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Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 Vol. 125, No. 20 • Shell Lake, Wis.

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“Paddlin’ to Madeline” presentation set Page 4 Cade Hanson lost his snowball fight with his cousins at the AAA Sports fishing event on Thursday, Dec. 26, at Spooner Lake. When the fish aren’t biting, it is time to find something to do. More photos on page 12. - Photo by Larry Samson

A kids Christmas surprise - from local law enforcement

2013 One final look

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July to December

Winter sports season well under way

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SPOONER — Darkness to Light to end child sexual abuse training will be offered at Lakeland Family Resource Center, 314 Elm St., Spooner, on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 6-8:30 p.m. Registration is required by Tuesday, Jan. 7, by calling 715-635-4669 to reserve a spot. This training introduces adults to Darkness to Light’s five-step program concentrating on preventing, recognizing and reacting responsibly to child sexual abuse. This training brings awareness about child sexual abuse into the community and empowers adults to take action against this very serious issue. The free event includes training books. For more information please contact LFRC at or phone 715-635-4669. — from LFRC

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July Marion Reiter, Shell Lake, was honored as National Volunteer Caregiving Network Volunteer of the Year. Reiter was recognized by Faith In Action as an outstanding volunteer in 2012. Pastor Steve Miller was the new pastor at Shell Lake United Methodist Church. Gary Erickson, with the Badger Wagon, provided a tailgate party for residents of Lakeland Manor. Brett Holman was selected into the trumpet studio taught by Professor Robert Baca at UW-Eau Claire. Shell Lake High school student Calista Holman raised purple loosestrife beetles in her family’s backyard. The beetles are used to help slow the spread of the invasive plant. BJ Burton competed in the Wisconsin High School State Championship Rodeo, placing second in calf roping and third in steer roping, qualifying him for national competition in Rock Springs, Wyo. Joseph Parker, 32, Shell Lake, was taken to Indianhead Medical Center where he was pronounced dead of carbon monoxide poisoning. Laura Stunkel became Shell Lake’s new K-6 principal. Washburn County District Attorney Michael Bitney was named by Gov. Walker to be judge of Barron County Circuit Court, Branch 2. Donald Roberts III, 20, Spooner, and Molly Undem, 25, Spooner, lost their lives in a single-car accident in the Town of Stone Lake. Injured in the accident were Edward Depies, 25, Sarona, and Timothy Wohlford, 20, Spooner.

IT DOESN’T GET MUCH BETTER • These young swimmers got the best view of the sailboat regatta from the diving platform. The race started and finished near the Shell Lake beach. There were a lot of spectators watching from the dock and beach area. — Photo by Larry Samson

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Year in Review/from page 1 Shell Lake native Tim Bredemus of Trailer Kings performed with Troye Shanks at The Potter’s Shed. The Washburn County Board stepped into the 21st century by using iPads to go paperless. The Washburn County Historical Society received a mini grant to be used toward the purchase of Past Perfect collections management software. Shell Lake FFA members Beau Skluzacek, Noah Skluzacek, Trevor Anderson and Amber Anderson were recognized at Farm Technology Days for placing fifth in soil judging and qualifying for nationals. Aaron Nickels, Shell Lake, lost his life in a head-on crash on Hwy. 53, south of Chetek. Shell Lake Lions Phil Soltis and Mark Bruce received the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award in recognition of their service to the Lions Club. Dale Cardwell, Shell Lake, completed walking all 1,096 miles of the Ice Age Trail. The first-annual Shell Lake Lions Triathlon had 141 participants despite the cooler-than-normal temperatures. Shell Lake FFA members Marty Anderson, Amber Anderson, Trevor Anderson, Tyler Crosby, Travis Klassa and Katie Crosby traveled to the Wisconsin State Fair Dairy Show as part of the Barron County Holstein Breeders. Dakota Robinson and Renae Lloyd, Shell Lake High School juniors, attended the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Forensics Camp.

August Funds were being raised to create a skate park in Shell Lake. A committee of volunteers was being headed by Cody Parson, Dan Harrington and Loretta Eggert. The plan was to build the skateboard park in part of the Tiptown park recreational area. The Shell Lake Quilting Club donated their award-winning quilt to the Minong Library. The quilt won a blue ribbon at the Washburn County Fair and Best of Show at the St. Joseph Quilt Show in Rice Lake. Chairpersons of Shell Lake’s Town and Country Days were Jack Harrington, tractor pull; Mike Nielsen, volunteer; Aaron Nielsen, truck pull; Hans Cathers, volunteer; Becka Cusick, treasurer; Adam Lundberg, family fun night and car show; Kerri Thompson, button raffle; Laurie Nielsen, truck pull; Connie Quam, craft fair and flea market; Deb Allen, co-chair and Tammy Fulton, cochair. Garrett Loomis, grandson of Jim and Dianne Loomis, Shell Lake, and the son of Bill and Shelly Loomis, River Falls, won the WSGA Wisconsin State Junior Golf Championship at Nakoma Golf Course in Madison. Mark and Judy Ullom, Barronett, lost their barn to a fire. Shell Lake Schools was one of nine first-time recipients for the federal 21st Century Learning Center grant. The district would receive $100,000 for the next five consecutive years starting in September. According to the Department of Public Instruction, the grants were awarded to CLC proposals that will serve schools with 40 percent or more of students living in poverty, as measured by federal school meal income eligibility, and that serve schools with a high percentage of students who struggle academically. Brett Holman, son of Tammy and Phil

Holman, Shell Lake, received his Eagle Scout ranking during a ceremony held in the backyard of his parents home. Dakota Robinson was crowned Miss Shell Lake. Other Shell Lake royalty included Staci Zempel, Miss Shell Lake princess; Zayla Sturtze, Junior Miss Shell Lake; Aylissa Zempel, Junior Miss Shell Lake princess; Jordan Lawrence, Little Miss Shell Lake; and Cyrice Lehman, Little Miss Shell Lake princess. The Washburn County Health Department reported that a dead crow found in the county tested positive for West Nile virus. Shell Lake Lions involved in building a picnic table for Westside Manor included Arlys Santiago, Harry Durand and Bob Krueger. Shell Lake veterans held a meet-andgreet picnic at the Shell Lake Shelter House. “Ghost Walk 2013” was presented at the Shell Lake beach. Playing the parts of citizens of Washburn County in days gone by were Stephen Smith, Larry Samson, Jack Starr, Nancy Rich, Jennifer Edlin, June Willis and Ernie Buhler. Mary Olsen wrote the script and Mary Roescheler provided music. The Washburn County Historical Society sponsored the play.

September New staff at Shell Lake Schools included Shonda Anderson, 4K teacher; Kim Simon, music teacher for grades three, five and six; Sara Dettmann, fifthgrade teacher; and Laura Stunkel, new elementary principal. Josh Schmidt was the new food service director. The city of Shell Lake campground was receiving several upgrades to most of its 43 campsites. The campground upgrades included new water, electrical and sewer services. Five trees were planted in the municipal park to provide shade for concertgoers. The 35th-annual Town and Country Days was held. Cassandra Scheu found the hidden sailboat in the scavenger hunt. Glenview’s People’s Choice Golden Rocker, provided by Hanson Concrete, was purchased by Kyler and Mary Gustafson, Onalaska, during Town and Country Days. Gina Lewis, Shell Lake, purchased the Golden Rocker Challenge that was won provided by Bush and Gilles Furniture, Spooner. Amy Schaffer was operating an occasional store, La Vintage Cottage. A spaghetti benefit, sponsored by the Shell Lake Lions Club, was held for Jerry Brown to help defray medical expenses incurred after a bear attacked him. Shell Lake Elementary received the School of Recognition award for the sixth consecutive year. Shell Lake received a quarter-milliondollar grant from the Community Center Block Grant program to be used on the city’s interceptor, sewer replacement and mechanical wastewater springs projects. Shell Lake passed a resolution allowing golf carts on city streets with restricted use. Matt Dryden was sworn in as Shell Lake City Council member to represent the city’s Second Ward. Gilbert Livingston, Jeane Pallage Epps and Charles Lutz, classmates of Shell Lake Class of 1942, met at Lakeview. Susan Odegard became the pastor at Salem Lutheran Church in Shell Lake. Singer/songwriter Matthew Perryman Jones of Nashville presented a concert at See Year in Review, page 8

AND BABY MAKES THREE - A sandhill crane family was spotted digging around for food in the Barronett area in early August. “It is the first time that I have seen a baby sandhill in my 10 years living on my 20 acres in Barronett,” said photographer Pat Splett.

2013 One final look July to December

GEOLOGY ROCKS • Playing the cool rocks were Adrianna Jovenal, Cathryn Walker, Grace Solveson, Caden Anderson and Jace Burch. The play, “Geology Rocks,” is a musical performed by the Spooner summer school students. This was the first musical that their teacher, Jody Peck, has challenged her students with. — Photo by Larry Samson

CRUDDY CUDDLE • Renee Mikula got more than she bargained for when she hugged her boyfriend, Pvt. Cole Smith, after the finish of the Savage Dash on Friday, Aug. 2. The final obstacle of the race was a 20-yard mud pit. Smith is a member of the Spooner National Guard and had just returned home from training. - Photo by Larry Samson

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Washburn County Board filing period nears closing

also adopted new district lines, in 2012, to adjust with new population numbers from the 2010 census.    Looking ahead to the next election in 2016 the county board will have six less seats for candidates.  On a 14-to-7 rollcall vote the county board approved the resolution to redistrict the county board at the Nov. 12 meeting.  Currently one individual from each of the 21 districts is represented at the county board.  After the redistricting process is complete the board will be reduced to 15 district seats.  According to Olson the county will begin the redistricting process in 2014, with the process to be completed for the 2016 election. The difference between the 21- and 15-district seat board means about 250 to 300 more people per district.

Danielle Moe | Staff writer SHELL LAKE — It is election time in Washburn County. All 21 seats on the Washburn County Board of Supervisors are up for election on April 1, 2014. Candidates interested in being placed on the ballot for the county board election should file a Campaign Registration Statement with the county clerk before they circulate their nominating papers. Those nomination papers must be returned to the Washburn County Clerk’s office by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7. In addition to this document, candidates must complete and file the Declaration of Candidacy document.  This document provides the information needed for the ballot like name, address and contact information.  All candidates, including incumbents, must file these documents.   The circulation of nominating papers began after Dec. 1.  This document requires candidates to get a minimum of 20 signatures of voters who live in the district for which they are running.  Once this document and the Declaration of Candidacy are returned to the county clerk’s office by Jan. 7, the candidate will be placed on the April 1, 2014, ballot.  If there are more than two candidates that file for any seat, a primary election will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 18, to lower the number of candidates for the April election.  All supervisory seats serve twoyear terms from April 2014 to April 2016.  According to Lolita Olson, Washburn County clerk, three county board members will not be running for re-election to the county board.  They are Jim Pearson, District 1; Tim Brabec, District 2; and Clay Halverson, District 10. In the 2012 supervisory election William Allard of District 9 did not run for reelection.  Terry Leckel Sr. was then elected as representative of District 9.  The county

Years served by county board members Danielle Moe | Staff writer WASHBURN COUNTY — Twentyone individuals serve as representatives for the 21 districts that form Washburn County. Five of these individuals have served 10 or more years with one incumbent serving 25 years total.  The incumbents with their full years of service up to this point in their present terms are:

The district map of Washburn County for the 2014 election can be found on the Washburn County Government website at co.washburn.

Man taken into custody after Christmas Day standoff WASHBURN COUNTY - A man was taken into custody on Christmas Day after allegedly threatening to shoot others and himself. The Washburn County Sheriff’s Department received a call about the man at approximately 11:25 a.m. Deputies responded to a residence in the Town of Long Lake but were unable to establish a dialogue with the man, who was the sole occupant of the home, according to a news release from the sheriff’s department. The Washburn County Special Re-

sponse Team was deployed along with support from the Douglas County Response Team. An ambulance from Lakeview Medical Center was placed on standby near the scene until the situation was resolved. After several hours of attempting to communicate with the individual, chemical munitions were introduced into the residence. The man did not respond to orders to exit the building, requiring tactical officers and the Washburn County K-9 to make entry into the home. They located

the man in the house and took him into custody. No injuries occurred. Sheriff Terry Dryden said he was thankful to the law enforcement officers from Washburn and Douglas counties and the Wisconsin State Patrol, along with the LMC ambulance crew. “The commitment of these responders kept them away from their own families for over six hours on Christmas Day, in order to serve a family in dire need of help,” he said. —with information from Washburn County Sheriff’s Department

25 years Thomas Mackie, District 5 13 years Steve “Fluffy” Sather, District 19 11 years Tim Brabec, District 12, not running for re-election Beth Esser, District 8 Greg Krantz, District 13 9 years Robert Lester, District 7 Romaine Quinn, District 15 5 years Lester “Skip” Fiedler, District 2 Tom Ricci, District 6 3 years James Pearson, District 1, not running for re-election Steve Waggoner, District 3 Nell Lee, District 4 David Haessig, District 14 Larry Ford, District 17 1 year or less Dave Wilson, District 11 James Dohm, District 16 Tony Baier, District 18 Andy Eiche, District 20 Terry Leckel Jr., District 21

Homeless female veterans receive Christmas gifts

SPOONER — The Spooner American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 12, was able to treat 12 homeless female veterans to Christmas packages. Some of the items included were toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, candy, shampoo, body lotion and a scarf and glove set, which the auxiliary hopes will bring some warm fuzzies and love as a gift to them.  The auxiliary works with the director

of voluntary services at Fort Snelling in Minneapolis to find how many gifts they need to send. The women who received the gifts are so appreciative and send grateful thank-yous.  One of the emails received read: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the American Legion Auxiliary of Spooner, Wisconsin, for the Christmas gift.  I am a disabled veteran and was pleasantly surprised to see the

With holidays over, more homeless expected to be on streets

Maureen McCollum | WPR MADISON - With the holiday season winding down, more people without a home are expected to be back on the streets or living in emergency shelters. During the holidays, homeless shelters across Wisconsin historically have seen a slight decline in the number of people needing a place to stay. Some people find temporary, seasonal jobs and can afford to stay in a hotel for a few nights. More often, people who are homeless turn to family and friends. Chris Lashock, the client services coordinator at the Emergency Shelter of the Fox Valley, says people are more inclined to open their homes to others during the holiday season: “But then after, so many people are on their own tight budgets or don’t have the space to accommodate long-term guests,” he says. “At a certain point, they might have to ask them to move along.”

That’s why shelters generally see an uptick in people who need a place to stay after the holidays. “Because of that strong association many of us have between home and the holidays, I think our awareness increases in terms of those who are without a home over the holidays,” says Tim Baack, the interim president and CEO of Pathfinders, a Milwaukee-based organization that works with homeless youth and families. “Homelessness is a problem year-round here in the state and year-round attention to the problem is really what’s going to end homelessness,” he says. Homelessness is on the rise in Wisconsin and many shelters have been at or over capacity throughout the year. To deal with the current and projected overflow, many shelters say they’ll be adding warming areas, but not necessarily beds, to keep people out of the elements.

gifts in the Women’s Clinic at the Minneapolis VA. Darlene Heller, member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Spooner, helped with the homeless female veterans Christmas stocking project and also was involved in helping the VFW Auxiliary in

Almena send out 44 Christmas stockings to soldiers in Afghanistan. Heller stated that it is so rewarding to be able to bring a little happiness to the veterans and soldiers who are homeless or away from home. — submitted

Man dies of exposure after truck breaks through ice TREGO - Edward Steinhardt, 30, of Naperville, Ill., had been missing since Monday, Dec. 23 when his body was found approximately one-half mile south of Potato Creek near the south end of Dilly Lake in the Town of Crystal in Washburn County. According to a news release from the Washburn County Sheriff’s Department, on Thursday, Dec. 26 the sheriff’s department was contacted by Steinhardt’s employer to aid in the company vehicle’s recovery. The last known location of the truck, due to a GPS system, was the Trego area. Steinhardt and the truck were not found until Friday, Dec. 27 at the south end of Dilly Lake, in Potato Creek, approximately three miles east of Hwy. 53, where it had broken through the ice.  Officials found the truck cab half submersed in the creek. According to authorities, the prelimi-

nary evidence at the scene indicates that Steinhardt drove across the ice on Dilly Lake and proceeded south on Potato Creek before breaking through the ice. After becoming wet, Steinhardt exited the vehicle and began walking along the creek until he succumbed to the harsh winter weather conditions. On the nights Steinhardt was missing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration lists the region’s average temperature at minus 1 degree. Washburn County Sheriff Terry Dryden stated in the report that the heavy snowfalls this winter have created unsafe ice conditions  issuing a warning regarding vehicle traffic on area lakes. He noted that the department has responded to numerous vehicles that have broken through ice this winter.  - Danielle Moe with information from Washburn County Sheriff’s Dept.  


Reflections on 2013


s a newly elected state representative, I have had the opportunity to meet and speak with many people within the last year. Oftentimes these are folks that want to discuss a local issue, or they hear a news story and want my opinion. Other times, it’s just following up with a constituent’s phone call when someone contacts me. Whichever it is, I am both proud to listen and represent the needs of the 75th Assembly District. While my time spent in Madison is focused on committee hearings or being present for the legislative floor period on the state Assembly floor, the most essential aspect that my constituents care about is done outside of the legislative process and involves being an advocate for the citizens of northwestern Wisconsin. This year, I have had the opportunity to work with our local elected officials and find common ground on many issues that have nothing to do with partisan politics in Madison. An example of this would be when the city of Rice Lake contacted me and asked me if I could help them find a way to resolve an issue they were having with a TIF District that had lost 20 percent of its value during the recent economic recession. The reduction in this value meant that the city TIF would not be able to generate the revenues necessary to repay the $1.5 million borrowed to make improvements within the TIF. The city taxpayers would have to foot the bill unless something could be done. I worked with the city and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue to find a solution that allowed the city to reset the value and put the TIF back in the black and back on pace to pay off the debt moving forward. I’m proud that I had the opportunity to work with the city of Rice and do what was best for the property taxpayers in Rice Lake. Earlier this year, Rice Lake area residents contacted me about the impact sediment running down from CTH V and Hwy. 53 on the Bear Lake watershed. Local lake groups wanted the state of Wisconsin to provide some funding to help remediate the damage done from this runoff, but the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, WisDOT and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources were resistant. Sen. Jauch and I worked with the two departments and the local lake leaders to come up with a solution, and we ended up securing $70,000 in funds to be shared between the two groups. This will be used for shoreland improvements and runoff control. This past summer, Barron County approached me about supporting their application for $5 million in a new federally supported state freight route program to



75th Assembly State Representative make improvements on CTH P. I joined Jauch and local sand mining companies who operate on Hwy. P, as well as Congressman Duffy, in urging the WisDOT to support the application. Unfortunately, the WisDOT decided to not allocate any funding in this new program to northern Wisconsin this year. We will need to work even harder in this upcoming year to remind the folks in Madison about the needs north of Hwy. 29. One issue that is a little closer to home was a $250,000 grant awarded to the city of Shell Lake. The grant, from the Community Center Block Grant program, will be used on the city’s sewer replacement and wastewater projects. I first heard about this grant application from the mayor who visited my Kitchen Table Talks last spring at the Lakeview Bar & Grill in Shell Lake. During this grant application process, I had the opportunity to monitor and join in support of this important grant that will help our community. I was pleased to find out this fall that the city was awarded this muchneeded grant funding. I also think back to Farm Technology Days that were held this past July. What an outstanding display of local help and support from so many volunteers in Dallas. I had my own booth at this event, and it was great to have constituents sit down and talk about issues that matter most to them. I think that everyone can agree that Farm Technology Days was a great showcase of Wisconsin agriculture and the importance of working together in our community. In 2014, I will again be holding Kitchen Table Talks, listening sessions and other local events to ensure the voices and values of the 75th Assembly District are heard during throughout the legislative session. To all the constituents who have contacted me within my first year in office, come to my various listening sessions, roundtable discussions and other events in the district, called my legislative office, or sent me a letter or email, I thank each and every one of you. I look forward to more of these conversations in the near future to ensure your voices are heard and you are represented. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments or concerns regarding any issue of importance to you. I can be reached toll-free at 888534-0075 or via email at Rep.Smith@

Attorney General Van Hollen, soon to step down, begins to reflect on legacy Gilman Halsted | WPR MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, who won’t be running for re-election next year, is beginning to talk about what his legacy will be when he steps down a year from now. Van Hollen has made prosecuting child pornography and child sex trafficking cases a top priority over his past two terms, and he’s still convinced the state should spend more money to protect young victims of sex crimes. “I’ve argued from the day I got into office I could get 100 or more new agents and 100 or more new analysts and still not be able to track down all the people who are downloading – or attempting to download – known child pornography,” says Van Hollen. Van Hollen says he’s also proud of his role in creating the state’s new Criminal Justice Coordinating Council that brings prison officials, police and prosecutors to the table with community groups offering treatment alternatives. He says the council will promote policies that allow more offenders to be diverted from prison, thereby reducing recidivism. Van Hollen is still a staunch opponent of a proposed reform that would treat 17-year-olds as juvenile instead of as adults. “We need to have them there because they’ve worked their way through the ju-

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has dedicated much of his time in the role cracking down on child sex trafficking and pornography. - Photo WPR venile system,” says Van Hollen. “They’ve shown that there’s not much we can do for them there. It’s time to put them in the adult system, where we have hopefully more fitting and less expensive programming.” Wisconsin is one of only 10 states that still treat all 17-year-old offenders as adults. A bill to change that will likely go before the Legislature next month.

Canoe museum to host “Paddlin’ to Madeline” presentation

SPOONER — On Saturday, Jan. 4, the Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum at 312 N. Front St. in Spooner will host journeyman Corey Mohan. He will have the opportunity to tell his tale of “Paddlin’ to Madeline.” Mohan originally made this presentation at the 2013 Canoecopia event in Madison. The WCHM presentation will begin at 7 p.m., and last about an hour, with a pre-event social hour and a postevent question-and-equipment inspection opportunity. Admission to the event is free and recommended for all ages. “Paddlin’ to Madeline” is a presentation that follows Mohan’s 26-day, 300mile paddle from St. Paul, Minn., to Madeline Island. The stunning St. Croix River anchors this challenging, historic river trail that offers something for everyone - flatwater, whitewater and Lake Superior.  This is a tale for canoe enthusiasts, history buffs, equipment fans, and anyone else interested in a good story and a fun evening along with friends on a cold winter’s night. Mahan and his wife, Lois, live in St. Paul, Minn. Like the “Wind in the Willows’” character Ratty, Mohan believes, “There is nothing, absolutely nothing, half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” Corey and Lois raised four daughters while paddling the lakes and rivers of Minnesota. Corey taught elementary school in the Stillwater area and later teachers-in-training at UWRiver Falls. All along the way he blended outdoor education and experiences with whatever else the curriculum demanded. Mohan’s concern for the future of the

Corey Mohan will present Paddlin’ to Madeline at the canoe museum in Spooner on Saturday, Jan. 4. — Photo submitted St. Croix River, combined with an abiding interest in the history of the river, sparked the idea to paddle and chronicle this historic canoe route connecting the Lake Superior Basin to the Mississippi River Basin and ultimately the Atlantic Ocean with the Gulf of Mexico. He now works for Hamline University in St. Paul writing about rivers, water and water issues for fourth- through eighth-graders and for the general public. Visit coreymohan. com to find out more about Mohan and the trip. For more information about the Jan. 4 presentation at the WCHM call 715-6352479 or visit — from WCHM

Wisconsin unlikely to see redistricting reform any time soon Shawn Johnson | WPR STATEWIDE - The year 2013 is likely to end without Wisconsin Democrats making any headway on redistricting reform, an issue that they’ve made one of their top priorities. Democratic lawmakers started pushing redistricting reform in earnest this session after the GOP shut them out of the last redistricting process, which resulted in a map that will aid Republicans for the next decade. Democrats have repeatedly pushed for a law that would have a nonpartisan state agency draw maps and have the Legislature vote on them. Speaker Robin Vos was asked about redistricting reform at a meeting of the Madison Rotary Club. “Redistricting works well just like it is, period. I’ll say that again,” Vos said. “In our constitution, it is very clear if you go back – you can go on the Internet, Google ‘Wisconsin Constitution.’ You can read it for yourself in layman’s language that the founders of Wisconsin said, ‘the Legisla-

ture shall apportion districts.’ Period.” At the same meeting, Assembly Democratic Minority Leader Peter Barca noted Republicans were regularly trying to amend the constitution on other issues. “You know, they’re trying continually to change the constitution, except when it comes to this,” Barca said. And while the redistricting bill championed all session long by Democrats would leave the state constitution untouched, Barca said he’d also favor a constitutional amendment to require competitive legislative districts in Wisconsin. “So, whoever’s drawing the map, you have to have competitive seats. And I’m not afraid of that. I think we should all have competitive seats. That’s where democracy really reigns,” Barca said. Whether it’s a simple bill or a constitutional amendment, either idea would need the Legislature’s OK. That’s highly unlikely to happen with both Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald adamantly against any changes.


Law enforcement provides kids Christmas surprise WASHBURN COUNTY — On Friday, Dec. 21, The Washburn County Law Enforcement Kids Christmas Surprise Party was held at the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office. Eighteen families were invited to attend the festivities that included Christmas gifts and goodies provided to 50 Washburn County children. Children in attendance had an opportunity to visit with Santa Claus, along with meeting po-

lice officers and sheriff’s deputies. The Kids Christmas Surprise is an annual event, which was started by sheriff’s office employees over 15 years ago. This event helps children from families that are economically struggling to experience the magic of the Christmas season. In addition to receiving gifts, children get to meet local law enforcement officers in a serving role.

Each year the names of children in need of a little help are provided by Washburn County Human Services and the Shell Lake, Minong and Spooner school districts. Contact is then made with the prospective families and information is collected on all of the children’s clothing sizes and their interests. Law enforcement staff then shop for and wrap all of the

children’s gifts. Washburn County businesses and local individuals donations, along with law enforcement fundraising efforts, raised over $3,000 for purchasing gifts this year. Without the dedicated commitment from the donors and law enforcement officers, this program would not be possible. - submitted

Area news at a glance CUMBERLAND — A group of Marines stopped in at the Cumberland Middle School on Friday, Dec. 20, to pick up toys students had collected for donating to Toys For Tots. A distribution of toys was held in Rice Lake and Barronett. The mission of Toys for Tots is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year and to distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to those in need in the community in which the campaign is conducted. If you would like more information on the Toys For Tots local program for next year, contact Butch Holmes, 715-822-2118 or Larry Miller, 715234-1792. — from the Cumberland Advocate ••• RICE LAKE — Franklin School, which closed in 2003 because of mold, is a historical building worthy of preservation, states

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Impact Seven in documents submitted to the National Register of Historic places. Impact Seven, based in Almena, plans to convert the vacant school on Rice Lake’s Main Street into apartments. Also on the register of historic places are the Rice Lake Carnegie Library, which was torn down in the 1980s, and the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railroad depot on Tainter Avenue. The Franklin School was built in 1936. A conditional use permit allowing the conversion of the vacant Franklin School to apartments passed 4-1 by the city planning commission. Also planned are nine new town homes directly to the east of the school. Three neighbors spoke against the project. They were concerned with the high-density

Register Memories 1953 - 60 years ago

• Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Gallop, Douglas Gallop and Shirley Hawkinson attended a graduation exercise at the University of Dec. 23 - $30 Minnesota where A.L. Gallop, son of Mr. Judy LeMoine, Coon Rapids, Minn. and Mrs. A.J. Gallop, received a master’s Dec. 24 - $30 degree in educational administration. Jim and Deb Swanson, Cape Coral, Fla. • The marriage of Hilda Johnson to AlDec. 26 - $30 bert Sommerfield at the Salem Lutheran Rick Brown, Spooner Church in Shell Lake was announced. Dec. 27 - $2,500 • Sue Stouffer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Soltis, Hudson R. D. Stouffer, was chosen Queen of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity at the University of Dec. 28 - $30 Wisconsin. David Zaloudek, Sarona • Wendell Pederson was driving around on the ice-covered lake to check on how the fish were biting. In front of Rolph’s Schmitz’s Economart cottage he suddenly saw a hump where Winners also announced on the ice had expanded and buckled with some water on top of the ice. He “put her WJMC FM Radio in second and gave her the gas,” but the Model A didn’t quite clear the fissure. Pederson rregained consciousness to find that his head had broken the windshield, his legs were bruised and skinned and his pet Model A was slowly settling into Temperatures recorded at Spooner the lake. The next day, Donald Johnson, Ag Research Station Lyle Hartwig, Jim Scharhag, Jack Porter, John Plahn, Ed Allen, Jerry Johnson, Ray 2012 High Low Precip. Todd, Fred Smith, Gordon Lobnitz and Dec. 22 26 6 .9” snow some other able-bodied workers, with the aid of a chain saw, cut a channel in the ice Dec. 23 22 1 from 200 feet to shore. A boat aided and Dec. 24 26 3 a wrecker pulled the car to shore. When Dec. 25 21 9 they got the car ashore they tried the Dec. 26 17 -6 motor, but it wouldn’t start. After sitting Dec. 27 12 -7 in Shell Lake Motors overnight, the Model Dec. 28 17 -5 A started, apparently none the worse for Dec. 29 25 7 the aqueous lubrication. Dec. 30 20 2


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housing and the impact on the neighborhood. — from the Rice Lake Chronotype ••• DALLAS — A Barron man faces two counts of strangulation and suffocation, one count of resisting an officer and two felony counts for allegedly spitting on two police officers after a Dec. 14 incident near Dallas. A Dec. 17 criminal complaint identified the defendant as Douglas M. Konsela, 29, Barron. A man and woman told police they had been driving east on CTH U near Hwy. 25 at about 9 p.m. on Dec. 14 when they saw a man “standing in the middle of the road waving his arms.” The male witness, who was the driver, stopped. He said the man then “ripped open the sliding door … jumped

1963 - 50 years ago

• The Shell Lake Volunteer Fire Department answered an alarm to the Paul Klabunde home. The fire, of undetermined origin, gutted the kitchen and bathroom. The remainder of the home suffered extensive smoke and water damage. Fire Chief Lloyd Bohn stated that the probable cause of the fire was defective wiring. • Shell Lake Apparel was having a preinventory sale. Dresses regularly priced at

in … and “began to choke the (female) passenger in the front seat.” The attacker ordered the man to drive, then “began to get more violent and began to attack the driver who said he was “frightened for his life,” slammed on the brakes and fought his way out of the vehicle. A total of three sheriff’s deputies responded. A deputy tried to get the suspect out of the vehicle, but he braced his body against a toolbox inside the van and resisted efforts to remove him. It took two deputies to get the suspect out, but he refused to put his hands behind his back to be cuffed. En route, he allegedly spat on two of the deputies. — from the Barron News-Shield •••

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$4.98 were on sale for $1.99. Knee Hi Sox were three pairs for $1. Lounging pajamas were $3.98. • The Three Stooges Go “Around The World In A Daze” was playing at local theaters. • Dickie Durand and His Little Band provide music at a New Year’s Eve dance.

1973 - 40 years ago

• The Indianhead Memorial Auxiliary presented the hospital with an anesthesia machine and an EKG machine. • In order to comply with the switch back to daylight saving time in January, Shell Lake Schools adopted a new bus and daily schedule. School would start at 9 a.m. instead of 8:35 a.m. School dismissal time would be at 3:50 p.m. instead of 3:37 p.m. • Personnel at the Washburn County Sheriff’s Department were Deputy Fuller, Deputy Norman Thompson, Undersheriff Ellery Coons and Sheriff Marvin Anderson. • Lund American would expand its manufacturing facility in Shell Lake. Howard Griffin, vice president, operations, announced that 20,000 square feet of space would replace 10,000 square feet of the warehouse space and was awaiting steel. The entire expansion would mean replacement of old buildings, an expenditure of $430,000 in buildings and equipment and an increase in personnel of 15.

1983 - 30 years ago

• Nicole Lynn Biver was baptized by Father Dean Buttrick on Dec. 27 at the home of her parents, Ted and Judy Biver. John and Mary Biver were her godparents. • Eric Jensen, son of Donna Jensen, Shell Lake, entered the U.S. Air Force under the delayed enlistment program. He would go on active duty Sept. 11. He was a senior at Shell Lake High School. • The Jim Berneckers attended an open house for the Harold Sommerfields at Indian Creek. • Four candidates were seeking two positions on the Shell Lake School Board. The list included one of the two incum-

bents, Garold Albee. The second incumbent, Charles Lewis, a member for 26 years, didn’t seek re-election. On the ballot with Albee would be Kathleen Richie, Daniel King and Ronald Bennis.

1993 - 20 years ago

• Dan Burns and Keith Kemp, both of Shell Lake, caught northern pike weighing 4 to 5 pounds while fishing on Bashaw Lake. • Shell Lake Lions Club members Phil Soltis, Doug Williams, Harley Bergeron and Bob Krueger constructed a wheelchair ramp for a local resident. • Sheri Marie DeLadi, Shell Lake, special education, graduated from UW-Eau Claire. Other area graduates were Jeffrey Ralph Zenisek, Sarona, marketing; Angela Sue DePolis, accounting; Sheila Jean Johnson, French; and Steven Paul Koel, journalism. • Shirley Hile was named Shell Lake School District Employee of the Month. She accepted her certificate from Superintendent Roger Hulne.

2003 - 10 years ago

• Shell Lake Lions Club Vice President Doug Downs presented Jeri Bitney, Shell Lake, with a check for $2,500 as the yearend grand prizewinner. • Kerry Albee graduated from UW-Eau Claire. • Betsy Olson, Shell Lake graduate, shared with fourth-graders about her time living in Jamaica. She was there for five months as part of the Peace Corps. • According to the Wisconsin State Patrol, a vehicle driven by Carl Erwin, Shell Lake, was westbound on CTH D, crossing the intersection, when it was struck on the passenger side by a southbound vehicle on Hwy. 63 driven by Troy Beebe, Spooner. Both vehicles came to rest in the southwest ditch. Geraldine Erwin, passenger in the Erwin vehicle, was extricated by the Shell Lake Area volunteer Fire Department and airlifted to Regions Hospital. Passengers in Beebe’s vehicle were Jasmine Beebe, 4, and Garrett Beebe, 6. The nature of their injuries was unknown.


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Tuesday, Jan. 7 • Shell Lake/Spooner Masonic Lodge 221 meeting, 7 p.m. at the lodge. • Knit A Shawl class at Northwind Book & Fiber, Spooner, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Registration required. Call 715-635-6811. Wednesday, Jan. 8 • Free community meal, 4-6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 135 Reinhart Dr., Shell Lake. All welcome. Donations accepted. • Board of directors for the Railroad Memories Museum meeting, 1 p.m., Spooner City Hall. All volunteers welcome. • The Book Chat is beginning another year of great reading and conversation! You are invited to discuss “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand at 3:30 p.m., at Faith Lutheran Church in Spooner. All are welcome. Thursday, Jan. 9 • Shell Lake Lions Club meeting, 6:30 p.m., Shell Lake Community Center. Friday, Jan. 10 • Spooner Woman’s Club meeting, noon, at Tracks for 100th-anniversary luncheon.  Paul Nedland will be speaking on the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.  Visitors, please contact Pat at 715-865-2250 for more information. • 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 715468-4387 for reservations. • Weave a Scarf or Shawl class, 12:30-4:30 p.m., at Northwind Book & Fiber, Spooner. Registration required. Call 715-635-6811. Tuesday, Jan. 14 • Moms Club meets at Faith Lutheran, Spooner, 10 a.m. • Darkness to Light, End Child Sexual Abuse training, 6 p.m., Lakeland Family Resource Center, 314 Elm St., Spooner. Call 715-635-4669 to reserve your spot. 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. Saturday, Jan. 18 • Shell Lake PTA-sponsored Prairie Fire production of “Pinocchio.” Performances at 4 and 7 p.m.

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. Saturday, Jan. 4 • The Art of Film presentation of “Moonrise Kingdom,” at Shell Lake Arts Center, 7 p.m. • “Paddlin’ to Madeline” presentation by Corey Mohan, 7 p.m., Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum, 4312 N. Front St., Spooner.


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Tuesday, Jan. 21 • Shell Lake Community and High School Blood Drive, 1-5 p.m., United Ag Co-op C-Store/Cenex. • 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. Saturday, Jan. 25 • Free community breakfast, 7-10 a.m., First United Pentecostal Church, 337 Greenwood Ave., Spooner. All welcome. Donations accepted. • Entrelac Knitting class, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at Northwind Book & Fiber, Spooner. Registration required. Call 715-635-6811. Saturday & Sunday, Jan. 25-26 • Shine! At the Quam Saturday, 7 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m. 715-635-3665. Wednesday, Jan. 29 • Free community supper, 4-6 p.m., St. Alban Episcopal Church, 220 Elm St., Spooner.


Monday, Feb. 3 • Knit a Chunky Hat class, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Northwind Book & Fiber, Spooner. Registration required. Call 715-635-6811. Saturday, Feb. 8 • The Art of Film presentation of “Pan’s Labyrinth,” at Shell Lake Arts Center, 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 • Crochet Tunisian Blocks class, 1-4 p.m., Northwind Book & Fiber, Spooner. Registration required. Call 715635-6811. Monday, Feb. 17 • No Needles or Hooks! class, 5:30-7:30 p.m., try the new arm-knitting technique or finger crocheting and make a scarf in less than an hour, at Northwind Book & Fiber, Spooner. Registration required. Call 715-635-6811. Saturday, Feb. 22 • The Art of Film presentation of Trip to Oscar Showcase or “Up in the Air,” at Shell Lake Arts Center, 7 p.m.

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• Crochet a Slouch Hat class, 1-4 p.m., at Northwind Book & Fiber, Spooner. Registration required. Call 715635-6811. 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. • Knitted Cable Boot Cuff class, 5:30-7:30, at Northwind Book & Fiber, Spooner. Registration required. Call 715635-6811.

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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 715635-3975 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 715-635-2252 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 walsh7213@ ••• 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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Year in Review/from page 2 the Potter’s Shed. Terraceview Living Center in Shell Lake was selected as one of 230 nursing homes to be part of the Wisconsin Music & Memory Initiative. Shell Lake FFA members Wyatt Bauch, Rachel Mechtel, Bryan Knoop, Noah Skluzacek, Beau Skluzacek, Madeline Hopke, Breeana Monson, Cassie Skindzelewski, Ryan Melton and Trevor Anderson attended a sectional leadership workshop in Clear Lake. Keri, Aaden, Zachary and Bryan Jensen took a gold in their category at the firstannual Tri Your Luck Triathlon held in the village of Luck. The contests consisted of a one-third-mile swim or 1.5-mile kayak, a 16-mile mountain bike ride and a fivemile trail run. Indianhead Medical Center and the Shell Lake Lions sponsored the secondannual health fair.

October Homecoming king and queen at Shell Lake were David Brereton and Carly Meyers. Shell Lake Chamber of Commerce and the Shell Lake Arts Center sponsored Oktoberfest. The Shell Lake Public Library received a $250 grant through the Growing Wisconsin Readers Initiative, coordinated by the Department of Public Instruction’s Public Library Development Team. According to library director Amy Stormberg the library would be starting a 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. FFA members Dominic Hopke, Marty Anderson, Clare Walker, Katie Crosby and Tyler Crosby attended the World Dairy Expo. T and T Tool Inc., Spooner, donated a vertical mill to the Shell Lake High School. State Sen. Bob Jauch, D-Poplar, 31-year veteran lawmaker, announced he would not seek re-election in the fall of 2014. The city of Shell Lake received a plaque from Allied Waste in recognition of their recycling efforts. Lynn Struzan presented the award to Mayor Sally Peterson. Georgean Kruger had her plans interrupted by an early blizzard when she attended a Red Hatters convention in Rapid City, S.D. A park in Schertz, Texas, was named the Wendy Swan Memorial Park in honor of Shell Lake native Wendy Swan. Shell Lake students, staff and parents participated in the National Walk to School Day. Jeff Parker, Shell Lake public works director, announced his retirement. Parker worked for the city for nearly three decades. Over 100 years of Shell Lake history went on sale at Jean’s Antiques. Merchandise offered had been part of the

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Dahlstrom family’s grocery business throughout the years. Billie LaBumbard shared stories, photos and treasures from her many mission travels across the globe at the Home and Community Education group’s northwestern district meeting. Senior volleyball players were Shania Pokorny, Colleen Knoop, Jen Connell, Katie Gronning and Carley Myers. Helen Pederson, Shell Lake, and correspondent for the Washburn County Register, celebrated her 90th birthday. Seven centenarians that call Washburn County home were celebrated at Glenview in Shell Lake. The Washburn County Aging and Disability Resource Center planned the party. Those recognized by emcee Tim Brabec were Ruth Abrahamson, Frances Zehe, Pasqual (Pat) Rounce, Bernice Johnson, Jean Willette, Jessie Nilssen and Irv Kuehn. Larry Samson was recognized by Wolf Ridge Environmental Center for his dedication and leadership for the program located in Finland, Minn. Saturday Café opened for Shell Lake middle and high school students to study, finish homework and get assistance from a school staff tutor. The café was made possible by a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant. Tasha Hagberg, Affordable Care Act navigator, spoke at the Shell Lake City Hall about the health-insurance Marketplace. Friends of the Shell Lake Library sponsored the event.

president; Sue Weathers, treasurer; and Sabrina Naglosky, secretary. Jude Bolterman, Northwest District president, presided over the installation. Indianhead Community Health Care Inc. transferred management of the Family Walk of Memories memorial to Terraceview Living Center. Family Walk of Memories is located on the TLC campus. Shell Lake football players named to the Lakeland All-Conference teams were Sam Livingston, first team offense; Jesse Sibert, second team defense; and David Brereton, honorable mention. Area residents remembered President John F. Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Individuals instrumental in the city of Shell Lake’s future ATV campground celebrated with a ground breaking. Those participating in the ground breaking were Jeff Parker, public works director; Ken Schultz; Mayor Sally Peterson; and Dan Harrington, Andy Eiche and Caleb Johnson of Northwoods Transplanting and Landscaping.

Washburn County Food Pantry. The Shell Lake Fire Department received funds for payment toward the purchase of 10 first responder bags from the Northwest Wisconsin Independent Insurance Agents Association. The America’s Best Inn and Suites in Shell Lake, although still owned by Nick and Devi Rai, was under the new management of Paul Deal and Amy Beth Kegler. The Steve Allar family held a community Thanksgiving Day meal at the Lakeland Manor. Matthew Denotter, Hertel, shot a nice 10-pointer during the gun deer hunting season.

December Santa visited Shell Lake during Holiday Saturday sponsored by the Shell Lake Chamber of Commerce. Gretchen Granzin, Shell Lake, attended the 91st National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Ga., between Nov. 29-Dec. 3. Peter Hopke, instructor at Shell Lake Schools, was presented with a five-year award for his participation in Troops to Teachers. He also was presented a Troops to Teachers Challenge Coin. Ray Witte, longtime vice president of operations at Shell Lake State Bank, announced his retirement. Delores Zaloudek retired after nearly 44 years at Shell Lake State Bank. Leaving employment with Washburn County included Jan Ullom, treasurer;

November Thomas Frost was settling in as the special prosecutor for Washburn County. The need for this position came after Michael Bitney, former district attorney for Washburn County, was named Barron County Circuit Court judge. Bradley Pederson, Shell Lake city administrator, announced he planned to retire in March 2014 after over 33 years serving in this capacity. Jessie Nilssen, tenant at Glenview, celebrated her 100th birthday. Installed as officers of Indianhead Community Health Care Inc. were Linda King, president; Nancy Furchtenicht, vice

RESTORE GRAND OPENING • The parking lot at the new Spooner ReStore was overflowing on grand-opening day Saturday, Sept. 14. Fred Schluter, Spooner alderman, said, “It’s great to see all the cars in the parking lot again – we are so happy to have the ReStore in town!” – Photo by Jackie Thorwick Deb Nebel, sheriff’s department; Marilyn The Shell Lake High School Student Benson, register in probate; Teri Reiter, Council sponsored a donkey basketball Aging and Disability Resource Center; game to raise funds for metastatic cancer Krista Love, aging director; Barb Hauck, research. After the event, they were able to disability benefit specialist; LeAnn Johndonate $2,000. son, Birth-to-Three family support coorNamed to the Lakeland Conference All- dinator; Clay Halverson, county board Conference volleyball first team was Sha- chair; Karen Talmadge, health and human nia Pokorny. Katie Gronning and Jennifer services administrator; Lori Bina, human Connell received honorable mention. services director; and Tom Miller, inforSteve Clay, Washburn County Relay For mation tech director. Life chairman for 17 years, received the Students of Mrs. Carlson’s Shell Lake 2013 Outstanding Volunteer of the Year High School art class created a painting Award from the American Cancer Society. from a photo of Christmas 1953 in South Shell Lake Schools were named a Green Korea to be displayed in Shell Lake’s and Healthy School by the Department of Municipal Campground as part of the Public Instruction. Schools are recognized Celebration of Lights. The class did the for reducing environmental impacts and painting for the Shell Lake Chapter of the costs, improving health and wellness of Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Ameristudents and staff, and providing environ- can Legion Post 9867. The display was mental education. Through this program chosen as the 2013 Shell Lake Lions Club schools can find support to integrate en- Celebration of Lights first-place winners. vironmental education in the curriculum The Shell Lake After-School Program, or to upgrade facilities to green efficiency along with 1st Street, presented “Minnie standards. and Moo: ‘Twas the Night Before ChristThe Washburn County Council of the mas” at the Quam. American Legion in cooperation with The choir at Shell Lake United MethWashburn County sponsored Youth Gov- odist Church presented the musical “The ernment Day for Washburn County stu- Promise of Light” on Sunday, Dec. 22. Didents. rector was Harry Hoecherl. Joel ZimmerDonna Ness, Barronett, received Barron man and Dexie Dunhan were narrators Electric’s Megawatt Community Service and Sue Weathers accompanied. Award. Gerald Brown, longtime custodian at The Tozer Turkey Trot, organized by the Shell Lake Schools, resigned his position. ON YOUR BACK COURT • Donkey basketball returned to Shell Lake. Shell Lake teacher and girls basketball coach Dan Kevan found out the pitfalls of donkey basketball when his donkey decided Tom Foss family, was held Thanksgiving After being attack by a bear in June, he morning with funds raised going to the was unable to return to work. not to play nice. — Photo by Larry Samson


Faith Lutheran Church preschool Christmas program

“We Wish You A Merry Christmas” from the students of Mrs. G’s preschool class at Faith Lutheran Church in Spooner. The students were singing in their Christmas program on Thursday, Dec. 19. Shown back row (L to R): Jada Mabry, Gracelyn Piskie, Eden Temple, Brooklyn Robotti, Alexa Keown, Weston Carlson, Joe Eichten, Miles Temple and Jake Dunlavy. Front: Brenna Dietrich, Korbin Fox, Ellianna Lauterbach, Johnny Undem and Logun Arnes. Irie Korasick was not present for the photograph. – Photos by Larry Samson

ABOVE: Singing like little angels, holding Baby Jesus, were Jada Mabry, Gracelyn Piskie, Eden Temple, Brooklyn Robotti and Alecz Keown. RIGHT: Johnny Undem and Logun Arnes bow their heads for the prayer that opened the Christmas program. The Faith Lutheran preschool is a faith-based educational program that targets children from 3 through 5 years of age and is taught by Cheryl Gozdzialski.


by Marian Furchtenicht

The month of December 2013 will be remembered as a cold and snowy one. An old-fashioned one. It started early with 7-8 inches of wet heavy snow and ice and then almost daily the fluffy variety has been falling. So by the month’s end, we have about a foot and a half on the ground and ice on the roads that still hasn’t thawed off. It made for a beautiful white Christmas. It is great for outdoor winter sports, especially snow sledding and so beautiful looking out the window. The month has been tough on the wild animals. The deer are wading through that crusted snow and digging for food. The turkeys are seen in small flocks trying to scratch through the snow. Keep your bird feeders filled as the birds are counting on it. And, it’s sure been taking the fuel so far already with home heating and lots of the budget already used up on the roads. We have so much to be thankful for here. At least we haven’t had a major power outage like in many places in the U.S. with the winter storms. The Frey family all got together at Jan and Jeff’s on Tuesday evening for Christmas. Thursday, Wendy Dernovsek, Hudson, and Nell from Roberts, and the great-grands, CC and Garrett, spent the day at Anton and Gloria’s Dick and Charlotte Shover had their entire family from Eagan, Minn., Eau Claire and Downer’s Grove, Ill., here for a long weekend before Christmas. They enjoyed sledding at Shell Lake, fishing and snowmobiling on Little Ri-

pley as well as lots of good food, games and family time. They spent Christmas Day with their daughter and family in Eau Claire. Elfreda West went with daughter Janet Donetell to Rice Lake Christmas Eve to Jennie and Joe Hastreiter’s. Others there were Paul and Lacey Donetell and Bruce and Joan Greene for their Christmas together. Greg and Sue Krantz spent Christmas Eve at daughter Ericka and Lance’s. Greg also spent some time with his mom. On Christmas Day they went to her folks, the Hugh Smiths in Shell Lake. Matt and Kristi Krantz and four kids and two dogs, from Chippewa Falls, came Friday for the weekend along with Lance and Ericka Parker and three children also. Saturday, Sue’s folks, brother Bill and wife Jackie and their kids and grandkids joined them for a Christmas get-together at Greg and Sue Krantz’s. The Bergman family were all home at Vivian’s for lutefisk on Christmas Eve. Vivian went to Gene and Cathy Bergman’s for Christmas. One day last week, Vivian, Jeanne and Cathy went to the Twin Cities to the Guthrie Theatre and saw “A Christmas Carol.” They really enjoyed it. I had Christmas Day dinner at son Roger’s and Russ and Nancy spent the evening with me. Grandson Casey Furchtenicht and I visited at his grandma’s, the Paul Jachim’s, in Rice Lake last Sunday. Being there’s 12 days of Christmas, lots of time for fami-

lies to get together. My daughter, Cindy, and family came up from Illinois on Friday, Dec. 27. There were 30 of us at my house on Saturday. Marilyn Zimmerman entertained her family on Sunday, Dec. 29. Put Glen Campbell in your thoughts and prayers. He has been in the hospital in Eau Claire. His daughter, Patti Butterfield, is a part-time clerk at the Sarona Post Office. Happy birthday wishes to Janet Zimmerman, Rick Roeser, Larry Sutherland, Cindy Furchtenicht, Troy Busick, Brianna Schaffer and Daryl Crosby on New Year’s Day; Mary Gustafson, Jan. 2; Brenda Gagner, Dean Schlapper and Leonard Lang, Jan. 3; Delores Zaloudek, Kraig Scribner, Les Vogt, David Schmelke and Larry Holt, Jan. 4; John Shimek, Melanie Olson and Ann Roulik, Jan. 5; Akemia Fischer, Randy McKibben and Dale Webb, Jan. 6; John Marschall, Mike Campbell and Mark Thompson, Jan. 7; and Miles Taylor, Jan. 8. May 2014 fill your heart with love and your life with laughter and good health in the new year.

Births Born at Indianhead Medical Center A girl, Emma Jean, on Dec. 18, 2013, to Missy and Bobby Wienbergen, Spooner.


Starting another new year


he stars don’t care what happens down here. They hang in the night sky and shine in the darkness. They don’t worry about their purpose. They aren’t concerned about their position. A star doesn’t sulk if another one shines brighter. Stars are exactly where God put them. Their task is simple. Just shine. Shine on full-moon nights. Shine on clear, cold nights. Shine when the whole world can see them. Shine when no one can see them.” ~ Stephen Bly, author Here we are at the beginning of a new year. Some of us like to reflect on the past year and then set goals for a new year. Above all else, it seems that we all need encouragement for whatever goals we may look forward to attaining. It seems that others have written words

that may touch one or some of us in some way. Therefore I am including in this column some quotes I have read during the past year. “Enjoy the little things in life, for someday you will realize they were the big things.” ~ read on a plaque “Simply start and start simply.” ~ unknown Are you looking to start a new hobby? I seem to have shared knitting stories in the past. Since then I have heard about some men that have also taken up knitting. While visiting with a neighbor she shared how her son has taken up knitting socks. Because he works on a computer all day he wanted to find something dif-

ferent to do in his off hours. While waiting in the airport he was working on a pair of socks when a lady stopped by and asked if he was really knitting or just making a mess of things. He was indeed knitting. I have also come across an article about a marathon runner who knits while he is running. David Babcock, a graphic design professor at the University of Central Missouri, got into the Guinness Book of World Records for knitting the longest scarf while running a marathon. Babcock’s red, orange and purple scarf measured 12 feet 1-3/4 inches. He began running and knitting as separate activities and because both

can grow tedious, he decided to combine them. He uses acrylic yarns because natural fibers pick up sweat. He keeps the yarn in a pack on his waist. Babcock had one mishap early in his knitting-whilerunning career. That was when he didn’t notice a pothole and took a fall. 2014 may be the year to find time to pursue your passion. It may not be knitting or marathon running. I am sure there is something that you would desire to learn. Or perhaps it is just giving yourself permission to take the time to do something you enjoy. Maybe even setting aside time to surround yourself with people who share your passion. “Don’t just dream about pursuing your passion, make it happen!” ~ Pamela Samuels Young, writer

Beyond the office door • Suzanne Johnson Area writers corner To be or not to be transformed

There are some simple things I can do to improve. Smile more. This simple expression will brighten my days. Now, how can I conjure up smiles that are true? I am thinking of sad things like a war and our servicemen in faraway places. I can still find peace in my inner life. There’s a song that is heartening, written by Carey Landry. “Peace is flowing like a river; Flowing out of you and me. Flowing out into the desert Setting all the captives free.” Another change I can make is to have more patience. I seem to want to jump into things and get them done. Like a bunny rabbit. Not everyone does that. Many people move at a slow pace like a turtle and they creep along in an exasper-

Mary B. Olsen We come again to a new beginning. It happens every year when an old year is ushered out and a new year steps in. For me, it is a time of introspection. It means looking back at the past year in my busy life and giving myself a grade. C is for average. Maybe I come out below average. However, there is always hope for the coming new year. I can be transformed and become a better person. I’ve grown older but not wiser. I see a need for selfimprovement. This is when I make my New Year’s resolutions. Maybe you plan to make similar changes.

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ating way. Maybe they are careful and tiptoe, but they arrive at the goal. The ideal is to bring love and joy, kindness and goodness to the people in my life. This is easier to say but kind of hard to do. Resolution: I will try. Improve my attitude now there is where I need improvement. This would lead to a more cheerful outlook and it would benefit others. When I need to brighten my day, I find sunshine in reading. This quote, from a poem by Helen Steiner Rice, is good advice. “...By being more considerate, And a little less demanding, This dark old world would very soon Eclipse the Evening Star, If everybody brightened up The corner where they are!” Resolutions mean change. It seems like I get on a path that becomes a well-worn rut, and comfortable. I find it difficult to get away from it. For me, this may mean following advice. It may mean emulating

people I find admirable. Find heroes and copy what they do. Maybe. Suppose you have a dog that goes for a swim. When he comes up out of the water, what is it he will do? He will come to you and greet you with his biggest smiling mouth and tongue hanging out. Then he will shake his wet fur to rid himself of all that water and he will splash and splatter water all over you. Even a small dog can give you a sprinkle. Think of your serious resolutions as like drops of water flying off that dog in all directions. The drops disappear into your surroundings. Some of them land on you. They may make you shiver. They may make you laugh. Think of New Year’s resolutions as water on a wet dog. You may shake them off. Your resolutions may stay with you, but it is likely they may disappear like drops of water. I will try not to let my resolutions evaporate. Keep trying, that’s all we can do. Happy New Year’s resolutions.

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Hailey, Lindsey and Christopher Ziemer are proud of their new library cards. With their new cards they will be able to go anywhere in the world, traveling to distant places and times. They can explore the world of science or just sit back and enjoy the silly adventures of Captain Underpants. Yes, a library card is an amazing thing. — Photo by Larry Samson

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OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS • The students from Mrs. Anderson’s 4K class enjoyed their sleigh ride as Al Lawrence guided the sleigh over the 400 acres he owns. Back at the warming house, the children were treated to hot chocolate and cookies. – Photo by Larry Samson

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RINGING IN THE SCHOOL DAY • Emerson Kubista rings the bell in the old schoolhouse at the Washburn County Historical Society complex in Shell Lake during a special storybook hour, sponsored by the Shell Lake Public Library. Ringing the bell to start the school day was one of the favorite assignments for the children then and now. It was a job often given to the students to motivate them in getting to school early. - Special photo

LIT LANDMARK • Duluth’s aerial lift bridge is a major landmark, not only for the city but for northern Wisconsin and Minnesota - and at night becomes one of the more impressive sights in Duluth. Originally built in 1905, the bridge was upgraded in 1929–30 to the current lifting design and continues to operate today. The bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 22, 1973. - Photo by Larry Samson NOT TIRED, JUST RELAXING • Briar Naglosky is kicking back and relaxing as he waits his turn in the payloader. The children had the opportunity to climb up and explore big trucks and construction equipment in the Shell Lake Library Big Truck program held Thursday, June 27, in the parking lot between the library and the Catholic church. ­ – Photo by Larry Samson

NATURE AT IT’S FINEST • “This beautiful oriole had just returned in the spring and came to our feeders to enjoy the jelly and nectar that we put out. I love to sit on our deck and watch all the birds come to the feeders and feast. Birds are having a harder time surviving in this world, with pesticides, environment changing and their natural habitat being altered, I feel that it is very important to help them in any way that we can.  It can be as simple as a water supply in the summer and winter or planting native shrubs for food/ shelter or supplying food for them. This spring, when the snow came so late, we were buying mealworms by the large bags and suet to help the robins and other bug-eating birds get through that period. I was throwing handfuls of mealworms on the ground twice a day that the 50 robins survived on. It is just a simple thing of looking, observing and helping,” said Jan Killian. – Photo by Jan Killian


A fun day on the lake

It is the eighth year that Rick and Barb Anderson’s grandchildren have gathered together on the Thursday after Christmas for the AAA Sports fishing event. Shown (L to R): Luke Anderson, Emma Statz, Emme Anderson, Bailee Hanson, Payton Anderson, Makenna Anderson and Cade Hanson.

LEFT: AAA Sports Shop owner Rick Anderson organized and ran his annual fishing event with the help of Chris Dobbe and Michael Stair. The children are treated to a free jig pole, all the bait they need and free food including hot chocolate.

Photos by Larry Samson

LEFT; Jacob Sinn is learning how to jig for sunnies. It is the first time he has ice fished and it won’t be his last. Rick Anderson has started many children in ice fishing with his holiday event.

RIGHT: Madison Harrington was making a fashion statement on the ice with her color-coordinated purple coat, snow pants and boots. It was her first time out ice fishing, and while the fish weren’t biting she still had fun.




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No luck for Lakers in Luck

Larry Samson | Staff writer LUCK — Shell Lake traveled to Luck in a holiday matchup on Friday, Dec. 27, but came up short after the Cardinals took an early, 9-3, firstquarter lead. Luck held off a Shell Lake rally in the fourth quarter to win 50-42 in their nonconference matchup. Laker David Brereton had 20 points for the game followed by Jesse Sibert who had a season high of 11 points, 63 percent from the floor. Sibert led with eight rebounds and he had one block. Shell Lake will host the Unity Eagles in a nonconference game on Friday, Jan. 3, with 5:45 p.m. start time. They will host Siren on Tuesday, Jan. 7, with a 7:30 p.m. start time. Individual scores Curtis Parker David Brereton Jesse Sibert Adam Hungerbuhler Joey Kodesh

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Scoring by quarter 1 2 3 4 Total 3 10 7 22 42 9 13 10 18 50

Shell Lake forward Adam Hungerbuhler attracts the attention of Luck defenders Noah Mortel and Taylor Hawkins on this jump shot.

Curtis Parker with a layup. He had seven points for the game.

Shell Lake’s big man, David Brereton, goes up for two points against Luck defenders Nick Mattson and Karsten Peterson. Jesse Sibert with two points on this drive to the basket. He had a good game with 11 points. Shell Lake lost 50-42 to the Luck Cardinals in their nonconference matchup on Friday, Dec. 27.

Rails compete at Northern Badger Place 15th overall

RIVER FALLS — On Friday and Saturday, Dec. 27 and 28, the Spooner wrestling team competed in the Northern Badger Tournament in River Falls. This year there were 41 teams competing from throughout the state of Wisconsin. Due to some injuries and discipline the Rails only had 10 wrestlers competing out of the 14 weight classes. Spooner has yet to have a full team compete during one of their events this year. “If we can get healthy and put things together we will be able to compete with most teams this year,” commented Andrew Melton, head coach. Even though Spooner only had 10 wrestlers competing, they placed 15th overall out of the 41 teams.  “If we had our full roster I realistically think we would have been in the top five or six,” stated Melton. This was the first time that every wrestler won at least one match during the tournament. “Overall our wrestlers worked very hard and did an excellent job. We made some minor mistakes throughout the tournament, but they are mistakes that we can overcome by the end of the season,” explained Melton. At 106 Blake Larson wrestled really well and made it to the quarterfinals before losing his first match to Barron. Larson qualified for the second day and earned 11th place. At 126 Jadin Schwartz also wrestled well and won a couple of matches during the first day. Schwartz was one match away from making it to the second day. At 132 Brandon Jepson continues to wrestle extremely well this year. Jepson won his first three matches on Friday and qualified for the second day. On Saturday morning he wrestled in the semifinals and lost a heartbreaker 5-7. This was his first loss of the season.  He also lost his final match, earning fourth place. “I am very hopeful Brandon will use this loss to mo-

tivate himself to work hard as we prepare for the remainder of the season,” stated Melton. At 145 Josiah Melton was able to win one match before being eliminated from the tournament. At 152 Dylan Sahr had his best Northern Badger performance ever. Sahr wrestled well and won a couple of matches on Friday. He was one match away from making it to the second day and earning a top 12th place. At 160 Richard Lauterbach won his first match before losing the next two. His final loss was only by one point. At 170 Joe VandeVrede won a couple of matches before being eliminated in the final round on Friday night.  At 182 Lucas Hagberg went 5-2 throughout the tournament and earned sixth place. Hagberg is starting to pick things up and will be very hard to beat by the end of the season.  At 195 Jared Quenette had a great tournament. “Jared told me his goal this year as a senior was to place in the top five. Jared reached his goal after winning his first three matches on Friday. He lost in the semifinals Saturday morning and lost his final match of the day earning fourth place,” explained his coach.  At 285 Brad Baker wrestled in his first Northern Badger and picked up a couple of wins before being eliminated in the final round on Friday night.     The Rails  next event will be on Tuesday, Jan. 7.  They are hosting a quad with Barron, Ladysmith and Cumberland.  There will be two mats with two duals going on at the same time. The Rails will dual Ladysmith and then wrestle against Cumberland.  This will be a very big night for Spooner in the Heart O’ North conference standings.  “We are hopeful a lot of people will come cheer us on during this competition. We will start an hour earlier than our normal duals,” said coach Melton.  Wrestling will start at 6 p.m. rather than 7 p.m.   — from Spooner Athletic Department 

Photos by Larry Samson

fall sports

schedule Boys varsity basketball 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. Friday, Feb. 7: Vs. Clayton, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10: Vs. Lake Holcombe, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14: Vs. Clear Lake, 7:30 p.m.

Girls varsity basketball 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. Monday, Feb. 3: Vs. Grantsburg, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6: At Frederic, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11: Vs. Clayton, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14: Clear Lake, doubleheader, 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18: At Webster, doubleheader, 5:45 p.m.

Varsity wrestling 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. Saturday, Feb. 8: Conference at Cameron, 9 a.m.

Girls varsity hockey (Hayward, Spooner, Northwestern, Ashland, Shell Lake) 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. Tuesday, Feb. 4: River Falls, Baldwin Civic Center, 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8: Eau Claire Area Stars, Hayward Sports Center, 4 p.m.

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




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Lakers extend their winning streak to two

Larry Samson | Staff writer LUCK — The Lakers girls basketball team extended their winning streak with a 39-33 win over Luck Cardinals in a nonconference game on Friday, Dec. 27. Shell Lake took an early four-point led in the first quarter and held on for the win. Shania Pokorny lead the Lakers with 20 points shooting 75 percent from the free-throw line. Hannah Cassel put nine points on the scoreboard. Shell Lake will host the Unity Eagles on Friday, Jan. 3, with a 7:30 p.m. start. On Tuesday, Jan. 7, they will travel to Clayton for the first of three away games. Individual scores Hannah Cassel Amy Bouchard Kristen Kraetke Shania Pokorny Amanda Brereton Makenzie Olson

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Makenzie Olson eyes up the basket on this jump shot.

Jenny Connell with a jump shot.

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

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Northwoods Baptist

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

Spooner Baptist

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


St. Joseph’s Catholic

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

St. Catherine’s Catholic

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

St. Francis de Sales

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

St. Alban’s

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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.

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

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.

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.


Cornerstone Christian

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


United Methodist

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church

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

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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.

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.

veryone looks forward to a new year and the hope it represents. Well-wishers come at us from every E direction wanting us to reap a harvest of joy and happi-

ness, peace and prosperity. A good new year is a universal desire that everyone seeks. But how can we assure ourselves of having a happy new year? The answer comes from Isaiah 41:10. First, we must honor the two nots - do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Fear and dismay will disturb our minds, trouble our souls and destroy our health. Only as we place our faith in the goodness and grace of God will our fears evaporate and dismay vanish. Second, add the two I ams - I am with you and I am your God. Our God is always with us and we are never beyond his reach. When problems arise he wants to solve them. When needs arise he will meet them. When foes would destroy us he will conquer them. When storms appear he will calm them. Third, we need to mix them with the three I wills. I will strengthen you. He has all the strength we need with some to spare. I will help you. Here is help that is seeking us and is sufficient for every situation. I will uphold you. With what? The very same hands that hold the universe together. If we want 2014 to be a happy new year we must begin every day of every week of every month of the year reading God’s word and spending time in prayer. Visit us at Guido Gardens, Metter, Ga.

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by Judy Pieper

Happy New Year! Have you thought about those New Year’s resolutions yet? I’m pretty much at a loss. I’ve been trying to think of things to change myself for the better for the past 70 years, and, even though I have good intentions, I keep falling back into my old bad habits. So, for those of you who know me, I guess what you see is what you get. This is my last New Year’s resolution; I resolve to never make another New Year’s resolution. However, if you would like to share yours with us, I would be glad to put them in the Barronett news. Peg Thompson and the Sunday school students really outdid themselves putting on the Christmas play this year. The play was “Away From the Manger,” and was the story of the shepherds, wise men and stars who were too busy to bother going all the way to Bethlehem just to see a little baby. Erika and Caitlyn Yawn, Peg’s teacher helpers, helped with all the rehearsals, but had to be out of state at a family gathering the night of the program. The students who participated in the play were Chelsey Prinsen, Kylie Hohweiler, Lucas Arnes, Logun Arnes, Kirsten Hohweiler, Gavin Prinsen, Conner Ames and Mackensie Arnes. The church was filled almost to capacity with family and friends. After the play refreshments were served in the church basement. Pastor Jon and Alice Simundson were among the attendees, and we were all very happy to see them and visit with them. Duane and I took Tru with us, and she and Logun Arnes really hit it off. Logun is 3, Tru will be 3 in January, and they stuck together like glue the whole time we were having refreshments in the basement. Tru even took Logun up to the choir loft to show him where we sat during the program. When it was time to leave they hugged, and Tru kissed his cheek. It was just adorable. Rambo wasn’t sure Alyse would approve of Tru flirting with an Arnes, but I’m pretty sure she would have loved it.

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Jay, Marcia and Jace Olson were up from Clinton, Mo., visiting with family and friends, and they stopped to visit at about noon on Christmas Day. With most of the kids, grandkids and great-grandkids here it was pretty chaotic, but we had a very nice visit anyway. Jace is growing like a weed. He’s 11 years old already. It’s always a surprise to see how much kids have changed from one time to the next when we only see them every six months or so. Art and Jill Adams stopped by Christmas evening. Art brought Bailey’s senior picture. Man, she is a lovely young woman. I asked Art where in the world she got her good looks, and he didn’t seem to know either. Couldn’t possibly come from our side of the family. Anyway, on the way to our house from Pat Olson’s place, Art and Jill had another “first” as a married couple. They hit a patch of ice and slid in the ditch. Thank goodness for cell phones. Art called Jesse and he was over and had them out in no time. Kandice Bonander and Garett Thon, who are engaged to be married next August, were part of our family gathering. Kandice went all out with the baking and cooking and brought cookies and a delicious scalloped potato casserole. When Duane tasted the potatoes, he told Garett that he thought he had a “keeper.” Garett replied, “I know, I found that out last night.” He was talking about what a great cook she is, and when we all laughed he realized what it sounded like and immediately turned red. Poor Kandice was blushing, too. The bad thing about being part of this family is that it takes years to live things down. I guess that’s about it from Barronett this week. I hope you have a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2014. And, if I ever decide to make a New Year’s resolution again, I hope someone will remind me of the one I made this year. See you next time.

by Helen V. Pederson

What a beautiful sight to see the trees covered with snow. No wind seems to blow it off, of course, it keeps snowplows busy and also people keep shoveling. That is what makes Christmas! Christmas Eve, after church services at Salem, Mavis and Roger Flach were dinner guests at Steve and Jody’s along with their family. On Christmas Day, all of the family came to Mavis and Roger’s for dinner. Peder Pederson flew down to Arkansas to spend the holiday with daughter Linda King and family, Dennis and Zak. Arlys Santiago drove to Verndale, Minn., to be with her sister, Avis Paulson. On Christmas Day, Avis and Arlys enjoyed dinner with a few of Avis’ lady friends. Arlys returned home on Friday. Lillian Ullom visited her sister, Florence Carlson, who

Dewey Country Christmas is done for another year. Hopefully everyone had a great time and you all got what you wanted. Jan. 1, a very happy birthday to Brianne Schaefer as she enjoys her special day. Have a great one Brianne. Happy birthday to Billy Zillmer and Natalie Smith as they enjoy their special day on Jan. 1. Jan. 2, a happy birthday to Brianne Stellrecht, Colleen Knoop and Jaelyn Foust as they celebrate their birthdays with lots more to come. A very happy birthday to Mike Roe and Daniel Watkin as they enjoy their special day Jan. 3 Happy anniversary to Emily and Justin Parker, celebrating six years together, with many more to come. Emily is the daughter of Tammy Dahle. Happy birthday to Bev Boyd and to Logan David Kinde on Jan. 4. Enjoy your special day. Jan. 5, a very happy birthday to Darrell Aderman, Karla Mortensen and Dan Otto. Have a great one. A very happy anniversary to Garry and Beth Crosby who celebrate 40 years together on Jan. 6. Have a good one you two. Jan. 7, a very happy birthday to Richie Feeney, Karen Knoop, Crystal Potter and Jacob Gemach. Happy anniversary to Scott and Melinda Taubman as they celebrate together on Jan. 7 with lots more to come. Diane Hulleman tells us she is ready for her children and grandchildren to come and have Christmas along with a 24-pound turkey and a big roast beef. Sounds good. I heard on TV that first-class stamps are going up 3 cents starting Jan. 26. Last Tuesday morning, my pups and I drove down to Chetek to Penny and Jeff Ladd’s for Christmas. Paula and

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The Christmas Eve candlelight service at Barronett Lutheran was, once again this year, beautiful and inspiring. In addition to the story of the birth of Christ, Pastor Todd included the story of the unofficial ceasefire during WWI between the German and British soldiers at a battle site in France on Christmas Day. He always makes his sermons educational and interesting, and I hope he knows how much we all appreciate the time and effort he puts into serving our church. Richard Pieper and Delores Schultz hosted a Christmas party at their home in Barron on Christmas Eve. Guests included Delores’ brother, Lloyd, of Ettrick, her sister, Dorothy, of Barron, Richard’s sisters, Dawn and Debbie, of Rice Lake, and Duane and I. They had lots of food and gifts for everyone. We had a very good time celebrating Christmas with them. I stopped by to visit Irene Hansen in McKinley one day last week, and, as I was leaving, she gave me a couple of branches of real holly. It is beautiful. It was covered with red berries, and looked so pretty sitting on the table in a red vase. Thanks, Irene, for the lovely addition to our holiday decorations. Millie C. and I spent a morning last week making lefse for the residents of Cumberland ECU. I rolled it out and she flipped it. Dorothy and Lorraine laid it out on paper towels to cool and then folded it. And we had lots of supervisors observing. It was really fun. We did find out one thing about lefse. There is only one person at the ECU who likes peanut butter on it, and that is definitely not John. Most of the residents preferred it with butter and sugar, Ray and Marilynn Shaurette stopped by to visit us on Christmas morning. I had been bustling around, getting stuff ready for noon, when the kids were coming, and it was such a relief to sit and relax with them for a while.

is now a resident at the Spooner nursing home. Diane and Bruce Davenport had her over to their house Christmas Day. Ruth Swan spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with Joni and Mark Parker and family. Lillian Ullom had dinner with Mark and Judy on Christmas Day and spent the afternoon with Donna and Norman Ness in Barronett. Sympathy to the family of Roger Hanson of Turtle Lake. Funeral services will be on Saturday. He is the father of Debbie Ullom (Howard). Mary and Keith White, Cross Plains, spent the holidays with the Pedersons and Whites. Dottie White and her family celebrated on the afternoon of Christmas Eve day at the manor. Lenore Swan celebrated with her family on Christmas Eve at the manor.

by Pauline Lawrence Kenzie Cramer also came. We had a delicious ham dinner, opened gifts and just made good memories. My daughter, Paula, now has her house mostly done. Yes, they put in new windows and new vinyl siding. The siding is a dark brown. Everything is also done in the house except for the boxes she has to unpack. I’m anxious to see her home now. It certainly has been cold. I debated if I should go to Penny’s on Dec. 24 as they said it was the coldest day and I certainly didn’t want to have the car freeze up on me but on the day I decided to go and made it just fine. Our side roads are really rough with the ice underneath, so everyone, please be careful driving. Ann Johnson went to her son, Dale Johnson’s, and his wife, Doc. Sue, and their daughter Greta’s, for Christmas. Sunday, Dec. 29, found Ann at her son, Duane, and Diane’s for Christmas. I do know Duane is a very good cook. Yummy to whatever you made, Duane. Mark and Beth Hansen, Ryan and Alyssa, Sonny and Kevin Meister were at Betty and Carl’s Christmas Day having a wonderful meal, compliments of Betty. Later they had gift opening. Talking with Gretchen Best we find Bonita Best came to her folks. On Christmas Day they went to Gretchen’s mom, Lillian Strege’s, and all enjoyed a Christmas dinner along with gift opening. Kevin and Jesse and son Caleb were at the Bests, to celebrate also. Christmas Day, Butch and Loretta VanSelus had Christmas dinner at Matthew and Cory Stone’s along with their three children, Reyana, Megan and Jameson. Harold Stone was also a guest. The VanSeluses also took in the children’s program at the Nazarene Church in Spooner.

by Mary Nilssen

I hope each of you had a very blessed Christmas. The snow made the holiday a remarkably beautiful day. Now that Christmas is over, I think everyone is ready to say “Go away snow, we’ve had enough and it can stop snowing any day now!” The Stone Lake Feed-A-Family was a huge success for Christmas 2013! Due to the generosity of the community of Stone Lake and to all those who shop at Lakes Community Co-op and round up their change, along with all our partners — Cranberry Committee, First Lutheran Church, Wesleyan Church, Lions Club, and many, many more who gave us financial donations — we were able to provide 58 families with a box of food for several meals and some household supplies and also 75 fruit baskets

Ruth Thompson, who lives at Lakeland Manor, had dinner with her family Christmas Day. All of the Pedersons, Helen, Tim and Sue of Amherst, Megan and Dustin of Eau Claire, Mary and Keith White, Gina and fiancé Nick, of Hudson, Jeff, Aaron, Brent and fiancée Nicole Cummings, were at Sue and Larry Winner’s in Solon Springs. Greta and Logan Zinsli of Eau Claire and Christopher Bachinski joined them. It snowed all day so plows were out. Aaron, Jeff and Helen returned home that night as Aaron had to drive to New Ulm, Minn., to be at work Thursday morning. Lots of food and a good time, of course. Now we have to prepare for New Year’s Eve and 2014. Time just seems to fly by, doesn’t it? Life is not a problem to be solved, but a gift to be enjoyed.

to local senior citizens. Gratitude is extended to all who contributed financially, packed groceries, and delivered to our area families. It is so nice to work in a community that supports its fellow citizens. Remember the Little Free Library, located at the edge of the Town of Sand Lake parking lot, will be accessible over the holidays. It 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. Also remember that the Stone Lake rink has been flooded and is ready for some outdoor fun. Have a very happy New Year and be safe! Mary Nilssen can be reached at 715-865-4008 or

They also attended the Christmas program for the thirdthrough sixth-grade and enjoyed Jameson playing the trumpet. Loretta had cataract surgery on her other eye Dec. 17. Good to hear, Loretta, that you’re doing fine. Karen Vanderhoof tells us David and Kate Kinde and children sold the house they live in and are going to buy a bigger home. They live in Somerset. Karen was babysitting on Thursday. I understand Garrett Knoop, his wife and their little daughter are moving or have moved to Wisconsin. It’s much closer for both sides of the family. I understand the fish must be biting on Bashaw Lake as a number of cars have gone by Karen Vanderhoof’s. I wonder if the fish are biting as it’s very cold and when it gets cold they don’t bite very well. Beth Crosby tells us they had their children, Shorty and Melissa and Katie Ann, Tom and Sunshine, Isaac, Josie and Alycia, and Chad and Ashley, Chase and Morgan, home Dec. 24. They enjoyed opening gifts after having supper. I hope you all had a very happy New Year’s and we hope 2014 is good to all of us. Scatter sunshine! Have a great week!

Senior lunch menu

Monday, Jan. 6: Cowboy beans, glazed baby carrots, sliced baked apples, cran-orange muffin. Tuesday, Jan. 7: Chicken Parmesan, marinara and pasta, tender baby peas, fruit cocktail. Wednesday, Jan. 8: Home-style beef stew, biscuit, coleslaw, cranberry whip. Thursday, Jan. 9: Pineapple pepper chicken and brown rice, mixed vegetables, angel food with strawberries. Friday, Jan. 10: Herb roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, whole-kernel corn, fruit cup, rye bread 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.




Roxanne A. Emerson

Roxanne A. Emerson, 92, Spooner, passed away Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. She was born in Springbrook on Jan. 5, 1921, daughter of the late Elmer and Helga (Neste) McNitt. She attended local schools in Springbrook and was a 1938 graduate of Spooner High School. Roxanne attended Superior Normal School receiving a teaching certificate. Later, she earned a bachelor’s degree in library science from Superior State College. She taught elementary school in Cable and New Richmond, and was the librarian at Spooner Elementary School for more than 24 years, retiring in 1983. On Dec. 27, 1946, Roxanne married John F. Emerson at Christ Lutheran Church, Lampson. Roxanne was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, Spooner, and a member of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. She was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Spooner and the Spooner

Hospital Auxiliary. She was also a member of the Retired Teachers Association and the Wisconsin State Library Board. She loved to play Bridge and was an avid reader. Surviving are three children, Michael Emerson, St. Paul, Minn., Kathy (Richard) Anderson, Wisconsin Dells, and Cindy (Fred) Holm, Mora, Minn.; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Roxanne was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John; and her brother, Quentin McNitt. A funeral service was held Friday, Dec. 27, at Faith Lutheran Church, Spooner, with the Rev. Brent Berkesch, officiating. Private interment will be held at Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Spooner. The Taylor Family Funeral Home, Spooner, was entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at

They left us in 2013 ...

WASHBURN COUNTY - As we reflect back on 2013, we pause to think of those who have left us.

Kenneth Morse, Duane C. Goetzl, Richard L. Lester, Richard D. Thompson and Mary A. Frahm.



Joseph “Joey” Parker, Beverly J. Livingston, Arvid W. Bruner, Donald “Bucko” Roberts III, Molly Undem, Irene E. Phernetton, Aaron D. Nickels and Bernard A. Redding.

Edward “Bud” Gullickson, Laura Jellen, Jeffrey J. Kallenbach, Dennis R. Dahl, Warren E. Winton, Verna A. Norton, Luther G. Icard Jr., William “Bill” C. Albright, Tamara “Tammy” Ullom Friermood, Paul J. Fritsch Jr., Caren J. Olsen, Robert L. Scalzo and Marilyn J. Hager Hultman.



Norma L. Anderson, Kathie A. Barfknecht, Charles Donatell, Paul W. Homes, Barbara J. Hezzelwood Carlson, DeWayne Olson, Cyril “Cy” E. Willette, Laura Reitzel and Charles “Charlie” Jacobs.


Jo-Ann C. Starr Downs, Glen E. Nordin, Russell “Bill” Rylander, Hugh G. “Huey” Peterson, Joyce M. Hornick, Edwin C. Allen, Andrew “Bud” Peterson, the Rev. Bob Rodgerss, Laurine J. Lawonn, Shirley R. Keller, G. Maurice “Morrie” Maire and James A. Neta.


V. Joyce Green, Roy F. Slater, Beverly M. Helmer, James T. Smith and Amelia H. Zaloudek.

Budd Johnson.

Kenneth R. Pederson, John “Jack” Krentz, Londa J. Swan, Harry Langland, Thomas Ullom, Mildred Andrea, Norman L. Butenhoff, Sandra J. Redding, Melvin Jacobs and


Richard A. Streitz, JoAnn Martin, Delores “Babe” Hippe, Verna M. Wong and Wanda L. Heubner.


Carl J. Schmitt, Carla A. Crandell, John C. Hantke, James R. Nelson, Leslie E. Kroll, John “Art” Swan and Robert L. Milton.



Minnie P. Cantley, Harold K. Anderson, Mark R. Becker, Ida A. Johnson, Helen Anderson Smith and Dalen “Dean” Soholt.


Robert “Bob” Slayton, Lewellyn “Lew” Nelson, Monona VanBeek, Melissa K. “Cobra” Kuhnly, Robert Perkins, Madeline L. Witter, Gertrude E. Caldwell, Eugene H. Bedford, Genevieve Aszurek and Roxanne Emerson.

Debra “Debbie” Sandstrom, Fern Spafford, Robert “Bob” Conners, Gayle V. Marker, Ruelle E. Smith, Dotty Strand, Glenn W. Thorpe, Mary Jane Ekern, Ronald “Ron” Zimmerman, Donald L. Hotchkiss Sr. and Ione E. Johnson.


Larry M. Hopke, Mable U. Washkuhn, Alice M. Ward,

Washburn County Court Steven J. Beckwith, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Kyle J. Bresina, Shoreview, Minn., speeding, $114.50. Michael J. Buckwheat, Spooner, dog owner failure to pay license, $154.10. Erik T. Calvert, Rockford, Ill., speeding, $200.50. Michael D. Chase, Maplewood, Minn., speeding, $175.30. John R. Clark, Gordon, display false vehicle registration plate, $263.50. Miranda M. Dennis, Hayward, speeding, $225.70. Justin R. Dennis, Sarona, operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50; speeding, $200.50. Dennis W. Denver, Trego, OWI, $887.50, license revoked 6 months, alcohol assessment. Jeremy E. Erickson, Trego, dog owner failure to pay license, $154.10. Daniel L. Fogelberg, Shell Lake, disorderly conduct, $299.00.

Margaret L. Garey, Birchwood, speeding, $225.70. Becky S. Gustafson, Minong, unlicensed dog, dog at large, no dog vaccination, $154.10. Travis D. Hanacek, Spooner, speeding, $200.50. Mark W. Higgins, Luck, operating while suspended, $200.50. Amanda K. Holder, Eau Claire, operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50; violation of child safety restraint requirements child under 4 years of age, $175.30; inattentive driving, $187.90. Tenisha E. Irvine, Spooner, failure to notify police of accident, $389.50. Montana C. Keoke, Siren, underage drinking, $263.50, alcohol assessment. Mark W. Lewis, Rice Lake, failure to yield for yield sign, $175.30. Daniel D. Luebke, Rice Lake, operating while suspended, $200.50. Alexia R. Miles, Brookfield, speeding, $200.50.

Lois M. Parker, Cashmere, Wash., speeding, $200.50. Benjamin J. Paul, Spooner, operating while suspended, $200.50; operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Megan A. Pfaff, Spooner, nonregistration of vehicle, $175.30; operating a motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. James B. Roy, Minong, trespass to land, $263.50. Irina Rukina, Eagan, Minn., speedometer violations, $175.30. Jacques R. Shivers, St. Louis, Mo., speeding, $200.50. Christopher E. Simmons, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Lisa M. Souter, Shell Lake, operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Daniel L. St. Louis, Montello, possess drug paraphernalia, $299.00. Rebecca L. St. Louis, Montello, possess drug paraphernalia, $299.00. Lyle A. Strelow, Hayward, speeding, $200.50.

Joshua D. Swagim, Chetek, speeding, $200.50. Angelita M. Thayer, Hayward, speeding, $200.50. Mark E. Jacobson, Stone Lake, disorderly conduct, $299.00. Kristin J. Melton, Stone Lake, possess drug paraphernalia, $299.00, community service. Michael H. Olson, Sarona, second-degree recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon, $268.00, probation, sent. withheld; disorderly conduct, $243.00, local jail, costs; operating firearm while intoxicated, $243.00, local jail, costs. Andrey L.S. Todd, Rice Lake, retail theft, $364.09, probation, sent. withheld. Brandon J. Urban, Madison, possess of paraphernalia, $299.00. Matthew R. Wachtler, Minong, disorderly conduct, $299.00, community service. Avery L. Weaver, Eau Claire, vehicle operator flee/elude officer, $268.00, local jail, costs.


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Applications are being accepted for a full-time custodial position at the School District of Shell Lake. Hours for this job will be from 3:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. with some schedule changes as needed. Applicant must have a high school diploma and possess a valid driver’s license. The ability to lift at least 50 pounds is required and have sufficient dexterity to handle cleaning equipment efficiently and safely. Send letter of interest, resume and three references including address and phone number. Successful applicant must pass a criminal background check, drug screen and required medical exam. Start Date: January 27, 2014 Application Deadline: January 8, 2014 Submit application materials to: Mr. Tim Ullom, Maintenance Supervisor School District of Shell Lake 271 Hwy. 63 S., Shell Lake, WI 54871

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Notice is hereby given the Barronett Town Board will hold its monthly Board meeting on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at 7 p.m., at the Barronett Town Hall, located at N1608 South Heart Lake Rd., Shell Lake, WI. The agenda shall be posted at least one (1) day prior to meeting. Patricia A. Parker, Town Clerk 598029 20r

The Shell Lake School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants or employees based on race, age, sex or sexual orientation, creed or religion, color, handicap or disability, marital status, citizenship or veteran status, national origin or ancestry, arrest or conviction record, use or nonuse of lawful products off district premises during nonworking hours, or any other characteristic protected by law. The District encourages applications from all segments of the population. Minorities are encouraged to apply.


Washburn County is seeking applicants for the position of Administrative Assistant II/Help Desk. This position performs a variety of functions including record keeping, purchasing, inventory control, administrative and other related tasks including assisting users with the Windows and MS Office Suite products. Considerable independent judgment and discretion are required in dealing with unusual circumstances as well as confidential personnel matters. Training Required: Completion of a standard high school course or equivalency; Associate Degree in secretarial science, administrative assistant, computer science or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities; considerable knowledge of computer programs Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Power Point and Publisher. Must possess high level of data entry, data management and organizational skills. Windows system operations experience preferred. Starting salary D.O.Q. with excellent benefits. A Washburn County employment application may be downloaded from the County website at or by contacting the Administration Office at P.O. Box 337, Shell Lake, WI 54871, Tel. 715-4684624, Fax 715-468-4628. Applications will be accepted until 597688 8-9b 19-20r 4:30 p.m., Friday, January 3, 2014. E.O.E.

JOB POSTING Job Title: Technology Coach/Support Professional H.R. Contact: Edward Heagle Contact Phone: 715-468-7816 Job Description: The School District of Shell Lake is seeking a qualified candidate for a Technology Coach/Support Professional position. This ideal individual will provide technology support, training and guidance for teachers and students. Other purposes of this position include development of training materials, management and coordination of various online-based school assessments and development of technology-related professional development opportunities. Qualifications: Job-related experience in a K - 12 learning environment is desired. Ability to operate a variety of technology in an instructional setting. Proficiency and/or experience in an Apple Mac/iPad-based environment. Ability to work collaboratively with others. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with students, staff, parents and general public. Requirements: Associate Degree or higher. Deadline: Submit all materials on or before Jan. 8, 2014. How to apply: Send cover letter, resume, transcripts and references to: Edward Heagle Technology Director Shell Lake School District 271 Hwy. 63 South, Shell Lake, WI 54871 Employer: School District of Shell Lake 271 Highway 63 S. Shell Lake, WI 54871-8893 Website: Description K - 12 Public School District The Shell Lake School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants or employees based on race, age, sex or sexual orientation, creed or religion, color, handicap or disability, marital status, citizenship or veteran status, national origin or ancestry, arrest or conviction record, use or nonuse of lawful products off district premises during nonworking hours or any other characteristic protected by law. The District encourages applications from all segment of the population. Minorities are 597836 8-9b 19-20r encourage to apply.


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Notice is hereby given, the Barronett Town Board is seeking an individual to fill the Town Board Supervisor I position, term ending April 2015. Interested persons must be a resident of the township. Please submit a letter of interest by Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at 5 p.m. to: Patricia Parker, Town Clerk N602 Lehman Lake Road 598030 20r WNAXLP Barronett, WI 54813


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Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is accepting applications from qualified candidates for a full-time Media Technician at the Rice Lake Campus. Qualifications include an Associate degree plus two years’ related work experience or four years’ related work experience or a combination of related education and work experience totaling five years. Hours for this position are Monday - Thursday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Fridays, and the possibility of some Saturdays. For a complete list of qualifications and to apply visit our website at TTY: Wisconsin Relay System - 711 Deadline to apply: Jan. 16, 2014

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Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is accepting applications from qualified candidates for a full-time Business Office Technician – Student Financials. Qualifications include an Associate degree in accounting or related field. Prior related work experience strongly preferred. Knowledge of and proficiency in the use of a computer, computer applications and software such as email, word processing and spreadsheet programs. For a complete list of qualifications and to apply visit our website at TTY: Wisconsin Relay System - 711 Deadline to apply: Jan. 15, 2014

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OPEN ADMISSION POLICY Statement for Terraceview Living Center, Inc.

It is the policy of Terraceview Living Center, Inc., Shell Lake, Wisconsin, to admit and to treat all residents without regard to sex, religion, age, race, color, national origin or physical challenge. The same requirements for admission are applied to all, and residents are assigned within the nursing home without regard to religion, age, race, color, national origin or physical challenge. There is not distinction in eligibility for, or in the manner of providing any resident service provided by or through the Living Center. All facilities of Terraceview Living Center, Inc. are available without distinction to all residents and visitors, regardless of sex, religion, age, race, color, national origin or physical challenge. All persons and organizations that have occasion either to refer residents for admission or recommend Terraceview Living Center, Inc. are advised to do so without regard to the residents’ sex, religion, age, race, color, national origin or physical challenge. Terraceview Living Center, Inc. 597918 19-20r is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

THE COURT FINDS: 1. The decedent, with date of birth August 24, 1937, and date of death October 29, 2013, was domiciled in Washburn County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of W9315 Woodyard Rd., Shell Lake, WI 54871. 2. All interested persons waived notice. THE COURT ORDERS 1. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is March 12, 2014. 2. A claim may be filed at the Washburn County Courthouse, Shell Lake, Wisconsin. BY THE COURT: Eugene D. Harrington Circuit Court Judge December 11, 2013 Kathryn zumBrunnen Box 96 Spooner, WI 54801 715-635-3174 Bar No.: 1016913 597716 WNAXLP (Dec. 25, Jan. 1, 8) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY Associated Bank, N.A. Plaintiff, vs. KELLY J. NELSON Defendant. Case No. 13-CV-38 Hon. Eugene Harrington Br. 1 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that by virtue of a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-captioned action on July 12, 2013, in the amount of $122,864.85, the Sheriff or his Designee will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: January 22, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. PLACE: In the North Entrance of Washburn County Courthouse, 10 4th Avenue, Shell Lake, WI 54871. DESCRIPTION: Lot Three (3), Eastland Addition to the City of Spooner, Washburn County, Wisconsin. Tax Key: 65-281-239-12-29-5 15-262-501000. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1201 Badger Street, Spooner, WI 54801-5400. TERMS: Cash; down payment required at the time of Sheriff’s Sale in the amount of 10% by cash, money order, cashier’s check or certified check made payable to the Washburn County Clerk of Courts; balance of sale price due upon confirmation of sale by Court. Property to be sold as a whole “as is” and subject to all real estate taxes, accrued and accruing, special assessments, if any, penalties and interest. Purchaser to pay the cost of title evidence. Sheriff Terrence C. Dryden Washburn County, Wisconsin Plaintiff’s Attorney: Mallery & Zimmerman, S.C. 500 Third Street, Suite 800 P.O. Box 479 Wausau, WI 54402-0479 715-845-8234 597715 WNAXLP

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Mayor Peterson called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Committee members present were Buckridge, Dryden, Edlin, Eiche, Harrington and Leckel. Council members absent were Burns and Shelton. Also present were Jeff Parker, Mitch Brown, Dave Wilson, Kathy Schoener, Penny Dunn, Bill Jenderny, Teresa Anderson, Danielle Moe and Brad Pederson. The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. Eiche moved, seconded by Edlin, to approve the November 11, 2013, regular meeting minutes. The motion carried. Edlin moved, seconded by Buckridge, to approve the December 3, 2013, special meeting minutes. The motion carried. Alderperson Shelton arrived. Kathy Schoener gave a presentation on a Trap-Neuter-Release Program for free roaming cats in the area. This program will also be presented to the Washburn County Board. Services provided by the program include spay/neuter, rabies and distemper vaccination and ear tip. Ms. Schoener explained other ways to deal with the overpopulation of feral and stray cats and noted she feels the TNR Program is the best solution. Ms. Schoener explained the program benefits and encouraged the city to sponsor the TNR program. Penny Dunn, from the Washburn County Humane Society, explained their efforts to deal with stray cats. Ms. Dunn noted they want to adopt out as many friendly cats as there are homes for. Mayor Peterson referred this matter to the General Administration Committee. Mitch Brown reported on the Public Works Department’s activities. Concerns over snow- and icecovered pine branches hanging on overhead power and cable lines were expressed. The Mayor and City Administrator will contact Xcel Energy to relay the concerns. Dave Wilson reported on the Police Department’s activities. Clint Stariha’s report on zoning activities was read. LIBRARY BOARD: The November 20, 2013, board meeting minutes were reviewed. COMMUNITY CENTER: Brad Pederson reported Mike Andrews has been hired as Community Center and City Hall custodian. EXECUTIVE/HUMAN RESOURCES COMMITTEE: It was reported the committee recommends the following pay plan for 2014: 5% pay increase for Officer Bos and appointment to sergeant, a $.50/hour increase for Officer Imrick, a 1-1/2% pay increase for all other full-time employees and to increase the route pay from $10/day to $25/day. Eiche moved, seconded by Buckridge, to approve the 2014 wage package as recommended. The motion carried. PUBLIC WORKS ADMINISTRATION: The December 4, 2013, committee meeting minutes were reviewed. A Wastewater Utility Rates Study, draft Resolution #13-15 Amending Wastewater User Rates in Accordance with City of Shell Lake Code of Ordinances and Comparative Rates were reviewed. It was noted the proposed sewer rate increase would be approximately 16-1/2%. It was also noted the last increase was in 2009 and debt service for the major sewer project that is under way is a contributing factor in the proposed rate increase. Eiche moved, seconded by Shelton, to adopt Resolution #13-15. Upon a unanimous vote the motion carried. It was reported the committee held a public hearing on Resolution #13-16 pertaining to the proposed street vacation of all of Lake Drive, running from its intersection with Burg’s Park Drive southwesterly to the northeasterly boundary of that parcel of real estate owned by the City of Shell Lake described in Volume 90 of Deeds, page 260; Office of the Register of Deeds for Washburn County and all of Hillman Avenue lying east of its intersection with the east line of Lake Drive. It was noted that this is the former trap club road and a short stub at the end that was never developed. The committee recommends the resolution be adopted. Edlin moved, seconded by Shelton, Eiche moved, seconded by Shelton, to adopt Resolution #13-16. Upon a unanimous vote the motion carried. It was reported the City of Rice Lake is putting their 1999 sewer jet/vac truck out on bids, and the committee recommended the city bid on the truck and a bid amount. Buckridge moved, seconded by Shelton, to endorse bidding on the truck and the proposed bid amount. The motion carried. FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION: The December 9, 2013, committee meeting minutes were reviewed. Eiche moved, seconded by Edlin, to approve vouchers 1558-1654. The motion carried. The Budget Status Report was reviewed. NEW BUSINESS: It was reported the Republican and Democratic parties submitted lists for inspection inspectors for the 2014/2015 election years. The appropriate number of names from each party in accordance with WI Stats. were incorporated in the Mayor’s recommendation for election inspectors for the upcoming term. Shelton moved, seconded by Edlin, to concur with the Mayor’s list of election inspectors. The motion carried. MAYOR’S REPORT: Mayor Peterson announced the dates and times for the Christmas party and open house for Jeff Parker’s retirement. Mayor Peterson complemented the city crew on the lights and decorations. Mayor Peterson expressed the council’s and her appreciation for Dave Vold’s service as Lake Coordinator. Mayor Peterson thanked Teresa Anderson and MSA for their assistance with securing grant funding and loan forgiveness for the public works projects in progress. Mayor Peterson also thanked the City Council and public for their support and wished everyone a safe and happy holiday season. Leckel moved, seconded by Shelton, to adjourn at 8:20 p.m. The motion carried.


Being that the City of Shell Lake must adopt an equitable sewer service user charge system as described by the sewer use ordinance and being that at this time all users discharge waste similar in strength, buy varying in quantity, the following rates are adopted: METERED SERVICES 1. Minimum Charge for Sewer Use $14.50 per quarter 2. Debt Service Charge $1.35 per 1,000 gallons 3. User Charge $5.51 per 1,000 gallons UNMETERED SERVICE 1. Minimum Charge for Sewer Use $14.50 per quarter 2. Flat Rate Debt Service Charge $12.31 per quarter 3. Flat Rate User Charge $50.25 per quarter Total Unmetered Service $77.06 per quarter SURCHARGES 1. Any User Discharging Waste With: BOD in Excess of 200 mg/l $0.6753 per pound SS in Excess of 200 mg/l $0.2998 per pound HOLDING TANK WASTE Handling charge of $5.00 plus $10.63 per 1,000 gallons SEPTIC TANK WASTE Handling charge of $5.00 plus $52.93 per 1,000 gallons Any waste received from outside the City of Shell Lake corporate limits will be charged at 125% of the above rates. These charges are effective for service rendered after December 31, 2013, and are to be reviewed annually. Adopted this 9th day of December, 2013. Sally Peterson, Mayor Bradley Pederson, City Administrator 598031 20r WNAXLP




Shell Lake competes at Northern Badger Noah Skluzacek, wrestling in the 152pound weight class, beat Tristan Casey of Durand in a 5-0 decision in the first round only to lose to Jacob Dobbs in the second round. With a 5-2 win over Josh Campbell of Turtle Lake/Clayton, Skluzacek advanced to round three of the consolation round where he lost to Dan Horn of St. Croix Falls. Beau Skluzacek placed eighth place in the 160-pound weight class with wins over Max Kohler of Cumberland and Othayun Smith of Neillsville-Greenwood-Loyal. He lost to Bryor Hellmann of Boyceville by a pin in the quarter final. He battled back with win over Gage Kreucher of Somerset but lost to Tevin Anderson of Unity. In the seventhplace round he lost in a 7-0 decision over Dakota Steinke of Osseo-Fairchild/Altoona/Augusta/Fall Creek. Leo Carrillo placed 12th in the 220pound weight class with pins over Dakota Leach of Chequamegon and Brennen Eide of Blair Taylor. He lost to Ben Stone of Cumberland in the quarterfinal. He lost his next three matches to finish out the tournament.

Larry Samson | Staff writer RIVER FALLS — The Shell Lake wrestling team traveled to River Falls to compete at the 2013 Northern Badger Wrestling Classic tournament on Friday, Dec. 27, and finished up on Saturday, Dec. 28. The tournament attracts wrestlers from over 40 high school teams. Shell Lake has in the past participated in the B-State Tournament in La Crosse that is held at the same time over the holiday break. This is the first year they opted for the closer tournament. All of Shell Lake’s wrestlers advanced past the first round with a win. Jack Skluzacek, wrestling in the 106pound weight class beat Tanner Vankeuklom of Turtle Lake but lost to Austin Wolfe of Boyceville by a fall. The freshman failed to place. In the 145-pound weight class, Dominic Hopke beat Chance Brochu of Northwestern with a pin in 3:01. He was pinned in the second round by Alex Reas of Rhinelander but came back in the first round of the consolation bracket. He lost by a 5-3 decision in double overtime to Ryan Gulich, St. Croix Central, in the third round to finish his tournament run.

Beau Sklyzacek earned a pin over Othayun Smith in 3:45 during the second round at the Northern Badger tournament in River Falls on Friday, Dec. 27. Skylzacek took eighth place overall at the tournament, which hosted up to 40 different high schools. He won three of his six matches.

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The Coaches versus Cancer basketball game earned $1,500 for the Washburn County Relay For Life. The event held Friday, Dec. 20, was the seventh Coaches versus Cancer game held, and it was the fourth time Shell Lake and Spooner teams met on the court. The next Coaches versus Cancer game will be Tuesday, Feb. 4, when the Spooner Rails host the Glenwood City Hilltoppers. — Photo by Larry Samson

Shell Lake wrestler Leo Carrillo took eighth place at the Northern Badger wrestling tournament held in River Falls on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 27-28. In the match above Carrillo pinned Dakota Leach of Chequamegon in 1:33 at 220 pounds. Carrillo won two of the six matches he wrestled in. – Photos by Marty Seeger

Shell Lake School Menu Breakfast Monday, Jan. 6: Bagel or mini cinnamon roll. Tuesday, Jan. 7: Cereal and toast or three-berry bar and mini muffin. Wednesday, Jan. 8: Pancakes or ultimate breakfast round. Thursday, Jan. 9: Waffle, strawberries or muffin and cheese stick. Friday, Jan. 10: Cheddar omelet with toast or apple stick. Breakfast is served with a choice of juice/fruit and milk with their main item. Every day breakfast is free to all students.


would like to start the article this month by bragging some about our Science Olympiad program. It was started last year at the request of Kelly Lehnert, one of our high school science teachers. Last year was very successful with 15 to 20 kids competing at the weekend competitions. This year we have upward of 50 kids competing. Last month they participated in their first competition of the year at Boyceville. They took first place in the smaller schools division. This is an awesome accomplishment for those students. ••• This year we started a Free Breakfast for All program. This program allows any student to eat a free breakfast, whether on free/reduced pricing or not. Typi-

Lunch Monday, Jan. 6: Baked chicken. Tuesday, Jan. 7: Crazy quesadilla. Wednesday, Jan. 8: Macaroni and cheese, corn dog. Thursday, Jan. 9: Mozzarella dippers. Friday, Jan. 10: Potato bowl. Salad bar is served daily to all students. They will also have a daily alternate entrée choice of either Sandwich pack: PB&J, flavored cracker and cheese stick or Yogurt pack: Flavored fat-free yogurt with granola, flavored cracker and cheese stick. cally, through reimbursements, schools and snack for our students. ••• have been able to run this program with The weather seems to have been a a positive balance, especially if over 50 percent of the participants are on free/ topic of conversation quite a bit the reduced pricing. This year our breakfast past month. Our school board policy numbers are just about double what they on school closing is that we do close if were last year. There are also new rules the temperature is minus 30 degrees or minus 50 degrees wind chill, for after-school snack as well. or if bus travel would be too Athletes and students of any dangerous. The transportation age participating in organized director, maintenance director, after-school activities are also and other local administrators now eligible for free afterare typically in communicaschool snack, which consists tion with each other early in the of a food item and milk. The morning and a decision is made after-school snack program by 6 a.m. We send out a Skylert has also more than doubled message to all parents and staff, in popularity. Both of these and we use the KSTP school changes are positive and provide a healthy, nutritious meal closing link. Jim Connell

••• The budget is looking about like it should at this midyear time. We are planning to purchase a new school van in the next few months, and will start initial planning to purchase a bus in June if the budget will support it. We have not purchased a new student transportation vehicle in three years. It is important to keep up on vehicle purchasing and not fall behind, as they are a large one-time expense, and the maintenance on older vehicles can increase drastically as well. As always, feel free to contact me with any questions that you may have.

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A nativity display was the Shell Lake State Bank’s entry. The Celebration of Lights is an annual lighting event held at the Shell Lake campground. Area business, organizations and individuals set up the Christmas lighting displays. The displays can be viewed from the comfort of your car. These Christmas lights were in front of the Shell Lake Community Center. —

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