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Jan. 6, 2016

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 Vol. 127, No. 21 • Shell Lake, Wis.

We e ke nd w atch • Jack Frost celebration @ Spooner • “Two Days, One Night” @ Shell Lake • Quarters for Marshall fundraiser @ Spooner See calendar on page 6 for details


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2015 Looking back July to December

WASHBURN COUNTY - This week the Register continues its look back at the local stories of 2015, highlighting the final six months of the year.


Donations from the Farrow family in memory of Gayle Marker, and from Friends of the Shell Lake Public Library, Indianhead Community Health Care Inc. and the Shell Lake State Bank made the purchase of an automated external defibrillator at the Shell Lake City Hall/Public Library building possible. Shell Lake Lion Bill Taubman met with the first lady of El Salvador to help organize a Lions eyeglass mission to her country. Jen Bos, agricultural educator and FFA adviser at Shell Lake Schools, was an outstanding agricultural educator nominee. Department of Natural Resources staff, U.S. Fish and Wildlife staff, campers from Swift Nature Camp and community members were at Shell Lake’s South Lake Drive boat landing to participate in banding a batch of Canada geese. A historic maple tree at the Red Barn Campground in Shell Lake blew down during a thunderstorm. The tree was about 125 years old. It had grown around a carbide pipe that was next to the tree as part of the carbide lighting system when the Sears kit house was built in 1917. A truck belonging Lee Swan, owner of Red Barn, was under the tree when it fell and received some damage. Shell Lake Lions Dave Vold, Harry Durand,

Linda Anderson, Rob Anderson, Sharon Kessler and Rudy Kessler toured the Wisconsin Lions Camp in Rosholt. Shell Lake Pack 51 did the morning flag ceremony at Camp Phillips. Scouts participating were Jack, George, Sam, Archer, Cody and William. They also attended an Order of the Arrow ceremony. Hampton Products International Corporation of Shell Lake, which closed its doors on March 19, would need to pay back a $420,000 Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation grant that it was awarded two years prior to the closing. The plant produced products for the automotive, security lighting, door hardware and electronics market. The third-annual Shell Lake Lions triathlon was held. Andrew Melton was installed as a pastor at Cornerstone Church in Spooner. Kirk Schleife earned the best of the best for the third straight year in the professional division of the photography competition at the 104th Washburn County Fair. “Ghost Visit: 2015” written by Mary B. Olsen, Shell Lake, was presented at the Spooner Ag Research Station.


Klopp’s Fifth Avenue Bar celebrated its 50th anniversary. Thirteen-year-old Tyler Schunck caught his


See Year in Review, page 2


Year in Review/from page 1 first musky, a 37-incher. The Shell Lake Arts Center held its annual Evening with the Stars Gala. Brian and Rosetta Yoder opened their new bakery on Lewis Street called The Yoder Amish Style Bakery. Returning to lead the Laker football team for the season were veteran coaching staff Mark Lehnherr, head coach; Joe Johnson, offensive coach; Jim Herman, defensive coach; and Nathaniel Wingler, student coach. Zach Melton returned as quarterback. Volunteers recognized for their work at the Shell Lake Municipal Airport were Chuck Levine, Phil Soltis, Jim Lewis, Tom Elliott, Rich Hoffman, Bob Rand, Tony Gulan, Bob Krueger, Gloria Elliott, Jeff Potocnik, Joe Elliott, Niel Peterson, Dave Vold and Brad Volker. Washburn County centenarians recognized during a celebration at Glenview were Jessie Nilssen, Irene Glessing and Bernice Palmer. Washburn County 4-H youth participating at the Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis were Megan Anderson, Trevor Anderson, Marty Anderson, Katie Crosby, Amber Anderson, Tyler Crosby, and Shorty Crosby, adult adviser. Family members of the National Guard 950th Engineer Company enjoyed a train ride on the Wisconsin Northern Railroad sponsored by the Northwoods Support Group in Spooner. Washburn County Chief Deputy Mike Richter presented a discussion on community safety. The meeting was held at the Salem Lutheran Church in Shell Lake. Charles Lutz was recognized for 70 years of service in the Shell Lake American Legion.

Ernie Cathers, Shell Lake VFW post commander and 20th District chief of staff, received an award for meritorious and distinguished service in furthering the aims and ideals of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Dakota Bozek-Robinson donated packs of school supplies to Shell Lake Schools as her last project as a Girl Scout before leaving for college. The Shell Lake High School marching band took first place at the Rutabaga Festival parade held in Cumberland. Smoking Guns Whitetails in the Town of Dewey hosted the 2015 Whitetails of Wisconsin summer picnic. Over 700 people toured the deer farm owned and operated by Rich Lawrence and Julie Hammer and their children, Conrad Lawrence and Owen Sable.


Members of the 950th Engineering Company returned home after serving in Afghanistan. The 37th-annual Town and Country Days festival was another success. The Farley family won the scavenger hunt and received a $50 gift certificate from Gordy’s County Market. The first-place winners in the kiddie parade were Nikki Hon, Ryan Hon, Heidi Sundberg and Anika Sundberg. The annual car show raised $1,363 for the Time-Out Washburn County outreach program. A $2,000 grant from Xcel Energy would help support “The Art of Film,” a film series presented at the Shell Lake Arts Center for another season. Washburn County Administrator Mike Keefe resigned his position. Jon Johnson, Washburn County highway commissioner, also resigned his position.

The reconstruction of Hwy. 63 through Shell Lake was a big event for the city in 2015. — Photo by Larry Samson

2015 One final look July to December

Shell Lake’s Trey Kast takes a spill from the ewe that he was riding in the mutton-buster event during the Thursday, July 8, performance of the Heart of the North Rodeo held at the Washburn County Fairgrounds in Spooner. — Photo by Larry Samson

Justin Hemshrot, Shell Lake, got creative when making a pile of firewood. — Photo by Larry Samson See Year in Review, page 23

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Local response curbs teenage hijinks at Spooner Middle School Danielle Danford | Staff writer SPOONER - On Saturday, Dec. 26, two Spooner residents saw three teenagers entering the Spooner Middle School through one of the school’s doors and called the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office. Spooner Police Capt. Steven Pank told

the Register that when the Spooner Police officer arrived at the school, two of the teenagers fled the scene while one fell and was detained by the Spooner residents that had called in the disturbance. Eventually all three of the teenagers were identified but were referred to Wash-

burn County Health and Human Services staff because they were underage. Pank said that the teenagers involved in the incident were not local, but were in town because they were visiting family. “It doesn’t appear that there was any malicious intent or anything like that.

Nothing was damaged, nothing stolen,” said Pank. He added that the residents action of reporting the suspicious activity to law enforcement and the quick response time of law enforcement perhaps had a hand in the lack of vandalism or theft.

Washburn/Burnett FSA election results announced SPOONER - The Washburn/Burnett County Farm Service Agency committee election was held Monday, Dec. 14. Evie Moore, county executive director of Washburn/Burnett FSA announced the results for local administrative area No. 2, which includes the Towns of Daniels, LaFollette, Lincoln, Meenon, Oakland, Siren, Swiss and Union. Daniel Peterson was elected

to the Washburn/Burnett County committee. Peterson will serve a three-year term that began Jan. 1. Peterson resides in the Town of Daniels and farms approximately 700 acres to grow corn, soybeans and hay. He grew up on a 100-cow dairy that has recently been sold. A total of 40 dairy cows will be bought back for a small operation, along with 40 beef cows for a

small herd. Peterson was previously the Town of Daniels chairman. He is married to his wife, Karla, and they have four girls that are active in 4-H. Moore also announced the results for LAA No. 4, which includes the Towns of Bass Lake, Brooklyn, Casey, Chicog, Crystal, Evergreen, Frog Creek, Gull Lake, Minong, Spooner, Springbrook, Stinnett and

Trego. Joseph R. Romportl was re-elected to serve another three years. First alternate is Robert Haddick. If you have any questions on the election, or would like information on programs administered by Farm Service Agency, feel free to contact the office at 715-635-8228, ext. 2. — from FSA

SACE welcomes new community ed instructor SPOONER - Spooner Area Community Education welcomes Cathy Jacobs, a new community education instructor, who brings a rich background working with young children and Kindermusik to the community. Jacobs has dedicated her life to nurturing children. As a mother of four, she began her journey to Kindermusik by operating Tender Hearts Daycare, a licensed in-home day care near the Twin Cities. Volunteering in local church, school and civic committees, and as an avid writer, Jacobs was known and respected for her desire and action to improve the lives of children. Upon closing her day care, Jacobs completed a Bachelor of Science in Christian ministry degree. Working as a children’s ministry director, she then moved her family to Brainerd, Minn., where she became acutely aware of the educational and cultural differences between urban and rural lifestyles. In 2009, Jacobs began Tender Hearts 4 Kids: Equipping Children for a Brighter Tomorrow! with a focus on emotional, intellectual and spiritual health and development of children and families. Becoming a certified Kindermusik educator through

Twin Cities, began a new Kindermusik program in Brainerd and served as Kindermusik’s ABC Music and Me specialist for the state of Minnesota from 2010-2012. In July 2013, Jacobs released control of her business to establish it as a nonprofit organization, Tender Hearts 4 Kids, Inc. Working as a nonprofit in conjunction with a caring board of directors, TH4K was able to reach young children and caregivers in many other ways. During the fall of 2014 Jacobs was hired as a part-time music teacher for pre-K through grade 6 at Discovery Woods Montessori School, a free public charter school in Brainerd, Minn. Helping to care for her aging parents has recently moved Jacobs and her husband to Spooner, yet she will continue to teach in Brainerd three days each week during the school term. Jacobs’ knowledge of child development, appreciation for music, love for children and passion for education is appreciated by parents in many areas. She is most excited about sharing this passion Cathy Jacobs is a new community education instructor at Spooner Area Schools. — Photo sub- with families in the northern Wisconsin region where she grew up and in her new mitted hometown of Spooner. — from SACE Kindermusik International was the first goal. Jacobs also purchased and taught at step in reaching this “brighter future” an existing Kindermusik program in the

Services Friday for Harold Emanuel SHELL LAKE/POPLAR GROVE, Ill. - Harold “Cork” Emanuel passed away Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford, Ill., as a result of injuries received in an automobile accident. He was 86 years old. Funeral services will be held 11:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 8, at Poplar Grove United

Methodist Church, 105 E. Grove St., Poplar Grove, Ill., with the Rev. Christopher Druce-Jones officiating. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 7, at the church; and Friday, from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service. A full obituary will be published at a later date.

Airplane crossing The 1999 Ford Explorer driven by Donna Hays (photo at right) who lost her life in a one-vehicle accident Sunday morning, Jan. 3, on Hwy. 48 in McKinley. - Photo from Polk County Sheriff’s Department

Rice Lake woman loses life in Hwy. 48 accident

This is a confusing sign for any driver who is not familiar with the Nest Of Eagles airstrip that runs parallel with Mann Road northeast of Spooner. In this case, the sign refers to planes that are taxiing not those that are flying. The airfield is privately owned but is open to the public. — Photo by Larry Samson

POLK COUNTY - A 51-year-old Rice Lake woman lost her life in a single-vehicle accident Sunday morning, Jan. 3, in the Town of McKinley. Donna L. Hays was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred on Hwy. 48, .03 mile east of CTH E.  Authorities were notified of the crash at 8:29 a.m. According to a news release from the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, the initial call indicated there was no one around the vehicle, but a second caller, at 8:40 a.m., indicated they had found a female who had been ejected from the vehicle. Deputies who investigated the crash found that Hays had been driving east on Hwy. 48 in a 1999 Ford Explorer when her

vehicle left the south side of the roadway and overturned multiple times before coming to rest in a tree line on the south side of the highway. Hays had been ejected from the vehicle as it rolled and was located to the southeast of the vehicle.  She was pronounced dead by a Polk County deputy medical examiner. The Polk County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Barron County Sheriff’s Department, Cumberland Fire Department and ambulance service, along with troopers from the Wisconsin State Patrol. The crash remains under investigation by the Polk County sheriff and medical examiner’s offices. - Gary King with information from Polk County Sheriff’s Department


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Local control at risk Local control has been the bedrock of democracy and is responsive to the needs and health of the community. At an alarming rate, the party in control of Wisconsin since 2011 has been assaulting our rights and freedoms to determine our destiny at the local level.   Over 65 legislative actions have dictated policies that restrict or reduce local control impacting farmland preservation, public instruction, regional transit and shoreland zoning standards to name just a few.

The assault on our rights and freedoms at the local level continues in 2016  with the clueless majority party dictating policies that will greatly impact us. Here is a partial list.  • SB355/AB481 restricts public school districts and citizens to determine when referenda are needed to maintain programming and educational opportunities. • AB600 shortens the list of protected waters under the public trust doctrine,  makes it difficult for citizens to challenge DNR permitting decisions and

increases the development of wetlands.   • AB603 expands Act 55, strips counties control over structure setbacks, increases the types of structures close to the shore that would not need approval, a fee or mitigation requirements to make changes. • AB582/SB464  removes counties ability to limit polluting industries, removes local control over zoning and shifts property taxes to residential property owners  by exempting developers from paying their fair share of taxes. The brazen assault on our rights to es-

tablish local standards based on the needs and health of our communities must be stopped.  This is “big government” at its worst. Contact legislators at Joyce Luedke Hayward

LETTERS POLICY In general the Register welcomes letters to the editor but reserves the right to edit or to reject letters for any reason. Letters should be no longer than 400 words in length and contain the signature, address and telephone number of the author. All letter writers will be limited to one published letter per 30 days, with the exception of rebuttals. The number of exchanges between letter writers will be decided by the editor. Thank-you letters are most appropriately published in specially designed box ads. Vulgarity, racial slurs and other mean-spirited, insulting terms are not allowed. Complaints about businesses and individuals involving private matters will not be published. Letter writers should provide sources when citing facts. Opinions expressed in letters are not those of the newspaper but rather those of the individual, who is solely responsible for the letter’s content. Emailed letters are preferred. Letters may be emailed to or mailed to Washburn County Register, P.O. Box 455, Shell Lake, WI 54871

ACCIDENT REPORT On Wednesday, Dec. 16, at approximately 10:30 a.m., Geraldine Otto, 83, Minong, was northbound on East Flowage Road in the Town of Minong when she lost control of the 2013 Chevy Equinox she was driving on the slush-covered road. Otto slid toward the west ditch and attempted to correct her direction but overcorrected, causing her vehicle to travel into the east ditch, hitting a utility pole. Otto had no apparent injuries, and her vehicle had moderate damage to the front and front passenger side and was towed. The utility pole, owned by East Central Power, was damaged, but a crew was dispatched to assess and correct it. On Friday, Dec. 18, at approximately 11:20 p.m., Marty Anderson, 16, Shell Lake, was turning onto Lehman Lake Road from Hwy. 63 in the Town of Barronett when the 2000 Chevy Silverado he was driving went into the ditch. Before a Washburn County Sheriff’s deputy arrived on scene, Anderson’s father, Boyd Anderson, 50, Shell Lake, had pulled the vehicle out. No injuries or damage were reported. On Saturday, Dec. 19, at approximately 2:45 a.m., Alice Ridgeway, 42, Barronett, was southbound on Lehmann Lake Road in the Town of Barronett when she lost control of the 2005 Chrysler Town and Country she was driving on the icy road. The vehicle veered left and tipped over into a pond as it left the road. Ridgeway and her occupant, Ethan Jacobson, 12, Barronett, both suffered only minor injuries in the accident. The vehicle had minor damage to the front, middle and rear driver’s side and was towed.

On Monday, Dec. 21, at approximately 7:30 p.m., Wayne Dokken, 69, Robbinsdale, Minn., was westbound on Hwy. 77 north of Lower McKenzie Road, when he hit a deer. No injuries were reported, and no vehicle information was provided in the accident report, but it did state that there was a lot of front-end damage and the radiator was leaking. There were five nonreportable slide-in accidents that took place on Wednesday, Dec. 23. On Wednesday, Dec. 23, at approximately 2:20 a.m., Cheryl Larva, 29, Orangeburg, S.C., was northbound on Hwy. 53 in the Town of Sarona when she hit a deer with the 2002 Toyota she was driving. No injuries were reported and the vehicle had minor damage to the front. Larva was cited for operating without a valid license. On Wednesday, Dec. 23, at approximately 8:50 a.m., Jeffery Carlson, 60, Eau Claire, was northbound on Hwy. 53 south of Duck Pond Road in the Town of Sarona, driving a 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe in a snowstorm, and lost control. The vehicle came to rest on its passenger side. No injuries were reported and the vehicle was drivable after a tow righted it. On Wednesday, Dec. 23, at approximately 9:33 a.m., Stephanie Snedeker, 43, Shell Lake, was eastbound on CTH D just east of Shallow Lake Road in the Town of Sarona when she lost control of the 2004 Chevy TrailBlazer she was driving in a snowstorm. The vehicle left the road entered the ditch and rolled twice before resting on all four wheels. No injuries were reported but the vehicle was totaled.

On Wednesday, Dec. 23, at approximately 10:45 a.m., Thomas Whereatt, 33, Crystal, Minn., was eastbound on Hwy. 77, north of Ranch Road in the Town of Chicog, when he lost control of the 2004 Chrysler he was driving in a snowstorm. Whereatt crossed the centerline and hit Robert Paine, 72, Superior, who was driving a 2011 Buick Lucerne CX. No injuries were reported. Whereatt’s vehicle had moderate damage while Paine’s vehicle also had moderate damage but was towed.   On Wednesday, Dec. 23, at approximately 12:30 p.m., Michael Carson, 55, Spooner, was eastbound on CTH A west of Tower Hill Road in the Town of Evergreen when he lost control of the 2013 Chevy Silverado he was driving in a snowstorm. Carson went off the roadway and hit a couple of wooden fence posts before coming to a stop. No injuries were reported and the vehicle had moderate damage.  On Wednesday, Dec. 23, at approximately 1:31 p.m., Mark Fritz, 71, Trego, was merging northbound on Hwy. 53 in the Town of Spooner when he lost control of the 2007 Chevy TrailBlazer he was driving in a snowstorm. Fritz sideswiped Andrew Hitchcock, 22, Mason, who was also traveling northbound, driving a 1992 Ford Explorer. No injuries were reported and both vehicles had moderate damage. On Wednesday, Dec. 23, at approximately 1:15 p.m., Brian Pinkerton, 57, Rice Lake, was northbound on CTH M south of CTH E in the Town of Crystal driving a 2004 Saturn Vue when he slid off the roadway because of a snowstorm. The vehicle came to rest on its driver side.

No injuries were reported and the vehicle had moderate damage. On Wednesday, Dec. 23, at approximately 10:15 p.m., Gregg Fechtelkotter, 59, Maple Grove, Minn., was northbound on Hwy. 63, west of Little Hayward Road in the Town of Stinnett, driving a 2000 Chevy Blazer, when he lost control of the vehicle in a snowstorm. Fechtelkotter left the roadway entered the ditch and hit a road sign. No injuries were reported and the vehicle had moderate damage to the front.   On Friday, Dec. 25, at approximately 1:20 p.m., Eugene Sigmund, 62, Sarona, was northbound on Hwy. 53  north of Long Lake Avenue driving a 1996 Chevy truck with Shaun Schlungar, 31, Menomonie, driving a 2006 Dodge truck behind him when Schlungar rear-ended Sigmund. Schlungar’s occupants, Bristol and Stella Schlungar, ages 5 and 2, both of Menomonie, had nonincapacitating injuries and both vehicles were totaled.  On Saturday, Dec. 26, at approximately 1:10 p.m., George Ciesinski, 53, Minong, was northbound in the alley of 408 First St. in the village of Minong driving a 1997 Dodge truck when Hans Stopinski, 70, Minong, driving a 2002 Ford F350 truck, backed into Ciesinski. No injuries were reported. Ciesinski’s vehicle had moderate damage to the front, while Stopinski’s vehicle had severe damage to the rear. Cieinski was cited for operating a vehicle without insurance. - Danielle Danford with information from the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office

Personal safety and community awareness program set SPOONER - Parents and community members are invited to attend an informational presentation focusing on keeping children and oneself safe from physical and sexual abuse.

A personal safety and community awareness session is set for Monday, Jan. 11, 6 p.m., at the Lakeland Family Resource Center, 314 Elm St., Spooner. Presenters include Kati Ann Dussl and

Brittny Olson from TimeOut Washburn Outreach; Amy Jain, registry sex offender specialist; and Josiah Hodgett, Shell Lake School District technology coach. Agencies will provide current news and con-

certs. A question-and-answer session will follow. Preregistration is appreciated and can be made by calling 715-635-4669. No child care available. — from LFRC

Soup lunch served up at Hunt Hill SARONA - Warm yourself with a bowl of soup while enjoying camaraderie and conversation at Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary in Sarona.  Each month features a guest speaker on a nature topic, along

with a lunch of homemade soup, bread, crackers, cheese and dessert. This month’s meal and program will take place in the Program Learning Center on  Tuesday, Jan. 12, and starts at noon. 

Learn to ice fish SPOONER - Saturday, Jan. 16, and Sunday, Jan. 17, is a free fishing weekend when no fishing license is required. To help prepare for ice fishing, a class will be held Saturday, Jan. 16, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Gov. Tommy Thompson State Fish Hatchery Visitor Center in Spooner. This class is available at no cost for children ages 5-15 accompanied by an adult. Students will learn basic ice-fishing

skills, the gear that is needed to get started, fish identification and how to fillet your catch. Participants are encouraged to wear warm clothing as there will be time for fishing after the classroom presentation. To sign up, contact Amos Melton, 715645-2526, or email — with submitted information

The presenter for January is dogsledder Ruth King. She will be telling stories on sled dogs and races, and be bringing some of her canine teammates along. Guests are welcome to stay afterward for cards or just to visit. Donations for the lunch and program are appreciated.   If you have a favorite

soup or side dish you would like to share, please call to reserve the date. There is no set fee, however, donations are accepted and appreciated. Call  715-635-6543  or email   Additional soup lunch dates include: Feb. 9, March 8 and April 12.  — from Hunt Hill

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A dog named Christmas SPOONER — A dog was brought to the Washburn County Area Humane Society on Wednesday, Dec. 23, as a stray. Some people found him in their yard and brought him to the shelter. Thin, hungry, dirty, fur full of burrs, and scared, plus missing his left front paw, he was still friendly and allowed the staff to check him over without issue. Penny Dunn, WCAHS director, took him to Spooner Vet Clinic where Dr. Pederson saw him immediately. Pederson looked at the leg with the missing paw and found that the dog was walking on exposed bone. “I asked how long did he think it had been like that,” stated Dunn. “He said not long, maybe a week.”  Clinic staff, Pederson and Dunn all agreed that that dog probably got his foot caught in a trap. Without hesitation, the vet said, “Let’s get him ready for surgery. We need to amputate the leg.”  “They asked what his name should be. Well I, and my love for Hallmark movies, instantly said his name should be Christmas!” commented Dunn. “Christmas got his present early. A bunch of caring, wonderful people! Thanks to all of you!” said Dunn. Stopping by the vet clinic on Christmas Eve morning to visit Christmas, Dunn was happy to see that Christmas

Christmas is on the mend after having his leg amputated. — Photos submitted

Lions $2,500 winner announced Penny Dunn, director of the Washburn County Area Humane Society, is shown with Christmas the dog.

John Marschall, left, Shell Lake, was the $2,500 end-of-the-year Shell Lake Lions calendar winner. Dr. Jeff Dunham, right, sold him the winning calendar. — Photo by Mary Marschall

Shell Lake Lions Calendar Winners Dec. 28 - $2,500 John Marschall, Shell Lake Dec. 29 - $35 Jeanne Massingill, Warren, Ill. Dec. 30 - $35 Vicki Cariolano, Spooner Dec. 31 - $35 Dirk Benzer, Shell Lake

Washburn County Register Winners also announced on WJMC FM Radio


Temperatures recorded at Spooner Ag Research Station

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was doing wonderfully. He was getting around great, following everyone around and seemed much happier than the day before. He stayed at the clinic for a couple of days so they could watch him and make sure he continued to do well. He is now being fostered by one of the employees at the clinic. She is hoping to adopt him if everything goes well.  On Tuesday, Dec. 29, a man stopped at the shelter and asked if he could see the dog that had its leg amputated.  He went on to tell Dunn that about a month ago he found a dog in his yard but he could not get close to it. However, he could see it had a trap on its leg.  He tried to get closer with food but the dog took off.  It was just down the road from where Christmas was found when he was brought to WCAHS.  When Dunn showed him a picture of Christmas, he believed it was the same dog he saw. If anyone ever finds an animal in this condition and cannot catch it they are encouraged to call the shelter so they can make an attempt to get the animal. If anyone would like to make a donation to help pay for Christmas’ surgery, they can send donations to WCAHS, 1400 Cottonwood Ave., Spooner.  — from WCAHS

Register memories 1956 – 60 Years Ago

• The Ladies of the Lakeview Church, Hertel, were serving a benefit pancake and sausage supper for the Denotter family that lost their home to fire. Fire destroyed the home and belongings of Mrs. Beatrice Denotter and her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Denotter, and their two children. • Dean Ray was born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schlapper, Sarona; Michael David was born to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Roe, Shell Lake; Danny Gene was born Mr. and Mrs. Gene Donatell, Spooner; Bradley Paul to Mr. and Mrs. David Mortensen, Shell Lake; and Theodore Michael to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Slater, Shell Lake. • Donald “Bud” Lindemann, Barronett, held an auction through Paffel Brothers, auctioneers. • The Mothers Club met at the Woodyard School. Mrs. Oscar Olson, president, called the meeting to order. After the meeting, games were played by the schoolchildren and mothers. Mrs. Walter Brown and Mrs. Ed. Malmin served lunch.

1966 – 50 Years Ago

• Roxanne Kay Hegelberger was the first baby of the year born at Shell Lake Memorial Hospital. She was born to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hegelberger, Shell Lake. • Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Axon announced the engagement of their daughter, Judith Ann, to John E. Stodola, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Stodola, Sarona. Miss Axon was teaching first grade at Janesville. Mr. Stodola was attending Officers Candidate School at Fort Sill, Okla. • Glen Nordin and Dr. Forrest Thannum returned from a moose hunting trip in Canada. Glen stated that each one of them returned with a moose. • Mrs. Lloyd Nyberg, Barronett, driving a 1960 Falcon, had a narrow escape when she hit an icy patch on Hwy. 63 and

compiled by Suzanne Johnson rolled the car over. She was taken to the Shell Lake Memorial Hospital for observation.

• Verna Lindstrom and Lorraine Crosby were the Sunshine Committee for the Clam River Tuesday Club.

• Jolene Louise Pavlas was the first baby of the year born in Shell Lake. Proud parents were Mr. and Mrs. John Pavlas, Shell Lake. • The annual stockholders meeting for the Shell Lake State Bank was held. Officers elected were Oran Plahn, chairman of the board; John Beardsley, president; Jacob Gullickson, vice president; Arne Stovring, cashier; Linnea Rydberg, Violet Strand and Dirk Benzer, assistant cashiers. Charles J. Lewis, Jacob Gullickson, Bruce Sorensen, Oran Plahn, Donald Rydberg and John Beardsley served on the board of directors. • Jim Marker, Shell Lake, was among 25 young farmers from throughout Wisconsin to compete in Platteville for the title of Wisconsin Outstanding Young Farmer. • Tonya Stouffer and Steve Lewis, both of Shell Lake, received awards from the Indianhead Honors Board at UW-Eau Claire.

• Colleen Marie Knoop was presented with a $50 U.S. Savings Bond by Shell Lake Chamber of Commerce President Ray Heilborn. She was the first baby born in Shell Lake for the new year. She weighed 9 pounds, 5 ounces and was 211/2 inches long. She was born to Donna and Steve Knoop, Shell Lake, and joined brothers Garrett, Drew and Cody. • Dale’s Auto Body in Shell Lake was completely destroyed by fire. Dale and Megan Harvieux owned the business. • Winners in the Knights of Columbus True Meaning of Christmas poster contest were Jill Pederson, Matthew Pesko, Anne Bitney, Amy Bolterman, Max Smith, Andy Mancl, James Greene, Mike Bolterman, Teri Mancl, Bethany Stellrecht and Matt Maki. • Oscar and Evelyne Olson entertained family with a birthday supper celebrating the 80th birthday of Oscar.

1976 – 40 Years Ago

1986 – 30 Years Ago

• Lincoln Buchanan Tice made his debut about 12 days early, thus becoming Indianhead Medical Center’s first baby born in 1996. He was not only the first baby of the year but the first offspring born to Scott and Jean Tice, Town of Barronett farmers. • Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Schultz, Shell Lake, announced the engagement of their daughter, Theresa Kay, to Airman 1st Class Valdemar Eric Jensen, son of Mrs. Donna Jensen, Shell Lake; a wedding on July 19 was being planned. • Julie Hile, daughter of Glenn and Shirley Hile, Shell Lake, won the Barney Award for best performance in a female lead role at the Red Barn Theatre, Rice Lake.

1996 – 20 Years Ago

2006 – 10 Years Ago

• Five-year-old Andrew Martin, son of Peter and Kimberly Martin, Shell Lake, was the Shell Lake Lions Club Early Bird calendar winner. Lion Doug Downs presented him with his $500 check. When asked what he planned to do with his winnings, Martin replied, “Get new Rollerblades and knee pads.” • Senior Max Smith placed sixth at the Bi-State Classic Wrestling Tournament held in La Crosse. He suffered a knee injury during the competition. • Matt Whitemore, Shell Lake, used his welding skills to create artwork out of railroad spikes. • Organized Chaos was offering several classes during the month of January.


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SPOONER — On Aug. 22, 2015, Tiffany Hostetler, along with her two children, 3-year-old Nora, and 5-yearold Marshall Hutton, were in a severe car accident that claimed the lives of Tiffany and Nora. Marshall was left in critical condition.

After a long road in the hospital with multiple surgeries and therapy, Marshall is making positive progress. He is now able to be at his home in Rice Lake. A Quarters for Marshall fundraiser is set for Saturday, Jan. 9, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., at Quarter’s Arcade, 111

Elm St., Spooner. All quarters into all arcade games will go directly to Marshall. Gift cards of any amount to any business will also be collected and given to Marshall and his dad, Adam Hutton. — submitted

Quilt classes and open spin offered SPOONER — During Jack Frost Fest, Saturday, Jan. 9, you are invited to warm up at Arts in Hand Gallery, located at 210 Walnut St., downtown Spooner. Watch quilting and other art demonstrations by local artists. There will be samples for each of the quilt classes.

Open spin will begin again on Tuesday, Jan. 12. This is a free event every Tuesday and the hours are 1-4 p.m. or 5-8 p.m. Quilt classes are offered in January and February. Basic sewing supplies and a sewing machine are required and

some also require a pattern. Preregistration and fee payment can be made by contacting Arts in Hand Gallery at 715-635-9303 or — from Arts in Hand Gallery

National Guard soldiers join fight against Islamic State group Maureen McCollum | WPR News MADISON - Sixty-five Wisconsin National Guard soldiers will be leaving soon for the Middle East to help combat the Islamic State group as part of a U.S. Army program being tested for the first time. The soldiers will be integrated into an active duty Army unit, an assignment which is the first of its kind in the military branch. Wisconsin National Guard Capt. Joe Trovato said the

Guard and Reserves have long served alongside active duty members, but never as part of the same unit. “As we go into the future, we’re going to be more and more reliant on sharing across services. We’re all a part of one team, one fight. In our mind, the National Guard is just a complement to our active duty and Reserve brethren,” he said. Trovato said the soldiers have a variety of backgrounds and specialties. “They represent the best of what this country has to offer and what our state has to offer. They’re selflessly serving our country in a time of need. We couldn’t be more proud of them,” he said.

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS Thursday, Jan. 7 • Aphasia Group, 10-11:30 a.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, Spooner. Call 715-520-7999. • Northwest Wisconsin Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, 1 p.m., lower level at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Shell Lake. • Free community meal, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 409 Summit, Spooner,  4-6 p.m.  All welcome. Donations accepted. Saturday, Jan. 9 • Spooner’s Jack Frost celebration. • Art of Film series, “Two Days, One Night,” 7 p.m., Shell Lake Arts Center. • Washburn County Food Distribution in conjunction with Ruby’s Pantry, Spooner Middle School Tech Ed Building on Elm Street. Tickets 9 a.m. Distribution 9:30


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a.m. Volunteers needed. Contact 715-635-9309, 715-4684017 or 715-222-4410. • Quarters for Marshall fundraiser, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Quarter’s Arcade, 111 Elm St., Spooner. All quarters into all arcade games will go directly to Marshall Hutton, 5-year-old car-accident victim, to help with medical costs. Tuesday, Jan. 12 • Moms Club meets at Faith Lutheran, Spooner,  10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13 • Free community meal, 4-6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 135 Reinhart Dr., Shell Lake. All welcome. Donations accepted. • The board of directors for the Railroad Memories Museum meeting,  1 p.m., Spooner City Hall. All volunteers welcome.

Thursday, Jan. 14 • The Shell Lake Lions Club meeting, 6:30 p.m., Shell Lake Community Center. • Open mic at The Dock Coffee.  Sign up at  6 p.m., performers 6:30-9 p.m.  The Dock is located at 218 Elm St. in Spooner.   Call Carol McDowall with questions 715416-0489. Saturday, Jan. 16 • Shallow Lake ice-fishing contest. Monday, Jan. 18 • Northern Lights Camera Club,  7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1790 Scribner St., Spooner.  Tuesday, Jan. 19 • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group,  8-9:30 a.m., Lakeland Family Resource Center, 314 Elm St., Spooner, 715-635-4669. Meet over breakfast. Children are welcome to attend and play. • Shell Lake/Spooner Masonic Lodge 221 meeting, 7 p.m., at the lodge.


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AREA NEWS LUCK - Each year the FFA alumni group at Luck School plants a field at the school with corn, then harvests and sells it to raise funds for scholarships and convention fees for students in FFA. But there is a problem in the cornfield. The problem is raccoons. Jay Thompson, an FFA alumnus, proposed an answer that was considered and approved at the Luck Board of Education meeting. Thompson, who

traps, plans to place traps in the cornfield only. Jesse Ashton, local DNR warden, recommended a specific type of live trap that Thompson said he would use. These traps are of a type that required the animal to extend a paw to the food that is placed inside for bait, which means that pet animals like dogs and cats are not likely to be caught. — from the Inter-County Leader •••

RICE LAKE - A former Adventure’s Restaurant & Pub employee is accused of forging customers signatures on their credit cards and pocketing the money. In all, $80 worth of fraudulent transactions were made, which have been reimbursed by the restaurant. Beth A. Haase, 32, Rice Lake, is schedule to appear in Barron County Circuit Court for an initial hearing on the felony. Between July 3 and Sept. 10,

2014, Hasse, when paid by one customer with cash and at the same time paid by another customer with a credit card, allegedly charged the credit card for both transactions and kept the cash, stated the criminal complaint. — from the Rice Lake Chronotype •••

Final registration for spring semester at UWBC ends soon RICE LAKE - Final registration for spring semester at the University of Wisconsin - Barron County will begin at the end of this month. Final registration for continuing students will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 20. Orientation and final registration day for new students will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 21. Final registration will then continue on Thursday - Friday, Jan. 22-23, for new

and continuing students. Spring semester classes begin on Monday, Jan. 26. The campus will be closed on Monday, Jan. 18, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. At orientation and final registration day, new and transfer students will learn about the library, PRISM, email, D2L access, academic advising, health services and receive an overview of student ser-

vices. Orientation will also feature a student panel and campus tour. Participants will then be able to complete final registration following the orientation session. During final registration students pay tuition, receive parking permits, student IDs, class schedules and purchase textbooks. On-campus course tuition and fees for spring semester are $2,592.11 for full-

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Online classes to begin RICE LAKE - A wide range of highly interactive courses are available through an online program sponsored by the University of Wisconsin - Barron County continuing education department. Many people have taken advantage of enrolling in these noncredit personal enrichment and professional development courses that can be taken from the convenience of home or office, at any time of day or

night. The next set of Internet classes will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 13. UWBC offers hundreds of engaging and affordable online courses that include a caring instructor, monitored discussion area, conversational and easy-to-understand lessons, six weeks of instruction and complete online access. Some of the most popular classes are in

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UWBC offers refresher courses RICE LAKE - UW-Barron County is offering two refresher courses designed to help those who are entering college, returning to college to complete a degree or upgrading job skills. The ReFresh mathematics and English/writing classes will both meet from 5-9 p.m. in Room 237 Ritzinger Hall. Each course has a $25 registration fee,

however, this class fee will be waived for adults who have applied for admission to UWBC. The math prep course will be offered on Tuesday, Jan. 12. The math ReFresh course covers basic math principles such as working with fractions, absolute values, order of operations, square roots, algebra concepts and geometric principles.

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 he holidays have passed. As December had • You know that “creek” rhymes with “pick.” T warmer-than-average temperatures and rain, Beyond the 
• Football schedules, hunting season and harvest some people weren’t sure that we would experiare all taken into consideration before wedding dates ence a white Christmas in our area. But we did. I had relatives that traveled “upnort” from “Green” Bay office door are• set.
 A Friday night date is taking your girlfriend shinand “Plain”field so they too were able to experience a white Christmas. After a snowstorm hit mid-tosouthern Wisconsin on Dec. 28, it wasn’t so plain in Plainfield and I don’t think Green Bay was as green as it had been. We’ve all heard it. You know you’re from a small town if … I was emailed this list of items that rural Wisconsin folk can relate to. It may have been intended to be funny, but I think we can relate to it and that is OK. If you grew up in rural Wisconsin … • You know what knee-high by the Fourth of July means. • You know the difference between “Green” and “Red” farm machinery, and would fight with your friends on the playground over which was better!

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ing for deer and then out for Friday night fish.
 • Saturday you go to your local bowling alley.
 • There was at least one, if not several, in your class who had to help milk cows in the morning.
 • You have driven your car on the lake. 
• You can make sense of “upnort” and “bat-tree.” • Every wedding dance you have ever been to has the hokey pokey and the chicken dance. • The local gas station sells live bait.
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The Wild Rivers and their artists


he year before I came to live in Wisconsin, in 1968, something called the Indianhead Arts Center was conducting summer programs through the University of Wisconsin - Extension. They offered classes in writing and in painting for anyone interested in the arts. The students who took part in these classes enjoyed them so much that they decided they would like to meet and continue writing and painting. The writers called themselves the Indianhead Writers and the artists called themselves the Wild River Artists. I joined the writers in 1969. I had to drop out for a time, and then again became a member and I am still one of them. The Wild River Artists continued for many years but subsided and came to an end several years ago. I was present at the very last meeting the group held at the studio of Lyle Lamphear and his wife, Nancy KarperLamphear, on Long Lake. I accompanied my friend, Bee Nelson, who had been a member of the group. My impression was that a hidden feeling of loss similar to a visitation before a funeral was in the air. Those who had been members from the beginning most likely felt this closing chapter most severely on that afternoon. Members had grown older and there were problems getting to and from meetings. They had to face reality. Some of us who live here can celebrate the accomplishments of these local artists. Since that day, my friend passed away and three of the artists have left us this year. It is in their work, their drawings and paintings, and their interpretation of our environment for us to contemplate, these beautiful works of art, they

Old wife’s tales Mary B. Olsen live on. One of the works done by the Wild River Artists was the painting on the Furchtenicht barn located along what was then Hwy. 53 not far from Spooner. It was a beautiful mural featuring a black locomotive engine, and pine trees and deer, all on view by the passing motorists. The building has fallen into decay and we can no longer see it, gone like the Wild River Artists, but remembered fondly. There may be people who wonder why a group of artists would call themselves “wild.” Surely their normal lives were not much different from those of their neighbors. They labored at their drawing and painting, just as others worked at a trade or business. They chose the name of their group because something else was happening when they started. Some of them did portraits and still life scenes, but most of them were outdoor enthusiasts and painted wildlife and outdoor scenes.

There was a lawyer and governor of Wisconsin named Gaylord Anton Nelson who came from Polk County. He went on to become a United States senator. He was almost alone at that time among people in government interested in preserving our natural environment. It was Sen. Nelson who championed this cause and he founded Earth Day. His cause was taken up by folks in Wisconsin who went on to pass, in 1968, The Wild Rivers Act. It was trailblazing legislation to protect designated rivers. There were to be no more dams or obstructions built along the rivers, and the natural shores were to be protected. The federal government added their own regulations. This led other states to follow Wisconsin’s lead, Minnesota and others. There were three rivers designated Wild Rivers. Among them was the Totogatiic in our part of northern Wisconsin. It seemed to be natural for these artists to assume the name Wild River Artists in honor of these conservation efforts. They were motivated by their desire to preserve our natural and scenic beauty of the rivers. It meant a wonderful recreational haven for visitors and it drew tourist dollars. Our rivers still run clean. Each summer, visitors can travel the rivers by canoe or cast a line to catch fish. They can see eagles soaring and waterbirds. Photographers can try their skills at capturing a bit of nature. The rivers are not very wild, with few rapids, but one can almost live the wilderness experience. Artists can set their easels beside a stream and paint a picture to help preserve the natural beauty of a part of our Wisconsin environment.

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his is the time of year when we start getting “warm” pictures from those snowbirds we know; they have escaped the cold in favor of keeping their bones warm. What is the problem with their pictures? They send them assuming we will enjoy their decision to have a dry Christmas, avoiding the cold. What we need to do is to send them pictures of our window’s view. We might send them pictures of the snow hanging on the tall and beautiful pine trees. We should start a campaign to remind them what they are missing. We could send them pictures of our warm fire with flames leaping. I don’t know how we could send them the simple excuses of why we should stay in the warm house, curled up with a great book; we should remind them the winter has so many advantages. If they only knew what they were missing, they might cut their winter escape short. The views are so breathtaking that I understand how Marie Sweeney, Shell Lake’s well-known watercolor artist, finds so many scenes to paint. Norman Rock-

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well painted scenes with children with their red, seemingly cold cheeks, enjoying winter. Rockwell included their dog on the sled. We never go wrong including an animal in our fun. I understand, as we get older the ice might become a formidable enemy that we fear. I also appreciate that there are a lot more responsibilities with the cold, like

snowblowing, ice dams on the house, sand sprinkling and more. Maybe to conquer the winters, as we are older, we might trade out a rough outdoor sport with another. We could cross-country ski instead of downhill ski. Or here is a great idea … grab a camera or a paintbrush and begin to create one of those pictures that remind us why we suffer through the winter months here in the Northland, then send the pictures to our snowbird friends. Now that the new year is here, we will see the days grow longer and the temperature start to warm. Soon, the buds will fill the trees. Green will overcome our view. Until then, we need to make sure we grab these last few weeks of deep winter and appreciate why we live in such a winter wonderland. The North Woods offer us so many things; it truly is worth the sacrifice from tropical weather.

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by Shirl Yeazle, Spooner The world is a bitter garden of roses, So many thorns to strangle you, And draw blood from your veins. You cry out, “God where are you? “I looked and looked for you in a sea of pain.” You say, “Yes dear one, I’m here.” I ask “Where?” “Don’t you see me?” he asks. “The light came on when you pulled the chain or flipped the switch. “The water was warm and clean when you took a shower at that ungodly hour of 4 a.m. “The TP was there at easy reach. “I gave you toothpaste to brush your teeth.

“See the sunrise? “And I stayed awake all night just to be ready to give it you to enjoy. “See the blue sky? “The birds that fly? “See how fast the week went by. “Now comes the weekend. I hope you enjoy it.” “Oh, but,” all you say, “I have to

work. “The boss called me in. “I thought I would enjoy the weekend. “It’s been awhile since I had a weekend off. “But God, I know you are there in the mess of life. “It’s just that I’m having a bad day. “Take the thorns away so I can see that blue sky and birds that fly. “Teach me to be thankful that the lights come on. “And at 4 a.m., I had a shower, warm and clean. “Even at that ungodly hour of the morning. “So with the complaining out of the way, “Thanks, God, for another day. “But do you think if I ask you, “Please God, I would like a weekend off, without the boss calling, “ ‘Can you come to work today and fill in?’ “

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Well, how did you do? Did you consciously try reducing this holiday season?  How about boxes, bows and wrapping paper, did you save those items you can use for next year’s gifts?  At the very least did you save those great gift bags that can be used year after year?  How about New Year’s Resolutions, did you resolve to reduce?  Do you ever look at your garbage bags sitting there in the cold, awaiting the garbage truck’s arrival to escort them to the landfill?  You can do more.  Make a conscious effort to recycle every item you can.  Cardboard, break it down and bring it to 12 locations throughout Burnett and Washburn counties.  Please remove packing materials. Rinse out aluminum and tin cans, set aside newspapers, phone books and magazines, and start saving all mixed paper, including junk mail and school papers, to bring to 15 locations

Earth Notes Jen Barton throughout the RCC service area. Glass, another problem child of the recycling world, needs to get placed in the recycling bin, and FYI, mason jars are accepted at recycling sites.  We need to recycle each and every glass and plastic bottle, No. 1 through No. 7 plastic bottles are accepted both curbside and at the 15 area recycling sites.  Please note that caps are recyclable

and do not need to be removed, automotive bottles such as motor oil bottles are not accepted. Do you have fluorescent bulbs, automotive batteries, computers, electronics or appliances to get rid of?  Just call Jen at the Recycling Office for prices and locations at 715-635-2197, or email her at  Used oil, oil filters, scrap metal, tires, rechargeable batteries, computer components and cell phones are also collected locally. Ignorance is not an excuse; give Jen a call, or drop an email. Again in 2016, I will be answering questions you may have about recycling and waste management issues via this newspaper, and I will respond in the Earth Notes column the following week.  Just send questions to  No question is too small, if you have a question or concern you’d better be sure others feel the same and would appreciate answers to their questions as well.  Happy new you … I mean New Year! 

Weyh honored by UW-Extension SPOONER — Chris Weyh, Spooner, was recognized by the University of Wisconsin - Extension for 1,000 hours of cumulative volunteer service as a UW-Extension Master Gardener Volunteer. Kevin Schoessow UW-Extension area agriculture development educator, presented the award on Dec. 17. As a founding member of the North Country Master Gardener Association, established in 2001, Weyh has been a devoted member and avid volunteer for over 20 years.  In recent years, Weyh along with fellow MGV Nancy Reis, has been part of the glue that holds the Helping Hands Garden at the Spooner Elementary School together.  The two, admirably referred to as the “seedy women,” manage this outdoor classroom for the kids, as Weyh passionately puts it.  Helping youth has always been part

of Weyh’s motivation. The vast majority of her volunteer hours are connected to helping youth.  According to Schoessow, “Chris and other MGVs play an important role in educating our youth and exposing them to meaningful life skills, most often through hands-on activities that involve nature, plants and the soil.” While teaching kids how to grow food and giving them an understanding of where their food comes from is important, Weyh’s passions for working with children go much deeper.  It’s not just teaching them about gardening, it is also letting kids be kids, allowing them to play in the dirt and experience nature firsthand. For many years, Weyh has been the superintendent for the Crops and Vegetable Department at the Washburn County Fair, served on the fair board, was a 4-H project volunteer, and has been a mentor to many

Chris Weyh, left, is congratulated by area UW-Extension agent Kevin Schoessow on her reaching 1,000 hours of cumulative volunteer hours as a Master Gardener. — Photos submitted

As a Master Gardener Volunteer, Chris Weyh is dedicated to youth education and is passionate about teaching children about gardening through hands-on learning.

4-H youth. According to Schoessow, ”If there is a project involving kids and horticulture Chris will be one of the first to volunteer.” While it all started with 4-H and the fair, Weyh has volunteered with other youth projects.  These include the Spooner Elementary School Garden, after-school 4-H, summer school, Washburn County Family Fest, youth programs out at the Spooner Ag Research Station Teaching and Display Garden, and the Mini Master Gardener Short Course sponsored by UW-Extension and Bashaw Valley Farm and Greenhouse. While working with children is her greatest passion, Weyh has supported adult horticulture education and other community projects, many associated with the Washburn County Fair, the annual Twilight Garden Tour held at the

teaching and display garden or helping an elderly neighbor or friend. Weyh’s motto, ‘It’s all about educating and helping our kids,’ has been a central part of her activities as a UW-Extension Master Gardener Volunteer,” Schoessow said. Weyh lives up to the saying, “A volunteer’s time is the true example of selfless giving.” Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who aid the University of Wisconsin-Extension staff by helping people in the community better understand horticulture and their environment.  For more information about the UW-Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program see or contact Schoessow at 800-528-1914 or 715-6353506, or - submitted

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The Shell Lake second-grade class sang at the Christmas concert held Tuesday, Dec. 22, at the Shell Lake Primary School. The concert was held on the last day of school before the holiday break.

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Second-graders Norman Olson and Jace Powers are dressed up for the concert.

Aaliyah Curtis waves to her parents at the concert when she picked them out in the crowd.

White Christmas

A lamplight on Shell Lake’s Main Street highlighted snow flurries on Wednesday, Dec. 23, that made for a white Christmas. – Photos by Larry Samson

The students in the second-grade class worked hard to learn their songs for the Shell Lake Primary School Christmas concert. This is the highlight of their year. Shown back row (L to R): Lindsey Schultz and Macy Melton. Front: Kaden Thomas and Guadalupe Lozano.

There is a critic in every group. First-grader Max Brock covers his ears as his classmates, Harlei Grandadam and Tatum Schrankel, sing.


Great day on the ice

It was a good day on the ice at the AAA Sports Youth Ice-Fishing Funday event held Thursday, Dec. 31, on Spooner Lake. Shown (L to R): Garrett Borelli, Santa, Levi Beecroft and Bailee Hanson. The annual event was almost canceled or postponed because of the ice conditions; as it was, there was 7 inches of ice.

Photos by Larry Samson

Elijah Hogle, Webster, caught the largest sunny of the day. The secret to this 5-year-old fisherman’s success is perseverance; when others gave up he was still out there fishing.

Makenna Anderson made sure that everyone got cookies to keep them warm on the ice. The Spooner Bakery donated the cookies. Economart donated hot dogs and chips for the event.

Evan Potaczek and his father, Jeff Potaczek, enjoyed a day ice fishing and spending time together. Ice fishing is a great family winter sport.

Santa brought everyone a fishing jig pole or tip-up for participating in the fun ice-fishing event. Shown back row (L to R): Garrett Borelli, Nick Olson, Levi Beecroft, Luke Anderson, Emma Anderson and Santa. Front: Elijah Hogle, Evan Potaczek, Bailee Hanson and Makenna Anderson.



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Shell Lake takes a loss at Luck

Zach Melton with a layup against Luck defender Nick Mattison.

Evan Hungerbuhler with a block against Luck shooter Preston Lane.

Nathaniel Wingler is playing defense step-forstep with Jack Johansen as he brings the ball downcourt. Wingler is a senior playing in his first year in basketball.

Luke Pokorny with a shot against Noah Mortel. Shell Lake lost to a very good Luck team on Tuesday, Dec. 29, in a nonconference game in Luck. Luck is 2-5 in the Western Lakeland while Shell Lake is 0-4 in the Central Lakeland Conference.

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Shell Lake girls holiday basketball highlights

The point guard comes back to the basket to get this shot off against Luck defender Isabelle Jensen. It was a close game in which Luck overcame a six-point deficit to beat Shell Lake 51-45 in a nonconference game in Luck on Tuesday, Dec. 29. The Lakers are 2-5 overall while Luck is 3-5.

Photos by Larry Samson Heidi Steines eyes up the basket as she gets this shot off against a strong defensive effort by Olivia Nielsen.

Grace Anderson goes up for a fast-break layup defended by Olivia Nielsen.

Sheri Clark is defending against Luck player Tiffany Brown. Clark is one of those players who is not afraid to get physical under the basket.



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Outdoor hockey is back in Spooner LEFT: Gunnar Cook makes the save as he stops the puck while the Barron player skates past the goal. Max Morales and Aris Shervey are playing defense.

Photos by Larry Samson

Max Morales is leading the charge as teammate Garit Dernovsek follows behind him on Saturday, Jan. 2, at Spooner City Park. LEFT: Morgan Morales is playing in his first year and he earned his first save. When you are this small and this young the net is very large to defend. The Spooner and Shell Lake Mites played in the first outdoor hockey game for many years. It took a lot of adults to get the ice rink at the city park in shape and flooded. The historic game was played on Saturday, Jan. 2, in ideal weather conditions.

Grady Haskins is in hot pursuit with the puck as the Barron defender comes up behind him. The Spooner and Shell Lake Mites Team is shown back row (L to R): Morgan Morales, Max Morales, Gunnar Cook, Tanner Johnson, Grady Haskins and Aris Shervey. Front: Nolan Larson, Riley Romsos, Garit Dernovsek, Cameron Rich, Austin Patterson and Claire Cleveland. The coaches shown (L to R) are: Dale Romsos, Erik Larson and Nate Haskins.

EAU CLAIRE/BARRON — The Northwest Icemen junior varsity team played four games over the holidays. That took the team past the halfway mark of the season, with 14 of their 24 games now under their belt. The Icemen played a very sound first game of the annual Icemen Holiday Tournament, tying Eau Claire North 0-0 in an obviously great goaltending matchup. Scott Lindenburger matched the North goalie save-for-save as both tenders enjoyed the rewards of a shutout game.   Defense is a team game and the Icemen did a good job in assisting Lindenburger’s good play in earning the tie. The Icemen JV faced Amery in the second game of the tournament. They lost that contest 3-0. The team again enjoyed solid goaltending during the match but was unable to put any pucks in the net, suffering the defeat. “From a coaching perspective it was still a good game with not only good effort but, also, we had our share of scoring opportunities but just couldn’t seem to capitalize on the chances we had,” stated one of the coaches. The Icemen JV closed out the holiday

Icemen busy during the holidays tournament with a loss to River Falls JV 5-1. The score didn’t indicate the good goaltending play the entire tourney. River Falls was just too deep with quality players skating four lines and six defensemen of skilled players.  It was three games in three days and with many players skating both JV and varsity it’s possible the team ran out of gas against a much bigger, fast team. The Icemen played their final game of the break on the road once again facing EC North in their building.  The game ended in a 2-2 tie but the Icemen had a two-goal lead until late in the second period.  “From a coaching perspective it was disappointing to give up two late goals heading into the locker room between periods but we did shore up our defensive mistake and player giveaway of the pucks to play a good third and come away with a tie on the road,” said a coach. The NW Icemen varsity team hosted their very successful Holiday Classic Tournament over the break at the Barron home rink.  All reports from the visiting teams and fans were excellent and each team has



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Friday, Jan. 8: Doubleheader at Cameron, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12: Versus Turtle Lake, 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15: Doubleheader versus Unity, 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19: Doubleheader versus Birchwood, 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26: Doubleheader at Clayton,

already committed to playing again next year. “It was fun to see the stands filled again for varsity games with kids, future Icemen running around the rink and best of all I think everyone was treated to great games and great sportsmanship,” commented a coach. The Icemen dropped the first game of the tournament to WSFLG 3-2.  It was a hardfought game by both teams that displayed good goaltending at both ends of the rink and even in the loss the Icemen tripled the shots on their opponents net.  “From the coaching perspective we continue to see positive strides forward each game but we need to become more consistent with our play from all our skaters each night.  We don’t have enough depth to not have all of our Icemen engaged in every game from start to finish.” The Icemen rebounded in the second game with a 6-1 defeat of Amery.  It was a solid effort by all Icemen players in every area and zone on the ice that rewarded the team with a solid margin of victory.  Junior Jacob Gordon and sophomore Jarod Burch both scored their first varsity goals in the

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5:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29: Doubleheader at Clear Lake, 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2: Doubleheader at Northwood, 7:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5: Doubleheader at Prairie Farm, 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9: Doubleheader at Frederic, 7:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12: Doubleheader versus Cameron, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16: Doubleheader versus Webster, 5:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19: Doubleheader at Turtle Lake, 5:45 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22: Versus Flambeau, 7 p.m.

Girls basketball

game. The final, and only the ninth game of this season so far, was a losing affair facing a very good Baldwin team that has only lost their very first game this season. The final score ended up being 9-5 but Baldwin scored two empty-net goals late in the third as the Icemen attempted to even the score.  “From a coaching perspective, we would love to play 24 games a season at the kind of intensity that was played in this game!   On the negative side, the Icemen lost key defenseman Michael Johnston to injury during the game and also took some key penalties that ended up being powerplay goals that were scored against our team and aided in the loss.” The Icemen JV and varsity traveled to Baldwin Tuesday, Jan. 5, for a rematch before varsity plays at Park Falls on Friday, Jan. 8, and then comes home Saturday, Jan. 9, where JV and varsity will play Fox Cities at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Barron. —  from NW Icemen


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

Friday, Feb. 5: Doubleheader at Prairie Farm, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9: Doubleheader at Frederic, 5:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12: Doubleheader versus Cameron, 5:45 p.m.

Wrestling Thursday, Jan. 7: Multiple schools at Shell Lake, 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9: At Superior Tournament, 10:30 a.m. Thursday Jan. 14: At Northwood, 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16: At Ladysmith, 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 21: At Cameron, 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23: Shell Lake Invitational, 9 a.m.



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Spooner wrestles at Northern Badger Tournament

RIVER FALLS — The Spooner wrestling team headed down to River Falls over Christmas break, Tuesday, Dec. 29, and Wednesday, Dec. 30, for the annual Northern Badger Tournament. The Badger draws 41 schools from across Northern Wisconsin, some of the top ranked wrestlers in the state, and highly-ranked teams. Spooner entered seven wrestlers into the tournament with high hopes for a successful outcome. The Northern Badger is a two-day tournament; every wrestler wrestles the first day to try and qualify for the second day. Only the top 12 wrestlers from each of the 14 weight classes make it to the second day of wrestling. Blake Larson, senior, wrestled at 113 pounds. He wrestled extremely well day one, which granted him a spot in day two of wrestling where he placed 12th. Chase Melton, 138, won his first match right out of the gate. His second match he had to face a wrestler from Bloomer/Colfax who eventually placed third overall in the tournament. Chase lost and wrestled back throughout the day showing great promise as a freshman and leaving the team excited for the great things to come from this young wrestler. Josh Melton also won his first match. His second match was against a junior who ended up placing fourth overall. Josh gave it his all and kept with his opponent throughout the match but ended up losing 5-1. Bryce Carroll won his first match and lost his second, but that didn’t stop him. Carroll continued to wrestle strong throughout the day, getting one match away from making it to the second day of wrestling. Senior Brandon Jepson, 160, entered day one on fire, winning all of his matches. Day two of the tournament, Jep-son wrestled the young man who ended up taking second in the 160-pound weight class. Jepson lost and walked away with fourth place overall. At 170, freshman Samuel Melton’s first match was against a junior from Baldwin-Woodville. Sam never stopped moving, but despite his effort, ended up losing. Sam looks forward to what the rest of the year has to offer and the three years he has ahead of him in wrestling. The third Spooner wrestler to make it to the second day was junior Hunter Peterson. Peterson lost his first match in the 182pound weight class against a wrestler from Cumberland. Peterson wrestled the same wrestler again the second day and redeemed himself by pinning him. Peterson walked away with 10th place. Spooner wrestling looks forward to him joining the team next year and leading as a senior. The wrestlers look forward to the rest of the season and are focusing on refining their skills for the upcoming matches and tournaments in the new 2016 year. — from Spooner Wrestling

Spooner wrestler Hunter Peterson pins Tyrell Hoisington of Cumberland in the second day of wrestling at the Northern Badger Tournament held Tuesday, Dec. 29, and Wednesday, Dec. 30, at River Falls High School. Peterson took 10th place in the 182-pound weight class. — Photos by Marty Seeger

Shell Lake wrestler places fifth

Brandon Jepson, Spooner, won three matches to earn the right to wrestle Luke Clark of St. Croix Falls in the semifinals. Clark won in a major decision 15-5. Jepson, a senior, was wrestling in his fourth Northern Badger Tournament, taking fourth place in the 160-pound weight class.

Shell Lake’s Dominic Hopke finished fifth in the 145-pound weight class after beating Tyler Gillett of Cadott in the fifth-place round at the Northern Badger Tournament held Wednesday, Dec. 30, at the River Falls High School. Hopke’s mother, Danette Hopke, said that her son was wrestling for fifth place for former coach Kyle Balts as much as he was for himself. Balts was his coach last year. Hopke finished in 11th place last year in the tournament. — Photo by Marty Seeger

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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

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St. Joseph’s Catholic

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

St. Catherine’s Catholic

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

St. Francis de Sales

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St. Alban’s

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.

Full Gospel

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

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church

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Timberland Ringebu Free Lutheran

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

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Spooner Wesleyan

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

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

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

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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Sunday, January 10, 2016 First Sunday After The Epiphany t the next intersection make a complete U-turn and A follow the direction to return to your original route, said a calm voice wanting to correct the driver who failed

to follow the commands coming from his GPS. “Then, in 500 feet, make a left turn and resume your route.” It was not normal to listen to an unknown and unfamiliar voice to provide information that would direct a driver to a destination he had never seen before. Following directions from an unknown source is risky. Trust becomes a critical, if not the most critical, factor. How do we know if the person who is giving us advice is credible and trustworthy? Is that person looking out for our best interests or wanting to play a game with our life in the balance? No doubt all of us, at one time or another, have found ourselves on a route that was wrong, either by being careless or by making a mistake. David decided to follow a route that would take him in the wrong direction. He went against God’s GPS. As a result, he ended up being guilty of a series of sins that came from giving in to a powerful temptation. It set in motion a chain reaction that follows the normal sequence of sin: first, he faced temptation; secondly, he refused to listen to the warning of the Holy Spirit; thirdly, he refused his route of escape; fourth, he committed the sin and then suffered the consequences of the sin on himself and others. What a tragic route he followed. But out of this tragedy there was his triumph. A voice said to him, “You have sinned!” When David heard God’s voice, (his GPS), he admitted his sins and made a U-turn. He asked God to forgive him and he did. “Have mercy on me,” he cried, “and blot out my transgressions.” If we, like David, listen to his voice and follow his commands, he will lead us safely in paths of righteousness.

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Delbert “Del” Eastman Delbert (Del) Eastman, 76, Spooner, died Dec. 22, 2015, peacefully in his home with his loving family around him after a brief battle of cancer. Del was born Nov. 19, 1939, in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., to parents Delbert W. and Georgianna Eastman. Sept. 7, 1957, he was united in marriage to Lynn Olsen in Salem, Wis. Del was a carpenter and cabinetmaker during his working

years and retired in 2001. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, antiquing and raising chickens and turkeys. Del is survived by his wife Lynn of 58 years; five children, Bill, Spooner, Kim (John) Flink, Sarona, Donald (Mary), Rice Lake, Jackie, Spooner, and Bonnie (Rob) Zehm, Spooner; grandchildren, Richard (Heather), Casey, Kenny (Cari), Ben, Steven, Duane (Caitlyn), Joe (Betty Lou), Lissa and Gina; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers, Dennis (Katherine) Eastman, Oxnard, Calif., and Martin (Joan) Eastman, Berlin, Wis.; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Dianna; and his brother, Frank Eastman.

Funeral services were held Dec. 28 at the Scalzo-Taylor Chapel with Pastor Jack Starr officiating. Interment followed at the Spooner cemetery. Casket bearers were Jim Casler, Rick Long, Richard Long, Kenny Eastman, Ben Eastman, Joe Eastman, Steven Zehm and Duane Zehm. The Scalzo-Taylor Chapel, Spooner, was entrusted with arrangements.

Merle C. Root Merle C. Root, 90, Spooner, passed away Dec. 24, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. Merle was very proud that he served with the 10th Mountain Division in World War II. He was a member of the American Legion, rang bells for the Salvation Army at Christmastime and volunteered at the Washburn County Fair. He never knew a stranger.

His love and devotion to his family, his enthusiasm for life and positive outlook were ongoing. We will miss you, Daddy. Merle is survived by his devoted wife of 67 years, Cathy; his children who adore him, daughter, Linda (Michael) Pitchford, Minneapolis, Minn., and son, Gary (Lori), Ladysmith; his grandson and best friend, Troy (Tricia) Pitchford, North Oaks, Minn.; his great-grandsons, Teegan and Tucker Pitchford; his granddaughter, Heidi Ross of California; and his great-granddaughters, Kimberly and Kaitlyn Ross of California. He is also

survived by brothers, Hank (Darlene) and Leo Root, Spooner; sisters, Helen Colbenson and Sandy (Johnny) Johnson, Minneapolis, Minn.; and many nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral services were held Jan. 2 at St. Francis de Sales Church in Spooner. Burial with military honors was at the Spooner cemetery. Scalzo Taylor Chapel in Spooner was entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

Richard Lee “Dick” Nelson Richard Lee “Dick” Nelson, 91, Spooner, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, at Spooner Health System. He was born Oct. 6, 1924, in St. Paul, Minn., to Fred and Hazel (Gilbertson) Nelson, was raised in St. Paul, and graduated from Wilson High School. Dick proudly served with the U.S. Army and was tasked with clearing Omaha Beach during the invasion at Nor-

mandy. He was married in St. Paul, Minn., on March 22, 1947, to Audrey “Marie” Hansen. Dick owned and operated Nelson Heating and Air Conditioning for 30 years before retiring to Shell Lake. He was a faithful Christian, a proud veteran, an avid outdoorsman and an outstanding family man. He is survived by his wife, Marie, Spooner; his son, Clarence (Donna Tate) Nelson, Shell Lake; his daughter, Diane (Kenneth) Sczublewski, Shell Lake; one grandson, Jeffrey Nelson, Tucson, Ariz.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Jan. 6 at United Methodist Church, Shell Lake, with the Rev. Steve Miller officiating. Military honors were accorded by the Shell Lake Honor Guard. Burial was in Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Spooner. Skinner Funeral Home, Shell Lake, was entrusted with arrangements.

Friday, Jan. 22: Grades K-12: Laker breakfast pizza. Grades 3-12: Ham, egg, cheese bar with toast. Monday, Jan. 25: Grades K-12: Pop-Tart with cheese stick. Grades 3-12: Mini cinni roll. Tuesday, Jan. 26: Grades K-12: Waffles and sausage link. Grades 3-12: Chocolate-chip oatmeal bar. Wednesday, Jan. 27: Grades K-2: Cereal and toast. Grades 3-12: Chicken breakfast sandwich or ultimate breakfast round. Thursday, Jan. 28: Grades K-2: Muffin. Grades 3-12: Oatmeal with fixings or homemade sweet bread. Friday, Jan. 29: Grades K-12: Apple or cherry frudel. Grades 3-12: Ham, egg, cheese bar with toast. Breakfast is served with a choice of juice/fruit and milk offered daily. Every day breakfast is free to all students.

Friday, Jan. 15: Grades K-12: Brunch. Monday, Jan. 18: Grades K-12: Grilled cheese and tomato soup. Tuesday, Jan. 19: Grades K-12: Taco salad. Grades 7-12: Cheese pizza. Wednesday, Jan. 20: Grades K-12: Quesadilla. Grades 7-12: Spicy-chicken sandwich. Thursday, Jan. 21: Grades K-12: Hot Italian sub. Grades 7-12: Mozzarella dippers. Friday, Jan. 22: Grades K-12: Penne with meat sauce. Monday, Jan. 25: Grades K-12: Corn dog with macaroni and cheese. Tuesday, Jan. 26: Grades K-12: Loaded nachos. Grades 7-12: Cheese quesadilla. Wednesday, Jan. 27: Grades K-12: Build a burger. Grades 7-12: Hot dog. Thursday, Jan. 28: Grades K-12: Hot ham and cheese sandwich with soup. Grades 7-12: Spicy-chicken sandwich. Friday, Jan. 29: Grades K-12: Chicken Alfredo.

Shell Lake school menu Breakfast Thursday, Jan. 7: Grades K-12: French toast sticks. Grades 3-12: Homemade sweet bread. Friday, Jan. 8: Grades K-12: Laker breakfast pizza. Grades 3-12: Ham, egg, cheese bar with toast. Monday, Jan. 11: Grades K-12: Pop-Tart with cheese stick. Grades 3-12: Mini cinni roll. Tuesday, Jan. 12: Grades K-12: Waffles and sausage link. Grades 3-12: Chocolate-chip oatmeal bar. Wednesday, Jan. 13: Grades K-2: Cereal and toast. Grades 3-12: Chicken breakfast sandwich or ultimate breakfast round. Thursday, Jan. 14: Grades K-2: Muffin. Grades 3-12: Oatmeal with fixings or homemade sweet bread. Friday, Jan. 15: Grades K-12: Apple or cherry frudel. Grades 3-12: Ham, egg, cheese bar with toast. Monday, Jan. 18: Grades K-12: Mini cinni roll. Grades 3-12: Bagel with cream cheese. Tuesday, Jan. 19: Grades K-12: Pancakes and sausage link. Grades 3-12: Chocolate-chip oatmeal bar. Wednesday, Jan. 20: Grades K-12: Cereal and toast. Grades 3-12: Ultimate breakfast round. Thursday, Jan. 21: Grades K-12: French toast sticks. Grades 3-12: Homemade sweet bread.

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Helen V. Pederson

Happy New Year 2016. It’s going to take us awhile to remember to write ’16. How time flies! We had happy hour at Glenview on New Year’s Eve with champagne and all that went with it. Of course our two musicians were here. Thanks to them. It seems everyone has places to go all the time so we don’t just sit still. Marion Shattuck spent 10 days with her son in Middleton, near Madison, with a large group of relatives. She returned on Saturday. The Pederson families spent Christmas Day in Eau Claire at Dustin and Megan Zieman’s home complete with lefse and all the goodies. Megan is Tim’s daughter and Tim makes all the lefse. Jeff Pederson spent a week with his son Jerid and Rachel and their five children. He came back with a bad cold. We welcome Lanita Bergquist here as a new tenant and also the Richards. We hope you will be happy here. The family of Donna Parker got together at Monty and Janice’s last Friday and had an enjoyable time. Mary and John Marschall spent New Year’s Eve with Brent and Toni Saffert in Cameron and on New Year’s

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Marian Furchtenicht

Sorry, I missed the early deadline last week. Folks enjoyed the great weather we had for the holidays. Christmas brought many families together including ours on Saturday night. Daughter Cindy and Dan and grandson, John, Denise and Tyler from Illinois, were here. Also grandson Duane and fiancee Casey, Menomonie, joined the ones here, 34 in all. Duane and John went fishing on Bear Lake so we enjoyed fresh fish Sunday morning. Santa was really good to me, a load of wood put in the basement, heated seats put in my car, a painting of our farm from 1951 by artist Joe Hile, and a coloring book and felt pens and markers to bring me back to my childhood and lots of other things. I must have been exceptionally nice. About 30 of extended Sauer family gathered Christmas Day at Paul and Cathy Hagen’s to eat, do the annual white elephant exchange, play games and enjoy the day together. Several attended Mass next door at St. Catherine’s on Christmas Eve. Carolyn West and Bill Sauer, the remaining matriarch and patriarch of the family, were in attendance. Friday night before Christmas the Swansons, Kings and Vogts, Big Ripley, enjoyed supper at Pair O Lakes together. Reports fish fry was exceptionally good. Norman and Donna Ness took surprise supper to Earl and Dorothy Semm in Rice Lake and ate with them for an early Christmas together. Norm and Donna spent an evening with Doug and Pat Sweet, Barronett. David Schlapper came and got his aunt, Mavis, and she went to Betty Schlapper’s in Rice Lake one day for Christmas together. Mavis’ daughter, Pam Cernocky, Elk

Mound, came and got her mom for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and Christmas Eve Day, Fritz Mancl came and got her to celebrate Christmas with them. Thoughts and prayers go out to these folks who lost loved ones recently and remembering special times with each of them. Ruth Rydberg, 96, was a very dear lady; Marie Crowley, Madge, 89, I golfed on her team back in the 1980s; Betty Buchman, Lampson, 92, bowled on a team with me; former Sarona resident Bonnie Seever, 75, Camden, Ark., died Dec. 24, her burial will take place at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Spooner, at a later date. Survivors are her children, Teresa, Diane, Lyal Jr., Chris and Joey, their spouses and families. I also received word of the passing of former neighbor, Roger Lancette, 75, Rosemont, Minn., who died Dec. 27. Funeral for him was in Bloomington, Minn., with burial in Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Sympathy to his wife, Kay, children Kari, Lori, Jacki, Tony, Andy, Cory and Sean and their families. They lived here on the east shore of Little Ripley Lake for several years. Sympathy to Nancy Gillette Benavides in the death of her husband, Joe, Dec. 31. Funeral was held Monday at St. Francis Catholic Church in Spooner. Joe was 68. Virginia Stodola was saddened to lose her niece in Superior with cancer on Dec. 20. She was the daughter of her sister, Marion Quick. Sympathy to them. Mark Sauer took grandchildren Myla and Jace to the Pioneer Farm on New Year’s Eve where Paul Hagen had the annual burning of the brush pile with many family and friends gathering just after dark for that. Mark and Julie Sauer hosted their children and grandchildren and significant others for Christmas on New Year’s Day. Linnea Oleson, Sharon Cooper, Judy Beber, Oak Lake, and Marion and Ken Reiter went to the Roost on Wednesday evening and enjoy some really good food and a visit together. Elfreda West and Ellen Wagner visited Meeting On Mondays me last Sunday and my Red Barn Campground - 1 p.m. granddaughter Amy Zoe Ripley, Eau Claire, visited Must Join Ski Shell Lake $40 me on Monday afternoon. Season Membership Or Pay John and Mary Marschall $10 Per Time picked me on New Year’s No Skiing Experience Required Day and we went to his Equipment Rental Available mom, Wealthy Marschall’s, in Amery, for a great day Contact Deb At Vitality Village together with 26 folks For More Information, attending, There was lots 640161 715-468-2232 21r to eat.


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Visitors at Norm and Donna Ness’s were Joe and Debbie Elbe, Rice Lake, who brought them soup, and Darlene Johnecheck who brought cake. A speedy recovery is wished for Donna Ness who has had some back and leg issues. Last Sunday night, Elaine Ryan and Rocky Furchtenicht had her kids in for a meal and their Christmas together, which were Nicki and Shane Baker and boys, Bryon, Henry and Andrew, from Rice Lake, Danelle Weitzenkamp and friend David of Shell Lake, and Nate Weitzenkamp of River Falls. A speedy recovery is wished for Karen Sigmund who fell and broke her arm recently. Greg and Sue Krantz had their kids, Matt and Krista and kids, Chippewa Falls, and Lance and Ericka Hutton and kids, and the Smith side over for Christmas last Saturday including her folks, Hugh and Sue Smith. Saturday evening, Jeff Hutton, from Texas, came and stayed until Friday at Greg and Sue’s to spend time with Lainy and Chane Hutton. Vicki Lombard took her mom, Marylin Lang, to Hayward on Saturday to the hockey game her grandsons Matt and John Miller played in. Vicki and Kelly Stoner went out skiing on Sunday. Anton and Gloria Frey enjoyed New Year’s Eve supper with Jan and Jeff Johnston. Gloria and her sister, Joanne Paulson, had Christmas with their mom, Dorothy Foltz, last Sunday at the convalescent center in Rice Lake.

My grandson, Duane Swanson, came up Saturday and brought his stuffer and mixer and he and Casey Furchtenicht made some venison brats that turned out real good. Saturday, Dec. 26, Marilyn Zimmerman had family to her house for their Christmas. Her mom, sisters and their families, cousins and husbands and Janet Zimmerman came for a big meal and gift opening. Saturday, Jan. 9, 5:30 p.m., at the Shell Lake Community Center, the Miss Wisconsin Rodeo coronation will take place. It is to be a fundraiser to help support Beth Kujala as she starts her year traveling to promote our state and the sport of professional rodeo. Try to attend. John Marschall was happy as a lark for winning the year-end Shell Lake Lions calendar money. Congratulations. This week birthday greetings to John Marschall, Mike Campbell, Mark Thompson, Jan. 7; Miles Taylor, Jan. 8; Lorraine Thompson, Jennifer Zaloudek, Ryan Lord, Jan. 9; Sue Krantz, Kenny Paffel, Emma Frey, Karen Davis, George Huerth, Jan. 10; Judy Albee, Vinnie Williams, Colton Smith, Jim Schmelke, Jan. 11; Violet Strand, Emily Dorweiler, Jan. 12; and Julia Lyga, Jim Gagner, Lucas Robertson, Bill Meyer, Karianne Furchtenicht, Ron Furchtenicht, Jan. 13. Have a happy one. Happy anniversary to Sam and Libbie DeTrent Jan. 9 and Kevin and Jenna Matthys, Jan. 12.

Senior lunch menu Monday, Jan. 11: Classic liver and onions, cheesy hash browns, green beans, angel food cake. Tuesday, Jan. 12: Home-style meat loaf, mashed potatoes, marinated vegetables, rosy pears. Wednesday, Jan. 13: Spaghetti and meat sauce with Parmesan, steamed broccoli, garlic bread, ice cream. Thursday, Jan. 14: Split-pea soup, ham and cheese sandwich, grapes, oatmeal cookie. Friday, Jan. 15: Lemon-pepper cod, baked potato with sour cream, pistachio pudding dessert. Meal reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance, call your senior center to confirm. Menu is subject to change. All meals served with milk and bread.

Dining at 5 Shell Lake, Monday, Jan. 11: Homestyle BBQ ribs, baked potato with sour cram, caramelized mushrooms and onions, garden side salad, pistachio dream dessert. Call 715-468-4750 to make reservations 24 hours in advance. Suggested donation is $5. For anyone under 60 years old cost is $8.75.

Washburn County Area Humane Society Harley our pit bull is one of a kind, A dog such as him you don’t easily find. His size for a pit is quite awesome, indeed, Impressive his weight is as well for this breed. His head and his neck size is hard to perceive, And at 98 pounds you must see to believe. There are many more things that makes Harley unique, Other than his good looks and outstanding physique. He’s so sweet and loving, he also knows tricks, He can sit, catch and shake with both paws, you can pick. If you don’t mind dog kisses, look out he’s a pro, And Harley won’t stop unless you tell him so. He’s ever so playful; he’d play all day long, But some games you can’t play because he is too strong. Strong he may be but so sensitive, too, He will whine when he’s lonely and wants time with you. In the time that we’ve spent with him this we have found, Cats are the only thing Harley can’t be around.

Harley has just one wish; it’s a wish most sincere, It’s that he is the first that’s adopted this year. Dogs for adoption: 2-year-old large tan/white pit bull;  5-year-old spayed yellow Lab mix; 2-yearold male shepherd/ Akita mix and a neutered 4-1/2-year-old brindle pit bull/retriever mix. Cats for adoption: 4-year-old neutered four-paw declawed black shorthair; 6-monthold male white/black shorthair tiger; 4-year-old neutered orange longhair; 1-1/2-year-old neutered white/gray shorthair; 3-year-old neutered/declawed shorthair black/brown tiger; 2-year-old neutered white/black shorthair tabby; 4-month-old female siamese mix; 4-month-old male black/white medium-hair and a 5-month-old male black/white shorthair. Strays include:  Adult male black/ brown/white shorthair tiger found in Trego and a female black/brown shorthair tiger found in Birchwood. Also for adoption:  1-1/2-year-old brown/white male guinea pig.

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Judy Pieper

Written for last week Happy New Year! I hope this year will be one of your best ever. I am making the same New Year’s resolution now as I did last year at this time. And that is not to make New Year’s resolutions. If you have a more interesting one and you would like to share it, give me a call. I’ll tell everyone what it is and we will all be watching you to see how soon you break it. Wasn’t the snow we got Wednesday, Dec. 23, the second best Christmas present ever? Tru Lehmann was here that day and we went sledding and made a little snowman. The next day, Christmas Eve, Wrig Marsh and Tru were both here and we went sledding again and piled up snow for a snow fort. Winter is so much more fun when there are little kids to share it with. The congregation of Barronett Lutheran would like to thank Pastor Karen Johnson for filling in as organist for Geri Pittman on Christmas Eve. The reason Geri couldn’t be there was that she and Mel attended the children’s Christmas Eve program at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Almena. Their granddaughters, Erica and Brooke, Danny and Jess Pittman’s children, had parts in the program. Geri said that it was just beautiful. A narrator read the Christmas story, and the little ones came in on cue as angels, shepherds and wise men. Erica had memorized and recited her lines. Brooke was an angel, and didn’t have to speak during the program. After the program, Geri asked Brooke, “Are you sure you’re an angel?” and Brooke replied, “Well, tonight I am, Grandma.” Geri said that, while the children and congregation were singing “Silent Night,” the children were standing in the aisle holding battery-powered candles. She was impressed by how beautiful everything was. Rick and Joan Stetler had a nice, quiet family Christmas this year. Their daughter and son-in-law, Missy and Jeremy Benson and family, Kaitlynn, Josh and Gavin, and Rick and Joan’s son, Steve, were at their home for dinner and to exchange gifts. Mike Bracken and his girlfriend, Jess, spent Christmas Eve with Sharai Hefty and Gary Rahn. They played a few games of Yahtzee and had a nice dinner. Mike and Jess gave Sharai three pencil sketches that Mike had drawn and they had framed. They also gave her a figurine of an Asian couple that was exactly the same as the one she remembered at her Grandma Buchanan’s house. That made Sharai teary. Mike and Jess left on Christmas Day to go to Eau Claire and spend time with Jess’ sisters. Gary’s daughter and family, Tiffany, Matt, Fox and Rosie Bruce spent Christmas Day with Tiffany’s mother. They came back to Gary and Sharai’s house on Saturday and had a family Christmas after Sharai came home from work at the Red Brick. It was a very nice and very busy Christmas. Duane and I spent Christmas Eve with Duane’s son, Richard, and his girlfriend, Delores Schultz. We had dinner at the truck stop in Barron (very good food, by the way) and then went to Richard and Dolores’ house to open gifts. Richard

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and Dolores’ house has more Christmas decorations than anyplace I’ve seen. They have lots of blow-up decorations in their yard, and there are three decorated Christmas trees inside. It’s pretty amazing. I wouldn’t have the time or ambition to put up or take down all those decorations. We spent Christmas Day in Minnesota with Duane’s sister, Cheryl, and her family. We visited and had a delicious dinner prepared by Cheryl’s son and daughter, Joe and Mary. It was great visiting with everyone. Jim Copus flew up from Florida to spend Christmas with his family in Brooklyn, Wis. On Saturday he drove up to Barronett to join our family for our Christmas celebration. Almost all of my kids, grandkids and great-grandkids were here. And my sister, Pat Olson, and nephew and niece-in-law, Art and Jill Adams, joined us. We had a fantastic time. We had brunch, the little ones opened their gifts, and then the bigger kids and adults played the white elephant game. During the dice throwing and stealing of presents it got pretty noisy, but everyone ended up with “wonderful” gifts. Jim stopped by to visit with Fred and Sally Baumberger in Rice Lake on his way back home on Sunday afternoon. The Lehmann family got together at the hunting shack on Christmas Eve. Everyone was there except for their son, Randy, and John Libra. In addition to family, guests were Rose Gillis and Jane Griffin. Anitia cooked a dinner fit for royalty and everyone had a great time eating and visiting. The kids had fun riding fourwheelers this year. They decided against sledding because the sled trail ends right in the lake and there is way too much open water out there. On Christmas Day Cheryl Lehmann made dinner at the shack for family and friends. Her guests were Don and Anitia, Pat and DeEtte Fankhauser, Marie, Jolene, Lia and Kiara Anderson, Erin, Aaron, Miles and Charlie Lehmann and Heidi and Cary Diesterhaft and DaShaun. The guests ate, visited and played a lot of card games. On Saturday Don and Anitia went to Pat and DeEtte’s cabin in the woods. Pat and DeEtte were hosting a sleigh ride for a group of people from Idaho, California and Rice Lake. Don and Anitia didn’t go on the sleigh ride, but they had a very good time visiting with people from the different states. Anitia said that everyone was very excited about the sleigh ride and sledding down the hill afterward.

Written for this week Gloria Gunderson gave us some good news at church Sunday morning. She reported that her son, Doug Huebner, who had been hospitalized, is home and recovering very well. And, Judy Norton told us that her sister-in-law, Ruth Schultz, is also home from the hospital and getting better every day. Don Lehmann was in the hospital for a couple of days this past week, but he is also home now and feeling much better. Actually, Don started feeling sick the morning of New Year’s Eve. He and

Mary Nilssen

I hope everyone had a happy New Year! Of course we all wished it would have been a bit warmer, but I think we were a bit spoiled by the previous weeks of warm weather. Dave and I were so glad to see that snow arrive just in time for Christmas! There will be music at the Stone Lake Lions Hall on Saturday, Jan. 9, from 6:30-9 p.m. The Acoustic Ramblers and guests will be in concert. All are welcome to this free community event and remember to bring your dancing shoes. The Stone Lake Community Wetland Park organization received an amazing number of new members when the invitation to join Friends of the Wetland Park went out in October. As of the week before Christmas, 121 new members were welcomed. Some were lifetime, some were families and some were singles. The income these new members have provided will be a great help in the fight against the invasive buckthorn. On Oct. 8, when the buckthorn workshop was held in the park, those attending

received a great education on how to eradicate buckthorn on their own property. And, a very interesting and informative video was made that day that we felt our new members would enjoy. If you would like to go to the Internet and view it, go to The wetland park will soon have its own website, which will be created by Woody Glass of Whitefish Lake. Woody is the same person who created and updates the historical society website and handles the newsletter, and does this strictly as a gift to the organization. As this progresses, we hope to begin sending a newsletter twice a year from the wetland park to keep all members informed of happenings as they relate to the wetland park. If anyone has any news they would like to share with others, please call or email me. Have a good week and be safe. Mary Nilssen can be reached at 715-8654008 or

Anitia and Suzy and Ryan Lehmann and Duane and I were supposed to go to the Rolling Oaks for dinner that evening and then come home and play a few games of cards. Needless to say, he wasn’t feeling up to that. Well, now we’re trying to figure out if he really was ill or if he was just afraid to play cards with us. The guys can never win, you know. If they do win the card games they don’t get any breakfast the next morning. And, if they lose, we women never let them hear the end of it. Man, am I ever glad I wasn’t born a guy. LuAnn Scharmer and Diane Jeske hosted a celebratory dinner at the Rolling Oaks in Barron on Saturday evening in honor of Jill Adams who just received a Bachelor of Science degree in Radiologic Science Leadership. Jill’s husband, Art, and children, Riley and Gabby, were there, of course, to help Jill celebrate her achievement. Other guests were Steve Scharmer, Heather Jeske and Mike Bottolfson. Imagine a drum roll here. Beth Kujala will officially be crowned Miss Rodeo Wisconsin at a coronation ceremony/ fundraiser, which will be held at the Shell Lake Community Center this Saturday, Jan. 9, starting at 5:30 p.m. Beth will be there to visit with everyone and, probably, sign some autographs. This will be a very exciting year for Beth, and we hope she enjoys every minute of it. She will be traveling all over the United States representing Wisconsin rodeo. Next winter she will travel to Las Vegas to compete in the Miss Rodeo America pageant. You know, of course that Miss Rodeo Wisconsin is a voluntary position, and the ladies who accept that responsibility have lots of expenses. They are responsible for their own travel expenses, most of their hotel expenses, special clothing that is required — the list goes on and on. Anyway, this coronation ceremony/fundraiser is a very important event for Beth and I hope

you will be there to show your support. It’s just wonderful that we have another Miss Rodeo Wisconsin who started out her career at the Spooner Heart of the North Rodeo. Congratulations, Beth. We all know you’ll do an outstanding job representing our state. I talked to Devon Snowbank the other day, and she said that the Shallow Lake ice-fishing contest is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 16. I was beginning to wonder if we would have enough ice for it this year, but I guess the lakes are finally starting to get safe — at least some of them. I’m sure that Luann and her Ice Mavens will be here again this year, cheering the fishermen and women on and just generally making the contest more fun. Last year they crowned Mark from the 20 Mile Store King of the Ice, and Bonnie Fogelberg was our queen. I’m sure they will be happy to turn over their crowns to the next lucky guy and gal they select. Mark it on your calendar and join us for the fun. Did you catch the Packer/Viking game on Sunday? I was sure it would end in a tie and overtime when Rodgers threw that last pass into the end zone. Duane was happy. He’s a Viking fan, you know. I was torn. I wanted them both to win, but that can’t happen. It would be really nice if they would meet one more time this year in the Super Bowl. So, what do you think of Teddy Bridgewater now, Ray W.? Oh, by the way, there won’t be a Barronett Lutheran women’s meeting this month, so if you show up at the church Thursday evening and no one is there, that’s the reason. We will be taking down the Christmas tree and decorations on Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m. We’ll be having our annual meeting of the church and potluck dinner on Sunday, Jan. 24. I guess that’s about all I know from Barronett this week. Stay warm. See you next time.

Academic news RICE LAKE — WITC’s loyal and generous donors continue to provide important financial assistance to the students WITC serves. The December scholarship donor/recipient receptions were held at the four WITC campuses where nearly $110,000 in scholarships were awarded. This represents a 10-percent increase in the amount awarded and 15 percent more students receiving scholarships compared to fall 2014. “The WITC foundation is fortunate to be supported by generous donors who want to help our students achieve their academic goals,” said Craig Fowler, executive director of the WITC Foundation and WITC-Rice Lake campus administrator. “Area businesses, services and civic clubs, WITC faculty and staff, and other individuals have made it possible for the Foundation to award 252 scholarships this fall.” Scholarship online applications are available twice a year at Spring scholarship applications open on the fourth Monday of February with a deadline of the first Monday in April; fall scholarship applications are available the fourth Monday of September with a deadline of the first Monday of November. Area students receiving scholarships are Sarona: Tonja Rae, VINE - Rice Lake Scholarship for dental assistant; Shell Lake:   Eugene Finch, WITC-Rice Lake CNC Machine Tool Operation Scholarship; Erika Granzin, VINE - Rice Lake Scholarship for Cosmetology; Luke Gronning, Henry Rifles CNC/Machine Tool Scholarship; Carley Myers, WITCRice Lake Cosmetology Scholarship; Kyle Vanderhoof, Dairy Herd Management Scholarship in memory of John and Ruth


Bob and Pam Bentz visited Hank and Karen Mangelsen on Wednesday. Marlene Swearingen, Nina, Lawrence, Donna and Gerry Hines, and Karen and Hank Mangelsen were guests of Lida Nordquist on Thursday evening.  They enjoyed a time of visiting and playing cards. Gerry and Donna Hines, and Lida Nordquist had lunch with Lawrence and Nina Hines  on Friday  to celebrate the

Johnson and Gorman and Elsie Roberts, and also VINE - Rice Lake for Dairy Herd Management Scholarship; Spooner: Russell Childers, W.R. Engels/Carl G. Pebler Memory Care Scholarship; Austen Grap, Superior Silica Sands Scholarship; Kayla Hickman, Donaldson Welding Scholarship; Bruce Lindgren, WITC CNC/Machine Tool Fishing Scholarship; Joshua Luedtke, WITC Administrative Opportunity Builders Scholarship; Andrea Stair, VINE - Rice Lake for medical administrative specialist; Trego: Dylan Simpson, American Welding Society Scholarship. — from TheLink

Births Born at Hayward Area Memorial Hospital: A boy, Grayson Lee Gramberg, was born Dec. 20, 2015, to Leanna L. Hakkila and Tyler L. Gramberg, Springbrook. Grayson weighed 7 pounds and 11 ounces and was 19.25” long. Maternal grandparents are Melissa McPeak and Randy Hakkila. Paternal grandparents are Melissa Weigelt and Lee Gramberg. ••• Born at Cumberland Memorial Hospital A girl, Emerson Doris Muench, was born Dec. 28, 2015, to Ashley and Louis Muench, Cumberland. Emerson weighed 6 pounds, 7.2 ounces. A boy, Aimel Victor Norberg, was born Dec. 29, 2015, to Jacey and Chad Norberg, Glenwood City. Aimel weighed 7 pounds, 9.2 ounces. •••

Karen Mangelsen new year. Later Donna and Gerry visited Hank and Karen Mangelsen. Mary Dunn, Lida Nordquist, Donna Hines and Karen Mangelsen attended the funeral of Ruth Rydberg on Saturday at the Spooner UM Church.  Ruth was 96. Mark Hines was a weekend visitor of Gerry and Donna Hines. Hank and Karen Mangelsen called on Nina and Lawrence Hines on Sunday morning.

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With Christmas and New Year’s over with, it’s now down to other matters, like real estate taxes. Ick! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. I’m wondering how many sore heads there were on New Year’s. No birthdays to report as they were in last week’s column. Did you stay up to watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve? I didn’t and went to bed. But I did hear firecrackers go off when it was midnight, so I guess I did know it was 2016. Did you see on TV where the Olive Garden sold tickets for $400 a seat to watch the ball drop and others charged $1,600 a seat? Crazy. The mother hen had 27 people for dinner for Christmas. Kate Schnell and her fiancée from Oregon flew home and enjoyed the meal but had to go back early. Kate lives in Washington. Diane worked at Terraceview on Monday before Christmas, making tart shells. The residents would fill them for a party they were having. On Monday Diane’s friend, Robin, called and asked her to go to Robin’s mom’s for supper. Diane went and enjoyed the evening. Robin’s mom is alone this year due to losing her honey this past year. Aren’t the floods really bad in Missouri? Yes, the water is so high now and it’s to rise much higher. I feel so sorry for anyone who lives there. I think the last I heard 25 people had drowned. And to top things off, they had tornadoes in Oklahoma leaving tragedy behind. What a world we live in! The turkey and chicken disease we had in the United States has now spread to Germany and France. For Christmas I didn’t go to daughter Penny and Jeff Ladd’s. The roads were too bad and on the radio it said the freeway was very slippery. So we set the date for Monday. Well, Monday we were to get that bad storm so I didn’t go. Anyway Friday, New Year’s Day, Penny, Jeff, Rem, Ry and Ree came and we exchanged gifts. We also enjoyed Connie and Jim Quam’s pecan pie, which was delicious. Thanks Jim and Connie. You are so thoughtful! Jeff and Penny Ladd and children, Rem, Ry and Ree, went to La Crosse on Saturday evening where Rem and Ree wrestled on Sunday. I was hoping to get a call Sunday evening saying they won. On Saturday, the Ladds went to Jeff’s mom’s and had a huge dinner along with Jeff’s brothers and sisters. It was great, we hear. My two pups enjoyed Christmas also. I wrapped up three gifts for them and I watched as Rory tore them open. Both dogs were so busy and excited to have the Ladds come and just tore around. They are enjoying the snow as long as it doesn’t get too cold. They race around the yard and have a great time. Christmas at Jim and Sandy Atkinson’s went over with a blast. Yes, their son, Jim, came on Dec. 23 and stayed over and went home Christmas Day due to the storm that was to come. Lisa and Dan Otto and Marjorie and her boyfriend and Charlie went there. Marjorie graduated from the University of Minnesota on Dec. 13 and is looking forward to working at a job. Also at Jim and Sandy’s for Christmas Day dinner were Noel and Patti Beaufeaux, Mitch and his girlfriend, April, and Kyle and his honey, Becca, and Kristen and Scott Carls and Jannah and Brianne. Understand they had a wonderful Christmas. Christmas Day, Cherie and Eric Amundson, from the Twin Cities, came to Ann Johnson’s. Also there was Ann’s granddaughter, Kristy and her son and dogs, while her honey was in Afghanistan. This is his fifth tour of duty in Afghanistan and he is expected home in June. Also, Amanda, Dale’s daughter from Washington, came to Grandma’s, Dale and Doc Sue and Greta and Duane and Diane Johnson came, bringing Duane’s children, Kyla, who is going to college, and Iver, who is to graduate this spring from high school. Already? Son Richy left for the winter Deer Association meeting. He has a fellow who will do his chores. He goes every year to this deer doing and was expected back Saturday. Saturday, Diane Hulleman was at Nancy and Mike Murray’s in Rice Lake for the Murray family gettogether. Diane got to see her grandchildren, Shannon and children Marlie and Gabby from Beloit. Diane says Shannon bought a new house in Beloit and she saw the pictures of the new home and it was just beautiful. Also Nicole and son Jameson were there as was Mike and Sonja Murray and son Charles. Beth Crosby tells us son Chad Crosby and family were up for Christmas but not New Year’s. Chad had to be on call. On Saturday, Beth and Garry, Tom and Sunshine, Isaac, Josie and Alycia and Shorty and Melissa, Tyler and Katie joined other family in Cumberland to celebrate Christmas at Glen and Lorraine Crosby’s. Beth says it was really nice to see many relatives they don’t get to see very often. Tyler goes back to school in Madison on Jan. 11. News of Evelyn Melton finds Vicki Trott at Evelyn’s to be joined by Peggy Vesta to play cards. Over Christmas found Don and Vicki Trott going to her brother’s in

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Fridley, Minn., at Homer and Stella Melton’s. While there they visited a lot of old friends. Christmas Eve, Vicki had cousins in for appetizers at her home after church, a tradition from Doris Linton. Vicki tells us she had a wonderful Christmas. Get-well wishes go out to Butch VanSelus who has been quite sick for three weeks. They didn’t do anything for Christmas, as Butch was too sick. Talking with Loretta, we find she is getting along fine with her knee replacement. She tells us she’s doing much better with this than the first knee. She says her leg and knee were all healed already. Loretta had the surgery on her knee Nov. 30. In a month, you’re so much better than my sister, Dot, in New Berlin. She has her daughter, Nancy Michalek, a nurse, come in every Wednesday, getting her mail, her groceries, doing the housework and taking care of washing clothes. This goes until May, which is a long time for Nancy who has problems with her back also. Please keep Butch in your special thoughts and prayers. Richard and Karen Melton enjoyed Christmas with Caleb and Sarah Melton and family along with Caleb’s brothers and their wives, and sister and her honey, and all their children. All the kids had a great time playing football, playing cards and lots of games. All enjoyed dinner at Caleb and Sarah’s and also supper. Karen tells us Christmas was wonderful this year with everyone together. Tom Melton tells us they had Christmas with sons Mark and family and Luke and family. They had a huge dinner along with lots of games. Cindy and Sandy, the Meltons daughters, didn’t make it home for Christmas this year. Janie Lauterbach called my sister, Marie Quam, and said she was making supper for all on the farm Saturday. They all enjoyed supper with Noah, staying overnight with the Quams. New Year’s Eve, the Quams had herring and cream along with potatoes, which is an old German tradition. Thinking back; I remember at home we always had herring and cream on New Year’s for supper. It’s to bring you good luck for the new year. Susan and Tim Pederson joined their girls, Stephanie and Cory and son Colton, and Megan and Dustin, at their homes for Christmas. All had come up to the Quam’s over Christmas for a visit. How about this? Did you know you could make dung patties? Yes, women in New Delhi are making dung patties. They make these dung patties from cow manure mixed with hay and then they’re dried in the sun. People are using them like we use wood in the U.S. They’re a very hot seller, I’ve read. Cost of these dung patties range from $1.50-$6 per package. I understand there is a big demand for these dung patties, especially for the older generation who find the peaty smell of dung pleasing. I imagine this will be the next thing for the U.S. to start. But hey, with farmers going out so fast where are they going to get the cow dung to make these patties? Christmas news at Carl and Betty Meister’s found them having Christmas for their family on Dec. 26. Beth and Mark Hansen, Bryan and Alyssa, Bev and Jarrett Cassellious and son Erik, and Sonny Meister and his son, Kevin, came for dinner and gift opening. All the kids left early due to the weather. With the Packer-Viking game on Sunday, Betty and Carl were excited to root for the Packers. Pattie and Rich Feeney and children came from Blooming Prairie, Minn., Dec. 19 and Dec. 20 to help their nephew Noah Lauterbach celebrate his birthday at Rick and Jane Lauterbach’s. They stayed at the Quams overnight. Dec. 30 and Dec. 31, the Rick and Jane Lauterbach family went to Rich and Pattie Feeney’s for New Year’s. The Feeneys also came for Christmas, staying with the Quams. Christmas Day at Rick and Jane’s were Marie and Warren Quam, Jimmy Quam, the Feeneys and Debbie and Gene Quam and Buddy. All enjoyed the dinner and just being together. Richy Feeney is doing well at this time. Rick was out snowmobiling and gave his children all rides. Janie made a special supper for the Quams and Lauterbachs to enjoy. All in all, Janie says they had a great Christmas. Talking with Marv Knoop, he tells us about their Christmas. First they went to grandson Drew and wife Jennifer and their little son’s for dinner along with all the other brothers and sister of Drew’s. Next they went to Karen Vanderhoof’s and had dinner and gift opening and on Sunday they went to Cathy and Jeff Butenhoff and family and joined all Cathy’s other brothers and sisters for dinner. Marv tells us Bashaw Lake is about 7 inches thick with ice and snowmobiles and four-wheelers are riding all over the lake. Talking with Myrna Atkiinson she tells us she’s Christmased out and she’s tired. But she’s very busy at what she loves to do … quilting. Yes, she’s working on a quilt with bears on it for her newest great-grandson. She is also working on another quilt. Myrna says they had 17 people come to their Dec. 20 Christmas party with dinner and gift opening. Christmas Eve found Jody Atkinson,

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Barron, and Ron Atkinson, Kathy and Calvin Schuffel and Tony, and Kurt and Myrna Atkinson having dinner together. Myrna tells us her brother, Duane, who lives in California, called and told her his wife was taken to the hospital unconscious with pneumonia. She is now home and recuperating. Sandy Atkinson, who has MS, didn’t come to the Atkinson‘s for Christmas due to not being able to travel. Scatter sunshine! Have a great week! Santa Visited Me by Pauline Lawrence Come closer, my wee ones, as I have a true story to tell you! Yes Santa came to visit me. How many of you believe in Santa and how many don’t? Well after hearing my story, I’m sure all will believe. It was a cold night and I was alone at home and I heard a noise. I looked out my east window and I saw a vision and I looked and looked, as I couldn’t make out what it was. I saw all the sky was lit up in red, and pretty soon I could see a sleigh packed full of toys for the wee ones. And pretty soon I could see Santa and his reindeer with Rudolph with the red nose guiding Santa’s sleigh. Now I knew why the sky was so red, it came from Rudolph. As I looked closer I saw the sleigh down at son Richy’s. Richy was in his house so Santa was looking at his deer Richy had. He decided if at all possible he would ask Richy if he could borrow his big deer. Richy came out of the house to see what was the matter. Santa told Richy his reindeer were so tired he would have to find something to pull his sleigh packed full of toys for the wee ones. Santa said his reindeer were so tired from flying across the states that had so much water and tornadoes and Santa was very upset about the tragedies. So Santa told Richy that he would leave his reindeer for food and water and so they could get some sleep, and if he could borrow Richy’s big deer he would bring them back on his return trip and hook up his reindeer. Richy thought and thought and came up with an idea to see if the reindeer harnesses would fit his big bucks. Well after trying a harness he found they fit exactly. So they unharnessed the reindeer and put them in the pen where they enjoyed good food, water and went to sleep. They hooked the harnesses up and away Santa and his sleigh flew about 200 miles an hour through the sky! Yes, Santa was on his way to deliver all those toys in his sleigh to the wee ones who were fast asleep in their beds. After Santa had delivered all those toys to the wee ones, he returned to son Richy’s, brought out his reindeer and hooked them up and put the big bucks in their pens and with a “Ho, ho, ho, and away home I go!” But Santa had other ideas before he went home that night. Knocking on my door, I met Santa in person and I asked Santa if he was lost. He said, “No.” But he wanted to give me a Christmas gift. Well, I invited Santa into my house and he enjoyed hot cocoa with cookies and he explained about his reindeer being so tired and using son Richy’s big bucks. Well he had his reindeer all hooked up with Rudolph in the lead with the sky shining so red, leading the way to my home. Santa gave me a big hug and he said he was so glad Richy lent him his big bucks so he could get the gifts all delivered. And with big, “Ho, Ho, Ho,” Santa was on his way with an empty sleigh in the wee hours of the night. I saw Santa and his reindeer flying very fast through the sky and I heard Santa, say, “Ho, ho, ho, and home I go.” And I told Santa, Merry Christmas, see you next year. Now you wee ones, be very, very good to your mom and dad, sisters and brothers, and grandma and grandpa this new year. Maybe you will hear a knock at your door and when you open it, you will be very shocked and surprised to have Santa visit you next year. Let’s hope!

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Year in Review/from page 2 Michelle and Tonya Minot, twin daughters of Cheri and Steve Minot, Shell Lake, attended the Twins Day Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio. Their photo appeared in People Magazine along with other twins attending. Shell Lake residents Bryan Knoop and Tyler Crosby were part of the Barron County 4-H senior dairy judging state team that took part in the Invitational Youth Dairy Cattle Judging Contest in Harrisburg, Pa. A total lunar eclipse fell on a harvest moon, Sept. 27. This won’t happen for another 33 years. Jane Pederson was the Shell Lake Lions $300 September calendar winner. Lion Phil Soltis presented her with a check.


Dale Parks, Gary Magnus, George Hanson and Jim Campbell each earned a commemorative knife for their years of service to Whitetails Unlimited. Next Energy Solution, owned and operated by Foley Quinn, with solar energy consultant Nicole Christman, opened a showroom and office in Shell Lake. Jim and Marie Andreas raised and delivered pumpkins with proceeds given to the Shell Lake, Spooner/Trego Lions Club Christmas Fund. The mother-and-daughter team of Sue Olson and Anita Galli brought their miniature horses to the Terraceview Living Center for residents to enjoy. The Shell Lake Arts Center and the Shell Lake Chamber of Commerce sponsored the fourth-annual Oktoberfest. Drew Johnson was Shell Lake’s homecoming king and Sheri Clark was the homecoming queen. Shell Lake football cheerleaders were CeCe Harrington, KayDe Bontekoe, Allison Tims, Lainy Hutton, Jadee Goetz and Niki Everroad. Prizewinners of the annual fall writing contest sponsored by the Indianhead Writers were Barb Samoore, Springbrook, fiction; Bud Hoekstra, Shell Lake, nonfiction; and Jeanne Ekstrom, Barnes, poetry. Each was awarded $50. A haunting good time was held at the Haunted Schoolhouse at the Shell Lake Arts Center. The Shell Lake School District Board of Education approved the formation of a Shell Lake School ice-fishing team. Rikki Pardun, Native American coordinator with the school, would be the adviser. Authors Dee and Gary Lindner, Hayward, spoke at the Shell Lake Public Library during an author event sponsored by the Friends of the Shell Lake Public Library. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Spooner turned over its keys to the church’s rectory to the Washburn County Homeless Coalition to become Alban’s House as a homeless shelter. A Party in Pink Zumbathon held in

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Howard Klopp, 93, owner of Klopp’s Bar for 50 years, passed away. Amos Melton shot an 8-point buck on opening day of gun deer season. His dad, Allan Melton, shot a 10-pointer.

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Mary M. Shimek, Geraldine Erwin, Roger A. Flach, Rodney Boehlke and Valerie Vogel.


Kenneth E. Ziemer, Gene E. Carlson, Corrine A. Root, Rai S. Monga, Orville R. Brown and Jane Huelskamp Alfonse.


Linda “Lynn” A. Dahlgren, Mae M. Vehrs, Shirley Lewis, Keith G. Sturm, Jason A. Penning, CMSgt. (Ret.) Earl R. Whittington Jr., Donald D. Banks and Marcella “Marcie” Spencer.


Ferne C. Shoquist, Barbara A. Shaw, Betty M. Collberg, Gene M. Rydberg, Leonard “Lenny” Lang, Melvin W. Swan and William Gretler.


The Shell Lake Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Holiday Saturday. Santa and Mrs. Claus attended a breakfast held at the community center. Independent Insurance Agents of Northwest Wisconsin made a donation to the Shell Lake Fire Department for their fire prevention program. Making the presentation to Chief Keith Dahlstrom was Dave Schraufnagel, past president of IIANW. Performing in the Intermezzo Advent Concert were scholarship recipients Ali DeLadi, Shell Lake; Linden Nelson, Shell Lake; KayDe Bontekoe, Shell Lake; Miguel Barret, Spooner; Tiffany Romportl, Spooner; John Nauertz, Spooner; Rachel Medley, Spooner; and Ally Jacoby, Spooner. Elected officers of the Home and Community Education group were Marlene Jacker, president; Maxine Melton, vice president; Marie Gorski, secretary; and Charlotte Thompson, treasurer. The Shell Lake Fire Department held a retirement dinner in honor of Bill Frahman who served with the department 18 years. The department also made Frahman its first lifetime member. The Shell Lake Laker cheerleaders were selling yard signs for Laker fans as a fundraiser and a way to show Laker pride. As the cheerleaders are entirely self-funded, the money that they raised would be used to purchase new uniforms. Exchange students at Shell Lake Schools are Sarah Griefe, France; Ulan Koxegenov, Kazakhstan; Johanna Gustafsson, Sweden; Paula Siebers, Germany; Rafael “Rafa” Martinez-Avial, Spain; and Konstantin “Stanley” Medvedev, Kazakhstan. The Shell Lake High School science, It was a special moment when Sgt. William Shafer and his son, Bryden, looked into each other’s technology, engineering and math class eyes for the very first time. Bryden was born after Shafer was deployed with the 950th Engineer- created the winning display in the Shell ing Company to Afghanistan. The two met on Friday, Sept. 4, at a special family ceremony for the Lake Lions Celebration of Lights at the returning members. — Photo by Holly Udovich municipal park and campground. Instructors for the STEM class were Bob Forsythe Shell Lake raised $500 for breast cancer The Glenview Singers entertained at the and Darin Pollei. Daniel Parish and Keagan Blazer made awareness. Instructor for the event was Indianhead Community Health Care Inc. Rachael Schmidt. fall dinner meeting. Singers were Donna a presentation on Science Olympiad to Parker, Alice Mitchell, Margaret and Bun members of the Shell Lake School Board Weathers, Helen Pederson, Kaka and Tip during their regular monthly meeting. November Shane Williams, CEO and president Reinhart, Ruth Swan, Eileen Giddings A fire destroyed a grain bin at Tom and Jean Tully. Sue Weathers accompa- of the Shell Lake State Bank, presented Perlick Farms north of Sarona. The bin nied them on the piano. At the meeting a check in the amount of $1,500 to Tara was one-third full of sunflower seeds that Jude Bolterman, Northwest District chair, Burns, executive director, and Carly Mowere being dried and stored. installed officers Linda King, president; line, associate director, of the Shell Lake Tara Burns resigned her position on the Nancy Furchtenicht, vice president; Sa- Arts Center, to be used to prepare for the Shell Lake City Council. brina Naglosky, secretary; and Patty SLAC’s 49th camp season. Irene Glessing celebrated her 100th McKee, treasurer. birthday. Amber Anderson, daughter of Forrest Shell Lake football coach Mark and Angie Anderson, received the James Lehnherr presented his resignation to the W. Crowley 4-H Dairy Leadership Award Shell Lake School Board. during 4-H Achievement Night.


Doris W. Linton.


Jack M. Anderson, Donna J. Bell, Cecil A. Melton, Alice Phinn, Lavina M. Poulson, William “Bill” F. Lindenberger and Stephanie S. Gramberg.

Kathleen M. Wooden, Pearl A. Elston, Donald T. Seckora, Richard D. Syvertson, William J. Campbell, Al Hobart, Bernice J. Nyhus and Dorothy E. Hansen. Avis Nordin, Marvin J. Mortensen, George D. Etlicher, Irene I. Roe, Joseph “Joe” T. Gargulak, Joanna L. Butenhoff, Jean M. Duch and Douglas A. Van Sickle.


Joe D. Livingston, Bertha A. Soelle, Geraldine “Gerry” M. Moore, Earl D. Personette, Tyler Groenheim, Merlin E. “Dutch” Huebschman, Debra K. Doriott, John F. Shimek, M. Wendell Watson and Mona F. Pett.


William “Bill” Ek, Roderic L. DeVoe, Mavis Viltz, Marie C. Hovey, Cindy L. Morgan, Kenneth Harmon, Charles D. Mortensen, Virgil E. Peterson, Gary Kibler, Eugene “Gene” Dahlgren and



Joyce E. Schraufnagel, Peggie J. Zillmer, Michael Naglosky, Kim S. Schlapper, Leonard “Joe” C. Peterson, Elmer L. Talbert, Walter H. Bell and Robert “Bob” Cooan.


Delbert L. Morgan, Franklin D. Anderson, Ronald J. Masterjohn, Lyle R. Lamphear, Howard A. Klopp and James G. Kyes.


Bob Lombard, Robert “Bob” Bontekoe, Marie G. Crowley, Merle Root and Delbert Eastman.


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WCR | Jan 6 | 2016  
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