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Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 Vol. 127, No. 23 • Shell Lake, Wis.

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• Free community breakfast @ Spooner • SHINE! @ Quam Memorial Theatre, Shell Lake • Learn-to-ice-fish @ Spooner See calendar on page 6 and 7 for details



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Drew Johnson, John Green and Lindsey Spaulding peek out of one of the two portable ice shacks donated by Clam Outdoors, a company in Rogers, Minn., to the new Shell Lake Schools ice-fishing club. More photos on page 16. – Photo by Larry Samson

School board extends administrative contracts Page 3 Spooner School Board has a new member Page 3

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Retired Barronett carver finds harmony as guitar maker Danielle Danford | Staff writer SHELL LAKE - In Barronett there’s a wood shop where one-of-a-kind guitars are born. The man behind the handcrafted instruments is Ron Helstern, a semiretired professional wood-carver. Helstern has been wood carving for more than 35 years, with carvings scattered across the world in places like Germany, Italy and France. Helstern’s love of art started as a child but he got into wood carving because he thought he’d try it. “It’s just so cool when you think about it. I went from working for somebody else to working for myself. I count my blessings every time I come in here,” he said, gesturing to his wood shop. “’Cause I think, I did all this? ... I still have to pinch myself from time to time.” It wasn’t long after he had retired from the wood-carving business that the thought, which changed Helstern’s retirement, hit him. Helstern decided he wanted something in his home to remind him of the 22 years he played as a musician. The self-taught wood-carver had earlier in his life taught himself how to play drums and guitar. Even though he doesn’t play drums anymore, the memory of playing in the band had sparked his inspiration. He decided a guitar would be the symbol to pay tribute to those years playing country rock music every weekend. “I’m a craftsman, all I can do is screw it up, I’m going to try to make one,” he decided. So he made a guitar, and another, and another. The first six guitars Helstern made were given to each of his six grandkids. “Some of them play now, one pretty good,” he said. One day Helstern was in his shop when Gregg Peters, who owns the 20 Mile General Store in Barronett,

Ron Helstern, Barronett, is a retired wood-carver who has found a new calling making guitars. He made the 12-string guitar in this photo with African Bubinga and Sitka spruce. — Photo by Danielle Danford stopped in. Peters was impressed by the craftsmanship and the quality of sound the guitars produced. Because of this, Peters introduced Helstern and his guitars to John Beland, a notorious guitarist in the music industry.

“I’ve never been excited enough over a specific acoustic guitar to do any endorsements, until now, until I met Ron and took a look at the fantastic work that he does,” said John Beland, who has played with greats like Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton and Ricky Nelson.

Beland decided he needed a Helstern guitar for himself, so Helstern, with the help of local craftsman and musician Kevin McClain, made what would become the JB 1 guitar. The JB 1 is inspired by Beland’s love of double-pick guitars and his Texas heritage. Made of African wenge, African zebrawood, antler/bone inlays, emblazoned with abalone stars on the fretboard, it nearly screams country. But what really sets Helstern’s JB 1 apart is the curvature to the sides of the guitar’s body. “Because of those contours you’re getting this bouncing around and that’s exactly what’s going on in this little tiny body of a guitar, those little tiny angles are creating the same effect that a cave does,” said Helstern. That curvature actually happened by mistake, a mistake that changed how Helstern makes his guitars today. A test of the guitar by Martin and Gibson showed that Helstern’s guitar beat them by 39 percent and 41 percent on sustain, a result that amazes Helstern today. He is currently working on his 26th guitar. The last guitar he finished is made of wood carbon dated to be at least 50,000 years old called Ancient Kauri. There are four different types of guitars Helstern makes: acoustic, classical, 12-string and mandolin. From start to finish it can take at least two months, sometimes longer, to complete a guitar. In that time, Helstern is creating something more than a guitar. Each one is a work of art in design and in the quality of sound it creates. “To me when I get one done I know there is going to be somebody out there that loves that guitar,” said Helstern.

First Street performance of “Who Gives A Hoot” The Shell Lake First Street Kids performed “Who Gives A Hoot” at the Erika Quam Theatre on Thursday, Jan. 14. Shown back row (L to R): Kennedy Mehsikomer, Hadley Tims, Jared Egbert, Rayna Lundberg and Chloe Zebro. Front: Mrs. Carlson, Payton Anderson, Brianna Fedie, Violet Nasman, Morgan Hoffman, Hannah Schultz, Olivia Imrick and director Kelsey Egbert.

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LEFT: Violet Nasman and Morgan Hoffman give the classic response, “Who gives a hoot?”

RIGHT: Morgan Hoffman and Kennedy Mehsikomer, playing the roles of Sarah and her mother, discuss Sarah’s summer camp and how much they will miss each other. The play is based on the misadventures of summer camp.

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Spooner School Board extends administrative contracts Danielle Danford | Staff writer SPOONER - After a closed-session meeting on Monday, Jan. 11, the Spooner School Board voted to extend four admin-

istrative contracts to the 2017-2018 school year. The contracts are those of business manager Shannon Grindell, high school Principal Sarah Johnson, middle school Principal Brad Larrabee and elementary

school Principal Luke Stordahl. There was a motion to not extend to the 2017-2018 school year Superintendent Michelle Schwab’s contract. The motion failed to pass. Schwab’s current contract

goes through to the 2016-2017 school year. No other action was taken on the superintendent’s contract. 

Spooner School Board has new member Result a twist of December vote Danielle Danford | Staff writer SPOONER - Another twist was revealed at the Spooner School Board’s special meeting held on Monday, Jan. 11, in the decision to fill the vacant board seat, but it started back at the December board meeting when the board first voted to fill

the vacancy. The December board vote resulted in Miles Macone receiving three votes, the most of any nominated candidate. Under the assumption the board needed a majority of the board to pass a vote, the board tabled the vote for the Jan. 11 meeting. The question remained whether the board needed a majority of the board to appoint a new member, or, if a majority of a quorum of the board would be legally sufficient.

Board member Christina Martin reached out to the Wisconsin Association of School Boards to find the answer to that question. Dan Mallin, legal and policy services council for the WASB, told Martin in an email that, “My view is that, under normal circumstances, a majority vote of a lawfully assembled quorum (3 out of 5 in your scenario) is legally sufficient to make an appointment to fill a school board vacancy.”

Because of this information it looked like the board had voted Macone onto the board last month. However, Robert Hoellen motioned to have another vote, which the board could do, but the motion failed. Kyle Pierce motioned to accept Macone as the replacement board member, which was seconded by Clay Halverson. That motion carried but Hoellen abstained.

Comments sought on proposed reorg to UW Extension offices include implementing a multicounty area structure. The proposed multicounty area that Washburn County’s office would be a part of includes Barron, Burnett, Rusk and Sawyer counties. In this proposal there would be one area leader managing all Extension offices within their multicounty area. No specifics have been given on how current staff will be impacted within each Extension office and no Extension offices are planned to be closed. The complete recommendations, background information and a feedback form

Danielle Danford | Staff writer SHELL LAKE - The potential impact from a $3.6 million cut to the Cooperative Extension’s annual budget, a result of funding reductions to the University Wisconsin System, has reached Washburn County. “We teach, learn, lead and serve, connecting people with the University of Wisconsin, and engaging with them in transforming lives and communities.” That is the stated purpose of the UW Cooperative Extension. In Washburn County the UW-Extension office brings programs like women in agriculture, 4-H youth development and valuable information about local natural resources. In order to come in under budget, reorganizing the cooperative extension has been proposed. The recommendations that impact Washburn County’s UW-Extension office

In Washburn County the UW-Extension office brings programs like 4-H youth development to area residents. In order stay within the budget after cuts to state aid for the UW System, reorganizing the Cooperative Extension has been proposed. Cassidy Johnson is shown with a blue ribbon she earned as a

Spooner Area School District announces interim special education director SPOONER - Spooner Area School District has contracted with Susan Curtis to fulfill district needs as interim special education director December through May. “We are thankful to have Susan’s expertise,” said Superintendent Michelle Schwab. “Her work with staff and families will support our mission for ensuring we meet all students needs.” “I am excited to be in the Spooner area working with staff and students. In my first month here, it’s great to be part of such an amazing team. I plan to do all I can to support SASD in the interim,” said Curtis. Curtis joins the Spooner team with more than 30 years of experience as a special education teacher and director. She recently completed the University of Minnesota doctoral program in organization learning and personnel development/ school administration. She received her master’s degree in reading and learning disabilities and holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education. As an independent consultant, Curtis works closely with the Department of Public Instruction’s special education profes-

can be found online at about.ces.uwex. edu/our-future/. Key recommendations can be found on pages 1-6. The deadline for submitting comments is Monday, Jan. 25, but input received after that date will be considered throughout the planning phase. Cathy Sandeen, chancellor for University of Wisconsin Colleges and UW-Extension, will also take comments by phone at 608-262-3786 or by email at

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County welcomes new finance director Jane Dvorak has joined Washburn County government as the county’s new finance director. Dvorak’s career includes being an auditor for Tracey and Thole, an accounting manager for Barron County Health and Human Services and CFO of Impact Seven. — Photo by Danielle Danford

Community pulls together to raise funds for injured child Susan Curtis is the interim special ed director for the Spooner Area School District. — Photo submitted sional development program as a school site coach to help schools and leadership teams build successful programming for students with disabilities. — from SASD

Waffles returning next month SHELL LAKE - Once again the Shell Lake Education Foundation will be sponsoring Dad’s Belgian Waffles at a Shell Lake doubleheader basketball game. This year’s event will take place on Friday, Feb. 12, with serving from 4:45-7:30 p.m., at the high school commons. Advance tickets will be sold at the school offices saving $1 from at-the-door price. Please help support education; they need to serve a minimum of 260 plates of waffles to earn a profit and would appreciate you considering joining them for these famous all-you-can-eat waffles,

sausages and beverages, takeouts available as well. This year SLEF provided grants to students worth $6,000 to provide education materials and services not covered within the school budget. This fundraiser will help allow SLEF to match this contribution next year as well. For more information on SLEF, see them on Facebook or view their Web page, linked through the school website. — from SLEF

The Quarters for Marshall fundraiser held Saturday, Jan. 9, at Quarter’s Arcade in Spooner raised $706.25. Melissa Smith is shown with Marshall Hutton who is recovering from injuries as a result of an Aug. 22 car accident. — Photo submitted


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Enough Eighty-one thousand dollars is a lot of money. Legal fees have increased by over 1,000 percent since the superintendent began at Spooner School District. After collecting information via open records, I was in shock! During the 2013-14 school year Spooner spent $7,733 in legal fees. From July 1, 2014, through Aug. 31, 2015, Spooner School District has incurred $81,280. That is 10-1/2 times more during our superintendent’s first year than the prior year with prior administration. Let’s compare to other districts similar in size.  Barron spent $3,102; Maple Northwestern spent $14,992; Bloomer spent $8,846.

Our current district administrator often compares the SASD to Muskego-Norway School District where she previously was employed. Even though Muskego has nearly 4,000 students, consists of eight schools and is four times larger than Spooner, they only spent $23,619 in legal fees. Even if you subtract the $17,000 SASD claims to have spent on trying to dissolve SAVE Academy, we still tripled what Muskego-Norway spent. Because the $81,280 is from July 2014 through August 2015, this total does not include September, October, November and December of 2015. So that does not include any petitions, lawsuits or the an-

nual meeting. Are the administration and board of the Spooner School District operating so close to the edge of what laws and regulations allow that they incur over 30 times the legal expenses of a neighboring school district? It would also seem to indicate that the people responsible for how the Spooner School District conducts its affairs are more concerned with whether an action is barely legal rather than moral. This mentality invites trouble, and the legal problems of the Spooner School District are mounting. So, when is enough, enough? The constant attempts of the current

board and administration to blame all of their problems on the prior administration have become sad attempts with little merit. Sooner or later the current board must accept responsibility for the results of its own actions and those of its superintendent. New administration is needed. Change does not happen on its own. You must make changes or we will have more of the same. Enough is enough. Julie Rich Spooner

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ACCIDENT REPORT On Friday, Jan. 8, at approximately 8:19 a.m., Amanda Hover, 31, Spooner, was eastbound on Hwy. 63 in the Town of Stinnett, when her 2002 Chevy Trail Blazer slid into the ditch near the intersection of Hayward Road and Hwy. 63. No injuries were reported and there was no damage to the vehicle. The vehicle was removed from the ditch by Hover’s husband. On Sunday, Jan. 10, at approximately 2:22 p.m., Marie Morrison, 70, Barronett, was westbound on Leach Lake Road in the Town of Barronett when the 2006 Honda Pilot she was driving slid off the roadway and went slightly over an embankment. No injuries were reported and damage to the vehicle was limited to a flat tire on the front passenger side. The vehicle was removed from

the ditch. On Monday, Jan. 11, at approximately 9:50 p.m.,  MacKenzie Malloy, 22, Bismarck, N.D., was northbound on Hwy. 53 negotiating a curve, as she approached the intersection of Hwy. 63, she lost control of the 2003 Ford  Explorer she was driving. A witness to the accident stated the vehicle rolled at least twice before coming to rest upright on its tires. Malloy had no injuries and neither did passengers Lorranda Bonner, 21, Duluth, Minn., and Olivia Bonner, 8 months old. All three were transported to the hospital and were later medically cleared. The vehicle had severe damage to the front driver side, front and front passenger side. On Tuesday, Jan. 12, at approximately 4 p.m., Dashawn

Shafer, 18, Franklin, Ga., was northbound on Hwy. 53 in the Town of Spooner when she swerved to miss a deer in the road. The 2007 Pontiac G6 Shafer was driving slid out of control and hit a reflective post. No injuries were reported. The vehicle had minor damage to the front. On Thursday, Jan. 14, at approximately 7:15 a.m.,  Dalton Swager, 19, Radisson, was southbound on Hwy. 48 in the Town of Birchwood when the 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee he was driving started to fishtail. Swager over corrected, the vehicle entered the ditch and rolled. No injuries were reported. The vehicle was totaled and towed. — Danielle Danford with information from the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office

Farmers sue state over ban on selling homemade baked goods Senate has also passed “cookie bill” to overturn the prohibition

Parth Shah | WPR News STATEWIDE - A group of Wisconsin farmers is suing state agricultural officials in hopes of lifting the ban on selling homemade baked goods. Under current law, selling baked goods that were made in a home kitchen can lead to six months of jail time and up to $1,000 in fines. Renting out a commercial kitchen isn’t an option for Lisa Kivirist. She serves homemade muffins to guests at

the bed-and-breakfast she owns in Green County, however, she can’t sell them separately. “We are the southernmost road in Wisconsin, so I can see Illinois,” she said. “If I lived half a mile south, I could earn up to $25,000 a year selling my baked goods. But I’m not moving.” Kivirist and two other Wisconsin farmers who are suing the state, along with the Institute for Justice, are calling the ban unconstitutional. Their lawsuit comes a day after the Senate passed a so-called “cookie bill,” which would overturn the ban. The Assembly has yet to vote on the measure. Critics like Dave Schmidt, executive director of the Wisconsin Bakers Association, say lifting the ban could hurt

brick-and mortar bakeries. “If several people in a certain market or particular community are doing that, they’re eating away at a local baker that’s been there for 100 years and taking away his livelihood. How is that fair?” said Schmidt. The bill would only allow for up to $7,500 in sales each year. All products would need to be labeled with the name and address of the baker. The bill was introduced first in the 2013-2014 session; it passed the Senate, but wasn’t heard in the Assembly. Wisconsin and New Jersey are the only states that ban the sale of home-baked goods.

Super Bowl I ring going up for auction

GREEN BAY - Former Packers offensive lineman Jerry Kramer is putting his ring from the first Super Bowl up for auction. Green Bay Press Gazette Media reports the ring is one of 60 items Kramer is selling through Heritage Auctions. The other items include Kramer’s game-used jersey from Super Bowl I and his Packers Hall of Fame ring. Kramer, who will be 80 this month, played with Green Bay in the 1960s. He said he’s selling the items to clear his house of things he doesn’t need and plans to use the money to create a college fund for his five grandchildren. The newspaper reports a conservative estimate has the ring selling for $100,000. Kramer declined to sell his Super Bowl II ring, saying it means too much to him. - Associated Press | WPR News

RIGHT: Packers legend Jerry Kramer is putting up his ring from the first Super Bowl for auction, to create a college fund for his grandchildren. - Photo by Elvis Kennedy

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AREA NEWS AT A GLANCE RICE LAKE - Rice Lake Police continue to investigate a double shooting in a downtown apartment building near North Main Street that happened Thursday, Jan. 7. Cheri L. Fullarton, 37, and Justin M. Lowrie, 32, both of Rice Lake, were found dead following a report of a gunshot and screaming heard at 5-1/2 West Eau Claire St. about 10:30 p.m. It was reported more shots were fired before police arrived. Rice Lake Police responded and discovered Fullarton’s body inside the

apartment building. Occupants of the building were evacuated. With the help of the Barron County Sheriff’s Department Emergency Response Team, officers searched the apartment building and found Lowrie’s body inside. There was no threat to the public. “Evidence connected to this case still needs to be analyzed, “ said Steve Roux, chief of police. “I want to make sure the information provided to the public is complete and accurate and not just speculation,” he said. — from the

Reps. Brooks, Quinn and Tranel spearhead Rural Wisconsin Initiative Seven bills included in initial plan; website launched to gather public feedback

MADISON - Last week, a group of Republican legislators hailing from rural areas across the state came together to announce the Rural Wisconsin Initiative, an initial package of seven pieces of legislation that they hope will jump-start a conversation on opportunities in outstate Wisconsin. The group is led by Reps. Ed Brooks, Reedsburg, Romaine Quinn, Rice Lake, and Travis Tranel, Cuba City. The plan includes bills that will boost funding for broadband expansion grants, increase available resources for youth apprenticeship grants and tuition reimbursement grants for apprenticeships, create rural opportunity zones, expand a student loan repayment program for rural teachers, encourage expanded STEM education programs and bolster funding for the Wisconsin Rural Physician Residency Assistance Program. “It’s time for rural Wisconsinites to speak with one voice in Madison,” said Quinn, who contributed legislation to the plan. “The Rural Wisconsin Initiative will

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Shell Lake Lions Calendar Winners Jan. 11 - $35 Ron/Norma Frey, Freeport, Ill. Jan. 12 - $35 Lynn Nielsen, Rice Lake Jan. 13 - $35 Mike Keefe, Shell Lake Jan. 14 - $35 Jeff Dunham, Shell Lake Jan. 15 - $35 Bill Burnham, Shell Lake

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Temperatures recorded at Spooner Ag Research Station

2015 Jan. 11 Jan. 12 Jan. 13 Jan. 14 Jan. 15 Jan. 16 Jan. 17

High 9 7 8 14 22 34 24

Low Precip. -10 -15 .2” snow -22 -10 trace snow 13 17 15

2016 Jan. 11 Jan. 12 Jan. 13 Jan. 14 Jan. 15 Jan. 16 Jan. 17

High -1 0 1 12 24 -3 -4

Low Precip. -22 -22 1.2” snow -11 -2 .4” snow 12 -19 -20


Rice Lake Chronotype ••• BARRON COUNTY - A Cumberland woman faces a maximum 30-year federal prison sentence after pleading guilty to embezzling $50,000 from Dairy State Bank. Renee J. Brown, 37, pleaded guilty to the crime in U.S. district court in Madison on Jan. 5, Brown acknowledged in court that in February 2014, she embezzled the money while working as a teller at Dairy State Bank in Turtle Lake. She

deposited the money from a bank customer’s account into her account to cover money she’d embezzled from Island City Snowmobile Club when she was treasurer of the club. Sentencing is set for March. As part of her plea agreement, Brown is required to make full restitution to Dairy State Bank and the Island City Snowmobile Club. — from the Rice Lake Chronotype

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serve as an umbrella to galvanize rural legislators to bring our issues to the Capitol and ensure that the issues that affect us every day are addressed. We have so much of the same talent and potential; it’s time that rural Wisconsin children had the same opportunities as kids in Milwaukee or Madison.” Several legislators have joined Brooks, Quinn and Tranel in supporting the plan, including Reps. Joan Ballweg, Markesan; Kathy Bernier, Chippewa Falls; Mary Czaja, Irma; James Edming, Glen Flora, Joel Kitchens, Sturgeon Bay; Scott Krug, Nekoosa, Bob Kulp, Stratford; Tom Larson, Colfax; Jeff Mursau, Crivitz; John Murtha, Baldwin; Lee Nerison, Westby; Todd Novak, Dodgeville; Warren Petryk, Eleva; Keith Ripp, Lodi; John Spiros, Marshfield; Rob Swearingen, Rhinelander; Gary Tauchen, Bonduel; and Nancy VanderMeer, Tomah. “The most important part of the Rural Wisconsin Initiative is public involvement,” continued Quinn. “We want to work with people to develop legislation to build our future in rural Wisconsin.” To view the plan or offer suggestions, please visit — from the office or Rep. Quinn As the $500 Lions calendar winner, Bobbie Bailey, Shell Lake, left, accepts the check from Shell Lake Lion Bill Taubman. — Photo by Stephen Smith

Register memories

compiled by Suzanne Johnson

1956 – 60 Years Ago

1976 – 40 Years Ago

• Mrs. Donald Furchtenicht of the Excella 4-H Club was awarded recognition as the Outstanding Junior Leader in Washburn County. She was given the award for her leadership beyond that which might be expected. • Officers for the Bashaw Parents Club were Mrs. Lester Arneson, president; Mrs. Ralph Smith, vice president; and Mrs. Francis Livingston, treasurer. • The Methodist Youth Fellowship met at the Walter Hubin home and enjoyed a sliding party. Twenty-four attended. • Walter Semm, Milton Semm, Ole Musolf, Kenny Hazelwood, Vilas Huerth and Tony Roeser all helped haul and saw a nice pile of wood for Herman and Earl Semm, as Earl was laid up with a sore back.

• Roy and Gladys Slater celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with an open house at the Shell Lake Full Gospel Church. • Oliver Frey, purchasing agent at Shell Lake Fiberglass Division of Lund American Inc., and veteran employee of 38 years, retired. • Some of the works of artist Gare Frick, Barronett, were on display at the Shell Lake State Bank. • The dining room at the Swiss Chalet would be closed until May. The bar would be serving sandwiches and pizza Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

1966 – 50 Years Ago

• Mike Haremza was the chairman of Explorer Unit 51 ticket sales for the annual pancake supper. Prices were $1 for adults and 50 cents for children 12 and under. • Berger Sandstrom of Berg’s Refrigeration Service announced that he was not available for refrigeration service of any kind until further notice. •The Washburn County Sportsmen’s Club had a rabbit dinner at the Red Wood Café. All members were urged to attend, as there would be an important meeting pertaining to the seriousness of the dogdeer situation in the area southeast of Shell Lake. • Larry Klinger left for Fort Sill, Okla., after spending time with his parents, the Ernie Klingers, and grandparents the L.C. Wichhams.

1986 – 30 Years Ago

• Shannon Young, fourth-grade student of Sally Ziemer, and Andy Harrington, second-grade student of Linda Livingston, were Shell Lake Elementary School Citizens of the Week. • Scott Buttenhoff, Shell Lake, was a midyear graduate from the one-year welding program at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical Institute’s Rice Lake campus. • Named all-conference band members from Shell Lake were Lisa Richie, Jannell Anderson, Linda Pederson, Dan Kempin, Pat Quenan, Steve Moin and Tegan Sweeney. • Named to the all-conference choir were Angel Amundson, Nathan Anderson, Pete Hopke and Gwen Roe.

1996 – 20 Years Ago

• SPC Benjamin Thomas Elliott, son of Tom and Gloria Elliott, Sarona, received his honorable discharge after completing three years of service in the U.S. Army. He was stationed at HHC, 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Division, Fort Stewart, Ga. Within

that time, Elliott served with the armed forces in Somalia, Africa. • National Park Service Rangers Terry O’Halloran and Kathy Kafura gave Shell Lake fourth-graders a hands-on demonstration of what logging in northern Wisconsin was like years ago. • Tim Fox was home for the Christmas and New Year’s holiday before returning to UW-Stout in Menomonie. • Named to the dean’s list at UW-Superior were Trudy Smith, Shell Lake; Rebecca Niceswanger, Sarona; David Saffert, Scott Schorn, Brian Thorbjornsen, all of Spooner, and Lester Marsh, Trego.

2006 – 10 Years Ago

• Tom Cusick, father of 3rd Platoon Sgt. and Army medic Mark Cusick, was honored at the Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. Mark was the recipient of a Bronze Star. • Katrina Lee Miller, daughter of Cori and the late Jerry Miller, Shell Lake, was the first baby born at Indianhead Medical Center in 2006. She joined sisters Randy, 17; Sabrina, 12; and Mikenzi, 3. Diane Dryden, Shell Lake Chamber of Commerce vice president, presented mom and baby with an arrangement of roses from Carol’s Floral, a $50 savings bond, courtesy of the Shell Lake State Bank and a $40 gift certificate to Dahlstrom’s Lakeside Market. • Chosen Shell Lake’s Students of the Month were Michelle Simpson, Mel Bryan, Lori Eby, Alyssa Whitebird, Andrew Wiesner and Brandie Evans. • Winners of the 19th-annual Barronett ice-fishing contest held on Shallow Lake were Nate Hagrue, Keith Cleventar, Keith Leslie, Tom Siebert, Bonnie Fogelberg, Kevin Strenke, Bob Bos, Robert Bos, Dan Belisle and Amber Anderson.


Annual CAFO workshop set

RICE LAKE - This year’s Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations workshop will be held at WITC in Rice Lake on Thursday, Feb. 4, from 10 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. This workshop features new on-farm practices and technologies for farmers and consultants, and updates on nutrient management planning and regulations associated with CAFO permit holders. Topics covered include use of GPS-controlled manure injection, cutting-edge technologies for removing phosphorus from manure, the role of cover crops, new mapping features of SnapPlus, and updates on permits and

regulations required by the Wisconsin DNR and OSHA. Speakers include Ben Peterson, Four Cubs Farm; Clinton Church, USDA Agriculture Research Service; Joe Baeten, WisDNR; Stephanie Schneider, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture; Tyler Gruetzmacher, Barron County Soil and Water Conservation Department, and Tim Jergenson, Barron County UW-Extension. This annual workshop is intended for current CAFO owners and managers, crop consultants, agency staff, or those farms considering CAFO status. CEU. credits are available for Certified Crop Advisers. Advance registration is $15, or $20 at the door.  Checks

or credit cards are accepted for preregistration; check or cash only at the door. For more information and to preregister, call Kim at Barron County UW-Extension Office at 715-537-6250.   This workshop is co-sponsored by UWExtension and AgStar Financial Services in cooperation with the Wisconsin DNR and Wisconsin Department of Agriculture.  The University of Wisconsin - Extension provides equal opportunities in employment and programming.  Requests for reasonable accommodations for disabilities should be made prior to the date of the program or activity for which it is needed. — from UWEXT

AODA minigrant applications available

SPOONER - Washburn County Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse minigrant applications are now available. Minigrants are awarded for a maximum of $1,000 to an individual or group. Any group, organization or individual may apply. Previous grants were awarded for such items and events as antidrug educational materials, videos and alternative activities for youth and adults such as Safe Nights and Family Festival, and professional training. All grant requests must contain the following: • New in 2016, one or more people from the organization must attend the meeting and present the grant request to the AODA committee. • The program or event must have a clear AODA mes-

sage. • All participants must be alcohol and drug free during the program/event. • All events must have on-site adult supervision for the duration of the program/event. In addition, the committee recommends coordination of speaker dates to reduce costs/share resources and to research the possibility of a joint application where a larger grant award would be considered. The grantee should also explore contribution options from additional sources. Applications and grant guidelines are available at the Washburn County Health Department at 222 Oak St. in Spooner and on the Washburn County website, Completed applications must be returned to the Washburn County Health Department by Friday, Feb. 19. Completed applications can be returned in person to 222 Oak St., Spooner; faxed to 715-635-4416; or emailed to The next meeting of the Washburn County AODA Committee will be at 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, in the meeting room located at the Washburn County Highway Shop on CTH H in Spooner. Questions can be directed to Dianna Stumph at the Washburn County Health Department at 715-635-4400 or via email to — from WCHD

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COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS Thursday, Jan. 21 & Friday, Jan. 22 • American Red Cross Blood Drive, noon to 6 p.m. Thursday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, at the Shell Lake United Methodist Church. Thursday, Jan. 21 • Shell Lake PTA meeting, 6:30 p.m., in the 3-12 school library. Baby-sitting available. Saturday, Jan. 23 • Free community breakfast, 7-10 a.m., First United Pentecostal Church, 337 Greenwood Ave., Spooner. All welcome. Donations accepted. • SHINE!, 2 and 4 p.m., Erika Quam Memorial Theatre, Shell Lake. • Indianhead Writers meeting, 1 p.m., at Northwind Book & Fiber, Spooner. Anyone interested in writing is welcome to attend. For more information, call Mary at 715-468-2604. • Learn-to-ice-fish class 9 a.m. to noon at the Gov. Thompson State Fish Hatchery Visitor Center in Spooner. Wednesday, Jan. 27 • Free community supper, 4-6 p.m., St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 220 Elm St., Spooner. Thursday, Jan. 28 • The 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. • Lakeland Family Resource Center’s 20th-anniversary open house, 4-7 p.m. Refreshments and door prizes. Center is located at 314 Elm St., Spooner. Saturday, Jan. 30 • Art of Film series, “Inside Llewyn Davis,” 7 p.m., Shell Lake Arts Center.


Monday, Feb. 1 • Shell Lake/Spooner Masonic Lodge 221 meeting, 7 p.m. at the lodge. Thursday, Feb. 4 • Aphasia Group, 10-11:30 a.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, Spooner. Call 715-520-7999. • Northwest Wisconsin Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, 1 p.m., lower level at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Shell Lake. • Free community meal, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 409 Summit, Spooner, 4-6 p.m. All welcome. Donations accepted. Saturday, Feb. 6 • Triple Treat Saturday, 11 a.m.- 1:30 p.m., Namekagon Church U.C.C., Earl. Soup, pies, craft table, silent auction and more. Tuesday, Feb. 9 • Moms Club meets at Faith Lutheran, Spooner, 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 10 • Free community meal, 4-6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 135 Reinhart Dr., Shell Lake. All welcome. Donations accepted. • The board of directors for the Railroad Memories Museum meeting, 1 p.m., Spooner City Hall. All volunteers welcome. Thursday, Feb. 11  • The Shell Lake Lions Club meeting, 6:30 p.m., Shell Lake Community Center. Friday, Feb. 12 • The Shell Lake Education Foundation will be sponsoring Dad’s Belgian Waffles at the Shell Lake doubleheader basketball game. Serving is from 4:45-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13 • Washburn County Food Distribution in conjunction with Ruby’s Pantry, Spooner Middle School Tech Ed Building on Elm Street. Tickets 9 a.m. Distribution 9:30 a.m. Volunteers needed. Contact 715-635-9309, 715-4684017 or 715-222-4410. Sunday, Feb. 14 • Faith in Action Washburn County Valentine Vignette benefit concert, 2 p.m., at Spooner Wesleyan Church. Freewill offering taken to support its mission. Silent auction and refreshments will follow the show. Monday, Feb. 15 • Northern Lights Camera Club, 7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1790 Scribner St., Spooner. 


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Rehearsals for Communiversity Symphonic Band to start RICE LAKE - The Communiversity Symphonic Band invites area musicians interested in joining the adult concert band to attend the first rehearsal of the spring semester on Monday, Jan. 25, at the University of Wisconsin - Barron County in Rice Lake. Band members will meet for rehearsals on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. in the music room of the UWBC Fine Arts Building. Under the direction of Mike Joosten, the Communiversity Symphonic Band is rehearsing for their spring con-

cert, which is scheduled for Tuesday, April 5, at 7 p.m., in the UWBC Fine Arts Theatre. The theme of the spring concert is A Night at the Movies. The Communiversity Band is an ensemble based at UW-Barron County. The band includes musicians not only from the student base, but adults and high school students from the surrounding communities Joosten has a Bachelor of Music Education from UW-La Crosse and a master’s degree from Southern Oregon University. Since 1984 he has been teaching instrumental

music in the Cameron School District, directing the high school and middle school concert bands, marching band and jazz ensembles. Joosten has been the director of the Communiversity Symphonic Band since 2001. Band membership fees are $20/year or $10/semester. If you want to join the Communiversity Band, contact Joosten at 715-458-4803 or at — from UWBC

Soap in a Sweater class to meet

SHELL LAKE - Soap in a Sweater class is so fun that Shell Lake Community Ed will be offering the class again. The class is set for Monday, Jan. 25, 5-7 p.m. Also known as felted soap, Soap in a Sweater is a bar of soap and a washcloth all in one. Instructor Vanessa Berkesch, Just Heavenly Soaps, will take you through the process of felting soap. Learn about wool roving as you use your hands and a few simple tools to create your very own Soap in a Sweater. Participants will felt two bars of soap, applying wet and dry felting techniques. All supplies are provided. There is a minimum of four and a maximum of 12 for the class, which is appropriate for ages 12 and up. Cost is $15. The class will be held at the Shell Lake High School. Online registration can be found under the For Community tab on the school’s website:, or via this direct link: home/. Please contact 715-468-7815, ext. 1337, to register over the phone.​— from SLCE

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RICE LAKE - The Superior Lobe Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance will hold their annual meeting in the Blue Hills Lecture Room at UW-Barron County in Rice Lake. The meeting will begin with a short business ses-

sion at 6:30 p.m. A program will follow that features Sylvia Oberle of Thorp, who has hiked the thousand-mile trail between 2003 and 2011. Oberle will tell of her adventures and

share memorable photographs she has taken while hiking the trail. She will also have available autographed copies of the book she has recently authored, “Adventures on Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail.” - submitted

Learn-to-ice-fish event rescheduled SPOONER — Due to the extreme cold temperatures predicted for last weekend, the learn-to-ice-fish class was postponed until Saturday, Jan. 23. To help prepare for ice fishing, the class will be held from 9 a.m. to noon that day at the Gov. Tommy Thompson State Fish Hatchery Visitor Center in Spooner. This

class is available at no cost for children ages 5-15 accompanied by an adult. Students will learn basic ice-fishing skills, the gear that is needed to get started, fish identification and how to fillet your catch. Participants are encouraged to wear warm clothing as there will be time for fishing after the


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Heart of the Farm: Women in Agriculture Conference to be held in Spooner SPOONER - Mark your calendars! A Heart of the Farm: Women in Agriculture Conference will be held at the Spooner Ag Research Station on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  The Heart of the Farm: Women in Agriculture Conference series is a UW-Extension program that is committed to addressing the needs of farm women by providing education on farm business topics, connecting them with agricultural resources and creating support networks.  This conference will provide women with the opportunity to network with other farm women and learn about farm business challenges, how they as farm women can make a difference, and how to balance their lives.  The agenda will include:

• 9:30 a.m.: Understanding The Generations, Beverly Stencel, Washburn County UW-Extension community resource development educator. • 10:45 a.m.: Managing Farm Resources, Dr. Doris Mold, president of Sunrise Agricultural Associates LLC, University of Minnesota professor, and dairy farmer from Cumberland. • Noon, lunch catered by Spooner Market & Grill. • 1 p.m.: Retirement Planning, Jason Kohl and Beth Hanson-Love, Thrivent Financial. • 2 p.m.: How to Run a Multienterprise Farm, Stephanie Schneider, farmers market gardener and livestock farmer from Mondovi, also nutrient management specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture and

Consumer Protection • 3:15 p.m., Wine tasting by Clover Meadow Winery, and cheese, door prizes. •All day, chair massage by Jerry Elsen, Spooner Health System. Registration for the workshop is $20 per person.  To register, obtain a brochure, or for more information, contact Otto Wiegand at Spooner UW-Extension,  715635-3506.  Please register by Wednesday, Feb. 10.  Heart of the Farm is supported by the UW-Center for Dairy Profitability, UW-Extension, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Farm Service Agency and a USDA risk management grant. — from UWEXT

Two short business classes to begin soon RICE LAKE - Two short business classes, Business Communication: How to Write Effectively, and Start Your Own Business, will begin soon at UW-Barron County in Rice Lake. Business Communication: How to Write Effectively is a four-session course that will run on Tuesday evenings, Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23, from 6-7:15 p.m., and will meet in Room 237, Ritzinger Hall. This course, instructed by UWBC English professor Dr. Quentin Vieregge, will teach participants how to write clear, concise and to-the-point messages. Types of communications to be examined include emails, requests, adjustments, detailed instructions, and how to deny claims and give bad news. The

class will also include the writing of formal and informal business reports. The course registration fee is $49. Start Your Own Business is a four-session course that will meet on Wednesday evenings, Feb. 10, 17, 24 and March 2, from 6-8 p.m., in Room 228, Ritzinger Hall. Many aspects of entrepreneurship will be covered by course instructor Dave Armstrong, executive director of the Barron County Economic Development Corporation. Topics will include creating a sound business idea and how to validate it, developing a business plan, financing your business, creating a marketing plan and building a dynamic organization. Armstrong will share his experiences in starting several businesses and helping many

others get their new venture launched. Course registration fee is $59. Other courses that will be starting in February are Computer Basics for Beginning Beginners, Computer Basics for Beginners, Learn to Curl and Yoga Beginner Series. For a complete list of class descriptions and further details or to register and pay online go to barron.uwc. edu/ce or call Doug Edwardsen in the UWBC continuing education department at 715-234-8176, ext. 5403, or email — from UWBC

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f you can’t reduce or reuse your waste, the next step is to try recycling it. The following guidelines cover most everyday materials. Plastic containers - milk, detergent, juice, water, etc.: All plastic containers you purchase should be marked with a recycling code, usually on the bottom. Never mix any plastic containers with recycling codes other than No. 1 through No. 7 in a recycling bin. Also, the cap can be and should be recycled too, on or off the container is fine. Glass: Glass bottles must not be mixed with other types of glass such as windows, lightbulbs, mirrors, glass tableware, Pyrex or auto glass. Clear glass is the most valuable. Corrugated cardboard: People can drop their cardboard at one of the Recycling Control Commission’s cardboard dumpsters. Again, to remind everyone, contaminated cardboard, such as a greasy pizza box, is not acceptable.  Please break down all boxes. Also, no business-generated materials are accepted as these are residential sites. Business recycling is an ex-

Earth Notes Jen Barton pense of the business. Newspapers: The entire paper, including inserts, is acceptable, just remove any plastic or product samples. Phone books and magazines: All recycling sites in the two-county area collect phone books and magazines for recycling. Waxed-cardboard cartons - milk, juice: Cartons, sometimes with plastic spouts, can now be recycled at

any of the recycling drop-off sites or if you use Allied Waste Services (Republic) as your curbside hauler. Mixed paper: This is any type of paper not specifically mentioned above. The paper must be clean, dry, and free of food, most plastic, wax, and other contamination. Due to technology, plastic window envelopes and staples are generally OK. Plastic-laminated paper such as fast-food wrappers, juice boxes and pet-food bags can’t be recycled. Aluminum/tin/steel food-grade cans and containers can be recycled. Rinsing isn’t even required, but does cut down on smells and in the summer, doesn’t attract bees. To sum it up, think first before you purchase: How will I recycle this?  Can someone else possibly use this when I am through with it?  We all need to do our part to help protect resources, and it starts with you. If you have questions or concerns about recycling please contact Jen at, or call at 715-635-2197.  

Vocalists invited to join Red Cedar Choir RICE LAKE - Area vocalists are invited to join the Red Cedar Choir, which will begin rehearsals for the spring semester on Thursday, Jan. 28. The choir will rehearse from 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Music Room at the University of Wisconsin - Barron County in Rice Lake under the direction of Beth Joosten. Rehearsals will take place on Thursday evenings, Jan. 28-April 14. The choir will perform their spring concert on Tuesday, April 19, at 7 p.m. in the UW-Barron County Fine Arts Theatre. Music for the spring semester will be a tribute to the stage, from opera choruses to Broadway

musicals. Joosten has been teaching general music and directing choirs in Cameron School District since 1998. In addition, she is now teaching music classes at UW-Barron County. She is director of music at Living Water Lutheran Church in Cameron, has served as a state honors coach, clinician and adjudicator for the Wisconsin State Music Association, and is active in community music opportunities. Her educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in music education from UW-River Falls and a master’s degree from UW-La Crosse.

A letter with pertinent information has been emailed to current members. New members are invited to attend the first rehearsal. An audition may be requested of participants. Choir membership fees are $20/year or $10/semester. For more information, please contact Joosten at 715458-4803 or email — from UWBC

Lions induct new members

Shell Lake Lions recently inducted new members. Inductees are shown front row (L to R), with their sponsor in the back: Kathie Erickson sponsored by Dave Zeug; Tom Dahlstrom sponsored by Tony Gulan; Bill Jenderny sponsored by Stephen Smith; Deb Nebel sponsored by Jim Meyer; and District Gov. Larry Bradley from Jim Falls. Not pictured is new Lion Joni Christ sponsored by Bill Taubman. — Photo by Rudy Kessler


Annual Soup Bowl for Kids to be held in Birchwood BIRCHWOOD - Sunday, Jan. 31, will see the annual Soup Bowl for Kids, sponsored by the Birchwood Education Foundation and the Birchwood art department and held at Paul’s Pizza Den in Birchwood. This event showcases the pottery and artwork of the Birchwood art department, and students have been hard at work creating the bowls that will be available for purchase at the event.  Attendees can pur-

chase and take home their very own soup bowl. To buy a bowl filled with soup, it’s $15, and you can purchase additional bowls for $7.50 each.  If you don’t want to take a bowl home, you can purchase just the soup for $7.50.  These prices also include bread sticks and dessert.  Proceeds go to benefit the various causes the Birchwood Education Foundation funds throughout the year.   Art student Andrew Eddy is touching up a bowl he made.

The Birchwood Art Department has been hard at work creating the bowls for Soup Bowl for Kids.

Paul’s Pizza Den will be serving homemade soups during the entire event, which will run from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  There will be a silent auction featuring the Lottery Tree, with the possibility of finding a winning ticket for $4 million.  There will also be a 50/50 raffle and meat raffle happening during the event.  The variety group, The Souper Band, will provide live

B ​ irchwood art student Tara Stanley teaches the music teacher and member of The Souper Band to throw her own soup bowl for the Soup Bowl for Kids.

music. All are welcome at the Soup Bowl a week before the Super Bowl.   For more information about the Soup Bowl or other events happening with Birchwood Schools, please visit their Facebook page, — from Birchwood Schools

Connor Sager, Birchwood art student, refines a soup bowl for the Birchwood Education Foundation’s Soup Bowl for Kids to be held at Paul’s Pizza Den Sunday, Jan. 31, from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. — Photos submitted

Pack 62 works toward art badges

Paint Palettes and Cub Pack 62, Spooner, worked toward art badges Tuesday, Jan. 12, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Spooner. Using colors, shapes, mixing techniques and their imagination, masterpieces were created with the assistance of Sarah Larson and Marie King. — Photo submitted



Upcoming days in January to … celebrate Beyond the office door

id you know that Sunday, Jan. 24, is Global Belly Laugh Day? According to Belly Laugh Day founder Elaine Helle, it is a day about celebrating with “the people in your life, past and present, who laugh with you and help you laugh and smile ... and remembering the strange, funny, now-I-can-laugh-at-it moments.” Helle said in a quote, “Laughter tastes like bubbles.”
 Janet Lifshin, “the HaHa Lady,” is quoted as saying, “When children see bubbles, they seem to automatically say the word ‘bubbles’ and start to giggle. The giggles lead to laughter, which leads to joy.”
 I’m not sure if you will get a belly laugh out of the following tidbits I gleaned from posts made on friends’ Facebook pages, but I got a chuckle so thought I would share. Sylvia posted: A guy took his girlfriend to the Super Bowl game. After the game, he asked her how she liked it. “Oh, I really liked it,” she replied, “but I just couldn’t

Suzanne Johnson understand why they were killing each other over 25 cents.” Dumbfounded, her boyfriend asked, “What do you mean?” “Well, they flipped a coin, one team got it and then for the rest of the game, all they kept screaming was … get the quarter back! Get the quarter back! I’m like … Hello? It’s only 25 cents!”

A posting by Dan read: “Instead of John, I call my bathroom Jim. It sounds better when I say I went to the Jim first thing in the morning.” Friday, Jan. 29, is Fun at Work Day. Don’t we have fun every day at work? Fun at Work Day is supposed to be about enjoying yourself; perhaps dressing up silly, partaking in office-based mischief, or just cranking the music up loud while you work. The workforce and even employers understand that having fun at work develops a positive staff culture. Even though Belly Laugh Day and Fun at Work Day may sound like made-up holidays, I challenge you to give yourself permission to enjoy your days. 
 William James, a pioneering American psychologist and philosopher wrote, “We don’t laugh because we are happy, we are happy because we laugh.”

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any people who grow old may become one of those unfortunate people used up by life, and unable to care for their daily needs. They reside in nursing homes. A visitor may see these sad-faced men and women propped up in chairs and beds and slumped in wheelchairs. Some of them do not even see you because their eyes are deep and far away. These are the kind of people who need someone to give them a little bit of attention, and a few kind words. I chose to work in a nursing home. I wanted to bring these folks some comfort and cheer. In those days I was working on the second shift. We came at near suppertime, so we would serve the meal to the residents and tend to their needs, and a bit later, prepare them for bed. Two of us tended to our group of residents, usually the same people. They were our friends. Mrs. Smith was a lively lady, plump and perky. She was in bed most of the time or in a chair beside her bed. We might take her out of her room to some activity, but always she had her crocheting needle and yarn in her small, busy hands. There were three other residents in her room. They were not sociable. Keeping to themselves, they were in a world of their own. I often felt that Mrs. Smith was lonely. I came to her bed with her tray one day as she watched a game show on the television set. We chatted as I set up her tray, and I said, “I’ll have to show you the pictures I took on our farm.” “Oh! Let me see them! I miss being home at my farm.” I came back for her tray later and had tucked a couple of pictures in my uniform pocket so I showed them to her. “We had a barn, but that looks bigger. I can see it in my mind like it was yesterday. We had a strong fence. And the cows, do you have Holsteins? Some of them can be strong-willed, but ours were gentle. My husband had to milk one, and she liked him. If she saw me anywhere she acted up. I think she was jealous.” We laughed, and she told me all about her farmhouse

Old wife’s tales Mary B. Olsen and the flower garden with lovely pink roses and the chickens and waking to the cry of the rooster, and how the train that crossed their land blew the whistle in the night, such a comforting sound. As I was leaving, she said, “If you want to take farm pictures you can go out to my farm.” When I returned to the room later, Mrs. Smith called me to her bedside. She gave me directions to her farm and made me promise to take some good pictures there. That evening I determined to do as she suggested and maybe get some nice pictures to give her. I knew seeing the old home would cheer her up. That weekend the morning sun shone warm and bright. I left home with my trusty camera on its colorful strap around my neck and found my way out into the country following the directions given to me by Mrs. Smith. I drove into the dirt road, pulled over and parked. There was a gate, just as she had told me. It was a metal gate that hung crooked from weathered posts, and it had long since lost its purpose, with neither fence nor post on either side. The driveway was a mass of high weeds, up to my waist as I struggled along its sloping curves. Deerflies buzzed and there were a few pesky mosquitoes. I was hoping I wouldn’t get lost in this wilderness of noxious weeds, some thistles clutching at my blue jeans. At the top of the hill I could see the fallen-down remnants of an old barn and among the weeds I could see the contours of outbuildings. Beyond, near what was the end of the driveway, I saw

the old house. Like a merchant ship cast upon a shore of unkempt weeds and driftwood, it was a bedraggled derelict. Unpainted warped wooden siding hung helterskelter. The beautiful living room window she had described was without panes of glass and a bit of old curtain fluttered from it like a white flag of distress. There were the remnants of the picket fence and this weed-choked expanse before the warped and twisted door had once been her beloved flower garden. This is what happens when we get old and cannot tend to the upkeep of our lives. I knew the lady had been confined at first to a hospital and then to the nursing home and the years passed. Her son had just let the farm fall into disrepair. At first he had to keep it up just in case she recovered and wanted to go back to her home. Time had passed and it had taken its toll. I was facing my own destiny, so I stood there in the middle of the weed patch that had been the dear lady’s home sweet home and I wept. The problem was how to get a picture to bring back to Mrs. Smith. I could simply tell her the truth. No. I could lie and say I didn’t have time to take pictures at her farm. Then she might keep asking and I would keep on with the lie. No. I looked down at my feet near the “beautiful big window” and I could see a brave little pink rose and several rosebuds beaming up at me through the weeds. I stripped away some leaves, and isolated the brave pink rose. With extra care not to get background, I took a close-up and hoped for the best. My hands shook, and I stifled my tears, but even now when I remember taking that picture I feel that sadness. Back at work, I took some time from my break and headed to Mrs. Smith’s room. She greeted me with a nice smile, her crochet work in hand. I took the picture out of my uniform pocket. “I brought you a surprise. It’s a pink rose!’ She was delighted. “It is so good to know my flowers are still growing. This is one of those old-fashioned pink roses that I loved best of all my flowers.” We both had tears in our eyes.

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Classic North Woods resort to reopen at Big Sand Lake Family-owned operation hopes 1940s-era cabins available for rental in spring E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer HERTEL - Adjacent to the St. Croix Tribe community of Sand Lake, and down a narrow road from the tribe’s casino and headquarters at Hertel, is a 1940s classic North Woods resort, long closed, with five small pine-interior cabins tucked in close to the lake and nestled in a grove of towering white pine and gnarled oak. At the roadside entrance to the resort is an old lodge with a Leinenkugel’s sign out front. Mark Nelson and his family appeared before the Burnett County Land Use Committee on Tuesday, Jan. 5, where they successfully secured a conditional use permit allowing for the reopening of the resort. Nelson, who lives with his family in a lake home on-site, inherited the resort from his parents, Don and Cora, who purchased the property, known as Bir Oaks Resort, in 1993.    The history of the resort goes back to just after World War II. Ray and Clarine Mortlock owned and operated the resort for 50 years before selling to the Nelson family. As a boy, Mark Nelson would spend summers at the resort, working in housekeeping and maintenance. The five cabins at the resort include three two-bedroom and two smaller units. Three of the cabins have lake frontage, within 50 feet of the shoreline. Nelson hopes to have the cabins ready for rental in spring. He also hopes to reopen the lodge as a small bait shop, convenience store and restaurant, selling wine and beer. “I’m not really after opening a bar. We are after a resort-type lodge with the emphasis on cabin people and lake folks. We hope to keep it as an old-style lodge. Keep it a quiet environment.” Nelson said

Bir Oaks the only resort on Big Sand Lake “Big Sand Lake is the second biggest lake in Burnett County. It has a very nice boat landing, which makes it a great lake for residents and nonresidents to frequent, knowing it will be easy A sign on the shore of Big Sand Lake identifies the group of cabto get a boat in and out of the lake,” said Ryan ins that was established as a family resort more than seven deBenson, an attorney rep- cades ago. - Photos submitted unless otherwise noted resenting the Nelsons, in a written statement provided to the committee. “What Big Sand Lake does not have is any type of enterprise for frequenters of the lake to obtain bait, supplies or other necessities. All the former resorts have been sold off. A bait shop, convenience store and restaurant would provide a substantial benefit in having a location one can quick shop at while on the lake. In addition, it would allow residents of the lake a place to meet. Despite the size and quality of Big Sand Lake, I am surprised by how little boat traffic there is. Allowing the reopening of Bir Oaks Resort, in my opinion, would in no way adversely affect the quality of the lake.

The Nelsons, (L to R) Katie, Kimmie and Mark, plan to reopen the Bir Oaks Resort on Big Sand Lake. - Photo by E. Royal Emerson

Improvements under way    Nelson is busy developing a Bir Oaks Resort website and plans to complete renovations to the lodge once formal approval is secured by the county board. “My family and I have owned Bir Oaks Resort since 1993. I was gifted a part of the resort after my father’s passing in 2005 and the remainder after my mother’s passing in 2012,” Nelson said. “Currently there are no short-term rentals available on Big Sand Lake, and no services available as far as gas and fishing supplies, or public rest-room facilities. Our goal is to offer these services and create a self-sustaining business that not only supports me and my family, but with added benefits to the surrounding community,” Nelson said, adding that the proximity to the St. Croix Casino may enhance both businesses. “We would bring guests not only to our business but to the local businesses as well. This would be a home-based business that could offer employment opportunities in the future, and I believe it fits into the long-term land use plan for Sand Lake Township,” Nelson said. Folks interested in renting or visiting the resort can go to their website at or call Nelson at 715-520-2964.

Keeping that old Wisconsin resort tradition For Nelson, “retaining our quiet surroundings” is essential to successfully reopening the Bir Oaks Resort. “I have worked for years to better the resort, and my personal goal is not only to build a business but also continue to improve the infrastructure of the property and to operate with no impact on the lake,” Nelson said. “I will strive to have this be a cutting-edge operation while keeping the old Wisconsin resort feeling that most of us remember growing up!” Nelson grew up at the Bir Oaks Resort. Prior to his family purchasing the operation they would spend summers at the resort. Keeping that old Wisconsin resort tradition has become, for him, a sort of mission. Even as the resort has been out of operation for two decades, Nelson has maintained the property, making improvements to the cabins and retaining its 1940s-style authenticity. “Burnett County relies a lot on tourism and not many resorts are being established. In fact, most are being dismantled or turned into private cabins. We feel that reopening Bir Oaks Resort is a needed addition to Big Sand Lake. As a resident here for 20-plus years, I have a great desire to ensure that reopening of the resort will have a positive impact on the lake and surrounding area,” Nelson said. A 1940s-era stone fireplace accentuates the charm of this Bir Oaks cabin.

An interior view of one of the cabins at Bir Oaks Resort.

The cabins of Bir Oaks Resort have been maintained, keeping their 1940s-era authenticity.

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Halfway through the season

Larry Samson | Staff writer SHELL LAKE - The Lakers girls and boys basketball season enters its ninth week of competition, with the girls 3-9 and the boys 0-10. It has been a difficult season for both teams as they are in a rebuilding year. The girls team has shown improvement over the course of the season and they will need it as they are 0-6 in conference play. Clayton leads the Lakeland Conference with a 6-0 record followed by Cameron with a 5-1 record. The boys are also 0-6 in the Lakeland Central Conference. In first place is Cameron with a 6-0 record followed by Clayton with a 5-1 record. The leading scorers for the girls are Sheri Clark and Ashlea Meister. For the boys, Luke Pokorny is averaging 11 points per game followed by Drew Johnson with 9.5 and Evan Hungerbuhler with eight points. James Crawford will be joining the

team in a couple of games after being out of the season for heath concerns. The girls team lost, 59-44, to Turtle Lake on Tuesday, Jan. 12, in a conference game held in Shell Lake. They lost 63-45 to Unity on Friday, Jan. 15, after trailing by four points at the half. Unity came out in the second half and outscored the Lakers 3723. Shell Lake had four 3-pointers in the first half. Grace Anderson dropped in three of the 3-pointers but was held scoreless in the second half. Meister was the top scorer for Shell Lake with 13 points, Clark followed with seven points. The boys lost 65-23 to Turtle Lake on Tuesday, Jan. 12, in a home game and 52-26 against Unity on Friday, Jan. 15, also a home game. Unity is 6-0 in the Lakeland West Conference. They should be able to make a run at state this year after making it to the sectional finals last year, losing to Regis 61-51 there.

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Drew Johnson with a jump at the top of the key.

Luke Fogelberg takes a jump shot at the post. He was the top scorer for Shell Lake with seven points. The Lakers lost the game, 52-26, to a strong Unity team in Shell Lake on Friday, Jan. 15. Luke Pokorny with a shot under the basket.

Nathaniel Wingler gets a shot off against a strong Unity defender.

With the Unity defender in her face, Amanda Brereton gets a jump shot for two points.

Point guard Meredith Kevan drives the basket for two points.

S h e r i Clark brings the ball downcourt against the Unity defender. Grace Anderson drops a 3-pointer to rally the Lakers as they came within one point, 16-17. It was Anderson’s third consecutive 3-pointer. Trailing by four points in the first half, Shell Lake came out cold in the second half, losing 63-45 to a tough Unity team. Shell Lake hosted Unity on Friday, Jan. 15, in a nonconference game.



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Spooner wrestlers one match away from beating the very solid Barron Bears at home

SPOONER - The Spooner wrestlers were ready to wrestle and gave a great show at home on Thursday, Jan. 14, whenthey took on the Barron Bears. The Rails continue to give up five weight classes. “I’m very proud of this team. Knowing that we are giving up 30 points before we even start the match can be disappointing, however, this team is not focusing on what we don’t have but what we have,” stated Caleb Melton, head wrestling coach. The dual started with two exhibition matches. First, Justin Meister faced Dylan Rich. Meister wrestled well and came up with a pin in 1:15. The next exhibition match was Zach Kubnick versus Tony Candler. Kubnick won, beating his guy 5-2. Kubnick looked good and has really started to improve. The varsity dual started with the 152pound weight class. In this class, Bryce Carroll faced Brandon Billovde. Carroll was wrestling very physical and was looking at a pin. Billovde got hurt in the match and was unable to finish the match. That gave Spooner six team points. At 160, Brandon Jepson faced William Waldofski. Jepson lost to Waldofski previously at the Badger. Jepson was ready for this rematch and wrestled a great match. The match was very close right to the end.

Jepson lost 5-8. “If Brandon wrestles like he did in this match, I expect him achieving his final goal of going to the state tournament,” commented Melton. Samuel Melton, 170, faced Derek Wohlk. Melton wrestled one of his best matches of the season. He was very physical and earned a major decision 12-4. Hunter Peterson, 182, faced Shane Hanson. Peterson went after Hanson right away in the match. Peterson was caught and was pinned. Garret Borelli faced Steven Signer. Borelli wrestled his best match of the season. He was bumped up a weight class to the 195 class, however, that did not matter. He went right after his opponent, pinning him in 1:55. Josh Carroll faced Zach Miller. Carroll too was bumped up, taking him to the 220-pound weight class. That did not bother Carroll and he was ready to go. He wrestled very physical, pinning his guy in 4:22. The weight classes of 106, 113, 120 and 132 were forfeits. At 126, Blake Larson faced Justin Bartlett. Larson wrestled well and came up with a very important pin. He was very eager to earn a pin for the Rails and Spooner head coach Caleb Melton talks to Bryce Carroll during to an injury break. Melton had that’s just what he did. been an assistant coach for years before taking over the head coach position this year. — Photo Chase Melton, 138, wrestled Noah by Lilly Melton Massie. Melton beat Massie at the Badger, 3-2. Melton wrestled a close match, however, he came up short this time, losing 2-8. The Rails lost 33-42. “I’m very proud of this team and expect big things in the future,” praised coach Melton. - submitted

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Garrett Borelli pins his Barron opponent to put six points on the scoreboard. — Photo by Lilly Melton

Josh Melton with a takedown. He later pinned his Barron opponent. Barron wrestlers beat Spooner in a dual meet held Thursday, Jan. 14, in Spooner. Spooner will be wrestling in the Shell Lake Challenge on Saturday, Jan. 23.

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Future Lakers - Little Lakers

Charlie Juza is working on his ball-handling skills at the Little Laker practice held Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Shell Lake High School gym. The program runs four weeks to help the young players develop their skills in a noncompetitive environment.

Lilly Anderson is having fun dribbling the ball downcourt Riley Miller is learning to dribble the ball without looking in a skills drill. down. With a willingness to learn and to listen to her coach, she has a bright future as a basketball player.

Aida Hanson knows that she can do anything that a boy can so in sports. Her shirt says, Boys Whine, Girls Win. Girls sports have come a long way since Title IX from the early 1970s; the bill gave equal rights to female athletes.

Peter Steines is enjoying the dribble drill at the Little Laker Kayla Pederson tries to dribble downcourt defended by her basketball practice. He has five brothers and sisters to practice against. He wants to be a varsity player like his eldest older cousin, Athena Lehmann. sister, Heidi Steines.

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Spooner basketball team honors veterans Bob Osterhues won the opportunity to sink a free throw in a friendly competition at halftime. He is a veteran who was at the game to support his grandson, Brant Osterhues, in his game. The Spooner choir members, directed by Eric Conner, and the Spooner cheerleaders sing the national anthem before the game and after the recognition of the veterans in the crowd. It was Veterans Appreciation Night at the boys basketball game held Tuesday, Jan. 12. Veterans got in free and received free popcorn from the Spooner FFA.

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Rails lose to Bulldogs in final minutes of the game

Brant Osterhues puts the ball up with the American flag in the background. It was Veterans Appreciation Night at the Spooner versus Chetek-Weyerhaeuser game held Tuesday, Jan. 12. – Photos by Larry Samson

Cole Tripp drives the basket for two points as Spooner played a barn burner against their Heart O’North rivals, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser, losing in the final minutes of the game. Playing point guard, Tripp had 11 points for the game.

Spooner players Brant Osterhues and Dawson Patrick, along with Bulldog player Victor Martinez, fight for the rebound. In a close game every rebound counts.

Spooner loses to Ashland Point guard Natasha Chastek drives the basket and Ashland defender Kaylee McPeck tries unsuccessfully to stop her.

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Kelsie Gerovac lets the ball slip off the ends of her fingers as she dropped this basket. She had nine points for the game.

Meagan Vander Heyden and Ashland defender Alison Huber battle on this play. Vander Heyden draws the foul and goes to the free-throw line. She had nine points for the game.

Ice-fishing activity new to Shell Lake Schools

Camryn Nasman holds an ice auger that Clam Outdoors donated to the new Shell Lake Ice Fishing Club. The program is self-funded with volunteers and donations.

Shell Lake School Superintendent David Bridenhagen came down to the commons to meet the members of the newest student club. Not all members were able to make the meeting held Thursday, Jan. 14. — Photos by Larry Samson




Friday, Jan. 29: Doubleheader at Clear Lake, 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2: Doubleheader at Northwood, 7:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5: Doubleheader at Prairie Farm, 5:45 p.m.

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Tuesday, Jan. 26: Doubleheader at Clayton, 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29: Doubleheader at Clear Lake, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2: Doubleheader at Northwood, 7:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5: Doubleheader at Prairie Farm, 7:15 p.m.


Thursday, Jan. 21: At Cameron, 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23: Shell Lake Invitational, 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28: Flambeau at Shell Lake, 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6: Conference at Cameron, 10 a.m.

Friday, Jan. 22: At Drummond, 7 p.m.

Spooner youth wrestling has started; not too late to join SPOONER - Spooner youth wrestling has started but it’s not too late to join. Youth wrestling is held Mondays from 5:30-6:40 p.m. Monday evening sessions are free and are for kids in kindergarten through fourth grade.

More advanced practice is held on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for $25 for the season and also includes second through fifth grades. The Spooner youth wrestling tournament will be Fri-

day, Jan. 29. — from Spooner Athletic Department

Little Laker Tumbling starts soon SHELL LAKE - It’s time to tumble! Little Laker Tumbling is a four-class tumbling session that offers boys and girls an opportunity to tumble, balance and roll their way through fun activities while learning basic gymnastics. This experience is intended to be full of fun in a safe and structured environment. Registration is limited to 15 participants per group on a first-sign-up basis​. Class is approximately 45-55 minutes and families are

encouraged to have their own fun at open gym right across the hall. Instructor is Bethany Deneen. The cost is $10 and registration is due by Monday, Jan. 25. Kindergarten through first grade will meet Sundays, Jan. 31 and Feb 7, 21 and 28, at 5 p.m. Second and third grade will meet on the same Sundays, at 6 p.m. Class will not meet Sunday, Feb. 14. Classes will be held in the Shell Lake High School wrestling room.

Online registration can be found under the For Community tab on the school’s website:, or via this direct link: home/. Please contact 715-468-7815, ext. 1337, to register over the phone.​— from SLCE

Icemen ice action weekly wrap-up SIREN/HAYWARD — The Northwest Icemen varsity team visited Siren on Thursday, Jan. 14, to play the Blizzard. The game was the Icemen’s 13th game of the year, eight of those contests coming on the road. The Icemen lost the game 5-1 with the final goal for the Blizzard coming while the Icemen had pulled their goalie for an extra skater.  From the coaches perspective the score didn’t reflect the team play.   “In general we played a sound hockey game and did many things well that allowed us to once again outshoot our opponent.  As a team we continue to make the same mistake over and over again and those errors continue to show up on the scoreboard as goals against.  We are playing without the drive, effort, will to finish on our scoring chances and rebounds.  We allow teams to stay in the game, icing the puck for whistles, until we get overanxious to score and press the situation for the goal and make mistakes

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instead of staying with the game plan and wearing our opponent down.” The Northwest Icemen varsity team traveled this past weekend for a two-game tournament hosted by Hayward. On Friday night, Jan. 15, the Icemen played Rice Lake at 5:15, dropping that game 6-2.  The game was much closer than the final score. The team played very well the first half of the game, leading the contest 2-0 after the first period and down 3-2 after the second.  The team ran into some penalty problems giving up the momentum and short-handed goals before Rice Lake scored two empty-net goals to close out the game and ensure the victory. On Saturday, Jan. 16, the NW Icemen played KMMO, Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago/Oconomowoc, at 11:30 a.m. in the consolation game.  The Icemen came away with a 4-3 overtime win against a very good, very deep

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Wow! Are we ever getting cold weather! It was 20 below zero Monday morning with the wind chill. Schools were closed or running late in Minnesota. I don’t think it got much above zero Monday but the sun was shining, which was good. We lost a very good friend last week. Margaret Weathers, 91, passed away after a short illness. Margaret was a gracious, lovely lady. She was so friendly with everyone. We will miss her. I must announce that I was blessed with a great-grandson last Sunday, Jan. 10. Dillon Chester was born to Greta and Logan Zinsli in Eau Claire, weighing 7 pounds, 7 ounces. He is the first grandchild of Susan Winner of Solon Springs. He is my eighth great-grandchild. I’m really fortunate. Talking to Cheri Minot, she came home from work one day and the house was full of smoke. She called the fire department and found out it was a chimney fire. How scary can that be? No damage to the house though.

Mary and John Marschall have been baby-sitting for grandson Grant Mathison in Cumberland and helping with farm chores. Parents of Grant, Sara and Kyle Mathison, went to Mexico with a group that included Brady and Ashley, Brian and Taylor, and Justin Hemshrot and Alex. They are lucky to get away from this frigid weather. Wendell Lee Turpin of Indiana is up here working on his house and visiting relatives. News was scarce because of the cold weather. Better luck next week. It has begun to occur to me that life is a stage I’m going through.

hockey opponent. “From a coaching perspective it was the best game we have seen the Icemen play, start to finish, the past three years. Not because the team came out with the win but certainly because as a group they earned it. There were plenty of mistakes made in the game, like every game, but the skaters for the Icemen competed every shift, made the unselfish plays, took hits to make plays and played our system to a T. It was a great game for the coaches to enjoy with the team. — from NW Icemen  

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Robert “Bob” Sherman Esswein Robert “Bob” Sherman Esswein, 70, Minneapolis, Minn., and formerly of Shell Lake, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center after a long and brave battle with cancer. Bob was born April 12, 1945, in Rice Lake, to Sherman and Constance (Cameron) Esswein.  He graduated from Shell Lake High School in 1963 and attended the University of Wisconsin - River Falls and University of Minnesota. Bob joined the Navy in 1968 and was discharged in November of 1970.  He was active in the University of Wisconsin - River Falls Vets Club and continued to enjoy lifelong friendships through his association with the

Lynn A. Nordin, 64, Spooner, passed away peacefully in the early hours of Dec. 23, 2015. Lynn was born Dec. 26,1951, to parents Glen and Avis Nordin, Shell Lake. He lived most of his life in the Madison area where he enjoyed a successful career in telecommunications. He is survived by his son, Matthew Nordin, Gulf Breeze, Fla.; his wife, Claire; their daughter, Stepha-

Gertrude Minnie Larson, 97, passed away Jan. 11, 2016, at Indianhead Medical Center in Shell Lake. Gertrude was born Dec. 2, 1918, the daughter of Arthur and Jennie Coleman, who preceded her in death. She was the third of five siblings, of which four have preceded her in death. On Nov. 1, 1941, Gertrude married George Henry Larson in Birchwood. Her husband also preceded her in death. Gertrude was a loving mother of six children: Wilbur,

Margaret Ellen (Taylor) Weathers, 91, Shell Lake, died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, at Indianhead Medical Center. She was born April 22, 1924, in Salem, Ind., to Roger and Armintie (Howell) Taylor.  Margaret attended Salem Grade School and Salem High School. She attended the Methodist church in Salem, Ind., and was baptized as a member of Christ’s family when she was 12.  Margaret continued her active involvement with her church throughout her life. While working at an ice-cream shop in New Albany, she met Gaius “Bun” Weathers.  Her heart embraced this young farm boy and she married him on Dec. 20, 1941. They lived in a small apartment in New Albany, Ind., and later their sons, Ronald and Larry “Buddy,” were born.  On April 1, 1943, Bun enlisted in the U.S. Navy. They spent some time apart, and later she traveled via train to Key West, Fla., naval base with their family.  Bun was discharged from the Navy on Dec. 20, 1945.  They returned to Indiana, where their third son, Lindell “Tooker,” was born.  They moved to a newly built home in Edwardsville, Ind., where they raised their family.  Margaret’s proudest moments were the birth of their sons, when they became members of their church, when the boys played

Mabel C. Paffel, 92, entered eternal life on Jan. 16, 2016, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., with her immediate family at her bedside. Mabel was born June 27, 1923, in Saluda, S.C. On May 16, 1940, in York, S.C., she married John H. Paffel, who preceded her in death on May 15, 2009. John and Mabel were married for 69 years. After they married, Mabel and John moved to Spooner. Shortly after the move, Pearl Harbor was bombed and John was drafted into the U.S. Navy. Therefore, Mabel and their first child, Judy, lived between Spooner, the U.S. naval base in Norfolk, Va., and Charlotte, N.C., where Mabel’s parents lived. While living in Norfolk, Mabel worked for the Ship Service Department at the Naval base. When the war ended, the family moved to a farm on Crystal Lake, east of Spooner and a few years later relocated to a farm in Comstock. Mabel and John operated a large dairy farm in Comstock and started a successful auction business, Paffel Auctions, where they worked until very late in life.

club.   Bob worked and spent much of his life in the Twin Cities area, while enjoying his many friends and hobbies, including his love of all things electronic. Bob is survived by his sister, Marcia (John) Washkuhn, Lynxville; nieces, Tracey (Dwayne) Koecke, Prairie du Chien and Kimberly (Rob) Jacobson, Dodgeville; as well as five great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, Jan. 23, at Skinner Funeral Home, Shell Lake, with the Rev. Steve Miller officiating. Burial will be in Shell Lake

Lynn A. Nordin

nie; his daughter, Beverly, Bonita Springs, Fla.; and the mother of his children, Barb Nordin, Florida. He is also survived by brothers, Darwin (Rebecca) Nordin, Seattle, Wash., and Devin Nordin, Key West, Fla.; niece, Jaclyn Berghuis; and Jeremy Nordin-Berghuis. Lynn was preceded in death by his father, Glen Nordin; and his mother, Avis Nordin. Lifelong friends and relatives are planning a gathering

Gertrude Minnie Larson

Spooner, Alice, Duluth, Minn., Roger (Janet), Rice Lake, Judy LaRonge, Stone Lake, Georgina Koranda (deceased) and Christina (Jeffrey) Miller, Clayton. She also assisted in raising her husband’s six children from his prior marriage. Surviving are ElFreda West of Sarona and Helen Hunt of Anderson, Ind. Preceding her in death were Lorence, Lloyd, Harvey and Robert Larson. Gertrude spent the majority of her life as a homemaker. She loved cooking, baking, canning and freezing the winter supply of harvest. Her hobbies were her flower gardens, collecting dolls, and her dogs Angel and Mitsy. She was a fantastic cook and loved feeding the family. She and George resided in the Brill area for numerous years as farmers, eventually moving to Grand Marais,

Margaret Ellen (Taylor) Weathers basketball and their boys years in Scouts. Other proud moments included the births of their grand-, greatgrand- and great-great-grandchildren.  Very special times included their 50th wedding anniversary and their 70th-anniversary cruise with family.  They remained in their Indiana home until they were able to realize their retirement dream and moved to Florida in 2001. Her proudest accomplishments included being a Sunday school teacher for 20 years and serving as MYF leader with her husband.  In later years, she was a dedicated member of the Crusaders Sunday School class at Georgetown UMC.  After moving to Florida, she and Bun remained actively involved in their church in Lady Lake.  She serviced as a member of the Sunshine committee and reached out to all members in the church family.    When the boys were young, Margaret enjoyed working at the White House, a clothing store.  She loved having the opportunity to sell women’s apparel and appreciated the chance to buy some nice clothing for her three young boys that would complement the things she made for them as well as herself. Later, Margaret went to beauty school and became a beautician.  She served many customers as a hairdresser, and, more importantly, a friend.

Mabel C. Paffel

Mabel was active in all aspects of the family, with farming duties, the auction business, and her children, as well as in community organizations such as the Junior Beaver 4-H Club where she taught sewing, Crystal Lake Homemakers in Comstock and the Methodist Church. Upon retiring, Mabel and John wintered in Estero, Fla., for over 23 years. As she often said, John really never retired. Mabel was noted for her great talent in baking and cooking, sharing recipes for all family generations to enjoy. In her youth, Mabel worked in the tobacco fields in Proctorville, N.C., for $1 a day and later worked for the school system for $7 a day — what she called a lot of money in those days. Mabel never did complain about the hard work that came with a farm/auction business. Instead, she showed the family a remarkable work ethic that continues with her children and grandchildren. Mabel’s life was focused not on financial gains but on showing love and caring for family and friends — a focus she held to end of her life. She was a big fan of the Green Bay Packers, celebrating their wins and finding great disappointment in their losses. An active Internet user, she was always present on Facebook and sent frequent emails to her friends and family.

Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers are Richard Johnson, Larry Olson, Robert Buhr, Harley Timmerman, Gary Schaffer, Tom Jones, Stephen Vorwald, Michael Helgeson and Dennis Sorenson.  Friends may call from 10:3011 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23, at Skinner Funeral Home, Shell Lake.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in his memory to the Tomah VA Medical Center for use in the services provided by hospice care. The Skinner Funeral Home, Shell Lake, was entrusted with arrangements.

and memorial service at a later date. In lieu of gifts and memorials, the family asks that people consider donating money to a charity with a mission directed at the research, prevention and treatment of addiction, an example: Shatterproof at shatterproof. org, or give to the Terraceview Living Center or the Shell Lake Arts Center.

Minn., then moving to Hayward, and her current residence in the Spooner/Stone Lake area. Getrude will be greatly missed by her family and friends. We will all rejoice with her reunion in heaven with George and all the family. A memorial service celebrating Gertrude’s life was held Jan. 15 at Namekagon Congregational United Church of Christ in Earl with Sharon Osborn officiating. Interment was at the Earl Cemetery. The Dahl Funeral Home, Spooner, was entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

Margaret enjoyed square dancing with Bun in New Albany, Ind., for 35 years. They danced their way across the U.S. and even Europe.  In the fall of 2012, Bun and Margaret traveled once again, moving to Glenview Assisted Living in Shell Lake. Margaret is survived by her husband, Bun, Shell Lake; sons, Ron (Bonnie) Weathers, Summerfield, Fla., Buddy (Connie) Weathers, Benton, Ky., and Tooker (Sue) Weathers, Shell Lake; 10 grandchildren and their spouses; 14 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren, along with many other relatives and hundreds of friends. Funeral services were held Jan. 18 at Shell Lake United Methodist Church with the Rev. Steve Miller officiating. Burial will be in Wolfe Cemetery, Georgetown, Ind., at a later date. Honorary pallbearers are Jeff Weathers, Dusty Weathers, Zachary Weathers, Jeff Ford, Patrick Tucker, Mike Durand, Joey McCormick, Paul Byrne and Aaron Gamboni. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. The Skinner Funeral Home, Shell Lake, was entrusted with arrangements.

Mabel is survived by daughters, Judy Greener (Bob), Cumberland, and Becky Bents (Chuck), Osceola; sons, Mike (Renea) Paffel, Cumberland, Kelly (Wendy) Paffel, Naples, Fla., and Bob (Darlene) Paffel, Cumberland; 15 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; her sister, Betty Lindsey, Green Bay; and her brother, Marshall Britt, Indian Trails, N.C. Mabel was preceded in death by her parents, Kelly M. and Lillie (Price) Britt; sisters, Martha Britt, Susan Britt, and Norma Paffel; brother, Albert Britt; a special grandson, Devon Paffel; and great-granddaughter, Ava Faith Bents. Mabel’s family and friends considered her a wonderful woman who blessed the world with her immense love, wisdom, caring and knowledge. Any donations should be directed to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Cumberland. Funeral services were held Jan. 20 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Cumberland, with the Rev. John Miels officiating. Burial was in Lakeside Cemetery, Cumberland. Pallbearers were Bill Greener, Bob Greener, Steve Paffel, Tim Paffel, Ryan Paffel, Scott Greener and Brady Paffel.  Skinner Funeral Home of Cumberland is serving the family.

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

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


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

Northwoods Baptist

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

Spooner Baptist

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


St. Joseph’s Catholic

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

St. Catherine’s Catholic

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

St. Francis de Sales

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

St. Alban’s

Full Gospel

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.

Salem Lutheran, ELCA

Shell Lake Full Gospel


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.

Faith Lutheran


Long Lake Lutheran Church


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

United Methodist

Trego Community Church

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

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

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

But accepting “all kinds” takes more than a saying. In the church, everyone brings something of value and importance. What do you bring to church this week?

1 Corinthians 12:12-31a Luke 4:14-21

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

United Methodist

t takes all kinds.” We know that saying.

Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10

Cornerstone Christian


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



Lake Park Alliance

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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

Sunday, January 24, 2016 Third Sunday After The Epiphany ddictions, whether alcohol, another kind of drug, A food or sexual addiction, will lead to certain destruction and finally death unless the addict completely

stops engaging in the self-destroying behavior. As simple as that sounds it is not easy to do. Why? Because addicts must take the first step, admit their addiction, its pervasive power over every aspect of their lives and finally recognize their inability to control or stop their self-destroying behavior and surrender that addiction to God. David said it one way and Paul another way. David said, “I acknowledge my transgressions and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only have I sinned.” And Paul said, “I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.” Two powerful statements from two of God’s most honored servants that are different in words yet identical in meaning. Two men crying out to God in a moment of extreme desperation asking for God’s love, mercy, grace, salvation and healing. It describes their battle with sin, their inadequacies to be victorious over sin and their desire to please and honor God. We can never underestimate the strong hold sin has in our lives. Nor do we recognize our powerlessness to overcome it in our own strength. Unfortunately, one of the most used talents Satan gives to us is denial. As long as we do not admit that there is sin in our lives we do not have to deal with or confront it. We too easily live with it, unaware that it is slowly destroying us. Robert Burns said that it would be wonderful if someone could give us a gift that would enable us to see ourselves as others see us. God did exactly that in his word and in the life of his son. Now it is up to us to admit what is and call on him.

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Judy Pieper

The 29th-annual Barronett Civic Club ice-fishing contest was held on Shallow Lake Saturday, Jan. 16. Even though it was the coldest day of the winter so far, there were quite a few brave souls out there trying to get the big one. The ice was about 8 inches deep, not quite as great as they would have liked, but some fishermen and women walked, some four-wheeled and some used snowmobiles to get out to their favorite spots. Volunteers set up a three-sided plywood shelter with a canvas top so that the people cooking and selling the food and setting up door prizes could be a little more comfortable. Kevin Elmberg won first place for the largest northern at 3 pounds, 4 ounces. Second place went to Delilah Snowbank at 1 pound, 15 ounces. Luke Anderson won first and second in the panfish category with one weighing 9-1/2 ounces and a 4-3/4-ouncer. After the contest, everyone went back to the community center for the super souper supper. LuAnn and her ice mavens were there, of course, keeping things funny. This year they crowned William Otto the new king and Isabella Neitzel the new queen. I’m sure that they will both be


Mary Dunn, Lida Nordquist, Donna and Nina Hines, and Karen and Diana Mangelsen were guests at the home of Marlene Swearingen on Tuesday. They enjoyed an afternoon of visiting and playing cards. Lorri McQuade was the hostess. Hank and Karen Mangelsen called on Lawrence and Nina Hines on Friday morning. Nancy and Steve Hagen were Friday night and Saturday visitors of Nina

Stone Lake

great ambassadors for Barronett this year. Nate Anderson was the lucky winner of the major raffle prize, an electric ice auger. Terry Henck and Chris Stolp won the money prizes. The civic club members extend gratitude to those who donated raffle prizes, volunteered to help with cooking, cleanup and other things necessary to make things go smoothly, and everyone participated in the contest and came to the dinner. Next year will be the 30th, and they plan to make it even better. Barronett Lutheran women would like to thank Bonnie Modjeski for helping us with the Tuesday program at Cumberland ECU last week. Bonnie played her accordion and guitar and sang while we were getting the food and drinks ready. Tru Lehmann was there helping us, and she enjoyed the music and talking to the residents. Tru’s birthday was the day after the Tuesday program, so that evening I invited some people over to our house to celebrate with her. The guests were Don, Anitia, Gavin, Tinille and Miriah Lehmann, Lynn, Garett, Kandice and Kane Thon and Jim and Wrig Marsh. Tru is really into the Ninja Turtles right now, so

Karen Mangelsen and Lawrence Hines. Hank and Karen Mangelsen went to Siren on Saturday to watch great-nephew Riley Romsos play hockey at the Lodge Center Arena.  Afterward, they joined Gene, Carlotta, Dale, Carrie, Blake and Riley Romsos for lunch at the Chattering Squirrel.  Riley plays for the Spooner Mites. The Lakeview UM Church Sunday worship service was canceled Jan. 17 due to the cold weather.

Mary Nilssen

The board of the Lakes Community Co-op extends gratitude to the entire community for their generous contributions to the Feed-A-Family program. First Lutheran, Stone Lake Wesleyan, the Cranberry Festival, the Homemakers, the Stone Lake Lions Club, plus many Stone Lake businesses had moneymakers for the fund. The stores’ customers contributed personally and each time a customer rounded up to the next dollar, it added to the fund. Your contributions provided 45 boxes of groceries for families in our area, plus 60 fruit baskets for the senior center, all thanks to you! On Saturday, Jan. 23, 6 p.m. to midnight, the Stone Lake Pub will be donating 50 cents from every drink sold to the Hayward Lioness Club. In January they will also be having their annual fishing contest. Stop into the pub for more details. If you need help learning how to use your laptop computer or iPod, Nook, etc., there is free help every Monday at the

Stone Lake Senior Center from 10 a.m. noon. Please call Connie at 715-865-4940 if you have any questions. The same free help is offered on Tuesdays at the Sawyer County Senior Resource Center from 10 a.m. - noon. Please feel free to attend both or either one. The Stone Lake Area Historical Society has a few of the new “Finding People and Places in Early Stone Lake” still available. They are for sale at the Stone Lake Hardware or by calling Connie Schield at 715865-4940. I would like to thank everyone for providing information for my column in 2015. It is so nice to live and work in a caring and wonderful community like Stone Lake! Have a good week and be safe. Mary Nilssen can be reached at 715-8654008 or

Senior lunch menu Monday, Jan. 25: Hearty beef and bean chili with cheese, crackers and sour cream, corn bread, banana. Tuesday, Jan. 26: Chicken chow mein served over rice, steamed vegetables, mandarin oranges, fortune cookie. Wednesday, Jan. 27: Crispy-fish sandwich with tartar sauce, coleslaw, V8 juice, gelatin dessert. Thursday, Jan. 28: Juicy pork chop, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, cinnamon apples. Friday, Jan. 29: Salisbury steak, seasoned hash browns, baked beans, lemon bar. Meal reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance, call your senior center to confirm. Menu is subject to change. All meals served with milk and bread.

Dining at 5 Birchwood, Friday, Jan. 29: Oven-fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, roasted corn, fresh salad bar, cherry crisp with whipped cream. Call 715-354-3001 to make reservations 24 hours in advance. Suggested donation is $5. For anyone under 60 years old cost is $8.75.

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she asked for - and got - a Ninja Turtle cake. She had a great time playing with her cousins and opening gifts. Sunday, Jan. 24, there will be an annual meeting of the congregation of Barronett Lutheran immediately after worship service. There are several positions on the board to be filled, and we will be discussing future events for the church. After the meeting there will be a potluck lunch in the church basement. I hope you can be there to help make some of the decisions. Lynn Thon called at about 7:30 Monday morning. She was on her way to work, traveling north, and she saw a falling star. Pretty exciting stuff. I didn’t even think they would show up when it was almost light outside. I have to tell you a really dumb joke I just remembered. Seems Shell Lake State Bank hired a new loan officer, Patricia Black. Anyway, she was sitting at her desk the other day and a frog came in holding a little statue. He told her that he needed $50,000 to buy a new home. She asked what he had for collateral, and he told her the only thing he had was the little statue. She didn’t know what to do. She didn’t

want to insult him and throw him out of the bank so she decided to ask the bank president about it. She went in, explained it to him, and he came out of his office to check it out. He looked at the frog and the statue and said, “It’s a knickknack, Patty Black, give the frog a loan.” Groan — I warned you ahead of time that it was a dumb joke. Our sympathy goes out to the family of Cathy (Theese) Graunke who passed away on Friday after a long illness. Cathy was the daughter of Ilia and Ken Theese and grew up in Barronett. She was a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother. She will be missed by all who knew her. Our sympathy also goes out to Vlad Sajka, whose brother-in-law, Rick Johnson, passed away last week. Please remember both Rick’s and Cathy’s families in your prayers as they work through this time of sorrow. I guess that’s all I know from Barronett this week. Remember, the annual meeting is right after worship service on Sunday. See you next time.

Washburn County Area Humane Society Punkin’s so cute, one ear up, one ear down, She’s young and so silly; yes, she is a clown. Although she is playful, she’s so gentle, too, This sweet girl will give hugs and kisses to you. She’s house-trained and quiet, she seems so content, Someone has spent time with her that’s evident. I’ve noticed something that you don’t often see, Punkin hasn’t barked once, at least not around me. One thing I will tell you and this I am sure, Not often you’ll find a young dog nice as her. Dogs for adoption: 10-month-old brindle/white female heeler/pit bull

mix; 5-year-old spayed yellow Lab mix and two 5-week-old female black/white boxer/Lab mix pups. Cats for adoption: 2-year-old male black/ brown shorthair tiger; 3-year-old neutered/ declawed shorthair black/brown tiger; 2-year-old male gray/ white longhair; 2-yearold black/brown/ white neutered shorthair tiger; 1-year-old neutered orange shorthair tabby; 4-month-old female siamese mix; 4-month-old male black/white medium-hair; 3-1/2-yearold neutered black/white shorthair; 8-month-old female dilute tortie shorthair; 2-year-old female brown/orange/ black shorthair and a 5-month-old male black/white shorthair.

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Academic news FORT McCOY — Mitchell S. Kraetke, Shell Lake, is among 49 recruits welcomed to the Wisconsin State Patrol Academy at Fort McCoy to begin an intense 25-week training program that will culminate in their graduation as troopers or inspectors on July 1. “The cadets will train full time at the State Patrol Academy in areas such as firearms proficiency, defensive and arrest tactics, traffic stop contacts, emergency vehicle operations and police pursuits. They also will receive training in communication skills, ethics, crash investigations, criminal and traffic law, as well as emergency lifesaving techniques. Their physical, academic and hands-on training will prepare them for law enforcement careers as either State Patrol troopers or inspectors in one of five regions in the state,” said Capt. Paul Matl, director of training at the academy. — from TheLink ••• DULUTH, Minn. — Christi Alt, Trego, graduated from the College of St. Scholastica during its fall commencement ceremony Dec. 19 in the Reif Gymnasium on campus. Alt graduated with a Master of Science in Teaching degree. — from ReadMedia ••• DULUTH, Minn. - The University of Minnesota Duluth has announced its dean’s list for fall semester 2015. Area students named to the list are Erik Hovde, Birchwood, freshman, majoring in chemistry; Sarah Dettle, Sarona, sophomore, majoring in cell and molecular biology; and Adam Hungerbuhler, Shell Lake, majoring in mechanical engineering. — from The Link •••

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Will Stewart, former Spooner High School graduate and teacher, was recognized as a TIES Exceptional Teacher at the TIES 2015 Education Technology Conference at the Minneapolis Hyatt Regency on Dec. 15. The award recognizes teachers who model the best practices in their classroom and engage students in learning with technology. Following is the nomination submission explaining why Stewart is an exceptional teacher: “Will Stewart has demonstrated himself as an instructional technology leader in Richfield Public Schools. As a fifth-grade teacher, he continues to advance and enhance his instructional practice utilizing technology as a window to accelerate his students’ learning. Because of his innovative practices students have engaged and excelled in his classroom.” TIES is an educational technology solutions collaborative owned by 48 member districts. Their mission is to leverage collective wisdom to make technology work across school communities. For more than four decades, TIES has proven to be a reliable partner to K-12 educators. TIES represents more than 400 schools with about 40 percent of Minnesota’s students. As a key technology source for its member districts, TIES provides software systems, professional development, and technology integration training for teachers, administrators, transportation outsourcing, technical consulting, hardware and software support, and ISP services. — from TIES Communications •••



Marian Furchtenicht

It was a bright but cold weekend. As I write this news on Monday morning, Jan. 18, it is 20 degrees below zero with some closings and cancellations in the area. There was no church service at Sarona United Methodist Church on Sunday, Jan. 17, due to the cold. Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Our days are getting a bit longer now, gaining a few minutes a day at sunsets and it’s only 56 days until spring. Some say the best thing about winter is … when it is over! One good thing this year is the price of gas. LP gas the other day was 91 cents a gallon paying up front and gasoline was $1.79-9/10 in Shell Lake and Spooner with diesel being $1.99. I had a nice visit with an old up-home neighbor and classmate, June Johnson Ellison. June and husband Henry moved to Hayward in December from Green Bay. She was visiting at her sister’s, Evelyn Rene’s, in Madge. Their sister Audrey Miller needs our prayers as she was hospitalized in Shell Lake. Julie Sauer went along with Sue Krantz to Marshfield on Friday to attend a meeting for work. Sue Krantz cooked up a storm on Saturday and took some to her folks for Saturday night supper Greg Krantz isn’t running for Washburn County Board

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of Supervisors after serving for 14 years. Dennis Wood from Sarona filled out nomination papers for the job. Some dear ladies have left us since I wrote last. Elfreda West’s stepmother, Gertrude Larson, 97, passed away Jan. 11 and the service for her was at the Namekagon Church in Earl on Friday, Jan. 15. She was living at Terraceview Living Center in Shell Lake. She was a sweet person, dear friend of my mom’s, and her life wasn’t an easy one, raising her six children and assisting in raising her husband, George’s, six children after the death of his first wife. Sympathy to that family. Sympathy to the family of Margaret Weathers, 91, Shell Lake, who passed away Tuesday, Jan. 12, at Indianhead Medical Center. She is the mother of Tooker, Sue VanMeter Weather’s, husband. She leaves her husband, Bun, and three sons, 10 grands, 14 greats and three greatgreats. Margaret was such a neat person, being a beautician and a true friend to all she met. Her funeral was held Monday, Jan. 18, at the United Methodist Church in Shell Lake with the Rev. Steve Miller officiating. Brenda Zaloudek’s aunt, Mable Paffel, 92, Cumberland, passed away at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., on Saturday. Her funeral was Wednesday, Jan. 20, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Cumberland. Most people

knew her and her husband, John, who was an auctioneer in the area for many years. Condolences to the family. Get-well wishes to Mike Roberts. Rocky Furchtenicht is helping them out by hauling some of his beef cattle to market. I read 72 fire towers across the state are going to be removed, according to the DNR. Just another thing of the past. Daughter Mary Marschall and grandson Grant visited me Friday. Russ, Ryan and Roger were Sunday coffee visitors. A happy birthday is wished for these folks on their birthday. Samantha Elliott, Dana Barrett, Blake Lundstrum, Samuel Shelton, Jan. 21; Delores Twining, Cindy Moore, Taree Campbell, Jan. 22; Anton Frey, Jennie Hastreiter, Johnathon LaVeu, Bill Sauer, Tabatha Clark, Jan. 23; Matthew Morevec, Harold Olson, Elisha Cooper, Wystria Cauley, Jan. 24; Troy Benham, Victoria Musil, Jan. 25; and Kim Morevec, Harry Hoecherl, Mike Richter, McKenzie Curtiss, Jan. 26. Have a great one. Bill and Clarice Simmons, have a happy 57th on Jan. 24. Be kind to unkind people. They need love the most!

Pauline Lawrence

Brr! It’s cold! Yes, winter has set in for another season. shipped from Tennessee and was due to be put to sleep. Not many people were moving around on Sunday. I I guess we’ve had such a nice fall we all expected it to The Ladds picked up the puppy in Menomonie from a only saw two cars go by. continue but everything good must come to an end, like shelter. It’s a year old and only weights about 5 pounds. The Lakeview church council meeting was canceled our weather. It makes Rylee happy to have her own pup but hey, and is rescheduled for Jan. 25 at the church. A very happy anniversary to Mark and Dawn Meister Rylee, what about all those cats and kittens? They need Scatter sunshine! as they enjoy their special day with lots more to come. love, too. Have a great week. This makes 18 years for the Meisters. Last week the Packers won their game and this week A good laugh in this very cold weather: A very happy birthday to Nolan Miller as he enjoys his they lost. A therapist has a theory that couples who make love special day on Jan. 25. Have a great one, Nolan. Evelyn Melton tells us it’s too cold to go outside, so she once a day are the happiest. So he treats it at a seminar by A very happy birthday to Kenzie Cramer when she didn’t go to church either. asking those assembled, “How many people here make turns 20 years old on Jan. 26. Also birthday wishes go Talking with the Bests on Sunday morning, they didn’t love once a day?” Half the people raised their hands, out to Rachel Mechtel on her special day, Jan. 26, when go to church either. They had 19 degrees below zero. In each of them grinning widely. “Once a week?” A third of she turns 20. Enjoy your special day girls. Rice Lake, I’m told, it was 32 degrees below zero. Brr! the audience raises their hands, their grins a bit less viA very happy birthday to Jeff Stellrecht on his birthday Saturday, Jan. 9, I worked at Ruby’s Pantry. While brant. “Once a month?” A few hands tepidly go up. Then Jan. 27 with many more to come. working, Howard Potter came and talked to me. How- he asks, “OK, how about once a year?” One man in the News from Diane Hulleman finds Diane working ard did our farm taxes for years but now has retired. He back jumps up and down, jubilantly waving his hands. on Tuesday morning at Shell Lake Schools. On Friday says he’s so glad to be retired. I asked him how many The therapist is shocked … (Jan. 13, 20, 27) coming to Diane’s for overnight and Saturday were her grandchildren he has now and he said 14. Howard had this seems to disprove his STATE OF WISCONSIN daughter, Jackie Perlt, and son Nick, Colleen and Izzy three sons and one daughter, so they’ve added to the Pot- theory. “If you make love CIRCUIT COURT Jensen, Chris and Tiffany Perlt and their little son, Eli and ter family. Howard is now 72 and I know he wanted to be only once a year,” he asked, WASHBURN COUNTY Steve Hulleman. All left for home on Saturday. retired for at least five years or more. So now people will “Why are you so happy?” IN THE MATTER OF THE At Garry and Beth Crosby’s were Chad and Ashley have to look for another good tax accountant. I found The man yells, “Today’s the ESTATE OF Crosby and their three munchkins, Chase, Morgan and one after Sunshine passed away and his name is Rick day!” ARTHUR KAPPUS Joyel. Saturday evening, Tom and Sunshine Crosby and Lauterbach. He does a terrific job on my taxes and I’m DOD: September 9, 2013 family hosted a birthday supper for Isaac and Josie with happy to have him. Order and Notice of Hearing Garry and Beth attending along with Shorty and Melissa, Talking with Rick LauterPetition of Summary Tyler and his girlfriend, Amber Anderson, Katie Crosby, bach on Sunday, we found Assignment Mark Fritz and family, and Ron Roberts. All had a won- he has been sick. It is flu (Formal Administration) derful evening according to what I hear. time once again. Case No. 13 PR 49 According to Diane Hulleman there was no church at Talking with Butch VanA petition for summary assignLakeview Methodist in Dewey Country on Sunday, Jan. Selus, he tells me he went ment was filed. 17. Diane was notified Saturday night that it was just too to the doctor and found he THE COURT FINDS: cold. had a bad sinus infection. 1. The decedent, with date of I see in a farm paper that I get that they had to de- So he went on pills but birth February 14, 1951, and The School District of Shell Lake is seeking qualified applicants stroy 40,000 birds in Scotland due to the disease we had broke out and had to return for the position of head coach of varsity football. The successful date of death September 9, 2013, was domiciled in Washwith the chickens and turkeys here in the United States for a different prescription. candidate will have prior coaching experience, strong communiburn County, State of Wisconin 2015. He is feeling much bet- cation skills, recruiting skills and the ability to work with others in sin, with a mailing address of Walmart is closing 269 stores in the United States and ter now. Glad to hear this, developing a complete program across grade levels. W6802 Nancy Lake Rd., abroad. Lots of people will be without jobs I understand. Butch. Stay well. Interested applicants, please send a letter of application outlining Minong, WI 54859. Thursday, Paula Craprior experiences that would make you an ideal candidate for this 2. Creditors may bring an position to: mer and Kenzie came to action by David Bridenhagen, Superintendent my house and we enjoyed A. Filing a claim in the School District of Shell Lake opening Christmas gifts. Washburn County Circuit Court 271 Highway 63 before the property is assigned. Every time we set a date Shell Lake, WI 54871 B. Bringing a suit against the to get together the weather The Lakeland Manor in Shell Lake is now accepting assignee(s) after the property is Application deadline is Friday, January 29. was bad. I guess it’s better applications for housing. Our affordable apartments assigned. The right of a creditor The Shell Lake School District is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate late than never. to bring an action terminates are income based. We promote adequate and affordagainst applicants or employees based on race, age, sex or sexual orientation, creed or It’s so cold out I don’t see three months after the date of religion, color, handicap or disability, marital status, citizenship or veteran status, national able housing, economic opportunity and a suitable any birds flying and not a publication of this order. origin or ancestry, arrest or conviction record, use or nonuse of lawful products off district living environment free from discrimination. squirrel in the trees. They 3. The property may be premises during nonworking hours or any other characteristic protected by law. assigned to the creditors and must be frozen up, too. For more information on the benefits of interested persons after 30 days Talking with my daughliving at the Lakeland Manor, please have elapsed following the first ter, Penny Ladd, we find 639949 call 715-468-2730. publication of this notice. 20-23r 10-13b Saturday Reyana and THE COURT ORDERS: Penny went to Rylee’s bas1. The petition be heard and ketball games. They lost heirship be determined at the one and won one. On SatWashburn County Courthouse, urday, Rylee became the Shell Lake, Wisconsin, before owner of a puppy that was Eugene D. Harrington, Court



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Official, on January 28, 2016, at 3:30 p.m. 2. Publication of this notice is notice to any persons whose names or addresses are unknown. If you required reasonable accommodations due to a disability to participate in the court process, please call 715-4684677 at least 10 working days prior to the scheduled court date. Please note that the court does not provide transportation. BY THE COURT: Eugene Harrington Circuit Court Judge January 4, 2016 Katherine M. Stewart P.O. Box 364 Spooner, WI 54801 715-635-9081 640469 Bar No.: 1005716 WNAXLP



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Shell Lake Area Fire Association requests a variance at 400 6th Avenue, Shell Lake, WI 54871, PT NE SE L 1 CSM V 8 P 171 V 248 P 171 V 248 P 633 V 249 P 582 DOC #362118 RD ESMT to accommodate a 24-foot-wide addition to the south side of the existing building that would require a rear-yard setback reduction. Zoning Classification: Single-Family Residential (R1). Zoning Ordinance Sec. 13-1-42(d) (4) (c). Ronald and Gloria Larson request a variance at 919 Burgs Park Drive, Shell Lake, WI 54871, BURGS PARK LOT 13 BLOCK 3 DOC #322867 QC to construct an addition to the primary residence that would require a variance to reduce the side-yard setback. Zoning Classification: Single-Family Residential Lake (RL-1). Zoning Ordinance Sec. 13-1-176. A public hearing will be held on these matters Monday, February 1, 2106, at 5:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, City Hall. If you have any questions or wish to comment on this request, please contract me at 715-645-0991. Clint Stariha, Zoning Administrator 640669 23-24r WNAXLP


HAZARDOUS MATERIALS COMMUNITY RIGHT-TO-KNOW Public Law 99-499 is the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1926, Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 186 (SARA Fund). This law was enacted to protect and inform all citizens of the existence of hazardous chemicals that may be manufactured, stored, distributed or used in a community. Information about these hazardous chemicals and locations is available for public review during business hours at the Washburn County Office of Emergency Management (715468-4730) located at 421 Hwy. 63, Shell Lake, WI. Information available is limited to compliance with P.L. 99499 and does not include all chemicals that may pose a threat to humans, animals or the environment. Telephone inquiries as to specific information in the files will not be accepted. Copies of documents may be made at the expense of the requester and at rates established by the County. 640598 23r WNAXLP

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Notices (Jan. 6, 13, 20) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF DOUGLAS A. FERGUSON Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 15PR52 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth April 4, 1944, and date of death October 5, 2015, was domiciled in Washburn County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of W3128 Church Road, Sarona, WI 54870. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is March 14, 2016. 5. A claim may be filed at the Washburn County Courthouse, 10 4th Avenue, P.O. Box 316, Shell Lake, Wisconsin, Room 2C. Shannon Anderson Probate Registrar December 14, 2015

(Jan. 13, 20, 27) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY COMMUNITY BANK OF NORTHERN WISCONSIN Plaintiff, vs. MICHAEL J. CHRISTENSEN, APRIL D. CHRISTENSEN, MANFRED GALAN, KIM GALAN Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Case No. 15 CV 96 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered in the above action by the Circuit Court of Washburn County, the undersigned 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 3, 2016, at 10:00 a.m., the following described property: Units 1 through 6, inclusive, being all of the units in Maple Grove Beach Condominium, together with the common areas and elements of Maple Grove Beach Condominium, a condominium declared and existing under and by virtue of the Condominium Ownership Act of the State of Wisconsin and recorded by a Declaration of such condominium in the office of the Register of Deeds for Washburn County, Wis., on January 12, 2000, in Volume 414 of Records, Pages 556579 as Document No. 268824 and amended by the First Amendment to the Declaration of Condominium of Maple Grove Beach Condominium recorded July 10, 2013, as Document No. 359129. PROPERTY ADDRESS: N1936 County Hwy. M, Sarona WI. TERMS: Cash. DOWN PAYMENT: 10% of amount bid by certified check. BALANCE DUE: At time of confirmation of sale. Dated this 6th day of January, 2016. WASHBURN COUNTY SHERIFF By: Terrence C. Dryden 640357 WNAXLP

Mark E. Coe Coe Law Offices, S.C. 24 West Marshall Street P.O. Box 192 Rice Lake, WI 54868 715-234-9074 Bar No. 1000202 640068 WNAXLP (Jan. 20, 27, Feb. 3) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF LYNN A. NORDIN DOD: December 23, 2015 Notice Setting Time to hear Application and Deadline for Filing Claims (Informal Administration) Case No. 16PR04 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth December 26, 1950, and date of death December 23, 2015, was domiciled in Washburn County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 1103 Whitetail St., Spooner, WI 54801. 3. The application will be heard at the Washburn County Courthouse, Shell Lake, Wisconsin, Room 2C, before Shannon Anderson, Probate Registrar, on February 17, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. You do not need to appear unless you object. The application may be granted if there is no objection. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is April 12, 2016. 5. A claim may be filed at the Washburn County Courthouse, Shell Lake, Wisconsin, Room 2C. 6. This publication is notice to any persons whose names or address are unknown. If you require reasonable accommodations due to a disability to participate in the court process, please call 715-4684688 at least 10 working days prior to the scheduled court date. Please note that the court does not provide transportation. Shannon Anderson Probate Registrar January 13, 2016 Katherine M. Stewart P.O. Box 364 Spooner, WI 54801 715-635-9081 640737 Bar No.: 1005716 WNAXLP

The Shell Lake Plan Commission will hold a meeting on the 1st day of Feb., 2016, at 4:30 p.m. at the Shell Lake City Hall, 501 First St. Shell Lake, Wis., to hold a public hearing on the Cityrequested rezoning from R-1 (Single-family Residential) to C-1 (General Commercial) of the following properties: Ridgeway Addition Pt. Lots 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 L4 CSM V 4 P 16 V 267 P 519. Following the close of the public hearing, the Plan Commission will make an advisory recommendation to the Common Council regarding the requested rezoning. Andrew C. Eiche, City Administrator 640805 23-24r WNAXLP


The Town of Beaver Brook is seeking candidates to fill the remainder of the current elected Town Supervisor’s term, who has resigned. Candidates must be a current resident of the town. Interested candidates may contact the Town Chairman, 715-520-0565, for more information. Send cover letter with resume information by February 8, 2016, to: Town of Beaver Brook, Chairman N4879 Randall Lake Rd. 640733 Spooner, WI 54801 23-24r ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS CTH M (CTH D - Laundromat Rd.) Washburn County, Wisconsin Contract # 1-16P

PROJECT: CTH M CTH D - Laundromat Rd. Washburn County BID DEADLINE: February 1, 2016 1:00 p.m., Local Time NOTICE Sealed bid proposals for the above project will be received by Frank Scalzo, Highway Operations Manager, Washburn County Highway Department, 1600 County Road H, Spooner, WI 54801 until the Bid Deadline of 1 p.m., local time, on 2/1/16. At that time will be publicly opened and read aloud. Oral, faxed or emailed bids will be rejected. Bids to be accompanied by bid surety for 10% of the bid amount and shall be submitted with the bid. In general the project consists of stormwater drainage improvements along 1,200 feet of CTH M. The project includes concrete barrier, pipe underdrain, storm sewer, base aggregates, asphaltic surface, riprap, curb & gutter and beam guard. A single prime bid will be received for the work. BID PREPARATION To submit a bid for this project, either return the entire Proposal Booklet with applicable forms completed or at a minimum return the following: • Proposal • Bid Security • List of Subcontractors • Schedule of Items (with acknowledgment of addenda, if applicable) BID SECURITY Each bid must be submitted on the prescribed form to be considered. All blank spaces for bid prices on the “Schedule of Prices” sheets must be completed, in ink or typewritten, where provided. In case of any discrepancy between the “unit bid price” and the “amount bid,” the “unit bid price” shall govern. The full name and business address of each bidder must be entered on the proposal submitted. The proposal shall be signed in the space provided by written signature of the person or persons properly authorized to sign it. All signatures shall be properly notarized in the space provided. Bids must be accompanied by bid security in the amount of 10% of the maximum bid amount. Bid and bid security may not be withdrawn for a period of time as specified in the Special Provisions. Bid security will be retained if the Bidder is awarded the Work and fails to execute the Contract and furnish 100% Performance and Payment Bonds. WAGE RATES State prevailing wage rates are applicable to this project. PREQUALIFICATON OF BIDDERS All bidders must be prequalified by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for the type and amount of work included in the contract or demonstrate qualifications to perform the work. Bidders which are not prequalified with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation are required to complete and submit Attachment B - Statement of Qualifications for General Construction and Corporate Experience Record, with the Bid package (included in the Bid Form Section). In addition, the Bidder must be prepared to submit evidence of Bidder’s qualifications to do business in the State of Wisconsin or covenant to obtain such qualifications prior to the award of the contract. Bidder shall have at least 3 years of continuous experience in roadway construction. RIGHTS RESERVED Owner reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive informalities in any bid. BIDDING DOCUMENTS Plans and Specifications for the CTH M (CTH D - Laundromat Rd.) project are available on AGC of Wisconsin’s Bid+Builder Exchange, To obtain an electronic copy of the bidding document, contact the Washburn County Highway Department, Frank Scalzo, Highway Operations Manager, at: or Corre, Inc., Kevin Meyer at: Published by authority of: Washburn County Highway Department Frank Scalzo, Interim-Highway Commissioner Washburn County 1600 County Highway H Spooner, WI 54801 640355 22-23r WNAXLP


Dining out and supporting the team The servers got the glamour job at the basketball fundraiser on Jan. 13, while these young ladies were stuck in the back cleaning dishes, pots and pans. They didn’t really mind it as they worked together as a team. Shown (L to R): Arianna Schreiber, Natalie Jury, Julia Pokorny, Meredith Kevan, Sarah Greife and Ashley Clark.

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Kaitlyn Harrachy surprises Carol Graf with treats after her meal. The Shell Lake girls basketball team held a dinner fundraiser at the Lakeview Hotel, Bar & Grill on Wednesday, Jan. 13.

Heidi Steines serves Drew Johnson a glass of water at the Lakeview Bar & Grill, as part of a fundraiser for the girls basketball team.

The servers worked together to keep the tables clean and to make sure that the customers were happy and full.

Shell Lake school menu Breakfast Thursday, Jan. 14: Grades K-2: Muffin. Grades 3-12: Oatmeal with fixings or homemade sweet bread. Friday, Jan. 15: Grades K-12: Apple or cherry frudel. Grades 3-12: Ham, egg, cheese bar with toast. Monday, Jan. 18: Grades K-12: Mini cinni roll. Grades 3-12: Bagel with cream cheese. Tuesday, Jan. 19: Grades K-12: Pancakes and sausage link. Grades 3-12: Chocolate-chip oatmeal bar. Wednesday, Jan. 20: Grades K-12: Cereal and toast. Grades 3-12: Ultimate breakfast round. Thursday, Jan. 21: Grades K-12: French toast sticks. Grades 3-12: Homemade sweet bread. Friday, Jan. 22: Grades K-12: Laker breakfast pizza. Grades 3-12: Ham, egg, cheese bar with toast. Monday, Jan. 25: Grades K-12: Pop-Tart with cheese stick. Grades 3-12: Mini cinni roll.

Tuesday, Jan. 26: Grades K-12: Waffles and sausage link. Grades 3-12: Chocolate-chip oatmeal bar. Wednesday, Jan. 27: Grades K-2: Cereal and toast. Grades 3-12: Chicken breakfast sandwich or ultimate breakfast round. Thursday, Jan. 28: Grades K-2: Muffin. Grades 3-12: Oatmeal with fixings or homemade sweet bread. Friday, Jan. 29: Grades K-12: Apple or cherry Frudel. Grades 3-12: Ham, egg, cheese bar with toast. Breakfast is served with a choice of juice/fruit and milk offered daily. Every day breakfast is free to all students.

Lunch Thursday, Jan. 14: Grades K-12: Crispy-chicken sandwich. Grades 7-12: Buffalo-chicken pizza. Friday, Jan. 15: Grades K-12: Brunch. Monday, Jan. 18: Grades K-12: Grilled cheese and tomato soup. Tuesday, Jan. 19: Grades K-12: Taco salad. Grades 7-12: Cheese pizza.

Wednesday, Jan. 20: Grades K-12: Quesadilla. Grades 7-12: Spicy-chicken sandwich. Thursday, Jan. 21: Grades K-12: Hot Italian sub. Grades 7-12: Mozzarella dippers. Friday, Jan. 22: Grades K-12: Penne with meat sauce. Monday, Jan. 25: Grades K-12: Corn dog with macaroni and cheese. Tuesday, Jan. 26: Grades K-12: Loaded nachos. Grades 7-12: Cheese quesadilla. Wednesday, Jan. 27: Grades K-12: Build a burger. Grades 7-12: Hot dog. Thursday, Jan. 28: Grades K-12: Hot ham and cheese sandwich with soup. Grades 7-12: Spicy-chicken sandwich. Friday, Jan. 29: Grades K-12: Chicken Alfredo. Menus subject to change. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


Local woman shares her dogsledding experience

Ruth King shared stories and information about dogsledding with people gathered at Hunt Hill’s soup lunch on Tuesday, Jan. 12. The dog in the photo is Juno, a registered Siberian husky. Juno is one of 15 dogs King has but isn’t the type of dog that makes a good sled dog.

Photos by Danielle Danford

Snowball, one of Ruth King’s 12 sledding dogs, gets outfitted in a harness. King explained that since the Siberian husky was brought to the U.S., the breed has been split into dogs that are bred for looks and temperament, like Juno (see other photo), and those that are bred for endurance and speed, like Snowball.

Ruth King describes dogsledding events she has photos of to Hattie, 6, Holly, 4, and their dad, Rick Hargrave, Sarona. Hattie has a real interest in dogs and was very excited to learn about dogsledding. King, a recreational dog-sledder, is currently training two teams; one for her and one for her 16-year-old daughter who plans to run a team in the Apostle Island youth race on Feb. 6 and 7.

Walker earns use of Chevy Equinox Crossover SPOONER - As a Mary Kay independent senior sales director, Elaine D. Walker, Spooner, has earned the use of a new Chevy Equinox Crossover as a result of her outstanding achievements in her Mary Kay business. Walker took delivery of the new Equinox, her 17th Mary Kay career car, at Don Johnson Motors in Rice Lake. Mary Kay independent sales force members earn the use of a career car by meeting and exceeding goals set within their Mary Kay business. Walker began her Mary Kay business as an independent beauty consultant in 1980 and as a direct result of her accomplishments, became an independent sales director in 1983. Soon after, as she continued to meet company goals, she was promoted to senior sales director. As a senior director she chooses to provide education, leadership and motivation to other Mary Kay consultants and offers her customers Mary Kay products. “It is truly exciting to earn a company car every two years as a direct result of reaching for goals with a unit of consultants who are enjoying their business, and also reaching for a goal to earn their company car,” says Walker. “Being an independent businessperson is so rewarding when you know what you can accomplish. Having the support of a company and still ‘be your own boss’ truly makes your efforts worthwhile,” Walker commented. — submitted

Shown with the Chevy Equinox Crossover are (L to R): Ruth Trembath, Colleen Haines, Annette Kruger, Lisa MacLean, future director Cec Osterhues, future director Debbie Riffel and Mary Kay senior sales director, Elaine Walker. — Photo submitted

WCR | Jan 20 | 2016  
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