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Miss Shell Lake candidate series begins See page 5

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Citizen questions board about lack of comp plan

by Regan Kohler SHELL LAKE – The lack of a comprehensive plan for Washburn County came up at a county board meeting Tuesday, Jan. 19, in the Elliott Building, Shell Lake. The county was given funding from the state to develop a comprehensive plan, which would serve as guidelines for everything from development to zoning. The deadline for Wisconsin counties to have a comprehensive plan of their own was 2010. Public hearings were held on the plan after it was created, and zoning was always an issue brought up by citizens. Many felt they would lose control over their property with the government pulling the reins. The county board voted the plan down three times over the past few years and has no plans at this time to bring it back up. It being 2010, questions arose of what the county was going to face with zoning, without a plan. At an executive committee meeting Monday, Jan. 11, the committee approved doing business as usual with mapping, zoning and enforcement of zoning, and to work with an attorney as needed. According to the zoning department, nothing will change anytime soon. At the board’s Tuesday-night meeting, during citizen comments, Scott Plaster said that though he hadn’t been to a meeting in months, he’d been following the board’s work and felt they had let the county down in areas – specifically with

See County board, page 3


Wednesday, January 27, 2010 Vol. 120, No. 23• Shell Lake, Wisconsin

A cle an fi ght

Koy Hopke and Donavan Balts shake hands after their match at the Shell Lake Brady Mortensen Youth Wrestling Tournament. With qualified referees like Mike Elliott, the young wrestlers learn in a safe environment how to graciously win and lose. More photos, page 11. — Photo by Larry Samson

Do we really want a senior center?

by Regan Kohler SHELL LAKE – A listening session for the Friendship Commons, Shell Lake, was held Friday, Jan. 22, with people asking questions about and commenting on changes to the commons. Friendship Commons, formerly the Shell Lake Senior Center, is a congregate site for meals as well as an activity venue for seniors, open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays, and opening at 9 a.m. Wednesdays for quilters. It is overseen by the Washburn County Unit on Aging, whose mission is “to assist and support our older Americans in their choices for living in and giving to their community.” There are four senior centers within the county. Besides Shell Lake, there are centers in Spooner, Minong and Birchwood. Recently, some changes occurred to Shell Lake’s center. Unit on Aging Director Jeanette Reitzel told those present at Friday’s session that Friendship Commons’ full-time site manager was transferred to Spooner’s senior center due to a retirement there. Reitzel said that they are working to keep Shell Lake’s center open, as numbers of those attending ac-

tivities and meals have been down. There was talk of changing the nutrition program, contracting with local restaurants for seniors’ meals, but after receiving assistance from the state, Reitzel said last week that the program will not change for the time being – there will still be a meal at the center, with Meals on Wheels delivering them to homes five days a week, as well. The meals come in bulk from Barron County to Spooner, where they are packaged and delivered to Shell Lake, to seniors ages 60 and older or disabled. “This is not anything new,” Reitzel said. Reitzel said that they are looking for volunteers to help serve the meals, as there is no daily site manager anymore. Karen Blodgett is acting as volunteer host for the meals. Though this is basically the same way it has been run in the past, minus a site manager, Reitzel said it is temporary, to see how things work out. “What we need to do is try it,” she said. She stressed that the center is not closing, as rumors have been saying, nor is

there any intent to do this. Money was also not an issue for cutting the position, Reitzel said. The listening session was then opened, for people to present any concerns with the center, or new ideas, as there may be some out there that nobody had thought of yet. Happy Tonics Director Mary Ellen Ryall said she had her “thinking cap” toward baby boomers. Since the senior center has Wi-Fi, allowing people to get on the Internet, Ryall suggested turning it into a digital café, something other centers in the state have been moving toward. “I see us doing more exposure through the Internet,” she said. Ryall said that eventually, with more publicity about the Friendship Commons, seniors will know there is a place in town where they can have coffee and conversation. She said she loved the idea of senior socialization skills. Unit on Aging Committee Chair Barbara Love said that people could bring these ideas to the unit’s advisory board,

See Commons, page 3

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Valentines for the troops


County and city creating new wetland habitat

Pictured with the Daisy Girl Scouts Troop No. 4465 is Darlene Heller who was The Washburn County Highway Department, with Shell Lake’s Public Works invited to attend the meeting and tell about the troops and answer questions Department, is working on creating a more natural wetland habitat near the fire while they worked on the valentines. — Photo submitted hall. — Photo by Larry Samson

SPOONER — The Adopt-A-Soldier Platoon committee enlisted the help of the Daisy Girl Scouts Troop No. 4465, the United Methodist Sunday school children and the youth group to make valentines for the platoon that they adopted at Christmastime. As it is so cold in Afghanistan, the committee thought a warm fuzzy was in order. Along with the valentines, hand warmers and some candy are sent to each of the 150 troops. The Adopt-A-Soldier Platoon project

in Spooner is an ongoing project. The committee will be keeping in contact with the national organization as well as with the local unit 724 to see what the needs are and work toward filling the needs. If you have an idea for a fundraiser to help raise money for this project, please let the committee know. You can contact Lynda Marquardt at 715635-6237 or Darlene Heller at 715-6352930. — submitted

Public meeting on Hwy. 53 Feb. 10

SUPERIOR — The Wisconsin Department of Transportation Northwest Region in Superior is announcing a public information meeting to discuss plans for a resurface project on Hwy. 53 from River Road north of Trego to Business 53 on the south side of Minong and from the north side of Minong to CTH T near Solon Springs. The meeting is scheduled from 4- 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the Washburn County Highway Department Office, 1600 CTH H, Spooner. WisDOT is proposing to resurface the northbound lanes of Hwy. 53 with two inches of new asphalt. Roadside signs and beam guard will also be replaced as part of the project. The public is encouraged to attend the open-house style meeting, provide input

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and ask questions concerning this project. Maps showing the proposed improvement alternatives will be on display. WisDOT representatives will be available to discuss the project on an individual basis. If you are unable to attend the meeting, or would like more information, contact project manager Brendan Dirkes at 715-395-3026. Written comments regarding the project can be mailed to Brendan Dirkes, WisDOT, 1701 N. 4th Street, Superior, WI 54880. Citizens who are hearing impaired and who require an interpreter may request one by contacting Andy Stensland at least three working days prior to the meeting via the Wisconsin Telecommunications Relay System, dial 711. — from WisDOT


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by Regan Kohler SHELL LAKE – The Washburn County Highway Department, along with Shell Lake’s Public Works Department, is working on wetland mitigation by the fire hall. Highway Commissioner Jon Johnson said that the project is due to construction on CTH B, which passes right by this area.

Washburn County is struggling to

decide how to best serve seniors with resources the available. Shrinking attendance at Shell Lake’s Senior Center, which has been renamed Friendship Commons, prompted the Unit on Aging to transfer Shell Donna Lake’s site manBarnesager to the Haesemeyer Spooner center, leaving Shell Lake without a paid staff member. Shell Lake citizen Karen Blodgett has stepped into the void as a volunteer hostess for the lunch program, but the future of Friendship Commons is in question. The number of people in the age group that senior centers serve is grow-

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“What we’re doing is creating new wetlands,” Johnson said. Johnson said that the project involves removing canary reeds, which are an invasive species, and trying to create a more natural habitat. Also, he said these wetlands will help filter the water that goes into Long Lake. Johnson said that, without foreseeing any snowplowing, the project should take about a week.

ing faster than the state average in Washburn County, so why aren’t more people taking advantage of Shell Lake’s Friendship Commons? The Unit on Aging has been asking that question, but they really need to hear from seniors what services they need and are willing to support. Shell Lake seniors need to play an active role in determining future service. Anyone who is 55 or older and lives in the Shell Lake area is eligible to become a member of Friendship Commons. Find out more about the center by reading Washburn County’s monthly newsletter Senior Focus or by attending the center’s monthly membership meeting on the last Monday of the month at 4 p.m. A potluck supper follows the meeting. You can also call the Unit on Aging at 715-635-4460 for information. Perhaps you have a skill or interest you would like to share with others or perhaps you have time to volunteer as a lunch host. Here is an opportunity to make new friends and become more involved in the community, both of which are key to a longer and better life!

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New Spooner DNR building proposal being reviewed


SPOONER — The Department of Natural Resources is proposing to construct a new regional headquarters building on the west side of Spooner. This project was approved in the 20072009 state budget and must receive final approval from the State Building Commission before construction could begin. The purpose of this project is to address many deficiencies in the existing facility and consolidate offices for staff now housed in various locations. Construc-

tion is proposed to begin in the summer of 2010. Before a final decision can be made on the building proposal, an environmental assessment must be completed. This notification ensures the chance for public input on that analysis. This project is not anticipated to result in significant adverse environmental effects. The department has prepared an environmental assessment on this action and has made a preliminary decision

SPOOONER — A deployed son-inlaw of Tim Brabec, Spooner, is stationed with the Minnesota Army National Guard in northern Afghanistan where many American and Afghan soldiers aren’t necessarily equipped for the cold. In an effort to make American soldiers lives a little warmer, hand warmers are being sent to Afghanistan. A veteran himself, Brabec recently sent

100 hand warmers and has another hundred hand warmers to send overseas. The hand warmers are available in most sporting good departments. For more information about hand warmers for soldiers in Afghanistan program, contact the Washburn County Clerk’s office at 715-468-4600. — from Washburn County Clerk’s office

which meets monthly, so they become documented. “These centers belong to the seniors,” Love said, not public officials. Mayor Donna Barnes-Haesemeyer asked why the position in Spooner was simply filled, without having to remove a staff member from Shell Lake’s center. Love replied that the unit made the decision, but added, “It isn’t cut in stone,” and reiterated that this change was temporary to see if it could work that way. Love said they could eventually bring someone back, but that this was another way it is imperative to get the seniors more involved, as other centers have their senior citizens volunteering in the kitchen. “You have to get the numbers up,” she said. Love said that for about five years, numbers of seniors visiting the centers have been low in Shell Lake and Birchwood, though Minong has seen higher turnouts. She said that Minong’s nearby township went in on a television for the center, and the seniors play Nintendo Wii. Love said that in Shell Lake, they could do something similar, but would need support. Barnes-Haesemeyer asked if the Unit on Aging Committee could override decisions like staff cuts, and county administrative coordinator/finance Director Mike Keefe said yes, though it is ultimately up to the unit to decide what to do. County board Supervisor Dan Hubin said he liked the idea of having a television and computers at the Friendship Commons, and was told by Reitzel that it is getting one computer soon. Hubin said that the saying was, “You’ve got to spend money to make money,” and that they needed to not talk about doing things, but actually do them. Love asked if those present could find a way to get a television in the center, and suggested going to neighboring communities for support. “Let’s do it,” she said. “Let’s go out to the community.” Keefe was asked about a grant that the unit received specifically for the Friendship Commons, and he said that the donor had wanted half of the funds to go toward operational expenses, with the other half for the senior center to use as it decided. The center went with purchasing furniture. Hubin said that furniture and a television could also be construed as opera-

tional expenses. “It’s how you define operational expenses,” he said. Barnes-Haesemeyer said she saw the need for programming as an issue, as a director would be needed to organize activities. Reitzel replied by asking why people weren’t using the center when there were many activities while there still was a site manager, such as a recent prediabetes screening, movie nights and other club events. “My question is, why aren’t the seniors coming right now?” she asked. Barnes-Haesemeyer wondered if maybe they weren’t offering the right activities. Hubin said that there should be more advertising, if just in the newspaper’s community calendar or a press release announcing coming events at the center. To do this properly, however, he said an on-site manager is needed. Blodgett said that in 2007, the advisory board’s bylaws were redone, and the site manager was excluded from being on the board anymore. Retired Spooner site manager Bev Cunningham said that this hindered her center. “They left me out of the loop,” she said of the board. Ryall said that Friendship Commons has been fortunate. “For the last 34 years, you’ve had hired staff,” she said. She said that other centers in the county have been successful with volunteers, and that Friendship Commons has seen a lot of funding for such low participation. City council President Sally Peterson asked if seniors were informed of the changes, and Love replied that on the committee’s agenda, there is always a spot for their comments. Love said that it is impossible to reach all the Shell Lake seniors, as very few have been attending or visiting the center. One woman said that though many do read the “Focus,” the publication going to seniors in the community, people are so busy, and Love added that people can’t be forced to read the paper. Dorie Washburn, a member of the former long-term support committee, and member of the Housing Authority, said that people may think the center is only for those who are poor. Blodgett then asked how many people were signed up for lunch that Friday, and that though on Wednesdays there are between eight and 10 people, there is usually only one, occasionally at that, on the other days.

Hand warmers for soldiers in Afghanistan

Commons/from page 1

that an environmental impact statement will not be required. This recommendation does not represent approval from other DNR sections, which may also require review of the project. Copies of the draft EA can be obtained from Dave Daniels, program and planning analyst, WDNR, 107 Sutliff Avenue, Rhinelander, WI 54501, 715-365-8914, or by e-mail at

Dan Hubin, supervisor, District 21

News from

District 21

The Washburn County Board of Supervisors met Tuesday, Jan. 19. There were not many issues on the agenda to discuss. However, there were some “housekeeping” issues financial that needed action. This concerned changing the 2009 and 2010 budgets. There were several projects approved for the 2009/2010 budgets, and we re- Comments on the proposed project and preliminary assessment are welcome and should be received by Daniels no later than 4:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 8. Comments may be submitted verbally, electronically or in hard copy written form. — from WDNR ceived additional grant money from the state. Therefore, the budgets were amended to reflect these additional monies. Many times projects are not completed during the respective budget year requiring the board to approve a carryover to the next fiscal year. On Jan. 22, I attended a listening session held by the Unit on Aging at the Shell Lake Friendship Commons, formerly known as the Shell Lake Senior Center. The committee listened to the concerns of the community and explored ways to improve participation in the center. I encourage everyone who is eligible to take part in the activities at the Shell Lake Friendship Commons. If you have any comment or question, please contact me.

Washburn said she had thought the food servers needed certification, and Reitzel said that the center is certified as a congregate site, and volunteers can do the hosting, but the seniors serve themselves. Training for this certification can be done on-site, she added. Love touched on another point, in that many seniors do not consider themselves “old” enough for the center, as many people are very active in the retirement age. Reitzel had said last week that they are trying to encourage “younger” senior citizens to come to the center more. Hubin said that there will be a day when a person can’t take care of him- or herself anymore. “People think it’s only for the infirm,” Barnes-Haesemeyer added. She said that in her next mayoral letter to the newspaper, she would mention what is available at the Friendship Commons, and what its needs are. She also suggested a survey, to see what people would support or participate in with the center. A needs assessment for the center

would be a very good idea, Reitzel said. County board Supervisor Tim Brabec said that the University of Wisconsin-Extension turned the fair over to the Fair Board itself, and suggested the same be done with the center to the citizens. “You people own your own show,” he said. Reitzel said that it would have been simpler to post the site manager position opening, but it wouldn’t have been what the Friendship Commons needed. “This has not been an easy journey,” she said. Reitzel said that Friendship Commons has been a viable facility for decades, and everyone needs to know this. One person can’t do everything, she said. Barnes-Haesemeyer offered to help with publicity for the center, and Love suggested getting an activity director. The results of the listening session, Reitzel said, will be going to the Aging committee at their Feb. 1 meeting, as they are the committee of jurisdiction. “This is just step two,” she said.

comprehensive planning and the Economic Development Corp.’s openrecords law situation. After briefly speaking to the EDC issue, Plaster said that he didn’t even know where to start with the comprehensive planning issue. “The plan that we developed was not perfect,” he said. “But it was a start.” Plaster said that the state has a right to demand its money back, and asked why taxpayers had to “foot that bill.” Thus far, the state has not asked the county to repay the development fund. Plaster said he was tired of hearing there would be no consequences for not having a plan in place, and he predicted that 95 percent of Wisconsin’s counties would have their own plans by the end of the year. He asked why Washburn County was going to be an “embarrassment,” and said he was just looking for the board to do the right thing. Plaster spoke later in the meeting, too, saying that 15 out of 21 towns in the county had their own comprehensive plans, with two of the cities and two of the villages having one. He said that by his understanding, the county couldn’t do certain things without a plan when it came to zoning, mapping or boundary agreements. He said it seemed people

disagreed with comprehensive planning on principal, because it was something the state wanted counties to do.

County board/from page 1

Other agenda The county passed a number of resolutions Tuesday night: • Consent agenda: Transfer of funds to the capital improvements budget for a University of Wisconsin-Extension building remodel; carryover of funds for: veterans services and grave care, and to a visions upgrade; increases to the 2010 budget for: Aging and Disability Resource Center grants and a van; an increase to the 2009 budget for a CTH D fund; reallocation of 2010 funds from information technology to contingency; designation of a 2010 fund balance for an IT maintenance agreement; opposition to establishment of a presumption for infectious diseases in proceedings regarding protective status; and rezoning petitions and amendatory ordinances. • Revisions to policies. • The board’s rules of procedure. Reports were given by the administrative coordinator/finance director and subcommittees, and chair appointments were made.


Letters to the editor

Puzzled by mayor’s response

I don’t believe I have ever written a letter to the editor of this or any other paper, but after reading the mayor’s response (Jan. 13) to Mr. Emanuel, I felt compelled. For the record I do not know Mr. Emanuel. The mayor was responding to Mr. Emanuel’s letter to the editor, where he expresses frustration with some city spending projects. The mayor responded: “Following is a response to Harold Emanuel’s letter published in the Jan. 6 issue. Both City Administrator Brad Pederson and I have encouraged Mr. Emanuel to call us if he has questions. Had he called, he would have learned the following:” The mayor went on at length to explain her position and then she concluded the letter as follows: “I’m glad that citizens are interested in the city’s projects. Please feel free to call, e-mail or attend a meeting if you have questions. All of these issues are discussed in committee and by the city council before actions are taken.” I have personally attempted to communicate with the mayor in the past and find her response to Mr. Emanuel to be puzzling. The mayor is encouraging direct communications, debate, discussion and transparency (through committee work). Based on my experience with this

mayor, public discussions and committees may be organized, but they have little or no impact on the outcome nor have I found the mayor to be open to debate or communicative on issues. I also found the tone of the mayor’s response to Mr. Emanuel be somewhat paternalistic, condescending and inappropriate. I first wrote Mayor Barnes-Haesemeyer last year regarding the expanded ATV access around the lake. She responded to my initial communication, but when it was apparent to her that I was in favor of expanded access (this is a community built on recreation? At least that is why I have property here) her responses ended. My last attempted e-mail to her on this issue was to ask how she would vote on the expanded ATV access issue; she did not respond. Once the council vote was made public, it was apparent that the mayor had no intention of supporting this change. Public discussions were held and a committee put together to “study” expanded ATV access. The committee made a detailed study and recommended expanding access, but the mayor did not support the committee’s recommendation. Why were taxpayer dollars and council time wasted on an issue she had no intention of supporting? Why establish a committee to review this or any issue, if you are not

prepared to act on their recommendations? Elected officials are elected to represent the wishes of those they serve. It was evident through the committee’s recommendation and the open public meetings that Shell Lake residences were and are in favor of expanding the ATV access. To date, I do not understand why this proposal was voted against by the major and some of the town council. This, in my view, is an example of elected arrogance. I recently wrote an e-mail to the mayor and Sally Peterson (running for mayor in 2010). I wanted to understand the two candidate’s position and approach to property taxes in Shell Lake. The second issue I wanted clarity on was their respective positions on expanded ATV access around our recreational lake. Peterson e-mailed me a detailed response clearly explaining her position on both issues. To date, I have not received anything from the mayor. Feel free to call, e-mail. Based on my own experience, I understand why Mr. Emanuel elected to write the editor. Larry Found Shell Lake

DNR regulating itself out of the fishing business

I am a retired DNR fish manager having a heated Internet e-mail discussion with a Cumberland resident about the one-trout, 15-inch-size limit on the Hay River in western Barron County. This situation interests me because 40 years ago, I was the Barron County fish manager, and I saw special trout regulations like this one push thousands of bait-fishing, catch-and-keep anglers out of trout fishing here in southwest Wisconsin. The Cumberland resident told me that this special regulation on the Hay was to protect wild brook trout. Many years ago, world-renown Wisconsin trout researcher Robert Hunt increased the size limit of wild brook trout on Lawrence Creek in central Wisconsin from 6 inches to 9 inches in an attempt to increase the population of 9-inch and larger trout. He very carefully studied the brook trout in

this stream, and he found that the 9-inchsize limit did not increase the population of 9-inch and larger trout because most brook trout died of natural causes before they reached 9 inches. This is well documented in Wisconsin DNR Technical Bulletin Number 26 published in 1962. Mr. Hunt also found that the 9-inch-size limit greatly reduced harvest and fishing activity on the Lawrence Creek. I would expect that the one-bag and 15-inch-size limit on the Hay River has done the same thing. I firmly believe that the DNR is regulating itself out of the fishing business in an ill-conceived attempt to make fishing better. Two years ago there was an unprecedented $1 million decline in Wisconsin fishing license sales revenue. This should have been a major wake-up call for the DNR, but I see no indication that

this happened. I would be interested in hearing from anglers who quit fishing the Hay River due to the one-bag and 15-inch size limit. I can be reached at 5388 Hwy. MS, Boscobel, WI 53805 or e-mailed at The DNR established 1,000 special trout rules in 1990. Over half (546) of these rules were canceled after the 2002 season. I would expect that most of the remaining special rules will be terminated by 2020. The 546 rules canceled after the 2002 season did not improve the trout populations in the streams and lakes where they were implemented.

A successful Shell Lake FFA Bashaw Lake Ice-Fishing Contest was held on Sunday, Jan. 17. The biggest fish award went to Paul Osborn, winning the threeman ice shack, and Myron Marshall the ice auger. Both prizes were sponsored by Shell Lake Marine. Shell Lake FFA would also like to recognize the sponsors for the FFA raffle

who are: Shell Lake Marine, Shell Lake; AAA Sports, Spooner; Bear Paw Co., Rice Lake; Dahlstrom’s Lakeside Market, Shell Lake; and to door prize sponsors: Stellrecht’s Tractor & Automotive Repair, Shell Lake; Spooner Outlet, Spooner; Dave’s Hardware Hank, Spooner; Subway; McDonald’s; Shell Lake Woodcrafters; Becky’s Food & Spirits, Shell Lake; Shell Lake State Bank; The Body Shop, Shell Lake; Ace Hardware, Spooner; Wolverine Tire & Auto Care, Spooner; Wal-Mart, Rice Lake; Cenex, Shell Lake; Potter’s Shed, Shell Lake; Spooner Country Store, Spooner; Lamperts, Spooner; and Nielsen’s Construction, Shell Lake. Without support of our local businesses we would not be so successful in

all of our activities. We encourage community members to support these businesses to help continue this strong community bond. Shell Lake FFA also sends their appreciation to all the participants that attended the ice-fishing contest. FFA will utilize these funds to attend leadership development workshops, speaking contests, and be able to perform local programs to promote the health and safety of our community. Gratitude is extended to Lee’s Construction for providing a trailer, generator and transportation of all ice-fishing supplies. This made the contest run much more smoothly.

At what price?

The city of Spooner is falling all over itself to spend $51,002 in order to receive $640,000 of grant (stimulus) money for a bicycle path. When this nation is in the process of raising the national debt level another $1.8 trillion, borrowing money for a project that isn’t needed is a looter’s mentality. Our winters usually deal with snow from November to March, who will maintain the path? Who is liable if someone is injured? Who will police the path for ATVs, motorcycles, etc.? A path that is used for a couple of months in the fall and a couple of months in the spring is a bad and expensive idea, it robs all of us. There are so many worthwhile projects that could use this community’s money! Art and Ellen Jacobs Spooner

FFA appreciation

Roger A Kerr Retired DNR fish manager Boscobel

Shell Lake FFA Officer Team


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Governor Jim Doyle 115 East, State Capitol Bldg. Mailing address: P.O. Box 7863 Madison, WI 53707

Congressman David Obey 7th Congressional District 2462 Rayburn Office Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20515 or Wisconsin office: Federal Building Wausau, WI 54401 (715) 398-4426 No e-mail address available

Rep. Mary Hubler 75th Assembly District Room 7 North, State Capitol P.O. Box 8952 Madison, WI 53708 or 1966 21-7/8 St. (Hawthorne Lane), Rice Lake 54868 (715) 234-7421• (608) 266-2519

Rep. Nick Milroy 73rd Assembly District Room 8 North State Capitol P.O. Box 8953 Madison 53708 E-mail: (608) 266-0640 Senator Robert Jauch 25th Senate District Room 19 South State Capitol P.O. Box 7882 Madison, WI 53707 E-mail: U.S. Senator Russ Feingold SDB 40, Rm. 1 Washington, D.C. 20510 or 8383 Greenway Blvd. Middleton, WI 53562 (608) 828-1200

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Calling all past Miss Shell Lake royalty SHELL LAKE — The Miss Shell Lake advisors are starting a new tradition this year. They would like to catch up with all the past Miss Shell Lake royalty. If you have information on how to contact any past royalty, please e-mail or call 715-468-2162. An invitation is being extended to past Shell Lake royalty to attend this year’s Miss Shell Lake pageant on Saturday, March 6. Former Shell Lake royalty include: 1955: Shirley Hawkinson, queen; Lou Ann Conselman, mermaid of 1955; Joyce Rohde, alternate queen; Connie Hard, alternate mermaid 1956: Verna Holman, queen; Kristin Garnhart, Evelyn Schuster and Beverly Tempesta, alternates 1957: JoAnn Brown, queen; Gayle Anderson and Patricia Neuman, alternates 1958: Gayle Anderson, queen; Gayle Swan and Barbara Bergquist, princesses 1959: Sally Clanton, queen; Mary Frey and Karen Lenz, princesses 1962: Delores Thompson, queen; Judee Morey and Jean Lemke, princesses 1963: Georgia Kastner, queen; Jeanne Beardsley and Lora Lee Washkuhn, princesses 1964: Beth Axon, queen; Jill Swan and Nancy Welter, princesses 1965: Mary Kay Nebel, queen; Judy Porter and Janet Porter, princesses 1966: Linda Kyes, queen; Mary Moen and Judy White, princesses 1967: Linda Lashmett, queen; Nancy Helmbrecht and Linda Peterson, princesses 1968: Lynn Foley, queen; Linda Soholt and Mary Pederson, princesses 1969: Londa Bruce, queen; Wendy Swan and Sheila Aderman, princesses 1970: Cindy Swan, queen; Jerri Swanson and Linda Wennerberg, princesses; Sheila Atkinson, junior princess and Jerry Swanson, junior king 1971: Becky Enders, queen; Sue VanMeter and JoAnn Crosby, princesses; Jill Markgren, junior princess and Peter Markgren, junior king 1972: Kathy Krantz, queen; Joan Swanson and Kathy Vig, princesses 1979: Laurie VanMeter, queen; Katie Hubin, princess 1980: Shelly Swearingen, queen 1981: Cheri Olek, queen 1982: Colleen Carlson, queen; Cindy Heino and Sally Stouffer, princesses

Shell Lake Lions Calendar Winners

Jan. 18 - $30 Dorie Washburn, Sarona Jan. 19 - $30 Laura Dauffenbach, Prior Lake, Minn. Jan. 20 - $30 Mary Harrington, Shell Lake Jan. 21 - $30 Ray & Lorraine Haremza, Shell Lake Jan. 22 - $30 Charles Meyers, Belvidere, Ill.

Anderson Hager Moe Winners also announced on WJMC FM Radio

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1983: Deidre Degner, queen; Brenda Thomas and Amy Richie, princesses 1984: Cathy Sibik, queen; Theresa Schultz and Julie Druschba, princesses 1985: Paula Lawrence, queen; Chris Murrey and Jennifer Lee, princesses 1987: Angel Amundson, queen; Julie Nielsen and Corrine Crawford, princesses 1989: Nikki Schultz, queen; Kasey King, Jamie Schindeldecker, and Jennie Ullom, princesses 1990: Kerrie Durand, queen; Dawn Bernecker and Amanda Burnham, princesses 1991: Sarah Melton, queen; Sara Reimann and Shannon Poppe, princesses 1992: Heidi Stellrecht, queen; Tiffany Hall, Stephanie Curtis, princesses 1993: Jessica Knutson, queen; Ericka Krantz and Bonnie Klinger, princesses 1995: Angie Baldocchi, queen; Alana Petz and Misti Anderson, princesses 1996: Sarah Petterson, queen; Lauralie Glessing and Sonja Swearingen, princesses 1997: Heidi Anderson, queen; Jennifer Schilling and Kelli Johnson, princesses 1998: Kristy Baldocchi, queen; Haylee Hall and Emalee Olson, princesses 1999: Colleen Mock, queen; Jamie Lagarde and Roxann VanWyhe, princesses 2000: Ambassadors Jennifer Christiansen, Stephanie Truman, Macey Fredrickson and Amanda Atkinson 2001: Kate Foss, queen; Kayla Zaloudek and Jill Pederson, princesses; Tera Reynolds, Miss Congeniality 2002: Shayna Hall, queen; Savannah Stanley and Teri Mancl, princesses 2006: Katie Grocke, queen; Jaci Pfluger, Miss Photogenic and princess; Jamie Hanson, princess; Priscilla Morris, Miss Congeniality; Nathaniel Wingler, Little Mr. Shell Lake; and Ashley Lawrence, Little Miss Shell Lake 2007: Rachael Nickell, queen; Jenna Rock and Courtney Schultz, princesses; Alyssa Whitebird, Miss Congeniality; Dominic Hopke, Little Mr. Shell Lake; and Savannah Soltis, Little Miss Shell Lake 2008: Lori Eby, queen; Mallory Moore, princess; Amanda Luedtke, Miss Congeniality; Madeline Hopke, Little Miss Shell Lake; Austin Schultz, Little Mr. Shell Lake; Arianna Schrieber, Devin Guggenberger and Madison Fogelberg, young attendants. — submitted

Chelsea Melton

Miss Shell Lake candidate by Regan Kohler SHELL LAKE – Chelsea Rene Melton, 14, is one of the candidates seeking the title of Miss Shell Lake 2010. Melton is the daughter of Mark and Nancy, sister of Daniel, Zachary, Andrew, Katelynn and Ayla. A freshman at Shell Lake High School, Melton is involved in the SMILES mentoring program, choir, and has played basketball for the Lakers. She loves turtles, reading, music, jewelry making, sign language, mashed potatoes and gravy, baby-sitting and going on mission trips, as well as learning from the Bible. After high school, she hopes to attend Alverno College, Milwaukee, to become a pediatrician or doctor for teenagers. She said she “really wants to follow God and my heart.” Melton said she decided to participate in the Miss Shell Lake pageant because of last year’s second princess. “I look up to Jena Fogelberg,” she said. “She got over a lot of her fears.” Melton said that speaking or performing in front of large groups is one of her own fears, and she hopes to conquer this through the interviews, group dance and individual talent performance the Miss Shell Lake candidates go through. When asked how she could best represent Shell Lake, Melton said she would get to know everyone in town, and “be respectful to other people’s courts [royalty].” For the pageant, the girls participate in private interviews with the judges beforehand, as well as a meet-and-greet, and perform a group dance – they will be doing “Rhythm is a Dancer” by Snap – an individual talent, and answer a question unannounced to them before the show. Melton said she plans to perform

Register Memories

1950 - 60 years ago

• Mail services would be somewhat better according to Mrs. Ireen Kennedy, acting postmaster. Due to trains coming just three times a week — Monday, Wednesday and Friday — a temporary truck service was established to carry letters and newspapers on the days the trains didn’t operate. • The Lakers were out to get their sixth-straight Lakeland Conference basketball victory when they traveled to Clayton. It promised to be one of the toughest games of the year. • Mrs. W.T. Hurd talked on Americanism and the Rev. Alex Anton discussed National Brotherhood at the PTA meeting. Vocal selections were done by the eighth grade. Hostesses were Mrs. Walter Hubin, Mrs. Thurston Trumbower and Mrs. A. Schaefer. • Mrs. Alf Peterson and boys visited the Oscar Olsen home and helped Garry celebrate his fifth birthday.

1960 - 50 years ago

• A general meeting of some local civic-minded citizens was held at the Shell Lake High School cafeteria to discuss the organization of a Lions Club of Shell Lake. • Lloyd and Jess Slinker opened the Cracker Box Café in Shell Lake. • A Fun and Figures class for women would be held for six weeks for $1.50. Activities would include exercises for improving the figure and various recreational activities for fun. Instructor was Mrs. Neil Koeneman, Shell Lake Schools physical educator. • Karen Lenz was named Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow at Shell Lake Schools.

1970 - 40 years ago

• Mrs. Cyrus Atkinson, Shell Lake, received a plaque that was presented to the Washburn County Easter Seal Society by the State Easter Seal Society for having the highest per capita returns in the state of Wisconsin for their school campaign. • Jim Rohlik, manager of Lampert Yards, Shell Lake, announced panel specials. Pacesetter 4x7 was $2.99; Pacesetter 4x8 in light or medium was $3.49; Conqueror 4x8 was $3.98; Lionite 4x8 light oak or walnut $4.95. • The Bungalow Trio, John, Sonny and Basil, provided music for a dance held at the Sarona Inn. • Glen E. Crosby, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glen Crosby, Shell Lake, was on the dean’s honor roll at Milwaukee School of Engineering.

1980 - 30 years ago

• Shell Lake students competing in the all-conference band and chorus held at Birchwood High School were Kris Knoop, Yvonne Furchtenicht, Brent Amundson, Pat Miner, Layne Livingston, Mark Aderman, Brett Heino, Cecile Druschba, Jon Albright, Connie Bruce, Carrie Bixby, Jill Hile and Nancy Slater. • Pam Carlson celebrated her ninth birthday with six of her friends and her brother, Christopher, and sister, Kendra, at her home. The youngsters had a great time ice skating and had a taffy pull. • The following members attended the WASB meeting in Milwaukee: Don Rydberg, Fred Johnson, Chuck Lewis, Ruth Biver and Delbert Soholt. Gina Lewis accompanied her husband. • Participating in the capping ceremonies of the nursing students at Viterbo College, La Crosse, were Pam Porter, Edyie Marker Susan Fox.

Chelsea Rene Melton – Photo by Barb Ray

sign language to a song by the Christian band Barlow Girl. Every Sunday, the Miss Shell Lake girls, along with the younger candidates for Junior and Little Miss Shell Lake, practice their dances, talents and interviews. Melton said that going through practice interviews has helped a lot, and she has enjoyed hanging out with the other girls and learning the dance. “I never used to do something like that,” she said. Melton’s sponsors are The Body Shop and Nielsen Construction. The pageant, Revolution of Dance, is set for Saturday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in the Shell Lake Arts Center. Tickets are $5 in advance and can be purchased from any of the contestants, or $8 at the door.

1990 - 20 years ago

• Greg Roraff, Burnsville, Minn., was named the new administrator of Indianhead Medical Center in Shell Lake. • Brad Pederson, worshipful master of Shell Lake Lodge No. 221 Free and Accepted Mason, presented Alvin “Pokey” Johnson with a certificate and pin commemorating Johnson’s 50 years of membership in the Masons. • Washburn County Circuit Judge Dennis Bailey swore in the county’s jury commissioners Bill Andrea, Spooner; Marvin Anderson, Long Lake; and Bernadette Friedell, Shell Lake. • Tim Frey, 11, accepted a certificate and trophy from Shell Lake Knights of Columbus members Mike Pesko and Dave DeLawyer. Other boy winners were Todd Schrankel, Scott Witte, Lance Benzer and Chris Rydberg. Girls winners were Becky Schultz, Kelly Schultz, Kristine Cardwell and Dawn Rutledge.

2000 - 10 years ago

• The garage of Gary Gramberg, located south of Shell Lake, was destroyed by fire. • Justin Hemshrot, 8, Shell Lake, caught a 14-lb., 11.5-oz., 39.5-inch burbot on Chequamegon Bay on Lake Superior near Washburn. It was caught on a tipup with a smelt for bait in 60 feet of water. • Randy Mangelsen, son of Henry and Karen Mangelsen, was elected to the Lawrence University chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. • Someone broke into and stole a small amount of cash from Michele’s Restaurant in Shell Lake. The burglar then made their way through a door into Nielsen’s Laker Saloon.


Local skiers compete in Balsam Vinter Fest

AMERY — The 13th-Annual Balsam Vinter Fest - 6K high school/middle school ski race was held Saturday, Jan. 23, at D. D. Kennedy Park near Amery. The 29 girls and seven boys competed during a windy rain shower and temps in the 30s. The Spooner team took first place for the girls and Barron took first as a team for the boys. Iciar Ocariz, Spooner, was the second finisher overall in boys and

What Is It?

There may have been times when I served up a dish of food and my children asked the question, “What is it?” And I wonder, is it a casserole, hotdish or perhaps goulash? This meal consists of a starch; meat or some type of protein; a canned or frozen vegetable; all mixed together with a canned soup. By whatever name we call it, some of us aren’t sure what to call the starch that is most commonly used to prepare this meal. Is it pasta or noodles? As an alternative, the starch could come from another source such as potatoes or rice. Back in the 1970s, a lady who had been born and raised in Germany moved into our neighSuzanne borhood. One day she asked my Johnson mom, “What is a hotdish?” Not being familiar with the language, it would sound questionable to bring a hot dish to a gathering. What is the purpose of it? According to information I found, hotdish, or a baked casserole as some might say, is popular in our Midwestern United States, especially Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota. My friend, Ruth, commented once that she had not eaten hotdish much until she married into the Anderson family. Those of us from the Midwest may take our hotdish to a potluck. We seem to know what potluck means, although it can sound risky. Perhaps we should bring our covered dish or a dish to pass, to a fellowship meal rather than a potluck. I’m also sure that someone will bring a pan-baked cookie, better known to us as bars, to the event.

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Spooner Youth Wrestling Tournament Friday

Happy Tonics shows environmental films in Shell Lake and Spooner

SPOONER — The Spooner prekindergarten through eighth-grade youth wrestling tournament will be held Friday, Jan. 29, at Spooner’s new high school. The doors open at 4:30 p.m., with a 6 p.m. start. There are no weigh-ins, just preregistrations. The entry fee is $10 and general admission is $2. Trophies will be awarded for first place and medals for second through fourth places. Folk-style wresting with WIAA rules, four-person round-robin weight brackets. Please contact Jon Griffith or Andrew Melton at 715635-2172, or e-mail name, grade, weight, years wrestled, phone number and school to — from Spooner Schools

Academic news

SUPERIOR — The University of Wisconsin-Superior has named Nicholas Anderson, Birchwood; Joel Simpson, Shell Lake; Joshua Bentley, Siren; and Alyssa Gostonczik, Spooner, to the dean’s list for academic achievement in the fall 2009 semester. To be named to the dean’s list, students must have completed 15 semester credits and achieved at least a 3.50 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. — from Link Delivery Service •••


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Making themselves at home at Friendship Commons, Shell Lake residents viewed a film sponsored by Happy Tonics. — Photo by Mary Ellen Ryall by Mary Ellen Ryall SHELL LAKE/SPOONER — As members of Happy Tonics, two host sites participated in the second-annual Winter Environmental Film Festival recently. Member organizations qualify for three events per year as part of their membership package. Happy Tonics is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) environmental education organization and public charity. All dues and donations are tax deductible. On Jan. 21, the Spooner Health System activity department showed “MicroCosmos,” a film about the smallest creatures and how they live unseen by most of us. A group of 40 seniors enjoyed the exquisite close-up photography of this little-known world. For many it took them back to an earlier time when the world was more diverse and nature was more abundant. On Jan. 22, Friendship Commons, in Shell Lake, hosted a potluck supper and an environmental film “Incredible Journey of the Butterflies.” Seven guests came to enjoy the meal and to watch the film. Local residents are invited Friday, Feb. 26, for a potluck meal and the film “America’s Lost Landscape.” The Environmental Film Festival at Friendship Commons is open to the public. You can view upcoming events at


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Spooner girls individual award winners (L to R): Katerin Ocariz, third; Beth Kujala, second; and Iciar Ocariz, first.

girls and was only two seconds behind Tyler Miller of Barron. It was a sprint between the two of them at the finish. Spooner girls took six of the top seven spots for the girl’s category. Placing were Elizabeth Baumgart, seventh, with a time of 24:32; Iciar Ocariz, first, 19:32; Beth Kujala, second, 21:26; Katerin Ocariz, third, 21:41; Rachael Jensen, fourth, 22:25; Maddie Kunkel, sixth, 24:10; and Hannah Dunn, 12th, 27:19. Luke Riewesteh Receiving the first-place award in the 6K high school/middle school Balsam Vinwas the only boy par- ter ski race are (L to R): Elizabeth Baumgart, Iciar Ocariz, Rachael Jensen, Maddie ticipating from Kunkel, Hannah Dunn, Beth Kujala and Katerin Ocariz. — Photos by Eric Jensen Spooner. He finished sixth in a time of 28:10. Spooner High School girls team member Kaylee Thornley competed in the 20K race and finished first in the women’s under-18 age group with a time of 1:33:57. — with submitted information


Honorary relay chair named at kickoff

by Regan Kohler SPOONER – The Relay for Life Committee held its 2010 kickoff at Jersey’s, Spooner, on Thursday, Jan. 21, naming an honorary chair and discussing plans and fundraisers for this year’s event. This is the 13th year American Cancer Society-sponsored Relay is being held in Washburn County, with the all-night walk set for June 4-5 at Shell Lake High School’s track. Every January, the kickoff is held to bring in new teams and distribute information about the year’s relay.

“They’ve been … getting bigger and better,” Chair Steve Clay said Thursday night. This year, the theme is birthdays, and Clay said the T-shirts will read, “Imagine a world with more birthdays. I’m making it happen.” “Because of you, more people are celebrating their birthdays,” Clay told those at the kickoff. Clay announced that Trudy Druschba, Shell Lake, is the honorary chair. This person is a cancer survivor, and speaks

Mini Relay for Life at SMS

by Regan Kohler SPOONER – The Spooner Middle School students kicked off their mini Relay for Life Monday, Jan. 25, to raise $10,000 for the American Cancer Society. The mini relay is similar to the Washburn County Relay for Life, with the students collecting funds over a twoweek period for the main event. The students will be walking around the gym, as part of their class time, during the intramural activities hour or in gym class. Additionally, teacher Emily Drew’s health class will be learning about cancer during this time. Relay for Life Chair Steve Clay said that as far as he knew, this was the first mini relay ever done in northern Wisconsin. He said this will also benefit the students in encouraging healthy activities. Drew said there are some incentives for the students to reach their $10,000 goal: • $500 – certain teachers will wear jerseys of their favorite sports team’s opposition • $1,000 – an all-school Pajama Day will be held • $1,500 – teachers will get pies in the face • $2,000 – sixth-grade teachers will sing karaoke • $2,500 – some teachers will get “slimed”

Relay for Life Chair Steve Clay , right, and Spooner Middle School health teacher Emily Drew will be helping the students in their $10,000 goal. Both spoke during the mini relay kickoff Monday, Jan. 25. – Photos by Regan Kohler • $3,000 – one male teacher will be duct taped to a wall • $3,500 – a female teacher will donate hair to Locks of Love • $4,000 – the principal will kiss a pig • $4,500 – a female teacher will dye her hair purple • $5,000 – some of the male teachers will have their heads shaved by students Drew also said there could be an allschool Bingo Day. A poster will be placed in the middle school lobby, to keep track of how much is raised. Clay said that if every student raised at least $25, they would make goal.

of his or her experience during the opening ceremony the night of the relay. Spooner Middle School began a mini relay for the first time this week, on Monday, where 400 students will be walking over a couple of weeks. Their goal is $10,000 raised toward the main relay event, Clay said. There are some other fundraisers coming up, including the PartyLite team’s second-annual fundraiser, which goes through Feb. 1, with 50 percent of the proceeds going to Faith in Action. For more information, independent PartyLite consultant Tammy Tannehill can be reached at 715-520-3836. In February, Clay said, the Rails hockey team will be having an auction at one game, in which the players will all wear pink. Pamida will be selling paper feet for $1 again at the cash registers, and the Longest Day of Golf is always held in June. The luminarias are being sold again, in which candles are placed in decorated bags and can be purchased before the event; the luminarias line the track the night of the event and are lit after dark during a special ceremony of hope. This year’s luminaria coordinators are Betsy Salquist and Ana Marino. Different teams fundraisers will be announced as they come up. Diane Neste, Spooner Health System, talked a bit Thursday night about ACS’s Hope Lodge, which is a hospice with free overnight lodging for cancer patients and caregivers, with private suites for

families as well as communal facilities. Neste said that her father stayed there for a month when he had cancer, as did her stepmother. “It’s like a Ronald McDonald House for adults,” Neste said. ACS staff partner Colleen Carter said that Hope Lodge always has a list of needs for their facilities, and she wanted to share this with those attending, in case they wanted to donate anything. Carter talked about team registration, which can be done online at wi, or through paper registrations if needed. Team registration fee is $150, and April 29 is the deadline for all registrations, she said. Teams can sell golf passes or daffodils to raise funds for their registration fee Carter said. Carter said each team should have a goal of at least $1,000 to raise for the relay. Clay said they hope to see even more survivors turn out the night of the event this year, as they “are the VIPs of the relay.” Clay said that survivors make up about 3 percent of the population right now. The relay hosts a dinner for them every spring, and it is set for May 3 this year. The next planning meeting is set for Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m. in Faith Lutheran Church, Spooner.

Bloodmobile to visit Shell Lake

SHELL LAKE — 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. — from American Red Cross

Spooner Middle School students will be walking in the gym over two weeks while raising money for the mini relay for Life.

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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, 715-4682097, 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. • 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, Feb. 5 • Spooner Women’s Club will meet at Karie’s home at 1 p.m. Speaker Marina Andrews of the Western Wisconsin Lyme Action Group will discuss tick-borne diseases — how to recognize and manage them. Visitors, please call 715-635-2741 (Sharon) for more information. Friday & Saturday, Feb. 5 & 6 • Clarrise and Friends onstage at the Erika Quam Theatre, Shell Lake, 7:30 p.m. Call 715-468-4387 for more information. Sunday, Feb. 7 • Clarrise and Friends onstage at the Erika Quam Theatre, Shell Lake, 2 p.m Call 715-468-4387 for 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.


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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. • Washburn County Genealogical Society meeting, 1:30 p.m., city hall meeting room, 501 1st Shell Lake, library building. The genealogy program Preserving Digital Files will be at the end of the meeting. The public is welcome to attend. 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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• 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. • Second-annual Winter Environmental Film Festival, sponsored by Happy Tonics Inc., at 2 p.m., Spooner Health System Activity Department, 819 Elm Street, Spooner. Environmental CD photos and talk on plants and butterflies at Monarch Butterfly Habitat. Open to residents and family. Registration or questions, contact Mary Ellen Ryall, 715-468-2097. Friday, Feb. 12 • Second-annual Winter Environmental Film Festival, sponsored by Happy Tonics Inc., at 1 p.m., Lakeland Manor, 201 2nd Avenue, Shell Lake. Film “America’s Lost Landscape.” Event open to residents and seniors. Registration or questions, contact Mary Ellen Ryall, 715-468-2097. Saturday, Feb. 13 • Cabaret, 7 p.m., at the Shell Lake High School. Monday, Feb. 15 • Northern Lights Camera Club meets at 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1790 Scribner St. (Hwy. K), Spooner. Feedback on photos, education and support. Beginners to professionals. Tuesday, Feb. 16 • Shell Lake/Spooner Masonic Lodge No. 221 will meet at 7 p.m. at the lodge. Wednesday, Feb. 17 • Games and activities, 1 p.m., Shell Lake Senior Center. • Shell Lake Public Library Board of Trustees meeting, 4 p.m., at the library, 501 1st St., Shell Lake. The public is welcome.


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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on CTH B, 2 blocks off Hwy. 63. All meetings are nonsmoking Sunday, 10 a.m. AA 6 p.m. AA Monday Noon AA 5 p.m. GA Tuesday Noon AA 7 p.m. AA Wednesday 1 p.m. AA 7 p.m. NA Thursday 1 p.m. AA Friday 2 p.m. AA 7 p.m. AA Saturday Noon AA 7 p.m. AA Fourth Saturday of every month, Pin Night with 5:30 p.m. potluck and 7 p.m. meeting.

What’s it like to be a ... mail carrier



States Postal Service Creed. The “snow and rain and dark of night” creed actually came from Herodotus Histories, written in 420 A.D. referring to the ancient courier service of the Persian Empire. It is said that “as many days as there are in the whole journey, so many are the men and horses that stand along the road, each horse and man at the interval of a day’s journey, and these are stayed neither by snow nor rain nor heat nor darkness from accomplishing their appointed course with all speed.”

Postal carriers in Shell Lake for the past five years are Miaja-Liisa and husband John Gauvin. Photo by Diane Dryden cause there are more packages coming and going, some of their customers are using the latest postal innovation, the click-and-ship program where they can go online, to print their own shipping labels. Another change in the system since 9/11 includes not taking any hand mail over 13 ounces, even if it has the proper amount of stamps attached, so people either need to click and ship, or make a trip to the post office. The Gauvins own five or six sturdy vehicles at all time and have a mechanic on call, more or less, who is constantly keeping them in working order, including the invariable tire changes. “I love to drive,” says Jon, “even in the crummy weather and sometimes busy traffic. I did a little trucking in my day, and it just appeals to me. It also appeals to me to do the best job I can because I really love my job.” Rural carriers are, in themselves, a traveling post office on wheels, selling stamps and money orders, and they have forms available for holds and changes of address. What they really appreciate is when customers keep the approach to and from their mailboxes clear of snow in the winter making delivery easier and safer. One sad note to report is there is no official United

LA CROSSE — Nicholette Scheu, Shell Lake, social studies major; and Sam M. Posso, Spooner, English major, have been named to the dean’s list at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for the 2009-10 academic year fall semester. To be eligible, students must have earned not less than a 3.5 semester grade-point average and have carried a minimum of 12 semester credits. — from UW-La Crosse ••• HOUGHTON, Mich. — Michigan Technological University has released the dean’s list for the fall 2009 semester, recognizing students who achieve gradepoint averages of 3.5 or higher. Those earning straight A averages of 4.0 are indicated by asterisks. Among the honorees are the following from the local area: Cumberland: Logan X. Mahowald, junior, electrical eng. tech; Sarona: Seth W . Adams, junior, electrical eng. tech; Shell Lake: Robert N. VanSelus*, senior, electrical engineering; Spooner: Shannon L. Flynn, senior, environmental engineering; and Jessica A. Martin, junior, chemical engineering. — from Michigan Tech •••

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by Diane Dryden SHELL LAKE - Jon and Maija-Liisa Gauvin, rural Shell Lake husband and wife, are both mail carriers for the U.S. Postal Service. She’s had the short auxiliary route for 4-1/2 years that covers 21 miles a day and takes approximately four to five hours to complete. She works six days a week in the standard mail truck, and she substitutes for her husband one day a week. Jon, on the other hand, is a full-time mail carrier who works five days a week and has been on the job a year longer than his wife. Originally from the Minneapolis area, he has spent many years enmeshed in both food service and the hospitality industry. Now he’s very happy being a mailman and takes his job very seriously. “I drive about 100 miles a day and have over 400 mailboxes to fill,” he says. His job starts at seven in the morning at the Shell Lake Post Office sorting flats; newspapers, magazines etc. Next he sorts the hand mail which are the letters, then he goes on to the packages. By 9 a.m., his truck is loaded with the mail, the parcels, the papers and the fliers. By 4 p.m., he is usually back in the office, having driven his miles and having served all of his customers. “I learn a lot about the people on my route,” he says. “I especially get to know their dogs, too. I came to this area in 1991, and I think I’m finally beginning to figure out who is related to whom. I like the fact that many of my rural customers talk to me, and I like the friendly small-town feel on my rural Shell Lake route. I think there is nowhere more beautiful than my path through the scenic Bashaw Valley. I’m glad I got this route.” Maija-Liisa’s in-town route puts her into direct contact with many of her customers too. “I deliver to some of the senior complexes and enjoy our conversations each day as I sort their mail,” she noted. “I, too, have made many friends during my time on the route.” Over the Christmas holidays there used to be more specialty mail order catalogs for delivery, but because of the economic downturn, they’ve noticed a drop in the mail, possibly due to the Internet. Lately though, parcel delivery has increased, due to more people ordering online and enjoying the convenience of home delivery. Be-

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FFA participates in district speaking contest

SHELL LAKE — The Shell Lake FFA recently participated in the district speaking contest. Johannah Feeney placed second in job interview. Kourtney Klassa received a second, and Brett Holman fifth in extemporaneous speaking. Taylor Bauch received a second in creed speaking. Isaac Cusick re-

ceived fourth in discussion. The Parliamentary Procedure team of Jackie Brown, Johannah Feeney, Cristy Spaulding, Garth Richter, Katrina Nyreen, Dani Kuechle and Emma Mechtel received first as did the Quiz Bowl team of Rachel Mechtel, Sam Livingston, Cody Mayer and Ryan Melton. — from Shell Lake FFA

Parliamentary Procedure team members accepted the first-place award. Not in order: Jackie Brown, Dani Kuechle, Garth Richter, Cristy Spaulding, Emma Mechtel, Katrina Nyreen and Johannah Feeney. — Photos submitted

Shell Lake FFA members that participated in the district speaking contest are back row (L to R): Brett Holman, Taylor Bauch, Katrina Nyreen, Garth Richter, Jackie Brown and Emma Mechtel. Middle: Isaac Cusick, Johannah Feeney, Kourtney Klassa, Cristy Spaulding and Dani Kuechle. Front: Rachel Mechtel, Cody Mayer, Sam Livingston and Ryan Melton.

Shell Lake FFA Quiz Bowl team received a first. Members (L to R): Ryan Melton, Cody Mayer, Rachel Mechtel and Sam Livingston.

Johannah Feeney shakes the judge’s hand during the job interview contest at the district FFA speaking contest.

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SPOONER – A pancake breakfast, open house, feature film, community dinner and chamber of commerce Business After 5 event will highlight this year’s observance of Catholic Schools Week at St. Francis de Sales School. The events are part of a nationwide celebration of Catholic education during the week of Jan. 31 to Feb. 6. This year’s theme, Catholic Schools: Dividends for Life, underscores the commitment of schools like St. Francis de Sales to offer the foundation in faith, knowledge, morals and discipline that prepares students for successful lives. St. Francis de Sales will host a pancake breakfast and open house at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 31, at the school located at 200 Oak Street. The film “St. John Bosco” will be shown at noon on Jan. 31 at the Palace Theatre in Spooner. A 19th century Italian priest, Fr. John Bosco was known for his dedication to youth education. Both events are open to the public. Donations gratefully ac-

cepted. On Thursday, Feb. 4, St. Francis de Sales parish hosts its monthly free community dinner from 4-6 p.m. Offered the first Thursday of each month, this dinner is open to everyone in the community. Concurrently, beginning at 5 p.m. on Feb. 4, St. Francis de Sales School hosts a chamber of commerce Business After 5 event. This is an opportunity for community business leaders to tour the school, network with colleagues, enjoy refreshments, dinner and musical entertainment by the school’s award-winning students. Catholic Schools Week is a joint project of the National Catholic Educational Association and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. St. Francis de Sales is a co-education school serving students from prekindergarten to eighth grade. For more information call 715-635-2774 or visit — from St. Francis de Sales Catholic School

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Brady Mortensen Wrestling Tournament

Seven-year-old Cody Joe Swan is a veteran wrestler, and he gives it all he’s got to take down Nolan Johnson of Frederic. Five-year-old Kevin Ratzlaff, Shell Lake, and 3-year-old Brandon Lucas, Grantsburg, watch referee Mike Elliott as he starts the round at the Shell Lake Brady Mortensen Youth Wrestling Tournament held Sunday, Jan. 24, at Shell Lake.

Brothers, and the heart of a future Shell Lake championship team, are John and Cory Kidder. Bringing home the trophies is a Kidder family tradition.

Erick Haynes watches the referee count down on the pin. LEFT - Carter Lawrence fights to get away from his Frederic opponent, Adam Minke. With the win, he earned a firstplace trophy in the third-grade class.

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Isaac Hopke, Shell Lake, pins Prestin Polencheck, Butternut, to win a first-place trophy. His father, Pete Hopke, was not able to see his son wrestle as he was en route home from Iraq. He missed the meet by a few hours.

RIGHT - Lucas West, Turtle Lake, poses with his sisters, Isabella and Amie. He embodies the strength, courage and character of a wrestler. Two years ago, he lost his left leg battling cancer. After chemotherapy and physical therapy, he faced another setback when he suffered a broken bone in that leg while sledding. Undeterred, he will wrestle again. He is the son of Dr. Tom West, veterinarian with Northern Lake Veterinary Clinic in Shell Lake. Isabella took second place in the third-grade group, and Amie third place as a kindergartner.




Back-to-back losses

by Larry Samson SIREN — The Shell Lake boys basketball team played two very good teams and came away with two big losses, 75-49 against Siren and 69-39 against Turtle Lake. The losses did not come as a surprise, as Shell Lake has struggled to put together four quarters of play. This is due to the fact that they have only four returning players from last season and four players stepping up from JV. Coach Bouchard has been getting the most from his squad, and the boys have been playing as hard as any teams they have gone up against. They are a team Jordan Forsythe brings the ball down court against that does not give up on a strong defensive effort by Luke Bollant from Siren. the game, but they are too thin to stay close in the 2008 girls team together that traveled the second half to state last year. With this team, he will Against Siren, Shell Lake trailed by one make a run at sectionals this year. point at the end of the first quarter after Bouchard has the job now of turning the Jordan Forsythe put up three 3-pointers. Shell Lake program around and in time Siren came out after the half and put the he will. He has started a program for game away, putting up 25 points to Shell first-graders, and he is working with the Lake’s 11. elementary program. Coach John Ruud is in his second year Shell Lake will be traveling to St. Croix at Siren and is turning around the Siren Falls on Friday, Jan. 29, for a nonconferprogram. He had been the assistant ence game. They will meet Northwood coach in Shell Lake under Deanna Smith for the second time this year on Tuesday, when Shell Lake went to sectionals. Siren Feb. 2, in a doubleheader at Northwood. offered him a teaching position and head coach of the girls program. He had put Scoring by quarter Quarters 1 Shell Lake 12 Siren 13

Aaron Druschba and Christian Hall from Siren scramble for the ball on the baseline.

Andrew Melton denies Elijah Hinze points when he steals the ball on this fast break. There are few players who play with the intensity that Melton plays with from the start of the game to the end.

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Lakers Brandon Degner and Jordan Forsythe double-team Seth Stoner as they work to contain him.




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103: Chris Kidder placed ninth and scored 6.00 team points. 112: Dan Cassel placed third and scored 18.00 team points. 119: Al Hopke placed third and scored 21.00 team points. 125: Dillon Hopke placed sixth and scored 6.00 team points. 130: Aaron Slinker placed sixth and scored 12.00 team points. 152: Drew Knoop placed first and scored 27.00 team points. 160: Colten Kozial placed fourth and scored 18.00 team points. 171: Michael Johnson placed third and scored 24.00 team points. 189: Mike Irvine placed 10th and scored 0.00 team points. 215: Marlo Fields placed fourth and scored 18.00 team points. 285: Brian Marshall placed fourth and scored 18.00 team points.

Justin Dennis, Spooner, with a pin over Cole Reghan of New Richmond. Spooner Rails placed seventh with 147 points.

Colten Kozial returned to the mat after sitting out several weeks due to illness. He pinned Tommy Zappa of Cumberland and Steven Van Haden of Spring Valley. He lost his third-place match to Levi Hayes of Bloomer by a 15-7 decision.

Drew Knoop, with a takedown in the first-place round, earned two points as he defeated Justin Sarauer of Bloomer. This was his second Shell Lake Challenge Championship, and he is 33-4 for the season. The Lakers have their last dual meet on Thursday, Jan. 28, as they face their conference rivals, the Cameron Comets, at 7 p.m. in Shell Lake. The conference wrestling tournament will be held Saturday, Feb. 6, in Cameron.

Michael Johnson with a pin over Jake Armstrong of Chequamegon. He took home third place when he pinned Derek Schindler of Hudson in the third-place round after he had a disappointing overtime loss to Grant Nelson of New Richmond in the previous match. Shell Lake place fifth with 168 points. Chris Kidder had his first pin of his varsity career at the Shell Lake Challenge when he pinned Andy Mason of Spooner in 1:54. While the 98-pound freshman had 10 wins in 20 matches, he was looking for that first pin.

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Shell Lake 64 Northwood/Solon Springs 0

Shell Lake (SL) 64.0 Northwood/Solon Springs (NW) 0.0 103: Chris Kidder, SL, won by forfeit. 112: Dan Cassel, SL, won by forfeit. 119: Al Hopke, SL, won by forfeit. 125: Double forfeit. 130: Dillon Hopke, SL, maj. dec. Trevor Wahner, NW, 16-4. 135: Double forfeit. 140: Double forfeit. 145: Tyler Anderson, SL, pinned Mike Marshall, NW, 2:26. 152: Drew Knoop, SL, pinned Brandon Wilcox, NW, 4:19. 160: Colten Kozial, SL, pinned Domenic Picinich, NW, 1:04. 171: Mike Irvine, SL, won by forfeit. 189: Michael Johnson, SL, pinned John Gruna, NW, 1:24. 215: Marlo Fields, SL, pinned Tylor Baird, NW, 1:56. 285: Brian Marshall, SL, pinned Zach Owens, NW, 1:28.

Four-year-old Donavan enjoys quality time with his father, assistant coach Kyle Balts, as he confides with coach Jim Campbell and wrestler Tyler Harrell during a break in the action at the Shell Lake Challenge Wrestling Tournament held Saturday, Jan. 23.



Laker girls drop two


SIREN — The Shell Lake girls played well at times, but they couldn’t string together enough points as they dropped a pair of games last week. The Lakers lost at Siren, 60-32 and at Turtle Lake, 50-38. “The teams we played last week have identical records of 9-3,” said Shell Lake coach Carlo Kumpula, “so we didn’t have much room for error. We played well in spots, but not well enough to beat those teams.” Ashley Anderson led the Lakers at Siren with 17 points and eight rebounds. Steph Clark added six points, while Jen Cassel had four points and five assists. At Turtle Lake, Cassel scored a career-high 15 points to go along with eight rebounds and three steals. Kim Moravec was the Lakers top rebounder with nine. In addition, Anderson added 10 points and had four steals, Emma Anderson added seven points, and Clark made five steals and grabbed seven rebounds. “It was good to see Jen kick it up a bit on offense,” added Kumpula. “She’s got the ability to get to the basket, and she used it well at Turtle Lake.” The other bright spot for Shell Lake was its free-throw shooting. “We made 18 of 33 at Siren and 18

of 27 at Turtle Lake,” said Kumpula. That means we’re not only getting to the line, but we’re taking advantage of it. At some point that’ll pay off.” The Lakers marathon road trip continued this week as they traveled to Spooner on Tuesday and go to St. Croix Falls on Friday. — submitted

Kim Moravec with a jump shot. She had three points for the game.

Ashley Anderson, up with a jump shot on the baseline. She was good for 17 points as Shell Lake lost to the 9-3 Siren Dragons 60-32.

Jennifer Cassel meets strong resistance under the basket from Siren defender Sarah Howe.


Stephanie Clark and the referee watch the line as she blows past the Siren defenders. Emma Anderson tries to direct her free-throw shot into the basket.

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Boys basketball 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 Fri., Jan. 29: DH at St. Croix Falls (n/c), 6 p.m.


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. 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.


Bantam tourney this weekend

Spooner Area Youth Hockey Bantam team shown back row (L to R): Coach Mark Halvorson, Dale Stafford, Tanner Vik, Brady Schafer, Eric Anderson and head coach Nick Freeman. Front: Cole Lucius, Bryce Sohn, Matt Slaminski, Brett Gauger, Jake Aardappel and Christian Totten. Not pictured: Becker Lindner and Tanner Schafer. — Photo by Jean McShane SPOONER — The Spooner Area Youth Hockey Association is hosting the second of four youth hockey tournaments this upcoming weekend, Jan. 30 and 31. This tournament will be at the bantam level, which consists of players born in 1995 and 1996. The bantam level is the last step for these players before they play high school hockey. The tournament kicks off on Saturday at 8 a.m. with a game between the Thunder Bay South End Jr. Stars and Monroe. New Richmond and La Crosse take the ice at 9:30 a.m. with Ashland taking on Thunder Bay at 11:15 a.m. The Spooner Bantams will then take the ice at 12:45

p.m. against La Crosse. Ashland and Monroe then face off at 2:30 p.m. The final game of the day will see Spooner taking on New Richmond. The Spooner Bantams are having a good season, with a record of five wins, four losses, and one tie. The tournament will conclude on Sunday morning at 9 a.m. with the puck scheduled to drop for the championship game at 12:30 p.m. All games will take place at the Northwest Sports Complex in Spooner. Admission is free, and it is a great opportunity to see some great hockey and support your local youth players. — submitted

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SHELL LAKE — Have your kids outgrown the skates, but you don’t know what to do with them? Have you retired from your active lifestyle but still have the equipment lying around the house? Search your basement, clean out your garage, talk to the outdoor enthusiasts you know and bring them to the first-biannual community sports equipment swap. This event is designed to recirculate sports equipment and outdoor/winter clothing. Suggested items: downhill skis, boots and poles, cross-country skis, boots and poles, ice skates, snowshoes, hockey skates and gear, sleds, snow pants, boots, coats and jackets.

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Saturday Junior League Team Standings: The Prime 56, Masterjohn Realty 46, Leisure Technology 33, Silver Shears 27, Shell Lake Chiropractor 26, Bradway Construction 23, The Cats Meow 19, Shell Lake State Bank 15 Boys games: Chad Lenser 179, Alex Peterson

158 & 149 Boys series: Chad Lenser 436, Alex Peterson 424, Tyler Voelker 417 Girls games: Danielle Powers 168, Casi Ostermann 161 Girls series: Danielle Powers 452, Casi Ostermann 427, Kristine Powers 358

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Please no motorized items, firearms, personal or household items. Take part in this community event by selling your unused goods, bartering for replacement equipment or donating your gear to raise funds for community programs. Space is provided, and you provide your setup. All parties are responsible for pricing and marking their own gear and purchase transactions. It’s that simple! Event is Saturday, March 6, 8 a.m., at Shell Lake Elementary School gym. Contact Keri Jensen 715-468-7815 or Betsy Helgesen 715-635-6833 with questions. — submitted

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by Sylvia Oberle, Stanberry There is a tree that lives somewhere in the White Mountains of California that’s over 4,767 years old. It’s a bristlecone pine named Methuselah and has been called the oldest tree in the world. Someday, I’d like to take a hike and see that tree. But in the meantime, on my many Ice Age Trail hikes I’ve been discovering that Wisconsin has many noted trees, too. In Polk County near, Round Lake Road, I saw remarkable pines. There are signs on the trail for a short side trip and that directs you to a huge white pine. Sandy, a friend who sometimes hikes with me, wanted to see if we could reach around it. We joined our hands, and stretched our arms as far as we could around the tree. Our big “tree hug” went only a little over halfway around! The fragrance of the wood, needles and cones was an added pleasure. We took some pictures and decided our hike among the pines was a very good day. Earlier in the year, I hiked along a curving esker in Taylor County near Mondeaux Flowage and saw the yellow birches standing high on roots like octopus tendrils. It took a bit more time walking over those tree legs, but who minds a sore toe or two when the

An interesting tree along the Ice Age Trail. — Photo by Sylvia Oberle scenery is good and the air is fresh. Yellow birch seedlings often start their

growth inside rotted pine stumps. Here I was able to get a neat photo that looks almost like a painting. On the Chippewa Lobe, I had the pleasure of viewing some of the tallest aspen in Wisconsin. They grow on each side of the trail. You look up till your neck creaks, and it’s hard to get a full photo in the viewer of your camera. I did get an especially good shot of a tall aspen with its gray trunk and green leaves against the blue October sky. Near Lodi, in Dane County, stand gnarly oaks that are some of the oldest and largest bur oaks in Wisconsin. I hiked there with two grandsons and an exchange student from India. The student thought the view was breathtaking. He told us there are no oaks or maples where he lives in India. He marveled at the good trail, the open space and the colorful trees. Dane County also has many historic oaks on the Koltes Drumlin off Bong Road. And I have learned there is an Indian trail marker tree off Harbor Road near Westport. Kris, who often walks with me, is always looking for those marker trees. We will be sure to visit that tree on a future hike in Dane County. On hikes in Langlade County, one can see the scenic tamarack trees that grow around kettle lakes made by the glacier. In fall, their golden reflections in the water make photos worthy of any post-

card. They are the only conifers that shed their needles in autumn. I’ve heard of people who didn’t know that fact and cut their tamarack trees down by mistake. If only they had known more about trees! Near Hatley in Marathon County, I photographed perfectly shaped elms, their dark umbrella shapes look majestic against the winter snow at twilight. In Marquette County, one can visit the forested hill where John Muir spent many hours of his boyhood. In Barron County I saw large poplar trees that beaver also love and use to build massive lodges and dams. Near Fawn Avenue in Taylor County, I learned how to identify the hemlock tree because they have little plaques naming some of the prominent species. The Chequamegon Forest has wonderful trees and a great variety. I have just mentioned a few memorable trees. I know I’ll see more as I continue my trek on the trail — 720 miles so far. In 2010, I have a goal: Continue hiking sections of the Ice Age Trail. Also, I vow to learn more about Wisconsin trees and plant at least one. I encourage all those who like the forest to choose a section of the Ice Age Trail and take a walk. As you learn Wisconsin glacial geology, you’ll be sure to take note of the many great trees.

Starting next week! Community Ed opportunities ders in the skies. You’ll also use a brand-new video telescope system, receive user-friendly star maps and constellation charts, Web site listings, a telescope guide and more! Location: Hunt Hill Audobon Sanctuary Friday, Feb. 5, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $12/person or $30/family, payable to Hunt Hill. Students who previously attended the stargazing event in Shell Lake are welcome to participate in the star viewing at Hunt Hill but must preregister (at no cost) so that adequate space is available. Classes coming Soon! The Joy of Knitting Cables by Jennifer Kunsleman. This class is for knitters that know the basics — casting on, knitting, purling and binding off — and are ready to move on to something new. Cables are an easy technique that add design and interest to a project. They’re fun too! Class will be knitting a cabled scarf or bring in your own pattern if you wish. For those knitting the cabled scarf, please bring a pair of size 8 needles and two skeins (3-1/2 oz/100 gm) of worstedweight yarn of your choosing. Location: Shell Lake HS Mondays, Feb. 8 and 15, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $20, includes cable needle and pattern. Quilting for Advanced Beginners by Amy Skattebo. This advance beginner class will utilize the fundamentals of strip piecing and chain piecing to create various 16-patch blocks. Two different techniques will be shown to create half-square triangles. The Quilting in Sections method and Free-Motion Quilting will be demonstrated for those who want to take their quilting to the next level. Finished quilt size: 72x88 5 sessions: Mondays & Wednesdays, 6-8:30 p.m. M-W 2/22 & 2/24, W-3/3, M-3/8, M-3/15). Cost: $45. Location: Shell Lake HS FACE room. Please e-mail: or call 715-468-7815, ext. 1337, for fabric measurements required for class. This class needs a minimum of three people to be held, suggested you only purchase your supplies when you know the class will proceed. Swing Dancing–Bill & Kay Burkholder: The Shell Lake Art Center joins community ed to bring you skill, technique and fun in preperation for the annual Shell Lake Art Center Gala to be held on May 15! Local wellknown dance instructors Bill and Kay Burkholder will offer expertise and introduction to both Single Step Swing and East Coast Swing couple’s dances introduced in this class. Put on your leather-soled shoes and join for great energetic fun! Couples will be taught dance basics and beginning dance patterns. Please call instructor with questions, 715-635-8470. As a special promotion, students taking this class will receive admission to the gala in May! Mondays, March 1, 8 & 15 6:30-8 p.m. Cost: TBA (payable to WITC) Location: Shell Lake Art Center. Students must register through WITC for this class. Please go to for ‘class finder’ or contact CE office at 468-7815, ext. 1337. Basic Spanish Speaking Skills by Peter Ducos. Lean the basics of the Spanish language from bilingual instructor and Puerto Rican native Peter Ducos. This is a

beginner Spanish class that will focus on oral communication in a variety of topics at a basic level. The class will cover the grammar and structure necessary for speaking. Students do not have to have previous knowledge of the Spanish language or conversation to take this course. Location: Shell Lake Primary School Tuesdays, March 9-30, 4:30-6:30p.m. Cost: $20. Spring Basket by Roxanne Melton. This is a delightful little basket that would look great on the table or to give as an Easter gift. This is a beginner basket with a painted insert to accent. One night only! Location: Melton residence. Thursday, March 18 5:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $10, plus $20 supply fee payable to instructor. Please register by March 11. Cranberry Basket by Roxanne Melton. Another small beginner basketweaving opportunity! This catchall basket is great to use as a candy dish, for loose change or any other purpose you have. Complete your weaving series with this must-have accent piece. One night only! Location: Melton resideince. Thursday, April 15, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $10, plus $20 supply fee payable to instructor. Please register by April 8. Family-Directed Home Funerals by Lucy Basler. This class provides education to help families choose afterdeath care for their loved ones. Class includes what a family would need to know: care of the body, legal issues, and burial and/or cremation arrangements. The DVD “A Family Undertaking” will be shown, and a personal account from a family member who has experienced a home funeral will speak. Location: Shell Lake High School This class is being offered free of charge on Tuesday, March 23, 6-8:30 p.m. Microsoft Office 2007, Sara Ducos. This class will provide a first introduction to the new user interface in the major Office applications, as well as show how to perform operations such as working with files. Class will touch on the Office suite programs, what they have to offer and how to navigate around in each of the following programs: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher and Access. Location/cost to be announced. Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 5-19, 6-8 p.m. Community education registration forms are available at the Shell Lake Schools, www.shelllake.k12.wi. us under For Community or by calling 715-468-7815, ext. 1337. Please call the community education office with any questions, ideas or suggestions. — from Shell Lake Community Ed


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SHELL LAKE — Shell Lake Community Ed has opportunities for you to start a new hobby, learn a new skill or share a talent of your own! New classes by local artisans and educators are ever changing and continuing to be a great opportunity for the community. Take note of the 2010 winter lineup below: Quilting Fundamentals: Lap Quilt, Amy Skattebo. Beginner’s Choice. This class will teach the fundamentals of rotary cutting, pressing and piecing by machine. Several techniques will be covered in the sessions, including mastering the 1/4” seam allowance, strip piecing, chain-sewing, borders, basting and binding. This class will provide you time and the techniques needed to create a simple, yetpleasing two-colored lap-sized quilt (51 x 63). Simple machine quilting will be demonstrated. Four class sessions: 6-8:30 p.m. and final session for show-and-tell 6-7 p.m. W-2/3, T/W-2/9 & 2/10, T-2/16, T-2/23 Location: Shell Lake High School FACE room. Cost: $45. Please e-mail: or call 715-468-7815, ext. 1337 for fabric measurements required for class. This class needs a minimum of three people to be held, it’s suggested you only purchase your supplies when you know the class will proceed. Valentine Squash Books by Denise Meister. What is a squash book? This is a great activity for adults or kids ages 8 and up and may become your next hobby. Squash books are scrapbook-inspired mini photobooks that are a result of accordian folding fancy paper. Students will have access to 12x12 medium-weight cardstock paper in various hues of red, white and pink, Valentine-themed rubber stamps and a lettering system for decorating the cover as you make your own book. An endearing gift for someone special or to keep for you. If other colors are desired, please bring three sheets of 12x12 solid medium-weight cardstock and two coordinating sheets of scrapbook paper (designs are fine). Maximum 12 students. Register by Jan. 29. Tuesday, Feb. 2, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $15, supplies, instruction and book. Location: Shell Lake HS art room. Students should bring their own scissors or scrapbook cutter. Wine Basket by Roxanne Melton. This is a beginner basket that makes a great gift for your valentine! Students will have a choice of complimentary reed color and will receive full instruction on the fundamentals of basket weaving. One night only! Location: Melton residence. Wednesday, Feb. 3, 5:30-8:30p.m. Cost: $10, plus $20 supply fee payable to instructor. Please register by Jan. 29. Stargazing with WCCO Mike Lynch. Participants will start indoors for a brief orientation of stargazing and then head outside to get up close and personal with the universe. Mike’s entertaining stories will connect you with the history and stories of constellations like The Big Bear, Cassiopeia the Queen, others! Using one of the biggest mobile telescopes in the upper Midwest, participants will have close-up views of the planet Jupiter, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and other won-

Dewey Country


by Pauline Lawrence

We’re headin’ into the last week of January 2010 now. Yes, time waits for nobody and we have to enjoy what we are given. This Jan. 24 we find snow falling so softly in the great outdoors. This last week we had temps up to 36 above finding the house eaves dripping and snow melting, leaving a trail of water behind. It seems like the older we get the faster time goes don’t ya think? Happy-birthday wishes go out to sister Donna Lawrence as she enjoys her special day Jan. 29. Have a wonderful day, Donna. A very happy birthday to Sherry Forrestal on her special day, Jan. 29. Have a great day, Sherry. Jan. 31, way down in Missouri, a very happy birthday to Ruth Hopke celebrating her special day. Jan. 31. Have a great day, Ruth. Happy birthday wishes go out to Cy Atkinson on his special day Feb. 2. Cy was raised in Dewey Township, the son of Cy and Margie Atkinson, and one of 12 children. Happy-birthday wishes go out to Meghan Stone on her birthday Feb. 3. Have a fun day, Meghan. Real estate taxes are due before Jan. 31. Sorrow looks back, worry looks around, and faith looks up. I hope everyone has gotten a good peek at the beautiful quilt at the Shell Lake State Bank that is another of Myrna Atkinson’s creations. The quilt will be raffled off for the Shell Lake High School band at its Cabaret in February. Tickets are available at the bank or from band members. Talking with Myrna Atkinson we have some late Christmas news to catch up with. Christmas Eve found Kathy and Calvin Scheffel, Tony and Casey and Casey’s girlfriend, Jessica, and Ron Atkinson enjoying their Christmas feast along with gift opening and good family time. After Christmas found Jodie and Sandy Atkinson and Allison Atkinson and Dustin Crandell enjoying dinner and gift opening along with good family ties at Myrna and Kurt’s. Son Steve visited later. Myrna had a birthday recently with Jodie and Sandy coming for birthday cake. Myrna tells us her honey had back problems while carrying in wood and has been on the outs for a while. So that leaves the job to Myrna. Well a good friend and neighbor heard about this and over this gal went to help Myrna get wood down in the basement and also made a beautiful birthday cake for Myrna to enjoy. This hardworking gal was Karen Vanderhoof. You are special Karen. Saturday, friends, neighbors, and relatives gathered at the Methodist church in Shell Lake to honor Dorothy Lashmett on her 80th birthday. All of Dorothy’s five

children and grands, along with greats and her brother and families, Harry and Verna Dahlstrom’s, were there along with a smorgasbord of food made by the children of the Lashmetts and came bearing two big birthday cakes for all to enjoy. A late but very happy birthday to you Dorothy on Jan. 22 with many more to come. Thursday, Robyn Major had to take a test due to her work in Rice Lake and later stopped at her parents, Bernard and Sandy Reddings’, for dinner. Sandy said she made a smorgasbord and they all enjoyed it along with good family time. Sandy was at her doctor in Barron for a checkup and found she is doing super good. Good for you, Sandy! Talking with Jim Atkinson we find Jim in super-good spirits. Why? Well in 1998 and 11 years ago we almost lost Jim a number of times but he came out of it. Slowly he progressed to the point where he is now with his health and is feeling mighty good. Great news to hear Jim. We hope you continue to do well. Saturday, Butch and Loretta VanSelus attended “Aladdin” put on by the Prairie Fire Theatre sponsored by the Shell Lake PTA. Reyna Stone, the VanSelus’ granddaughter, was in the play doing a dance routine and Loretta says it was very good. Sunday found Mark and Noel Knoop, Bryan and Alecia at Shell Lake High School for the wrestling matches in which Bryan participated along with the three Skluzacek boys. Bryan came in third. He is a seventhgrader and was up against an eighth-grader with more experience but hey, Bryan, we’re very proud of you getting third. I haven’t heard how the Skluzacek brothers did. Mark said there were only about half the wrestlers there with 173 registered. Talked to Kyle Vanderhoof who was home from New Richmond where he attends WITC taking up ag mechanics. He said things are going good for him and he will have to go until this spring and then from September until Christmas and then he will be done. That’s great news, considering Kyle was very badly hurt a year ago last September. Way to go, Kyle. Saturday, Cecil and Evelyn Melton attended the 80th birthday party for Dorothy Lashmett. On the way home they stopped at Glenview to visit with a friend from the Meltons church. At this time we are happy to hear Cecil is on top of everything and getting along good. Glad to hear that Cecil. The following is a really very neat story. A number of years ago a young man named Brad and his sister became foster children. Well those two couldn’t have landed in a better home than Chuck and Dixie Andreas’ as they had them for years when they were growing up.

Now Brad is married and they have two children, Shawn and Tasha, and they live near Milwaukee. Well as the years went by Brad had his last name changed to Andrea and he’s like a son to the Andreas. This young man and two children came and spent the weekend with the Andreas and they had a wonderful weekend together. Brad’s wife usually comes but this time she couldn’t. Dixie tells us Brad and his family and his sister are very special to them. Throughout the years the Andreas had four or five more foster children in their home and they come and see them also and are very special. Hats off to Chuck and Dixie for sharing their love with others in need! Saturday afternoon Janie Lauterbach hosted a Pampered Chef party in her home with a lot of people coming to enjoy the party along with a wonderful meal. Marie Quam and Trish and Rich Feeney and son Richy attended along with a nice group. Marie said it was a wonderful time. Table Talk: If you were to tell a much-guarded secret that you have never told anyone, who could you tell and trust to keep it secret? News from the Fjelstad Palace finds Kris attending her Lifestyles meeting on Monday. Wednesday found Jeff Larson visiting Bob. Wednesday evening Kris and Judy Leonard enjoyed supper at Madden’s in Siren, reporting the food was delicious. Thursday Kris and Bob were in Rice Lake for appointments and shopping. In the evening Gary and Sue Peterson visited Bob and Kris. Friday Kris went to Eau Claire to see her sister, Pat Kage, spending time together, returning home Saturday afternoon. Bob reports not many fishermen fishing on Bashaw Lake, only the diehards. Fish just aren’t bitin’ he says. Please keep Pat Walters and her aunt, Phyllis Hendricks, in your special thoughts and prayers as they are dealing with a health issue. Our deepest sympathy to the family of Marion Graf, 92, who passed away Jan. 22. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 26. Last week Garry and Beth Crosby were in Coralville, Iowa, for the NFO National Convention. Tom and Sunshine, Isaac and Josie were down there also on Monday and Tuesday. On the way home, Garry and Beth stopped in to see Chad and Ashley Crosby and son Chase. Scatter sunshine. Have a great week!

It’s been a busy week around here. And, it’s been absolutely wonderful to finally get the January thaw that the weathermen have been promising for a while. I know there will still be lots of winter weather coming, but the reprieve was nice while it lasted. The congregation of Barronett Lutheran extends gratitude to Pastor Philip Mueller for filling in for Pastor Ahneman this past Sunday. Pastor Mueller, and his wife, Regina, have been missionaries in many different countries over the years, and they had some very interesting stories to tell. They were in Iraq when it was still a monarchy, and were still there during the civil war when the royal family was ousted. I believe they said that was in the 1950s. All foreigners were required to leave almost immediately, and it sounds like they jumped out of the frying pan right into the fire. The only place they could fly into was another country, which was also at war (I think it was Lebanon) and they watched bombs falling while they were landing at the airport. Even worse, they were traveling with three small children! Anyway, Pastor Mueller’s sermon was very interesting, and he scolded us when he found out that we were not aware of what our missionaries were doing. I think that, after listening to some of the harrowing experiences his family went through, we will pay a little more attention to the needs of our missionaries around the world. I certainly hope so anyway. The Cumberland Hockey Association hosted a girls hockey tournament at the Cumberland arena this past weekend. The Cumberland girls played amazing hockey. On Friday evening they played against White Bear Lake. There were 45 shots on goal by the White Bear Lake team, and not one goal was scored. The teams were so evenly matched that it was tied at zero until the last one minute and fourteen seconds, when Cumberland scored a goal. And the crowd went wild. On Saturday, the girls played against Appleton and won that game 7 to 3. On Sunday they skated against Merrill/Menomonie for the championship. Now, that was a nail-biter. Cumberland scored, then M&M scored,

then Cumberland scored and M&M scored. But then, M&M scored and Cumberland couldn’t quite get that last goal they needed to tie the score. So they came in second, but I hope the girls weren’t too disappointed. The teamwork was outstanding and they all did their part to make every game exciting. It was really nice to see Joanne Anderson at the hockey game with John Saturday. She said that this was the first game she has been able to attend this year. She must have been one of the reasons the girls skated so hard against Appleton. They wanted to be sure that she enjoyed her day out. Well, I finally got the friendly neighborhood moocher’s pie made. But, a funny thing happened to it before it got to his house. Jerry, Sanara, and Savana Marsh were visiting us; Sanara looked in the refrigerator, and said, “Grandma, why are you holding out on us? There’s a pumpkin pie in here.” Well, what could I do? My granddaughters are adorable. I can’t resist spoiling them, and pumpkin pie is one of their favorites. So, anyway, Terry got a half a pie instead of a whole one. I’ll let you know next week whether or not it will be in the running for best pie of 2010. And, speaking of Terry, a little bird (or maybe I should say a stool pigeon) told me that he has a birthday coming up this Friday, Jan. 29. From what I understand, since he survived one of his milestone birthdays last year, he is a little more relaxed about this one. He has even hinted that he might make one of his secret recipe desserts for a dinner party Alvira is planning for him next Saturday. So, if you see Terry out and about on Friday, be sure to wish him a happy birthday. I forgot to tell you last week that Duane’s birthday was on the 20th. When you get to be our age you tend to forget insignificant things like birthdays. Or, at least we try our best to. Anyway, we did have a great time on his birthday. There was a hockey fundraiser dinner at Skiddies, so Don and Anitia Lehmann, Jerry and Penny Sundvall and Duane and I kind of celebrated his birthday by going to that. John Olson catered it. After dinner Duane and I went to the casino in Turtle

Lake. You don’t hear me mention the casino very often because the only time I go over there is for Duane’s birthday. They are so generous, you know — they give people celebrating birthdays a roll of nickels. Anyway, every year I tell him to just take the $2 and run, but he never does. This year it paid off. We left with more money than we went in with, so that was fun. On Thursday we all got together again — except for Jerry Sundvall — and had dinner at the Rolling Oaks in Barron. Then the guys went home and Anitia, Penny, Pat Olson and I went to see “Flaming Idiots” at the Barron Area Community Center. It was one of the funniest plays I have seen for a long time. I think it is still running this weekend, so if you want a fun night out, you might want to drive over and attend it. I think Pat especially liked it because it was about a couple of clueless guys who decide the way to make a fortune is to open a restaurant. Oh yeah, like that’s gonna happen. Did you watch the Vikings game? What a heartbreaker. I was hoping that they would be playing against the Jets at Miami, but neither team will be there. Oh will, there’s always next year. I guess that’s about it from Barronett for now. See you next week.

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Jacqueline Richardson

Jacqueline Richardson, 78, Spooner, died Jan. 25, 2010, at Spooner Health Systems. Services are pending at this time. A full obituary will be published at a later date. Online condolences can be made at The Scalzo-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Spooner, was entrusted with arrangements.



John Gurtner Sr.

John Gurtner Sr., 97, Haugen, died Jan. 18, 2010, at Lakeview Medical Center, Rice Lake. He was born June 15, 1912, in Switzerland, and came to the U.S. in 1930 at the age of 17. He settled in Monroe where he worked on a dairy farm. In 1931, he moved to Rice Lake and became a cheesemaker. John worked at various cheese factories. He owned the Bestlerton and Crystal Lake Cheese factories in the Cumberland and Comstock area. He was married to Luwella Mattson and Josephine Novinske who both preceded him in death. John was a member of the Ma-

sonic Lodge F & AM since 1936. He was also a member of the Shrine and Scottish Rite. He was also preceded in death by daughter Shirley Ann Dague; son James E. Gurtner; grandson Michael True; and two half brothers. He is survived by children Elaine Gurtner, Haugen, John A. (Jean) Gurtner Jr., Cumberland, and Fritz (Ann Chaney) Gurtner, Madison; 10 grandchildren; 15 greatgrandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren; half brother Herman Blaser, Cumberland. Services were held Jan. 22 at the Blue Hills Lodge Masonic Center with the Rev. Virgil Amundson and the Blue Hills Lodge Masons officiating. The Jarocki-Skinner Funeral Home, Rice Lake, was entrusted with arrangements.

Marion B. Graf, 92, Shell Lake, died Jan. 22, 2010, at Glenview Special Care Wing in Shell Lake. She was born Jan. 17, 1918, in Shell Lake, to Sterl and Erma (Anderson) Albee. She graduated from Shell Lake High School. Marion married Frank Graf in Webster on May 24, 1937. She was very involved in the farming operation and also worked diligently raising her four children. Marion was also involved in her community, including the Clam River Tuesday Club, her church, as well as staying extra busy gardening, canning and sewing. Frank preceded her in death on May 3, 1985. She was William E. Erickson, 77, Shell Lake, died Jan. 21, 2010, also preceded in death by sisters Grace Anderson and at Indianhead Medical Center in Shell Lake. He was born July 1, 1932, in Shell Lake, to Harry and Ivy Scalzo; brothers Robert Albee and infant James Albee. Dorothy (Rounce) Erickson. He was married in Cudahy on Nov. 2, 1957, to Sue Smith, who preceded him in death on March 15, 2008. He is survived by daughter Karen Erickson, Cudahy; son Ronald (Melissa) Erickson, S. Milwaukee; and grandchildren Elizabeth and Evan. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 6, 11 a.m., SHELL LAKE — Theatre in the Woods is proud to at Shell Lake United Methodist Church with the Rev. present “Clarisse & Friends,” a critically acclaimed Greg Harrell officiating. Friends may call from 9:30-11 original show featuring professional actress, Jan Lee for a.m. Saturday at the church. one weekend only, Feb. 5-7. The Skinner Funeral Home, Shell Lake, was entrusted First premiered at the Big Top Chautauqua in 1990, with arrangements. “Clarisse” is being brought back to the stage for its 20th anniversary. The show is comprised of original stories written by northern Wisconsin writer Dew Harding and adapted for the stage by Lee, founder and former artistic director of StageNorth in Washburn. It is a night of intelligent, humorous and poignant theater by Helen Pederson bringing to life seven vastly different characters. We extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Through the use of acting, dance, and song, the audiMarion Graf who passed away Friday, Jan. 22, at Glen- ence will see a woman reminiscing about her Catholic view. Marion was 92. Funeral services were held Tues- school upbringing and first love; another character, day, Jan. 26, at Lake Park Alliance in Shell Lake. who is trying to quit smoking, another one with a shoe We also send sympathy to the family of Algie Chris- fetish; a housewife debating what her life is for; and yet tianson whose funeral was held at Barronett Lutheran another with a message to the future. There is also a Church on Saturday, Jan. 23, with burial in Barronett woman sharing her unusual relationship with her Cemetery. She was the sister-in-law of Lillian Ullom and mother, and finally, a woman in search of happiness in an aunt to the late Virginia Pederson. an unusual twist on the fairy-tale ending. Here to visit relatives in Shell Lake over the weekend Lee and Harding created the script over a period of were Wendell Lee Turpin and Wallace Whittler of Indi- one year between 1989 and 1990. “It came about over ana. They came up with a group of friends to go snow- a cup of coffee one morning when we were chatting in mobiling up north but ran into ice on the trails. Dew’s kitchen,” says Lee. “We were debating whether Sunday the Brady Mortensen Youth Wrestling Tour- it’s possible to tell the truth on stage, and if so, what nament was held in the Shell Lake gym. Mavis and might that look like? Dew’s writing is so honest and Roger Flach went to watch grandson Blake wrestle. He fun that we thought it would be a cool challenge to decame in first in his division. I said he was 9 years old last velop all the stories into monologues and differentiate week in the paper, but he is 7 years old. Congratulations them using only one actor.” Blake! “One of the main concepts at work in this show,” Congratulations to Harold Brunsell who celebrated says writer Harding, “is that words are magic. Espehis 90th birthday Sunday at Glenview. Daughters Con- cially to a child and even as we grow into our adult nie, Pam and Becky, and their families hosted it. A motor selves. We organize our worldviews and struggles home from Janesville with a load of relatives came and around words in an attempt to either disguise or tell celebrated with Harold and stayed overnight at the the truth about our lives. And it’s that process in bemotel. How about his weather? They even had snow in Arizona. Bismarck, N.D., had five-plus inches and electricity was out. Jarid and Rachel Pederson and children are by Karen Mangelsen in Bismarck and were without heat and lights for several hours. Karen Mangelsen visited Inez and Arvid Pearson Arlys Santiago enjoyed a fish fry with Bernadette Wednesday morning. That evening, Hank and Karen Friedell and other guests on Friday night. Lori Cray and Colton took Robyn back to Eau Claire called on Maynard and Ronda Mangelsen. Don and Lida Nordquist, Gerry and Donna Hines, after winter break. They helped her get settled in her and Hank and Karen Mangelsen went to the home of apartment. Lori said the storm didn’t affect the Eau John and Diana Mangelsen Thursday evening for Bible Claire area as much as we were affected. Students all returned to their colleges after the Janu- study. Later, they helped John celebrate his birthday. Hank and Karen Mangelsen visited Bob and Pam ary break. Bentz Friday evening. Wendell Lee and Wallace Whittler stopped to see Saturday afternoon visitors and supper guests of Arvid Pederson at Terraceview and Helen and Floyd at Glenview on Monday morning before returning home. Ronda and Maynard Mangelsen were Tom Langland, That was an exciting game on Sunday, but not too Cheyanna Sears, David Lester and Michi Lee. Karen and Hank Mangelsen went to Rice Lake Sungood a outcome for the Vikings. A 2001 study found flowers reduced depression, re- day to the home of Ron and Juliann Jensen. They enfreshed memory and inspired better communication joyed dinner there with Gene, Carlotta, Wayne, Marie and Carol Romsos and Sue Just. Juliann and Ron’s among senior citizens. birthdays were celebrated.

She is survived by her children, Frank (Carol) Graf Jr., Shell Lake, Gary (Betty) Graf, Shell Lake, Wayne (Suzanne) Graf, Sun City, Texas, and Barbara (Richard) Hammes, Sheboygan; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and sister Frances Peterson, Chisago City, Minn. A celebration of Marion’s life was held Jan. 26 at Lake Park Alliance Church, Shell Lake, with Pastor John Sahlstrom officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Lorain Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family are preferred which will be dedicated toward Glenview Special Care Wing in Marion’s name. The Skinner Funeral Home, Shell Lake, was entrusted with arrangements.

“Father,” cried a boy, “the rubbish is on fire!” “Put a hose on it,” he shouted. But the fire kept burning, and he asked, “Did you put the hose on it?” “Yes,” said the boy, “but it burned too.” The father didn’t make it plain. But our Lord made this plain. He said, “I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” He’s not a way, but the only way. Jesus alone is the way to God. In him alone we have access to God. He alone can lead us into the presence of God without fear or shame. Come to God through him, won’t you?

Marion B. Graf

William E. Erickson

One woman, seven stories


Academic news

STEVENS POINT — The University of WisconsinStevens Point honored 2,447 undergraduate students for attaining high grade-point averages during the fall semester of the 2009-10 academic semester. Full-time undergraduates who earned grade points of 3.90 to 4.0 are given the highest honors designation. High-honor citations go to those with grade-point averages from 3.75 to 3.89 and honor recognition is accorded to those with grade-point averages from 3.50 to 3.74. Personalized certificates of scholastic achievement are being sent to those who earned highest-honors distinction. Local students receiving honors are Shell Lake: Jennifer M. Haack, highest honors; Rachel A. Werner, high honors; Spooner: Eric M. Kravcik, high honors; Trego: Shanon M. Huffer, high honors. — from WisconsinLink •••

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tween the words and reality that we’re trying to expose.” Joining Lee, the supporting cast features Barb Anich, Anich and Mary Methven and Mary DuShane. Methven have been seen in many productions in theaters in northern Wisconsin, and Mary DuShane is a prominent fiddler in the Twin Cities music scene, having been an original member of A Prairie Home Companion’s Powder Milk Biscuit Band. She has performed on the Quam stage as a member of the award-winning Cajun swing band, The Buffalo Gals. Lee has performed on the Quam stage in “Talking Heads,” as a solo performer and with David Oliver in “Broadway Music,” as well as on many stages in the Twin Cities and around the U.S. Lee also serves as a mentor for Theatre in the Woods actors and directors leading workshops and doing consulting. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 5 and 6, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 7, at the Erika Quam Memorial Theatre, 605 1st Street, Shell Lake. Tickets may be reserved by calling Theatre in the Woods at 715468-4387 or go online to — from TITW


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


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.

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.


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.

Full Gospel Shell Lake Full Gospel

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

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.

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

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

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

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, Feb. 1: Chili, crackers, sour cream, sliced cheese, roll, fruit juice, peach halves, milk. Tuesday, Feb. 2: Breaded pork cutlet, cracked pepper gravy, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, fruited gelatin dessert, bread, butter, beverages. Wednesday, Feb. 3: Honey Dijon chicken, potato salad, baked beans, cherry applesauce, bread, butter, milk. Thursday, Feb. 4: Stuffed cabbage roll, rosemary carrots, dark chocolate tartlet, banana, bread, butter, milk. Friday, Feb. 5: Meatballs, plum sauce, mashed potatoes, butter, tossed salad, dressing, orange sherbet, 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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We’ve had quite a week. Mild both day and night, just around the freezing mark. A few foggy days with beautiful hoarfrost, then overcast and rainy and slippery but a beautiful Sunday morning with freshly fallen snow on every bush and branch. Folks didn’t do much, a good weekend to just stay off the roads and watch figure skating tryouts for the Olympics. They are so amazing. And of course, watching Sunday evening football with the Vikings losing in overtime to the Saints. Makes some happy and some sad, huh? Marilyn Zimmerman went with daughter Renee to her employee Christmas party with the Indianhead Credit Union that was held at the Timberland Lodge last Saturday night. Tuesday evening, Marilyn Zimmerman and her sister, Lisa, attended visitation in Bruce for their aunt, Irene (Hrouda) Zemerek, 76, and also attended funeral services at the Catholic church in Weyerhaeuser as did Lisa’s daughter, Brittney, and Linda Stodola. Sympathy to the family. Carolyn Palvas got home recently after 10 days in the Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire were they redid her stint. Says she’s doing OK but can’t do much yet. A speedy recovery is wished. Jack and Judy Stodola, Onalaska, spent Thursday and Friday at his mom’s, Virginia’s. Marlene Hansen ate out at Lehman’s in

Rice Lake Friday night with 10 other widows that had met at grief classes. They still get together once a month to eat out and visit. Carol Sauer made lasagna and took to Cathy and Paul Hagan’s for Wednesday night supper with them and granddaughter Mandy and husband Dan Polson who are visiting there before he leaves for Iraq. Anton and Gloria Frey went out to eat on Thursday evening with daughter Jan and Jeff who took them to the Pine Ridge Steak House on Big Sis for Anton’s 81st birthday. Sue Krantz reports the real estate taxes are coming in but thinks this week will be busy. Sue went to Matt and Kristi Krantz’s in Chippewa Falls on Thursday night and had a Scentsy Party there or in other words, a candle party. Glad to report Gordie Krantz is better after spending a couple of days in the hospital last week. Congratulations to Tami Dennis winning the chili contest at Jack Frost Days in Spooner recently. I talked to Gene Anderson and he said he and Norma were going to Appleton to son David and Laura’s to attend the ceremony where grandson Benjamin will become an Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in Boy Scouts. Congrats to him. Vicki Lombard says she’s hooked on cross-country skiing. Kelly Stoner got her started and says she just loves it.


Washburn County is seeking applicants for the position of Limited-Term Dispatcher/Jailer with the Sheriff’s Depart-ment. This position would work a wide variety of hours and perform a wide variety of duties connected with the operation of the jail and the countywide emergency communication system. Position requirements include graduation from high school, or equivalent, clerical training and knowledge of computers, computer stations and Windows operating systems. Work experience as a Dispatcher, Guard or additional training in related law enforcement, criminology or corrections preferred. The employment roster established at this time will be used to develop the eligibility list to fill future male and female vacancies, which may occur within the next twelve months. Selection procedure will consist of the State Dispatcher/Jailer test and a Personnel Evaluation Profile written exam. A Washburn County employment application must be completed. Resumes will not be accepted. Contact the Washburn County Personnel Office, P.O. Box 337, Shell Lake, WI 54871, 715-468-4624; Fax: 715-468-4628 or email www.adminper@co, Please visit our Web site at Applications accepted no later than 4:30, Friday, January 29, 2010. “E.O.E.” 504094 23r 13b


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

(Jan. 27, Feb. 3, 10) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY BANK MUTUAL 4949 W. Brown Deer Road P.O. Box 245034 Milwaukee, WI 53224-9534 Plaintiff -vsGARY L. BENSON and KATHRYN A. BENSON W11496 620th Ave. Prescott, WI 54021 Mortgagor Defendants HIWAY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION 111 Empire Dr. St. Paul, MN 55103 UNKNOWN TENANTS N11242 Burian Place Rd. Trego, WI 54888 Defendants AMENDED SUMMONS FOR PUBLICATION Case No.: 09CV-276 Code 30404 THE STATE OF WISCONSIN To Defendants Gary L. Benson and Kathryn A. Benson YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that the plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. Within forty (40) days after January 27, 2010, you must respond with a written demand for a copy of the Complaint. The demand must be sent or delivered to the court, whose address is Clerk of Courts, Ten Fourth Ave., Shell Lake, WI 54871 and to plaintiff’s attorneys whose address is 345 S. Jefferson St., Green Bay, WI 54301-4522. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not demand a copy of the Complaint 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, may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. We are attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. HANAWAY ROSS, S.C. By: /s/ Daniel J. Duke Bar No. 1020745 Attorney for Plaintff POST OFFICE ADDRESS: 345 S. Jefferson Street Green Bay, WI 54301-4522 920-432-3381

Gloria Frey and I visited Elenore Pease and Dort Lombard at Terraceview Living Center then had coffee and a nice visit at Mary and Gordie Krantz’s on Thursday. Sympathy to the family of John Gurtner, 97, Haugen, well known by many and also sympathy to the family of Marion Graf of Shell Lake. Casey Furchtenicht attended the Klondike, a winter activity with the Boy Scouts at Camp Phillip on the weekend. Craig and Amy Furchtenicht attended her work’s, Land O’ Lakes, Christmas party held at Pokegama Inn on Saturday night. The Fuernot Farm boys milked cows in the new milking parlors on Thursday. A trial run with one group. A cow is a creature of habit. They were pretty leery about coming in with different smells and new noises. Things went well but took a while, and each day they did different group. By

Monday, they plan on milking them all in the new facility. Happy birthday is wished for Mary Mancl, Marie Crowley and Heather Tryee, Jan. 28; Howard Furchtenicht, Lindsey Green, David Granzin, Timmy Scalzo, Joanne Briggs, Donna Lawrence and Sage Elby, Jan. 29; Bob Kruegar, Tom Elliott, Judith Andrews and Marla Backer, Jan. 30; Sharon Quinn, Julia Pokorny, Cody Konop and Justin Knutson, Jan. 31; Heidi Pfluger, Dean Mott, Tammy Gagner, Lil’ Aage Duch at Baldwin, Bertha Peterson, Marilyn Lang and Brett Saffert, Feb. 1; Jonell Ullom, Feb. 2; Evelyn Schaffer, Mary Schmitz, John Cusick, Mary Bos, Jeremiah and Travis Rux, Feb. 3. A happy anniversary to Lloyd and Arlene Cross on Jan. 30. Is Mr. Groundhog going to see his shadow?

Accident reports

Friday, Jan. 1 Jon A. Pfeilsticker, 58, Eau Claire, went into the ditch on Hwy. 48 near Loch Lomond Road, Birchwood, around 2:06 p.m. Pfeilsticker was driving west on the highway and said he blacked out. He drove into the ditch, where his vehicle got stuck in the snowbank. The Birchwood Fire Department and ambulance were dispatched to the scene,

(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

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but Pfeilsticker was not injured. CCR Towing pulled the vehicle out of the ditch. Sunday, Jan. 10 Tabatha R. Myers, 20, Birchwood, sideswiped a vehicle driven by Peggy Lee Tri, 57, Zumbrota, Minn., in the Ed’s Pit Stop parking lot on Hwy. 48, Birchwood, at 3 p.m. Myers was parked at Ed’s and began a backing maneuver as Tri was entering the lot. Tri tried to swerve right to get into an empty stall, but Myers backed into her. The roads were icy and snow covered. Neither woman was injured, and there was moderate damage to Myers’ vehicle’s mid driver’s side, and very minor damage to Tri’s vehicle’s rear. Monday, Jan. 11 Larry W. Bettenhausen, 44, Ashland, went into the ditch on Hwy. 63, Earl, around 7:20 p.m. Bettenhausen said he was driving his semi truck north on the highway and looked down at the radio momentarily, leaving the road. There was no damage to the semi, though a Hayward towing company had to be called to pull it out, and Bettenhausen was not reportedly injured. Wednesday, Jan. 13 Shawn L. Scheffel, 25, Springbrook, went into the ditch on CTH E, Trego, around 2:30 a.m. The deputy found Scheffel’s truck in the ditch on the south

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side of CTH E, where he had struck some fence posts, and he was still inside, trying to get out. When the deputy stopped, according to the narrative, an intoxicant was smelled, and Scheffel admitted to drinking beforehand. He was arrested and cited for a second offense of operating while intoxicated and for having a prohibited alcohol concentration of .20. Thursday, Jan. 14 Traci J. Christman, 38, Minong, overturned on Chippanazie and Hayward roads, Stinnett, at 7:25 a.m. Christman had been driving south on Chippanazie Road when she broke traction with the surface and fishtailed, then swerved right. She entered the ditch area, and when the vehicle plowed into the snow, it overturned, coming to a stop on its right side. The report said that the roads were covered in snow. The officers responding found Christman and her passengers, a 15-year-old and an 11-year-old child, out of the vehicle. One had left arm pain with bruising, and Christman was limping. They were taken to the Hayward Area Memorial Hospital. The vehicle had severe damage to the front, both sides and roof and was towed by Ostrom’s. Christman was later cited for expired registration, and for her passenger not wearing a seat belt. Saturday, Jan. 16 Rachel L. Hanley, 17, Minong, hit several trees on Deeper Lake Road and Karling Court, Minong, at 1:30 a.m. Hanley was driving west on Deeper Lake Road when she swerved to miss a deer and went into the ditch, hitting the trees with the passenger side of the vehicle. The roads were slushy that morning. Hanley was not injured, but there was severe damage to the vehicle’s passenger side. Monday, Jan. 18 Mary C. Gwin, 63, Cumberland, hit a deer on Hwy. 63 and Brickyard Road, Shell Lake, at 7:06 a.m. She was not injured, and the vehicle had minor damage to the driver’s side. Thursday, Jan. 21 Ashley A. Anderson, 18, Shell Lake, collided with a vehicle driven by Pamela D. Schneider, 40, Sarona, on Hwy. 63 and CTH J, Barronett, at 3:07 p.m. Anderson was driving south on the highway, which was very slippery due to ice, and lost control, going over the centerline into oncoming traffic. Schneider was driving north on the highway and had to swerve to avoid a head-on collision, but the vehicles still collided. Neither woman was injured, but Anderson’s vehicle had severe damage to the front, and Schneider’s had very severe damage to the front, so it was removed by American Towing & Recovery. The highway shop was notified to sand the roads. – with info. from the Washburn County Sheriff’s Department



I, Lynn K. Hoeppner, certify that the following are true and correct copies of minutes approved, and all Resolutions and Ordinances passed and adopted at the meeting of the Washburn County Board of Supervisors held on January 19, 2010. Complete copies of all resolutions and attachments, and draft minutes of this meeting are on file in Clerk’s Office. Further, all ordinances shall be effective upon adoption. Publication of ordinances shall occur in accordance with Section 66.0610 of the Wis. Statutes. All Washburn County Code provisions are available at the office of the Washburn County Clerk or online at Pursuant to Sect. 65.90 (5) (a) Wis. Stats. Notice is hereby given that some of these resolutions may contain amendments to the 2009 or 2010 County Budget. Lynn K. Hoeppner Washburn County Clerk 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

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Recommended for adoption this 19th day of January, 2010, by the Personnel Committee: Ed Olund, Robert Washkuhn, William Campbell, Robert Lester and Don Quinton.


WHEREAS, the Washburn County Board of Supervisors has approved an office remodel for U.W. Extension in the 2010 budget; and WHEREAS, due to staffing changes affecting the intergovernmental contract between U.W. Extension and Washburn County, the U.W. Extension budget has excess 2009 funds which could be transferred to the Capital Improvement Fund to help offset the cost of the office remodel. THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the 2010 General Fund transfer $6,455.00 to the 2010 Capital Improvements Fund Budget to help fund the office remodel. FISCAL IMPACT: Transfer of Funds $6,455.00. Recommended for adoption by the Washburn County Finance Committee this 8th day of January, 2010: Thomas Mackie, L.H. “Skip” Fiedler, Clay Halverson, Steven Sather and Mary Zehm.


Call Meeting to Order at 6:00 p.m. by Chair Bobin. Moment of Silent Meditation and Pledge of Allegiance by Supv. Washkuhn. Notice of Meeting by County Clerk Hoeppner. Roll Call by County Clerk Hoeppner. Present: (19) Bobin, Fiedler, Waggoner, Love, Mackie, Ricci, Zehm, Allard, Washkuhn, Brabec, Krantz, Olund, Quinn, Heim, Melton, Quinton, Sather, Campbell, Hubin. Excused (1) - Halverson. Youth (3) present Adams, Lechnir, McNurlin. (Quinton later excused.) Approval of Agenda. Chair removed items 13-C & 14-D. Motion by Mackie, seconded by Fiedler, to approve with deletions. M.C. Approval of November 10, 2009, County Board Proceedings on a motion by Fiedler, seconded by Melton. M.C. Correspondence-none. Concerned Citizens. Rick Gorud requested a copy of 10-30-09 Jauch letter from Ricci. Jail Administrator Report given by Terry Dryden and Bruk Sweeney. Annual Report Unit on Aging given by Jeanette Reitzel. ADRC Web site presentation given by Trisha Bailkey. Update on County I Dam given by Supvr. Sather. Consent Agenda Resolutions: Regular Resolutions. Hubin requested pulling Item B. Motion by Love, seconded by Quinn, to approve Item A. M.C. A. Resolution 86-09 All-Terrain Vehicle Route Ordinance - CTH M and CTH E. B. Updated Personnel Policies. Motion to approve Policy B-1 by Olund, seconded by Allard. Hubin had several concerns regarding policies. Policy B-1: Motion to amend by Love, seconded by Fiedler, to add “employee” to notification (1-d), and send back to insurance company for approval. M.C. Voice vote on original motion. M.C. Policy B-4: Motion by Brabec, seconded by Hubin, to add “department head” to “Recruitment Item 4. M.C. Chair suggested that Hubin take up other issues with policies at the next Personnel meeting. Motion by Love, seconded by Zehm, to send resolution and policies back to the Personnel Committee for possible changes and approval by the insurance company. M.C. (Quinton excused from the meeting). C. Opposing Countywide Assessment (removed). Financial Resolutions Motion to approve by Mackie, seconded by Zehm. Roll vote: Yes ( 19), Excused (2), Youth (3) yes. M.C. D. Resolution 87-09 Increase 2009 Emergency Communications Department Budget ($1,153). E. Resolution 88-09 Increase 2010 Emergency Communications Budget ($4,680). Other Resolutions and Ordinances A. Resolution 89-09 Increase PLRM Dept. Budget (Grant - $22,888) Motion to approve by Mackie, seconded by Washkuhn. Roll vote: Yes (19), Excused (2), Youth (3) yes. M.C. B. Resolution 90-09 Increase 2009 Emergency Communications Budget (Grant - $113,509) Motion to approve by Mackie, seconded by Fiedler. Roll vote: Yes (18), No (1) Brabec, Excused (2), Youth (3) yes. M.C. C. Resolution 91-09 Regarding AIS Rapid Response Grant (Grant - $26,667) Motion to approve by Washkuhn, seconded by Heim. Motion to amend and add “Be It Further Resolved the any unspent funds be carried over to the 2010 budget” by Mackie, seconded by Zehm. M.C. Roll vote on original motion with amendment: Yes (19), Excused (2), Youth (3) yes. M.C. D. Per Person Medical Pay Coverage (removed from agenda) Committee Reports. Motion to postpone by Love, seconded by Zehm. M.C. Corporation Counsel Comments. Kohler gave update on current lawsuits. Chair Appointments: Jackie Perro to Children Come First, Dena Matzke and Patty Reinert to Permanency Plan Review Board. Reappoint Bill Farris to Northern Waters Library Board. Chair recognized Theresa Sundeen and Will Mowchan retiring from HHSB for many years of dedicated service. Citizen Comments - none. Chair Comments. Chair salary discussed at Exec Committee. Decision to leave as is, and forward to Personnel to amend for next term if necessary. Possible Future Agenda Items. Recycling and Development of County recycling plan. Audit Per Diems on a motion by Mackie, seconded by Zehm. M.C. Adjourn at 7:40 p.m. on a motion by Ricci, seconded by Krantz. M.C. Respectfully submitted, Lynn K. Hoeppner, County Clerk


WHEREAS, the Veterans Commission requests a carry over of funds in the amount of $433.00; and WHEREAS, these funds will be used for flag holder markers not received in 2009; and WHEREAS, there aren’t funds in the 2010 budget to pay for the flag holder markers. THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that $433.00 be reappropriated from the 2009 Deceased Veterans Affairs budget (#54730) to the 2010 Deceased Veterans Affairs Budget (#54730). FISCAL IMPACT: Carry over of Funds: $433.00 Recommended for adoption by the Washburn County Finance Committee this 8th day of January, 2010: Thomas Mackie, L.H. “Skip” Fiedler, Clay Halverson, Steven Sather and Mary Zehm.


WHEREAS, the Veterans Service Committee requests a carry over of funds in the amount of $866.00; and WHEREAS, these funds will be used for travel expenses to attend the National County Veterans Service Officer Conference in Minneapolis next summer; and WHEREAS, there aren’t funds in the 2010 budget to pay for the travel costs. THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that $866.00 be reappropriated from the 2009 Veterans Service Budget (#54710) to the 2010 Veterans Service Budget (#54730). FISCAL IMPACT: Carry over of Funds: $866.00. Recommended for adoption by the Washburn County Finance Committee this 8th day of January, 2010: Thomas Mackie, L.H. “Skip” Fiedler, Clay Halverson, Steven Sather and Mary Zehm.


WHEREAS, the Aging and Disability Resource Center received a State Health Insurance Information Program (SHIP) grant and a SHIP Supplement grant for entering information into the state database in a timely manner; and WHEREAS, these funds are available from April 1, 2009, to March 31, 2010; and WHEREAS, the grant funds are not part of the current 2010 Aging and Disability Resource Center budget. THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the 2010 Aging and Disability Resource Center budget shall be increased $4,000 for the grant. FISCAL IMPACT: Grant Funds $4,000.00. Recommended for adoption by the Washburn County Finance Committee this 8th day of January, 2010: Thomas Mackie, L.H. “Skip” Fiedler, Clay Halverson, Steven Sather and Mary Zehm.


WHEREAS, the Unit on Aging Department received grant funds of $10,152.00 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to be used for the Nutrition Program; and WHEREAS, these funds are available from July 1, 2009, to September 30, 2010; and WHEREAS, a total of $6,709 was billed in calendar year 2009; and WHEREAS, the balance of $3,443 will be carried over to 2010; and WHEREAS, the grant funds are not part of the current 2009 or 2010 Unit on Aging Budget. THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the 2009 Unit on Aging budget shall be increased $6,709 for the grant expenditures in 2009. THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the 2010 Unit on Aging budget shall be increased $3,443 for the 2010 expenditures. FISCAL IMPACT: 2009 Grant Funds: $6,709.00. 2010 Grant Funds: $3,443.00. Recommended for adoption by the Washburn County Finance Committee this 8th day of January, 2010: Thomas Mackie, L.H. “Skip” Fiedler, Clay Halverson, Steven Sather and Mary Zehm.


Rezoning petitions were filed with the Washburn County Zoning Office for changes in the Zoning districts. Notices were sent that a public hearing would be held on December 15, 2009. The Zoning Committee did conduct the public hearings, considered the following and recommend as: SPOONER Township: Joseph and Ruth Wesley, Spooner, Wisconsin. A request to rezone approximately 80 acres Map# SP 271 - 10 acres North part of the SW 1/4 NE 1/4 Map# SP 275 - 40 acres NE 1/4 NW 1/4; Map# SP 280 - 30 acres Part of the SE 1/4 NW 1/4 Exc. 10 acres all in Section 25-39-12 Town of Spooner, to rezone from Forestry to Residential Agriculture to divide land. The Zoning Committee recommends APPROVAL of the application to rezone as described above from Forestry to Residential Agriculture. CASEY Township: Thomas Persen Estate/Lois Persen, Spooner, Wisconsin. A request to rezone approximately 18.22 acres. Map# CA 645 - 38.22 acres Part of the NW 1/4 NE 1/4 in Section 26-40-13 Town of Casey, to rezone 18.22 acres of property described above from Forestry to Residential Agriculture to sell 20 acres and retain remaining 18.22 acres. The Zoning Committee recommends APPROVAL of the application to rezone as described above from Residential Agriculture to Residential Recreational 1. Interested persons were given the opportunity to be heard. Dated: January 18, 2010. Ed Olund, Chairman Washburn County Zoning Committee


WHEREAS, the Aging and Disability Resource Center received approval of grant funds of $3,500 from the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA); and WHEREAS, these funds are available from June 1, 2009, to May 31, 2010; and WHEREAS, a total of $709 was billed in calendar year 2009; and WHEREAS, the balance of $2,791 will be billed in 2010; and WHEREAS, the grant funds are not part of the current 2009 or 2010 Aging and Disability Resource Center budget. THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the 2009 Aging and Disability Resource Center budget shall be increased $709 for the grant expenditures in 2009. THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the 2010 Aging and Disability Resource Center budget shall be increased $2,791 for the 2010 expenditures. FISCAL IMPACT: 2009 Grant Funds: $709.00. 2010 Grant Funds: $2,791.00. Recommended for adoption by the Washburn County Finance Committee this 8th day of January, 2010: Thomas Mackie, L.H. “Skip” Fiedler, Clay Halverson, Steven Sather and Mary Zehm.


WHEREAS, the Washburn County Board of Supervisors has heretofore been petitioned to amend the Washburn County Zoning Ordinance and Maps; and WHEREAS, the rezoning petitions have been referred to the zoning district boundaries, pursuant to Wisconsin Statute Chapter 59.69; and THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Washburn County Zoning Ordinance and maps, adopted in 1977 be and the same are hereby amended and designated as: SPOONER Township: Joseph and Ruth Wesley, Spooner, Wisconsin. A request to rezone approximately 80 acres Map# SP 271 - 10 acres North part of the SW 1/4 NE 1/4 Map # SP 275 - 40 acres NE 1/4 NW 1/4; Map# SP 280 - 30 acres Part of the SE 1/4 NW 1/4 Exc. 10 acres all in Section 25-39-12 Town of Spooner, to rezone from Forestry to Residential Agriculture to divide land. CASEY Township: Thomas Persen Estate/Lois Persen, Spooner, Wisconsin. A request to rezone approximately 18.22 acres. Map# CA 645 - 38.22 acres Part of the NW 1/4 NE 1/4 in Section 26-40-13 Town of Casey, to rezone 18.22 acres of property described above from Forestry to Residential Agriculture to sell 20 acres and retain remaining 18.22 acres. Interested persons were given the opportunity to be heard. Supervisor Heim moved to approve rezonings, seconded by Supervisor Zehm, motion carried. Dated: January 19, 2010. Micheal Bobin, Chairman Washburn County Board of Supervisors


WHEREAS, the Unit on Aging Department has been awarded a 5310 State grant to purchase a handicap accessible van at a cost of $34,497.00; and WHEREAS, the Unit on Aging is responsible for a 20% match in the amount of $6,899.40 toward the purchase of the van; and WHEREAS, the Unit on Aging has this amount available in the Department of Transportation Trust Account fund balance; and WHEREAS, the grant funds are not part of the current 2010 Unit on Aging budget. THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the 2010 Unit on Aging budget shall be increased $34,497.00 for the van expenditure. THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the 2010 Unit on Aging budget shall be increased $27,597.00 for the grant and $6,900.00 for the fund balance to fund the County match. FISCAL IMPACT: Grant Funds $27,597.00. Fund Balance: $6,900.00. Recommended for adoption by the Washburn County Finance Committee this 8th day of January, 2010: Thomas Mackie, L.H. “Skip” Fiedler, Clay Halverson, Steven Sather and Mary Zehm.



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WHEREAS, under current law, in a proceeding regarding the benefits for a firefighter who dies or is disabled as the result of a heart or respiratory impairment, disease or of cancer, there is a presumption that the impairment or disease was caused by the employment as a firefighter if the firefighter served a minimum term in that employment (5 years for heart or respiratory impairment or disease and 10 years for cancer) and the qualifying medical examination given before his or her joining the department showed no evidence of the impairment or disease. WHEREAS, under proposed legislation, in a proceeding regarding benefits for a firefighter, a law enforcement office, or a correctional officer who dies or is disabled as a result of certain infectious diseases, there is a presumption that the disease was caused by the person’s employment. This proposal does not require a minimum term of employment to qualify for the presumption. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the undersigned members of the Personnel Committee recommend adoption of this resolution. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Washburn County Board of Supervisors does oppose establishing a presumption for infectious diseases in proceedings regarding the benefits for a firefighter, a law enforcement officer or a correctional officer and to direct the County Clerk to forward a copy of this resolution to all Wisconsin Counties and the Wisconsin Counties Association. FISCAL IMPACT: 0.

WHEREAS, the Unit on Aging Department received grant funds of $1,274.00 to supplement staff time helping with the Alzheimer’s Program; and WHEREAS, these funds are not part of the current 2009 Unit on Aging budget. THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the 2009 Unit on Aging budget shall be increased $1,274.00 for the additional grant funds received. FISCAL IMPACT: Grant Funds Received $1,274.00. Recommended for adoption by the Washburn County Finance Committee this 8th day of January, 2010: Thomas Mackie, L.H. “Skip” Fiedler, Clay Halverson, Steven Sather and Mary Zehm.


WHEREAS, the Information Technology (IT) Department pays maintenance on the AS/400 every three years totaling $41,235.00; and WHEREAS, to alleviate budget swings, the IT department budgets one third of the payment each year, allowing for consistency in the budget process; and (continued on next page)


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KOHN LAW FIRM S.C. BY: /s/ PAUL H. THIELHELM State Bar #1061513 Attorney for Plaintiff

(Jan. 13, 20, 27) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY PALISADES COLLECTION LLC ASSIGNEE OF U.S. BANK ND Plaintiff, vs. STEVEN P. WARIAN Defendant. Our File #567019 Case No. 09CV000206 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 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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(Jan. 13, 20, 27) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY CAPITAL ONE BANK U.S.A. NA FKA CAPITAL ONE BANK Plaintiff, vs. MATT A. HERMANSON DBA MM PROPERTIES Defendant. Our File #565544 Case No. 09CV000261 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. WNAXLP

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(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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WHEREAS, the excess funds during the nonpayment years should be designated as fund balance and applied to the budget in the year of payment. THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that $27,490.00 is Designated General Fund Balance at the end of 2009 for the 2008 and 2009 allocations to be expended in 2011. FISCAL IMPACT: Designate Fund Balance $27,490.00. Recommended for adoption by the Washburn County Finance Committee this 8th day of January, 2010: Thomas Mackie, L.H. “Skip” Fiedler, Clay Halverson, Steven Sather and Mary Zehm.


WHEREAS, the Information Technology Department has identified costs in the 2010 budget which are no longer necessary; and WHEREAS, Communication Circuits will be reduced $6,000 and Software Maintenance will be reduced $4,375; and WHEREAS, the excess funds will be transferred to the 2010 Contingency budget. THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that $10,375.00 will be transferred from the 2010 IT budget (#51450) to the 2010 Contingency budget (#51999) FISCAL IMPACT: Transfer from IT to Contingency $10,375.00. Recommended for adoption by the Washburn County Finance Committee this 8th day of January, 2010: Thomas Mackie, L.H. “Skip” Fiedler, Clay Halverson, Steven Sather and Mary Zehm.


WHEREAS, Washburn County received a grant for the upgrade of the GeoComin 911 software and staff training; and WHEREAS, the software installation and staff training is scheduled in January of 2010. THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the 2010 Sheriff Department budget (#52100) is increased $8,450.00 to upgrade the GeoComm. software.

FISCAL IMPACT: Grant Funds Received: $8,450.00. Recommended for adoption by the Washburn County Finance Committee this 8th day of January, 2010: Thomas Mackie, L.H. “Skip” Fiedler, Clay Halverson, Steven Sather and Mary Zehm.


WHEREAS, the County Trunk Highway (CTH) D fund was established to set aside a portion of the quarterly tipping fees Washburn County receives from the landfill for maintaining the integrity of CTH D; and WHEREAS, the fund is administered by the Local Monitoring Committee (LMC) and the Washburn County Board of Supervisors; and WHEREAS, the LMC approved the Washburn County Highway Department to perform crack and chip sealing on CTH D during 2009 with 60% of the cost being reimbursed from the CTH D Fund as per the agreement with the LMC; and WHEREAS, the maintenance costs are not included in the 2009 budget. THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that $41,901.00 of CTH D Fund Balance be applied to the 2009 CTH D Fund budget. FISCAL IMPACT: Applied from Fund Balance - $41,901.00. Recommended for adoption by the Washburn County Finance Committee this 8th day of January, 2010: Thomas Mackie, L.H. “Skip” Fiedler, Clay Halverson, Steven Sather and Mary Zehm.


WHEREAS, to revise policies B-1, B-2, B-3, B-4, B-5, B-9, B-10, B-11, B-12, B-13, B-15, B-16 and B-22; and WHEREAS, from time to time County policies need to be revised and updated to ensure currency with procedural changes, law, best practices and policy. NOW, THEREFORE, the above policies are attached to this resolution and are revised as annotated. Recommended for adoption this 15th day of December, 2009, by the Personnel Committee: Ed Olund, Robert Washkuhn, William Campbell, Don Quinton and Robert Lester. 504223 23r WNAXLP


Laker Times Some things trump school spirit

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Ryan Behling poses with his mother, Corrine Behling. She is a fourth-grade teacher at Shell Lake and is a dedicated Laker fan, that is when Shell Lake is not playing Cumberland. Ryan was wrestling at the Shell Lake Challenge on Saturday, Jan. 23. — Photo by Larry Samson

King cap collector Jacob Latz, first-grade student in Mrs. Schroeder’s class at the Shell Lake Primary School, collected 500 milk jug caps from Kwik Trip, along with the help of his aunt and grandmother. The primary building students and teachers collected over 9,000 jug caps and box tops in the past three months. Mrs. Roux’s room collected the most with 1,800. Items being collected to earn money for school organizations that support students include UPC labels from any Our Family products and Campbell’s Soup products, Box Tops for Education and milk jug caps, as well as old cell phones and used printer ink cartridges. These items may be dropped off in the school offices. — Photo by Suzanne Johnson

German foreign exchange student Becky Gefken is cleaning out her locker as she leaves for her homeland after completing one semester at Shell Lake High School. She is leaving early as she prepares for her last year in school. In Germany, the students graduate after 13 years of school. That is about to change when next year the law changes to 12 years. The year she graduates, twice the number of students will be competing for a job or place at a college or tech school. — Photo by Larry Samson

Shell Lake school implementing love and logic program

by Regan Kohler SHELL LAKE - A new program is being offered in Shell Lake, called Becoming a Love and Logic Parent, to help area parents use love and understanding when working with their children. Deb Pawlak, a fourth-grade teacher in Webster, has been leading free love and logic workshops at the high school on Mondays; they began on Jan. 18 and continue through Feb. 8. Pawlak has been an elementary school teacher for 19 years, with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s in curriculum instruction and education. Pawlak began attending workshops for love and logic with one of its founders, Jim Fay, who teaches parents to “lock in our empathy, love and understanding prior to telling kids what the consequences of their actions will be,” according to information from the Love and Logic Institute. The love and logic approach is to help children develop in a healthy way while gaining confidence, responsibility and dignity, according to the institute. Since 1998, Pawlak has been facilitating love and logic parenting classes. Shell Lake Primary School reading specialist Carrie Herman has known Pawlak since they taught together in Webster, and knew of the classes she had taught in Burnett County. Herman wanted to see workshops done in Shell Lake, so she contacted Pawlak. “We’ve been working on this … since about September,” Herman said. In June, the school discovered it was to receive stimulus funding from Title I, a program that works to provide supplements to low-income school districts. With the help of these funds, the Shell Lake Community Ed-

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ucation program and the Lakeland Family Resource Center partnered to provide Becoming a Love and Logic Parent with Pawlak. Herman said that these workshops, which have so far seen parents from both Shell Lake and Spooner, encourage the parents to teach their children to become more responsible and to treat others as they would like to be treated, through choices both the children and parents can live with. The parents have workbooks they go through, which they can refer back to after the classes are finished. Herman said that each week, the parents talk about what they have done to implement love and logic, and try to come up with quick and easy techniques to use. Herman said that the first night was “excellent,” with around 30 participants showing up. “We had a huge turnout,” she said. “I think it was better than anyone anticipated.” Breakfast Monday, Feb. 1: Juice, cereal, toast. Tuesday, Feb. 2: Fruit, sausage link, French toast sticks. Wednesday, Feb. 3: Juice, cheese omelet, toast. Thursday, Feb. 4: Fruit, pancakes. Friday, Feb. 5: Juice, yogurt, toast.

A Shell Lake High School student also offers child care during the sessions for those who need it. Last Friday, the school held an in-service for love and logic, for all staff, custodians, bus drivers and support staff. Herman said that this was “in order to start using love and logic in the classrooms,” as a way to bridge the discipline gap between home and school and keeping everyone on the same page. Herman said she hopes to see more workshops like this offered in the future, and that love and logic would be held again in the spring, if enough interest is shown. She said it is “amazing how many parents are reaching out for new techniques.” The aim is to even further “bring the community and the school together,” Herman said, and already, the community’s response to school activities like this one has been “phenomenal.”

School menu

Lunch Monday, Feb. 1: Chicken nuggets, whipped potatoes, carrots, pear slices. No Laker. Tuesday, Feb. 2: Spaghetti with meat sauce, peas, peach slices, bread stick. Laker: Burrito. Wednesday, Feb. 3: Chili with crackers, mixed vegetables, applesauce, muffin. Laker: Pizza.

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Thursday, Feb. 4: Hot dog, coleslaw, baked beans, pineapple tidbits. Laker: BBQ rib. Friday, Feb. 5: Meatball sandwich, green beans, fresh fruit. Laker: Baked potato bar. 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 712 only.

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Emily Jones and Grace Anderson really got into their roles as maidens to Princess Serena. — Photos by Larry Samson

Emilee Organ, Sage Dunham, Emma Thomas, and Chris Heibel were the leading characters in the Shell Lake PTA and Prairie Fire production of “Aladdin.” The play was performed twice on Saturday, Jan. 23.

Sage Dunham, as Serena, performed the same role that her sister, Anne, did years ago. Jordan Hill was outstanding in the role of Serena’s father, the Sultan.

There were 65 roles for the students of Shell Lake in the play “Aladdin and His Magic Lamp.” Some of the merchants were Devon Guggenberger, Levi Beecroft and Doran Maher. Some of the vagabonds in the front row were Daniel Parish, Dakota Robinson and Andrew Martin.

Haleigh Rafalski played the role of the Ring Genie, and Renae Lloyd, Reyna Stone, Shelby Jones and Chrissy Kodesh were her slaves. They sang several songs.

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