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Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 Vol. 127, No. 16 • Shell Lake, Wis.

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The blue jay is one of the few songbirds that stay in the area during the winter. They often frequent bird feeders. Blue jays can mimic the call of a hawk to warn other jays in the area. While the blue jay appears blue, their feathers are brown and the blue color is caused by the scattered light from the modified cells found on the feather barbs. — Photo by Larry Samson

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SHELL LAKE — Shell Lake Chamber members and businesses are geared up and ready to celebrate Holiday Saturday on Dec. 5. Santa will be at the community center for breakfast and to visit with children from 8-10 a.m. The After-School Craft Fair will run from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the 3-12 school. Businesses in Shell Lake will also be running specials throughout the day. Lakeland Manor will be hosting their annual holiday bazaar from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., with a spaghetti feed served from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The United Methodist Church will hold their bazaar from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The Indianhead Community Health Care Inc. Love Lite tree at the Indianhead Medical Center will be lit in recognition of loved ones. “The Tree Lot” will be performed by Theatre in the Woods at the Erika Quam Memorial Theatre; call 715-468-4387 for reservations or go to — Suzanne Johnson ••• SHELL LAKE — Shell Lake Police Chief Dave Wilson would like to remind residents that no one shall park any vehicle between the hours of 2:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. on any city street or traveled public right of way within the Shell Lake city limits between Nov. 1 and March 31. Any person violating this ordinance will be fined. — from the Shell Lake Police Department

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Danielle Danford | Staff writer SHELL LAKE — In an effort to increase public awareness and safety, the Washburn County Register has been following an increasing trend of methamphetamine charges in Washburn County. Since October several stories have been published about the drug’s resurgence and the resulting effects of its presence. In order to better understand substance use, abuse and addiction, insight from a professional who assists those in recovery efforts was sought out. Also, to better understand addiction, a local person, working through her own recovery with addiction, shared her story and perspective. “I think of addiction as having a mind and life of its own. What it’s doing is controlling my life, managing my life, pulling me off like an abusive lover, kicking the snot out of me and then it will kill me,” said Lori Henderson-Olson, a licensed professional counselor. Henderson-Olson

is also the drug and alcohol court case manager for Washburn County and part of the intoxicated drivers intervention program. In her position, Henderson-Olson assesses people for their mental health, depth of addiction and makes recommendations based on findings from those assessments. Henderson-Olson explained that there are different types of addiction, which are broken into two groups, substance dependence and process addictions. Substance dependence addictions are addictions to things outside your body that you put in like drugs, alcohol and food. Process addictions are addictions to actions like sex or gambling. “A lot of people can just weed the abuse out of their lives because they can see where it’s going, See Local insights, page 4

It’s a wonderful time of year to honor, remember veterans Danielle Danford | Staff writer SHELL LAKE — At hundreds of locations across the country and overseas, thousands of evergreen wreaths will be placed at veterans cemeteries, military memorials and other locations, along with our nation’s cemetery at Arlington, Va., to remember and honor the sacrifices made by America’s veterans. The event is called Wreaths Across America and on Saturday, Dec. 12, members of the Hayward Civil Air Patrol will place wreaths at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery located five miles south of Spooner on Hwy. 53 in Washburn County. “The ceremony is done at veterans cemeteries all over the countries all at the same time,” said Alan Foeckler, former commander and current member of the Hayward CAP Wild Rivers Composite Squadron, GLR-WI-053, of the Civil Air Patrol. The Wreaths Across America ceremony is also organized to be done identically at all locations around the world. “In our local unit we involve the youth when we can,” said Foeckler. This year the Hayward CAP has six youths that will conduct the event with adult volunteers to fill open positions but they really want the young people to conduct the entire ceremony.

“We are looking for kids to get involved,” said Foeckler. The Civil Air Patrol is the only official auxiliary of the United States Air Force. Their primary mission is to handle domestic search and rescues for downed aircraft in the United States. The group’s regular missions are: aerospace education, integrity first, excellence in all we do, volunteer services, and respect. Youth can join at age 12 to become a CAP cadet. “They can gain quite a few experiences through programs and activities right through the local unit,” said Foeckler. The Wreaths Across America ceremony is one of those activities and public attendance to the ceremony is encouraged. “There’s no bad time to recognize the service of our veterans,” said Foeckler. Wreaths Across America began as a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in 1992. The organization has since expanded to include more than 1,000 local fundraising groups in all 50 states representing more than 900 cemeteries, military memorials and other locations. The ceremony at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery involves the placement of seven wreaths, one for each branch of the service and one for POWs. See Remembering veterans, page 4



Spooner Ladies Night Out event draws crowd

The 2015 Spooner Ladies Night Out drew a large crowd of shoppers to the many businesses that participated. Purchases made granted those shoppers an entry into a drawing for a grand prize of over $1,000 in gift cards.

Carlotta Romsos, Sarona, fills out a ticket for a chance to win a lighted canvas print at the Yellow River Trading Company as Carol Graf, Shell Lake, waits for her chance. The drawing was held as part of the Spooner Ladies Night Out on Monday, Nov. 23.

Shoppers were treated to live holiday music performed by the Spooner Chamber Ensemble at Dahl’s Homestore. Shown (L to R): Nora Moss, Miriam Michealson, Hellen Watkins and Destiny Schultz.

Tamara Herskovic, owner of Mayana Chocolate, shared samples of some of the different chocolates she and her husband, Daniel Hershovic, create in Spooner.

The grand-prize drawing for the Spooner Ladies Night Out drew a crowd to Centennial Park in Spooner. First place was over $1,000 in gift cards, second place received a grand gift basket with items from each participating business, and third place received $100 in Spooner Chamber dollars. Shown (L to R): First-place prizewinner Casey Mathews, Rice Lake; second-place prizewinner Jazmyn Wilson, Minong; and third-place prizewinner, Nikki Halverson, Trego, with Pastor Jack Starr in the background.

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Amongst the many people browsing for gifts in Northwind Book and Fiber, 1-1/2-year-old Brian Overby, Spooner, found a gift of his own; a wooden train

Cathy Colbert, Spooner, and Carol Geiger, Trego, take a break from shopping on a bench at Gypsy and the Frog Gallery.

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Area trends in meth, drug cases show increase Danielle Danford | Staff writer SHELL LAKE - The Register has been following an increasing trend of methamphetamine charges in Washburn County. In an effort to understand the full extent of the problem, both Polk and Burnett County sheriffs were contacted to find out if they were seeing a similar trend. The following is a breakdown of data from the Burnett and Polk County sheriff’s offices and the Wisconsin Circuit Court System. According to Polk County Sheriff Pete Johnson, methamphetamine use has been an ongoing and increasing trend in the county since 2012. Data collected shows that meth possession charges in Polk County jumped from 11 in 2011 to 36 in 2012, over triple the number of cases. In 2014, the office charged a total of 56 meth possession citations and as of Oct. 27, the Polk County Sheriff’s Department has presented 37 possession of meth cases to the district attorney. That’s about 66 percent of the total possession of meth cases the sheriff’s department handled in 2014, and that data is three weeks behind. “We (Polk County) had a lot of meth manufacturing here in the early and mid2000s, but that died off when they cracked down on the pseudoephedrine sales,” said Johnson. About mid-2012 the Polk County Sheriff’s office started seeing an increase in meth cases which is reflected in the data. “The only difference is that it appears to be coming primarily out of Mexico now,” said Johnson. Without the substances needed to make the illegal drug, law enforcement are aware that drug cartels are now responsible for a majority of the meth found in Northwest Wisconsin and into the Twin Cities area. Since the cartel has taken over, local meth labs have become a thing of the past, but that doesn’t mean the danger has. Meth is also a major problem in Burnett County, according to Sheriff Ron Wilhelm. Data shows that meth possession charges in Burnett County went from seven in 2012 to 14 by October of this year, doubling in under three years. Both county sheriff’s offices are also tracking an increase in citations for the manufacture/delivery of meth. Sheriff Johnson said most of Polk County’s cases are the delivery of meth, not its manufacture. He added that the cases they have categorized in this charge may not represent all offenses charged in a year because the department is only allowed to report one charge per case and report the most severe charge. “So if the possession or delivery were coupled with something more serious, it may not be included in this list, but listed




Reports of an increase in meth-related cases from Burnett (B), Polk (P) and Washburn (W) County sheriff’s offices is reflected in four years of data from the Wisconsin Circuit Court System. These data points are the combined felony and misdemeanor drug possession cases for each county by year. - Special graphic under the most severe or important crime type,” explained Johnson. Looking at the data in 2011, the Polk County logged seven manufacture/deliver meth charges. In 2014 that number had risen to 39. As of the end of this October the county has had 16 manufacture/deliver charges. The Burnett County Sheriff’s Department made one manufacture/deliver charge in 2012. By the end of 2013 the office had made five. As of October 2015, Burnett County has made four such charges. The increasing trend of meth-related citations is also reflected in an increasing trend in drug possessions since 2011. Referencing data obtained from the Wisconsin Circuit Court System in the chart labeled “Overall drug possession trends,” Polk County had 80 drug possession cases filed in 2011; by 2013 that number doubled to 165. Johnson explained the increase, for Polk County, is a reflection from two different

factors. One being that when local meth labs were unable to make more product law enforcement saw a reduction in methrelated cases. By 2011 drug cartels had taken over the supply of meth and methrelated cases increased. The second factor is the assigning by the sheriff of a drug investigator to the Polk County drug unit, who was and is very aggressive in building cases. “He is responsible for a large percentage of those numbers.  The fact that he was so active, also motivated the patrol deputies to stay active.  When we are actively pursuing leads and investigations, the numbers will usually go up,” said Johnson. Referencing the same chart, Burnett County had a total of 33 drug possession charges filed in 2011. By 2013 it had increased more than twice that amount to 74. All of the deputies at the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office investigate drug offenses but they do have one deputy

who is usually designated to drug cases. The costs of substance abuse problems are far-reaching and complex, more than a single news article could account for, but it is important to remember there are options. Just because a person is using or abusing an illegal substance, like meth, doesn’t mean their only option is incarceration. The best-case scenario is to get help through treatment before altercations with the law happen.

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Filing for spring elections starts now County board, school district, city candidates use December nominating papers Gregg Westigard | Staff writer WASHBURN COUNTY — Tuesday, Dec. 1, marks the start of the spring 2016 elections. That is the first day candidates can start circulating nomination papers for many positions on the April ballot. That includes county board candidates, seats on every school board, candidates for city mayor and council and some village boards, and a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The spring nonpartisan election will be held April 5. December and January are the months when citizens decide who will be on the April ballot.  This is the period to review the offices up for election and the performance of those who hold those offices. All county board seats are up in 2016. A third of the seats on every school board are open each year. The cities of Shell Lake and Spooner elect their mayors and half their council members in 2016. Candidates for all these offices use nominating papers to get on the ballot. In addition, the village of Minong uses nominating papers for ballot access while the village of Birchwood nominates candidates at a caucus in January. To be considered at the

caucus candidates must submit nominating papers by Jan. 5. Nominations for a number of judicial positions will also be made in December. The Supreme Court seat is the position formerly held by Patrick Crooks. He died last month after announcing that he would not run for re-election. Several candidates are seeking the position, including Rebecca Bradley who was appointed by Gov. Scott Walker to fill the vacancy. Court of Appeals Judge Thomas Hruz is seeking a full term. The seat of incumbent municipal Judge Andrew Lawton in Spooner is open this year.

Nominating papers The process for using nominating papers starts with the candidates filling a Campaign Registration Statement, form GAB-1, with the clerk for the local election. That clerk is the county clerk, the village or city clerk, or a designated person at each school district office. For school board candidates, the only additional step is completing one more form, the Declaration of Candidacy, form GAB-162. The candidates for other offices must collect signatures on their nomination papers before completing the process. All nomination papers must be submitted by 5 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 5. All incumbents must register if they are seeking re-election. Incumbents who are retiring must file a Notification of Noncandidacy by Dec. 25. The spring election is Tuesday, April 5.

If more than two people file for any open seat, a primary election held on Feb. 16 will narrow the field.

County boards Every county board seat is open for a two-year term. Candidates register with the county clerk. School boards School board terms are for three years with a third of the seats up for election each year. In addition, board members appointed to fill vacancies must run for the remainder of that term in the next election. School board candidates file for office at the school district office and do not need to gather signatures to get on the ballot. These are the incumbents for the 2016 open school board seats in the six districts serving Washburn County. Birchwood (two seats): Robert Langham and Robert Robotka; Hayward (two seats): Lynell Swenson and Greg Neff; Rice Lake (three seats, one city, two rural) – city: Natalie Robarge, rural: Miriam Vavra and Bill Schmitze; Shell Lake (two seats): Stuart Olson and Steven Naglosky; Spooner (two seats): Robert Hoellen and Kyle Pierce; Northwood (two seats) – Frog Creek: Douglas Denninger, village of Minong: Darlene Denninger.

Municipal elections The cities of Shell Lake and Spooner elect a mayor and half the seats on the city council in 2016. Half the seats on the village councils are open in 2016. The cities and the village of Minong use nominating papers while Birchwood nominates candidates at a caucus in January. Candidates where nominating papers are used register with the municipal clerk before they start collecting signatures on their nomination papers. Listed below are the municipalities where candidates are selected via nominating papers in December, the positions open in 2016, and the incumbent officeholders whose terms are up in April. City of Shell Lake – Mayor: Sally Peterson. Alderperson Ward 1: Chad Shelton and Brent Edlin, alderperson Ward 2: Ken Schultz and Dan Harrington plus a one-year term for the vacant seat of Tara Burns. City of Spooner – Mayor: Gary Cuskey. Alderpersons Ward 1: Rick Coquillette, Ward 2: Carol Blizzard Dunn, Ward 3: Daryl Gabriel, Ward 4: Larry Stelter. Village of Minong – Trustees Karen Baker, Andy Podratz and James Schaefer. These elections will be monitored along with the filings and retirements during the coming month. A list of all nominees for those positions will follow in early January. The paper will also list the caucus dates and remaining open seats in late December.


Rep. Quinn calls for constitutional amendment to create term limits for Wisconsin legislators

MADISON – Rep. Romaine Quinn, RRice Lake, announced his co-sponsorship of a bill that would be the first step in amending the state Constitution to set term limits for the Legislature, governor and lieutenant governor. “This bill is a way to bring more voices into the democratic process,” said Quinn. “Wisconsin’s legislators currently stay in office longer, and generate fewer proposals, than our predecessors. Although I am proud to continue to do the people’s work in Madison, it would be absurd for me to still be in office when I’m 70 years old. That’s just not the way a healthy system works. Term limits ensure that there is a healthy turnover in government, and that

new, innovative solutions have a chance to be enacted.” Quinn cited the danger of legislators becoming “too comfortable” in their positions, and losing touch with the people they were elected to serve. “There is a danger of legislators becoming more focused on retaining their seats than in making the hard choices that truly serve their constituents. We have to set up incentives to make sure that all of us here are more focused on doing the people’s work, rather than simply saving our seats.” Over the last approximately 75 years, the amount of terms politicians serve has ballooned. In the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s, the Assembly was primarily made up of leg-

islators who were new or in their second or third session. During the same time period, the Assembly had less than 15 percent of legislators who had served five or more terms. In the 2000s, the Legislature included over 33 percent of legislators who had served five or more terms, with new and second-term legislators making up 30 percent of the Assembly. Currently 15 states have some form of term limits. For example, California and Oklahoma allow for only 12 years of total legislative service, Michigan allows for only 14 years of total legislative service, and Arkansas allows for only 16 years of total legislative service. The proposed constitutional amendment would limit

terms to 24 years of total legislative service - 12 years in each house - not counting the potential for 16 additional years of serving as lieutenant governor and governor - eight years in each position. “In fact, I expect this to be a strongly bipartisan motion. Democrats such as Jim Doyle in 2009 called term limits ‘the norm in this country.’ It is high time for this commonsense, practical solution to be enshrined as law in our state,” Quinn said. “I hope my colleagues on both sides of the aisle will sign on to this important cause.” — from the office of Rep. Quinn

though the focus is mental health. Hoffman knows the importance of getting her mental health under control because she feels it led to her addiction. Henderson-Olson explained that addiction has several important components: physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual. “So when you have something working for you on all of these levels, isn’t it irresistible?” said Henderson-Olson. For Hoffman drugs were an escape. “It kind of just took away the reality as far as a lot of stuff going on with my kids, not being able to see them. And I figured if I can’t see them, if my family hates me, if things are going wrong in my life I might as well make it worth my while.” But Hoffman says she doesn’t feel that way now. Instead she thinks about where she is headed. “I am trying to have a positive outlook as far as getting through the drug court and earning back trust in my parents, which is getting better,” she said. Seeing her kids more is in her thoughts, but she knows it is too soon to do anything with the courts to get more visitation time. “All my drug screenings have come back negative and I’ve had two to three a week,” Hoffman said. She says she takes pictures of them and sends them to her parents. “I want to prove to myself and show them that there have been some changes,” she said. In counseling Hoffman is identifying her triggers for cravings. Through that process she has learned that TV shows with drug use in them are a trigger for her. “I just can’t watch it anymore because then the cravings start and then I get into the mind-set of, that’s what I want and that’s what I’m going to get,” she said. For Hoffman, distancing herself from people she used to hang out with has been a difficult part of her recovery and maintaining her sobriety. Limiting interactions or situations with people she knew from when she used helps to eliminate the potential for triggering cravings. Besides the people in her group meetings and her counselor, the people Hoffman can talk to about her current life situation are limited. “I try to talk to basically my boyfriend, because most of the friends I have I used with; I’m trying to stay away from them. I can kind of talk to my parents a little bit

but they don’t understand it. They’re still not sure what to think, that their daughter is an addict,” said Hoffman. That is another part of becoming sober Hoffman is having to face. The stigma of addiction, which was tested in a study by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2013. The researchers found that people are significantly more likely to have negative attitudes toward those dealing with drug addiction than those with mental illness, and generally don’t support insurance, housing and employment policies that benefit those dependent on drugs. “Drug addiction and mental illness are both chronic, treatable health conditions, but the American public is more likely to think of addiction as a moral failing than a medical condition,” said Colleen L. Barry, an associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the School of Public Health. “In recent years, it has become more socially acceptable to talk publicly about one’s struggles with mental illness. But with addiction, the feeling is that the addict is a bad or weak person, especially because much drug use is illegal.” Johns Hopkins University and many other educational institutions and mental health organizations all point out that once people, both those living with addiction and society at large, can accept addiction in terms of a treatable chronic disease the stigma surrounding drug addiction will crumble. That shift could lead the way to policies that might help drug addicts in their recovery. Hoffman’s personal perspective for people who know someone who they think is dealing with addiction is simple. “Try to be supportive as possible … support is the most important thing,” said Hoffman. To her, support would be help to get medical assistance at a detox or residential treatment facility. Just because a person is using or abusing drugs doesn’t mean their only option is incarceration. The best-case scenario is to get help through treatment before run-ins with the law happen. More information specific to methamphetamine use in Washburn County will be the topic of a communitywide presentation on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at the Spooner High School auditorium.  

Local insights/from page 1 no place,” said Henderson-Olson. But there are people who have had positive and negative experiences with substances at a young age but didn’t associate the negative experience with the abuse of the substance. “It can really come fast and you don’t realize that until you’re so far into it that you don’t want to get out,” said Dana Hoffman, 32, who works at a gas station in Spooner. Hoffman is a graduate of Spooner High School and the mother of two children, ages 11 and 7. Hoffman enjoys spending time with her kids, when possible, and watching movies. Outside of those activities, drug court and work commitments keep her busy. “I am coming up on Nov. 24 of my 60 days of not using,” said Hoffman, who says she identifies as an addict, a realization that occurred a couple of years ago. “I knew I was but didn’t really care and didn’t really want to acknowledge it,” said Hoffman, who had her first experience with drugs at 16 years old, smoking marijuana. Hoffman’s regular drug use didn’t start until after her first marriage ended. As part of the separation, custody of their kids was split 50/50. In 2009, Hoffman was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after she used cocaine at her cousin’s wedding. By 2010 Hoffman had started abusing opiates. “That started heavy use for two years, then I went through detox because I had an overdose of Xanax,” said Hoffman. The Xanax was prescribed for her anxiety, a disorder her doctor is still treating with Xanax. After her overdose placement of the children shifted to their father for most of the time. In July 2012, she left detox and was off of drugs for about eight or nine months, but was selling her medications instead. Then she met up with a friend who was addicted to heroin. “I met a friend from Alaska who was an ex-heroin addict and she shot me up with Dilaudid and then after that it kind of spirals downhill,” she said. The use of the narcotic pain reliever led to her abuse of pills, opiates and heroin. In this time Hoffman remarried but a domestic violence incident led to her second detox admission. In 2013, Hoffman had her first methamphetamine use, via IV. Hoffman stated

she used meth because she couldn’t find any opiates and she was in withdrawal. Henderson-Olson explained that addiction is a process, one that involves rationalizing, justifying, explaining, outright lying and minimizing. “There’s probably a few more types of ways that we b_ _ _s_ _ _ ourselves but it all adds up to something that we call denial. There’s a lot of different flavors of denial,” said Henderson-Olson. Substance addiction is also impacted by how drugs are taken. “The quicker it gets to your brain the more addictive it is,” said Henderson-Olson. Drugs can be ingested, inhaled and injected. Each of these has its own rate of addictiveness but the most dangerous of these is injecting something intravenously because it goes straight to your bloodstream, but bacteria and other unexpected toxins can be injected into your body along with the drug. “I remember watching reality shows and seeing people shooting up and thinking, how do you even get to that point, that’s just disgusting, and I got to it and it is a terrible thing,” said Hoffman. According to the medical profession, addiction is a mental disorder all on its own. But it often occurs alongside other mental disorders and sometimes because of them. As with all mental illnesses, social and genetic factors can combine with physical and psychological ones to complicate issues of cause and effect. Hoffman is an example of this as she has been diagnosed with bipolar II disorder and depression in addition to an anxiety disorder. “My doctor knows everything. He knows I am on drug court and all that stuff and he just said until your issues are finished I can’t legally prescribe pain medication unless it is something major,” said Hoffman. But she is also prescribed Lemictal, a mood stabilizer, and Lyrica for long-term pain because she has rheumatoid arthritis and bulging discs in her back.   “I am trying to find other ways of dealing with it besides just popping pills,” said Hoffman. Regularly attending group meetings is helping her because the people that attend those group meetings are supportive and helpful if she has questions or needs perspective on a situation she is going though. Her counselor is also a source in her recovery efforts, even

Remembering veterans/from page 1 “People can sponsor wreaths and then we will lay them on gravesites,” added Foeckler. To sponsor a wreath for a veteran at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery contact Alan Foeckler at 715-699-3246 or via email, arf1129@ Wreaths can also be sponsored for veterans at other veterans cemeteries. “Anyone that wants to pay homage to the veterans, we welcome you to be there,” said Foeckler. The Hayward CAP meets every Monday night from 6 to 8 p.m. in a hangar of the Hayward airport, unless there is no school that Monday RIGHT: On  Saturday, Dec. 12,  members of the Hayward Civil Air Patrol will place wreaths at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, located five miles south of Spooner on Hwy. 53 in Washburn County, in an annual ceremony to remember and honor the sacrifices made by America’s veterans. — Photo from Wreaths Across America

Write a letter to Santa SHELL LAKE — Come to the Shell Lake Public Library to mail your letter to Santa. Drop your letter off anytime until Saturday, Dec. 19, and Santa will write you a letter back. — from SLPL


ACCIDENT REPORT Wednesday, Nov. 11 At approximately 10 p.m., Paul Manka, 45, Birchwood, was westbound on Hwy. 48 just south of Park Avenue in the Town of Birchwood when he lost control of the 2006 GMC Sierra he was driving on the wet roadway. Manka left the roadway, traveled into the ditch and hit a tree. Manka refused medical treatment. The vehicle was totaled and towed from the scene. Thursday, Nov. 12 At approximately 3:20 p.m., Kayla Kielkucki, 17, Danbury, was eastbound on CTH A followed by Emma Schoessow, 16, Spooner, when Kielkucki, driving a 2007 Saturn Ion, began to slow down for an approaching stop sign. Schoessow, driving a 2004 Toyota Tacoma, braked but rear ended Kielkucki’s vehicle. Kielkucki may have been injured but Schoessow did not appear to be injured. Kielkucki’s vehicle was moderately damaged to the rear. Schoessow’s vehicle had minor damage to the front. Schoessow was cited for following too closely. Friday, Nov. 13 At approximately 5:10 p.m., Bruce Miller, 69, Shell Lake, was eastbound on CTH B just east of Hwy. 53 in the Town of Beaver Brook when he hit a deer. No injuries were reported. Miller was driving a 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan that may not have been drivable after the accident.

At approximately 11 p.m., Matthew Culver, 44, Eau Claire, was eastbound on Long Lake Road just south of Bobby Schmidt’s Road when he swerved to miss a black bear with the 2014 Ford F250 Super Duty pickup truck he was driving. Culver swerved, went into the ditch, hit some small trees and got hung up. Culver was not injured but the truck had moderate damage to the front and undercarriage and was towed from the scene. Saturday, Nov. 14 At approximately 5:08 p.m., Mayhew Claire, 19, Orono, Minn., was northbound on Hwy. 53 in the Town of Sarona when he hit a deer south of Duck Pond Road. No injuries were reported but the 2013 Kia he was driving sustained damage to the front. Sunday, Nov. 15 At approximately 7:13 p.m., Debora Westerhoff, 60, Hayward, hit a bear on Hwy. 63 and East River Road near the county line. No injuries were reported. The 2011 Chevy Equinox Westerhoff was driving had minor damage from the accident. Thursday, Nov. 19 At approximately 10:35 a.m., Lori Butala, 58, Stone Lake, was eastbound on CTH B in the Town of Madge followed by Roger Sahs, 70, Downers Grove, Ill., when Sahs, driving a 2004 Ford Explorer, drove into the rear of the 2000 Volkswagen

Beetle Butala was driving. The accident report notes that there was heavy snowfall at the time of the accident. No injuries were reported but both vehicles were severely damaged and towed. At approximately 10:26 a.m., Josiah Hewitt, 22, Eau Claire, was southbound on Hwy. 53 when he lost control of the 2005 utility van he was driving in the slushy and icy roadway. Hewitt corrected into the right shoulder and the vehicle slid sideways into the soft shoulder and rolled onto its side. Hewitt was not injured but the passenger, Craig Kiesow, 24, Bloomer, suffered a nonincapacitating injury. The vehicle had moderate damage to the undercarriage and was towed from the scene. Sunday, Nov. 22 At approximately 1:55 p.m., Daniel Parenteau was westbound on CTH B in the Town of Madge driving a 2010 Dodge Ram pickup truck. Upon rounding a curve in the road Parenteau observed an oncoming vehicle was eastbound in the westbound lane. Parenteau swerved to the shoulder, entered the ditch, struck a road sign and came to rest in a field. Parenteau was not injured but his truck had moderate damage to the front, middle and rear passenger side. The other vehicle did not stop.

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AREA NEWS AT A GLANCE SIREN — A baby girl was delivered Thursday, Nov. 19, by the Webster EMTs near the stoplights in Siren when Ashley LaFollette, Webb Lake area, gave birth on her way to Burnett Medical Center. At 8 a.m., doctors had attempted to induce labor and when nothing was happening by 3 p.m., she was sent home. Later, when her water broke, she decided to return to the hospital. When she and William Williamson arrived at the intersection of CTH A and Hwy. 35 north of Webster, LaFollette knew the baby was coming. They stopped at the Webster Fire Hall and banged on the door, hoping someone could help. LaFollette was being transported by ambulance on the way to Burnett Medical Center and when they reached Siren, LaFollette told the EMTs to pull over. She remembers seeing the stoplights through the ambulance window. The EMTs delivered the healthy, 7-pound,

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13-ounce, baby girl and proceeded to the hospital. — from the Inter-County Leader ••• RICE LAKE — The Red Cedar Choir Holiday Concert, And He Shall Reign: A Celebration of Christmas Music, will feature the 100-member choir and Holiday Brass under the direction of conductor Beth Joosten. The choir will give two performances on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 2 and 4 p.m. in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rice Lake. The concert will feature a Christmas celebration of traditional and new music. Admission to the holiday concert is a freewill offering. For more information, contact the UWBarron County campus at 715-234-8176. — from UWBC ••• CUMBERLAND — the Cumberland Fire Department was called to the Chester Sparish property for a shed that was

completed engulfed in flames on Sunday, Nov. 22. The shed was a complete loss. The fire is believed to have started with a tractor being plugged in. At 7:09 p.m., the fire department was called out to the Rice Beds Wildlife Area on CTH G for a report of two lost hunters. Firefighters were able to locate the two people at 9 p.m. using the help of a locator from their cell phone. — from the Cumberland Advocate ••• CHETEK — A man and woman shown on video drinking, driving and shooting a handgun out the window as they drove on CTH M in Chetek have been charged in Barron County Circuit Court. Kayla D. Johnvin, 26, Dallas, and Michael R. Byrkit, 24, Spooner, appeared in court Nov. 17 on charges of misdemeanor possessing a firearm while intoxicated and impersonating a peace officer. The criminal complaint states that on

Register memories 1955 – 60 Years Ago • Mr. and Mrs. Tollefson, the new owners of the former Shell Lake Hotel and Bar, announced they planned to hold a grand opening dance. The Shell Lake Hotel and Bar, which had been operated by Mr. and Mrs. Sigurd Gullickson for the past several years, would be known as Tolly’s Bar. • Dale Hartwig, 40, son of Mrs. A. Hartwig, Shell Lake, and Mrs. Ellen Talbot, North Branch, Minn., were killed instantly in a two-car collision on Hwy. 63, two miles north of Turtle Lake. • Fire gutted the living quarters and tavern at Elmer Johnson’s Resort on Long Lake. • Allan Hoar, owner of the Gambles store in Shell Lake, invited customers to stop in to see the complete line of Christmas toys. Customers were encouraged to shop now and use the layaway plan.

1965 – 50 Years Ago

• Lucky winners at the Evans Drug buck contest were Joe Rounce, first buck, $1; Floyd Pederson, second buck, Pro-2th brush; 13th buck, Donald Johnson, cup of coffee; and 40th buck, Russell Hansen, kiss from favorite waitress, which he never collected. • The Shell Lake City Council, in a special meeting, approved unanimously the construction of a new 50-bed, city-owned hospital for Shell Lake. The hospital would be constructed immediately west of the Shell Lake Clinic building. • The birth of Julie Ann to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Butterfield, Shell Lake, was announced. Stephanie Marie was born to Mr. and Mrs. Dale Parks, Shell Lake;

Nov. 15 Chetek police were alerted that a drunken driver was leaving a gas station parking lot. The caller, who was following the driver, said the vehicle was swerving all over the road. The officer met up with the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. Later that night, a sheriff’s dispatcher took a call from a woman who said she saw a video on Johnvin’s Snapchat account, and it showed several crimes being committed. — from the Rice Lake Chronotype

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compiled by Suzanne Johnson and David Alan to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Thomas. • The home of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Pierson was destroyed by fire.

1975 – 40 Years Ago

• Jeff Soholt, Shell Lake junior, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Soholt, was named to the Large Lakeland Conference All-Conference football team. • Brent Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Smith, was wounded in his leg while deer hunting. He was hospitalized at the Spooner hospital. A stray bullet passed through his leg below the knee. • Craig Smith attended the 4-H Club Congress in Chicago. • Elected officers of the Cloverleaf 4-H Club were Forrest Anderson, president; Gina Ailport, vice president; Debbie Arnes, secretary; Megan Druschba, reporter; and Boyd Anderson, treasurer.

1985 – 30 Years Ago

• A weekend storm dumped 16-1/2 inches of snow in the area. • Missy Milton, daughter of Gwendolyn Milton and Robert Milton, Shell Lake, was chosen as a cheerleader for the Normandale Community College Lions basketball team. • Diane Davenport, former Shell Laker, won the Women’s Open Racquetball Tournament at Loring Air Force Base in Maine. Her husband, Maj. Bruce Davenport, was stationed there. • Enrolled for fall quarter classes at UW-Superior were Jeanne Gulan, William Loomis, Cheryl Olek, Robert Petz, Bonita Power and Kyle Scharhag. Enrolled in courses through the UWS Graduate

School were Virginia Heilborn, Karen Nord, Patricia Pesko and Kay Rand.

1995 – 20 Years Ago

• Alan W. Campbell was elected by the Shell Lake City Council to serve as an alderman from the city’s 1st Ward. He filled the vacancy created by the resignation of Doug Williams. • Clint and Dottie DesJardins hosted a family dinner at the Swiss Chalet in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary. • Marine Pvt. David M. Trepanier, son of Cheryl Stanley, Shell Lake, completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego. • Local winners of the Lions International Peace Poster contest were Michael Pesko, first; Chelsea Bakker, second; Christopher Olson, third; Casey Bruce, fourth; Betsy Schindeldecker, fifth; Kayla Zaloudek, sixth; Chad Noll, seventh; and Katie McCann, eighth.

2005 – 10 Years Ago

• Desiree Hartwig, Shell Lake, shot a nice 10-point buck the day before her 18th birthday. • Navy Seaman Apprentice Joshua R. Langland, son of Mary and Richard Langland, Shell Lake, completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. • Janice Organ was a new substitute bus driver for Shell Lake Schools. She was also the president of the PTA and the director of Lakeland Manor. • Dan Swenson was the new Shell Lake varsity boys basketball coach. Tammi Prete and Jody Sampson coached the girls.


Wisconsin deer hunting a tradition Larry Samson | Staff writer WASHBURN COUNTY — The Wisconsin tradition also known as the 164th-annual rifle/gun season ended on Sunday, Nov. 29. The nine-day season netted around 192,000 deer harvested, according to the Milwaukee Journal. This is up from the

Washburn County had a total of 2,494 deer registered as of Sunday. There were 1,261 antlered and 1,233 antlerless. Burnett County had 1,458 antlered deer and 652 antlerless deer for a total of 2,110 deer registered. Hunters had until Monday, Nov. 30, to register, so the number could change. It was also the deadliest season for people, with two fatalities. On Sunday, Nov. 22, a man was shot and killed while handing a loaded rifle to a companion in a deer stand. On Monday, Nov. 23, a hunter in Waushara County was killed by a stray bullet; four other hunters had gun-related accidents. It has been three years since Wisconsin has had a gun-related hunting accident.

2014 season that registered 191,500 deer. The number of hunters hitting the woods this year was about 610,000, slightly ahead of last year’s total of 609,779 registered hunters. The number of hunters participating in the deer hunt has been declining since the high of 690,194 hunters in 1999. Austin Wilson and Andrew Campeau dragged a 6-point buck out of the woods after a successful season opener. The two brothers, like many living the North Woods, look forward to the nineday rifle season. The season brings many hunters from southern Wisconsin and from Minnesota into the North Woods.

Taylor Delamter shot her first buck in her first year and on the last day of the season. Shown sharing this proud moment with her are her father, Jim, and her brother, Austin. A successful season cannot be measured in the number of deer killed. — Photos by Larry Samson

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COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS Thursday, Dec. 3 • Aphasia Group, 10-11:30 a.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, Spooner. Call 715-520-7999. • Northwest Wisconsin Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, 1 p.m., lower level at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Shell Lake. • Free community meal, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 409 Summit, Spooner, 4-6 p.m. All welcome. Donations accepted. Friday, Dec. 4 • The GFWC  Spooner Woman’s Club at  1 p.m.  at Glenview Living Center for their annual Christmas Party.  Christmas Carols will be sung. Speaker will be Dr. Emory Johnson.  Bring a plate of cookies or finger food to share with the residents.  Visitors and guests are welcome.  For more information contact Pat at 715-8652250. Saturday, Dec. 5 • Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity open house at the Minong Community Center, 212 West 5th St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8 • Moms Club meets at Faith Lutheran, Spooner, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9 • Free community meal, 4-6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 135 Reinhart Dr., Shell Lake. All welcome. Donations accepted.


• The board of directors for the Railroad Memories Museum meeting, 1 p.m., Spooner City Hall. All volunteers welcome. Thursday, Dec. 10 • The Shell Lake Lions Club meeting, 6:30 p.m., Shell Lake Community Center. • Open mic at The Dock Coffee.   Sign up at  6 p.m., performers begin at  6:30-9 p.m.    The Dock is located at 218 Elm St. in Spooner. Open mic is  on the second Thursday of every month.  Call Carol McDowall with questions 715-416-0489. Saturday, Dec. 12 • Washburn County Food Distribution in conjunction with Ruby’s Pantry, Spooner Middle School Tech Ed Building on Elm Street. Tickets 9 a.m. Distribution 9:30 a.m. Volunteers needed. Contact 715-635-9309, 715-4684017 or 715-222-4410. Tuesday, Dec. 15 • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group,  8-9:30 a.m., Lakeland Family Resource Center, 314 Elm St., Spooner, 715-635-4669. Meet over breakfast. Children are welcome to attend and play. • Shell Lake/Spooner Masonic Lodge 221 meeting, 7 p.m., at the lodge. Wednesday, Dec. 16 • Shell Lake Public Library Board of Trustees meeting, 4 p.m., at the library. The public is welcome. Thursday, Dec. 17 • Shell Lake PTA meeting, 6:30 p.m., in the 3-12 school library. Baby-sitting available.

Monday, Dec. 21 • Northern Lights Camera Club, 7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1790 Scribner St., Spooner.  Saturday, Dec. 26 • Free community breakfast, 7-10 a.m., First United Pentecostal Church, 337 Greenwood Ave., Spooner. All welcome. Donations accepted. Wednesday, Dec. 30 • Free community supper, 4-6 p.m., St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 220 Elm St., Spooner.


Tuesday, Jan. 5 • Shell Lake/Spooner Masonic Lodge 221 meeting, 7 p.m. at the lodge. Thursday, Jan. 7 • Aphasia Group, 10-11:30 a.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, Spooner. Call 715-520-7999. • Northwest Wisconsin Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, 1 p.m., lower level at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Shell Lake. • Free community meal, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 409 Summit, Spooner, 4-6 p.m. All welcome. Donations accepted. Saturday, Jan. 9 • Art of Film Series, “Two Days, One Night,” 7 p.m., Shell Lake Arts Center. • Washburn County Food Distribution in conjunction with Ruby’s Pantry, Spooner Middle School Tech Ed Building on Elm Street. Tickets 9 a.m. Distribution 9:30 a.m. Volunteers needed. Contact 715-635-9309, 715-4684017 or 715-222-4410.


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Friday, Dec. 4 • A Night in Bethlehem, Cornerstone Church, 106 Balsam St., Spooner, 6-8 p.m. Admission is a nonperishable time for the local food pantry. Friday & Saturday, Dec. 4 & 5 • “The Tree Lot” performance at the Erika Quam Memorial Theatre, 605 1st St., Shell Lake, 7:30 p.m. Tickets reserved at or by calling 715-468-4387. Saturday, Dec. 5 & Sunday, Dec. 6 • A Night in Bethlehem, Cornerstone Church, 106 Balsam St., Spooner, 4-7 p.m. Admission is a nonperishable item for the local food pantry. Saturday, Dec. 5 • Shell Lake’s Holiday Saturday with Santa and specials at local businesses. • Lakeland Manor annual holiday bazaar, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with spaghetti feed from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. • Holiday bazaar, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Shell Lake United Methodist Church. • Shell Lake After-School Craft Fair, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Shell Lake 3-12 Building.

• Santa breakfast, 8-10 a.m., Shell Lake Community Center, with make-it-and-take-it craft and photos with Santa. • Christmas cookie walk, Trinity Lutheran Church, Spooner, CTH K across from the elementary school, 9 a.m. to noon or until sold out. • Santa’s annual visit at Lakeland Family Resource, 314 Elm St., Spooner, 9 a.m.- noon. There will be makeand-take crafts, music and refreshments.

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS 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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Sunday, Dec. 6 • Intermezzo Club Advent concert, 5 p.m., Spooner Wesleyan Church. Monday, Dec. 7 • Partners of Spooner Health System Lovelights ceremony at 4:30 p.m. in the activity department of Maple Ridge Care Center, Spooner.  Tuesday, Dec. 8 • Shell Lake 7-12 holiday concert, 7 p.m., 3-12 school. Wednesday, Dec. 9 • Santa Claus will be at the Shell Lake Public Library from 6-7 p.m. Santa will be reading “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” listening to wish lists and giving out treat bags. Bring your camera. Children are encouraged to wear pajamas. Friday-Sunday, Dec. 11-13 • “The Tree Lot” performance at the Erika Quam Memorial Theater, 605 1st St., Shell Lake, 7:30 p.m.  Friday and Saturday;  2 p.m.  Sunday. Tickets reserved at or by calling 715-468-4387. Saturday, Dec. 12 • Cookie walk, 8-11 a.m., Spooner United Methodist Church.

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The wonder of lights and other holiday decorations danced with glee as he saw a white tree trimmed with fter the mail carrier had stopped to place mail A lights, shades of blue decorations and streamers. in my home mailbox, the grandchildren and I Beyond the blue He spoke in a soft but excited voice, “Look, Sissy! A wandered out to the box to see what may have arrived tree for you; it looks like “Frozen.” Sissy is what Cole in the mail. We returned to the house, where I encouraged the children to look at the glossy pages of advercalls his older sister, Adalyn. Frozen of course is from office door tisements that had been inserted into the Advertiser. her favorite Disney movie, “Frozen.” As we continued As we looked through one flyer promoting Christmas decorations, grandson Cole eyed a shivering snowman holding a sign that read, “Brr, Brr.” Cole got a charge out of the facial expression on the blowup yard decoration. Throughout the weekend he would talk about the photo of the shivering snowman. A few weeks later, I had the three kids with me in the store that had featured the shivering snowman. As we approached the area where the holiday display was set up, Cole eyed the shivering snowman. It was heartwarming to see 4-year-old Cole so excited. He was jumping up and down and exclaiming, “There it is Grammy! There it is!” Then he placed his hands over his little mouth with his eyes fixated on the snow-

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through the maze of decorations, each of the children would comment on the various ornaments hanging on the trees. They would reach out as if to gently touch an ornament and then back away, looking in awe at the beautiful display. Even though we adults seem to miss the wonderment of the holiday decorations, it is still heartwarming to see the joy children get out of the simplest things. I didn’t have to venture to downtown Minneapolis to take the children to Macy’s eighth-floor Santaland, I only needed to stop at a store that is known for its lumber and hardware with an 11-percent mailin rebate.

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on’t you think all the stores are the same? It seems like the holiday displays started in October and gained momentum as the weeks passed. Even while the costumes and packages of treats for Halloween were still awaiting that event, other aisles in the store were being stocked with ornaments and myriads of decorative items available for customers for the Christmas season. Although the busy store employees chased me out of their work area, I caught a glimpse of colorful toys, trinkets and decorations. They were getting ready for the grand opening of the season. Decorating for the holidays is important to the retail stores, and to those of us who continue the decorating tradition every year when the winter month of December arrives. Nature provides us with snow along with its cold breath that levels the low spots and heightens the high places. The landscape is white, shining in sunlight and starlight. Not decorative enough for our taste, we attempt to compete with nature. We like to use some of nature’s bounty to enhance our homes and neighborhoods. There are some among us who labor over their designs and provide dramatic lighting with colorful displays with all or some of the usual suspects: elves, reindeer, snowmen, and Santas riding sleighs on their rooftops and in their front yards. These are wonderful, and touring the neighborhood lighting with children is a joyful experience. My yard does not present a Christmas tableau to beautify the street. I may hang up a wreath at the front door, but I limit my decorating to the indoors. For many years, back on the farm before I moved to town, my husband hitched up our Clydesdale mare, Babe, to the stoneboat, and we went out through the snow to the back 40 to get a Christmas tree. While Babe stood blowing and snorting the snow from her whiskers, Walter would cut off the top of a tall pine tree, and we’d load it on the stoneboat for transport to the house. By spring the tree would have mended its cut and be well on the way to holding high a new crown. We would enjoy the fresh air and maybe

Old wife’s tales Mary B. Olsen shiver a little in the cold. Babe would shiver, maybe from pleasure at being useful. Like most draft horses, she loved to be hitched up for work. She could plow through snow better than a steel-bladed plow. After Babe was gone, where all the good horses go, I would set my sights on a small tree near the road each fall, and when the time came, I would go there and saw it off and drag it home. That tree would sprout another top, kind of off-center. Years ago my family sold Christmas trees and I have bought them at times. The scent of an evergreen is a beautiful thing. Anytime I smell it the memories of Christmas come back to me. Ever since coming to Shell Lake I have decorated my home with an artificial tree. It looks like the real thing. I find it easier to handle than one that requires the installation of a stand. It is hardly an example of a magazine layout that is praiseworthy for its artful display. It is rather well-worn. I embellish my tree with traditional ornaments. They are old, too, but they have rested in their respective boxes, awaiting the season, and I find them as comforting as old friends, which they probably are. Every year there are some handmade ornaments I place on the branches of my tree. There are little delicate, lacy, crocheted snowflakes and angels my mother made a long time ago. There are some ornaments that my kids made at school, with crayon drawings for decorations. I handle them as carefully as the brittle,

shining ornaments. There are some of those I put on the tree every year, too. I have not any one color but many colors. The single-color tree is not for me. This year I have something new. It is a little angel that I found in a thrift shop that is like one I had that was broken during one of the times the whole tree fell over. It fits right in with my other treasures. I like to avoid tinsel, because my cats think it is edible, but I like to see some glitter in other people’s houses. I always have a struggle getting the lights, which are of different colors, arranged on the tree. I am using the tiny ones. They are better than those old ones that needed replacements if one on a string went out. The new kind are small but there are more of them on a string. And they seem to be even brighter. One of my treasures is the little train engine that my youngest brother gave me many years ago. It has a whistle and a headlight and scurries around bumping into furniture legs and turning around, as it has done with the same set of AA batteries it had when we got it. When grandchildren come I will let them watch it charge around and hear it whistle. It waits under the tree. Each year I have set out the porcelain Nativity set on a dresser. An overturned basket makes a shelter for the little figures of Mary with the baby in the manger and Joseph and a cow and a sheep. I like to arrange the shepherds and the three wise men and the camel beside the figures in the shelter. This set was a present from my youngest daughter one Christmas. It has always been packed away in its package enveloped in plastic foam. Last year I left it where it was on the dresser, where it is not inconvenient. Whenever I pass by I can find a smile coming, because the pretty figures seem to be uplifting. I can enjoy seeing it every day. It is still there, ready ahead of time for the holiday that is for commemorating the birth of the Christ Child. Happy decorating!

WRHFH informational open house Saturday at Minong Seeking candidates who qualify for a new Habitat home or home repairs MINONG - Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity will be hosting an open house at the Minong Community Center, 212 West 5th Street, Minong, on Saturday, Dec. 5,

from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Do you want to learn more about Habitat for Humanity? • Would you like to own a home of your own? St. Mary’s Church in Minong has donated a lot in the Stigney Subdivision on which WRHFH will be building a home in 2017. • Do you own your own home, but need help with the upkeep or exterior

maintenance? • Are you interested in how you can donate to help your neighbors improve their living conditions? • Would you like to volunteer to help your neighbor on new construction in Minong or help seniors, veterans or the disabled to remain in their homes longer? • Would you like to volunteer at the Spooner ReStore?

Annual Intermezzo Music Club Advent concert set SPOONER — The annual Intermezzo Music Club Advent Concert will be presented at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Spooner Wesleyan Church, located west on Hwy. 70.

The concert features area youth and adult musicians, with refreshments served following the performance. A freewill offering is used to provide scholarships for talented music students. 

For information, or to make a donation, contact Trinke McNurlin at 715-4163374. — from Intermezzo Music Club

If you answered yes to the above questions or if you are at all curious about what will be going on, then come and find out more about the programs of Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity. Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity serves Burnett, Polk, Rusk and Washburn counties. Call 715-483-2700 or for more information. Admission is free. submitted

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Legislators find common ground over roads funding Republicans, environmentalists find common ground over roads funding Shawn Johnson | WPR News STATEWIDE - The debate over how to fund roads in Wisconsin has forged

an unlikely alliance between environmental groups and some Republicans who want to slow the state’s borrowing. On most issues, groups like 1000 Friends of Wisconsin, the Sierra Club and the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group see eye-to-eye with Democrats. However, on a recent road funding decision, they were at odds. Democrats joined Assembly Republicans

in voting to borrow $350 million more for highways. Senate Republicans voted against the move, saying they wanted to see an audit of how the state plans its highways before it borrows to build more. The 1000 Friends of Wisconsin Director Steve Hiniker said that’s exactly the right approach. He said road funding is not a partisan issue. “Gov. (Jim) Doyle and Gov. (Scott)

Walker would probably agree on spending money for highways. The problem doesn’t know partisan lines,” he said. Hiniker’s group also praised Republicans last summer when they passed a substantial cut to the highway budget proposed by Walker.


A novel and how it grew Mary B. Olsen | Special to the Register SPRINGBROOK — The principal writer of the newly published book, “Sweet Tea and Sticky Buns,” is Barbara Samoore. The novel takes the reader back in time to a small Southern town in 1956. It is populated with interesting characters. You meet leading residents like the doctor, the lawyers, the judge, law enforcement people, and ordinary polite and sociable Southern folk. Although the author has ties to the South, Samoore did not live there. If you know people from a sleepy little town like Mayberry on the old “Andy Griffin Show,” you might find folks like them in this book, and many are not so different from your Southern friends. It is fiction. They are also madeup characters, blends of real people in a real town. Delightful people. Scary people, many with problems and fears. Like good fiction, it is almost real. Samoore and her husband, Bruce Samoore, came here into retirement a few years ago to live beside a tranquil lake near Springbrook. They live in what was the home of Bruce’s mother. She was an elementary schoolteacher at Springbrook and when the grade school closed, she taught sixth grade at Birchwood for years. These Samoores were teachers, too. They lived in Jacksonville, Ill., and later in the Chicago area, while they raised their three children, two daughters and a son. Bruce taught high school and coached track and field. Barbara taught school, and special education. Barbara could have quietly spent her time in their comfortable house, watching the songbirds and chipmunks at the feeder outside her window and the occasional duck lighting on the pond. She enjoys the quiet, but her mind is ever active, at times spinning stories of people she knew and others she imagined. She has always been a writer. She wrote articles for her own satisfaction but did not have them published, because she does not care if others read them. This novel is different. A couple of years ago, Samoore saw a notice where there was to be a writing class offered at a high school. She and two other women, the one who organized the class and her friend, were the only

Barbara Samoore, Springbrook, holds a copy of the book she wrote with collaboration, “Sweet Tea and Sticky Buns.” — Photo by Mary B. Olsen ones who came to join the class. Samoore thought surely they would cancel the class, but, no, they all wanted to write. They enjoyed their class so much they continued sharing their writing projects and decided to become a writers’ club. They met once a month to support each other in their writing. The two young women were Heidi Wahlstrom and J. Marie Blythe. They were lifelong friends who went to school together and always liked writing. Heidi is a substitute teacher. Jessica works at a restaurant. She is working on her master’s degree online. Wahlstrom’s writing is short and to the point

and she does dialogue very well. Blythe has a distinctive writing style, expressed with more wordiness. Later, Jurvis Plesums joined them. He is a gentleman who grew up in Latvia, and became a scholar and was a technical writer. English is not his first language, but he is a very good listener. He had not tried his hand at fiction, but contributed to the book by way of newspaper-style articles to move the plot along. Samoore would read parts of the story she had been working on for two years and the group would become involved in its progress. The resultant novel became a collaboration with all of

them contributing their talent. Could it be possible the four could combine their work, amiably, and have it come out a good book to read? They did it. Samoore has always taken on difficult things. For some years she and her husband were involved in the dog world. There are many dog breeds, like spaniels, that are tractable and easy to handle for showing. Not for them. They had bulldogs, noted for their rather stubborn, but usually sweet, temperament. Then they chose chow chows. They campaigned and traveled to dog shows, and finished 65 champion chow chows, which was quite an accomplishment. The novel is the result of several years of work. It is entertaining and should be right up there in the winner’s circle. Knob Noster, La., is not Mayberry. But it is a fictitious town with many charms, and in the year when the events in the novel occur, a lot of strange and sometimes frightening things happen. You’ve got to read the book to find out what happens to the gentle people who gather at the restaurant, The Rose Garden, and are affected by the outside world bringing change. It is there that we learn everyone enjoys the sweet tea and sticky buns. Those who have reviewed the book have called it “a great read,” and “an excellent read,” and say, “it is mature writing for a first novel.” The cover was the work of their son, Andrew, who is an artist and operates a framing store, catering to artists, in Illinois. Bruce and Barbara will soon be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. The book club had to meet twice a week in the last days of editing the book. Now they meet every two months. They are planning a sequel. The book is available on Amazon, and you can read it on Kindle. There are a couple of copies at the Northwind Book and Fiber bookstore in Spooner, and if they are gone it can be ordered for you. It’s hard to forget the title, which is almost good enough to eat. Remember, “Sweet Tea and Sticky Buns,” by Barbara Samoore with Heidi Wahlstrom, J. Marie Blythe and Juris Plesums.

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SHS receives national recognition for high performance in patient perspectives and financial strength SPOONER — Spooner Health System has been recognized by iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health for overall excellence in patient perspectives and financial strength. This recognition reflects SHS being in the top quartile performance among all acute care hospitals in the nation. “This recognition is an honor for our organization to receive,” said Mike Schafer, CEO of SHS. “National Rural Health Day was on Nov. 19 and we certainly celebrate rural health as a whole. In addition, we celebrate the high-quality health care we have the privilege of providing to our rural community.” “Like all of Spooner Health System’s achievements,” added Schafer, “I want to be sure to acknowledge and thank our great leadership team and dedicated staff. This recognition is a result of their commitment to and follow-through in providing excellent care for our patients.”

The rankings have been designated by the Hospital Strength INDEX™, the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of hospital performance. In partnership with NOSORH, iVantage Health Analytics has developed a datadriven program designed to identify excellence across a broad spectrum of indicators relevant to hospital performance and patient care. The Hospital Strength INDEX™ captures performance metrics for more than 4,000 acute care hospitals, including over 1,300 rural and Critical Access Hospitals. Leveraging data from public data sources, the INDEX aggregates data from 66 individual metrics into three major categories and nine pillars to derive a single strength overall rating for each facility. “These top quartile performers should take great pride in this recognition. It showcases their commitment to continuous performance analysis and improvement,” said Michael Topchik, senior vice

president of iVantage Health Analytics. “On this occasion of National Rural Health Day, it’s an honor to celebrate their achievement as they continue to serve their communities despite the many mar-

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SHELL LAKE — The number of shopping days before Christmas is dwindling and at Joe’s tree lot there are few trees left to pick from. Thus begins “The Tree Lot,” Theatre in the Woods’ holiday entertainment offering. Performances continue this weekend. Rose Bauman will provide a musical prelude to the Friday and Saturday performances beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Kevin McMullin will commence the Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Reservations may be made online at or by phone at 715-468-4387. Theatre in the Woods  is a nonprofit community theater organization, now in its 26th season, located at the Erika Quam Memorial Theatre, 605 1st St. in Shell Lake. For more information visit — from TitW

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Girl Scouts work toward Photography Merit Badge

The Spooner Girl Scouts pose for a group photo after the session was over. Shown back row (L to R): Hannah Hutton, Aneala Mosay, Brenda Kratchmer, Kasey Childs, Leeann Kratchmer, Elisha Skluzacek, Sierra Scribner, Meischa Swonger, Lexi Morse and Lilly Hobscheid. Middle: Stacey Bernecker, Allison Cook, Andrea Woofter, Aylana Luedtke and NiKole Jensen. Front: Taylor Childs, Emma Bartz and Dana Bartz. — Photo by Larry Samson

NiKole Jensen took a photo of a milkweed silk and pod. — Photo by NiKole Jensen RIGHT: Sierra Scribner does a handstand for a difficult shot. — Photo by Aylana Luedtke

Stacey Bernecker used the depth of field to create a beautiful image of a woodpile. — Photo by Stacey Bernecker

Larry Samson, reporter and photographer for the Washburn County Register, was a guest speaker for the monthly meeting of the Spooner Girl Scouts on Monday, Nov. 23. The Scouts are working on their merit badge for photography. — Photo by Aylana Luedtke

Elisha Skluzacek captured an image of Lexi Morse with falling leaves. — Photo by Elisha Skluzacek

Sierra Scribner and Elisha Skluzacek pose for Hannah Hutton. — Photo by Hannah Hutton

Hands-on training is the only way to learn photography. Shown (L to R): Dana Bartz, Larry Samson, Taylor Childs and Emma Bartz. — Photo by Stacey Bernecker


Working up an appetite for a good cause

The Foss family tradition is to give and to share during the holidays. Shown (L to R): Tom Foss, Bentley McKinney, Julie Foss, Ryan McKinney, Jill Andrea, Jesse Foss, Max McKinney, Kate McKinney and Ben Foss.

The Gormong family came back to town to run the Turkey Trot. Brittany is teaching fourth grade at the LCO Elementary School in Hayward; Ethan is home from college; and Gracia is a sophomore at Spooner High School.

Keri Jensen and her dog pass the finish line at the Tozer Lake Turkey Trot held Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 26. Jensen is running for the fun of running and to raise money for the Washburn County Food Pantry. This time of year puts stress on the pantry to provide for all the needs in the area.

Photos by Larry Samson LEFT: Scott Pederson took the top honors in the male division of the Tozer Turkey Trot, earning himself a frozen turkey and bragging rights that he beat his younger brother, Dan Pederson, Wisconsin state crosscountry champion. RIGHT: Max McKinney was the youngest volunteer worker at the Tozer Turkey Trot on Thursday, Nov. 26.

Gloria Stumph is a Spooner Middle School seventhgrader who ran her third Turkey Trot race.


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The Rohow family Thanksgiving tradition is to serve the residents of Lakeland Manor a meal to remember and a meal that brings back fond memories of Thanksgiving past. Shown (L to R): Matthew Allar, Danielle Allar, Carri Rohow, Steve Rohow, Taylor Rohow and Michael Allar. Carri spends a lot of time in the kitchen preparing the meal.

Carri Rohow shares her family’s Czech heritage with her fresh-baked kolach pastries. They are as delicious as they look.

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Salvation Army bell ringer

Packer/Viking rivalry

Charles Markowitz, Shell Lake, volunteers as a Washburn County Salvation Army bell ringer because he wants to make a difference. The Salvation Army funds provide hope after disaster. — Photo by Larry Samson

Film Festival Peggy Crawford is reluctantly living up to the bet she lost when the Packers beat her favorite team, the Vikings. She claims she gets a rash when she has to wear the Packer shirt. Renee Klobertanz, co-worker at Peggy’s Place, is giving the thumbs-up for the Pack while Crawford has a different opinion. The Packers beat the Vikings 30-13 on Sunday, Nov. 22. — Photo by Larry Samson

Celebrate Christmas craft week at the library SHELL LAKE — Celebrate Christmas Craft Week with craft projects and treats every day at the Shell Lake Public Library. Monday through Thursday, Dec. 7-10, from 3-4:30 p.m., a different craft will be featured. Come to the library anytime until Saturday,

Dec. 19, and you can enter to win a stocking full of stuff. There will be four stockings raffled, one in each of the following age groups: Under 8, 8-12, 13-18 and over 18. Raffle will take place on Monday Dec. 21. One entry per person and must be present to enter. — from SLPL

Santa to visit LFRC

SPOONER — Santa will make his annual visit to Lakeland Family Resource Center on Saturday, Dec. 5, 9 a.m.-noon. The center is located at 314 Elm St., Spooner. There will be make-and-take crafts, music,

refreshments and lots of friends and fun. Don’t forget your camera. Children must be accompanied by an adult. — from LFRC

Shell Lake Arts Center film and media instructor Dan Anderson hosted the first movie in the Art of Film series on Saturday, Nov. 28. The documentary, “Primary,” was about the 1960 Wisconsin primary between Hubert Humphrey and John F. Kennedy. It was a nostalgic look at the political campaign where Wisconsin politics helped shaped the nation. The primary helped Kennedy get the nomination for president of the United States. Upcoming Art of Film presentations will be Jan. 9 and Jan. 30. — Photo by Larry Samson

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Playing for pride and hope

The Spooner guard drives by Shell Lake defender Heidi Steines, on her way to the basket.

Larry Samson | Staff writer SPOONER — The Spooner and Shell Lake girls basketball teams started the 2015 season with the goal of raising money for the Washburn County Relay For Life. Shell Lake pulled away in the final minutes of the game to beat the Spooner Rails 51-47 in a close game on Tuesday, Nov. 24, in Spooner. The Coaches for the Cure is an annual game between the two schools. Spooner had a one-point lead after the first half, leading 23-22 after 18 minutes of play. Spooner players Emma Salquist and Natasha Chastek were the high scorers for the game with 13 points each. Shell Lake player Ashley Meister lead Shell Lake with 12 points followed by Sheri Clark with 11 points. It was a hard-fought game as six players fouled out or were in foul trouble. Shell Lake will play their first Lakeland Conference game on Friday, Dec. 4, as they take on the Clayton Bears in a doubleheader with the boys team. Spooner’s season started with a home game against Hayward on Tuesday, Dec. 1. Emma Salquist takes the pass and puts the ball up for On Tuesday, Dec. 8, they have a home game a basket. Freshman Salquist had 13 points for the game. against Bloomer.

The Spooner and Shell Lake girls basketball teams met on the court in Spooner to play for pride and a hope to find a cure for cancer. They played in the Coaches versus Cancer game on Tuesday, Nov. 24, as a kickoff to the 2015-16 basketball season, and to raise money for the Washburn County Relay For Life.

These girls have come a long way from home to play this game. The players are Paula Siebers, Cologne, Germany; Sarah Greife, Narbonne, France; and Leire Santa Marie, from Bilbao, Spain.

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Julia Pokorny comes in for a layup as Cassidy Quinton defends her.

Sheri Clark, with a layup, as Emma Salquist defends her. Clark had 11 points for the game to start out her senior year.

Heidi Steines draws a foul from Spooner defender Dani Dewitt as Meagan Vander Heyden watches. Steines was 3-4 at the free-throw line.

Natasha Chastek with a fast-break layup. She had 13 points for the game.



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Friday, Dec. 4: Doubleheader versus Clayton, 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10: Doubleheader versus Clear Lake, 5:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11: Doubleheader versus Northwood, 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15: Doubleheader versus Siren, 5:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18: Doubleheader versus Prairie Farm, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29: Doubleheader at Luck,7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5: Doubleheader versus Lake Holcombe, 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8: Doubleheader at Cameron, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12: Versus Turtle Lake, 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15: Doubleheader versus Unity, 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19: Doubleheader versus Birchwood, 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26: Doubleheader at Clayton,5:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29: Doubleheader at Clear Lake, 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2: Doubleheader at Northwood, 7:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5: Doubleheader at Prairie Farm, 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9: Doubleheader at Frederic,7:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12: Doubleheader versus Cameron, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16: Doubleheader versus Webster, 5:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19: Doubleheader at Turtle Lake, 5:45 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22: Versus Flambeau, 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25: Versus Drummond, 7:15 p.m.


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Tuesday, Jan. 5: Doubleheader versus Lake Holcombe, 5:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8: Doubleheader at Cameron,5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12: Doubleheader versus Turtle Lake, 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15: Doubleheader versus Unity,7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19: Doubleheader versus Birchwood, 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22: At Drummond, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26: Doubleheader at Clayton,7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29: Doubleheader at Clear Lake, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2: Doubleheader at Northwood, 7:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5: Doubleheader at Prairie Farm, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9: Doubleheader at Frederic,5:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12: Doubleheader versus Cameron, 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16: Doubleheader versus Webster, 7:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19: Doubleheader at Turtle Lake, 7:15 p.m.

Wrestling Thursday, Dec. 10: At Unity, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12: At Spooner Tournament, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 17: Thorp at Shell Lake, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19: At Northwestern, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29: At River Falls, 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7: Multiple schools at Shell Lake, 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9: At Superior Tournament,10:30 a.m. Thursday Jan. 14: At Northwood, 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16: At Ladysmith, 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 21: At Cameron, 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23: Shell Lake Invitational, 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28: Flambeau at Shell Lake,7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6: Conference at Cameron,10 a.m.

Girls basketball Friday, Dec. 4: Doubleheader versus Clayton, 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10: Doubleheader versus Clear Lake, 7:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11: Doubleheader versus Northwood, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15: Doubleheader versus Siren, 7:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18: Doubleheader versus Prairie Farm, 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22: Versus Winter, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29: Doubleheader at Luck,5:45 p.m.

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Gifts of money, new toys and new clothing may be dropped off at the following locations:

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251 E. Maple St. (Hwy. 70 East) Spooner Monetary donations may be mailed to: “CHRISTMAS FUND” P.O. Box 321, Spooner, WI 54801

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Three families that lived in the Town of Beaver Brook Bonnie Farley | Special to the Register These are stories about three families that lived on farms in the Town of Beaver Brook during the 1920s through the 1990s. The people are Bruce and Caroline Shelton, their daughter and her husband, Eunice and Walter Bell, and Ted and Gen Neubauer. Written by Ted’s daughter.

Part two BEAVER BROOK —The pride and joy of Aunt Carrie was her parlor, which was only used when she had company for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner or some other special occasion. It had a beautiful davenport with a matching chair, a table with spool legs ending in claws holding a glass marble in each claw. But the most marvelous thing of all was the Victrola. When a person wound the handle on the side it would play a 38-rpm record. She did not play it often because she said, “I don’t want to wear the records out. They are very expensive.” Bonnie can also remember that her Gramma Neubauer came to stay with her aunt and uncle for awhile. Gramma Gustie was a small woman with gray hair that she kept braided and wound around her head like a crown. She carried on a conversation with Aunt Carrie in German, and rarely spoke to Bonnie. Of course Bonnie begged to be taught German, and she did learn to count and to say please and thank you in that language. She died when Bonnie was only 8 years old. Uncle Bruce was quite crippled and walked bent over with a shuffle. It was amazing that he could still drive his horses and work the farm. He suffered from rheumatoid arthritis in his hips, which gradually destroyed the hip joints. He walked with crutches and applied liniment — and ate aspirin like candy to try to avoid the pain. The aspirin likely caused him to have the ulcers he had for the rest of his life, but doctors could not offer any cure. He was a gentle man who loved to tell stories about the past. It’s too bad someone did not write them down as they would be extremely interesting now. Bruce did not drive often, but he still had his license and they provided for themselves by limiting their trips to town. When Caroline suffered her stroke in 1963 one of them had to use a chair to climb up to get the keys which were hanging

Walter and Eunice Bell. on a nail out of reach. Then he drove her to the Shell Lake hospital, where she lay unable to speak until her death on March 15, 1963. Bruce closed down the farm and lived with his son, Maynard, in North Dakota, then Gen and Ted Neubauer, and finally spent the last 9-1/2 years with Eunice and Walter Bell in Barronett. He passed on March 29, 1974. Ted also worked with horses in the beginning, but eventually he purchased a Farmall tractor with lug wheels. Bonnie missed being able to get a horseback ride home on Belle when she would go call him in for meals. But progress is progress, and even the lug wheels eventually gave way to rubber tires. Electricity did not come to the neighborhood until about 1948. The telephone came through about the same time — an old brown box phone with a mouthpiece in front and the ringer on the right side and the earpiece on a hook on the left side. It was a party line, with all the neighbors sharing it, beginning with Alta and Lester White on one end of the road, then Sheltons, then Fred and Hedy Luckman, then Slim and Issie Butenhoff, then Evelyn and Axel Poquette, then the Nelsons, then Ted and Gen, and finally Eunice and Walter Bell. After them there was no one living

Carrie and Allen Shelton and niece Bonnie Neubauer.

on the road until it came to the lake and turned on CTH B, the Lake Road. Heisterkamps lived on a farm to the left and a cabin was in the corner to the right. Electricity meant that Ted and Gen could upgrade their gas milking machine to electric. They also retired the wood cookstove and bought a new electric model. They changed the washing machine and sewing machine over also, making life a lot easier all around. One fun memory about the party line had to do with the fact that when one phone rang they all rang. Each farm had its own ring. For instance, someone might have a short and a long ring, another two shorts and a long, or two longs, or a long and a short. Everyone heard all the rings, and some people would pick up the earpiece, cover the mouthpiece with their hand, and listen in. This was called “rubbering in” or “rubbering.” It was frowned upon, but it still was done by just about everyone although no one would admit it. Just to confound any rubbernecks, as those who listened in were called, Carrie and Alta would deliberately speak in German. Since no one else on the line knew how to speak German it was quite effective in curing the rubbernecks on their conversations. Another fun memory from that time has to do with card parties. This was before TV, and people had to make their own fun. After the chores were done in the evening they would often go visit a neighbor and play cards or simply talk awhile. Someone got the idea that they should all gather at one house every Saturday night and play Canasta, so they did that on a revolving basis, going from farm to farm each week. The kids would play Hearts or Spades or some such game while the adults played Canasta. Then after cards

Bonnie on Belle.

they had a lunch and went home. Birthdays were celebrated by several neighbors getting together. Another fun activity began after the Beaver Brook School was consolidated with the Shell Lake School. Saturday nights the schoolhouse was opened up for dances. Issie Butenhoff played piano, Mr. Livingston played guitar or saxophone, and someone would call a few square dances. People from all over came to those dances and everyone danced with everyone else. It was a great community event. At midnight the women would go into the back room and put out a spread from the dishes they had brought in and everyone would eat, then they would dance some more until about 1 a.m. After a few hours sleep the men would arise and milk their cows and go about their activities as if they had been sleeping like babies since 9 p.m. The women were also up and at it. Those Beaver Brook farmers were hardy people! Harvesting was much different then than it is now. The hay would get ready first, and a farmer had to mow it, rake it, and then at first they simply pitched it loose onto a wagon called a hayrack and brought it to the barn to be stored in the haymow. That involved pulling the hayrack under the big haymow door, then letting a huge hay hook down onto the wagon where it would close like a giant claw around some of the hay. Then they would use horses or a tractor to pull the load of hay by a long rope or chain attached to pulleys on the track along the top of the barn in order to bring the hay inside the barn. When they had it in the area of the barn they wanted it someone would jerk the rope and the hay hook would let go of the hay and it would drop into the mow. This same method was used to pull bales in after it became the norm to use a square baler to bale the hay. Those bales were usually about 18” by 18” by 5 feet in length. Nothing like the big round bales used today. Next the oats would ripen, and usually it did not ripen evenly in the neighborhood. When more than one field was ready the farmers would engage the man who had the threshing machine. He would arrange to come to the first field and all the farmers would agree to meet in that field on the assigned day. The women would meet in the kitchen and while the farmers began gathering the oats they would begin making the dinner. Soon you would hear the put-put of the big green John Deere tractor pulling the huge threshing machine down the dirt road. He would position it in the yard so that the straw would be blown into a stack where the farmer wanted it. Then each farmer would pull his load up alongside the thresher and unload the oats onto the conveyer belt. As the oats entered at one See Three families, page 17


Three families/from page 16 end the kernels would come out and be sacked on one side while the straw would be blown out the other side. At lunchtime the men would wash up outside, then come in to a feast prepared by several of the women. After the dinner was over the men would all go outside and immediately begin harvesting again. With any luck they would finish up on that farm that same day, then they would move on to the next farm and repeat the process the following day. In this fashion they threshed all the oats in the neighborhood. There was time to get a second crop of hay in before the corn was ready and it became time for silo filling. Silo filling was done in the same fashion as threshing, only this time the man brought a silo filler to each farm in turn, the men gathered the green corn and brought it to be chopped and blown into the silo. Lunch was still a big deal, and sometimes a farmer would buy beer and cool it in the stock tank for an afternoon break. I can still remember all the men sitting on bales of hay or on the ground in a group under the shade of a big tree. They wiped the sweat that was running down their faces with a big bandana. The sleeves on their blue chambray shirts were rolled up and sweat glistened on their arms and in the V of the open collars of the shirts. Many of the shirts were wet as they had been working hard in the sun most of the afternoon. They allowed themselves one cold beer, then it was back

were doing and took the time to visit. Usually there was some type of goodies available to go with the coffee, and milk or Kool-Aid for the kids. Unfortunately none of the Sheltons or Neubauers or Bells lives in the Town of Beaver Brook these days. The only evidence of the Sheltons is a fire tower located on what was once their farm. They lie in the Spooner cemetery with a single flat stone to mark the evidence of their life here on Earth. Ted sold his place and it is used like a cabin with the owner not always in residence. Bonnie has spent most of her life in Minnesota. She married Ray Farley on Sept. 14, 1957, and gave Ted and Gen four grandchildren: LeRoy Farley and Diane of Racine; LoriRuth D. Farley Tibbetts (Mrs. LeRoy) of Aitkin, Minn.; Jarold R. Farley of McGregor, Minn.; and James T. Farley, who was killed while walking home in Louisiana on Sept. 13, 2002. Dennis and Judy live in Hollister, Mo., near his oldest daughter, Tere Mentlick. His son, Troy, lives in Woodbury, Minn., and his daughter, Tammy, lives in Maryland. Ted and Gen lie under a single divided gray stone with a silver urn for flowers in the center. They are in the Shell Lake Cemetery. The Bells moved to Barronett where Terry still lives. Allen is in Barron, Larry is in Crystal Lake, Ill., and Donna is in Virginia Beach, Va.

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Donna Jean Bell’s school photo, 1965-1966.

to work. Otherwise it was much the same as the threshing, going from farm to farm until all the corn was in the silos. The coffeepot was always on or could be brewed on a moment’s notice and usually there was cake or other goodies on hand in case a neighbor dropped in. No one needed an appointment to come visit. If you passed by their house you

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simply stopped in for a brief visit. Maybe you told the latest news you had heard in town, or asked how they were doing, or whatever. The visit never lasted very long because, after all, everyone was busy in those days. Maybe it was the man alone, or the woman alone, or both husband and wife and kids if they had any at home. The host/hostess dropped what they

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Good morning! Monday was known as Cyber Monday. I don’t really know why but I do know Thanksgiving is over and also deer season. Talk was that we were in for a snowstorm. Mavis Flach had all her boys and family there for Thanksgiving and later the girls all went shopping to find some bargains. Brent and Nicole Pederson went to her folks, the Cummingses, in Superior on Thursday. Lillian Ullom and her daughter, Donna Ness, drove to Glenwood City on Sunday afternoon for the visitation for Mrs. Bill Ullom. All of Cheri and Steve Minot’s family were home and enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner at Bill and Lori Sumner’s along with Cheri’s dad, Peder Pederson. Eric Minot got his buck on the first day of hunting. Good for you Eric. Bucks seemed to be scarce this year.

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Terry Bruce Bell’s school photo, from the 1965-1966 school year.



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Pat and Laurie Frey went to son Andy and Emma’s with Emma’s side of the family. Grandpa Ken Harmon also joined them for dinner there. Marilyn Zimmerman’s brother Tom Hrouda, wife Stacey, and stepdaughter Caitlyn from Oregon spent the week of Thanksgiving with her and Renee. Tom did some deer hunting and they had their Thanksgiving dinner at their sister Linda Stodola’s house. Report a lot of visiting and a lot of good food. For Thanksgiving Day at Russ and Nancy Furchtenicht’s were their boys and wives and her side of the family. Grandson Duane and fiancee Casey from Menomonie were at my house for a few days during the weekend and he did some hunting here. Bonnie Helmer’s brother Bob and his son Tyler from West Bend, also their friend Jim Bird, were up for the hunt the first few days. Their traditional thing is to grill up fillets wrapped in bacon, potato, onion and bacon in foil for Saturday night’s supper. This year they came out and cooked it at my house. Really good. Grandson Duane Swanson was here. John and Mary Marschall joined us. Bob bagged a 6-pointer. Casey Furchtenicht went back to Northland College on Saturday. He was also a lucky hunter getting a 7- or 8-pointer. Norm and Donna Ness drove to Cub and Mary Etta Ness’s in Sugar Hill, Ga., and spent a few days before going on to Donald and Jerrie Ness’s in Leesburg, Fla., to spend four days. Then to Alachua, Fla., for a surprise birthday for Julie Butterfield, her 50th. Yes, Norm and Donna were the surprise guests. Cub and Mary Etta Ness, Georgia, and Raymond Ness, Iowa, Alex and a friend from Chicago stayed a week for

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Howard Anson Klopp Howard “Klippity Klopp” Anson Klopp, 93, Shell Lake, died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, at Terraceview Living Center. He was born May 7, 1922, in Mondovi, to George and Bella (Nelson) Klopp. Howard farmed in Mondovi prior to moving to Shell Lake, where he owned and operated Klopp’s Bar for 50 years. He was married on Dec. 27, 1941, to Angeline Werrell, who preceded him in death on June 3, 2010. Howard was known for riding his golf cart around town with no shirt on. Howard is survived by his sons, John “Jack” (Shary) Klopp, Eau Claire, and Andrew (Gail) Klopp, Shell Lake; daughter, Sally (David) Peterson, Shell Lake; grandchildren, Tamara Klopp (Tony Toman), Kimberly (Todd) Blomberg, Shannon Klopp (Shayne Trudelle), Dustin Klopp (Wendy Besse), George (Hannah) Klopp, Lau-

rel (Mark) Stellrecht and Timothy (Angie) Peterson; great-grandchidren, Kristina, Timothy, Janay, Luke, Cody, Aspen, Logan, Payton, Bethany, Brianna and Grace; great-great-granddaughter, Kara; brother, Duane (Donna) Klopp, Mondovi; and sisters, Rose Sippel, Eau Claire, Bernice Moltz, Eau Claire, and Doris Sie, Mondovi. He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years; son, George Klopp; great-grandson, Charles Joseph Stellrecht; brother, Norman “Bud” Klopp; and sister, Ruth Dugan. Funeral services were held Nov. 28 at Skinner Funeral Home, Shell Lake, with the Rev. John Sahlstrom officiating. Burial was in Shell Lake Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers were Dustin Klopp, Timothy Peterson, George Klopp, Timothy Grace, Shayne Trudelle, Aspen Klopp, Luke Blomberg and Logan Klopp. The Skinner Funeral Home, Shell Lake, was entrusted with arrangements.


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Now that the deer hunt, Thanksgiving, Black Friday and November are over, it’s time to think Christmas, which is only three weeks away. It was fairly good weather most of the deer hunt and quite a few lucky hunters. Thanksgiving Day wasn’t the nicest weather but the next day was beautiful, a pictureperfect day with frost on every tree, bush and twig that just sparkled in the sunshine. But more winter storm warnings are out as I write this and December rolls in. Mavis Schlapper had all five of her kids with her for an early turkey day together last Saturday. Her sister, Joyce Wade, and Fritz and Mary Mancl and family also joined them. She reported son Dean, from Texas, son Wayne from Stevens Point and Fritz all filled their tags. Thanksgiving Day at Greg and Sue Krantz’s were son Matt and wife Christi and kids from Chippewa Falls, and Ericka Hutton and kids. They also went to Sue’s brother, Bill, and Jackie Smith’s in Shell Lake, along with Hugh and Sue Smith. Matt was a successful hunter and reports it was great to get out and enjoy nature. Sue, Ericka and kids did a little Black Friday shopping in Rice Lake. Elfreda West went to son Mark and Debbie’s for Thanksgiving and her birthday. A speedy recovery is wished for Debbie who is getting around in a wheelchair after breaking her ankle recently. Mark went to town and bought takeout for them. Al and Jolene Loew joined their son-in-law’s family in Menomonie for turkey day dinner together. Anton and Gloria Frey went to son Jim and Lynn’s for dinner with most of their family there including Pete, Jan, Jeff, Tim and Alisia and Timmy and Kelly, also Kelly’s daughter from the state of Virginia who is staying with them for a while. She got a job with the pet grooming in Rice Lake.

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Dewey-LaFollette Written for last week Nina and Lawrence Hines came home Monday after visiting relatives in Eden Prairie, Minn., Sunday.  They stayed overnight with Nancy and Steve Hagen. Lawrence and Nina Hines visited John and Diana Mangelsen on Wednesday afternoon. Congratulations to Donna and Gerry Hines on the birth of a great-grandson.  Brooks Harrison Holman was born Nov. 16 to their granddaughter and her husband, Kristie and Dustin Holman. Hank and Karen Mangelsen were supper guests of Gerry and Donna Hines on Wednesday. Colin, Chris and Chad Harrison and Rod Kral came to the home of Nina and Lawrence Hines for the weekend to hunt.  Chad and Rod went home Sunday, but Colin and Chris are staying for the week.  Larry Mangelsen was a weekend guest of Karen and Hank Mangelsen. Bob and Pam Bentz visited Hank and Karen Mangelsen on Saturday morning. Lida Nordquist and Brian Hines were Sunday afternoon visitors of Donna and Gerry Hines. Karen Mangelsen met Margaret Madison and Judy Sirianni for lunch in Cumberland on Wednesday. Sympathy is extended to Bill, Marty and Terri Scanlon and other family members due to the death of Glenda Scanlon. Sympathy is also extended to Lawrence and Gerry Hines and families due to the death of Gerry and Lawrence’s uncle, Allie (Ellis) Erickson.  He was 92. Written for this week Mark Hines and Karen and Hank Mangelsen called on Nina and Lawrence Hines on Monday afternoon. Hank and Karen Mangelsen were supper guests of Lida Nordquist in Siren on Tuesday. Donna and Gerry Hines went to Vadnais Heights, Minn., Wednesday and stayed with Brenda and Tim Sweet.  A number of family members came there Thursday to celebrate Thanksgiving.  Gerry and Donna came home Friday.

Karen Mangelsen Larry Mangelsen was a visitor of Karen and Hank Mangelsen on Wednesday and Thursday. They celebrated Thanksgiving with April, Dave, Patty and Mandy Close at the community dinner in Siren. Thanksgiving Day guests of Lawrence and Nina Hines were Colin, Chad, Jenny, Aubrey, Ashley, Chris and Wendy Harrison, Heather and Josh Kurkowski and Lida Nordquist. Randy, Henry and Josephine Mangelsen were weekend guests of Hank and Karen Mangelsen.  On Friday they all joined April, Dave and Mandy Close, and Holly, Hannah, Grace and Jake Mangelsen for supper in Siren at Tesora.  On Saturday they went to Tracks for supper with the Romsos family, which included Gene, Carlotta, Jeff, Jaime, Taylor, Morgan, Dale, Carrie, Riley, Carol, Keith, Britni, Conner, Wayne and Marie Romsos, and Ron and Juliann Jensen. Kris Fjelstad and several others from the United Women Veterans group served hot drinks and goodies at Spooner Ladies Night Out on Monday, Nov. 23.  Kris Fjelstad was a guest at the home of Pete and Kerri Adams for Thanksgiving.  Others there were Pete and Kerri’s son, Keenan, and Kris’s son, Roger Dawley, and granddaughter Abbi. On Friday, Kris Fjelstad joined the Crosby clan for soup and a time of visiting On Saturday, Kris Fjelstad and her sisters, Pat Kage and Kitty Strassman, attended the funeral of their aunt, Amella Beilke, in Marathon. She was 85 and their last aunt, the end of that generation. Nineteen nieces and nephews and their families were there to commemorate Amella’s life.  Sympathy is extended to all the family.

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Senior lunch menu Monday, Dec. 7: Chicken with whitewine mushroom sauce, rice pilaf, steamed broccoli, lemon dessert. Tuesday, Dec. 8: Kielbasa and kraut, roasted baby reds, creamed spinach, rosy pears. Wednesday, Dec. 9: Seasoned pork chop, mashed potatoes, green beans, baked apples. Thursday, Dec. 10: Meaty lasagna, Caesar salad with croutons, garlic bread stick, frozen yogurt. Friday, Dec. 11: Crispy fish on a bun with cheese, steamed carrots, potato chips, pickle, French silk pie. 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 bread, butter, coffee, milk and water.

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558-1456. The Lions are looking for Nesco cookers and gym floor sealer. If you have either of these items and would like to donate them, please drop them off at the Lions hall or call Michael Maestri at 715-865-5452. Kathy, a summer resident of Sand Lake, extends gratitude to the Stone Lake Fire Department and the Sawyer County Animal Control for rescuing her cat a couple of weeks ago. Her cat is an indoor cat and somehow escaped, got frightened, and ran under a porch. The Jaws of Life was even used to release it, but the cat is now safe in Kathy’s arms again. The Stone Lake Community Wetland Park is having a membership drive. They want everyone in the area to become a member of Friends of the Wetland Park. They have three types of memberships to offer; the single membership is $10, a family membership is $20 and a lifetime membership is $100. Your membership will help our beautiful park live a healthy life far into the future, hopefully for your children and grandchildren to enjoy. If you wish to join, please make your check payable to the Stone Lake Community Wetland Park and mail to Betty Hanson, N5779 Division Ave., Stone Lake, WI 54876. Your membership will be acknowledged, you will receive a park decal, and you will be notified of all future events involving the wetland 715-468-2074 park. This winter, the roadway and parking lot will be Offering Wi-Fi: Wireless Internet plowed so that all who wish Monday:...............10 a.m. to 8 p.m. to can take advantage of our Tuesday:................10 a.m. to 5 p.m. beautiful trails during the Wednesday:...........10 a.m. to 8 p.m. winter season. Thursday:.............10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mary Nilssen can be Friday:..................10 a.m. to 5 p.m. reached at 715-865-4008 or Saturday:...............10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

I hope each of you had a very nice Thanksgiving. I also hope all you hunters had a very successful hunt. The Stone Lake Lions children’s Christmas party is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Lions hall. Cedar branches are needed for this Christmas party. If you have any that you would like to donate, please call Christine Maestri at 715-865-5452. She is in need of 10 or 12 and will come to your home and cut them. The Stone Lake Wesleyan Church is accepting new and gently used coats, scarves, hats, gloves and mittens for the secondannual coat drive. They are currently in need of children’s items for all sizes and both genders. These items will be given to needy families in the community. For more information, contact the church at 715-8652881. Northwest Wisconsin Realty is sponsoring a toy drive at their office at the corner of Main Street and Hwy. 70 in Stone Lake. Please drop off a new toy by Wednesday, Dec. 23, and they’ll donate $2 to the Stone Lake Feed-A-Family program. The toys will be distributed through local charities where they’re most needed. For information call Teri from Northwest Realty at 715-



Washburn County Area Humane Society Right now there are three of us that look the same, It could be fun to play tricks for a game. Mix us all up. See if you can guess who, Which one is which, we’re not giving out clues. There are some differences, look close to see, Loco or Rona, perhaps I’m Annie. Usually the look-alikes are black or gray, We are more interesting wouldn’t you say. Our ages are so close it won’t help your guess, Are there boys and girls? The answer is yes. Come in and see if you can guess the one, Who is pictured this week? Oh boy, this should be fun. Cats for adoption: 5-month-old fe-

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The following is a summary of the Washburn County Approved 2016 Budget. Public inspection of the detailed Approved Budget may be made at the office of the Washburn County Clerk, Shell Lake, Wisconsin. 2013 2014 2015 2015 2016 % of Actual Estimated Budget Approved Change GENERAL FUND Actual General Fund Equity January 1 7,189,160 6,602,863 6,926,809 6,926,809 7,322,038 EXPENDITURE CATEGORIES General Government 3,882,422 3,872,371 3,873,936 4,412,151 4,346,638 Public Safety 3,489,476 1,120,759 3,243,618 3,529,493 3,533,910 Public Works 14,441 2,343,471 6,865 16,200 17,050 Health & Human Services 196,290 211,118 158,948 212,280 208,925 Culture, Recreation and Education 472,791 484,470 479,140 498,438 480,350 Conservation & Development 647,630 639,161 562,487 719,350 770,542 Other Financing Uses 1,025,275 82,797 738,476 1,127,000 127,000 Total General Fund Expenditures 9,728,325 8,754,147 9,063,471 10,514,912 9,484,415 -9.80% REVENUE CATEGORIES Property Tax Levy Taxes (other than levy) Intergovernmental Grants & Aids Licenses & Permits Fines, Forfeitures & Penalties Public Charges for Services Miscellaneous Revenues Other Financing Sources Total General Fund Revenues

6,130,159 1,418,118 589,793 133,485 115,235 419,864 199,508 135,865 9,142,028

6,153,692 1,486,995 603,913 151,262 95,584 369,329 12,343 204,975 9,078,093

6,264,530 1,352,470 586,420 147,890 87,227 351,950 190,489 477,724 9,458,700

6,264,530 1,352,470 586,420 147,890 87,227 351,950 190,489 477,724 9,458,700

6,341,234 1,432,120 591,048 139,350 87,227 359,900 194,231 287,245 9,432,355

General Fund Equity December 31






6,153,692 1,834,255 1,032,372

6,264,530 1,782,658 1,032,372

6,264,530 1,782,658 1,032,372

6,341,234 1,738,055 1,032,372









(General Fund Equity includes Reserved, Designated & Undesignated) PROPERTY TAX LEVY by FUND General Fund Special Revenue Funds Debt Service Capital Projects Proprietary Fund Type: Highway Department Copy Machine Fiduciary Fund Type

6,130,159 1,841,551 1,082,372 1,428,658 10,482,740

County Equalized Value 2,373,421,900 2,320,241,500 2,319,288,400 2,319,288,400 2,312,565,000 County Tax Rate* 4.417 4.518 4.545 4.545 4.593 Per $1,000 of Equalized Value Estimated General Obligation Debt as of December 31, 2015: $1,530,000 SUMMARY - ALL FUNDS REVENUES General Fund Special Revenue Debt Service Capital Projects Proprietary Fund Type: Highway Department Copy Machine Fiduciary Fund Type Total Revenues Total Tax Levy Total All Revenues

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3,011,869 6,834,017 13,382 3,070,321

2,924,401 6,167,032 50,000 1,436,684

3,194,170 6,423,168 0 1,752,600

3,194,170 6,081,144 110,638 7,001,175

3,091,121 5,893,227 127,000 6,367,211

7,235,244 5,539

6,086,072 5,136

6,672,409 2,975

6,726,500 22,500

6,278,426 7,500

20,170,822 10,482,740 30,653,562

16,671,325 10,482,740 27,154,065

18,045,322 10,541,981 25,587,303

23,136,127 10,541,981 33,678,108

21,764,485 10,622,324 32,386,809

EXPENDITURES General Fund Special Revenue Debt Service Capital Projects Proprietary Fund Type: Highway Department Copy Machine Fiduciary Fund Type Total Expenditures

9,728,325 8,646,814 1,206,247 3,776,495

8,754,147 6,795,342 1,081,920 1,308,464

9,063,471 8,674,986 1,149,872 1,695,000

10,514,912 7,803,011 1,149,872 6,001,175

9,484,415 7,582,279 1,107,372 5,466,605

9,364,905 34,404 0 32,757,191

8,028,982 2,807

8,175,349 3,424

8,239,627 22,500

7,789,089 7,500





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Judy Pieper

I hope you had an absolutely fantastic Thanksgiving and a successful hunting season. Actually, I guess hunting season is still on. Art Adams told me that black-powder season started Monday. And, I guess bow hunting runs for a while yet. Not being a hunter, I don’t keep very close track of that stuff. Lynn Thon had our family and a few friends to her house for Thanksgiving dinner. Lynn did the same thing that I’ll bet most of you who cooked at home did. She made way too much food. When she was telling me about her menu, I kept warning her that there would be a lot of leftovers, but she just didn’t believe me. That’s OK. She sent a lot of them home with Duane and me, and I won’t have to buy meat for about a month. Actually, I took the desserts home, too. If I don’t weigh 300 pounds by Christmas it’s going to be a miracle. Randy Lehmann and John Libra flew in from Portland, Ore., to spend the holiday with their family and friends at the Lehmann hunting shack. Randy told us about a trip he and John had made to New York to watch the Halloween parade. And he told us about a really neat three-mile walk with beautiful gardens that runs by an old elevated train track. It sounded very interesting. I didn’t know there was anything in New York City except tall buildings and way too many people. Mel and Geri Pittman’s son and grandsons, Jerry, Brady and Noah, drove up from Gilbertville, Iowa, to spend the holiday with their family. Mel and Geri’s son, daughter-in-law and granddaughters, Danny, Jess, Erica and Brooke, joined them for Thanksgiving dinner and also spent a lot of time at Mel and Geri’s home visiting with them during the weekend. Jerry, Brady and Noah arrived on Wednesday evening and had to leave for home again on Sunday. Jane Elmberg had a picture of a huge buck that Jeff Theese got up by Exeland. I didn’t count the points, but someone said they heard it was a 14-point, and someone else said 16. Whichever, it was the biggest rack that I’ve ever seen outside of an outdoor magazine. Congratulations, Jeff. Paul and Sherry Maire invited us over to their house to see a treasure Paul had rediscovered when they were packing things. A few years ago, Paul’s mother, June Prohert Maire, had given him an old flag that was packed between a couple of pieces of cardboard. She had told him a little bit about the flag, but he didn’t think too much

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about it and slipped it in an out-of-the-way place so it wouldn’t be just one more piece of clutter. Well, he finally got it out and took a good look at it, and it’s incredible! His grandfather, John Essen Prohert, was in the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, and the flag that Paul had stuck away was one of the flags from that battle. In the same package was a list of all the things that Paul’s grandfather had done during the Civil War, and his honorable discharge papers. Paul and Sherry were packing up the flag and all the documentation to send it to the Civil War Preservation Society the day that they showed it to us. If you would like to see a picture of that particular flag, Google battle flags of Gettysburg. It has the 13 stripes, but instead of having a star for each state, there are only 13 stars. There is a circle of eight stars with one in the middle and one in each corner. The flag is very well preserved, with just a little bit of fraying on the edges and one tear on one of the stripes. Very interesting, and hard to believe that it’s survived 152 years. Paul and Sherry are going to be pretty busy from now until Christmas. Sherry will be at Maplewood Mall in the Twin Cities selling the beautiful Yard Stuff furniture that they make right here in Barronett. I’m sure Paul will be in the shop, making even more furniture. If you do happen to be in the Twin Cities, stop by and say hello to Sherry and check out all the beautiful wooden furniture. The women of Barronett Lutheran will be hosting their annual Christmas party this Saturday, Dec. 5, at 12:30 p.m. As usual, there will be plenty of food, lots of great conversation, singing of carols, and, of course, gambling and stealing. Sound interesting? Well, all ladies are invited to join in the fan. If you have little ones who don’t stay home alone, feel free to bring them along. If you do decide to join us, please bring two or three very inexpensive wrapped presents to use for the dice game. That’s where the gambling and stealing come in, you know. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s a great way to get to know everyone a little better. We saw Ron and Barb Stewart at the Red Brick last week, and Barb asked me to find good homes for a whole bunch of beautiful lap robes that she had crocheted. She had them in two clear plastic cases, and the way they were packed, they looked like beautiful rainbows. Geri Pittman is going to take them to the Christmas party and she will ask everyone if they know someone who could use a nice warm lap robe. I’ll have her write the

names down so that we can tell Barb who will be receiving them. Thank you, Barb. Your generosity is going to make someone’s winter a lot warmer. Tonja Metnik called and asked me to let everyone know that the old-fashioned candlelight service will be held at Wiesner Chapel this Sunday, Dec. 6, with fellowship starting at 7 p.m. and service starting at 8 p.m. Pastor Jeff Martin will, once again, be leading the service. The chapel will be beautifully decorated for Christmas, with candles and oil lamps burning. It will also be very warm, there is an old pot-bellied stove going that keeps everyone toasty. Pastor Jeff does a wonderful job retelling the old old story and making it sound new. It’s a great way to get into the true spirit of Christmas. The women of Augustana Lutheran will be hosting the annual Saint Lucia program and breakfast at the church on Friday, Dec. 11. It’s a beautiful program. The girls who portray Saint Lucia and her followers learn their parts in Swedish and then translate them into English. All women are welcome and, believe me, this is one program that you will be glad you took time out to attend. We saw Les Olson up at the Hilltop Sunday morning celebrating his birthday with a whole bunch of relatives and friends. I won’t tell you his exact age, but it was one of those annoying birthdays that end with zero. His sister, Margaret Madison, stopped by our table to chat for a few minutes. I didn’t think to ask her how she’s keeping busy now that she’s retired, but I bet she finds lots of stuff to do. It was fun talking with her. Our darling little grandson, Wrig Marsh, broke his right arm on Saturday night. He is 4, and he knows a lot more about balancing on the back of a couch than his dad, of course. So, when Jim told him to get down before he fell off, he tried just one more time to reach Vada Richie from the back of the couch, fell, landed wrong, and ended up with his arm looking like an “S.” Jim and Summer immediately took him to the emergency room, his arm was set and a cast was put on. Lynn and I stopped by to see him Sunday evening and he was happily going about his business but stopped long enough to show off his nice new cast and let us sign it. There is just no keeping that little guy down. I guess that’s about all I know from Barronett this week. I think I will go check out the leftovers in the refrigerator and maybe have a piece of pumpkin pie for breakfast. See you next time.

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The mornings this past week have been so quiet, not a twig moved, not a tree moved, and the snow-covered ground looks so peaceful with Ol’ Ma Nature fast asleep after a bountiful harvest. Dec. 5, a very happy birthday to Kyle Hulleman and also to Pat Atkinson, with lots more to come. Dec. 7, a very happy birthday to Noel Beaufeaux, Levi Cooper, Emma Jean Burch and a big happy birthday goes out to Marshall Poquette. All have a great day. Happy birthday to Asher Lawrence who turns 7 years old. Have a great day, Asher. Also a very happy birthday to Tammy LaVeau on Dec. 9. Enjoy your day. Our deepest sympathy to the family of Ron Masterjohn who passed away recently. Also our deepest sympathy to the family of Howard Klopp who passed away recently. Know you are in our special thoughts and prayers. Our deepest sympathy to the family of Robert Lawrence of North Carolina. He was the oldest grandson of Marie and Bob Lawrence, Spooner, and the son of David and Cindy Lawrence. His funeral was held Nov. 28. May you know you are in our special thoughts and prayers. Betty Meister tells us her aunt, Louise, 88, passed away this past week. Aunt Louise was Betty’s last living aunt. May you know you are in our special thoughts and prayers. Well, did you ladies go shopping on Black Friday? The crowds must have been humongous! I’m glad I’m done with Christmas shopping. It gets to be a bigger hassle every year, doesn’t it? It’s finding the right gift that’s the hardest. Saturday evening, Paula Cramer, Kenzie Cramer and her boyfriend, Chester, came and picked me up and took me to Hilltop, joining Penny and Jeff Ladd and children Rem, Ry and Ree, for our Thanksgiving supper. The guys hunt all day and it’s hard to have a feast. Everyone enjoyed the night with lots of teasing and laughter. I haven’t heard of anyone getting a buck. Paula Cramer tells me that she saw on the computer that people are saying there just aren’t any deer in Burnett County. I saw only one deer go by and that was in the trunk of a car. I think we just have to get rid of those bears and those timber wolves. Let’s hope the DNR gives out more bear licenses and also has a season on those timber wolves. You know when a mama deer drops her little fawn they take the fawn and eat it. How would you like to be ate up before you have a chance at life? Jim and Sandy Atkinson had a houseful on Thanksgiving. Coming to enjoy the feast were Noel and Pattie Beaufeaux, Mitch and his girlfriend, Kyle and Becca Atkinson, Jimmy Atkinson, Stacy, Minn., Kristen and Scott Carls and girls Jannah and Briana, and Darren and Kim Sahlstrom. Sandy says they had two turkeys with one being deep-fried and a ham with all the trimmings. Also about 10 pies were brought including pumpkin, raisin and apple, along with others. Kimmy brought two angel food cakes along with strawberries and all the great stuff. So for a week it will be no cooking at the Atkinsons’. Leftovers coming up. The Crosbys have had good luck getting a buck. Chad,

Shorty and Katie all got bucks. Donna and Jerry Melin joined the Crosbys for a feast on Thanksgiving Day. Also there were Glen and Lorraine Crosby. Chad was up hunting for the week at his folks and brothers. Tuesday, Ashley and children, Chase, Morgan and Joyel, came to spend the week. Chad made his famous chili while his mom made soup so they had a chili-soup feed for family and friends on Friday night. Beth says everyone ate and they all had a great time. Doug and Karen Vanderhoof haven’t hunted for a number of years. They’ve got too much work with their cows, etc. Thanksgiving Day at Marv and Gladys Knoop’s were 32 people enjoying the feast. Most all the grandchildren were there, including their parents. Lloyd and Freda and Pete Stellrecht came to enjoy the meal along with their daughter, Emma Nordskog, and family. Surprise, Bryan Knoop from Wyoming came home for the deer season along with a friend. They hunted all week with Bryan getting a small buck. His pa, Mark, got a small buck also. Bryan had to go back for college on Sunday. The two guys planned on driving straight through to get back for Monday’s classes. Glad you could get a few days off for hunting, Bryan. Talking with Karen Vanderhoof, she tells us Doug had the flu and then she got it. She said she didn’t have to milk for three times, and said she slept most of the time. Karen is hoping to get some sewing done as she makes all the Christmas gifts. She tells us milk is now down to $13 a hundred, and it’s predicated to only be $15 for 2016. Everything they buy is outrageous. Yes, Karen, I feel for all the farmers as I know Sunshine and I went through the same thing. Katie Kinde, a very happy birthday to you on Dec. 9. Enjoy your special day, Katie. Diane Hulleman had a houseful for the feast on Thanksgiving Day with 20-plus coming to enjoy. Diane made the turkey and ham with all the dressing, the mashed potatoes, etc., and her kids made the rest coming with potluck, which everyone enjoyed. Saturday everyone went back so by Sunday the house was quiet. Mike Murray was hunting at Diane’s and none of the hunters got a buck. Didn’t even see a buck! Diane says she was tired out. I hope she gets caught up on her sleep now. Christmas is coming Diane! Diane also makes a huge dinner for her kids, spouses, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. She even makes homemade bread for her dressing, which she makes also. It certainly sounds good Diane. Next weekend Diane and her chicks will be going to the Twin Cities Christmas shopping. Jody and Sandy Atkinson didn’t make it to Curt and Myrna Atkinson’s for the Thanksgiving feast. Sandy continues to be in the hospital due to MS. However, Ron Atkinson enjoyed the meal as did the Atkinsons. Karen Vanderhoof was at the Curt Atkinsons’ trying to make a pattern or whatever for placemats. The two gals enjoyed a great visit. Duane Johnson and his friend, Diane, picked up Ann Johnson and joined Dale and Dr. Sue Johnson and daughter Greta, at Cherie and Eric Amundson’s for Thanksgiv-

ing. All enjoyed a fun-filled day. Bev and Jarrett Casselious and son Erik spent Thanksgiving with Carl and Betty Meister. All enjoyed a delicious meal cooked by Betty. Beth and Mark Hansen, Ryan and Alyssa came Saturday and enjoyed time with Carl and Betty. Brian got a nice 8-point buck. The Quam bunch got some bucks but I don’t know who. Three guys came from Glenwood City to hunt with the Meisters and the Quams. Susan and Tim Pederson were at the Quams’ over Thanksgiving Day. Also Megan and Dustin were at the Quams’ and Cory and Stephanie and little son Colton Timothy were there for a visit. Robin Melton was home for the Thanksgiving holiday and Robin and her mom, Evelyn Melton, were over to Vicki and Don Trott’s along with other family and friends to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner. Talking with Gretchen Best, we find on Thanksgiving Day they went to Gwen Strege’s along with a lot of other family and friends. Potluck was enjoyed. Kevin and Jess Best and children, Kaleb and Ava, flew up Wednesday night and went back on Friday. Friday evening, Jerry and Gretchen were at Mitch Strege’s cabin taking potluck and enjoying the evening with relatives and friends. Jerry deer hunted but no luck. He tells us they’re just aren’t any bucks in the Town of Dewey. I’ve heard talk about hunters not going to buy a license next fall in deer hunting with no deer. And I really can’t blame the hunters as it’s a waste of money. Marv Knoop tells us he only saw five deer during deer hunting. Usually the gang fills up but not this year as Marv didn’t get any. I’ll bet the DNR will hear about the deer that got away! Not! Sunday, Dec. 6, the Lakeview Methodist Church children will have their Christmas program. Plan to attend. Well, hunting season is over for another year. Thank goodness. Scatter sunshine! Have a great week!


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Special Care Wing (CBRF) CNA and/or CBRF training desirable. Apply within or send resume: c/o Administrator


UNITED QUALITY COOPERATIVE at Parshall/New Town ND is seeking a qualified CEO/General Manager. This is a multi-location energy, grain, agronomy, and farm retail cooperative with sales of $350 million. Business degree and or successful agricultural business management experience desired. To Apply: - For more info contact Larry Fuller, 701-220-9775 or Email larry.fuller@ (CNOW) WISCONSIN CHS MEMBER COOPERATIVE CAREERS: * Feed Manager * Livestock Sales Nutritionist * Agronomy * Grain Origination. Apply Online at http:// chsmembercooperative.catsone. com/careers/ For information contact: Dani Heeren - Danielle. (CNOW)



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Kari L. Moyer, Solon Springs, disorderly conduct, $299.00. Michael T. Paffel, Danbury, operating while revoked, $468.00.


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Notice is hereby given the Barronett Town Board shall hold its monthly Board meeting on Wed., Dec. 9, 2015, at 7 p.m., at the Barronett Town Hall, N1608 South Heart Lake Rd. The agenda shall be posted at least one (1) day prior to meeting. Patricia A. Parker, Clerk 638877 16r WNAXLP

FOR RENT Duplex in Barronett All on one level, two bedrooms, one bath with attached heated garage. Washer, dryer, stove, refrigerator, dishwasher and microwave furnished. Within walking distance to Barronett Lutheran Church, convenience store, cafe, bar and nightclub. Landlord pays heat, sewer and water, garbage pickup, snow removal and lawn care. $ per month with one-year lease and references required.


For more information, call Duane or Judy at 16-17rp 715-822-8385 or 715-939-0647 6-7b,cp



Notice is hereby given that the Bashaw Town Board shall hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2015, at 6 p.m. at the Bashaw Town Hall. Agenda: Call meeting to order; minutes from the November 10, 2015, town meeting; treasurer’s report; correspondence, public input; permits/applications; truck/grader; TRID Application with road designation; set next meeting date; approve vouchers and adjourn meeting. A current agenda will also be posted at the following sites: Corner of Tozer Lake Rd. & Green Valley Rd., corner of Sand Road & Sunset Road, and N3410 Sawyer Creek Road, Shell Lake, WI 54871 (town hall). Lesa Dahlstrom, Clerk, Town of Bashaw 638878 16r WNAXLP


LIMITED-TERM EMPLOYMENT COOK Washburn County is seeking applicants to fill Limited-Term Employment Cook positions at the Senior Centers in Birchwood, Minong, Shell Lake and Spooner. Responsibilities include performing a wide variety of duties connected with preparation of daily meals and the maintenance of the kitchen and supply inventory. Position requirements include high school diploma or equivalent, ServSafe Certification or the ability to obtain certification, plus experience in volume food preparation and service, inventory and portion control, proper sanitation and storage methods, or any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities. LTE starting salary range is $8.76 - $9.74/hr. A Washburn County employment application may be downloaded from the County website at or obtained by contacting the Administration Office at P.O. Box 337, Shell Lake, WI 54871, Tel: 715638876 16-17r 468-4624 , Fax: 715-468-4628. EOE.

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Stacy L. Sniezewski, Spooner, speeding, $200.00. Scott D. St. Aubin, Shell Lake, issue worthless check(s), $376.50, restitution. Sabbeth R. Wilson, Siren, operating while suspended, $200.50; speeding-work area, $465.10. Gayle S. Bauer, Lino Lakes, Minn., disorderly conduct, $299.00. Erin M. Clark, Springbrook, disorderly conduct, $299.00. Cody J. Laske, Eau Claire, disorderly conduct, $299.00. Jeffrey S. Lenz, Spooner, disorderly conduct, $243.00, probation, sent. withheld.


EACH INSERTION – Minimum of $5.00 ; 30¢ for each word. Call 715-468-2314 to place ad, or email your ad to Advertising deadline is Monday at noon.

Kenneth J. Anderson, Rice Lake, issue worthless check(s), $373.69, restitution. Christopher M. Demers, Barron, speeding, $213.10. Michael R. Hessler, Shell Lake, nonregistration of vehicle, $175.30. Jeff Antczak Trucking LLC, Weyerhaeuser, violate Class A highway weight limits, $1,702.68. William A. Overturf, Hudson, speeding, $175.30. Christopher K. Reed, Menomonie, speeding, $200.50. Sam’s Well Drilling Inc., Randolph, violate Class A highway weight limits, $2,594.22.


Jack Link’s is looking to fill the following positions immdiately.

Positions Open

Jack Link’s is the global meat snacks leader and fastestgrowing meat snack manufacturer worldwide. The Jack Link’s brand represents a heritage of quality and consumer trust. Well-known for its iconic Messin’ With Sasquatch™ advertising campaign, Jack Link’s offers more than 100 premium meat snack products at retail outlets in more than 40 countries. Check out for more information on the brand.

Jack Link’s is now hiring for the following positions:

• Maintenance Supervisor • Sanitation 3rd Shift • Processing...Friday, Saturday, Sunday Weekend Schedule • Food Safety And Quality Supervisor • Food Safety And Quality Lab Technicians • General Laborers Monday-Thursday • General Laborers Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Jack Link’s Beef Jerky is an equal opportunity employer. EEO/AA Employer M/F/D/V

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Apply today at our corporate office, One Snack Food Lane, Minong, WI, or call Human Resources Director, 715-466-6690, for more info.

The Washburn County Zoning Committee will hold a business meeting Tuesday, December 15, 2015, at 3:30 p.m. in the Washburn County Boardroom, Elliott Building, 110 Fourth Avenue West, Shell Lake, Wisconsin.


Conditional use requests have been filed with the Washburn County Zoning Office. This public hearing will be held December 15, 2015, immediately following the rezoning requests in the Washburn County Boardroom, Elliott Building, 110 Fourth Avenue West, Shell Lake, Wisconsin. Spooner Township: Mathy Construction, Onalaska, Wisconsin. Map #SP173/23543 - 40 acres NW SE, Section 20-39-12, Town of Spooner, requesting to obtain a conditional use permit for the expansion of an existing nonmetallic mining operation. Pursuant to NR 135, the applicant has applied for a reclamation permit and has filed a reclamation plan, which is available for review at the Zoning Office. Interested persons will be given the opportunity to be heard on both whether or not a conditional use permit should be granted for nonmetallic mining on the site indicated as well as for the purpose of presenting testimony on reclamation-related matters pertaining to NR 135 and County Code CH. 28. It must be understood, however, that the Committee lacks jurisdiction over the NR 135 permit, the decision as to which is made by staff of the County Zoning and Land and Water Conservation Departments under 28-28 of the County Code. Any testimony or evidence presented during the public hearing on the matter of the NR 135 Plan will be turned over to staff in charge of such decision for their consideration in relationship thereto. Interested persons will be given the opportunity to be heard. The committee will deliberate in “Open Session.” Handicapped access is available through the south door; parking is near the door. This agenda and the subsequent meeting minutes are available in large type. If you need assistance, please call Lolita Olson at 715-468-4600, prior to the meeting. 638569 15-16r Webster Macomber, Zoning Administrator WNAXLP


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that at an election to be held in the City of Shell Lake, on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, the following offices are to be elected to succeed the present incumbents listed. The term for alderperson begins on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. All terms are for two years unless otherwise indicated. Office Incumbent Mayor, City of Shell Lake Sally Peterson Alderperson, Ward 1 Chad Shelton Alderperson, Ward 1 Brent Edlin Alderperson, Ward 2 Ken Schultz Alderperson, Ward 2 Dan Harrington Alderperson, Ward 2 Vacant (1-Year Term) Information concerning aldermanic district boundaries may be obtained from Andrew Eiche, City Clerk, 501 1st Street, Shell Lake, WI. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that the first day to circulate nomination papers is December 1, 2015, and the final day for filing nomination papers is 5 p.m., on Tuesday, January 5, 2016, in the office of the city clerk. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that if a primary is necessary, the primary will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. Done in the City of Shell Lake, on November 13, 2015. 638858 16r WNAXLP Andrew Eiche


Spooner hosts regional event for health-care leaders SPOONER — Spooner was host to a second-annual regional event for healthcare leaders in November. Spooner Health System worked with Studer Group to coordinate the event involving three national speakers. The event was held at the Spooner High School auditorium. Several hospitals participated in the event.  Hospital leaders from Spooner, Hayward, Cumberland, Amery, Tomah, Medford and Ladysmith attended. These hospitals have varied relationships with Studer Group. Spooner Health System

has partnered with Studer Group since 2009. Studer Group also works with educators, and several Wisconsin education leaders attended the leadership event in Spooner as well. “With over 200 people attending the leadership event,” says SHS CEO Mike Schafer, “the high school auditorium was a terrific venue. It is great to have something like this in our community so we can have events like this right here in Spooner.” Schafer adds, “We really appreciate everything the school did to ac-

commodate us.” The leadership event consisted of three nationally known speakers: Liz Jazwiec, RN, Kris Ann Piazza, and Lisa Delong, RN. Topics throughout the day included accountability, resilience and returning to joy. “Hosting the event in Spooner,” says Schafer, “also allowed us to have our employees attend a staff session.” Jazwiec was the speaker for each of the staff sessions. “It was a huge win for us to have such a high-caliber speaker for all our

Santa to visit public library SHELL LAKE — Santa will be visiting the Shell Lake Public Library on Wednesday, Dec. 9, from 6-7 p.m. Santa will read “‘Twas the Night Before

staff to hear.” “Liz was a great speaker. She shared about the impact of negativity and reinforced the importance of staying positive in the workplace,” says SHS lab tech Rich Walters. “Spooner Health System is already such a great place to work, however I think everyone can always stand to hear a message like this. It will only make us better!” — from SHS

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Christmas,” listen to wish lists and will give out treat bags. Bring your camera. Children are encouraged to wear pajamas. — from SLPL

Birchwood FACE uses Real Care baby simulation experience BIRCHWOOD — The family and consumer education department at Birchwood School is using a Real Care baby to provide a parenting simulation experience for students. These lifelike infants come at a hefty cost of $950, and Birchwood was able to obtain a Real Care baby with the help of Carl Perkins funds and the FACE Department. There is a funding request in process for an additional baby. The infant simulator is programmed to follow one of 15 actual newborn schedules. The baby will cry when it needs to be fed, burped, rocked or have its diaper changed. It will also cry if it is roughly handled, held in the wrong position, or if the head is not properly supported. In addition, the infant simulator also makes happy and fussy noises for brief periods.

Students in the parenting class each care for the Real Care baby for two full nights, during which they are responsible to keep the baby safe and cared for. The baby’s internal computer will record the type of care the baby required and received throughout the simulation, as well as any incidences of neglect, failure to support the baby’s head, shaking and rough handling. This program is designed to help young adults understand that infants’ demands are unpredictable and must be met promptly; infants require a great deal of time and attention; and having an infant has a profound impact on a person’s life, all things anyone already a parent is aware of. — from Birchwood School District

Andrew Eddy, senior at Birchwood, demonstrates holding a baby with a Real Care baby. — Photos submitted

LEFT: Senior Summer McMillan simulates feeding a baby. Funds were made possible to purchase a Real Care baby with the help of the Carl Perkins fund and the FACE Department at Birchwood School.

Shell Lake school menu

NSTC expands options for kids RICE LAKE — Northern Star Theatre Company continues its tradition of presenting a KidsOnStage show for young people in third through eighth grade. The 2016 show is “Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr.,” which will be presented Friday - Sunday, Feb. 19, 20, 21 and 26, 27 and 28. Auditions for the show will be held on Saturday, Dec. 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Youth do not have to prepare anything, but a parent should attend auditions with the child. During the summer, NSTC will offer theater-in–the-park camps: one for youth entering grades four through eight and

one for children entering grades one through three. Each group will prepare a melodrama that will be presented in the city park under the band shell. Brochures will be available in March with more details about theater-in-the-park. Please direct questions about KidsOnStage options to Amy Myers at or check out the NSTC website: or the NSTC facebook page: You may also leave a message at 715-736-4444. — from NSTC

Breakfast Thursday, Dec. 3: French toast sticks or homemade sweet bread (3-12 only). Friday, Dec. 4: Laker breakfast pizza or ham and egg bar with toast (3-12 only). Monday, Dec. 7: Pop-tart and cheese stick or mini cinni roll (3-12 only). Tuesday, Dec. 8: Chocolate-chip oat bar (3-12 only) or whole-grain waffles and sausage link. Wednesday, Dec. 9: Ultimate breakfast round (3-12 only) or sausage and cheese sandwich, cereal and toast (4K-2 only). Thursday, Dec. 10: Oatmeal with fixings or homemade sweet bread (3-12 only). Friday, Dec. 11: Apple or cherry frudel or ham and egg bar with toast (3-12 only). Monday, Dec. 14: Bagel with cream cheese (3-12 only) or mini cinni roll. Tuesday, Dec. 15: Whole-grain pancakes and sausage link or chocolatechip oat bar (3-12 only). Wednesday, Dec. 16: Cereal and toast or ultimate breakfast round (3-12 only). Thursday, Dec. 17: French toast sticks or homemade sweet bread (3-12 only). Friday, Dec. 18: Laker breakfast pizza or ham and egg bar with toast (3-12 only). Monday, Dec. 21: Pop-tart and cheese stick or mini cinni roll (3-12 only). Tuesday, Dec. 22: Chocolate-chip oat bar (3-12 only) or whole-grain waffles and sausage link. Wednesday, Dec. 23 - Monday, Jan. 4: No school. Holiday break.

Breakfast is served with a choice of juice/fruit and milk offered daily. Every day breakfast is free to all students. Lunch Thursday, Dec. 3: Crispychicken sandwich or buffalochicken pizza (7-12 only). Friday, Dec. 4: Biscuits and gravy. Monday, Dec. 7: Grilled cheese with tomato soup. Tuesday, Dec. 8: Taco salad or cheese pizza (7-12 only). Wednesday, Dec. 9: Chicken or cheese quesadilla or spicy chicken (7-12 only). Thursday, Dec. 10: Hot Italian sub or mozzarella dippers (7-12 only). Friday, Dec. 11: Penne with meat sauce. Monday, Dec. 14: Corn dog with side of macaroni and cheese. Tuesday, Dec. 15: Teriyaki chicken and rice bowl or cheese quesadilla (7-12 only). Wednesday, Dec. 16: Build a burger or hot dog with chips (7-12 only). Thursday, Dec. 17: Hot ham and cheese sandwich or spicy chicken (7-12 only). Friday, Dec. 18: Sloppy joe. Monday, Dec. 21: Potato bowl. Tuesday, Dec. 22: Mozzarella dippers or pizza calzone (7-12 only). Wednesday, Dec. 23 - Monday, Jan. 4: No school. Holiday break. Menus subject to change. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


Celebration of Lights in Shell Lake

The Peprarkakor Express is the Swedish gingerbread train sporting a Christmas, or in this case Yule-time, greeting. The display was designed and created by Diane Dryden. This year she donated it to the Lions Club.

Photos by Larry Samson The Tri-County Dairy Promoters Christmas light display has become an annual tradition.

Jared Kidder, from the 3C General Store, has one of the newest Christmas light displays at the This memorial to 2015 Shell Lake Lions Club Celebration of Lights. Area businesses and individuals put up the anDeb Friedell and Mary nual light displays at the campgrounds on Shell Lake. This year there are 12 new displays. Jo Young is from the Grumpy Old Ladies. The ice-fishing group, Grumpy Old Ladies, shares a passion for ice fishing and life.

Putting the Christ back into Christmas is the Park Alliance Church in Shell Lake. Their display carries the simple message of Christmas, Peace on Earth.

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