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Wednesday, April 20, 2016 Vol. 127, No. 36 • Shell Lake, Wis.

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Lockdown at Shell Lake Schools

SHELL LAKE - A lockdown alarm was activated at the Shell Lake 3-12 School on the morning of Tuesday, April 12, according to Shell Lake Police Chief Dave Wilson. He assured that all students and staff were safe. Several law enforcement agencies responded and cleared the school. The alarm source was determined to be an electrical/technical mal-

function. Staff and students were able to return to their normal schedule. Wilson stated that the incident proved to be a good drill for all involved and that appropriate correction to the alarm system will be made. — with information from the Shell Lake Police Department

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Several law enforcement agencies responded when a lockdown alarm was activated at the Shell Lake 3-12 School on Tuesday, April 12. — Photo by Larry Samson

Appointment time line released

Danielle Danford | Staff writer SPOONER - Despite the recent election, one seat on the Spooner School Board remains vacant, that of former board President John Hedlund who resigned on March 21. According to a district news release, five people submitted applications to be considered for the position. They are Tasha Hagberg, Chad Gibson, Jim Dienstl, Erin Burch and Vicki

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Anderson. On Monday, April 18, during the school board’s regular monthly meeting, the board will review those applications. The board will not select the appointed candidate until a special board meeting on Monday, May 2, at 5 p.m. in the Spooner High School auditorium. Monday, May 16, will be the appointed member’s first regular school board meeting. 

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WASHBURN COUNTY - Washburn County road bans were lifted on Monday, April 18. Roadways where bans are no longer in effect are: CTH BB from CTH B to the Sawyer County line; CTH E from Hwy. 63 south and west to CTH M; CTH F from Hwy. 63 west to Swanson Road; CTH F from Hwy. 53 west to CTH K; CTH F loop from CTH K to Hwy. 77; CTH G from Hwy. 77 north to Douglas County line; CTH I from Hwy. 77 to end; CTH M from Hwy. 70 north to Hwy. 63; CTH M from Stanberry Road north to Hwy. 77; CTH P from CTH B to CTH D. The Washburn County Highway Department does not have jurisdiction over town roads and/or their weight limits. Please contact the town directly in regard to township roadway weight limit questions. — from WCHD



Spooner students learn from international culinary chef

Students in the Spooner after-school program listen to chef Peter Kwong’s presentation Friday, April 15, while they have a snack of pineapple, strawberries and gelatin. Kwong encouraged the students to share what they learned with their families.

Photos by Danielle Danford

Nikki Halverson, AmeriCorps member, helps peel tangerines for the salad that chef Peter Kwong prepared using the ingredients the program had on hand, in a spin-off of the TV show “Iron Chef.”

Peter Kwong, international culinary chef and consultant, asks students in the Spooner after-school program how to cut a pineapple. Kwong gave several presentations to students in the Spooner School District on Friday, April 15.

Autumn Rygg, sixth grade, and Jasmine, seventh grade, try some of the salad created by Peter Kwong using limited ingredients.

Chef Peter Kwong reacts to some of the responses students gave for how they hold a knife. Part of his presentation included a discussion on how to safely hold and cut with a knife.

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County coroner resigns, appointment process under way Danielle Danford | Staff writer SHELL LAKE - In Wisconsin, 29 counties have elected county coroners, Washburn County among them. The county coroner is called if a death appears to be due to unnatural causes. Jason Sebens was elected as Washburn County coroner in 2015, but recently submitted his letter of resignation effective May 1. Sebens cited taking on additional work duties for his resignation. This was Sebens’ first term as Washburn County coroner after being elected in 2015 to a

three-year term. According to state statute, the governor has the authority to appoint a person to fill the position for the remainder of the term. In this case, Sebens’ term lasts until the end of 2018. Lolita Olson, Washburn County clerk/administrative coordinator, states that she has already been contacted by the Office of Constituent Services who notified her that the typical two-month process to fill the position will start soon. That process involves ads for the positon to be published locally and statewide

to get applicants. Interviews will then take place in Madison with the final candidate recommended to the governor, who then makes the decision to appoint. In the meantime, Sebens has indicated to the county that he will continue to help out as needed. “We would have coverage through his deputy coroners as well,” said Olson. She added that according to state statute 59.37, Washburn County Judge Eugene Harrington can empower any citizen to provide the services as coroner when

there is a vacancy. In Wisconsin over half of the state’s 72 counties favor a certified coroner or medical examiner system. Counties with an elected coroner have no certification requirements. Some see the certified coroner or medical examiner system as more costly because the county employs the individual who carries one or more certifications.

Refresh and renew your home this month at WRHFH Restore SPOONER/ST. CROIX FALLS - This April shoppers and donors at the Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity ReStore in St. Croix Falls can get a jump-start on spring cleaning while supporting Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity’s mission to help local Habitat homeowners build or improve a place they can call home. Residents can shop or donate items ranging from appliances, furniture and home goods to cabinets, lighting and building

products. To celebrate the new season, the first 25 customers to purchase or donate a wood-based product from Thursday through Saturday, April 21-23, will receive a free surprise. This is in celebration of Earth Day. Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home-improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, build-

ing materials and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Proceeds from Habitat ReStores help build, rehabilitate and repair homes locally. ReStores rely on your donations to keep the stores stocked, so if you are a business or individual that has extra stuff that you are wondering what to do with, think about donating it to the ReStore near you. Volunteers are the main source of labor to accept donations, prepare the items for

sale and in some cases are even the cashiers who help you with your purchase. If you are looking for something to occupy your free time, looking to learn a new skill or wanting to give back to your community, be sure to check out the opportunities at your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore. - from WRHFH

County veterans service officers receive training KENOSHA - County veterans service officers converged on Kenosha the week of April 11 for their semiannual training conference. These conferences are held twice per year as continuing education to maintain accreditation with multiple veterans service organizations for CVSOs and their staff. It is crucial to the success of the offices that operate in all 72 counties in Wisconsin. More than 100 CVSOs and staff attended the weeklong event which began Monday, April 11. The opening ceremony kicked off with a posting of the colors by the Kenosha Area Vietnam veterans and a big welcome from Kenosha County executive Jim Kreuser who emphasized the important role of the CVSO serving veterans and their dependents at the county level. The ceremony also included Duane Honeycutt, the director of the Veterans

Administration Milwaukee Regional Office, who works closely with the CVSOs in the state. There was also a Vietnam Commemoration Ceremony where Honeycutt presented each Vietnam-era CVSO with a pin and certificate in appreciation for their service. All the major players in the VA benefit delivery business in Wisconsin were in attendance. They included representatives from the VA Milwaukee Regional Offices of Compensation, Pension and Information/Technology; VA Medical Center representatives from Milwaukee, Madison, Tomah and Minneapolis; Judge Piontek, Veterans Treatment Court; Center for Veterans Issues; Wisconsin Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca and many more. One presenter, Katrina Eagle from Veterans Law Office, flew in from San Diego, Calif., to train the members on VA law

and appeals. The semiannual training has paid off through the years as CVSOs have been instrumental in increasing VA benefits 354 percent, from total benefits in 2002 of $847 million to $2.6 billion in 2014. County veterans service offices are responsible for 95 percent of the 9,042 claims currently pending at the VA Regional Office in Milwaukee, submitting over 25,000 claims to the VA each year. Bill Rosenau, CVSO association president, stated that the CVSOs and the CVSO Association can expect two huge statistical “whale curves” of veterans and their dependents, stemming from the longest period of war in our nation’s history, to occur in the next 20 years. “We are their trained professional advocates at the local level ready to assist our fellow veterans. The local access model is an established delivery system that works,

is cost efficient and provides professional advice, assistance and veteran-focused representation at the county level,” Rosenau said. The CVSO Association of Wisconsin stands ready to work with any agency or stakeholder willing to passionately assist veterans and their families at the local level in Wisconsin for the incredible sacrifices they have made to our country and state. — from CVSO


SPOONER - Dawn Olson, coordinator of the recent blood drive in Spooner, has noted that the correct number of units of blood collected should have read 112 rather than the 1,112 that was reported. — WCR

Shell Lake Arts Center announces new summer programs SHELL LAKE - Shell Lake Arts Center proudly announces three new summer programs this year for youth and adults. Whether you are a seasoned pro or a beginner, these camps and workshops offer fun and the chance to learn new skills – no experience necessary.  Improv acting camp: June 12-17, with instructor Amber Dernbach: Open to students graduating grades 6-12. Say yes to improv acting camp. A weeklong course in improvisation in the atmosphere of Shell Lake will provide students with a safe space to develop a new performance skill and actively create each day.  Dernbach’s improvisation students learn to train their brains to focus only on the moment being played. They learn how to cite world events and local politics in the same breath. They learn how to forge a community out of mutual labor and respect. Comedy, or being funny, is a byproduct.

Brass Instrument Repair workshop:  June 12-17, with professor Steve Prescott, DMA: Open to adults 18 and over. Learn how to diagnose repair problems on brass instruments, acquire knowledge of specific tools used to repair them and gain fundamental repair skills.  Take for credit through the University of St. Thomas or take for fun.  The curriculum and methodology for this class have been designed in consultation with the national standards for arts education. Concert band ensemble camp:  July 17-22, with master concert band instructors. Open to students graduating grades 6-12. Concert band ensemble camp is an opportunity for students to perform in ensembles of like instruments and instrument families – brass choir, woodwind choir, percussion ensembles.  Depending on instrumentation, a symphonic ensemble, similar to a band but often one on a part for solo opportunities, may

Amber Dernbach will instruct the improv acting camp at Shell Lake Arts Center June 12-17. — Photos submitted

Shell Lake Arts Center has several camps planned for the summer of 2016.

be formed. Students will participate in electives such as world music and music composition.  Highlights of the week include performances by the arts center’s distinguished faculty, student recitals, and the culminating final concert on Friday night. Students also enjoy various social and recreational activities throughout the week.  Students may attend concert band camp and concert band ensemble camp.  Literature and electives offered

will be different for each camp. These camps are filling up fast, so register now to avoid missing out on the experience of a lifetime this summer. Visit their website at shelllakeartscenter. org or call 715-468-2414 for more information. — from SLAC


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Our excellent law enforcement

My wife and I recently built a new home in the rural area of Washburn County and have been enjoying getting our home, yard and garden established. Last week as we were in and out to town getting groceries and garden stuff, our home, unfortunately, happened to be in the path of a group of criminals on a spree of drinking and mayhem. My wife returned home and came face to face with one of the thieves who had busted in the front door. He was startled and fled the home, giving her time to call 911. The dispatcher took information from her and spoke with her until law enforcement arrived in a matter of minutes. There were Spooner Police officers, Washburn

County Sheriff’s deputies, state patrol troopers and Wisconsin DNR agents searching the area around our home looking for the thieves when I got home from the hardware store. It appeared that while my wife was calling 911, the criminals had found keys to my work vehicle and fled with over $50,000 worth of tools and equipment, and were gone. When law enforcement was notified of the missing vehicle, they immediately expanded the search, and within a half-hour, reports were coming in from Barron and Polk counties law enforcement agencies. By the end of the day, all of the stolen property was recovered and most of the thieves were in custody. My wife and I

Gov. Scott Walker’s recent directive to state agencies asking for more cooperation regarding open records leaves me puzzled. This unexpected change comes after Walker’s Department of Administration and the finance committee worked hand-in-hand placing changes that restrict open records into last summer’s budget bill. Why did the DOA specifically ask finance for variations in the “Wisconsin Idea” from the University of Wisconsin System’s mission statement? Why such drastic law changes in a budget bill? Our government should be working for us, not against us, limiting our access. Is it wrong for our taxpayers who place this enormous amount of trust in our officials to ask for openness and transparency? We should be asking difficult questions and follow up through records. Just like a puzzle, the picture is not in place unless we have access to each piece. Retrieving records has changed as technology allows storage in many new formats, as many records are now stored only in the electronic format. An example of technology was revealed several years ago when a request showed several school board members were having

a private conversation electronically during the open board meeting before voting. I believe we should all know the conversations that are taking place when a decision is made. We consistently hear officials boast about transparency although they get silent when a record is requested. Some ignore the requester, putting the requester in a position to either drop the issue or follow up requiring legal action. Some cases have shown that the custodian of records deleted the files after the request was made, claiming the items no longer exist. In some counties audio and video recordings of some meetings can be purchased while sometimes an edited version is put online. Documents can be obtained for a fee, but the cost charged is inconsistent. Getting a copy at our county clerk’s office will be 25 cents per page. The clerk of courts office, on the other hand, states they do not need to follow the county plan and will charge $2 per page. Technology is now advanced to where a cell phone can scan a document requiring no staff time or handling of the material, but a sign is conveniently displayed stating no cameras allowed. It appears that obtaining copies

Talking with fourth-graders


or many fourth-graders in southern and central Wisconsin, spring means a trip to the state Capitol as part of the required study of Wisconsin’s geography, history, culture and government. For most northern schools, a trip to Madison is not possible, so I do my best to bring the state Capitol to them. In the last few weeks I’ve visited with Alex Johnson’s students at Cooper Elementary in Superior, Rebecca Ness’ class at Cameron Elementary and Donna Bell’s students at Northwoods Elementary in Minong. Seeing so many engaged students and their excellent teachers helps me understand why local voters backed so many referendum questions for our schools at the spring election this year.  It is encouraging to know that the people I represent value public education so much that they are willing to make up for steep state cuts with local property tax dollars. It was also encouraging to see the governor take the time to come to a part of the state that all too often gets the short end of the stick when it comes to state funding.  At an event in Rice Lake, the governor signed a bill which provides limited incentives for new teachers to choose rural schools.  While I’m glad the governor made the trip, I wish he came bearing more. The bill he signed, AB 793, will provide a small amount of loan forgiveness, but only for newly hired teachers.  Unfortunately, the bill won’t help teachers already working in rural areas or school districts that

Gov. Walker’s directive

State Senate 25th District Janet Bewley aren’t hiring new teachers. And it does nothing to help alleviate the steep cuts to our schools that makes it harder and harder to keep or attract experienced teachers. Gov. Walker used devastating cuts to public schools to balance his first budget.  And in the four years following those cuts our communities lost 85 teachers. In the last few years, voters across northern Wisconsin have passed referendum after referendum in support of their schools.  Following those votes the governor and the Legislature seemed to realize the need to address that weakness.  His recent budget did contain a small increase, on paper, for public schools. But his claim that our public schools will be receiving more from the state isn’t true.  The state budget adopted last summer provides less than 1 percent more for children in Wisconsin’s public schools than the 2009-2010 budget.  Worse yet, that tiny increase is erased by a new policy inserted into the same budget to pay unaccountable voucher school operators with

are well aware that situations like ours do not always end this way, and we are happy that everything worked out as well as it has, but our gratitude is more specifically directed to the immediate, dedicated and courteous attitude of all of the law enforcement agents, officers, deputies and troopers that were involved in our case. We have peace of mind because law enforcement is on the job. GE Spooner Editor’s note: In light of the circumstances outlined in the letter, we agreed to withhold the full name of the author.

is a new form of tax to the citizen who dares to ask for openness and transparency. By statute, the responsibility of enforcement is left to district attorneys, the attorney general’s office or a private attorney. With the attorney general’s office handling only state agency cases and the elected district attorney claiming not to have the expertise or resources for such investigations, the requester is required to hire a private attorney to enforce the laws of the state. I applaud Walker for directing state agencies to be more cooperative in allowing access to public documents. I challenge Walker to use his influence with the Legislature to establish a consistent and statewide fee structure and add criminal penalties for deleting records after a request is made. Also, the people shouldn’t have to bear the brunt of the expense of getting our government officials to follow the law. Paul Johnson Spooner

aid diverted directly out of public schools. This means that tens of millions of our tax dollars are hijacked along the way and delivered instead to voucher schools. The 2015-2016 state budget gives at least 21 percent more per student to voucher school operators than it does to public schools.  What do taxpayers in the north get for our dollars diverted to voucher school?  Nothing that I know of. They certainly don’t get accountability.  Voucher operators still do not have to account for their achievement, their safety or their quality nearly as much as public schools do. It’s time to stop handing state tax dollars to unaccountable voucher operators who’ve gotten an 89-percent increase in state tax dollars over three budgets at the expense of our public schools.  It’s time to stop forcing hardworking taxpayers to make up for state cuts to vital schools with property taxes.  And it’s time to stop claiming we’re sending more to public schools when voucher operators get to hijack public tax dollars along the way. The governor and my Republican colleagues continue to talk the talk of supporting public schools.  It will take more than an occasional trip to northern Wisconsin or a handful of inconsequential bills to prove that they mean what they say.  The fourth-graders learning in classrooms in Minong and Cameron, in Rice Lake and Park Falls, in all our schools, deserve better than what they’re getting.

Spring cleanup warning issued Danielle Danford | Staff writer NORTHWEST WISCONSIN - Spring is here and spring cleanup time with it, but the Burnett County AODA Prevention Coalition shared a warning for groups out cleaning roadsides this spring. The BCAAPC reports that there has been an increase of meth use in the area, which includes the “shake ‘n’ bake” method. The shake ‘n’ bake is a method used to make methamphetamine mainly in plastic bottles, like those used for sodas

or water. Some disposed of bottles will have tubes coming out of them, but some don’t. All of them will have residue inside from the chemicals used to make methamphetamine. Once the bottles are used to make the drug they are disposed of, often in roadside ditches. “Please be careful, don’t touch them, and just let law enforcement know if you come upon anything like it,” said the BCAAPC.

Examples of what disposed of shake ‘n’ bake bottles look like were shared to aid identification of these bottles. — Photos submitted


AREA NEWS AT A GLANCE MADISON - Wisconsin Lottery officials remind players to be alert about lotteryrelated scams. There is currently a scam being sent via email that claims the recipient has won a large sum of money.  The lottery does not know who winners are until they come forward – it does not contact players by phone, email or letter saying they’ve won. Lottery scams often involve telling consumers they have won, but need to send a processing fee or divulge personal information like credit card or Social Security numbers.  The Wisconsin Lottery does not require fees when winners claim a prize, they would not ask for personal information over the telephone or in an email. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. 

Wisconsin Lottery officials say consumers should be aware of the potential scams and use caution if they are contacted about winning a lottery prize. If you get a questionable phone call, email or letter, contact the lottery’s Player Hotline at 608266-7777.  Wisconsin residents who want to file a consumer complaint about a lottery scam can do so through the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.  Complaints can be filed online at or a complaint form can be requested by calling the state’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-422-7128. — from Wisconsin Lottery Communications ••• RICE LAKE - Wrestling fans, mark

Daisy Troops donate to humane society

April 11 - $35 Jerry/Rose Sexton, Shell Lake April 12 - $35 Ron/Marie Duchesneau, New Brighton, Minn. April 13 - $35 Carly Moline, Birchwood April 14 - $35 Den Boland, Shell Lake April 15 - $35 Joe Sienko, Spooner

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On Wednesday, April 6, at approximately 4:20 a.m., Christy Haupt, 40, Spooner, was southbound on CTH K, from Pair O’ Lakes Road in the Town of Trego, when she lost control of the 1998 Ford F-150 truck she was driving in the fresh snow and slush. The vehicle went into the east-side ditch line, rolled on its side and came to rest upright. Haupt may have been injured, but was not medically transported. The truck had moderate damage to the front, middle and rear passenger side and was towed. On Wednesday, April 6, at approximately 7 a.m., Dawn Everson, 35, Shell Lake, was eastbound on CTH J just west of Hwy. 63 in the Town of Barronett when she lost control of the 2004 Ford Escape she was driving on the ice-covered road. The vehicle crossed over to the opposite lane, hitting a tree and a mailbox before coming to a rest. Everson may have been injured but was not medically transported. The vehicle

Register memories 1956 – 60 Years Ago

• The Shell Lake Fire Department was called to the Franklin Means home to extinguish a chimney fire. • A group of friends held a surprise housewarming for Mr. and Mrs. Jack Porter. • The PTA carnival held in Shell Lake was a success. The winners of the king and queen contest were Arnold LeMoine and Janice Spaulding, from the Bashaw School; and Barbara Rohlick and Larry Johnson of the Shell Lake fifth grade. Prizewinners in the $5 cash drawing were Mrs. Elmo Smith, Marie Kennedy, Mary Ellen Lemke, Richard Desjardins and David Stodola. • A wedding shower was held at the Roosevelt School in honor of Jack Graf and Barbara Kanawas.

1966 – 50 Years Ago

Temperatures recorded at Spooner Ag Research Station

fered severe, irreversible brain damage at the hand of her husband nearly four years ago, died at Dove Healthcare in Barron on Saturday, April 9. She was 43 years old. Troy Birkenmeier, Witkowski’s ex-husband, was sentenced in Barron County Circuit Court in 2013 to 10 years in prison followed by 10 years on extended supervision for first-degree reckless injury. He was initially charged with attempted firstdegree intentional homicide. The couple was arguing the night of June 24, 2012, in their New Auburn home. The fight escalated to Birkenmeier hitting Witkowski’s head repeatedly against the wooden floor until she lost consciousness. Witkowski’s 12-year-old daughter ran to the house of a neighbor who called 911. Her 15-year-old son was also home at the time. Witkowski remained in a coma for seven months, but the extent of her injuries kept her in a nursing home for the rest of her life. She died on Birkenmeier’s 31st birthday. — from the Rice Lake Chronotype


Daisy Troops 4393 and 4387 are working hard on earning badges for community service. They recently made tie blankets to donate to the animals of the Washburn County Humane Society. Shown back row (L to R): Ellianna Lauterbach, Abby Brock, Ella Kostner, Ariel Macone and Chloe Hanson. Front: Lilly Quinton and Indy Brown. — Photo by Jane Lauterbach

Shell Lake Lions Calendar Winners

your calendars for Saturday, May 7, for Controlled Chaos. Minnesota Pro Wrestling returns to Rice Lake for an evening of intense, action-packed entertainment for all ages. The fun and excitement will be in Rice Lake at the Elks Hall, located at 36 East Eau Claire St. Doors open at 6 p.m., wrestling begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door only. The event will feature raffles and a drawing for a boys and girls bike and additional prizes. Wrestlers appearing include Butchie Davis, Mountain Man Mike, Gregg Hurtz, Dirty Ernie, Damo Knight, Petey Brown, Boardman, Jeff Standards, Darkchild and Hassan Payne, all pro wrestling stars, with additional performers added right up to bell time. Further information can be obtained by contacting Curt Otterholt, 763-250-0698 or email at — from Rice Lake Elks ••• BARRON - Stacy Witkowski, who suf-

• Members of the United Methodist Church in Shell Lake dedicated an addition to their building. • At the reorganizational meeting of the Shell Lake City Council, Nolan Penning, representing the 3rd Ward, was a unanimous choice to retain his position as president of the council. • A benefit card party for the Fred Falkners was held at the Cecil Toll home and was sponsored by the St. Mary’s Circle. • John Forrestal Jr. spent a 30-day furlough with relatives in the area. He had spent the past several months with the U.S. Army in Germany. After the furlough he was scheduled to go to Vietnam.

1976 – 40 Years Ago

• Oran A. Plahn, 78, a resident of Shell Lake since 1901, was selected by the Shell Lake Chamber of Commerce as the Citizen of the Year. • Specials at Dahlstroms Food Center and Locker Plant included Rich’s frozen bread dough, five 1-pound loaves, 89¢;

had very severe damage to the front, front passenger side, top of the vehicle, front driver side and middle passenger side. The vehicle was towed. On Saturday, April 9, at approximately 5 a.m., James Lengyel, 19, Augusta, was northbound on Hwy. 53, near the Hwy. 63 off ramp in the city of Spooner, when he swerved to avoid hitting a deer with the 2000 GMC Yukon he was driving. Lengyel swerved into the left lane, overcorrected back into the right lane and flipped the vehicle. Lengyel may have been injured and was treated by EMTs at the scene. The vehicle had severe damage to the middle passenger side, front passenger side, front, front driver side and middle driver side. The vehicle was towed. — Danielle Danford with information from the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office

compiled by Suzanne Johnson Generation bathroom tissue, 4-roll package, 65¢; and Reynolds 20-foot roll broiler foil, 39¢. • Jane Wallner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wallner, Shell Lake, was the recipient of the DAR Good Citizen’s Award, sponsored by the Wisconsin Society, Daughters of the American Revolution. • Pastor Ken Benson, former Minnesota Vikings player, was the guest speaker at the Full Gospel Church’s Easter Sunday service.

1986 – 30 Years Ago

• Attending the Wisconsin Hospital Association Auxiliary district meeting in Ladysmith were Gina Lewis, state chair of intergovernmental education, and Rudene Krueger, Mary Dinnies, Amy Monson and Myke Mercier. • Graduating from Head Start were Bo Estes, Barbara Featherly, Brandon Dahlstrom, Sarah Dahlstrom, Becky Ullom, Melissa Bachler, Tania Smith, Danielle Todd, Zachary Nelson, Derrick Tinsley, Crystal Walker, Michelle Stauffer, Bonny Johnson, Mike Allard, Dani Mortensen, Josh Paffel, Tara Olson, Danny Lux, Jeff Hamblin and Rachel Osborne. • Mary Dinnies and Myke Mercier conducted hearing tests on youngsters that would be entering kindergarten in the fall. The tests were done through the Promoting Education Assessment and Child Health Program and were conducted at Salem Lutheran Church. • Terraceview Living Center Administrator Lin Weathers presented the Lee Regenauer Award for outstanding volunteer service to Jane Winton.

1996 – 20 Years Ago

• Piano students of Dory Hartwig presented their recital at the United Methodist Church in Shell Lake. Performing were Rhiannon White, Kip Reynolds, Cassie Olson, Kelsey Bennett, Matthew Pesko, Bethany Walker, Katrina Algers,

Tera Reynolds, Michael Pesko, Abby Reynolds, Chad Schrankel, Colleen Mock, Tracy Oostdyk, Laura Swan, Kate Pederson and Tabitha Talbert. • Members of the Shell Lake Student Council were Emily Erwin, Haylee Hall, Colleen Mock, Andy Schindeldecker, Sharon Swearingen and Nicole Zeug. • Brian Schilling and Chad Greene, both of Shell Lake, were among top finishers in the annual Math Field Day held at the University of Wisconsin - Superior. Schilling was among the top finishers in the plane geometry event and Greene in the probability and statistics event. • Named Shell Lake Schools Students of the Month were seventh-grader Stephanie Williams; eighth-grader Emalee Olson, freshman Kelly Benzer, sophomore Dan Greene, junior Tyler Pockat and senior Jenny Donatell.

2006 – 10 Years Ago

• After a five-year absence, the Miss Shell Lake pageant made a return. Coordinators of the chamber-sponsored event were Joahna Guggenberger, Crystal Java, Corrine Hill and Alana Harrington. Crowned Miss Shell Lake was Katie Grocke. Jaci Pfluger was first princess and the most photogenic. Jamie Hanson was second princess and Priscilla Morris was named Miss Congeniality. • June Wickman retired after working a total of 40 years at Indianhead Medical Center. • Jim Campbell, phy ed instructor and coach at Shell Lake Schools, was chosen most influential staff member by NUE Outstanding Student Max Smith. Both were honored at the NUE banquet held in Rice Lake. • Deb Nebel organized a Basic Obedience class for dogs to raise money for the Washburn County Relay For Life.


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“Beach Music” by Pat Conroy Review by Susan Hansen, Shell Lake


hen I heard last month of the death of Pat Conroy, “one of America’s best-selling authors,”, I explored the story of this man. A Facebook link brought me to a deep C-Span interview Conroy provided to “Book TV” a few years ago. The first of seven children born into a military family, Pat Conroy was the victim of his father’s violence and abuse from a young age.  This history helped shape much of his writing. 

Intrigued, I chose one of his books and dove in.  This may sound like a depressing book but it was full of laughter, hope and peace.  The epic story is told through expatriate Jack McCall, single father to 10-year-old Leah.  Jack took his daughter and fled his childhood home in South Carolina after his wife, Charlotte, died of suicide when Leah was a toddler.  Fast-forward 10 years as the book opens to Jack receiving an emergency telegram from home that his dying mother wants him to return with her granddaughter to her bedside.   Back in South Carolina, Jack grapples with memories of his youth and hears the private stories from his elders’ lives; World War II, the suffering of Jews, Viet-

nam War protests, and mental illness, all told the stories of rising from the pits, facing demons, the power of family, and finding love as they strove to do their best. Conroy is a gifted writer who paints a picture of Southern life, family dynamics and survival … at times bringing the reader to laughter and tears. He deserves the praise and regret expressed upon his passing. He is remembered as a master writer who used his tortured life to tell stories.


Thursday, April 21 • Shell Lake PTA meeting, 6:30 p.m., in the 3-12 school library. Baby-sitting available. • Washburn County Historical Society Board of Directors meeting,  4 p.m., Hewitt Building, Shell Lake Museum Complex. Public is welcome. For more information, call 715-468-2982. Friday, April 22 • Dining at 5, Birchwood Senior Citizens Center. Call 715-354-3001, 24 hours in advance to make reservation. Saturday, April 23 • Spooner United Methodist Rummage Sale, 312 Elm St., 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. • Sucker fishing contest. Judging is at 5 p.m. VFW Post 10568 N8595 CTH M, Springbrook. For more information, call 715-766-2128. • 17th-annual Regional Hospice Services Spring Fling Gala, Tesora Northwoods Crossing, Siren. 5 p.m. social hour with silent auction, games, raffles. 7 p.m. entertainment.  8 p.m.  grand-prize raffle drawing. All proceeds go to Regional Hospice. To reserve dinner tickets or to purchase raffle tickets, please call, 715-635-9077. Wednesday, April 27 • Free community supper, 4-6 p.m., St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 220 Elm St., Spooner. Thursday, April 28 • Shell Lake American Legion meeting, 6:30 p.m., Shell Lake Veterans Hall, 408 1st St. • Shell Lake VFW meeting, 7 p.m., Shell Lake Veterans Hall, 408 1st St. • Free seminar, Living Well with Memory Loss and Brain Change, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Department of Natural Resources conference room, Spooner. Registration is required, please call ADRC at 715-635-4460 or email trisha. Respite is also available during the seminar if needed.



Friday, April 29 • Smelt and fish fry, 4-7 p.m., Shell Lake/Spooner Masonic Lodge in Shell Lake. Saturday, April 30 • Free community breakfast, 7-10 a.m., First United Pentecostal Church, 337 Greenwood Ave., Spooner. All welcome. Donations accepted.


Monday, May 2 • Shell Lake/Spooner Masonic Lodge 221 meeting, 7 p.m. at the lodge. • Indianhead Community Health Care Inc. spring dinner meeting, Lakeview Bar and Grill, Shell Lake. Social time 5:30 p.m.; meal served at 6 p.m. Please RSVP by Thursday, April 28, to Suzanne at the Washburn County Register newspaper office, 715-468-2314, or email news@ • Dining at 5, Minong Senior Center. Call 715-466-4448 for reservations 24 hours in advance. Tuesday, May 3 • Shell Lake High School pops concert, 7 p.m., 3-12 School. Wednesday, May 4 • Washburn County HCE spring luncheon 11:30 a.m. at Tracks in Spooner. Bring food pantry donations. • As part of National Day of Prayer a Youth Rally for area students grades 7-12 will be held at Northern Lakes Community Church in Cumberland, 7:30 p.m. Speaker will be Nathan Holmes. Thursday, May 5 • As part of National Day of Prayer a prayer breakfast will be held at the Cumberland Methodist Church at 7 a.m. Local leaders will share their experiences. • Northwest Wisconsin Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, 1 p.m., lower level at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Shell Lake.

• National Day of Prayer gathering at Timberland Lutheran Church, 7 p.m. Wake Up America is this year’s theme. Participants are encouraged to attend and pray for this country. Topic speakers will be Government: Rep. Romaine Quinn; Military: Major Chris Belfeld, Air Force; Media: Larry Samson, Washburn County Register reporter/photographer; and other inspirational leaders of the community. • Aphasia Group, 10-11:30 a.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, Spooner. Call 715-520-7999. • Free community meal, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 409 Summit, Spooner, 4-6 p.m. All welcome. Donations accepted. • All area nurses are invited to a Nurses Week celebration, 5:30 p.m., United Methodist Church, 312 Elm St., Spooner. Northern Waters Parish Ministry will sponsor supper followed by a meeting about parish nursing. No reservations required. Saturday, May 7 • Rummage sale at Faith Lutheran Church, W7148 Luther Road, Spooner, 8 a.m. to noon. Monday, May 9 • Shell Lake fifth- through eighth-grades pops concert, 7 p.m., 3-12 School. • Dining at 5, Friendship Commons, Shell Lake. Call 715-468-4750 for reservations 24 hours in advance. Tuesday, May 10 • Moms Club meets at Faith Lutheran, Spooner, 10 a.m. • Shell Lake Book Club, 6 p.m., Lakeview Bar and Grill. Wednesday, May 11 • Free community meal, 4-6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 135 Reinhart Dr., Shell Lake. All welcome. Donations accepted.



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Assembly Democrats call for action on CWD in Wisconsin’s deer herd With nearly 10 percent of tested deer testing positive for CWD in 2015, the time for action is now MADISON – State Rep. Nick Milroy, DSouth Range, and state Rep. Chris Danou, D-Trempealeau, members of the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage and avid sportsmen, expressed their concern with the spread of chronic wasting disease within Wisconsin’s deer herd. “Gov. Walker has failed Wisconsin’s hunters by neglecting to acknowledge the concerning spread of CWD. If we

continue to sit on our hands, CWD will spread to every corner of our state,” Milroy said. “We must act now to slow the spread of this devastating disease and to protect our hunting heritage and the billion-dollar economic impact that deer hunting brings to Wisconsin.” Recent reports revealed that 9.5 percent of deer tested were positive for the fatal disease in 2015. Milroy and Danou urged Walker and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to act to protect the health of the state’s deer herd. The legislators pointed out that, considering the drastic magnitude of the economic infusion provided by Wisconsin’s deer hunting season, the health and vitality of the state’s deer herd should be of the utmost importance to officials at the DNR.

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events are encouraged to attend. Class instructor will be Frank Pratt, retired DNR fish biologist from Hayward. Space is limited so please contact Larry Damman, 715-468-7059 or at, to secure a spot. FISH is the only friends group for a Wisconsin hatchery and is dedicated to conservation awareness and outdoor education. Learn more at spoonerhatchery. com. — from FISH

“What I find the most troubling, is that these concerns about CWD have been raised numerous times, and the leadership at the DNR appears to be completely uninterested in addressing the concerns raised both by myself and others,” Danou said. “Deer hunting has a proud tradition and is a favorite pastime here in Wisconsin. With such an important part of Wisconsin’s identity and culture at stake, I urge Gov. Walker and the DNR to acknowledge there is a problem with CWD and address this issue in a swift and responsible manner.” The statewide prevalence of CWD in Wisconsin has steadily increased from 1.46 percent in 2008 to 9.5 percent in 2015. Forty-one out of 72 counties in Wisconsin have now been affected by CWD. The

state’s DNR has been criticized for trying to downplay the significance of the new numbers. Additionally, this concerning news arrives as the DNR continues to grapple with funding cuts and a significant reduction in staff scientists, changes that were included in the 2015-2017 biennial budget passed by Republicans in the Legislature and signed into law by Walker. “While I appreciate the efforts that the DNR has made in the past, without a real acknowledgement of the concerning increase in CWD that has been revealed over the last eight years, I fear that the scope of this issue will continue to worsen,” Milroy concluded. — from the office of Rep. Milroy

Announcing RAP Group SPOONER - The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group has been transformed to RAP Group – Relatives as Parents. The Relatives as Parents Group will focus on providing services to grandparents and other relatives who have taken on the responsibility of parenting due to the absence of the parents. RAP Group services will include family fun activities, caregiver gatherings, respite, as well as educational opportunities and support. To kick off RAP Group and welcome all relatives as parents, the first event will be RAP Group Mucking on Thursday, May

12, at 4:30 p.m., at CTH K Landing on the Namekagon River. RAP families will meet at the landing for outdoor nature fun and supper. A National Park Service worker will lead mucking in the river. There is no fee for this event. Preregistration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please call Lakeland Family Resource Center at 715-­635-­4669 for preregistration and complete information. RAP Group is funded in part by Washburn County ADRC and private donations. — from LFRC

Relay for Life fundraiser The Washburn County Relay For Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society is set for Friday, July 22. The opening ceremony will start at 6 p.m., and the event will conclude at 11 p.m. in Shell Lake Memorial Park. If you would like to include team fundraising events in this column, please email your information to

Saturday, April 23 • Big Ripley Trekking Team annual fundraiser, Getaway, CTH D, Sarona, 4 to 7 p.m. The team has collected lots of hunting and sports gear, a variety of baskets and items to be used in auctions and raffles at the event. Free food and swag bags for all. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. Friday, May 6 • Mother’s Day Bake Sale, lobby of Indianhead Medical Center, Shell Lake, 8:30 a.m. to noon.


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Monday: First Friends Playgroup open to all children, 10 a.m.-noon. Focus on infants and caregivers with sensory stimulation and movement experiences. Art project materials provided, closes with circle music time and instrument exploration. Lakeland Family Resource Center, 314 Elm St., Spooner. Monday & Thursday: Washburn County Alzheimer’s Day Respite Program, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, Spooner. Daily fee includes lunch, program of crafts, exercise, games, music, quiet time. Call 715-416-2942. Wednesday: Lakeland Family Resource Center, 314 Elm St., Spooner, open from noon-3 p.m. Kidstime-Parentime 10 a.m.-noon. Learn, discuss, share ideas and experience to enrich parenting skills. Preselected art or play materials available for children of all ages. Last Wednesday of the month, potluck at 11:15 a.m. First and third Wednesdays: Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group, 6 p.m. - Spooner Health System lower-level conference room. Thursday: Al-Anon meets at 8 p.m. in the cafeteria at Indianhead Medical Center, Shell Lake.


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Give your household budget a tune-up UW-Extension financial educator offers tips SPOONER - If you feel like your paycheck is not keeping up with your everyday expenses, you may be right. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median household income is down for many families across Wisconsin. From 2009 to 2014, all but two counties in Wisconsin — Adams and Florence — had stagnant or falling median household incomes. Household expenses continue to creep up each year, with inflation rates around 1.5 percent. “Most of us put our household spending on autopilot. We may buy the same groceries, eat at the same restaurants, and put gas in the car without giving it a lot of thought,” says Peggy Olive, financial capability specialist with the University of Wisconsin - Extension. “If you find it’s harder to make ends meet or you’re not able to set aside a little money for your financial goals, it could be time to give your budget a tune-up.”

Know how much is coming in The first step in making a spending plan is knowing how much money is coming into your household, Olive says. Look at your net income — the money left in your paycheck after taxes, insurance or

other deductions are taken out. “Use any regular sources of income as your benchmark for how much you have to work with each month,” says Olive. You can also add up occasional sources of income, including tips, gifts, commissions or side jobs. Occasional windfalls, like a tax return or gift, are a great way to boost savings or pay down a debt more quickly. But Olive advises against counting on these irregular sources of income as a way to balance your monthly spending.

Track your spending The second step is to track your spending for one month. There are many different ways to track spending, from writing down expenses in a notebook to saving receipts to using popular websites and apps such as One month provides an opportunity to look at regularly occurring expenses, such as the rent or mortgage, car payment, student loans, utilities and credit cards. Regular, or fixed, expenses are usually easier to plan for and track, but they are also the biggest chunk of a household’s spending. “Harder to keep track of is the daily spending when you stop at the grocery store to pick up a few things or give the kids some cash for a school event,” says Olive. “Every household has these types of flexible expenses that occur every

month, but some months are higher than others. A balanced spending plan allows for some flexibility so that when the price of gas goes up or there is a birthday present to buy, you can find other places in your spending to cut back for that month.” Every household needs a way to keep track of irregular expenses, too. These nonmonthly expenses might include auto insurance that is due quarterly, an annual car registration, or an unexpected trip to the doctor. Some households set aside a little money toward irregular expenses and financial goals each month, while other households cut back on spending the month a big payment comes due. “Just the act of tracking spending can be very eye-opening. You might start to notice spending leaks and habits that you haven’t given much thought to lately,” adds Olive. “The bottom line for me is always – are you happy with where you’re spending your money and is it working for you?”

Compare spending to income After tracking your spending for one month and planning for irregular expenses, the final step is to compare your total spending to your income. If your household is spending less than you bring in each month, that is a great opportunity to revisit your savings and financial goals. Having money directly deposited into

a savings account is an excellent way to set aside an emergency fund or retirement savings without being tempted to spend it first, Olive notes. It is not unusual for household spending to be greater than income a few months out of the year. But if you find your monthly spending outpaces your income every month, it can lead to problems keeping up with payments or getting buried in debt. “A solution might be as simple as a few cuts to spending, especially little habits, like buying snacks from a vending machine, that you might be able to cut out and not miss. A bigger shortfall in income could mean a bigger lifestyle change, whether it involves cutting down on daily spending or looking for ways to increase monthly income,” says Olive.

UW-Extension has resources Setting priorities for spending is an essential step in balancing your budget — especially when you have less money available to spend. The UW-Extension has a website with tips and worksheets for managing family finances at fyi.uwex. edu/toughtimes/. For more information about financial management programs and services, contact Jeanne Walsh, Washburn County UW-Extension family living educator, at 715-635-4444. — from UWEXT

Grape pruning workshop in Spooner SPOONER - UW-Extension and the Spooner Agriculture Research Station will be hosting a grape pruning workshop on Saturday, April 23, from 1-3:30 p.m.  The workshop will include a short classroom discussion on basic grape management, grape training systems and pruning, followed by an outdoor pruning demonstration.  The pruning workshop and demonstration will be led by Kevin Schoessow, UW-Extension agriculture

development educator for Burnett, Washburn and Sawyer counties. The indoor session will be held in the meeting room at the Spooner Agriculture Research Station headquarters at W6646 Hwy. 70 just east of town.  The pruning demonstration will be held outside – dress appropriately – in the teaching and display garden located at N52645 Orchard Lane, which is across the street from the dairy sheep research facilities. Orchard

Lane is one-half mile east of Spooner near the Yellow River bridge and wayside. There is no cost and the event is open to the public. Preregistration is requested by contacting Lorraine Toman at the Spooner Area Agriculture Agents office at 800-5281914 or 715-635-3506.  More information can also be found on the Spooner Agriculture Research Station’s website at The University of Wisconsin Extension

provides equal opportunities in employment and programming. Requests for reasonable accommodations for disabilities should be made prior to the date of the program or activity for which it is needed.  Please make such requests as early as possible by contacting the Spooner Area Ag Agents Office at 715-635-3506 or 800-5281914 so that proper arrangements can be made. — from UWEXT

Living Well with Memory Loss and Brain Change seminar in Spooner SPOONER - Connect with local guest experts from the Aging and Disability Resource Center, Alzheimer’s Association and Lakeview Medical Center to learn about managing your or your loved one’s independence. At this free seminar, Living Well with Memory Loss and Brain

Change, information will be given to help understand the symptoms of diseases that cause dementia, improve communication skills and find out how occupational therapy can help maintain independence at home. The seminar is set for Thursday, April

28, at the Department of Natural Resources conference room in Spooner. The seminar will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. This seminar is a great opportunity to learn about various resources available in

the community. Registration is required, please call the ADRC at 715-635-4460 or email Respite is also available during the seminar if needed. — from ADRC

Hospitality and leadership presentation held in Shell Lake The Washburn County Economic Development Corporation, along with Andrew Nussbaum, regional director of tourism, and Michelle Martin, director of Washburn County tourism, made a hospitality and leadership presentation recently at the Shell Lake, Spooner, Birchwood and Northwood high schools. Participants learned the value of maintaining their community pride, positive attitudes, and how to focus on customer satisfaction and customer retention within the business environment to continue to grow a better Washburn County. Each student was presented with a Hospitality and Leadership Certificate at the end of the program, giving them the opportunity to share their new knowledge with future employers. — Photo courtesy of WCED

Summer school takes learning to new heights in Spooner The summer school lineup includes some never-before experiences, so gear up to register your children grades pre-K to 12th grade SPOONER – Summer school classes at Spooner will begin Monday, June 20, and

run Monday through Thursday until June 30, 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. There are numerous class offerings running mornings for one week or two weeks. Extra classes are also listed in the summer school booklet, and may run outside the regular summer school schedule. A few classes offer outdoor activities, multicultural language, science, math and technology. Among the list of classes is Slime Time; Hola, Amigos! Spanish 1 and 2; cooking; soccer camp; horseback riding; and much

more. Special opportunities include daily STEM sessions for fifth- through eighthgraders mid-June, and a bus trip to the Twin Cities to experience Sea Life Aquarium and the award-winning musical “The Lion King.”        Registration is now open with two options available to sign up: online at or return registration forms to elementary or middle school offices by Wednesday, May 11. Spots fill quickly, class sizes are limited.  Do not

delay in registering. The Boost Up to a Great Year session will run Aug. 1 – Aug. 11 from 9 -11:30 a.m. For more information on summer school, or other Spooner Area Community Education opportunities, contact Karen Collins, community education coordinator, at 715-635-0243, or email — from SASD



arth Day is this Friday, April 22. We are now entering the 46th year of a movement that continues to inspire, challenge ideas, ignite passion, and motivate people to action. In 1970, the year of our first Earth Day, the movement gave voice to an emerging consciousness, channeling human energy toward environmental issues. Last week we learned about the founder of Earth Day and this week will pose a few options for you to explore: a simple option such as planting a tree, and a larger commitment to incorporate renewable energy into your home which we will be exploring more in depth in a later article. And so it begins. Today.  Right here and right now.  Earth Day is more than just a single day, April 22. It’s bigger than attending a rally and taking a stand. This Earth Day and beyond, let’s make big stuff happen. Let’s plant trees for the Earth. Let’s rid ourselves of fossil fuels and move toward renewable energy. Over the next five years, as Earth Day moves closer to its 50th anniversary, planting trees will be the first of five major goals I want you to undertake in honor of the five-year countdown to Earth Day’s 50th anniver-

Earth Notes Jen Barton sary. On their own and together, these initiatives will make a significant and measurable impact on the Earth and will serve as the foundation of a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable planet for all. Why trees? Trees help combat climate change. They absorb excess and harmful CO2 from our atmosphere. In fact, in a single year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the amount of CO2 produced by driving the average car 26,000 miles. Trees help us breathe clean air. Trees absorb odors and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone) and filter particu-

lates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark. Trees help communities. They help communities achieve long-term economic and environmental sustainability and provide food, energy and income. Renewable energy in Wisconsin? Yes! Solar, wind and more can be explored through the Midwest Renewable Energy Association in Custer. They have an annual fair coming up as well. Buy tickets early to receive discounted rates, available through June 5. You can also join as an MREA member or sign up to volunteer and get free admission. Youth 12 and under get in free, as well as dads with child(ren) on Father’s Day. Dates for the energy fair are Friday, June 17, through Sunday, June 19, at Midwest Renewable Energy Association located at 7558 Deer Road, Custer. This Friday, whatever you do, do something, pick up some litter, plant a tree or research renewable energy options. The Earth needs you and you need the Earth – let’s do this.

Community-centered services eyed for former hospital facility Danielle Danford | Staff writer SPOONER - Plans and preparations for what will become of the building left behind after Spooner Health System relocates have been in the works for about a year. The 66,000-square-foot facility located on Ash Street in Spooner has been used for the care of people’s health since 1971 and the building’s future may contain that same goal. “From the public meeting what we found that the community really needs is child care and memory care assisted living,” said Nicole Danger, Maple Ridge nursing home manager. In December 2015, Wisconsin Illinois Senior Housing Inc. acquired the Spooner nursing home and the hospital facility. Since then the nursing home has been renamed Maple Ridge and expansion plans for the hospital facility have been in the works. “Because WISH is a nonprofit, WISH hired Carriage Health Care to manage their companies. Robert Seibel, president of Carriage Health Care, was the one who came to the nursing home and decided to acquire it. He is also the mastermind and project leader of the expansion,” said Danger. In her position as nursing home manager, Danger has taken the lead on the expansion project of the hospital building, working with Mike Schafer, Spooner Health Systems CEO, and communicating with the public about the expansion. “We have really been listening to the public and community for needs and organizations and businesses that would benefit the community,” said Danger. In February a public meeting was held to gather those ideas. Comments have also been taken via phone, from Maple Ridge staff and residents, even Essentia Clinic and Spooner

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health organizations have contributed. “It’s just really come down to what can survive, what can we make happen,” said Danger. Of those ideas that have been suggested, they hope to attract the attention of any clinics that specialize in a specific care area, like ear, eye or foot. A big health service need for the area, Danger said, is dialysis. “In the nursing home we get a lot of referrals of people that need dialysis and we can’t take them because we can’t provide the transport,” said Danger. The closest dialysis services are in Hayward, Rice Lake or Siren, making travel necessary for those in need of dialysis services. Another idea was a home medical store that would sell health-care-related products. “We haven’t said no to anything, it’s a matter of, can


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Donna Hines visited Marlene and Bruce Swearingen on Tuesday morning.  Karen Mangelsen called on them Tuesday evening. Mary Dunn, Lorri McQuade, Lida Nordquist, Donna Hines, and Diana, Carol and Karen Mangelsen were guests of Nina Hines on Tuesday.  They enjoyed an afternoon of visiting and playing cards. Lawrence, Nina, and Brian Hines visited Lida Nordquist on Friday. Dixie Andrea, Judy Leonard, Pam and Bob Bentz, Nina and Lawrence Hines, Hank and Karen Mangelsen, and Lida Nordquist were among a number of


we find an organization that can achieve it,” said Danger. Details about the services and organizations that could be opening shop couldn’t be shared yet, but Danger said they do “have some very active and interested parties.” Right now they are working on the financial end of agreements, putting together the leases and rental agreement details. Details on the services the community will see enter the building could be released in May or June. “It’s important that people know there is still space available if there is anyone or any organization that could move in.” Those interested are asked to contact Danger at Maple Ridge in Spooner. “With all the support we have been given, I really think it is going to work,” said Danger.

people who enjoyed the music at open mic at Tesora Event Center on Friday evening. Gerry and Donna Hines and Karen and Hank Mangelsen were Sunday visitors of Nina and Lawrence Hines. Barry and Olivia Hines came to visit Donna and Gerry Hines on Sunday afternoon. Hank and Karen Mangelsen visited Marie and Wayne Romsos on Sunday afternoon.  They helped Marie celebrate her birthday.

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Indianhead Medical Center in Shell Lake recognized the importance of taking preparedness actions before disaster strikes by practicing what to do in the event of a tornado during the tornado drills held statewide on Thursday, April 14. IMC staff closed windows and doors, and sought the safety of hallways during the two drills held that day. — Photo by Danielle Danford

Eleanor Margaret Albright, 83, Onalaska and formerly of Shell Lake, joined her Savior on Friday, April 8, 2016. She was born August 5, 1932, in St. Paul, Minn., to Ralph and Ruth (Helikson) Eckblad. She was married in Racine on April 21, 1951, to William C. Albright, who preceded her in death on Jan. 17, 2013. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Patricia. Faith, family and friends were the focus of Ellie’s life. Before her illness she was an active member of the Shell Lake United Methodist Church, enjoyed going for walks, knitting, creating hardanger needlework, rosemaling, baking Norwegian Christmas cookies and traveling. The trip to Norway in 1981 with Bill was a wonderful experience and allowed her to meet family still living there and learn more about her heritage. Her greatest joys, however, were being a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Visits from her sisters near the end of her life were also precious to her as evidenced by her beautiful smile when they arrived. Because of their love for Shell Lake and the memories beginning with their first cabin on Ellwood Beach Road

many years ago, they chose to make Shell Lake their final resting place. She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Kristine (Nick) Hengel, Onalaska; two sons, William Jr. (Laura) Albright, Montrose, Colo., and Capt. Jon David Albright (retired) (Elisabeth Langmack), Leonardtown, Md.; five grandchildren, Garrett Hengel, Gretchen Haynes, Anya Albright, Hanah and Emma Albright; one greatgrandson, Phoenix Haynes; two brothers, David Eckblad, Albion, Idaho, and Tom (Jean) Eckblad, Columbia Heights, Minn.; five sisters, Elizabeth (James) Goebel, Payson, Ariz., Karen (Tony) Popchock, Burlington, Joyce Eckblad, Chicago, Ill., Linda (Denis) Possing, Racine, and Nancy Gallegos, Sioux Falls, S.D.; nieces, nephews other relatives and many friends. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 23, 11 a.m., at Shell Lake United Methodist Church with the Rev. Steve Miller officiating. Burial will be in Shell Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Skinner Funeral Home of Shell Lake is serving the family.

Free community show of“Kung Fu Panda 3” part of movie night RICE LAKE - Families can view a free showing of “Kung Fu Panda 3” at the Community Movie Night to be held at the WITC-Rice Lake HUB, 1900 College Drive, on Friday, May 6, at 6 p.m. The HUB’s big screen is the perfect format to view the movie before it is re-

leased on DVD in June. Bring the family, and if they would like, beanbags, sleeping bags, blankets and pillows, and then settle in to watch the 1-1/2-hour movie with free popcorn and water.

Children must be supervised by parent/guardian at all times. If the little ones get antsy, WITC’s early childhood education students have designed some fun, educational activities in an adjacent room to keep them occupied. — from WITC

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Lake Mall, down the hallway to the little fundraising vending machine that contains a choice of Reese’s Pieces, Good & Plenty and M&M candies. I have been feeding my craving for licorice by selecting the capsule-shaped hard-coated candy containing black licorice called Good & Plenty. One day, Mike Robertson, who works at Suburban Propane, which is located across the hall from the candy machine, commented that because he too eats the Good & Plenty candies, the vendors would need to replenish the supply soon. While picking up a few items at Gordy’s County Market in Shell Lake one day, I decided to purchase a

Suzanne Johnson purple box of the little pink and white candy-coated licorice. Standing behind me in line, Bill Taubman made a comment about my liking licorice after seeing my box of Good & Plenty. I commented that I like licorice just like my dad does. In our conversation, Bill asked if I had ever tried a licorice from Australia that comes in a paper bag. He said it was the best. Not too many days passed before Bill stopped

in the newspaper. I do have to say though; the treat was the best licorice I have eaten. My curiosity was piqued and I had to look up what I could about this full-flavor treat. Named after the youngest son of the Harry Lea family, the Darrell Lea brand of “soft eating liquorice” was introduced in the 1950s by the Australian company that began in 1927. The good news is one doesn’t have to travel to Australia to purchase the Darrell Lea brand of licorice. I know I will be scanning the shelves in the candy aisle looking for more of this special treat.

High hopes in our sad world ay back in the old days, most of us strugnight on the town with her husband. All the contesW gling housewives stayed at home and cleaned Old wife’s tants got gifts, and they did pretty well, but the queen house, cooked meals and took care of our children and got her wish granted, and nice gifts, too. Like a fairy husbands. We didn’t work. Oh, we worked, and kept tale, and a quiz show without the quiz. When the tales busy, and we had little time for pleasure. We didn’t get happy winner smiled and the time was up, Jack would paid. We were obliged to stay at home, and, as they say, “keep the home fires burning.” For me and other housewives, there was the radio to keep us company. There may be some people today who enjoy the programs we called soap operas. Some of the shows went over to television. Not just continuing drama, but there were quiz shows, and other shows designed for the ladies. My favorite was “Queen For a Day,” with that host with the mellow voice and sympathetic manner, Jack Bailey. Here was this handsome gentleman with the question to begin his show: “Would you like to be queen for a day?” I might be down on my knees scrubbing a floor, or bending over the ironing board, or in the middle of changing a baby, but the start of that program could give my spirits a lift. If Jack Bailey could do that, he was the hero to us women who were not queens. Jack Bailey was quite a versatile guy. He was born Sept. 15, 1907, in Hampton, Iowa. He was a vaudeville musician, an actor in stage plays and actually was a barker for the World’s Fair in Chicago in 1933. He went into radio, and in New York City in 1945, he hosted a new radio show, on Mutual Radio Network, and in a few months they moved the show to Los Angeles. “Queen For A Day” ran until 1957 and then was simulcast on radio and NBC TV from 1956 until 1960. Then it ran on ABC TV from 1960 until 1964. It was a half-hour show, later extended to 45 minutes. The show was created by John Masterson, and Jack Bailey

Mary B. Olsen hosted it from 1945 until 1960. The show began with the host’s question and the camera panning the audience of cheering women. There would be contestants, seven women who were interviewed and told their story, and then the audience would applaud, and the applause meter would determine the winner. Each woman would talk about her financial troubles and/or emotional ordeals that she had overcome. All were touching and elicited tears, and many were so sad that it made the audience cheer up just to know someone could overcome serious problems. Jack could make anyone cry with his concerned manner. He would ask what did the contestant think could help her. What did she want most? It might be a washing machine, or some kind of medical equipment, or a hearing aid. Jack would comfort the woman and offer her his handkerchief. With the interviews over, the applause meter found the winner. She would then be brought forward and cloaked in a velvet cape, given a dozen long-stemmed roses and seated on a red velvet throne. Everyone applauded the choice. The winner also got what she needed - a vacation trip or kitchen appliances or a

announce, “This is Jack Bailey, wishing we could make every woman a queen, for every single day!” There may have been some viewers who wanted to sit on that velvet throne, but for me, I just enjoyed hearing how the contestants overcame their problems. If they could make it, anybody could. We saw the queen of England in newsreels, and here in America we did not have any real royalty. We had important people, and we admired them. We had poor people in those days, and some lived in poor conditions, but there did not seem to be any class envy. Not where I lived. If I saw the queen wearing one of her fantastic hats at some social event, I don’t remember wishing I could be there. But I did wish I could be at the TV studio winning the roses and talking with Jack Bailey. Those who belong to that small select group of TV hosts seem to us like friends. Jack Bailey was on quite a few television shows, and he had a part in the film “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Not the part of George Bailey, though. He lost his wife, Carol, and married again, but he had no children. He passed away in Santa Monica in 1980, at the age of 72. He had two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for radio and one for television. Jack Bailey joined Alcoholics Anonymous in the 1940s, and was a public supporting member for more than 30 years. For all the days he lifted our hearts on his show, he should be wearing a crown in heaven.

Woodland Field Day to feature Indianhead Holsteins’ wood shavings plant and forest management BARRON - Area woodland owners are invited to the Barron County Woodland Owners Association’s spring field day on Saturday, April 23, at Indianhead Holsteins near Barron. Beginning at 9 a.m., the day will feature a tour of the new wood shavings plant built by owners Bob and Karyn Schauf, followed by a tour of the Schauf

woodlands. After lunch, the Schaufs will offer a tour of their highly regarded Holstein dairy. Indianhead Holsteins is located at 1659 10-1/2 St. in Barron. Preregistration for the field day is required. Cost is $8 per adult and $4 for children under 10. To register, please send your name and address, along with the fee,

to Ron Kilmer, BCWOA treasurer, at 1311 S. Main St., Box 115, Rice Lake, WI 54868, or email The Barron County Woodland Owners Association is open to all area woodland owners interested in sustainable forest management. — from BCWOA

Spring fish and wildlife hearing results available MADISON - More than 4,300 people came out to participate in the 2016 Spring Fish and Wildlife Hearings and Wisconsin Conservation Congress county meetings that were held in every county statewide on Monday, April 11. The public hearings provide citizens with an opportunity to comment and indicate preference on a wide range of proposed fish and wildlife management issues, Conservation Congress advisory questions, and to submit resolutions for rule changes they would like to see in the future. Statewide hearing results and the questions are available on the Spring Rules Hearings page of the DNR website or go to; search spring hearings.

A majority of voters favored ideas to shorten the beaver and otter trapping seasons by two to four weeks on nontrout waters and create a local public notice and input process to change certain fish regulations on inland waters. Citizens also supported the Wisconsin Conservation Congress’ advisory proposals relating to the removal of waterfowl blinds on public lands and the creation of a Wildlife Conservation Stamp. Meeting results, along with written comments on the evening’s questions and DNR recommendations, are used to advise the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board. This year’s results will be reviewed at the board’s May 25 meeting in Madison. Votes are nonbinding and are presented to the natural resources board as a gauge of the

public’s support or nonsupport for proposed changes. The hearings are held annually on the second Monday in April in conjunction with the Wisconsin Conservation Congress county meetings. The spring hearings also provide an opportunity for citizens of each county to elect Wisconsin Conservation Congress delegates to represent them on natural resource issues. The Conservation Congress is the only statutorily recognized citizen advisory body to the natural resources board. During the congress’s portion of the hearing, citizens may introduce resolutions for consideration and vote by those attending the hearings. — from WisDNR

National Park Service to conduct prescribed burns BURNETT/WASHBURN COUNTIES - The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway plans to conduct three prescribed burns in the Riverway corridor in the spring of 2016. These burns may take place through Friday, May 20, depending on weather conditions. The National Park Service is conducting these prescribed fires to improve prairie and savanna habitat along the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers.

Locally areas to be burned are: • Springbrook Savanna, 91 acres along the Namekagon River, about one-quarter mile northeast of Springbrook in Washburn County. A savanna restoration and the ad-

jacent prairie will be burned at the same time, stimulating the native prairie plants throughout the entire burn site. • Olson Prairie: 17 acres on the Namekagon River, north of Hwy. 77 between Danbury and Minong in northeast Burnett County. Visible from McDowell Landing, this remnant prairie has a number of native plants which are less common elsewhere. • Barker’s Farm, 96 acres on the Namekagon River, just northwest of the Olson Prairie burn site, also in Burnett County. Here, native prairie plants have returned to a former homestead. Campsite N8.8 will be temporarily closed during the burn. The NPS has developed detailed plans for prescribed

burns and the fires are carried out by personnel trained and certified for prescribed burning. The plans address temperature, relative humidity, wind, and other conditions under which a burn can take place, protection of adjacent properties, communications, needed personnel and equipment, safety, and other considerations. If conditions are not favorable on the day when burning is planned, the burn will be rescheduled. The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway’s Fire Management Plan is available for viewing on the park’s website: For additional information, contact the St. Croix River Visitor Center in St. Croix Falls at 715-483-2274. — from NPS



ith over 21 years of following high school sports and 11 years of covering sports for the Washburn County Register, I have had the privilege of knowing many outstanding athletes and coaches. Coach Brad Sauve is one of them. With the 13-2 win against Grantsburg on Thursday, April 14, coach Sauve accomplished what few baseball coaches have, he earned his 300 win. Brad is in his first year as head coach for Shell Lake, and has been the assistant coach for the past five years under Tom Sauve, his son. Tom took a teaching position at St. Croix Central and Brad stepped up to Coach Brad Sauve comes off the keep working with field after his 301st career win in the program that he high school coaching. The players and his son built. call him Coach Papa Sauve after Brad spent most of hearing his granddaughter calling his coaching career at him that. At a game, Allie would Spring Valley where stand by the fence and would get he was the athletic his attention by calling him “Papa.” director, teacher and coach.

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Being a winning coach does not necessarily make a good coach; a good coach is one who builds student athletes who show character and integrity. Brad is quiet on the field and if he has to reprimand a player, he will do it in the dugout or after the game. This is one of the interpersonal skills he has learned over a lifetime of coaching young athletes. His passion for teaching matches his passion for sports.

The Shell Lake players are proud of their coach and are proud to be part of his milestone. Shown back row (L to R): Coach Brad Sauve, Sean Heckel, Levi Beecroft, Carter Lawrence, Matthew Denotter, Drew Johnson, Logan Zebro, Brandon Hovel, Ulan Koxegenov and coach Curtis Emerson. Front: Vishav Monga, Jack Skluzacek, Zach Melton, James Crawford, Travis Klassa and Konstantin Medvedev. — Photos by Larry Samson

Photographer/artist finds peace and serenity in her work Larry Samson | Staff writer SPOONER - Lesa Ann Tetrault Molitor of rural Spooner has found the peace and serenity that few people know. Molitor has done this through three passions in her life: her family, her horses and her photography. Molitor and her husband, Joe, live on a small ranch tucked into the woods near the community of A&H. They have four horses, three of which are rescued hoses, horses that were no longer wanted or cared for. Today, those horses are able to live out their lives loved and cared for. She always loved photography. She got her first camera at 9 years of age; it was a film camera. She didn’t take the full plunge into the photography world until she came across a print in Hayward of a horse with his mane blowing wildly. “I fell in love. I was so moved by it I contacted the artist and we became great friends. He took me under his wing and taught me to see things in a totally different light. After one visit with him in New Mexico, I came home and purchased my first SLR camera.” She joined that photographer for workshops he gave in France and Spain. “I met incredible people that turned into amazing friends and they have all inspired me to push further.” Molitor is an active member of the Northern Lights Camera Club in Spooner. “I have met some very talented and amazing photographer friends. It woke me up to how many truly talented people are right here in our area. They help keep me inspired.” Molitor does children’s and high school senior photos. Her greatest love is to show people who suffer with selfesteem issues how beautiful they truly are. “I can find beauty in absolutely everyone.” Molitor is fairly new to photography. She purchased her first serious camera four years ago. It is through her passion, her friends and her dedication that she has grown as a photographer. “People say photography is a dying business, that everyone has a camera these days. While that is true, almost everyone does have a camera, it is how you use it and how dedicated you are to learning that sets you

Lesa Ann Tetrault Molitor finds peace and serenity with her horses. This is Dakota, a horse she and her husband, Joe, bought to keep her first rescued horse company. That first horse, McGyver, is no longer with them but he is with her every day in spirit. — Photo by Larry Samson

Lesa Molitor has a bond with the horses that she has rescued over the years. Pullo is a large gelding that she rescued. When he came to her years ago, he had a large wound that needed constant attention and daily shots of antibiotics. — Photo by Larry Samson apart. I like to turn my photos into art.” She has been published as well. Her photo of Pendragon can be purchased from Amazon and at Hobby Lobby. “I am happiest when I am creating. I have found beauty in so many things that I overlooked before I saw them through a lens. Same for people. Everyone has a good side. I have taken time to learn posing and lighting techniques to make the person I am shooting feel incredible about themselves. I try to make a difference.” You can find more of Molitor’s photos and information at or you can find her Facebook page.

“This is our Miss Rodeo Wisconsin, Beth Kujala, who is a stunning girl to work with and we had a lot of fun with this session,” said Lesa Ann Tetrault Molitor of her photo.

This photo of Pendragon, a Pura Raza Espanola stallion, or Pure Spanish horse, was taken in Southern France. The photo was taken in Lesa Ann Molitor’s first year shooting with an SLR camera.

Lesa Ann Tetrault Molitor’s 9-year-old paint horse is named Dakota. He is usually full of mud and not the most graceful guy around, but this is one of Molitor’s favorite photos. Even in the black and white you can appreciate his stunning blue eyes. — Photo by Lesa Ann Tetrault Molitor unless otherwise noted

Lesa Molitor’s granddaughter is on the run all of the time. “My children shoots do not consist of making children sit and pose until they cry. I like to let them be themselves and capture them in moments like this. I connect well with them and the shoots are always unpredictable, but always fun.”



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Snow doesn’t stop them


Right fielder Kylie William with a pop-up to deep right field.

The wet snow did not deter Brady Schumacher as he earned a 13-3 win over Cameron on Tuesday, April 12, in a home game. The Rails extended their winning streak to three wins with a 12-5 win over Webster on Saturday, April 16, in a home game.

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RIGHT: Freshman AJ Buchman takes one for the team and advances to first after being hit by the pitch.

Pitcher Scott Lindenberger watches as first baseman Tanner Schafer makes the catch at first.

Shell Lake’s off to a 3-0 start Larry Samson | Staff writer SHELL LAKE - With a 7-2 win over Colfax on Saturday, April 16, Shell Lake baseball is off to a 3-0 start; 2-0 in Lakeland West Conference play. The Lakers beat the Siren Dragons 16-0 on Monday, April 11, and the Grantsburg Pirates 12-3 on Thursday, April 14, to earn first place in the conference. To stay there the team will have to continue to play with confidence. The next two teams the Lakers were set

to face also have a 2-0 conference record. Shell Lake played Clayton/Turtle Lake on Monday, April 18, and they will travel to St. Croix Falls on Thursday, April 21, for a matchup. The Grantsburg win gave head coach Brad Sauve his 300th career coaching win. After that game he retrieved the ball as a souvenir and told his players that they had achieved his 300th win.

The feeling of satisfaction comes over James Crawford as he claims second after hitting a stand-up double.

Brandon Hovel slid safely into third base after taking advantage of a deepcenter line drive. Shell Lake is off to a 3-0 start as they beat Colfax, 7-2, in a nonconference game on Saturday, April 16. The Lakers are 2-0 in the Lakeland West Conference.

Shell Lake first baseman Logan Zebro stretches out to make the catch and force out at first.

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Middle school Laker track team competes in first meet of the season BALDWIN - It was an exciting week for the Shell Lake Middle School track team as they traveled to their first meet of the season at Baldwin-Woodville on Thursday, April 14. “It was a little windy but the sun was shining and everyone was ready to compete,” stated Katrina Granzin, head coach. Emmery Nielsen placed first in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:09.4; and third in the 200-meter with a time of 30.73. The 4x100-relay team of Brittany Clark, Nielsen, Grace Thomas and Makenna Anderson, with a time of 58.46, placed second. Thomas, Anderson, and Mikayla Cox raced together as the first race of the season and in turn they all placed together. Thomas placed first in the long jump with 14’5” and

Grace Thomas, Makenna Anderson and Mikayla Cox running the 100-meter hurdles at the middle school track meet held April 14 at Baldwin-Woodville. — Photos submitted

Jordan Hutchison, center, finished ninth overall in the 200meter dash.

placed fourth in the 100-meter hurdles with 20.59. Clark placed second in the high jump at 4’4”. She ran the 400meter dash in 1:15.24. Anderson took second in the 800-meter relay with 2:48.53; and third in the 100-meter hurdles with 20.41. Kora Folstad took third place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 15.46. She did 3’6” in the high jump. Mikayla Cox placed eighth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 23.53 and ran the 200-meter dash in 37.99. Adessa Jenkins ran the 100-meter dash with a time of 18.6. Camryn Nasman did 11’ in the long jump. Christopher Lord took second place in shot put with

36’7.5”. He ran the 100-meter hurdles in 20.87. Mathew Allar placed fifth in the 100-meter hurdles with 19.09. He had 13’4.75” in the long jump. The 4x100-relay team of Lord, Levi Meister, Allar and Tyler Schunck had a time of 57.76. Meister did the 100-meter dash in 15.27 and had 30’10 in shot put. Schunck did the 1,600-meter run in 6:53.2. Jordan Hutchison did the 100-meter dash in 15.2. He finished the day for his team as he completed the 200-meter dash coming in ninth overall. — with information from Shell Lake School track program

Shell Lake loses to Grantsburg

Third baseman Savannah Soltis handles a pop-up as relief pitcher Emily Parish backs off to give her room on this catch.

Cassidy Schroeder at bat for Shell Lake as they take on the No. 1 team in the Lakeland West Conference. Grantsburg came away with a 10-0 win over Shell Lake on Tuesday, April 12. Shell Lake is off to a 2-1 season as they split two games at a Saturday, April 16, tournament held in Cashton. They beat Blair-Taylor, 11-9 and lost to Cashton, 10-3.

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Keagan Blazer is back stronger than ever in her senior year. Blazer is the starting pitcher for Shell Lake for the 2016 season.

Right fielder Kylie William with a pop-up to deep right field.



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Spooner spring volleyball underway

Larry Samson | Staff writer SPOONER - The Spooner Middle School volleyball program has started their spring volleyball season. Girls from fourth through eighth grades are spending Tuesdays and Thursdays practicing for upcoming tournaments. Saturday, April 16, was the first tournament. With 72 players, it takes a lot of volunteer coaches. Kristina Berget and Kristen Vik are the eighth-grade coaches. Jill Kastner and Erica Gyorfi are the seventh-grade coaches. Cyndi Dennis, Amanda Erickson and Jennifer Christner are coaching the sixth grade. The fifth-grade coach is Jessica Bambenek, and the fourth-grade coach is Johanna Miller. In addition to the coaches, high school volleyball players are helping out. They are Monica Plesums, Aspen Mullikin, Morgan Taylor, Hannah Kastner and Kalyn Cronk. On Saturday, April 23, the seventh-grade team will be in Siren. On Saturday, April 30, Spooner will be hosting a tournament for the fourth-, fifth-, sixth- and eighth-grade teams. On Saturday, May 7, Spooner will be hosting a tournament for all the teams. Spooner tournament games will be played at the middle school and high school. On Saturday, May 15, the Spooner eighth-grade White team Shown are the Spooner fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade spring volleyball teams. — Photos submitted will be at Rice Lake, the eighth-grade Red team will be in Amery, the seventh-grade team will be in Rice Lake, while the sixth-grade team will be playing in Spooner. The fifth-grade team will be in Amery and the fourthgrade team will be in Elk Mound.

Members of the Spooner seventh- and eighth-grade spring volleyball teams are shown.

Lakers compete in snowy and cold Webster meet Katrina Granzin | Head track coach WEBSTER - The Shell Lake track team conquered the wind and sleet at the Webster track meet on Tuesday, April 12. “Certainly with the weather being an obstacle for us, it wasn’t the optimal opportunity to perform at our best; however, our athletes were up for the challenge and still prevailed,” stated Katrina Granzin, head coach. Placing for Shell Lake The girls 4x100-meter relay team of Amber Anderson, Sydney Schunck, Lindsey Martin and Nicole Mikula placed first with a time of 54.18. The boys 4x100-meter relay team of Erick Haynes, Curtis Johnson, Daniel Nielsen and Dominic Hopke took fifth with a time of 58.98. The girls also placed third in the 4x800 with runners Ali Deladi, Ashlea Meister, Julia Pokorny and Sheri Clark, with a time of 11:43.19, and fifth in the 4x200 with Alecia Knoop, Ashley Clark, Sarah Greife and Taylor Eiche and a time of 2:13.28. The boys 4x800-meter relay team of Marty Anderson, Haynes, Daniel Parish and Joshua Wistrom placed sixth Ashley Clark hands off the baton to teammate Alecia Knoop with a time of 11.08.19. The 200-meter dash placers were in their 4x200-meter relay.  Along with Sarah Greife and Talyor Amber Anderson, third, with a time of 28.82, Mikula, Eiche, the team ran a time of 2:13.28 which placed them fifth. fifth, with a time of 29.13, and Schunck, sixth, with a time — Photos submitted unless otherwise noted of 30.73. Greife placed fourth in the 100-meter hurdles, at 23.03, with Eiche placing sixth with a time of 24.48. In the 100-meter dash Mikula placed second, 13.55, in shot put with a throw of 36’2”. Linden Nelson placed Schunck placed fourth, 14.08, and Martin placed sixth, fourth in high jump with a jump of 5’4” and Nick Udov14.23. Martin took first place in the long jump, jumping ich placed fourth in pole vault, jumping 7’6”. 14’7.5”. Pokorny jumped 7’, placing fourth in the pole Improving their events from earlier this year were vault, while Deladi placed sixth, jumping 6’. Meister Nathaniel Swan in the 1,600-meter run with a time of placed first in discus, throwing 88’10”, and second place 6:36.05, Udovich in the 200-meter dash with a time of in the shot put throwing 27’. Placing third in discus was 29.53, Nelson in the triple jump with a jump of 26’4” and Kaelin Laub with a throw of 82’8”. Hopke placed sixth Pokorny in the pole vault with a jump of 7’. Other events times and distances were: Katie Cox, 1,600-meter run, 7:09.79; 800-meter run, 3:31.48. Kaitlyn Harraghy, 400-meter dash, 1:25.31; 800-meter dash, 3:31.46. Emma Thomas, 100-meter dash, 14.97. Sarah Greife, long jump, 9’3”. Ashley Lawrence, shot put, 19’11.75”. Eric Haynes, discus, 43’8”. Alyssa Hodgett, 400-meter dash, 1:15.95. Taylor Eiche, 300-meter hurdles, 1:05.66. Madison LaFave, shot put, 25’6.75”; long jump, 9’25”; discus, 72’04”. Natalie Smith, shot put, 24’9”; discus 73’08”. Linden Nelson, 200-meter dash 27.68; triple jump, 36’4”. Daniel Nielsen, 200-meter run, 32.09; pole vault, 6’. Marty Anderson, 1,600-meter run, 6:07.06; 800-meter run, 2:45.36. Sydney Schunck, shot put, 25’. Linden Nelson placed fourth in high jump in competition in Nathaniel Swan, 1,600-meter run, 6:36.45. Webster with a jump of 5’4”. — Photo by Becky Strabel

Sarah Greife, exchange student from France, has been shown many new events and she has accepted the challenges to work on and improve her skills.  In the last meet she worked on triple jump and Tuesday, April 12, she tried the 100meter hurdles and the long jump.

Nick Udovich, 200-meter run, 29.53. Daniel Parish, 400-meter run, 1:06.71; 800-meter run, 2:41.34; pole vault, 6’6”. Dominic Hopke, discus, 80’5”. Joshua Wistrom, long jump, 8’8.25”.

Nick Udovich soared over the crowd’s heads, jumping 7’5”. It may not have been his best jump of the season but with wet, slippery runways, wind and snow, it was a great day for practice.  



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Cold evening for soccer

In front of the New Richmond bench, Gracia Gormong, kicks the ball downfield. The Spooner/ Shell Lake soccer team split the week with a 10-0 loss to New Richmond on Tuesday, April 12, and a win at Barron, 3-1, on Thursday, April 14.

Jeana Sprenger gets the kickoff against the New Richmond defender.

Spooner goalkeeper Mariah Skogstad gets a save with the help of No. 24, Alyssa Babich.

Photos by Larry Samson

SPRING sports

schedule Track

Thursday, April 21: At Frederic, 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 26: At Shell Lake, 4 p.m. Thursday, April 28: At St. Croix Falls, 4:15 p.m. Monday, May 2: At Unity, 4 p.m.


Silent sports, primarily bicycling, being highlighted at upcoming meeting SPOONER - As we roll into another spring, summer and fall cycling season, plans are under way to establish and reach some new goals to increase silent sports in Washburn County. On Thursday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m., a group of silent sport enthusiasts, primarily cycling-related, will be meeting at Alley Cats in Spooner to discuss the bicycle-related assets of the area and to prioritize goals for the bicycle community.

If you are a trail user or have an interest in the promotion of silent sports in the area, please plan to attend this meeting and give your input. For more information, contact Randy Strickland at 715-6359494 or via email — from Washburn County Tourism Enjoying a ride at Wildcat Mountain Bike Trail. — Photo Courtesy of Washburn County Tourism Association James Netz Photography

Friday, April 29: At Glenwood 5 p.m. Monday, May 2: At Luck, 5 p.m. Thursday, May 5: At Siren, 5 p.m.


Softball Thursday, April 21: Versus St. Croix Falls, 5 p.m. Monday, April 25: At Unity, 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 26: Versus Solon Springs, 5 p.m. Thursday, April 28: Versus Siren/Webster, 5 p.m. Monday, May 2: At Frederic, 5 p.m. Thursday, May 5: At Cameron, 5 p.m. Monday, May 9: Versus Grantsburg, 5 p.m.

Thursday, April 21: At St. Croix Falls, 5 p.m. Monday, April 25: At Unity, 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 26: Versus Butternut-Mellen, 5 p.m. Thursday, April 28: Versus Webster, 5 p.m.

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Big win over Ashland


Firsty e a r coach P a i g e Nemec counsels Hanna Davis and Jenna Curtis during a pitching change.

Brena Lock sends the ball deep into left field to bring the runners home as Spooner beats Ashland 18-6 in a home game held Friday, April 15. The Rails started out the week with a 6-4 loss to Cameron on a cold wet Tuesday, April 12, game.

Rikki Saletri with her English bulldog. PK might make a good team mascot as he was good luck for the Rails as they rolled over Ashland 18-4 in a home game on Friday, April 15. It was a good win and it was a nearperfect night to enjoy a game.

Photos by Larry Samson

Pederson named WIAA scholar Larry Samson | Staff writer SPOONER - Spooner senior Dan Pederson has been named a 2016 WIAA Scholar Athlete. He is one of 16 male student athletes in the state to earn this distinction. Pederson and 31 other athletes will receive their plaque and certificates at a special ceremony to be held Sunday, May 1, at the Jefferson Street Inn in Wausau. Pederson is the Spooner High School Class of 2016 valedictorian, graduating with a 4.0 grade-point average. Cross country and track are the two sports that he has participated in. In cross country he is the current state champion, he has been the conference and sectional champion for the last three years. In track as a distance runner, he has been conference champion for the last three years, regional champion for the last two years and sectional champion last year. He will be making the run toward these goals again this spring. In academics, Pederson is currently leader of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the president of the Spooner Chapter of the National Honor Society, member of the chess club, badminton club and barbershop choir. Pederson is an accomplished musician, and he will be competing at the state solo and ensemble festival in Eau Claire on Saturday, May 7. Outside of school, Pederson is involved in 4-H and is the president of his 4-H club. He is the secretary of his church choir. In the essay he wrote as part of his application process he said, “Athletic participation has been a major factor in my development as an individual. Running has indubitably changed my life for the better by teaching me both how to push myself and how to get along with others. Just a few of the skills that have transferred from athletics to the rest of my life include improved concentration, formidable persistence, healthy camaraderie, sturdy confidence, gratitude in success, humility in defeat and an overall sense

Pitcher Kayla Boutwell got the win as she pitched the entire game.

Rails take first at Cameron

Daniel Pederson, Spooner, has been selected WIAA 2016 Division 2 Scholar Athlete. He is one of 32 student athletes statewide to be selected for this award. — Photo by Larry Samson of constant well-being. I know that athletics will continue to play a role in my future success. The well-being of an individual is a mix of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual states of well-being. However, increased well-being in any one of these areas will help the others to improve. Athletics promote physical and mental well-being, but will help me emotionally and spiritually as well. I know that as long as I am well in all of these areas I will have success in any career I decide to pursue.”

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CAMERON - On Tuesday, April 12, the Spooner Rails track and field team participated in Cameron High School’s first-ever track meet at their new facilities. The Rails boys took first out of five teams, while the girls took second. Medalists for the girls team included a third-place finish for senior Alex Grubbs in the 100-meter dash, first in the 300meter hurdles, and second in the discus. Senior Kelsie Gerovac won the high jump. Junior Kate Rosenbush took first in the shot put and third in the discus. Sophomore Natalie Meister placed first in the 400-meter dash. Sophomore Brittney Bauer placed third in the long jump. Freshman Cierra Kirkwood captured first in the 3,200-meter run and third in the 1,600-meter run. The girls 4x200-meter relay team consisting of freshman Lily Arf, Bauer, junior Topanga Peterson and Grubbs, placed second. The girls 4x800 relay team consisting of senior Mari Hordvik, Meister, Arf and Kirkwood placed first. Medalists for the boys team included a second-place finish for Desi Fielding in

the 100-meter dash, first place in the long jump and second in the shot put. Senior Devon Miller placed first in the 110-meter hurdles, first in the 300-meter hurdles and second in the high jump. Senior Dan Pederson placed first in the 1,600-meter run and first in the 800-meter run. Senior Chase Davies placed second in the discus and third in the shot put. Junior Ramon Nunez placed second in the 400meter dash. Junior Abhinab KC placed third in the 400-meter dash. Junior Tyler Revak placed second in the 800-meter run. Freshman Myron Holley placed third in the 3,200-meter run. The boys 4x200 relay team consisting of sophomore Austin Bauer, sophomore Josh Berkesch, junior Hunter Peterson and sophomore Phabien Sturtze placed second. The boys 4x800 relay team consisting of junior Ryan Anderson, KC, Revak and Nunez placed first. The Rails competed in the Heart O’North Conference indoor meet at the UW-Superior campus fieldhouse on Friday, April 15.

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AREA CHURCHES Lake Park Alliance

53 3rd St., Shell Lake 715-468-2734 Rev. John Sahlstrom, Rev. John Hendry Sunday Worship Service 10 a.m., Nursery Provided; Youth Group, 7th - 12th grades, Wednesdays 6 - 8 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 Pastoral Administrator Father Bala Saturday Mass: 4:30 p.m. Books and Coffee: Tues. 9 a.m.

St. Catherine’s Catholic

CTH D, Sarona Pastoral Administrator Father Bala 715-468-7850 Sunday Mass: 8:30 a.m.

St. Francis de Sales

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

Episcopal St. Alban’s

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

Full Gospel 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 9 & 10:30 a.m.; KFC (Kids For Christ) during Service; UTurn Student Ministries 6 p.m.; Tuesdays: Compassion Connection (Men only) 7 p.m.; Wednesdays: Compassion Connection (Women only) 7 p.m.; Thursdays: Compassion Connection (Coed meetings) 7 p.m.;


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

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

Trinity Lutheran

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

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

Cornerstone Christian

Faith Lutheran

Pastor Steve Miller 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

(Missouri Synod) South of Spooner off Hwy. 63 W7148 Luther Rd. Pastor Brent Berkesch 715-635-8167 Sunday worship 8 a.m. Sunday School/Bible class 9:15 a.m. Praise Worship 10:30 a.m.

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


Church of the Nazarene

W3114 Church Rd., Sarona Pastor Mary Strom 9 a.m. worship service, 9 a.m. Sunday school. Holy Communion: First and third Sundays and Festival Sundays.

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Pastor Tom Kelby 106 Balsam St., Spooner 715-635-9222 cornerstonechurch Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Wednesday: Bible study and prayer, 6:30 p.m.

United Methodist

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

(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.

Salem Lutheran, ELCA

Spooner Wesleyan


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First United Pentecostal

337 Greenwood Ave., Spooner Pastor Dustin Owens 715-635-8386 Sunday school: 10 a.m.; Sunday worship: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Wednesday Bible study: 7 p.m.

Trego Community Church

Pastor Bill Lee W5635 Park St. Trego, WI 54888, 715-635-8402 Sunday School 9:15 a.m. Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. prayer meeting; Youth group, 6:30 p.m.; Kids program, AWANA, ages 4 - grade 6, 6:30 p.m.

Hwy. 253 S, Spooner Pastor David Frazer Associate Pastor David Cash 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.

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

John 13:31-35 Acts 11:1-18

Revelation 21:1-6

Psalm 148

Revised Common Lectionary © 1992 by the Consultation on Common Texts for

Sunday, April 24, 2016 Fifth Sunday of Easter


ear is a gift from God. It is actually one of God’s great gifts. It alerts us to dangers that may be waiting in dark alleys. It awakens us at night when we hear strange sounds that make no sense. It causes us to take precautions when accidents happen. It summons our senses when things are out of the ordinary. It’s God’s early-warning system that notifies us that something unusual or unique is about to happen. Fear, after all is said and done, is necessary for us to survive. Some fears are helpful, some are harmful. Dr. Samuel Johnson, for example, would never step into a room with his left foot. He sincerely believed that something terrible would happen to him in that room if he stuck his left foot in first. Julius Caesar was terrified by the sound of thunder and would hide. Even Peter the Great, with all of his power, cried out in fear when he was forced to cross a bridge. Those, we might say, are harmful. David also had his fears. His friends forsook him, his confidants betrayed him and his family was not loyal to him. But he overcame all of his fears by his faith in the faithfulness of God. “When I am afraid,” he said, “I will trust in you - in my God, whose word I praise.” He was not fear free. He was faith focused. When doubts surfaced and threats surrounded him, when times were uncertain and days filled with dangers, he always turned to God in faith knowing that God had his hands over him and his arms around him.

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A farming tradition

Ella Kidder would love to have this side-by-side to take little trips around her grandfather’s hobby farm. Bob Kidder enjoys the time he spends with his granddaughter, often taking her for rides on his four-wheeler.

Five-year-old Jenna Balog is enjoying her dessert after eating a meal at Bar H Implement’s open house held Friday, April 15. Next year at this time, Balog will be sitting in school instead of enjoying the day with her grandparents. The open house has become a farm tradition in rural Washburn and Sawyer counties.

Photos by Larry Samson

Bar H Implements is the only full-line farm tractor implement dealership left in Washburn County. The dealership covers much of northern Wisconsin and into Minnesota. Sales and services are represented by John Zoellick, Roy Hendricks, Nancy Slayton, Eugene Slayton and Karl Paffel.

Nurses week celebration planned SPOONER - All area nurses are invited to a Nurses Week celebration to be held

Thursday, May 5, at United Methodist Church, 312 Elm St., Spooner.

Northern Waters Parish Ministry will sponsor supper at 5:30 p.m., followed by

a meeting about parish nursing. No reservations required. — from NWPM

Ladies Rock fundraiser to benefit LFRC SPOONER - Lakeland Family Resource Center, 314 Elm St., Spooner, is hosting a Ladies Rock fruit and wine mixer fundraiser on Thursday, April 28. Social hours begins at 5:30 p.m. Painting starts at 6

p.m. Deb Shipman and JoAnn Perro will donate their artistic abilities for this fundraiser. Ladies 18 years and up are invited to join in a relaxing, kid-free atmosphere to

learn how to paint a welcoming floral design on a rock to be used in the garden or patio. Glasses and sweet treats will be provided. Bring your own beverage. The cost is $40 per person and all pro-

ceeds go to support the many programs offered at LFRC. Space is limited. Call to reserve your spot at 715-635-4669. Only prepaid spots are guaranteed. — from LFRC

ICHC spring meeting set New members welcome SHELL LAKE - Current members, as well as those interested in becoming a part of Indianhead Community Health

Care Inc., are invited to attend the annual spring meeting being held Monday, May 2, at Lakeview Bar and Grill. The social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. with a meal served at 6 p.m. For reservations or to find out more about ICHC, please

call Suzanne at the Washburn County Register newspaper office, 715-468-2314, or email by Thursday, April 28. ICHC is an organization that provides medical support to the community

through making donations to the Washburn County Relay For Life, Shell Lake Arts Center, Shell Lake Schools, Indianhead Medical Center, Terraceview Living Center, Glenview and the Shell Lake Clinic. — from ICHC


Judy Pieper

Hi everyone. While you are up in sunny, beautiful Wisconsin, I am writing this in cold, rainy, windy and not so beautiful Texas. More about that later. Let’s see now. There were a lot of things going on in Barronett this week. First of all, the garage sale on Saturday at the community center was a great success. We already have too much stuff because we’ve had way too many years to accumulate it, but we did find a few things we needed. And, we had a chance to visit with lots of old friends and to meet a few new ones. Cindy and Gard (I hope I spelled that right) came up and introduced themselves to Duane and me and it was so nice to meet them. Barb Pease, Gloria Gunderson and Peg Thompson were kept pretty busy minding the Barronett Lutheran tables. Peg had a funny story about a garage sale from a few years ago. The church had accumulated way too many vases over the years, so she put a lot of them on the sale. Well, Shirley Overvig was browsing the items for sale, saw the vases and decided to buy them. Peg asked what she was going to do with all the vases and she said that she was going to donate them to the church. Hmmm. Needless to say, Peg didn’t sell them to her. Kirsten Hohweiler was one of the sixth-grade Cumberland students who had the opportunity to go to Wolf Ridge for five days last week. She, and I’m sure the other students, had an amazing time. Kirsten was so excited and happy to talk about her experiences. When I asked her what she liked about Wolf Ridge, she rattled off lots of things – the zip line was her absolute favorite. She also liked walking on a tightrope, walking on logs, crossing a bridge made of logs and hiking. When I asked what she didn’t like about it, she couldn’t think of a thing. She said she would go back again tomorrow if she could. Oh, to be so young and ambitious again. We have a brand-new next-door neighbor. Joey, Leanne, Oskar, Mischa and Henry Reichhoff welcomed new baby, Rowan, into their family on April 5. Rowan was born at the Barron hospital, and weighed in at 8-1/2 pounds. Oskar, Mischa and Henry are just overjoyed with the new baby brother, and Leanne is getting lots of help from them in taking care of him. Leanne’s mom, Kirsten Binda, was able to come and help out for about a week and a half. Leanne’s dad and nani, Doug and Phyllis Binda, came down after Rowan arrived, but were only able to visit and cuddle with grandchildren for a couple of days. Congratulations to the whole Reichhoff family on the arrival of their new little bundle of joy. Little Abel Schmitt, who turned 2 years old on Friday,

celebrated his birthday on Sunday at a party in his home hosted by his mom and dad, Ashley and Paul Schmitt. There were lots of friends and family at the party helping him celebrate, he got lots of fun toys, and everyone had plenty of food and cake to eat. Duane was there, and he said that Paul had built the most amazing jungle gym – or whatever those play areas are called now – for Abel. He said there were swings, a slide and a playhouse. I bet the little guy has a ball out there on these nice warm days. Duane said that Abel had an absolutely wonderful time at the party. Happy birthday, little guy. Allison Socha, daughter of Carol Johnson, was a guest speaker at Barronett Lutheran on Sunday morning. Allison is going on a mission trip to Myrtle Beach, N.C., with a group called CRU soon and she came to tell our congregation about the things she will be doing while there. She said that 200 people will be going with the group, and that 100 will be doing physical work and 100 will be doing missionary work. It sounds like the opportunity of a lifetime. We wish her luck in this very exciting venture. Congratulations to Jessi Stouffer and Adam Richter, who were married on Saturday in Shell Lake. It was a lovely, simple ceremony performed in the backyard of their home, and was attended by family and friends. Lynn Thon and I were there to wish the happy couple well, but, regretfully, couldn’t stay for the festivities that followed the exchanging of vows. Kandice Thon brought little Kane to witness the wedding, and he was very interested in everything that was going on. Both the bride and groom wore black, and they looked lovely and handsome. We wish them many years of happiness. The reason Lynn and I couldn’t stay to celebrate into the wee hours with the rest of the guests is that we had to head to Texas immediately after the ceremony. We are down here for the funeral of our longtime friend, Glenn Kittleson. Glenn was a career military man and had retired many years ago as a sergeant major. He joined the Army in 1944, had served in WWII, the Korean conflict and Vietnam. He was the father of Lynn’s friend, Estella, who was recently visiting us in Barronett. He was a great guy, and we will miss him. Lynn and I drove to Texas, and had a great trip until we got to Wichita, Kan. Just as we were entering the town, Kandice Thon sent us a text message saying that the weather down here was supposed to be dreadful – rain, hail and high winds. Well, we drove about 10 miles more and that’s exactly what we hit. From Wichita, all the way to San Antonio, Texas, the weather was horrendous. The

rain was coming down in buckets and the wind was howling. It was all we could do to see the car in front of us. And then, Texas is not like Wisconsin with just a couple of huge towns and lots of little ones. Their little towns are the size of Milwaukee, for heaven’s sake. And the roads around them are all under construction. We went through Oklahoma City, then didn’t hit a big city until Waco, Texas. But between Waco and San Antonio, we had to suffer through Temple and Austin. Traffic was either stopped or moving at about three miles per hour for miles around those cities. A trip that should have taken about five hours in Texas took us about eight. We finally arrived at our hotel, showered, ate some supper and then went immediately to bed. We were exhausted. We woke up Monday morning to more rain, but are hoping that there will be some sunshine while we are down here. I’ll let you know later about the rest of our trip. Oh, one other thing about our trip. We stopped at a truck stop called Sooners in a little town in Oklahoma for breakfast. It was raining cats and dogs, so we ran as fast as we could but still got pretty soaked. We ordered the breakfast buffet, and let me tell you, their food was OK, but couldn’t hold a candle to Debbie’s food at the Red Brick or Cassie’s at the Hilltop. We were so looking forward to getting out of the car, relaxing and having a nice meal. We will never take Debbie or Cassie’s cooking for granted again. Oh, one other thing. Remember that Tonja Metnik needs donations of your unwanted plants for the Wiesner Chapel annual plant sale. That’s coming up soon, and she can also use help if you would like to volunteer in planting the donated plants and getting them ready to sell. Give her a call and she will let you know where to bring your plants or, if you need someone to pick them up, she’ll arrange that for you. That’s about all I know Large Orange Cat from Barronett this week. 17 lbs. with fluffy tail. Hope you’re enjoying the From 200 Block & 5th Ave. sunshine while I’m down area, Shell Lake. here getting soaked with Please check your sheds/ all the rain. See you next garages as he may have time. gotten locked inside.


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coats at least. Your dress may not be shorter than 2 inches above the ankles. To keep the classroom neat and clean you must sweep the floor once a day, scrub the floor with hot soapy water once a week. Clean the blackboards once a day and start the fire at 7 a.m. to have the school warm by 8 a.m. when the scholars arrive. Talking with Diane Hulleman, we find she worked Tuesday at Shell Lake Schools. Then she went to the food shelf to pick up food for a lady she visits. Thursday, Ginny Schnell was at Diane’s and stayed overnight. Friday they went to Colleen, Chad and Izzy Jensen’s to attend the play “Lewis and Clark” and enjoyed it. Ginny went home Friday. While Ginny was at her mom’s Diane says there was a bear up her tree. Her dog chased it. It was about a yearling. Talking with Myrna Atkinson, we find her very busy working on the band quilt. She says this quilt will have a lot of quilting on it and it takes time. Next quilt will be the barn quilt. Sunday, April 10, found Butch and Loretta Vanselus in Rochester, Minn. They went there for the surgery of John Powell. At this time John is in a rehab center getting therapy after hip surgery. He hoped to leave April 22 for home in Montana. On their way to Rice Lake, Marv and Gladys Knoop saw a young bear dead on the road south of Sarona. Marv also tells us there was a timber wolf by Doug and Karen Vanderhoof’s. Just too many wild animals around. Company at Evelyn Melton’s was her cousin from Spooner, Lillian Faber. Evelyn says they had a nice time revisiting the past. Evelyn’s daughters, Vicki Trott, Peggy Vesta and Robin Melton, left from Branson to meet Vicki’s daughter, Teresa, and the girls had quite a time, renting a house and just goofing off and having fun. Sounds like it was nice. There was a baby shower at Kathy and Mike Spears’ on Saturday for Scott and Sarah Melin. The couple received many beautiful gifts for that precious new baby. Sunday at Lorraine and Glen Crosby’s country home were Garry and Beth Crosby, Donna and Jerry Melin and Glen and Lorraine. All enjoyed supper together. Chad and Ashley Crosby, Chase, Morgan and Joyel were home for the weekend. April 19 was the Dewey Country annual meeting. Talking with Janie Lauterbach, she says that April 18 is the end of the tax season for them. Sunday, Janie and

Helen V. Pederson

We’ve been having beautiful days here in Wisconsin. Many of the residents have been either walking or taken by the caregivers around the building. We can expect cooler temps sometime this week. Mark and Joni Parker have been in Colorado Springs, Colo., visiting their daughter and family for several days. When it came to get on their plane in Denver, it had been snowing so much that they closed the airport after their plane left. They returned Saturday night. Margaret Jones and Louise Schade were here over the weekend with Lillian Ullom. Also visiting Lillian was her granddaughter, Julie Butterfield, and some friends from Gainesville, Fla. Tonya Minot of Eau Claire spent the weekend with

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Steve and Cheri Minot. Jeff Pederson visited his mom, Helen, Sunday afternoon. Last week a group from Glenview went to eat at the senior citizens center for a 5 p.m. supper, which they enjoyed very much. Turkey hunting is the thing now. Those who got tom turkeys were Dale Marker, Ryan Pederson and his son, Bradley, and Brent and Jeff Pederson. Push-ups, sit-ups, run in place, Each night I keep a grueling pace, With bleak results, I must divulge, I’ve lost the battle of the bulge. Have a good week.

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ADOPTABLE PETS OF THE WEEK Three little black kittens, their mama’s black, too, They’re just 8 weeks old, and their mother is 2. Sometimes a black kitten, no matter how cute, Will not get adopted, the same old dispute. What must be remembered when getting a pet, It’s not about looks, it’s about who you get. You don’t judge a book by its cover you know, And you just can’t compare a sweet wine to Merlot. Each one is unique, just like each one of us, And there’s always a reason to make a big fuss. No matter how different, how big or how small, Regardless of color, we still love them all. Three little black kittens, and their mama, too, Are here at the shelter just waiting for you. Cats for adoption: 1-1/2-year-old neutered gray/ white longhair; 8-month-old neutered white/black shorthair tiger; 8-month-old neutered black/gray/ white shorthair tiger; 9-month-old spayed black/gray/ white shorthair tiger; 1-1/2-year-old shorthair calico; 4-month-old female black shorthair and a 2-year-old female black shorthair and her three 8-week-old kittens. Dogs for adoption:  4-1/2-year-old spayed walker hound; 5-year-old spayed tan Olde English Bulldogge; and a 5-year-old neutered brown/white Olde English Bulldogge.

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It’s so delightful having this warm weather here. Many people are getting their boats ready for the fishing opener, which is right around the corner. The Stone Lake Pub will donate 50 cents from every drink sold on April 23 from 6 p.m.-midnight. Proceeds will go to the Spooner Cardinals Baseball Team. The Stone Lake Historical Society Board will meet on Thursday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Lions hall. Members are invited to attend. There will be discussions on the ham dinner and the opening of the museum for the summer. They always welcome new members, so if you are interested in becoming a member, please call Connie at 715-865-4940. They also need docents to greet visitors at the museum during the summer months. If you would be willing to be a docent, please call Betty at 715-865-5500. There will be a ham and scalloped potato dinner, sponsored by the Stone Lake Area Historical Society, on Saturday, May 7, from 4-7 p.m. at the Stone Lake Fire Department. This is a full dinner with a scrumptious dessert bar. A silent auction will also be held. Please come and enjoy the meal and support the Stone Lake Museum Complex at the same time. Be sure to mark Saturday, June 4, on your calendars for the Stone Lake Lions fish fry at the Stone Lake Lions

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Hall from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be a garage sale in Stone Lake on Saturday, June 4, sponsored by the Evergreen Cemetery Association. If you have items you wish to donate for this sale, please call Judy Paine at 715-865-2546. Storage is available. Proceeds will go toward maintenance and improvements of Evergreen Cemetery. The Stone Lake Senior Center will also sponsor a garage sale on Saturday, June 4. If you are spring cleaning and have some gently used items to donate, please bring them to the center. If you have larger items, let one of the advisory board members know so they can arrange for pickup. Stone Lake Advisory Board members include Bob Denison, president; Mary Lundell, vice president; Charlene Henk, secretary; and Don Brunner, treasurer. The Loon Cafe is now open seven days a week from 6:30 to 11 a.m. The Loon menu will offer over 50 items, including your choice of 13 breakfasts. Stop in and check out the menu. Have a good week and be safe. Mary Nilssen can be reached at 715-865-4008 or

Senior lunch menu Monday, April 25: BBQ pork on bun, steamed cauliflower, baked beans, sliced peaches. Tuesday, April 26: Hearty beef and vegetable stew, homemade biscuit, fudgy brownie. Wednesday, April 27: Baked cod, seasoned potato wedges, buttered carrots, lemon bar.

Rick had Marie and Warren Quam and Rick’s mom, Jan Lauterbach, over for supper. Noah is now playing baseball for the third- and fourth-graders. Good luck Noah. The Lauterbachs had a grill-out, which was so good, Janie said. Lawns are growing. Yes, it won’t be long before we’ll hear those lawn mowers a-going. Scatter sunshine. Have a great week!

Thursday, April 28: Santa Fe smothered chicken, refried beans, sherbet. Friday, April 29: Roast turkey with gravy, whipped sweet potatoes, steamed peas, berry crisp. Meal reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance, call your senior center to confirm. Menu is subject to change. All meals served with milk and bread.

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Such beautiful days we had over the weekend. Yes, it was more like spring with sunshine and warmth. Time to get those shorts and swimsuits out. It was a very happy birthday to Sandy Atkinson on April 16. The kids had a birthday party, bringing most of the food for grilling. Coming to enjoy the fun were Jim Atkinson, Dan and Lisa Otto and children Marjorie, who now has a job she loves at a newspaper in Maplewood, Minn., and Charlie; Scott Carls and family; Patty and Noel Beaufeaux and son Kyle and wife Becky; and Mitchell and April. All enjoyed the beautiful day. Also coming was Nancy Atkinson and her daughters, Cheryl and Vicky. Talking with my daughter, Penny Ladd, she tells me they did find pussy willows down at the corner of CTH H and CTH B. Reyana just picked and picked a huge bouquet. I see a number of farmers are hauling out their good nutrients making the ground rich. It won’t be long now with farmers getting those big Johns fired up and getting their field work done. Our deepest sympathy to the family of Harold Stone, 56, who passed away April 6. Funeral services were held at the Church of the Nazarene in Spooner. He was the son of Loretta Vanselus and Butch and was the brother of Paula (John) Powell of Montana, Marjean (Rudy) Fisher of Illinois, Mark and wife Shelley, and Matthew and wife Cory. May you know you are in our special thoughts and prayers. Saturday, Penny and Jeff Ladd went to watch their daughter, Rylee, play volleyball in Prairie Farm. The girls lost but it was a good game. Penny says the three kids were out in their swimsuits just a-roarin’ around on Sunday. It’s kind of like our young stock. They just flew around outside and kicked their heels up. Rules for schoolteachers in 1911: You will not marry during the term of your contract. You are not to keep company with men. You must be home between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. unless at a school function. You may not loiter downtown in any of the ice-cream stores. You may not ride in carriages or automobiles with a man except your father or brother. You may not travel beyond the city limits unless you have permission of the chairman of the school board. You may not smoke cigarettes. You may not dress in bright colors. You may under no circumstances dye your hair. You must wear two petti-



Marian Furchtenicht their winter in Fort Myers, Fla., last week. Their daughter, Tami, in Villa Park, Ill., flew down and helped them move from the park to the village and helped drive back. They’re happy to be back and she says she’s still tired out from the trip home. My Spooner classmates of 1950 had their monthly eatout at Lakeview in Shell Lake on Wednesday with 12 attending. It was nice to have Dale Larson attend from Inver Grove Heights, Ill. Sorry to report classmate Ray Smith is in the hospital in Duluth with heart-related problems. Our prayers go out to him and also Gene Anderson who is recovering at Miller Dwan in Duluth with burns to his feet and legs that happened on April 3 in a mishap at his home while doing some burning. Sherri and Pat Teegarden visited and had lunch with me on Saturday noon. They were down this way and went past where their grandparents lived in West Sarona, the Herman and Mamie Roesers, where Val and Bill Smith now live. We had a really nice visit. Saturday evening, about 35 family members attended the second birthday party for Arianna Furchtenicht at her folks, Corey and Charlene’s. Such cute decor and the food all in a farm theme. Sunday noon I attended the second-year birthday party for the other little great-grand, Grant Mathison, held in the shed at his folks’, Sara and Kyle’s in rural Cumberland, all done in a cow theme. Sara did tacos. There were 40 there to enjoy. I had a nice visit with their neighbors, Grant’s “grand-godparents,” Allan and Linda Hustad, from the sugar bush. They are happy maple sapping is over. This was Allan’s 51th year at it and they did, I think they said, 450 gallons. Now they will set up at events to sell the delicious stuff. That was a lot of sap to boil down to end up with that much syrup. Remember the Relay For Life fundraiser rummage sale that the Ripley team is putting on at the Getaway Saturday night, April 23, from 4-7 p.m. Belated birthday wishes to Sherri Teegarden on April 19 and this week a happy one is wished for Doris Walters, Wayne Engen Jr., Kay Lancette and GraceLynn Skinner who turns 2, April 21; Jaydon Okonek and Hugh Smith, April 22; Steve Degner, Tammi Dahle and Gene Anderson, April 23; my brother, Donnie Shoquist, Agnes

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REQUEST FOR BIDS Washburn County is seeking bids for abstracting parcels of land with 2013 taxes due as part of the tax deed procedure. There are approximately 400 parcels. The Bid Specs can be picked up in the Washburn County Treasurer’s Office. Sealed Bids must be received in the Washburn County Treasurer’s Office no later than 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, 2016. Washburn County reserves the right to accept and/or reject any and all bids. 644740 35-37r WNAXLP


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Benjamin, Brenda Kubista and Jade LaFave, April 24; LeRoy Dahlgren and Garth Richter, April 25; Rosalie Boland and Amber O’Donelle, April 26; Ryan Furchtenicht, Verna Dahlstrom, Linda Kupsh and Ethan Lyga, April 27. Anniversary wishes to Tim and Dawn Raymond, April 22; Gayle and Jeff Benedict, April 23; Ron and Mary Jo Furchtenicht, April 24; Ralph and Arlene VanMeter, April 25; Jeff and Marilyn Norton, April 26; and Mike and Bo Bolterman, April 26.

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The weather over the weekend was the talk of the town. The bluebirds are around and the daffodils are blooming. It got up to 75 degrees here on Sunday. Sitting on the deck in the evening, the peepers were really loud with their spring chorus and a couple of sandhills were on the field with their shrill squawking. Monday morning, two swans were on the pond. I haven’t seen them for a couple of days. A red squirrel was in the bird feeder, cute but not my favorite. The grass must have grown a couple of inches since the day before. This week one will see field activity in the area. Anton and Gloria Frey took their Gator and went through the field, over to son Pete’s for a ham supper Sunday night. Gloria said they saw wood ducks, a lone goose and deer on the way. She also reports her bats are back. Twelve of them came out of their bat house as she sat on the deck counting them later in the evening. Friday, Bob Millard stopped and also her brother, Bill Foltz, came so they had a nice visit and coffee. Her sister, Joann Paulson, and the kids stopped by one day, too. Sympathy to the family of a very dear lady, Auntie Rohlik, who passed away April 11 at the nursing home in Durand. She had just turned 108 years old on April 3. Burial will be at the Shell Lake Cemetery at a later date. The family all grew up in West Sarona. Dave and Cathy Stodola, Hudson, spent Friday here with his mom, Virginia. Visitors at Elfreda West’s one day were her daughter, Ellen Wagner, Cameron, and her friend, Jean Voight, visiting from Johnstown, Ohio. Charlotte Ross stopped and visited after church and brought her goodies on Sunday. Corey Furchtenicht took his dad, Russ, up for an airplane ride to look around on Wednesday. On Tuesday the Tuesday afternoon Spooner women’s bowling team held their banquet at Lakeview in Shell Lake with 39 attending. This included bowlers, subs and sponsors. All enjoyed some great food and lots of nice prizes, with my team, Fuernot Farms, hosting this year. My team includes Marion Reiter, Vicki Gee-Treft, Dorothy Esser, Denise B., and subs Karen Sigmund and Nancy Barkdall. Overall season team champion was Hansen Concrete Inc. and most improved bowler was Terri Elfstrom, 103 to 131. Congrats to all receiving the many awards. My neighbors, Al and Jolene Loew, arrived home from

Effective Monday, April 25, the weight limits on all city streets within the City of Shell Lake will be lifted except the section of S. Lake Drive from 1701 - 1709. This section will be lifted on Monday, May 2. Please contact Mitch Brown at 715-468-7873 for further information. Mitch Brown, Public Works Director 645153 36r WNAXLP



Washburn County is accepting applications for the Veterans Office Assistant position with the Veterans Services Office. This position provides assistance to veterans and their families, performs financial accounting and recordkeeping, prepares financial documents and reports, office administration, purchasing, receipts and disbursements and related tasks. Qualified candidates must have basic knowledge of County, State and Federal Veterans Benefit Programs; must possess high school diploma or equivalent, at least one year post-high-school education with a concentration in administrative/customer service skills and three to five years’ work experiences handling difficult secretarial and administrative duties; must be a discharged veteran in accordance with WI Statutes 45.80, and within one year of employment, must successfully achieve accreditation by the United States Federal Department of Veterans Affairs through at least one of many qualifying Veterans organizations. Wage starting at $17.22/hour with additional consideration given to highly qualified candidates, and excellent benefit package. Download an employment application from the County website at or contact the Washburn County Personnel Department at P.O. Box 337, Shell Lake, WI 54871 Ph.: 715-468-4624, fax: 715-468-4628 or by email at: Resumes will be accepted but will not take the place of a completed application. Please submit applications and a copy of your DD214 to the Personnel Office by 4:30 p.m., Friday May 6, 2016. EOE. 645157 36-37r

On or about April 28, 2016, Douglas County, as lead county for the Northwest Regional Housing Program comprising Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor and Washburn Counties, will submit a request to the Wisconsin Department of Administration - Division of Housing for the release of Community Development Block Grant funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, to undertake a project known as Community Development Block Grant - Small Cities Housing Program, for the purpose of establishing a housing rehabilitation loan program to conserve, rehabilitate and improve residential property occupied by low- and moderate-income (LMI) residents in the Northwest Regional Housing Program area. The activities proposed are categorically excluded under HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58 from National Environmental Policy Act requirements. An Environmental Review Record (ERR) that documents the environmental determinations for this project is on file at the Douglas County Zoning Administrator’s office, 1313 Belknap Avenue, Room 206, Superior, and the Washburn County Clerk’s Office, 10 4th Avenue, Shell Lake, and may be examined or copied weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Any individual, group or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to Douglas County, 1313 Belknap Street, Room 206, Superior, WI 54880. All comments received by April 28, 2016, will be considered by Douglas County prior to submission of a request for release of funds.


Douglas County certifies to the Wisconsin Department of Administration - Division of Housing that Douglas Finn in his capacity as County Board Chair consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. The State’s acceptance of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and allows Douglas County to use Program funds.


The State of Wisconsin, Department of Administration Division of Housing will accept objections to its release of funds and Douglas County’s certification for a period of 15 days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if it is on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certified Officer of Douglas County; (b) Douglas County has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58; (c) the grant recipient has incurred costs not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by the State of Wisconsin; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58) and shall be addressed to Wisconsin Department of Administration - Division of Housing at P.O. Box 7970, Madison, WI 53707-7970. Objections to the release of funds on any basis other than those stated above will not be considered by the Wisconsin Department of Administration - Division of Housing. Objections received after May 13, 2016, will not be considered by the Wisconsin Department of Administration - Division of Housing and Community Development. Douglas Finn, County Board Chair 644980 36r WNAXLP



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Steven R. Clepper, St. Paul, Minn., operating while revoked, $200.50. Deangelo T. Davis, Duluth, Minn., speeding, $301.30; operating without valid license, $200.50. Mark A. Denhartog, Minong, operating while suspended, $200.50; operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50; nonregistration of vehicle, $175.30; inattentive driving, $187.90. Chad A. Dillon, Superior, operating while suspended, $200.50. Susan A. Fenton, Rice Lake, speeding, $225.70. Brandie L. Fornengo, Danbury, speeding, $250.90. Brandon M.E. Foster, Chippewa Falls, speeding, $175.30; operating while suspended, $200.50. Christopher D. Goehring, Arpin, speeding, $175.30. Andrew S. Grossman, Baraboo, speeding, $200.50. Ted G. Hammersborg, Superior, speeding, $175.30. Sylvanus A. Hershberger, Decorah, Iowa, speeding, $452.50. Cheri J. Holmes, Crystal, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Alison E. Johnson, River Falls, speeding, $175.30. Keith E. Jolma, Ashland, speeding, $175.30. Rickey J. Kizlik, Springbrook, place material, feed/attract wild animals, $100.00. Andre D. Kormann, Minneapolis, Minn., fish without license, $192.70.

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Applications are presently being accepted from qualified candidates for a full-time Academic Affairs Specialist - Curriculum & Scheduling Systems at the Administrative Office in Shell Lake, WI. Qualifications include: Bachelor’s degree or equivalency*, two years’ (4,000 hours) occupational experience in postsecondary education and documented supervisory experience. *Equivalency to a bachelor’s degree is seven years’ occupational experience. For a complete list of qualifications and to apply visit our website at Deadline to apply: April 25, 2016

Washburn County is accepting applications for the Account Clerk III position with the Washburn County Health and Human Services Department. This position is responsible for vouchering, receipts, data entry into financial and peripheral systems, tracking spending by department/business units, maintaining confidential client files, case management, client billing and other financial and clerical tasks. A twoyear vocational or associate degree in accounting or related field or relevant work experience is required. Experience with computerized accounting, payroll, word processing, spreadsheet systems, PowerPoint and ten-key skills necessary. Starting pay range is $17.54-$19.50/hr. D.O.Q., with excellent benefits. For an application, contact the Washburn County Personnel Department at P.O. Box 337, Shell Lake, WI 54871, Ph.: 715-468-4624, Fax: 715-4684628, email: or download an application from our County website at Resumes will be accepted but will not take the place of a completed application. Applications 645155 36-37r must be received by 4:30 p.m., Friday, May 6, 2016. EOE

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Tyler T. Revak, Spooner, speeding, $200.50. Edward L. Robarge, Spooner, operating while suspended, $200.50, twice. Christopher M. Rolstad, Minong, operating while suspended, $200.50. Dashawn M. Shafer, Franklin, Ga., speeding, $250.90. Quinn M. Shelton, Hayward, speeding, $200.50. Travis A. Smith, Baldwin, speeding, $175.30. Hunter R. Smith, Spooner, speeding, $225.70. Jeromy W. Srmek, Sarona, operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50; operating while suspended, $200.50. Justin L. Stone, Duluth, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Vincent S. Velie, Maple Plain, Minn., speeding, $200.50; nonregistration of vehicle, $175.30. Nicholas J. Walkowiak, Superior, speeding, $295.00. Aaron J. Weaver, Spooner, operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Dylan J. Wheeler, Minong, operating ATV without valid safety certificate, $162.70. Ralph E. Wilkinson, Spooner, place material, feed/attract wild animals, $150.10. Katherine T. Wilkinson, St. Louis Park, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Matthew L. Zawislak, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $200.50.

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Alison J. Kosterman, Portage, speeding, $175.30; operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Dahlton J. Krueger, Webster, speeding, $200.50. Theresa K. Kuehlman, Hayward, OWI, $937.50, license revoked 6 months, alcohol assessment. Jake L. Langteau, Chippewa Falls, speeding, $175.30. Eugene P. Loonsfoot, Baraga, Mich., speeding, $225.70. Edward J. Ludwig, La Crosse, speeding, $175.00. Matthew L. Madsen, Minong, speeding, $175.30. Thomas M. Mann, Minong, operating while suspended, $200.50. Carl H. Martens, Geneva, Ill., speeding, $175.30. John M. Mast, Byron, Minn., speeding, $452.50. Wyatt K. Matuskaz, Trego, operating without valid license, $200.50. Ross W. Mayer, Edina, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Rowan N. Nelson Ferris, Madison, texting while driving, $187.90; operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. William Z. Nipe, Cameron, operating while suspended, $200.50. Aaron W. Odonahue, Eau Claire, speeding, $200.05. Peter T. Okins, Thonotosassa, Fla., speeding, $200.50. Brittny L. Purintun, Cameron, speeding, $250.90.

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Scott B. Atkins, Chippewa Falls, OWI, $1,744.00, local jail, license revoked 24 months, ignition interlock, alcohol assessment. Janis L. Denhartog, Dairyland, disorderly conduct, $299.00. Robert D. Fineran, Duluth, Minn., disorderly conduct, $299.00. Bradley R. Larson, Shell Lake, possession of THC, $443.00, probation, sent. withheld. Jeffrey S. Lenz, Spooner, disorderly conduct, $243.00, local jail. Thor T. Lindemans, Birchwood, disorderly conduct, $543.00, local jail. Dale R. Anderson, Siren, operating without valid license, $200.50. Jose A. Avila, Hayward, speeding, $175.30. Bradley L. Baker, Spooner, failure to notify police of accident, $389.50. Jessica J. Bauer, Webster, speeding, $175.30. David J. Bennett, Trego, display unauthorized vehicle registration plate, $238.30; operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Geoffrey A. Boeder, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Roger E. Briggs, Chippewa Falls, nonregistration of vehicle, $175.30. Chase M. Briggs, College Park, Md., speeding, $175.30. Tabatha J. Case, Minong, nonregistration of vehicle, $175.30; operating without valid license, $200.50; operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50.

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St. Francis de Sales Catholic School in Spooner, WI, has job openings for two full-time teachers for the 2016-2017 school year. Candidates must have apropriate Wisconsin teaching license. One position will be first grade and the other will be a combined classroom of grades 5 and 6. Practicing Catholic preferred. Please send cover letter and resume to Mrs. Kathy Kurkiewicz, Principal, 300 Oak 644321 34-37r Street, Spooner, WI 54801.



Washburn County is seeking applicants for the Social Worker position in the Family Services Unit with the Department of Health and Human Services. This position provides services to families experiencing problems with child abuse and neglect, delinquency, parent-child conflict, alcohol and/or drug abuse, mental health and developmental disabilities. Considerable independent judgment and discretion are required in dealing with families, providers and community agencies. This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work OR related field, Wisconsin Social Work Certification or eligibility for certification within two years of hire, and a valid WI driver’s license. Starting salary range is $23.63 - $26.28/hr. plus excellent benefits. For an application, contact the Washburn County Personnel Department at P.O. Box 337, Shell Lake, WI 54871, Ph.: 715-468-4624, Fax: 715-468-4628, email:, or download an application from our County website at Resumes will be accepted but will not take the place of a completed application. Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m., Friday, May 6, 2016. EOE 645156 36037r



Taking cover


Shell Lake High School students used the time during the tornado drill as a social event as they sat quietly in the hall. For some it might have been a welcome break from their studies.

The third-grade students in Shell Lake School took cover in a sheltered hallway as part of the school’s tornado drill on Thursday, April 14.

Photos by Larry Samson

An Enchanted Forest, theme for Shell Lake’s prom Tim Ullom makes his rounds during the scheduled drill to see if it was executed as planned. Many hours have been spent to ensure the safety of the students in case of an emergency.

SHELL LAKE - The Shell Lake junior class will present their prom, An Enchanted Forest, on Saturday, April 23, starting at 8 p.m. and concluding at midnight.  The grand march will take place at 9 p.m.  Family and friends may attend the march/coronation from 8:45 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.  The court who will represent the Class of 2017 is Cassidy Schroeder, Jadee Goetz, Savan-

nah Soltis, Hope Balts, Tiffany Herzog, Emily Parish, Marty Anderson, Jack Skluzacek, James Crawford, Ben Frey, Isaac Haines and Dom Hopke. Also making the evening special will be the appearance of last year’s king and queen, Keagan Blazer and Daniel Parish. — from the Shell Lake junior class

Shell Lake school menu Breakfast Thursday, April 21: Grades K-2: Muffin. Grades 3-12: Homemade sweet bread or oatmeal with fixings. Friday, April 22: No school. Professional Development Day. Monday, April 25: Grades K-12: Mini cinni roll. Grades 3-12: Bagel and cream cheese. Tuesday, April 26: Grades K-12: Pancakes and sausage. Grades 3-12: Chocolate-chip oatmeal bar.

Wednesday, April 27: Grades K-12: Cereal and toast. Grades 3-12: Ultimate breakfast round. Thursday, April 28: Grades K-12: French toast sticks. Grades 3-12: Homemade sweet bread. Friday, April 29: Grades K-12: Laker pizza. Grades 3-12: Ham, egg and cheese bar with toast.

Breakfast is served with a choice of juice/fruit and milk offered daily. Every day breakfast is free to all students. Lunch Thursday, April 21: Grades K-12: Hot dog. Grades 7-12: Cheese or pepperoni pizza. Friday, April 22: No school, Professional Development Day. Monday, April 25: Grades K-12: Chicken fajita. Tuesday, April 26: Grades K-12: Orange

chicken and rice bowl. Grades 7-12: Burrito and rice bowl. Wednesday, April 27: Grades K-12: Mini cheese ravioli. Grades 7-12: Italian dunker. Thursday, April 28: Grades K-12: Crispy chicken sandwich. Grades 7-12: Buffalo chicken pizza. Friday, April 29: Grades K-12: Brunch. Menus subject to change. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


Shell Lake PTA to host Laker Color Run SHELL LAKE - A color-a-thon is coming to Shell Lake. The Shell Lake Parent Teacher Association is hosting a Laker Color Run on Saturday, May 21. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the run at 9 a.m., at the Shell Lake beach. This fun and healthy event is a fundraiser where students will be asking for donations and earning rewards depending on the level of donations they raise. At the end of the donation period, a 2K fun run/walk will take place. The students can walk, run, skip or cartwheel through a course where they will get blasted by color dust. To make it even more fun, the community is invited to participate! The color dust is safe, nontoxic and completely washable. It’s made of cornstarch and color dyes approved by the FDA. “This is a safe and healthy fundraiser,” said Tiffany Schroeder, Shell Lake PTA president. “Plus it’s a fun way to get

our students outside and have a blast while raising money.” “We are very excited to host the Laker Color Run,” said Schroeder “The money will be used to support the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center experience, where seventh-graders participate in a weeklong field trip; the Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse educational programming; and a new public announcement system for the Shell Lake Primary School. To donate, contact a student or go to — from Shell Lake PTA

The Shell Lake PTA will host the Laker Color Run on Saturday, May 21, at the Shell Lake beach. — Photo submitted

Pack 51 Scouts for Food

Plaque of appreciation

Shell Lake Cub Scout Pack 51’s Scouting For Food on Saturday, April 16, collected 332 pounds of food to be donated to the Washburn Country Food Pantry. The pack extends gratitude to all that participated in donating items. — Photo by Stephanie Whiteside

Out for a swim

The Wisconsin Kitty Cat Racers held their annual banquet Saturday, April 9. WKCR is a nonprofit organization that supports ice oval snowmobile racing for kids 4-15 years old. Shown is WKCR racer Whit Albrecht presenting a plaque of appreciation to Waylon and Bill Meyer of Wild River Sport and Marine in Trego for their sponsorship of the junior open class. — Photo by Celeste Olson

Backyard visitor

Four male hooded mergansers court a female on Little Ripley Lake near Sarona. — Photo by Charlotte Shover

Prairie Fling planned at Hunt Hill Horse-drawn wagon rides through the prairie will be part of Hunt Hill’s Prairie Fling Festival on Saturday, May 14. — Photo submitted

SARONA - Celebrate spring at Hunt Hill during the fifth-annual Prairie Fling Festival on Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reconnect with people, community and nature in this one-day extravaganza. Once you are in the gate, the only extra expenses are for food and art/ crafts. Check out Hunt Hill’s website often to see the lineup of artists, musicians, live animal presentations and specialty speakers. This year’s Prairie Fling will feature live entertainment from The Sons of the Voyageurs, The Little Ripley Band, and Second Wind String Band; local art and craft vendors; kids activity area with petting zoo, pinewood derby, crafts, face-painting, straw-bale fort, caricatures

and more; live eagle program from the National Eagle Center; horse-drawn wagon and tractor rides through the prairie; tasty food and treats from Louie’s Finer Meats and Burnett Dairy Cooperative; community group displays; nocturnal animal presentation from the Lake Superior Zoo and Snake Discovery and much more. The cost per person is $5, with Hunt Hill members receiving free admission. For more information, call Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary at 715-635-6543, email, or visit website at — from Hunt Hill

It was nice sighting a yellow-bellied sapsucker recently near Sarona. This is not a common visitor. — Photo by Charlotte Shover

WCR | April 20 | 2016