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Baby Sophie healthier this year See page 5

County’s property tax increase among lowest in area

by Gary King NORTHWEST WISCONSIN - It’s property tax time again, and, according to the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, the average property tax bill went up by 4.2 percent from last year. Gross levies - before any state tax credits - are likely to be up an average of 4.5 percent. The property tax bill consists of levies from local school districts, the county, municipalities and technical colleges. Statewide, county levies went up an average of 3.2 percent. Among local counties, Polk County saw the highest increase at 5.1 percent, followed by Sawyer County at 4.7 percent, St. Croix County at 4.6 percent, Burnett and Douglas counties at 3 percent, Barron County at 2.4 percent and Washburn County at 2.1 percent. The amount taxed by Polk County was $21.17 million, compared to $20.15 million last year. Sawyer County levied $9.85 million ($9.41 million last year), Burnett County levied $8.52 million ($8.27 million last year), Douglas County $14.47 million ($14.06 million last year), Barron County $16.89 million ($16.5 million last year)

See Tax, page 3


Wednesday, January 20, 2010 Vol. 120, No. 22• Shell Lake, Wisconsin

A sunny day

Three-year-old Levi Olson was proud of the sunfish he helped his mother catch at the Shell Lake FFA ice-fishing contest held Sunday, which was one of the few sunny days in this area recently. More photos on back page. — Photo by Larry Samson

New scholarship at Shell Lake school

Heading to Haiti in February See page 2

SPORTS See pages 12 - 15

by Regan Kohler SHELL LAKE – The Shell Lake School Board learned of a new scholarship donor and the final draft of the Safe Routes to School project Monday, Jan. 18. During administrative reports, Superintendent Brian Nord told the board that a donor, who wished to remain anonymous, is giving a $4,000 scholarship gift to the school. Nord said the donor’s only requirement was that every student

going to a four-year college or technical school have an opportunity to win the scholarship, not necessarily just an honors student. “It’s just amazing to me,” Nord said. He suggested dividing the scholarship into $750 per student awarded, with interested students writing an essay on what they planned to use the money for. Nord then told the board that the SRTS plan, which a task force made up of

school board members, city officials, the police chief and citizen members has been working on for a year now, is nearly finished. The plan was to come up with safe routes throughout Shell Lake for students who wished to walk or bike to school, and to encourage a healthy lifestyle. The Northwest Regional Planning Commission worked with the task

See School board, page 3

Waiting for word from Haiti

by Diane Dryden SPOONER - In the early years of the new decade, Marie Denise Laine, and her daughter, Beki, came to America from Haiti. They settled first in Florida and eventually, in 2006, moved to Spooner. Back in her native land, Marie was a judge and her daughter attended a private school. Her husband is a doctor. “Due to the poverty of my country, my daughter was a ready target for kidnapping,” Marie said. Her particular uniform meant her parents must have money in order to be able to send her to a private school. Fearing that and also those that Marie ruled against, the family decided to leave their country and move to the Haitian community in Florida. The plan being mom and daughter coming first and then husband later when they had established themselves financially. Even though Bethel is a doctor in Haiti, none

Beki and Marie Denise Laine, both natives of Haiti, are now living in Rice Lake and awaiting word about the fate of family and friends and the return from Haiti of their father/husband, Bethel Laine, MD. Photo by Diane Dryden

of it transfers to America, and he would have to take many classes to qualify to practice here. As soon as it was possible, mom took the local classes and qualified as a certified nursing assistant. They now live in Rice Lake where she is going on in pursuit of a nursing degree. “It is very difficult for me to go to school because I still do not have command of the English language, and I must study much harder than the others,” Marie said. Last Tuesday, Jan. 12, the day of the 7.0 earthquake in Haiti, her husband was at the airport in Port-au-Prince with his ticket in his hand ready to board a flight to visit his wife and daughter. He called to say he was not coming as he was walking back to their home because his flight had been cancelled. Tickets out of the country for natives have to go through the government, and as long as he already has his, he will be able to

See Waiting, page 6

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Heading to Haiti in February

by Diane Dryden SHELL LAKE - There is an upcoming trip just two weeks away that will be the fifth trip for the Shell Lake Full Gospel’s sponsored medical missions group going to Haiti. Team leader Dan Slater said at their planning meeting last Thursday night, Jan. 14, that even in good times there was always the smell of death in the Haitian air. Now, in light of the recent earthquake which claimed an estimated 70,000 to 100,000 lives, he can hardly imagine what they will encounter on their next trip, which is planned for Feb. 8-15. On the team’s first trip in 2005, the medical and support staff was stunned by the living conditions of the people in this, the poorest country in the western hemisphere, where malnutrition was widespread and less than half the population of 9 million had access to clean drinking water. They reported that the situation was desperate even then for most Haitians living in a country rife with political corruption. Through their native contact, Pastor Yves Reggaillard, the team knew where they were going each visit in order to set up their clinic. Inevitably, each year there were still hundreds of sick who hadn’t received treatment during their short time there due to the sad fact that the team al-

Early-bird winner

Dr. Jeff Dunham, Shell Lake Lions Club member, presented Cindy Masterman, Springbrook, with a $500 check, as she was the early-bird winner in the 2010 Lions calendar fundraiser. — Photo by Suzanne Johnson

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Three of the many strong men going to help with construction and security are Marc Strenke, Dan Slater - team leader and Pastor Ken Mandley of the Grace Community Church in Turtle Lake.

Members of the medical team that is going to Haiti in February are Margaret Heinze, MD, acting solely as the medical advisor but not going, RN Kathy Boissy, EMT Lisa Strenke, nurse practitioner David Rock and RN Sue Dodge. - Photos by Diane Dryden

ways ran out of medications. It was not unusual for the team to see over 200 patients a day, and one of the saddest visits was the last one. Everyone had gone back to their villages many hours away, still untreated, leaving a very elderly old man, deaf and blind, hunkered down in the dust, still holding his ticket in his hand. He did not realize he was completely alone. So far, David Rock, nurse practitioner, Sue Dodge, RN, and Kathy Boissy, also an RN, comprise the medical part of the team. Dr. Heinze, (formerly Redfall) will not be accompanying them this year for health reasons. An EMT, Lisa Strenke, will also be making her first trip as well as her husband, Marc, who is a carpenter by trade. Ken Mandley, pastor of the Grace Community Church in Turtle Lake, will be going along with Slater. Several other strong men will accompany the team to help with the grunt work, which one can imagine will be overwhelming on this trip. “It was bad enough back in 2008 when Haiti was slammed with four hurricanes in quick succession,” said Boissy, “but to add this disaster on top is horrendous. That disaster killed over 800 people, damaged over 23,000 homes and left endless children standing naked in the streets because their parents had died, adding to


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the already burgeoning orphan numbers.” Heinze has been a moving force in sending much-needed school and other supplies during the ensuing years and has a heart for the Haitian people. Her own daughter married a Haitian, and they received word that he is safe there. She is here in the United States, having come only two weeks ago to study for her nursing degree. Sadly, some of the locations the teams worked in have been destroyed, like the one in Petit Goave. At this point they do not know about the loss of lives. Other locations, like the mission buildings that housed the school for 500 students, the orphanage and the church in Bon Repot, were still standing but very unsafe. Once again, they do not know what the loss-of-life numbers are. It has already been estimated that there could be as many as 100,000 dead. They do know for sure that three of the Haitian young men who always helped the team are dead.

Returning soon Pastor Yves was in Boston visiting family when the most recent earthquake hit and will be returning as soon as he can get a flight in. His job will then be to assess the situation to determine where the team is needed most. Right now, it’s pretty much a search-and-rescue and bury-ortreat effort. The news has been full of the sad information that hospitals and clinics are no longer standing. Many thousands of people are not only taking care of family members the best they can until they can get medical help, but are also having to choose to bury their dead in the mass graves, or dig into the hillside with whatever they can find and bury the bodies

themselves. There are many people that are known dead and more hopelessly unaccounted for, including many doctors and hospital staff. As of this writing, there has been a call by the Haitian government for foreigners to stay home until they get their country stabilized with established law enforcement, the organizations of many countries are streaming in daily bringing professional help. Meanwhile, the medical team is making lists of medicines they will need for pain, malaria and burns. They will need antibiotics, water filters, bleach and bandages, and that’s just a small portion of supplies they will need. It’s not yet clear if there will be any of these supplies in Haiti they can buy or if they have to take everything they need with them. “The price of the medications will no doubt be astronomical due to their shortage,” added Rock, “and the team buys all their own supplies and all the medications.” Seeking more medical personnel Since the situation in Haiti changes on a daily basis, the team has found they also need to keep their plans fluid and to second source all information they receive. The team, because of the terrific task before them, is also looking for more medical personnel that would like to join them. The trip is not free, and it will run $1,200 to be a part of this work. Boissy would be the contact person for anyone interested and her number in Spooner is 715-635-2274. The Full Gospel Church will be setting up a part of their Web site for donations for Haiti, 100 percent of it going to the cause. Their site is If you feel led and want to contribute financially, mail a check to the church and mark it, Haiti Missions. Your contributions are tax deductible, so make sure your contact information is on your check. The church’s address is simply, Shell Lake Full Gospel Church, Shell Lake, Wisconsin 54871.

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Sign-up for farmland conservation program available now


SPOONER — The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service has announced that the Wisconsin sign-up for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program is now through Feb. 19 for 2010 funding. This year there are a number of new practices and priorities available. EQIP is the primary program available to provide assistance with farmland conservation practices. More than 70 conservation practices are available, depending upon the type of operation and resource need. EQIP offers flat-rate payments for each particular practice, so farmers know up front what the payment will be.

by Gregg Westigard WASHBURN COUNTY - Following is an updated list of candidates for the spring election in Washburn County.


Shell Lake Mayor: Donna Barnes-Hayesmeyer (I) Sally Peterson Alderpersons (two for each ward) First Ward [Mike Pesko retires] Jeri Bitney (I) Write-in Second Ward Greg Kittlesen (I) Connie Graf (I) Terry Leckel

Spooner Mayor: Gary J. Cuskey (I) Ward 1: Esa Everroad (I) Primary: Kip Olson Jocelyn Ford Ward 2: Carol Blizzard Dunn (I)

All eligible applications received by Feb. 19, will be evaluated and ranked for funding. Farmers can sign up at the NRCS office in USDA Service Centers statewide. NRCS anticipates over $14.6 million in funds for Wisconsin. Of that, about 60 percent will go toward livestock practices. New practices and priorities for 2010 For the first time in EQIP in Wisconsin, financial assistance will be offered for high tunnels, or hoop houses, usually used to extend the growing season for fresh market vegetable producers. This practice is part of a pilot project to see if high tunnels are effective in reducing

2010 spring election candidates Ward 3: Daryl Gabriel (I) Ward 4: Larry Stelter (I) Municipal Judge: Andrew S. Lawton (I)

Villages / trustees

Birchwood / two seats Greg Hayes (I) Thomas Knapmiller (I) Linda Zillmer Jason Ufferman

Minong / three seats Karen L. Baker (I) Andy Podratz (I) Lloyd Wallace (I)

Towns / two supervisors Minong / numbered seats Seat No. 3Linda Featherly (I) Seat No. 4Tony Tubbs (I) Kay Martin

School board candidates

Birchwood / two seats [Allan Widiker retires] Robert Langham (I) Traci Galvin Robert Robotka

Town of Minong has one contest

MINONG – There will be one contest for the Town of Minong board April 6.. Incumbent Tony Tubbs and Kay Martin were nominated for supervisor seat 4 at the caucus Jan. 11. The other incumbent, Linda Featherly, was the only person nominated for seat 3. The four supervisor seats in Minong are numbered and candidates run for a specific seat.

Minong is the only town in Washburn County that has a five-person town board. The town chair and two supervisors are elected in the odd-numbered years. The other two supervisors are elected in the even-numbered years. Gregg Westigard

and Washburn County levied $10.50 million ($10.28 million last year). WISTAX, a nonpartisan policy research organization, reports that school levies are up the most statewide - an average of 6 percent - followed by technical colleges (3.9 percent), and counties (3.2 percent). Partial receipt of actual levy information for towns, villages and cities suggests their taxes could be up about 3.2 percent. With state aid reductions varying so much, individual school districts can differ dramatically from the average. And although the drop in state aid helped drive up property taxes in some areas, an increase in statewide restrictions on allowable per-pupil revenue, as well as local decisions to keep the lid on potential tax increases, kept the average levy from going higher. While the average school district tax levy statewide rose 6 percent, the initial increase average was over 7 percent. A below-average tax increase in some of the state’s largest schools, such as Milwaukee Public Schools, brought down

the overall average. And a state-levy tax credit helped to lower the overall impact on homeowners. The deduction for the school levy credit is listed separately on tax bills. The technical college tax in Northwest Wisconsin rose 3.9 percent, the statewide average. According to WISTAX researchers, the state’s property tax was consistently among the top 10 from 1993 through 1996, claiming between 4.7 and 4.9 percent of income. However, a $1 billion buydown of school property taxes in 1996-97 dropped the state’s ranking to 11th (4.2 percent of income). Since then, the state has limited school levy increases through revenue limits and more recently slowed the growth of municipal and county property taxes with levy limits. In 2007, according to WISTAX, property taxes in Wisconsin claimed 4.2 percent of personal income and ranked 10th highest nationally. - with information from Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance

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pesticide use, keeping vital nutrients in the soil, extending the growing season, increasing yields and providing other benefits to growers. Manure storage: Prior to applying for manure storage, farmers should develop a Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan for their operations to aid in the major decisions that come along with building a manure storage system. Applicants for manure storage that have completed a CNMP receive additional points when applications are ranked. Field borders for bees: Pollinators are an area of emphasis this year in EQIP and a field border practice with special

Hayward / two seats [Rose Lillyroot retires] Shirley Armstrong (I) Kim Rumler Lynell Swenson

Rice Lake / three seats (one city, two rural) [Laurie Gargulak, rural seat, retires] City: Audrey Kusilek (I) Rural: Ray Van Gilder (I) Miriam Vavra

Shell Lake / two + one seats [third-place candidate serves one year] Stuart Olson (I) Tim Mikula (I)

seeding mixes beneficial to pollinators will be available to eligible applicants. Forestry: Good woodland management practices, including tree and shrub establishment, forest stand improvement and others, continue to be offered in EQIP. Private nonindustrial forestland, though not commonly considered agricultural land, is eligible for EQIP if it has a forest management plan. For more information, see under Programs, or contact the NRCS office at the USDA Service Center in Spooner at 715-6358228, ext. 3. — from USDA

Mary Ann Hook-Swan (I)

Spooner / two seats Maureen Revak (I) Willie Kaufman Jr. (I) Kurt C. Krueger

Northwood / two + one seats Frog Creek: Douglas E. Denninger (I) V. of Minong: Darlene “Muggs” Denninger (I) Wascott: [Kerri Link resigns, one year remaining on term] 2008: Karen Carlson elected, later resigns. Link appointed, moves out of district. Now vacant. Write-in

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force on the plan and this week came up with a rough final draft, which will go before the city council for approval next month. Board member Mary Ann Hook-Swan, who is on the task force along with board Vice President Jeri Bitney, said the two are heading up a momentum committee to begin implementing some of the plans, which include special events to encourage and educate students and parents on safe routes. Bitney said that one of the potential plans includes a pedestrian island at the end of Main Street, to make it safer for those crossing Hwy. 63. Also during administrative reports, elementary school Principal Mike Werner said that parent-teacher conferences are coming up, as is a school in-service, and that 30 parents are registered for a special Love & Logic workshop. He also said there will be a posting soon for an early childhood position. High school Principal Don Peterson said the Prairie Fire Theatre show is com-

ing up, as are auditions for the school’s March play and the FFA speaking contest, and that there is a coming conference on female bullying. The board approved a new policy on student use of electronic devices, revisions to the 7th- to 12th-grade student handbook, consent agenda and a resignation of the district’s information technology coordinator, Rodger Studt. They also held first readings of policies on Youth Options, gate receipts and free admissions, and heard updates on the student council, the budget and board subcommittees. President Stuart Olson told the board that the school finance elections meeting in Eau Claire is Feb. 1, and that next month’s regular school board meeting will be Monday, Feb. 8, due to a holiday on the third Monday. The board went into executive session at the end of the meeting to discuss hiring of new coaches, and later approved hiring Jen Bos as assistant track coach and Tom Sauve as head baseball coach.

Courthouse employees celebrate 30-year anniversaries Three Washburn County Courthouse employees celebrated 30 years Friday, Jan. 15. Real property lister Ron Bennis, deputy treasurer Marge Peterson and (seated) register of deeds Diane Poach were given a surprise party by courthouse employees that morning. Poach said she will have 32 years in August, while both Bennis and Peterson began in January 1980, in the positions they currently hold. Poach began in the nursing agency, then worked for the county’s University of Wisconsin-Extension before coming to the register of deeds office. – Photo by Regan Kohler


Letters to the editor

Do governments serve, or are people servants to governments?

The Web site for the Wisconsin Towns Association has a new look and carries a bold new banner proclaiming, “Lose Local Government, and You Will Lose America.” Has WTA gone TEA party or Socialist? The most recent push by WTA is for town resolutions opposing the Department of Revenue’s plan to move property assessment from towns to counties. Proposed legislation had already been drafted as the DOR held a series of token meetings across the state. Standingroom-only crowds of assessors and town and county officials voiced their opinions. Assessors feared for their jobs, towns feared loss of control, and counties feared having to implement the recommendations. Town boards are passing resolutions to oppose the change in property-tax assessment, maintaining local control. Towns want to maintain local control over taxpayer dollars and control over how property owners will use the land on which property taxes are based. Sawyer County government wants control over the land base, too. The last few months have seen a flurry of adoptions of town comprehensive plans and now a push for a county plan, which will over-

ride the town plans because of statutory consistency requirements. The only sure thing is that property owners will have little control as towns and counties battle for control. This will be a win-winwin windfall for attorneys and county corporation counsels. Sawyer County government has proven time and again it is incapable of providing the statutory services they have been charged with providing. The county has not maintained or followed zoning and sanitation ordinances and practices selective enforcement. No consideration or planning has gone into how the additional layers of comprehensive plans will be implemented. The county plan was drafted by a handful of appointed representatives, only about half of which showed up for meetings. The zoning administrator and the appointed county board representatives showed up for one or two meetings. Politically obedient UW-Extension was complicit. Most county supervisors have never attended a planning meeting, open house or public hearing. Remember that in the upcoming elections. Despite knowing zoning failed to provide proper notice to landowners, acknowledging missing information,

errors and a chapter which promotes Sawyer County Economic Development Corporation over economic development issues and opportunities, the zoning committee voted to get this hot potato off their desk and on to the county board for action on Jan. 21. The county board will likely employ their unofficial practice to thwart public input for contentious matters. A motion will quickly be made and seconded regarding the plan and identifying the powers to enforce it, ensuring no public comment. Supervisors will claim that the public had the opportunity for input at open houses, a public hearing and a zoning committee meeting. Those meetings only gave the appearance of providing public participation. No maps, draft text or public input forms were provided at the public hearing. Washburn County got it right by not adopting their plan. Maybe a little less local government wouldn’t be losing America, but regaining it?

I suppose that we have all had times of being disrespectful in our lives. I know that I have had plenty of those times myself. As a young person it may often have been just in following those I was trying to impress. I have, however, repented of my erring ways and strive to show respect for all people and for their property. It was recently brought to my attention that this was not the case on Saturday evening, Dec. 5, when the Spooner Health Care System was having their Christmas party in the ballroom above Jerseys. The Undems had parked their van outside the front door and went inside to enjoy the Christmas celebration. When they came out to leave they noticed that someone had been disrespectful of their property. Since Theresa heads up the Right to Life here in our area she uses magnetic signs on the van to get out the message of love for life. The magnetic sign reading, “Wisconsin Right to Life Washburn County Chapter” had been removed and

was nowhere to be found. This incident is more than some prankster stealing what wasn’t theirs to take. It shows disrespect for other people’s property. It disregards the $75 that the Undems have to pay in order to replace the sign. This deed also underlines the insolence against the most vulnerable and innocent. When we consider that in the years since Roe versus Wade over 38 million babies have been aborted in our nation, we can understand the urgent need for Right to Life being boldly displayed in public. U. Thant says, “Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect each other even as we respect ourselves.” The babies in the womb are human beings and their origin doesn’t matter. They are to be respected. They are not at fault for their parents’ decisions. Sir John Herschel said, “Self-respect is the cornerstone of all virtue.” I will just add when we show purposeful disre-

spect for others and their properties, we also show the ultimate disrespect for ourselves. The wisest man who ever lived wrote that a good name is rather to be chosen than great riches. For your own sake and for your own name’s sake, I encourage anyone who has stolen objects to return them. If you are the one who has or knows who has the Right to Life sign, it will be to your benefit to make things right. You can call Theresa Undem at 715-635-5115, or if you have access to the sign please drop it off at St. Francis de Sales church in Spooner. Theresa assures me that there will be no questions asked. In closing let me quote Laurence Sterne, “Respect for ourselves guides our morals. Respect for others guides our manners.”

I want to start by extending gratitude to everyone who voted for me in 2006. The election was close and has laid the foundation for my campaign in 2010. Today, I officially announce that I am running for Sheriff of Washburn County. On Dec. 4, 2009, I filed my declaration of candidacy with the Washburn County clerk’s office. At 36 years old, I have lived in Shell Lake for over 22 years, and graduated from Shell Lake High School in 1992. I have been married for eight years to my wife, Rebecca, and we have three children, Lindsey, Matthew and Cody. I have over 13 years of experience in law enforcement between the Shell Lake Police Department, Spooner Police Department, Washburn County Sheriff’s Department and the Wisconsin State Patrol. I received my basic police recruit training from WITC in Rice Lake, have graduated from the Wisconsin State Patrol Academy, completed Wisconsin basic jail officer course, and attended several hundred hours of recertification classes and specialized training courses. As your next sheriff, I would be actively involved with the community and staff on a daily basis. An open door policy is the best way to keep in touch with the staff and community. Citizens should

Showing respect

Prochnow runs for sheriff know that I am accessible: They can walk up to me wherever and are welcomed to come to my office and ask questions and share concerns. As a father of three, I plan on being actively involved in the juvenile justice system. I will be developing a program that involves preschool through 12th grade. The deputies and I will visit the schools regularly to build a positive relationship with the students and staff. Having a positive relationship with the kids will build their trust and self-esteem. When kids feel good about themselves they are less likely to get into trouble. I will run the sheriff’s department with structure, accountability, fairness and

Linda Zillmer Birchwood

Just after lunch on Dec. 24, my neighbor called and told me that when she was downtown she had heard that the city crew would not be plowing streets until the next day when the snowstorm was expected to end. Because of this, I was concerned that the residents of Shell Lake would not be able to safely visit family and friends nor would they be able to attend church services that evening. I called Shell Lake’s Mayor Donna Barnes-Haesemeyer and told her of my concerns and asked her if the roads would be plowed by that night so that the residents could travel safely around town. The mayor said she would check with Jeff Parker and get back to me. Within 10 minutes she called me and said Parker had been planning to have the plowing begin early Christmas morning. After hearing the concerns for the residents safety, he said he would get the crews plowing that afternoon and he did. I want to thank the mayor for her timely response to my concerns. Thanks to Parker for his flexibility and willingness to reconsider and change his plans while knowing he would probably face criticism for plowing before the snowstorm was finished. Thanks as well to the city crew for plowing the streets and making it possible for the residents of Shell Lake to safely visit family and friends and attend church services on that holy night, Christmas Eve. Judy Ricci Shell Lake

Faith In Action

I’m writing because I want to commend wholeheartedly the work of our local program Faith In Action-Washburn County. The organization’s director, Barb Nelson, is tirelessly dedicated to providing services that help elderly people stay in their homes, and my personal home aide, Heath Andrews, is the closest thing I’ve found to an angel here on Earth. I’m certain that all the volunteers that comprise the Faith In Action program are people of equal compassion and humanity. Faith In Action is a church-based group that brings to life the words from Lydia Chorpening Matthew 25:40: “Verily I say unto you, Shell Lake inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Without the program I would not be able to remain in my home. So please take the time to donate either your money or your time to Faith In Action-Washburn County. You will certainly trust to ensure the trust and support of be making our little corner of the world a the community. As your next sheriff I much better place. will work relentlessly to make Washburn County Sheriff’s Department run more Lona Mason effectively and efficiently. I believe that Spooner through teamwork we can enhance the quality of the department without stressing the taxpayers. I would greatly ciate your vote in September at the primary election and in November at the general election. I look forward to meeting all of you along the campaign trail. I want to hear your ideas and concerns.

Matt Prochnow, candidate for Washburn County Sheriff Shell Lake

Warm meals and conversations

On Friday, Jan. 22, from 10 a.m. to noon, there will be a listening session/public forum held at the Shell Lake Senior Center. This is being sponsored by the unit on aging, and a discussion will be held on changes involved with Friendship Commons, aka Shell Lake Senior Center. I encourage everyone, seniors or not, to attend and share their concerns. We

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need to support the center or risk the chance of losing it. This is a great gathering place for warm meals and warm conversations. A place to meet and visit with new and old friends. Please plan on attending and bring a friend and your concerns. Sally Peterson Shell Lake

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New year brings good health to baby Sophie

by Regan Kohler RICE LAKE – It’s been a year since a Shell Lake–based benefit was given to help baby Sophie Olson, and her mother, Trish Olson, said that despite many complications, she has shown much improvement. Sophie is an active and social 16month-old child who was diagnosed with PHACE as a newborn, a disease that causes birth defects in the brain, heart, face, arteries and skin. Her mother, a Spooner High School alumna who now resides in Rice Lake, said that when she was born, there was a bruise on her face, and her eye was not opening. “The doctors told me it was from … being delivered,” Olson said. However, within a week, Olson said she began noticing red spots on Sophie’s face, and the baby began suffering from severe vomiting. When Olson took her in, the doctor became extremely worried at the baby’s facial marks, which are called hemangiomas, and arranged for an MRI. After more research from different doctors, Olson said, the Minneapolis Children’s Hospital figured out that Sophia had PHACE. “She was 4 weeks old when she was diagnosed,” Olson said. Each letter in PHACE stands for a different issue. Olson said that Sophie doesn’t have the P, which stands for posteria fossa and brain abnormalities. However, Sophie has the hemangioma of the cervical facial region (H), which also grew into her mouth and throat, Olson said, though they are flat and do not seem to bother the child too much. The A stands for arterial cerebrovascular anomalies, and Olson said this means the left side of Sophia’s brain is mapped differently, missing part of the right side of what is called the circle of Willis, arteries which supply blood to the brain. Olson said these arteries are narrowed, and that Sophie’s are a rare case because they keep narrowing, and make her at

Shell Lake Lions Calendar Winners

Jan. 11 - $30 Naomi Beardsley, Shell Lake Jan. 12 - $30 Pam Trudelle, Trego Jan. 13 - $30 Pat Middleton, St. Paul, Minn. Jan. 14 - $30 Monica Burkart, Shell Lake Jan. 15 - $30 Deb Alt, Shell Lake

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Trish Olson and her 16-month-old daughter, Sophie, are seeing better days since the child was diagnosed with PHACE not long after being born. – Photo by Regan Kohler

higher risk for a stroke, so she is on blood thinners. C is for cardiac and aortic defects, and Olson said that Sophie has a hole in her heart that hasn’t closed, along with narrowing of the aorta, “which is common in PHACE.” At the top of the aortic arch, she said, it is twisted and kinked. The E is for eye anomalies, and Olson said Sophie has one, but it has cleared up a bit from medication she was on, though the child almost lost her sight from being unable to open the eye. The disease sometimes has an S on the end, which Olson said stands for sternal defects, but that barely any children suffer from this part of PHACE, so it was dropped. She said that the disease has the possibility of being fatal, too. Olson said Sophie had been unable to eat since she was born, as food made her

gag, and she lost quite a bit of weight as well as became dehydrated. Her immune system was down due to steroids she had to take, from the hemangioma touching her optical nerve and threatening her vision, and Olson said they were unable to attend family get-togethers if another person was ill. As of January 2010, the child has had four upper GIs, four MRIs, three swallow studies, five ultrasounds, and numerous scopes of her vocal cords, to monitor whether or not the hemangioma is getting larger. She may also have laser surgery on the hemangioma when she is 3 to 4 years old, if it doesn’t clear up, Olson said. Olson said it has been “16 months of nonstop medical care.” Sophie began going to a hospital in Milwaukee in November 2008, after her mother found out a world-renowned PHACE specialist, Dr. Beth Drolet, was there and got a second opinion. “That was the best thing that we ever did,” Olson said. Since then, the two have made many trips to Milwaukee, seeing, among other specialists, a dermatologist, cardiologist, ear, nose and throat doctor, an ophthalmologist, neurologists and speech therapists who specialize in the disease. Olson added that they are seeing a family practitioner in Spooner, as well. “They just know more about PHACE,” she said. However, the drive to Milwaukee is five or six hours long, and frequent, about three times a month. Olson said her 10-year-old son, Taylen, also has to remain with family or friends sometimes during these trips, though she said he is very understanding, as are those who assist with caretaking. “Everybody’s so eager to help,” Olson said.

Register Memories

1950 - 60 years ago

• With cooperation of Lake Theatre, the Shell Lake Baseball Association sponsored the movie “It Happens Every Spring,” a comedy about baseball and spring training camps. • The Boy Scouts held their first meeting in the Legion Dugout. Patrols formed were Hawk: Bill Ek, Cliff Kallenbach and Mervin Weberg; Ranatang: Calvin Chopp, Jerry Johnson and James Cable; Bat: Jerry Shea, Reinold Edwall and Ronnie Olson. • “The Stragglers,” an oil painting exhibited by Cecil G. Johnson, Shell Lake, was awarded the $25 purchase prize at the Northwestern Regional Art Exhibit held in Webster. • Officers of the Washburn County Democratic Party were Wm. R. Safford, Spooner, president; Ted Haag, Sarona, vice president; Beverly Spafford, Shell Lake, secretary; and G.C. Benson, Shell Lake, treasurer.

1960 - 50 years ago

• Charles Palmer, local lecturer and expert on Indian lore, showed his collection of arrow- and tomahawk heads and many other items he has collected all over the world to the Methodist Men’s Club of Shell Lake. • John Biver, Shell Lake High School, was a winner of the Soil Conservation Speaking Contest. • There was a skating rink at the north end of town on the west side of the W.W. Bitney home. • Cyril Christiansen, proprietor of Cyril’s Supermarket, and Ernie DesJardins of Schon’s Market, both agreed that food sales were down after people received their tax statements.

1970 - 40 years ago

• Orlan Plahn was elected president of the Shell Lake State Bank replacing retiring president Mr. Juza. • The city of Shell Lake was notified that its fire insurance rating had improved sufficiently to list the city from seventh to sixth for fire insurance purposes. Some of the determining factors were the new water tank and water main improvements and the purchasing of the new fire truck. • Fritz Welter brought his hamster to visit Mrs. Hile’s first-grade class. There was also a new student in the classroom, Timmy LeMoine, who had been living in California. • Specials at Dahlstrom Food Center & Locker Plant were Texas grapefruit 6¢ each; California carrots 2 1-lb. cellos 29¢; Southern Gold margarine 3-lbs. 69¢; and Van Camps pork and beans 6 16-oz. cans $1.

1980 - 30 years ago

• A howling wind of 60 mph hit the area following a light snow and some rain. School was called off for the day, country roads were blown full and fish houses on Shell Lake were scattered like tenpins. Fred Johnson issued a plea to anyone on the east side of the lake to return his two cribbage boards and deck of cards if they should show up on their beach come spring. • The Heart Lake Area Birthday Club celebrated Inga Sather’s birthday. Guests were Evelyn Peterson, Evelyne Olson, Jean Odden, Rachel Gullickson, Bessie Lee, Margaret, Helen and Virginia Pederson, Irene Wigchers, Mable Olson, Mary Nelson and Allen and Donna Sather. • The Resident House in Shell Lake held their second-annual winter softball tournament on Shell Lake.

In December 2008, the community got together to hold a benefit for Sophie, to help with all the medical bills, at the Shell Lake Community Center, and Olson said the support, which is ongoing, from friends and family has been incredible. She also received a donation from the Knights of Columbus. “I’m still thankful for everyone that supported us,” she said. “We are very grateful.” Since then, Olson said, the disease has been up and down. Sophie has to begin seeing a new specialist for cyclic vomiting and will be treated for migraines due to the problems with her brain arteries. She will need ear tubes and an endoscopy, in which Olson said a scope will be placed in the child’s stomach to see if any hemangiomas are nesting there. “It doesn’t reverse,” Olson said of PHACE. “It’ll be like this forever.” Now, though, Sophie has been off the steroids that she’d been taking due to the potential for a stroke, and she is able to eat solid foods. “Things are going better than they have been,” Olson said, adding that they hadn’t been to the hospital in a month as of last week. She sleeps better, and her disposition has changed, Olson said. She credits the doctor’s recommendation of whole milk and Carnation for helping Sophie eat. “That’s all it took, and she was a whole new baby,” Olson said. “Things are going better than they have been.” Olson said the doctors have no idea what the future will be for any cure for PHACE, but that Sophie should be able to live a relatively normal life if it stays this mild. People can track Sophie’s progress at

• Jim Fenton and Oliver Frey, representing the Shell Lake Knights of Columbus, presented a $134.89 check to Teresa Anderson, director of the Washburn County Day Development Center.

1990 - 20 years ago

• Overcrowding was a serious problem at Shell Lake Elementary School. There were 60 students in second grade and 64 in fourth. Even with the classes divided into two classes, it was still over 30 students in one room. • A barn owned by Jerry Ullom, two miles west of Shell Lake on CTH B, was completed destroyed by fire. • Dave and Deb Ekern were instructors for the Shell Lake Community Education co-ed volleyball team that met on alternating Saturday evenings. • Honored during Economic Support Specialist Day in Washburn County were Mary Denver, Karen Griffin, Dena Matzke and Beryl Rydberg. They worked in the county social services department and determined the sources types and levels of public assistance available to eligible persons requesting public assistance benefits.

2000 - 10 years ago

• Terraceview Living Center in Shell Lake celebrated its 1,000th resident when they welcomed Helen Fontaine. • Working with Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre, Shell Lake students presented “Jack in the Beanstalk.” • Timmy Scalzo won overall fastest car at Pack 51’s Pinewood Derby. • First-time donors during the blood drive were Connie Foote, Katie Foote, Brad Draves, Serena Elliott, Nicole Zeug, JJ Lehmann, Kate Bitney, Josh Luedtke, Shauna Atkinson, Tyler Odden, Bruno Vaz Diniz and Tayna Davidson.


Friendship Commons listening session to be held Friday

by Regan Kohler SHELL LAKE – The Friendship Commons, formerly known as the Shell Lake Senior Center, is holding a listening session Friday, Jan. 22, from 10 a.m. to noon. Washburn County Unit on Aging Director Jeanette Reitzel said, “We’d love to hear the comments people have.” The Friendship Commons has two different components, Reitzel said – the activities, in which seniors can come enjoy games, quilting, potluck dinners and movie nights, and the nutrition program. The center has been a congregate site for lunches, with meals delivered to homes through Meals on Wheels for those who can’t get into town. Reitzel said that there were questions of change recently in the nutrition program. Shell Lake’s site manager had to be reassigned to Spooner’s senior center, meaning there will not be a site manager there every day, and there was discussion of changing the nutrition program, to contract with local restaurants for meals. However, Reitzel said, after receiving assistance from

Academic news

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Alexis Berger, anthropology, and Matthew T. Bray, mass communications, both of Spooner have been placed on the dean’s list at St. Cloud State University. To be eligible for the honor, students must have a grade-point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. — from NewsLink ••• MADISON — The University of Wisconsin-Madison has recognized students named to the dean’s list for the fall semester of the 2009-2010 academic year. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must complete a minimum of 12 graded degree credits in that semester. Schools or colleges typically require students to rank in the top 10 percent of their class or achieve a grade-point average of 3.75 or higher in order to receive this honor. Local students named to the dean’s list are: Birchwood: Erik D. Severson, College of Engineering; Spooner: Theron G. Beauregard, College of Letters and Science; Stephanie Berger, School of Education; Amanda R. Frankiewicz, College of Letters and Science; Tyler E. Strickland, College of Engineering; Trego: Samantha J. Thompson, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. — from NewsLink ••• HOUGHTON, Mich. — Shannon L. Flynn, Spooner, received a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental engineering during midyear commencement at Michigan Technological University. — from NewsLink ••• STEVENS POINT — Eric M. Missinne, Spooner, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife ecology-research and management from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point during the university’s winter commencement ceremonies. — from WisconsinLink MARQUETTE — Jordan Gozdzialski, Spooner, Bachelor of Science, biomedical sciences, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2009 semester at Marquette University in Milwaukee. — from WisconsinLink •••


the state, Shell Lake will be keeping the Friendship Commons as a congregate site, with meals delivered in bulk from Barron to Spooner, where they are then packaged and delivered to Shell Lake, five days a week, with frozen meals for the weekend if someone needs them. This will be the same as it always has been, with people calling in to order – the direct phone number will be on the answering machine. “That’s still going to continue,” Reitzel said. Though she said there had been rumors about Shell Lake’s center closing, this is not true. “It’s our goal to keep that center in Shell Lake open,” she said. Therefore, the center is looking for more volunteers to continue services as they have been going. Reitzel said that the Unit on Aging, as well as the Aging and Disability Resource Center, has a mission to encourage area residents to give back to their community, which “equates to a form of volunteering.” Aging programs are about prevention and opportunities to keep people healthy, and Reitzel said it has been found that people who volunteer are healthier both physically and mentally. “That’s what we want to continue to do at the center,” she said. In Shell Lake, Reitzel said, someone will be there to help schedule volunteers.

Lakeland Manor hosts first movie in film festival

Happy Tonics Inc. is sponsoring the second-annual Winter Environmental Film Festival in Washburn County from January through March. Lakeland Manor of Shell Lake was the first host site to show “MicroCosmos.” The film was produced in France with footage of insects seldom seen in the U.S. and rain forest of Latin America. The event was well-attended by residents and senior guests. Happy Tonics served refreshments.

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come as soon as they allow domestic flights out. Marie is anxious to see him to find out from him who all has died or is still missing. In an e-mail he wrote, “I was at the airport waiting to be boarded at 5:30 this afternoon. Panic was everywhere when it struck so I lay on the floor waiting which caused a lot of anxiety. Everyone thought it was a plane going through a house. After I got my stuff, I ran to the gates outside just in time for another quake and then another one; Port-au-Prince is no more. Dead bodies are everywhere and it smells. Every single house has something. My house is okay, just some minor things at the wall. Can you call American Airlines to know when there will be the next flight? I want to leave Haiti as soon as possible because a major epidemic will follow with no food or not water. There is nothing left here and it is chaos. Every family loses a member if not all of them.” “It is so sad, and I have not slept for two days wearing myself out with crying,” Marie said, near tears again. “My immediate family is safe, but I do not know if they have any water to drink or food to eat. I also do


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Reitzel said she saw a Wisconsin senior center site manager’s quote that summed it up – “They [volunteers] are the senior center.” She said that the county, which owns three of the four senior center buildings, wants them to be a very integral part of the community. She added that she feels very fortunate to have centers that are open five days a week, and serving meals all of these days – some centers only serve three days a week. The center is also hoping to increase membership, as at a recent Unit on Aging Advisory Board meeting, it was said that the number of seniors coming to Shell Lake’s center is down. Reitzel said that the center and its programs are for anyone age 60 and over. The Shell Lake Senior Center changed its name to Friendship Commons last year, to attract a younger crowd of senior citizens, as well as those over 80. Many other centers around the state are doing similar things, such as cyber cafes, as many younger senior citizens remain very active. “The state really supported that,” Reitzel said. Reitzel said this whole plan, of continuation, is temporary, to see how things work out, and she encourages people to attend the listening session Friday. “We want options for the person that is going to truly want that senior center,” she said.

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What movie would be complete without pets? Buddy was intent on the cookies during the film festival held at Lakeland Manor. — Photos by Mary Ellen Ryall

not know about my extended family or about my friends who are like family. We have very close ties in Haiti, and I would wish to go to see everyone, but I have to stay so I can keep going to school and not miss any classes. It is a very sad time for me and my daughter.” She receives endless phone calls, and each time her cell phone rings and it flashes Haiti, her heart stops, worried about bad news. “I often get 20 phone calls in two hours,” she says. Perhaps when her husband comes he will have more information for her because with the electricity out where he is, it is impossible to recharge phones. “You can usually do it at the gas stations, but there is no gas to buy, so maybe the charging stations are closed too.” Like so many other Haitians living around the world, theirs is a desperate waiting game that not only will last for an endless amount of time, but it will also be an extended time of final goodbyes leaving them with considerable amounts of grief and a life to be lived knowing your past is no longer.

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Jack Frost Fest held

Joy Bauer, Sarona, led the dogsled rides (with Makenzie Moravec enjoying a ride) at Jack Frost Fest Saturday, Jan. 16, in Spooner. Bauer’s Siberian huskies were at the festival for the first time ever giving rides throughout the day on the ice by Tony’s Riverside.

Patti Kehl participated in the popular turkey bowling contest at Jack Frost Fest Saturday afternoon.

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hospital that has been caring for children for 110 years, in St. Paul, Minn. Weber says tallying this year’s fundraising total made for a feel-good moment, “All of us at RE/MAX Island City are proud to be a part of Children’s Miracle Network. We are especially proud to say that we were able to donate 35-percent more than we did last year. And with the real estate market picking up, we are confident that we’ll be able to see another significant increase in our donations for 2010.” — from Re/Max Island City

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The second-annual pond hockey tournament for Jack Frost Fest, Spooner, took place Saturday, Jan. 16, with around nine teams playing. The winning team, pictured here playing on the rinks by Tony’s Riverside, consisted of Aaron Arf, Mike Johannes, John Cuskey, Mike Baker and Mark Halvorson. – Photo submitted

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Volunteer opportunities

The Shell Lake After-School Program needs volunteers to help: • Knitting or crocheting, once a week or once a month from 5:15 to 6 p.m. • Homework help from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Monday, Tuesday or Thursday with first- through sixth-graders. • Readers Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, to read to any student K-6 from 4:15-4:45 p.m. or from 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. For more information, call Kris Brunberg at 715-468-1206, ext. 1205. ••• Terraceview Living Center, looking for volunteers to help quilt tote bags, Monday afternoons, starting at 1 p.m., at Terraceview. ••• The Shell Lake Public Library is in need of a 10th- to 12thgrade student volunteer. Those interested would need to commit to a regular schedule and be motivated. This experience would look great on a college application. Please call Beth at 714-468-2074 for more information. ••• 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. ICAA appreciates help, whether it be for a couple of hours or days per week. Please stop in to their location at 608 Service Rd. and pick up an application or call 715-635-3975 for more information. Background checks are required for all volunteers. ••• The Washburn County Area Humane Society is looking for volunteers for the following activities: • Event planner to coordinate fundraising activities for the upcoming year. • Person to write thank-you notes to donors. • Person with computer skills to maintain membership and mailing lists For more information, call Penny at 715-635-4720 or e-mail ••• Happy Tonics needs volunteers to grow seed. Happy Tonics Inc. has ordered 1,000 butterfly weed seeds. Common milkweed has been slow to start in the habitat and the butterfly needs milkweed. Milkweed, the host plant of the monarch, is the only plant the female will deposit her eggs on. Butterfly weed prefers sandy soil, which is the habitat’s soil. Want to give a hand? Give Mary Ellen Ryall a call, 715-468-2097, or e-mail


Tuesday, Feb. 2 • Shell Lake/Spooner Masonic Lodge No. 221 meeting, 7 p.m. at the lodge. Wednesday, Feb. 3 • Unit on Aging, 1 p.m., Shell Lake Senior Center. • Free soup and sandwiches, Church of the Nazarene, 5:30 p.m. Call 715-635-3496 to confirm. All welcome. Donations accepted.


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To publish a volunteer opportunity, submit it to us by Monday noon. E-mail it to, bring it to the office on Fifth Avenue in the mall 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.


Thursday, Jan. 21 • The Washburn County Humane Society open board meeting will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the State Patrol headquarters in Spooner. Call 715-635-4720 for more information. • Shell Lake PTA meeting, 6:30 p.m., in the 3-12 school library. Baby-sitting will be provided. • The Shell Lake Economic Development Corporation will meet at 4:30 p.m. in the city council chambers in the Shell Lake City Hall. • Second-annual Winter Environmental Film Festival sponsored by Happy Tonics Inc., at 2 p.m. - Spooner Health System Activity Department, 819 Elm St., Spooner. Environmental film “Incredible Journey of the Butterflies.” Open to residents and family. Registration or questions, call Mary Ellen Ryall 715-468-2097. • Washburn County Relay For Life kickoff event, 6:30 p.m., Jersey’s in Spooner. Friday, Jan. 22 • Second-annual Winter Environmental Film Festival sponsored by Happy Tonics Inc., at 5 p.m., Friendship Commons, 118 4th Ave., Shell Lake. Potluck supper served at 5 p.m. and environmental film “Incredible Journey of the Butterflies,” shown at 6 p.m. Bring something to share. Freewill offering helps support Friendship Commons and the Monarch Butterfly Habitat in Shell Lake. Open to the public. Registration or questions, call Mary Ellen Ryall 715-468-2097. • Listening Session sponsored by the Unit on Aging at Friendship Commons, 118 4th Ave., Shell Lake, formerly Shell Lake Senior Center. Discussion to be held on changes involved with the Friendship Commons, 10 a.m. to noon. Saturday, Jan. 23 • Free community breakfast, 7 to 10 a.m., First United Pentecostal Church, 337 Greenwood Ave., Spooner. All welcome. Donations accepted. • Prairie Fire Theatre performance of “Aladdin and His Magic Lamp,” 2 and 7 p.m., at Shell Lake Arts Center. Wednesday, Jan. 27 • Free community supper, 4 to 6 p.m., St. Alban Episcopal Church, 220 Elm St., Spooner. • Kidstime/Parentime potluck lunch, 11:15 a.m., at Lakeland Family Resource Center, 314 Elm St., Spooner. Center will provide chili. Thursday, Jan. 28 • The Shell Lake American Legion will meet at 6:30 p.m., at the Shell Lake Senior Center. • Shell Lake VFW will meet at 7 p.m., at the Shell Lake Senior Center. • Second-annual Winter Environmental Film Festival sponsored by Happy Tonics Inc., at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College, 13346 Trepania Rd., Hayward. Environmental film “Flow” to be shown. Fish meal and guest speaker. Film addresses global indigenous water rights, water purity, privatization and pollution. Time and details to be announced. Open to the public. Registration or questions, call Mary Ellen Ryall 715-468-2097. • Shell Lake Community Blood Drive, noon to 6 p.m., United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, Shell Lake. Call Diane 715-4687981 for appointment. Friday, Jan. 29 • Shell Lake Community Blood Drive, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, Shell Lake. Call Diane 715-4687981 for appointment. Saturday, Jan. 30 • Shell Lake Fire Department first-annual ice-fishing contest, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Shell Lake. Cash prizes. Door prizes throughout the day. Food and beverages available on the ice. Registration station located on Shell Lake South Bay. Major sponsors are AAA Sports and Ardisam.



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• Washburn County HCE meeting at UW-Extension meeting room, 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 4 • Shell Lake Chamber of Commerce meeting. • Aphasia Group, 10-11:30 a.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, Spooner. Contact person Betsy 715-520-7999. • Northwest Wisconsin Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, 1 p.m., lower level at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Shell Lake. • Free community meal, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 409 Summit, Spooner, 4-6 p.m. All welcome. Donations accepted. Friday-Sunday, Feb. 5-7 • Clarrise and Friends onstage at the Erika Quam Theatre, Shell Lake. Call 715-468-4387 or more information. Tuesday, Feb. 9 • Moms Club meets at Faith Lutheran, Spooner, 10 a.m. All stay-athome or part-time-working moms welcome with their children. Wednesday, Feb. 10 • Free community meal, 4-6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 135 Reinhart Dr., Shell Lake. All welcome. Donations accepted. Thursday, Feb. 11 • The Shell Lake Lions Club will meet, 6:30 p.m., at the Shell Lake Community Center. • United Ostomy Association local support group meeting, 1:30 p.m., at the Spooner Health System. • Fibromyalgia/CFS/Chronic Pain Support Group of Barron County meets from 1-3 p.m. at the Chetek Lutheran Church, Chetek. Coffee and refreshments served. Educational materials available to sign out. Call 715-651-9011 or 715-237-2798 for further information. • Free breastfeeding classes, 1:30 p.m., Lakeland Family Resource Center, 314 Elm St., Spooner. Sponsored by Washburn County Health Department. Please call Washburn County Health Department at 715-635-4400 to register or for additional information.


Monday: Lifestyle weight management support group will meet at 4 p.m. Weigh-in, meeting at 4:30 p.m. in the dining room of Indianhead Medical Center in Shell Lake. Call Michelle Grady at 715-468-7833 for more information. Membership fee is $10 per year, dues 50 cents per week. • Partners of Veterans women’s support group will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at Counseling Associates in Siren, located across from the Burnett County Government Center. For more information, contact Julie Yaekel-Black Elk at 715-349-8575. • Monday and Thursday: Washburn County Alzheimer’s Day Respite Program is held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Spooner. Daily fee includes lunch and a program of crafts, exercise, games, music, quiet time, etc. For more information, call 715-635-4367. • First Friends Playtime, 10 a.m. to noon, Lakeland Family Resource Center, 314 Elm Street, Spooner. 715-635-4669. All families welcome. Snack provided. There is no fee to attend. • First and third Monday: Celebrate Recovery – Life Connections is a Christ-centered recovery program. Meetings take place each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Life Center at Spooner Wesleyan Church, Hwy. 70 West. For more information, call 715635-2768. Tuesday: Birth to Three Playgroup, 10-11:30 a.m., Lakeland Family Resource Center, Spooner. Casual and fun time for parents and children to meet, play and enjoy music with others. Snack provided. • Ala-Teen meets at 6:30 p.m. in the New Life Christian Center in Rice Lake. Use the back entrance. • Library Fun For Little Ones, 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., Birchwood School Library. A time for stories, craft and a snack. No age minimum or maximum for participants. • Women Healing Women support group at Time-Out Family Abuse Outreach Office, every other Tuesday starting May 5, 45:30 p.m. For survivors of domestic abuse and/or sexual abuse. Free, confidential, closed after first session. For more info or to register, contact Time-Out Family Abuse Shelter Outreach office at 103 Oak St., Spooner, WI 54801, 715-635-5245. Wednesday: Lakeland Family Resource Center open from noon to 3 p.m. • Kids/Parentime at Lakeland Family Resource Center from 10 a.m. to noon. Learn, discuss, and share ideas on topic of the day. Short parent ed. segment at 10:30 a.m. and a parent/child activity. • Al-Anon meeting welcomes all, 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Spooner. Please use back door. • 9 a.m. to noon, sewing at Shell Lake Senior Center. Thursday: AA meets at 7 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, Minong. • Al-Anon meets at 8 p.m. in the cafeteria at Indianhead Medical Center, Shell Lake. • Library Fun For Little Ones, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Shell Lake Public Library. A time for stories, craft and a snack. No age minimum or maximum for participants. ••• Domestic abuse and sexual assault are crimes. Time-Out provides free, confidential victim support. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence in a relationship, please call 800924-0556. The Genealogy Research Room in Shell Lake is closed for the winter. Special openings can be made by calling either 715635-7937 or 715-635-6450, weather permitting.

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that her own battles came from roots of unforgiveness that produced bitterness in her own life. Now, not only can she share her past with the women in jail, she can share her own realization of how Christ changed her and keeps changing her. Graff adds, “I think the fact that I was once in despair and without hope like some of the inmates, gives me an inside look at their lives. Carol Graff, women’s They see me as someone chaplain’s assistant at the who can truly relate to Washburn County Jail, them. “The first thing we tell never thought that this the women is that they would be her calling in life, are loved by someone but she loves every and his name is Jesus, minute of it. — Photo by and each woman gets a Diane Dryden Celebrate Recovery Bible. It’s a Bible that is written simply with many Bible references for those who question whether there is hope for them.” Marge Pederson, lead chaplain, conducts a study for women that’s called Breaking Through to your Destiny. This study helps them build a relationship of trust with the prisoners. It also shows that both Peterson and Graff love them unconditionally through their tears and laughter as they go through the study. “I love going through this study with the women, and I love knowing their outcome is in God’s hands and he does a great job. We’ve maintained friendships with some that have gone on to prison or a restoration center or even released. One of my favorite letters I received was signed, ‘I was set free spiritually in A Block and I’ll never forget it.’ She is doing wonderfully and we rejoice with her. “I love my position as assistant chaplain, and I’m

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SHELL LAKE — January is National Blood Donor Month. The Shell Lake community blood drive will be held Thursday, Jan. 28, from noon to 6 p.m., and Friday, Jan. 29, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Shell Lake United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. To make an appointment, please call Diane at 715-468-7981. Volunteerism remains strong in America despite the tough economy, according to a report fro the Corporation for National and Community Service. The American Red Cross encourages eligible individuals to join the nationwide family of volunteers and make a resolution to donate blood for patients in need this January. “Donating blood doesn’t require special skills or a significant time commitment, just good health to share. When you donate blood through the Red Cross, you join a family for blood donors across the nation in a lifesaving cause,” stated Geoff Kaufmann, CEO of North Central Blood Services of the American Red Cross. — from American Red Cross

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happy to be a part of this unique ministry sharing the word of God and his promises. One of my favorite Bible passages are found in the book of Romans, Chapter 5 Verses 6 through 8. ‘When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us. Now no one is likely to die for a good person, though someone might be willing to die for a person who is especially good, but God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were yet sinners.’ What an amazing promise right from God’s word. “My heartfelt thanks goes out to Sheriff Dryden, Bruk Sweeney, jail manager, and the exceptional jail staff. I am grateful to you for what you do for the chaplains. I never thought that this would be where God would lead me, but I love my place there.”

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by Diane Dryden SHELL LAKE — Years ago when Washburn County Sheriff Terry Dryden initiated the chaplain program at the jail, it wasn’t on the to-do list of Burnett County resident Carol Graff. She and husband Frank live in a charming early 1900s Sears home out in the country on their farm west of Shell Lake. This Sears model originally had only four rooms, all the same size and no bathroom. Throughout the years though, various owners added rooms and a bathroom, and now it’s a cozy cottage nestled in the countryside. Frank, a retired farmer, is now a bus driver for the Shell Lake Schools, and Carol has greatly changed her life’s focus. Or as she says, “God changed it.” “About two years ago, a friend of mine was involved in the jail ministry, and she asked if I would go to a meeting with her. I was there basically to observe. Even though I didn’t feel initially called into this arena, I did have empathy for the women as I talked with them and they shared some of their life history with me. By listening to them, I knew without the grace and mercy of God in my own life, I could have easily ended up in jail many times on charges of drunk driving. I think this fact, combined with other dark paths I walked, gave me a special insight into their lives. Alcohol had been my addiction from the age of 13 until I was 32 years old. “It’s from my own experience that I can share with these women that no matter what they’ve done or wherever they have been, there is a God who is for them, and he wants to bring change to their lives. He willingly comes into the middle of our messes and loves us right where we are. We then begin to understand that we are captive without bars. So many people are in prison, even though they are not incarcerated. They’re prisons of drugs, alcohol, hate, unforgiveness and bitterness. We all build walls to protect ourselves and they become our personal prison. The choices we make will either bind us or set us free.” Graff attended the yearlong Celebrate Recovery program, founded by John Baker of the Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., at the Spooner Wesleyan Church several years ago. The program helped her understand

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Even if you aren’t of a Scandinavian heritage, it is quite possible that you have used the term uff da just because you have been around many people that do. As is common among many words in the English language, the term uff da can have a different meaning depending on the circumstance. Sort of like Charlie Brown’s “Good grief.” Even though uff da is not in the dictionary, it is an all-purpose expression. Some of the meanings to uff da, according to an Ole and Lena-type book published by Norse Press of Sioux Falls, S.D., is:

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ond princess. Since there are two main candidates this year, there will be Miss Shell Lake and a first princess, to be crowned and given sashes by last year’s Miss Shell Lake Johannah Feeney and First Princess Robyn Melton. The Little Miss girls will have a different form of judging this year. In the past, it has been by ballot boxes distributed throughout the community. Fulton said that this year, the girls will have a random drawing, picking prize bags which will have the titles inside. In addition to the title, there will be a Little Miss First Princess. “Everybody will get a crown,” Fulton said. There will still be a ballot for Miss Photogenic in each category, and Fulton said the pictures of the candidates will be up in area businesses, where people can vote for $1. The proceeds go toward the pageant itself. Miss Photogenic will receive a plaque, as will the girl who wins best talent. One girl also will win Miss Congeniality, as in the past. The high school royalty will win scholarships, while the younger girls receive savings bonds. They will represent Shell Lake at area parades on a float, and be present at the city’s festivals and events like the chamber of commerce’s awards night. So far, the girls have held a candle fundraiser, though Fulton said the pageant is always looking for donations toward these prizes, and donors can contact her at 715468-7289. With the Revolution of Dance theme, Fulton said that

WITC honored for excellence by LERN

SHELL LAKE — The Learning Resources Network, an international association in lifelong learning, has recently honored Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College for excellence in marketing. “This award recognizes the combined efforts of continuing education and the marketing team to develop a professional catalog of continuing education courses,” said Susan Lockwood, dean of continuing education. “Our catalog is designed with the customer in mind, just like our courses. Receiving an award for our efforts confirms that we are meeting the high standards that LERN has developed and, in doing so, providing a quality product for our customers. The award represents our hard work and the benefits of collaboration.” The winning entry effectively applied LERN recommendations for targeted marketing to reduce costs while significantly increasing response and enrollments. The entry was included in a showcase of internationally exemplary programs at the LERN annual conference in Savannah, Ga., Nov. 19-21. Information about the submission was on display throughout the three-day conference. In addition, the winning programs will be featured in future LERN publications and on its Web site at In selecting programs to be recognized for excellence, Julie Coates, vice president of information services for LERN, said the primary criteria judges used for those

selected was the quality of being at the leading edge of the field of lifelong learning, as evidenced by their nomination. In addition, judges also applied the following criteria: originality, innovation, appropriateness as a model for other programs and measurable outcomes. The WITC entry was selected from more than 140 nominations from four countries. “As Continuing Education continues in its redesign, LERN-benchmarked practices will play a key role,” Lockwood said. “LERN has proven strategies in staffing structure, marketing, new programming and course development, contracting, brochure and catalog development, just to name a few. We will incorporate new ideas as well as continue the targeting brochure distribution to our best customers, thus reducing our printing costs and increasing the response rate.” WITC serves the educational and career needs of more than 25,000 residents of northwestern Wisconsin each year. With multiple campuses, WITC offers careerfocused associate degree programs, technical diplomas, short-term certificates, customized training, and a wide array of courses for personal or career enrichment. WITC is a member of Wisconsin Technical College System. For more information, call 800-243-WITC or visit — from WITC

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by Regan Kohler SHELL LAKE – The 2010 Miss Shell Lake pageant, Revolution of Dance, is set for Saturday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in the Arts Center, with two candidates and some new categories. Shell Lake High School students Allysha Feeney and Chelsea Melton are in the running for Miss Shell Lake, and there are two candidates for Little Miss Shell Lake – Camryn Nasman and Brittany Clark. This is also the first year there will be a Junior Miss Shell Lake category, and there are three girls running – Savannah Soltis, Sheri Clark and Kyley Williams. No boys ran this year, so there will be no Little Mr. Shell Lake contest. Pageant coordinator Tammy Fulton said that the new category was created in part because of the age gap between Little Miss Shell Lake, who is a first- or secondgrader, and the high school pageant, and also to prepare them for Miss Shell Lake when they get older, should they choose to run. Junior Miss Shell Lake candidates must be in fifth or sixth grade, and their competition will be very similar to the older girls’ pageant. “They’ll be judged very much like the older girls,” Fulton said. “That’s why we thought it’d be good for the fifth- and sixth-graders to do the interview.” Miss Shell Lake candidates must host a meet-andgreet reception with the judges, which will be held the week prior to the pageant. The judges then interview them the night of the pageant, and the girls perform a group dance, individual talents, wear a formal gown and answer a final question unknown to them beforehand. The Junior Miss Shell Lake candidates will do exactly the same, save for performing individual talents. Each girl has a chance to win either the title, first or sec-


Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre production this Saturday

“Aladdin and His Magic Lamp” will be presented

SHELL LAKE — The cast has been chosen and rehearsals are under way for this year’s Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre original musical production of “Aladdin and His Magic Lamp.” Sixty-five students are spending this week working on the production that will take you on a

Returning to Shell Lake for another year as Prairie Fire director is Chris Rosser (L). Joining him in his first trip to Shell Lake is Kevin McCarty. — Photo by Larry Samson

Back row (L to R): Reyna Stone, Emilee Organ, Bryanna Davies, Lauren Osborn and Haleigh Rafalski. Front: Logan Pashby, Chris Heibel, Renae Lloyd, Chrissy Kodesh, Shelby Jones, Savannah Soltis and Kyley Williams are just part of the cast of the Shell Lake PTA-Prairie Fire production of “Aladdin and His Magic Lamp.” The play will be performed Saturday, Jan. 23, at 2 and 7 p.m., at the Shell Lake Arts Center.

magical journey through the mystical Orient. Performances will be on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Shell Lake Arts Center located at 802 1st Ave. in Shell Lake. The Giant Gemstones, the Vagabonds, the Maidens of the Palace, and the Slaves of the Lamp and Ring will support Chris Heibel as Aladdin, Emilee Organ as the Mother Harmonia, Sage Dunham as the Princess Serena, Jordan Hill as the Sultan, Logan Pashby as the Vizier, Haleigh Rafalski as the Genie of the Ring and Emma Thomas as Zanda the Tiger. The roles of the Genie of the Lamp and the Evil African Magician, the villain of the story, will be played by two professional actors from Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre, Kevin McCarty and Chris Rosser respectively. This is the 15th year that the Shell Lake PTA has sponsored Prairie Fire Theatre productions because it offers students an opportunity to participate and the community to enjoy a quality theater experience. Tickets are available for purchase at the door. Arrive early to get the best seats as they fill up fast! — from Shell Lake PTA

Butterflies are Free quilt

by Mary Ellen Ryall SHELL LAKE — A year ago, in January 2009, the Sit and Chat Quilters of Friendship Commons Senior Center began stitching a butterfly quilt as a fundraiser for Happy Tonics Inc. The nonprofit 501(c)(3) environmental education organization and public charity implemented a Monarch Butterfly Habitat on city land in 2007. The elders wanted to donate a quilt for a fundraiser to help maintain the habitat. The restored remnant tallgrass prairie boasts native wildflowers and grasses for pollinating insects including butterflies, moths and bees. The quilters celebrated their one-year anniversary in January 2010. It is hard to believe that the ladies are about halfway finished with the project. They meet weekly and work on the quilt for three hours at a stretch. Can you imagine having the patience and diligence to work on a project with this time requirement? Their dedication and persistence is amazing. When asked where the fabric came from, Mary Olsen looked up and said, “We brought in fabric from our homes and matched colors we wanted in the quilt.” Each butterfly has a story, of course, because each has a fabric history. Nothing goes to waste when one is

Quilters Mary Olsen, Marian Brincken, Myrna Atkinson and Mary Rachsler are working on the Butterflies are Free quilt at the Friendship Commons in Shell Lake. — Photo by Mary Ellen Ryall

thrifty. Some of the quilters have lived through the Depression and all through recessions and the booming ‘90s. They know the value of sustainability and raising milkweed for the monarch butterfly. The quilters surely know the value of not throwing things away. Curt Atkinson drives Myrna to the center because his wife doesn’t drive. He helps her unload the frame each week and then the frame is set up by the quilters. Myrna explained that the long boards for the frame were donated by Angie Klopp, a quilter up until a few years ago. No longer able to get about, Angie now resides at Terraceview Living Center in Shell Lake. Even the frame has a story. Myrna adds, “The quilt is 93”x103”. There are 42 big butterflies in the middle and 28 little ones around the edge.” The Butterflies are Free quilt will be auctioned off after it is completed. The plan is to display it first at the Shell Lake State Bank so all can enjoy this masterpiece. Happy Tonics members and friends will have an opportunity to help support the Monarch Butterfly Habitat in Shell Lake with an online auction in the eBay store. Visit the store at where they sell milkweed seed, books and clothing to support their mission.

Kujala honored as Eagle Scout

by Regan Kohler SPOONER – Joey Kujala, Boy Scout Troop 104, was given the highest honor, Eagle Scout, at a ceremony Sunday, Jan. 17, in Trinity Lutheran Church, Spooner. Kujala, Spooner, became a Tiger Cub in first grade, and a Boy Scout in 2002. According to his scoutmasters, over the years he has held all leadership positions in the Scouts, earned 38 merit badges, camped more than 100 nights and hiked 259 miles, went to all three high-adventure bases, earned many kayaking and canoe awards, and logged many community service hours. To become an Eagle Scout, the trail goes from Scout, to Tenderfoot, to Second and then First Class, then a Star, followed by Life and then Eagle. The Scout must earn a minimum of 21 merit Joey Kujala, Spooner (second from right), became an Eagle Scout badges, carry out a service project Sunday, Jan. 17. Pictured are his parents, Jim Kujala (R) and Mike and to the community, a school or a Dawn Richter. – Photos by Regan Kohler church, hold an active leadership position for six months after beKujala thanked everyone involved in his trip to becoming a Life Scout and demonstrate many other abilcoming an Eagle Scout. ities. “Thank you very much for being a part of this day,” Scoutmaster Kris Larsen said that only 2 percent of he said. Scouts in the United States reach Eagle status. In addition to badges, Kujala received a special letter from Gov. Jim Doyle, and a knife.

Joey Kujala pinned a badge on his mother, Dawn Richter. Kujala is the second in his family to become an Eagle Scout, as his brother, Jimmy, received the honor in 2006. The last Eagle Scout honor was in 2007, with Seth Adams and Ryan Bloms.



It’s a win


by Larry Samson SHELL LAKE — The Shell Lake boys basketball team won its first game of the season with a 56-20 win over Prairie Farm on Tuesday, Jan. 12. “We are glad to get that monkey off our backs, now we can move on and try to pick up a few more in the second half of the season,” coach David Bouchard said after the game. “The bench is beating us,” in reference to the limited number of varsity players he has to work with. The team has been able to play on the same level as their opponents until in the second half when the game slips away. Shell Lake put together four quarters, amassing 33 points on the boards in the first half and 23 in the second half. Brandon Degner put in a strong performance with 15 points. Robert Scheu played his best game of the season with 15 points to his credit. Junior Andy Melton had a season high of 10 points. Ty Frisbie, coming on strong in recent games, accounted for six points. Shell Lake traveled to Cameron on Friday, Jan. 15, and came up short of a backto-back win, losing to Cameron 65-38. They will be traveling to Turtle Lake on Friday, Jan. 22, in their first matchup of the season.

Andy Melton makes this basket against the Prairie Farm defense. He had his personal best with 10 points.

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Aaron Druschba makes the basket after a pass inside.

LEFT - A Prairie Farm player gets sandwiched between Cole Smith and Mario Estrada as they fight it out for the rebound.

RIGHT - Brandon Degner put 15 points on the scoreboard as the Shell Lake Lakers won their first game of the season, beating Prairie Farm 56-20 before the home crowd.



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Shell Lake 48.0 Cornell/Gilman 15.0 103: Chris Kidder, SL, won by forfeit. 112: Dan Cassel, SL, won by forfeit. 119: T. Peters, C/G, won in overtime over Al Hopke, SL, 6-4. 125: C. Hodowanic, C/G, won by forfeit. 130: Dillon Hopke, SL, dec. B. Copas, C/G, 16-9. 135: Aaron Slinker, SL, pinned H. Matthews, C/G, 4:26. 140: Trevor Anderson, SL, dec. E. Gunderlach, C/G, 4-3. 145: double forfeit. 152: Drew Knoop, SL, won by forfeit. 160: E. Hrdlicka, C/G, pinned Cavan Maher, SL, 3:05. 171: Michael Johnson, SL, won by forfeit. 189: Caleb Schmidt, SL, dec. K. Latz, C/G, 12-7. 215: Marlo Fields, SL, won in overtime over G. Sima, C/G, 7-5. 285: Brian Marshall, SL, pinned S. Waeminski, C/G, 0:22. 2010 St. Croix Falls Wrestling Classic results for Shell Lake

103: Chris Kidder placed sixth and scored 10.00 team points. 112: Dan Cassel placed third and scored 24.00 team points. 119: Al Hopke placed third and scored 21.00 team points. 125: Dillon Hopke placed sixth and scored 10.00 team points. 130: Aaron Slinker placed seventh and scored 7.00 team points. 140: Tyler Anderson place unknown and scored 0.00 team points. 152: Drew Knoop placed first and scored 33.00 team points. 160: Cavan Maher placed fourth and scored 18.00 team points. 171: Michael Johnson placed third and scored 24.00 team points. 189: Caleb Schmidt placed eighth and scored 3.00 team points. 215: Marlo Fields placed sixth and scored 10.00 team points. 285: Brian Marshall placed fifth and scored 15.00 team points.

Dillon Hopke had Brady Copas in an arm bar. Hopke won by a 16-9 decision.

Two points were all that Marlo Fields needed as he defeated Gabe Sima in overtime. He had to come from behind in the third period to tie it up 5-5. The win helped Shell Lake defeat their conference rivals Cornell/Gilman 48-15 to remain undefeated in conference duals.

Wrestling challenge set

SHELL LAKE — The Shell Lake Wrestling Challenge Tournament is set for Saturday, Jan. 23. Teams scheduled to participate are Spooner, Cumberland, New Richmond, Chequamegon, Spring Valley, Bloomer, Boyceville, Hudson and Shell Lake. There will be several state wrestlers in field of the nine teams from last season. Weigh-ins will be at 8 a.m. The first two rounds will start at 9 a.m. with six

rounds total. There will be a break after the third round and fifth round. Three mats will be used. The final round will be at approximately 4 p.m. All matches are set to be six minutes. Individual customized medals for first, second, third and fourth places. Trophies for first- and second-place teams. Ticket prices are $5 for adults and $3 for students. — from Shell Lake Schools

Caleb Schmidt won by a 12-7 decision over Kade Latz.

Photos by Larry Samson except where noted

Cavan Maher, wrestling in his first year, was pinned by Blake Lundgren of Amery during the St. Croix Falls Wrestling Classic held Saturday, Jan. 16. Maher finished fourth in the 160-pound class. Shell Lake finished in sixth place in a field of 12 schools. — Photo by Marty Steeger

Aaron Slinker pinned Hale Matthews of Cornell/Gilman with 4:26 on the clock.


WA S H B U R N C O U N T Y R E G I S T E R SHELL LAKE — The Shell Lake girls basketball team continued its improved play, resulting in a split of last week’s games. The Lakers downed Prairie Farm at home 50-30 before losing at Cameron 49-43. Ashley Anderson had a career night against Prairie Farm pouring in 26 points to go along with 16 rebounds and three steals. Jen Cassel added eight points, and Kim Moravec had six. Steph Clark grabbed nine rebounds and had three steals, while Emma Anderson and Cassel combined for nine assists. “It was a great win for the girls,” commented Laker coach Carlo Kumpula. “Prairie Farm had no answer for Ashley, she was on fire, but the other girls also made big contributions.” At Cameron, the Lakers struggled early and trailed 27-19 at the half but made a strong second half comeback. “We were in too much of a hurry

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against their press,” said Kumpula. “Once we settled down, we attacked it well and got good shots. We caught them in the fourth quarter, but they hit a few shots to beat us.” Anderson and Clark led the Shell Lake offense, combining for 33 points, while Moravec hauled in nine rebounds to lead in that department. Cassel added seven points, Clark had four assists, and Emma Anderson made four steals. “It was our best week of basketball so far,” added Kumpula, “and I was most pleased with our improved free-throw shooting. We made 15 of 21 against Prairie Farm and 13 of 20 at Cameron. I’ll take those numbers anytime.” The Lakers continued their sevengame road trip on Tuesday at Siren. This Thursday they go to Turtle Lake and next Tuesday they make the short drive north to Spooner. — submitted

Ashley Anderson with a jump shot. She had a career high of 26 points in the game.

It is all in a day’s work for Emma Anderson as she fights it out for the ball. She has earned a reputation for going after the ball.

Emma Anderson with a basket on a fast break as the Shell Lake girls won their first game of the season 50-30.

Jennifer Cassel passes the ball inside to Ashley Anderson in a deadly combination for the Lakers.

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Squirt tournament set

Spooner Area Youth Hockey Squirt Team shown back row (L to R): Dave Zebro, assistant coach; John Laub, assistant coach; and Rick Saletri, head coach. Middle: Logan Zebro, Jordan Borelli, Jace Sando, Kaelin Laub and Scott Lindenberger. Front: Spencer Blonk, Derrick Rapley, Colton Avery, Sam Johnson, Austin Reidt and Rikki Saletri. Not pictured: Nathan Crawford. — Photo submitted SPOONER — The Spooner Area Youth Hockey Association will be hosting the first of four tournaments this upcoming weekend, Jan. 23 and 24. This tournament will be at the Squirt level. Squirts are players who were born in 1999 and 2000. The Spooner Squirts will kick off the tournament at 8 a.m. Saturday morning playing Viroqua. They have been having a great season and have a record of 11 wins, five losses and two ties. Barron and Green Bay will take the ice at 9:15 a.m. with Menomonie and Hayward follow-

ing at 10:45 p.m. The final first-round game between Chippewa Falls and Superior will face off at noon. The second round of the tournament will continue Saturday afternoon with the last game scheduled for 5:30 p.m. The tournament will conclude on Sunday morning, with four games starting 8 a.m. The championship game will take place at noon. All games will take place at the Northwest Sports Complex. Admission is free, and it is a great opportunity to support your local youth hockey players. — from SAYH

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Brady Mortensen Memorial Tournament set

SHELL LAKE — The Shell Lake Youth Open Brady Mortensen Memorial Tournament for wrestlers in preschool through eighth grade will be held Sunday, Jan. 24. Weigh-in is from 8 to 9 a.m. Wrestling will start at approximately 9:30 a.m. with preschool through first grade wrestling first. This is an all-trophy tournament with individual and first- and secondplace team trophies. The entry fee is $12. Each registered wrestler will be entered into a raffle for a Wii system. Wrestlers need not be a member of a team to participate. WIAA wrestling rules and officials will be used for all matches. Wrestling will be determined

Free-throw contest this Friday

SPOONER — The Spooner Knights of Columbus along with the Spooner boys and girls basketball teams are hosting a free, free-throw contest for all boys and girls ages 10-14 as of Jan. 1 this Friday, Jan. 22, at the new Spooner High School. There will be open gym and registration from after school until 4:30 p.m. when the contest starts. Middle school

students can ride bus 67 up the high school. Also, Friday is Spooner Youth Girls Basketball Night. Any Spooner youth girls basketball player who wears her jersey will get into the Spooner versus Northwestern game for free. — from Spooner Schools

Traditional Bone Collectors: 454 Roosevelt QDM: 436 Putz’s: 338 Eyesore: 313

Men’s Sparish Taxidermy: 710 Timberland Pub: 707 Granite Electric: 706 Shlitz: 704 Shell Lake State Bank: 704 Olsen’s RDC: 620 Bassett Farm/Sandstrom: 608 Close Encounters: 583 Coldwell Bankers: 522

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Women’s Barronett Bar and Grill: 640 Red Brick 1: 524

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Saturday Junior League

Team standings: The Prime 49, Masterjohn Realty 41, Leisure Technology 28, Silver Shears 25, Shell Lake Chiropractor 24, The Cats Meow 19, Bradway Construction 16, Shell Lake State Bank 15 Girls games: Danielle Powers 169 Girls series: Danielle Powers 405, Kristine Powers 321


Boys basketball Fri., Jan. 22: At Turtle Lake, 7:30 p.m. Fri., Jan. 29: DH at St. Croix Falls (n/c), 7:30 p.m. Tues., Feb. 2: DH at Northwood, 6 p.m. Fri., Feb. 5: At Clear Lake, 7:30 p.m. Mon., Feb. 8: Vs. Webster (n/c), 7:30 p.m. Fri., Feb. 12: Vs. Clayton, 7:30 p.m. Tues., Feb. 16: DH at Prairie Farm, 6 p.m. Fri., Feb. 19: Vs. Cameron, 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 25: Vs. Turtle Lake, 7:30 p.m. Tues., March 2: Regional (Round 1) TBA Thurs., March 4: Regional (Round 2) TBA Sat., March 6: Regional final at Webster TBA Fri.-Sat. March 12-13: Sectional at Spooner, 6 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., March 18-20: State at Madison TBA

Girls basketball Tues., Jan. 26: At Spooner, 7:30 p.m., (n/c) JV 5:45 p.m. Fri., Jan. 29: DH at St. Croix Falls (n/c), 6 p.m.

Boys games: Tyler Voelker 211, Daniel Atkinson 164, Alex Peterson 162 Boys series: Tyler Voelker 520, Adam Holzem 423, Alex Peterson 417


Tues., Feb. 2: DH at Northwood, 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Feb. 4: At Clear Lake, 7:30 p.m. Tues., Feb. 9: Vs. Clayton, 7:30 p.m. Tues., Feb. 16: DH at Prairie Farm, 7:30 p.m. Tues., Feb. 23: Vs. Cameron, 7:30 p.m. Fri., Feb. 26: Vs. Turtle Lake, 7:30 p.m. Tues., March 9: Regional (Round 1) TBA Thurs., March 11: Regional (Round 2) TBA Sat., March 13: Regional Finals at Webster TBA Fri.-Sat., March 19-20: Sectional at Spooner, 6 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., March 25-27: State at Madison TBA

Wrestling Thurs., Jan. 21: At Northwood, 7 p.m. Sat., Jan. 23: At Shell Lake Tourney, 10 a.m., Spring Valley, Cumberland, New Richmond, Spooner, Park Falls, Bloomer, Boyceville, Hudson. Thurs., Jan. 28: Vs. Cameron, 7 p.m. Sat., Jan. 30: Pre-K-8 Youth Shell Lake Open, 9:30 a.m.

Sat., Feb. 6: Conference at Cameron, 9:30 a.m. Sat., Feb. 13: WIAA Regional at Clear Lake TBA Tues., Feb. 16: WIAA Team Sectional at Ladysmith, 6 p.m. Sat., Feb. 20: WIAA Sectional at Osseo-Fairchild, 9 a.m. Thurs.-Sat., Feb. 25-27: Individual State at Madison Fri.-Sat., Mar. 5-6: Team State at Madison

Girls JH basketball Thurs., Jan. 28: Vs. Turtle Lake, old gym, 5 p.m. Tues., Feb. 2: Vs. Northwood, 5 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 4: Vs. Clear Lake, 5 p.m. Mon., Feb. 8: Vs. Prairie Farm, old gym, 5 p.m. Tues., Feb. 9: At Clayton, 5 p.m. Tues., Feb. 16: At Cameron, 5 p.m. Fri., Feb. 19: Vs. Cameron, old gym, 5 p.m. Tues., Feb. 23: At Turtle Lake, 5 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 25: At Northwood, 4:30 p.m.

by grade and weight and then experience level if possible. All weight classes and brackets will be determined at registration. All mats will wrestle on individual clocks. Each wrestler must have an insurance waiver signed by a parent or guardian. The Shell Lake School District or Shell Lake Wrestling Club will not be held responsible for any accidents, injuries or lost articles. For more information, contact Jim Campbell at 715-468-1206, 715-6359199 or e-mail him at; Kyle Balts, 715-520-7281 or 715-468-4179; Pete and Danette Hopke, 715-468-7693 or 715645-0861. — from Shell Lake Schools


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Shell Lake seniors participate in Mad City

by Regan Kohler SHELL LAKE – Shell Lake High School seniors got to take part in Mad City Money Tuesday, Jan. 12, to prepare for entering the real world. The Indianhead Credit Union has been leading the simulation for area high school seniors. Each student gets a card with their occupation, marital and child status, debt and salary, and they visit various businesses to work on banking, buying homes and vehicles, and budgeting for entertainment and food. They have to be careful, as some places are out to try to get their money, and if they leave their debit card at a table, they are “charged” $20 for a new one. This was the second Mad City event at SLHS; the previous week, the ICU held one in Spooner. ICU Vice President Bruce Frei said that they had about 27 community volunteers that afternoon

acting as business owners in the simulation, and that the ICU extends gratitude to all volunteers. Frei said that anyone interested can volunteer for the Mad City events. Many of the volunteers also helped at the Spooner High School event a couple of weeks ago, and enjoyed themselves. “We’re doing fun stuff,” said volunteer John Patrick. The students also said they had fun, learning quite a bit. Brandon Degner said that though he was given a good job, he had a young child and no spouse, so he was learning a “lot about numbers.” “It’s kind of neat,” Degner said. Brianna Stellrecht said she was a broadcaster, which meant she had to buy top-of-the-line items, which was “stressful.”

Robyn Melton opted for a free trip to the zoo over a London vacation, as students had to be careful to watch out for scams and overspending at the Mad City Money event last week.

New summer term offers Hayward area a jump start on college

HAYWARD — A new accelerated summer term will be offered at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College’s main campus in Hayward to help college students earn credits faster. Academic dean Dr. Laura Urban said anyone who wants to get a jump start on their first semester or education professionals who need college credit for their licensure can complete the courses in six weeks rather than traditional 15-week college courses. “This is a great opportunity for new or continuing students,” Urban said, “but it is also perfect for educators who have limited time in the summer months to take college classes.” Urban said the new courses also are within a 10-minute drive from Hayward, making college even more accessible. Student services dean Ray Burns said new summer federal Pell grants are also now available to help pay for the summer term, and he encouraged anyone

who thinks they may be interested to apply early. “If you have lower expected family contributions, the new grants can increase your financial aid packages to cover summer classes,” Burns said, “but courses must be a part of a student’s degree program and you must apply early.” High school graduates who are interested in the summer term are invited to a free Parents Expo on Saturday, March 6, at the Lumberjack Steakhouse. The event is co-sponsored by LCOOCC, WITC and Great Lakes Higher Education. Financial aid experts will be available to walk students and their parents through a valuable financial aid worksheet and provide helpful tips and answer any questions. For more information on the summer term or to register for the free Parents Expo, contact Karen Breit at 715-6344790, ext. 111. — from LCOOCC

Shell Lake High School seniors and community volunteers participated in Mad City Money Tuesday, Jan. 12. – Photos by Regan Kohler

Olsen named 2010 Champion in Women’s Health

CUMBERLAND — Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College associate degree nursing instructor Jeanette Olsen has recently been named the 2010 Champion in Women’s Health award recipient for her work with women in the area of Rural Women’s Health. “I was initially very surprised,” said Olsen. “Dr. Jane Kotchen nominated me primarily for work that was done as part of the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program grant in Cumberland. She was our academic partner and I was the project director during the three-year initiative. I feel very privileged to have been a part of the grant project (Healthier Cumberland) and certainly feel that our success was due to our partnerships.” Sue Ann Thompson, president and founder of the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation, found Olsen to be an exemplary leader in promoting the quality of life for Wisconsin women and their families. Her support upholds the pillars of the foundation’s efforts and is truly instrumental in raising the level of care and awareness for women’s health issues now and into the future. “I am very honored to receive the award and it motivates me to want to work even harder to improve health in our area,” Olsen said. “I am excited to be able to do this by continuing to volunteer with Healthier Cumberland, working as a reserve nurse at Cumberland Memorial Hospital and teaching nursing at WITC.”

“Jeanette is just terrific,” said Mary Ann Pebler, divisional dean of Allied Health at WITC. “Obviously, we are lucky to have her!” Olsen is also appreciative of the hard work and support of the Healthier Cumberland partners: 3M Cumberland, AuLutheran Church, the gustana Cumberland School District and Cumberland Memorial Hospital, as well as many community volunteers and participants. “I’d also like to thank Mary Jean Jergenson, who wrote the grant and served as both the primary community contact and health coach; Dr. Jane Kotchen, our academic partner; Beth Narges, project assistant; and all of the health coaches,” Olsen said. She also acknowledges WITC instructors Clare Janty and Kathy Riemer for their work on the project. Olsen will receive her award during a private reception in May in Madison. WITC serves the educational and career needs of more than 25,000 residents of northwestern Wisconsin each year. With multiple campuses, WITC offers career-focused associate degree programs, technical diplomas, short-term certificates, customized training, and a wide array of courses for personal or career enrichment. WITC is a member of Wisconsin Technical College System. For more information, call 800-243-WITC or visit — from WITC

Spooner team plays at Shell Lake tournament Playing for the Spooner sixthgrade team at the Shell Lake tournament is back row (L to R): Hannah Schwab, Emma Hendricks, Alyssa Babich, Aftyn Tellefson, Krissy Zeien, Taylor Kessler, Kelsie Gerovac and Karly Swan. Front: Angel Grimm, Abby Dubek, Alison Barnes, Madison Mitchell, Katie Hayward and Cassidy Quinton. They are coached by W. Hayward and R. Mitchell. — Photo by Larry Samson

Area writers corner

Buttons and Other Treasures

by Mary B. Olsen, Shell Lake When I try to think of all the innovations in the last few years, I get a bit dizzy. There are so many things like global positioning that helps you locate someone, and cell phones to keep in touch, and changes in the way everyone dresses, and the kinds of foods we eat. The past was a simpler time, we think. In some ways, yes, but in other ways, folks had to spend a great deal of time doing things that are now simple. In thinking back to my own early years, I remember many things that complicated my life and other things that gave me much pleasure. In our house, part of the girl’s bedroom was set aside for my mother’s sewing machine and many sunny days I was given the privilege of entertaining myself by looking at the buttons in my mother’s tin button container. She would be sewing and that old Singer brings back fond memories. Buttons may not compare with today’s entertainment, but it was something I enjoyed immensely. Women saved buttons. Before discarding

The Thistle and the Shamrock SPOONER — Have you ever wanted to see a thousand shades of green, castles or enjoy dry stack fences surrounding flocks of contented sheep guarded by a shepherd and his dog? A trip to Ireland and Scotland led by Jean Parker is planned for Aug. 5 through 16. The trip is through American Council for International Studies and will highlight the Ring of Kerry, Blarney Castle, Dublin, Holyhead, The Lake District, Edinburgh, the Highlands, the Isle of Skye and Glasgow. Parker has traveled several times to the British Isles and enjoys giving others the opportunity to go along. There is still time to register for the trip. Call Parker at 715-635-3203 for more information. — submitted

Pizza party planned at library SHELL LAKE — Students in grades 6-12 are invited to a pizza party on Friday, Jan. 22, after early release from school, at the Shell Lake Public Library. Students will enjoy pizza, fruit and drink, play Wii games, board games and/or card games. Students may ride the bus to the library if they have permission. The program will end about 2:30 p.m. Early-release pizza parties are sponsored by the AODA committee of Washburn County and the Shell Lake Public Library providing students with a safe, alcoholand drug-free activity. — from SLPL


clothing, the buttons were removed. They could come in handy for other garments. Store-bought clothes were quite expensive and often poorly made. If you wished to keep your children well dressed, you sewed from patterns, and bought yard goods either at a dry goods store or ordered from a catalog. My mother stitched up dresses for us girls and shirts for the boys and pajamas as well as decorative items for our home. She made summer clothes, sunsuits and rompers, just about all kinds of clothes. Many of my dresses were embellished with novelty buttons, and laces, and she made velvet dresses for our holidays for us girls. Searching through a tin of buttons may not seem very entertaining, but I guess it didn’t take much to amuse me. I would count buttons of the same kind, and imagine where they were used. There were always pearl buttons, and others like expensive jewelry. There might be brass buttons, and big leather buttons that may have been used on a coat. There were so many different kinds and colors, and some of the novelty buttons were in the shape of animals. I might find one from an old dress I wore and I would tell my mother I remembered that dress. She might have me count them and put similar buttons on a safely pin to keep them separate. One can be as cute as a button, but I don’t think people considered buttons humorous. I remember finding small white buttons that I knew as underwear buttons. Now, as well as in the time of which I write, underwear is often considered funny. Little children wore undergarments that came in two pieces. There was a sleeveless shirt, with tabs around it and a pair of pants that you had to attach to the shirt with buttons. If you didn’t, your pants would fall down. The small buttons might become unattached and there you would be, with your pants around your ankles. I know they had elastic then, but it was used for women’s girdles and corsets. They used a system of ties and other things, but they didn’t use elastic in children’s underwear. Another thing that made life hard for kids was the

long stockings they had to wear in order to keep warm. The stockings had to be hooked onto a tab on your underwear, and with a dress on, your legs would freeze if you had no stockings. There were snowsuits and snow pants, of course, and everyone had to bundle up when the cold winter winds blew with scarves and woolen hats and mittens or gloves. I don’t know why underwear is funny. Maybe it is because of the long underwear men wore. Now, that’s funny. There was a button on the back. And there was an assortment of undergarments women wore, including petticoats and lacy things they used to call unmentionables. They were worn possibly for vanity. A comedian could get laughs if he pretended he was putting on a girdle. I don’t know what the difference is between a girdle and a corset. The girdle was usually worn around the body and it extended below the hips. It was to hold in bulges, and no one talked about wearing a girdle, like it was a secret. A corset, it seems, had laces that had to be tightened. It came from an earlier time. I think you had to have help to get into a corset. Maybe you needed a lady’s maid. I have read that even a president wore a corset. There was another president, by the name of Taft, who gained so much weight in office that he had to have help to be pried out of the bathtub. They arranged to put in a larger tub in the White House for him. Buttons go back a long way. They were used in biblical times. There is no mention of zippers in the Bible. They, to my mind, were a wonderful invention. The more casual dress of our day if fine, easier for the kids, and the laundering is simple. The technology advances are improvements, but some of the little things, like buttons, are still around. Button up your overcoat, like the song says, and keep warm. Remember the song, a parody on “Winter Wonderland?” One line goes, “Walkin’ in my winter underwear.” Now that’s funny.

Snowmobile safety class scheduled

SPOONER — Joe Fitzgerald, snowmobile safety lead instructor, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, invite all young people interested in recreational snowmobiling to enroll in a Wisconsin Snowmobile Safety course. State law now requires any person born on or after Jan. 1, 1985, to have successfully completed the snowmobile safety course prior to operating a snowmobile on the public trails. This course will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 26, and Thursday, Jan. 28, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Spooner Middle School Library located at 500 College Street in Spooner. Attendance at both sessions is required and you must be age 11-1/2 or older. Advance registration is required. The class will be limited to the first 30 to register. Please call the DNR Service Center at 715-635-2101 and advise the customer

service specialist you want to sign-up for the snowmobile safety class. New hours are now in effect at Spooner, so you may contact the DNR from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday or Friday. You must be preregistered. The course will cover snowmobile safety features, preride inspections, basic riding skills, snowmobile rider responsibilities, snowmobile regulations, and how to handle outdoor emergencies. The course fee is $10, which covers all necessary materials. Persons successfully completing the course will receive a temporary certificate that allows them to operate a snowmobile until the permanent card arrives. — submitted

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Washburn County Register photographer/ reporter Larry Samson was the guest speaker for the Tiger Cub Scout Pack 51 on Tuesday, Jan. 12. Samson talked about his job with the paper and demonstrated a 100-year-old camera that he had. Shown back row (L to R): Sawyer Schultz, Layne Olson, Taren Farley, William Fisher, Ethan Wilmot, Judah Balser, Marcus Warren and Christopher Melton. Front: Jameson Stone, Samson and Noah Savas. — Photo submitted



Marian Goulding

Marian Goulding, 90, died peacefully Jan. 13, 2010. Marian was born Nov. 24, 1919, in Sanborn, Iowa, to Anna and August Neuman. She was a very popular waitress at Club 70 for many years. She loved her family, her friends, her gardens, her fish in Cyclone Lake and her television soaps. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Thomas, whom she married in 1939 in Stillwater, Minn.; sisters Mina Hall, Lucille Schindeldecker and Agnes Burden; brothers Frank, August and Ralph Neuman. Marian is survived by her children, Barbara (David) Featherly, Cheyenne, Wyo., William (Elsie) Goulding,

Burlington, Sandra (Roger) Basset, Dresser, Julie (Shelton) Bentley, White Bear Lake, Minn., Steven Goulding, Ogema, Minn., Vicki Goulding, Barron, and David (Kim) Goulding, East Bethel, Minn.; sister Ginnie (Eddie) Edwards; and brothers Leo (Dawn) Neuman, Joe (Val) Neuman, and Eugene (Delores) Neuman; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends. Funeral service was held at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Spooner with Fr. Bob Rodgers as the officiant. Interment was at the Shell Lake Cemetery. Casket bearers were Jason Bassett, Dan Bassett, Jake Netz, Caleb Netz, Nick Goulding and Tyler Schmidt. The Scalzo-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Spooner, was entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences may be offered at

Rita J. Rich, 54, formerly of Spooner and Rice Lake, died Jan. 15, 2010, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, Minn. She was born Feb. 19, 1955, in Spooner, to David and Betty (Lauger) Rich. Rita was raised in Spooner and graduated from Spooner High School in 1973. She spent most of her career as a paramedic. Terry Summerall, 69, Spooner, died Jan. 12, 2010. She was preceded in death by her father, David Rich; Private family services were held. The Swedberg- and brother Gary Rich. Taylor Family Funeral Homes, Webster, was entrusted She is survived by son Kristopher (Ginene) Schultz, with arrangements. Online condolences can be made Hudson; daughters Klaire Schultz and Kasey Schultz, at

Superior, and Kelly (Jeremy) Clarke, Duluth, Minn.; grandchildren Jenna Williams, Tayler Williams, Mya Schultz, Addison Schultz, Bohde Schultz and Ella Clarke; her mother, Betty Rich, Spooner; brother Randy (Ann) Rich, Spooner; and sister Roxanne (Dewey) Stromberg, Green Bay; ex-husband and friend, Gregory Schultz, Rice Lake. Visitation will be from 9-10 a.m., on Friday, Jan. 22, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rice Lake, with funeral services following. Father Jim Powers will be officiating. Burial will be in the Spooner Cemetery at a private ceremony in the spring. The Jarocki-Skinner Funeral Home, Rice Lake, was entrusted with arrangements.

A big sale was in progress, and the department store was swarming with bargain hunters. In the confusion, a little boy ran over to the Lost and Found Department, sobbing, “My mom’s lost!” But he, not his mother, was lost. How many others are lost, and don’t know it? Something’s lost when it’s in the wrong place. And you’re lost because you’ve wandered away from God. But you don’t have to find him. He has come to seek and to save you. You’re just a step from him. That step is turning around. Turn around, and you’ll find yourself in the arms of the seeking, loving God.

Rita J. Rich

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12,000 Washburn County residents remain unvaccinated for H1N1

SPOONER — Twelve thousand Washburn County nations also by appointment. residents remain unvaccinated for H1N1. Washburn WCHD will be offering H1N1 clinics for the general County Health Department continues to offer H1N1 public at the following locations: Schmitz’s Economart vaccine to the general public. Friday, Jan. 15, WCHD in Spooner, Friday, Jan. 22, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Red Cross vaccinated 255 people at the Washburn County High- Pharmacy in Spooner, Monday, Jan. 25, 9 a.m. to noon; way Department. and Shell Lake City Hall, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 11:30 a.m. WCHD and local medical providers have vaccinated to 1:30 p.m. approximately 30 percent of Washburn County resiH1N1 is not over. H1N1 infection can continue well dents for H1N1. This still leaves approximately12,000 into 2010. A third wave is expected this spring. Get people at risk for becoming infected with H1N1 and your vaccination now and stop the spread. spreading it in the community. Free H1N1 vaccinations Local businesses are encouraged to contact WCHD to SPOONER — The Spooner Area UW-Extension Ofare offered daily by appointment and walk-in on the arrange free H1N1 vaccinations for your employees at fice is holding its annual Northern Wisconsin Agriculture Safari program on Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to noon first Wednesday of every month from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. a time and location convenient for you. — from WCHD Local medical providers continue to offer H1N1 vacciat the Spooner Ag Research Station. The second topic of this four-week series, to be held Jan. 22, is titled Taking Charge in Challenging Times: How to Analyze Your Farm Finances. Frank Friar, from the Wisconsin Farm Center, will discuss strategies farmby Marian Furchtenicht ers can use to improve their cash flow, credit rating and how to improve your financial rating with lenders. A lender from the Farm Service Agency in Barron will also It’s sure been great to have warmer winter days for for lunch before bowling. be on hand. the birds, animals and humans. There is just something Russ Furchtenicht visited Aage on Wednesday. SunOther upcoming topics and dates include: Jan. 29: about sunshine that perks one up. day evening, Nancy Furchtenicht fixed supper and had Working Lands Initiative: What it means to farmers. ExCorey Furchtenicht, along with the Marker boys, at- the boys, Ryan, Corey, Craig and wives, grandkids and plore your options to protect farmland and expand tax tended the FFA ice-fishing contest on Sunday. I asked myself over. credits on qualified farmland; Feb. 5: Relative Grain him how he did and he said he won some popcorn. Casey and Roger Furchtenicht went to a Boy Scout Quality: Not all corn is created equal. This new grain Dan and Heather Ripplinger took their kids sliding meeting. test helps farmers and nutrition consultants improve an- on Sunday over by the Boys Camp on Long Lake. Sara, Brady and Brian Marschall rode the sleds out imal performance. Teddy Bear Bar had a chili cook-off on Sunday with on Friday night. John had made a hot dish. They came There is no cost for these programs. Preregistration seven entries and it ended in a three-way tie with Jan out and had supper with me while Mary was at work. is requested but not required. For more information, Rielfeldt, Kelly Conkin and another. Reports are some We spent the evening playing 500. contact Kevin Schoessow or Otto Wiegand at the good cooks. Otherwise, it’s been a quiet week. Elaine Ryan visited Spooner Area UW-Extension Office at 715-635-3506 or Marlene Hansen visited her dad, Leonard Saffert, at me on Sunday and we finished getting the 3D alpine 800-528-1914. — from UW-Extension Cumberland nursing home on Sunday. castle together. Valerie Smith and Marlene Hansen went to a Lia Pray for the people in Haiti. We are so fortunate in Sophia jewelry party at Marlene’s niece, Stacey our parts of this world that we don’t have disasters like Weimer’s home, on CTH B that was given by another that. niece, Missy Ewens, from Grand Rapids, Minn. They Received a thank-you from Floreen Pies in Washinghad a fun evening. ton as I had remembered her mom on her 102 birthday. by Karen Mangelsen Dave and Cathy Stodola, Hudson, were at his mom’s She says she takes her out for lunch and shopping once for the weekend. Virginia reports she is finally getting a week and had low-energy level but has no health Lida and Don Nordquist, Donna and Gerry Hines over a sore throat that hung on almost two weeks and problems at that age. and Karen and Hank Mangelsen were supper guests of doesn’t wish it on anyone. Happy birthday this week to Blake Lundstrum, Dana Marlene and Bruce Swearingen Thursday. Later they all Mavis Schlapper was a coffee visitor at my house on (Barrett) and Samantha Elliott on Jan. 21; Cindy Moore enjoyed a time of playing cards. Saturday. She was telling of all the turkeys on the road and Taree Campbell, Jan. 22; Anton Frey, Jennie Hank and Karen Mangelsen visited Gerald and and fields from her place to CTH D. She said it was just Hastrider, Johnathon LaVeau, Bill Sauers and Linda Pauline Mangelsen in Minnesota, Friday night and Sat- black with them. They congregate this time of year and Jachim, Jan. 23; Harold Olson, Adrianne Smith, Wystria urday. spread out in the spring. It was in 1999 we saw our first Cauley, Elisha Kooper and Jean Roubik, Jan. 24; Don and Lida Nordquist called on Roy and Dee turkey in our area so they have sure multiplied. Mackenzie Curtis and Kim Morevec, Jan. 26; Shelly Nordquist Saturday. The Whitetail Ridge and Backwoods Saloon are Quinn, Brent Tabor, Cody Buehler and Kim Rux, Jan. Barry and Josh Hines visited Gerry and Donna Hines closed from Jan. 12 until March 12. 27. Have a happy one. Saturday. I got an e-mail from Dale Webb saying he had a total A happy anniversary is wished for Bill and Clarice Sunday visitors of Karen and Hank Mangelsen were hip replacement last week and is doing OK. Simmons, Jan. 24; and Frank and Carol Anderson, Jan. Danny and Sue Sutton, Bob and Pam Bentz and Randy I visited Aage Duch on Tuesday and then met with 26. Schacht. my sister, Sharon, and Merle Wilber, Webster, at Nick’s

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Area churches Alliance

St. Francis de Sales

53 3rd Ave., Shell Lake Pastor John Sahlstrom Lay Pastor Richard Peterson Youth leader Luke Gronning 715-468-2734 Worship Service: 10 a.m. Youth Group, 7th - 12th grade: Sunday 6 - 8 p.m. Wednesday Faith in Friends Club for K - 6th grade 3:15 - 5:30

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

Lake Park Alliance

Episcopal St. Alban's

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


Northwoods Baptist W6268 Cranberry Dr., Shell Lake; 4 miles south of Spooner on U.S. 253 Pastor Adam Dunshee 715-468-2177 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. Sunday evening service: 6 p.m. Wednesday service: 7 p.m.

Full Gospel Shell Lake Full Gospel

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


St. Joseph's Catholic 100 N. Second St., Shell Lake Father Edwin Anderson Saturday Mass: 4:30 p.m. Books & Coffee: Tues. 9 a.m.

St. Catherine's Catholic CTH D, Sarona Father Edwin Anderson 715-468-7850 Sunday Mass: 8:30 a.m.

293 S. Hwy. 63, Shell Lake Pastor Virgil Amundson 715-468-2895 Sunday: Celebration Worship Service: 10 a.m. Sunday School: 9 a.m. Jr. Kids Church: 10:30 a.m.; UTurn Student Ministries (7th-12th grades): 6 p.m.; Power & Light (2nd - 6th grades), 6 p.m. Tuesday: Compassion Connection: 7 p.m.


Barronett Lutheran 776 Prospect Ave., Barronett Pastor Todd Ahneman 715-822-5511 Sunday Worship: 9 a.m. The Spirit Connection Youth Group will meet the first Wed. of the month at 6 p.m.

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

Faith Lutheran

United Methodist

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

Lakeview United Methodist

Long Lake Lutheran Church W3114 Church Rd., Sarona Pastor Mary Strom Sunday worship: 9 a.m. Sunday School: 9 a.m.

Salem Lutheran, ELCA 803 Second St., Shell Lake Pastor Carol Ann McArdell 715-468-7718 www.shelllakesalem Sunday Worship: 8 and 10 a.m.; coffee and conversation: 9:15 a.m.; Midweek program: 3 yrs. - 6th grade: Wed. 3:30 -5:30

Timberland Ringebu Free Lutheran

12805 CTH H, Barronett Pastor Shane McLoughlin Sunday Worship: 9:00 a.m.,coffee and fellowship following.

Trinity Lutheran

1790 Scribner St., Spooner Pastors Will & Carolyn Mowchan 715-635-3603 Sunday Worship: 8 a.m. & 9:45 a.m.

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

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


Church of the Nazarene

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


Spooner Wesleyan Hwy. 70 W, Spooner Senior Pastor Ronald W. Gormong; Assistant Pastor Chopper Brown 715-635-2768 Sunday Worship: 9 a.m.; Sunday School and ABF’s: 10:30 a.m.; nursery provided; Celebrate Recovery, 1st and 3rd Mondays: 6:30 p.m.


Cornerstone Christian

Pastor Tom Kelby 106 Balsam St., Spooner 715-635-9222 www.cornerstonechurch Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Children’s Sunday School: 10:30 a.m.; Wed. Prayer: 6:30 p.m. Youth Group Wed.: 6:30 p.m., Kids Club Wed.: 6:30 p.m.


United Methodist

135 Reinhart Dr., Shell Lake, 715-468-2405 Pastor Gregory Harrell Sunday: Sarona - 9 a.m.; Shell Lake - Sunday School: 9:15 a.m., Worship: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Youth: 6:30 p.m.

Senior Menu

Monday, Jan. 25: Hearty beef stew, herbed biscuit, coleslaw, mandarin oranges, milk. Tuesday, Jan. 26: Rosemary chicken, tomato couscous, tender baby peas, ice cream, bread, butter, milk. Wednesday, Jan. 27: Spiral ham, mashed yams praline, tossed salad, dressing, pistachio pineapple dessert, bread, butter, milk. Thursday, Jan. 28: Vegetable lasagna, green and yellow beans, tropical fruit salad, cheesy garlic bread, milk. Friday, Jan. 29: Pork roast, gravy, sour cream potatoes, pickled beets, chocolate zucchini cake, bread, butter, milk. Meal reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Shell Lake Center, 715-468-7010, Teresa Dahlstrom, site manager/cook.



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Shell Lake State Bank


Your Locally Owned & Controlled Bank Shell Lake: 715-468-7858 Spooner: 715-635-7858 Sarona: 715-469-3331

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Equal Housing Lender

White Birch Printing, Inc.

Quality Printing for all your Commercial & Personal Needs 501 W. Beaver Brook Ave. Spooner, Wis. 715-635-8147

Washburn County Abstract Company

506 1st St. Shell Lake, Wis.


Downtown Shell Lake


Residential Care Apartment Complex Assisted Living for Seniors

407 N. Front St. • Spooner, Wis.

Silver Shears Salon

South End Of Spooner

201 Glenview Lane Shell Lake, WI 54871 715-468-4255

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Dewey Country

What wonderful weather we are now having in Dewey Country! Yes, with such cold weather we had lately it’s certainly nice to have temps in the 20s and 30s. Good packing weather to have a snowball fight or build a snowman or maybe even a snow house. Those three things remind me of growing up. Yes, we country kids used to have snowball fights, build snowmen and go sliding down the big hill on Sand Road, enjoying so much fun with Barb and Betty Schumaker who are now both my sisters. We didn’t have computers, fancy sleds, etc., to have fun, so we made our own fun. What a shame kids nowadays don’t take up these wonderful sports and enjoy the great outdoors. It’s now halfway through January. How fast this month is going. Seems like a long time ago since Christmas and longer than a month since we lost our barn bossies, kittens and hay, which was Dec. 16, 2009. It’s hard to think of never having a barn on our farm anymore and those bossies that always kept us up and going. But what I really miss is my routine of waking up at 5 a.m. and the routines I had for the day, from taking care of those bossies, to housework and whatever. After almost 38 years, it’s very hard to break my routine and habit. Hopefully in time I will adjust. Things are too fresh in my mind of each of those bossies, calves and all my kittens and cats. Our cat, Happy, that came through the fire is adjusting to her new life in our entryway with our dog, Bronty. They are great pals now and sleep together, comforting each other. Got a very nice call from our brother, Bob Lawrence. Bob was telling me he had about 30 robins in his yard a week ago. Bob says his wife, Marie, also saw them. Bob had read an article in a sports magazine telling about robins. According to the article not all male robins go south for the winter. They eat insects and berries and nest in the trees by water. I’m wondering if there are any other birds in our area during the warm weather that don’t go south for the winter? Anyone know? Talking with Allene Peterson we find her son, Elliott, came a week ago Saturday. Last Monday Elliott and Allene were at Mayo in Rochester for Allene’s checkup. She had a kidney transplant six

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years ago Dec. 30 and is happy to report all the tests came out super good. What a wonderful way to start the new year. Allene tells us she talked to a man at Mayo who had a heart transplant. He told her how much better he felt, saying he feels like a new person and like he’s in a dream, walking. Life is precious to each of us and we shouldn’t take it for granted but enjoy each day. Last Sunday found Jeff and Penny Ladd, Rem, Ry and Ree, and myself going to Eau Claire to the Cramer home for our late Christmas with the Cramers and Sunshine. We certainly had a wonderful time, especially watching those little grandkids opening their gifts, etc. We all enjoyed a huge dinner with a grilled pork loin with all the trimmings. It was good for Sunshine as it certainly perked him up. Please keep Harlan and Kathy Wooden in your special thoughts and prayers. We find Ardisam has laid off another bunch of workers. It’s down to very few employees that work there. Been told they have no work but I’ve also heard that Ardisam is sending all their work overseas and may keep the business in Cumberland for a warehouse. Our Dewey Country treasurer, Bill Holden, will be collecting taxes every Tuesday and Wednesday at the Dewey Town Hall from 10 a.m. until noon each day until the end of the month. Otherwise you can send it to Bill. Do you have any idea of something you can never get enough of? Are you wondering? Well the one thing you can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough of is love. Makes good sense doesn’t it? Recently, I found the following and thought maybe we all should take a lesson from it. It’s called, If a dog were your teacher this is what you would learn. When loved ones come home, always run to greet them. Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride. Enjoy the experience of fresh air and wind in your face to be pure ecstasy. When it’s in your best interest, practice obedience. Take naps and stretch before rising. Run, romp and play daily. Thrive on attention and let people touch you. Avoid biting when a simple growl will do. On warm days stop to lay on your back on the

Washburn County Area Humane Society ADOPTABLE PETS OF THE WEEK Husky, chow, don’t think the worst, for this dog is the best, Gentle, quiet, playful too, he’s passed the “good dog” test. He walks real nice, knows sit and shake, he’s even neutered too, The one thing Chewy can do best is be a friend to you. He gets along with other dogs and cats he pays no mind, A dog this sweet and personable can be quite hard to find. Baths and brushing, he’s had both and tolerates them well, We know this is important so a fluffy dog won’t smell. At 4 years old he’s well behaved, no puppy issues here, A home for him is the best way to start off the new year!

Dogs for adoption: 7-month-old female American bulldog mix; 4-year-old neutered husky/chow mix; 4-year-old neutered American Staffordshire terrier mix; 3-year-old neutered Italian greyhound; 1-1/2-year-old neutered chow/rott mix; 1-year-old male black Lab; 5-year-old female Aussi/chow mix; two 11-week-old male chow mix pups and a 10-week-old male black Lab mix.

Cats for adoption: 1year-old spayed black/brown shorthair tiger; 6-1/2-year-old spayed/declawed dilute calico shorthair; 6month-old female gray/ white shorthair tiger; 4year-old spayed longhair tabby; 2-year-old male gray tabby; 5-month-old female smoke tortie shorthair; 11-month-old female medium hair tortie; 2-1/2-year-old spayed/declawed shorthair calico/tiger; 2-1/2-monthold black/white male shorthair; 2-1/2month-old shorthair calico; 4-monthold shorthair calico; 4-month-old female shorthair marbled color; 7-yearold neutered/declawed black/white shorthair; 2-year-old male orange/ white longhair; 5-month-old orange tiger shorthair, spayed/declawed shorthair tiger; and four 9-week-old black/white kittens. Strays include: Female shepherd mix found in Minong and a black/white male shorhair found on Poplar Street in Spooner.

Located at 1400 Cottonwood Ave. in Spooner (Behind the county fairgrounds) 715-635-4720

grass and dream. On hot days, drink lots of water and lay under a shady tree. When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body. No matter how often you are scolded, don’t buy into the guilt and pout … run right back in and make friends. Delight in the simple joy of a long walk. Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Stop when you have enough. Be loyal. Never pretend to be something you’re not. If what you want lays buried, dig until you find it. When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them. And who says dogs aren’t smart? The Dewey Township monthly board meeting was held Jan. 12 at the Dewey Town Hall. Bill Holden who is also a member of the Comprehensive Planning Committee reported on the progress of the headway they are making on this issue. Bill attends a lot of meeting on this. It was discussed the wages of our road boss. Since Woody had to work over Christmas due to the snowstorm to keep our roads open it was brought up to the board about giving Woody a bonus. The next Dewey Township board meeting will be Feb. 9, 8 p.m., at the Dewey Town Hall. Everyone welcome. This last Saturday found Jim and Sandy Atkinson going over to North Branch, Minn., to the Dan Otto’s for the celebration of two birthdays. It’s a late but happy birthday to Dan Otto on Jan. 5, and to his wife, Lisa, on Jan. 11. May you both enjoy many more birthdays together. Jimmy Atkinson was also there for cake and ice cream. Marv Knoop tells us it was Bashaw Lake City on Sunday on Bashaw Lake with the Shell Lake FFA having their icefishing contest. I told Marv he should go down where the vehicles come off the ice on the landing and tell them to line up and it would cost $3 to get off and give the money to the FFA. Just a joke! Saturday found Carl and Betty Meister in Chippewa Falls where they watched their granddaughter, Alyssa Hansen, play basketball with the Black River Falls gals playing against Rice Lake, Cameron and Ladysmith. The Black River Falls gals won three out of four games. Way to go, Alyssa! Saturday morning found Cecil and Evelyn Melton joining with nine other family members for breakfast at River Street Restaurant. A family gathering was at Vicki and Don Trott’s for a late Christmas with their daughter, Terri Garner and son Tate Garcia. Terri came up Jan. 9 and Robin Melton also took a week’s vacation from her job in the Twin Cities. Tate, who is in the Guards, will leave Tuesday for further training and will go to Florida. His orders are to be shipped to Iraq. Please keep Tate in your special thoughts and prayers for a safe return. Terri also left this week for home in a suburb of Memphis, Tenn. A week ago, Bernard and Sandy Redding were to their son’s, Tim, and Chris Redding and their children Tanner and Chase. Thursday the Redding’s daughter, Dawn Kane, and 2-year-old son Michael took the Reddings to Eau Claire where Sandy had an appointment. They enjoyed lunch together. This past week Bernard and Sandy attended the Senior Citizens Democratic Christmas party at the Siren Senior Center. Talking with my favorite sister, Marie Quam, we find Saturday they had a birthday blast for Richy and Allysha Feeney when Richy turned 11 and Allysha 15. Patti Feeney and family made most of the supper including the


Born at Indianhead Medical Center A boy, Henry Michael, born Jan. 11, 2010, to Shelley and Mike Leckel, Shell Lake. •••

birthday cake for the honored guests. Coming were Gene and Debbie Quam, Alyssa and Buddy, Jane and Rick Lauterbach and little Noah, Jim and Connie Quam, Mike, Warren and Marie Quam. News from the Fjelstad Palace finds Kris attending her Lifestyles meeting Monday. Bob and Kris enjoyed a visit with Pam Pomykala and Elmer Talbert. Tuesday, Kris and Bob enjoyed supper at Marv and Gladys Knoop’s. Wednesday, Kris attended the Ladies Circle meeting at Lakeview UMC. The gals are going to have a Valentine’s party at the church on Feb. 10 starting at noon with potluck, playing the dice game and much more. Wednesday evening Kris, Dixie Andrea, Beth Crosby and Judy Leonard enjoyed supper together in Barronett. Saturday Kris attended the Area Writers meeting at the Northwind Book and Fiber shop in Spooner. Sunday Bob attended the FFA fishing contest on Bashaw Lake and got skunked. Sunday afternoon found Trina and Jonathon Granzin and baby Brooke at Mike and Kathy Spears watching the Vikings-Dallas football game with the Vikings winning. Little Brooke got in some great-grandma time with Grandma Kathy. Table Talk: If you could do one thing different for your life today that would really impress and make a big difference in your life what would it be? Me, I’d love to win a big lottery and help lots of farmers out. Talking with Paige Skluzacek we find Sunday, Jan. 24, her sons, Beau, Noah and Jack, along with Bryan Knoop and other boys will be wrestling in the Brady Mortensen Tournament. It starts at 10 a.m. The Shell Lake FFA fishing contest was very well attended Sunday with 177 people registering to try their best for one of the big prizes. Jen Bos tells us that Paul Osburne won the ice shack for the biggest fish. Mark Knoop won first place in the northern division with Patrick Pollion coming in second. First place for bass was Shane Williams with David Pichard second. Dennis Zwart won first and second prizes for the crappie division. First place for panfish was Evan Fox with Dylan Sandwich in second place. Jen summed it up that it was a great day to have a fishing contest with warm weather cooperating, lots of fin and lots and lots of fun. Miss Shell Lake Johanna Feeney was also there to help as she is a member of the FFA. A boo-boo was made for brother Roger Lawrence with his birthday. It should have read happy birthday to Roger Lawrence on Jan. 20. Sorry Roger. Happy birthday to Beth Zelenek who celebrates her birthday Jan. 23. Have a wonderful day, Beth. Jan. 25, a very happy birthday to little Nolan Phillip Miller as he enjoys his special day. Have a fun day, Nolan. A very happy birthday to two very special young ladies, Rachel Mechtel and Kenzie Cramer, who both turn 14 on Jan. 26. Have a wonderful day you two. Happy birthday to Jeff Stellrecht on his special day, Jan. 28. Have a wonderful day Tom with your family. Spending the weekend at home with Garry and Beth Crosby and Doug and Laura Crosby were Chad and Ashley Crosby and little son Chase. Saturday Tom and Sunshine hosted a huge dinner for their daughter, Josie’s, first birthday with many coming to help her enjoy her day including Grandpa Ron Roberts and Beth and Garry Crosby. Scatter sunshine! Have a great week!

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Barronett by Judy Pieper

The ice-fishing contest that was held on Shallow Lake last Saturday attracted lots of fishermen and women. It amazes me that there can be that many people and vehicles on the lake and the ice is thick enough to hold them. Someone told me that there were over 100 people fishing. That’s more than the population of Barronett. Anyway, the first-place winner for northern was Bobbie Jo Schick, with a 5-1/2-pound, 27-1/4-inch northern. Second place was Joy Fuvelman, with a 3-1/4-pound fish. First-place bass was won by Keith Poznikovich with a 3-3/4-pounder, followed closely by Justin Johnson with a 3-1/4-pound bass. First-place crappie was won by Dean Holmes with a 3/4-pound fish, and second place by Matt Plueor with a 5/8pounder. First- and second-place sunfish was caught by John Patterson. His fish weighed 3/8 pound. First-place perch was caught by Cody Gramberg with a 7/8-pound fish, and there was a tie for second place between Stephanie Stetler and Tyler Gramberg, who each caught a 3/4-pound perch. The lucky winners of the money raffle were Neil Johnson, Nancy Black and Nate Hargrove. Luanne Pechacek was the only Ice Maven who was able to come to our contest this year. She was, once again, dressed in a formal gown with lots of ribbons and glittery stuff on it and a fur coat and fur mittens to keep her warm while she was on the lake. We were disappointed that Kelly, Shelly and Teresa were not able to make it to the contest, but, trust me on this, Luanne did everything she could to make up for the absence of the other ladies in waiting. This year, in addition to a crown for the king, she had made a pair of red polka dot bloomers for him to wear. You talk about classy — the woman thinks of everything to make her king feel special. There was a lot of speculation and suggestions by contest attendees about who should be king but she finally chose another Barronett resident, Dave Heath. Perfect choice. I’m sure that even last year’s king, Dan Jaastad, felt confident that Dave would represent Barronett in the same manner that he (Dan) had for the past year. The civic club members served supper again this year. There were four different kinds of homemade soup, and diners could choose to have it served in bread bowls (my choice) or in just a bowl. And, of course, one of the best things about getting together in Barronett is that there is so much friendly conversation going on all the time. Barronett is, without a doubt, one of the best little towns in Wisconsin. The annual meeting of the congregation of Barronett Lutheran, held on Sunday, was very well attended. The newly elected council members are: President, Boyd Aarestad; vice president, Leroy Orth; secretary, Cheryl Jaastad; treasurer, Shirley Overvig; deacon, Carol

Accident reports

Friday, Dec. 18 Jessica L. Kannegiesser, 21, Hayward, hit a mailbox on Hwy. 63 by the landing, Stinnett, at 3:03 p.m. According to the State Patrol report, Kannegiesser had been driving south on the highway when she saw a pickup truck pull onto the shoulder and execute a U-turn in front of her, failing to yield. Kannegiesser took evasive action to avoid a collision, by veering right, and she traveled onto the shoulder. She began entering the ditch area, where she hit the mailbox. Kannegiesser made a U-turn to pursue the truck while calling the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department, but she could not see the license plate, as it was obscured by snow. Her vehicle’s engine then seized up, and the vehicle stopped near Timberlawn Drive. The Hayward police department and mailbox’s owner responded to the scene, and the truck was seen driving by again, but nobody was able to locate it. The tracks corroborated her story. Kannegiesser and her passenger, Paige L. Sikorski, 15, Solon Springs, weren’t injured, but the vehicle had moderate damage to the front and was towed by Ernie’s Auto Body. Kannegiesser was also cited for not wearing a seat belt. Saturday, Dec. 19 Michael I. Olson, 19, Spooner, went into the ditch on Hwy. 53 from Hwy. 63, Spooner, at 5:22 a.m. was driving a van north on Hwy. 53 on what seemed to be clear roads, but they were in fact icy. Olson hit the ice and spun around, with the

vehicle rolling over. A witness saw Olson go into the ditch, and felt he had been driving too fast for the conditions. Olson had his seat belt on, and it was sleeting that morning. He was checked by North Ambulance emergency medical technicians, but was not injured. The vehicle had very severe damage to all areas and was unsalvageable, and was towed by Jock’s Auto & Truck Repair. At 5:48 a.m., Michael J. Frank, 48, South Range, went into the ditch on Hwys. 53 and 63, Spooner. The deputy was on the scene of another accident when Frank’s vehicle spun out and went into the ditch, hitting a marker post. Frank was not injured, and there was a slight scuff mark from the post. The vehicle was towed out of the ditch by Jock’s. At 9:05 a.m., David L. Grensing, 48, Chippewa Falls, overturned on Hwy. 53 and Veterans Way, Beaver Brook. According to the State Patrol report, Grensing was driving north on the highway in the left lane, after having passed another car earlier, when he lost control on the wet road and went into the median. While crossing the median, the vehicle rolled twice and came to rest on its roof, on the south side of the highway. Grensing and his passengers, Patricia K. Steinke, 44, Eau Claire, and Tracey A. Grensing, 21, Chippewa Falls, went to the hospital for incapacitating injuries, before the trooper’s arrival. The vehicle had very severe damage to both sides and the roof, and was


Socha; trustee, Dillon Snowbank; usher chairperson, Sharai Hefty; reader chairperson, Dorothy Orth; Sunday school superintendent and youth leader, Peg Thompson; cleaning chairperson, Geri Pittman; and Boyd and Teri Aarestad have been selected to go to the synod assembly later this year. Actually, some of the people are really not newly elected. They are incumbents who we persuaded to stay on because they do such a great job. One of the decisions made was that the women of the church will be meeting the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the church basement. So, please, mark that on your calendar so that you will remember to join us. We do the best we can to help out with various charities that benefit people in this area, and this year we will be sending money to help the people of Haiti. Whenever you attend one of our fundraisers, you can be sure that most of the money we take in will be helping someone in need. After the meeting just about everyone went down to the church basement for a meal. We sat around, enjoying the food and fellowship, until it was time to get home for the Vikings game. And, how about that Vikings game! It was great. Favre is not the only one on the team, I know, but he really is amazing, isn’t he? And, I’m glad the Jets won, too. I hope that’s who the Vikings will be playing against if they do get past New Orleans to go to the Super Bowl. Time will tell. Things happen to my son, Jerry, that just don’t happen to other people. He took a lady out this past week,

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she had a glass of wine and Jerry had a glass of beer. The bill came and it was $12, so Jerry gave the waitress $16 and told her to keep the change. She came back and thanked him for being so generous. Jerry was thinking, “Hmm, people must be lousy tippers here if she was that excited about a $4 tip. Well, later that night he discovered that he had given her $26, so she got a $14 tip for delivering two drinks. I asked him if the woman he was with was someone he was going to bring home to introduce to Mom, and he said he didn’t think so, but he was pretty sure he could bring the waitress over if he wanted to. I have a confession to make. I was so busy this past week that I didn’t get Terry Goodrich’s pumpkin pie made. Thank goodness Terry is an understanding guy and told me that it is OK, and that this way he will be able to anticipate getting it sometime soon. He also said that I will owe him two pies now because he has another robin story for me. He found out that the reason we see robins in the wintertime is because sometimes the males will send their mates south for a winter vacation while they stay here to lay claim to the best spot to build a nest in the spring. Pretty sweet deal for Mrs. Robin. I’m a little jealous. Anyway ladies — or gentlemen who like to bake — let’s get those pies over to Terry’s place and fatten him up a little. I guess that’s about it from Barronett this week. Have a wonderful week, and I’ll see you next time.

by Helen Pederson

We have been having cloudy weather the past few days but the temps have been above freezing so we can’t complain. Enjoy it while we can. Donna Ness and Bonnie Reno returned from their trip to Mexico to build houses and care for some of the people there. I’m sure it was a rewarding trip. Severt and Carole Olson of Barron also went and I think the group is growing each year. Blessings to you. Our sympathy to the people of Haiti who are struggling to cope with the tragedy of the earthquake. Harold Brunsell of Glenview returned from Florida after two weeks vacation visiting his daughter there. Wanda Horton retired from Glenview after 10 years in the beauty shop. We will miss you but we now have Janet Larson taking over. Welcome Janet. Cheri Minot and daughter Michelle stopped to visit D. Helen Pederson and Floyd and Helen Pederson on

Friday noon. Dorothy Anderson celebrated her birthday on Saturday with her family and the residents here with cake and ice cream. Birthday greetings, Dorothy. Susan Winner of Solon Springs came down on Saturday to visit Floyd and Helen Pederson and to do some chores for them. We’re so glad that two of our caregivers’ son and husband came home from Iraq to stay. This was his second tour of duty. Mavis and Roger Flach joined family at Steve and Jody’s home for a joint birthday party for Maddy who turned 7 and Blake who turned 9. Jody’s relatives from near Madison were here. May angels of love, luck and liberty always smile at you and surround you wherever you go.

towed by Jock’s. Friday, Dec. 25 Julianna M. Giles, 21, Eau Claire, went into the ditch on CTH A and Tanglewood Drive, Evergreen, around 1 a.m. Giles slid into the north ditch, as it was snowing heavily and therefore hard for vehicles to stay on the road. Giles was not reportedly injured, and the vehicle had no damage, but American Towing & Recovery had to pull it out of the ditch. Saturday, Dec. 26 A slide-in occurred on Hwys. 53 and 70, Beaver Brook, just south of the exit ramp in the north lane. A female and male were involved but not reportedly injured. Due to icy roads, a fourwheel drive vehicle had to tow them out. This was all the information available. At 3:30 p.m., James H. Barber, 56, backed into a vehicle driven by Colleen A. Gunderson, 46, at Link Stop, Minong. Gunderson reported seeing Barber backing up, and though she sounded her horn to get him to stop, he did not. There was paint scraped off the rear passenger side of Gunderson’s vehicle, but the incident was deemed nonreportable. No injuries were reported, either. Sunday, Dec. 27 Dean R. Poirier, 48, Bloomer, went into the ditch on CTH B and Fenander Road, Beaver Brook, at 12:20 p.m. Poirier was driving east on CTH B when he lost control on the snow-covered road, spun around and slid into the north ditch backward. The vehicle tipped onto its passenger

fallen asleep and tried to correct, but went sideways into the left lane and crossed the shoulder, which sent his vehicle into a roll. The vehicle rolled twice onto its roof. A semi truck driver found Schulz standing by the vehicle and called the deputy, who found Shulz holding a cat that was in the vehicle, and bleeding from lacerations on his head, along with other contusions, though he refused medical attention. The vehicle was totaled and towed by Jock’s. Tuesday, Jan. 5 Terry L. Sonnenberg, 51, Kenosha, struck a deer on Hwy. 53 near the Hwy. 70 on-ramp, Spooner, around 6 a.m. The Police Department also responded, and though they couldn’t find the deer, Sonnenberg had a family member remove the vehicle. She was not reportedly injured. At 3:33 p.m., Hannah R. Bartz, 16, Shell Lake, rearended a vehicle driven by Mary K. Johnson, 57, Spooner, on Hwy. 63 and Main Street, Shell Lake. Johnson was stopped in traffic, waiting for the vehicle in front of her to turn, when Bartz slid into her vehicle while trying to stop. The roads were muddy. Johnson and her passenger, Diane L. Kidder, 59, Shell Lake, reportedly had head and neck pain after their heads snapped backward. Bartz and her passenger, Rebecca Gefken, 17, Shell Lake, were not reportedly injured. Johnson’s vehicle had very minor damage to the rear, while Bartz’s had very minor damage to the front.

side, then came to a stop. Poirier was not injured, and the vehicle had very minor damage to the front. Wednesday, Dec. 30 Paul Andrew-Cotter, 70, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, went into the ditch on Hwy. 53 and Ojibwa Road, Spooner, at 12:03 p.m. Andrew-Cotter was driving south, towing a 29-foot camper trailer and changing lanes, when he lost control on the icy roads, sliding into the ditch. The trailer turned on its side, causing damage to the power unit. It was snowing that day, too. Andrew-Cotter and his passenger, Dorise Andrew-Cotter, 68, were not injured, but there was minor damage to the trailer’s rear. It was towed out by Jock’s. Friday, Jan. 1 Benjamin T. Graham, 26, Spooner, hit some trees on 10th Street and Fourth Avenue, Crystal, at 5:55 p.m. According to the State Patrol report, Graham was driving south on 10th Street, from Fourth Avenue, when he lost control and veered off the road, hitting the trees. The roads were covered in slush that day. Graham was not injured, though he left the scene and called Jock’s Auto & Truck Repair, as the vehicle had very severe damage to the front. Saturday, Jan. 2 Andrew R. Schulz, 25, Grantsburg, overturned on Hwy. 53 and Duck Pond Road, Sarona, at 1:50 a.m. Schultz was driving north on the highway, in the right lane, when he drifted to the shoulder. Schulz said he had

Friday, Jan. 8 Margaret A. Marucha, 47, Spooner, overturned on CTH B and Old B Road, Bashaw, at 3:49 p.m. Marucha was driving west when she entered the ditch. The vehicle rolled, coming to a stop alongside some trees. The roads were slushy that day. According to the deputy’s narrative, when they came on the scene, an intoxicant was smelled on Marucha’s person and she admitted to drinking beforehand; she was transported to the jail, and later cited for operating while intoxicated and having a prohibited alcohol concentration, allegedly of .16. She was not injured, nor was her passenger, Michael A. Marucha, 48, Shell Lake. The vehicle had severe damage to the roof and both sides, and was removed by American Towing & Recovery. Saturday, Jan. 9 Matthew J. Richards, 19, Spooner, hit a tree on Rainbow Drive from Tozer Lake Road, Bashaw, at 3 a.m. Richards was heading south on Rainbow Drive when he failed to negotiate the curve into the road, leaving it and hitting the tree. The roads were slushy. Richards had an injury, but he was not around when law enforcement responded. The vehicle, which had very severe damage to the front, was towed by Jock’s. – with info. from the Washburn County Sheriff’s Department



The following part-time position is available in the Shell Lake School District: Early Childhood Special Education Teacher position for up to 20 hours per week. This position will involve providing services in a variety of settings. DPI license 809 Early Childhood Special Education license is required for this position. This position runs until the end of the 2009/2010 school year with the possibility of extension based on need. Start Date: February 22, 2010 Description: This is a part-time elementary position with the School District of Shell Lake. Successful applicants will be child centered, flexible and show evidence of collaborative practice. Shell Lake School District is located 80 miles northwest of Eau Claire, WI. Will include some summer hours. To apply: Interested applicants are to send the following: - Letter of application - Resume - Copy of current WI EC Special Education license - 3 Letters of Recommendation - Copy of official transcripts Must also successfully complete a criminal background check and drug screen. Application Deadline: February 12, 2010 Submit application materials to: Mr. Michael Werner, Elementary Principal School District of Shell Lake 271 Hw.y 63 S. Shell Lake, WI 54871 503388 21-24r,L Shell Lake Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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(Jan. 13, 20, 27) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY Dickinson Financial, LLC as successor in interest to U.S. Bank 1400 5th St. Tower 100 S Fifth St. Minneapolis, MN 55402 Plaintiff, vs. Savannah A. Saletri Jordan S. Tetrault N6185 Black Pine Ln. Spooner, WI 54801 Defendant(s) SUMMONS Case Code: 30301 CASE NO. 09CV309 THE STATE OF WISCONSIN To each person named above as a Defendant: You are hereby notified that the Plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. The complaint, which is attached, states the nature and basis of the legal action. Within forty (40) days of Jan. 13, 2010, you must respond with a written answer, as that term is used in chapter 802 of the Wisconsin Statutes, to the complaint. The court may reject or disregard an answer that does not follow the requirements of the statutes. The answer must be sent or delivered to the court, whose address is Washburn County Courthouse, P.O. Box 339, Shell Lake, WI 54871 and to Messerli & Kramer, P.A., Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is 3033 Campus Drive, Suite 250, Plymouth, MN 55441. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not provide a proper answer within forty (40) days, the court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. MESSERLI & KRAMER, P.A. Jillian N. Walker, #1066378 3033 Campus Drive Suite 250 Plymouth, Minnesota 55441 Phone: 763-548-7900 Fax: 763-548-7922

(Dec. 30, Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., as Trustee for ABFC 2006-OPT2 Trust, ABFC Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2006-OPT2 by American Home Mortgage Servicing Inc., its attorney-in-fact, Plaintiff, vs. JAMES L. MILTON and TANIA J. MILTON, husband and wife, and JANE DOE and/or JOHN DOE, unknown tenants, and WASHBURN COUNTY, Defendants. Case No. 09-CV-156 Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage Dollar Amount Greater Than $5,000.00 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on August 10, 2009, in the amount of $99,155.30, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: February 17, 2010, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. PLACE: Washburn County Courthouse, located at Ten Fourth Avenue, Shell Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Lot 1 of CSM No. 3082 recorded in Volume 14, Page 62 as Document No. 300346; being part of the SE 1/4 of the SW 1/4, Section 17, Township 38 North, Range 12 West, Washburn County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: W6766 Woodcraft Road, Town of Beaver Brook. TAX KEY NO.: 65-008-238-1217-34-0010 Terry C. Dryden Sheriff of Washburn County, WI O’DESS AND ASSOCIATES, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 1414 Underwood Avenue Suite 403 Wauwatosa, WI 53213 (414) 727-1591 O’Dess and Associates, S.C., is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a Chapter 7 Discharge in Bankruptcy, this correspondence should not be construed as an attempt to collect a debt.

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THE STATE OF WISCONSIN To each person named above as a Defendant: You are hereby notified that the Plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. The Complaint, which is also served on you, states the nature and basis of the legal action. Within Forty (40) days after January 13, 2010, you must respond with a written answer, as that term is used in Chapter 802 of the Wisconsin Statutes, to the Complaint. The court may reject or disregard an answer that does not follow the requirements of the statutes. The answer must be sent or delivered to the court, whose address is: CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT, WASHBURN COUNTY, P.O. BOX 339, 110 W. 4TH AVE., SHELL LAKE, WI 54871 and the KOHN LAW FIRM, Plaintiff’s attorneys, whose address is Suite 501, 312 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 532024305. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If no Complaint accompanies this summons you must respond within the said 40-day period with a written demand for a copy of the Complaint by mailing or delivering said written demand to the court and to the Plaintiff’s attorneys at their respective addresses listed above. If you do not provide a proper answer to the Complaint or provide a written demand for said complaint within the 40-day period, the court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the Complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the Complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. Dated at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, January 4, 2010. KOHN LAW FIRM S.C. BY: /s/ PAUL H. THIELHELM State Bar #1061513 Attorney for Plaintiff January 4, 2010

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AMENDED SUMMONS THE STATE OF WISCONSIN To each person named above as a Defendant: You are hereby notified that the Plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. The Complaint, which is also served on you, states the nature and basis of the legal action. Within Forty (40) days after January 15, 2010, you must respond with a written answer, as that term is used in Chapter 802 of the Wisconsin Statutes, to the Complaint. The court may reject or disregard an answer that does not follow the requirements of the statutes. The answer must be sent or delivered to the court, whose address is: Clerk of Circuit Court, Washburn County, P.O. Box 339, 110 W. 4th Ave., Shell Lake, WI 54871, and the Kohn Law Firm, Plaintiff’s Attorneys, whose address is Suite 501, 312 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202-4305. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If no Complaint accompanies this Summons you must respond within the said 40-day period with a written demand for a copy of the Complaint by mailing or delivering said written demand to the court and to the Plaintiff’s attorneys at their respective addresses listed above. If you do not provide a proper answer to the Complaint or provide a written demand for said complaint within the 40-day period, the court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the Complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the Complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. Dated at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, January 6, 2010.


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NOTICE TO ALL WASHBURN COUNTY DOG OWNERS Pursuant to WI Stat. 174.052, notice is hereby given to all Washburn County dog owners that you are required to license and vaccinate for rabies, under the provisions of WI Stat. 95.21(2), any dog over 5 months of age. (Statute defines a “dog owner” as anyone who owns, harbors or keeps a dog.) The license year is defined as January 1 - December 31. Minimum Dog License fees are as follows: $5 for spayed or neutered dogs, $10 for unspayed or unneutered dogs. Local municipalities may supplement these fees, please check with your local treasurer for current fee amount. Multiple dog license fees are: $50 for up to 10 dogs and $5 for each additional dog. Dogs not licensed by April 1, or within 30 days of acquiring ownership, or after reaching 5 months of age, are subject to a late fee of not less than $5 per dog. Owners who fail to license or vaccinate a dog pursuant to the above statutes are subject to citation and forfeiture. Dog licenses are obtained through your local municipal treasurer. 503566 22r WNAXLP Lynn K. Hoeppner, Washburn County Clerk


Laker Times Shell Lake girls basketball tournament

Playing for the fifth-grade Shell Lake team is back row (L to R): Madison LaFave, Cassidy Schroeder, Emma Williams, Gina McSweeney, Rachel Kidder, Jerney Meister, Nicole Mikula and Heidi Steines. Front: Jordyn Monson, Kyley Williams, Morgan Maher, Emily Parish and Mya Dryden.

Kyley Williams has her shot blocked. — Photos by Larry Samson

It was a reunion at the Shell Lake fifth-grade girls basketball tournament for Shell Lake junior high teacher and JV coach Tom Sauve and his former middle school basketball coach Jim Johnson. Johnson was there with his Jordyn Monson sinks a basket as Emily Parish team from Spring Valley, and the Frederic opponents watch, anticipating a and Sauve was running the tournament at Shell Lake. rebound.

Playing for the sixth-grade Shell Lake team is back row (L to R): Sheri Clark, Keagan Blazer, Amber Anderson, Lauren Osborn, Bryanna Davies, Ashley Lord, Amanda Brereton, Caitlin Brereton and Natalie Smith. Front: Emma Crosby, Laci Green, Emma Thomas, Anna Hungerbuhler, Taia Ommen, Cassandra Skindzelemski and Klara McNeally.

The Frederic opponent is too late to block this shot by Jerney Meister.

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Breakfast Monday, Jan. 25: Juice, cereal, toast. Tuesday, Jan. 26: Fruit, sausage link, waffle sticks. Wednesday, Jan. 27: Juice, cheese omelet, toast. Thursday, Jan. 28: Fruit, breakfast pizza. Friday, Jan. 29: Juice, yogurt, toast.

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Lunch Monday, Jan. 25: Chicken wrap, lettuce, cheese, green beans, peach slices. Laker: BBQ rib. Tuesday, Jan. 26: Calzone, corn, applesauce. Laker: Chicken patty on bun. Wednesday, Jan. 27: Submarine sandwich, mixed vegetables, sliced tomato, pear slices. Laker: Burrito.

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Thursday, Jan. 28: BBQ on bun, chips, carrots, pickles, fresh fruit. Laker: Quesadilla. Friday, Jan. 29: Turkey and gravy on biscuit, peas, pineapple tidbits. Laker: Hamburger on bun. Salad bar available at 3-12 building each day. Breakfast served each day for K-12 students. Bread and milk served with each meal. Laker sandwiches available to grades 7-12 only.

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FFA ice-fishing contest

The top winners at the FFA fishing contest were Paul Osborn, Mark Knoop, Patrick Boullion, Dennis Zwart, Shane Williams, David Pickland, Evan Fox, Dylan Sandwick, Matt Stone and Jeremy Bouchard. LEFT - You are never too young to fish. Fourteen-monthold Athena Lehman had a good day on the ice at the Shell Lake FFA ice-fishing contest held Sunday, Jan. 17, on Bashaw Lake.

Junior high students Shania Pokorny, Angela Car, Tanner Williams and Hannah Cassel enjoyed the day on the 4-wheeler. — Photos by Larry Samson When the fishing goes cold, then it is time to stay warm in the sled. Carly Osborn, Alecia Knoop and Annika Swan had more fun being towed around the lake than fishing.

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