dec.17, at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Spooner.    The family extends gratitude to Mary Jo Labair and her staff at Flo’s Adult Home in Durand, the Chippewa Valley Hospital, and Lew’s cousin, Debbie Falk, for their excellent care. The Skinner Funeral Home, Rice Lake, was entrusted with arrangements.

Washburn County Area Humane Society

ADOPTABLE PETS OF THE WEEK Lucky and Baby, Puma and Vash, Aggie and Webster, they are our black cats. There’s also two kittens, they are all black, too, I think they’re so cool, now how about you? Not one of our black cats is the same as the other, Even the kittens are not like their mother. Some are much older, some shorthair, some long, Some are declawed, all these choices, what’s wrong? No matter how friendly, it doesn’t seem fair, Black cats are passed by ‘cause the color of their hair. Even our Em, she is black with some white, Judging by color just doesn’t seem right. Please stop down and visit with our black cat crew, I know you will leave with a new point of view. (And maybe a black cat as well!) Cats for adoption: 3-year-old shorthair tortie; 11-week-old male black/white shorthair; 8-year-old neutered/declawed black medium-hair; 2-year-old female black/white shorthair; 1-year-old neutered black shorthair; 10-year-old neutered/declawed black medium-hair; 9-year-old spayed/declawed dilute tortie; 8-year-old spayed/declawed black shorthair; 7-yearold spayed/declawed brown/black tabby; 1-1/2-yearold female black shorthair and her five 7-week-old kittens. Dogs for adoption: 4-year-old brindle female Staffordshire terrier; two 1-year-old male brindle/white Staffordshire terriers. Also for adoption: Two male guinea pigs and a 1-year-old brown/white male rat.

Monona B. VanBeek

Monona B. VanBeek, 94, Kingsford, Mich., passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at Evergreen Heights Assisted Living in Kingsford.  She was born in Poskin, Wis., daughter of the late Albert and Anna (Swan)  Bjurman.  After graduating from high school, Monona went on to attend college in Superior.  She received her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh.  Monona married Cornelius VanBeek on May 28, 1942, in Waynesville, Mo., and they enjoyed 71 years of marriage together.  Following her graduation from college, she began her work as an elementary school teacher and served in that capacity for 19 years.  After retirement she traveled to many destinations with her husband.  The couple spent  many happy summers at their lake home in Shell Lake, Wis. Monona  is survived by her husband, Cornelius; sons Steven (Linda) VanBeek, Iron Mountain, Mich., Richard (Carlene) VanBeek, Appleton, Ronald (Andrea) VanBeek, Gastonia, N.C., and Scott VanBeek, Elkhorn; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister Laura Ray of Washington state; and several nieces and nephews.  Monona was preceded in death by her sisters, Lillian Johnston, Norma Flannigan and Florence Roe; and brother, Leonard Bjurman.  The visitation is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14, 10-11 a.m., at the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain.  Memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.  The Rev. Lee Liverance will officiate. Condolences to the family may be expressed online at The Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home, Iron Mountain, Mich., was entrusted with arrangements.  

Melissa K. Kuhnly Melissa K. Kuhnly, “Cobra,” 42, Sarona, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Born on Nov. 16, 1971, and raised near Siren, she was a 1989 graduate of Siren High School. She was married to Heidi Loesch in 2009. She is survived by her wife, Heidi; son Justin McElwain; mother Joan Kuhnly; siblings Valerie Prucher, Murray Kuhnly, Cameron Kuhnly and Beverly Kuhnly; and many aunts, uncles, nieces,

and nephews; and countless friends. She was preceded in death by her father, James Kuhnly. A tribute and toast to her life is planned for Saturday, Dec. 14, beginning at 2 p.m., at the Getaway Bar, W6320 CTH D, Sarona. 

“The Promise of Light” musical to be presented at Shell Lake United Methodist

The performance of the musical “The Promise of Light” will be Sunday, Dec. 22, during the 10:30 a.m. worship service at the Shell Lake United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome. — Photos submitted

Located at 1400 Cottonwood Ave. in Spooner (Behind the county fairgrounds)


Senior lunch menu

Monday, Dec. 16: Chicken chow mein with mixed vegetables, garden salad, pudding with topping. Tuesday, Dec. 17: Classic pork roast, mashed potatoes, gravy, squash, chocolate ice cream. Wednesday, Dec. 18: Swiss steak in gravy, baked potatoes, sour cream, corn, velvety pumpkin whip. Thursday, Dec. 19: Spanish rice with hamburger, French-cut green beans, small salad, chocolate cake. Friday, Dec. 20: Honey-baked ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, mixed vegetables, rice pudding. Meal reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance, call your senior center to confirm. Menu subject to change. All meals served with bread, butter, coffee, milk and water.

Sue Weathers will accompany “The Promise of Light” musical by Joel Raney. Harry Hoecherl is the director for the musical at the Methodist church on Dec. 22. Narrators are Joel Zimmerman and Dexie Dunham.



by Judy Pieper

We had so much fun at the Barronett Lutheran women’s Christmas party on Saturday. It was so nice to be able to take the time to just relax, enjoy the conversations with good friends, sing, and enjoy the delicious homemade food and desserts everyone brought in. One of the really great things about women’s parties is that no one wants to bring in an ordinary dessert. So, in addition to being absolutely scrumptious, the desserts are also works of art. Man, I could gain more weight just thinking about them. Oh, and, of course, we did the gambling and stealing things. We play a dice game for the gifts, and, actually, there are never any losers. By the end of the game everyone has a couple or three gifts to open. One of the topics of conversation at the party was the Scandinavian smorgasbord we host every year. You realize, of course, that if we hadn’t changed the date from the first Saturday in December to the first Saturday in November we would have been working our fingers to the bone on Saturday instead of relaxing at the party. I’m so glad we moved it up a month for lots of reasons, but mostly because of the weather. As you know, we can get some horrendous snowstorms this time of year. The only problem was that the Ole and Lena lutefisk dinner at Our Savior’s in Campia was the same day as ours, and I try to always make it to their dinner. I will check with them, and if they always have theirs on the first Saturday, ours will be the second Saturday next year. You know, of course, that I will be sure to let you know about that months in advance. Sharai Hefty had a very pleasant surprise while waitressing at the Red Brick this past week. Her high school English teacher, Phil Sylla, who had moved out of the country in 1977, was back in town and just happened to stop at the Red Brick for lunch. She was very happy to be able to catch up on some of what had been happening in his life for the past 36 years. Sharai, who is very good at writing, emailed Mr. Sylla some other poems later, and the message he emailed back to her was, “So many years ago, I thought, ‘these Hefty girls see life from a unique, sensitive perspective.’” He also told her that he thought her poetry should be shared with others. Sharai said that his message came at a perfect time. Just when she needed a little pick-me-up. Sharai said that Mr. Sylla was part of the reason that she got into acting. His class read “Macbeth” and, as they were going around the class reading, he had Sharai read the part of Lady Macbeth, and she was hooked. Welcome back Mr. Sylla. And, speaking of Sharai, there was at least one other

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nice thing that happened to her this week. Pat Olson had boxes of pictures from Mart and Max Hefty’s house, and she asked me to pass them on to her. Well, the very first picture, right on top of the pile, was a five-generation shot of Sharai’s mom, brother-in-law, nephew, greatnephew and great-great-nephew. There were hundreds of pictures in the boxes, and I bet she spent a lot of time Saturday evening going through all of them. Friday, Dec. 13, is the annual Saint Lucia program and breakfast at Augustana Lutheran in Cumberland. It is absolutely one of the most beautiful programs I have ever had the pleasure of attending. I have taken Tru with me every year since she has been here, that makes three this year, and she has always been awestricken by the sight of the girls with the candles. This year I hope that Lynn will be able to come with her adorable little twin granddaughters, Kaitlynn and Jessica. Christmas is coming fast, too fast. It’s only two weeks away. Remember, when you’re shopping for gifts, there is lots of locally owned business here in Barronett that have lots of things for the special people on your list. If you have teenagers, I bet they’d love to have a gift certificate from Speedy’s C-Store to buy more gas for their vehicles. And, gift certificates from Bistro 63, Barronett Bar, Red Brick Cafe and the 20 Mile Store would be appreciated by anyone of just about any age. Paul and Sherry Maire, who own Yard Stuff, sell beautifully handcrafted wooden furniture from their warehouse in Barronett. Eric and Jenny Arnes, who own Made for You Furniture, also sell beautifully handcrafted wooden furniture, and they open shops in the Eau Claire mall and Burnsville Center in Minnesota at this time of year so that, even if you decide to shop out of town, you can still support our local business owners. Brickyard Pottery, which is located about a mile north of Barronett, sells beautiful one-of-a-kind items. And, if you don’t mind traveling eight miles north or south of Barronett, Shell Lake and Cumberland have lots of shops to browse in. Oh, don’t forget to get the toys in to Margaret’s Project Santa and the Toys For Tots collection bins. I’m not sure when the deadlines are for those programs, but it must be coming up soon. They would like new, unwrapped toys to distribute to families with children who might otherwise not have a very happy Christmas. It doesn’t take much to make some little child’s eyes light up when they see the gifts Santa has brought. And it will give you a really warm feeling in your heart to know that you helped accomplish that.

Becca and Irv O’Flanagan were at the Red Brick with a couple of friends the other day when Sharai Hefty carried out a tray of Debbie’s homemade caramel rolls; holy cow, those things are about the size of a small loaf of bread. Becca thought that it should be mentioned in the Barronett news that they are absolutely the best-looking and tasting - caramel rolls anywhere. Yes, Becca, I totally agree with you. But, I think people should be warned that they should have a couple of friends along to share with when they order one. And, for those of you who are watching your weight, you realize that if your family doesn’t see you eat something, those calories do not count. Now, doesn’t that make the dieting thing a lot easier? Duane and I took little Wrig Marsh, who was 2 years old in July, to church with us Sunday morning. He was so happy when Pastor Todd announced that Joan Stetler would be having a birthday this week and we sang “Happy Birthday” to her. It’s the only song he knows all the words to. Happy birthday, Joan. Hope you heard his little voice along with all the rest of us. Speaking of Joan, we’ll all be getting mail from her soon - this week or next week. She is now the treasurer of the Town of Lakeland, and she will be sending out the property tax notices. Yea - just what we all look forward to at this time of the year, isn’t it? Kenny and Kathy Adams stopped by for a visit on Sunday afternoon. I’m so glad they finally came to their senses and moved from Missouri to beautiful northern Wisconsin. It’s so nice having them drop by once in a while. Sanara Marsh called from Massachusetts on Saturday to get a recipe for candy cane cookies. It made me happy to know that she likes my cookies so much that she wanted to make them herself. She told me that she will be home for a visit in just a couple of weeks. I’m glad. It wouldn’t be Christmas around here without all the grandchildren visiting. You’ve probably heard that Dean Arnes Sr. was badly injured in a vehicle accident on Saturday morning. He is in the hospital and will have a long road to recovery ahead of him. Please keep Dean in your prayers for healing. That’s about it from Barronett this week. Remember, shop local. See you next time.

by Helen V. Pederson

We are definitely in the winter now. We had belowzero temperatures and a lot of snow. The wind was blowing briskly Monday morning so I would imagine the roads are drifting shut. Dress warm. Lillian Ullom went to Terraceview on Sunday to visit Tom Ullom’s wife, Debbie, who has resided there but now her son came to take her to the state of Washington where she has family. On Saturday, John and Mary Marschall attended the 70th birthday party for John’s mother, Wealthy. Several

Dewey Country Weren’t the pine trees pretty? Yes, with the wind we had, the chilly weather, rain and then snow, those tree limbs hung low and were so pretty. Dec. 16, a happy birthday to Delores Christner as she enjoys her special day with lots more to come. Happy birthday to Ben Lawrence, son of David and Cindy Lawrence, as he enjoys that special day on Dec. 17. Hope you have lots more Ben. Happy birthday to Chelsea Lee on her special day, Dec. 19. Many more to Chelsea. News from Allene Peterson says that it will be a milestone this December for her. Yes, it was 10 years ago that she got a call to go to Rochester, Minn., to have a kidney transplant. Since then she is continuing to live in her own home and take care of herself. However, she had an infection and it took until recently to heal. One night, about 11:30 p.m., Allene was reading while in bed when she heard a noise outside her house. She finally went to investigate. Well it was a ma bear and her two cubs. So Allene made a lot of racket with her kettles and the bear ran away, but the cubs followed. Then Allene went around to the front of her home and found three bears with their ma. She called the DNR and they told her the ma bears are doing their best to get rid of their younger ones. So they can get busy with the new ones, which I heard is January. With all these bears around,

neighbors helped her celebrate, too. Happy birthday, Wealthy. Saturday night, Mary and John attended the Christmas party for John’s workplace, Hansen Concrete at Greener’s on Long Lake. I neglected to report of the baptism of Grace Elizabeth Peterson, daughter of Tim and Angie Peterson, on Nov. 24 at Salem. Sponsors were Lisa Schultz and Adam Erickson. Blessings to you, Grace, and your parents. Arlys Santiago helped Marie and Dick King celebrate

their 50th wedding anniversary at a party held at Butternut Hills Golf Course on Saturday. On Saturday night, Arlys went to the Christmas open house at Kathy and Dale Hanson’s on Long Lake. Birthday wishes to one of our tenants, Sophie Zabielski, who celebrated here on Wednesday with cake and ice cream. Uncle Wilbur asked that Aunt Agatha sing “Amazing Grace” at his funeral. He always claimed his wife’s singing could wake the dead and figured it was worth a try.

by Pauline Lawrence Allene stumbled over something in her house and broke her foot. The doctor told her to go buy herself a good pair of men’s sneakers. So Allene did and her foot is OK now. So, come Dec. 28, will be Allene’s birthday so hopefully people will send her a card with cheer. Thanksgiving found Paula Cramer coming to the farm and taking me out to Foxxy’s for dinner. It was buffet and was really good and such a treat. Saturday found Penny, Rylee and Reyana going to St. Croix Falls for a basketball game. Rylee played. They stopped on their way home to see me. It was a surprise to see them and we had a good visit and the girls played with Rory and Rammy. Monday found Diane Hulleman going to Terraceview to do some baking with some residents. She said they made rolled sugar cookies and peanut butter kisses for the area residents holiday fair. Sunday Diane was wrapping gifts. Yes, 44 gifts for her family, plus others. Got one for me Diane? Yes, I know you have one for me as I saw it! Trying to hide it won’t help! Last Wednesday the snowstorm hit us, finding many schools closed for the day including Cameron. Penny said she did what she had to do and then took a nap. The kids, Rem, Ry and Ree, played outside in the snow for most of the day. The Ladds live on a big hill and the kids sure used it.

For people who need their driveway plowed, Mark Stellrecht has taken over for Wayne Stellrecht. Mark plowed me out on Friday after the snow had quit. News from Cecil Melton’s finds Vicki Trott over playing cards with her folks on Sunday. A nice way to spend the day. We got about 12 inches of snow from the last snowstorm and temps up to 27 below zero. Now this is like January weather. What kind of weather will we have in January? Saturday found Butch and Loretta VanSelus in Siren, I believe. Butch played a wiseman but due to the weather, not a lot of people showed up. Last Tuesday, Loretta had cataract surgery on one eye and she was so surprised to see so well afterward. Dec. 17 she has the second eye done so she is very anxious to get it done. My sister Marie Quam tells me her daughter, Susie Pederson, is to have shoulder surgery. She had an accident at Amherst School when a big file cabinet fell on her and hit the shoulder. We’ll be thinking of you, Susie, and we hope this takes all the pain away. Scatter sunshine! Have a great week!

Shopko Hometown Foundation launches Help Us Give Back in support of local school districts Foundation to donate up to $2,000 per location across United States

SPOONER — This holiday season, as shoppers seek the ideal gift for their loved ones, Shopko Hometown Foundation is giving back to the Hometown communities it is privileged to serve. For every signature Shopko Hometown in Spooner receives between Sunday, Dec 1, and Tuesday, Dec. 24, the Shopko Hometown Foundation will make a $1 donation to Spooner Area School District, up to $2,000 per store, as part of its Help Us Give

Back initiative, a program that is being run in all 181 store locations across the country. Customers can sign their name once a day, every day, to show their support; no donation or purchase is required.  “At Shopko Hometown, we understand that schools are the center of our community, so it is crucial that they receive assistance to maintain the standard of excellence our community members have come to expect,” said Terri Van Guilder, Shopko Hometown store manager. “The Help Us Give Back campaign is an easy and free way for local residents to raise money for their schools. Given our community’s strong commitment to its chil-

dren, I fully expect we will quickly reach 2,000 signatures in our store, well before the Dec. 24 deadline.” The Shopko Hometown Foundation believes in supporting community projects, with funds raised supporting established nonprofit organizations with a proven record of success in maintaining solid, vital programs or innovative new organizations and programs supported by established nonprofits or successful leadership. If all 181 stores reach the 2,000-signature goal, the Shopko Hometown Foundation will have donated more than $360,000 to school districts across America. — from Shopko Hometown



by Marian Furchtenicht

This past week, the talk of the town was the snow, 9 to 12 inches in a couple of snowfalls, causing slippery, snow-packed, icy roadways. Snowplows were busy the middle of the week clearing roads and driveways. Then this bitter cold that followed. It was picture-perfect, the trees just glistened with the ice and snow when the sun shone on them. Our neighborhood has been in shock over the sudden and untimely death of Melissa “Cobra” Kuhnly, 42, partner at the Getaway. There is a celebration of her life on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2 p.m., at the Getaway. Folks will remember her smiling face and fun-loving personality, always happy, a kind person and a great cook and bartender. She was a dear friend of many and will be greatly missed. Sympathy to her family. A big crowd gathered at Butternut Hills Clubhouse on Saturday to celebrate Dick and Marie King’s 50th wedding anniversary. All enjoyed the food and stepping into the photo booth for funky pictures. Congratulations to them. Condolences to the extended family of Dean Soholt, 80, Johnson Creek, who passed away recently after a 30-year history of Parkinson’s disease. He was born in the Town of Madge, which is now the Howard Furchtenicht place. He attended

Stone Lake The first day of winter, Dec. 21, hasn’t even arrived and with these extremely cold temperatures, many of us are ready for spring to arrive. It just isn’t pleasant for any outdoor activities, which include snowmobiling, ice fishing, unless you have an ice shack, or skiing. Hopefully this cold snap will end and we can enjoy many outdoor activities, especially with Christmas break fast approaching. Our town of Stone Lake is glowing with the beautiful Christmas trees and lights, 15 in all, that were set up by Joan Rainville and a volunteer. She worked very hard on making our little town shine and we appreciate this. A fun time was had by all at Marie’s Hideaway with a delicious turkey dinner served on Thanksgiving Day. There were 126 dinners served, six 25-pound turkeys, dressing, sweet potatoes, squash, green beans, mashed potatoes and many desserts. Frankie was so happy he could do this for his many friends in Stone Lake

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schedule Boys varsity basketball Thursday, Dec. 12: Vs. Flambeau, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16: At Solon Springs, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19: At Prairie Farm, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20: At Clayton, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27: At Luck, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3: Vs. Unity, doubleheader, 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7: Vs. Siren, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10: At Clear Lake, doubleheader, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14: Vs. Birchwood, doubleheader, 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21: Vs. Prairie Farm, doubleheader, 5:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24: At Cameron, doubleheader, 7:30 p.m.

Girls varsity basketball Friday, Dec. 13: At Turtle Lake, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16: At Solon Springs, doubleheader, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20: At Spooner, doubleheader, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27: At Luck, doubleheader, 5:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3: Vs. Unity, doubleheader, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7: At Clayton, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10: At Clear Lake, doubleheader, 5:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13: At Winter, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14: Vs. Birchwood, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17: Vs. Northwood, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21: Vs. Prairie Farm, doubleheader, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan 24: At Cameron, doubleheader, 5:45 p.m.

Varsity wrestling Saturday, Dec. 14: Spooner Tournament, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19: Vs. Cameron, 7 p.m.

high school in Spooner. Funeral services were held at Trinity Lutheran in Spooner with burial in the Northern Veterans Cemetery on Friday. The funeral for Bob Slayton, 71, Mackey Valley area, was held at Faith Lutheran in Spooner on Saturday. Bob was well known having worked at the Spooner Feed Store for over 40 years and later at the Shell Lake Co-op. Sympathy to the family. Sympathy to the family of our wellknown computer technician, Greg Hartman, 61, Morningside Park, Sarona. He was a Vietnam vet. He leaves a brother, John, and wife, Jill, Sarona, and nieces and nephews of Sarona. His stepmom, Betty, moved back to Tennessee after his father’s passing this summer. I received a Christmas card from Dorothy Lombard. It was such a nice picture of her and her 10 children taken when they were all together this summer, coming from Alaska, Washington state, Colorado, Superior and Menomonie, along with Willie from Sarona. Such a nice family. Allan and Charlotte Ross had her daughter and family from Eau Claire, Nancy Troyan and her son’s family from Appleton, John Ross, for a total of 12 for Thanksgiving dinner. Ellen Wagner and Janet Donetell fixed

by Mary Nilssen that were alone over the holiday. We extend gratitude to you for all your hard work, Frankie. Everyone is invited to the beautiful Christmas candlelight service at First Lutheran Church in Stone Lake at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 24. Please come and bring a friend to this celebration of Jesus’ birth. The Feed-A-Family campaign is under way in Stone Lake. Money donations may be dropped off at Marie’s or the Lakes Community Co-op. Please make check payable to Feed-A-Family. The Pub in downtown Stone Lake is also participating in this campaign. Please bring in any nonperishable food item and receive half off your first drink. If anyone has any news they would like to share, please call or email me. Have a great week and be safe. Mary Nilssen can be reached at 715865-4008 or

a real good noon lunch and had Mavis Schlapper, Gloria Frey and I over to their mom, Elfreda West’s, for a belated 86th birthday get-together for her. Real cold day but a nice warm party. My grandson, Brian, came and got me and took me to Amery to a 70th birthday party for his grandma, Wealthy. Really nice. It was held at her house with kids John and Mary and Daryl and Cokie hosting with around 50 attending. If you get a chance, drive by the Shell Lake Municipal Campground to see the holiday lights. Although smaller due to campground construction, the displays are beautiful. Thanks to Arlys Santiago for organizing the work. Kelly Stoner painted a big Christmas mural for the Getaway. They were going to put it in at the campground but instead put it by the Getaway Bar per Cobra’s wishes. Looks really festive. Kelly Stoner and Dave Jr. went skiing in the moonlight Sunday night. Pretty out but tough skiing she said. Mary Krantz has been back in the hospital in Shell Lake due to heart problems. Hope you get to feeling better real soon. Sue Krantz, Ericka, Lance and kids went to Chippewa Falls on Sunday to Matt and Christi Krantz’s for a party for their Ellie Mae’s third birthday. Happy

birthday little one. Ryan and Jessie Furchtenicht held their Hansen Concrete Christmas party at Greener’s Reel-‘Em-Inn on Saturday evening. Al and Jolene Loew spent the month of November in Villa Park, Ill., where he had knee replacement. Reports he’s doing well, going to therapy. They are being well taken care of by their daughter, Sue, and son-in-law David, from Menomonie, who take turns coming to help them out. Happy birthday wishes to Jennie Kubista Joslin, Helen Thannom and the Taylor twins, Autumn and Alexis, as they turn 5 years old on Dec. 12; Ginger Reynolds and Jean Gagner Prue, Dec. 13; Dan Ripplinger, Mike Haremza, Ray Smith and Dawson Hefter, Dec. 14; Elaine Norton, Dec. 15; Betty Ness, Dec. 16; Julie West, Chris Engan and Holly Esser, Dec. 17; Pat Semm, Steve Hubin, Melissa Petz, John Roeser, Judy Juza and Emma Anderson, Dec. 18. A happy anniversary to Dale and Lois Stellrecht on Dec. 14; Dan and Lynda Anderson, Dec. 15; Randy and Peggy McKibben, Dec. 16; and Keith and Stephanie Mechtel, Dec. 17.

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Saturday, Dec. 21: At Northwestern, 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 27: Away, TBD, 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 9: At Bruce, 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11: Superior tournament, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16: Vs. Flambeau, 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18: At Ladysmith, 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23: Vs. Cornell/Gilman, 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25: Shell Lake Invitational, 9 a.m.

Girls varsity hockey (Hayward, Spooner, Northwestern, Ashland, Shell Lake) Saturday, Dec. 14: Vs. Hudson, Hayward Sports Center, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17: Vs. Chippewa Falls, Hayward Sports Center, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19: At Superior, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26: Blaine Invitational, Fogerty Ice Arena, Blaine, Minn., 7 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3: Vs. Proctor, Hayward Sports Center, 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4: At Onalaska, 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11: Vs. Mosinee, Hayward Sports Center, 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13: At Chippewa Falls, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16: At Silver Bay, Minn., 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21: Vs. Duluth Denfeld, Hayward Sports Center, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23: Vs. Northland Pines, Hayward Sports Center, 7 p.m.

Boys varsity hockey (Spooner, Shell Lake, Barron, Cumberland) Thursday, Dec. 12: Park Falls, 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13: Vs. Black River Falls, Cumberland, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26 - Saturday, Dec. 28: Tournament, Spooner Ice House, TBD. Friday, Jan. 3: At Ashland, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7 Vs. Altoona, Spooner Ice House, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21: Vs. Ashland, Spooner Ice House, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23: At Somerset, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9: At Baldwin-Woodville, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16: At Eau Claire, 7 p.m.

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The City of Shell Lake is taking applications for the position of city crew member and to establish a one-year eligibility list. This is a full-time Public Works Department position with benefits. Qualifications: At least 18 years of age, high school diploma or equivalent, valid driver’s license, good driving record, CDL with Class BCD required within three months of employment. Experience operating road/heavy equipment beneficial. Must be able to lift a minimum of 100 pounds. Position requires working at heights up to 120 feet. Must reside within 15 minutes traveling time to city shop prior to completion of probationary period. Pre-employment physical and drug and alcohol testing required. Application forms available at the City Administrator’s office and must be submitted to the City Administrator’s office, 501 First St., P.O. Box 520, Shell Lake, WI 54871, no later than 4 p.m., Thursday, January 2, 2014. For further information, contact Public Works Director Jeff Parker, phone 715597235 17-18r 7-8b 416-0547 or email EOE.

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Shell Lake Science Olympiad Gold Team takes first place BOYCEVILLE — A total of 45 Shell Lake students, three teams of 15, and five parents attended the first 2013-14-season Science Olympiad tournament in Boyceville on Saturday, Dec. 7, with great success. “A 13-hour day for all of them, and they were fantastic.  I am so proud of each and every one of them,” stated coach Kelly Lehnert. Student teacher Megan Melcher is the assistant coach. Shell Lake’s Gold Team won first place in the high school Division C, Division 2 against 24 teams.  There were 55 high school teams and 27 middle school teams coming from Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois. Each team had 15 members.

Individual event medals were garnered by the following students as part of all three teams: First-place Designer Genes: Sabrina Skindzelewski and Jenny Connell; first-place Sustainability: Isaac Otterson and Calista Holman; second-place Code Busters: Sheri Clark and Emily McCarthy; second-place Dynamic Planet: Sabrina Skindzelewski and Jenny Connell; third-place Chemistry Lab: Sabrina Skindzelewski and Shania Pokorny; third-place Boomilever: Andrew Dahlstrom and Calista Holman; third-place Maglev: Jordan Hill and Nathaniel Swan; fourth-place Geocaching: Keagan Blazer and Kelsey Egbert; fourth-place Scrambler: Daniel Parish and Keagan Blazer; fourth-place Compound Machines: Seth Olson and Dee Andrysiak; fourth-place Rocks and Minerals: Seth Olson and Dee Andrysiak; fifthplace Elastic Launch Glider: Seth Olson and Dee Andrysiak; fifth-place Mission Possible: Daniel Parish and Keagan Blazer; fifth-place Boomilever: Marty Anderson and Nathaniel Wingler; fifth-place Water Quality: Sabrina Skindzelewski and Jenny Connell; fifth-place Anatomy and Physiology: Jenny Connell and Tia Carlson. — from Shell Lake Schools

Earning first place at the Science Olympiad tournament on Saturday, Dec. 7, are Shell Lake students back row (L to R): Andrew Dahlstrom, Isaac Otterson, Sabrina Skindzelewski, Michael Monson and Seth Olson. Middle: Daniel Parish, Jenny Connell, Calista Holman, Dee Andrysiak and Katie Slater. Front: Shania Pokorny, Kelsey Egbert, Tia Carlson, Keagan Blazer and coach Kelly Lehnert. – Photos submitted

Keagan Blazer, sophomore, and Kelsey Egbert, junior, medaled at the Olympiad tournament.

I s a a c Haynes, freshman, runs his boomilever, a bridgetype structure built out of balsa wood used to support weight.

Jordan Hill and Nathanial Swan, both freshmen, won third place in the Maglev car competition. This is a car they built with magnets, fan blades and batteries that levitates and moves on a track of just magnets.

Shell Lake School Menu Breakfast Monday, Dec. 16: Bagel or mini cinnamon roll. Tuesday, Dec. 17: Cereal and toast or 3-berry bar and mini muffin. Wednesday, Dec. 18: Pancakes or ultimate breakfast round. Thursday, Dec. 19: Waffle, strawberries or muffin and cheese stick. Friday, Dec. 20: Cheddar omelet with toast or apple stick. Breakfast is served with a choice of juice/fruit and milk with their main item. Every day breakfast is free to all students.

Lunch Monday, Dec. 16: Chili or hot dog. Tuesday, Dec. 17: Rooster sandwich. Wednesday, Dec. 18: Chicken Alfredo. Thursday, Dec. 19: Ham or turkey wrap. Friday, Dec. 20: Hot Italian subs. Salad bar is served daily to all students. They will also have a daily alternate entrée choice of either Sandwich pack: PB&J, flavored cracker and cheese stick or Yogurt pack: Flavored fat-free yogurt with granola, flavored cracker and cheese stick.

Keagan Blazer and Daniel Parish, both sophomores, with their medals.

Hopke receives award from Troops to Teachers Peter Hopke, left, instructor at Shell Lake Schools, was presented with an award from Chris Ligocki, Wisconsin state representative for Troops to Teachers. — Photo by Suzanne Johnson

The Holidays are Approaching... And so are changes in deadlines for the Washburn County Register newspaper! Deadlines For The Register During This Holiday Season Are: Friday, December 20, at noon Friday, December 27, at noon Register Newspaper Office Will Be Closed Tuesday, Dec. 24, Wednesday, Dec. 25, & Wednesday, Jan. 1 597072 17r

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Suzanne Johnson | Staff writer SHELL LAKE — Peter Hopke, Shell Lake, was recognized Tuesday, Dec. 3, by Troops to Teachers for his involvement with their program for over five years. A member of the Army National Guard for over 20 years, Hopke received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Education from the University of St. Thomas, and is currently working on his educational leadership licensure. He is a special ed instructor for students in grades seven through 12 at Shell Lake Schools. As a program with the U.S. Department

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of Defense, Troops to Teachers helps eligible military personnel begin a career as a teacher in public schools. Hopke was presented his award from Chris Ligocki, retired high school principal, currently a Wisconsin state representative with Troops to Teachers. Ligocki also presented Hopke with a Troops to Teachers Challenge Coin. Hopke will have his third deployment in support of the War on Terrorism in February 2014.

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Santa poses with the children in the Schultz family, Avery, Kyler and Rylee Skow. Five-year-old Savannah Benham laughs with Santa on her visit with Santa at the Shell Lake Community Center on Saturday, Dec. 7. She asked Santa for a Vampire Barbie and some butterflies.

No, Owen Sable is not asking for a BB gun, he is asking for fire truck, Legos and an army set.

RIGHT: Two-year-old Korah Alt is busy making a stocking to hang for Santa to fill with candy. The stocking she was making was part of the make-andtake crafts for the children at the event sponsored by the Shell Lake Chamber of Commerce.

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