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Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 Vol. 125, No. 18 • Shell Lake, Wis.

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• Holiday concert @ Shell Lake • Christmas plays @ Erika Quam Theatre Toys for Tots distribution @ Rice Lake “The Promise of Light” musical @ Shell Lake See Events, page 6


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Celebration of Lights Page 9

Entertainment and chili Page 9

Shell Lake holiday concert

Abigail Brock is a little anxious as she talks to Santa while her younger brother, Maxwell, takes it all in stride. She asked for a unicorn while Maxwell asked for a train set. More photos on page 2. – Photo by Larry Samson

Concern over Minong Flowage Dam

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Danielle Moe | Staff writer SHELL LAKE – With only some site grading and restoration work remaining on the Washburn County Minong Flowage Dam project, the unthinkable occurred. “This project was going along very well until this mud gate stuck open, which, things happen, it was outside of our control,” said Jon Johnson, Washburn County highway commissioner. The mud gate in question is located in the middle of the dam and was in the process of being raised by Staab construction crews when it became stuck open on Thursday, Nov. 21. The next morning the construction crews had the gate closed again, but not until after the Minong Flowage had dropped an estimated 6 inches. Johnson estimated that at that rate of flow, the Minong Flowage could have been emptied in two weeks. The project on the dam began in 2011 after

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Washburn County received an order from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources stating the Minong Flowage Dam was not up to department codes. “In other words the county had to build the dam to have more capacity to meet DNR and state standards,” Johnson said. Even though the grate was closed by crews, Johnson reported that some water is still flowing through the mud gate, indicating that the gate is not completely sealed tight or closed all the way. The county anticipated to begin refilling the flowage on Nov. 19, but after a conference call with the DNR regarding the gate, the county received a verbal order from the DNR to not begin refilling the flowage until after the mud gate is fully repaired. “This is a compounded situation because we have a state dam grant and basically until this See Minong Dam , page 3

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SHELL LAKE — Christmas and New Year’s is fast approaching, and so are changes in deadlines for the Washburn County Register newspaper. Deadline for the Dec. 24 edition of the Register is noon on Friday, Dec. 20. Deadline for the Dec. 31 edition of the Register is noon on Friday, Dec. 27. The newspaper office will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 24, and Wednesday, Dec. 25, as well as Wednesday, Jan. 1. — WCR

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The Minong Flowage Dam from an upstream view as it currently looks after undergoing construction since this spring. The mud gate that got stuck open is located under the fourth pylon from the left, with the newly constructed portion of the dam to the left. - Photo courtesy Jon Johnson, Washburn County Highway Commissioner

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Santa comes to town

Best friends Ella Kostner and Ariel Macone decided that they would sit with Santa. Ella wanted an American Girl doll and Ariel wanted a kitty toy for Christmas.

Photos by Larry Samson

Caden Curtis wants nothing to do with Santa. Santa came for his annual visit to the Shell Lake Public Library on Wednesday, Dec. 11.

It was Mikaela Okonek’s turn and she told Santa that she would like a “Frozen” doll for Christmas. Her sister, Bailey, waits patiently to tell Santa she wants a baby doll.

Two-year-old Sam Barton is trying to remember what he wants for Christmas. In the end, the only thing he could think to tell Santa was, “toys.”

On Santa’s visit to the library he read to the little children who came dressed in their pajamas. Youngsters snacked on cookies and juice as they waited their turn to see Santa.

Santa never knows what kind of reaction he will get from the children. Shown (L to R): Jacob, William and Josie Malmin.

Oliver Anderson asked for a zebra and a blue elephant.

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Momentum growing for proposed mine Danielle Moe | Staff writer NORTHERN WISCONSIN — Two separate news releases from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and from Gov. Scott Walker show the potential mining of the Gogebic Iron Range in Ashland and Iron counties of northern Wisconsin is gaining momentum. The Wednesday, Dec. 11, DNR news release states that the department has completed its review of the bulk sampling plan submitted by Gogebic Taconite, LLC, and identified several approvals that the company will be required to submit to the department before any bulk sampling can start.  In the news release, Larry Lynch, DNR project manager, said G-TAC must obtain a storm water permit, file a claim of exemption from air permitting, file tree cutting notices and reports with the county clerk and department forester, and file a bond for reclamation.  In the spring of 2013, the DNR issued an exploration license to G-TAC under the new ferrous mining law established in 2013 Wisconsin Act 1 passed by the Wisconsin state Legislature and signed by Walker in spring of 2013.  The company is seeking the permits for this bulk sampling after obtaining samples from eight exploration drill sites.  The purpose of the proposed bulk sampling is to collect ore samples to provide the company with more information needed to design the facilities necessary should a mining project be developed.  This proposed sampling plan includes removing an estimated 4,000 tons of rock from four or five sites located in the Town of Anderson in Iron County and the Town of Morse in Ashland County.  According to the DNR, rock samples will be removed using excavation equipment and blasting, but the company is still reviewing the need to use explosives. The DNR has 30 days to determine if the applications are complete.  If complete the department has 30 to 60 days to issue a decision for permit coverage, and any sampling activity must be conducted at locations that result in the fewest adverse environmental impacts. In the letter from the DNR to G-TAC,

under review. The DNR has also already received $5,000 bond from G-TAC, but the department states that the amount is also under review in order to determine if the amount will cover the cost of the proposed revegetation plan to the state as required by law. In the second news release, Walker signed Senate Bill 278 into law on Thursday, Dec. 12.  The bill, or Act 81, restricts public access to an area within a proposed ferrous mining site that is located within 600 feet of equipment or roads.  Act 81  was introduced in August by Sen. Tom Tiffany, R-Hazelhurst, and Sen. Glen Grothman, R-West Bend. Tiffany cited the need to close public access to the site after an incident involving a mine protestor accosting a G-TAC employee in June. In October, Tom Fitzsaid, associate professor of geology at the Northland College, said he found evidence of the mineral gunerite in rock samples he obtained from bulk sample site four where U.S. Steel conducted mine sampling in 1960.  Gunerite is an iron silicate, more commonly known as brown asbestos, a substance that has been linked to mesothelioma if inhaled and bladder cancer if water contaminated by the substance is consumed.  DNR officials said in October that they would need more information about the mineral from G-TAC before bulk sampling could begin or they could apply for a mining permit.

For breaking local news go to: The map displays the location of Gogebic Taconite’s proposed iron ore mine location in northern Wisconsin. — Gogebic Taconite permit documents the department acknowledges receiving the application for the general permit on Monday, Dec. 2, and that the storm water permit application is currently

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issue is resolved, there is $200,000 worth lion, that is up approximately $350,000. of grant funding that is going to be on On Aug. 28 the Minong Flowage Dam hold until we (the county) get this order Special Assessment District determined satisfied,” stated Johnson. to delay the actual assessment for Minong The county received the formal writ- Flowage property owners for one year. ten order on Monday, Dec. 16, stating According to Johnson the project costs Danielle Moe | Staff writer the mud gate on the dam is to be repaired are covered by several different funding WASHBURN COUNTY – After within 30 days of the letter. The order mechanisms. Per the county’s contract/ local school districts and governgoes on to state that all plans to repair the lease agreement with Renewable World ments approve their budgets, gate are to be reviewed and approved by Energies the company is responsible for December property tax bills will the DNR before implementation and that $100,000. The county has paid for studies follow shortly. New reports from the flowage cannot be refilled until the and design work for the project and rethe nonpartisan nonprofit Wisgate has been repaired, tested and certi- ceived a grant for $400,000 from WIDNR. consin Taxpayers Alliance state fied as operational. The remaining balance will be the paid this year’s Wisconsin property The Minong Flowage Dam is owned by from the special assessment district. tax bills will show increases in Washburn County, but Renewable WorldThe environmental implications of a levies statewide. wide Resources leases the property for en- low flowage over winter are the real conThis year statewide public ergy. Staab Construction, the contractor cern for some flowage property owners. K-12 school levies are 0.8 peron the dam project, has not been on the Nancy Larson, natural resource manager cent higher than last year’s, with site since the mud gate was closed on Nov. with the DNR, explained that drawdowns county levies up 1.2 percent and 22. Johnson reported during the Monday, in flowages are sometimes done for mantechnical college district levies Dec. 16, Washburn County Highway and agement techniques. up  1.3 percent.  Since 2011, total “It is not necessarily going to have an Dam Committee meeting that the dam school taxes have increased less engineering company, Ayres Associates, impact, but it could,” said Larson. As the than 0.1 percent with 185 districts Staab Construction, DNR representatives winter progresses Larson said the DNR that either raised or lowered and county representatives held a closed will look at dissolved oxygen in the flowtheir levies by 2.5 percent or less.  session meeting at 2 p.m. to discuss what age to assess the health of the water body. WISTAX attributes the state-imhappened, come up with a solution, as- “That is one thing that could occur is if posed revenue limits to playing a sign the cost of the solution and set a oxygen gets too low there could be a probkey role in limiting tax increases. lem for the fish, but we do not really exschedule to implement the solution. School districts in Washburn All school districts in Washburn County saw an inpect that to happen, but it could,” Larson On Monday, Dec. 2, a dive inspection County include Birchwood, crease in the amount of school district spending per pupil of the grate was completed and the video stated. Northwood, Shell Lake and between 2012 and 2013. – submitted Larson said other flowages in Wisconof this inspection was expected to be reSpooner. According to the Wisviewed at the meeting. sin are routinely drawn down for the use consin Information System for In 2009-10 total aid funding was cut by “The meeting went well. The contractor of energy storage in a water generation Education, local property taxes made up nearly 3 percent and just over 8 percent will be on site tomorrow,” said Johnson situation. 50 percent of Shell Lake School District’s in 2011-12.  in an email on Tuesday, Dec. 17. Johnson The Chippewa Flowage is drawn down 2011-12 revenue with 35 percent coming In local government, the Washburn said they think the keyway on the gate is in the winter by a couple of feet and the from the state and 5 percent from the fed- County property tax levy has not ineral government.  In Spooner, 75 percent creased over last year’s, remaining at 10.5.  broken and needs to be replaced and will Turtle Flambeau Flowage is also drawn down in the winter. Larson stated it is a of the district’s revenue came from local The property tax levy in neighboring  be verifying that tomorrow. The original estimated project cost was fairly common practice. property taxes, similar to Birchwood and Burnett County is only one of six counties Northwood at 76 percent.  If state aid is to report raising taxes by more than 4 per- $1.2 million but is currently at $1.55 milscaled back, under state revenue limits, cent.  Polk County experienced a 0.5-perschool districts can make up the difference cent decrease in levy while the Burnett See Shell Lake school board story online @ with local property taxes.  Other possible County property tax levy was one of the reasons for large property tax changes largest increases in the state.  WISTAX atinclude new or expiring referenda to ex- tributes the slowdown to state levy limits ceed revenue caps and large increases or imposed in 2005-06 that increased further decreases in state school aids.  WISTAX in 2011.  “Currently, county levies are efwrote that the major factor contributing fectively frozen, with the only allowable to the slowdown in recent years has been increase coming from any new construcFor breaking local news and stories: state finance.  “As recessionary budget tion or voter-approved exceptions,” said problems worsened, regular growth in the report. state aid to local school districts stalled.” 

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Campground work continues Danielle Moe | Staff writer SHELL LAKE - Approximately 800 cubic yards of back dirt and 24 tons of lime were recently hauled and leveled in the city’s municipal campground. “The final grading and seeding will take place in the spring,” Mitch Brown, the city’s new public works director, effective Jan. 1, told city council members at their regular monthly meeting Monday, Dec. 9. Brown added that the city’s portion of the electrical is complete on the campground but the electrician, White Electric, and Xcel Energy still need to do the final hookup in the spring.  Brown reported that the city’s ATV campground is coming into shape with the stumping and grubbing of the campground’s figure-eight road complete.  Brown appeared with current public works director Jeff Parker to present the report to the council. Brown also reported the city recently had problems with the electrical components in the base of the water tower. It was later repaired by Xcel Energy.  Due to the cold weather the city lost power to the main influent lift station and had to resort to using the PTO generator and tractor. 

Low hanging branches City aAdministrator Brad Pederson

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raised concerns on the low and heavy hanging tree branches over power and cable lines on North Lake Drive and in the city’s industrial park. After discussion it was determined by consensus that Pederson and Mayor Peterson would make contact with the cable and energy companies to resolve the issues.  Teresa Anderson, of MSA services, reported to the board that crews had started the drilling process on city pipes.  “They will not be doing any digging out there, they are going to wait and set the manholes till the weather is better,” Anderson said.  She estimates that total project completion on the streets would be mid-July, with the wastewater screen building project not completed until the end of summer. Two separate requests from the Hwy. 63 advisory committee led to the parks and recreation committee to undertake considerations on two potential city improvement projects.  The first project proposal is to consider plans and grant applications for an information kiosk to be installed in the turnaround area across from the ATM.  The second project proposal is for the selection of plans for decorative crosswalks connecting downtown Shell Lake to the city park to be installed in line with the Hwy. 63 project. washburncountyregister

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Natural gas customers: Keep gas meters clear of snow and ice STATEWIDE — With winter weather affecting the Upper Midwest, Xcel Energy urges natural gas customers to keep their gas meters free of ice and snow to prevent the potential for hazardous natural gas pressure buildup in their homes. The accumulation of ice and snow on or around natural gas meters can lead to a dangerous natural gas buildup inside a house or other buildings. Melting snow and ice on roofs and in trees can drip on meters, then refreeze, increasing the potential for a meter malfunction. It is also recommended that appliance vents, often located on a home’s roof, be kept clear in order to operate properly. The natural gas meter’s regulator vent is especially vulnerable to plugging anytime there is a combination of snow and ice buildup and fluctuating temperatures. A plugged vent can adversely affect the operation of the gas pressure regulator, resulting in a potentially hazardous condition by preventing the flow of natural gas. Customers should gently remove snow or ice from the gas meter and any associated piping and the roofline above the meter. Carefully shovel around the meter and clear the meter itself by hand. Avoid using any sharp tool, shovels or snow blowers on or near the meter and piping. Also maintain a clean path to and from the meter to allow easy access in the event

of an emergency. Snowplow operators are reminded to not plow snow into or around gas meters as this could damage the meters or piping, and possibly cause a dangerous situation. Customers are reminded that if they smell natural gas, a bad smell typically described as rotten egg or sulfurlike, in their homes they should leave the house immediately and follow these other important safety precautions: • Don’t turn lights on or off or use any other electrical switches, including garage door openers, under any circumstances. • Don’t open any windows or doors other than the ones you pass through on your way out. • Don’t use a cell phone or any other phone while still in the house; go to a neighbor’s house or other safe place away from your home to call a gas emergency number or 911 in an emergency. • Don’t return to the home until a safety expert such as a utility company employee or firefighter says it’s safe to do so. Before removing snow from rooftops or trees, always first look up to find any overhead power line and then keep yourself and any tool you’re using a minimum of 10 feet away. Assume all power lines are energized and therefore dangerous. — from Xcel Energy

Booze and Belts traffic safety mobilization strives to save lives MADISON — To make streets and highways safer during the upcoming holiday season, law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin will mobilize for the annual Booze and Belts campaign until Saturday, Dec. 21. “Alcohol-related crashes killed 223 people in Wisconsin and injured nearly 3,000 last year. In addition, more than half of the drivers and passengers killed in crashes last year were unbuckled,” says David Pabst, director of the WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety. “That’s why law enforcement agencies are cracking down on impaired and unbuckled motorists. Last year in Wisconsin, there were nearly 27,000 convictions for

drunken driving and more than 100,000 for failure to fasten a seat belt.” Pabst stressed that the goal of law enforcement officers during Booze and Belts and throughout the year is to save lives and reduce injuries by getting motorists to buckle up and drive sober — not to issue more tickets or make more arrests. “For all of us, the best gift we can give our loved ones is to ensure they come together to celebrate the holidays rather than mourn a needless injury or death,” Pabst says. “We all must work together to attain zero preventable traffic deaths in Wisconsin, and there’s no better time of year to make progress toward that goal than right now.” — from WisDOT

Don’t let scams ruin the holidays With the year coming to a close and Christmas quickly approaching, I hope you are all getting into the holiday spirit. The holidays are a time to relax and enjoy the company of your family and friends. However, while we cherish this cheerful season, it is also important to recognize the dangers of holiday scams. With everyone buying gifts for their loved ones, holidays are a prime time for criminals to take advantage of your generosity and your trust. To avoid becoming a victim of a holiday scam, always use caution when providing any personal information online or on the phone, especially to those you do not know. Due to the growing rate of wire transfer scams in Wisconsin, I advise you not to send money to someone unknown to you. Wisconsin consumers have recently become victims of the grandfather scam as well, where someone claiming to be your relative will call you, asking you to secretly wire them money to get them out of trouble. Before handing over your wallet, please be safe and call this specific relative to verify the caller’s story. Many potential victims have avoided falling for this scam in the past simply by placing a call to a relative for verification. During this holiday season, you should also be watching out for another type of wire transfer scam called the check-cashing scam. Supposedly, the victim is given a job offer, often for being a mystery shopper, that requires them to cash a check that is mailed to them. However, these checks are often stolen



75th Assembly State Representative or fake, where you will be liable to pay back the full amount to the bank when the error is discovered. This scam can often be found in Craigslist ad postings stating that a person wants to purchase an item from you, but instead send you a check for much more than the asking price. Once you get the money, they then ask that you cash the check and wire them back the extra money. Overall, to make sure never to fall victim to this scam, never wire money to a stranger. Similarly, before opening up your hearts and wallets to charitable causes, The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection urges consumers to be sure to check the legitimacy of charitable organizations over the phone and on the Internet to avoid getting conned. More information regarding this occurrence can be found by clicking on the following link: datcp. On a happier note, I wish you all have a very wonderful holiday season, and I dearly hope that buying gifts for your loved ones goes smoothly, without any of these scams occurring. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments or concerns regarding any issue of importance to you. I am always more than happy to hear from my constituents. I can be reached toll-free at 888-534-0075 or via email at

Health Insurance Marketplace presentation to be held in Minong MINONG — A licensed ACA navigator from CEP Inc. will be available to answer questions on the Health Insurance Marketplace on Thursday, Dec. 19. The presentation will be held at the Minong

Village Hall, 123 5th Ave., from 10 a.m.noon. Individual help will be available. To learn more go to or call 800-318-2596. — from CEP

The Winston Project: A progressive spay/neuter approach WASHBURN COUNTY – There is no question that lowcost spay/neuter programs are the solution to reducing pet overpopulation. However, in order to be effective, these programs must be progressive. The Winston Project is a progressive community-based initiative, which will effectively reduce the number of kittens that are born in Washburn County. Unlike most low-cost spay/neuter programs, it will help all residents, regardless of financial status, and will invite the community to work together to solve a community problem. The model for this project is the community wheel, which will soon be in circulation. This wheel is divided into four quadrants. The first quadrant asks five pet owners to contribute toward a communal goal of $150. Individuals of higher incomes are invited to contribute more, in order to assist those of lower incomes. All pet owners benefit from this low-cost approach. The second and third quadrants invite businesses and private individuals to assist by making tax-deductible contributions toward a communal goal of $150, respectively. When the total goal of $450 is attained, surgeries are scheduled to spay four female cats and neuter one male cat; a low-cost fee considering an average spay, without vaccinations, is approximately $125. The fourth quadrant requests community support for nonprofit expenses such as transportation costs, printing/ supplies, additional medical costs and an array of other expenses that are needed to sustain the project. Community support can come from a variety of sources such as schools, clubs, grants and fundraisers. Hub’s Riverbend, in Trego, has offered

to make a donation, through Bingo proceeds, to the Winston project. This is one example of community support. Gratitude is extended to the participating veterinarian clinics, Northern Lakes Veterinary Clinic in Shell Lake and Creatures Great and Small in Spooner, and to the local newspapers for their community support. Also to Michelle Flaherty and Dave Vander Heyden, of the Inter-County Cooperative Publishing Association, for their assistance in the design/development of the wheel. Washburn County is ready for a progressive and effective sterilization project that will reduce the cat population, lower shelter intake numbers and save taxpayer dollars. A hotline number is now available for pet owners and donations are now being accepted. Please call 715-468-7727 and refer to The Winston Project. - submitted


Caution advised: Winter aeration on area lakes creates open water WASHBURN COUNTY — Several lakes in Barron, Burnett, Polk and Washburn counties will have areas of open water this winter resulting from aeration systems used to sustain aquatic life, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The systems are operated by governmental units or lake groups and cause areas on the lakes to remain ice-free. “These systems help prevent winterkill of fish and other organisms by increasing

the dissolved oxygen in the water,” said Brian Spangler, DNR fisheries technician. Snowmobilers, anglers and other lake users should use caution on these lakes because of the danger associated with open water and variable ice thickness. The open water areas should be surrounded by a fence of uprights connected by rope with reflective tape or reflectors. The lakes with public access that have aeration systems include: Chain (North

and South Twin), Desair, Kirby, Moon, Prairie and Staples lakes in Barron County; Antler, Bass (Town of McKinley), Coon, Diamond, Camelia, King, Largon, Little Butternut, Lotus (East), McKeith, South Twin and Vincent lakes in Polk County; Green and West Elbow lakes in Burnett County; and Little Long (Town of Bashaw) and Priceless Ponds (Town of Madge) in Washburn County. DNR officials note that operational modifications

have been made to the aeration system on the north end of Barron County’s Prairie Lake with relocation of the aerator pumps to the offshore area in front of the Veterans Park boat landing access because of the bog island relocation. The landing will be closed to access during the winter months, extra caution should be taken. — from WDNR

Frozen road law takes effect in northern third of Wisconsin

Log haulers and transporters of salt or abrasives for roads in Zones 1 and 2 affected

MADISION — As of Friday, Dec. 13, Wisconsin’s frozen road law is in effect for the regions designated by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation as Zones 1 and 2 including state and federal numbered highways in roughly the northern third of Wisconsin. The frozen road determination for the southern zones will be made once conditions warrant. The frozen road law allows heavier

loads for trucks carrying peeled or unpeeled forest products cut crosswise, not including wood chips, and salt and sand for winter maintenance until approximately early March, unless thawing necessitates an earlier cancellation of the provision or continued cold weather allows for an extension of the declaration period. The declaration is issued once the ground under highway pavement is frozen to a depth of at least 18 inches, allowing the maximum gross weight for trucks hauling logs or salt and sand for maintaining roads in winter to go up to

98,000 pounds on vehicles with a minimum of five axles — from the normal 80,000 pounds. Special permits for hauling the increased weights are not required in Zones 1 and 2, however, vehicles must be legally licensed at 80,000 pounds to handle the increased weights. The higher weight limits do not apply to county or local roads unless authorized by the local agency having maintenance authority. Also, higher weights may not be transported on any highways or bridges specifically posted for lower weight limits. Effective this winter season, new boundaries have been established for

most of the state’s five frost zones. While Zone 1 boundaries remain the same, borders for the other four zones have been realigned to more accurately reflect typical weather and temperature patterns.  Further information on the new zones, weight restrictions and the frozen road declaration can be found on the WisDOT website at truck/weightrestrictions.htm. Haulers with specific questions can contact WisDOT’s Oversize/Overweight Permits Unit at 608-266-7320. — from WisDOT

Area news at a glance HAYWARD — Wednesday, Dec. 11, the Wisconsin State Patrol – Spooner Post responded to a Sawyer County paramedic response vehicle versus automobile crash on CTH B, 1-1/2 miles east of Hwy. 63. The eastbound response vehicle had its emergency lights and siren activated and was responding to an emergency call. The driver of the westbound vehicle lost control and entered the eastbound lane, colliding with the response vehicle. The driver, Shauna Cook, and passenger, Crystal Thome, occupied the paramedic vehicle. Jennifer Tespania and a 15-yearold passenger occupied the westbound passenger car. All of the occupants were transported to the Hayward hospital where they were treated and released. The Wisconsin State Patrol is continuing its investigation into the crash. — from WSP ••• BALSAM LAKE — The winter storm Dec. 3-4 was the worst kind for highway clearance, an example of the “perfect storm” in Polk County Highway Com-

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Temperatures recorded at Spooner Ag Research Station 2012 Dec. 9 Dec. 10 Dec. 11 Dec. 12 Dec. 13 Dec. 14 Dec. 15

High Low Precip. 34 18 28 13 6.9” snow 16 4 trace snow 18 -4 38 18 38 14 37 21

2012 Dec. 9 Dec. 10 Dec. 11 Dec. 12 Dec. 13 Dec. 14 Dec. 15

High Low Precip. 9 -8 2.0” snow -1 -11 .5” snow 4 -15 -2 -11 1.0” snow 11 -3 .1” snow 10 5 .6” snow 14 -11 3.0” snow

missioner Steve Warndahl’s words. The snow came down fast and wet, with mixed sleet, and the weather then turned very cold. He stated that the roads must be immediately cleaned after this kind of a storm or the highways will stay bad until there is a thaw. Frozen and ice-covered roads could remain dangerous for a long time if they are not cleared. The key decision with a storm such as this is when to call out the trucks. The decision on when to dispatch the fleet could save the county $3,000 an hour, the cost of putting the trucks and drivers on the road. — from the Inter-County Leader ••• RICE LAKE — An altercation between council members Polly Wolner and Bruce Willers was taken up by the Rice Lake City Council in closed session on Tuesday, Dec. 10. No action was taken. The in-

cident occurred at city hall following the Nov. 12 council meeting. Willers asked the council to address the matter, but a brief submitted to the council by Willers was not distributed to council members. Council member Mike Diercks balked at voting to go into closed session. He said he was being asked to vote to go into closed session without even seeing a brief on the matter. Immediately before the council voted to go into closed session, Willers stated that he had children who were grown and had gone to college and he taught them about bullying, but Willers’ comments were cut of by Mayor Steve Harrington. Harrington said he contacted legal counsel and the League of Municipalities to determine if the council could deal with the issue. “It seems the council is making a decision that it’s not clear if the council can or should be making a

Register Memories 1953 - 60 years ago

• Bert Stouffer, Shell Lake, collected a fox bounty under unusual circumstances. Stouffer was out bird hunting when he saw a fox coming along the trail, heading toward him. Bert stopped and waited, and the fox kept right on coming. By that time, Stouffer could see that it was carrying something in its mouth. The something turned out to be part of a skunk carcass, and the terrific skunk odor had apparently partially blinded the fox and also deadened his sense of smell. The fox passed close enough so that Stouffer could have felled it with a club. However, he used his trusty shotgun instead. • Ernest DesJardins Jr. was elected president of the Shell Lake Chamber of Commerce. Other officers were Walt Hoar, first vice president; C.H. Lewis, second vice president; and John Gulbranson, secretary-treasurer. • Costume jewelry was available from $1 to $27.50 at John Gulbranson’s Shell Lake Jewelry. • Shell Lake Boy Scouts receiving Tenderfoot badges were Jerry Hoosier, Larry Peterson and Darrel Peterson. First-class badges went to Bob Kaun, Bill Bohn, Bob Jacobs and Jay DesJardins. Star Awards went to Bob Kibler and David Todd. Warren Anderson received the Life Award.

1963 - 50 years ago

• Haircuts at Alice Burmeister’s Shell Lake Beauty Shop were $1.50 for a dry cut and $1.75 for a wet cut. Children’s cuts up to 12 years old were $1.25. Permanents were $8.50 and up. Plain manicures were $1.25 and with polish were $1.50. • Elected officers at the December meeting of the West Sarona 4-H Club were Susan Musolf, president; Tom Elliott, vice president; Judy Musolf, secretary; Rocky Furchtenicht, treasurer; and Suzanna Duch, reporter. • Shell Lake Student Council members were John Lenz, president; Jerry

decision on,” said Harrington. — from the Rice Lake Chronotype ••• BARRON — A Burnett County woman who failed to return to jail after being released to attend a funeral was ordered to serve additional time Dec. 4, according to Barron County Circuit Court documents. A complaint filed last July charged Stacy A. Lavin-Mejia, Webster, with escaping criminal arrest. She had been in jail on an unrelated misdemeanor charge and was furloughed on July 17 to attend the funeral. But she didn’t return and was later charged with criminal escape. The sentence includes two years’ probation, to be supervised by officials in Minnesota, court documents said. — from the Barron News-Shield •••

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Graft, treasurer; Christine Johnson, secretary; Mike Thomas, Fred Erickson, Bruce Jungerburg, Dale Hanson, Janet Porter and Bob Bennett. • Forty-six members of the junior class were the proud owners of class rings. They ranged in price from $21 to $31.25.

1973 - 40 years ago

• Publisher of the Register, John Schullo, feared he would receive a lump of coal in his Christmas stocking after he failed for the first time in 15 years to print the Shell Lake High School basketball programs for a Tuesday night home game against Turtle Lake. • Officers of the Washburn County 4-H Junior Leaders were Dale Jacobson, president; Mark Stensvold, vice president; Vicki Meyers, secretary; Becky Bush, treasurer; and Rose Gaulke, reporter. • A truck, driven by Robert W. Washkuhn, Shell Lake, went out of control on the ice and struck a power pole on Town Road west of Shell Lake. • Dennis Farley, 8, Spooner, was struck by a car driven by Gary L. Stone, Spooner. The boy was reported in the middle of the road on Town Road and Hwy. 70 when Stone saw him and applied his brakes. The brakes locked and the car skidded toward the boy who ran for the ditch. The boy and car collided in the ditch with the boy under the car. Farley was taken by ambulance to the Spooner hospital with cuts, bruises and a broken left leg.

1983 - 30 years ago

• Shell Lake’s FFA chapter sent Dave Kempin, Darrel Crosby and Deb Volkman to the national convention in Kansas City. Mr. and Mrs. Phil Lindeman accompanied them. • Local Knights of Columbus freethrow contest winners were Billie Jo Ailport, Brenda Lang, Sherri Studt, Adriena Hotchkiss, Tim Quenan and Jeremy Jacobs. Dennis Schraufnagel was chairman

of the event and was assisted by Fran Hall, Jim Fenton, Larry Hopke, Dave Schraufnagel and Rodger Studt. • Olivia Haremza, Shell Lake, graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a major in accounting. • Winners of the Christmas ornament contest at the Shell Lake Public Library were Shannon Sutherland, Brian Dunbar and Julie Ekern. Judges were Lorayne Tomasiak and Joane Greene.

1993 - 20 years ago

• The Lake Point Aero Club in Shell Lake donated bags of collected toys to the Indianhead Medical Center and also to hospitals throughout the Midwest. • Named Good Citizens at Shell Lake Elementary School were first-graders Teri Mancl and Andrew Berlin; and secondgraders Rachael Baldocchi and Trenton Vanderhoof. • Triplet Holstein calves were born on the Warren Holman farm in Barronett. • Jasmine Dahlstrom assisted Santa in handing out treats when children visited him at the Shell Lake Public Library.

2003 - 10 years ago

• Shell Lake wrestling cheerleaders were Teri Mancl, Amanda Baker, Desirae Karish, Raven Deflippo, Danielle Slater and Susanna Granzin. • Members of the Shell Lake dance team were Jaci Pfluger, Kelli Marlow, Donna Bell, Stephanie Mellen, Madeline Mischel, Stacy Kerfott and Amanda Burton. • Shell Lake FFA members attending the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky., were Haylee Hall, Brinna Organ and Alex Mentele. • A gathering of former Shell Lakers took place at the home of Alvin and Judy Olsen near Ocala, Fla. Getting together with the Olsens were Jim and Lynette Flottum, Marcia Fox, and Ray and Naomi Kiminski.


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• 1st Street presents “Minnie and Moo: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” 4:15 p.m., Erika Quam Theatre. Refreshments will be served. 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. • Om Sweet Om Yoga, 110 Walnut St., Spooner, 9:30 a.m., is hosting a silent yoga class followed by chair massage from Shade Tree Massage/Will Raich. Yoga is by donation with 100 percent of profits being donated to Washburn County Area Humane Society; massage will donate 50 percent of profits to WCAHS. Please contact Lorrie at 715-645-2543 or omsweetomyoga@live. com with questions or to schedule massage for that day. Coffee (BYO mug) and snacks will be provided after yoga. Sunday, Dec. 22 • “The Promise of Light” musical, 10:30 a.m., Shell Lake United Methodist Church. • U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots distribution, noon-2 p.m., Barronett Civic Club. For more info, call Larry Miller, 715-234-1792, or Butch Holmes, 715-8222118. Donations of new, unwrapped toys being accepted at Lake Mall in Shell Lake. Wednesday, Dec. 25 • Christmas dinner at Trinity Lutheran, Spooner, noon. Freewill offering given to a hunger project. Please make your reservation to the church by Thursday, Dec. 19. Thursday, Dec. 26 • Free community supper, 4-6 p.m., St. Alban Episcopal Church, 220 Elm St., Spooner. Saturday, Dec. 28 • Free community breakfast, 7-10 a.m., First United Pentecostal Church, 337 Greenwood Ave., Spooner. All welcome. Donations accepted. Monday, Dec. 30 • Auditions for Shine! 2014, starting at 6:30 p.m., at the Quam in Shell Lake. Singers to perform without accompaniment during auditions. Contact Jody Peck at 715-635-3665 or for more information.


Thursday, Jan. 2 • Aphasia Group, 10-11:30 a.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, Spooner. Call 715-520-7999. • Northwest Wisconsin Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, 1 p.m., lower level at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Shell Lake. • Free community meal, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 409 Summit, Spooner, 4-6 p.m. All welcome. Donations accepted.

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Saturday, Jan. 4 • The Art of Film presentation of “Moonrise Kingdom,” at Shell Lake Arts Center, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7 • Shell Lake/Spooner Masonic Lodge 221 meeting, 7 p.m. at the lodge. Wednesday, Jan. 8 • Free community meal, 4-6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 135 Reinhart Dr., Shell Lake. All welcome. Donations accepted. • The board of directors for the Railroad Memories Museum meeting, 1 p.m., Spooner City Hall. All volunteers welcome. Thursday, Jan. 9 • The Shell Lake Lions Club meeting, 6:30 p.m., Shell Lake Community Center. Friday, Jan. 10 • Pizza and the play “Move Over Mrs. Markham,” 6 p.m., at the Quam in Shell Lake. Saturday, Jan. 11 • Washburn County Food Distribution in conjunction with Ruby’s Pantry, Spooner Middle School Tech Ed Building on Elm Street. Tickets 9 a.m. Distribution 9:30 a.m. Volunteers needed. Contact 715-635-9309, 715-4684017 or 715-222-4410. • Storytelling with Kevin McMullin and Tracy Chipman, 7:30 p.m., at the Quam in Shell Lake. Call 715-468-4387 for reservations. Tuesday, Jan. 14 • Moms Club meets at Faith Lutheran, Spooner, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15 • Games and activities, 1 p.m., Shell Lake Senior Center. • Shell Lake Public Library Board of Trustees meeting, 5 p.m., at the library. The public is welcome. Thursday, Jan. 16 • Shell Lake PTA meeting, 6:30 p.m., in the 3-12 school library. Baby-sitting available. Friday, Jan. 17 • Shell Lake Education Foundation Dad’s Belgian Waffles during doubleheader basketball against Northwood. Advanced tickets are available from any SLEF board member or the district office at the 3-12 building.   Monday, Jan. 20 • Northern Lights Camera Club, 7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1790 Scribner St., Spooner.  • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group, 5 p.m. group activity, 5:30 p.m. dinner, 6-7 p.m. meeting, Lakeland Family Resource Center, 314 Elm St., Spooner, 715-635-4669. Tuesday, Jan. 21 • Shell Lake/Spooner Masonic Lodge 221 meeting, 7 p.m., at the lodge. Thursday, Jan. 23 • First Year Parenting class, 5-8:30 p.m., Spooner Annex Building, UW-Extension conference room. Call Deb Meyer at 715-635-4444 or • The Shell Lake American Legion meeting, 6:30 p.m., Friendship Commons. • Shell Lake VFW meeting, 7 p.m., Friendship Commons.

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Indianhead Community Action Agency is looking for volunteers to help out in their thrift store and food pantry. Food pantry volunteers must be able to lift at least 25 lbs. Please stop in to ICAA at 608 Service Road and pick up an application or call 715-635-3975 for more information.  ••• The Washburn County Area Humane Society is looking for volunteers to update and maintain their website and to research and apply for grants. For more information, call Susie at 715-468-2453 or email ••• Terraceview Living Center Inc. is providing opportunities for talented volunteers skilled in group and one-to-one interactions with the elderly. Seeking services between 3 and 7 p.m. daily. There will be flexibility in scheduling your services. Orientation is provided. If you are interested please stop by their office and fill out an application. ••• Faith in Action of Washburn County is looking for volunteers to provide direct services to seniors and adults with disabilities. Tasks might include transportation, light housekeeping, light yard work, fix-it jobs, telephone and in-person visits. Training is provided, and all volunteers choose what they want to do and when they want to volunteer. For more information, please call 715-6352252 or email Faith In Action at ••• Washburn County Unit on Aging is in need of volunteer drivers for the Meals on Wheels program and the medical escort program. This is a great opportunity to socialize, meet new people, travel and help others. Mileage is paid to volunteers who use their own vehicles when transporting and/or delivering. You must possess a valid state of Wisconsin driver’s license and be able to read maps, road names and street signs. If interested, please contact Eva at the Aging and Disability Resource Center in Spooner at 715-635-4460. ••• ICAA Crossroads Literacy is looking for tutors in reading, health and computer skills. If interested, please contact coordinator Jean Walsh at 715-790-7213 or email ••• Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity ReStore is looking for volunteers to help out in the ReStore, 805 River St., Spooner cleaning, selling, stocking and picking up donations. Contact Paul, 715-520-8200, for more info. ••• To publish a volunteer opportunity, submit it to us by Monday noon. Email it to, bring it to the office, or call 715-468-2314. Please list the type of volunteer work you need, as well as dates, times and length of service. Make sure to include your contact information, including your name and phone number. When the volunteer position is filled, please let us know so we can take it off the list. This service is offered free of charge in an effort to bring the community together so those that are looking for help can find those that are looking to help.


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Monday: Celebrate Recovery meetings at 6:30. This is a Christcentered recovery program. Meetings take place in the Community Life Center at Spooner Wesleyan Church, Hwy. 70 West. For more information, call 715-635-2768. • First Friends Playgroup open to all children. Focus on infants and their caregivers with sensory stimulation and movement experiences. Art project materials provided and the morning closes with circle music time and instrument exploration. 10 a.m. to noon at Lakeland Family Resource Center, 314 Elm St., Spooner. Monday and Thursday: Washburn County Alzheimer’s Day Respite Program is held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Spooner. Daily fee includes lunch and a program of crafts, exercise, games, music, quiet time, etc. For more information, call 715-635-4367. Tuesday: Women Healing Women support group at Time-Out Family Abuse Outreach office, every other Tuesday, 4-5:30 p.m. For survivors of domestic abuse and/or sexual abuse. Free, confidential, closed after first session. For more info or to register, contact Time-Out Family Abuse Shelter Outreach office at 103 Oak St., Spooner, WI 54801, 715-635-5245. • Ala-Teen meets at 6:30 p.m. in the New Life Christian Center in Rice Lake. Use the back entrance. Wednesday: Lakeland Family Resource Center open from noon to 3 p.m. • 9 a.m. to noon, sewing at Shell Lake Senior Center. • Kidstime-Parentime at Lakeland Family Resource Center, 314 Elm St., Spooner, 10 a.m. to noon. Learn, discuss and share ideas and experience to enrich parenting skills. Preselected art or play materials available for children of all ages. Kidstime-Parentime provides quality time for families, networking for parents and a social opportunity for both parents and children. The last Wednesday of the month a potluck lunch is held at 11:15 a.m. Thursday: AA meets at 7 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, Minong. • Al-Anon meets at 8 p.m. in the cafeteria at Indianhead Medical Center, Shell Lake. • Library Fun For Little Ones, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Shell Lake Public Library. A time for stories, craft and a snack. No age minimum or maximum for participants. • Washburn County Historical Society Research Room open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located in the basement of the main museum. Also by appointment. Call 715-468-2982. Thursday and Monday: Washburn County Alzheimer’s Day Respite Program, see listing above. Friday and Saturday: Washburn County Genealogy Room, 1061/2 - 2nd Avenue, Museum Hewitt Building, Shell Lake, is closed for the winter. Appointments can be made during the winter, weather permitting. Call 715-635-7937 for information. ••• Domestic abuse and sexual assault are crimes. Time-Out provides free, confidential victim support. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence in a relationship, please call 800-924-0556. Shell Lake Alano Club Meetings on CTH B, 2 blocks off Hwy. 63. All meetings are nonsmoking Sunday 10 a.m. AA Monday Noon AA Open Tuesday Noon AA Closed 7 p.m. AA Closed Wednesday 1 p.m. AA Open 7 p.m. NA Open Thursday 1 p.m. AA Open 7 p.m. Al-Anon Closed Friday 2 p.m. AA Closed 7 p.m. AA Open Saturday Noon AA Closed Fourth Saturday of every month, Pin Night with 5:30 p.m. potluck and 7 p.m. meeting. Closed meetings are for only that group. AA - Alcoholics Anonymous. GA - Gamblers Anonymous. NA - Narcotics Anonymous. Al-Anon - is for relatives and friends of alcoholics.

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Students of Mrs. Carlson’s Shell Lake High School art class pose with members of the Shell Lake Chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion Post 9867 in front of the artworks the students made for them. The veterans group won the 2013 Lions Club Celebration of Lights contest. The displays are set up in the Shell Lake Municipal Campground throughout the holiday season. — Photos by Larry Samson

LEFT: Chivalry is not dead. Sam Muska helps Hannah Cassel through the deep snow so her feet will stay dry.

RIGHT: The Shell Lake art class made a painting from a photo of Christmas 1953 in South Korea. This was one of three art pieces that the art class made for the display at the campground.

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Emma Bennis and Renae Lloyd perform Christmas songs at the chili feed. It was a night of hot chili and warm music to take away the cold weather. — Photos by Larry Samson

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Entertaining the crowd at the Shell Lake band chili feed that was held Thursday, Dec. 12, at Reinhart Commons were trumpet players Carly Osborn, Heidi Frederickson and Kennedy Ellanson. Julie Pokorny, Cassie Lawrence, Natalie Jury and Cassie Skattebo perform a Christmas song with their euphoniums. The euphonium is a member of the brass section, and a person who plays this instrument is called a euphoniumist, euphophonist or euphonist.


“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” Among the Christmas decorations in our home is a plaque that was given to Milt. It reads: Four Stages of Life: You believe in Santa Claus. You do not believe in Santa Claus. You are Santa Claus. You look like Santa Claus. There is some truth to these words. Many of us have gone through these stages. For some, Christmas isn’t as exciting as when we were younger. Perhaps we have become so bogged down in the preparing for the celebration that we don’t take the time to enjoy all the special activities that take place this time of year. My niece, Emily, enjoys Christmas so much that she spends most of the year thinking and preparing for this special time. I guess in a way I do, too. I pick up gifts to give throughout the year and

am always working on crafting projects that will also be given away at Christmastime. In the busyness of the season, I am reminded of the song with the lyrics “Christmas isn’t Christmas till it happens in your heart. Somewhere deep inside you is where Christmas really starts.” Most of us that enjoy Christmas music have our favorites. We all have songs that we recognize after just a few notes of the music. Since the mid-1970s, “O Holy Night” has been a favorite of mine. At that time, the pastor’s wife at Clam Falls Lutheran would sing this song for the Christmas Eve candlelight service. Today, I enjoy listening to Sandi Patty’s version of this

song. Another Christmas song with a special meaning for me is “Happy Birthday, Jesus, I’m so Glad it’s Christmas” with lyrics by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and composed by Carol Cymbala. As a little girl, Rachel Anderson sang this song for several Christmas church services before she was old enough to read. Her mother shared with us one day how Rachel asked if she could hold sheet music to sing her song. Becky reminded her didn’t know how to read. Rachel’s reply was that the adults got to hold sheet music, so why couldn’t she. The song, “Happy Birthday, Jesus,” written by J.P. Pennington and Teddy Gentry

and recorded by the music group Alabama is good, too. Although I still prefer Rachel’s version. I was surprised when I learned that Mark Lowry had written “Mary Did You Know?” Up to that point, I had only seen Lowry doing stand-up comedy and didn’t realize he was part of the Gaither Vocal Band. I hope you enjoy this Christmas season by singing your favorite Christmas carols or just relaxing by listening to some of your favorite tunes. After receiving snow in our area earlier this month, I heard some people singing the phrase, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.” My wish for you this holiday season is that you will have “tidings of comfort and joy.”

Beyond the office door • Suzanne Johnson Area writers corner The Hummel children Mary B. Olsen The little Alpine children created by Berta Hummel were part of the Christmas season in my family when I was growing up. You might say the porcelain figurines were a part of our heritage. My mother taught us children about other cultures. We dressed dolls with Greek and Swedish doll clothes, and sometimes we wore ethnic costumes. She read us stories and we read them ourselves. We knew “The Silver Skates” where the little Dutch boy skated, and “The Little Match Girl,” the Andersen fairy tale, so sad when she lit her last match. We liked the Grimm fairy tales, “Hansel and Gretel,” and “Snow White.” The stories of German and Austrian people were our favorites. We loved “Heidi.” My mother learned the customs of the Bavarian Alpine people from her parents. She passed it on to us. Many of our Christmas activities had become part of our American culture. We put up Christmas trees, knowing the custom began when the tree taken into the house was a symbol of everlasting life away from the snowy alpine mountainside. When Christmas approached we had an Advent calendar, decorated with figures almost like the seven dwarfs, or the little people that danced out of the cuckoo clock. We learned some of the carols in German, and our family sang carols

every Sunday evening during Advent. We had an Advent wreath. When my mother was growing up, she and her sisters and brother each had a special plate, painted with a Christmas scene, that would be placed on the dining room table on Christmas Eve and in the morning it would be filled with fruit and candy and Christmas cookies. We didn’t have that, but we had stockings. We each hung up our stocking for Santa to fill up for us. Mother would read to us very often before bedtime. Always on Christmas Eve it would be “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Every year she read us “The Birds’ Christmas Carol.” We had the other American things, and she passed on to us a melting pot of Christmas customs. Shortly after World War II ended, in 1945, the government allowed people to send CARE packages to relatives in Europe. They were limited as to weight and size. My grandmother had passed away in 1940, but my mother and her sisters had addresses of some of her relatives in Austria. There was great need for basic foods because the war had ravaged the country. I helped my mother pack CARE packages, and we sent them for a couple of years. The relatives corresponded, several in English and some in German, so my mother had to have someone help translate them. There was a photograph of some of my grandmother’s cousins and aunts and uncles, and one of a girl named Ruth who was my age. She had dark hair and wore it in braids. She looked like a

little Hummel child. In those years after the war American occupied forces were helping Europe recover. Many of our soldiers discovered the pretty little figurines in Austria and sent them as gifts, at Christmas, of course, to their loved ones in America. It opened up a market and soon the company that made them went worldwide. The Hummels became part of our Christmas when relatives exchanged gifts. My mother had quite a collection of them. The story of the Hummels began in Bavaria. In 1876, Franz Goebel and his son, Freidrich Goebel, founded a pottery works in Rodental. They produced varied kinds of earthenware, and later, in the 1910s to the 1920s grandson Franz Ernst Goebel began making porcelain called Porzelilmer, figures. He discovered some drawings by Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel, also known as Berta Hummel, who was at the Slesser Convent where she was teaching children. He got permission from M.I. Hummel to turn Berta’s children into three-dimensional figures. Sister Hummel enjoyed drawing and she would sketch one of the children in her classroom and then, as a reward for good work, give the child the drawing. They would take them home to their parents. Her distinctive style soon brought her the opportunity to use her drawings in greeting cards. She continued to draw and by 1935, Goebel had created 46 models. The figurines sold in that part of Germany and in

Austria but the war came along and later, during the occupation, they began production again. Almost everyone who has seen these sweet and innocent looking little alpine children is delighted with them. Goebel continues to produce them. Berta Hummel never made a figurine of porcelain, but many of her creations are to be found in pictures, plates, bells, plaques and combined figures bearing the Goebel trademark. Royalties from the sale of the products support the convent’s charities worldwide. Her designs of happy children have become valuable as collectibles. One little figure can be sold for more than $300. I have not collected them but I have my favorites. I love the little boy holding his pig. Another is the boy and girl under an umbrella. The Hummel children always have a pet, a cat or dog or a goose or a little bird, and often there are flowers. The boys always wear the short leather pants with suspenders called lederhosen, and often with a hat topped off with a feather. Sometimes the white edelweiss blossoms are a part of the scene. I like the little shrine on a pole with a bench where children have stopped to pray. The girls wear dirndl skirts and peasant blouses. I think they look a lot like my cousin Ruth in Austria. It is time to prepare for Christmas once more so I must start baking my traditional cookies and decorating with a tree. It only comes once a year. Merry Christmas.

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Diane Dryden | Staff writer SHELL LAKE — That’s right, Elvis visited Lakeland Manor on Wednesday, Dec. 11. Elvis was decked out in his formfitting maroon-colored outfit. This was one of two outfits he purchased from a professional costume sewer for a whopping $850 each 10 years ago. As Elvis, he worked the room, sitting on laps and taking leis from around his neck and giving them to women who still knew how to blush, even at their ages. They didn’t know that he had found the company in Germany who made glasses for Elvis, so he could purchase the exact same ones … at $1,200. All his fans knew is that he put his heart and soul into his performance. During his show he changed outfits five

Elvis, Buddy Holly, you name them and Rod Sandmon sings them and impersonates them very well.

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times, usually to represent the person he would be impersonating next. With his karaoke machine going full blast, he became Hank Williams and accompanied the karaoke sound track with his own electric guitar while wearing his snazzy country outfit. After Hank it was Buddy Holly that took the stage, tinted lenses and all. For his gospel numbers and final Elvis song, “Blue Christmas,” he wore a white sport coat with a red carnation. He sang for two hours with lots of interesting trivia thrown in along the way and as his audience ate their way through hors d’oeuvres and cake. The music was toe-tapping good. He encouraged everyone to sing along. But who is this man that willingly keeps his hair dyed for the part he plays? His name is Rod Sandmon, and he lives in Siren. He got the gig at the manor because his sister, Laretta Moran, is a resident there. But what was the Elvis draw he had and when did it start? Both Sandmon and his sister came from a large musical family, especially their father and mother, aunts and uncles. “We were raised back in the day you had to make your own fun,” said this energetic man of 70. ”So we sang and played instruments.” He learned to play a guitar at 15 and proceeded to form his own band. But it was the Route 66 trip that he and his wife took in 1995 that really helped form the man he is today. “I had bought a 1957 Chevy. We drove it to Chicago and then drove the entire Route 66 trail that started in downtown Chicago all the way to California, buying lots of souvenirs along the way.” They ended up with 1,000 souvenirs and a yen to bring the fabulous ‘50s to life again in their own way. Being a carpenter by trade, he turned his garage in Minnesota into a 25-seat diner with black-and-white floor tile, booths and all. They served a simple


Siren’s own Rod Sandmon is a perfect Elvis impersonator. He was in Shell Lake to sing over two hours of songs at Lakeland Manor. — Photos by Diane Dryden menu of sloppy joes, chips and pop. During the 10 years they owned the place, over 3,500 came to enjoy this blast of the past. “We had over 100 Red Hat parties, and everyone loved the place and the period music we’d play.” But the diner wasn’t his only focus. He had married his wife in 1969. They attended the home mission church in northeast Minneapolis that his wife’s brother had begun. That is where he and his wife sang over a period of 20 years. He eventually became the pastor for five years when a new church was built and had the privilege of performing the ceremony for his own mother, at her second marriage, and his sister.

The Elvis shtick began when someone hired him to sing at their twins’ birthday party; sing as Elvis that is. Soon he was appearing in parades as Elvis, and it was an easy sideways move to doing it more often and hiring out his services. That was 10 years ago when he turned 60. Since then he’s sung at parties, nursing homes and for anyone who picks up the phone and calls 651-357-0890. He’s a true entertainer, and you’ll go home impressed with his array of musical numbers that include gospel, country, rock and of course, Elvis at his best.

Christmas recital at Glenview

The students of Mrs. JoAnne Olson gave a Christmas piano recital for the tenants of Glenview Living Center on Thursday, Dec. 12. Shown (L to R) back row are: Evan Knutson, Jacob Davis, Jacob Davis plays with confidence and deterHanah Davis, Shania Schaefer and Ty Ellanson. Front row: Isaac Schaefer, Landon Deneen, Olivia mination. He asked his mom if he would have to Jury and Rebekah Davis. Mason Morgan was not present for the photograph. – Photos by Larry play if his hand fell off. Her answer was to play Samson through the pain. He is a Spooner home-school student.

Shania Schaefer performs for the tenants and guests of Glenview Living Center. Her music teacher stands beside her to turn her music sheets. Schaefer is a talented pianist and is a past recipient of the Intermezzo Club scholarship program. She recently performed at the Advent Concert in Spooner on Sunday, Dec. 1.

LEFT: Olivia Jury is a dedicated piano student. She is a fifthgrader at Shell Lake Elementary School.

RIGHT: Landon Deneen is a third-grade Shell Lake Elementary School student who loves his music.

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Friday the 13th was bad luck for the Lakers

Larry Samson | Staff writer SHELL LAKE – Shell Lake girls basketball team lost, 51-42, to Turtle Lake in a Lakeland Conference game held Friday, Dec. 13, in Shell Lake. The day turned out to be unlucky for the Shell Lake team that has had a difficult time against Turtle Lake in recent years. Shell Lake has had to play their first two conference games against the top teams in the conference. Cameron and Turtle Lake are undefeated in conference play. Shell Lake came out in the first quarter playing timid against a team that they are equal to. They gave up a five-point lead, a lead that Turtle Lake kept through the game. Shell Lake started scoring in the second quarter, matching Turtle Lake point for point, 12-12 in the second quarter and 17-17 in the third. With less than a minute to go in the third quarter Shell Lake nar-

rowed the lead to three points, but Turtle Lake held on and added four points to their lead in the fourth quarter. Shania Pokorny with 22 points was the top scorer for Shell Lake; Kristen Kraetke hit three 3-pointers and a two-pointer to put 11 points on the board. Shell Lake will travel five miles north to play Spooner in the annual Coaches vs. Cancer game. Spooner is coming off their 47-24 win over Chetek/ Weyerhaeuser on Thursday, Dec. 12. They are 1-1 in the Heart O’ North Conference and are looking for revenge from last year’s loss to the Lakers. This game is a fundraiser for cancer research and prevention. The game will start off at 7:15, with an after-the-game-pizza party for Shell Lake and Spooner seventh- through 12th-grade students at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Kristen Kraetke with a jump shot earned her 11 points for the game. She sank three 3-point shots.

Amanda Brereton with a jump shot. Her basket late in the third quarter cut the Turtle Lake lead to three points.

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Shania Pokorny with a three-point layup, two for the basket and one from the freethrow line for the foul. She put 22 points on the scoreboard for Shell Lake, but it was not enough as the Lakers lost 51-42 to their conference rival Turtle Lake on Friday, Dec. 13.

Tia Carlson breaks past a Turtle Lake defender as she drives the basket.



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Spooner Invitational Tournament

Spooner wrestler Blake Larson pins Shell Lake wrestler Jack Skluzacek late in the third period to advance in the quarterfinals. Larson went on to take second place and Skluzacek took third in the 106-pound weight class.

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Spooner wrestler Trey Lawrence beat Dylan Adair of Hayward by a 5-2 decision to win the 113-pound weight class.

Spooner’s Brandon Jepson pinned Joe Boyle of Ashland in less than a minute to advance to the quarterfinals. In the finals, he had a pin and a major decision to take first place in the 138-pound weight class.

Beau Skluzacek of Shell Lake pinned Ben Cashman of Ashland in the final round to win the 160-pound weight class at the Spooner Invitational held Saturday, Dec. 14.

Shell Lake wrestler Leo Carrillo with a takedown of Flambeau wrestler Packer Makinia in the quarterfinals, He lost in fall, going on to take third place in the tournament. Makinia went on to win the bracket.

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Spooner wrestling team on top

SPOONER - Chetek and Cumberland are the two favored schools this year to win the Heart of the North Conference. On Thursday night, Dec. 12, Spooner hosted their first conference dual against the Chetek Bulldogs. The coaching staff was very hopeful and optimistic that they could hang right with them if they wrestled well. The Spooner Rails started at the 120-pound weight class and Trey Lawrence received a forfeit. Jadin Schwartz had a huge win at the 126pound weight class when he pinned his opponent in the first period. Due to an injury to Dakota Harrison, Spooner had to forfeit the 132-pound weight class. At 138 pounds, Brandon Jepson added six more team points with a pin in the first period. At 145 pounds, Patrick Baker lost 9-2, giving Chetek three more points. Chetek was within three points after pinning Dylan Sahr at the 152-pound weight class. At 160 pounds, Richard Lauterbach was down 2-0 going into the third period before pinning his opponent with only 10 seconds left on the clock. This was a huge victory in the dual, giving Spooner a 24-15 lead. Chetek made the team score 24-22 after beating Joe VandeVrede, 5-2, and Lucas Hagberg, 13-5, in the next two weight classes. At 195 pounds, Jared Quenette got Spooner going again with a 12-6 victory. Zach Shutt added six more team points with a pin in the first period. Chetek scored their last points after their top wrestler pinned Brad Baker at the 285pound weight class. At 106 pounds, Blake Larson added to Spooner’s lead with an 18-2 victory. At 113 pounds, Brenden Hanson received a forfeit, making the final score Spooner 44 and Chetek 28. The wrestlers did not have much time to think about their big victory because on Saturday, Dec. 14, they had to defend their title at the Spooner Invitational. Once again, due to some injuries and kids being sick, they were going into the tournament without a couple of weight classes being filled. Everybody stepped it up and wrestled really well on Saturday. Out of the 14 weight classes, Spooner had eight wrestlers make it to the finals. Some of their JV wrestlers got a chance to wrestle in the tournament because of schools not being able to fill all the weight classes. With a total team effort, the Rails dominated the tournament with a total of 214.5 team points. The second-place team

With 214.5 points, the Spooner team successfully defended their invitational championship beating out seven teams at the Spooner Invitational Tournament held Saturday, Dec. 14. The Rails had to play though some injuries to win the trophy for the second year in a row. – Photo by Larry Samson was Bayfield with 146.5 team points. At 106 pounds, Larson placed second. Also wrestling at 106 pounds was Hanson who placed fourth. At 113 pounds, Lawrence wrestled extremely well and came up with a huge 5-2 victory in the finals. No one wrestled at the 120- or 126-pound weight classes. At 132 pounds, Ryan Shutt wrestled in his first tournament ever and earned fourth place. At 138 pounds, Jepson remains undefeated on the season as he won his final match of the day by a score of 17-4. Also wrestling unattached at 138 pounds was Hunter Peterson who earned fourth place. At 145 pounds, Patrick Baker wrestled very well all day and lost a heartbreaker in the finals by a score of 5-4. Wrestling unattached at 145 pounds was Mitch Shellito who won three out of his five matches, earning fifth place. At 152 pounds, Sahr ran into some very good competition and wrestled well in order to place fourth. At 160 pounds, Lauterbach also placed fourth on the day. Also wrestling at 160 pounds was Dustin Metzig who was unable to place on the day. At 170 pounds, Josiah Melton stepped it up to wrestle in the place of

Jingle Bell Jubilee held in Rice Lake RICE LAKE — Local gymnasts competed in the Jingle Bell Jubilee in Rice Lake on Saturday, Dec. 7. Ashleigh Clark, Spooner, competing in level 3 ages 10-plus, scored team points with her ninth-place finish of 8.5 on floor. She had a personal best with her seventhplace finish of 9.3 on vault and also had a personal best with 8.0 on bars. She received 7.75 on beam and 33.55 all around. Meghan Stone, Shell Lake, competing in level 4 ages 12-plus, had a second-place personal best of 8.1 on bars and scored team points. Her third-place finish of 8.75 on beam scored team points as did her

8.1 on floor. She placed sixth with 8.2 on vault and fifth with 33.15 all-around. Competing in level 2 all ages were gymnasts from Spooner, Annika Patrick and Molly Arf. Patrick took second place on beam with 8.95. She had three thirdplace finishes with 8.3 on bars, 8,.75 on floor and 34.7 all-around. She took 8.7 on vault. Arf had a third-place finish with 9.0 on vault. She received 7.9 on bars, 8.4 on beam, 8.5 on floor and 33.8 all-around. As a team, Deutsch’s placed third at level 3, second at level 2 and first at level 6. — with information from Deutsch’s Gymnastics Training Center

Luedtke pins Baker in final round Northwood wrestler Ethan Luedtke pinned Spooner wrestler Brad Baker in the final round of the 285-pound class to earn first place. With only a handful of wrestlers, Northwood earned 49 points at the Spooner Invitational, Saturday, Dec. 14. – Photo by Larry Samson

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schedule Boys varsity basketball 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. Friday, Jan. 31: At Turtle Lake, doubleheader, 7:30 p.m.

Girls varsity basketball 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. Friday, Jan. 31: At Turtle Lake, doubleheader, 5:45 p.m.

Varsity wrestling Thursday, Dec. 19: Vs. Cameron, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21: At Northwestern, 9 a.m.

285-pound weight class, Brad Baker also lost in the finals, earning second place on the day. Jonah Blake wrestled for the first time and earned sixth place as an unattached wrestler. Dropping out of the competition due to an injury at the 285-pound weight class was Donavan Knutson. “I was very proud of all of the wrestlers and I am excited about us continuing to improve throughout the season. I would like to thank everyone that helped to make Saturday such a success,” said head coach Andrew Melton. 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. Thursday, Jan. 30: At Northwood, 7 p.m.

Girls varsity hockey (Hayward, Spooner, Northwestern, Ashland, Shell Lake) 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. Tuesday, Jan. 28: Vs. Superior, Hayward Sports Center, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30: Vs. Siren, Hayward Sports Center, 7 p.m.

Boys varsity hockey (Spooner, Shell Lake, Barron, Cumberland) 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. Tuesday, Jan. 28: Vs. Park Falls at Barron, 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31: At Siren, 7 p.m.


Shell Lake boys lose barn burner to Flambeau Larry Samson | Staff writer SHELL LAKE – The boys basketball team started out the week with a devastating 81-45 loss in a home game to Turtle Lake on Monday, Dec. 9. Shell Lake needed a win against Flambeau on Thursday, Dec. 12, but came away with a 56-53 overtime loss to the Falcons. Shell Lake trailed the Falcons in the first quarter 14-10 but came back and outscored them in the next three quarters to tie up the game and send it into overtime where they came up short. In the fourth quarter the lead went back and forth when neither team could put away the game. Shell Lake had several opportuni-

ties to win the game at the free-throw line but were 5 for 12 or 41 percent on the line. With a small bench and three players in foul trouble the Lakers did not have enough at the end to win the game. David Brereton was the high scorer for Shell Lake with 25 points, and Curtis Parker had 17 points to his credit. Shell Lake will be going up against two undefeated Lakeland Conference teams when they travel to Prairie Farm on Thursday, Dec. 19 and to Clayton on the following night. Prairie Farm is coming off a 40-38 upset win over Clayton on Friday, Dec. 13.

Flambeau defender leaps over Shell Lake forward Adam Hungerbuhler as he sets up for the shot.

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David Brereton uses the screen set up by Joey Kodesh to get off a good jump shot. Shell Lake lost to 56-53 to Flambeau in a nonconference home game on Thursday, Dec. 12.


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Using good technique Curtis Parker lets the ball roll off his fingertips on this jump shot. He had season high of 17 points for the game.

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Spooner Police Department Chief Jerry Christman acted as fate during the simulation, handing out unexpected bills or money winnings. Siara received $11 from winning a contest.

Emma Curran and Savannah Quinn figure out their personal budgets after they were given a folder that contains their personal income, expenses and debts for Spooner High School’s Mad City Money simulation.

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AmVets Post 190 presents awards to Corrie and Henning SPOONER — Martin “Doc” Corrie and Rebecca Levi Hanson and Keith Richardson stake out where to go next in the simulation exercise orga- Henning of Spooner were nized by Indianhead Credit Union to teach students about the importance of keeping a balanced honored by AmVets Post 190 at the group’s annual budget and personal finances. – Photos by Danielle Moe Christmas party held recently.  Corrie received the AmVet of the Year Award while Henning received the AmVets Community Person of the Year Award. “Doc serves faithfully on our honor guard, scholarship and Christmas committees,” said event emcee John Oscar. “ You will find him at most of our post fundraisers, and he helps out whenJohn Oscar, left, AmVets Post 190 vice commander, congratuever asked.  He is a true lated and presented a plaque to Martin “Doc” Corrie.  Corrie was asset to our post. “ this year’s recipient of the post’s AmVet of the Year Award for all his Henning was an easy work with post activities. — Photos submitted choice for the Community Person of the Year, Oscar said.  “She gives a helping hand to our veterans and other residents in the nursing home, making sure they are well and taken care of in this crucial time in their lives,” he said.  He added that Henning has been active with veterans programs, is a true patriot and a blessThe Knights of Columbus Council of Spooner has announced the winners of its annual Christing to our community. mas poster contest.  The contest drew 23 entries this year.  Posters were judged on expression The Gregg M. Goslin of the Christmas theme, artistic quality and originality.  Shown back row (L to R): Bernie Rohrman, AmVets Post 190 Christrepresenting the Knights of Columbus; Jose Ocariz, art instructor; and Father Edwin Anderson. mas party was held at the Middle row: Maycee Wilkie, first place, fourth grade; Reise Brierton, first place, third grade; Amelia Prime in Trego on SunHampe, second place, third grade; and Caleb Potaczek, second place, fourth grade. Front: Zachday, Dec. 8.  Oscar is the Rebecca Henning received the AmVets Post 190 Community post vice commander. — ary Glessing, first place, second grade; Brady Beres, second place, first grade; Nick Reedy, first place, first grade; and Deagan Cleveland, second grade, second place. First- and second-place Person of the Year Award from post Vice Commander John Oscar.  from AmVets Post 190 winners received a $5 Chamber Dollar Certificate from the local council. The four first-place post- Henning was honored for her work with veterans and assisting with veterans programs. ers advance to the next level of competition. — Photo submitted

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


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

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

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

Salem Lutheran, ELCA

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

Timberland Ringebu Free Lutheran

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

Trinity Lutheran

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


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Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church

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

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Long Lake Lutheran Church

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

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

United Methodist

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

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

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

Church of the Nazarene

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


Spooner Wesleyan

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


Cornerstone Christian

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

Trego Community Church

Pastor John Iaffaldano W5635 Park St. Trego, WI 54888, 715-635-8402 Sunday 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.

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ome individuals teach and preach a Dalmatian Theology. They believe that the Word of God is only inspired in certain spots. How dangerous. If we pick and choose what we like and pick and choose what we do not like, it is not God’s Word that we believe, but what we want to believe about God’s Word. Paul wrote that, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right.” To pick and choose what we think is right or wrong in the Bible would leave gaps in the Gospel and leave out steps in salvation. It would be living on my terms and not God’s terms. While this may be comfortable and convenient, it is not God honoring or Christ exalting. It would not lead me into God’s likeness, but into my selfishness. It would be doing what I want to do, not what God expects me to do. Visit us at:

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Robert Perkins Robert Perkins, 83, a resident of Spooner, Wis., died on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, surrounded by his family at his son’s home. Robert Erwin Perkins was born on Oct. 1, 1930, in Monticello, Ill., to parents Roy and Sybil Perkins. After high school, he attended Colorado School of Mines and graduated from the Montana School of Mines. On Sept. 11, 1951, Robert was united in marriage to Lela Flugge in Sarona, Wis. Robert (Bob) then was drafted into the United States Navy and served from December 1951 until his honorable discharge in September 1953. Bob’s work as a senior research scientist took him to many places including Rice Lake, Wis., Arvada, Colo., North St. Paul, Minn., and ultimately to Spooner in 1998. Bob was employed by 3M for 32 years and was owner/ operator of the NAPA store in Spooner for 13 years prior to his retirement. He enjoyed gardening, fishing and hunting, watching football and basketball, and researching mines on the Internet. Bob is survived by his sons, Harry (Claudia) Perkins of Elysian, Minn., DeWayne (Becky) Perkins of Spooner and John (Tammi) Perkins of Spooner; daughters, Rose

Holtz of Rosemount, Minn., and Lisa (Bruce) Kremer of Livingston, Texas. Grandpa Bob will be deeply missed by his 12 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and his brother, Richard Perkins, of Oregon. Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Lela; his parents; and one grandson, Matthew. Funeral services for Robert will be held on Saturday, Dec. 21, at 11 a.m., at the Church of the Nazarene, N4584 Hwy 253, Spooner, with Pastor David Frazer officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, from 4-8 p.m., at the Dahl Funeral Home, 221 Elm St., Spooner, and also from 10-11 a.m., on Saturday at the church. Interment will take place at the Sarona Cemetery next to his wife. Casket bearers will be his grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Regional Hospice at 819 Ash St., Spooner, Wis. 54801.

Helen Anderson Smith Helen Anderson Smith, 92, Santa Clara, Calif., died Nov. 4, 2013. She is survived by her brothers, Elmer (Donna) Anderson, Shell Lake, and Roger (Jackie) Anderson, Minneapolis, Minn.

Madeline L. Witter rill, Lenard Stock and Edward Morrill; and sister, Kathleen Morrill. She is survived by her husband, Charles S. Witter; son, Charles D. Witter; daughters, Cindy Witter, Cheryl (Michael) Larson and Carol Witter; grandchildren, Kristy Witter, Chris Witter, Sarah and Lori Larson and Justin Flohr; great-grandchildren, Mason, Alexis and Mariah; one brother, Kenneth Morrill; and many other family members. There was a private family service held.

Madeline L. (Morrill) Witter, 78, of Rice Lake, Wis., passed away on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. She lived most of her life in Wisconsin and Minnesota. She was married to Charles S. Witter on Sept. 13, 1952, at Northwoods, Iowa. She was preceded in death by a son, Ton Charles; and daughter, Cathy Lynn; brothers, William Mor-

Eugene H. Bedford, 86, Shell Lake, passed away Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at home with his wife of 65 years at his side. Gene was born Nov. 17, 1927, in Spooner, to Al and Anna Bedford. He was very proud of being a WWII veteran. Gene changed his birth certificate two times to enlist in the Army; he managed to get to Germany before this was discovered. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Spooner and worked at various jobs. Eugene finally found his niche at American Brass in Kenosha. While living in Kenosha Gene attended every basketball tournament in Spooner for 30 years. Gene retired after 30 years and returned to the area, first to Rice Lake and then to Shell Lake, to enjoy his grandchildren and their sporting events, fishing, hunting and Packer games. Gene married Bernadean Sauleen on Oct. 2, 1948. She survives him along with their son, Steve (Linda); his three grandchildren, Brian, Sara and Jennifer; one brother, John; and special friend, Mark Kriederman. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, David and Mel; sisters, Wilma, Lois, Mabel, Shirley and Maxine. Pallbearers were Steve Bedford, Adam Sauleen, Scott Gascoigne, Jason Williams and Lance Schneider. Funeral services were Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Dahl Funeral Home with Pastor Brent Berkesch officiating. Burial was in Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner. Military rites were conducted by the Wisconsin funeral honors team. The Dahl Funeral Home, Spooner, was entrusted with arrangements.

Gertrude E. Caldwell Gertrude E. Caldwell, 98, of Spooner passed away on December 10, 2013. Private services will be held. Arrangements entrusted to Taylor Family Funeral Home, Spooner. Online condolences can be made to

The empty stocking by the Rev. Susan Odegard, Salem Lutheran Church, Shell Lake I am a movie lover and my favorite movies were filmed during the 1940s, often in black-and-white. One of my all-time favorites is called “The Bishop’s Wife” from 1947. I like it so much because it stars Cary Grant, who plays the role of an angel – sent from heaven to help an Espiscopal bishop and his wife – who find they are drifting apart due to the many burdens of day-to-day parish life. The theme is a universal one, and that is why this film is a classic. Money is tight, a new building project is not getting under way, and the burdens seem insurmountable until the angel begins to turn things around. As the harried bishop climbs into the pulpit on Christmas Eve, he finds the sermon has been written – and as he delivers it to the people, it jumps off the page and into his heart. This is what he says: “Tonight I want to tell you the story of an empty stocking. Once upon a midnight clear there was a child’s cry. A blazing star hung over a stable and wise men came with birthday gifts. We haven’t forgotten that night down the centuries. We celebrate it with stars hung on Christmas trees; with the sound of bells and with gifts — but especially with gifts. You give me a book, I give you a tie. Aunt Martha has always wanted an orange squeezer and

SPOONER — A Christmas dinner will be served at Trinity Lutheran in Spooner on Wednesday, Dec. 25, at noon. This is an opportunity for all who may not have extended families with them to share the day to enjoy the company of others and the festivities of a traditional Christmas dinner. There is no cost for this family-style community meal. A freewill offering will be taken and given to a hunger project. If you would like to attend, please contact the church office to make reservations by Thursday, Dec. 19. — from Trinity Lutheran

on earth.” So what do we place inside? • Prayers for the needy? • Smiles of welcome to a stranger? • A hug for an estranged family member? Remember, the only clue we are given is to place inside “all the shining gifts that make peace on earth.” The shining gift that makes peace on earth is Jesus Christ, our Savior. The Scriptures define this gift like this: “Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. In fulfillment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. (James 1: 17)” The child in the manger is the greatest gift of all. He is the first of the firstfruits of God’s creatures. We need no other. So that’s it! That’s what we place inside the empty stocking: the love of our God who sent his most precious gift straight from the manger into our hearts. In him there is “no variation or shadow due to change.” This Christmas season, may all your stockings be filled with his love.

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Uncle Henry can do with a new pipe. We forget nobody – adult or child – all our stockings are filled. All, that is, except one, and we have even forgotten to hang it up. A stocking for the child born in a manger. It’s his birthday we’re celebrating. Don’t let us ever forget that. Let us ask ourselves what he would wish for most. And then, let each put in his share: lovingkindness; warm hearts, and a stretched-out hand of tolerance. All the shining gifts Pastor Susan Odegard. – that make peace on earth.” That’s it. That’s all there Photo by Danielle Moe is to the sermon. The movie writers don’t tell us the rest. We see a close-up of Cary Grant preparing to leave as a new blanket of snow falls over the city. But there are no more words. We are left to wonder exactly what we might contribute to that empty stocking of love. You know it, the one that has “Baby Jesus” sewn on the outside, and inside are “all the shining gifts that make peace

Pastor Ron Gormong, Pastor Brian Scramlin, Pastor Patrick Cooper & Joel Simpson, along with the Spooner Wesleyan Church family, warmly invite the community to join with them on December 22, at 9 a.m. & 10:30 am. for their Christmas Celebration Sunday; and December 24, at 6:30 p.m. for their Christmas Eve Family Communion Service. Children’s Focus & Other Specials (Nursery provided during these services.)

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by Judy Pieper

Merry Christmas. Isn’t this just the most wonderful season of the year? I looked outside on Sunday evening and the moon was shining so brightly that you could see moon shadows. It was beautiful, the pine trees looked like a picture from a Christmas card. It would have been a perfect night to be horseback riding – except for the freezing cold temperature, of course. Some of the residents of Cumberland ECU were among the crowd of people enjoying the Cumberland High School holiday choral concert last Monday evening. The music was wonderful, and the director, Mr. Pechman, and the students all seemed to be having a great time. I think those kids must really like Mr. Pechman. Before the students would start singing a song Mr. Pechman would be facing them with his back to the audience and, invariably, one or more of the students would be having a hard time holding back giggles. Whatever he is doing, it works. The kids performed beautifully for us. The ECU residents who braved the freezing cold temperatures and gusty wind to enjoy the program were Carol, John, Betty, Donna, Alice, Violet, Jeanne, Ab and Yvonne. On Tuesday, the Sons of Norway met at the Rolling Oaks in Barron. Justin and his crew prepared Norwegian food including lutefisk for them. Anitia Lehmann and I were making the lefse while the club members were arriving. It was nice to be able to talk to so many of them while we were working. And, of course, it was even nicer to be able to sit down with Pat and have dinner afterward. The regular monthly meeting of the Lakeland Town Board was held on Tuesday evening also. This was the first meeting with the new town clerk, Bruce Holmes, and the new supervisor, Mel Pittman. Ken Rohl, chair-

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program at the same time. We really do appreciate the time and effort everyone put into making the sanctuary look so beautiful. Barronett Lutheran’s Sunday school program will be presented next Sunday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m., at the church. The kids have been rehearsing for weeks perfecting their parts and would love to have you come to see them perform. We hope to see you there. The Christmas Eve candlelight service will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. If you haven’t decided on which church to attend, this would be a perfect time to check on Barronett Lutheran. Pastor Todd does a beautiful job presenting the Christmas story every year. And, Geri Pittman plays the old familiar carols that we all love to sing. We hope you will join us for this special service. We have had some extremely good news abut Dean Arnes Sr. He was able to leave the hospital and is staying with Deb Arnes and Mike Forrester while he recuperates. Deb said that he is progressing and that he is insisting that he is quite capable of taking care of himself. Deb, on the other hand, is pretty sure that he should stay with them for a while more. (I’m with Deb on this one.) The fact that he is out of the hospital already is remarkable, but what can I say. Besides, the fact that he was raised here in Barronett, he is an Arnes. Hard to keep those guys down for any length of time. Anyway, he has a way to go yet and would appreciate your prayers for his continued healing. That’s about all I know from Barronett this week. Hope to see you at the Sunday school Christmas program and the candlelight service. And, once again, I’d like to wish you and yours a very merry Christmas.

by Helen V. Pederson

What a week of weather. It snows and then the sun comes out, and the next few days we have frigid weather. Monday it was cold and dreary. The sun helps everyone feel better so where are you? There was another shooting in Colorado. The gunman shot at two teenagers before taking his own life. He was after a certain teacher, but he was smart enough to go out the back entrance. The young girl underwent surgery, and I haven’t heard how she is doing. It must be hard on the parents of the shooter. People didn’t do much this week except getting groceries and doctor appointments. Too cold. At Glenview, Joanne Olson of Spooner had her music students here. Several parents and other relatives came


man of the town planning commission, presented a proposed four-wheeler ordinance to the board members, and after some discussion, the ordinance was approved. The town board has been working with Dave Moin of the Barron County Sheriff’s Department for years, trying to get a trail completed from Cumberland to the Washburn County line, It sounds as though it is getting near completion. There are still a couple of glitches to work out, but we feel confident that Dave will be able to negotiate the details. The next regular town meeting will be the second Tuesday in January at 7 p.m. The women of Augustana Lutheran Church hosted their annual Saint Lucia festival on Friday. This year, Tianna Olsen was Lucia and her attendants were Shanna Frasier, Carly Green, Lindsey Bangsberg, Kalley Bergstrom, Kyla Bergstrom and Tess Duncan. The girls performed beautifully, reciting their parts in Swedish and then English and singing Christmas carols. This year, Lynn Thon and her daughter and granddaughters, Jamie, Kaitlynn and Jessica Holmen and Anitia Lehmann, attended with Tru Lehmann and me. Kaitlynn and Jessica are 3 years old, and Tru will be 3 in January. They were all in awe of the girls carrying the candles. The Saint Lucia festival has always been one of my favorite Christmas time programs, but it’s even better when I get to see how thrilling it is for the little ones. The congregation of Barronett Lutheran would like to thank Dorothy Orth, Shirley Overvig, Cheryl Jaastad, Devon and Jennifer Snowbank and Mel and Geri Pittman for, once again this year, putting up and decorating the Christmas tree. Geri said that it was a little chaotic when they first started putting the tree up because the Sunday school kids were practicing their parts for the

in for the 4 p.m. concert. Thank you so much. The Spooner study club had their December meeting here. Pastor Emory Johnson gave an inspiring message about Christmas and we all sang carols. They brought in a lot of goodies that they shared with us. Joni Parker and her mom, Ruth Swan, met David Swan in Eau Claire to have lunch together Monday last week. Peder Pederson went to the supper at the Methodist Church last Wednesday and really enjoyed it. Lillian Ullom visited at TLC on Sunday afternoon and visited with several that she knew. Arlys Santiago’s sister, Avis Paulson, of Verndale, Minn., called Sunday morning to say her youngest son, Jess (Chip) Paulson suffered a heart attack and was hos-

pitalized in Fargo, N.D. They put in two stents, and he was doing OK Sunday night. Our prayers are with you Avis and Jeffrey. Birthday greeting to Bill Wagner here at Glenview who celebrated on Dec. 10 with ice cream and cake for everyone. Also, happy birthday to my grandson, Christopher Bachinski, in Superior. Mr. and Mrs. Victor Borge met Sonja Henie, that skating star, at a party. Afterward, Mrs. Borge remarked, “My she certainly looks young.” “Why not,” said Victor, “she’s been on ice for years.” Have a good and safe week.

by Marian Furchtenicht

Trees are still laden with ice and snow, it’s still cold and roads are ice-covered and slippery (just ask me). Maybe it’s just that old ladies just don’t know how to drive. Parties, baking, wrapping, decorating, sending and receiving Christmas greetings, shoveling snow and keep warm, that’s what has been on everyone’s agenda. And so happy the Packers won again on Sunday. I’ve been living in West Sarona for 62 years and I can’t ever remember so many cars and folks at any one event at the Getaway, as there were on Saturday afternoon when remembering the life of Cobra, who will be so dearly missed by all who knew her. Saturday, what a nice day when Dick and Charlotte Shover had around 30 folks together for visiting and Christmas goodies at their beautiful place on Little Ripley Shores. Attending were some of their lake neighbors, some from the Sarona Methodist Church and some other friends. Very nice getting to meet folks and such breathtaking natural beauty driving back in the woods. Libby Detrent spent last weekend in Chicago, Ill. Her youngest daughter, Elizabeth, from Maryland, flew to Chicago to help Laura and her celebrate her birthday. They attended a performance of “The Nutcracker.” The weather was cold and snowy but they had a wonderful time. Virginia Stodola’s grandson, Jeff Stodola from Germantown, and his son Ryan from Eau Claire, in college, spent the weekend here with her and did some more hunting. On Saturday, the annual Duch Christmas get-together

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was held in Baldwin at the VFW Legion Hall with around 50 family members present. The youngest attender was 2 months old, Cooper Aage Duch, baby son of Abbey and Johnathon Duch, grandson of Steve Duch and great-grandson of Lil’ Aage Duch of Baldwin. Santa paid a visit and all had a great time, reported by Joanne. Les and Sandi Vogt had an early Christmas with the kids on Saturday in Maplewood, Minn., so they missed the memorial at the Getaway for Cobra but Nancy Swanson had reported to them how the entire place was jam packed, literally standing room only. Just proved how much they all thought of her. Big Ripley Lake book chat had their Christmas meeting and party Wednesday evening at Tracks in Spooner. They were missing a few members but seven of them had a great time talking about the books they had read in 2013. Glad to report Mary Krantz is doing fine and home after having a stent put in for some blockage at Sacred Heart in Eau Claire last Monday. A speedy recovery for Fritz Mancl who had ankle surgery in Rice Lake recently and also Mavis Schlapper’s daughter, Karen Kline, who fell and broke her wrist. Neighbors were at Dave and Kris Shilling’s on Sunday afternoon for Christmas treats and visiting. Guests were Tom and Gloria Elliott, Joanne Lichnir, Russ, Nancy, Jillian F. and myself. It was held in their beautiful log cabin in the woods. They gifted us each with a little bottle of maple syrup they had tapped from their place. So nice of them. Rocky F. and Elaine Ryan had her son, Nate and friend

by Mary Nilssen

When is this cold weather going to end? Most of us think the snow is beautiful, but the cold is really getting old. The deer are really having a tough time in their search for food. It sure would be nice to have it warm up a bit. A reminder that everyone is welcome to the beautiful Christmas candlelight service at First Lutheran Church in Stone Lake at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Please come and bring a friend to this celebration of the birth of Jesus. The Feed-A-Family campaign is still going on in Stone Lake. Money donations may be dropped off at Marie’s or the Lakes Community Co-op. Please make checks payable to Feed-A-Family. The Pub in downtown Stone Lake is also participating in this campaign. Please bring in any nonperishable food item and receive one-half off

your first beverage. The Stone Lake Fire Department wishes to announce that the rink has been flooded and ready for some outdoor fun! Thank you Stone Lake Fire Department, for all your much-appreciated help. Be sure to take advantage of the Little Free Library, located at the edge of the Town of Sand Lake parking lot. The lot will be plowed out during the winter for your convenience. Feel free to stop by and grab a book to read and drop off a book to share with others. A big thank-you to everyone who has been sharing. Have a great week and be safe! Mary Nilssen can be reached at 715-865-4008 or

Kairi and son and her daughter Nickie, husband Shane Baker and three sons from Rice Lake for Wednesday night supper. Casey Furchtenicht stopped and visited his great aunt Nell Lee at Stanberry en route home from Ashland on Saturday. I visited at Cindy and Roger’s when the twin granddaughters, Autumn and Alexis, were there for their birthday. Birthday wishes this week to Donna Russel and Eric Anderson on Dec. 19; Leslie Jaastad, Dec. 20; Hunter Magnes and Gerry Strand, Dec. 21; Rick Anderson, David Anderson and Michael Bolterman on Dec. 22; Barb Benjamin, Marlene Hansen, Mike Degner, Bobbi LaVeau, Ken Anderson, Kayla Haynes and Roger Sykes on Dec. 23; Bonnie Carlson, Rocky Washkuhn and MaryLou Dinnies on Dec. 24; and Debbie Weegman and Dolly Bruner on Dec. 25. A happy anniversary to Tom and Linda Tabor for their 49th on Dec. 19 and to Jim and Joni Campbell on Dec. 22. Friday, Dec. 20, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., the Sarona Bank and post office are having their Christmas party again this year with cookies and treats. Bert Richter will be entertaining and, hopefully, Ted Richter also.

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Monday, Dec. 23: Meaty chili, sour cream, cheese, corn muffin, cinnamon applesauce, peanutbutter bar. Tuesday, Dec. 24: Closed for Christmas Eve. Wednesday, Dec. 25: Closed for Christmas Day. Thursday, Dec. 26: Zesty baked chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, broccoli, yogurt. Friday, Dec. 27: Meat loaf, baked potatoes, sour cream, peas and carrots, tapioca 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.


Dewey Country Are we in for a white Christmas? With the last snow we got it adds up to 17 inches of snow already. But it is very cold so everyone is staying inside, including myself. Charlie Otto’s birthday was on Dec. 17. Hope you had a great day, Charlie. A very happy anniversary to Scott and Cheryl Hotchkiss on Dec. 20. Have a wonderful time you two. Noel Knoop, we find you have a birthday. We won’t say when but it’s in December. Have a wonderful day, Noel. A very happy birthday to Noah Lauterbach as he enjoys his special day on Dec. 21. Have a very happy day, Noah. Amberial Jones, a very happy birthday to you as you celebrate your special day. Have a happy day, Amberial. A very happy anniversary to Robert and Brandy Lawrence on Dec. 22 as they enjoy that special day with many more to come. A very happy anniversary to Paul and Tracey Baumgart on their special day Dec. 22 with lots more to come. This makes 15. A very happy birthday to Barbie Benjamin, Bobbi LaVeau, Jordan and Christian Monson, and to Gabrielle Champeny as they all enjoy their special day Dec. 23. A very happy, happy birthday to Steve Meister, Lucas Hulleman and Natalie LaVeau on Dec. 24. Hope you all have a wonderful day. A very happy anniversary to an engaged girl, Tammy Moe, as she enjoys her special day Dec. 25. Have a great day Tammy. A very happy birthday to an old-timer as he enjoys turning another year older, Clarence Beecroft. Have a great day, Clarence. A very happy anniversary to Gene and Donna Crosby as they celebrate together on Dec. 27. Have a great day. Happy anniversary to Harry and Verna Dahlstrom on Dec. 27 as they enjoy their special day together. That makes 56 years. A very happy birthday to Mark Meister as he enjoys his special day. Also to Cole Beecroft and Tom Benjamin. Happy birthday to a special lady as she celebrates her birthday and turns young again on Dec. 28, Allene Peterson. It will be 10 years since Allene had her kidney transplant at Rochester. She is in good health. Good for you

by Pauline Lawrence Allene. Happy anniversary to Mark and Dawn Meister as they enjoy their special day Dec. 24. Many more to you. Happy birthday to Cody Knoop as he enjoys that special day Dec. 31. Have a great day, Cody. Last Thursday my FFA fruit was delivered by Bryan Knoop. Such great fruit and so fresh. Thanks to the FFA. At Glen Knoop’s for Thanksgiving were his daughter Bonnie and two daughters and Rod, Bonnie’s honey. Also, there were Glen’s honey, Karen, who came out for the day from the Spooner nursing home. Karen is only 73 and has Alzheimer’s. She’s just too darn young. Talking with Diane Hulleman, she says last Monday she went to the nursing home in Shell Lake, making 5 pounds of fudge and no-bake cookies. Tuesday evening, Diane was also at the free clinic in Rice Lake volunteering. Friday she met with the other parish nurses for lunch at the Spooner Market. Diane tells us she is going to make her huge Christmas dinner on Dec. 28 with all the family coming. Hmmm, I wonder if I get an invite? Diane also visited with her LVMC friend Nancy Thompson for her birthday Wednesday. Happy birthday to Nancy. The Lakeview Methodist Church in Dewey Country had their children’s program on Dec. 15. I understand it was real nice. Talking with Sandy Atkinson, she tells us she and Jim have been staying home in the warm house. This morning she tells us they had 12 below. Brrrrr… Talking with Evelyn Melton, she says they are staying home and enjoying the warm heat in their house. They will have their Christmas for the families Dec. 28. Teresa Gardner, their granddaughter, will be coming for a week’s vacation and see all the relatives. Evelyn tells us they will have a family gathering with all in January. I hope it warms up, Evelyn. Butch and Loretta VanSelus attended the Christmas concert at Shell Lake on Dec. 9, reporting that it was so Christmasy. My pups were so funny. It’s been so darn cold and I don’t like to take them out, especially Rammy, as they get so cold Well, this last week, Rammy begged and begged me to take him out so I put him in my jacket and that was OK as he had my warmth. Getting the mail he wanted down so I finally let him down. Well, he got about halfway to the house and he went down and, much to my

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surprise, Rory went down ahead of him. So I picked Rory up first and then Rammy and carried both of them to the house. I didn’t know my little puppies would get such cold feet in such a short time but it happened. So that tells us that we humans should take precautions. Talking with Gretchen Best, she tells us their son, Kevin Best, daughter-in-law Jesse, their little son Caleb and daughter Bonita will be home for Christmas. They will fly in to Minneapolis Airport and rent a car. Christmas Day they will gather at Lillian Stege’s, Gretchen’s mom’s, along with many other relatives, have a potluck dinner, exchange gifts and visit. Saturday, Dec. 14, all the Knoop relatives gathered at Doug and Karen Vanderhoof’s for their Christmas dinner and also for gift giving. There were Marv and Gladys Knoop, Cash and Nadine Vanderhoof, Katie and Dave Kinde and children Logan and Megan, Travis and Ashley Vanderhoof and children MaKenna and Conner, Trent and his wife and their three kids, and Kyle and his girlfriend. All enjoyed a wonderful dinner along with gift opening and visiting. Marv Knoop tells us their busy wetting those lines on Bashaw Lake. Don’t know if the fish are biting but it’s fun to get out and go. News from Beth Crosby finds Garry and Beth and Tom and Sunshine and children were in Fond Du Lac to the state NFO convention last week. Sunday dinner guests at Garry and Beth’s were Shorty and Melissa Crosby, Tyler and Katie Ann, Chad and Ashley Crosby, Chase and Morgan, and Tom Crosby. Later Sunday, Beth and Garry Crosby visited Chuck Andreas to see their house of Christmas. Later they vis(Dec. 11, 18, 25) ited with Jerry and Robin STATE OF WISCONSIN Denver and also visited the CIRCUIT COURT home of Dave and Ericka WASHBURN COUNTY Granzin near Shell Lake. Bank of America, N.A. as Scatter sunshine. servicer for The Bank of New Have a great week. From our house to yours, York Mellon fka The Bank of may you have a very merry New York as Trustee for the Certificate Holders CWALT, Inc. Christmas. Alternative Loan Trust 2005-

Codie M. Dwyer, Cameron, operating while suspended, $200.50. Daniel A. Everson, Lakeville, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Brice M. Frillici, San Francisco, Calif., speeding, $401.00. Marielle A. Graese, Rice Lake, speeding, $225.70. Corey S. Groehler, Springbrook, allow cattle to run at large, $169.00. Christopher B. Hausman, Pesotum, Ill., speedometer violations, $150.30. Shannon L. Hendrickson, Shell Lake, speeding, $200.50; operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50; operating while suspended, $200.50. Hertz Vehicle LLC, St. Paul, Minn., illegal pass of school bus reported, $326.50. Nicholas S. Hoy, Shell Lake, speeding, $200.50. Corey L. Israelson, Lake Elmo, Minn., speeding, $250.90. Michael J. Jones, Hayward, speeding, $250.90. Terrence C. Lamoire, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Daniel P. Magdzas, Springbrook, dog owner failure to pay license, $154.10. Keith J. Miller, Springbrook, operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50; speeding, $200.50. Erika D. Monette, Green Bay, speeding, $175.30. Allison C. Nyara, Ashland, automobile following too closely, $200.50. Kailey E. O’Connor, Mason, operating while suspended, $200.50. Barbara L. Oie, Trego, speeding, $175.30. Jordan W. Ortmann, Spooner, speeding, $200.50. Benjamin J. Paul, Spooner, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Rodney A. Peters, Hayward, passing in no-passing zone, $213.10. Bruce H. Piller, Fond du Lac, speeding, $183.30. Frank T. Pilney, Mendota Heights, Minn., failure to stop at stop sign, $175.30. Laura L. Polichnia, Rice Lake, speeding, $175.30. Mario W. Rolon, Spooner, unlicensed dog/dog at large/no dog vaccination, $154.10, twice. Felicia A. Roseland, Hinckley, Minn., operating while suspended, $200.50; operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Julianna R. Saari, Spooner, permit unauthorized minor to drive, $200.50. Cassidy J. Sather, Amery, speeding, $175.30. Christopher H. Schoonover, Shell Lake, operating while suspended, $200.50; operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Gordon M. Seigl, Mukwonago, reckless driving, $389.50. Colleen J. Smith, Spooner, dog owner failure to pay license, $154.10. Alicia M. Stock, South Range, speeding, $200.50. John C. Toline, Forest Park, Ill., speeding, $175.30. Christian G. Totten, Springbrook, failure to stop at stop sign, $175.30; operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Jonathan R. Townsend, Janesville, speeding, $200.50. Michael T. Visger, Minong, speeding, $175.30. Jared D. Walters, Mosinee, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Patrick W. Warren, Trego, operating ATV/UTV without required headgear, $150.10. Joellen L. Weathers, Spooner, dog owner failure to pay license, $154.10.

65CB Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2005-65CB Plaintiff vs. SUSAN R. GRENA, et al. Defendant(s) Case No: 12 CV 7 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on August 22, 2012, in the amount of $286,322.28, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: January 8, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: By bidding at the sheriff sale, prospective buyer is consenting to be bound by the following terms: 1.) 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2.) Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3.) Plaintiff opens bidding on the property, either in person or via fax and as recited by the sheriff department in the event that no opening bid is offered, plaintiff retains the right to request the sale be declared as invalid as the sale is fatally defective. PLACE: At the North entrance of Washburn County Courthouse located at 10 4th Avenue, Shell Lake, Wisconsin DESCRIPTION: Part of Lots 6, 7, 8 & 9, Block 2 Rockford Park described as Lot 6 of Certified Survey Map #2396 recorded in Volume 10, Page 118, as Document No. 255687, Washburn County, Wis. PROPERTY ADDRESS: W2672 Rockford Road, Sarona, WI 54870. TAX KEY NO.: 65-028-2-38-1124-5-15-602-510500. Dated this 13th day of November, 2013. /s/Sheriff Terry Dryden Washburn County Sheriff Dustin A. McMahon Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1086857 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. 597083 WNAXLP


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Mayor Peterson called the special meeting to order at 6:35 p.m. Council members present were Buckridge, Burns, Edlin, Eiche, Leckel and Shelton. Council members Dryden and Harrington were absent. Also present were Danielle Moe, Tom Scott, Deb Ekern, Mary Harrington, Wanda Zeug, Randy Baker, Mary Dunbar, Amy Stormberg, Joanne Olson, Chris Ottosen, Mike Andrews, Mitch Brown, Jack Harrington and Brad Pederson. A public hearing was held on the proposed 2014 city budget. The budget includes Funds 100, 260, 270, 310, 500 and 595. Copies of the budget, a revised Fund 310, projected mill rates (TID out) and the October 29, 2013, Financial Administration Committee meeting minutes were reviewed. Library Director Amy Stormberg presented information supporting an increase in the proposed library levy. Historic library appropriations were reviewed. The county and adjacent county funding formula was discussed and it was noted downloaded books are not included in circulation statistics. A number of people voiced support of increasing the library levy. Randy Baker questioned why the water utility is taxed by the general fund. It was noted a water utility tax equivalent is allowed by the Public Service commission, but it is not mandatory to impose it. The public hearing was closed. Eiche moved, seconded by Edlin, to increase Fund 310 Special Assessment Revenue by $7,695. The motion carried. Eiche moved, seconded by Leckel, to reduce Fund 100 Surplus Funds applied by $2,500. The motion carried. Eiche moved, seconded by Shelton, to increase the Fund 260 Library Levy by $5,000. The motion carried 4 - yes, 2 - no. Eiche moved, seconded by Leckel, to increase Fund 100 contingency Fund by $3,000, reduce Public Works Outlay (Equipment) by $5,000 and increase Street Machine Repairs and Maintenance by $2,000. The motion carried. Eiche moved, seconded by Shelton, to adopt the 2014 budget as amended with a total levy of $884,444.18. The motion carried. The November 20, 2013, Executive/Human Resources Committee meeting minutes were reviewed. It was reported the committee recommends Mitch Brown be promoted to the position of Public Works Director. Eiche moved, seconded by Buckridge, to promote Mitch Brown to position of Public Works Director effective January 1, 2014, at a salary of $48,000. Upon a unanimous vote the motion carried. Eiche moved, seconded by Shelton, to promote Jack Harrington to the position of water/sewer operator effective January 1, 2014, at the established wage for this position with the condition he obtain his water and sewer certifications in 2014. Upon a unanimous vote the motion carried., The Council decided, by consensus, to direct the Public Works Administration Committee to update the job description for street and general labor (city crew) and advertise for applicants to fill the vacancy. Burns moved, seconded by Shelton, to adjourn at 8:15 p.m. The motion carried. Sally Peterson, Mayor 597544 18r Bradley A. Pederson, City Administrator WNAXLP

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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 students present holiday concert

The hit of the concert was the high school vocal ensemble. Shown (L to R): KayDee Bontekoe, Amy Members of the Shell Lake High School concert band watch director Ben Kunselman at the Bouchard, Katie Slater, Tia Carlson, Ashley Lord and Alecia Meister. To be a member of the ensemble, beginning of the song. Shown (L to R): Natalie Smith, Dakota Robinson, Madeleine Hodgett, singers have to audition for one of six positions. Teagan Blazer and Lauren Osborn.

The seventh- and eighth-grade choir, under the direction of Stephen Bulgrin, performed three songs to start out the concert. Gene Morey was the piano accompanist.

Photos by Larry Samson Ashley Lawrence, Crystal Dvorak and Cassidy Schroeder performed in the concert band.

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Freshman Linden Nelson plays the bells for the Russian Christmas music performance.

“Minnie and Moo: ’Twas the Night Before Christmas” to be performed SHELL LAKE — The Shell Lake AfterSchool Program and 1st Street will present “Minnie and Moo: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” on Thursday, Dec. 19. The performance is at 4:15 p.m. in the

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ATLANTA — Gretchen Granzin, Shell Lake, attended the 91st National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Ga., between Nov. 29-Dec. 3. Granzin was one of 55 high school participants representing University of Wisconsin Extension - 4-H Youth Development at this annual youth leadership development conference. Partial funding for their participation is sponsored by the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation. National 4-H Congress is the flagship event of the 4-H program. The Congress provides youth, ages 14-19, a quality, educational and cross-cultural experience that exceeds what any state independently provides. It is designed to address the needs and issues of youth while helping to develop capable, competent and caring citizens. The program

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The Spooner mixed concert choir, under the direction of Destiny Schultz, performed four crowd-pleasing Christmas songs at the high school choral concert MOnday, Dec. 9. Using special lighting effects, Zoe Smith sings her solo “All I Want For Christmas Is You” with the members of the treble concert choir in the background. The Spooner High School Choral Concert was held Monday, Dec. 9, at the Spooner High School auditorium.

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The Attractions, Spooner women’s barbershop quartet, sang “The Christmas Song,” a song that was made popular by Mel Torme. The select members of this quartet are Julia Vogel, Annabelle Revak, Michelle Richardson and Adriana Oakland.

The Spooner select choir, under the direction of Destiny Schultz, performed four songs for the concert. The Spooner Select Choir is one of the best school choirs in northern Wisconsin having won numerous firsts in state competition. One of the songs they chose to sing was the traditional “Nutcracker Suite.”

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SPOONER — Wisconsin Farm Service Agency Executive Director Brad Pfaff reminds farmers that farm storage facility loans are available through FSA. The Farm Service Agency offers lowinterest loans to producers to build new or upgrade existing storage facilities and permanent drying and handling equipment. Loan opportunities include, but are not limited to: New conventional-type cribs or bins, oxygen-limiting and other upright silotype structures and flat-type storage structures designed for whole grain storage; perforated floors, safety equipment, quality improvement equipment, electrical equipment and concrete components considered essential for a fully functional storage facility; remodeling existing storage facilities to increase storage capacity. Farm storage facility loans must be approved prior to site preparation, equipment purchase or construction, and must be secured by a promissory note and security agreement.  The new maximum

principal loan amount is $500,000. Participants are required to provide a down payment of 15 percent, with CCC providing a loan for the remaining 85 percent of the net cost of the eligible storage facility and permanent drying and handling equipment. Additional security is required for poured-cement open-bunker silos, renewable biomass facilities, cold storage facilities, hay barns and for all loans exceeding $50,000. New loan terms of seven, 10 or 12 years are available depending on the amount of the loan. Interest rates for each term rate may be different and are based on the rate which CCC borrows from the Treasury Department. Contact the Washburn/Burnett FSA office at 715-635-8228, ext. 2, for more information on farm storage facility loans or visit the Web at — from USDA

Register . Dec. 18 . 2013  
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