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Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015 Vol. 127, No. 17 • Shell Lake, Wis.

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• “The Tree Lot” at Erika Quam Theatre, Shell Lake • A Night in Bethlehem @ Spooner • Holiday Saturday @ Shell Lake • Santa breakfast @ Shell Lake • See calendar on page 6 and 7 for details


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Cornerstone Church presents “A Night in Bethlehem” Back page

The American flag is flying at half-staff for the victims of the San Bernardino, Calif., shooting. The Christmas ornament in the foreground reminds us to remember the victims and their families with our thoughts and prayers during this holiday season. — Photo by Larry Samson

County youth attend National 4-H Congress Page 9

County’s logging industry thrives; benefits far-reaching Page 3 SL budget approved; concerns on city finances shared Page 3 Audience with Santa times two

Local prep sports roundup SPORTS Pages 14-16


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SHELL LAKE — There is still time to mail your letter to Santa. Drop off your letter anytime at the Shell Lake Public Library before Saturday, Dec. 19, and Santa will write you back. — from SLPL ••• SHELL LAKE — Santa will be visiting the Shell Lake Public Library tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 9, from 6-7 p.m. Santa will read “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” listen to wish lists and will give out treat bags. Bring your camera. Children are encouraged to wear pajamas. — from SLPL

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Savannah Benham talks with Santa and Mrs. Claus during the annual Holiday Saturday celebration held last Saturday, Dec. 5. Over time Mrs. Claus has gone by many names that include Mary, Jessica, Maya and others. More photos on page 2. - Photo by Larry Samson



Holiday Saturday celebrated in Shell Lake

Miles Danford is enjoying making ornaments with his children, Chris and Hevyn.

Santa is all ears as he listens to Sarina HillRyan Wenner is making a Christmas tree ornament with the help of his mother, Nicole, man’s Christmas request. She asked Santa for a “Frozen” Hans doll and a “Nerf or Nothing” at the Breakfast with Santa. bow-and-arrow set. Santa was in town taking requests on Saturday, Dec. 5, during Holiday Saturday. Photos by

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The Allen family posed with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Shown (L to R): Brycen, Carter and Tucker. Video games were the most-requested gifts in this family of boys.

LEFT: The Shell Lake Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Breakfast with Santa. Corrine Hill is the organizer for the event. This year students from the Shell Lake High School volunteered to help make this event happen. Shown back row (L to R): Mrs. Claus, Niki Everroad, Breanna Green and Jadee Goetz. Front: Jonathan Beecroft, Daniel Nielsen, Emmery Nielsen, Tyler Schunck and Mikayla Cox.

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Shell Lake 2016 budget adopted Concerns on city finances shared Danielle Danford | Staff writer SHELL LAKE — Passionate discussion on the city of Shell Lake’s 2016 budget occurred at a special meeting of the Shell Lake City Council on Thursday, Dec. 3. The council convened in the special meeting for a presentation, public hearing and adoption vote on the city’s 2016 budget. The city’s 2016 total budget was adopted at $2,091,657 on a 5-to-2 roll-call vote. Council members Brent Edlin and

Chad Shelton voted against the budget adoption. Edlin stated he voted against the budget adoption because he is concerned about how much the city took out of the city’s “savings account” to pay for this year’s budget. Shelton stated he voted against the budget adoption because he is concerned how it is going to affect the city going into next year and years after. The 2016 proposed levy was approved at $928,666, an increase of $44,222 from 2015. City Administrator Andy Eiche explained that the increase was done pri-

marily to cover the debt obligations created by the 2013-2015 city street project. The mill or tax rate for 2016 will not be produced until next week. In council discussions on the budget, council member Ken Schultz shared his concerns about the city hitting revenue caps, ever-increasing expenditures and the potential for the city to run low on money. Eiche stated that his concern for the city was increasing health-care costs and the potential for the city to one year be unable to fully fund health insurance for city

employees. Eiche also stated that while he respected Schultz’s comments and concerns, “we are actually in a solid financial position.” During discussions on whether to include $784 previously cut from the city of Shell Lake Library funding request, council member Mike Andrews abruptly left the meeting apparently upset due to the topic of conversation. The council ended up approving a motion to fund the library the $784 from the city’s contingency fund on a 5-to-2 roll-call vote.

Spooner’s 2016 budget, housekeeping resolutions approved Danielle Danford | Staff writer SPOONER — The Spooner City Council approved several resolutions that will impact the city in the new year during the council’s regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 1. The resolution with the largest impact was the city of Spooner’s 2016 budget resolution. The city’s 2016 total budget was approved at $3,195,141 on a unanimous roll call vote Of that total the city’s general operating budget is $2,227,548. The 2016 proposed levy is $1,224,07 which is a decrease of

$37,881 from 2015. The tax or mill rate for 2016 is proposed at 0.92, which is about 2.6 percent over last year’s tax rate. For a $100,000 home, city taxes will be $920; that’s about a $23 increase from 2015. “It’s been a difficult process, it always is, but I have to say, again, that our staff made the journey a whole lot better than it has been in a long time,” said Cuskey. The council undertook three other resolutions that addressed housekeeping measures for the city to function smoothly into the new year. Those resolutions in-

clude a county library levy exemption, a 2015 budget amendment and a resolution to carry funds over from 2015 to 2016. Cuskey stated that the purpose of the resolution for the county library exemption for 2016 was to ensure city taxpayers aren’t taxed twice. The county collects this tax, which is distributed to libraries in the county, eliminating the need for municipalities to collect the tax. Patricia Parker, city clerk, explained the purpose of the 2015 budget amendment resolution by stating, “We are just moving monies around under the individual

accounts so that there’s no accounts that have a negative balance.” The resolution was approved on a unanimous roll call vote. Cuskey stated that the resolution to carry funds over from 2015 to 2016 was to ensure that unspent funds from individual accounts in 2015 would carry over to the same account in 2016. Those unspent funds total $373,778 to be carried over into 2016. The resolution was approved on a unanimous voice vote. 

Washburn County’s logging industry thrives, benefits far-reaching Danielle Danford | Staff writer SHELL LAKE — Washburn County’s landscape is a diverse mixture of hardwood and conifer forests, wetland areas, lakes, rivers and agricultural fields. Each of these ecosystems has many benefits for residents and visitors of Washburn County, besides providing habitat for many plant and animal species. A total of 148,000 acres of those habitats is owned and managed by Washburn County, specifically it’s forestry department. “It’s more than managing and maintaining a habitat, everything we do is also aimed at the future so that we know our kids and our grandkids still have that same resource available,” said Mike Peterson, Washburn County forest administrator. The county forestry department and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources jointly manage the county forest. Together these two entities ensure the proper management of approximately 45 timber sales with an allowable combined harvest of 3,150 acres per year. Those sales bring in, on average, gross revenues from $2 million to $2.5 million a year. “Most of our surplus revenues have gone into the capital fund and my understanding is most of our timber revenue goes into road construction for the highway department the following year,” said Peterson. In addition, 15 percent of those gross revenues is paid directly to local towns as a payment in lieu of taxes. The forestry department itself also utilizes those gross revenues to cover department operating expenses. “Nothing that we do comes off of tax levy,” said Peterson.  The department’s operating costs are between $500,000 and $600,000 a year but the total budget is more like $1 million to $1.5 million a year. That’s because the department’s total budget also includes management of snowmobile, ATV trails, ski trails and county campgrounds.  The cost to maintain, build and upgrade trails is largely funded through grants the department seeks out and is awarded, accounting for

“Staying certified helps protect our market from going other places,” added Peterson. He explained that the states along the Great Lakes have a higher percentage of certified wood than anywhere else in the world and what foresters, like Peterson, are seeing is major mills reinvesting money into facilities in Wisconsin more than they are elsewhere, because they have access to that certified wood. “It’s about keeping our timber types here and more importantly it’s about keeping our industry here,” said Peterson.

Police notify public of sex offender’s potential visits to city

This stand of hardwood is part of a timber unit managed by the Washburn County Forestry Department located in the Town of Beaver Brook. Operating by sustainable management practices, the department has its hands in the current local economy and the future of Washburn County’s landscape. — Photo by Danielle Danford the excess in the department’s budget.   Washburn County’s forestry management practices follow the ecosystem management principle. This means that the forest is not managed exclusively for trees and fiber production. The department’s forestry management activities are incorporated with management for wildlife, water resources, endangered species and recreation. The county forest also maintains two forest certifications, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative certification and the Forest Stewardship Council certification. The SFI

certification maintains standards for all of North America while the FSC certification maintains standards all over the globe. “It becomes a stamp of approval to the public, it assures them that we are doing things correctly and sustainably,” said Peterson. Forest certification is a means of assuring and verifying that forest products are derived from environmentally sound, sustainable sources. This certification is awarded by a process of thirdparty independent auditing programs that evaluate environmental, economic and social aspects of land management.

SHELL LAKE-- According to the Shell Lake Police Department, a registered sex offender from Ashland may be frequenting the City of Shell Lake to visit family and/or friends. Cameron M. Doman, 24, has reported he has ties to the community. He is described as 5 feet 5 inches tall, 150 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. Doman is not wanted by law enforcement at this time and the notice by police is “not intended to increase fear,” but rather to inform the public. Doman was convicted of second-degree sexual assault of a child in the fall of 2008 in Ashland. The Shell Lake Police Department plans to monitor Doman’s whereabouts when he visits the city. Questions regarding Doman should be directed to Amy Jain, sex offender registration specialist, at 715-635-5587. Information may also be obtained by visiting the Wisconsin Department of Corrections Sex Offender Registry and referencing DOC ID#: 539831. - with information from Shell Lake Police Department

School board committees seek citizen members SPOONER — In October, the Spooner Board of Education voted to revise their board policy related to standing committees, Policy 185. Per the updated policy, the buildings and grounds, curriculum, and public relations committees each seek two citizen members. Any adult resident of the Spooner Area

School District is eligible to apply for appointment as a citizen member of the buildings and grounds, curriculum, and public relations committees. Interested applicants should mail, email or deliver to the district office a letter containing their name, address, telephone number and a concise statement, not exceeding 500

words, of their qualifications and interest in appointment as a citizen member of a committee. If interested in joining the buildings and grounds committee, please email Clay Halverson at halversonc@spooner.k12. If interested in joining the curriculum

committee, please email Paul Goellner at If interested in joining the public relations committee, please email Christina Martin at For more information, please visit to see the full text of Policy 185. — from SASD


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Stop wasting time debating whether there is a climate problem - there is Some 40,000 people from across the planet attended the Paris climate talks, but around here it seems that people wonder what all the fuss is about. After the great weather we’ve had recently, that’s probably understandable.  Some people are convinced that climate change is a farce meant to promote some job-killing liberal agenda or at best an unavoidable demonstration of natural cycles.  Around here we have closely linked climate change belief to political affiliation. It is happening though, even here where the effects at present seem to be limited to a shortened maple syrup season and changes in the usual patterns of bird migration.  The Department of Defense now says that climate change is

getting a lot worse and adds great risk to national security. The DOD warns of mass migrations from new areas of severe heat drought and from land areas subject to rising seas.  Less of the globe will be inhabitable very soon, and those people will be on the move. The irony is that the most effective solution to the climate threat is coming from conservative political thought.  It uses a free-market approach that has actually been demonstrated to work in British Columbia: carbon fee and dividend.  It doesn’t depend on government regulation or “letting government pick winners and losers,” a major problem for Republicans. It will be more effective overall than power-plant regulations as President

Obama has ordered. It can be applied globally and to be effective, must be. Look up Citizens’ Climate Lobby to get the details on how carbon fee and dividend works, and how it accomplishes massive carbon reduction without increasing government size or regulation.  There are also plenty of articles online about Republican solutions for climate change, many appearing in the last few months. As these conservative solutions to climate change become better known, Republican voters will be increasingly willing to acknowledge their concern.  It is already happening.  A University of Texas poll shows that 59 percent of Republicans worry that climate change is

occurring. Concern is even higher among younger Republicans.  Politicians are listening.  This year 12 Republican House members signed on to the Gibson resolution to move Congress to act. Politically we have plenty of polarizing issues.  Now that there are reasonable solutions from both right and left, we should stop wasting time debating whether there is a climate problem. There is, it’s critical, and we need to move the debate to the best ways to solve it.     Gerry Lisi Rice Lake

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See Something, Say Something campaign under way in Wisconsin Governor holds press conference to encourage public awareness during the holidays MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker joined Maj. Gen. Don Dunbar, law enforcement representatives, and representatives from the Wisconsin Homeland Security Council on Thursday, Dec. 3, to remind Wisconsin citizens to be vigilant this holiday season and report any suspicious activity. “It’s incredibly important for Wisconsinites to be aware of their surroundings,

Pothole woes

A good friend who lives in suburban

Milwaukee recently reported there were potholes on her neighborhood streets. She added that she blamed President Obama for the situation. Cynics might blame conservative talk-radio personalities. They regularly lay the blame for American problems, both real and perceived, on the White House doorstep. Or perhaps her local government officials are using Obama’s name to soothe annoyed residents in the Milwaukee suburb. The suburb returns strong Republican pluralities at each election. Don’t blame her. Republicans have no other choice than to blame Obama. He is the only major Democratic official in sight. Republicans have majorities in both houses of Congress and both houses of the Wisconsin Legislature. The governor is a Republican and conservatives even control the Wisconsin Supreme Court. It’s easy to understand why a solid Republican would surely think the problem resides with Obama. The truth is we are the problem. We want good roads, highways and bridges. But we’d rather not pay any more to accomplish those goals. Accounting shifts and borrowing are widely used when it comes to road issues, including the local government role in filling potholes. In October, the League of Wisconsin Municipalities called on Gov. Scott Walker and the Legislature “to enact an adequate, equitable and sustainable transportation funding system” that

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especially during the holiday season when we attend special events, shop for our loved ones, and travel,” Walker said. “If you see something that doesn’t look right or someone is acting suspicious, contact the local authorities. Please don’t hesitate to speak up. Citizen tips help our law enforcement officers do their job to keep Wisconsin and our communities safe.” In 2012, Walker launched the See Something, Say Something campaign in Wisconsin. The national If You See Something, Say Something public awareness campaign is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This simple and effective program raises public awareness of indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime and emphasizes

the importance of reporting suspicious activity to law enforcement. “The role of law enforcement is to protect our state and our nation. However, everyone can help by reporting suspicious activities,” said Dunbar, the adjutant general and Wisconsin’s Homeland Security adviser. “Suspicious activities could be an unattended backpack or briefcase in a public place, a vehicle that is parked in a strange location, or someone who is acting unusual.” The Wisconsin See Something, Say Something campaign is coordinated by the state’s two fusion centers – the Southeastern Wisconsin Threat Analysis Center in Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Statewide Information Center in Madison. Both fusion centers serve local, county

hood potholes. While Wisconsin awaits Walker’s plan, attention will be focused on the new five-year, $286 billion federal transportation budget which was hammered out after Thanksgiving by conMatt Pommer gressional conferees. The document runs more than 1,300 pages so it will take some time for individual met both state and local needs. Repubstates to grasp. lican legislative leaders have prodded A spokesman for the International and implored Walker to present a soluBridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association – beyond just borrowing – to meet tion, a trade association, said the new transportation needs. U.S. budget plan will provide more The League’s resolution cited a reflexibility for states to consider impleport by the Local Government Institute menting tolls on interstate highways that the Wisconsin system of roads and that have been partially built with fedbridges is below average. Less than half eral assistance. the pavement is rated “good” in terms Public opinion polls regularly show of smoothness. Thirty-five states, insignificant support for imposing tolls cluding three neighboring states, have on major roads and bridges. That may roads and bridges in better condition reflect that most people do their driving than Wisconsin. on local streets going to work or getting “The situation is significantly worse children to school. The over-the-road in Wisconsin’s 15 urbanized areas, trips that could involve toll roads may where only 15 percent of urban streets be popular for various holidays, but the are rated ‘good’ while just half are conmileage for most would be less than the sidered ‘acceptable,’ the League said in daily driving. its resolution calling for help. Early in December gasoline was Local governments, the people in priced below $2 in some Wisconsin locharge of fixing most street potholes, calities. That might seem an opening for rely significantly on state assistance. a gas tax increase to help pay for things “The percentage of local government like aid to local governments to repair related costs that the state reimburses potholes. municipalities has steadily declined, shifting ever more of the cost onto property taxpayers,’’ the League noted. Critics have suggested the state has focused on major highway projects at Send all news tips and copy to the expense of help for filling neighbor-

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and state public safety customers by sharing intelligence, offering training on the behaviors and indicators of terrorism, protecting Wisconsin’s critical infrastructure through risk assessments, and analyzing national threat information as it relates to Wisconsin. If someone sees something suspicious, they should contact their local law enforcement by dialing 911. Information can also be submitted through Wisconsin’s See Something, Say Something campaign called WiWatch. Tips can either be submitted electronically and anonymously at or by calling a law enforcement agent at 877-WI-WATCH (877-9492824). — submitted by Washburn County Emergency Management Office

WHERE TO WRITE President Barack Obama 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C. 20500 Gov. Scott Walker Wisconsin State Capitol, Madison, WI 53707 Congressman Sean Duffy (7th District) 1208 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510 PH: 202-225-3365 U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin 1 Russell Courtyard, Washington, D.C. 20510 202-224-5653 FAX: 202-25-6942 Rep. Romaine Quinn (75th District) Room 7 West, State Capitol P.O. Box 8953, Madison, WI 53708 608-266-2519 • 888-534-0075 U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson 2 Russell Courtyard, Washington, D.C. 20510 202-224-5323 Sen. Janet Bewley (25th District) Room 126 South, State Capitol P.O. Box 7882 Madison, WI 53707 608-266-3510 Rep. Nick Milroy (73rd District) Room 8 North, State Capitol P.O. Box 8953, Madison 53708 11 West 5th Ave. Lake Mall Shell Lake, Wis.



Xcel Energy brings switch to more efficient LED street lighting

Shell Lake and Sarona included in replacement fixtures

EAU CLAIRE — Xcel Energy is among the first Wisconsin electric utilities to bring the economic, environmental and aesthetic benefits of high-efficiency LED streetlights to its communities. A massive five-year project to upgrade more than 25,000 streetlights from high-pressure sodium vapor bulbs to new, more energyefficient LED fixtures across Xcel Energy’s Wisconsin service area began in October. Last week crews began working in the Rice Lake area and will replace nearly 1,300 lights in 20 surrounding communities before the end of the year. “We are making this investment in new technology in step with our commitment to support the energy goals of the communities we serve,” said Bob Schultz, Xcel Energy community service manager. “After pilot projects to test the latest LED technology, as well as a lot of planning

and coordinating, we are eager to bring the benefits of advanced lighting to our customers.” LED fixtures use approximately 40- to 60-percent less electricity than HPSV lights and have a longer life which means fewer replacements and less maintenance. They also cast a crisper, white light compared to the old HPSV lights. “Residents will definitely notice a difference. Old street lighting has an incredibly inefficient light pattern that causes glare and light spill. LED street lighting is efficient, reduces glare and focuses the light directly on the area to be lit,” Schultz said. Over the next few weeks, Xcel Energy and contract crews will install LED replacement fixtures in Cameron, Chetek, Dallas, Birchwood, Cedar Lake, New Auburn, Sand Creek, Prairie Farm, Town of Rice Lake, Sumner, Ridgeland, Sarona, Beaver Brook, Shell Lake, Poskin and Comstock. There will be no costs to the communities for the streetlight replacements. — from Xcel Energy  

Stockings for Soldiers

Amanda Williams, UW-Barron County student and president of the Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 8512 in Almena, poses with some of the donations made by the UWBC campus community to this annual effort. Sponsored by UWBC Business Club, Spirituality Network and the Veterans Club, all items collected will be placed in Christmas stockings by the ladies auxiliary and shipped to local soldiers overseas. — Photo submitted

AREA NEWS AT A GLANCE RICE LAKE — Bill Morse knows his fight with lung cancer is nearing the end, but he was continuing to hold out hope that one day he would travel to Lambeau Field to see his beloved Packers on that historic gridiron. Lakeview Medical Center’s Home Care and Hospice staff in Rice Lake helped make his dream come true. In late October, Morse’s care team surprised him with tickets to see the Green Bay Packers play the Detroit Lions in Green Bay. LMC and Marshfield Clinic staff and physicians made personal donations to help get Morse to his very first Packers game. Those donations included the game tickets, gas cards and food, along with a Packers sweatshirt, hat, gloves and socks for him to wear during the game. Morse spent time on the sidelines watching pregame warm-ups thanks to on-field passes donated by the Packers. — from the Rice Lake Chronotype ••• POLK COUNTY — The Department of Natural Resources is investigating a hunting–related accident Sunday, Nov. 29, which wounded a Frederic teen. According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, Michael Coen-Nelson was driving a

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pickup when a .270-caliber bolt-action rifle in the cab of the truck discharged, the bullet passing through the 16-yearold’s right forearm and exiting through the rear of the truck cab. Coen-Nelson was taken to St. Croix Regional Medical Center and then airlifted to Regions Hospital in St. Paul for futher treatment of his injury. The shooting occurred in the Town of West Sweden. A passenger in the truck, also 16 years old, flagged down a passing motorist who helped provide medical aid until EMTs arrived. — from the InterCounty Leader ••• EAU CLAIRE — The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin today approved new rates beginning on Jan. 1, 2016, for Xcel Energy customers in Wisconsin. The 1.1-percent overall electric rate increase supports improvements to transmission and distribution systems

for continued reliability, the addition of renewable energy to the system and upgrades to continue to provide carbonfree nuclear energy. A typical residential electric customer is expected to see an increase of less than $1 a month. The new electric rates include an increase in the monthly fixed customer charge, which has not increased for residential and small business customers since 2006. The PSCW also approved a 3.6-percent overall rate increase for natural gas customers. A typical residential natural gas customer is expected to see a monthly increase of approximately $1.80 a month. Resources to help customers manage their energy use are available at under the Energy Solutions tab. — from Xcel Energy ••• CUMBERLAND — Dustin L. Daniels, 34, formerly of Spooner, was sentenced to three years in prison for second-degree

Register memories 1955 – 60 Years Ago

• Mrs. Duane Shipman, Mrs. Carroll Ashley and Mrs. Raymond Haremza entertained at a shower in honor of Mrs. Russell Hansen at the Shipman home. • A shower was held at the Cecil Tolls’ home honoring Mr. and Mrs. Bill Talbert. • Burt Richter, Sarona, was inducted into the armed forces. • Lockhaven Ski Area was now open with ideal skiing conditions. Season tickets ranged from $5 to $45.

1965 – 50 Years Ago

• Tom Cusick, 17, scored 190, 170 and 133, plus a 189-pin handicap for three games at state bowling competition. He won the major boys division with a 682. Billy Vogel, 12, had scores of 176, 144 and 138, with a 42-pin handicap for three games. His total count was 511, giving him the win for the prep boys division. • Dear Aunt Matilda was a new column in the Register. Aunt Matilda gave all kinds of advice and was anxious to hear from readers. • Spc. 4 Henry L. Mangelsen arrived home from Germany where he had been serving with the 78th Engineering Battalion U.S. Army for 18 months. • Aqua Vista Motel, Shell Lake, closed for the winter and would reopen in May.

1975 – 40 Years Ago

• Ken Schultz, scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 51, announced that the Scouts would not have their annual Christmas tree sales, as the regular supplier could not furnish trees because the crop of trees did not mature. • Elected officers of the Happy Corners 4-H were Lance Cummings, president; Robin Melton, vice president; Billy Petz and Kelly Cumming, secretaries; Kathy Crosby, treasurer; and Judy Albee, public

reckless injury at a sentencing hearing Thursday, Dec. 3, in Barron County Circuit Court. The sentence comes after a Dec. 19, 2014, hit-and-run incident, in which Daniels struck pedestrian John Schmidt, 64, Barronett, as he was attempting to get into his vehicle parked on the side of the street in the Town of Barronett. According to reports, Daniels was driving an SUV, struck Schmidt, and left the scene leaving Schmidt critically injured. Debris from Daniels’ vehicle, left at the scene as a result of the accident, eventually led authorities to Daniels. Daniels pleaded guilty in September to a felony charge of second-degree reckless injury amended from an original charge of hit-and-run involving great bodily harm. Daniels has been in custody and will receive credit for the 273 days he has been in jail. Daniels will also serve five years of extended supervision. — submitted

compiled by Suzanne Johnson relations. • Competing in the preteen division of Make It Yourself With Wool were Jennifer Lindeman, Jennifer Augustyniak, Dwana Furchtenicht and Yvonne Furchtenicht. • Roger Flach fell and broke his leg.

1985 – 30 Years Ago

• Deputy Sheriff William Campbell was named Washburn County’s first welfare fraud investigator. He would work about two days per week on that job and three days as a deputy under the supervision of Sheriff Don Fuller. • Shell Lake High School’s girls pompon squad received the Spirit Award while attending the UW-Eau Claire PomPon Clinic. Members of the squad were Mary Roubik, Paula Lawrence, Lori Stellrecht, Roberta Hubin, Kim Kessler, Denise Brown and Stacey Hillman. Virginia Heilborn was the adviser. • Toyland, featuring A&G Merchandise, was held every Saturday at the Redwood Café. Other Christmas items were available, too. • The birth of Sarah Louise to Mark and Debbie West, Sarona, was announced.

1995 – 20 Years Ago

• The annual Love Light tree lighting ceremony, sponsored by Indianhead Community Health Care Inc., featured the first public performance of the Shell Lake Community Band under the direction of Jeff Patterson. Pastor Laurie Engesser provided a spiritual message at the ceremony. • Incumbents Jeri Bitney and Bob Hall filed for re-election to the Shell Lake School Board. Valerie Haack, appointed to the board, did not seek re-election. Other candidates were Marc Parenteau, Alan Campbell and Ray Heilborn. • Clifford Thompson, son of Jerry and Roxanne Thompson, Shell Lake, won an

18-speed bike for being the top fundraiser in the St. Jude’s Bike-a-thon. Thompson raised $280. Tiffany Spears was the second highest fundraiser with $133. She won a $50 savings bond from Shell Lake State Bank. A total of $823 was raised locally for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. • Michael Durand, running back for the 1991 Shell Lake High School state championship football team, was honored at Lawrence University’s athletic awards banquet by being named the MVP on defense by the coaching staff and again by his fellow players. He was a geology/ hydrology major at Lawrence and also vice president of his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta.

2005 – 10 Years Ago

• Students of the Month at Shell Lake Schools were Nikki Scheu, John Cusick, Amy Bolterman, Bob Scheu, Hanna Christ and Hannah Bartz. • Members of the Shell Lake School District Strategic Planning Committee were Jim Lewis, Kris Brunberg, Brian Nord, Rollie Erickson, Joe Johnson, Joan Greene, Tim Mikula, Mark Lehnherr, Jerry Gauderman, Brenda Cook, Jody Sampson, Wendy Muska, Sue Berlin, Kim Johnson, Janie LaFave, Renee Hagen, Tammy Smith, Tom Fox, Keith Marty, Larry Samson, Chuck Wendt, Kathy Clark, Joanne Balts, Shannon Wendel, Lynette Scheu, Anne Mentel, Dave Rock, Guy Evans, Barb Haynes and Dan Kevan. • Tara Heckel became the new Shell Lake Arts Center coordinator. • A Candlelight Christmas in Shell Lake was held at Lake Mall. The Washburn County Register had subscription specials and office supplies on sale. Carol’s Floral had many in-store specials.


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harlie Huston’s writing brings his characters to life and their experiences seem, if not likely, at least plausible. This is the first of a three-book series featuring the character Hank Thompson, an “Average Joe” with a checkered past. Once a high-school baseball phenom with a bright future, Hank works now as a bartender/ bouncer in New York and seems to have negotiated the abrupt change in his life’s direction, if not unscathed, at least with equanimity and a “s#@t-happens” attitude. When his neighbor presses him into cat-sitting, he and Bud, the cat, are inadvertently caught in the middle of a violent criminal game of Keep Away. Beginning in a fog of pain, fear and confusion, Hank becomes transformed from a laid-back “whatever-dude” kind of guy into a driven, desperate man who proves very hard to kill. Could be because when he fights for his life, his prize isn’t a return to his drab existence. If he wins, he walks away a very rich man. If you like Elmore Leonard’s gritty

SPOONER — On Tuesday, Dec. 15, the Spooner High School Student Council will be hosting their semiannual blood drive. The drive will take place from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m., in the Spooner High School gymnasium. Each donation has the ability to save three lives. Not only are you helping people in need, you are also supporting your local student council. With every donation of blood, the American Red Cross will donate scholarship money to be given to graduating student council members to help further their studies after high school. To donate, all donors must weigh a minimum of 110 pounds to be eligible. Donors should be prepared with their driver’s license and blood donor card, if you have one. Donors can choose to give whole blood or double red blood cells. The donation process for double red blood cells will take a little bit longer. To be a donor for double red blood cells, men must weigh at least 130 pounds and women 150 pounds. Get a good night’s sleep before donation day, drink plenty of water before and after, and be sure to eat after the donation to prevent lightheadedness. To make an appointment, call or stop in to the Spooner High School office or find the Spooner High School Blood Drive online at redcrossblood. org. — SASD

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COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS Wednesday, Dec. 9 • Free community meal, 4-6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 135 Reinhart Dr., Shell Lake. All welcome. Donations accepted. 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, 715-4160489.    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, 715-468-4017 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.

January 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 • Spooner’s Jack Frost celebration. • 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, 715-468-4017 or 715-222-4410. Tuesday, Jan. 12 • Moms Club meets at Faith Lutheran, Spooner, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13 • 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, Jan. 14 • The Shell Lake Lions Club meeting, 6:30 p.m., Shell Lake Community Center.


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AMERY — The Northwest Icemen 2015-16 varsity hockey season kicked off on the road Tuesday, Dec. 1, at Amery. The Icemen, led by seniors Tanner Schafer, Cole Sutherland, Ian Larson, Trevor Brimblecom and injured Derek Buchman, opened the new season with an 8-1 victory.  The first period ended at a 1-all tie as the teams headed into the second.  Solid play starting with the goaltender, the Icemen’s strong defensive play and good forward intensity led to a six-goal second period that saw the Icemen successful on a number of power-play opportunities. From the coaches perspective it was a great way to start the season and to see the team profit from the hard work they have put in at practice the past three weeks getting ready for this year. The Icemen travel to Hayward next Thursday, Dec. 10, before returning home to Cumberland on Saturday, Dec. 12, for their first regular season home game. The NW Icemen JV team is also off to a great start.  The team has played five games already. They opened at EC North, a 2-all tie, before attending New

Richmond’s annual Thanksgiving weekend tournament. At that event they won their first game against Regis, 5-4, but lost the second, a back-to-back game against Somerset 6-1. The following morning the team played a strong game against the host team New Richmond but lost in the end, 5-2. The NWI JV climbed back to 500, besting Amery JV ahead of the varsity game, 6-1. The NWI JV played Tuesday, Dec 8, at Rice Lake. Their home season opens Saturday, Dec. 12, at Cumberland as well. From a coaching perspective the JV team is off to an awesome start. The team features a number of freshmen and new skaters that include a foreign exchange student from Brazil and a player that first skated and started playing hockey three weeks ago and already managed to score his first goal at the New Richmond games.  It’s a big jump for these players to a new game of much larger and faster players but the team has been backed by good goaltending and is starting to play the Icemen systems well. — from the NW Icemen


Wednesday, Dec. 9 • Advent soup supper, 5:30 p.m., worship 6:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1790 Scribner St., Spooner. • 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 Theatre, 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. • Children’s Christmas party, noon to 2 p.m., VFW of Springbrook, Hwy. 63 and CTH M.

Sunday, Dec. 13 • Christmas in the Country, a free community Christmas event and concert, Shell Lake Full Gospel Church. Lunch and activities start at 12:30 p.m., Christmas concert 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14 • Shell Lake Elementary School holiday concert, 7 p.m., 3-12 School.

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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Wednesday, Dec. 16 • Advent soup supper, 5:30 p.m., worship 6:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1790 Scribner St., Spooner. Sunday, Dec. 20 • The Toys For Tots will be given out from noon to 2 p.m. at the Barronett Community Center. For more information call Butch Holmes at 715-822-2118. • Christmas Celebration Sunday, 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Spooner Wesleyan Church, 1100 West Maple Street. Nursery provided during service. Tuesday, Dec. 22 • Shell Lake Primary School holiday concert, 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Shell Lake Primary School. Thursday, Dec. 24 • Christmas Eve Family Communion Service at Spooner Wesleyan Church located at 1100 West Maple Street. Children’s focus and other specials. Nursery provided during service. Friday, Dec. 25 • Christmas dinner open to the public at noon, Trinity Lutheran Church, 1790 Scribner St., Spooner.

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ature of Claim: Christmas tree through window. Now how am I going to put that on my insurance?” asks Lucy’s landlord in the Chicago-based 1995 movie, “While You Were Sleeping.” Lucy, played by Sandra Bullock, was trying to pull her tree up the outside of the apartment building and in through the window when the rope slipped and down went the tree, crashing through a window of an apartment below. Lucy’s comment while tugging the tree up was, “$45 for a Christmas tree and they don’t deliver? You order $10 worth of chow mein from Mr. Wong and they bring it to your door. Oh, I should have gotten a blue spruce, they are lighter.” Just as it is for many, the Christmas tree is a tradition in our family. While driving in Woodbury, Minn., one day, grandson Cole commented as we passed a store bearing the name that sounds like a train station, “There’s Home Depot. We buy our Christmas tree there.” At first my reaction was, “Ah, that’s sad.” I remember going with my children to pick out what we thought was the perfect tree. Sometimes our adventure would take us to a place where we could walk through

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the grove of groomed trees, select our tree, cut it down with a handy little saw, drag it through the snow and bring it home to decorate. Sometimes we would stop at a lot that was selling precut trees. And yes, there was even a time or two when the tree was selected from in front of a chain store. After giving it some thought, I realized that for the past 13 years we have decorated our home with the same prelit tree that I purchased at an after-Christmas

clearance sale. Why was I so quick to pass judgment on a natural tree selected from a chain store when my tree came out of a box, with some assembly required? Turns out this year, Cole and his family took the opportunity to go to a tree farm to select their tree. The day included a ride in a wagon pulled by two black horses with hot apple cider and cookies served. Most of us are familiar with Charlie Brown and his Christmas tree. The caption for a cartoon showing Charlie Brown and Snoopy next to the little brown, lacking-needles tree adorned with one little red ornament says, “It’s more important who is around the tree, rather than what is under the tree.” It is also true that even in its entire splendor, the tree isn’t the most important thing about Christmas. If you are looking for some Christmas-themed entertainment, in addition to watching a traditional Christmas movie, “The Tree Lot” will be performed at the Erika Quam Memorial Theatre in Shell Lake. The remaining dates are Friday and Saturday, Dec. 11 and 12, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m.

Stories of Christmases past ear the bells chime and tune your senses to H the familiar sounds of the season. We hear the jingle bells, silver bells and the joyous clanging

of church bells. Most of us are nearly consumed by being consumers, searching the stores for gifts and bright decorations to help celebrate the coming holidays. That happened when I was young, and many of our centuries-old traditions were a great part of the season, as well. Amid the tinsel, ribbons and colorful ornaments, we still continued the old ways. We sang the carols and hymns, and with the scent of evergreens ever present, we tried to hand on to our children the true meaning of Christmas. These days many of the old traditional stories, familiar to my children and my own generation during the Christmas season, are largely forgotten. We may be losing traditions that once brought us together. Ours was always a celebration of second-generation immigrant heritage, and honoring those whose traditions were different from ours. We always introduced to our children the stories of Christmas in other lands. We read the stories by Hans Christian Anderson, “The Little Match Girl” and “The Fir Tree.” They had a sadness to them. “Hansel and Gretel,” we often read during this season, and we may have made little candy-decorated houses. Another was “Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates,” about the little Dutch boy who wanted to win the prized skates. The Charles Dickens story, “A Christmas Carol,” spoke of the English traditions that the old man had forgotten, and were brought back to him in his dreams. Our own American stories with the Christmas spirit are almost forgotten, I think of “Little Women,” “The Birds’ Christmas Carol,” and my favorite, “The Gift of the Magi,” by O. Henry. This is a wonderful example of loving and giving. I can picture the couple in their small apartment, bare of all but neces-

Old wife’s tales Mary B. Olsen sities. Sweet Delia, and her husband, Jim, neither of them expecting gifts, holding out a special gift. Jim has sold his watch in order to buy her lovely combs for her hair, and she has sold her hair to buy him a chain for his watch. This is such a beautiful story. They each give up something of themselves they love to express their love for each other. It is not the gift that counts, but the spirit of giving. It is the important thing. In later years radio, movies and television came along. Popular music was a way of expressing our holiday spirit. Santa Claus was coming, up on our housetops, and in the stores, where recordings blared out tunes. Jingle bells and snow and all things merry and bright added something to our holidays. The movies gave us the film, “Miracle on 34th Street,” about a little girl who did not believe in Santa Claus. But the U.S. Post Office did. Cards for separated family and friends were a burden for them, but it was a part of our holiday, too. Other stories became movies, and our kids enjoyed them. “It’s a Wonderful Life,” about a man who comes to realize he did not have to go to faraway places to make his mark in the world. He had the love and respect of family and friends, which is just as important. This

is one story that I like to review each year. I think we should try to watch the holiday movies with loved ones. Not ancient traditions, but nice to remember. Another story I like is “Silent Night: The Story of the Christmas Carol,” about the little church in a village where Franz Gruber has to improvise a song for the church service because the organ has broken down. He writes the music for the guitar, and the words come to him from Joseph Mohr, from the angels, most likely. And it becomes the favorite Christmas song for the ages. The song that many people love is “Silver Bells,” written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, in 1950. The song became a holiday favorite because it was the only song that was about shopping. Both Bing Crosby and Bob Hope sang it. It is about the commercialization of the holidays, so that’s where we are, like it or not. Second only to “Silent Night” as a favorite is the classic of our holiday season, “White Christmas.” The words and music are by Irving Berlin. Bing Crosby and Marjorie Reynolds sang it in the movie musical, “Holiday Inn,” in 1942. A wonderful ballad, it came out in wartime while troops were stationed far from home, many in the Pacific. It was also the title for the movie in 1954 starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, “White Christmas.” Not the same as “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” another song introduced by Bing Crosby in 1943, with the same theme. We can be home but only in our dreams. We can journey in our dreams to the past where the faded ornaments return to their former splendor. These old things worth remembering came to be part of our traditions over the years, and seem to be still around. The stories and songs may still be precious to the young ones. Are they listening?

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementia is hard work ADRC can help SPOONER — Pat describes her husband’s descent into Alzheimer’s disease as gradual one. “There were small changes I noticed, like forgetting to pay bills and repeating the same question; he didn’t like going out anymore, and I chalked it up to getting older,” said Pat. Three years ago, Pat’s husband, Bill, was diagnosed with Alzheimer ’s disease. “That diagnosis was hard to hear, but I thought I could handle it. I had no idea how much Bill would change and all the responsibilities … I was overwhelmed.” A program at the Aging and Disability Resource Center, called Memory Care Connections, is providing knowledge and comfort to family members who care for

their loved one with dementia. The primary caregiver, usually a spouse or adult child, and family members and/ or friends have four sessions where families learn how to work together to relieve the stress of the primary caregiver. They also talk about available resources, which can provide much-needed relief to all of the caregivers. Trisha Bailkey, one of the Memory Care Connections consultants, says that many people are not familiar with dementia, its symptoms and how it progresses, leaving people in the dark as to how to prepare for the future. “Oftentimes, families are contacting me in the middle of a crisis, with the primary caregiver desperate for a break. It becomes difficult to make any decisions, let alone good ones, in such a high-stress environment,” says Bailkey.

Memory Care Connections has been researched and shown to reduce caregiver stress, increase family support, and delay nursing home placement. The main components of the program are to: • Assess your situation and discuss your concerns. • Help you and your family understand dementia and how it may progress over time. • Work with you and your family on developing a plan that supports you. • Discuss strategies that will help reduce stress. • Assist you in finding resources and services that are right for you and at the right time. Pat’s daughter said, “I realized Mom was under a lot more stress than she let on. On top of the day-to-day caregiving

responsibilities, there was also the emotional piece … the husband and father we all knew was fading. It was also great that the program allowed us to work with someone in the home instead of just making the leap to a nursing facility.” Memory Care Connections is available at no cost in Barron, Rusk and Washburn counties. Contact the Aging and Disability Resource Center at 888-538-3031 to learn more. “I promised Bill I would take care of him as long as possible. Memory Care Connections has made things more manageable, and I know I have support to do what I promised,” says Pat. — from ADRC

Community invited to enjoy treats after high school concerts SPOONER — Spooner High School’s Family and Consumer Science students invite you to their fourth-annual Holiday Jingle Mingle to be held immediately following both the band and choir winter concerts.

The high school bands will perform on Monday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. The high school choirs will perform on Monday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. Both concerts will be held in the high school auditorium. After the concerts, Mrs. Eichhorst’s Cu-

linary Arts students will be serving homemade appetizers and sweets in the high school commons. Bring a canned good and/or a $5 donation; all proceeds will be going to the Washburn County Food Pantry.

Meet up with friends and neighbors for an evening of music, treats and holiday spirit. — from SASD


Prevent childhood poisoning, keep medications secured WASHBURN COUNTY — The holiday season is filled with family, friends and many opportunities for childhood poisoning. While some of us worry about the poinsettia, the tinsel, the little batteries, or the spiked eggnog, we completely forget about medications that are all too accessible. Think about the last time you went to a friend’s Christmas party, or hosted a houseful of relatives. You take off your coat and put your purse down on the counter or by your boots. Who doesn’t at least have a bottle of Tylenol in their purse? If you don’t usually have children in your house, you might have your pillboxes sitting on the counter, or bottles in your cupboard. Washburn County had 103 calls to the Wisconsin Poison Control Center,, in 2014 and the threeyear average for emergency room visits for children under age 4 due to poisoning was higher than that of the state. In Wisconsin, like many other states, analgesics (pain medications) top the list of substances involved in childhood poisonings.

However, many childhood poisonings are due to an older child deliberately taking pain medications, such as Vicodin, hydrocodone, Oxycontin and other opioids, to get high. Kids do experiment and take risks, and while drug education at home and in the schools helps, limiting access to those drugs is crucial. So, as you celebrate the holidays, remember to keep your medications secured from toddlers and teens. Washburn County now has four locations for dropping off your old medications, so clean out that medicine cabinet. Simply empty your pills or capsules (no liquids or patches, please) into a zipping plastic bag. Pills are accepted at the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office in Shell Lake Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The Minong Police Department has a secure outside drop box behind the Minong Village Hall that is available 24/7. The Birchwood Police Department has a drop box in the Birchwood Village Hall, which is open Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., and Fridays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Spooner Police Department accepts drugs during office

Dean of students published nationally SPOONER — Spooner High School’s dean of students, Dr. Brett DeJager, was recently published in the Journal of Applied School Psychology for his work on behavioral interventions and supports. DeJager and colleague Dr. Kevin Filter studied the effectiveness of the Prevent-Teach-Reinforce model, which is a strategy that guides school-based teams through a five-step plan for reducing persistent challenging behaviors. “The goal is to prevent disruptive or challenging behaviors from taking place,” said DeJager. “In order to prevent such behaviors, we should teach and reinforce positive alternative behaviors. For example, if a student is trying to get the teacher’s attention by yelling across the classroom, that may be a disruptive behavior. It may be more appropriate to teach and reinforce the student to raise their hand to ask for help.” In evaluating the effectiveness of the PTR model with three students in a Midwestern school, DeJager found that over

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SHELL LAKE — CodeRED is an emergency notification service provided to all residents within Washburn County that will notify you of emergency information through phone calls, text messages, emails and social media. The system will be used to keep you informed of local events that may immediately impact your safety. Washburn County has contracted with Emergency Communications Network to license its CodeRED high-speed notification solution. The CodeRED system provides county officials the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire county. Carol Buck, emergency management director, cautioned that such systems are only as good as the telephone number database supporting them. “If your phone number is not in the database, you will not be called.” One of the reasons the CodeRED system was selected is that it gives individuals and businesses the ability to add their own phone numbers directly into the system’s database, this is an extremely important feature. “No one should automatically assume his or her phone number is included,” Buck said urging all individuals and businesses to log onto the Washburn County website,, and follow the link to the CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment page. Those without Internet access may stop by the county clerk’s office at 10 4th Ave., Shell Lake, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., to supply their information in person. Required information includes first and last name, street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes), city, state, ZIP code, and primary phone number, additional phone numbers can be entered as well. All businesses should register, as well as all individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the past year, and those who use a cellular phone or VoIP phone as their primary number.

Buck explained, “CodeRED allows geographically based delivery, which means street addresses are required to ensure emergency notification calls are received by the proper individuals in a given situation. The system works for cell phones too, but we need to have an associated street address to provide relevant messages.” The county Office of Emergency Management and Washburn County Sheriff’s Office encourage you to take action and register your cell phone for this service and verify your home location during the enrollment process so we may target notifications that directly impact your home or business. Testing of the system will be conducted during implementation. The data collected will be used for emergency notification purposes. Questions should be directed to the Washburn County Emergency Management Office, 715-4684733 or 715-468-4730.

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County youth attend National 4-H Congress ATLANTA, Ga. — Cheyenne Nowaczyk and Kate Rosenbush attended the 92nd National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 27-Dec. 1. Nowaczyk and Rosenbush were two of about 60 high school participants representing University of Wisconsin Extension 4-H Youth Development at this annual youth leadership development conference. Partial funding for their participation is sponsored by the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation, and the Washburn County 4-H Adult Leaders Association funds the remainder. National 4-H Congress is the flagship event of the 4-H program. The congress provides youth, ages 14-19, a quality educational and cross-cultural experience that exceeds what any state independently provides. It is designed to address the needs and issues of youth while

Around 60 youth attended the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 27 - Dec. 1.

Cheyenne Nowaczyk and Kate Rosenbush, shown in their Wisconsin delegation shirts, take time for a picture before their next session at the National 4-H Congress. — Photos submitted

helping to develop capable, competent and caring citizens. The program is built upon the Cooperative Extension System’s belief that young people can be significant partners in addressing the issues that face our nation, especially those affecting youth. Each year a national design team of Extension educators, 4-H youth and 4-H adult volunteers analyzes current youth issues and determines the most effective ways to address them. The program combines plenary sessions, seminars, discus-

sion groups and a service learning experience. The nation’s most outstanding community leaders, speakers and educators present the most current and timely information available. To learn more about 4-H youth development programs in the county, please contact the Washburn County UWExtension office by calling 715-635-4444. — from UWEX



WCAHS Tree of Lights celebration held

Thursday, Nov. 19 At approximately 11:35 a.m., Lavone Sneen, 65, Eau Claire, was northbound on Hwy. 53 about one mile south of Sarona when she lost control of the 2007 Ford Taurus she was driving and went into the ditch near Zimmerman Road. Sneen was not injured and her vehicle was not damaged but had to be towed from the ditch. Sunday, Nov. 22 At approximately 8 p.m., Andrea Gundelach, 34, Rochester, Minn., was southbound on Hwy. 63 when a deer jumped in front of the 2013 Honda Accord Gundelach was driving. Gundelach was not injured and neither was her husband, Justin Gundelach, 34, or their child. Damage to the vehicle was limited to the car’s windshield where the deer had hit. Monday, Nov. 23 At approximately 5:05 p.m., Kallie Jason, 36, Oconomowoc, was southbound on Hwy. 53 in the Town of Minong when he hit a deer north of Block Road. No injuries were reported, but the 2011 Ford F-150 truck Jason was driving had been moderately damaged to the front passenger side. Tuesday, Nov. 24 At approximately 5:19 p.m., Phylis Woebke, 72, Springbrook, was northbound on Hwy. 63 in the Town of Spooner when she hit a deer north of CTH H. No injuries were reported, but the 2011 Buick Regal Woebke was driving was moderately damaged to the front and front passenger side and was towed. Wednesday, Nov. 25 At approximately 6:15 p.m., Leslie Thomas, 26, Eau Claire, was northbound on Hwy. 53 in the Town of Beaver Brook when she hit a deer a half mile south of CTH B. No injuries were reported, but the 2009 Dodge Journey Thomas was driving was moderately damaged to the front, front driver side and front passenger side.

The annual Tree of Lights event for the Washburn County Area Humane Society was held Tuesday, Dec. 1, at the shelter in Spooner. Over $3,000 has been raised so far from people sending in donations in honor or in memory of their pets. Staff member Ann Dorn’s son, Conner, did the honors of lighting up the tree. WCAHS staff shown is Penny Dunn, Matt Richter, Jeff Powers, Teresa Temple, Ann Dorn and Carrie Noll. — Photo submitted

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Sunday, Nov. 29 At approximately 3:05 p.m., John Bassoni, 52, Cumberland, was westbound on Leahman Lake Road just east of Old Hwy. 63 in the Town of Barronett negotiating a curve when the 2004 Chevy Silverado he was driving slid on the icy road, spun off the road and went into the ditch coming to rest on its driver’s side. No injuries were reported, but the truck had severe damaged to the rear driver side. Tuesday, Dec. 1 At approximately 7:55 a.m., Beth Utter, 60, Shell Lake, was driving her 2008 Chevy Colbalt on CTH B east of Swiss Chalet Road in the Town of Bashaw when she lost control of her vehicle on the slush-covered road and slid into the ditch. No injuries were reported and her vehicle was towed and had its flat tire replaced. 

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Thursday, Nov. 26 At approximately at 2:34 p.m., Margaret Stubbs, 74, Indianapolis, Ind., was southbound on Hwy. 53 in the Town of Brooklyn when she lost control of the 2004 Jeep Liberty she was driving on the icy and slushy road causing Stubbs to collide with a stop sign at the intersection of Hwy. 53 and Birchwood Drive. No injuries were reported, but the vehicle had minor damage to the front. At approximately 2:15 p.m., Jeremiah Johnson, 18, Superior, was eastbound on Hwy. 77 in the Town of Frog Creek when the vehicle he was driving slid off the roadway and hit a tree. No injuries were reported, but the 2005 Toyota Corolla he was driving was moderately damaged to the front, front passenger side and middle passenger side and was towed. At approximately 12:16 p.m., Carole Bedore, 50, Hartford, was northbound on Hwy. 63 in the Town of Barronett as Arianna Pajtash, 22, Iron River, was southbound on Hwy. 63 when Pajtash lost control of the 1998 Toyota Corolla she was driving. Pajtash slid on the snow-and-slush-covered roadway and hit the 2005 GMC Sierra Bedore was driving. No injuries were reported. Bedore’s vehicle had moderate damage to the rear and rear driver side. Pajtash’s vehicle had moderate damage to the rear passenger side and rear.

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State Secretary of Agriculture visits Spooner Elementary

Kevin Schoessow, agriculture and horticulture program head at the Washburn County University of Wisconsin Extension Office, demonstrates the life cycle of a squash plant for students at Spooner Elementary School Tuesday, Dec. 1. The event was presented by UW-Extension and members of the Master Gardeners group and coincided with a visit from Ben Brancel, secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

Spooner Elementary students listen as they learn about the many different types of squash. Students also had a chance to see and touch the inside of a squash and eat a sample of squash soup during the presentation.

Photos by Danielle Danford RIGHT: Ben Brancel, secretary of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, visits with students at the Spooner Elementary School on Tuesday, Dec. 1, while the students participate in a presentation on squash from the Washburn County UW-Extension Office and members of the Master Gardeners group.

State Patrol Law of the Month: December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month Drugged drivers in Wisconsin face severe punishments

SPOONER — Drivers who are impaired by drugs are a growing threat to the safety of other roadway users according to the federal Office of National Drug Control Policy. To help combat drugged driving, Wisconsin law prohibits drivers from having any detectable amount of a controlled substance in their system, such as marijuana, cocaine or heroin, while operating a motor vehicle.  The serious legal consequences for drugged driving are the same as for drunken driving. The Wisconsin State Patrol and other law enforcement

agencies are constantly on the lookout for all forms of impaired driving. “Law enforcement officers have extensive training and experience in identifying drivers impaired by alcohol. Officers use many of those same procedures to identify drugged drivers,” says Wisconsin State Patrol Lt. Dori L. Petznick of the Northwest Region. “Drivers who exhibit signs of drug use must submit to a blood test that determines the presence of drugs. Refusing to submit to the blood test means an automatic revocation of the driver’s license.” In addition to illegal drugs, the overuse and abuse of prescription or over-the-counter medications, especially when combined with alcohol, often will impair driving ability and judgment. State law prohibits drivers from

being “under the influence of any drug to a degree which renders him or her incapable of safely driving or under the combined influence of an intoxicant and any other drug to a degree, which renders him or her incapable of driving safely.” Petznick says, “Drivers under the influence of drugs, alcohol or a combination of the two are deadly threats to everyone on the road. That’s why officers never take a break, even during the holiday season, from arresting those who choose to get behind the wheel while impaired.” — from WSP  


2015 Intermezzo Advent Concert held

Performing for the Advent concert were the 2015 Intermezzo Scholarship recipients. Shown (L to R): Ali DeLadi, Shell Lake; Linden Nelson, Shell Lake; KayDe Bontekoe, Shell Lake; Miguel Barrett, Spooner; Tiffany Romportl, Spooner; John Nauertz, Spooner; Rachel Medley, Spooner; and Ally Jacoby, Spooner.

Shell Lake student Linden Nelson plays “Rain Dance” on the marimba for his contribution to the Intermezzo 2015 Advent Concert held Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Spooner Wesleyan Church.

Miguel Barrett pours out his soul in his performance of “The Christmas Song.”

Tiffany Romportl sings “Stars in the Night” for her performance.

Spooner schoolteacher Tim Kerns is unable to hold back the tears as he receives the 2015 Outstanding Musical Contribution plaque announced by Intermezzo Club member Deb Shipman. The audience gave Kerns a well-deserved standing ovation.

Photos by Larry Samson

Rachel Medley sings “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” while her mother, Janet Medley, accompanies her on the piano. Rachel is a very talented and entertaining performer who has been singing since childhood.

Shell Lake High School student KayDe Bontekoe sings “Silver Bells.”

Tim Kerns poses with his mother, Ramona Kerns, after the Advent concert. He is holding the 2015 Outstanding Musical Contribution plaque that he earned from the Intermezzo Club. Kerns has been a Spooner elementary music teacher for 24 years. His students start playing music with the recorder in fourth grade.



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Shell Lake takes a loss to Clayton

LEFT: Evan Hungerbuhler with a block against Brandon Gilbertson of Clayton.

RIGHT: Playing in his last year of high school basektball, Drew Johnson with a jump shot against Clayton senior defender Brandon Gilbertson.

Photos by Larry Samson

Drew Johnson battles it out with Clayton defenders Brandon Gilbertson and Kobe Berghammer. While Shell Lake had a strong showing in the first half, the Clayton offense took a lead in the last minutes of the first half and put the game away in the second half winning 63-33. The first conference matchup was hosted by Shell Lake on Friday, Dec. 4.

Evan Hungerbuhler with a jump shot in the first half. The WIAA has gone to 18-minute halves this basketball season in an effort to make the game more exciting and faster paced.

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schedule Boys basketball

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 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25: Versus Drummond, 7:15 p.m.

Girls basketball 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 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29: Doubleheader at Luck, 5:45 p.m. 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.




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Shell Lake loses to Clayton Point guard Cassidy Schroeder brings the ball downcourt against two Clayton defenders.

Photos by Larry Samson

Lindsey Martin makes her first varsity points as she goes to the free-throw line. Martin is a senior playing in her first year. Basketball was on her high school bucket list.

Ashlea Meister gets squeezed between two Clayton defenders as she gets off this jump shot. The Clayton defenders were tough to score against as Clayton beat Shell Lake 60-17 in their first conference matchup on Friday, Dec. 4. Clayton will be the team to beat this year in the Central Lakeland Conference. Shell Lake will host Clear Lake on Thursday, Dec. 10, and will play Northwood on the following night.

Big loss for Spooner girls

Freshman Emma Salquist brings the ball downcourt against the Hayward defender. Hayward beat Spooner 62-19 in their Heart O’North matchup on Tuesday, Dec. 1. Spooner will be traveling to Ladysmith on Friday, Dec. 11, and to Somerset on Tuesday, Dec. 15.

Meagan Vander Heyden gets her throw off against Hayward defender Katie Stark.

Registrations being accepted for Little Dribblers Cassidy Quinton with a jump shot against Hayward defender Katie Taylor.

SPOONER — Spooner Rails basketball is pleased to announce another session of the Little Dribblers program starting, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016. Deadline to register is Friday, Dec. 11. Boys and girls in kindergarten through fourth grade will be introduced to the fundamentals of basketball including shooting, dribbling and passing, as well as incorporating a lot of fun.

Kindergarten through second grade will meet from 9-10 a.m., with third- and fourth-graders meeting from 10-11 a.m. at the middle school gym. Dates of camp are Saturdays, Jan. 9, 16, 23 and 30. Little Dribblers Night is set for Tuesday, Feb. 2, at the Spooner Rails versus Amery game. To register, please contact the Spooner School District office. — with submitted information




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Rails wrestle in six-team dual

GLENWOOD CITY — Spooner wrestlers began their 2015-16 season with a six-team dual at the Glenwood City tournament on Saturday, Dec. 5. The first conference opponent was Bloomer/Colfax. The Rails gave a great effort. It ended within one match of winning the dual meet, even after giving up six weight class forfeits. The second dual was with Triton, a team that travels from Minnesota.  “We again battled well and wrestled hard, but had to sacrifice those six weight classes,” said new Head Coach Caleb Melton. In their third dual of the day, the Rails faced Glenwood City, winning six of the eight matches. However, Spooner still came up short due to forfeits.  The fourth dual was with Neillsville, a very competitive team with a full roster and the overall tournament winners.  The Rails finished the day wrestling Somerset and getting their first dual win of the day.

Individual results from the Glenwood City tournament Blake Larson went 5-0 for the day at the 113-pound weight class. He had an extremely tough match with Glenwood City that went into sudden death.  Larson showed a lot of heart and was able to come out with the win. “We are glad to have this solid senior leader on the team,” stated Melton. Billy Hagberg went 2-1 for the day wrestling at 138-145-pound weight class. Although he had been sick for two days prior to the tourney, he came out with a solid effort and positive attitude. Chase Melton went 3-2 for the day. He also wrestled at 138-145-pound weight class. He showed a lot of heart and is looking forward to some great things this season as he settles into his weight class. Zack Kubnick went 0-2 for the day at the 145-pound weight class. “I couldn’t be more proud of Zack stepping up at the

varsity level and giving all he had. With that kind of effort, I expect some positive things from this young wrestler,” commented Coach Melton. Josh Melton went 3-2 for the day at the 152-pound weight class. He is another wrestler that will give you all he’s got. Bryce Carroll went 3-1 for the day at the 160-pound weight class. He wrestled well and is a guy that you can always count on giving 100 percent. Brandon Jepson went 5-0 for the day at the 170-pound weight class. Jepson was very eager to wrestle his first match of his senior season. He can be counted on to give his all in every match. “We are excited to see him lead the Spooner team this year,” stated Coach Melton. Samuel Melton went 3-1 at the 182pound weight class. This young wrestler stepped up for the team to wrestle up a weight class above his normal weight class. He lost his fourth match due to an

injury default. Hunter Peterson went 1-0 for the day. Peterson had a great match and came up with a big pin. “Hunter was eager to wrestle and I enjoy having his positive attitude on this team,” said Melton. Joshua Carroll went 3-2 for the day at the 195-pound weight class. He had a solid day of wrestling. Just like his brother, Joshua is a guy you can always count on. Justin Meister was able to get a couple of tough matches in for the day. Meister worked hard and kept a positive attitude throughout the day. Spooner’s young team has many opportunities for success in the continuing season. Their next meet will be a home conference match on Thursday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m., against Chetek-Weyerhaeuser. — from the Spooner Athletic Department    

“The Tree Lot” at the Erika Quam Memorial Theatre

Completing their first week of performances at the Quam is the cast of Theatre in the Wood’s production of “The Tree Lot.” Shown (L to R) back row: Adessa Jenkins, Payton Anderson, Pat Shifferd, Matea Anderson, Roger Sweeney, June Willis, Chris Olson, Leila Jenkins and Dave McNulty. Front: Mark Ware, Kiara Conners, Teri Reiter, Brian Keeler and Joe Vanda. — Photos by Larry Samson

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A family gathering at LFRC

Spooner Girl Scout Troop 4342 sang Christmas carols at the Lakeland Family Resource Center in Spooner on Saturday, Dec. 5. Shown (L to R): Mariah Lynch, Lauralie Ennis, Teagan Culvey, Alana Culvey and Abrianna Beach.

Photos by Larry Samson

Erin Olson is helping her 2-year-old daughter, Lily, with her Christmas tree pinecone. There were many crafts for the children and their parents.

Lilly Koser likes Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer so much that she got her nose painted red and asked Santa for a Rudolf of her own.

These two young children will be celebrating their first Christmas. Shown is Kenzie Terk with 6-month-old Tyren and Jamie Taylor with her six-month-old Serafina. The two children are the best of friends.

John Hyath has his hands full with his twin granddaughters, Sophia and Noelle. They are busy making a chain string for the Christmas tree.


Heart Lake

Helen V. Pederson

Monday was a gray morning and 32 degrees but no snow. We have had no new snow and no rain. We’re getting close to Christmas so we should have snow. Our sympathy to the family of Howard Klopp who owned Klopp’s Bar for many years. We also send our thoughts and prayers to the victims of the shooting in San Bernardino, Calif. Pastor Sue was here at Glenview on Tuesday for Bible study and did a real good job. Thanks. Cheri Minot said they had potluck at church on Sunday and did some decorating for Christmas. Salem will be having their Sunday school program next during the Sunday, Dec. 13, worship services. Mark and Joni Parker went to Timberland on Sunday for cake and coffee after the baptism of Lily Parker, daughter of Brandon and Danielle Parker. Arlys Santiago joined her sister, Avis Paulson, and her daughters, Cindy and Sharon, for a concert at Concordia College in Morehead, Minn., and afterwards to the President’s Christmas dinner. On Sunday afternoon, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. we were treated to a Christmas recital by Shania Schaefer. There were many relatives and friends that attended, too. She is a marvelous pianist and we all enjoyed it. It was followed by bars and coffee. Thank you Shania. You are welcome to come to 5 p.m. Christmas Eve services at Salem Lutheran Church. You cannot keep trouble from coming, but you needn’t give it a chair to sit on.

Lions Camp provides camping and outdoor activities

Home and Community Education members hold holiday luncheon

The Home and Community Education members met for their annual holiday luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at Tracks near Spooner. Jeanne Walsh, family living educator, installed the newly elected officers. The HCE officers shown (L to R): Marie Gorski, secretary; Maxine Melton, vice president; Walsh; Marlene Jacker, president; and Charlotte Thompson, treasurer. — Photo by Mary B. Olsen

Dolls life

ROSHOLT — The Wisconsin Lions Camp, owned and operated by the Wisconsin Lions Foundation Inc., begins its 60th year of camping for youth and adults with disabilities on May 31, 2016. The 12-week summer camping program is provided free of charge, made possible by the financial support of the Lions, Lioness, and Leo Clubs of Wisconsin. Individuals and corporate donors also assist the Lions with financial support, making the camp possible. Specialized camping sessions are scheduled for young people and adults who are blind or visually impaired or deaf or hard of hearing. Camping sessions are also scheduled for youth who socially or educationally function as having an intellectual disability or educational autism, or for young people with diabetes. The Lions Camp provides summer employment opportunities in positions of cabin counselors, program specialists and nurses, with male counselors and nurses being their greatest need. They also offer a counselor-in-training program for young people ages 16 and 17 for a fee. In addition to the regular summer camping program, the Wisconsin Lions Camp has rental opportunities during the off-season. The facility is available for rental, with preference given to school groups, organizations serving people with disabilities, and other nonprofit groups. Camper applications for various programs or information on summer employment opportunities may be obtained by contacting: Wisconsin Lions Camp, 3834 County Road A, Rosholt, WI 54473. You can contact them at 715-677-4969, email info@wisconsinlionscamp. com, or visit website For more information, you may also contact Shell Lake Lion Dave Vold at 715-635-2034. — from the Shell Lake Lions Club

The dolls that were for sale are a sweet reminder of a young girl’s past. The dolls were on sale at the Lakeland Manor Craft Show held Saturday, Dec. 5, during Holiday Saturday in Shell Lake. — Photo by Larry Samson

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53 3rd St., Shell Lake 715-468-2734 Rev. John Sahlstrom, Rev. John Hendry Sunday Worship Service 10 a.m., Nursery Provided; Youth Group, 7th - 12th grades, Wednesdays 6 - 8 p.m.

Corner of Elm and Summit St., Spooner 715-635-8475 Father Aaron Zook Holy Eucharist: Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning prayer 8:15; Mass 9:30 a.m.

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Full Gospel

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

293 S. Hwy. 63, Shell Lake Pastor Virgil Amundson 715-468-2895 Sunday School & Adult Education Classes: 9 a.m. Celebration worship 9 & 10:30 a.m.; KFC (Kids For Christ) during Service; UTurn Student Ministries 6 p.m.; Tuesdays: Compassion Connection (Men only) 7 p.m.; Wednesdays: Compassion Connection (Women only) 7 p.m.; Thursdays: Compassion Connection (Coed meetings) 7 p.m.;

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Spooner Baptist

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


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

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

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

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Timberland Ringebu Free Lutheran

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

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Spooner Wesleyan

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

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

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


(WELS) Hwy. 70 at Hwy. 53, Spooner Pastor Gene E. Jahnke 715-635-7672, Home: 715-354-7787 Sunday Worship: 9:30 a.m. Sunday School and Bible class: 10:45 a.m. (Missouri Synod) South of Spooner off Hwy. 63 W7148 Luther Rd. Pastor Brent Berkesch 715-635-8167 Sunday worship 8 a.m. Sunday School/Bible class 9:15 a.m. Praise Worship 10:30 a.m.

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

Sarona Methodist Pastor Steve Miller Sunday Worship 9 a.m.

United Methodist

Trego Community Church

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

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

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

We have reason to shout for joy and to celebrate. Celebrate and sing this week in church.

Zephaniah 3:14-20

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


hen we realize what God has done for us through Jesus, we have reason to rejoice.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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

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Sunday, December 13, 2015 Third Sunday of Advent Noise is a major distraction. It interrupts our thoughts, disrupts our concentration and interferes with conversations. It prevents us from going to sleep and even awakens us when we do not want to be disturbed. It is often used in athletic contests and sporting events to destroy the focus of team members at critical times. Wisely the Psalmist advises us to “Be still, and know that I am God.” Another translation presents it differently and with more clarity: “I will be still in your presence, O God, so I can learn to know you more intimately.” For us to grow into the likeness of Christ we must become still in the presence of God. The word still implies the need for the Christian to see, stop, think, relax and learn the meaning of the great events that God is performing in our lives and in the lives of those around us. Our minds are usually occupied with the ordinary, day-to-day things of life that demand our constant attention. Then suddenly and with no warning we are overwhelmed with an event that consumes us and requires our complete attention - night and day until the threat passes. It is indeed difficult to be still in the midst of life’s challenges. Life’s noises bring deafness to God’s voice. However, when we do become still in his presence, he will bring calmness to our hearts and peace to our minds. And if we truly want to know him, as he wants us to know him, we will take time each day to do only one thing - experience him as we experience any other person. We will come to know others if we spend time in their presence, believe that they care for us, open our hearts to them in trust, share with them our deepest concerns and know that they do us no harm. Be still to know. What a friend we can have in Jesus if we take the time.

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James Gordon Kyes James (Jim) Gordon Kyes, 71, Falun, passed away peacefully Nov. 28, 2015, after struggling with complications from heart failure. He was born Dec. 2, 1943, in Rice Lake, to Gordon Kyes and Lovella (Peggy) (Langland Kyes) Strabel. He grew up in Washburn County and attended Spooner School. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, going to auctions, and working on old cars and tractors.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Richard Strabel; and brother (sister-in-law), Michael (Linda) Kyes. He is survived by his children, Jim Kyes, Jr., Joe (Tamie) Kyes, Jennifer (Mark) Hanson and Janet (Mike) Overvold; nine grandsons; siblings, Judy (Louis) Branton, Patrick (Sharlene) Kyes, Kelly (Anthony) Thompson and Dan (Becky) Strabel; and many others. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 1, at Calvary Covenant Church in Alpha, with the Rev. Ken Burg officiating. Private interment will take place at a later time.

Ronald J. Masterjohn Ronald J. Masterjohn, 81, Shell Lake, died peacefully on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, at Indianhead Medical Center in Shell Lake. He was born Feb. 18, 1934, in Spooner, to Nickolas and Mildred (Sauer) Masterjohn. Ron graduated from Shell Lake High School in 1952, then attended Superior College and St. John’s. He worked in the bowling alley for a time before purchasing Standard Oil station in Shell Lake, which he operated for two years. He worked as an electrician for a couple of years before beginning his 34-year career with the Wisconsin DNR

fisheries department. He was married in Shell Lake on Dec. 22, 1973, to Marlys (McKenzie) Meyer. He will be dearly missed by his wife, Marlys, Shell Lake; stepson, Steven (Kathy) Meyer; four grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; two great-grandsons; siblings, Jim (Pat) Masterjohn, Tony (Sharon) Masterjohn and Joan (Bob) Ademino; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and great friends. A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 12, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Shell Lake, with Father Ed Anderson officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the church. Skinner Funeral Home of Shell Lake is serving the family.

Mild winter could help Wisconsin’s summer road construction Danielle Kaeding | WPR News STATEWIDE - El Niño is expected to play a role in warmer weather this winter in Wisconsin. Public workers in the northern part of the state are certainly crossing their fingers for that to be the case. They hope to put more money toward road construction. Bayfield County Highway Commissioner Tom Toepfer said they’ve seen a 25-percent increase in winter road maintenance costs in the last five years. Toepfer said they’re hoping meteorologists are spot on with their winter weather forecasts. “If the predictions are good, we’re happy. If we don’t

spend our money on winter maintenance, we’re able to use that on construction activities,” he said. The county has more than 300 miles of road to maintain, and Toepfer said they’re falling behind. Ashland County Highway Commissioner Emmer Shields said counties don’t have separate budgets for snow removal and road maintenance. “Winter is always a major player in how much money we’re going to have the rest of the year,” he said. Shields said savings from last winter went to maintain 15 to 20 miles of road in the county this year.

Wisconsin National Guard commander calls on Congress to delay cuts

STATEWIDE - The adjutant general of the Wisconsin National Guard is calling on Congress to wait before enacting proposed reductions in the size of the U.S. Army, including the elimination of 274 positions in Wisconsin. More than 27,000 soldiers across the nation would be cut from both the active duty Army, along with the National Guard and Army Reserve. In Wisconsin, 151 of the positions to be eliminated would be soldiers in the Guard. In a statement released Monday, Maj. Gen. Donald Dunbar said Congress should delay the cuts until after the National Commission on the Future of the Army presents it findings next year. Dunbar said if that report supports the cuts, then Congress should increase the size of the Guard and Reserve to offset cuts in the active- duty Army. “You will save money in the National Guard and Reserve over the active duty, and that would be a way to maintain a total-force Army at least the size we had on 9/11,” said Dunbar. “When you come right down to it, does anyone really believe the world’s safer today than it was Sept. 10, 2001?” Dunbar added that if the proposed cuts are made, they would be difficult to reverse.

Thank You

Maj. Gen. Donald Dunbar is shown giving an address to Wisconsin National Guard soldiers in 2013. - Photo courtesy Wisconsin National Guard

I’d like to thank the Shell Lake Fire Department, a special group of people, for my retirement dinner, as well as the Shell Lake community for allowing me to serve with the fire department. Thank you to my wife for understanding and being supportive of something so important to me.

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SPOONER — St. Francis de Sales School in Spooner is pleased to announce that it is one of the beneficiaries of a Catholic Extension grant to undertake a four-year Strategic Management and Development Initiative. The purpose of this initiative, made available to all 15 of the Diocese of Superior’s Catholic schools, is to help schools become exceptional, well-managed institutions through institutionalized best practices. Catholic Extension has collaborated with Catholic School Management Inc., a division of Christian Brothers Services, to offer its Strategic Management and Development Program. For over 40 years, the Connecticut-based CSM has nationally been considered a premier provider of consulting services to faith-based organizations. The Strategic Management and Development Program is a consultation service that helps schools strengthen their Catholic identity, define goals, improve the efficiency of school boards, enhance school image and communications, raise funds, manage enrollment and market themselves more effectively. “The grant marks an exciting time for our Catholic schools,” says Peggy Schoenfuss, superintendent of schools for the Superior Diocese. “It allows us to further build on a tradition of delivering sound church teaching through a high-quality broad-based curriculum.” “Great marketing and development is vital to the mission of Catholic education,” said Steve Tarnowski, director of development, who helped initiate the $80,000 grant for the diocese. “We’ve long known that Catholic schools can never afford to take enrollment and funding for granted,” he said. “This program promises to make a significant difference for participating schools because of CSM’s proven track record of success in more than 3,000 schools.” The program kicked off with an initial two-day diocesanwide seminar on Nov. 16 in Rice Lake. Maria Ribera, CSM president and Richard Burke, CSM senior consultant, addressed pastors, principals and administrators, as well as key staff and volunteers who will assume the various responsibilities necessary to fulfill the program. Other meetings and video conferences are scheduled throughout the year. “This is an exciting time for St. Francis de Sales School, our students and our families as we strive for continuous improvement in the education and development of our students,” stated a staff member at St. Francis. — from St. Francis de Sales School

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Dewey-LaFollette Monday afternoon visitors of Lawrence and Nina Hines were Hank and Karen Mangelsen. Karen Mangelsen visited Lois Snyder on Tuesday afternoon. Clam River Tuesday Club met Dec. 2 at the home of Dixie Andrea.  Following a holiday potluck lunch, the ladies held their meeting.  After that, they passed out secret pal gifts and enjoyed a time of visiting and singing. Donna and Gerry Hines went to Vadnais Heights, Minn., Friday and stayed with Brenda and Tim Sweet for several days.  Donna, Brenda, and Brenda’s daughters did some Christmas baking.  Gerry and Donna came home Sunday. Nina Hines was a guest of Diana Man-


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Karen Mangelsen gelsen on Saturday at the Christmas luncheon at Clam Falls Lutheran Church.  Later Lawrence and Nina Hines visited John and Diana Mangelsen at their home. The Sunday school of Lakeview UM Church presented their Christmas program during the worship service Sunday morning.  The title of the play was “The Animals’ Tale.”  The children recited what the animals maybe would have said to Jesus in the manger, if they could have talked. Lida Nordquist visited Nina and Lawrence Hines and Donna and Gerry Hines on Sunday. Don Israel called on Hank and Karen Mangelsen on Sunday afternoon. 

Marian Furchtenicht

Dec. 7, 1941, I was only 9 years old but I remember my parents with their ears to the radio when Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese, an ordeal that lasted only a couple of hours, but was so devastating, killing 2,000 American soldiers and sailors and wounding over 1,000; the cost of our freedom. Now we just call it Pearl Harbor Day. The weather here has been beautiful and mild. I don’t ever remember a fall and December like this one. Our snow is gone and the lawns are green. It isn’t very nice for loggers and getting in our winter woods with muddy conditions. With only a thin layer of ice, ice fishing is out. No snow for sledding and skiing but one isn’t freezing fingers getting out the Christmas decor. Bob Krueger was out on Tuesday with the Lions Club calendars. We always have a good visit. Greg and Sue Krantz worked on his truck over the weekend. Sunday grandson Chane Hutton and friend Jared came out and the boys moved wood to the wood room. David and Sue Halama, Kaitlyn and Andrew, Menomonie, and Andrew’s girlfriend, Chelsea, from Minnesota, came last Friday for the Thanksgiving weekend and early Christmas get-together at Sue’s folks, Allan and Jolene Loew’s. Dick and Marie King hosted their annual Christmas party and 52nd wedding anniversary celebration on Saturday night at their home. Neighbors from both Big and Little Ripley got together for delicious

appetizers and a white elephant exchange. Sandi Vogt reports Big Ripley is barely iced over and that won’t last long with this mild weather. Jim and Nancy Swanson enjoyed watching a nice flock of turkeys in their yard Sunday morning. It was fun to see. Bonnie Helmer took me to physical therapy on Wednesday in Shell Lake and then we had lunch together at Peggy’s for her belated birthday. John and Mary Marschall brought supper last Tuesday night and put up my Christmas tree. Daughter Mary and John, granddaughter Sara, and son Grant, and Don, the Living Legacy guy from Eau Claire, were here on Tuesday. Son Roger stops by every day and keeps the wood fire going for me. As yet, I don’t do stairs. Birthday wishes this week to Libby DeTrent, Janet Donetell, Gloria Elliott, Dec. 11; Jennie Joslin, Helen Thannum, and twins Autumn and Alexis Dinnes will turn 7 on Dec. 12; Ginger Reynolds, Jean Gagner Prue, Dec. 13; Dan Ripplinger, Ray Smith, Jack Stodola, Dawson Hefler, Mike Haremza, Dec. 14; Elaine Norton, Dec. 15; and Betty Ness, Dillian Rath, Mary Dubeh, Dec. 16. Have a great one. A happy anniversary to Tony and Kelly Frey, Dec. 12; Dale and Lois Stellrecht, Dec. 14; Dan and Linda Anderson, Dec. 15; and Randy and Peggy McKibben, Nov. 16.

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The hustle and bustle of Christmas is definitely in the air. All we need now is for a little snow! The Stone Lake Community Wetland Park is having a membership drive. We want everyone in the area to become a member of Friends of the Wetland Park and they have three types of memberships to offer you. 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 park. Also, this winter the roadway and parking lot will be plowed so that all who wish to can take advantage of our beautiful trails during the winter season. There will be live music at the Stone Lake Lions Hall on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 6:30 p.m. The Acoustic Ramblers will be giving a Christmas concert for all to enjoy. This is a free community event and the evening will be filled with all your favorite Christmas songs ... come and sing along. Don’t forget the Stone Lake Area Historical Society has the perfect Christmas present for you to give. It is a book called “Finding Pioneers and Places in Early Stone Lake” and it’s available for purchase for $15 at the Stone Lake Hardware Store, Red Schoolhouse Wines or the Holiday House (Betty Lou’s). If you would like to order a copy please contact Connie Shield at 715-865-4940. These books would make excellent Christmas gifts for people who

either have family ties to Stone Lake or who still live here. 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 are most needed. For information call Teri from Northwest Realty at 715-558-1456. The Stone Lake Wesleyan Church is accepting new and gently used coats, hats, scarves, gloves and mittens for the second-annual coat drive. They are currently in need of children’s items for all sizes and both genders. For more information call the church at 715-865-2881. 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 715-8655452. Gratitude is extended to Joan Rainville and her group of volunteers that put up Christmas lights on over 12 trees in Stone Lake. They look wonderful and are a welcoming sight for visitors to the area or just passing through town! Gratitude also goes out to Frank from Marie’s Hideaway for the excellent Thanksgiving banquet he put on. Over 200 people attended and Frank did six turkeys, potatoes, sweet potatoes, rutabagas and many desserts. Frank is now closed to work on his 2016 menu with many new and exciting changes. He will be open again on Tuesday, Dec. 22. Have a good week and be safe! Mary Nilssen can be reached at 715-8654008 or

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Washburn County Area Humane Society Some of you may know me, I’m the shepherd named Awnee, I’ve been here at the shelter taking care of my puppies. I came here in November; my pups were just 1 day old, But now it’s getting closer to time to go home, so I am told. I get along with people well, I think they’re so much fun, Especially when they play with me or take me for a run. I’ll need a little training with my manners, nothing bad, Like when I get excited and I jump up, some get mad. I should be ready for a home real close to Christmas Day, Just like all of the toys that ride with Santa in his sleigh. You should come down and visit, there’s no doubt that you’ll love me, How peaceful I would be to sleep beneath your Christmas tree.

Dogs for adoption: 4-yearold female tricolored walker hound; 3-year-old female black/tan hound; 1-1/2-yearold female black German shepherd; 2-year-old female black/white Border collie and a 3-year-old neutered hound/pit bull mix. Cats for adoption: 3-yearold neutered/declawed black/brown shorthair tiger; 4-year-old neutered fourpaw declawed black shorthair; 6-monthold male white/black shorthair tiger; 1-1/2-year-old neutered white/gray shorthair; 5-1/2-month-old male orange shorthair tiger; 2-year-old neutered black/white longhair and two 4-monthold female siamese mix. Also for adoption: 1-1/2-year-old brown/white male guinea pig. Strays include: Adult brown/black male shepherd/rottweiler mix found in Springbrook and a large adult male tan/ white pit bull found in Shell Lake.

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Monday, Dec. 14: Egg, sausage and spinach casserole, blueberry muffin, tomato juice. Tuesday, Dec. 15: Chicken Alfredo over whole-wheat noodles, garden peas, frosted brownie. Wednesday, Dec. 16: Chili with cheese, sour cream, crackers, garden salad, birthday cake. Thursday, Dec. 17: Cook’s choice. Friday, Dec. 18: Vegetarian cheese and bean burrito, stewed tomatoes and rice, cheesecake with cherry sauce. 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.

Dining at Five Shell Lake, Monday, Dec. 14: Sautéed shrimp, garlic-herb pasta, green beans with almonds, cranberry relish, dark chocolate brownie with peppermint ice cream. Call 715-468-4750 for reservations. Suggested donation is $5.

Judy Pieper

The women’s Christmas party, held at Barronett Lutheran on Saturday, was a lot of fun. Geri Pittman said that they had lots of food, sang lots of carols and had a great time playing the dice/stealing game. They had the beautiful lap robes there that Barb Stewart made, and they found good homes for some of them. We will keep checking, and I’m sure we’ll find more people who need them before Christmas. The old-fashioned candlelight service at Wiesner Community Chapel this past Sunday evening was, once again, wonderful. In addition to reading Scripture and giving a sermon, Pastor Jeff Martin plays the old familiar carols on his guitar and sings along with the congregation. The chapel was all decked out for Christmas with oil lamps and candles galore. And, the old woodstove kept all of us warm. I hope the people who organize this event, and Pastor Martin, know how much we all look forward to, and appreciate, the fellowship and service. If you missed it this year, don’t worry. They will be doing it again the second Sunday in December next year. Hope to see you there. It’s the perfect way to start out the Christmas season. While I was in Mount Horeb this past weekend (I’ll tell you about that in a minute) Duane and Rick Theese put up a beautiful Christmas tree in our front yard. It must be 12 or 14 feet tall, and they decorated it with lots and lots of lights. I had just mentioned to Duane that I would like to have a big tree outside this year, and I was so sur-

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prised to come home and see that it was already up and decorated. Thanks, guys. It looks fantastic. The reason I went to Mount Horeb was to visit my cousins, Donnie and Virginia Hook. They celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on Friday, Dec. 4. Wow! That’s a lot of years together. The kids put on a big party for them on Sunday. Donnie and Virginia just recently moved back up to Wisconsin from Florida to be closer to their family. Sue Meier even came up from Monroe to visit with them on Saturday. I had a great time down there visiting with Donnie and Virginia and all their kids and grandkids, and I’m so glad they finally came to their senses and moved back up to God’s country. Little Aubrey Renslow performed in her first dance recital this past weekend. Aubrey, daughter of Kevin and Cassie Renslow, granddaughter of John and Denise Olson, and great-granddaughter of Pat Olson, was, naturally, the cutest and most talented little girl there. The performance was in Chisago City, Minn. Pat said that all the little dancers were adorable, and that she wouldn’t have missed it for the world. Don, Anitia, Debbie, Chad, Jamie and Shane Lehmann went to visit Craig Lehmann at Sacred Heart in Eau Claire this past weekend. They brought a pizza so they could have a pizza party, and had lots of fun visiting. Debbie, who was the only Viking fan present, took a lot of ribbing about the Packer win and Viking loss. Debbie is a very good sport about stuff like that. She’d have to

be, she’s married to a Lehmann, after all. She even went so far as to wear a shirt of the least liked Viking, Peterson, to the hospital. She’s a brave woman. Craig is there receiving some treatments, and we all hope he will be feeling better soon. I was among a few other spectators at the sentencing hearing for the man who hit John Schmidt here in Barronett last December. I have to tell you, it was one of the saddest things I have witnessed for a long time. The judge listened to all the testimony: statement from John, from the district attorney, from the defense attorney and from the young man who was driving the car that struck John. Then the judge had to decide on the sentence. She explained in great detail the reason for her decision, and then sentenced him to three years in prison and some additional years of supervised probation. This was the first time I have ever been in a courtroom where a sentencing hearing was conducted, and after listening to her, I have a great deal of respect for judges. John seemed to be satisfied with her decision, and I’m sure he is glad this is over. I guess that’s about all I know from Barronett this week. Oh, remember, the Saint Lucia program and breakfast will be held at Augustana Lutheran this Friday morning. See you next time.

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With rifle season and Thanksgiving done with for another year, it’s onward to Christmas. Yes, Christmas is coming soon so you wee ones be very good to Mom and Dad if you want to get those gifts from Santa. A very happy birthday to Savanna Germac, Joan Petz and Rosemary Gray, all on Dec. 10. All have a great one. Dec. 12, a very happy birthday to Kerry Albee Russell as she enjoys that special day with many more to come. Dec. 14 is my Sunshine’s birthday. He would have been 72. A very happy anniversary to Dale and Lois Stellrecht as they enjoy their special day together with many more to come. Helga Petersen, a very happy birthday to you on Dec. 14. Helga came into the world with her father, Rick Petersen, delivering her. The midwife didn’t make it to the Petersens’ that day, so Rick had to be the doctor and you do what you have to do. Dec. 16, a very happy birthday to Delores Christner as she enjoys that special day with lots more to come. We certainly are having a nice fall or winter. Winter comes Dec. 21. I don’t think anyone is looking forward to it though. But thinking about the four seasons we celebrate in Wisconsin we have to take what we get. Wasn’t that a terrible shooting in California? Yes, it left 14 dead and 17 injured plus the shooters. We have to congratulate the police force in California as they tracked


down the shooters shortly after they had shot the people. The couple left a 6-month-old girl for someone else to raise. That’s really sad, as both parents were killed. But the woman was all for Isis. The shooting took place in a disability center where the man worked. What was going on in his mind to do this? I see the Getaway in Sarona is closing. That was such a busy place and they also served delicious food. Sandy Atkinson says Becca Beaufeaux stayed overnight with them on Tuesday. Sandy tells us Marjorie Otto will graduate from college Dec. 13. Then it will be job hunting. She currently works for UPS loading trucks. She has to be to work at 12:30 a.m. and works until she goes to college or when the trucks are loaded. They are going to miss you Marjorie. What’s the weather to be? Yes, what have they predicted for us? Well if these fuzzy forecasters wear more black stripes than brown we’re heading for a colder than normal winter. This fall the little wooly bears stripes are about the same, so we should have an average winter. An old wife’s tale claims that if you cook cabbage on New Year’s Day you will have good fortune in the new year. Also if you have water dripping from your eaves on New Year’s Day it means it will be an excellent year for crops. So now you have the weather predictions. Just what do you think we’re going to have? Talking with Evelyn Melton, we found her not feeling very good on Sunday. She said Vicki Trott, Peggy Vesta and Don Lane were over at her house to play cards. Don Trott comes over to check on his mother-in-law, which is good. Robin was up a couple of weeks ago and it will be Christmas before she comes home again. Talking with Butch VanSelus, he tells us Loretta had surgery on her knee at Lakeview Medical Center. The first day after surgery she was in terrible pain. They have Hearts of Gold come out and do therapy. That’s twice a week. The day Loretta had surgery Butch says they had six knee surgeries and one hip replacement. Loretta had surgery on the other knee almost a year ago. At this time she’s home and doing all the therapy and is doing very well. Please keep Loretta in your special thoughts and prayers as she recovers. Butch says he went hunting and got a 5-point buck. Says he cut it up the next day so it’s all done for another year. His grandson, Jameson Stone, went hunting with him. Butch also tells us the ground hasn’t frozen yet either. It’s been too warm this fall. Saturday, Paula Cramer and Reyana Ladd came to see me and they brought me some meat from hunting.

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I haven’t had fresh venison since Sunshine died so it will taste great. Talking with my sister Marie Quam on Sunday, she said her boys were cleaning out the heifer shed. It’s a good job to get done before it freezes. I see Richy cleaned his heifer lot on Friday so it’s a good job done. Marie Quam tells us she has a cute little black pug named Boomer. That little dog waits by the kitchen door, waiting for Marie to come in from the barn. That little pug is all over, so happy to see her. Cute! Myrna Atkinson is very busy cleaning her house for the Dec. 20 Christmas party for her side of the family. Coming will be Warren and Jenny and children, Myron and his wife, Nancy and children. Christmas Eve will find some of the Atkinson children and their spouses and children celebrating the holidays. Ronnie Atkinson has become a grandpa once again with his daughter having a boy Nov. 15. His name is Azarigh. Of course, this makes Curt and Myrna great-grandparents. Congratulations. Scatter sunshine! Have a great week!

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(Dec. 9, 16, 23) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF Billy Jacob Kappus a/k/a BJ Kappus DOD: October 14, 2013 Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 15PR49 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth October 21, 1941, and date of death October 14, 2013, was domiciled in Washburn County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 7377 E. Flowage Road, Minong, WI 54859. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is February 23, 2016. 5. A claim may be filed at the Washburn County Courthouse, Shell Lake, Wisconsin, Room 2C. Shannan Anderson Probate Registrar November 25, 2015 Katherine M. Stewart P.O. Box 364 Spooner, WI 54801 715-635-9081 639218 17-19rp Bar No.: 1005716 WNAXLP

(Dec. 9, 16, 23) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF JOHN P. STORRS April 16, 1926 Order Setting Time to Hear Petition for Administration and Deadline for Filing Claims (Formal Administration) Case No. 15PR50 A petition for formal administration was filed. THE COURT FINDS: 1. The decedent, with date of birth April 16, 1926, and date of death September 12, 2010, was domiciled in Washburn County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of N1220 County Hwy. MD, Sarona, WI 54870. THE COURT ORDERS: 1. The petition be heard at the Washburn County Courthouse, Shell Lake, Wisconsin, Room 2C, before Circuit Court Judge, Hon. Eugene D. Harrington, on January 4, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. You do not need to appear unless you object. The petition may be granted if there is no objection. 2. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is February 23, 2016. 3. A claim may be filed at the Washburn County Courthouse, P.O. Box 316, Shell Lake, Wis. 4. Heirship will be determined at the hearing on petition for final judgment. 5. Publication of this notice is notice to any persons whose names or addresses are unknown. BY THE COURT: Honorable Eugene D. Harrington Circuit Court Judge November 25, 2015 John D. Hibbard 712 S. Barstow Street Eau Claire, WI 54701 639217 17-19rp 715-835-8448 WNAXLP


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USDA begins 49th enrollment period for the Conservation Reserve Program December 2015 marks 30th anniversary for the nation’s most successful voluntary conservation program

MADISON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently reminded farmers and ranchers that the next general enrollSHELL LAKE SELFment period for the Conservation Reserve STORAGE: Convenient, 24-hour Program began Dec. 1 and ends Feb. 26, access. Special low-cost boat 2016. December 2015 also marks the 30th storage. Call 715-468-2910. 2rtfc anniversary of CRP, a federally funded program that assists agricultural producers with the cost of restoring, enhancing and protecting certain grasses, shrubs and trees to improve water quality, prevent soil erosion and reduce loss of wildlife habitat. As of September 2015, 24.2 million acres were enrolled in CRP. CRP also is protectSat., Dec. 12, ing more than 170,000 stream miles with 8-11 a.m. With the upcoming snow season, we would like to riparian forest and grass buffers, enough remind residents and business owners that plowing, United Methodist to go around the world seven times. For pushing, shoveling or snowblowing snow into city Church an interactive tour of CRP success stories streets or alleys is prohibited. Pursuant to Section 6from across the U.S., visit 312 Elm St., 2-7 of the Shell Lake Code of Ordinances all snow CRPis30, or follow on Twitter at #CRPis30. Spooner and ice must be removed from sidewalks within 24 “Over the past 30 years, farmers, ranchhours of a snow fall. Large Variety Of ers, conservationists, hunters, fishermen Also a reminder that all garbage cans should be Christmas Cookies and other outdoor enthusiasts have made pulled away from the streets and alleys during the CRP one of the most successful conserva& Candies winter months to prevent problems with plowing tion programs in the history of the counSold At Mitch Brown, Public Works Director try,” said Vilsack. “Today, CRP continues $ 638935 17r 7 Per Pound to make major environmental improve639045 6bp 17rp ments to water and air quality. This is another long-standing example of how agricultural production can work hand in hand with efforts to improve the environment and increase wildlife habitat.” ParticiThe Lakeland Manor in Shell Lake is now accepting pants in CRP applications for housing. Our affordable apartments CITY OF SHELL LAKE establish 2016 BUDGET SUMMARY are income based. We promote adequate and affordlong-term, able housing, economic opportunity and a suitable resourceThe following budget was adopted by the Shell Lake City Council on December 3, 2015. conserving living environment free from discrimination. plant speGeneral Government $249,695 For more information on the benefits of cies, such as Public Safety 412,637 living at the Lakeland Manor, please approved Public Works 427,185 638473 call 715-468-2730. grasses or Health & Human Services 4-7b 15-18r trees (known Culture, Recreation & Ed. 250,890 as covers) to Conservation & Develop. 11,592 control soil Debt Service 679,106 REG FR-DUPLXBARRONETT$800 822; 2 erosion, imOutlay 60,552 prove water TOTAL OF ALL EXPENDITURES $2,091,657 in; 638879 quality and Less: All revenue other than general property 1,093,252 Duplex in Barronett





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The Shell Lake Area Fire Association will hold their quarterly meeting Wednesday, December 16, 2015, at 7 p.m., at the Fire Hall, 400 6th Ave., Shell Lake, WI. Agenda: Approval of minutes; voucher list; treasurer’s report; fire chief’s report; unfinished business: building addition report; new business; set next meeting date. Bradley A. Pederson, Secretary/Treasurer 639162 17r WNAXLP



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develop wildlife habitat on marginally productive agricultural lands. In return, FSA provides participants with rental payments and cost-share assistance. At times when commodity prices are low, enrolling sensitive lands in CRP can be especially attractive to farmers and ranchers, as it softens the economic hardship for landowners at the same time that it provides ecological benefits. Contract duration is between 10 and 15 years. The long-term goal of the program is to re-establish native plant species on marginal agricultural lands for the primary purpose of preventing soil erosion and improving water quality and related benefits of reducing loss of wildlife habitat. Contracts on 1.64 million acres of CRP are set to expire on Sept. 30, 2016. Producers with expiring contracts or producers with environmentally sensitive land are encouraged to evaluate their options under CRP. Since it was established on Dec. 23, 1985, CRP has: • Prevented more than 9 billion tons of soil from eroding, enough soil to fill 600 million dump trucks; • Reduced nitrogen and phosphorous runoff relative to annually tilled cropland by 95 and 85 percent respectively; • Sequestered an annual average of 49 million tons of greenhouse gases, equal to taking 9 million cars off the road. Since 1996, CRP has created nearly 2.7 million acres of restored wetlands. For more information about FSA conservation programs, visit a local FSA office or To find your local FSA office, visit The Conservation Reserve Program was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, which builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past six years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for taxpayers. Since enactment, USDA has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing, and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit farmbill. — from the USDA

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.




his is always an exciting time of year at school. Students are preparing for holiday concerts, boys and girls basketball is in full swing as other athletes prepare for their upcoming seasons. Academically, students just completed their first quarter of the 20152016 school year. It was wonderful to see so many parents and guardians engaged with teachers and staff as we continue our shared commitment to ensure the success of every student. ••• The holiday season generates many emotions for both adults and children. Many are filled with joy and excitement, however, some may be filled with sorrow or anxiety. As a school district, our staff makes every attempt to be sensitive to the needs of our children, understanding these feelings exist and offer our support to both our children and their families. •••


Superintendent’s corner David Bridenhagen Residents will be receiving their tax bills shortly. We’ve developed a budget that continues to support our programs and provide the superior level of education that you have come to expect from the school district of Shell Lake. The school portion of your bills will be very similar to last year’s with a slight decrease.

••• Lastly, as we enter into the snow season, it’s important that we quickly review school closing procedures. When there is a forecast of significant snowfall, I will monitor the national weather radar, consult with area school districts, as well as our directors of transportation and maintenance. Our highest priority will always be ensuring the safety of our students. In the event we have hazardous weather, the decision to cancel school will be made no later than 6 a.m. Families will be notified through the school messenger telephone system and the following media: WGMO-Shell Lake, WJMC–Rice Lake, WAQE–Rice Lake and KSTP Channel 5, Minneapolis. ••• On behalf of the School District of Shell Lake, I wish everyone a very happy and safe holiday season.

Shell Lake school menu Breakfast Thursday, Dec. 10: Oatmeal with fixings or homemade sweet bread (3-12 only). Friday, Dec. 11: Apple or cheery 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 chocolate-chip 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. 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: Chicken Alfredo. 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.

Fire department honors Frahman SHELL LAKE — On Wednesday, Dec. 2, the Shell Lake firefighters held a surprise retirement party for Bill Frahman to honor his 18 years of service to the department and to make Frahman the first lifetime member of the department. “Bill’s 18 years of service and dedication to the citizens of our fire district are truly something we all have the utmost respect for,” stated Keith Dahlstrom, fire chief. “Any time of day, Bill has been there. Bill’s positive influence goes beyond the fire department, as he has been involved in other community organizations also. He is always willing to help where he can,” continued Dahlstrom. “I encourage everyone to thank Bill if they see him. It’s like the saying goes, “They don’t make them like that anymore,” praised Dahlstrom. — from the SLFD

Shell Lake Fire Chief Keith Dahlstrom, left, presented Bill Frahman with a plaque for his 18 years of dedicated service to the fire department. Frahman was also presented with a lifetime member card. — Photos submitted

Firefighters with the Shell Lake Fire Department are shown with Bill Frahman during a celebration to honor him for his years of dedicated service.


A Night in Bethlehem

Cort Schloneger got to ride on the donkey with the aid of some good shepherds, Jacob Dobbe and Logan Bush.

Mary, Joseph and Jesus were the highlight of the live Nativity. Katie and Nate Simeth played Mary and Joseph, Kendra was baby Jesus. - Photos by Larry Samson

Carpenters were valued laborers at the time of Christ’s birth. Shown (L to R): Phil Hedund, Frank Graf, Carter Melton and Taylor Schmitz. In those times young boys worked as apprentices alongside the adults.

Jimmy Melton, Julia Balser and Brooke Schmitz are making beaded necklaces to be sold in the street market. The visitors were given pouches with coins to be spent buying items in the market, they were encouraged to role-play with the actors.

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Cadence Bush, dressed like a child from the time of Christ, sells dried fruit in the street market. She was part of the live Nativity scene at the Cornerstone Church’s eighth-annual Night In Bethlehem. The three-day event started on Friday, Dec. 4, and finished up on Sunday, Dec. 6. Over 1,000 people came through the doors to be part of this special play.

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