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Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016 Vol. 127, No. 27 • Shell Lake, Wis.

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“Hello, Dolly!” coming to SHS Page 11

This chicadee appears to be bowing its head in prayer prior to its meal. More photos on page 3. - Photo by Gene Romsos

Barronett man arrested for possessing explosives Presidents Day plays Page 24

Danielle Danford | Staff writer SHELL LAKE - A 48-year-old man was arrested as a result of the Tuesday, Feb. 9, raid of a home on Lehmann Road in rural Shell Lake. Brett Nelson, 48, Town of Barronett, has been arrested for making and possessing improvised explosive devices. Nelson was also arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. He

is being held at the Washburn County Jail on a $25,000 cash bond. Local, state and federal authorities involved in the raid and investigation include the Marathon County Bomb Squad, Wisconsin State Patrol, FBI, ATF, Wisconsin Department of Justice, North Ambulance, Washburn County Sheriff’s Office and Shell Lake Fire Department.

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On the afternoon of Tuesday, Feb. 9, the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office, with the help of state and federal law enforcement officers, raided a rural Shell Lake residence on Lehmann Lake Road looking for bomb-making materials. — Photo by Larry Samson



Love for Lozandier Cadence and Natalie Bush represented one of the many craft and homebased-business vendors at the Love for Lozandier fundraiser held Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Shell Lake Community Center. The money raised will be used for the missionary work in Haiti.

Photos by Larry Samson Olivia Ricci was selling Girl Scout cookies at the show. She is a member of the Shell Lake troop.

Collin Matthys is making a valentine card for his mother. His secret is to use a lot of colorful glitter.

Isaac and Levi Westendorf are very protective of their shy little sister Khloe. They are making valentine cards for their mother and father.

Meagan Nickels and her daughter, Emma, are supervising the Make and Take Valentine Card table. While Emma is only 4, this is her fourth Love for Lozandier fundraiser.

Dad’s Famous Belgian Waffles Shell Lake JV players Natalie Jury and Carly Osborn go for the simple waffle and syrup so as not to load up before their game. Now they are ready to take on Cameron.

Photos by Larry Samson

The Cameron JV basketball team waits patiently for their waffles at the Shell Lake Foundation annual Dad’s Belgian Waffle fundraiser. The players were getting their carbs before their game with Shell Lake. The same fundraiser was held in Cameron back on Jan. 8 when the teams met in their first game.

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Candidacy for Washburn County fall elections

Danielle Danford | Staff writer SHELL LAKE - The Washburn County offices of district attorney, county clerk, county treasurer and register of deeds are all up for election this November. At this time, three of the four officials have confirmed they will seek re-election. Two of these are appointed officers who will be running for the first time and the candidacy of one appointed official is unknown. County clerk Lolita Olson, county treasurer Nicole Tims and acting register of deeds Renee Brown have each stated that they will run for election to those offices. This will be the first time for Brown and Tims to run for their offices as they were

appointed to existing terms. District Attorney Thomas Frost, also serving in an appointment, told the Register that he is not ready to publicly state his candidacy at this time. Filing for the four offices starts Friday, April 15, with the election to take place on Tuesday, Nov. 8. These offices are elected on partisan ballots, candidates file as a Republican or Democrat. If more than one candidate files for the same position under the same party label, an Aug. 9 primary will narrow the field to one candidate from each party. All of these offices are elected to four-year terms. Both Tims and Brown were appointed to fill their positions by the county board

when the elected officeholder retired. Brown was appointed to the position of acting register of deeds in January after Diane Poach, who was elected to the office since 2003, retired in December 2015. Tims was appointed to the office of county treasurer after Janet Ullom retired midterm in December 2013. Since then Tims has served the remaining three years of Ullom’s term.  Tims plans to run as a Republican. Olson was first elected as county clerk in 2012. Olson ran as a Republican and plans to do so for this election. Frost was appointed to the office of Washburn County district attorney by Gov. Scott Walker in January 2014, after

the governor appointed District Attorney Michael Bitney as a judge in Barron County. Since then Frost has served out the remainder of the office’s term. If Frost did decide to run it would be for the first time in this office. Angeline Winton, current Washburn County assistant district attorney, has announced her candidacy for Washburn County district attorney. Winton has been the assistant district attorney since 2009 and maintains a private law practice in Hayward with her father, Ward Wm. Winton.

Fortune 500 company interested in city property Danielle Danford | Staff writer SHELL LAKE - The Shell Lake City Council approved the rezoning of city property for potential sale at their regular monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 8. The council approved the rezoning of a slice of 1.74 acres, located between Hwy. 63 and 3rd Street where Merritt Drive intersects Hwy. 63, from single-family residential to general commercial on a unanimous voice vote. A Fortune 500 company that hasn’t disclosed their name

is interested in developing the property into a retail store. The council also authorized the city administrator to get the ball rolling on making the property ready for the potential sale. However, its sale hinges on if the property can be used at all. The property is just northwest of the Shell Lake Municipal Airport’s runway and could be part of a departure zone that the Federal Aviation Administration considers a place for emergency landings or crashes. Before the

sale goes through, the city needs the OK from the FAA to make sure a building can be built at all. City Administrator Andy Eiche stated that that they hope to hear back from the FAA by May but it could be as late as August. In the meantime, the city will have the property appraised. The council also approved fill and grading at the airport. City crews will use fill left over from the Hwy. 63 project done in 2015 to fill holes in the land surrounding the runway. The retention pond will not

be touched. In public comment, Vern Redlich asked if streets in the School View addition would have improvements in 2016. Mitch Brown, public works director, stated that Laker, Reinhart and part of Pederson drives received crack fill in 2015. Brown added that in 2016 Pederson, Merritt, Reinhart and Laker drives will have chip seal done. 

Shell Lake Elementary named Wisconsin School of Recognition Has eight consecutive awards Danielle Danford | Staff writer SHELL LAKE- Shell Lake Elementary School was named a Wisconsin School of Recognition for the 2015-16 school year. To be eligible for recognition schools must receive federal Title I funding to

provide services to a large quantity of economically disadvantaged children and meet specific achievement criteria. Shell Lake elementary was also recognized as a Beating-the-Odds School. To be named as Beating-the-Odds a school must: • Be in the top 25 percent of high-poverty schools in the state. • Have above-average student achievement in reading and mathematics when

compared to schools from similarly sized districts, schools, grade configurations and poverty levels. Shell Lake Eementary has earned distinction as a Wisconsin School of Recognition for eight consecutive years.  “These awards recognize the work of students and their parents along with teachers, school administrators and school staff members to break the link between poverty and low academic achieve-

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ABOVE: A downy woodpecker on a hanging suet bag. RIGHT: A red-bellied woodpecker was seen on a hanging suet feeder Tuesday, Feb. 9. LEFT: This pileated woodpecker pecked a chunk of wood off the edge of the deck post at the Gene and Carlotta Romsos residence in Sarona. - Photos by Gene Romsos

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ment. Their efforts will help us ensure that every student graduates college and career ready,” said State Superintendent Tony Evers. Schools meeting criteria in one or more of the three recognition areas, (high achieving, high progress or beating the odds) will receive a plaque at March 14 ceremony at the state Capitol.



Heroes not so hard to find in northern Wisconsin

’ll bet you know someone like Dolores Brandt, the recently retired chief of the Spider Lake Volunteer Fire Department. Or a couple like Betty Jo and Bob Brown, who served as emergency fire wardens for Washburn County for over 61 years. You probably know quite a few people like them, people who go out of their way to make their community a better place. For over 30 years, Brandt generously gave her time and energy to her community.  After serving in the United States Army, she volunteered not only with the fire department, but also with local organizations such as the Jaycettes, Spider Lake Improvement Association, Hayward Lakes Association, Girl Scouts, Sno-Mads Snowmobile Club and Natureland Homemakers.   I was honored to be able to attend her retirement party at the Spider Lake Town Hall on a recent Sunday afternoon.  Retiring from the fire department will give Dolores more time to add to her impressive total of over 100 legal muskies caught, but she doesn’t have any intention of giving up volunteering.  Dolores plans to continue serving as a volunteer for Fishing Has No Boundaries Inc. both at the national level and with the local Hayward chapter. Individuals like Brandt can be found throughout northern Wisconsin. As someone said to me recently, we in the north are doubly blessed, we live in the most

State Senate 25th District Janet Bewley beautiful part of the state, and we have neighbors who truly take care of each other. As the state cuts back on its commitment to helping local governments fund the services their residents depend on, communities have to rely more and more on volunteers, especially when it comes to fire departments and emergency medical transportation and first responders. These people literally lay their lives on the line for their neighbors.  And sometimes they aren’t as fortunate as Brandt and others who live to enjoy their retirements. Last year, a dedicated EMT for the Shore South Ambulance Service died trying to save his 95-year-old mother who also perished in the fire that took his life.

Dennis Swenson left behind an abundance of family and friends; he did not leave behind a family who depended on him for financial support. Unfortunately, other public servants who lose their lives in the line of duty do leave behind spouses and children who depend on their incomes and benefits. In 2009 the Legislature passed a law that required municipalities to pay health insurance premiums for the survivors of a firefighter who dies in the line of duty.  For some reason, the law did not extend the same benefit to the surviving spouses and children of law enforcement officers, emergency medical technicians, rangers, foresters and other who lose their lives while on duty protecting the public.  I am happy to report that the Senate has passed a bill I co-authored with one of my colleagues, Rep. State Senator Van Wanggaard, a retired Racine police officer, to fix this oversight.  The bill will extend health insurance coverage for spouses and children of law enforcement officers, DNR firefighters, correctional officers and EMTs who are killed in the line of duty.  There isn’t a lot of time left in the legislative session, but I hope my colleagues in the state Assembly will step up and take care of the surviving families of the people who take care of theirs by passing Senate Bill 192.

Adams receives Wisconsin Financial Literacy Award MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions honored seven individuals and eight organizations on Wednesday, Feb. 10, with the 2015 Wisconsin Financial Literacy Award for their efforts in promoting financial literacy among Wisconsin citizens. 


n behalf of the veterans of Washburn County, I strongly request that you do not support LRB 4524, AB821 or SB668 to include amendments, until such a time that an extensive study by a special legislative council study committee is completed.  The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs leadership is trying to pass legislation without properly weighing the outcome and impact on local veterans advocacy, and method of processing and delivering veterans benefits.  The study should take into consideration the economic impact a CVSO in each county has on the county and the state.  For instance, the federal Veterans Administration paid $2.6 billion to Wisconsin veterans in 2014.  Of that $2.6 billion, $13.3 million was paid to veterans in this small county of Washburn — $6,975,000 in direct compensation, pension and DIC, and $6,337,000 in health care. I have been contacted by several Washburn County veterans, including veterans who winter in Florida, Texas and Arizona, expressing their adamant nonsupport of these bills.  It would be extremely unprofessional of me to use the actual language they are using in referring to the politicians who support these bills and the bills themselves. They ask why our elected officials are turning their backs on our Wisconsin veterans. Please let me highlight a few things:  There is a fact sheet that is somewhat deceiving, floating around in order to garner support for the bills in question.  It states that the CVSO Grant is untouched in this legislation.  The CVSO Grant was created in 1973 to assist counties in providing veteran services.  CVSOs were able to use it for anything as long as it was for the benefit of veterans and did not go to another department or into the county GP funds.  It was working great.  In 2015, WDVA significantly changed the grant and what it can be used for, thus reducing or eliminating the grant to small counties before this fact sheet was written.  Now the authors say this legislation is to assist small rural counties.  We say just put the CVSO Grant back the way it was.  The first CVSO in Wisconsin was established in 1932 in Fond du Lac County. Washburn County has staffed a full-time CVSO since 1936. Also in the fact sheet, the author of it insinuates that CVSOs are required to be accredited by WDVA.  That is not true and it is misleading.  WDVA is one of five service organizations that CVSOs are accredited with at the Milwaukee VA Regional Office.  The other four are American Legion, VFW, DAV and MOPH.  CVSOs are required to complete several continuing education units in order to maintain their accreditation.  Those other organizations do not recognize WDVA’s training and so CVSOs attend state and national conferences to

Locally, Steve Adams, Northwood High School, Minong, was a recipient in the individual category. The recipients were selected from 32 nominations submitted to the Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy for consideration. Criteria used in the process included

innovative implementation, measurable results, collaboration with partners, and whether the effort was focused on needs-based groups. — from DFI

Sec 69 (45.47) is a result of the changes in Sections 92, 89, 97 and 101.  This section will allow counties to establish consortiums for their veteran services.  Currently, veterans do not support this at all. These bills insinuate that the state knows what’s best for our veterans and that the state is the only entity that can provide quality services in an efficient manner.  What is the rush on these bills?  Why would you Lisa Powers support this at the expense of weakening/degrading services to our veterans without thoroughly looking into it first?  I request that you oppose these bills and request the creation of a special legislative council study maintain their accreditation.  Ninety-five percent of vet- committee that includes veterans from around the state, eran claims in Wisconsin originate in a county Veterans CVSOs, WDVA, WCA and each of the service organizaService Office as a result of personal contact with these tions: American Legion, Military Officers of America veterans and their families. Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled AmeriIn the current bills, the authors state they are leaving can Veterans, Marine Corps League, Military Order of the language in Wisconsin Statues 45.80 alone.  That is the Purple Heart, Vietnam Veterans of America, and not 100 percent true.  United Women Veterans. Sec 92 changes the language from “CVSO” to “CVSO Here are just a few things that your local County Vetor Veterans Benefits Specialist.”  erans Service Office provides help with:  Help initiate Sec 89 changes the title of the statute and coordinate VA health care at Minneapolis VA MediSec 97 repeals 45.80(5)(e) the requirement that a Vetcal Center and at the Rice Lake and Hayward comerans Service Office be separate and distinct from other munity-based outpatient clinics; provide emergency county departments.  The reason for this is because of financial assistance; assist homeless veterans; help the uniqueness of the population we serve.  These are coordinate AODA, mental health care, and outsourced people seeking benefits they have earned as a result of local VA health care; burial benefits to include monetary service to this great country.  The authors now want for those eligible; military funeral honors; death penthese honorable people to sit in an ADRC or HHS desion claims; vets center counseling for combat veterans, partment with people seeking food stamps, welfare, AODA, mental health, bereavement and marriage; economic assistance, etc.  Although there is some caroutreach at local veterans events, Washburn County ryover, CVSOs already work closely with these departFair booth and Military Appreciation Day; Washburn ments.  We do not operate in a silo. County Youth Government Day; nursing home and Sec 101 repeals 45.80(7) requiring the county to proin-home visits; surviving spouse and dependent benvide office space, clerical assistance and any other needs efits; medical van transportation to the Minneapolis that permit the CVS officer to perform his/her duties. VA Medical Center; education benefits for veterans Sec 103 creates 45.80(9) disallowing CVSOs to verify and eligible spouses and dependents; process the very veteran/disability status for veterans applying for perdifficult path for service connection claims and nonmits or licenses from the DNR (park passes for disabled service-connected pension claims; and most recently, veterans) and licenses from DMV (veteran identifier on Vets to Vets Hospice program with Regional Hospice Wisconsin driver’s license).  Why would you support Services.  Not to mention a few, but every single person degrading of such basic services to our veterans.  Espewalking through our door for help has a different need, cially with the veteran identifier, veterans usually stop within a wide array of services that your local CVSO in my office on their way to DMV to renew their license.  provides.  We are county employees and not employed How is putting that verification exclusively at the state by the WDVA. level better for the veteran?  An accredited CVSO can Please support our local veterans as well as all vetlegally certify veteran documents.  Why would the state erans in Wisconsin and oppose these bills outright, to not wish to take advantage of that resource? include the amendments.  Please contact your represenSec 59 (45.37) is similar to Sec 103 in that it eliminates tatives and senators to oppose these degrading bills. the veteran’s ability to initiate a loan at the county level through his/her CVSO.  Again, how is this more beneficial to our veterans?

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Xcel Energy’s new community relations manager begins job AMERY – Larry Loverude recently began his new role as community relations manager for Xcel Energy’s northcentral Wisconsin service area, which includes Barron and Rusk counties and a portion of Washburn County. Loverude comes to this position with 36 years of experience with Xcel Energy where he has held various positions in leadership roles in field operations, marketing, strategic sales, key account management and most recently project management. In his new position, Loverude will work closely with community leaders, nonprofits, businesses and economic development organizations

in the three-county region. Outside of Xcel Energy, Loverude has served in a variety of community leadership roles including: president and ambassador of Amery Community Club, Amery School District long-range planning committee chairman, Polk County 4-H project leader, youth athletics coach, Amery Regional Medical Center Board of Directors and president of Redeemer Lutheran Church. He is an alumnus of UW-Barron County and UW-River Falls where he received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering and technology.

Loverude lives near Amery with his wife, Cathy, an educator with the Amery School District. They have two adult children. “We are pleased to have Larry move into this role at Xcel Energy,” said David Donovan, general manager, customer and community service. “As a longtime resident of western Wisconsin, he has a strong commitment and understanding of the communities we serve and brings a wealth of knowledge to the region and utility industry.” - submitted

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Free public showings of “Merchants of Doubt” RICE LAKE - Despite widespread scientific consensus that human activity is causing dangerous global warming, the public is largely confused and unaware. “Merchants of Doubt,” a 2014 documentary exposes the elaborate, and wellfunded, campaigns being used to spread doubt and confuse the public on the sci-

ence of climate change and delay action. It also documents how these same tactics were used to confuse the public for decades about the hazards of tobacco smoke and flame-retardant toxicity and other issues of public health and the environment. Learn how to cut through the PR smoke

screen and how you can take concrete action to build public and political will for fighting climate change. Sponsored by the Birchwood/Rice Lake chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Rice Lake Unitarian Universalist Church and UWBC One World International Club, two showings will be held on Monday,

Feb. 22. The first showing is at 4:30 p.m. and the second is at 7 p.m., at UW-Barron County Campus Blue Hills Lecture Hall. Please enter through Meggers Hall. It is free admission with a short discussion to follow the film. — submitted

Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity seeking qualified applicants P O L K / B U R N E T T / WA S H B U R N COUNTIES - Habitat for Humanity has two donated lots in Washburn County, one in Minong and the other in Birchwood. Do you fall into the guidelines to qualify for a Habitat home? Are you willing to partner with Habitat to better your living

ing opportunity throughout the nation. They encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin. For more information contact Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity.

Meet the Artist reception for Linda Ruedy set for Feb. 24

About Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International and is located in St. Croix Falls. WRHFH serves Burnett, Polk, Rusk and Washburn counties by raising funds and securing donated building materials to help low-income families. Habitat selects a family, organizes volunteers, and builds homes throughout all four counties. The chapter has completed 43 homes and has served many other families through its A Brush with Kindness home repair and painting program.

RICE LAKE - The public is invited to a Meet the Artist reception for photographer Linda Ruedy of Sarona on Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 12:30 – 1:20 p.m., in the Joel Salter Art Gallery at UW-Barron County in Rice Lake. Attendees will have the opportunity to talk to the artist and view her collection of photographs of local landscapes and wildlife scenes, including unique bird photos. Ruedy’s collection has been on exhibit since Jan. 26 and this will be the final day of the showing. Refreshments will be served and there is no admission to the reception. Linda Ruedy studied art under her husband, Professor Don Ruedy, from 1980-1983 at the University of Wisconsin - Barron County and graduated Phi Theta Kappa from the campus in 1983. A native of Ladysmith, Linda notes that most of her photographs are from Rusk, Barron and Washburn counties.  She uses a Canon Rebel XT camera and a 500mm Sigma lens that has a built-in stabilizer.  Her artwork can also be seen at the Dancing Bird Gallery in Cumberland, Arts in Hand in Spooner, and Backroads in Hayward.  For more information go to For more information about the event contact Jessica Mongeon, UWBC art lecturer, at - submitted

Shell Lake Lions Calendar Winners Feb. 8 - $35 Pete/Betty Hubin, Spooner Feb. 9 - $35 Craig Furchtenicht, Sarona Feb. 10 - $35 Shelley Crotty, West St. Paul, Minn. Feb. 11 - $35 Catherine Redetzke, Waukesha Feb. 12 - $35 Ashley Gagner, Rice Lake

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Temperatures recorded at Spooner Ag Research Station

2015 Feb. 8 Feb. 9 Feb. 10 Feb. 11 Feb. 12 Feb. 13 Feb. 14

High 34 26 27 24 20 10 22

Low Precip. 20 17 12 20 1.4” snow -9 trace snow -7 -2

2016 Feb. 8 Feb. 9 Feb. 10 Feb. 11 Feb. 12 Feb. 13 Feb. 14

High 37 14 13 11 14 7 8

Low Precip. 12 2.9” snow -1 .8” snow -4 -18 -19 -17 -20

Wild Rivers Habitat is seeking qualified applicants to apply for new home to be build in 2017. Pictured is a home built in 2015. - Photo submitted conditions? Are you looking for a “hand up, not a hand out”? If you or someone you know would like to apply to be the 2017 homeowner who lives in Washburn County, applications can be picked up at the Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity office at 2201 Hwy. 8, St. Croix Falls, 54024, or by calling 715-4832700, ext. 10, or by emailing to and asking for a Home Owner Application. Habitat for Humanity seeks to break the cycle of poverty for low-income families by enabling them access to simple, decent and affordable housing. Habitat chooses partner families with incomes between 30 and 60 percent of the area median income. That amounts to incomes of approximately $19,000 to $36,000 in 2015 dollars. Homeowners then invest between 200 and 500 “sweat equity” hours working alongside Habitat volunteers and staff to

Register memories 1956 – 60 Years Ago

• Russell Stouffer, president of the Shell Lake Boat Co., and member of the Conservation Commission, flew to Madison to attend a conservation meeting. • The Shell Lake basketball team, cheerleaders and managers were treated to a steak dinner at Tiptown by the Shell Lake Boat Co., Shell Lake Motors and Lakeview Pharmacy. • Timothy, 8-year-old son of the Rev. and Mrs. Douglas McCreight, pastor of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church of Shell Lake, won appointment for enrollment in the famed Boys Choir of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. The school term was for four years, during which Timothy would sing in the 40-voice choir at the cathedral on Manhattan’s West Side. He would also receive regular schooling in addition to his vocal training. • Johnson Retinning Services was paying $1 to $2 for used milk cans in retinnable condition. The milk cans could be dented and rusted, just as long as they were not rusted through.

1966 – 50 Years Ago

• Mike Burns, Bruce Jungerberg, Bruce Lindberg, Mike Axon, Mike Haremza, Bruce Davenport, Steve DesJardins, Bill Smith, Lynn Nordin and David Brown signed up for the annual Explorer Ski Meet at Hardscrabble Ski Area. • Continuing education for nurses in the Shell Lake-Spooner area was made available locally through the cooperation of the Shell Lake Memorial Hospital and the University Extension Division, University of Wisconsin. Dr. Dale V. Moen, administrator, and Mary Tomasiak, RN, director of nurses, announced the installation of special telephone equipment at the hospital that made it possible for registered nurses to attend a weekly series of 10 lecture conferences in clinical nursing. The fee for the course was $8.30. • The Cub Scouts held their blue and gold banquet. Honored guests were Mr. and Mrs. Bill Ennis, active Scouter; Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Bitney, Cub basketball coach; Mr. and Mrs. Don Aderman, presi-

build a new home, which they purchase with a zero- to low-interest mortgage. The time frame from filling out an application till the family qualifies for homeownership takes approximately 15 months. The applicant must have sufficient monthly income to pay the mortgage, taxes and insurance without becoming debt-burdened. Monthly payments do not exceed more than 30 percent of the family’s income. In a 2015 Wilder Research Study it was shown that overall 92 percent of Habitat homeowners said their lives were better since moving into their new home. Of those 92 percent who said their lives were better, 89 percent said they attributed that positive change either “completely” or “a lot” to Habitat. Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity is pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal hous-

About Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity ReStores The St. Croix Falls and Spooner ReStores sell new and gently used home improvement goods, furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. The proceeds are used by the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate to help build and renovate homes in Burnett, Polk, Rusk and Washburn counties. There are currently 22 ReStores in Wisconsin, and nearly 850 throughout the U.S. and Canada.

compiled by Suzanne Johnson dent of the Shell Lake Lions Club, the sponsoring group; and members of the pack committee. • A film of Bill Stewart’s tour of Africa was shown at the Washburn County Sportsmen’s Club meeting.

1976 – 40 Years Ago

• All the students in Tony Gulan’s eighth-grade American history class at Shell Lake Junior High entered a bicentennial project. Receiving highest honors were Teresa Kasten, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Kasten, who baked a bicentennial cake; and Renee Melton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bion Melton, who entered a hand-crocheted flag. The flag was on display in the window at Washkuhn’s Variety Store. • Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Hall, Shell Lake, announced the engagement of their daughter, Susan Marie, to Gary Paul Dodd, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Dodd, Delafield. Susan was a senior majoring in nursing at Viterbo College, La Crosse. Gary was an electrical engineer employed at General Electric in Milwaukee. • Donna Jensen, RN, received her certificate for completion of the coronary care educational program for registered nurses at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire. Jensen, living in Shell Lake with her family, attended the program under a scholarship granted by the Washburn County School Health Council. She was employed at the Spooner Hospital. Before returning to this area she was employed in the pediatric burn unit at St. Mary’s Hospital in Milwaukee. • Brenda Krantz, COOP student, was receiving on-the-job training at Allen Gas & Oil. Joe Rounce was her employer and Dorothy Rydberg was her supervisor.

1986 – 30 Years Ago

• Shell Lake High School students celebrated Valentine’s Day and a basketball game victory with a dance. Elected king and queen at the winter coronation were Rick Thomas and Michelle Schaffer. Their court was Matt Penning, Chris Cusick, Chad Jensen, Lori Stellrecht, Pat Quenan, Lisa Richie, Frank Taylor, Rebecca Quam, Eric Nielsen and Sherri DeLadi.

• Horton Manufacturing Co. employees participating in the WITI-arranged program for improving their skills were Dick Plath, Myron Bolterman, Lori Townsend, Ken Schultz, Tim Cusick, Dave Olson, Janice Goehler, Kelly Costell, Terry Wirth, Jeff Granum and Rob Wallace. John Schroepfer was the instructor. • June Wingler had the misfortune to fall and break her wrist. She was unable to work for a while at her new job as cook at the Shell Lake Senior Citizens Center. • Shell Lake State Bank members attending the annual meeting of Group One Wisconsin Bankers Association in Minneapolis were John Beardsley, Arne Stovring, Dirk Benzer, Violet Strand, Don Rydberg and Joe Sienko.

1996 – 20 Years Ago

• Gloria Ann Carlson, Shell Lake, was the winner of a Valentine’s dinner for two at Swiss Chalet. The contest was sponsored by area businesses. • Chad Greene, Shell Lake senior, was the recipient of the Academic Excellence Award. • There was over 2,000 videos in stock at Shell Lake Video. • Warren and Helen Quam traveled to Amherst to attend Valentine Grandparents Day in granddaughter Megan Pederson’s fourth-grade classroom.

2006 – 10 Years Ago

• Lennie Foy, a professor at DePauw University in Indiana, was the guest musician at the Shell Lake High School Cabaret concert. • Officers of the Town and Country Days committee were Karla Mortensen and Ruth Eiche, co-chairs; Rita Schroepfer, treasurer; Paula Kessler, secretary; Andrea Hartwig, director; Wally Petz, director; and Jerry Mortensen, director. • Laker wrestlers Max Smith, Willie Christ and Cody Knoop were statebound. Smith returned home with a third-place finish. • A little celebration was held at the Shell Lake bus garage to honor Glen Hile, transportation supervisor for the Shell Lake School District, on his 70th birthday.


Canoe museum to hold paddle-making class Rob and Linda Anderson, of Shell Lake, both made their own canoe paddles during a 2015 paddle-making class at the Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum. The WCHM will be holding another paddle class on March 19 and  20. — Photo submitted

are three-piece laminations for the blade. Cherry is a harder wood and thus is more difficult to work with, but makes a beauti-

ful paddle. Day one will begin with an exploration of design and materials, then move on


Thursday, Feb. 18 • Shell Lake PTA meeting, 6:30 p.m., in the 3-12 school library. Baby-sitting available. Saturday, Feb. 20 • Indianhead Writers meeting, 1 p.m., at Northwind Book and Fiber book store in Spooner. For information, call Mary Olsen at 715-468-2604. Monday, Feb. 22 • Free showings of “Merchants of Doubt,” 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., UW-Barron County Campus Blue Hills Lecture Hall. This is a documentary on climate change. Wednesday, Feb. 24 • Free community supper, 4-6 p.m., St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 220 Elm St., Spooner. Thursday, Feb. 25 • Shell Lake American Legion meeting, 6:30 p.m., Shell Lake Veterans Hall, 408 1st St. • Shell Lake VFW meeting, 7 p.m., Shell Lake Veterans Hall, 408 1st St. Friday, Feb. 26 • Partners of Spooner Health System used book sale, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. lobby of Spooner Health System. Saturday, Feb. 27 • Free community breakfast, 7-10 a.m., First United Pentecostal Church, 337 Greenwood Ave., Spooner. All welcome.

to designing your own personal paddle. From there you will use the provided materials and glue up paddles and prepare tools. Preparing tools will include practice sharpening planes and spoke shaves so that they will work effectively. On day two you will spend most of the time removing material toward the final shape, with a variety of hand tools, and with demonstrations on using power tools. This day is fairly physical, since most of the work will be done using hand planes. Class will be held in the comfort of the WCHM’s canoe shop. The cost for participants is $90 plus materials cost - $15 for cedar or $25 for cherry. Registration and paddle choice must be done before Saturday, March 12, but it is suggested you register early as class size is limited and the class is expected to fill. For more information or to register call 715-635-2479 or email to For nearby motel lodging, recommended is the Best Western American Heritage Inn at 715-635-9770. For camping, travel or other lodging information contact the Spooner Area Chamber of Commerce at 800-367-3306. — from WCHM 


• Art of Film series, “Whiplash,” 7 p.m., Shell Lake Arts Center. Monday, Feb. 29 • Shell Lake Junior High and High School Festival Concert, 7 p.m., 3-12 School.


Thursday, March 3 • Aphasia Group, 10-11:30 a.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, Spooner. Call 715-5207999. • Northwest Wisconsin Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, 1 p.m., lower level at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Shell Lake. • Free community meal, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 409 Summit, Spooner, 4-6 p.m. All welcome. Donations accepted. Friday, March 4 • Father/Daughter Ball, Shell Lake Community Center, 6 p.m., organized by Lake Park Alliance Church. Please make reservations at 715-766-2010. Saturday, March 5 • Shell Lake High School Jazz Cabaret, 7 p.m., Shell Lake Arts Center. Monday, March 7 • Shell Lake/Spooner Masonic Lodge 221 meeting, 7 p.m. at the lodge.

third-annual Chilly Challenge winter plunge, chili cook-off and silent auction. Registration noon to 2 p.m., jumping begins at 2 p.m., Shell Lake Community Center. For more information, call 715635-4669 or see website • Art of Film series, “Departures,” 7 p.m., Shell Lake Arts Center. Tuesday, March 15 • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group, 8-9:30 a.m. For more information, call 715-635-4669. • Spooner High School production of “Hello Dolly!” 7 p.m., in the high school auditorium. Wednesday, March 16 • Shell Lake Public Library Board of Trustees meeting, 4 p.m., at the library. The public is welcome. Thursday & Friday, March 17 & 18 • Spooner High School production of “Hello Dolly!” 7 p.m., in the high school auditorium. Thursday, March 17 • Shell Lake PTA meeting, 6:30 p.m., in the 3-12 school library. Baby-sitting available. Saturday, March 19 •  Wisconsin-based films, “OldFashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club” and “Tale of the Spotted Cow,” part of Art of Film series, 7 p.m., Shell Lake Arts Center.

Tuesday, March 8 • Moms Club meets at Faith Lutheran, Spooner, 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 9 • Free community meal, 4-6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 135 Reinhart Dr., Shell Lake. All welcome. Donations accepted. • Board of directors for the Railroad Memories Museum meeting, 1 p.m., Spooner City Hall. All volunteers welcome. Thursday, March 10 • Shell Lake PTA Bingo for Beanies fundraiser at the 3-12 commons area. Dinner from 5-6 p.m. Bingo from 6-7 p.m. • Shell Lake Lions Club meeting, 6:30 p.m., Shell Lake Community Center. Friday, March 11 • Partners of Spooner Health System bake sale,  7:30 a.m.  until gone, hospital lobby, 819 Ash St., Spooner. Proceeds to benefit various Partners projects. Saturday, March 12 • Washburn County Food Distribution in conjunction with Ruby’s Pantry, Spooner Middle School Tech Ed Building on Elm Street. Tickets 9 a.m. Distribution 9:30 a.m. Volunteers needed. Contact 715-635-9309,  715-4684017 or 715-222-4410. • Lakeland Family Resource Center’s



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SPOONER - Even though it feels like winter, spring will soon be here and the canoe-paddling season with it. On Saturday, March 19, and Sunday, March 20, you can break those winter blues by joining a canoe paddle-making class at the Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum in Spooner. In this two-day, all-day class, you’ll actually make a canoe paddle in a design of your own choosing, using traditional and modern tools and techniques. Your instructor will be Tim Bates, who has been making paddles for over 30 years, and is an outdoor educator at the University of Minnesota - Duluth. This class will be limited to 10 students so that each will have the opportunity for a real hands-on experience. All tools and materials will be provided. Participants will have two options for paddle materials and will need to select one at the time of registration. The first option is basswood and cedar. These woods will be used to make the classic laminated paddle with alternating colorations. These are softer woods and are the easiest woods to work with. The second option is cherry. This wood will be used to make either beavertail or ottertail paddles that

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SHS announces new name and logo SPOONER – As part of their ongoing efforts to provide high-quality health care while growing and changing to meet the needs of the community, Spooner Health System is pleased to announce a new name and logo. “Considering how our organization is being transformed by our Commitment to

Excellence journey and with the upcoming move to our new facility,” said Mike Schafer, Spooner Health System CEO, “it was a natural and logical time to consider a name and logo change.” The streamlined new name is Spooner Health. After considering many different types of names, the decision was

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ABOVE AND BELOW: Thirty-five Spooner Middle School students, from grades five through eight, competed in a spelling bee on Wednesday, Feb. 10. Participants competed in seven rounds before fifth-grader Cody Busch was declared the winner. Busch will advance to the regional spelling bee in Turtle Lake. – Photos submitted

confidently made to keep Spooner in the name. Schafer adds, “We are proud of our location and feel strongly about our ties in this community.” Removing the word system puts the focus more on health yet encompasses all the services available. Rather than leaving the decision making to a small group or strictly upper management, the organization gathered representatives from all levels and various departments of the organization. The group, also known as the brand team, went through a very thorough process over several months to select a new name and logo. Two hospital board members who reside in and are actively involved in the community were also on the team. “During the process, we really tried to consider who we are and who we are becoming as an organization,” said Nancy Barbee, Spooner Health’s pharmacy tech and brand team member. “A lot of thought went into selecting both the name and logo, and we are really excited about our new image.” Their new logo reflects the culture and values of Spooner Health. The bold, earthy jewel tones depict warmth and comfort.  The image of a tree is a symbol of strength, growth and transformation. It’s a fresher, more organic look that reflects Spooner Health’s commitment to overall wellness and adapting to best meet the needs of patients and families.  The circle that stems from the tree’s base demonstrates how Spooner Health is rooted in this community. Schafer adds, “We are growing to meet the needs of our community—our plans include building a new facility, bringing

on more providers and expanding our services.” “The new look of Spooner Health is just the start,” says Jamie Morales, Spooner Health’s board chair and brand team member. “These are exciting times for Spooner Health and for our community,” adds Morales. “The new hospital shows Spooner Health’s dedication to providing our community members local access to high-quality health care for many years to come.” The result, the brand team hopes, is a new refreshed image that will reflect Spooner Health’s commitment to excellence in patient care for many years to come. Over the next few months, Spooner Health System will be transitioning to its new name, Spooner Health, and image. Their new name will officially take effect when they move into their new facility, which is expected to be in May 2016. submitted

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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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staff is allowed to wear blue jeans in exchange for a $5 donation. Throughout 2015, Anderson, Hager & Moe, CPAs, raised $435 for Luther Park Camping and Retreat Center in Danbury and another $435 for Glenview Assisted

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Adam Liegl, CPA, presents Janice Parker (middle) and Susan Weathers (right) of Glenview with a check. The funds were raised through Jeans for Charity at Anderson, Hager & Moe. — Photos submitted

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s we embark upon the second half of February, a lot is happening academically for our students. Our high school seniors are preparing for life after graduation, learning about financial aid, applying for scholarships and enjoying their last few months at Spooner High. Recently, a group of high school students attended a Career Day event at WITC. Other students completed their winter STAR math and reading assessments. These assessments provide valuable data to our staff, ensuring we’re meeting the academic needs of our students. At the end of January, we were fortunate to send a few staff members to outside school districts for training, observations and professional development. If you haven’t yet had a chance to attend an open house, parent conference, athletic competition, drama production or a musical concert, I encourage and invite you to attend an upcoming event in our schools soon. Our students and staff are doing amazing things that continue to make our community #SpoonerProud. Upcoming event • Feb. 26 – Staff professional development - No school for students Winter STAR assessments Our middle and high school students recently completed their local STAR reading and math assessments. This local assessment provides an academic snapshot of our students’ reading and math proficiencies. Leaders from both SES and SMS will be sharing overall academic growth from the beginning of the year through midyear assessments at the March board meeting. Open enrollment Open enrollment applications for the 2016-17 school year are now available on the school district website.

Scoop from the Supt. Michelle Schwab The application period will be open Feb. 1 - April 29. NCAA National Signing Day Congratulations to senior Desi Fielding! He officially committed to play football at University of Minnesota - Duluth while he works on his bachelor’s degree. Best wishes to our SHS senior as he embarks on a very bright future. Support classroom projects through SEF It’s raffle ticket time again! The Spooner Education Foundation has an annual raffle to raise money for their mission to give grants to staff working in SASD. SEF offers funds to staff to be used for programs, classroom supplies and one-of-a-kind opportunities.  They support areas of education that are not typically supported by a school’s budget. Examples of previously supported projects include technology tools, reading activity supplementation, disc golf, student attendance incentives, choir robes, additions for iPad and much more.  • Tickets are $100 each and only 200 tickets are sold. • First prize is $4,000, $2,000 second prize, $1,500 third

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Enrichment Through Culture, Cumberland’s arts council, will be warming up the downtown arts center on a cold winter night with some hot food and hot music. After filling the house last February for this event, ETC, in conjunction with The Stringsmiths, will be presenting a dinner concert called Barbecue & Bluegrass. The Saturday, Feb. 27, event will include a pulled-pork dinner served by Vickie Komarek of Peter & Annie’s World Market. Dinner is at 6 p.m. The show is at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at Peter & Annie’s in downtown Cumberland. You can reserve tickets by calling the store at 715-822-9959. The Stringsmiths, a local bluegrass band, have performed frequently at ETC and at venues throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota. The band is headed by banjo player Chris Landstrom. The Cumberland Arts Center is located at 1595 2nd Ave. For more information, contact Larry Werner at 612-743-5117 or — Photo submitted

prize, $1,000 fourth prize, $500 fifth and sixth, $250 seventh and eighth and $200 ninth and 10th. • Tickets can be purchased at Tony’s Riverside, the district office, or from a current board member. • Drawing will take place March 5 at Tony’s Riverside. Conducting excellence The Spooner Area School District continues to strive for excellence.  We have made much progress and we wish to acknowledge all the effort.  We launched a campaign to recognize the many ways that our students and staff conduct excellence inside SASD and in our community. I invite you to recognize our staff or students, with any examples or observations of excellence, by sending us an email at Examples include: • Mrs. Basset motivated her kiddos to read with a human-sized stuffed animal. • Third-graders patiently worked with and encouraged first-graders during their Hour of Code. • High school students held the door open for SASD staff and community members. • Fifth-grade teachers and students presented an outstanding “Streets of Colonial Williamsburg” experience for the community. • Staff and volunteers went above and beyond during the fourth-graders’ Ellis Island simulation.  • Mr. Conner, Mr. Thornley, Dr. Aderman and Mrs. Linton traveled with 35 students to provide them with an opportunity to see a Broadway production.  Thanks for all you do to support SASD and our mission for conducting excellence and engineering opportunities. Go Rails!

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Shown with adviser Ryan Smith are Spooner Middle School students Lexie Schumacher, Annika Patrick and Grace Olson, who competed and received first-place ribbons at the regional middle school forensics meet in Eau Claire. The forensics meet was held at Northstar Middle School in Eau Claire on Thursday, Feb. 4, where 18 schools and 400 students competed. – Photo submitted


BioActive Nutrients receives industry awards SPOONER - Spooner-based BioActive Nutrients is celebrating a recent sweep of industry awards with the launch of two new products, Zzz’s and Chill, designed to help dial back stress and prepare for restful sleep.

SHELL LAKE - A full listing of community education classes are available on the school website under the community page, Contact the community ed office for registration, 715468-7815, ext. 1337, or jensenk@shelllake. Social Security: Strategize to Maximize: Did you know that there are hundreds of options associated with your Social Security retirement benefits? This presentation, hosted by Thrivent Financial representative Jason Kohl, MBA, will explore how to sort through the choices. Help ensure the decisions you make are ones you can live with for the rest of your life. Minimum four participants/ maximum 12. Class cost is a food pantry

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donation. Register by Tuesday, Feb. 23. Held at the Shell Lake High School on Tuesday, March 1, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Soap-making demonstration with Jeni Kunselman: Come and watch how goat milk soap using the cold process method is made.  Instructor and local soap maker Jennifer Kunselman will take you through the entire cold process soap making from beginning to end. You’ll learn about adding lye to fresh goat milk, combining with oils, stick blending to trace, pouring into molds and finally cutting and labeling the bars. Cost includes a bar of soap to take home. Minimum four participants/ maximum 12. Class cost is $12. Register by Tuesday, March 1. Held at the Shell Lake High School family and consumer ed

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room on Monday, March 7, 6-7:30 p.m. Retire Wisely: Will you have enough to retire? Will your retirement income last? Are your assets protected?  A Thrivent Financial representative, Jason Kohl, MBA, will share how to manage six risks all retirees face: outliving income, inflation, unpredictable events, market volatility, income taxes and rising health care costs. Minimum four participants/ maximum 12. Class cost is a food pantry donation. Register by Tuesday, March 1. Held at the Shell Lake High School on Tuesday, March 8, 5:30-6:30 p.m.  Wild Mushrooms 101: This is a rare opportunity to learn from a 30-year veteran of wild mushroom foraging. The classroom session covers the three rules plus one, and

the safe six: morels, shaggy manes, hen of the woods, chicken mushrooms, oyster mushrooms and puffballs. Topics include tree identification, ethics, safety, storage and preparation. Poisonous mushrooms will also be discussed. Your instructor, Tavis Lynch, is a certified expert by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and owns Tavis’s Mushrooms. Class cost is $17.34/$4.50 for seniors. Register by Monday, March 14, with WITC online at  using the  Class Finder  tool or by calling 800-243-9482, ext. 5045. Class number is 26784. Held at Shell Lake High School on Tuesday, March 22, 5-9 p.m. — from SLCE

On Tuesday, Feb. 2, at approximately 3:17 p.m., Harley Goetsch, 19, Spooner, lost control of the 1998 Chevy Blazer he was driving on CTH K near the intersection of Honey Bee Road in the Town of Bashaw. No injuries or damage was reported. The vehicle was removed with the help of a local farmer. On Tuesday, Feb. 2, at approximately 3:33 p.m., Anthony Rand, 27, Spooner, was driving a 2005 Buick LeSabre on Hwy. 70 in the city of Spooner when he lost control and went into the ditch. No injuries were reported and the vehicle was removed from the ditch by a tow truck. On Tuesday, Feb. 2, at approximately 7:56 p.m., a 2005 Mercury Mountaineer registered to Zachary Messina, 28, Superior, was removed from the ditch on Hwy. 70 at Cranberry Road. No injuries were reported. On Wednesday, Feb. 3, at approximately 4:45 a.m., Shaina Scalzo, 26, Spooner, was driving a 1999 Buick Regal when it went into the ditch in the vicinity of North Woodyard Road and Hwy. 63. Scalzo stated a Mr. Pederson would be removing the vehicle. A short time later it was reported that Pederson’s vehicle had also gotten stuck trying to remove Scalzo’s vehicle and both vehicles were removed by a tow truck. On Wednesday, Feb. 3, at approximately 12:40 p.m., Ronald Perlick, 75, Crystal Lake, Ill., was eastbound on Hwy. 70 in the Town of Spooner when he hit some slush in the road which caused the 2012 Chevy Silverado he was driving to slide across the road into the westbound lane of traffic, into the ditch and come to rest after hitting a tree. No injuries were reported. The vehicle had moderate damage to the rear driver side. On Thursday, Feb. 4, at approximately 6:30 p.m., Charollotte Mains, 33, Trego, was eastbound on Hwy. 70 near Greenfield Road in the Town of Bashaw

when she hit a deer with the 2011 Hyundai Sonata she was driving. No injuries were reported. The vehicle had minor damage to the front. On Sunday, Feb. 7, at approximately 5:55 p.m., Jeromy Srmek, 31, Sarona, was northbound on Hwy. 53 in the Town of Sarona when he lost control of the 2003 Chevy TrailBlazer he was driving. Srmek’s vehicle fishtailed on the slippery roadway which caused the vehicle to roll and enter the ditch. No injuries were reported. The vehicle had severe damage, considered totaled, and was towed from the scene. Srmek was cited for operating after suspension and operating without insurance. On Sunday, Feb. 7, at approximately 10:36 p.m., Blake Stone, 16, Spooner, was westbound on Hwy. 70 in the Town of Beaver Brook when he lost control of the 2002 Dodge Stratus he was driving on the snow-covered road. Stone went over the centerline into oncoming traffic and struck a 2007 Ford Explorer headed eastbound driven by Jennifer Robbins, 46, Hayward. Neither driver reported injuries, but Robbins had two passengers, Steven Robbins, 47, and Abigail Robbins, 14. Both were checked by EMTs at the scene and released.  Both vehicles had very severe damage to the front passenger side, front and front driver side. Both vehicles were towed from the scene. Stone was cited for driving too fast for conditions. On Monday, Feb. 8, at approximately 7 p.m.,  Audrey Slayton, 65, Springbrook, was driving a 2012 Buick Verano northbound on CTH M in the Town of Madge when she began to stop for the intersection of Hwy. 70, but the vehicle slid across Hwy. 70, entered the ditch, hit a CTH M sign and broke it off. No injuries were reported. The vehicle had moderate damage to the front, middle and rear driver side and was towed from the scene.

ACCIDENT REPORT On Tuesday, Jan. 19, at approximately 7:46 a.m., Thomas Dettle, 51, Sarona, entered Hwy. 53 northbound from CTH D in the Town of Sarona, driving a 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan, with a passenger, Samuel Dettle, 16. As Thomas Dettle was getting up to speed, he merged over to the right to avoid being hit in the rear by Jason Ronnestrand, 40, Bloomer, driving a 2006 Mazda Tribute. Ronnestrand attempted to swerve left to avoid hitting Dettle, but they collided anyway. Both drivers and Dettle’s passenger were possibly injured in the accident. Dettle’s vehicle had severe damage to the rear. Ronnestrand’s vehicle had severe damage to the front, front driver side and front passenger side. Both vehicles were towed due to damage. Ronnestrand was cited for operating a vehicle without insurance and operating after suspension. On Thursday, Jan. 21, at approximately 8:55 a.m., a 2001 Honda registered to Brandon Skille, 20, Spooner, was found abandoned in the ditch on the north side of CTH D 1.5 miles east of Ripley Spur Road in the Town of Sarona. The vehicle had minor damage to the front bumper and driver’s side headlamp. Skille was cited for failure to notify police of an accident.   On Saturday, Jan. 23, at approximately 10:16 p.m., Ronald Bowers, 54, Spooner, was driving a 2007 Chevy HHR on Little Valley Road one mile west of CTH K in the Town of Evergreen when Bowers lost control of the vehicle and slid off the road into the ditch. Responding Washburn County sheriff’s deputies noted in the report that the roadway was extremely slippery. No injuries or damages were reported. The vehicle was removed from the ditch. On Sunday, Jan. 24, at approximately 6:25 p.m., Gregory Downs, 46, Gordon, was northbound on Hwy. 53 in the Town of Beaver Brook when he hit a deer just south of Cranberry Drive with the 2014 Chevy Silverado he was driving. There were three passengers in the vehicle at the time, two of them reported pain after the accident. Jennifer Downs, 42, stated her right hip hurt from the seat belt, and Peyton Downs, 12, said his neck was sore from the seat belt. The third passenger, James Downs, 17, and the driver did not report injuries.  The vehicle had severe damage to the front passenger side and was towed. On Monday, Jan. 25, at approximately 7:55 a.m., Peggy Chupp, 66, Luck, was driving her 2002 Ford Taurus eastbound on Heart Lake Road in the Town of Barronett when she lost control of the vehicle and went into the ditch near North Woodyard Road. No injuries were reported. The vehicle had a cracked rear bumper as a result of attempts to remove it from the ditch. The vehicle was removed from the ditch by a tow truck. On Monday, Jan. 25, at approximately 6:31 p.m., Jennifer Christensen, 39, Shell Lake, was driving a 2003 Ford Explorer on Heart Lake Road in the Town of Barronett when she swerved to miss a deer in the road which caused the vehicle to go in the south ditch. No injuries were

reported. The vehicle had minor damage to the front driver’s side bumper area. A tow truck removed it from the ditch. On Wednesday, Jan. 27, at approximately 8:30 a.m., Dennis Brown, 54, Exeland, was westbound on Hwy. 48 in the village of Birchwood when he began to slow down the 1985 Ford F350 he was driving to make a left turn into Ed’s Pit Stop. Veronica Willand, 58, Hayward, was driving a 2013 Ford Escape behind Brown when she made an attempt to pass him. Willand hit Brown as he made his turn into the left lane. No injuries were reported. Brown’s truck had moderate damage to the front and undercarriage. Willand’s vehicle had moderate damage to the rear, middle and front. On Thursday, Jan. 28, at approximately 6:20 p.m., Anna Demers, 32, Shell Lake, was southbound on Hwy. 63 in the Town of Springbrook, just north of Chappell Road when she hit a deer with the 2005 Subaru Legacy she was driving. No injuries were reported. The vehicle had severe damage to the front end. The radiator was pushed back into the motor causing the hood of the vehicle to be creased along with the headlight. The vehicle was removed from the scene by a tow truck. On Friday, Jan. 29, at approximately 9:33 p.m.,  Cadence Bambenek, 22, Duluth, Minn., was northbound on Hwy. 53 in the Town of Brooklyn when she lost control of the 2005 Chevy Impala she was driving on the snowy roadway and went into the median ditch. No injuries were reported and no damage was observed to the vehicle. A tow truck removed the vehicle from the median ditch. On Saturday, Jan. 30, at approximately 9:10 a.m., Sheldon Fadness, 18, Springbrook, was westbound on Hwy. 63 in the Town of Stinnett driving a 1994 Ford Ranger. Fadness was followed by Seth Flamang, 33, Hayward, driving a 2007 Chevy Silverado, who was followed by Sandra Harm, 56, Rice Lake, driving a 2006 Hyundai Elantra. Fadness slowed to make a right turn into a driveway causing Flamang and Harm to slow as well. Harm also moved onto the right shoulder because of an oncoming snowplow in the eastbound lane. Harm braked her vehicle which slid in the slush, lost control and sideswiped Flamang. Harm continued to spin out and hit Fadness before all came to a stop. No injuries were reported. Fadness’ vehicle had very minor damage to the rear. Flamang’s vehicle had very minor damage to the front passenger side, and Harm’s vehicle had severe damage to the rear, middle and front driver side. Harm’s vehicle was towed from the scene. On Saturday, Jan. 30, at approximately 10 p.m., Adam Peck, 36, Sarona, was northbound on CTH M in the Town of Madge when he lost control of the 2004 Ford Taurus he was driving while negotiating a curve in the road. Peck slid off the roadway, went into the ditch, hit an embankment and rolled the vehicle. No injuries were reported. The vehicle had severe damage, considered totaled, and was towed from the scene. Peck was cited for driving too fast for conditions.

Shell Lake softball presents pitching lessons SHELL LAKE - Pitching lessons for fifth- through eighth-graders with Kristen Kraetke will take place at the Shell Lake High School gym on Sundays, Feb. 21 and 28, March 6, 13 and 20, and April 3, from 3:15-4:45 p.m. The cost for the class is $40; register online at Participants must have at least one year of pitching experience and must commit to six full sessions. Participants need to bring a glove, athletic clothing, gym shoes, water bottle, hair tie, a smile and a good attitude. Over the six sessions with Kraetke, participants will be starting with the basics of pitching and progress through many drills. Parents are welcome to come and watch or videotape these drills so they can be reinforced at home. The pitcher is asked to bring a catcher. Parents are encouraged to be catchers. Catchers should be experienced with a glove. The youth softball program has a strong emphasis on pitching and catching. A suc-

cessful team is built around these core values. Pitching is a commitment by both the athlete and the parents. It requires a strong will and the discipline to practice on a regular basis from early spring and into the offseason. Kraetke was an excellent high school pitcher who was an all-state athlete for the Shell Lake Lakers. She pitched one of her best games at state in a close semifinal matchup against Algoma, who advanced to win the state championship in 2013. She has been recruited by Division 3 colleges to pitch, but she chose to focus on her academics. Kraetke relates well to young athletes and will do a great job instructing and encouraging young pitchers. Contact the Shell Lake Schools CE Program, Keri Jensen, with registration questions at 715-468-7815, ext. 1337, and the youth softball program, Jason Schroeder, at 715-520-3543, with clinic questions. – submitted



n October of 2015, I had the opportunity to attend a women’s retreat. During our downtime, I asked one of my roommates, Diane, what she was doing as she sat on the bottom bunk with Crayola Twistables and a book in her hand. She answered, “Coloring.” My first thought was, OK. But there aren’t any children around. It was after spending the weekend watching Diane color during her free time that I started to notice in stores and catalogs all the coloring books available for adults. For Christmas, I was gifted with a set of sharpened colored pencils and an adult coloring book featuring many kinds of flowers. During the New Year’s weekend, while the grandchildren were busy coloring puppies, kittens and snow scenes, I was coloring in my book of flowers. My coloring book contained many flowers on a page compared to the simpler drawings the children were coloring. Even though coloring is very relaxing, I feel kind of guilty coloring without the children sitting at the table with me. I feel that I need to have something

Adult coloring Beyond the office door Suzanne Johnson to do with my project when it is completed. I feel a bit embarrassed mounting my colored pages on the refrigerator along with the children’s. Back in the 1970s fabric painting with Artex paints was a popular hobby. The Tri-Chem Paints Company eventually bought out Artex. These tubes of paint, along with a stylus to blend colors and scenes to paint, were sold at home parties. The directions were very similar to painting by number as the color numbers were written on the accompanying instruction sheet.

At that time, I hadn’t taken up the hobby of embroidery using cotton floss. Using the Tri-Chem painting tubes I was able to follow the X’s to color in roses and stems on a printed tablecloth. The summer that I was 15, I worked on the tablecloth while sitting at the dining room table of my neighbors, Marion and Stella Smith. I spent that summer assisting the Smiths with their household tasks after they had spent the winter in the nursing home due to health reasons. As I sat and did my liquid embroidery, Stella would be doing embroidery with floss on pillowcases while Marion would be knitting mittens. We all need a hobby to enjoy. Even though I presently am not passing the time coloring or doing liquid embroidery, I am enjoying my spare time doing counted cross-stitch and also knitting. Soon, though, I do plan to spend some time coloring, since my sister Konnie gifted me with a coloring book for knitters.

Old songs can make you young again


inging is an admirable talent, but I have no vocal skills. Others are welcome to sing the songs but I enjoy listening. I can join in when many voices blend and my voice is drowned out. Ever since I was a child I was fascinated by words in poetry and in books. These days, songs sometimes bring back pleasant memories and I believe they make me feel young again. The first book I really loved had many pages, but it was very small. I liked the way it fit in my hand. It was worn but felt new to me. Unlike most books, it had loose pages but a sturdy cover. Like most children, ever since I had learned to read I was anxious to find new stories and poems. When my mother gave me this little book she said it was a birthday book. Who doesn’t like birthdays? You think of parties and a cake and gifts. It was like a date book, with space for each day of the year, and many short excerpts from the poems by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. The main idea and the reason for the book was a person could write down on the dates the birthdays of friends and family. I could write down many short and interesting quotations I found while reading. That birthday book became my companion for many years until I had my own family. Whenever I come across sayings and quotations I can remember jotting the words down in my birthday book. It is like meeting an old friend. Not only songs, but poems bring me back to another time and help keep me feeling young. This English poet, Tennyson, was the poet laureate of England. He was born in 1809. He wrote about King

Reducing material consumption


aterialism has become a central value in modern America. By materialism, I mean that we increasingly identify ourselves by what we own. Material accumulation is valued as a means to happiness and even implies a moral obligation to the economy itself. However, has this focus on material accumulation made us happier or more fulfilled? My answer to that is, “No!” I have compiled a list of some easy things to consider when cutting down on our material consumption: • Avoid using carryout containers, particularly those that are made of plastic foam. In restaurants, ask for aluminum foil or cardboard, or bring your own container from home. I have never considered this before, but why not bring your own container from home? At times, I will overstuff myself when eating out just so I don’t have to acquire the dreaded plastic foam carryout container. There are no recycling options available for this material in our area, even though you will sometimes see the triangular recycling symbol on the bottom. • Use reusable containers to store food if feasible. This is one I feel strongly about, or, when packing lunches for kids, ask them to not throw away the plastic baggies and leave them in their lunch box. Wash and dry and you’re ready for another cold lunch. • Use durable plates, tableware, glasses and cups

Old wife’s tales Mary B. Olsen Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table in poetry. I loved adventure stories with characters like Tom Sawyer and Robin Hood and in the funny papers, Prince Valiant. We had lots of heroes while I was growing up, in reading, on the radio, and in the movies. I included poets as my heroes, too. I suppose singing rounds went out of style after Queen Victoria’s day. In grade school we were introduced to that type of song. But it was just a novelty, like the minuet and the square dance, old but still hanging on. It’s usually done in three parts, with one group joining in after the first, and then the third, so the lyrics blend. Nice for little children and youth groups, when they can sing together. There is nothing better to get a feeling of togetherness than to join in singing rounds. Rounds are still sung around a campfire. Have a hot dog, toast marshmallows, sing an old song, and you might feel young again. “Row, row, row your boat” is fun to sing, and “The

Earth Notes Jen Barton rather than disposables. Do people actually use disposable utensils still? Of course there are times when it is unavoidable, however, you can still wash them up and reuse them again and again. Using things more than once – many times, if possible – wastes fewer natural resources and saves transportation costs and fuel. Being frugal feels good, too! • Use sponges and cleaning rags rather than paper towels. We all know a cloth towel isn’t as easy as a paper towel, and I am not saying to never use paper towels, but try to cut back. We have all been there; you are out of paper towels and are forced to find alternative methods. Why not limit yourself, say to one roll a month and see how you do. At the very least you will find yourself conserving the ones you have. • Give and/or buy used clothing, furniture, books, equipment, etc., from secondhand, consignment, antique stores, classified ads, garage sales, charities,

Girl Scouts are selling their cookies again It is that time of the year when the Girl Scouts are out selling their popular Girl Scout cookies for their annual fundraisers. Madeline West, Brianna Sohn and Rebecca Cottrell from Troop 4510 were selling cookies at the Economart in Spooner on Saturday, Feb. 13. They will be back in two weeks to sell again. – Photo by Larry Samson

bear went over the mountain.” Your boat goes gently down the stream and you get merrier as long as you keep on singing. And what did the bear see on the other side of the mountain? He or she saw the other side of the mountain. I like old songs that should not be forgotten like the songs in Disney movies. “Whistle While You Work” and “When You Wish Upon a Star” are good to sing together. Most people will remember the words and join in the singing. Then there are old songs that have a kind of an infectious humor. “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” is such a funny song that makes little children and old people laugh. Everybody seems to enjoy singing “You Are My Sunshine” and “Dixie.” I like the old-time songs that we call oldies now. They were old before our time and are still around. “When You and I Were Young, Maggie,” is one. “Hand Me Down My Walkin’ Cane” is another. “I Been Workin’ on the Railroad” and “My Darling Clementine.” It says something about our values, when we can sing “Put on your old gray bonnet, with the blue ribbon on it and hitch old Dobbin to the shay. We will ride to Dover through the fields of clover on our golden wedding day.” Another song came on the scene when I had two children, in 1954. “Young at Heart” was recorded on Capital and sold a million copies. It was sung by Frank Sinatra. It is a nice melody and the words tell you your dreams will came true, “... If you are among the young at heart.”

used-equipment dealers, friends or neighbors. • Use the library to check out books, movies audiobooks and music. Some even have passes to attractions like the zoo or museum for you to check out and return. This is such a great idea! • Compost vegetable scraps, but not meat and dairy products, with yard waste for great organic compost, at least in the summer months. • Buy reusable and refillable items, such as coffee filters and razors. Purchase and use a reusable coffee filter rather than disposable paper filters. • Use the small plastic bags your newspaper comes in as gloves for cleaning up after your dog when you walk him/her. • Reuse bread bags and grocery store produce bags to store food and other items at home or as pet waste bags. • Save coat hangers and return them to the cleaners, or donate to secondhand stores. • Use both sides of paper. Set your printer to print on both sides, all the time! • Buy products that are packaged in containers that are locally recyclable. For example, buy canned soup rather than instant, which is often overpackaged in nonrecyclable materials. • Use durable shopping bags or reuse bags when shopping. Do you have other ideas? Let me know by contacting Jen at, or 715-635-2197.


SHS drama and music departments working hard on upcoming musical production, “Hello Dolly!” SPOONER - The band, choir and drama departments at Spooner High School have been working since the beginning of the new year on their upcoming musical production of “Hello, Dolly!” one of the most captivating musical shows of our time. “Hello Dolly!” will be presented in the Spooner High School auditorium on March 15, 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. and on March 19 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Spooner’s production of “Hello Dolly!” which involves nearly 50 SHS students, will include only five performances, running Tuesday and Thursday through Saturday, March 15-19. “We are somewhat hemmed in by the way Easter falls this year,” explains Bob Thornley, producer/director. “Typically we perform seven shows over two weekends, but this year there will be only five performances in one week which will, we hope, allow us to accommodate as many audience members as possible and avoid all Lenten services in the week before Palm Sunday.” Tickets sales will begin Wednesday, Feb. 24, and can be obtained by stopping in at the SHS box office on weekdays from 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. or by calling the box office on or after Feb. 24 at 715-635-0210 and leaving a message anytime. “Hello Dolly!” is the story of Mrs. Dolly Levi’s efforts to marry Horace Vandergelder, the well-known half-millionaire, and send his money circulating among the people like rainwater the way her late husband, Ephraim Levi, taught her. Along the way she also succeeds in matching up the young and beautiful widow, Irene Molloy, with Vandergelder’s head clerk, Cornelius Hackl; Cornelius’ assistant, Barnaby Tucker, with Mrs. Molloy’s assistant, Minnie Fay; and the struggling artist, Ambrose Kem-

per, with Mr. Vandergelder’s weeping niece, Ermengarde. The play finds Mrs. Levi and Vandergelder in his hay and feed store in Yonkers, then by train to Mrs. Molloy’s hat shop in New York, out into the streets of the city, and finally to the most elegant and expensive restaurant in town, the Harmonia Gardens. There, Dolly is greeted by the restaurant’s waiters, in one of the most famous songs in the history of American musical comedy, “Hello, Dolly!” Other classic songs include, ”Put On Your Sunday Clothes,” “Ribbons Down My Back,” “Before the Parade Passes By,” “Elegance,” “It Only Takes A Moment” and “So Long Dearie.” “Hello, Dolly!” was first produced on Broadway by David Merrick in 1964, winning a record 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, a record held for 35 years. The show played for 2,844 performances on Broadway at the St. James Theatre with Carol Channing in the title role. At the time it was the longest playing Broadway musical. The London production played for 794 performances at the Drury Lane Theatre. The show has been revived several times on Broadway, most recently in 1995 for 116 performances at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, again with Carol Channing as Dolly Levi. The show album, “Hello, Dolly! An Original Broadway Cast Recording” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002. The album reached No. 1 on the Billboard album chart on June 6, 1964. The show has become one of America’s most enduring musical-theater hits, enjoying three Broadway revivals and international success. It was also made into a 1969 Spooner student Mariah Skogstad is busy painting the props that will be used in the film that was nominated for seven Academy musical. The students design and create all the props and backdrops. Awards, winning three. — from Spooner Schools

Mark Nauertz and stage manager Brady Schumacher are shown rigging rope lighting on the set. The stage is taking shape as the actors and actresses start rehearsing.

Rachel Medley and Ben Bray stretch before choreography rehearsal.

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11th-annual Valentine Vignette

One of the highlights was the performance of “I Whistle a Happy Tune” sung by Jacob McNulty and played by his grandmother, Dawn Olson. McNulty is a sixth-grader in Shell Lake Elementary School.

Local singers, Gary and Dawn Smith, sing “Unconditional Love.”

Barb Anderson, Colleen Haines and Betsy Andrea are the singing Ladies Trio. They were performing at the Faith In Action Valentine Vignette held Sunday, Feb. 14, at the Wesleyan Church in Spooner. The Vignette is the annual fundraiser for Faith In Action. Their mission is to provide supportive services to the aging neighbors in the community. – Photos by Larry Samson

Larry Neste gave up trading barbs with his cohost Mike Bitney for safer ground with Tansy Pocernich and her puppet, Molly. He gave that up when Molly stole the show and upstaged him. Bitney and Neste have been the masters of ceremonies of the Faith In Action Valentine Vignette since it started 11 years ago.

Becca Henning and Bill LaPorte sing the duet “We Seek Your Face.”

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Gracia Gormong hams it up with the audience as she sings “I Put My Hand In There’” from the upcoming Spooner Drama Club production of “Hello Dolly.” The musical will run from March 15 through March 19 with five shows.

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Shell Lake loses to Cameron Photos by Larry Samson Luke Fogelberg with a little reverse action on this shot under the basket. Cameron is rated third in the state in Division 5, so the outcome of the game was never in doubt as Cameron rolled over Shell Lake 83-29 in a home game on Friday, Feb. 12. The Lakers played tough in the first five minutes of the game but fell behind to a strong Comet offense.

Luke Pokorny goes up for a shot under the basket. The Cameron defense held Pokorny to six points.

Evan Hungerbuhler drives to the basket on this shot against the strong Cameron defense. Hungerbuhler was the top scorer for Shell Lake with nine points.

Shell Lake girls fall to Cameron Ashlea Meister with a jump shot against Cameron defender Carli Wanik. Meister had 10 points for the game as Cameron beat Shell Lake 65-36 in a home game on Friday, Feb. 12.

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Cassidy Schroeder and Kylie Williams wrestle the ball from Cameron defender Carli Wanik.

Sheri Clark goes up on a layup against Maddy Otto. Clark was the top scorer for Shell Lake with 12 points. Otto was the top scorer for Cameron.




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Rails season coming to an end

Kelsie Gerovac drives the basket for a shot. She had seven hard-earned points in the game. Senior Cassidy Quinton shoots from the free-throw line.

Photos by Larry Samson

Emma Salquist gets a shot off against a tough Bulldog defender. Salquist was the high scorer for Spooner with 11 points. Spooner lost 43-34 to Chetek-Weyerhaeuser on Thursday, Feb. 11, in their last home game of the season. Spooner fell behind in the first half 17-8 and were not able to come back in the second half.

Spooner Senior Night

Cassidy Quinton tries to hold it together as she and the other three seniors are recognized before the last Spooner game held on Thursday, Feb. 11. Natasha Chastek and Emma Salquist are on hand for support at this emotional time. Basketball has been a positive part of Quinton’s high school experience. The friendships she has made will last a lifetime.

Head coach Andy Rappel greets graduating senior Kelsey Gerovac as teammate Dani Dewitt presents her with a painting of her jersey. The paintings were created by former Spooner art teacher Katrina Dohm.

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The four graduating Spooner seniors were recognized by the school, coaches and players. Shown (L to R): Kelsey Gerovac, Cassidy Quinton, Megan Vander Heyden and Abby Dubek. This is their last home game of the season.



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Shell Lake advances three wrestlers

Larry Samson | Staff Writer CUMBERLAND - For eight Shell Lake wrestlers the season came to an end in the Division 3 Regional tournament in Cumberland held Saturday, Feb. 13. Shell Lake has three wrestlers advancing to the Division 3 Sectional A – Independence Tournament to be held Saturday, Feb. 20, in Osseo. To advance a wrestler has to place first or second in their weight class. Dominic Hopke, Devon Guggenberger and Bob Bontekoe will advance after earning a second in the 145-, 138- and 285-pound weight class. Shell Lake had three freshmen wrestling, Cory Kidder finished fourth in the 106-pound weight class, Daniel Nielsen finished fifth in the 113-pound weight class and Carter Lawrence. In the 132pound weight class Jack Skluzacek finished third, Ben Frey finished fourth in the 160-pound weight class, and Marty Anderson placed third after he lost in a second-place wrestle back. Rounding out the schedule Austin Schultz finished fifth in the 195-pound weight class, and Isaac Haines finished in third place in the 220pound weight class.

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Devin Guggenberger placed second in the 285-pound weight class Saturday, Feb. 13, in Cumberland, and will be advancing to sectionals. - File photo by Larry Samson

Bob Bontekoe pinned his Cumberland opponent, Konur Pasko, in the semifinal to advance to the finals where he lost to Garrett Bermann St. Croix Falls. Bontekoe finished second and will advance. - Photo by Marty Seeger

Dominic Hopke lost a 4-2 decision to Clay Carney in the first-place round. He had to come back and pin Bo Nelson of Cumberland to hold onto his second-place finish. Hopke earned his 100th career win in the tournament. He will be advancing on to Division 3 Sectional A – Independence Tournament held Saturday, Feb. 20, in Osseo. - Photo by Marty Seeger

Carter Lawrence lost to Sam Haider of Unity by an 8-6 decision to take fourth place in his first year wrestling. - Photo by Marty Seeger

Ben Frey pinned Turtle Lake opponent Brandon Hanson in the quarterfinal. He finished fourth in the 160-pound weight class after losing to Vinnie Carlson of Unity. - Photo by Marty Seeger


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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 Friday, Feb. 19: Doubleheader at Turtle Lake, 7:15 p.m.

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Spooner to advance four wrestlers to sectionals

Larry Samson | Staff writer ASHLAND - Four wrestlers from Spooner will be advancing to the Division 2 Sectionals that will be held in Osceola on Saturday, Feb. 20. Brandon Jepson in the 152-pound weight class and Sam Melton in the 182-pound weight class earned a second to advance. Joshua Carroll in the 195-pound weight class and Chase Melton in the 138-pound weight class earned a first place to advance. Jepson is a senior while the other three are

freshmen. Blake Larson finished fourth in the 120pound weight class, Josh Melton in the 145-pound weight class finished in third place, Bryce Carroll finished third in the 160-pound weight class, and Hunter Peterson finished in third place in the 170pound weight class.

Coach Caleb Melton consoles senior wrestler Blake Larson after his season came to an early end at the Division 2 regional wrestling tournament held Saturday, Feb. 13, in Ashland.

Spooner advanced four wrestlers onto the sectionals that will be held in Osceola on Saturday, Feb. 20. Shown (L to R) back row are Brandon Jepson and Sam Melton. Front: Joshua Carroll and Chase Melton.

Chase Melton with his father, Andrew Melton, after his first-place finish in the 138-pound weight class. It was an emotional moment for the two.

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Brandon Jepson takes down his Northwestern opponent, Donald Pooler, in the first-place round. Jepson lost in a 8-3 decision to take second place and to advance to sectionals.

Icemen take on Baldwin in first-round playoffs AMERY/BARRON - A depleted Northwest Icemen roster with six starters missing from the lineup bested Amery on Monday night, Feb. 8, at home, 5-3. The game and play was choppy on both sides as the teams showed their inexperience skating on both sides.  A coach commented, ”It was good to leave the rink with a victory but more important, some underclassmen got the chance to play a varsity game in key situations like power play and penalty kill at a step up from JV.” The Icemen faced the visiting Regis Co-op on Tuesday, Feb. 9, in Barron.  In the JV game the Icemen were defeated 5-3 by the visiting team.  It was a sloppy game played by both squads.  The teams took turns turning the puck over to each other and traded scoring chances all night long.  From a coaching perspective, “It was good to at least get out of the game healthy.  Our mental preparation for the contest was way too inconsistent to properly compete.” In the second game, the varsity contest, the NW Icemen bested the visiting Regis Co-op by a score of 7-5, the final goal for

the Icemen an empty net. The Icemen led the game 2-1 after the first and 5-2 as they headed into the third period.  The score didn’t indicate the play of the very good Regis team.  The Icemen seemed to capitalize on all of their chances and senior goalie Trevor Brimblecom was once again spectacular in the nets for the Icemen, turning away one great scoring opportunity after another.  From a coaching perspective, “It was an exhausting game to watch.  Like the JV game, we were not mentally ready to play in any area of the ice.  On the positive side, it was nice to win ugly for a change.” The Northwest Icemen faced Baldwin Thursday, Feb. 11, in Barron. In the first game, the JV teams played to a 0 - 0 tie.  Both of the goaltenders played great as did the teams in front of them.  Scott Lindenburger secured the shutout for the Icemen.  The NW Icemen varsity lost 7 - 2 to Baldwin later that evening.  For a large part of the game both the play and the score were much closer than that.  The Icemen skated with six starters out of the lineup with injury.  From a coaching per-

spective, “from most of the players the effort was there, there were just too many mental mistakes made, turning the puck over at critical times of the game and often in the defensive zone.” The team was hoping to have three of the starters back when they faced the same Baldwin team, Tuesday, Feb. 16, in Baldwin for the first game of 2016 playoffs.  The NW Icemen closed out the regular season Friday, Feb. 12, the JV finished up with Rice Lake, the varsity with the visiting Park Falls.  The JV lost to Rice Lake 5-2, with a coach saying, “It was a good game but a great display of awesome sportsmanship! Both teams and the referees participated in setting up first-year skater and foreign exchange student from Brazil, here for one year, Andres Oliveira, with the first and probably only goal he will score in his lifetime.  After the staged penalty call he was awarded a penalty shot that failed, the teams and opposing goaltender allowed Andres to get the tally during play in the next shift.  It was one of those real good, great moments in sports when both teams and all the fans recognized what was happening on the

ice and sincerely took part in creating a wonderful memory for both Andres and all the players at the rink.” In the second game, which featured a host of different activities and events to celebrate the Icemen partnership with the Army National Guard and Military Appreciation Night, the Icemen watched their six seniors play the final home game of their high school hockey careers. The team started Cole Sutherland, Tanner Schafer, Jace Scalzo, Derek Buchman, Ian Larson and last but certainly not least, goaltender Trevor Brimblecom.  In the 7-1 victory for the Icemen, a coach said, “The score, was incidental compared to the awesome night of appreciation that not only honored our military and seniors but also saw Colten Wilson and Aidan Warner score their first-ever varsity goals.  The seniors skated every second shift in the third period as a unit, 17 minutes I am sure they will remember for the rest of their lives.” The Icemen traveled to Baldwin Tuesday, Feb. 16, for the first round of the high school playoffs. - submitted



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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.;

Northwoods Baptist

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St. Joseph’s Catholic

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

St. Catherine’s Catholic

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

St. Francis de Sales

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

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Church of the Nazarene

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

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

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

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church

(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.

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

Timberland Ringebu Free Lutheran

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

Trinity Lutheran


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.

(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.

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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.

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Sunday, February 21, 2016 Second Sunday In Lent know I’m forgiven,” he said, “but I don’t have “I the same feelings I once had. Will they ever come back?”

While our salvation is established on facts, feelings play an important role in our relationship with God. They come from the Holy Spirit and from God to let us know what our condition or relationship is with him. If there is joy and gladness in our lives, we know God is with us. When we are uncomfortable in his presence and feel a sense of alienation from him, we know there is a need for us to confess our sins and repent. When we go to God and experience his restoration, he, as well as others, will see the fruit of his forgiveness in our lives. David sets our example: “Then, after my restoration when I am given a recreated heart, I will teach transgressors your ways and sinners will turn back to you.” When we receive a renewed heart there is a renewed desire in us to worship and witness for God. “Old things have passed away and all things are new again!” When we once again walk in God’s ways, we then once again do God’s work. Is anyone a more powerful witness to the wonder of God’s grace than someone who has been redeemed from a hell they created for themselves by being disobedient to God’s laws? When we recover from our own selfinflicted wounds, we can recognize the pain and hurt in others who are suffering as we once suffered. We become more open to their needs because we “have been there, done that, suffered and recovered” because God continues to love us and then continues to grant us his mercy and grace. And the more we witness the more we will worship God. Our strength to witness comes from our worship of him.

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Terry Lee Schneider

Teryl Lee Schneider, 76, of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., and formerly of Spooner died Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, at Rice Lake Convalescent Center. She was born Dec. 17, 1939, in Rice Lake, Wis., to Vey and Violet (Crotteau) West, was raised in Haugen and graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1957. During her youth, she worked alongside her father at West Brothers Farms growing potatoes. After her children were school age, she began working at the City Cafe as a short-order cook, then later, after

moving to Inver Grove Heights, worked first as a teller, then as a bookkeeper for a construction company. She was married in Inver Grove Heights, Minn., on Dec. 29, 1994, to Donald Schneider who preceded her in death on Oct. 10, 1995.

Terry enjoyed cooking, sewing, crocheting, traveling with Don and talking. She also sponsored her family’s fantasy football league, the “Teryl Bowl.” She is survived by her children, Teresa (Jim) Anderson of Spooner, Nancy Emerson of Haugen, David Posta of Minong and Sally (Martin) Didier of Menomonie; seven grandchildren, Timothy Okonek, Kelly (Jared) Choate, Robert (Stephanie) Anderson, Max (Kayla) Anderson, Nicholas Didier, Christopher Didier and Trevor Posta; four sisters, Judy Danna of Hud-

Vern “Vern” Peck Jr.

Vernon “Vern” Peck Jr., 60, a resident of Springbrook, died at his home on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. Vernon was born on Aug. 10, 1955, in River Falls, Wis., to parents Vernon Sr. and Ruth (Wilhelm) Peck. He lived and attended school in River Falls until the age of 12, when the family moved to the Gull Lake area. On July 30, 1983, Vern was united in marriage to Julene Wisner at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spooner. Vern worked in various forestry fields including Milltown Sawmill, Durand Lumber and Ridgeland Lumber, and he was

a self-employed logger for a time. He ultimately retired due to health reasons after working maintenance at Market Place Foods in Hayward. Vern loved spending time hunting and fishing, but most of all his time with family and friends was most important.

Vern is survived by his wife, Julene, of Springbrook; daughters, Melissa (Garry) Crosby of Shell Lake, Kylie (Patrick) Bullion of Trego and Danielle (Wiatt) Krueger of Springbrook; grandchildren, Tyler, Katie, Alexis, Madison, Emily and P.J.; brothers and sisters, Jerry (Judy) of Florida, Raymond (Nancy) of Michigan, Jeanette Blodgett of Menomonie, Wis., Janice (Dale) Gardner of Spooner, Jerome of Arizona, Duane of Roberts, Wis., and Jeff (Yolanda) of California; and many nephews, nieces, family and friends. Vern was preceded in death by his par-

son, Karen (Robert) Slagstad of Rice Lake, Sari (Roger) Holmstrom of Rice Lake and Mickee (Gary) Gaddy of Washington, D.C.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A Celebration of Terry’s life will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18, at Skinner Funeral Home, Rice Lake, with Deacon Bob Jetto officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday. The Skinner Funeral Home of Rice Lake is serving the family.

ents, and brothers, Wade and Calvin. A memorial service for Vern Peck will be held on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m., at the Scalzo-Taylor Chapel in Spooner with Pastor Jack Starr officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday, from 1-2 p.m., at the funeral home. Interment will follow at the Earl Cemetery after which a celebration of Vern’s life will continue at Wolf Point on Gull Lake, Springbrook. Online condolences may be left at

Lenten services SHELL LAKE - Area churches will be holding special Lenten services leading up to the celebration of Easter. Salem Lutheran Church, 803 Second St., Shell Lake, and United Methodist Church of Shell Lake, 135 Reinhart Dr., have released the following schedule for the Lenten season. Wednesday, Feb. 24: 6 p.m. - Salem; soup supper to follow; the Rev. Steve Miller will preach. Wednesday, March 2: 6 p.m. – UMCSL; soup supper to follow; the Rev. Susan Odegard will preach. Wednesday, March 9: 6 p.m. - Salem;

soup supper to follow; the Rev. Steve Miller will preach. Wednesday, March 16: 6 p.m. – UMCSL; soup supper to follow; the Rev. Susan Odegard will preach. Maundy Thursday, March 24: 6 p.m. – Salem. Good Friday, March 25: 1 p.m. – UMC-SL. Easter Sunday, March 27: 9 a.m. – Salem worship service; 10 a.m. – Appalachia kids and parents make and serve breakfast. ••• BARRONETT - Barronett Lutheran

will have soup and sandwich supper starting at 6 p.m. and then the Lenten service starting at 7 p.m. every Wednesday evening. ••• STONE LAKE – First Lutheran Church and Stone Lake Wesleyan will be sharing joint Lenten services. Pastor Ed Anderson and Pastor Tim Young will be leading the services, respectively. Living Lent is the theme for this year’s service series. Good Friday service will not be serving soup and sandwiches. All of the other Lenten services will have soup and sandwiches starting at 6 p.m. The service

will begin at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, First Lutheran Church with the topic people. Wednesday, March 2, Stone Lake Wesleyan Church with the topic proclaim. Wednesday, March 9, First Lutheran Church with the topic praise. Wednesday, March 16, Stone Lake Wesleyan Church with the topic pain. Friday, March 25: Good Friday service will be at Stone Lake Wesleyan. Sunday, March 27: Easter services will be at respective churches. •••

Area humane society’s Pins for Pets Bowling Fundraiser set SPOONER – The Washburn County Area Humane Society’s 11th-annual Pins for Pets nine-pin tap bowling fundraiser will be held on Saturday, March 19, at Northwoods Lanes, located in Spooner. The last two years of running three shifts throughout the day have been such a strikingly successful “turkey” for this fundraising event, so Northwoods Bowling Alley owner, Mike Miller, and the Pins for Pets Tournament committee are going to do it again!. These three bowling shifts will begin at noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., which will be cosmic bowling for those who enjoy this later shift with the disco-ball-lighted effect. The registration fee for this event will be $20, which will include three games of bowling, shoes and ball rental if needed, snacks, prizes and a donation to the humane society animal shelter all along with the fun of bowling for a great cause. The profit from this bowling event, as with any WCAHS fundraiser, is used for the ongo-

ing operation of the Washburn County Area Humane Society Animal Shelter, which is located just past the Washburn County Fairgrounds at the south end of Spooner, at 1400 Cottonwood Ave. Bowlers of all ages and skill levels are welcome and, as stated before, this will be a nine-pin tap tournament which allows more bowlers to get higher scores because when nine pins are knocked down with the first ball thrown, it counts as a strike.

Bowlers may come as a team or sign up individually. Preregistration is suggested, and this may be done by calling Northwoods Lanes and Lounge at 715-939-1203, or by stopping in at the alley and signing up for one or more shifts on the sign-up sheet. Bowlers may also register to bowl on the day of the event if there are still openings left. The donation form competition is also back again, but there is something new

year. If you bring in your donation sheet with $100 or more, you will bowl for free. A donation sheet may be taken from the shelter website or picked up at the shelter or bowling alley. This competition is another wonderful way of making this fundraiser a financial success. Because this March 19 bowling event is the first 2016 fundraiser for the Washburn County Area Humane Society Shelter and, with the fact that the Pins for Pets event is in its 11th year, the hope is that the WCAHS employees, volunteers and members will be “bowled” over with response of supporters whether it is through bowling, donation sheet collection efforts, donation of prizes or food, or just coming in to say, “Hi.” WCAHS is very grateful for those who will “spare” the time and “strike” up the enthusiasm to join in the fun of Pins for Pets on Saturday, March 19. - submitted

Spooner students travel to Minneapolis

On Wednesday, Feb. 10, 35 Spooner High School students traveled to Minneapolis, Minn., for an authentic Broadway experience. Choir director Eric Conner, drama adviser Bob Thornley, band director Mark Aderman and English teacher Greta Linton took the students to see “Newsies,” a Broadway production, at the Orpheum Theatre. Students enjoyed this enrichment opportunity and returned excited for their high school musical production, “Hello, Dolly!” in March. – Photos submitted

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Helen V. Pederson

We were in the deep freeze last week, but as the week went by it gradually warmed up. We do get light flurries but nothing to amount to much. I hope you all enjoyed Valentine’s Day. Last Tuesday I had as visitors, Margaret Jones and Lillian Ullom, and we had a nice visit. I want to wish my sister-in-law, Hazel Whittler, in Tampa, Fla., a happy 98th birthday. She and Peder Pederson are the only living children of Margaret and Peder

Wendell Lee Turpin visited me one afternoon bringing me apple sausage that I love so much. Jeff Pederson spent Sunday afternoon with me bringing one dozen red roses. We watched golf from Pebble Beach Calif. Good character, like good soup, is usually homemade.

Complete Works of Shakespeare,” starring future son-inlaw, Brandon Brown, with daughter Shannon Sauer and Brandon’s son, Braedon Brown. It was hilarious. They all met for dinner before the play with Drew Sauer and Lacey Espeseth. Gregg Krantz visited his mom, Mary, at Woodstone Living Center in Rice Lake on Valentine’s Day, bringing her chocolates. Reports she’s happy there. Janet Zimmerman and her cousin, Darlene McGiffin, visited her mom, Janet’s aunt, on Saturday at the Chetek Nursing Home. Last Monday Janet took in her Spooner High School Class of 1960 luncheon at Tony’s in Spooner. Wednesday, Bobbie Bailey and I went together to the SHS Class of 1950 once-a-month get-together. This time it was at the Prime in Trego with 14 attending, including, for the first time, June (Johnson) Ellison of Hayward. Carolyn West brought cute little Valentine tic-tac favors she had made and each of us a bag of the microwave, Nuto potatoes, for Valentine’s Day. So nice of her. Next month it will be held at Lakeview in Shell Lake with Carolyn instead of Country Inn as planned. Saturday night, Russ and Nancy F. had their family,

her folks, sister Sue and Tooker Weathers, niece, Kerrie and husband and myself for Valentine’s supper and special cake for her dad’s, Ralph Van Meter’s 84th, Jessie F.’s and Kerri Gamboni’s birthdays. Hunt Hill will be having their winter hike by foot or snowshoe, about a mile, at the Full Moon Showshoe Hike on Monday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. and afterward s’mores around a campfire. Go and enjoy. Happy birthday to Ralph Van Meter and Dave Mortensen Feb. 19; Nancy Posta, Erick Haynes, Chad Daniels, Jacob Seever, Mary Jo (Shaw) Frey Feb. 20; Jim Campbell, Becky Hall, Seth Symond Feb. 21; Kerrie Sue Gamboni, Al Kempin, Mike Liesz, Jody Rindsig, Kayla Zaloudek, Amber Kemp and Carol Anderson Feb. 22; Charlotte Prock Feb. 23 and Bill Pfluger and Gerald Bredlaw Feb. 24. A happy anniversary to Tyler and Mary Gustafson on Feb. 20 and Joey and Taelor (Shaffer) Mikula on their second anniversary on Feb. 23. Aggie Anderson emailed this to me the other day: “When a clock is hungry, it goes back for seconds!”

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It was Presidents Day on Monday and another overcast, achy day. Folks here are tired of the cold week and look forward to the warm-up in our forecast. Pam Cernocky, Elk Mound, visited her mom, Mavis Schlapper, on Saturday and they had lunch together for Valentine’s Day early. Friday night Mavis met her sister, Joyce Wade, for the fish fry at Nick’s in Spooner. Gloria Frey and Elfreda West are both having some health problems. Get to feeling better, girls. Joe and Deb Elbe visited Elfreda on Sunday, bringing her some food. Elfreda’s daughter, Ellen Wagnor, has been staying at her mom’s. Gloria’s daughter Jan and Jan’s husband, Jeff, took her to Barron to her doctor’s appointment one day. What would we do without kids? Sympathy to Julene Peck and family in the recent deaths of her husband, Vern. At one time, Vern and Julene lived here in Sarona, next to Elfreda West. The funeral is in Spooner on Thursday and luncheon and celebration of his life follows at Wolf Point at Gull Lake, where Julene works. On Saturday, Valentine’s eve, Mark and Julie Sauer went to Barron Spotlighters Theater presentation of “The

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tended to the family. It was a “Hooray, hooray” at the Evelyn Melton’s this weekend. Yes, their granddaughter Tonya Hoppe had the “Winter Fun Day” at their cabin by Webb Lake. It started on Saturday and went through Sunday. Evelyn and daughter, Robin, stayed overnight and the next morning they had a wonderful breakfast. A lot of them stayed overnight and some came on Sunday for the day. They all brought food and Evelyn says everyone pigged out on the delicious foods. Skating, sliding, games, cards and pingpong were enjoyed. Too bad the weather was so cold for the families. Evelyn says she really enjoyed it, and hopes to go to it next year. Scatter sunshine! Have a great week.

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and dad. This weekend found Bev and Jarrett Casselious coming to their mom and dad’s, Betty and Carl Meister, bringing them dinner to enjoy. It was a great visit for the Meisters and the Casseliouses. Well gals, who wants to get married? This is your month to howl! Yes, February has 29 days this year and I’ve been told it’s the month for the gals to propose. I think I’ll pass. Talking with Gretch Best, she tells me they went to the visitation for Sandy Hibbs (Gordy’s wife). Visitation was at Sandy’s home. Sandy was 71 and died from the terrible “C” word. Her funeral was on Monday. Special thoughts and prayers are with the family. From there, Jerry and Gretch Best went to see Lillian Strege and Gwen Strege. They had a nice visit. Anyone want some good fruit? Well the FFA is selling fruit once again and it’s delicious. Put your order in soon. Turkeys have arrived at son Richy’s. Once again he will have them for 15 weeks and off they go. Noah Lauterbach spent Saturday and Saturday night and Sunday at Marie and Warren Quam’s. He has off Monday so I’ll bet he stays overnight on Sunday. He loves the farm and says he’s going to farm when he graduates. Shorty and Melissa Crosby, Tyler and Katie and Tom and Sunshine, kids Isaac, Josie and Alycia were guests at Garry and Beth Crosby’s Saturday night for supper. Our deepest sympathy to the family of Vern Peck who passed away recently. He is the stepfather of Melissa Crosby. His funeral is Thursday. Beth tells us Johnny Anderson who is a brother to Dennis Anderson, a wellknown trucker in the area, passed away. Sympathy is ex-


I’m writing this on Sunday, Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day! Did you take your honey out for breakfast or dinner? Or did you give them a valentine? Well whatever you did, it will be remembered. Thursday, Feb. 18, a very happy birthday to Paul Soelle as he enjoys his special day with many more to come. A very happy birthday to Tim Redding and to Sunshine Crosby, both on Saturday, Feb. 20. Have a great one. A very happy birthday to Martha Derrick and also to Jerry Butenhoff on Sunday, Feb. 21, with lots more to come. Cricket MacKenzie, a very happy birthday to you on Monday, Feb. 22. Have a wonderful day, Cricket. LeLu LaVeau, a happy birthday to you when you turn another year older. May you have a wonderful day, LeLu. Wednesday, Feb. 24, a very happy birthday to Roger Lundeen and also our town clerk, Pam Brown. Enjoy your day. Isn’t it great to have more daylight now? Yes, it’s after 6 p.m. and it’s still daylight. It won’t be long and we’ll have to turn our clocks ahead, on Sunday, March 13. I see in the paper where pink is the color for hunters to wear next fall at hunting season. It’s a brighter color, but I have a little problem with men wearing pink. On Saturday, Penny and Reyana Ladd came out to see me with a Valentine’s gift. We had a nice visit. Jeff recently bought another truck and last Monday night he and Reyana went somewhere and the truck just went everywhere and he went down a very steep embankment. Lucky they both had their seat belts on and nobody got hurt. That little 8-year-old Reyana asked her dad, “Are you all right, are you all right?” So the truck has to go into the shop if it isn’t totaled. It’s scary on ice nowadays. Talking with Sandy Atkinson, she tells us Pattie and Noel Beaufeaux from Eau Claire came up Saturday and also Jim Atkinson came up for Saturday. This was for Valentine’s Day. They had a great time which was really nice of their kids. Marv Knoop tell us fishermen continue to fish on Bashaw Lake. Don’t know if they caught any though. On Sunday Marv and his honey, Gladys, enjoyed the pancake breakfast at the Lakeview Methodist Church and said it was great. A week ago found Mark and Beth Hansen and children Ryan and Alyssa coming to Carl and Betty Meisters’. They enjoyed dinner and a nice visit with their mom


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Pederson. Debbie Ullom, of Minong, visited Lillian Ullom on Sunday afternoon. Margaret and Louise were weekend guests of Lillian. Last Friday night all the tenants here at Glenview enjoyed a Valentine’s candlelight dinner. We had baked potato with all the fixings, chocolate cake and cocktails. We felt like we had gone to a real restaurant. It was very much appreciated.



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From what we’re hearing in the weather reports, this is supposed to be a beautiful week. Yea! I know that we have been spoiled by the warm weather this year, but that’s the way I like it. The older I get the less fun it is to go out and brave the elements. And, speaking of braving the elements, I think poor little Devon Snowbank has completely lost it. She was one of the brave (or crazy) people who took the Polar Plunge in a pool in the WITC parking lot on Wednesday, Feb. 10. What in the world was she thinking? Her reward was a Sonicare toothbrush. Well, that explains everything – who wouldn’t risk getting pneumonia for a toothbrush? Devon is just about finished with her classes at WITC. She will be graduating in May and has been apprenticing at Arrowhead Family Dental in Rice Lake. I’ve got to get an appointment over there soon – I’ve been neglecting the regular checkups since the dental clinic in Shell Lake closed. Devon said that they have some special deals on X-rays and whitening right now too, so I guess this is the time to do it. Tracy Thompson called and asked me

to wish a belated birthday to Jamie J., who celebrated a birthday on Jan. 26, and to Whitney G., whose birthday will be this Sunday, Feb. 21. She also wanted to say hello to Whitney’s gang. Miriah Lehmann had a birthday this week too, on Feb. 11. She, Suzy, Ryan, Don and Anitia Lehmann and Duane and I went to dinner at Bistro 63 to celebrate her birthday. The dinner was fantastic – I ate way too much because everything is so good. We embarrassed Miriah by singing “Happy Birthday,” and we all had a great time. The spaghetti supper, hosted by Peg Thompson and the Wednesday school kids on Ash Wednesday, was very nice again this year. The food was delicious, and the kids were Johnny-on-the-spot when it came to serving the salads and spaghetti. Peg does such a good job with the kids. If you have youngsters and they would like to join the Wednesday school (which is really our Sunday school) please bring them up to Barronett Lutheran. The classes run from 4:30 until 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Tru Lehmann was visiting us that day,

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Now we have gotten through the Super Bowl, the countdown for the Birkie begins! I hope the weather will cooperate for this wonderful event. Everyone is welcome to attend the Lenten services for First Lutheran Church of Stone Lake and Stone Lake Wesleyan Church. Pastor Ed Anderson and Pastor Tim Young will be leading the services, respectively at their church, each week. Living Lent is the theme for this year’s service series. The first Lenten service will be Wednesday, Feb. 17 (tonight), at the Stone Lake Wesleyan Church with the topic being purpose. This service will have soup and

sandwiches starting at 6 p.m. and the service will begin at 6:45 p.m. Loaner skates are now available at the Stone Lake rink. The skates are stored under the benches in the warming shed. There are 10 pairs so far, from child size 13 to adult size 8 in white and black. If anyone would like to donate skates, please leave them at the Lions hall. Even if they are in need of laces or polishing, your donation would be greatly appreciated. Happy skating. Have a good week and be safe. Mary Nilssen can be reached at 715-8654008 or

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Born at Cumberland Memorial Hospital A girl, Emma Ann Feiertag, was born Feb. 6, 2016, to Samantha and Ryan Feiertag, Comstock. Emma weighed 6 lbs., 13 oz. •••

Washburn County Area Humane Society Look at this face, it is love at first sight, A happy, young boy who’s so lively and bright. Easy to please, his smile tells you that’s true, All alone in a kennel is what makes this boy blue. Riley is young but he isn’t real small, It might be those long legs that make him look tall. At just 10 months old and about 50 pounds, Riley is honestly, one cool hound. He’s house trained and listens quite well I would say, But if he’s not fenced in, he might run away. A little more time and a little more work, Would hopefully get Riley boy over this quirk. There’s no perfect person and no perfect pet, This is something I think we should never forget!

Dogs for adoption: 10-month-old, neutered black/white hound/Lab mix, 10-month-old spayed black/white Lab/bluetick mix and a 11-month-old spayed brindle/white heeler mix.   Cats for adoption:  1-1/2 year-old, neutered gray/white longhair, 1-1/2-year-old spayed brown/black tabby, 1-1/2-year-old shorthair calico/tortie, 8-month-old shorthair tortie, 2-year-old black/brown/white neutered shorthair tiger, 4-month-old female black/ white shorthair, 3-1/2-year-old neutered black/white shorthair, 8-monthold female gray/orange shorthair and a 4-month-old male black shorthair.   Strays include:  Young male black Lab/basset or dachshund mix found on CTH B in Shell Lake.

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Dining at 5 Spooner, Monday, Feb. 22: Home-style BBQ ribs, spinach and artichoke, scalloped potatoes, roasted carrots, fresh salad bar, chocolate mousse. Call 715-635-8283 to make reservations 24 hours in advance. Suggested donation is $5. For anyone under 60 years old cost is $8.75.

Karen Mangelsen Bob and Pam Bentz called on Hank and Karen Mangelsen Saturday afternoon. Lida Nordquist and Marlene Swearingen visited Lawrence and Nina Hines Saturday afternoon.  Lida stayed overnight. Dixie, Chuck and Samantha Andrea, and Donna Hines and Karen Mangelsen attended the Valentine Vignette Sunday afternoon at the Spooner Wesleyan Church.  The music and variety show took in over $4,000 in a freewill offering and silent auction for Washburn County Faith in Action.

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Nina and Donna Hines, Lida Nordquist, Sharon Syverson, Diana and Karen Mangelsen and Pat Bahrke were guests of Marlene Swearingen Tuesday.  They enjoyed an afternoon of visiting and playing cards. Hank and Karen Mangelsen were lunch guests of Gerry and Donna Hines Thursday.  Karen and Hank Mangelsen joined nephew Mike Romsos, sister-in-law Carol Romsos, and Carol’s sister, Linda, for lunch in Barron  Friday.  They celebrated Mike’s 50th birthday. Saturday visitors of Gerry and Donna Hines were Mark, Barry and Josh Hines.

things they could do – plumbing, building a wall, changing the flow of water, crafts – the list is endless. One of the big attractions was a digestive system that they went through. They walk in through a mouth, go through the stomach into the small and then large intestines, go out through a slide and end up in a big toilet. Wrig is 4 and Vada is 5, and they thought that was great. Actually, all of the exhibits are fun and kids can learn something even if they don’t realize that they’re learning at the time. Dorothy Orth was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire on Saturday morning for emergency bypass surgery. She is recovering and, hopefully, will be home soon. Your prayers for her continued recovery will be appreciated. Wednesday night soup and sandwich supper at Barronett Lutheran will be hosted by the Cusick families this week, starting at 6 p.m., followed by Lenten service at 7 p.m. Hope you can join us for that. That’s about all I know from Barronett this week. Hope you have a great week, I’ll see you next time.


Academic news CONCORDIA - Katelyn Heino, sophomore, Spooner, majoring in chemistry, was named to the 2015-2016 academic year honors list at Concordia University Wisconsin. — from TheLink ••• PLATTEVILLE - The following area students were named to the dean’s list at the University of Wisconsin - Platteville for the fall 2015 semester: Samuel Hovde, Birchwood, civil engineering; and Larissa Schmock, Trego, environmental engineering. — from TheLink

and she wanted to stay for the supper. So, after we ate, Anitia Lehmann, Tru and I volunteered to help with cleanup. Tru is 5 and likes to help a lot, so we gave her a damp towel and she wiped down all the folding chairs. Now, that might not seem like a lot of work, but I think there were were about 60 chairs and she got them all. I think I’ll ask her mom if she can stay a little later every Wednesday so she can go to the classes. She’ll have fun and learn Bible stories. We had a lady call this week looking for something to rent in Barronett. She works at the Bistro and at the 20 Mile Store. We didn’t know of anything right off hand, but I told her that I would spread the word. If you know of any place for rent right in this area, please give me a call and I’ll get in touch with her and give her the information. Have you been to the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire? If not, it’s a perfect place to take the kids on the days when it’s way too cold for them to play outside. I took Wrig Marsh and Vada Ritchie down there on Thursday, and they had a ball. I can’t even begin to describe all the



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individuals at the sectional contest will move on to the state competition at the state FFA convention held at Madison in June. “I am extremely proud of our members and their accomplishments. Every one of the 17 members that participated in the district contest this year, whether they were participating in a contest, were responsible for the timing of an event, or served as a door or room monitor, were all an important part of the success of the contest. In addition, our two members that took first place will be moving on to the next level of competition in March. The career Members of the Spooner FFA chapter hosted the district speaking contest on Monday, development events we participate in are an integral part of the Wiscon- Feb. 8. — Photo submitted sin FFA Association and are assisting our members in developing skills for the world of work,” commented Spooner FFA adviser Susie Olson-Rosenbush. — from Spooner FFA NOTICE OF INTENT TO APPOINT WISCONSIN INDIANHEAD TECHNICAL COLLEGE (WITC) DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS Notice is hereby given that applications are being accepted for three (3) positions on the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC) District Board from individuals residing in the following regions of the WITC District: • Region 1 (Douglas County) • Region 2 (Ashland, Bayfield and portions of Iron County) • Region 3 (Rusk, Sawyer and Washburn Counties) • Region 5 (Barron County) Note: for the Employee Member/ Barron County position only • Region 6 (portions of St. Croix County) WITC District Board Member Open Positions Appointments will be made for the following three positions in accordance with the Board Appointment Committee’s Plan of Representation, which specifies categories of membership as well as geographic areas of representation within the district. Board members are not paid, except for expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. The following Board positions will commence on or about July 1, 2016, upon certification by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board, with 3-year terms ending on June 30, 2019. 1. Employee Member: Representing Region 5 (Barron County) 2. Employer Member: Representing Region 3 (Rusk, Sawyer and Washburn Counties) 3. Additional Member: Representing the WITC District (see note*) * Please note: In accordance with the WITC Plan of Representation, no region will have more than two members on the Board; therefore, applications will not be accepted from individuals for the Additional Member position from individuals who live in Region 5 (Barron County) or Region 4 (Burnett and Polk Counties). Board Member Category Definitions Please refer to the following WITC website address for additional information to help you determine if you qualify for the open Board member positions: 1. An Employee Member is defined as someone who is employed in the district and receives earnings as payment for personal services, or who is acting in the capacity of an officer or agent of a labor organization. An Employee does not meet the Employer Member definition. 2. An Employer Member is defined as someone who receives earnings as payment for personal services and who has the authority to exercise independent judgment in determining, or effectively recommending, any of the following actions for business employees: hire, transfer, suspend, layoff, recall, promote, discharge, assign, reward, discipline or adjust grievances. Note: Representatives of labor organizations (officers or agents) are considered employee members regardless of their responsibilities. 3. An Additional Member is defined as someone who resides in the district (*please see Additional member note above). In the appointment process, equal consideration is given to the general population distribution within the WITC District, as well as to the distribution of women and minorities. Note: No two members of the WITC District Board may be officials of the same governmental unit, nor may any district board member be a member of the school board which employs the School District Administrator. Notarized affidavit (application) forms must be received at the address below no later than 4 p.m., on Thursday, March 3, 2016. Applicants must attend the public hearing of the District Board Appointment Committee on Thursday, April 7, 2016, at 2 p.m., at the WITC - Administrative Office, 505 Pine Ridge Drive, Shell Lake, WI 54871, and provide at least two letters of recommendation supporting his/her candidacy to the WITC District Board before being interviewed at the scheduled public meeting. 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Washburn County is accepting applications for a full-time Aging Director/ADRC Supervisor. The position is responsible for the administration, management, supervision, fiscal planning, implementation/overview of programs, and leadership of personnel and programs for the Unit on Aging and ADRC. Educational requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Social Work or related field; three to five years’ supervisory experience or any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities. A valid Wisconsin driver’s license is also required. Starting salary $25.96 - $28.87 per hour with excellent benefits. Download an employment application and a position description from the County website at or contact the Washburn County Personnel Department, P.O. Box 337, Shell Lake, WI 54871 (Ph.: 715-468-4624, fax: 715468-4628). Resumes will be accepted but will not take the place of a completed application. Applications must be received 641888 27-29r by March 11, 2016. EOE.


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The Birchwood Public School District is seeking applicants to be Superintendent due to a retirement that is effective no later than July 29, 2016. Some details include: • Person hired must be able to work well with staff, parents, students, community members and the School Board to support and further develop District initiatives that are under way and that will be developed in the future. • All applicants must make application through WECAN which includes greater detail about the position and application requirements. Initial phone and email inquiries are encouraged and can be made to: • Frank Helquist, Superintendent: • Tel. 715-354-3471 • Cell: 715-492-1027 • Email: • Robert Herscher, School Board President: • Tel: 715-354-3514 • Cell: 715-651-2234 • Email: Web page: Deadline for applications is Wednesday, February 24.

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SPOONER - Spooner FFA members and their adviser organized and hosted the District 1 FFA Speaking Contest at Spooner High School on Monday, Feb. 8. The speaking contest is an opportunity for FFA members to demonstrate their skills in public speaking, specifically in these seven areas: Job Interview, Quiz Bowl, Parliamentary Procedure, Creed Speaking, Discussion Meet, Extemporaneous Speaking and Prepared Speaking. The results of the contest areas were as follows: Job Interview: First place, Kate Rosenbush, Spooner; second place, Lucas West, Cumberland. Quiz Bowl: First place, Shell Lake No. 2; second place, Shell Lake No. 1. Parliamentary Procedure: First place, Shell Lake. Creed Speaking: First place, Jackie Rosenbush, Spooner; second place, Teagan Benson, Cumberland. Discussion Meet: First place, Nicole Bichanich, Ashland; second place, Marty Anderson, Shell Lake. Extemporaneous Speaking: First place, Reilly Luoma, Northwestern. Prepared Speaking: First place, Sydney Schunck, Shell Lake; second place, Derek Rennicke, Luck. Also participating in the contest from Spooner were Blake Bartle, who placed third in Discussion Meet and Brittany Lester, who placed fourth in the Job Interview competition. To qualify for the sectional level, members must place first or second in their contest at the district level. The sectional level is the second level of competition. This year it will be held in Clear Lake on Wednesday, March 9. The top

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(Feb. 3, 10, 17) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY COMMUNITY BANK OF NORTHERN WISCONSIN Plaintiff, vs. RUSSEL TERRY, CRYSTAL TERRY, WASHBURN COUNTY Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Case No. 15 CV 14 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered in the above action by the Circuit Court of Washburn County, the Sheriff of Washburn County, Wisconsin, will sell at public auction on the front steps of the Washburn County Courthouse, in the City of Shell Lake, Wisconsin, on February 24, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. the following described property: Lot 3 of CSM 6-208, Map No. 1487, a part of Government Lot 2 of Section 5, Township 38 North, Range 13 West. PROPERTY ADDRESS: N9081 Hwy. 70, Spooner, WI 54801. TERMS: Cash. DOWN PAYMENT: 10% of amount bid by certified check BALANCE DUE: At time of confirmation of sale. Dated this 25th day of January, 2016. WASHBURN COUNTY SHERIFF By: Terrence C. Dryden 641106 WNAXLP

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Notices (Feb. 17, 24, Mar. 2) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY In The Matter Of The Name Change Of Darius Klane Larson By: Petitioner Joshua J. Carlson Notice and Order for Name Change Hearing Case No. 2016CV17 NOTICE IS GIVEN: A petition was filed asking to change the name of the person listed above: From: Darius Klane Larson To: Darius Klane Carlson Birth Certificate: Darius Klane Larson IT IS ORDERED: This petition will be heard in the Circuit Court of Washburn County, State of Wisconsin, Hon. Eugene D. Harrington, Washburn County Courthouse, 10 W. 4th Ave., Shell Lake, WI 54871, March 22, 2016, 4 p.m. If you require reasonable accommodations due to a disability to participate in the court process, please call 715-4684677 at least ten (10) working days prior to the scheduled court date. Please note that the court does not provide transportation. BY THE COURT: Hon. Eugene D. Harrington Circuit Court Judge February 12, 2016 641949 WNAXLP

Terrence E. Boswell, Hayward, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00; failure to notify police of accident, $389.50; drink open intoxicants in motor vehicle, $263.50. Saturnino De La Torre, Menomonie, speeding, $175.30. Erika L. Granzin, Shell Lake, speeding, $250.90.

Rodney E. Kersten, Minong, operating while suspended, $200.50. David A. Kozial, Shell Lake, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Patrick D. Langosch, Spooner, operating while suspended, $200.50.

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Sealed proposals for materials and services described herein will be received until 1:00 p.m., Thursday, February 25, 2016, by the Washburn County Highway Department, Office of the Highway Commissioner, 1600 County Highway H, Spooner, Wisconsin 54801. PROPOSAL CONTRACT #2-16E, Two - Contractor/Utility Boxes with Storage Compartments Proposal forms and specifications are on file and available upon request at the Office of the Washburn County Highway Department, phone (715) 635-4480; FAX (715) 635-4485. Bidders wishing to submit their bid by mail may do so at their own risk. The Highway Department is open Monday thru Thursday; mail/delivery service is not received on Friday. Bids received through mail by the Washburn County Highway Department later than the time set forth above will be returned unopened. The correct mailing address is Washburn County Highway Department, 1600 County Highway H, Spooner, WI 54801. The County reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids, to waive any technicalities and to select the bid proposal deemed most advantageous to the Washburn County Highway Department. Frank Scalzo, Commissioner 641605 26-27r Washburn County Highway Department WNAXLP

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Mina M. Lindsley, Cumberland, possess open intoxicants in motor vehicle, $263.50; OWI, $937.50, license revoked 6 months, alcohol assessment; speeding, $200.50. Nicole E. Mauch, Shell Lake, nonregistration of vehicle, $175.30. Emily N. McCarthy, Shell Lake, speeding, $175.30. Corbin J. Metzgar, Chippewa Falls, OWI $924.50, license revoked 7 months, ignition interlock, alcohol assessment. James W. Moravec, Sarona, nonregistration of vehicle, $175.30; operating while suspended, $200.50. Brett T. Nelson, Prairie Farm, nonregistration of vehicle, $175.30; operating while suspended, $200.50. Gary R. Piontek, De Pere, inattentive driving, $195.90. Wendy L. Rusch, Trego, operating without valid license, $200.50. Joni M. Schnoor, Tulsa, Okla., speeding, $225.70. Ryan A. Sedani, Cameron, speeding, $225.70. Paige L. Sikorski, Minong, operating without valid license, $200.50. Danny J. Swearingen, Spooner, speeding, $250.90. Nolan J. Vandamme, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Jeffery F. Wilber, Spooner, OWI, $811.50, license revoked 6 months, ignition interlock, alcohol assessment. Melanie R. Wilson, Hayward, speeding, $175.30; display false vehicle registration plate, $263.50. Lois A. Keenan, Shell Lake, disorderly conduct, local jail. Daniel T. Naylor, Spooner, computer message threaten/ obscenity, $443.00, probation, sent. withheld. Cynthia J. Treslley, Elkhorn, criminal trespass to dwelling, $299.00. Rodney W. Tucker, Spooner, disorderly conduct, $299.00.

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(Feb. 3, 10, 17) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF DONALD E. ZENISEK Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 16PR07 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth October 26, 1930, and date of death December 12, 2015, was domiciled in Washburn County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of N3002 Lakeview Drive, Sarona, WI 54870. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is April 14, 2016. 5. A claim may be filed at the Washburn County Courthouse, Shell Lake, Wisconsin, Room 2C. Shannon Anderson Probate Registrar January 15, 2016 Attorney Teresa Germain, Wiley Law S.C. P.O. Box 370 Chippewa Falls, WI 54729 715-723-8591 641389 Bar No.: 1050355 WNAXLP




Shell Lake 4K celebrates with a Valentine party

Easton Ince and Mallori Peterson are playing a time game with candy hearts. The trick is to build a tower faster than you can eat it.

The Shell Lake 4K class celebrated Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, Feb. 10, by playing games and eating treats.

Photos by Larry Samson

Hope Foust and JT Hanson are stuffing their valentines in a decorated box much like children have done for years. Only today, valentines are store-bought and so is the candy.

Sitting in a circle, Easton Ince, Boden Marker and Alisson Grandadam pass the heart around as the music is playing. If the music stops while you are holding the heart, you are out of the game.

100 days of school celebrated Students in Ms. LaFave’s kindergarten class at the Shell Lake Primary School are seeing the 100th day of school. Shown back row (L to R): Logan Smith and Lily Anderson. Front: Audrianna Bodizslaw, Ellianna Lauterbach, Aaliyah Curtis, Emerson Kubista and Violet Vix. — Photo by Larry Samson

Shell Lake school menu Breakfast Thursday, Feb. 18: Grades K-12: French toast sticks. Grades 3-12: Homemade sweet bread. Friday, Feb. 19: Grades K-12: Laker pizza. Grades 3-12: Ham, egg and cheese bar with toast. Monday, Feb. 22: Grades K-12: Pop-Tart with cheese stick. Grades 3-12: Mini cinni roll. Tuesday, Feb. 23: Grades K-12: Waffles and fruit. Grades 3-12: Chocolate-chip oatmeal bar. Wednesday, Feb. 24: Grades K-2: Cereal and toast. Grades K-12: Sausage and cheese on English muffin. Grades 3-12: Ultimate breakfast round.

Thursday, Feb. 25: Grades K-2: Muffin. Grades 3-12: Homemade sweet bread. Grades 3-12: Oatmeal with fixings. Friday, Feb. 26: Grades K-12: Apple or cherry frudel. Grades 3-12: Ham, egg and cheese bar with toast. Monday, Feb. 29: Grades K-12: Mini cinni roll. Grades 3-12: Bagel and cream cheese. Breakfast is served with a choice of juice/fruit and milk offered daily. Every day breakfast is free to all students. Lunch Thursday, Feb. 18: Grades K-12: Baked chicken. Grades 7-12: Corn dog. Friday, Feb. 19: Grades K-12: Brunch.

Monday, Feb. 22: Grades K-12: Grilled cheese and tomato soup. Tuesday, Feb. 23: Grades K-12: Taco salad. Grades 7-12: Cheese pizza. Wednesday, Feb. 24: Grades K-12: Chicken and gravy over whole-grain biscuit. Grades 7-12: Spicy-chicken sandwich. Thursday, Feb. 25: Grades K-12: Hot Italian sub. Grades 7-12: Mozzarella dippers. Friday, Feb. 26: Grades K-12: Penne with meat sauce. Monday, Feb. 29: Grades K-12: Corn dog with macaroni and cheese. Menus subject to change. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


Shell Lake students perform Presidents Day plays The group of soldiers gather before Valley Forge to talk to Gen. George Washington. Shown (L to R): Owen Sabel, Sara Jo Brunberg, Talia St. John, Shawn Christner and Elijah Shrum.

Photos by Larry Samson

Jonathan, played by Ryan Grandadam, decides to take the badly Annalynne Pearson and Isabele Hodgett are dressed to play the parts of pioneer schoolchildren in the Shell Lake third-grade pro- needed wagon of cornmeal to Washington’s starving men after his father is taken ill. duction of “The Boy, Abe” on Wednesday, Feb. 10.

Keanna Mullennix plays Abe Lincoln’s kind but strict teacher.

Two Shell Lake students advance to state speaking contest

Peter Steines and Elianna Kassa are in George Washington’s Army fighting for independence. The play, “A Birthday For George Washington,” was performed by Ms. Skinner’s and Ms. Hanson’s third-grade classes.

Tom Lincoln introduces his new family after he remarries. Shown (L to R): Hunter Harrington, Aselin Olson, Kaelin Farley, Jacob Sinn and Lindsay Ziemer.

SPOONER - On Friday, Feb. 5, Washburn County students Joe Ryder, Northstar Charter School; and Joseph Uchytil and Sydney Schunck, Shell Lake, attended the Northwest Land and Water Conservation Speaking Contest. They were the previous winners from the local contest held back in January and had to compete against eight other speakers from Burnett, Rusk, Sawyer, Iron and Bayfield counties. A variety of very informative topics were presented during this contest, which again, made it difficult for the judges. Unfortunately, Ryder did not move on but Uchytil and Schunck secured wins and will be advancing to the state contest on Wednesday, March 2, in

Elkhart Lake. This contest will be held in conjunction with the Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Conference. Schunck, a freshman, will be representing the senior division and Uchytil, an eighth-grader, the junior division. Both students will be speaking about the importance of bees and why they are declining. Hanne Johnson, from Burnett County, will be representing the elementary division with her speech on sea lampreys. The Washburn County Land and Water Conservation Department is very proud of the students and all of their hard work in these competitions and wish them the very best at state. — from WCLWCD

Shell Lake students Sydney Schunk and Joe Uchytil will be advancing to the state level of the land and water conservation speaking contest in March at Elkhart Lake. The students are shown with teachers Jen Bos, left, and Julie Schunck, right. — Photo submitted

WCR | Feb 17 | 2016  
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