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Wednesday, September 19, 2012 Vol. 124, No. 5 • Shell Lake, Wis.

Weekend watch

• Free rummage sale • SLEF homecoming tailgate picnic • Shell Lake FFA corn maze • Shriners ATV Rally • Hawk migration field trip m


Sept. 19, 2012

See Events page 8


Fan makeover

Veteran’s memorial fundraiser held Page 2


Rundown of Lakers and Rails conference results See pages 12-14

Beating a referendum

Cost-saving program will be implemented without special referendum

The party’s over but the work continues See page 2


During the Shell Lake homecoming pep rally, elementary Principal Kim Osterhues is a good sport in this Laker Fan Makeover. Drew Johnson, Laci Green and her classmates dress Osterhues as the ideal Laker fan. See more photos from homecoming in the Laker Times, page 23. – Photo by Larry Samson

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Shell Lake – Shell Lake and Spooner school district meetings next Monday, annual meetings give all a voice. Next Monday, Sept. 24, the Shell Lake and Spooner school districts will hold their annual meetings. These meetings are the one time a year when the public, parents and taxpayers can meet with the school district officials and the school board to find out what is happening in the district. The meetings include a review of school finances and future plans for the district. These meetings belong to the public and are open to all. Each of the meetings starts at 7 p.m. The Spooner meeting will be held in the high school auditorium. A citizen’s guide to annual meetings can be found on the Web site at – Gregg Westigard, special to the Register ••• MADISON - On Friday, Sept. 14, a circuit court judge shot down attempts to dismiss a lawsuit that has temporarily banned the use of dogs to hunt wolves in Wisconsin. Dane County Judge Peter Anderson rejected arguments by lawyers for the state that a lawsuit by a coalition of humane societies was without merit or that they lacked standing to sue. Those groups want the Department of Natural Resources to rewrite the administrative rules for the hunt to include more restrictions and training requirements for the use of dogs. One of their attorneys, Jodi Habush Sinykin, called Friday's decision another victory. "The rule as it has been currently written has no reasonable restrictions, fails to protect against unsafe proximity between dogs and wolves, will lead to grievous injuries, excessive pain and suffering, and death to both dogs and wolves." The case will not affect hunters who hunt without dogs, and in fact, the Department of Natural Resources announced Friday that it had mailed notifications to more than 1,100 hunters that they would receive licenses. Tim Andryk, chief legal counsel with the DNR, said what the department does next has yet to be determined. "On Sept. 26, our board is going to address this issue. The Natural Resources Board will take it up, and then we'll get our direction from them." The Legislature passed the wolf hunt bill shortly after the wolf was removed from the endangered species list in Wisconsin. Other states did the same thing, though others did not authorize the use of hunting dogs. - Shawn Johnson, Wisconsin Public Radio

by Jessica Beecroft Register staff writer SHELL LAKE – The Shell Lake Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, Sept. 17. The Energy Exemption Project is now under way. Groups of third-party contractors have come into the school to give estimates on potential energy savings with various projects. For example, the Energy Exemption Project proposes a new roof on the 3-12 building. Currently, the roof has a value of R15. The target rating for the roof is R32, which is projected to save about $4,400 in heating costs per year. Another prospective upgrade would be software that manages printing in the building. This software will catch pages that are not really needed such as a final page with just a title. Another feature of this software is that it can send certain projects to different printers. This sends larger printing projects to a computer that is more cost effective. The potential savings would be about $2,700 per year. The primary school would be getting a digital control system for the electrical system. This is one way to not only make the school

more energy efficient, but also replace a system that needs to be replaced either way. According to Superintendent Jim Connell, the current system is nearly 50 years old. This project could be completed and financed without going to voters to ask for money via a referendum vote. This is great news for both the citizens of the district and the board of education, it was noted. The time line for moving forward with these projects will depend on the full board of education, however, the goal is for the grounds committee to approve the project to be recommended to the full board, then at the October board meeting, the board would have to say yes to the project and approve moving forward with the implementation of the proposed plan. The board will also go over which recommendations they will pursue and which of them they will pass on.

Administrative reports Connell said the number of students is at 630. This is higher than anticipated, so according to Connell, the district will receive an additional $10,000 onto the revenue cap. The district has purchased 30 classes online which enable up to five students at a time to be taking the online classes at the school. The classes that are being used this year are French, math and special education. See School board, page 3

Superintendent Jim Connell and board of education members Mary Ann Swan and Stu Olson go over energy exemption project estimates Monday, Sept. 17, that could save the district thousands. – Photo by Jessica Beecroft

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Veterans memorial brat feed fundraiser held

The city of Spooner recognized Kevin Kronlund’s contributions to the city and to the veterans who served our country. Kronlund’s love and generosity is still remembered by those who miss him after his untimely death.

Remembering those who served, Ray Schwochert shares with his daughter, Jennifer, his naval experiences as a Korean War-era veteran.

Photos by Larry Samson Reagan Clark sits with her mother, Monique, at the Veterans Memorial Park brat feed. Clark is the granddaughter of Kevin Kronlund and is new to the area. Her parents moved to Spooner this summer to help with the cranberry marsh.

Aaron Arf and his two daughters are in line at the Spooner Veterans Memorial Park brat feed held Saturday, Sept. 15, at the park. The annual event is the main fundraiser to help maintain and to expand the memorial for the area veterans who have served our country.

The party’s over, but the work continues

by Diane Dryden Contributing writer SPOONER - September is World Alzheimer’s Month, and the Walk to End Alzheimer’s last Saturday, Sept. 15, held in the Cornerstone Church parking lot in Spooner, drew visitors and walkers from Illinois and Minnesota. It was termed by the outreach specialist for Northern Wisconsin, Joan Litwitz, to be an outstanding success. There was free food and silk flowers that were “planted” to honor those with Alzheimer’s or those caring for people with dementia. Both techno sound and Glen Miller’s swing tunes from the 1940s could be heard in the background of this four-hour event. There was a free wheel to spin for coupons as well as over 15 door prizes, and then, at the end of the walk, the six raffle prizes. Dr. Jon Bowman missed his calling by not becoming a disc jockey earlier in life, and Matt Dryden, from the Body Shop Fitness Center, led the crowd in exercises, hence the techno sound, before the walkers started out. Mark VanEtten, medical director for the Benedictine Nursing Home and Memory Clinic doctor, emphasized anyone interested in being part of Alzheimer’s research should go to, where they recruit volunteers for studies. Clinical trials are the engine that powers medical progress. Through these trials, researchers test new ways to detect, treat and prevent Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Without clinical trials, there can be no new treatments or cures. Over the last 15 years, scientists have made enormous

Dr. Mark VanEtten emphasized at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Saturday, Sept. 15, the trial-match program for anyone interested in being a part of Alzheimer’s research by going to

Karra Bambenek, Jalen Delapena, Brynn Bambenek and Alyssa Bambenek spun the free wheel that Kristina Daniels, in the back, was operating for prizes.

strides in understanding how Alzheimer’s disease affects the brain. Currently, the drugs available for the treatment of Alzheimer’s only temporarily improve the symptoms of the disease; they do not stop the damage to brain cells that causes Alzheimer’s to progress. Groundbreaking research is going on that could have a measurable impact on the lives of current and future Alzheimer’s patients. But a lack of volunteers for Alzheimer’s clinical trials is significantly slowing this re-

Matt Dryden, from the Hailey Hershey, with her inBody Shop Fitness Center, credible voice, sang a song led the walkers in a warm-up that brought many of the crowd routine, so they wouldn’t be to tears. sore when they returned.

search and the development of new treatments. Recruiting and retaining trial participants is now the greatest obstacle, other than funding, to developing the next generation of Alzheimer’s treatments. Trinity Lutheran Church’s Pastor Leeper spoke a few very inspiring words and led in prayer, and then Hailey Hershey sang the very moving song, “When You Walk Through a Storm,” that left many in tears. The teams then started on their walk down one side of Hwy. 63 and returned on the other side. There was no triumphal survivor lap because there are no survivors of Alzheimer’s. When the walkers returned, the committee thanked their sponsors, the Spooner Health Care System, the Benedictine Nursing Home, Essentia Health Clinic, Marshfield Clinic, the Washburn County Register and both the Hayward and Rice Lake radio stations. Gram’s Gang won for the most donations, over $4,000 with a team of 20 walkers. Team Iona had the most walkers, 22 to be exact. Money was raised by the teams, the garden walk, the raffles and by generous citizens who saw the crowd, heard the music and saw the Alzheimer’s signs, and who drove into the parking lot to make a donation before going on their way. Winners of the raffle were Justin Beatty and Shirley Klein, each winning wooden cutting boards from Shell Lake Woodcrafters; and Sheriff Dryden garnering the 2012 proof coin set. Sue Schroeder won the Northern Portraits photo package; Janice Dragon won the $100 coupon from both Bush and Gillis and Economart; and lucky winner Sue Weathers won the grand prize of the Superior getaway.

Dr. John Bowman missed his calling by not becoming a disc jockey earlier in his life.

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Council to act Tuesday on recommendation for new police chief


Public comment on library issue cut short

by Jessica Beecroft Register staff reporter

SHELL LAKE – City council members will meet Tuesday, Sept. 25, to vote on a recommendation from the city’s personnel committee to hire David Wilson as the city’s new police chief. At a regular monthly meeting held Monday, Sept. 10, city council members voted to table the recommendation pending the arrival of information from a third party. Longtime police Chief Clint Stariha has announced his retirement.

Library issue

Approximately 30 people were in attendance at the Sept. 10 council meeting to show support for Beth Carlson, who was

and spoke out in disgust. dismissed last month the public library director. Police chief report After nearly half an hour of Chief of Police Clint Starthe audience commenting on iha gave his monthly report how they were upset with the to the committee. The delibrary board for “bullying” partment responded to 25 Carlson, and the council recomplaints, eight county assponding with the fact that they sists, three motorist assists, can not overturn the decision to one accident, five trooper asfire Carlson because the library sists, two arrests, five dog board is their own governing complaints, three dogs to the body, Mayor Sally Peterson put pound, two funeral escorts, a stop to the public comments four thefts, three welfare David Wilson is being checks, one vandalism, three about that subject. The mayor told the audience considered for the chief of fireworks, two assists to clear that they did not have time to police position for the city the helicopter pad, two vehikeep going over the same issue of Shell Lake. He would cle lockouts, five stray cat over and over and they really take over for Clint Stariha complaints, two cats to the needed to move on with the who will be retiring this fall. pound, one domestic, two meeting. The group left the - Photo by Jessica Beecroft alarms, four ATV complaints, meeting upset that all of them one hit and run, one lift aswere not able to speak and several of them sist, one gas leak, one coroner call, three justayed just outside the meeting room doors venile out of control calls, one fire, one

break-in and one fight. The department issued one citation and 19 verbal warnings for these calls. The Shell Lake Police Department issued one ticket for failure to stop. Stariha said, “We are still having bear complaints. One bear was on the playground at the primary school. Please be aware of the bears. Again, the Shell Lake Police Department recommends that you take in all feeders.” He also commented on Town and Country Days. “Town and Country Days went very well. Our ATV complaints were because the carnival had our ATV trail blocked and they had to go on Hwy. 63. The carnival also removed a tremendous amount of parking for our annual festival.”

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Judge strikes down parts of Wisconsin collective bargaining law

by Shawn Johnson Wisconsin Public Radio MADISON - A Dane County Circuit Court judge has ruled parts of Wisconsin's controversial collective bargaining law for public workers unconstitutional. The ruling by Dane County Circuit Court Judge Juan Colas does not apply to state workers, but it would restore most bargaining rights to teachers, city and county employees. The judge ruled the law violates their state constitutional rights to free speech, association and equal protection, in part because of the way it makes it harder to organize and in part because of the way it caps wages for union workers but not for nonunion employees. Democrats were elated. Assembly Democratic Minority Leader Peter Barca issued a statement calling the ruling a huge victory and saying it would help re-establish the balance between employees and their employers. Gov. Walker issued a statement saying the people spoke in his recall election

and that they were ready to move on. He blamed the ruling on an "activist judge" and said he was confident lawyers for the state would prevail on appeal. The final arbiter in this case would be the state Supreme Court. The high court overturned another Dane County judge last year after she blocked enactment of the collective bargaining law. But that case was on the process used to pass the law. This one is on its merits.

Protesters at the Wisconsin Capitol march against Act 10 in March 2011. – Photo by Cynthia Schuster, WPR

School board/from page 1

The weight room at the high school will be getting all new equipment this year. That purchase is still under way. Don Peterson, 7-12 principal, spoke about how the students now do not have homerooms, but rather a study hall where they are able to give the students more help with study habits and comprehension of the work. There used to be a No Child Left Behind program, and now they are developing a model that will instead evaluate teachers according to the goals and how far forward they have come toward that goal. According to Peterson, by next year, a new program will be fully implemented. “I think it will make it a more efficient process,” Peterson added. Kim Osterhues, pre-K to 6 principal, said they have added some training and now are using online components for math classes. On Oct. 1-2, a School of Recognition Award will be given to the school in Madison. Two students will be joining Osterhues in Madison to receive the award. Primary students have been taught what it looks like to be The Laker Way. The students are taught to be respectful, be safe, be responsible and to be a problem solver. The primary school now has a red line down the center of the hallway as a reminder to the students to keep on the right side of the hall. Noise levels that are appropriate for the different locations are practiced by showing stars as the noise level rating. Students are learning what is appropriate for the classroom versus outside recess. MAP testing will be starting for the K9 students. Also PALS testing will be starting at the primary school. Parents should be sure their children are getting a good breakfast either at home or at the school.

Hockey co-op Representatives for both the girls and boys hockey clubs came to the board of education meeting to encourage the board to move ahead with conversations on joining a co-op. For the girls hockey team, the co-op would include Hayward and Ashland. For boys hockey co-op, they would be joining with Spooner. The question on the ice situation with the Northwest Sports Complex was brought up. Knowing that the ice arena may not be available this year, the girls hockey representative said that they have already purchased ice time in Cumberland. The board approved moving forward with discussion to see if it would be something they would join. Board member Mary Ann Swan said, “I think it would be good to go ahead and start the conversation and get more information. Then we could go ahead and look at the price.” There is no number projection on the fees at this time. The fee for the girls coop last year was $1,850. Of that amount, the district would be paying 10 percent.

New hires and resignations Pete Ducos resigned as the special education aide. His wife, Sarah Ducos, was hired as the replacement. They were actually both interviewed for the position, and Sarah was the next in line for the position. Pete Hopke and Kyle Balts will be coaching wrestling for the high school and middle school this year. Previously there were three coaches, but with the retirement of Jim Campbell, it seemed a good time to cut down to two coaches. It was also noted by Connell that the numbers of participants in wrestling this year were down.

Janice Organ was hired as a regular route bus driver. Lori Sumner was hired as the forensics advisor. The board also approved the hiring of a middle school girls volleyball coach and a part-time cook position. The schools have received a fruits and vegetables grant of $10,000 to serve fresh fruits and vegetables to the students. With this added preparation and serving, the cook staff needs extra assistance. The annual school board meeting for the district will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24 in the 3-12 school library. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

Library board looks into new director option by Jessica Beecroft Register staff reporter SHELL LAKE – The city’s library board executive committee met on Monday, Sept. 17, to go over their options in hiring a new director for the library. The committee is recommending the board does not hire an interim director but proceed to look for a director to fill the position permanently. It was noted that the reason for skipping an interim hiring was because they did not want to complicate matters. The staff at the library, said a committee spokesperson, does a great job as is. The committee moved to place all financial decision and responsibilities with the library board president, Mary Dunbar, and member, Sue Krantz, until a permanent director is placed.

DNR investigates illegal dump sites

Seeks public help in finding clues; four sites near Frederic and Siren cleaned up

by Gary King Register editor BURNETT/POLK COUNTIES - Hundreds of cans of paint and hazardous solvents found at four locations in northern Polk and southern Burnett counties have been cleaned up but the Department of Natural Resources wants to know who is responsible, and is seeking public help in the investigation. “Somebody saw something or heard somebody talking or knows of people who had large quantities of paint waste, solvent waste, and now they don’t seem to have it,” said Tom Krsnich, a supervisor of the DNR’s environmental crimes investigation unit. Krsnich urges anyone with information to call the DNR’s hotline 800-TIPWDNR. Four specific sites were identified by Krsnich:

One of the four dump sites - this one near Siren - as discovered by the DNR. Latex and enamel paints, along with solvents, were part of each dump site. – Photo courtesy DNR

1. Town of West Sweden near 175th Street and 340th Avenue 2. Town of Daniels near Waldora Road and Nyberg Road. 3. Peterson Road south of Hwy. 70. 4. Waldora Road east of Hwy. 70. Krsnich said one- and five-gallon cans were found at the sites. He said dumping that much paint and solvent can do serious

See Dump sites, page 10



A congressman or chameleon?

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When Sean Duffy was elected to the seat Dave Obey had held in Congress, I didn’t know he was the Tea Party candidate. He was an attractive candidate with an attractive wife and children. He hadn’t done anything particularly radical when he served as district attorney. You hardly knew he was district attorney. Now, however, after two years of seeing how Congressman Duffy has voted, a different story emerges. Whether he really agrees with the radical agenda of the Tea Party is impossible to tell. Perhaps he is only following orders from the Republican leadership in the House. But the fact remains, Duffy has worked against President Obama’s efforts to bring the economy back to full employment and rein in our national debt. We all know President George W. Bush took a budget surplus left to him by President Clinton and turned it into a huge deficit. Duffy had no part in that, but he refuses to roll back the huge tax cuts for the wealthy that added to the deficit. Duffy signed Grover Norquist’s no-tax pledge. That means he will never vote to have the rich pay their fair share.

My husband and I are senior citizens, so Medicare is important to us. We keep getting full-color postcards in the mail telling us how Duffy is working to save Medicare. That is a lie. Duffy has voted more than once for Paul Ryan’s budget that turns Medicare into a voucher program. And Duffy has voted over and over again to repeal ObamaCare, the program that actually is working to hold down costs. Ryan’s version of Medicare keeps a steady flow of payments coming to health insurance companies, for-profit hospitals and other providers who are more interested in their profits than in keeping the system there for seniors. ObamaCare has Medicare shifting to evidence-based medicine so tests and treatments that have not proven to make people healthier will no longer be paid for. Duffy seems to feel protecting profits for providers is more important than providing care for people our age. If you want a moderate in Congress who cares whether or not you make it in life, vote for Pat Kreitlow.

Democrats have accused Paul Ryan of “attempting to end Medicare as we know it.” Since costs for the program are rising so much faster than the revenue to support it, doing nothing or making no changes will end the program “as we know it” as a matter of course. Ryan’s plan is designed to lower costs through competition and thus save the program for future generations. By the way, although referred to as Ryan’s plan, it is actually a bipartisan plan developed with the aid of Democrat Ron Wyden, a senator from Oregon. The plan offers seniors a choice: keep traditional fee for service Medicare or choose premium support. The choice of premium support enables seniors to choose among the various health-care plans that insurance companies are offering. The premium support concept is not a new idea. All federal employees have this kind of plan and are well-satisfied with it. Also about 25 percent of all seniors currently on Medicare have Medicare Advantage plans, which are quite similar to the premium support concept. Most seniors on advantage plans prefer them to the traditional fee for service plan. Why would Democrats not want to give seniors a choice of the kind of health-care plan they think is best for

them? Logically, it seems that those on the left feel seniors are not competent to make decisions for themselves. Maybe in a few instances in which dementia is involved this would be the case, but in general no, seniors are capable. I believe they should have a choice, especially if one of the choices is the traditional program. I think those on the left worry that most people would opt out of the old program by choosing premium support and this would make the leftist cherished desire of a single-payer system with complete government control a more distant possibility. What are the Democrats offering? One piece of their plan is a 15-person board whose decisions regarding medical care are not appealable to Congress or the courts. This board would decide what treatments would be allowed and who would be allowed treatments that the government would pay for. Another part of their plan is to transfer $716 billion that was originally scheduled for Medicare and send it to a new entitlement under ObamaCare. How is this Democrat proposal not ending “Medicare as we know it?”

Helen Hoar Ashland/Shell Lake

The plan offers seniors a choice

James Lewis Shell Lake

Candidates discuss energy issues

Barron Electric hosted a meet and greet event on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Candidates for the 75th Assembly District, challenger Stephen Smith, left, and state Rep. Roger Rivard, right, addressed the questions presented by the employees and directors of the cooperative. — Photo from Barron Electric

Mr. President, stop helping us

President Obama claims he is working to help the middle class. Actually, Obama contributed to the subprime real estate bubble when he sued Citibank and destroyed the real estate investment for seniors whose home equity is typically the main source of funds to secure their retirement. Roughly half of the African-American benefactors of this 1995 lawsuit have gone bankrupt or face foreclosure. Mr. President, stop helping us. The suit against Citibank plus the progressive legislative policies forcing Fannie and Freddie to loosen requirements for mortgage qualifications were created by egotists determined to push home ownership. In fact, the policies wiped out about $4 trillion in equity once held mainly by the middle class. Citibank proved that anyone with the required down payment and qualifying salary had been granted a loan, and those requirements were racially neutral. Details of threats and intimidation used by Acorn and others are available in Paul Sperry’s “The Great American Bank Robbery,” which documents factors other than race which shaped the decision to reject some loan applications; news. more: #ixzz25dUo1HRM. Obama blames the housing bubble on GOP deregulation even though President George W. Bush expanded regulations. Obama runs ads holding Republicans responsible for the economic crisis while omitting his detrimental role in the financial lives of African-Americans and the middle class. 2012/06/17/how-obama-bankruptedblack-homeowners/ Progressives manipulate the free markets and then blame the free markets for the failure of liberal policies. Candidates Romney, Ryan, Duffy and Rivard oppose this manipulation of free markets. Your vote will determine America’s economic future.

Today marks four years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers which triggered the Wall Street banking crisis. Four months later President Obama took office. His actions saved our country from a likely second Great Depression moving us from disaster to continuing recovery. In my opinion, we will be wellserved by giving him another term to complete the job. His opponents criticize him for not cleaning up the mess faster, knowing full well their party held fast to their declared intention not to work with this president, even to the detriment of their own country. The people can take control on Nov. 6. By voting for Democrats all the way

down the ballot, we will give Obama a Legislature that works with, rather than against, him. Policies to create jobs, strengthen Main Street, save expanded health-care rights, Social Security, Medicare-Medicaid and repair our crumbling bridges have been voted down by the lockstep obstructionist Republicans who are supported by big money. To take power back from the billionaires we will need an army of voters. Please exercise your constitutional duty to vote Nov. 6.

Last week’s Washburn County Register had an excellent article concerning the ongoing disagreement concerning the termination of the library director of the Shell Lake Library. As mentioned in the article, she is pursuing the grievance process. The fact that she had this available to her was also a justification, for the Shell Lake City Council refused to discuss the library board, despite the fact that five members of this board are appointed by the mayor. So on the face of it, it seems as if she has an avenue to receive a fair, impartial hearing. The first level of the grievance procedure is to the city clerk (administrator) Brad Pederson. However, citing his “close family friendship” with Mary Dunbar, he has removed that step from the process and undermined the whole process. The second step in the process is for it to go before an independent arbitrator. So, finally an impartial hearing? Well, again, not so fast. In the past year, the library board, with no input from employees, changed the process for this step of the grievance and made the employee responsible for 50 percent of the cost of the arbitrator. Although the director wasn’t given an exact cost, previous arbitrators have charged $800 for services. So to clarify, this employee who no longer has a paycheck, is immediately responsible for at least $400 to fight the fact that she no longer has a job. Meanwhile, the library board has their portion paid for by library funds. So, let’s say that this does happen and the arbitrator rules that the termination should not have happened. All is well, right? Well, no. The decision then goes back to the library board who can accept or reject the decision with no reason given.

Realistically there are significant roadblocks in each step of the grievance process that more or less stack the deck against the employee. In reading the article, and after hearing about the close family relationship the city clerk claims with the library board president, there is another question that comes to mind. Many of us have worked in positions in which we turned in time sheets, writing down vacation time or sick leave. If we signed up for too much vacation time or used too much sick leave, it would have been caught when payroll was processed. So it seems one of the major points that was held against the library director was that she used too much vacation time in 2011. So why was this not caught when time sheets were turned in? Well, the interesting twist to this whole thing is that the city clerk is the person who accepts time sheets and processes payroll and directed the library director how to fill out the time sheets. So the same city clerk, who removed himself from the grievance process because of his close family relationship to the library board president, is the same person who was responsible for processing the payroll containing the alleged extra vacation days. Is it possible the director made a mistake in her vacation days? Sure, everyone makes mistakes. But it seems that mistakes at the other end during the processing of the payroll are being completely ignored.

Karen Schroeder Rice Lake

Take control

Susan Hansen Shell Lake

Harsh realities of the library director grievance

Gary Frankiewicz Spooner


Laker pride

Wisconsin DNR asks hunters and outdoor enthusiasts to assist in reporting sick deer observations

MADISON — Hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts heading out into the woods and fields this weekend should report any sick deer or observations of multiple dead deer to the Department of Natural Resources. In the last two weeks, the DNR has had reports of people finding small groups of dead deer, primarily in the Town of Dekorra in Columbia County, but also small clusters of dead or dying deer have been reported in the last few days in other areas of southern Wisconsin including Rock, Waukesha and Walworth counties. Samples have been submitted for testing to determine the cause, with results expected in one to two weeks. However, initial observations by state wildlife health experts of the more recently discovered carcasses show symptoms that are consistent with a disease found in deer known as epizootic hemorrhagic disease. “Our neighbor states have been seeing EHD outbreaks for the last several weeks. We think it has made its way into southern Wisconsin. It is a fairly common disease carried by midges, commonly referred to as no-see-ums, small biting insects, which are not a threat to humans, so there is no cause for alarm. We are fortunate that the public is tuned into our deer and was quick to report these small pockets of problems. By sharing information about the outbreak, we are hoping to get more eyes on the ground,” said Eric Lobner, DNR Southern Wisconsin wildlife supervisor. EHD is a disease that is passed to deer by small biting flies. Often fatal, it typically kills the deer that is infected within seven days. The last EHD observation in Wisconsin was in 2002 in Iowa County where 14 deer died from the virus. EHD is common across southern states and occasionally shows up as far north as the Upper Midwest. This year, outbreaks of EHD have been reported in Michigan,

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Temps & levels

Temperatures recorded at Spooner Ag Research Station 2011 Sept. 10 Sept. 11 Sept. 12 Sept. 13 Sept. 14 Sept. 15 Sept. 16

2012 Sept. 10 Sept. 11 Sept. 12 Sept. 13 Sept. 14 Sept. 15 Sept. 16

High 87 85 84 86 68 56 58

High 72 78 88 61 71 71 77

Low 50 54 57 47 36 29 32

Low 48 58 55 47 39 41 52


Precip. .01” rain .01” rain

Lake level: Monday, Sept. 19, 2011: 1,217.94’ MSL Monday, Sept. 17, 2012: 1.217.10’ MSL

Illinois, Indiana and Iowa. The disease is typically short lived as the flies that transmit the disease die with the first hard frost. More information is available on the deer diseases page of the DNR Web site. Individuals that observe deer exhibit-

ing the following signs are encouraged to report their observations to the DNR: Excessive salivation or foaming around the nose and mouth. Appearing weak and approachable by humans. May be found in or near water sources. They will often lie in water to cool down or drink. “Our goal is to have a better handle on the distribution and the number of deer that are impacted by the disease,” said Lobner. “Keeping a close eye on the health of our deer is important. Though there is little we can do to prevent the disease, with the onset of cold weather and frost, this outbreak should be over soon. Any information we can get will help us better understand the impact of the disease on our herd.” To report a sick deer observation please call the DNR call center toll free at 888-WDNR-INFo, e-mail DNRInfo@ or use the chat feature on the DNR Web site. Staff are available seven days a week from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Please be prepared to provide details about the condition of the deer and the exact location where the deer was observed. Individuals interested in finding more information on sick deer in Wisconsin can visit the Wisconsin DNR Web site at keyword sick deer. — from WDNR

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1952 - 60 years ago

• John D. Clanton, son of Mr. and Mrs. P.E. Clanton, Shell Lake, would head the Air ROTC unit at Superior State College. Clanton, a senior, was designated as group commander with the rank of cadet colonel. He was majoring in English and minoring in speech and biology. • Gordon Yohann, 28, assistant district game manager with headquarters at Spooner, died at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire of infantile paralysis. Yohann was the second polio fatality in Washburn County for the year. Early in August a young girl, the daughter of a tourist, was taken ill near Birchwood and succumbed at the hospital in Eau Claire. • Leo Petz, 19, son of Henry Petz, was in the Shell Lake Hospital with a broken pelvic bone and other injuries, which he sustained when his father’s car, of which he was the lone occupant, turned over several times on CTH H east of Hertel. Jack Brown, whose car Petz was attempting to pass, took Petz to the hospital after he lost control of the vehicle when he got too near the ditch. The vehicle was a total wreck. • The Timberland 4-H took a bus trip to Nye-Hayes Forest Plantation and the State Nursery at Gordon. After a picnic dinner at a Superior park, the group went to the Great Northern ore docks and the Duluth Zoo. Members taking the trip were Darlene, Naomi and Lynette Johnson, Arthur, Sandra and Donna Erickson, Marie and Richard Graf, Calvyn and Eugene Romsos, Valoris Odden and Dawn Pogalz. Bus driver of a Shell Lake School bus for the trip was Everett Rounce.

1962 - 50 years ago

• Construction of the long-postponed Shell Lake Post Office began with breaking ground by Harry Swan’s power shovel. The post office was originally scheduled for construction two years before, but ran into difficulty when the contractor who received the bid went out of business. The new cement structure was built on the former Cyril Christansen property between the telephone company and the Emma Martin property. The present post office building had been in use since 1920. • A public auction for Margaret Harrington was held two miles north of Shell Lake on CTH K. • Lund’s Insurance and Shell Lake Hotel were off to a fast start on the first night of major league bowling. Lund’s took three games from Lee’s Insurance

Del Soholt, Shell Lake, attended his 65-year class reunion Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Lakeview Bar and Grill. With an embroidered patch bearing the nickname Ole on his Laker sweater, Soholt wore the letter sweater he received his junior year. Graduating in 1947 from Shell Lake High School, Soholt participated in several sports during his high school career. — Photo by Darlene Heller

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while Shell Lake Hotel won all three of their matches with Cozy Inn. High single games of the evening were posted by Nick Masterjohn 213, Floyd Pederson, 207, and Roger Rydberg 207. • Shell Lake won game two of the young season by whipping a fighting Bruce team 33 to 7. Bob Ottosen electrified the crowd in the fourth quarter as he ran 50 yards around his own right end for a touchdown.

1972 - 40 years ago

• Mrs. Donovan (Patty) Hecht was appointed by the Shell Lake City Council to serve as city clerk, replacing Harry Stouffer who announced his retirement. Hecht was one of only two applicants for the position and would be employed on a six-month probationary period. • Mr. and Mrs. D.W. (Bill) Waggoner, Shell Lake, were honored at a retirement party given for Bill at the Elks Club in Rice Lake following his retirement. Bill completed 38 years of services with the Wisconsin Conservation Department. • Joining the staff at Shell Lake Schools were James Loomis, teaching fourth grade; Carolyn Danen, teaching in the special education department; and coach Kenneth Ogden. New in the kitchen was Mary Krantz who replaced Mrs. Glen Neubauer who retired. • The South Dewey 4-H Club met in the Shell Lake Elementary gym. President Tim Pederson called the meeting to order. Ben Bodom, vice president, led the pledges. Secretary Jeff Pederson gave the secretary’s report and did the roll call. Frank Holverson gave the treasurer’s report. Greg Odden told about the club’s trip to the Minnesota State Fair. Tim Pederson and Joni Swan told about their trip to Washington, D.C. A basket social was held in honor of parents night.

1982 - 30 years ago

• Community Education would become part of the school program in Shell Lake if the school board followed the recommendation of its steering committee. • The children and grandchildren of Margaret Pederson held an open house in honor of her 90th birthday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Peder Pederson Jr. • A group of 25 young people from the Happy Corners and Coomer Badger 4-H clubs and their chaperones went on a hayride and enjoyed refreshments at the Richard Quinton home afterward. • Winners of the Red Barn miniature golf tournament were Jon Sommers, Fridley, Minn., Ivan Gustafson, St. Paul, Minn., and Wayne Brueske, Rochester,


1992 - 20 years ago

• Haylee Hall, daughter of Bob and Becky Hall, Shell Lake, competed at the National Pedal Tractor Pull in Omaha, Neb. • Monday night football specials at Tiptown was tacos 25 cents, bowl of chili 50 cents, tap beer 75 cents and a pitcher $3. Throughout the season foot-long hot dogs with all the fixings were 50 cents. • Richard and Patricia Feeney arrived from Virginia Beach, Va., for few days’ visit with Warren and Helen Quam and family. They all were at Betty and Carl Meister’s for their annual hunting gang picnic. • Floyd and Helen Pederson, Mary and Gordon Krantz, Etta LeMoine, Carl and Sharon Krantz and Trevor, Oscar and Jasmine Dahlstrom helped Aaron Pederson celebrate his fourth birthday.

2002 - 10 years ago

• Shell Lake students made and signed cards of thanks and presented them to representatives of the Shell Lake police and fire departments and the Washburn County Sheriff’s Department. Accepting the cards were Deputy Jerry McAllister, Officer Gretchen Keller, Deputy Don Esser, Assistant Fire Chief Dave Schraufnagel, firefighter Dave Zaloudek and Fire Chief Bill Burnham. • Shell Lake’s homecoming king and queen were Nick Pederson and Shenna Dahlstrom. Attendants were Bethany Stellrecht, Jared Gronning, Tera Reynolds, Shawn Regenauer, Jill Pederson, Mike Pesko, Heather Jones, Trent Vanderhoof, Adelle Fredrickson and Nate Nelson. • Shell Lake football cheerleaders were Danielle Slater, Raven DeFilippo, Shayna Hall, Meghan Dodd, Tera Reynolds and Beth Blejski. • Members of the Shell Lake football team were Jared Gronning, Mike Madison, Aaron Johnson, Nick Pederson, Mike Pesko, Trent Vanderhoof, Steve Soukup, Max Smith, Brandon Hubin, Andrew Berlin, Garrett Knoop, Reed Lechnir, Yuri Walzack, Cullan Hewitt, Marcus Bustos, Dale Marker, Adam Gronning, John Berlin, Kip Reynolds, Matt Pesko, Randy Kidder, Nate Nelson, Cailen Rock, Brent Pederson, Billy Clark, Jason Spexet, Marco Fields, Josh Benjamin and Titus Garcia. The coaching staff was Joe Johnson, Mike Pesko, Jeff Rogers, Mike Soukup and Matt Cleary, head coach.


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SHELL LAKE — During Town and Country Days, the Stitch and Chat sewing group of Friendship Commons raffled off the Sun Bonnet Girls quilt that they made. When listing the names of all the women that worked on the quilt, Marian Brincken was inadvertently overlooked. She, too, was among those that gathered to work on the quilt that was won by Karen Sigmund of Spooner. — submitted


Xander Dean Schraufnagel was born Sept. 15, 2012, to Matt and Krista Schraufnagel, Bloomington, Minn. He joins siblings Dena, Lily and Jared. Xander was 9 pounds, 3 ounces, and 20-1/2 inches. Grandparents are Dave and Val Schraufnagel, Shell Lake, and Tim and Jill Hanson, Moundsview, Minn. Great-grandma is Joyce Schraufnagel, Shell Lake.

Washburn County Area Humane Society

ADOPTABLE PETS OF THE WEEK If you are looking for only one pet, Then it should be Louie, the cat that you get. Louie prefers to be the only one, He doesn’t think other pets are too much fun. People he loves and the same goes for toys, These things are two of his favorite joys. Louie’s a big boy almost 19 pounds, One of the biggest cats we’ve had around. Louie is older, I’d say over 6, He is front declawed, and he’s already fixed. Louie is laid-back, he’s quiet and sweet, He’s definitely one cat that you’ll want to meet. Cats for adoption: 8-month-old female black/ white shorthair; 6-month-old white female Siamese mix; 6-month-old male tiger; 1-year-old neutered orange shorthair tiger; 5-month-old male brown/black medium-hair tabby; two 12-week -old medium-hair gray kittens; 3-month-old male orange shorthair tabby; 1-year-old spayed ragdoll mix; 6-year-old neutered/declawed snowshoe; 10-week-old male shorthair black/brown tiger; 6-month-old black male medium-hair; 6-month-old medium-hair calico and two 3-1/2-month-old female black/white kittens. Dogs for adoption: 2-year-old male black/white fox terrier mix; 3-year-old spayed black Lab mix; 2year-old spayed black Lab mix; 4-year-old brown/white male Chihuahua mix; 9-month-old Lab/shepherd mix; 7-1/2-year-old spayed papillion mix; young brown/white male Great Dane/ pit mix and a 2-year-old neutered tan/black pit bull. Also for adoption: 3-year-old male white/brown rat and two 3-year-old gray/white male guinea pigs.

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DNR privileges for Wisconsin resident disabled veterans

STATEWIDE — The following is a list of the privileges for Wisconsin resident disabled veterans as provided through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. For a recreation card a person must be 50-percent disabled due to service-related or unemployable due to service-related disability. Privileges would include fishing, small game, park admission and trail pass at $7 for an annual license. A photo ID must be presented to the agent along with one of the following: a copy/award letter indicating 50-percent service-related disability, or is unemployable, or DNR-issued Wisconsin resident disabled veteran or former POW park admission card. To be eligible for a Wisconsin resident disabled veteran fishing license a person needs to be 70-percent disabled, service related or unemployable due to service-related disability. This annual license for $3 is

Writers to hold fall writing contest

by Mary B. Olsen SPOONER — Writers, prepare your entry and mark your calendar to attend the Indianhead Writers Fall Writers Contest. It is set for Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Spooner Agriculture Station on Hwy. 70 east of Spooner. Any and all area writers’ club members, as well as individual writers, may take this opportunity to meet with other writers to discuss writing and marketing problems and report on the activities of their clubs. This event is a contest offering three $75 cash prizes. This will be the third year Indianhead Writers has sponsored a fall contest. The contest rules are simple. The entrant must write a fiction or nonfiction prose piece, or a poem, on any subject, with a limit of 100 words minimum to about 1,500 words maximum. The entry should not require much more than five minutes to be read, with only one entry per person. The writer or a designated person will read it. Everyone attending the meeting will vote to determine the winning entries. The entries will be judged


he Shell Lake Lions Club extends gratitude to all those who attended our second-annual whitefish fry over the Labor Day weekend. Attendance at the event was over double what we experienced last year and proof that our fresh Lake Superior whitefish is an exceptional product. From comments we received, we know people really enjoyed the fried fish, and we also learned we need to improve our delivery of the fish and other items on the menu. We have plans to make future events flow more smoothly, and we’re confident we will. ••• The Shell Lake Lions are also looking for a few disabled hunters who might like to go deer hunting in early October. Some club members have generously opened up their lands for this hunt that runs for nine consecutive days starting on Saturday, Oct. 6. This allows participants to enjoy some of the better fall weather rather than waiting for what will likely be colder weather during the regular deer-gun season. If you know a disabled person who might like to try to harvest a deer, contact any Lions member you know or call 715-468-7432. All participants for this hunt must meet the state





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requirements related to their disability and have a valid permit issued by the WDNR. ••• The 2013 Lions Club calendar project is already under way. Anyone interested in buying a calendar to help fund Lions projects can pick one up through any member they know or at the Shell Lake State Bank or Shell Lake Marine. This year nearly $13,500 will be awarded in prize money with a grand prize of $2,500 awarded at a Jan. 1, 2013, drawing, so this calendar makes a great Christmas gift, too. This is the club’s primary fundraiser, and we appreciate your support so we can continue with our work projects that are designed to help individuals in need and the greater Shell Lake community. ••• Another item of interest to people in the Shell Lake area is the health fair the Lions Club will be hosting next month. We anticipate this event will generate a lot of interest from area residents, so watch for more details about it in the next few weeks. ••• Your Shell Lake Lions Club hopes you enjoy the fall season and again, we appreciate your support.

Skipping stones

With my hand full of the best skippers I could hope for, I walked closer to the water’s edge. With the icecold water gently kissing my toes, I positioned myself for the perfect toss. I thought, would this stone skip three or many more times? I wondered how many actual skips it would make. Well, I guess I’ve lost my skill at tossing skippers. What I thought was the best possible toss with the most ideal conditions and the smoothest rock I’ve ever held … just went … plop. And, “that’s all I’m going to say about that,” quoting the famous fictional character Forrest Gump.

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in sections, rather than at the end of the contest. One $75 prize will be given to the winner of each section. A writer who wishes to enter a story, article, poem or essay can preregister before the meeting, but they may register and enter at the meeting. The entries will be read in the order of their registration. Late entries may not be read due to time constraints. Prizes are to be awarded at the meeting. It is not necessary to enter the contest to attend. Lunch will be served. A freewill offering is acceptable. However, a count of how many plan to be there for lunch is needed. Please register for lunch before Thursday, Oct. 18. There will be door prizes and other surprises. There is no charge for admission or to enter the contest. The writers event gives you a chance to bring your books, photographs and other work to show, sell and tell about. To preregister, or to register for lunch, write to Indianhead Writers, Mary B. Olsen, 314 6th Ave., Shell Lake, WI 54871, or call 715-468-2604 for more information.

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emember those carefree days of walking along the shore of a lake? With head occasionally bent, one would find the perfect, smooth rock that would make a perfect skipping stone. As you tossed the rock at just the right angle and the exact snap of the wrist, it would skip not once, or twice, but maybe up to six or more times. That would mean you found the perfect stone and had the perfect toss. On a day this summer while enjoying the North Shore, I had the perfect pickings for stones worn super smooth from the tossing of the water’s waves. On that day, Lake Superior was so calm even a small fishing boat wouldn’t have had trouble navigating the waters.

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for fishing only. You must present a photo ID to an agent and provide one of the following: a copy of decision/award letter indicating 70-percent service-related disability, or is unemployable, or DNR-issued Wisconsin resident disabled veteran or former POW park admission card. A former POW park admission card can be obtained free for two years or a lifetime with park admission and trail pass with the eligibility of 70-percent disabled, service-related or former POW. You must present photo ID to a county service veterans officer and provide all of the following: a copy of decision/award letter indicating 70-percent service-related disability and a copy of Department of Defense form 124 or separation papers presented to county service veteran officer and DNR form 2500-123 signed by CSVO. — from Washburn County Veterans Service Office

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Spooner Health System named Most Wired health-care facility

SPOONER — Spooner Health System was recently named one of the nation’s Most Wired health-care facilities for the fourth time in the last five years. The Most Wired Survey is conducted annually by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, the journal of the American Hospital Association, which uses the results to name the top Most Wired hospitals and health systems in the United States. It focuses on how the nation’s hospitals use information technologies for quality, customer service, public health and safety, business processes and workforce issues. “We couldn’t win just on the basis of what we’ve accomplished in past years,” explains Mike Di Pasquale, information technology director of SHS. “We completed the entire evaluation process all over again and had to demonstrate that we’ve made substantial progress since last year.” At SHS, information technology is one of the vehicles used to help them accomplish their mission to provide high-quality health care. Advanced diagnostic imaging technology allows them to provide more consistent, accurate and timely tests. Having the electronic medical record allows SHS to communicate more effectively and efficiently within the departments and throughout the organization. All of these things result in a more positive patient experience. Better technology also means less repetitive testing is needed due to the ability to get higher quality images and to share information electronically. Patients are realizing that you don’t have to travel far or go to a large hospital to get top-notch technology. As SHS moves toward a more digitized health system, they are ensuring patient privacy by encrypting laptops and adding an extra layer of passwords on all computers. One of the things they do to ensure patient

safety is when a nurse walks in the room, the nurse scans the patient’s armband and then they scan the medication. This will alert the nurse if it is a wrong medication or even a wrong dose for that particular patient. As a result of this process and other safety measures, med errors have been greatly reduced to an absolute minimum. “It’s truly an honor to receive this award again, but not just for the sake of winning an award,” says Mike

Schafer, CEO of SHS. “Rather, because it acknowledges our dedication to continue making technological advancements that will allow us to provide the safe, highquality care that our patients deserve. It really fits in quite well with our commitment to excellence journey that we are on. We really want to create a better place for our patients to receive care and having state-of-the art technology is one way we are doing that.” — from SHS

Local residents meet Joe Biden United States Vice President Joe Biden recently spoke at a campaign rally on the UW-Eau Claire campus. Local attendees Bob Ademino and Ed Fischer, Spooner, are shown with Biden. Biden’s theme that day was education. — Photo submitted

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day planned

Event to be held Sept. 29

SHELL LAKE — Chief Deputy Mike Richter, in the Washburn County Sheriff’s Department in Shell Lake, sees a disturbing trend among young people today. Second only to marijuana, he says, prescription drugs are the most abused drugs among young people right now. It may be anything from cancer drugs and painkillers, to heavy narcotics. “These drugs,” Richter says, “can not only be highly addictive and a risk to your health, they are dangerous in many other ways as well. Many of these drugs lower your inhibitions, which can increase the risk of things like sexual assault; and they can be very dangerous when operating a motor vehicle.” While some people who abuse prescription drugs manage to get them from doctors, many of the drugs that people use are stolen, says Richter. The elderly population is particularly susceptible to medication theft, he says.


Saturday, Sept. 29, is the fifth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. “It is important to raise awareness of the abuse of prescription drugs like this,” Richter says. “And our efforts seem to be working. More drugs are dropped off at the sheriff’s department every year.” The drop-off is entirely anonymous. Nobody will ask any questions. Drugs can be dropped off in original containers, people are encouraged to peel their names off the bottle, or just poured into a plastic bag. In addition to the above-mentioned obvious danger of having old prescription drugs end up in the wrong hands, Carrie Jurek, of northwestern Wisconsin rural grant coalition New Paradigm Partners, also emphasizes the environmental aspect of properly disposing drugs. “This event is an effort to protect our youth, communities and environment. Preventing prescription drug abuse is the first goal of the National Prescription TakeBack Day but it’s also important for us to educate about the proper way to dispose of these medications. Flushing

Teachers in disguise

today?” In a raspy voice she said, “Oh just fine dear. Just fine. The usual please.” And she plumped down beside a small wooden table next to me. I smiled at her, and she returned my smile kindly. Moments later an older man wearing a gray buttonup shirt and jeans shuffled to the counter to order something. Again the employee greeted this man as if he was an old friend, “Hi Mossimo, the usual for you? Turkey, ham and provolone cheese, with spinach on rye bread?” He chuckled and said in a thick Italian accent, “You know me well. But I’ll also have a dark roast coffee please.” He paid, and they continued to chat to each other about the day and events happening in their lives. Since then I’ve been to the coffee shop several times, and every day Mossimo comes in and orders lunch and a coffee and sits down to read the Pioneer Press. Every day he wears jeans and a smile. Every day he greets the person behind the counter with kindness and laughs his boisterous laugh. His Italian accent echoes throughout the quiet café, a place filled with busy people sitting to lunch alone, immersed in their phones, laptops, papers or books. And every day, I notice him, and smile. I have yet to say hi to him or him to me. But we share this common bond – a bond for this specific café, this place, this coffee. We each sit alone. We each eat lunch and read. At most we share a smile, or a quick nod of the head. Alone together. And I think the reason why I like strangers so much is because this seemingly insignificant phenomenon – one person crossing another person’s path – gives me the opportunity to see the world, myself, humanity, from a different perspective. Strangers can be teachers in disguise.

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ne of my favorite things to do in a crowded area is people watch. People are just so fascinating that I can’t help but sit and observe and watch the various different humans hurrying on to their destinations. There’s a song by my favorite artist, Jack Johnson, that goes, “Well I’m just people watching the other people watching me. And we’re all people watching the other people watching we.” If my life were a movie, this song would play during my people watching sessions. Airports and malls are probably the number one place to sit and watch people. Sometimes I make a game out of it with my sister or my boyfriend or my friends, and try to guess their name, occupation and how old they are – and then make up some story about them, like why they are there and where they’re going. I just recently got hired as an intern for a writing internship at a marketing company, and one lunch break I decided to go for a walk outside and see what was around the place. To my delight, I found a quaint local coffee shop with great coffee and amazing food just across the street. I sat down and cracked open the current book I’m reading – “Babbit,” by Sinclair Lewis – while I waited for my panini to be finished. I got about two pages in until I started discreetly watching people over the edge of my book. “Ding-a-ling,” went the door, as a tall older woman – about 65 – walked into the café. Her hair was cut short and spiky and it was a flaming reddish-pink color. She wore teal pants and a long pink overcoat, and her lipstick was the exact shade of her hair. This woman was certainly not the average grandma. Upon walking in, the woman behind the counter, who was covered in tattoos, greeted her warmly, “Afternoon Gretchen! How are you

the drugs,” she says, “will cause them to end up in our water supply.” Bringing your used, unwanted or excess medication to the drop-off sites rather than disposing them in other ways protects your home, family and environment. Minong Police Chief Dennis Stuart echoes the environmental concern that comes with getting rid of drugs on your own. “When you flush drugs down the drain or toilet it affects the pH of the water,” he says. Stuart hopes that when they hear about the prescription drug take-back, people will go home and clean out their medicine cabinets and gather up their old or no longer needed drugs. It is also safer not to have large amounts of prescription drugs at home, because this might make you susceptible to break-ins. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is a national initiative hosted by Washburn County police departments in cooperation with the DEA, the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration. It is funded by grants from the department of health services in partnership with New Paradigm Partners. For more information about New Paradigm Partners, contact Sherry Timmermann Goodpaster at 715-3543391, or go to our Facebook page at On Saturday, Sept. 29, drop your old prescription drugs off between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the following locations in Washburn County: Birchwood Senior Center, 110 Euclid Ave.; Washburn County Sheriff’s Department, 421 Hwy. 63, Shell Lake; or the Minong Police Station 123 5th Ave. East. The Washburn County Sheriff’s Office also has a collection box available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. year-round for community members to properly dispose of their excess medications. For information about prescription drug drop-off boxes in the surrounding counties of Barron, Burnett, Polk, Rusk, Sawyer and Washburn, contact the respective police departments at their nonemergency phone number. Not accepted are needles, bloody infectious waste, liquid medications, aerosol containers or business waste. — from NPP

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Thursday, Sept. 20 • Shell Lake PTA meeting, 6:30 p.m., in the 3-12 school library. Baby-sitting available. • Washburn County Historical Society monthly meeting, 4 p.m., at the Springbrook Museum. The public is invited to attend. Friday Sept. 21 & Saturday, Sept. 22 • Free rummage, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Hwy. 70/53 Spooner. Friday, Sept. 21 • Shell Lake Educational Foundation community homecoming tailgate picnic, 5-7 p.m., 3-12 commons. Raffle prizes. Saturday, Sept. 22 & Sunday, Sept. 23 • Shell Lake FFA corn maze, noon-6 p.m. Bryan and Keri Jensen residence, N2240 Shelby Lane, Shell Lake. Watch for signs. More info call 715-468-7814. • Fall Splendor Art Meander from Spooner to Chippewa Falls, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., local galleries will open their doors to visitors looking for unique artworks. Map is located at Saturday, Sept. 22 • Free community breakfast, 7-10 a.m., First United Pentecostal Church, 337 Greenwood Ave., Spooner. All welcome. Donations accepted. • Shriners ATV Rally, Washburn County Fairgrounds, Spooner. Info, 715-635-3885. • Hawk migration field trip, Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary, Sarona, 715-635-6543, • Folk trio from Norway, Geitungen, will appear at Ceska Opera House, Haugen, 7:30 p.m. Reservations required, call 715-234-5600. Wednesday, Sept. 26 • Free community supper, 4-6 p.m., St. Alban Episcopal Church, 220 Elm St., Spooner. • Flu shot clinic, Shell Lake Senior Center, 118 4th Ave., 1-3 p.m. • 33rd-annual mission supper, 4-6:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, Spooner. Thursday, Sept. 27 • First Year Parenting class, 5-8:30 p.m., Spooner Annex Building, UW-Extension conference room. Call Deb Meyer at 715-635-4444 or deb.meyer@ces.uwex. edu. • The Shell Lake American Legion meeting, 6:30 p.m., Friendship Commons. • Shell Lake VFW meeting, 7 p.m., Friendship Commons. • Flu shot clinic, Minong Senior Center, 700 Houston St., 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28 • Partners of Spooner Health System Anniversary Gift Kiosk sale 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Spooner Health System hospital lobby. Partners of SHS is a volunteer organization that raises funds to go toward special hospital, nursing home and community needs. Saturday, Sept. 29 • Red Cedar Symphony Orchestra Play Until They Pay fundraiser marathon at MarketPlace Foods in Rice Lake, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. • Plant and paddling eco tour, Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary, Sarona, 715-635-6543, • Memorial Blood Center Shell Lake Community Blood Drive, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Country Pride. Info or to register call Rose at 715-645-0257.


Tuesday, Oct. 2 • Shell Lake/Spooner Masonic Lodge 221 meeting, 7 p.m. at the lodge. Wednesday, Oct. 3 • Washburn County HCE meeting, UW-Extension meeting room, 9:30 a.m. • Unit on Aging, 1 p.m., Shell Lake Senior Center. • Free soup and sandwiches, Church of the Nazarene, Spooner, 5:30 p.m. Call 715-635-3496 to confirm. All welcome. Donations accepted. Thursday, Oct. 4 & Friday, Oct. 5 • Shell Lake United Methodist Church rummage sale, Thursday, 3-7 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 • Shell Lake Chamber of Commerce meeting, 4:30 p.m., Shell Lake City Hall meeting room. • Aphasia Group, 10-11:30 a.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, Spooner. Call 715-520-7999. • Northwest Wisconsin Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, 1 p.m., lower level at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Shell Lake. • Free community meal, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 409 Summit, Spooner, 4-6 p.m. All welcome. Donations accepted. Saturday, Oct. 6 & Sunday. Oct. 7 • Shell Lake FFA corn maze, noon-6 p.m. Bryan and Keri Jensen residence, N2240 Shelby Lane, Shell Lake. Watch for signs. More info call 715-468-7814.

Saturday, Oct. 6 • Blue Hills District BSA annual celebration and fundraiser adult event celebrating 102 years of Scouting. Food, beverages, entertainment, raffles and live auction. Contact Bob Lorkowski, 715-458-2277, BOB@LCARS.COM to request invitation. Monday, Oct. 8 • Diabetes education meeting, 2-3 p.m., in the classroom at Spooner Health System. Call 715-635-1217. Tuesday, Oct. 9 • Moms Club meets at Faith Lutheran, Spooner, 10 a.m. • Rice Lake Area Grief Support Group fall session by Lakeview Medical Center Hospice Care program begins. Meets for six weekly sessions, 6-7:30 p.m., through Nov. 13. To register, call 715-236-8470. • Harvest supper, Namekagon Congregational Church, 5-7 p.m. One block north of Hwy. 63, Earl. Wednesday, Oct. 10 • Free community meal, 4-6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 135 Reinhart Dr., Shell Lake. All welcome. Donations accepted. • The board of directors for the Railroad Memories Museum meeting, 1 p.m., Spooner City Hall. All volunteers welcome. • Book Chat, 3:30 p.m., Faith Lutheran Church, Spooner. Read any political book, fiction or non. All are welcome. • Fall German dinner, Faith Lutheran Church, 4:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 • The Shell Lake Lions Club meeting, 6:30 p.m., Shell Lake Community Center. • Fibromyalgia/CFS/Chronic Pain Support Group, 1-3 p.m. at the Chetek Lutheran Church. Call 715-651-9011 or 715-237-2798. • Education and support for people affected by cancer, 3:30-5 p.m., Marshfield Clinic Rice Lake Center. Registration required, 715-236-8327. Saturday, Oct. 13 • Washburn County Food Distribution in conjunction with Ruby’s Pantry, Spooner Middle School Tech Ed Building on Elm Street. Tickets 9 a.m. Distribution 9:30 a.m. Volunteers needed. Contact 715-635-9309, 715468-4017 or 715-222-4410. • St. Joseph’s & St. Catherine’s CCW Annual Fall Bazaar, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Lunch 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Shell Lake, please use back entrance. • Oktoberfest wine, beer and food-tasting experience sponsored by the Shell Lake Chamber of Commerce and Shell Lake Arts Center, at the arts center, 6-11 p.m. • Clam River Tuesday Club fall fundraiser, 6-10 p.m., Indian Creek American Legion Hall. • Jack O’ Lantern Fest, Spooner. Monday, Oct. 15 • Northern Lights Camera Club, 7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1790 Scribner St., Spooner. • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group, 5 p.m. group activity, 5:30 p.m. dinner, 6-7 p.m. meeting, Lakeland Family Resource Center, 314 Elm St., Spooner, 715-635-4669. Tuesday, Oct. 16 • Shell Lake/Spooner Masonic Lodge 221 meeting, 7 p.m., at the lodge. Wednesday, Oct. 17 • Games and activities, 1 p.m., Shell Lake Senior Center. • Shell Lake Public Library Board of Trustees meeting, 5 p.m., at the library. The public is welcome. • The Washburn County Humane Society open board meeting 5:30 p.m., state patrol headquarters, Spooner, 715-635-4720. Thursday, Oct. 18 • Shell Lake PTA meeting, 6:30 p.m., in the 3-12 school library. Baby-sitting available. Friday & Saturday, Oct. 19 & Oct. 20 • Haunted Schoolhouse, Shell Lake Arts Center, 6-10 p.m., with 6-8 p.m. less scary and 8-10 p.m terrifying for braver attendees. Saturday, Oct. 20 & Sunday, Oct. 21 • Shell Lake FFA corn maze, noon-6 p.m. Bryan and Keri Jensen residence, N2240 Shelby Lane, Shell Lake. Watch for signs. More info call 715-468-7814. Saturday, Oct. 20 • Shell Lake Lions Club and Indianhead Medical Center health fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Shell Lake Arts Center. • Claudia Schmidt concert, Erika Quam Memorial Theater, Shell Lake, 7:30 p.m. Reservations may be made at or by calling 715-468-4387. Thursday, Oct. 25 • First Year Parenting class, 5-8:30 p.m., Spooner Annex Building, UW-Extension conference room. Call Deb Meyer at 715-635-4444 or deb.meyer@ces.uwex. edu • The Shell Lake American Legion meeting, 6:30 p.m., Friendship Commons.

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Washburn County Genealogy Room is closed for the season. For information, call 715-635-7937. Monday: 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 YaekelBlack Elk at 715-349-8575. • Celebrate Recovery meetings at 6:30. This is a Christcentered recovery program. Meetings take place in the Community Life Center at Spooner Wesleyan Church, Hwy. 70 West. For more information, call 715-635-2768. • First Friends Playgroup open to all children. Focus on infants and their caregivers with sensory stimulation and movement experiences. Art project materials provided and the morning closes with circle music time and instrument exploration. 10 a.m. to noon at Lakeland Family Resource Center, 314 Elm St., Spooner. • Friendly Bridge, Shell Lake Friendship Commons on 4th Avenue, 1 p.m. All abilites welcome. 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 715-6354367. Tuesday: Women Healing Women support group at Time-Out Family Abuse Outreach office, every other Tuesday, 4-5:30 p.m. For survivors of domestic abuse and/or sexual abuse. Free, confidential, closed after first session. For more info or to register, contact Time-Out Family Abuse Shelter Outreach office at 103 Oak St., Spooner, WI 54801, 715-635-5245. • Ala-Teen meets at 6:30 p.m. in the New Life Christian Center in Rice Lake. Use the back entrance. Tuesday and Friday: Shell Lake Farmers Market, 2-6 p.m., parking lot across from Washburn County Courthouse. Wednesday: Lakeland Family Resource Center open from noon to 3 p.m. • AA meeting, 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Spooner. • 9 a.m. to noon, sewing at Shell Lake Senior Center. • Kidstime-Parentime at Lakeland Family Resource Center, 314 Elm St., Spooner, 10 a.m. to noon. Learn, discuss and share ideas and experience to enrich parenting skills. Preselected art or play materials available for children of all ages. Kidstime-Parentime provides quality time for families, networking for parents and a social opportunity for both parents and children. The last Wednesday of the month a potluck lunch is held at 11:15 a.m. Thursday: AA meets at 7 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, Minong. • Al-Anon meets at 8 p.m. in the cafeteria at Indianhead Medical Center, Shell Lake. • Library Fun For Little Ones, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Shell Lake Public Library. A time for stories, craft and a snack. No age minimum or maximum for participants. Thursday and Monday: Washburn County Alzheimer’s Day Respite Program, see listing above. ••• Domestic abuse and sexual assault are crimes. Time-Out provides free, confidential victim support. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence in a relationship, please call 800-924-0556. Shell Lake Alano Club Meetings on CTH B, 2 blocks off Hwy. 63. All meetings are nonsmoking Sunday 10 a.m. AA Monday Noon AA Open


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SPOONER — Many farmers don’t realize that most USDA conservation programs are open for sign-up at any time, continuously, not just for a few weeks each year. Most of the programs offered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service are open year-round for applications. Fall is a great time to visit with NRCS because as the crops come off the field, they can see the land and better assess what’s needed. NRCS can also help you figure out which program best meets your needs, whether it’s the Environmental Quality Incentives Program or the Conservation Stewardship Program or other options. Both of those programs are open all year for farmers to sign up. Applications are held until an annual ranking date is announced, then all applications that NRCS has received to date will be ranked for funding that year. Frequently, the ranking dates are in the winter, and the snow cover makes it dif-

ficult for NRCS staff to get a good look at the land to see what practices are needed. Funding may not be available in the spring to add anything that was missed, but that can be avoided by signing up well in advance of the ranking date. Conservation for soil health and drought resiliency Conservation practices help build soil health and drought resiliency, as seen this summer in Wisconsin and many other Midwestern states. Cover crops, crop residue management and other erosion reduction practices will help reduce compaction, build soil structure, increase organic matter content and improve moisture-holding capacity. Call 715-635-8228, Ext. 3, for an appointment to talk about conservation options for your farm. More information on NRCS programs is available at under Programs. — from NRCS

Fifth-annual Art Meandor is this weekend

WASHBURN COUNTY — This weekend enjoy beautiful fall weather and see art inspired by the gorgeous north woods. From Spooner to Chippewa Falls, 12 galleries and artists studios are participating in the fifth-annual Art Meander. Hours for the meander are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., on both Saturday, Sept. 22, and Sunday, Sept. 23. Four galleries in Washburn County will be open with special exhibits, demonstrations, refreshments, and more. In Spooner, Purple Pelican’s owner Esa Everroad will be demonstrating her work. At Northwind Book & Fiber, Alene Peterson will be demonstrating book making and Carmella Crandell will be spinning from

1-3 p.m. both days. The Potter’s Shed in Shell Lake will have pottery demonstrations all weekend. Brickyard Pottery, located between Shell Lake and Barronett, has Marge Lindeman on Saturday demonstrating dye work, Marie Sweeney on Sunday afternoon demonstrating watercolors, and the owners, Mary and Brian Dosch, will be demonstrating pottery slab work both days. Continue south and visit eight more galleries. Maps are available at Purple Pelican and Northwind Book & Fiber, or can be seen at — submitted

CPR class in Spooner

SPOONER — Nancy Furchtenicht, American Heart Association CPR instructor, will facilitate a class on how to apply CPR to infants and children, birth to 8 years. The class will be held Thursday, Sept. 27, 6 p.m., at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, N5015 Beaverbrook Ave. in Spooner. There is no fee, however, the Family and Friends booklet is available for $4.

With an additional lesson time and $20, students may obtain Heartsaver certification for adult, child and infant. Additional lesson is available following the infant and child CPR class. Preregistration is required as space in limited. Please call Lakeland Family Resource Center at 715-635-4669 to register. No child care is available. — from LFRC

Community ed offers geocaching and water aerobics

SHELL LAKE — Shell Lake Community Ed is offering intro to geocaching and water aerobics this fall. It’s the perfect time of year to be outside. Head out for a treasure hunt at Hunt Hill and let’s go geocaching! Geocaching is a treasure-hunting game where you use a GPS to hide and seek containers with other participants in the activity. You will learn how to operate a Global Positioning System unit while searching for hidden caches. Limited units are available. This is a fun way to get outside, get some exercise and use the latest GPS technology. Please wear appropriate shoes with closed toes and dress for the weather, rain or shine. The age minimum is 12. The event is Saturday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m.-noon. Register by using the following informa-

tion and calling WITC at 800-243-9482 or visiting and clicking on Classfinder. Class number is 67392. The cost is $12/$8 for 62-plus. Instructor is Eva Apelqvist. Water aerobics is back for a second round at America’s Best Inn & Suites in Shell Lake. Water aerobics provides a fullbody workout while increasing your heart rate through individual resistance in water. Fall water aerobics will run in two sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Session one is Oct. 8-Nov. 1 for $48. Session two is Nov. 5-16 for $24. Drop-in students are welcome at a fee of $7/class. Register for classes by calling Shell Lake School CE office at 715-4687815, Ext. 1337. Class minimum is six to run. — from SLCE

CENTURIA — A driver ran into a stopped school bus that was bringing nearly two dozen Unity School District students home from their first day of school, and charges may follow against that driver. According to Centuria Police Chief John DuBois, the incident occurred in Centuria just as the bus had stopped to drop off children near the intersection of Hwy. 35 and CTH I, near the car wash. The bus was westbound but stopped with its warning lights on and stop-sign arm extended, when a vehicle driven by Hank R. Shires, 24, Grantsburg, rear-ended the stopped bus. Shires had a small child in the car at the time, and the child was restrained in a car seat and was not injured. Any injuries to the students are yet to be determined but appear to be minor. “It is an open investigation,” DuBois said. “But it looks to be inattentive driving. The car went under the (rear end) of the bus.” — from the Inter-County Leader ••• BURNETT COUNTY — The National Weather Service has put out a notice that the abnormally warm, sunny weather has a dark side. It makes fires more likely in the blowdown area of Northwest Wisconsin. Department of Natural Resources Forestry Team Leader Bob Hartshorn says they have just begun a fire ban with the exception of campfires in Douglas, Burnett and Washburn counties. He is not crazy about campfires either, especially in the blowdown areas from the July 1, 2011, 100mph storm. “We’ve got to be realistic. There are still areas that aren’t salvaged. So when we get into these very long periods of dry weather, those bigger diameter logs, sticks and everything that is in those blowdown areas, it just makes it more difficult and raises potential for serious fire.” — from the Inter-County Leader ••• PIPE LAKE — Art Ringsven mans the Pipe Lake boat landing, checking for

aquatic hitchhikers and has even tracked down floatplanes that have used the lake for practice takeoffs and landings. In midAugust, he had a rather rare appearance. Kyle Edlund, Woodbury, Minn., brought his one-man sub to a friend’s cabin on Pipe Lake. A rather inquisitive crowd gathered as the sub disappeared beneath the surface. Edlund spent about an hour buzzing the Pipe Lake bottoms. With close to 20 feet of visibility, he did not find much other than a few empty drink bottles and the usual beer cans. — from the Cumberland Advocate ••• RICE LAKE — Rice Lake’s National Guard unit has been notified it may be deployed next fall. The unit is part of the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat team, which received notification of a potential deployment to the U. S. Central Command area of responsibility. That area includes Afghanistan and Iraq. The location of the potential deployment has not been determined. Notification of sourcing does not mean that the notified unit will definitely deploy. — from the Rice Lake Chronotype ••• BARRON — The city of Barron is in danger of losing about $350,000 in state and federal money that could be used to upgrade utilities in a pair of city neighborhoods. Mayor Dave Vruwink told the Barron City Council that the federal government is recalling unspent “earmarks,” including about $350,000 that weren’t spent on upgrades to the city industrial park in 2011. Former U.S. Rep. David Obey secured the funds for the city before he retired in 2010 from his career in the House of Representatives. At the time Barron got the money from Congress, Obey chaired the powerful House Appropriations Committee. Vruwink said help is being sought from elected representatives in Madison and Washington, D.C. “We’re in a battle to keep the money,” he told the council. — from the Barron News-Shield

harm to property and people living on the property, with the potential of contaminating groundwater. The DNR contracted with a Twin Citiesbased company which specializes in cleaning up dump sites and in one case had to remove topsoil that had been contaminated. In one case, a property owner discovered the dump site and contacted town officials who in turn contacted the DNR. Krsnich said he believes the rash of illegal dump sites represent a “large and coordinated dump,” as witnesses thus far have indicated the waste at all sites was dumped at a particular time and day. He said his department “hustled” to get

the word out to the media as soon as possible, hoping to alert cabin owners and others to be on the watch for such dump sites on their property and to alert authorities upon discovery. He said there is no need to illegally dump hazardous waste, as there are free hazardous waste collection sites held on a regular basis in each county. In the meantime, he noted, any information on the illegal dump sites could be crucial to the investigation. “Even if you were walking out of a restaurant and saw a truck with a bunch of paint in the back,” Krsnich said, “somebody saw something.”

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The girls lose one, win one for the week

Kendra Collier with a dig against the Clayton server. Shell Lake lost three games against the Clayton Bears on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at home.

Hailey Flach with an attack on the tough Clayton defense. Flach had two kills for the game.

Katie Gronning with a serve. She was 89 percent on the line with one ace.

Shell Lake JV2 Invitational

SHELL LAKE — Shell Lake hosted the JV2 Volleyball Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 15. They will be hosting a JV tournament on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 9:30 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m.

RIGHT: Shania Pokorny on the attack. She had a very good game at the net with nine kills. Shell Lake won three games in the best of five in a match on Thursday, Sept. 13, before the homecrowd fans. – Photos by Larry Samson

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the Shell Lake defense had 10 blocks and 49 digs. Hannah Cassel had 12 digs with 11 for Shania Pokorny. On offense, they served 92 percent from the line with seven aces. At the net, they had 29 kills. Pokorny was the team leader with nine kills and Cassel with eight. This was by far Shell Lake’s best game and showed what they are capable of. Shell Lake Lakers will be traveling to Prairie Farm on Thursday, Sept. 20, for their second matchup. The Lakers will host Cameron on Tuesday, Sept. 25, with a 7:30 p.m. start.

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by Larry Samson Register staff reporter SHELL LAKE — The Shell Lake girls volleyball team faced two conference teams last week and had two different outcomes. Going up against the conference leader, the Clayton Bears, on Tuesday, Sept. 11, Shell Lake lost the best of five in three games. On Thursday, Sept. 13, they went up against a good Clear Lake team and came away with their first conference win, 3-1. In the game against Clear Lake,

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A strong showing against conference leader

Sam Muska ran 19 yards with the help of Tanner Williams and David Brereton. Muska rushed 103 yards for the game on 20 carries. The unlikely sophomore became the workhorse due to injuries, and he has stepped up to become an outstanding running back. — Photos by Larry Samson

Shell Lake quarterback Sam Livingston tries to cut the corner on this keeper. Shell Lake’s third score of the game came late in the fourth quarter on a Livingston pass to Sam Muska from the 6-yard line.

Lose to an old rival

Andrew Larson, in his first game of the season, ran 56 yards on 15 carries. He will help out the Lakers in the backfield. Shell Lake lost 44-21 to Cameron on Friday, Sept. 14.



Cross country Thursday, Sept. 20: At Unity, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25: At Flambeau, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2: At Hayward, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9: Conference meet at Flambeau, 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20: WIAA Sectional Friday, Oct. 26: WIAA state Football Friday, Sept. 21: Homecoming vs. Flambeau, 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28: At St. Croix Falls, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5: Vs. Frederic, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12: At Unity, 7 p.m. Volleyball JV2 4:30 p.m., JV1 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20: At Prairie Farm, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25: Vs. Cameron, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27: Vs. Turtle Lake, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29: At Amery Tournament, 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1: At Cameron, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4: At Clayton, 7:30 p.m. Junior high football Thursday, Sept. 20: Vs. Cameron, 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27: At Flambeau, 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9: Vs. Frederic, 5 p.m. Junior high volleyball Thursday, Sept. 20: Vs. Prairie Farm, 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25: At Cameron, 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27: At Turtle Lake, 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1: Vs. Cameron, 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4: Vs. Clayton, 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6: At Rice Lake (seventh grade), 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9: Vs. Clear Lake, 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11: Vs. Northwood, 5 p.m.

by Larry Samson SHELL LAKE — The Shell Lake versus Cameron football game was a big game at one time. Both teams were in the Large Lakeland Conference, battling it out for conference champ. Then Shell Lake was moved to the Small Lakeland Conference and, while they still competed against Cameron in nonconference games, it was just not the same. With the new Lakeland North Conference these two old rivals came back together in a game that means something. The Cameron Comets took it to Shell Lake 44-21 in the game played Friday, Sept. 14. The outcome of the game was never in doubt. Cameron is a Division 5 school that has a very good team. They should dominate the Lakeland North Conference. The only question Friday night was how well the Lakers would play. At game time, the Laker offense was able to move the ball effectively. Shell Lake started out the game and fumbled on their first series of plays. After turning over the ball on the 42-yard line, Cameron quickly capitalized and scored within two minutes of the start of the game. By the end of the first quarter it was 24-0. Shell Lake moved the ball downfield on a good drive. Wyatt Carlson took it over from the 10-yard line on a sweep. Sam Livingston ran the ball over on the two-point conversion and Shell Lake was on the scoreboard, 24-8. Shell Lake stopped

the Comets on the 13-yard line with fourth and 10 but they could not stop the pass and it was 8-30. Shell Lake scored in the third quarter on a Carlson 42-yard run and in the fourth quarter on a Livingston-to-Muska pass from the 1yard line. Shell Lake will face the Flambeau Falcons in a homecoming game on Friday, Sept. 21, with a 7 p.m. kickoff. The The play of the game was the fumble reFalcons are 2-1 covery by freshman Caleb LaFave. The coming off a 40-0 play came early in the second quarter as win over the St. Croix Falls Saints. the Lakers defense stopped the Comets on their drive.

Cross-country team competes in varied size meets

RICE LAKE/FREDERIC — The Shell Lake crosscountry team competed in Rice Lake on Tuesday, Sept. 11, with just over 200 competitors in each race. “It ended up being a beautiful day,” commented coach Katrina Granzin.

On Thursday, Sept. 13, the team traveled to Frederic and participated in a small meet with two other teams. “It was very fun and relaxing to have this small meet,” said Granzin. — from Shell Lake Athletic Department


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Volleyball team goes pink for the cure

Hannah Berkesch on the attack in a game against Barron. Spooner lost 25-21, 25-17 and 25-9 in the Thursday, Sept. 13, matchup.

Emily Gostonczik uses her height and jumping ability to spike this ball.

Eighth-graders learn about transportation heritage

The Spooner volleyball team raised $2,500 for the Susan G. Komen For the Cure. The check was presented to Christine Raths of Spooner who walked in the Twin Cities 3-Day. Posing with the team back row (L to R): Brooke Schumacher, Elena Loyola, Amanda Fosberg, Alexandra Ripley, Michelle Richardson and Roadie the mascot. Third row: Kallie Thompson, Alex Grubbs, Kenzie Hanson, Kenzie Roman, Dana Danger, Taylor Johnson, Paige Osterhues and Ashtin Markgren. Second row: Adriana Shabani, Carly Dubek, Stephanie Henk, Brittany Styer, Ellen Reidt, Emily Gostonczik, Alex Hotchkiss and Gina Graham. Front: Coach Nikki Deli, Sara Taylor, Taylor Roman, Allie Hodgkins, Raths, Hannah Berkesch and Clare Ringlien. LEFT: Christine Raths is seen here with her 2year-old son, Aiden, and her daughter, Kassidy, at the kickoff of the pink volleyball fundraiser in Spooner. Raths accepted a check for $2,500 for the Susan G. Komen For the Cure organization. She participated in their 2012 Twin Cities threeday, 60-mile walk. Cancer had touched her family so she decided to do something about it. She and a friend walked and raised money for the cause. — Photos by Larry Samson

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The Spooner eighth-grade students visited the Railroad Memories Museum to see the bygone era that was a big part of the city of Spooner. It was a morning of history that started with a talk from Rod Ripley from the Washburn County Historical Society. Students traveled back to the days when the Ojibwe traveled the rivers by birch-bark canoes and railroads were king.

Mike Bartz speaks to the Spooner eighth-grade students about the history of the canoes when the students visited the Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum in Spooner on Friday, Sept. 14. — Photos by Larry Samson

Elementary, middle & high school breakfast Monday, Sept. 24: Assorted whole-grain muffins, Teddy Graham cracker, breakfast bites (MS, HS), syrup, juice, cereal (MS). Tuesday, Sept. 25: Apple slices, peanut butter pack, string cheese, breakfast sandwich/chicken (MS, HS), juice, cereal (MS). Wednesday, Sept. 26: Cereal, animal cracker, apple juice, breakfast wrap with cheese (MS, HS). Thursday, Sept. 27: PB&J Uncrustable, breakfast pizza sausage (MS, HS), juice, cereal. Friday, Sept. 28: Strawberry whole grain Pop Tart, assorted yogurt, sausage pizza bagel (MS, HS), juice, cereal. Elementary & middle school lunch Monday, Sept. 24: Taco in a bag, fixings, goldfish PB&J sandwich, veggie tray, fruit, light salad dressing. Tuesday, Sept. 25: Macaroni and cheese, Choo Choo bread (ES), turkey and cheese sandwich, cheese or pepperoni pizza (MS), California blend vegetables, salad, veggie tray, fruit, butter pats, light salad dressing. Wednesday, Sept. 26: Johnny Appleseed Day! Free Lunch! California Rail Burger on bun with fixings, ham and cheese sandwich, steamed green beans, salad, veggie tray, fruit, light salad dressing. Thursday, Sept. 27: Cheese pizza, (MS) or pepperoni pizza, turkey and cheese sandwich, salad, steamed peas, veggie tray, fruit, juice, light salad dressing. Friday, Sept. 28: Chicken noodle soup, saltine crackers, PB&J sandwich, mixed vegetables, coleslaw, salad, veggie tray, chilled applesauce, fruit, light salad dressing. High school lunch Monday, Sept. 24: Nacho supreme or taco salad with fixings; PB&J sandwich; cheese, mixed, pepperoni or sausage homemade pizza; steamed corn; salad; veggie tray; fruit; dressing. Tuesday, Sept. 25: Macaroni and cheese; Choo Choo bread; BBQ pulled pork sandwich; cheese, mixed, pepperoni or sausage homemade pizza; PB&J sandwich; California blend vegetables; salad; veggie tray; fruit; butter pats; salad dressing. Wednesday, Sept. 26: Johnny Appleseed Day! Free Lunch! California Rail Burger on bun with fixings; hot ham and cheese sandwich; PB&J sandwich; cheese or BBQ chicken homemade pizza; steamed green beans, salad, veggie tray, fruit, salad dressing. Thursday, Sept. 27: Potato bar; BBQ chicken; ham; turkey; cheese sauce; Choo Choo dinner roll; fish sandwich; cheese, mixed, pepperoni or sausage homemade pizza; PB&J sandwich; fresh green pepper; salad; steamed peas; veggie tray; fruit; juice; sour cream; salad dressing. Friday, Sept. 28: Chicken noodle soup; PB&J Uncrustable; Rail burger with fixings; cheese, mixed, pepperoni or sausage homemade pizza; PB&J sandwich; mixed vegetables; coleslaw; salad; veggie tray; chilled applesauce; fruit; raspbery sherbet; salad dressing.

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FFA project results in corn maze

by Diane Dryden Contributing writer

SHELL LAKE – Trevor Anderson is a 15-year-old sophomore at Shell Lake High School. If this year’s Future Farmers of America’s project is any indication of how he approaches life, look out world, this kid will make his mark. An agricultural education program is made up of three integrated parts: Classroom instruction, FFA and supervised agricultural experience. Students with an SAE learn

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Waters from the earth

by Mary B. Olsen We need clean water and we are fortunate to have an ample supply here. The drought conditions across the middle of our country remind us just how lucky we are. At other times, I have seen corn crops suffering, when their long, sharp leaves seemed to be searching the sky for rain clouds. We can be hopeful but we are not rainmakers. We can join our neighbors in their plea for water and hope that the plants and animals we all depend upon survive this drought. Back on the farm, we had a deep well that gave us clean and cold water. There must be an underground lake, because we never ran out of water. Many places the government orders people not to use water for lawns and gardens. When it is in short supply, the residents must conserve and use less water. In the country you have your own water supply and maintain your pump and pressure tank, so you don’t have a water bill to pay each month. You pay on your electric bill, though. Where there is no underground water supply, people depend on rivers, reservoirs and other sources. There is quite a bit of literature on this necessity for life. Wells are mysterious. How strange to draw out water from a well and that well fills up again. People have built little well houses and in the old days they let down a bucket on a rope and drew out water. Sometimes they had a windmill to pump water, and later they used hand pumps, and went to electric pumps. I can remember the cool water that splashed from the pump. There’s no more refreshing drink in the world. In the town where I grew up, my father told me how it was named. Before there was a town, there were two surveyors working in this green valley. They were laying out the route the railroad would take. Like most towns, during their development, it was the railroad that controlled the land. They went into an area where there was a product, in this case, coal to be mined and shipped. The town would be named and platted and it would be a place to live for the miners and operators and their families. These two surveyors suddenly discovered a fountain coming out of the hillside. It was startling. They were knowledgeable about geology and recognized the water flowing in a continuous stream as an artesian well. It supplied them with fresh cold spring water. They set a pipe into the hillside and constructed a kind of grotto of fieldstone. All the railroad people who built the railroad drank from that spring. The surveyors had given the place a name. It was in a valley, and there was that wonderful spring there, so they called it Spring Valley. When I was growing up, I would walk along the railroad tracks to go to the spring for a cool drink of water right out of the earth. I would walk with my grandmother or my aunt or with my sister or with friends the half mile from town. There would always be a cool spot to rest and enjoy the spring water. Watercress grew near it, in the cold water. I hope someone has been looking after it, because it was a beautiful natural treasure. Not long ago I went back to my hometown for a funeral. The water was still cold and clear. It still flowed from the hillside. There is a similar spring near where I live now. Many people go there and fill jugs with the water. It is just as mysterious as the one near my hometown and it keeps on flowing. Someone built a stairway to go down to the water. It’s probably better water than the kind you purchase in stores.

dead ends. It took over 100 by doing with help from the stakes and an entire bale of ag teachers. Students detwine, but the cutting was fivelop an SAE project based nally completed. on one or more SAE cateBoyd was brought up on a gories. Anderson chose enfarm. His brother, Forrest, trepreneurship. farms the home place, along Originally, he and his fawith Boyd’s acres because ther, Boyd, thought about a the land connects, and Boyd one-acre corn plot for reis busy as the head of the search and development. Shell Lake Schools bus What Anderson planned to garage. He and Trevor help do was plant an acre of corn out on Forrest’s farm, so and record all the steps and they both log lots of agriculinformation that was tural miles. needed to successfully grow The corn is a late variety, the corn, from before plantso it’s still green and abing all the way to harvestsolutely huge. After the ing. maze, the plan is to combine Then, as a family, the Anthe crop for sale, hoping to dersons made their yearly recoup the $900 they have visit to Mommsen’s Produce into the project. Patch in Rice Lake last year The maze will have its to walk the corn maze. By grand opening this weekthe time they arrived home, end, Saturday and Sunday, the one-acre project was Sept. 22-23, from noon until scrubbed, and in its place 6 p.m. The same hours and was a corn maze. days go for Saturdays and They had talked it over Sundays, Oct. 6-7, and Oct. last fall with Shell Lake ag 20-21. The final night will be teacher Jen Bos, and she Sunday, Oct. 28, from 2-7 thought the idea was amazTrevor and Boyd Anderson have already given the corn maze on p.m. The family-friendly fun ing. Even Keri Jensen, the community ed director at Hilltop Road almost a year’s worth of work and planning. — Pho- experience will turn scary with the addition of a the school, thought the idea tos by Diane Dryden was great and said she and her husband had land they haunted maze; haunted by 40 fellow FFA members in the would donate to the cause. So a corn maze began, putting dark of night. These same members earn points for working, so look this project smack dab into the entrepreneur category. This spring, they baled the hay that was on the land, and for them in the concession Greg Odden sprayed the acres with a weed killer supplied stand. The stand is on loan by Cenex. Shorty Crosby planted the corn and applied the from local builder Lee fertilizer. Not only did he use the standard row planting, Gramberg. They will also be but went back over what he planted and planted more the selling pumpkins and givopposite way, making the field a dense patch of corn, thus ing hayrides each day the making it impossible to see anything. When the stalks maze is open. The maze is located on were a foot tall, Boyd and Trevor cut in the maze using Hilltop Road south of Shell Trevor’s design. “We put in the official FFA emblem, which depicts a slice Lake. Signs going up soon of corn with an eagle on top. We added the giant letters, will direct you right to the FFA in the middle. We used a riding lawn mower to do the location. There’s lots of cutting, and we learned the hard way that we should have parking and there will even made the rows double wide because as the corn grew, the be games for kids. Trevor is hoping to conwidth of the paths shrunk, so we had to cut it again,” said tinue the maze throughout Trevor. Dad Boyd added, “The second time we cut it was almost his high school career. Due The design on Trevor Anderto his accurate and intricate son’s shirt is the one that has 4 feet high, but once again, the mower did the job.” After the emblem and initials were cut in, the fun began. record keeping of the entire been cut into the center of the They added two- and three-way branches, all leading to project, he hopes to win the three-acre maze along with giant letters that spell out FFA.

Heart Lake news by Helen V. Pederson

It was a cloudy, cool day Monday. We did have rain during the night Sunday. It is never very much but guess we’ll take what we get. We have three funerals this week. Wendy Swan, daughter of Ruth Swan, passed away last week. Funeral services will be held at Salem Lutheran Church on Friday, Sept. 21, with burial at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Cemetery. Funeral service for Blanche Weberg will be held at Salem Lutheran on Saturday at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior. Blanche was a teacher here in Shell Lake for many years. Also, Dale Compeau, Spooner, passed away suddenly last week. Funeral services will be Thursday at Lakeview Alliance Church. Our prayers for his and all of these families. Last Friday, Glenview took eight residents to Becky’s for their fish fry at noon. It was a great outing. Saturday morning, Kim, Greg, and Phillip Odden moved their mother, Jean, into Glenview. Kim and Greg stopped in to see their aunt, Helen. I hope to see more of them now. Joni Parker returned home from San Antonio, Texas, where she visited her sister, Wendy, before she passed away. Joni has been visiting her mom, Ruth, periodically. Louise Schade visited her Mortensen family over the weekend and they, along with brother Frank, had supper at Margaret Jones on Saturday night. Visiting with Peder Pederson last week was son Curt Pederson of Hudson. He came to help his dad with some work. Cheri and Steve Minot and girls Tonya and Michelle spent the weekend in Chicago. Congratulations to Pastor Don and Helene West on observing their 62nd wedding anniversary with cake after services at Salem on Sunday. He is our interim pastor until we get another pastor. I hear South Dewey residents had an auction at Dennis and Kerry Swan’s on Saturday afternoon. It was a benefit for the Clam River Cemetery to cover care expenses. They had a good turnout. Mary Marschall and daughter Sara Mathison spend Saturday in Eau Claire shopping. Talking to Mavis Flach she has been busy making salsa

to use up peppers and tomatoes. This has to be the end of the season. On Friday evening, John and Mary Marschall went to the visitation for Mary’s aunt, Shirley Shoquist, in Spooner. Sympathy to her family. Jeff Pederson spent a few days in North Dakota visiting son Jared and his family where he works on the oil pipeline. They did some sightseeing. His grandkids were happy to see their grandpa. Jeff returned early Monday morning. Son Brent of Minneapolis, Minn., came up over the weekend to do some chores and to take care of his dogs. A surgeon, an engineer, and a politician were arguing about whose profession was the oldest. “Mine is” the doctor insisted … ”remember that Eve was carved out of Adam’s rib.” “Maybe” said the engineer, “but the Earth was created out of chaos in six days. That was obviously an engineering job.” “Yes” the politician agreed, ”but who created the chaos?” Have a good week!


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After a dozen times

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SPOONER - In 1991 there was a group of like-minded believers who were meeting for church in the basement of the Masonic Hall in Spooner. They were Wisconsin Evangelical Lutherans or WELS for short. They met, they grew and by 1995 they moved into their beautiful new building west of Spooner on Hwy. 70. They started the Little Lambs preschool and they’ve been busy and involved with the community ever since. After getting firmly established in the community, they hosted their first free rummage giveaway which lasted two days and they served over 120 people. The organizers are generous when they say that the idea originally came from St. Alban’s Church who had not only been offering a free meal a month to the community, but also successfully running their own free rummage days. Deciding the event was a great way to connect with the community and using the wisdom of their pastor, Gene Jahnke, who often quotes Matthew 10:8 which reads, “Freely you have received, so freely give,” they now hold this event semiannually, May and September, and they have become a well-oiled machine of efficiency. Elaine Bullens, choir director and rummage day specialist at Beautiful Savior Lutheran, says the planning starts almost six weeks ahead of the event with the first meeting that sets the date and the hours, and it’s also the start of the publicity blitz which includes fliers that go in the Washburn County food pantry bags and fliers go to other locations that serve the public in need. Then the really hard work begins. Donations come in from members and members families. It also comes from entire neighborhoods that save their stuff just for the sale. They also have donations from local thrift shops. This is where John Schultz comes in as the man who carries and moves stuff because as the days get closer, the church’s Sunday school and youth

This is a before picture of just a tiny part of the many items that will be available at the Free Rummage Days, hosted by Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, this coming Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21 and 22. – Photos by Diane Dryden

rooms get packed full of merchandise. They use banana boxes so they can stack them after the clothes inside have been washed, if needed, then sorted and sized. When K-Mart went out of business, they were able to nab some clothes racks. ABC Lumber generously supplies boards and Kwik-Trip loans those sturdy plastic milk crates and between them, they make shelves that are set on top of the tables to make two or three more layers for items. It takes almost 50 people to put it all together and they work tirelessly so when the public enters their doors at 8 a.m. on the first day, the signs are hanging from the ceiling designating what is on the individual tables because the tables are packed full of sorted, sized and often washed items, preventing any signage on the table itself. “It’s a great experience,” says Bullens.

“We’ve had a Filipino woman who came to gather clothes to send to her family back home, and one old gentleman gratefully took the only lamp we had left because he said theirs had quit two days before and it had been their only light. We also had a tourist stop by, having seen our sign, and gave us a wide-screen TV that he had in his vehicle. He had purchased a plasma one for their cabin and he was taking the original set back to the Cities. When he realized that he had left the remote at the cabin, he drove all the way back to Stone Lake to retrieve it so it could go with the set. I mean, you just never know.” There have been people who’ve attended dressed only in their pajamas because a house fire had taken everything they

owned. It happened to be the day there were many household goods, so the family left with clothes, toys and appliances, well on their way to recovery. Cash donations are heartily discouraged because, as they say, “This is a love outreach. Like the Bible says, we love because God loved us first.” The rummage dates this year are this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21 and 22, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is a limit on Friday morning to two boxes or three bags for each adult. On Saturday there is no limit to the amount of items that can be taken. The most incredible part of the two-day event takes place at 4 p.m. on Saturday. All day the items that remain are condensed together, and as soon as the day is over the packing begins. All the coats go to St. Alban’s for their warm coat giveaway, and the shoes go to the Faith Lutheran church who support Soles4Souls. Trucks are loaded to take merchandise to St. Vincent’s and the Lutheran thrift shop in Rice Lake and other boxes, especially the doodads, are boxed to go to Connections. Several hours later there is nothing to indicate there were almost 900 people who had “shopped” during the past two days. Sunday school and youth rooms look pristine and there are no longer boxes stuffed in everywhere. You can tell they’ve done this many times, this weekend marks their 13th free rummage event. The tables in the dining area have their cloths back on along with the flowers and crosses as centerpieces. Another rummage event is over, and every person that visited came away with a pretty pink piece of paper that reads like a thank-you note from the church family inviting them to service any Sunday. It’s a labor of love that the entire congregation of almost 200 gets behind and supports as they network with other organizations to make good use of what they’ve been given to help others who are in need.

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Woman, 89, walks to fight Alzheimer's

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Colleen Aird, Superior, 89, will take part in the Walk to Fight Alzheimer’s later this month in Superior. – Photo courtesy Walk to End Alzheimer’s

ticipation of losing your memory; losing your relationships, losing the things that

are basically who you are.” Superior Alzheimer’s coordinator Freda Carlson said the money raised will go for medications and support for family members and other Alzheimer’s caregivers. “And what we are hoping is to get more folks diagnosed at an earlier stage and get them into clinical trials where the current medications might be more effective in the earlier stages of the disease.” As for Aird, she says she has been in training. “I live on the second floor of an apartment building, and I always use the stairs, 27 of them.” Walks across the state are going on this month and into early October. Join the Walk to End Alzheimer’s here, or you can make a donation in Aird's name.

AG wants Act 10 ruling put on hold

MADISON - Wisconsin’s Attorney General says his office will move quickly to try to stay a court decision that restored collective bargaining rights for local government employees and teachers. A “stay” of the court ruling handed down Friday would effectively put the decision on hold while an appeal of the ruling moves forward. Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says that would have a stabilizing effect. “We have concerns with the decision from a number of different perspectives, one of which being that it doesn’t apply universally, it’s causing an

awful lot of confusion. We believe it will ultimately be overturned, in which case the law shouldn’t be changing midstream here and have it change back again.” Van Hollen will first ask Dane County Judge Juan Colas to stay his own decision, which he concedes happens rarely. If Judge Colas denies that motion, Van Hollen would ask an appeals court to do the same thing. As of right now, the law known as “Act 10” as it applies to city, county or school employees is null and void. Judge Colas said in his opinion that collective bargaining was not a right, but he said Wisconsin’s collective bargaining law violated union workers constitutional

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rights of association and equal protection. Van Hollen says he thinks the judge was mistaken. “He very clearly states that collective bargaining is not a constitutional right, and then basically using what we believe is an inappropriate standard, kind of back-doors that and shows how it’s constitutionally protected anyway. You really can’t have the argument both ways.” Van Hollen’s office is also appealing another ruling against the collective bargaining law in federal court. It struck down smaller provisions of the law that made it harder for unions to collect dues and stay certified.

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Dewey-LaFollette by Karen Mangelsen

Mary Dunn, Lida Nordquist, Marlene Swearingen, Lorri McQuade, Donna and Nina Hines and Sharon Syverson were guests of Karen Mangelsen Tuesday. They spent an afternoon of visiting and playing cards. Hank and Karen Mangelsen visited Ronda and Maynard Mangelsen Wednesday evening. Lawrence and Nina Hines went to Eden Prairie, Minn., Thursday and stayed overnight with Nancy and Steve Hagen. Marie and Jim Andreas, Pat and Don Israel, Sue and Roger Mroszak, and Karen and Hank Mangelsen went out to eat Friday evening to celebrate their recent wedding anniversaries. The total years for the four couples is 205: Hank and Karen - 46, Jim and Marie - 48, Roger and Sue - 50, and Don and Pat - 61. Congratulations to all. Saturday visitors of Gerry and Donna Hines were Nick and Esther Mangelsen,

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Lois Margaret Rand

Lois Margaret Rand, 90, Spooner, passed away on Sept. 12, 2012, at Benedictine Living Community in Spooner. Lois was born Feb. 14, 1922, to parents Oscar and Martha (Olson) Peterson in Upson. Lois moved to Spooner in 1935 and graduated from Spooner High School in 1939. She attended Superior Vocational School for one year. In 1943, Lois enlisted in WAAC, which was later called WAC as part of the regular Army, and served with them until January of 1946. Lois worked at Spooner School System for over 30 years and was known as, “keeper of the keys.” For many years, she also worked putting out the Legion paper. One of the things Lois loved to do was make crafts and have a Christmas craft sale on her porch. A great accomplishment of Lois’ was being appointed by President Nixon as Presidential Commission on Children and Youth.

Lois grew up with three brothers, Leland, Jack and Ralph, and three sisters, Beverly (King), Sally Louise (Peterson), and Jill (Vance). On Sept. 23, 1946, Lois was married to George Rand. Together they had three sons, John (Cheryl), Michael, and Patrick (Amy); and one daughter, Deborah Avery. Lois was preceded in death by her parents, husband, all her siblings and her daughter. Lois is survived by her three sons; granddaughters Michelle, Emily, Katy, Molly, Hannah-Rose and Isabella; and grandson Eli; along with many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Sept. 17 at United Methodist Church in Spooner with Pastor Jack Starr officiating. Interment followed at Veterans Memorial Cemetery with military honors by Moe Miller Post 12 Spooner. The Taylor Family Funeral Home, Spooner, was entrusted with arrangements. Memorials can be made to American Legion-Youth activities. Online condolences can be made at

Shirley Ann Shoquist, 72, Spooner, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, at Essentia Health Care in Duluth, Minn., surrounded by her family. Shirley was born in New York to the late Andrew and Bertha (Peterson) Jellen. Shirley married Donald Shoquist on March 27, 1976, in Pine City, Minn. Shirley enjoyed going to yard sales, the casino and playing cards with her friends. Shirley worked for the Moccasin Factory, Action Jacket, Shell Lake Boat Factory and sold Avon. After retirement, Shirley was very interested in genealogy and antiquing with Donald. Those who loved and shared her life are her husband,

Donald Shoquist, Spooner; sons, Dan Washkuhn and Rocky Washkuhn, both of Spooner; stepdaughter, Debra (Bruce) Wakefield, Forest Lake Minn.; grandchildren, Joshua, Hailey and Matthew Wakefield; sister, Audrey (Pat) Hanson, Spooner; her first husband, William “Buck” Washkuhn, Spooner; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and two infant sons, Randy and David Washkuhn. Funeral services were held Sept. 15 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Spooner with Fr. Ed Anderson officiating. Burial was in the Spooner Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at The Dahl Funeral Home, Spooner, was entrusted with arrangements.

Dale Eugene Compeau, 77, Spooner, passed into the presence of his Lord on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012. Dale had just completed a weeklong elk hunting trip in the mountains of western Colorado. Dale was born June 9, 1935, to Tyler Eugene and Emma E. Compeau in the Town of Sand Lake, Burnett County, the third son in the family, joining older half brothers Walter and Alvin Kratzer. At age 5, he attended the Viola Lake Country School earlier than normal due to his father, Tyler, being on the school board. As a child, he attended Viola Lake Church next door to the school. Later, he attended Webster High School, where he recalled riding their first district school bus — red, white and blue, rather than the now conventional yellow. Following high school graduation at age 16, Dale was encouraged by his two brothers to attend college rather than remain working the family farm. He enrolled in Superior State College majoring in mathematics, chemistry and physics. His first job out of college at 20 years old was working full time as a studio photographer at Drysdale Photography Studio in Superior. In the fall of 1957, Dale accepted his first teaching position at Duluth East High School and taught there three years. In November of 1957, he married Margie Lou (Eld) of Hermantown, Minn., after having met her on a blind date organized by their mutual friends. Spooner High School became his new teaching location in 1960, where he taught until retirement 35 years later. Throughout his tenure, Dale taught physics, chemistry, trigonometry, calculus, computer and algebra. Along the way, he continued his own education at UW-Milwaukee and St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn., where he obtained his master’s degree in science education in the early 1970s. Dale was a founding member of Lake Park Alliance Church in Shell Lake and remained actively involved there as a board member, church treasurer, Sunday school teacher, handyman and mentor. He was involved with local Scouting, working summers for the Boy Scouts of America as the rifle range instructor at Camp Phillips in Haugen through the 1960s and 1970s.

Following his teaching retirement, he was self-employed operating two businesses, Cozi Comfy Heating, an outdoor wood furnace and in-floor heating business, and selling big game hunts for Northern Adventures. He was involved in numerous community activities, and national and regional organizations. These included, Wisconsin hunter safety instructor – 45 years, assessor for Town of Spooner, ARC, Conservation Congress, NRA lifetime member, Lowe’s Syndrome Association member and founding board member of the local interdenominational Christian school. Dale traveled widely pursuing his passions for mission work, outdoor enjoyment and hunting, including trips to northern Quebec, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Alaska, Ecuador and Mexico. Dale loved the outdoors, and regardless of the season, he could be found outside enjoying the local woods, lakes and rivers; whether out on the lake ice fishing on the coldest winter evenings, coaxing panfish out of the shadows in cool spring mornings, trout fishing in warm summer streams or carefully strategizing his fall deer stand locations throughout the chilly fall days. Dale was a man who loved and appreciated nature every bit as much as he loved his Savior. He was preceded in death by his parents and both his half brothers, Alvin Kratzer and Walter Kratzer. Dale is survived by his wife Margie, of 54 years; children Renee (Tim) Sheppard, Waco, Texas, Michelle (Rod) Ankrom, New Hampton, Iowa, Michael, Hermitage, Pa., and Marc, Sarona; grandchildren Kendra, Jameson, Larisa and Kyle Sheppard; Jonathan and Jennifer Ankrom; and Alexander and Josephine Compeau; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20, at Lake Park Alliance Church in Shell Lake, with visitation at 10 a.m. Pastor Rod Ankrom, Dale’s son-in-law, will preside, with the Rev. John Sahlstrom assisting. Burial will be at the Viola Lake Cemetery. The Scalzo-Taylor Funeral home, Spooner, was entrusted with arrangements. Condolences are welcome online at Memorials in lieu of flowers are appreciated in support of the Lowes Syndrome Association, online at or to Ruby’s Pantry, online at homeandawayministries. org.

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Blanche Weberg, 102, formerly of Shell Lake, died Jan. 21, 2012. Blanche was born June 1, 1909, on a farm in Grundy Center, Iowa, the daughter of Earl and Ethel Wagoner and the oldest of five children. She married William Weberg of Shell Lake in 1930 at the age of 21. William passed away in May 2002. They were married 72 years. Blanche taught elementary grades in Shell Lake and Spooner school districts for 27 years before retiring. She was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. After retiring, William and Blanche lived in Ryderwood, Wash., during the winter months and spent their summers at their Shell Lake residence until William’s passing. Then, Blanche resided with her son, Merwin, in Renton, Wash., for eight years and spent her last two years in a Renton adult family home. Blanche loved gardening and home canning. She enjoyed the out of doors, fishing and bird-watching and was active in the Audubon Society. She loved the Lord and was active in her church. Blanche is survived by her son, Merwin, and wife Patricia; grandsons, Bradley and Brett Weberg, their wives, Jennifer and Carol, and great-grandson Hunter. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, at 11 a.m., with visitation from 10-11 a.m., at Salem Lutheran Church, Shell Lake. Interment will follow at the Shell Lake Cemetery. The Taylor Family Funeral Home, Spooner, was entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be made at

Wendy S. Swan

Wendy S. Swan, 59, Schertz, Texas, died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, at her home. She was born Jan. 23, 1953, in Shell Lake, to James and Ruth (Oldeen) Swan. Wendy graduated from Shell Lake High School in 1971. She received a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a master’s degree in hospital administration from Webster University. She retired from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel in March of 1997 after 22 years of active duty service. During her Army career, Wendy served in a variety of managerial and leadership positions. She received a number of awards to include the Legion of Merit, four Meritorious Service Medals, the Expert Field Medical Badge and the Order of Military Medical Merit. Passionate about gardening and the need for outdoor recreational areas, Wendy became a staunch advocate for parkland development and worked tirelessly to raise money to improve the neighborhood parks where she lived. In June of 2012, she was awarded the firstever service award from the city of Schertz Parks and Recreation Board for her high level of involvement and service to the city of Schertz. Wendy was preceded in death by her father, James Swan. She is survived by her mother, Ruth, Shell Lake; brothers David (Londa) Swan, Eau Claire, and Jerry Swan, Las Vegas, Nev.; sister Joni (Mark) Park, Shell Lake; nieces Jessica, Kristin and Sarah; nephew Matthew; great-nieces and nephews Camden, RyLee, Audrey and Hunter; and good friend Debbie Bell, Schertz, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 21, at Salem Lutheran Church, Shell Lake, with the Rev. Don West officiating. Burial will be in Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Spooner. Military honors accorded by Wisconsin Military Honors Team. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the city of Schertz Parks Department,1400 Schertz Parkway, Schertz, TX 78154 Hope Hospice, 611 N. Walnut, New Braunfels, TX 79130. The Skinner Funeral Home, Shell Lake, was entrusted with arrangements.

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Lake Park Alliance

53 3rd St., Shell Lake 715-468-2734 Rev. John Sahlstrom, Lay Pastor Richard Peterson, Youth Director Ryan Hunziker, Faith & Friends Director Nat Sahlstrom. Sunday School 9 a.m.; Sunday Worship Service 10 a.m., Nursery Provided; Faith & Friends, K - 6th grades, Wednesdays 3:15 - 5 p.m.; Youth Group, 7th - 12th grades, Wednesdays 7 - 8:30 p.m.


Northwoods Baptist

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

Spooner Baptist

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


St. Joseph's Catholic

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

St. Catherine's Catholic

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

St. Francis de Sales


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

Episcopal St. Alban's

W3114 Church Rd., Sarona Pastor Mary Strom Worship Service & Sunday School 9 a.m.

Corner of Elm and Summit St., Spooner 715-635-8475 Holy Eucharist: Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Salem Lutheran, ELCA

Full Gospel

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

Shell Lake Full Gospel

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

Timberland Ringebu Free Lutheran

20805 CTH H, Barronett 715-468-4403 Pastor Al Bedard Sunday School 8:30 a.m. Family Worship 9:30 a.m. Fellowship follows worship Holy Communion first Sunday of the month Midweek Studies Tuesdays 2 & 7 p.m.


Barronett Lutheran

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

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church

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

Faith Lutheran

(Missouri Synod) South of Spooner off Hwy. W7148 Luther Rd. Pastor Brent Berkesch 715-635-8167 Sunday 9. a.m. Worship Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Worship Lutheran Hour on WJMC 96.1 FM Radio at 9 a.m. Sundays


Long Lake Lutheran Church

Trinity Lutheran

1790 Scribner St., Spooner 715-635-3603 Sunday Worship: 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:15 a.m.


United Methodist

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

Sarona Methodist Pastor Gregory Harrell Sunday Worship 9 a.m.

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

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

Church of the Nazarene

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


Spooner Wesleyan

Hwy. 70 W, Spooner Senior Pastor Ronald W. Gormong; Assistant Pastor Chopper Brown 715-635-2768 Sunday Worship 9 a.m.; Sunday School and ABFs: 10:30 a.m.; nursery provided; Celebrate Recovery, now every Monday at 6:30 p.m. Team Kid, ages 4 yrs. - 6th grade, Wednesday 6:30 p.m.


Cornerstone Christian

Pastor Tom Kelby 106 Balsam St., Spooner 715-635-9222 cornerstonechurch Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Children’s Sunday School: 10:30 a.m.; Wed. Prayer: 6:30 p.m. Youth Group Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. Team Kid, 4 yrs. - 6th grade, Wednesday 6:30 p.m.

Trego Community Church

Pastor John Iaffaldano W5635 Park St. Trego, WI 54888, 715-635-8402 Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. prayer meeting; 6:30-8 p.m. AWANA Sept. - April. Sunday School 9:15 a.m., all ages. Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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


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Washburn County Area Humane Society Pet Walk and Membership Day

It was a great day for a walk and an even better day for a pet walk. Washburn County Humane Society Pet Walk was held Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Washburn County Fairgrounds in Spooner.

Kathy Schleife, her corgi and her granddaughter pose for a family photo at the Washburn County Humane Society Pet Portraits Event. The photographers from the Northern Lights Camera Club gave their time and expertise to help fundraise for the humane society.

Patty Frankiewicz and her maltese dog, Kirby, won the best costume contest at the Saturday, Sept. 15, Washburn County Humane Society Pet Walk.

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Eight-year-old Hadlea Lindstrom proudly poses with her cocker spaniel. The photo is a portrait of love for the young lady and the dog she loves. — Photos by Larry Samson

by Pauline Lawrence

What beautiful weather we have here. Yes, on Sunday the sun was out and it was nice and cool. I see flocks of birds flocking together as if they’re getting ready to fly south. They pick on my lawn and have to go a long way before they pick as my lawn is so dry and brown. Sept. 20, a very happy birthday to Elliot Peterson on his special day, along with Jameson DePoister who turns 1 year old. Have a great day. Happy birthday to Alayna Harrington on Sept. 21. Have a great one, Alayna. A very happy anniversary to Brian and Trudy Meister as they celebrate 11 years together on Sept. 22, with lots more to come. Happy anniversary to Chad and Ashley Crosby on Sept. 22 as they celebrate five years together, with many more to come. Happy birthday to Teresa Dahlstrom on Sept. 22 with lots more to come. Happy birthday to Kennedy Baumgart on Sept. 22 when she turns into a teenager. Many more Kennedy. Happy birthday to Aaron Mogensen on Sept. 23. May you have many more birthdays Aaron. Happy birthday to a great-niece, Jordan Lawrence, on

Sept. 23, with many more to come. Happy birthday to Kylie Dahlstrom on her birthday Sept. 23. Have a wonderful day, Kylie. Happy birthday to Benny LaVeau and to Abby Melton both on Sept 23 with many more to come. A very happy birthday to Gladys Knoop on her special day, Sept. 24. Many more to you, Gladys. Happy birthday to Nina Hines on Sept. 24. Have a wonderful day, Nina. Also to Colin Mitchell and to Beth Utter with lots more to come. A very happy anniversary to Tom and Sunshine as they celebrate eight years together with more to come on Sept. 25. Happy anniversary to Joe and Bonnie Swan as they celebrate 12 years together on Sept. 25. A very happy anniversary to Ethan Blatterman and to John Darrel Harrington, both on Sept. 25, with many more. A very happy anniversary to Mark and Noel Knoop on Sept. 25 with lots more to come. A very special happy birthday to my granddaughter, Reyana Ladd, on Sept. 26. Have a fun day, Reyana. Sept. 26, a very happy birthday to Marilyn Toll as she See Dewey Country, page 21

Sarona by Marian Furchtenicht

It’s much colder and overcast this Monday morning. It rained, and there was a freeze warning for Tuesday night, but maybe cloudy will save us. It was a beautiful weekend for the Barronett Colorfest and for the funeral for my sister-in-law, Shirley Shoquist, with visitation held Friday night and the funeral on Saturday at St. Francis in Spooner. Thanks to the many folks there for us at this sad time. Carmen (Roeser) Liesmann and her friend, Malida, drove up from Missouri and spent the week visiting her sister, Dorothy Lombard, at the Spooner nursing home and nieces and nephews here. Tuesday they brought Dorothy down to Willie and Vicki Lombard’s and they did some quilting together. John Roeser joined them for supper. They left Sunday for Menomonie to visit sister Ann Rohlic in the nursing home there before heading home. Gloria Frey spent Monday with her mom, Dorothy Foltz, at the convalescent home in Rice Lake. Reports she’s doing good and found her in the activity room making bird feeders with peanut butter and seeds. Anton and Gloria Frey, along with their daughter, Jan, and Jeff Johnston went to their granddaughter, Nell’s, in Hammond for a party for great-granddaughter Cecilia’s first birthday and enjoyed a great afternoon. Gloria Frey visited Kelly Conkins on Sunday afternoon. LeRoy and Virginia Sandridge and grandson Justin Dennis left Sept. 6 for Jacksonville, N.C., and attended a wedding reception for a grandson. They went on to Birmingham, Ala., and visited their daughter and granddaughter. They got home Friday. Val Piere has sold her house on Little Devil’s Lake and moved to Florida. She will be missed. I see Nuto Farms in Rice Lake are busy harvesting loads of potatoes. Greg and Sue Krantz were busy on the weekend getting in wood. It’s that time of year. There was a problem with property lines and the fence that someone put up behind the Sarona Methodist Church has now been taken down. Last Tuesday, daughter-in-law Cindy Furchtenicht and I visited at her dad’s, Paul Jachim’s, in Rice Lake. He has been having health issues. Saturday afternoon, after the funeral of my sister-inlaw, some of us met at brother Don’s and sat in the yard to visit. Then sister Verna Clyde and her daughter, Kelly Burns, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., niece Amy Ripley, Chippewa Falls, and I went to sister Nell Lee’s, Stanberry, to see her miniature dollhouses she makes and visited some more. Verna and Kelly spent the night and Sunday forenoon with me. We went to Roger and Cindy Furchtenicht’s and they enjoyed seeing the twin granddaughters, Autumn and Alexis. Jack and Judy Stodola, Onalaska, were home on the weekend but left early Sunday morning to meet friends in Green Bay. Virginia Stodola was saddened to hear of the passing of a childhood girlfriend, Rosella Crotteau Koss of Palm Bay, Fla., They were both raised in Rice Lake. She was a cousin to the late Orville Crotteau. Virginia took in the smear tournament at Barronett Colorfest. Saturday morning, Lil’ Aage and Jeanne Duch, Baldwin, Bev Gallo, Stacy, Minn., and Susan Herman, Alma Center, visited Virginia. They were also going to visit their aunt, Wanda Norton, in Shell Lake. Mavis Schlapper and sister Joyce Wade went to the Backwoods Saloon and Whitetail Ridge Campground to listen to Randy Rubenzer’s polka music Wednesday afternoon. Mavis’ daughter, Pam Cernocky, Elk Mound, visited her Saturday and made some end-of-the-garden soup. Sunday afternoon, Mavis Schlapper, Joyce Wade and Jan Rath took in Barronett Colorfest’s beanbag competition, but didn’t win. The last shed that was on the Mancl place was moved recently to Sarona to the Jay and Ann Okonek’s, so that building site will be no doubt a field again as all the buildings and trees are gone now. How things change in life. A happy birthday is wished for Brent Zaloudek and Maeve Wagner, Sept. 20; Megan Jaastad and Alyssa Degner, Sept. 21; Erin Drost, Becky Knutson, Brenda Albee, Barb Beine, Aaron Mogensen and Mable Schrankel, Sept. 23; Bill Richards at Homespun turns 65 on Sept. 23; Payton Sando, Sept. 24; Joyce Wade, Bob Helmer, Jody West and Kali Campbell, Sept. 25; and Greg Krantz, Sept. 26. Anniversary wishes this week to Gene and Darlene Johnechek, Sept. 18; Aaron and Kerrie Gamboni, Sept. 20; James and Tania Milton, Joe and Jennie Hastreiter, Sept. 21; Dave and Connie Zaloudek, Brian and Trudy Meister, Sept. 22; Merle and Sharon Wilber, Sept. 23; John and Mary Marschall, Sept. 24; and Mike and Bev Gallo, Sept. 25.


DPI looks for education budget increase

by Kristen Durst Wisconsin Public Radio MADISON - State Superintendent Tony Evers says he is hoping that the Legislature and Gov. Scott Walker will approve an increase in education spending in the next budget. Evers announced Wednesday, Sept. 12, that one of the Department of Public Instruction's 2013-2014 budget initiatives is to eliminate the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination and replace it with the ACT

suite of exams. DPI is budgeting $7 million over two years for the switch. Evers says he is more confident this time around. "Certainly the revenue estimates that are coming into the state look much better than they did last time around, and we understand that there still will be a need to prioritize things. Our total budget, as we proposed it, will ask for some increases. It won't be eyepopping increases, but we believe that the people of the state of Wisconsin believe that their schools need to be

adequately funded, and we will be pursuing that in addition to this project." Walker's spokesman, Cullen Werwie, would not say whether the governor supports funding the ACT measure. He did say, "Transforming education is one of Governor Walker’s top budget priorities." Two years ago, the state made significant cuts to education spending.

enjoys her special day with lots more to come. Monday, Sept. 10, Richy had the butcher from Clayton come out and butcher three Angus steers. Richy asked the butcher if the animals weighed 1,000 pounds and the butcher said they weighed 1,300. There’s a quarter for Paula and myself, a half for Penny, a whole for Richy and a whole for someone else. These calves were from last fall when they were born and were so slick. All of son Richy’s Angus look slick now. I heard the coyotes last night about midnight. They certainly did a lot of howling and woke me up. Do you know the hottest place in 1913? Well, it was in Death Valley with temps at 134.6. I’m glad we don’t live there. It’s been rather cool sleeping now. Time to get that extra blanket on the bed and snuggle down. Sept. 15 bow season opened. I know my Sunshine loved to bow hunt. I think he loved to watch what animals came in, from bear, raccoons, etc. Those little chipmunks would chee-chee to him, and he just had to laugh. Yah know those Twin Cities news reporters are all wet. They say it’s to rain this day, and yah can guess it didn’t. I think they’re all wet. Talking with Jim Toll we find his son, Dave, was up for the weekend and baled all Jim’s second-crop hay. Saturday, Jim attended the reception for Paige Klassa and Kelly Kidder. They were married Sept. 15 at the Spooner Methodist church at 3 p.m. The reception was held at the Shell Lake Community Center. James and Violet Lawrence from Illinois were up as they have relatives in the Kidder family. Saturday, Jim attended the Charlie Hills’ auction. Talking with Sandy Redding we find her honey, Bernard, had a checkup, along with tests, to see if the chemo has helped shrink the tumor. Well, the doctor told him it had shrunk a little, so Bernard will be taking more treatments, two weeks on and one week off, taking only two treatments in two weeks. We’re certainly very happy for you Bernard and hope it will continue to go well. Sandy went to Eau Claire on Tuesday with her daughter, Dawn, coming to take her. She had retained some water so will be going back to the doctor for another checkup this week. Betty tells us her son, Carl, visited along with Kevin on Sunday. The Dewey Town Board met for their monthly meeting Sept. 11 at the Dewey Town Hall. It was brought to

the board that Bob and Lynn Smith’s driveway is dangerous. Before you get there it’s a hill, and coming over the hill you can’t stop that quick if a car is coming. It’s a dangerous intersection. The board will work on it. Discussion of the Sheely action was discussed, and the board voted to let him build a fence for his horse. Discussion of the Poquette Lake boating ordinance was held. After much discussion among the many people attending from Poquette Lake, the board listened and then Mark asked the people if they had reached a verdict. They replied they would like more time. So the board tabled the discussion until spring. Julie Carlson spoke about Poquette Lake saying their main goal was a clean lake. Also that cabin owners don’t have the right to vote. The owners do, however, pay taxes on their land on Poquette Lake. In concluding, she did say they would like a safe lake and they will now work on the issue. The Dewey Town Board will continue to work with the people. Road report was given by our road boss, Woody, and he tells us it’s been too dry to grade the roads. He said he has been doing some graveling. The roadsides have been mowed, and Woody and Jacob have been brushing by Rockaways. The board approved the monthly expenditures. The date for the next meeting is Oct. 9. Everyone welcome. Vicki Trott was over to her mom and dad’s Sunday playing cards. Jerry and Gretchen Best were at Gretchen’s cousin’s daughter, Michelle, and hubby Chris, in Corcoran, Minn., to their wedding on Saturday. They were married at a 4 p.m. wedding. The reception and dance was in Plymouth, Minn. Gretch tells us the church where they were married was just beautiful. It’s tomato-canning time at the Bests, and then they’re done. Did anyone get to see the “Celtic Thunder Heritage” on TV Sunday? Those guys from Ireland sure could sing. My daughter, Penny Ladd, sent the following: “Why God made Moms” and answered by second-graders. Why did God make mothers? 1. She’s the only one who knows where the Scotch tape is. 2. Mostly to clean the house. 3. To help us get out of there when we were getting born. How did God make mothers? 1. He used dirt, just like the rest of us. 2. Magic, plus superpowers and a lot of stirring. 3. God made my mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts. What ingredients are mothers made of? 1. God made mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean. 2. They had to get their start from men’s bones. Then I think mostly used string I think. I see a lot of farmers have done their corn chopping.

Butch and Loretta VanSelus attended the Shell Lake football game Friday night. Loretta says it was a little chilly. Dennis and Carrie Swan had a neighborhood get-together on Saturday with a number of people taking it in. Table Talk: Do you think the U.S. should pull all the U.S. troops out of the countries that hate the U.S.? Saturday, Garry and Beth Crosby attended the tractor pull in Reedsburg where they watched their grandson, Isaac, pull. Tom and Sunshine Crosby and daughters Josie and Alycia attended also, along with Chad and Ashley Crosby, Chase and Morgan. Remember Oct. 13 as that’s the date for the Clam River Tuesday Club fundraiser. They have lots of goodies for everyone. The event is from 6-10 p.m. Scatter sunshine! Have a great week!

Sunday, Aug. 30 At 1:15 a.m. Dennis D. Bunnell, 37, Superior, with passenger, Jason K. Moen, 35, Superior, hit a deer while driving southbound on Hwy. 70, one mile south of Hwy. 70.

The vehicle was towed. No injuries were reported. At 4:36 p.m. Kathryn A. Harrington, 61, Rice Lake, was southbound on Industrial Boulevard at the intersection of Industrial Drive, in Shell Lake, when a vehicle driven by Kenneth L. Anderson, 20, Comstock, stopped at a stop sign and then pulled out and hit Harrington’s vehicle. When the vehicle was hit, it rolled over, and Harrington was upside down in the vehicle until an officer cut the seat belt and helped her crawl out. Harrington was checked out by EMTs on the scene. Anderson was injured with difficulty breathing and was transported to the Shell Lake emergency room for medical attention. Both vehicles were towed with moderate damage. Anderson was issued a citation for failure to yield right of way from a stop sign.

Court news

Bradley M. Kent, Spooner, possession of drug paraphernalia, $299.00. Michael A. Lathrop, Superior, criminal trespass to dwelling, $243.00, probation, sent. withheld; battery, $163.00, probation, sent. withheld. William C. Linke, Shell Lake, battery, $3,233.21, probation, sent. withheld; disorderly conduct, $163.00, probation, sent. withheld.

Eric J. Mahutga, Sarona, criminal damage to property, $543.00, local jail, costs; disorderly conduct, $243.00, local jail, costs. Dustin E. Riley, Shell Lake, disorderly conduct, $243.00, probation, sent. withheld; bail jumping, $243.00, probation, sent. withheld; computer message threaten injury or harm, $243.00, local jail, costs; disorderly conduct, $243.00, probation, sent. withheld.

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Saturday, Aug. 29 At 7:02 p.m. Athony C. Schultz, 41, Shell Lake, was northbound at N1564 Shallow Lake Road in Sarona, when he hit a deer. Then Timothy D. Scalzo, 19, Shell Lake, ran over the deer with his motorcycle as he was following Schultz. The motorcycle went up end over end and crashed. Kelly E. Baumgartner, 52, Rice Lake, was driving behind the two of them and called 911. According to the reports, Scalzo had cuts and abrasions. Scalzo was transported for medical attention and the motorcycle was towed.

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Washburn County is accepting applications for the position of Volunteer Driver with the Unit on Aging. The Nonemergency Transportation Program provides services to the elderly, disabled and cancer patients who are unable to drive any longer or are without family or friends to assist in driving them to medical appointments. This position performs related work as required under the supervision of the Transportation Coordinator. Minimum Qualifications: Gradua-tion from a standard high school curriculum or equivalent. Valid Wisconsin Driver’s license and acceptable driving record required. Knowledge of Washburn County communities, roads and highways. Knowledge of and sensitivity toward the needs of the elderly and disabled citizens. Starting salary is $7.40 per hour. For an application go to the county Web site at or contact the Washburn County Personnel Department, P.O. Box 337, Shell Lake, WI 54871. Telephone: 715-468-4624, Fax: 715-468-4628 or e-mail Resumes will be accepted, but will not take the place of a completed application. Application 569250 4-5r deadline is 4:30 p.m. Thursday, September 27, 2012. E.O.E.


Washburn County is accepting applications for the position of Administrative Assistant I with the Department of Health and Human Services in Shell Lake. This position is responsible for performing varied administrative duties, typing, computer data entry and record keeping tasks. Minimum qualifications: Graduation from a standard high school curriculum or equivalent; and a combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the job duties. Experience in administrative work shall include data entry, knowledge of a variety of software including MS Office Suite, skill in the operation of office machines, computer keyboarding, and the ability to provide professional customer service to clients and staff. Starting salary is $14.95 - $15.36 per hour D.O.Q. For an application, visit the county Web site at, or contact the Washburn County Personnel Department at P.O. Box 337, Shell Lake, WI 54871. Tel.: 715-468-4624, Fax: 715-468-4628 or e-mail Resumes will be accepted, but will not take the place of a completed application. Application 569675 5-6r deadline is 4:30 p.m., Thursday, October 4, 2012. E.O.E.


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NOTICE OF ANNUAL DISTRICT MEETING (Section 120.98 {1}) Notice is hereby given to qualified electors of the School District of Shell Lake that the annual meeting of said district for the transaction of business, will be held in the library of the 3-12 building, 271 Highway 63, Shell Lake, Wisconsin, on Monday, the 24th day of September, 2012, at 7 p.m. Linda Nielsen, District Clerk 569493 4-5r


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Washburn County is accepting applications for the position of Full-time Equipment Operator and Temporary Full-time Equipment Operator with the Highway Department. Job duties include, but are not limited to: Operation of equipment, trucks of various sizes and weights and power equipment for the purposes of construction, maintenance and snow removal. Minimum Qualifications: Graduation from a standard high school curriculum or equivalent. Valid Wisconsin Driver’s license with appropriate class and endorsement required. Candidate must have knowledge of methods and materials used in the construction and maintenance of roads and possess the ability and skills required for effective operation of equipment. Starting salary is $18 - $20 per hour DOQ and includes excellent benefits package. For an application go to the county Web site at or contact the Washburn County Personnel Department, P.O. Box 337, Shell Lake, WI 54871 Tel.: 715-468-4624, Fax: 715-468-4628 or email Resumes will be accepted, but will not take the place of a completed application. Application deadline is 4:30 p.m. Thursday, September 27, 2012. E.O.E.


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PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth August 6, 1946, and date of death September 10, 2012, was domiciled in Washburn County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of P.O. Box 523, Shell Lake, WI 54871. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is Dec. 15, 2012. 5. A claim may be filed at the Washburn County Courthouse, Shell Lake, Wisconsin. Marilyn E. Benson Register in Probate September 12, 2012

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Proposal forms and specifications are on file and available upon request at the Office of the Washburn County Highway Department, Phone: 715635-4480, Fax: 715-635-4485. Bidders wishing to submit their bid by mail may do so at their own risk. The Highway Department is open Monday thru Thursday; mail/delivery service is not received on Friday. Bids received through mail by the Washburn County Highway Department later than the time set forth above will be returned unopened. The correct mailing address is Washburn County Highway Department, 1600 County Highway H, Spooner, WI 54801. The County reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids, to waive any technicalities and to select the bid proposal deemed most advantageous to the Washburn County Highway Department. Jon Johnson, Commissioner 569547 4-5r Washburn County Highway Department




Homecoming fun begins

Shell Lake teacher Pete Hopke crowns Allison Socha 2012 homecoming queen as Kayla Blazer and Jill Butenhoff watch. Socha and Isaac Cusick will reign over the week of homecoming. The homecoming dance on Saturday, Sept. 22, will cap off a week of activities.

Isaac Cusick was crowned 2012 Shell Lake homecoming king as David Brereton and Austin Williams watch.

Shell Lake held an all-school pep rally at the end of the Friday, Sept. 14, school day to kick off homecoming week. Students, staff and community members packed the gym to watch the cheerleaders and coronation of the king and queen. Shell Lake will play Flambeau in the homecoming football game on Friday, Sept 21. — Photos by Larry Samson

Fourth-annual community homecoming event this Friday

SHELL LAKE — Follow the Shell Lake homecoming parade to the 3-12 school on Friday, Sept. 21, and stop by the Shell Lake Education Foundation fourth-annual community homecoming tailgate dinner held in the grassy area adjacent to Reinhart-Moen Field. The parade begins at the Shell Lake Primary School at 5 p.m. The parade route will proceed from the primary school, down Reinhart Drive, and conclude at the high school, where the SLEF tailgate party will be in full swing. Grilled hamburgers or brats from Dahlstroms Lakeside Market or a hot dog served with chips, pickle,

cookie and drink will be available for a nominal fee. In the event of inclement weather, the meal will be held inside the Reinhart Commons. Drop a ticket into the popular chance raffle bag and listen during halftime to see if you are a winner. Funshaped pasta will be available for sale before the game and back by popular demand is the collection of past Shell Lake High School photos. Shell Lake citizens have enjoyed looking for pictures of themselves, classmates, old and new teachers, and family members. — from SLEF

Shell Lake Elementary to receive Wisconsin School of Recognition award

MADISON — State Superintendent Tony Evers announced 132 Wisconsin School of Recognition awards for the 2012-13 academic year, an honor that recognizes success in educating students from low-income families. “These schools are being recognized for their work to break the link between poverty and low academic achievement through rigorous programming and attention to student needs. Their efforts align with our Agenda 2017 goals: to improve graduation rates, reduce dropout rates, and close college and career readiness gaps,” stated Evers. Shell Lake Elementary will receive a plaque for the fifth year at an Oct. 2 awards ceremony held at the state Capitol and will also receive $1,000 for use by the school. The schools receiving awards have some of the highest poverty rates in the state based on free and reducedprice school lunch data. Student achievement in reading and mathematics was above average for schools from similarly sized districts, schools, grade configurations and poverty levels. All award-winning schools receive federal Title I funding to provide services to high numbers or high percentages of economically disadvantaged children. “The staff and administration of these schools are committed to forging partnerships among teachers, parents, administrators, other school staff members and the community to create an educational environment that supports children’s learning,” Evers said. “They under-

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stand the importance of working together to ensure that every child graduates ready for college and careers.” Other area schools to receive recognition are Birchwood Elementary School; Frederic Elementary School for the sixth year; Hayward Community Intermediate School and middle school; and Webster Elementary School for the fourth time and middle school for the sixth. — from WDPI

Save those box tops and milk caps

SHELL LAKE — You can earn money for the Shell Lake School every day by spending just a few minutes in the kitchen collecting milk caps and box tops. Year-round, the Shell Lake PTA collects Boxtops for Education and the Give ‘Em Five milk caps. These items may be dropped off at Dahlstroms Lakeside Market, Shell Lake State Bank and Vitality Village, in addition to the primary school and the 3-12 school building. Money raised goes back to the students in the form of donations for class field trips, book giveaways, PTA carnival and bringing Prairie Fire Theatre to the area. — with information from The Laker

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Last call for 2011-2012 yearbooks

SHELL LAKE — Parents, students and community members, get your yearbook. The Shell Lake Yearbook Committee worked very hard to produce a fun and exciting book filled with school year highlights, special events and a whole lot of candid snapshots of seventh- through 12th-graders. Yearbook sales for the 2011-2012 Lakonian will be available until Friday, Sept. 21, from 11 a.m.-noon, in the high school commons. The last call for purchase is Friday, Sept. 21 at the Shell Lake Education Foundation tailgate party. — from Shell Lake Yearbook Committee

Annual district meeting to be held

SHELL LAKE — The 2012 annual meeting of the Shell Lake School District will be held Monday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m., in the 3-12 school library. All interested citizens are encouraged to attend. — from SLSD

School menus

Breakfast Monday, Sept. 24: Juice, cereal, toast. Tuesday, Sept. 25: Fruit, sausage patty, French toast stick. Wednesday, Sept. 26: Cheese omelet, juice. Thursday, Sept. 27: Fruit, pancake. Friday, Sept. 28: Juice, yogurt, toast. Lunch Monday, Sept. 24: Potato bowl with chicken, corn, fresh fruit, dinner roll. Tuesday, Sept. 25: Sandwich bar, fresh veggies, fresh fruit. Wednesday, Sept. 26: Taco, refried beans, fresh veggies, fresh fruit. Thursday, Sept. 27: Corn dog, macaroni and cheese, fresh veggies, fresh fruit. Friday, Sept. 28: BBQ on bun, chips, pickles, green beans, brussels sprouts, fresh fruit. Breakfast served each day for K-12 students.

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Barronett’s Colorfest FAR LEFT: Isabella Neitzel loves hot dogs, but when you are so small they are very challenging. The 2012 Barronett Colorfest enjoyed three days of beautiful fall weather. The event ran from Friday, Sept. 14, through Sunday, Sept. 16. Barronett Civic Club hosts Colorfest, and the entire town shows up to help. CENTER: Logan Arnes, 2-1/2, is giving it his all on this John Deere pull tractor in the kids pedal tractor pull on Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Barronett Colorfest. It was a great time for children of all ages. RIGHT: Lucas Arnes took first place in the 4 and under class in the pedal pull. His only complaint was that he had to drive a John Deere. — Photos by Larry Samson









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