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Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 Vol. 127, No. 24 • Shell Lake, Wis.

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• Washburn County Genealogical Society meeting @ Shell Lake • “Inside Llewyn Davis” @ Shell Lake Arts Center See calendar on page 6 and 7 for details


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Two sisters just hanging out at the 4K Family Fun Night held Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Shell Lake Primary School. There were lots of fun and games for the students, and they were served fresh fruit smoothies for refreshments. More photos on page 2. – Photo by Larry Samson

Board says gun show can be held at high school Page 3 Local nonprofit marks 20 years

Lakeland Family Resource Center provides services to strengthen families Page 4

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Shell Lake Lions Club members (L to R): Kathy Erickson and Rob Anderson along with volunteer Wanda Zeug assisted in taking down the holiday light display at the Shell Lake Community Center and campground. Anderson, chairman of the Celebration in Lights project, extends gratitude to all the various businesses and others who helped make the display the best ever. Anderson and the Shell Lake Lions Club also appreciated all the positive comments from people who enjoyed the display and hope others will add to the display next year. — Photo submitted



4K Family Night held at Shell Lake Primary School

Boden Marker, Mallory Peterson and Michaela Fritz attempt the rock-climbing wall in the gym.

Photos by Larry Samson

Ella Kidder is playing balloon volleyball with her father. It’s possible she will be a great volleyball player when she gets older.

Family Fun Night was just that when the whole family came out for fun. Shown (L to R): Aria, Canaan, Saphira, Jaeger and Hawke Hershey. The only time they stood still was for 30 seconds to pose for this photo.

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Majority of Spooner School Board votes yes; gun show at high school Danielle Danford | Staff writer SPOONER - The Indianhead Rifle and Pistol Club was approved to use the Spooner High School on April 8-9 for its 30th-annual gun show. The Spooner Area School Board approved the request on a six-to-one voice vote on Monday, Jan. 18. One individual spoke against the use of school buildings for the gun show during public comment. Sherrie Weigand, Town of Evergreen, stated that laws requiring background checks are rarely followed at gun shows

because the sellers at gun shows are not considered licensed gun dealers and aren’t required to follow those laws. Weigand cited 160 school shootings have occurred since 2013. Note: There is some discrepancy on the correct number. Newsweek reports that a study found 142 as of October 2015. Weigand pointed out that student perception of the event, when they know guns aren’t allowed on school grounds, could be troubling. Weigand told the board, “We can be part of the solution by

not continuing this hypocrisy of allowing guns on our school campus.” Robert Hoellen, board member, stated that despite his personal feelings on the matter the majority of electors would want the gun show at the school and since he represents all electors he would approve the motion. Kyle Pierce, board member, pointed out the benefits he saw to having the gun show at the school, including donations made to the school from IRPC and having student groups sell food as fundraisers

during the event. It was also learned that the school district had received two other facility use requests for the same weekend, one for a basketball tournament and one for a volleyball tournament. Due to space needs for each event it is unknown if all three events can take place the same weekend. In 2015 the IRPC gun show was held at the Spooner Middle School. In 2013 and 2014 the event was held at the building known as the Spooner Ice House but that building has been closed since May 2014.

Longtime county employee recognized as Washburn County acting deputy register of deeds in land records. Since then she has been the deputy for a county clerk and two register of deeds. According to Jeffrey Kohler, Washburn County corporation counsel, under state law only the governor has the authority to appoint a replacement to the position of register of deeds. However, the county has been informed that no appointment would be coming from the governor. In order to clarify Bell’s role and Poach’s retirement, Kohler recommended the board recognize Bell as acting deputy register of deeds for the remainder of the position’s term. The board approved the recommendation on a unanimous voice vote. Bell will be running for election to be the Washburn County register of deeds in the fall 2016 election.

Danielle Danford| Staff writer SHELL LAKE - Renee Bell, a 30-year county employee, was recognized as Washburn County’s acting deputy register of deeds by the Washburn County Board of Supervisors at their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Bell says she is looking forward to being the acting deputy register of deeds, but it’s a role she has been doing for a majority of 2015. That’s because Diane Poach, who has been elected to the position since 2003, officially retired from the post on Dec. 31, 2015. “Due to health issues she has not been in the office, therefore I have been acting deputy register of deeds,” said Bell. Bell and Poach both started working as deputies to the Washburn County register of deeds around the same time 20 years ago. When that register of deeds retired, Poach ran for the position and has been elected to it ever since. At the time of her retirement, Poach had worked for Washburn County for 37 years. Bell’s 30 years with the county started

Renee Bell, a 30-year county employee, says she is looking forward to being the acting deputy register of deeds, but it’s a role she has already been filling for a majority of 2015. — Photo by Danielle Danford

The register of deeds handles the recording of deeds, mortgages, tax liens, old age assistance liens, articles of incorporation, plats and other real estate transactions. To be considered legally binding these documents must be recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds. Other documents filed with the office include financing statements, security agreements, bills of sale, and vital statistics records such as births, deaths, marriages and veterans discharge papers. “I am dedicated to the public. I enjoy helping the citizens. I think experience and dedication are very important,” said Bell. She explained that keeping up with state changes to requirements for online vital and real estate records poses a challenge to the office. Advancing technology and budget constraints are also a challenge, “but the county board has been extremely supportive,” added Bell.

Public school open enrollment application period begins soon MADISON — Wisconsin’s public school open enrollment application period, which allows parents an opportunity to send their children to any public school district in the state, runs from Monday, Feb. 1, to Friday, April 29, for the 2016-17 school year. Traditionally, children in Wisconsin are assigned to public school districts based on the location of their parents’ home. Open enrollment is a tuition-free opportunity for parents to apply for their children to attend a public school in a school district other than the one in which they live. The state’s open enrollment program is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and began in the 1998-99 school year, with 2,464 students transferring from their home district to a nonresident district. The program has grown over the years with 53,188 students transferring during the 2014-15 school year. Under public school open enrollment, parents may apply during the threemonth application period to the school district they wish their children to attend using the online application website. Application deadlines are firm. Early and late applications are not accepted. Districts will notify parents by Friday, June 10, whether their open enrollment applications have been approved or denied. Although an alternate application procedure allows parents to apply for open enrollment outside of the three-month application period, there are more restrictions associated with the alternate procedure.

Transportation to and from a nonresident school, in most circumstances, is the responsibility of the parent. However, some school districts may provide partial transportation. Parents with questions should call the nonresident school district office to find out if any transportation will be provided. Reimbursement of a portion of transportation costs is available for families whose children are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals based on federal income guidelines. This is the first year provisions are in place to improve access to open enrollment for students with disabilities. Those changes include a new transfer amount of $12,000 for students with disabilities. The regular-education student transfer amount is calculated on a formula based on the prior year’s amount. For the 201516 school year, the transfer amount was $6,639 per student. Along with the higher transfer payment for special education students, resident districts will no longer be able to deny a student’s open enrollment application for cost reasons. To assist parents in submitting open enrollment applications, a directory of public school districts is available on the DPI website at To find additional information on open enrollment, visit More information also is available from local school districts or from an open enrollment consultant at DPI, 888-245-2732, toll-free, or

Blood drive successful SHELL LAKE — The American Red Cross Blood Drive held Thursday, Jan. 21, and Friday, Jan. 22, at the United Methodist Church, Shell Lake, was a success, with 86 units collected. Gratitude is extended to the Shell Lake Lions for donating the canteen food and canteen workers coordinated by Wanda Zeug, as well, as setup and cleanup crews. The ladies guild of the United Methodist Church coordinated by Shirley Hile

provided the Thursday meal, which was much appreciated. The most impressive group of people are the Shell Lake/Spooner blood donors. Their commitment and dedication to provide blood products to save lives is much appreciated. Coordinators were Linda King and Linda Nielsen. — with submitted information

Guidance for parents and guardians • Parents and guardians may complete open enrollment applications online at The online application will be available from midnight Feb. 1 until 4 p.m. on April 29. • Parents are limited to no more than three applications to nonresident school districts for each child during the open enrollment application period. • Applications must be filled out completely and accurately. Contact the local school district office or the DPI if assistance is needed in completing the application. • Parents may request enrollment in a specific school or program in the nonresident school district; however, enrollment

is subject to space and other limitations and is not guaranteed. • Most students who attended a nonresident school district under open enrollment in the current school year, 2015-16, are not required to reapply for the 2016-17 school year. However, if the student will be entering middle school, junior high school or high school in the 2016-17 school year, parents should call the nonresident school district to find out if reapplication will be required. • Parents may apply for their children to attend 4-year-old kindergarten under open enrollment only if the resident school district also offers a 4-year-old kindergarten program for which the child is eligible. — from WisDPI

Caution advised: Winter aeration on Barron, Burnett, Polk and Washburn County lakes creates open water BARRON - Several lakes in Barron, Burnett, Polk and Washburn counties will have areas of open water this winter resulting from aeration systems used to sustain aquatic life, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The systems are operated by local governments or lake groups to keep portions of the lakes ice-free. “These systems help prevent winterkill of fish and other organisms by increasing the dissolved oxygen in the water,” said Brian Spangler, a DNR fisheries technician in Barron. Snowmobilers, anglers and other lake users should use caution on these lakes because of the danger associated with open water and variable ice thickness. The open water areas should be surrounded by a fence of uprights connected by rope with reflective tape or reflectors. Area lakes with public access that have

aeration systems include: • Barron County: Chain (North and South Twin); Desair; Kirby; Prairie and Staples lakes. • Burnett County: Bass (north of Little Yellow Lake); Green; and West Elbow lakes. • Polk County: Antler; Bass (Town of McKinley); Coon; Diamond; Camelia; King; Largon; Little Butternut; Lotus (East); McKeith; South Twin; and Vincent lakes. • Washburn County: Little Long Lake (Town of Bashaw); and Priceless Ponds (Town of Madge). DNR officials noted that the landing in Veterans Park on Barron County’s Prairie Lake will be closed to access during the winter months; extra caution should be taken because the aerators are located at that landing. — from WisDNR


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Applause for those seeking a remedy Recent interactions and experiences with the Spooner School District teaching staff have prompted me to display a public form of gratitude for the current staff and their efforts. Events of the past few years have allowed a public perception that “all the good teachers have left Spooner.” This indeed is not the case.  I have three children in the district who have had very good teachers year after year. My children are across the spectrum of needing extra assistance all the way to requiring extra challenges. The teaching staff has displayed an ability This letter pertains to the Christmas fund that is raised each year and is kicked off by the joint efforts of the Spooner/Trego Lions and the Shell Lake Lions. We extend gratitude to everyone who donated either gifts, money, volunteered their time or helped in any way. We have been doing this for 30 years and we were successful again this year.

to be flexible, responsive and proficient at meeting the needs of my children as students. My wife and I have worked hard to stay in this community at a time when many have found it necessary to leave.   As a community I believe we should look around at each other and appreciate the many roles that we all play in the workforce and as business owners in a difficult economic environment.  We all need each other to thrive in a community that can be great again.  Thank you to the people serving on the city council and to those

volunteering for the school board. Many difficult decisions have to be made, and I applaud the efforts of those attempting to remedy the tough financial situation that the school district had been placed in despite the loud public scrutiny.

Because of the generosity of the communities of Spooner and Shell Lake we were able to supply Christmas dinner to 191 families and give gifts to 366 children. That’s pretty amazing. What started out 30 years ago as a Lions project has blossomed into a community event. This is not just a Lions project anymore; many others have jumped in

to help us make Christmas a little merrier for others. It makes us proud to live in such a caring community.

Another successful Christmas dinner

Sean Solveson Spooner

Mike Cox Shell Lake Lions

Not a good fit Last year the Spooner Area School District hired a new superintendent to get us out of the mess we were in; basically to fix our budget. Now, 1-1/2 years later, even with repeated requests for a financial update, we have seen no proof that our budget is any better than when this all began. Instead we have lost precious students, lost great teachers, been lied to, intimidated and bullied. Our lawyer fees have skyrocketed to 10 times that of previous

years. Open meeting laws have been violated, there have been an unprecedented number of closed board sessions and basic respect seems to be minimal at public meetings. Our entire community has been affected by our school situation. Many people who are moving out of our district and the atmosphere is becoming polarized. Ms. Schwaab stated that our culture needed to be changed. The budget was the problem, not the culture. Spooner Schools and our community are in a constant

turmoil because our school board is unwilling to address the elephant in the room. And just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse, recently our superintendent stated that the posting of the honor roll A and B students in the paper is tasteless. Ms. Schwaab is not a good fit for our community. Michael T. Miller Spooner

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Local nonprofit marks 20 years Danielle Danford | Staff writer SPOONER - Lakeland Family Resource Center is celebrating 20 years of providing services to strengthen all families of Washburn County. “LFRC continues to see growth. Our staff has grown, our service has grown, our home base has grown, but most important of all, the number of families we connect with has grown and they have gotten stronger,” stated Judy Schnacky, LFRC parent educator and program director. Since 2004, the LFRC has made their Elm Street building in Spooner, formerly a church and Masonic temple, a place for families, children and caregivers. Once inside the center it is obviously a space meant for children, with places for coloring, crafting, reading, free play and learning. Since its incorporation in 1996 some of the programs LFRC provides have remained the same, like play groups, story time and parent education. Programs LFRC now implements a strengthening families program which changed the age group LFRC targets from birth to 5 to include 10- to 14-year-olds. A newer LFRC program is a summer adventure program with the National Park Service that involves 12 events which aim to get children and guardians into nature with activities like kayaking 101, camping and fly-fishing basics. “Everything is always free,” said Dawn Cornelissen, LFRC director. Every Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m. the LFRC is open for anyone to come in to enjoy unstructured play and talk with staff. A full list of programs is available on the LFRC website, Operations LFRC is operated through grants, fundraisers, donations and volunteers. Currently the LFRC has four ongoing grants it is operating under. The LFRC is in its final year of a state grant through Children’s Trust Fund. The organization has a grant from Washburn County Health and Human Services, with a National Park Service grant, and Washburn County AODA grants being used for the family festival. The

Lakeland Family Resource Center in Spooner is celebrating 20 years of incorporation. The center’s mission is to provide services to strengthen all families of Washburn County. — Photo by Danielle Danford 

organization does receive other grants to fund various programs and activities but those are subject to change year to year. Besides grants, fundraisers are another major funding source. The three major fundraisers are the lake run, rubber duck race and the chili challenge and ice plunge. The third-annual chili challenge and ice plunge will be held Saturday, March 12, on Shell Lake. The Lake Run is held the Saturday of Labor Day weekend in Shell Lake. The rubber duck race is held during Jack Pine Savage Days and funds the Lakeland Mentoring program formerly called Kinship. “Another integral part is volunteers and donations that come from the community,” said Schnacky.  Donations that help fund LFRC are monetary, consumable and in-kind. Regular LFRC donors include community service organizations, women’s church groups and private community members. “Monthly we have a wish list of what we need and so it’s helpful … every little bit helps,” said Cornelissen. Volunteers are a large part of maintaining the programs LFRC can provide.

Oversight LFRC is overseen by an elected eight-member board of directors. Current LFRC board members are Jackie Perro, president; Joan Fischer, vice president; Brent Griffeth, treasurer; with board members James Ranheim, Bill Holden, Louise Kolthoff, Kris Brunberg and Pastor Russ Leeper. While LFRC has members, there are no membership fees, with the exception of fundraisers. “It’s all about making all of our services available to every family,” said Schnacky. Looking toward the future Cornelissen said that the LFRC building is in need of repairs. In order to cover those expenses a 2016 capital fundraising campaign will be started soon. “As funding and focus changes from grant cycle to grant cycle, LFRC is determined to remain strong in Washburn County. We will continue to provide all services at no cost, making our services equally available to everyone in Washburn County,” said Schacky.

St. Francis de Sales School celebrates National Catholic Schools Week SPOONER — Gov. Scott Walker has proclaimed Jan. 31 through Feb. 6 as Catholic Schools Week in Wisconsin. The proclamation coincides with the national observance of this weeklong celebration and recognizes the nearly 300 Catholic schools in Wisconsin now serving approximately 57,000 Wisconsin students. Noting that Catholic schools in Wisconsin “provide students with an education that emphasizes the formation of moral values and a commitment to community service,” the proclamation recognizes that Catholic schools educate students in preparation for their responsibilities as mem-

bers of society. The governor’s words are in keeping with this year’s Catholic Schools Week theme, “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” St. Francis de Sales School will start the week’s celebrations off with a Mass on Sunday, Jan. 31, followed by a kickoff breakfast in the cafeteria. Students look forward to the annual celebration that includes dress-up themes for each day that week. Each classroom also gets to choose one day’s hot lunch menu. Another annual favorite is an outing to go bowling and view a movie at the Palace Theatre.

Newly planned for this year will be a visit by students to the Maple Ridge Care Center in Spooner to play Bingo with the residents. Various other special activities are planned, many with students from the various grades interacting with each other. As part of the service focus, there is a teacher-appreciation event planned. Classrooms will also take part in a “penny war” to raise money for the Spooner Memorial Library and SaintA, an organization providing family services and foster care. Students will be making goodie bags for children in foster care. St. Francis de Sales School serves fami-

lies with students in 3-year-old preschool through eighth grade. The 3-year-old preschool and 4-year-old prekindergarten programs have flexible scheduling with full- and half-day options. Enrollment inquiries are welcome for the 2016-2017 school year with expectations for a waiting list before the current school year finishes. More information about the school is available at saintfrancisschoolspooner. com or by contacting 715-635-2774 or — from St. Francis

AREA NEWS AT A GLANCE BARRON COUNTY - Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says he’s frustrated with paying his deputies overtime to prove cases that aren’t getting the attention they deserve in District Attorney Angela Beranek’s office. The sheriff also cited late notice of canceled hearings, cases that linger too long in her office and too many plea deals. Beranek says a lack of staff in her office has fed the problems. Nearly a year ago, Beranek stood before

the county board and asked the supervisors for a third assistant district attorney in her office to help with a significant backlog of cases. The state has denied her request for the last six budget seasons during Beranek’s 13-year tenure. The county also denied her request. Although the issues have not been aired publicly before, Fitzgerald says they’ve been simmering for some time. — from the Rice Lake Chronotype

Stumph receives Leadership in Educational Excellence Award SPOONER - Kati Stumph, occupational therapy assistant at Spooner Health System, is currently completing her master ’s degree in the occupational therapy program at Concordia University Wisconsin, in Mequon. She recently received the Leadership in Educational Excellence Award from Concordia during her pinning ceremony. Her gradeKati Stumph is shown with her poster that she shared at the American point average is 4.0, and she is a Occupational Therapy Association conference in Philadelphia. — Photo charter member of submitted Concordia’s chapter of Pi Theta, the national honor society at Spooner Health System in June. “Kati is compassionate about patients for occupational therapists. and doing what is best for them,” says Stumph has presented on campus and nationally. She was one of 10 chosen to SHS rehabilitation services director Barb present on their posters at the American Keefe. “She is an excellent student and an Occupational Therapy Association con- enthusiastic asset to our rehab team. We ference in Philadelphia. The topic of her look forward to having her back.” “We are very proud of everything Kati poster and presentation was occupational therapy’s involvement in sleep disorders has accomplished,” adds SHS CEO Mike for people with Parkinson’s disease. Her Schafer. “She has the most up-to-date inresearch extended over three semester formation about best practices in the occupational therapy field, which will be of courses. Stumph is now completing her final great value and benefit to our patients for fieldwork in Eau Claire. She will be grad- years to come.” — from SHS uating this spring and returning to work

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Shell Lake Lions Calendar Winners Jan. 19 - $35 Marian Brincken, Shell Lake Jan. 20 - $35 Arda Davis, Sarona Jan. 21 - $35 Mary Harrington, Shell Lake Jan. 22 - $35 Ken Harmon, Spooner

Shell Lake Chiropractic Clinic Winners also announced on WJMC FM Radio


Temperatures recorded at Spooner Ag Research Station

2015 Jan. 18 Jan. 19 Jan. 20 Jan. 21 Jan. 22 Jan. 23 Jan. 24

High 34 33 29 28 26 31 38

Low Precip. 23 22 22 .2” snow 22 19 18 30

2016 Jan. 18 Jan. 19 Jan. 20 Jan. 21 Jan. 22 Jan. 23 Jan. 24

High -4 0 9 17 20 21 24

Low Precip. -20 -20 -16 .2” snow 8 .1” snow 15 .2” snow 0 9


••• BURNETT COUNTY - The Clam River oxbows its way through the heart of Burnett County. From its bubble-up origins near the old crossroads in the Town of Timberland, it flows northwesterly through DNR-managed fishery areas until it joins with its south fork at Clam Lake, where it becomes one united river system, flowing in lazy loops and hard bends through county-owned forestlands to its eventual confluence with the wild and scenic St. Croix River. Portions of the Clam are designated as a trout stream. A stretch of the Clam River that winds its way through county-owned forestland in the Town of Lincoln, adjacent to the northeastern edge of the Crex Meadows Wildlife Area, became a point

Holden and Ystad join accounting firm

Sam Holden (left) and Jared Ystad (right) are the newest members of the professional staff in the Spooner office of Anderson-Hager-Moe. Holden is a 2011 graduate of Spooner High School. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Superior in December 2015 with Bachelor of Science degrees in both accounting and finance. Ystad is a 2010 graduate of Greenwood High School. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire in December 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. — Photo submitted

Register memories 1956 – 60 Years Ago

• Cyril Christianson purchased the Ashley interest in the C&A Fairway Foods store in Shell Lake, thus ending a partnership of several years. Mr. Ashley left for Glencoe, Minn., where he leased another Fairway Foods store. • The Shell Lake High School faculty elected Marlys Nyberg as the senior girl to represent the high school in the state D.A.R. contest. Candidates were selected on merits of scholarship, dependability and leadership. • Hostesses for the American Legion Auxiliary meeting were Mary Nebel, Violet Strand, Elizabeth Nelson, Arlene Pieper, Vernaline Johnson, Jane Winton and Mary Lewis. Janet McNabb presented an article on Americanism and the flag. • Mrs. Howard Morey was helping out at Schon’s Market while Ernest DesJardins was ill.

1966 – 50 Years Ago

• Howard Nebel, well-known businessman in Shell Lake, announced his candidacy for county clerk. He was running for the position that would be vacated by Ole Soholt who announced his retirement and would not be a candidate in the fall. • Jane Peterson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glen Peterson, Shell Lake, was traveling the Midwest singing with the Luther College choir. • A party for the young folks was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Erling Romsos as Karen was leaving for West Bend where she would be teaching math in junior high for the rest of the term and Lance Cpl. Bradley Wickman was leaving for a base in North Carolina. • Troop 51 participated in the Klondike Derby at Camp Phillips. Those participating were Brent Lindberg, John Smith, Tom Bitney, Tony Masterjohn, Glen Klabunde,

of controversy at a Burnett County Natural Resource Committee meeting as five local landowners spoke in opposition to a proposed land swap that would have the county deed a 60-acre parcel of Clam River lands for use as a private hunting preserve. Jarrod Washburn has been acquiring private lands in the area to create Clam River Whitetails, a fenced-in hunting preserve. Washburn seeks to obtain the 60-acre, county-owned Clam River lands in exchange for an 80-acre parcel he owns near Sand Lake. Currently, Clam River Whitetails includes 160 acres owned by Washburn. Securing the adjacent 60 acres of county-owned land would allow for a fenced-in habitat of sufficient size to breed trophy-sized deer. — from the InterCounty Leader

compiled by Suzanne Johnson Jack Dahlstrom, Jeff Parker, Bruce Bennett, Duke Welter, Rich Lindberg, Brad Pederson, Steve Lutz, Andy Klopp and Bill Vogel.

1976 – 40 Years Ago

• Shirley Ullom was stopped at the intersection of 5th Avenue and Hwy. 63 in the city of Shell Lake, when Nancy Hulleman, Barronett, was making a right hand turn off Hwy. 63 onto 5th Avenue and because of slippery conditions, lost control of her car and struck the Ullom car. Extensive damage was reported to the vehicles. • Tony Frey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Frey, Sarona, a member of the United States Air Force, was receiving a ninemonth training in electronic switching repair in Wichita Falls. • The Shell Lake School Board set the price for school lunches at 20¢ per meal for those receiving a reduced lunch price; 25¢ per meal if paid by the week or month and 30¢ for a single meal. • The Trailblazers Snowmobile Club met at the Lakeview Hotel followed by a trail ride to the Sarona House for their smorgasbord.

1986 – 30 Years Ago

• Ice and snow-covered roads were a hazard for motorists. David M. Ekern, Shell Lake, was northbound on Hwy. 63 north of CTH B when he lost control of his pickup on the ice and went into the ditch and the vehicle flipped over on its side. • Ann Schlapper, daughter of Robert and Mavis Schlapper, Sarona, earned a perfect grade-point average of 4.0 following the first semester of her senior year at UW-Stevens Point. She was majoring in communications. • Airman Brian L. Deerly, son of Melvin L. and Marilyn B. Deerly, Shell Lake, was assigned to Chanute Air Force Base, Ill.,

after completing Air Force basic training. • Local youngsters placing second in their age group in the Elks Club-sponsored free-throw contest held in Rice Lake were Ben Dryden, Penny Lawrence, Katie Swan, Chad Benzer, Nancy Schultz and Mark Cusick.

1996 – 20 Years Ago

• Jennifer Ullom, daughter of Danny and Janet Ullom, Shell Lake, was named to the dean’s list at Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minn. She was a freshman majoring in biology. • Duane Hopke, Shell Lake, Brett Spafford and Jamie Dohm, both of Spooner, earned bachelor’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin - Superior. • Loretta Washkuhn, Avis Nordin and Richard Rydberg met at Elvera Rydberg’s to plan the summer Rydberg reunion. • Despite a school record six 3-pointers from Becky Schultz, Shell Lake fell to Cameron, 60-50.

2006 – 10 Years Ago

• Shell Lake Lion Jim Lewis presented Naomi Beardsley with a $300 check for being the January Lions calendar winner. • Receiving recognition as Shell Lake Primary School Good Citizens were Cameron Owens, Dominic Hopke, Caleb LaFave, Logan Zebro, Tori Owens, Meredith Kevan, Ashley Lawrence and Janna Williams. • Named Shell Lake Elementary School Good Citizens were Cody Mayer, Katie Parker, Colleen Knoop, Jessica Irvine, Ben Butenhoff, Tony LaVeau, Bayley Knutson, Katie Slater and Dillon Hopke. • Leading the cheers for basketball teams in Shell Lake were Jena Novak, Kayla Garcia, Amanda Zaloudek, Jenna Dosch and Rachael Nickell.


Spooner staff recognized

Eric Conner, right, middle school and high school choral director, was recently recognized for his contributions to the Spooner School District that included directing student performances and organizing extracurricular events for students. Also shown is Sarah Johnson, high school principal.

Spooner High School Principal Sarah Johnson, left, is shown with Jody Eichhorst, high school family and consumer science teacher, who was recognized for her leadership in the high school and for going above and beyond with student service experiences.

Photos by Danielle Danford

Luke Stordahl, elementary school principal, left, is shown with Kali Fizel, elementary school teacher, who was recognized for her work in becoming a Remind Connected Educator and making use of the online tool to put Spooner Elementary in national standing of teachers using the app to communicate with parents and guardians.

Christi Alt, right, elementary school teacher, was recognized for earning her Master of Science Degree in Teaching from the College of St. Scholastica in December 2015. Alt completed her degree while working full time as an elementary school teacher. She is shown with Luke Stordahl, elementary school principal.

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COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS 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. The center is located at 314 Elm St., Spooner. Friday, Jan. 29 • The Washburn County Genealogical Society will meet at 1:30 p.m., at the city hall meeting room, library building, 501 1st St., Shell Lake. There will be a genealogy program at the end of the meeting. The public is welcome to attend. 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 715-5207999. • Northwest Wisconsin Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, 1 p.m., lower level at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Shell Lake. • Free community meal, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 409 Summit, Spooner, 4-6 p.m. All welcome. Donations accepted. Friday, Feb. 5 • The Spooner GFWC Women’s Club will meet 1 p.m. at the DNR conference room in Spooner.  Topic will be the women’s hospital auxiliary.  Remember to bring the Snack Packs for WCP kids.  Guests and visitors are welcome.  For more information contact Pat at 715-8652250. 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. • Art of Film series, “Force Majeure,” 7 p.m., Shell Lake Arts Center.


• Becky Chaney spaghetti feed benefit, 1-5 p.m., Legion Hall, Spooner. Paddle raffle, gift baskets, bake sale items, quilt silent auction. 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  • 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. • Knights of Columbus fish fry, 4:30-7 p.m., St. Francis School auditorium, 300 Oak St., Spooner.

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. • Love for Lozandier fundraiser, Shell Lake Community Center, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Crafts, home-based business vendors, Valentine goodies, craft table for children to make Valentines for loved ones. Coffee, rolls and lunch available. • Art of Film series collection of short films hosted by Kevin Obsatz, 7 p.m., Shell Lake Arts Center. 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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Land O’Lakes brings butter with a side of career advice to Birchwood students BIRCHWOOD – Birchwood High School’s Professional Learning Community for Specials Teachers, made up of teachers in guidance, phy ed, business, technology, language and the arts, continues to expand their initiative in career exploration for high school students with monthly career speakers from diverse career backgrounds. Land O’Lakes packaging engineer Brianne Maier recently visited Birchwood High School to talk about her journey from summer camper to successful professional. Maier told students as a child she had never been encouraged to look toward building a life in science-technology-engineering-mathrelated occupations.  Math and science were “tedious” and seemingly unrelated to “real life.”  That is, until she attended Science-Technology-Engineering-Preview Summer Camp for girls at UW-Stout when she was 12 years old. “From then on, my mind was opened to many possibilities I had never known existed,” Maier told students.  “At the camp, math was fun, science was fun, and I could see how a person could do this for a living.”   After attending the camp, Maier took steps to build upon her summer experience. “I started taking classes in high school that would put me on a path to college, especially in math and science.”  She also attended Advanced STEPS at the University of Minnesota as a high school

Brianne Maier recently visited Birchwood High School to talk about her journey from summer camper to successful professional. — Photo submitted sophomore, and later became a junior counselor for the camp at UW-Stout. The next year, she was offered a job as a fulltime camp counselor. As a result of her dedication to her path, Maier was offered several scholarships, and was able to attend college incurring very little debt.   “Because of STEPS, I knew one type of career I would enjoy was packaging en-

gineering, and I knew Stout offered this option.” She entered college with two courses under her belt, and had completed her first paid internship before the end of her college sophomore year.  “Before I graduated, I completed four internships in three different types of companies - all while receiving full-time pay.  And I still graduated in four years, so it can be done.”   Stout retains one of the highest placement ratings in the United States, with 100-percent placement in many of its degree areas, packaging engineering being one of them. Maier was no exception. Before graduation, she was already hired with General Mills in the Twin Cities.  She has continued on a path of excellence and has worked on projects for companies like Ecolab, Boston Scientific, 3M, and most recently became employed at Land O’Lakes in Arden Hills, Minn. She looks to build upon her experiences, and maintains a close connection with the camp where she got her start, STEPS.  She continues to teach the packaging course to campers every year. Maier’s message to Birchwood students was to explore career options vigorously, and to look especially close at ones others seem to know little about.  “It’s a lot easier to be good at something no one else does.”  She encouraged students to start on their path as soon as they can,

and if they decide to go to college, to take courses in their intended major, not just generals. “This way you’ll know if the path you’ve chosen is actually something you can see yourself doing for a living, and if it’s not, you can switch course sooner, and waste less time.  College is expensive, and you don’t want to spend any longer in it than necessary.” In gratitude for students listening to her presentation, Maier brought every student a pack of Land O’Lakes’ newest butter.  “Go home, watch a movie, and have some really good popcorn, on us!”   If you’re interested in enrolling your 11to 13-year-old daughter in STEPS for girls at UW-Stout, you can visit their website for information at  You can also call Dr. Wendy Stary, program director, at 715-232-1161.  Competitive scholarships to attend the camp are available. For more information on UW-Stout’s packaging engineering program, or other course offerings, you can contact a variety of sources: The Bachelor of Science in packaging website is  You can also call UW-Stout admissions counselor Erin Konsela at 715232-5188. To see more of the exciting things happening at Birchwood Schools, please visit their Facebook page at birchwoodschool. — from Birchwood School

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may decrease pain and improve your quality of life. Spooner Health System’s rehabilitation services department will be offering a free screening to identify any restrictions that could be the source of your pain.

SPOONER - Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College’s Washburn County Learning Center in Spooner offers GED/ HSED preparation and reading, math, writing and workplace skills classes. Classes are free and available to those 18 years of age or older. For the spring semester, the learning

center is open Mondays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Instructors may be reached at 715-635-9120, or stop in to the learning center at 522 Service Road A, Hwy. 70 E, Spooner to get more information. A nationally top-ranked college, WITC

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


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Film series continues at arts center SHELL LAKE - Shell Lake Arts Center Art of Film series continues on Saturday, Jan. 30, with the viewing of the American film, “Inside Llewyn Davis,” hosted by Justin Peck. This film is rated R for language and some sexual references. Follow a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles some of them of his own making.  On Saturday, Feb. 6, a Swedish film, “Force Majeure,” will be hosted by Dan Anderson. This film is rated R for some language and brief nudity. A Swedish family travels to the French Alps to enjoy a few days of skiing. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but, during a lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche turns everything upside down. With diners fleeing in all directions, mother Ebba calls for her husband, Tomas, as she tries to protect their children. Tomas, meanwhile, is running for his life. The anticipated disaster failed to occur, and yet the family’s world has been shaken to its core, a question mark hanging over their father in particular. Tomas and Ebba’s marriage now hangs in the balance as Tomas struggles desperately to reclaim his role as family

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o you know the hazards that broken fluorescent bulbs pose? Are you one of those people that is skeptical of how harmful this toxin really is?  Why not read on for the answers. Fluorescent bulbs, including compact fluorescent lamps or CFLs, and high-intensity discharge lamps typically contain mercury. When these bulbs are broken, most of the mercury vapor turns from a gas into a liquid because the pressure is released. Some of the vaporized mercury may be released into the atmosphere. This could be a health risk to people and the environment. Mercury is a poison that affects the central nervous system and may cause dermatitis, tremors and mental disturbances.  Mercury is especially harmful to young children, the elderly and those who are pregnant. There are fish consumption advisories in over 350 bodies of water in Wisconsin due to mercury contamination. Although some human exposure to mercury occurs by inhalation of toxic elemental mercury

patriarch. Saturday, Feb. 13, is a collection of short films hosted by Kevin Obsatz. Obsatz, who runs Cellular Cinema screening series in Minneapolis, will present some historical examples from the history of experimental film, followed by contemporary short works from Minnesota-based artists and filmmakers. Moving images can be used to create an incredibly wide range of feelings, sensations and experiences, though the most attention has always been given to industrially produced, commercial narrative cinema: Hollywood movies, television, music videos and commercials. However, throughout the history of film there have also been artists and innovators working in different styles, making films that are stranger, more visceral and mysterious, and sometimes more challenging than what we generally get to see. Saturday, Feb. 27, Peck will host “Whiplash.” This film is rated R for strong language including some sexual references. A young and talented drummer attending a prestigious music academy finds himself under the wing of the most respected professor at the school, one who does not hold back on abuse toward his students. The two form an odd relationship as the student wants to

Earth Notes Jen Barton fumes which is acute exposure, most exposure occurs through regular consumption of fish contaminated with methylmercury, chronic exposure. There are few studies that have looked at the health effects from chronic exposure to mercury, but acute exposures have indicated that the following health effects can occur from mercury poisoning. In adults: • Headache • Memory, hearing, and vision loss

achieve greatness, and the professor pushes him. F i l m s i n M a rc h i n c l u d e t h e J a p a n e s e f i l m “ D e p a r t u re s , ” t o b e s h o w n S a t u rd a y, M a rc h 1 2 , a n d h o s t e d b y L e e F r ie d e r ic h . T h is f ilm is r ated PG-13 for thematic material. On Saturday, March 19, there will be a screening of two Wisconsin-based films, “Old-Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club” and “Tale of the Spotted Cow.” Films are projected on a 9’x16’ screen, starting at 7 p.m. in the center’s cafeteria/conference room, and there is plenty of seating. Audience members are also welcome to bring their own comfortable, folding chairs if they prefer. Popcorn, snacks and beverages will be available. Admission is by freewill donation with a suggested donation of $7 a person. The series is sponsored in part by a grant from the Xcel Energy Foundation. The arts center is located at 802 First St. in Shell Lake, two blocks off Hwy. 63. The south doors that face First Street are the entry doors for the film series. For more information go to, the Shell Lake Arts Center Facebook page, or call 715-4682414. — from SLAC

• Slurred speech • Impaired muscular coordination and spasms • Loss of sensation in fingers and toes • Numbness around mouth • Reproductive problems • Paralysis In children whose mothers consumed mercury during pregnancy: • Mental retardation • Loss of coordination • Visual problems • Cerebral palsy Dispose of mercury-containing items such as fluorescent bulbs, fever thermometers and thermostats at one of Northwest Cleansweep’s household hazardous waste collection events held throughout the summer months.  Contact Jen with any questions regarding household hazardous waste at or 715-635-2197. 

Living with Alzheimer’s for caregivers series to be held CUMBERLAND - The Alzheimer’s Association has announced that the educational program, Living With Alzheimer’s for Caregivers, Early Stage, will be held Wednesday, Feb. 17, in Cumberland. There is no charge to attend. These workshops are open to families and caregivers and presented by Alzheimer’s Association staff and trained representatives. Registration is not re-

quired. These programs are made possible, in part, by funds raised through the Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. This is a three-part series to learn what you can do to cope with the changes that come with an early-stage diagnosis and get your questions answered.  Learn about resources that are available. Part one will be presented from 4-4:30 p.m.; part two from 4:30-5 p.m.; and part

three from 5-5:30 p.m. The programs will be held at Cumberland Healthcare, 1110 7th Ave. in Cumberland. For more information about Alzheimer’s disease and local services visit or call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900. — from Alzheimer’s Association

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to DNR staff, including educational resources for visitors who use these properties. Background information, including maps and a preliminary vision and goals document, can be found online. Visit, search keyword master planning and select Northwest Barrens properties to learn more. Background materials are also available at Spooner DNR Service Center, Superior DNR Service Center, Brule DNR office, Minong Ranger Station, and public libraries in Solon Springs, Minong, Superior and Spooner.  If you would like to receive email updates regarding Northwest Barrens master planning, visit and click on the email icon near the bottom of the page, to subscribe for updates for DNR topics. Follow the prompts and select Northwest Barrens properties master planning process, found within the property master planning list. — from WisDNR



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SPOONER - Master planning efforts are set to begin for the Namekagon Barrens and Douglas County wildlife areas, and Totogatic Wild River Area, and the public is encouraged to provide input. An open house will be held Thursday, Feb. 4, from 5-7 p.m. in the Chicog Town Hall, located 10 miles west of Minong on Hwy 77. Here, attendees will have the opportunity to review maps, review the regional and property analysis, contribute management suggestions and discuss ideas with department staff. For those unable to attend the open house, public input will be accepted Monday, Jan. 25, through Friday, Feb. 12, and can be submitted online through a comment form found on the Department of Natural Resources master planning page,, keyword master planning, then select Northwest Barrens. Comments may also be sent to Beth Kienbaum, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, 101 S. Webster St., - LF/6, Madison, WI


Warden-citizen wildlife rescue: No swan song in this tale Joanne M. Haas | DNR Bureau of Law Enforcement CUMBERLAND - When the citizens of Cumberland first spotted the large bird just standing on the ice, they knew who to call - DNR Conservation Warden Phil Dorn. Dorn, on the job in Wisconsin’s northwest area since 1992, says some of the citizens concerned about the injured bird thought it was a goose. Out on calls already that January day, he kept his eyes peeled for a goose. Then, he saw it. Yes, it was big, but it wasn’t a goose. “I found it standing on the ice on the little lake in downtown Cumberland,” Dorn said of the highly unusual sight of a trumpeter swan parked on the ice the afternoon of Friday, Jan. 8. What it was doing there was anybody’s guess at this point. Dorn had his. “This bird may have just kept swimming down the chain of lakes until he got to Beaver Dam Lake - the last lake to freeze over in Barron County.” Whatever the reason, Dorn knew he had to do his best swan shuffle to get to it, so he could help it. Thinking ahead of the worst possible scenario – as if running on ice in work boots is not bad enough – Dorn got the assistance of a Cumberland police officer and asked him to be positioned on the road nearby. That was in case the bird opted for a sudden directional change, resulting in a mad dash into traffic. “But, I got it to run the other way,” Dorn said, meaning away from the road. That also meant Dorn utilized his 100-yard-dash running skills for a couple of hundred yards across the ice. The bird attempted to fly but it just couldn’t lift itself. “It just got tired right away. It likely wasn’t getting great nutrition and it was cold.” Dorn was able to gently grab the big bird, described by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a majestic bird known as the largest swan in the world and the largest waterfowl in North America. Dorn figures the swan weighed about 15 pounds.

DNR Warden Phil Dorn holds the injured trumpeter swan found in Cumberland. — Photo submitted

A local volunteer offered to drive the injured swan to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. The center last year cared for a record of nearly 12,000 birds, reptiles and mammals from Minnesota and Wisconsin. Communications director Tami Vogel says that’s a leap of 30 percent from 2014 for the center, which operates on private funds and donations. The swan rescued in Cumberland joined six other such majestic swans in this animal hospital in Minnesota. Once in the care of these wildlife experts, the swan was examined and the veterinarians and rehabilitators learned why this bird hadn’t left beautiful Cumberland long ago. “It’s the primary feathers that are in such bad shape,” Vogel said. And that’s why it couldn’t fly. Plus, the bird has open wounds and frostbite on its feet. As the swan heals, the veterinarians will determine the best treatment to get this swan back doing swanlike things in the wild. For now, Vogel reports the swan is healing, thanks to concerned citizens, Dorn and the pros at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota. Dorn says the citizens did the right thing by contacting the DNR about the bird. Contacting a licensed wildlife rehabilitator is another good idea if citizens are concerned an animal needs assistance. Wild animals are valued by many and it’s important to observe them at a respectful distance to keep them wild and allow for their life in the wild to continue. Or, in this case, alert the professionals to go and observe the animal from a distance and decide the best course of action. The jump in the Minnesota center’s patient load reflects more and more people concerned about wildlife. And for Dorn, citizens concern about their wildlife neighbors is business as usual in northern Wisconsin. “I get a lot of calls about wildlife,” Dorn says. “I think every warden does.” And that’s no swan song.

Wisconsin National Guard answered Desert Storm call 25 years ago STATEWIDE - More than 1,400 Wisconsin National Guard soldiers and airmen in nine different units were activated for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990 and 1991 - the first presidential callup of reserve component troops in more than two decades. Retired Lt. Col. Norm Johnson knew immediately he wanted his three-man 132nd Military History Detachment to be part of the U.S. response to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait. The 132nd MHD had just completed two weeks of desert training at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., a few days before the invasion. “That’s why we train,” Johnson said. “The motto on our guidon was ‘First Plane In.’ You don’t do everything that we did just to sit back home.” Despite the unit’s motto, the 132nd MHD would not depart for Saudi Arabia where U.S. and coalition troops were staging in preparation for combat with what was then the fourth-largest Army in the world - until Christmas Day 1990. The 128th Air Refueling Wing in Milwaukee had as many as 70 members volunteer to fly refueling missions out of Mitchell Field from the early days of the U.S. response. The Air Force tasked the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve to provide refuelers, airlift support and airlift control element augmentation beginning Aug. 6, 1990, four days after Iraq invaded Kuwait. A large portion of the 128th was activated Dec. 20, 1990, along with 12 other Air National Guard KC-135 tanker units and deployed to Cairo, Egypt, a week later to support air refueling efforts there as part of the 1706th Provisional Air Refueling Wing. Additional 128th airmen were mobilized to backfill positions across the U.S. or overseas. Collectively, the Air National Guard aerial tankers pumped more than 250 million pounds of jet fuel into more than 18,000 aircraft. Lt. Gen. John Conaway, at that time the chief of the National Guard Bureau, called the tanker support a success story. “The Navy and Marines will tell you,” Conaway said in a 2010 National Guard Bureau interview. “Air Guard tankers went up over Baghdad. They were right there when (a fighter) was in trouble.” An Aug. 22, 1990, executive order authorized the defense secretary to call up reservists, and the 107th Maintenance Company, located in Sparta and Viroqua, was alerted in the first wave of reserve component units Aug. 24, 1990, reporting to Fort McCoy for mobilization training a month later. The 107th could repair light and heavy vehicles, as well as communications and electrical equipment. “We can fix everything from canvas to steel,” said Capt. Pat Ruble, 107th com-

pany commander, in a 1990 issue of At Ease. While the 107th would deploy to Saudi Arabia on Nov. 8, the first Wisconsin Army National Guard unit to arrive in Saudi was the 1122nd Transportation Detachment, a four-member unit based in Madison, which left Wisconsin Oct. 1. The 1122nd coordinated convoys - essentially serving as traffic control for ground vehicles. First Lt. Leslie Achterberg, commander of the 1122nd Detachment, penned this description of the austere environment in the Saudi desert for a 1990 issue of At Ease: “Imagine sitting inside an oven set on high, sifting flour in front of a fan, and add a few thousand flies.” November would see three additional Wisconsin Army National Guard units called up - the Monroe-based 1158th Transportation Company, the 390-member 13th Evacuation Hospital, and the three-man 132nd Military History Detachment. The 1158th reported for active duty Nov. 20, followed by the 13th Evac Nov. 26 and the 132nd Dec. 6. The commander of the 13th Evac, Col. Lewis Harned, was already a veteran of two wars when his unit was called to duty. He served as a volunteer ambulance driver with the American Field Service for the 8th British Army during World War II, and also served as an Air Force surgeon during the Korean War. He joined the Wisconsin Army National Guard in 1986, and less than five years later found himself selecting the location for a 400-bed field hospital in the sands of Saudi Arabia approximately 20 kilometers from the Iraqi border. The 13th Evac was fully functional 11 days

before the ground war began on Feb. 24, 1991. Many of the casualties treated there were Iraqi prisoners of war. “They didn’t want to leave because we had been so kind to them,” Suzanne Mousel, a member of the 13th Evac during Desert Storm, told WEAU-TV in a story that aired Jan. 17, 2011. “And that was probably one of the neatest parts of it, was that they just discovered that we weren’t these animals that were going to do terrible things to them.” Three more Wisconsin Army National Guard units were called up in December 1990 - the 229th Engineer Company, 1157th Transportation Company and the 32nd Military Police Company. The 1157th would deploy Jan. 8, 1991, and the 229th and 32nd arrived in theater after the air campaign began Jan. 16, 1991. The 229th was quickly put to work repairing roads, fortifying Patriot battery sites, constructing fuel pipelines from the Gulf to the allied front, building earthen berms for temporary enemy prisoner of war facilities, repairing a badly worn stretch of road known as Main Supply Route Dodge, and helping erect the U.S. military field base Log Base Bastogne. “Our mission on this supply route is very important to the effectiveness of convoys hauling material to the front lines,” Sgt. 1st Class Ricky Brown said in a 1991 issue of At Ease. “Our work on this road is part of Operation Desert Storm history.” Documenting history was the job of the 132nd Military History Detachment, which was assigned to VII Corps. The unit conducted interviews and took photographs of individuals and units during and after

Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Two-thirds of the unit was deployed forward with VII Corps Rear on the second day of the ground war. But the fast pace of the ground war, combined with the rapid withdrawal of combat units after the fighting ended, made collecting historical information in a timely fashion difficult. Johnson recalled that famed World War II historian S.L.A. Marshall had weeks to spend interviewing troops when they rotated out of the front lines. “He had that time to do all that detailed work,” Johnson said. “For us, the war started and the war was over, and you were trying to (document) as much of it as you can. I figured if we could give some future historian the proverbial ball of yarn, they could pull from the end and get something.” These federal activations marked the first such mobilization of Wisconsin Army National Guard units since the 1961 Berlin Crisis, and it provided an opportunity to demonstrate their capabilities to the activeduty military and the public. “We can be extremely proud of the way our people have responded to this mobilization,” Maj. Gen. Jerald Slack, the adjutant general of Wisconsin during Desert Shield, said at the time. “They have been ready when they were needed.” This sentiment was echoed by Stephen Duncan, the assistant secretary of defense for Reserve Affairs, in a 1991 report. “Subsequent to the adoption of the Total Force Policy in 1973 and until 22 August 1990, no unit or individual of either the Selected Reserve or the Individual Ready Reserve had been involuntarily called to active duty,” Duncan wrote. “The responsiveness to Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm by American reserve forces and their performance, in what has been described as ‘the largest, fastest mobilization since World War II,’ was remarkably successful by any standard.” Members of the 128th Air Refueling Wing were the first to depart the Middle East, with the first contingent of airmen arriving in Milwaukee March 28, 1991 and the remainder of the deployed members back in Wisconsin by mid-April. The 128th was followed within days by the 13th Evac Hospital, 32nd Military Police Company and the 229th Engineer Company. The 132nd Military History Detachment departed Saudi Arabia May 15, followed by the first iteration of the 107th Maintenance Company - a volunteer replacement company deployed in June 1991, allowing the 107th to redeploy home - the 1157th Transportation Company and the 1122nd Transportation Detachment. The replacement 107th Maintenance Company left Saudi Arabia on Oct. 31, 1991. — from WCVSO



s this new year started, my nieces, Andrea and Emily, invited me to join them and other avid readers in the 2016 Reading Challenge. This request came to me through Facebook. In joining this reading group a person is to read a book according to the specific guidelines. When you’ve finished a book, you are to take a picture of it and post it to the group wall, along with what guideline was applicable and a quick review of the book. This challenge is to be a fun way to find new things to read in 2016. A word of encouragement to participants was to not be overwhelmed, as you have all year to complete the challenge. The guidelines are to read one of each of the following in 2016: • A book published this year. • A book you can finish in a day. • A book you’ve been meaning to read. • A book recommended by your local librarian or bookseller. • A book you should have read in school. • A book chosen for you by your spouse, partner, sibling, child or BFF. • A book published before you were born. • A book that was banned at some point. • A book you previously abandoned. • A book you own but have never read. • A book that intimidates you. • A book you have already read at least once. It didn’t take long and my cousin, Ronda, from McGrath, Minn., posted to the wall a photo of the book she read. She recommended Velma Wallis’ book, “Two

2016 Reading Challenge Beyond the office door Suzanne Johnson Old Women,” an Alaska legend of betrayal, courage and survival. Ronda wrote, “This book could be read in a day; a legend that contains cautions against acting older than you are, as well as complaining too much. Great first read of 2016.” Ronda’s posting did make me curious to see if the Shell Lake Public Library had the book available. They did, and so I checked out the book, “Two Old Women.” It is a quick read and I agree it had a message. Without going too much into detail about the story written in the book, I will share that the two women were left behind when the rest of The People moved on to a better hunting ground for the winter. One of the older women said, “They (The People) forget that we, too, have earned the right to live! So I say, if we are going to die, my friend, let us die trying, not sitting.” A few pages later the words, “We think that we are so old. Now, because we have spent so many years convincing the younger people that we are helpless,

they believe we are no longer of use to this world.” Upon finding that the old women had survived being left alone, it was said of an older tracker, “Now, somehow he never would believe himself to be old and weak again. Never!” At the end of the story, “The People kept their promise; they never again abandoned their elders.” After reading “Two Old Women,” it reminded me that we do need to respect and learn from our elders. It also reminded me that as I age, it is best not to grumble and complain about it. Perhaps a reading challenge book for me should be based on how to age gracefully.

Groundhog Day is no rodeo


ne thing we can always look forward to when a new year begins is the wonderful holiday celebrated every year in the United States and Canada - Groundhog Day. This year it is to be celebrated Tuesday, Feb. 2. Nowhere is there a more exciting celebration than in Punxsutawney, Pa. The local people there form a group called the Inner Circle, and this organization runs all the events and sees that their plans are carried out with efficiency. If the crowds attending the various events are not able to have a wonderful time it is not the fault of these hardworking volunteers. They seem to be quite a bit like the dedicated folks who contribute many hours of planning and hard work to see that the rodeo that comes to Spooner every summer is a successful event. Like the rodeo planners, the groundhog people have plenty of things happening in the community besides the main event. They sell groundhog T-shirts and mugs, and little tin cookie cutters shaped like little groundhogs. All the businesses have special sales to attract the crowds that come to observe the holiday. You can buy a groundhog on a silver chain to hang around your neck, like people do with Mardi Gras beads. They have statues of the famous groundhog all over town. They have special groundhog music, and they offer plentiful food in many varieties, like pasta, and some old-fashioned German dishes in many restaurants. Punxsutawney Phil is their mascot and their beloved weather forecaster. The rodeo started in Spooner quite a few years ago, but not nearly as long ago as the celebration of Groundhog Day. It began in 1887. In Punxsutawney,

Old wife’s tales Mary B. Olsen Pa., the early settlers were German farmers. They became acquainted with the groundhog when they saw burrows dug in the fields and saw their little noses poke out of their holes, and they heard them whistle, perched on their hind legs and looking around like kings of their little mountains of dirt. Some thought they were varmints to be destroyed. Or eaten. They had to be cooked a long time, but they found the meat flavorful. Others thought they were friendly little fellows you could take or leave alone. One Pennsylvania boy once told me the young boys liked groundhog hunting, and their mothers cooked the meat to help out with the food supply. I don’t know how they discovered the groundhogs’ ability to predict the weather, but it has become part of the local folklore. They say the groundhog has been right 40 percent of the time in its predictions. In this, its record rivals the meteorologists and weather ladies we can watch on television with their maps and charts and all their bells and

whistles. Phil just looks around, and if it’s sunny, he wants to go back into his burrow. There are groundhogs all over the Eastern states and the Midwest. They multiply, and are survivors, like our deer population. The damage to fields is light. At our farm we had a couple of families of groundhogs wintering in the woodpile, and some in the pasture. They didn’t bother us and we didn’t bother them. You could catch a young one and hold it in your hand, and it would nestle in quite nicely. We didn’t handle them often, because you didn’t want to make pets of them. They belong to the wild, and there is a kind of balance in nature we do not like to upset. Punxsutawney Phil, the celebrated weather-predicting groundhog, is actually a pet groundhog. He has a burrow, and the townsfolk carry on a ceremony in which they take Phil out into the daylight. All the menfolk are dressed in formal wear with high silk hats and they announce that Phil has come out of his burrow. If the sun is shining, Phil will see his shadow. If that happens, it is bad news. We will have six more weeks of winter weather. If it is cloudy or overcast, we will have an early spring. The event is timed and then the news goes out to the world. Everyone waits in anticipation of this annual forecast. Will it be an early spring? Wouldn’t that be wonderful? Looking at the snow covering the ground here, an early spring might be welcome. It would be for me. Just as soon as the snow melts, the Spooner Rodeo folks will be setting the wheels in motion to prepare for the coming season and the 2016 rodeo.


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On Tuesday, Jan. 12, at approximately 9:04 a.m., Jacob Young, 31, Hawkins, was northbound on Hwy. 53 just north of Schaub Road in the Town of Trego when he overtook a snow-covered right lane. Young lost control of the 1994 Toyota Camry LE he was driving and slid along the shoulder, overturned once before he stopped. No injuries were reported. The vehicle had moderated damage and was towed. On Thursday, Jan. 14, at approximately 6:56 p.m., Henry Bigott, 53, Hayward, was northbound on Hwy. 63 just west of Say Hi Road in the Town of Trego when a deer ran out and hit the driver side of the 2015 Chevy Silverado he was driving. No injuries were reported the truck had moderated damage and was removed from the scene. On Sunday, Jan. 17, at approximately 8:38 p.m., Joshua Zilly, 19, Shell Lake, was westbound on CTH B just east of Swiss Chalet Road when he came upon a horse in the road and struck the horse. The impact caused the 1999 Audi A4 2.8 QUA Zilly was driving to exit the road and stop in the south ditch. The horse was thrown to the south ditch line. Zilly and his passenger, Justin Schutz, 21, Trego, were both taken to the hospital for medical treatment. The horse was transported to its owners. Zilly’s vehicle had very severe damage and was towed. On Monday, Jan. 18, at approximately 3:32 p.m., Kelly Curtis, 47, Webster, was driving a 2004 Chevy Impala westbound in the alley through Prospect Street in the City of Spooner while Michelle Zeller, 38, Trego, was northbound on Prospect Street. Curtis failed to yield when she emerged from the alley and collided with

Zeller’s vehicle causing her 2013 Honda Odyssey to slide sideways into a legally parked 2013 Ford Edge. No injuries were reported. Curtis’ vehicle had moderate damage to the front. Zeller’s vehicle had severe damage to the rear and middle and was towed. The parked vehicle had minor damage to the front. Curtis was cited for failure to yield when emerging from an alley. On Tuesday, Jan. 19, at approximately 6:45 p.m., Roy Corey, 62, Rice Lake, was northbound on Hwy. 53 just north of the crossover for Hwy. 53 when he hit a deer. No injuries were reported. The 2011 Ford Ranger Corey was driving had minor damage to the front. 

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A walk through Spooner fifth-grade Colonial Williamsburg

The Spooner Middle School fifth-grade class dressed in Colonial-period clothing for the Streets of Williamsburg event they held for staff, family and other students. Pictured are the town carpenters who, they explained, basically built the town. Shown (L to R): Josh Peterson, Emma Burch, Kevin Retzlaff and Isaac Organ.

These ladies are Colonial homemakers. (L to R): Maddison Rothermal tends to baby Jack as Mallory Bullion sews pillows, Malana Hestae cooks and Jaelyn Linaemann also sews.

Ella Trinklein, Tai Bearheart and Bailey Berg were very happy Colonial shoemakers.

Aiden Marucha, Tyler Shultz, Caleb Wekseth and Cody Busch formulated medicines for those with ailments at their apothecary shop.

Nicholas Kupsch shows a print he made with fellow printers Andrew Gothblad and Arnold Brown. They explained that printers produced books and newspapers.

Kyliemay Schwartzbauer, front left, Paris Bray, standing, and Cheyenne Gregor, seated, are farmers. The girls were happy to share their knowledge of how Colonial farmers got seeds and why farming was so important in Colonial times. Aiden Wilmot holds a horseshoe steady as Hunter Christner pounds it out just right. Seth Rosenberg is prepared to help his fellow blacksmiths if the need should arise.

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Silversmiths Jacen Leggett and Bret Vosberg explain how they craft items like silverware to Barry Zeien, staff custodian, during the fifthgrade Streets of Williamsburg event at Spooner Middle School.


Midwinter royalty chosen Serena Soluson is all sweetness after she won the cake-eating contest. The event was just part of the fun as the Spooner students competed for class points in the Winterfest games on Friday, Jan. 22.

Douglas Cottrell earned first place in the Spooner High School Bake-Off.

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Colton Avery, Ryan Lauterbach, Mark Nauertz and Russell Bacon will have to live down the jokes after the makeup event during the Winterfest games at Spooner High School. Their team member had to apply makeup, only she was blindfolded. Lauterbach’s team won the contest.

Payton Leinweber is learning that you cannot have your cake and eat it too. Every now and then you have to come up for air.

Chase Melton showed his wrestling skills as he barely beat Roadie in a wrestling match.

The 2016 Winterfest royalty was crowned. Tyler Revak and Sydney Busch were crowned prince and princess. Russell Bacon and Mari Hordvik were crowned king and queen.

The Spooner student team beat the teachers team in an exhibition game. Shown back row (L to R): Elijah Hansen, Reilly Hotchkiss, Cole Tripp, Devan Miller, Mark Nauertz, Jon Johnson and Brant Osterhues. Front: Abhinab KC, Gavin Hochstetler, Kelsie Gerovac and Cassidy Quinton.

Leire Santamaria and Brittany Bauer are wearing a 1970s vintage Spooner Rails cheerleader outfit and a basketball uniform.



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Girls win over Birchwood while boys take loss in close game Larry Samson | Staff writer SHELL LAKE - The 5-1 Birchwood Bobcats came to Shell Lake to play the 0-6 boys Laker team in what many thought would be an easy game for Birchwood. It was anything but that. The Tuesday, Jan. 19, nonconference game was a barn burner that ended in a 58-56 win for Birchwood. Birchwood had to come from behind to beat Shell Lake. The Lakers were not able to stop Birchwood’s Dylan Zettle who scored 31 points, many of those were 3-point shots. Zettle was averaging 25 points per game coming in to the game. Zach Melton shot a career high of 20 points for Shell Lake followed by Luke Pokorny with 17 points. Pokorny dominated the boards with 10 rebounds to keep the Lakers in the game. The Lakers led 32-28 in the first half but were not able to hold on to the lead. The Shell Lake players stepped up after one of their top players, Luke Fogelberg, left the game with a knee injury. While the team did not get a win, it was a morale booster neverthe-

less. Fogelberg should be returning in two weeks and James Crawford will be starting in the guard position. This should help the Lakers going into the second half of the season. The Shell Lake girls picked up their fourth win of the season with a 44-40 win over Birchwood on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Birchwood is 4-3 in Lakeland-East Conference play while the Lakers are 0-6 in the Lakeland-Central Conference. Shell Lake led 23-17 at halftime but quickly lost the lead as the Bobcats came back. The Lakers held on to the lead and the win against a strong Birchwood team. Ashlea Meister was the top scorer for Shell Lake with 12 points followed by Sheri Clark with nine points. Josie Garrett was the top scorer for Birchwood with 14 points followed by Mady Schultz with eight points. Shell Lake has a doubleheader with Clear Lake on Friday, Jan. 29, in Clear Lake. On Tuesday, Feb. 2, the Lakers will be going to Northwood for a doubleheader.

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Cassidy Schroeder gets a jump shot off against Birchwood defender Annesa Lowe. It was a close game that went for the Lakers late in the game. Shell Lake won 44-40 in the nonconference game with Birchwood on Tuesday, Jan. 19, in Shell Lake.

Luke Fogelberg goes to the basket against Birchwood defender Dylan Zettel.

Ashlea Meister with a jump shot at the post. She was the high scorer for the game against Birchwood on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Drew Johnson tangles with Birchwood defender Nathan Widiker and his own teammate, Luke Pokorny, on this drive in a home game against Birchwood on Tuesday, Jan. 19. It was a very close game that Birchwood won 58-56.

Meredith Kevan drives the basket against Birchwood defender Josie Garret.

Zach Melton drops the ball into the basket to give Shell Lake an 8-point lead. Melton was the high scorer for the game with 20 points.

Sheri Clark with a jump shot near the post. Clark is constantly one of the Luke Pokorny drops another basket, 17 points for the top shooters for the Lakers. She is shown being defended by Birchwood freshman Mady Schultz. game, as Shell Lake nearly upsets Birchwood.




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Shell Lake host to Shell Lake Challenge

Larry Samson | Staff writer SHELL LAKE - Shell Lake hosted the Shell Lake Challenge Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 23. The tournament entered its 22nd year. Shell Lake’s assistant coach Steve Naglosky was a wrestler on the 1994 wrestling squad competing in the 140-pound weight class. In that year, Shell Lake placed second behind Arcadia. Shell Lake finished fourth this year, behind New Richmond with 416 points, Hayward with 382 points and Spooner with 338 points. In the 106-pound weight class, Cory Kidder had another good day Saturday, finishing second with 33 team points. Daniel Nielsen finished in third place in the 113-pound weight class. Jack Skluzacek placed fourth in the 132-pound weight class with 27 team points. Bob Bontekoe started out the meet with a loss to Anthony Borowski but came back to pin his next three opponents. In the final round he lost to Chase Melton of Spooner to earn fourth place in the 138pound weight class. Dominic Hopke had a tough bracket and earned a second place

Carter Lawrence placed fourth in the 152-pound weight class at the Shell Lake Challenge held Saturday, Jan. 23. Ten schools competed in the prestigious tournament. Shell Lake took fourth place. Austin Schultz placed fourth in the 195-pound weight class.

in the 145-pound weight class. Hopke had four pins going into the final round when he lost, 15-5, to Jackson Moeller of New Richmond. Carter Lawrence place fourth in the 152-pound weight class with two wins and two losses. Ben Frey, wrestling in the 160-pound weight class, lost to Brandon Jepson of Spooner in the first round. Lawrence fought back to take third place. Austin Schultz place fourth in the 195-pound weight class. Shell Lake will host Flambeau in the last dual meet of the season on Thursday, Jan. 28, which is also Parents’ Night. The conference meet will be held in Cameron on Saturday, Feb. 6

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Daniel Nielsen earned a third-place finish in the 113-pound weight class at the Shell Lake Challenge on Saturday, Jan. 23.

Dominic Hopke had a good day, pinning four Freshman wrestler Cory Kidder is having a wrestlers before losing to Jackson Moeller of New Richmond in the final round. He has 97 good year, placing second in the 106-pound wins for his career, approaching the 100-win weight class. He earned one pin for the day. milestone in his junior year.

Hayward over Spooner

Brant Osterhues gets the ball off against a tough Hayward defense.

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Point guard Cole Tripp on a fast-break layup. Hayward beat Spooner 57-31 in a Heart O’North Conference game held Friday, Jan. 22, to a near-capacity crowd. Hayward is 7-1 in conference play, and they feel they have a good chance in the playoffs.

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Spooner places third in Shell Lake Challenge

Larry Samson | Staff writer SHELL LAKE - The Spooner wrestling team finished third among 10 schools at the Shell Lake Challenge held Saturday, Jan. 23. Coach Caleb Melton has been working with his young wrestlers to develop a team attitude and it came together in the tournament. Brandon Jepson came into the meet five wins away from the 100-win mark. In high school wrestling this is a huge milestone. He would need every win to reach that milestone and he did, with four pins and a decision. The team did not get a chance to celebrate until the last Spooner wrestler finished. Blake Larson started it out for the Spooner Rails with a firstplace finish in the 120-pound weight class. Chase Melton finished third in the tough 138-pound weight class. He had four pins but lost to Seth Leavens of New Richmond. Josh Melton earned a fourth place at 145. In the 152-pound weight class Bryce Carroll earned first place and 47 team points. In the 160 Jepson took first place. Hunter Peterson, wrestling in the 170pound weight class, earned fourth place and 22 team points. Freshman Samuel Melton took second place in the 182-pound weight class. His only loss for the day came in the fourth round when he lost a tech fall to Caleb Neumann of New Richmond. Garrett Berelli placed third with 27 team points. Finishing out the roster, Josh Carroll earned a first in the 220-pound weight class with four pins and one decision. Spooner will travel to Northwestern for a dual meet on Tuesday, Feb. 2. On Saturday, Feb. 6, they will travel to Superior for their conference meet.

Brandon Jepson with a takedown against his Hayward opponent, Kyle Sorenson, that earned two points and a major decision, 13-4. Jepson placed first in the 160-pound weight class at the Shell Lake Challenge held Saturday, Jan. 23. With four pins and the decision Jepson earned his 100th career win.

Blake Larson earned a first place in the 113-pound weight class. He had two pins and a 7-1 decision for the day.

Bryce Carroll earned a first place in a tough 152-pound weight class. Spooner earned four first-place finishes to take third place in the tournament.

Josh Carroll earned first place in the 220-pound weight class. He had four pins for the day and one decision for the tournament.

Photos by Larry Samson Brad and Michelle Jepson stand proudly with their son, Brandon, as he poses with a sign marking a milestone in his wrestling career. The parents were at every one of those 100 pins, sitting in the bleachers or on mat side.



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Annual Brady Mortensen Memorial Youth Tournament held

Ashlee Retzlaff is giving it all she has as she wrestles James Buckholts of Hayward. Wrestling is an emotional sport where you can be up one moment and down the next. Alexander Daniels snaps Jaegar Knutson for a takedown. Daniels is an upand-coming young wrestler for Spooner Middle School. He was wrestling at the Brady Mortensen Memorial Wrestling Tournament that was held in Shell Lake on Sunday, Jan. 24.

Jonah Milleon and Carter Christenson of Chetek are taking their first step in wrestling as both 5-yearold wrestlers take to the mat under the supervision of Caleb Schmidt, a former Shell Lake wrestler.

Shell Lake sixth-grader Isaac Hopke with a takedown of his Cameron opponent.

Jamison Lucas with a win over Wyatt McPeck of Hayward.

Shell Lake wrestler Tyler Schunk is going for a pin against his Spooner opponent Alexander Daniels.

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Shell Lake wrestler Kaden Thomas and Turtle Lake wrestler Landon Hubbert wrestle on the mat.

Kale Hopke pins Derrick Cooper of Cameron. Hopke went on to win first place in his weight class.



SCHEDULE Boys basketball

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


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Friday, Feb. 5: Doubleheader at Prairie Farm, 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9: Doubleheader at Frederic, 7:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12: Doubleheader versus Cameron, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16: Doubleheader versus Webster, 5:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19: Doubleheader at Turtle Lake, 5:45 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22: Versus Flambeau, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25: Versus Drummond, 7:15 p.m.

Girls basketball


Friday, Jan. 29: Doubleheader at Clear Lake, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2: Doubleheader at Northwood, 7:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5: Doubleheader at Prairie Farm, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9: Doubleheader at Frederic, 5:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12: Doubleheader versus Cameron, 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16: Doubleheader versus Webster,

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

Wrestling Thursday, Jan. 28: Flambeau at Shell Lake, 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6: Conference at Cameron, 10 a.m.

Icemen action weekly wrap-up CUMBERLAND/RICE LAKE/ASHLAND - The Northwest Icemen JV faced Pine City, Minn., at the Cumberland ice arena on Tuesday evening, Jan. 29. The team improved their overall record to five wins, nine losses and three ties.  The game was well played and close until the third period when the Icemen took and protected the lead, including scoring an empty net late in the contest. The NW Icemen JV played a couple of games over the weekend. Friday night, Jan. 22, they were at Rice Lake and Saturday, Jan. 23, in the late afternoon up in Ashland.  

In the exciting Friday loss, 2-0 with an empty net goal, the game featured great goaltending at both ends of the rink. The Icemen worked hard and did more than enough things right to have had the game go their way but in the end suffered defeat to a very good Rice Lake squad. The only negative in the game was too many bad penalties. On Saturday in Ashland the team carried their hard work and smart play into Ashland and a decisive 6-1 victory.  Another good goaltending performance, which has been the backbone of consis-

tent play this season at both the JV and varsity level, and lots of quality offensive earned opportunities provided the team with a much-deserved victory. From their coach, “The team has been trending in the right direction the past couple of weeks and starting to be rewarded for their hard work.” The NW Icemen varsity lost a close game to Ashland, 3-2, Saturday night, Jan. 23. The team that is already struggling with injury and illness found themselves further shorthanded with bad penalties early in the game and for most of the

first and half of the second period. The team did pull their goalie late in the game and had multiple opportunities to tie the game up but were turned back by the winning Ashland team. From the coaches perspective, “In general the team played well  enough to win.  As a group, to compete and win games at the varsity level they need more if not all of their skaters playing hard and playing smart. If they end up with a handful of players not fully committed to the team, more often than not they will leave the building without the victory.”— from NW Icemen

Wrestling squad to host parents night SHELL LAKE - The Shell Lake wrestling team, along with their coaches, Will

Christ, Steve Naglosky, and Jake Naesson, will be honoring parents during Par-

ents’ Night when the team takes on the Flambeau Falcons on Thursday, Jan. 28, 7

p.m. The Lakers will be competing for the conference title.

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WITC offers free college connections course RICE LAKE – Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College - Rice Lake campus is offering College Connections, a course to help adults determine what career training is right for them - those looking for a job change, tired of living paycheck-to-paycheck, or maybe they tried college

once but it wasn’t the right path at the time. This course will take a closer look at the variety of career training at WITC. The classes will meet for five sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting Feb. 9, 3 to 6:15 p.m. through Feb.

23. The course is free, and for anyone who then enrolls in a program, the application fee of $30 will be waived. Call 715-234-7082, ext. 5439, for more information. — from WITC

Big-game measurement clinic set SPOONER - AAA Sportshop will host a big-game measurement clinic on Saturday, Jan. 30.

Ken Zimmerman, from Zimmerman Taxidermy, will be at AAA Sportshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to measure any

horns, skulls, etc. He is certified for Boone and Crockett and Pope and Young. AAA Sportshop is located at N5765

Bear Path Lane, Spooner. For more information, call 715-635-3011. — from AAA Sportshop

Noah Lauterbach of Shell Lake has Walker Cox of Barron just about pinned. Sawyer Pearson is as proud of his missing tooth as he is for his secondplace medallion. He did not lose the tooth in a match, but before the meet.

RIGHT: Isaac Foss of Chetek and Mitchell Webster of Spooner begin their wrestling career. They could spend the next 13 years wrestling against each other.

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Jay M. Schultz Jay M. Schultz, 61, Spooner, passed away Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, at Spooner Health System. He was born May 26, 1954, in Shell Lake, the son of Everett and Gladys (Milke) Schultz. He is survived by his children, Michael Schultz, Spooner, Nancy Skow, Somerset, Kelly (Erik) Eklof, Deerfield, Becky Schultz, Blaine, Minn., and Lance (Lisa) Schultz, Somerset; his grandchildren, Alyssa, Caitlyn,

Rylee, Avery, Kyler, Grant, Emma, and Everett; a brother, Kenneth (Diana) Schultz; a sister, Karen (Ed) Schuirman; his sisters-in-law, Marlene and Cathy Schultz; and many nieces, nephews and dear friends. In addition to his parents, Jay was preceded in death by his brothers, Harold, Wayne and Gary Schultz. A memorial visitation was held Jan. 22 at Scalzo-Taylor Chapel in Spooner. Interment was private.

Heather Lynn Stettler, (nee Tobias), passed away surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, at the age of 45. Resident of Shorewood, Wis.  Beloved wife for 16 years and best friend of Sean J. Stettler.  Loving daughter of Don and Sharon Tobias.  Cherished sister of Tim (Jenny) Tobias. Aunt and godmother of Garrett Tobias. Dear daughter-in-law of Carole (the late Kenneth) Stettler. Brothers-in-law, Kevin, Jim (Koko), Eric (Theresa), Tracy (Renee), Chris (Jessica). Further sur-

vived by aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many good friends. Heather was a loving and devoted wife, daughter and sister, she will be deeply missed by her family and all who had the privilege of knowing her. Family will greet friends on Friday, Jan. 29, from 5-7 p.m. at the Feerick Funeral Home. A memorial service honoring Heather’s life will be held on Saturday, Jan 30, at 11 a.m. at Bay Shore Lutheran Church, 1200 East

Ruth Marie Swan, 89, Shell Lake, died Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, at Glenview Assisted Living Center. She was born March 14, 1926, in Cumberland, to Norman and Ruth (Okerson) Oldeen and graduated from Cumberland High School in 1943. After graduation she worked for several years at Schneider Drug until her marriage to James Swan in Barronett on June 15, 1946. They farmed in the South Dewey community near Shell Lake. Ruth was a member of Heart Lake Lutheran Church prior to the merger with Salem

Donald Weiss, 81, Trego, was taken from us to begin his journey with God on Jan. 21, 2016, as he went peacefully after losing his battle with cancer. Donald was born Aug. 6, 1934, to parents Jacob Weiss and Elsie Krammer. Sixty years ago he met Patricia Marshall, and he was united in marriage to her on June 6, 1958. He proudly served his


Heather Lynn Stettler

Ruth Marie Swan

Lutheran Church in Shell Lake. She participated in the church circles and taught Sunday school for several years. Ruth loved music, having sung in the church choir as well as the Heart Lake Trio for many years. She worked at the Shell Lake Medical Clinic for 25 years. After retiring she and Jim moved to Cumberland, but wintered in Arizona and Florida. Ruth enjoyed reading a good book, working in her flower gardens and spending valuable time with her grand- and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jim; her daughter, Wendy; daughter-in-law, Londa; infant sister, Deloris; her brother, Lawrence and his wife, Bette; aunts, uncles, and cousins.

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country in the U.S. Navy for 20 years and took great joy in the outdoors, especially his passion for hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed rooting for the Green Bay Packers and was a true fan. He worked hard, but he especially enjoyed his quality time with all his family. He was a proud and loving husband, father and grandfather. We will truly miss “Donnie,” and will be together with him again someday. Donald is survived by his wife of 57 years, Pat Weiss; sons, Bob and John; grandchildren, Mathew, Nathan, Emily and Samuel; stepgrandchildren Kali and Izaya;

For additional information, please contact the ScalzoTaylor Chapel in Spooner at 715-635-8919 or The Scalzo-Taylor Funeral Home, Spooner, was entrusted with arrangements.

Hampton Road, Whitefish Bay, Wis., followed by a reception at the church. There will also be a celebration of Heather’s life this summer. Interment will be private for the family.  Memorials in Heather’s name may be made to Froedtert Hospital Foundation, Cancer Research Fund, 9200 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53226. Feerick Funeral Home, 2025 E. Capitol Drive, Shorewood, is serving the family. 

She is survived by her daughter, Joni (Mark) Parker, Shell Lake; sons, Jerry Swan, Las Vegas, Nev., and David Swan, Eau Claire; grandchildren, Jessica, Kristin, Sarah and Matthew; great-grandchildren, Camden, RyLee, Audrey, Hunter, Emmett and Marian; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Jan. 27 at Salem Lutheran Church, Shell Lake, with the Rev. Sue Odegard officiating. Burial was in Shell Lake Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers were Jessica Swan, Kristin Swan, Sarah Ballew, Matthew Parker, Gary Oldeen and Bob Oldeen. The Skinner Funeral Home, Shell Lake, was entrusted with arrangements.

and step-great-grandson, Hunter. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob Weiss and Elsie Krammer; sisters, Vicki Foltz, Berniece Dentice and Marilyn Regner; and brothers, Jack Weiss and Gene Weiss. A memorial service was held Jan. 25 at the Spooner Wesleyan Church with Pastor Ron Gormong officiating. Interment with military honors followed at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery near Spooner. The Dahl Funeral Home, Spooner, was entrusted with arrangements.

Marian Furchtenicht

It was 25 degrees above zero on Monday morning, 45 degrees warmer than last Monday when I wrote the news. ‘Twas a milder week, that seemed good. A bright wolf moon shined bright a couple of nights, otherwise it was cloudy with light snows. One surely appreciates it here when watching the news and the winter storm on the East Coast and what they have been going through. Virginia Stodola talked to granddaughter Kris, Jack and Judy’s daughter, in New York and she was OK. Dave and Cathy Stodola, Hudson, were up Friday at his mom’s. Visiting Marilyn and Renee Zimmerman this weekend were nephew Aaron, his wife, Kandi, and their daughter, Harper. They live in Fort Atkinson. Anton and Gloria Frey went to daughter, Jan, and Jeff’s, for Anton’s birthday supper Saturday night. Pat Frey took his dad, Anton, fishing on Spooner Lake but the fish weren’t biting. Viv Bergman reported her brothers, Gene and Denny, were by Cumberland and also by Stone Lake fishing but the fish weren’t biting for them either. Patsy Sweet called one day so we had a great visit. Friday night Janet Zimmerman visited her aunt, her mom’s sister, Margaret Gunderson, 94, at the Barron hospital. Janet’s cousin, Darlene McGiffin, Rice Lake, treated them to a fish fry as a belated birthday present. Sue Krantz spent the weekend in Chippewa Falls baby-sitting the grands, Ryland and Miss Ellie, and two dogs while their folks, Matt and Christi, were away. Ericka Parker and son Chane went down too and stayed overnight. They shopped and took the kids to play at the Mayo Health Systems; that was enjoyed. Sympathy to the family of a dear lady, Ruth Swan, 89, Shell Lake. Ruth was loved by all who knew her, always so kind. She was a nurse at the Shell Lake hospital for 25 years. Services were held Wednesday at Salem Lutheran Church in Shell Lake with the Rev. Sue Odegard officiating. My grandkids, Sara, Kyle, Brady, Ashley, Brian and Taylor, got home from Mexico. Ryan and Jessie Furchtenicht vacationed in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Jillian and Jaxson stayed with Grampa Russ and Grandma Nancy. They took them swimming at the pool at the

Shell Lake motel, took them roller-skating and visited me Saturday night, bringing me cupcakes Jillian had made and some lasagna. Sunday after church they went to the Barron Area Community Center pool where Charlene works and was teaching a little ones swimming class that Arianna Furchtenicht is in, to watch her and take in the open swimming afterward. Sunday, Bonnie Helmer and I went to my brother’s, Don Shoquist’s, in Spooner, and the three of us went to my sister Sharon and Merle Wilber’s in rural Webster, where sister Nell Lee joined us for a noon meal and a late Shoquist Christmas get-together. Sharon had some great soup along with lots of other great food. Corey Furchtenicht and Charlene enjoyed a couple of days fishing at Lake of the Woods last week. It was her first time fishing and reports the fishing was good. January is coming to the end for 2016. Groundhog Day is coming up so we will know how much more winter to expect. Also on Feb. 2 is Madge-Sarona folks Tuesday morning breakfast together at the Roost so don’t forget that.


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The Shell Lake Wrestling Club would like to thank everyone that assisted with the Shell Lake Challenge and Brady Mortensen Memorial Youth Tournament held January 23 & 24. Great appreciation goes out to all the wonderful Shell Lake Wrestling families, past and present, and the Shell Lake Community for the donations and volunteer time. Without you these events could not be held. A special thank-you to the following: Gordy’s, Lakeview, Shell Lake State Bank, Kwik Trip, Economart, Shell Lake cheerleaders and the Shell Lake School District Administration, janitorial, kitchen and IT staff. 641075 24rp

Get out and enjoy the winter, it sounds like a mild weekend coming up. Rocky Furchtenicht and Elaine Ryan went to Eau Claire on Sunday to visit Mike Roberts in rehab there. Birthday wishes go out this week to Mary Mancl, Tori Wilber and Hannah Delzer, Jan. 28; Howard Furchtenicht, Donna Lawrence, David Granzin, Tim Scalzo, Joanne Briggs, Saige Elbe, Diane Klucus, Robin Taylor and Lindsey Green, Jan. 29; Bob Krueger, Tom Elliott, Cody Knoop, Donald Wise, Warren Anderson, Marla Backer, Tracie Chucka and Susan Herman, Jan. 30; Sharon Quinn, Julia Pokorny and Justin Knutson, Jan. 31; Tammi Gagner, Lil Aage Duch, Sharon Krantz, Brett Saffert, Heidi Pfluger, Marylin Lang, Dean Mott and Ericka Crosby, Feb. 1; Jonell Ullom, Feb. 2; and Evelyn Schaffer, Mary Schmitz, Mary Bos, Jerimiah Rux and John Cusick, Feb. 3. Have a happy one. Anniversary wishes to Lloyd and Arlene Cross, Jan. 30. “The older you get the more you appreciate being at home doing nothing.”

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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.

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Pastor Steve Miller Sunday Worship 9 a.m.

United Methodist

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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.

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.

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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 31, 2016 Fourth Sunday After The Epiphany fter a sermon on Hospitality Evangelism, the A Harts were convinced that they should invite their unsaved neighbors to dinner. Their pastor clearly and

carefully explained a process to witness God’s plan of salvation after the meal. On the night of the dinner, the host and hostess were both anxious to begin and end the evening with real-life situations and Christian standards that presented God at work in their household. After sitting down for dinner, Mr. Hart said to 5-year-old Bruce, “Would you please say grace?” Shy and overcome by the drama of the situation he said, “I don’t know what to say.” Naturally, there was an awkward pause while they attempted to recover from this serious setback to their strategy to witness to their neighbors. “Well, dear,” said Mrs. Hart with a forced smile, “just say what Daddy said at breakfast this morning.” Obediently, Bruce folded his hands, bowed his head and said, “Oh, God, we’ve got those horrible neighbors coming to dinner tonight.” Truth came straight from Bruce’s heart because he was filled with innocence and openness, trust and honesty. Bruce spoke the truth naturally because his heart was pure. But what about the rest of us? Do we speak the truth? Truth comes from our hearts when we have nothing to hide and our hearts are filled with God’s wisdom. David explained it this way: “You desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place.” Our God is a God of truth and wants his character to be within us and flow from us. If we fill our hearts with his word, his truth will flow from us.

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Hey everyone! Well guess what Judith did again? She stuck you with an inferior writer … so once again, this is all her fault. And I really don’t have a whole lot in the way of actual news, but knowing how long-winded I am, this will more than likely be a very long article. Let’s start with actual news. We had the annual meeting at Barronett Lutheran Church on Sunday, Jan. 24, and everything went smoothly. We have all of our nominees and all but one is a shoe-in for their respective titles. The only reason the one might not be a shoe-in is that we need to ask him if he minds doing the job of the position. You see, he was nominated but wasn’t there to say “yes” or “no.” So his position is still pending. Then again, Judith wasn’t there either and she was nominated and elected as “Madam Secretary” and she’s stuck with it. She actually called Geri and said she would take the honor, so I guess she kind of knows. We had the potluck lunch after the meeting was adjourned, and what Judith says each year is absolutely correct. There are some fantastic cooks from Barronett Lutheran. Everyone wanted the recipe for the hot

Dewey-LaFollette Sympathy is extended to Mary Dunn and family members due to the death of Mary’s brother, Byron Baker.  He was 95. Gerry and Donna Hines returned Tuesday after spending several days in Vadnais Heights, Minn.  They stayed with Brenda and Tim Sweet.  All of Brenda’s family visited them during that time, including the newest addition, Gerry and Donna’s great-grandson, Brooks Holman. Hank and Karen Mangelsen visited Lida Nordquist on Wednesday afternoon. Donna Hines and Karen Mangelsen called on Mary Dunn on Thursday morning. Nina and Lawrence Hines were Friday visitors of Lida Nordquist. Lida Nordquist stopped by to visit

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pickles that Geri Pitman brought. After church I stopped at Speedy’s CStop and Devon Snowbank was working. She told me she has started her clinicals at Arrowhead Dental in Rice Lake. She is working each Thursday until she’s finished with her classes at WITC in Rice Lake. What she is really excited about is that she just got herself a new pair of brown and red Ariats. For those of you that don’t know what Ariats are, they are cowboy boots. So our former fairest of the fair had some new kickers. Now on to just some observations and opinions. Our service for church related to the fact that we are all part of one body in Christ. This means that no one person is any less or more important than the other. I have found that we must keep our prayers and thoughts on everyone no matter what. There were so many prayer requests in church. I would appreciate it if all of us could at least say a general, “Please help those in need” prayer and keep that going forever. It takes only a few precious seconds of our time each day and it might mean the choice of life, happiness and good fortune to many others and ourselves. With that note in mind,

Karen Mangelsen Gerry and Donna Hines on Saturday morning. Karen and Hank Mangelsen joined Gene, Carlotta, and Carol Romsos, and Ron and Juliann Jensen for dinner at the home of Wayne and Marie Romsos on Saturday.  After the meal, they enjoyed a time of visiting and playing games. Hank and Karen Mangelsen went to the Siren School on Saturday evening and attended the Burnett County 4-H Music Contest.  Granddaughters Patty and Mandy Close participated in the Wood Creek Club group number, and they also sang a duet. Phil and Matthew Detenger visited Lawrence and Nina Hines on Sunday evening.

Mary Nilssen

Thank you to all who have been braving the cold to come out to the Stone Lake Music Night! The next Music Night will be Saturday, Feb. 13, from 6:30-9 p.m. The Acoustic Ramblers and guests will be in concert at the Stone Lake Lions Hall. Great music with dancing if you like. As always, this is a free community event. The Stone Lake Chamber of Commerce will have a general membership meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m. at the Stone Lake Lions Hall. All chamber members are encouraged to attend. We want to share plans for the year and get ideas from our members. The Stone Lake Lions extend gratitude to all in the Stone Lake community and surrounding area for their support and

attendance at 2015 fundraisers, fish frys, Fourth of July and Cranberry Fest. The Lions were able to raise over $5,900, with $5,000 donated locally for scholarships, food baskets, food shelf, Salvation Army, Ventures Unlimited and the community center, and $900 donated to Lions’ causes. Thanks to everyone and we hope to see you at our fundraisers in 2016. The senior center has scheduled Walking in Circles, with music, at the Lions hall on Tuesdays after the evening meal at the center, and on Thursdays at 1 p.m. I hope you have a wonderful week and please be safe. Mary Nilssen can be reached at 715-8654008 or

Senior lunch menu Monday, Monday, Feb. 1: Stuffed baked potato with meat, broccoli, sour cream and butter, fresh fruit. Tuesday, Feb. 2: Honey-baked ham, sweet potato casserole, green beans, brownie bar. Wednesday, Feb. 3: Roasted pork, mashed potatoes with gravy, buttered carrots, baked apples. Thursday, Feb. 4: Beef tips and gravy over steamed rice, buttered beets, ice cream. Birchwood potluck. Friday, Feb. 5: Cook’s choice. 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.

You count how many days after this that the first snowfall is that you can make a track in. That’s how many snowfalls will be in the winter. She says it’s amazingly accurate. In 2014 the first snowfall was Oct. 3 and she said the count was right on the money for snowfalls. She continued to remind me that we had an early winter and an early spring. We had exactly 33 snowfalls last year. She said our first snowfall this year was 58 days after Sept. 1 so we have 32 left. Start counting, people, and we’ll see how accurate this old wives’ (grandpa’s) tale is. She also said something about knowing 48 hours before it snows or rains by looking at the rain sheep or snow sheep in the sky. You know … those little puffy clouds that gather together? She claims that’s pretty accurate, too. If you see a rain sheep or snow sheep in the sky, it’s going to rain or snow. I have to admit, a lot of those old wives’ tales are fairly true. So start counting, everyone, and we’ll check on the snowfall count this year. I’ll leave you now with knowing how well my boyfriend really does know me. After 8-1/2 years together, I told him the other day that I wanted to walk down the aisle. He took me to the grocery store … and he was exactly right! That’s where I wanted to go! Have a wonderful, prayerful, happy week everyone!

Washburn County Area Humane Society We have three cats; they were brought in, on the exact same day, Each of these lovely girls were found in the cold, astray. The days are cold, but as we know, the nights are colder yet, How much more desperate could these hungry shorthaired girls get. They may have not lived to see one more night sky turn to blue, How grateful these three girls are, they owe it all to you. Each one of them is safe and warm, and if they could, they’d say, We have a second chance as you chose not to look away. You might not think you did that much, but we know who you are, For when we look at the night sky, you are the brightest star. C a t s for adoption: 2-yearold male b l a c k / brown shorthair tabby; 1-1/2-yearold shorthair calico/tortie; 8-month-old

shorthair tortie; 2-yearold shorthair calico/ tortie; 3-year-old neutered/declawed shorthair black/brown tiger; 4-year-old male gray/ white longhair; 2-yearold black/brown/ white neutered shorthair tiger; 1-year-old neutered orange shorthair tabby; 4-monthold female siamese mix; 4-month-old male black/white mediumhair; 3-1/2-year-old neutered black/ white shorthair; 8-month-old female gray/orange shorthair and a 7-monthold male black/white shorthair. Dogs for adoption: 10-month-old brindle/white female heeler/pit bull mix and a 5-year-old spayed yellow Lab mix. Also for adoption: 1-1/2-year-old brown/white male guinea pig. Strays inc l u d e :  A young female black Lab mix wearing a pink collar found near Kwik Trip in Spooner.

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Academic news Dining at 5 Minong, Monday, Feb. 1: Home-style BBQ ribs, cook’s choice potato, fresh salad bar, cook’s choice dessert. Call 715-4664448 to make reservations 24 hours in advance. Suggested donation is $5. For anyone under 60 years old cost is $8.75.

Marriage licenses Richard E. Studt, Shell Lake, and Judith A. Hayes, Shell Lake, issued Dec. 8, 2015. Jesus B. Garcia Contreras, Barronett, and Haylee M. Doriott, Barronett, issued Dec. 10, 2015. Kenneth G. Rhinehart, Spooner, and Linda K. Johnson, Spooner, issued Dec. 15, 2015.

our condolences go out to two families especially this week. First to the family of Rita Votel who passed away this past week. And also to the family of Isabel Egstad, 101, who has gone home to be with Jesus. Our prayers and love are with all of you. Back to some fun now. I asked everyone to think of news at church and the only one who really had any and shared it with me was Dick Grover. He called me over after the meeting and told me, “I have some news, Sharai. I’m sorry you got your voice back!” Now I probably should take offense to this statement but you all know me well enough to know he’s absolutely correct. I have a big mouth and I really know how to use it! The second piece of news is from Laura Mackrill whom I saw at Speedy’s after the potluck. She wanted everyone to know that we have 32 snowfalls left for the winter. And, yes, she explained this to me. It seems her grandpa taught her everything she knows from age 12 and up. They were out picking blackberries and her grandpa said, “Oh, that owl is hooting low. Gonna be rain tomorrow.” She asked him what he meant and he told her that the closer to the ground the owl is when it hoots tells if there will be rain or not. She said it rained the next day, so she started listening to what her grandpa had to say. She was told to start with the date of Sept. 1.

Robert M. Budisalovich, Spooner, and Leslie K. Brown, Wascott, issued Dec. 17, 2015. Travis L. Mikula, Shell Lake, and Shasta M. Andersen, Shell Lake, issued Dec. 27, 2015. Dustin L. Botten, Minong, and Erin L. Lanigan, Minong, issued Jan. 19, 2016.

LA CROSSE - Brooke Schumacher, occupational therapy assistant program student from Spooner, was named to Western Technical College president’s list of high distinction for fall semester 2015. — from ReadMedia ••• MADISON - The University of Wisconsin - Madison has recognized the following area students named to the dean’s list for the fall semester of the 20152016 academic year. Shell Lake:  Lynsey Hagen, School of Education, dean’s list; Spooner: Michelle Emerson, School of Human Ecology, dean’s honor list; Dana Kampa, College of Letters and Science, dean’s list; and Angela Romportl, School of Pharmacy, high honor roll. — from TheLink ••• HOUGHTON, Mich. - Scott Pederson, Spooner, mechanical engineering, was

named to the dean’s list at Michigan Technological University. — from TheLink ••• AMES, Iowa - Jacob G. Caithamer, Spooner, senior, majoring in software engineering at Iowa State University, has been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the 2015 fall semester dean’s list. — from TheLink ••• EAU CLAIRE – Area students named to the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire dean’s list for the 2015 fall semester are Anna Kohler, Birchwood; education and human sciences; Lindsey Von Feldt, Sarona, business; Taylor Bednar, Spooner, education and human sciences; and Adriana Oakland, Spooner, education and human sciences. — from TheLink


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Helen V. Pederson

We’ve had fairly decent weather this last week. This week we will be in the 30s, which isn’t bad. We will get it in March. The poor people on the East Coast are suffering blizzards and floods. I lost a dear friend on Friday night. Ruth Swan, 89, died from kidney disease. Ruth was my dear friend for many years. We sang in choir, Sweet Adelines, and a trio that included D. Helen Pederson, Ruth and myself. I will miss her as she sat at my table here and attended Heart Lake and Salem churches. She would have been 90 in March. Sympathy to the family. Mavis Flach went with Steve and Jody Flach to River Falls on Sunday to watch Maddy play in a volleyball tournament. Pastor Sue was here last week to visit some of the resi-

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dents. Margaret Jones and Louise Schade visited their sister, Lillian Ullom, over the weekend. Susan Winner and son Jeff took me to the dentist in Rice Lake last Thursday. Sue’s daughter, Greta, and Logan Zinsli, of Eau Claire met us at Glenview so we could see their new baby, Dillon Chester, a week old. I attended the funeral for Margaret Weathers on Monday, along with several workers from Glenview. Andy Wejnerowski had a birthday on Saturday, so we enjoyed cake and ice cream. Happy birthday, Andy! On Jan. 20 we were entertained by The Porch Dogs which was very good. On Monday evening we could order in food from the China House in Spooner, which was a good change.

Mary Jane Dunn, a grade school friend of mine visited me on Friday. She told me her brother, Byron Baker, had passed away suddenly. Sympathy to you Mary Jane. Cheri and Steve Minot and Lori and Bill Sumner enjoyed dinner together at the Barronett Bar and Grill, Friday night. A niece of theirs cooks there so it was an enjoyable night. The new pastor at the Spooner Pentecostal Church had a birthday on Sunday. Being that he is an avid Packer fan, Cheri Minot made a Packer cake for him. Charlotte Thompson visited me Sunday afternoon along with some other friends here. We always have a nice visit. The food that doesn’t get more expensive is food for thought.

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This weather is crazy! Yes, one week it’s so cold we can’t get enough clothes on, then the next week it’s so nice and warm you wonder where you packed those shorts away! It’s kind of like living one week in Alaska and the next week in Florida. Let’s hope this weather straightens out so farmers will have a bountiful harvest. It’s a very happy birthday to Mary Olsen on Jan. 28. Mary writes a column, Old Wife’s Tales, in the Washburn County Register. She does a swell job of writing and I really don’t know where she gets the ideas of what to write about, but her column is always interesting. Keep it up, Mary. A very happy birthday to Tom Crosby on his special day, Jan. 28, with many more to come. A very happy birthday to Donna Lawrence on Jan. 29 with many more to come. Also Dustin Petz, it’s party time for you on Jan. 29. Have a wonderful day. Happy birthday to Cody Knoop and also to Ruth Hopke, both on Jan. 31. May you enjoy many more birthdays. A very happy birthday to Cy Atkinson and also to Haiden Stariha on Feb. 2. Have a great one, guys. Megan Stone, a very happy birthday to you on Feb. 3. Have a wonderful day, Megan. Our deepest sympathy to the family of Jay Schultz, 61, who passed away this last week. Jay was the youngest of Everett and Gladys Schultz (deceased). Everett farmed and Gladys was a teacher. The Schultzes lived where Keith and Stephanie Mechtel live now. The Schultzes had five boys. Our deepest sympathy to the family of Byron Baker who passed away. Funeral services were held at the Spooner cemetery with a luncheon at Lakeview Methodist Church in Dewey Country. Bryon was a brother of Mary Dunn. May you know you are in our special thoughts and prayers. This week is Penny Ladd’s last week of teaching the book part of driver’s education and then possibly she will be doing the driving. Penny has been taking Botox

shots every three months and I do think it helps her. Oth- Wally says he keeps the home fires going. erwise she has headaches a week at a time or more. Myrna Atkinson is busy making baby quilts. Every You know I haven’t seen any coyote hunters out this grandchild and great-grandchild gets a quilt when winter. Usually they’re out and hot to trot for those coy- they’re born. She has just finished a quilt for one of her otes. Maybe I missed them. Myrna Atkinson tells us she great-grands and is now getting ready to make another saw two big wolves cross their fields. Let’s hope those with butterflies for her great-grandchild in Washington. coyote and wolf hunters get a lot of them. Myrna has taken on the job of looking for pictures of old Diane Hulleman was at Shell Lake Schools on Tues- barns, which she traces and then onto cloth and other day morning and in the evening she went to the volun- members of the group fin(Jan. 27, Feb. 3, 10) teer free clinic at Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake. ish each barn and then onSTATE OF WISCONSIN Diane has been having a lot of problems with her shoul- ward to a quilt. It should be CIRCUIT COURT ders and will be having surgery in the near future. quite a project and I’ll bet WASHBURN COUNTY Marv Knoop tells us he was working in the woods and it’s going to be beautiful. slipped and fell. Yes, he broke his arm. He had it in a I’d like one myself, Myrna. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ACTING THROUGH THE cast for some time and recently got the cast off. It seems Hint, hint! like when we get older and we fall we always get hurt, Talking with Mark RURAL HOUSING SERVICE SUCCESSOR AGENCY, doesn’t it? Knoop, we find they have OR UNITED STATES Talking with Butch VanSelus, he tells us he’s about hired an assessor to do the DEPARTMENT OF over with the sinus infection but he’s hungry. assessing in Dewey Coun- AGRICULTURE, Harold Stone is going to Lakeview Medical Center in try this year. Also Duane Plaintiff vs. Rice Lake three times a week. Butch drove him four times Johnson will be running for and then someone else came forward to drive Harold. It’s the county board in Burnett JOLEEN ANDERSON, et al., the waiting for four to five hours that’s hard, Butch says. County. This includes the Defendants Harold also has a bad heart. Towns of Dewey, Roosevelt CASE NO.: 14-CV-137 It’s time to think about our real estate taxes. Yes, they and a small part of Rusk. FORECLOSURE CASE CODE are due Jan. 31. Another big bill. Also running is Phil Linde30404 News from Evelyn Melton finds Evelyn had company man who has held this job NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE this past weekend. Her daughter, Robin Melton, came for 20 years. By virtue of a judgment of forehome. Vicki Trott also stopped in to see her mom. Scatter sunshine! closure made in the above-entiBev Casselious and son Erik came Saturday to Carl and Have a great week! tled action on February 6, 2015, Betty Meister’s for the day. Erik’s vacation is now over in the amount of $64,468,93, I as the college doors opened again Jan. 25. Ryan Hanwill sell at public auction at the sen went back to college in North Entrance (a.k.a. North Steps) of the Washburn County Menomonie on Jan. 18. Courthouse, 10 4th Avenue, Talking with Wally StellShell Lake, WI 54871, City of recht, he tells us his wife Shell Lake, County of Washhas worked over 30 years at burn, State of Wisconsin, on the Spooner hospital. Come March 2, 2016, at 10:00 a.m., all November she can retire. of the following described mortgaged premises, to wit: Join our nonprofit, community-based hospice and Lot Eight (8), Block Two (2), palliative care team. We are seeking RN staff for partDonatell-Olson Assessor’s time casual position to serve patients and families Plat to the City of Spooner, with a life-limiting illness in their home setting. Washburn County, Wisconsin Candidates must have strong clinical and patient/ The above property is located at: 711 Myra Street, Spooner, family relationship skills, willing to travel and proWI 54801. vide care to patients in our Spooner/Grantsburg TAX KEY NO.: 65 281 2 39 12 service area. Benefits include flexible scheduling, paid 30 5 15 244 616000. time off, annuity, travel time and mileage.


Subscribe online today at The Register is a cooperative-owned newspaper (Jan. 27) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY Maryanna Smith and Susan Kelly Petitioner vs. Ross Talbert and Tracey Talbert Respondent Publication Notice Harassment Injunction Hearing (Informal Administration) Case No. 2016 CV 05 2016 CV 06 A harassment temporary restraining order was issued on January 12, 2016, against Ross Talbert and Tracey Talbert. A hearing on the petition to grant a harassment injunction will be held on February 2, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. at the Washburn County Courthouse, Shell Lake, Wisconsin, before Hon. Eugene D. Harrington, Court Official. TO THE RESPONDENT: If you fail to appear at the hearing, the relief requested will be granted. 641056 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



Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is actively seeking qualified candidates for the position of Director, Career Prep and K12 Relations. This position develops external and internal relationships for the College and coordinates its Career Prep Program. The position can be based out of the WITC New Richmond Campus or the WITC Administrative Office in Shell Lake. Qualifications include: Master’s degree in education or related field. Five years of combined administrative and teaching experience, including two years of experience in a job function related to Career and Technical Education. For a complete list of qualifications and to apply visit our website at Deadline to apply: February 12, 2016 WITC is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer and Educator TTY 711 641024 24-25r 14-15a-e

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Applications are invited for the position of Washburn County Administrative Coordinator/Human Resources Director. Responsibilities as Administrative Coordinator consist of coordination of county administrative functions, department head evaluation, large county projects, ordinance/resolution preparation and related administrative duties. Responsibilities as Human Resources Director consist of administration of all personnel and benefit functions. Required qualifications include (1) knowledge of public finance management and human resource and labor relations management; (2) ability to prepare and analyze a complex variety of reports, to make recommendations for County Board action and to implement Board decisions; and (3) strong communication and interpersonal skills. Expected qualifications are a Master’s degree in Public Administration and at least five years of governmental management experience, although candidates who can demonstrate the required knowledge, abilities and skills may offer a different combination of education and experience. Salary: $75,836 to $93,698. Further position information can be found at 640872 24-25r Please send cover letter, resume, at least four professional references and salary history to: Public Administration Associates, LLC, Attention Stephen Hintz, P.O. Box 282, Oshkosh, WI 54903, or to: The application deadline is February 5. EOE.

TERMS OF SALE: Cash, Cashier’s Check or Certified Check. PLACE: Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. DOWN PAYMENT: 10% of amount bid by Cash, Cashier’s Check or Certified Check due at time of sale. Balance of purchase price must be paid within ten (10) business days after confirmation of the sale. Failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. This property is sold “as is” subject to all legal encumbrances and any outstanding and accruing real estate taxes, special assessments, and penalties and interest, if any. Upon confirmation of the sale by the Court, purchaser will be required to pay all recording fees and, if desired, the cost of title evidence. Dated this 14th day of January, 2016, at Shell Lake, Wis. /s/Terry Dryden Sheriff of Washburn County, WI KOHNER, MANN & KAILAS, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 4650 N. Port Washington Road Milwaukee, WI 53212 Ph.: 414-962-5110 Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1692), we are required to state that we are attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose. 640957 WNAXLP



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Huge 400 Gun & Military Auction. Sat., Jan. 30, Prairie du Chien, WI. Barrett 50 cal, Class III MAC 11, WWII. Colts, Winchesters, Browning, Remington. Kramer Sales, Registered Wisconsin Auctioneer, License No. 8961. (608) 326-8108 www.kramersales. com (CNOW)


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Find us on Facebook (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

Notice is hereby given that the Bashaw Town Board shall hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, at 6 p.m. at the Bashaw Town Hall. Agenda: Call meeting to order; minutes from the January 4, 2016, town meeting; treasurer’s report; correspondence, public input; permits/applications; truck/grader; town hall building; TRID Application with road designation; set next meeting date; approve vouchers and adjourn meeting. A current agenda will also be posted at the following sites: Corner of Tozer Lake Rd. & Green Valley Rd., corner of Sand Road & Sunset Road, and N3410 Sawyer Creek Road, Shell Lake, WI 54871 (town hall). Lesa Dahlstrom, Clerk, Town of Bashaw 641065 24r WNAXLP


You Are Hereby Notified That The Annual Meeting Of The Shell Lake Co-op Livestock Shipping Assoc., Shell Lake, WI, Will Be Held On Saturday, February 6, 2016, 1:30 p.m. At The Spooner Ag Research Station For The Transaction Of Any Business That May Properly Come Before This Meeting. There will be an election of two board members. Dated: January 14, 2016 Mark Thompson, President

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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 HEARING NOTICE VARIANCE REQUEST CITY OF SHELL LAKE

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

Mary E. Cleveland, Spooner, disorderly conduct, $299.00; possess drug paraphernalia, $299.00. Kimberly D. Crouse, Rice Lake, disorderly conduct, $501.00, probation, sent. withheld. Robert J. Goodman, Barron, disorderly conduct, $443.00. Devin M. Jalowitz, Stone Lake, disorderly conduct, $299.00. Gage D. Lindemann, Webster, disorderly conduct, $243.00, local jail, costs. Joseph A. Miller, Minong, OWI, $1,555.00, local jail, license revoked 14 months, ignition interlock. Travis H. Nichols, Spooner, operating without carrying license, $299.00. Tabitha A. Orley, McFarland, resisting or obstructing an officer, $243.00, probation, sent. withheld. Hunter R. Smith, Spooner, operating without carrying license, $150.10. Nathan K. Swaney, Walworth, failure to support child, $518.00, probation, sent. withheld. Samantha L. Taylor, Spooner, disorderly conduct, $299.00. Jason E. Tolene, Minong, possession of THC, $299.00; possession of drug paraphernalia, $299.00. Jacob B. Anderson, Weston, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00; speeding, $200.50. Norman E. Anderson, Spooner, seat belt violation, $10.00. Frank J. Borelli, Spooner, seat belt violation, $10.00. Gerald H. Brown, Spooner, use or hunt over bait or feed, $387.25. Kyle L. Brown, Rice Lake, hunt within 50 feet of road’s center, $222.90. James M. Clark, Spooner, seat belt violation, $10.00. Jordan C.E. Clute, Hayward, speeding, $175.30. Marjorie E. Costello, Spooner, driving wrong way on divided highway, $326.50; OWI, $811.00, license revoked 6 months, alcohol assessment. Dawn M. Elliott, Trego, speeding, $200.50. Corey L. Furchtenicht, Sarona, place/possess/transport loaded firearm in vehicle, $258.10. (Jan. 27, Feb. 3, 10) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF RAYMOND A. JOHNSON Order Setting Time to Hear Petition for Administration and Deadline for Filing Claims (Formal Administration) Case No. 16PR05 A petition for formal administration was filed. THE COURT FINDS: 1. The decedent, with date of birth June 5, 1929, and date of death December 29, 2015, was domiciled in Washburn County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of Box 115, Minong, WI 54859. THE COURT ORDERS: 1. The petition be heard at the Washburn County Courthouse, Shell Lake, Wisconsin, before Circuit Court Judge, on February 2, 2016, at 2:30 p.m. You do not need to appear unless you object. The petition may be granted if there is no objection. 2. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is April 16, 2016. 3. A claim may be filed at the Office of Register in Probate, Washburn County Courthouse, Shell Lake, Wisconsin. 4. Heirship will be determined at the hearing on petition for final judgment. 5. Publication of this notice is notice to any persons whose names or addresses are unknown. BY THE COURT: Hon. Eugene D. Harrington Circuit Court Judge January 15, 2016 Kathryn zumBrunnen P.O. Box 96 Spooner, WI 54801 715-635-3174 640927 Bar No.: 1016913 WNAXLP

Craig W. Furchtenicht, Sarona, place/possess/transport loaded firearm in vehicle, $258.10. Thomas B. Gjerde, Birchwood, failure to validate or attach deer carcass tag, $387.25; hunt deer in unauthorized quota area, $243.90; use or hunt over bait or feed, $343.50; group deer hunting violation, $347.05. Lee R. Goette, Minong, seat belt violation, $10.00. Michael E. Gonyer, Minong, speeding, $200.50. Franck L. Gougeon, Edina, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Cindy K. Holden, Cushing, inattentive driving, $187.90. Jeremiah J. Jahn, Cumberland, place/possess/transport loaded firearm in vehicle, $258.10. Kevin T. Klemme, Rice Lake, speeding, $114.50. Gregory J. Knudsen, Edgerton, use or hunt over bait or feed, $343.50. James A. Lawson, Cameron, failure to display back tag while deer hunting, $182.70. Zachary P. Lawson, New Auburn, failure to display back tag while deer hunting, $182.70. James D.S. McGuire, Hayward, speeding, $225.70. Nelson Trucking, Mora, Minn., violate Class A highway weight limits, $1,688.07. Ashley J. Nieman, Trego, seat belt, violation, $10.00. DeWayne W. Olson, Spooner, seat belt violation, $10.00. Darryl A. Ostlie, Eau Claire, illegally operating ATV or UTV on/ in vicinity of highway, $200.50. Terry L. Paffel, Spooner, untagged dog, $187.90. Allison K. Parr, Hayward, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. (Jan. 13, 20, 27) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF ARTHUR KAPPUS DOD: September 9, 2013 Order and Notice of Hearing Petition of Summary Assignment (Formal Administration) Case No. 13 PR 49 A petition for summary assignment was filed. THE COURT FINDS: 1. The decedent, with date of birth February 14, 1951, and date of death September 9, 2013, was domiciled in Washburn County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of W6802 Nancy Lake Rd., Minong, WI 54859. 2. Creditors may bring an action by A. Filing a claim in the Washburn County Circuit Court before the property is assigned. B. Bringing a suit against the assignee(s) after the property is assigned. The right of a creditor to bring an action terminates three months after the date of publication of this order. 3. The property may be assigned to the creditors and interested persons after 30 days have elapsed following the first publication of this notice. THE COURT ORDERS: 1. The petition be heard and heirship be determined at the Washburn County Courthouse, Shell Lake, Wisconsin, before Eugene D. Harrington, Court 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

Chad W. Paulson, Rice Lake, place/possess/transport loaded firearm in vehicle, $258.10. Steven M. Peet, Rice Lake, parking on left side of highway, $189.50. Trevor M. Roberts Korner, Rice Lake, hunt within 50 feet of road’s center, $266.65; failure to validate or attach deer carcass tag, $343.50. Robert T. Sarne, Spooner, seat belt violation, $10.00; nonregistration of vehicle, $175.30. Robert J. Scheer, Hayward, failure to properly register deer or bear, time line, $286.75; place/ use/hunt wild animals with bait, $343.50. David H. Schilling, Rice Lake, possess/loan/borrow another’s license, $303.30. Mathew E. Slaminski, Spooner, disorderly conduct, $263.50. Kenneth F. Smith, Spooner, operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Kimberly R. Sobralski, Spooner, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Sue A. Szczech, Hayward, speeding, $175.30. Holly R. Thayer, Hayward, speeding, $250.90; operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Austin J. Thurman, Spooner, disorderly conduct, $299.00. Darrin S. Waggoner, Minong, seat belt violation, $10.00. Jonathan L. Wallace, Minong, seat belt violation, $10.00. Joseph J. Weimert, Chippewa Falls, place/hunt/use wild animals with bait, $343.50. Daniel J. Weimert, Rice Lake, operate ATV or UTV with loaded firearm, $213.10. Nathaniel J.A. Wesley, Eau Claire, speeding, $276.10. William A. Wiberg, Springbrook, speeding, $200.50. Timothy N. Wohlford, Spooner, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Elmer O. Zieroth, Spooner, seat belt violation, $10.00. (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


Local students compete in the conservation speech contest SHELL LAKE — On Friday, Jan. 15, 16 students from Shell Lake and NorthStar Community Charter School, Minong, participated in the local conservation speaking contest, hosted by the Washburn County Land and Water Conservation Department. Speeches promoted the conservation of natural resources and the protection or enhancement of environmental quality. A variety of topics were discussed, including soil and water conservation, wetlands, mercury, invasive worms and beetles, sand mines and bees. Judges Charlotte Shover, Katie Connoly and John Gozdzialski ranked three divisions of students - elementary, junior and senior – for first, second and third place. The winners are as follows:

Elementary First place: Joe Ryder, NorthStar, “Running Rivers.” Second place: Maggie Johnson, NorthStar, “Importance of Water Conservation.” Third place: Syver Gulbrandsen, NorthStar, “Wetlands.” Junior First place: Joe Uchytil, Shell Lake, “Bee Population Decrease.” Second place: Jordan Aronson, Shell Lake, “Jumping Worms.” Third place: Haakon Gulbrandsen,

Local students from Shell Lake Schools and NorthStar Community Charter School participated in the local conservation speaking contest Friday, Jan. 15. — Photo submitted NorthStar, “Preserving Soil and Water.”

Senior (only one competitor) First place: Sydney Schunck, Shell Lake, “The Importance of Bees.” “It’s amazing the dedication the students take to research their topic information and more impressive, to stand in

front of an audience and speak on something they are concerned about. A shout out to the teachers, Julie Schunck, Jen Bos, Brian Olson and Dana Lucius, for encouraging the students to get involved in the contest,” commented Lisa Burns of the land and water conservation department. The first-place winners move on to the

Northwest Wisconsin contest on Friday, Feb. 5, in Spooner, where they will potentially compete with students from 10 more counties. Those winners will move on to the state contest on Wednesday, March 2, during the County Land and Water Conservation conference in Elkhart Lake. — from WCLWCD

Shell Lake school menu Breakfast 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. Monday, Feb. 1: Grades K-12: Mini cinni roll. Grades 3-12: Bagel and cream cheese. Tuesday, Feb. 2: Grades K-12: Pancakes and sausage. Grades 3-12: Chocolate-chip oatmeal bar. Wednesday, Feb. 3: Grades K-12: Cereal and toast. Grades 3-12: Ultimate breakfast round. Thursday, Feb. 4: Grades K-12: French toast sticks. Grades 3-12: Homemade sweet bread. Friday, Feb. 5: Grades K-12: Laker pizza. Grades 3-12: Ham, egg and cheese bar with toast. Monday, Feb. 8: Grades K-12: Pop-Tart with cheese stick. Grades 3-12: Mini cinni roll. Tuesday, Feb. 9: Grades K-12: Waffles and fruit. Grades 3-12: Chocolate-chip oatmeal bar. Wednesday, Feb. 10: Grades K-2: Cereal and toast. Grades K-12: Sausage and cheese on English muffin. Grades 3-12: Ultimate breakfast round. Thursday, Feb. 11: Grades K-2: Muffin. Grades 3-12: Homemade sweet bread or oatmeal with fixings. Friday, Feb. 12: No school. Professional Development Day. Monday, Feb. 15: No school. Presidents Day. Tuesday, Feb. 16: Grades K-12: Minni cinni roll. Grades 3-12: Bagel and cream cheese. Wednesday, Feb. 17: Grades K-12: Cereal and toast. Grades 3-12: Ultimate breakfast round.

Thursday, Feb. 18: Grades K-12: French toast sticks. Grades 3-12: Homemade sweet bread. Friday, Feb. 19: Grades K-12: Laker pizza. Grades 3-12: Ham, egg and cheese bar with toast. Monday, Feb. 22: Grades K-12: Pop-Tart with cheese stick. Grades 3-12: Mini cinni roll. Tuesday, Feb. 23: Grades K-12: Waffles and fruit. Grades 3-12: Chocolate-chip oatmeal bar. Wednesday, Feb. 24: Grades K-2: Cereal and toast. Grades K-12: Sausage and cheese on English muffin. Grades 3-12: Ultimate breakfast round. Thursday, Feb. 25: Grades K-2: Muffin. Grades 3-12: Homemade sweet bread. Grades 3-12: Oatmeal with fixings. Friday, Feb. 26: Grades K-12: Apple or cherry frudel. Grades 3-12: Ham, egg and cheese bar with toast. Monday, Feb. 29: Grades K-12: Mini cinni roll. Grades 3-12: Bagel and cream cheese. Breakfast is served with a choice of juice/fruit and milk offered daily. Every day breakfast is free to all students. Lunch Thursday, 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. Monday, Feb. 1: Grades K-12: Potato bowl. Tuesday, Feb. 2: Grades K-12: Tacos. Grades 7-12: BBQ rib sandwich. Wednesday, Feb. 3: Grades K-12: BBQ pulled-pork sandwich. Grades 7-12: Cheese quesadilla. Thursday, Feb. 4: Grades K-12: Mozzarella dippers. Grades 7-12: Pizza calzone.

Friday, Feb. 5: Grades K-12: Sloppy joe. Monday, Feb. 8: Grades K-12: Chicken strip wrap. Tuesday, Feb. 9: Grades K-12: Cold ham, turkey and cheese. Grades 7-12: Meatball sub. Wednesday, Feb. 10: Grades K-12: Chicken nuggets with mashed potatoes. Grades 7-12: Bean and cheese burrito. Thursday, Feb. 11: Grades K-12: Pizza. Early release. Friday, Feb. 12: No school. Professional Development Day. Monday, Feb. 15: No school. Presidents Day. Tuesday, Feb. 16: Grades K-12: Orange chicken and rice bowl. Grades 7-12: Burrito and rice bowl. Wednesday, Feb. 17: Grades K-12: Crispy-chicken sandwich. Grades 7-12: Buffalo-chicken pizza. Thursday, Feb. 18: Grades K-12: Baked chicken. Grades 7-12: Corn dog. Friday, Feb. 19: Grades K-12: Brunch. Monday, Feb. 22: Grades K-12: Grilled cheese and tomato soup. Tuesday, Feb. 23: Grades K-12: Taco salad. Grades 7-12: Cheese pizza. Wednesday, Feb. 24: Grades K-12: Chicken and gravy over whole-grain biscuit. Grades 7-12: Spicy-chicken sandwich. Thursday, Feb. 25: Grades K-12: Hot Italian sub. Grades 7-12: Mozzarella dippers. Friday, Feb. 26: Grades K-12: Penne with meat sauce. Monday, Feb. 29: Grades K-12: Corn dog with macaroni and cheese. Menus subject to change. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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Pack 51 at Fire Department The Wolves from Pack 51 visited the Shell Lake Fire Station Thursday, Jan. 21.

Photos by Stephanie Whiteside

Tucker McComber explains the workings of a fire department and the gear firefighters use to Scouts of Shell Lake Pack 51. Scouts were able to sit in a fire truck.

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Kianna Schultz loved the rock climbing at the Shell Lake 4K Family Night so much that she completed every challenge. More photos on page 2. - Photo by Larry Samson

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