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Wednesday, March 16, 2016 Vol. 127, No. 31 • Shell Lake, Wis.

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• Play @ Shell Lake High School • Play @ Spooner High School • Pins for Pets fundraiser @ Spooner • Northwoods Raptors program @ Spooner See calendar on page 6 for details

The mamma-razzi

Candidate profiles in this issue

WITC student ambassador named

The Shell Lake mothers are captured in a fun moment, taking photos of their children as the children take a photo opportunity after their performance. Shown (L to R): Cheri Lyga, Katherine Parkinson, Amy Skattebo and Tessa DeLadi. More photos on page 23. - Photo by Larry Samson

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Easter egg hunt in Shell Lake SHELL LAKE - The annual Shell Lake Easter egg hunt will be held in the Shell Lake 3-12 School gym on Saturday, March 26. The Easter Bunny will start the event at 10 a.m. There will be several age divisions for the egg hunt from newborns to 10 years old. Please, no shoes in the gym. The Shell Lake Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring this event. — from SLCC

Gregg Westigard | Staff writer   WASHBURN COUNTY – There are five offices on the April 5 ballots in Washburn County where no candidates filed. These positions can be filled by write-in votes on election day. Election laws say that write-in candidates should register. Registration shows that a person is interested in serving if elected and gives the election judges an advanced idea of which names to look for when counting the ballots.    Registering as a write-in involves completing a Campaign Registration Form, known as GAB-1, and filing the form with the election clerk for the county, village or school district. The law reads “new candidates should file a campaign registration statement as soon as intent is known.” While all write-in votes are counted, registration is an indication that a person is interested in accepting the position if elected.  The Register’s policy is to include registered

write-ins as candidates when doing election stories and profiles.   The vacant ballot spots   Two of the 21 Washburn County Board seats have no candidates on the ballot, District 1 where Micheal Bobin is the incumbent and District 19 where Steven “Fluffy” Sather filed noncandidacy papers. No one filed for the positions in December.   The cities of Spooner and Shell Lake each have open city council positions with no candidates. The Spooner seat is in Ward 4 where Larry Stelter is retiring. That position is the only contest on the city ballot. Shell Lake has a blank spot on the Ward 1 ballot where two positions are open and only incumbent Brent Edlin filed. The other incumbent, Chad Shelton, did not file his papers in December. The only school board write-in contest is in the Rice Lake district where two of the city seats are open but only one candidate, incumbent Gary Spear, is on the ballot. The second seat is for a one-year term to fill the remainder of the term of a vacant seat.  

Taking the plunge Kimberly Lane’s expression shows just how cold the water is, even though the LFRC plunge was moved from Shell Lake due to safety issues with the lake ice. The Shell Lake Fire Department pumped lake water into a large tub instead. More photos on page 2. – Photo by Danielle Danford

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Plunging for families and memories

Sarah Grife and Rafael Martinez, Shell Lake exchange students, decided to jump because it was for a good cause and for the memories. Joan Fischer, Lakeland Family Resource Center board vice president, prepares for her belly-flop plunge. The third-annual LFRC Chilly Challenge on Saturday, March 12, had a beautiful day for the event this year.

Judy Schnacky, LFRC family educator, and Kim Tarras had a little dance after taking their plunge.

James Ranheim, LFRC board member, gives Dan and Liz Alsbury some chili samples. A chili cook-off was held in conjunction with the Chilly Challenge.

Photos by Danielle Danford

Myles Danford, 3, Shell Lake, gets an octopus painted on his face by Deb Shipman who volunteered free face painting for the LFRC event.

Jackie Perro, Lakeland Family Resource Center board president, and Joan Fischer check out the silent auction items at the LFRC fundraiser on Saturday, March 12, which included the Chilly Challenge and the chili cook-off.

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Shell Lake mayoral candidates give statements Danielle Danford | Staff writer SHELL LAKE - For the first time in six years, there are two candidates for voters to choose from in the election for Shell Lake city mayor. On Tuesday, April 5, voters in the city of Shell Lake will see Sally Peterson, the incumbent mayor, and Terry Leckel Jr., a former council member, listed on the ballot for mayor. To assist voters in determining who they will cast their ballot for, both candidates were asked the same series of questions. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. Terry Leckel Jr.  has lived in Shell Lake since 2002, is married, and has two children, ages 14 and 10. Why he is running: “The first person I told I was running for mayor was Sally because it was a hard decision for me to make. I dragged my feet on it. For me there’s two reasons: One, she has been the mayor for six years and I think there should be term limits. It’s the same reason I ran against Dan Hubin for county board years ago; he’d been on six years. I am basically doing this because I think her time is over. From a city standpoint though, I have issues that the city is starting to spend a little more money than I think they should be. There are some budget issues that came up during last fall that I noted … We haven’t seen any new construction in the city in over six years so it’s time for us to have a mayor that’s more economically minded. To that end one of the first things I’ll do, if I am elected mayor, is start discussions up about Tax Increment District 3. We’re at the end of TID 2 and we really need to close that out and start a new industrial park.” His experience: Leckel has been on the Shell Lake City Council for a total of 10 years, served in five-year  increments. He has four years on the Washburn County Board of Supervisors representing District 21. Leckel is a veteran, having served six years in the Navy. He is a local business owner with about 20 years between TSU and Terry Leckel Trucking. He is also on the Shell Lake Fire Department, a service he has been doing for eight years. His issues:

“Economic development is definitely, I think, No. 1. The lake is always going to be an issue as far as, how do we appease the lake owners because the city takes so much from residents who live off the lake. More than 75 percent of our property taxes come from people who live on the lake, yet they only represent 10 percent of the voters so it’s an interesting dynamic. We need to keep the lake clean because the pipeline permit is tied into that. If we have invasive species in the lake, one, it’s a quality of life issue, but two, we would never be able to pump out the lake again. I was involved with getting the pipeline and getting it set up, but it’s a sensitive issue for a lot of people. That’s one thing I’ll change as a mayor, we have a plan in place of when we are going to bring the lake down, how we are going to do it and I’ll stick to that. But those are the two big things for me, economic development and keeping Shell Lake clean.” What voters should know: “I run a business with over 80 employees. I have tremendous leadership ability from my experience in the Navy, the time I have been on the city council and my business experience.” If it comes between city council and mayor, for Leckel, the position of mayor is his priority. His goals if elected in April: “I want to see Tax Income District 3, at least laying the blueprint for it to start out with, some sort of a discussion about where we’re going to go with it, and maybe make a land offer. “I will also try to reduce the city council down to six. I’ve talked with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities on this, too, and it (State Statute 62.09) seems to indicate that we are out of compliance.” Leckel explained that getting candidates for Ward 2 has been steady but Ward 1 has had a history of unopposed candidates. If he isn’t working or volunteering Leckel is: “I like to kayak; I like to go on vacation. My wife and I own a home in Washington state, we’re going to go there this summer.” Sally Peterson is the incumbent candidate and a resident of Shell Lake for about 50 years. Peterson is married, has two children, with three granddaughters and one great-grandson. Why she is run-

ning: “When I was first elected mayor, there were a great deal of challenges facing the city. Issues such as poor road conditions, failing water and sewer infrastructure and no contingency funding available to properly react in emergencies. During my tenure, I have been able to address many of these while at the same time improve the city’s balance sheet to a point that I know we are much more financially sound than we were six years ago. I couldn’t think of a better way to give back to those who mean so much to me. Being the mayor requires a great deal of commitment, both in time and resources, if one is to be an effective mayor. It gives me a great deal of satisfaction from helping the community I serve. I thank everyone in Shell Lake for giving me this honor.” Her experience: Before she was elected mayor, Peterson worked for Washburn County Health and Human Services for about 25 years. During that time, she was also an emergency medical technician and served eight years on the city council. She is currently in her sixth year as the mayor of Shell Lake. “If you look at my past work experience and political involvement, I have had a great deal of public service. Not only have I been involved from a community level but also from a county, state and federal level as well. This is very important because many of the community needs require the ability to go beyond local government to a higher level in order to achieve our goals. “I believe my desire to work on our needs is my focus. It’s a matter of doing what we can while always keeping in mind the financial responsibilities to do so. I take my position as mayor very seriously. Making myself available and informed is only part of that responsibility.” Her issues: “Right now our water and sewer management such as our lift stations, pumps, sewage treatment plant and roads will always be a concern and we continue to address those issues.  “I always feel the squeaky wheel gets the grease and if we need something that isn’t budgeted for maybe there are grants out there, or some funding source we’re not aware of. “We did a physical needs assessment and that tells us what needs to be addressed. I am a firm believer in maintenance prevention, if you take care of your  possessions  they are  going to last longer. We have a capital improvement

plan where we prioritize what needs to be done in the next five years or so. For the physical needs assessment they went through all city-owned property and equipment and assessed what needs to be done and how soon we need to react to it.” Peterson said the biggest needs identified from the assessment was the city’s water, sewer infrastructure and the roads. What voters should know: “I believe in using resources we have right here in our community.” Peterson explained she encourages people to come to council meetings and share their personal and professional experiences that can help the community. “One thing you find in this position is that the needs of the city are ever present; if you focus on only a few matters many opportunities will pass you by. This is why I believe a mayor must be willing and able to dedicate a great deal of time to the position. “I am committed to seeing Shell Lake improve on its needs while maintaining fiscal responsibility. I don’t believe this would all be possible without the help of our current council, administration, employees and community. In the past six years we have had a complete changeover in our management team from chief of police, public works director, city administrator, and deputy clerk treasurer. The transition has gone well and they are all doing a fine job to keep our city running smoothly. There will always be challenges but as a team we will be able to accomplish many things. My philosophy is we are all a part of this team and we can accomplish much more as team members. “ Her goals if elected in April: “My goals are to continue to move forward and continue to protect our biggest asset, the lake. The maintenance of our current assets is always a priority. I love the lake and the people that live in this community. I would like to see more involvement from our community.” Peterson explained that the city needs more involvement from the city council and community for volunteers with community events. If she isn’t working Peterson is: “I am sure I am involved in some way with the city through continued efforts to promote, protect and be involved in seeing the city move forward, but most importantly I am making time for my family.”   

Minong man’s death ruled suicide Danielle Danford | Staff writer SHELL LAKE - The death of a Minong man that occurred in December 2015 and involved a bizarre incident with law enforcement has been ruled a suicide. The incident began on Monday, Dec. 7, at 11:26 p.m., with a shots fired call in the

Town of Minong involving the deceased, Gerold B. Featherly, 37, Minong. Once onscene, law enforcement officers heard additional gunshots and observed a male individual breaking out windows and brandishing a knife. Law enforcement ordered Featherly out of the building, but Featherly continued

to set multiple fires inside the house. The Minong Fire Department and EMS responded to the call and began to put out the fire. Once the fire was suppressed, fire department personnel located Featherly inside the house, but he was deceased when they found him. Featherly’s official cause of death was

ruled asphyxiation and carbon monoxide poisoning. Methamphetamine was also present in his system. This story was posted to the Register’s website on Friday, March 11. 

A blessed life - Vivian Poquette turns 94 SHELL LAKE - Vivian Poquette, a 70-year resident of Shell Lake, turned 94 on Saturday, March 12. Poquette worked for the Shell Lake Schools as a kindergarten teacher for 50 years. She had three generations of children under her tutelage. Parents of children who were privileged to have Mrs. Poquette as their kindergarten teacher were known to have called the school requesting her as the teacher for their children and grandchildren. The desire to become a kindergarten teacher was fostered in Poquette by having a great kindergarten teacher herself. She felt that by being a cherished teacher that she was paying tribute to her beloved teacher. Retiring at the age of 82 in 2003, Poquette really felt like she had a great support system in Kathleen Schultz and Shirley Hile. Her husband, Marshall, who she will be married to for 72 years in April, states, “We have had some interesting times, and been through some toughies. But (they) have made out like a couple of bandits.” In her retirement, Poquette enjoys word puzzles, music, and catching up with former students, almost always remembering names and faces from her 50 years in the school district. — from Terraceview Living Center

Marshall and Vivian Poquette are shown with their greatgrandchildren in December 2015. — Photo submitted


Shell Lake City Council candidates give their election statements Danielle Danford | Staff writer SHELL LAKE - Residents of the city of Shell Lake get the opportunity to exercise one of their rights as U.S. citizens on Tuesday, April 5, by casting their vote in this year’s spring election for the Shell Lake City Council. The eight-person council has five seats on the board up for election; two seats in Ward 1 and three seats in Ward 2. (I) represents an incumbent candidate, or the candidate that currently holds an elected position on the council. In Ward 1 two seats are up for election with Brent Edlin (I) running for one, and the other could be filled by a write-in candidate. In Ward 2 there are five candidates running for three positions: Dan Harrington (I), Ken Schultz (I), Terry Leckel Jr., Tammy Hopke and Kate Folstad. The candidate that has the third most votes will get a short, one-year term because one council position has been vacant since November 2015 due to a resignation and no appointment being made. To assist Ward 2 voters in making an informed decision between the five candidates, each was asked the same questions. The responses of each candidate are provided below, listed in alphabetical order of last name. Kate Folstad, “I had a couple different of people ask me if I was interested in running for city council, and to be honest, I had never even thought about it.” Folstad explained that after she started attending city council meetings she got to hear a lot of different questions raised from residents. “There were topics brought up that I have a major interest in, one of the big ones is the city budget. Having a tax base right around 1 million, I would like to see more being done with that. Particularly funding our different departments like police officers, lifeguards and our public service areas. Another big reason why is because when I went to a few council meetings, I noticed empty seats every time, and some council members completely disengaged. I feel that if you run for a position like city council, that you should be there, physically and mentally. “I love this little city and I feel like I can do something to help.” Folstad grew up in Shell Lake and graduated from high school in Shell Lake. Today she is raising her kids in the same community and they attend the same school. “Shell Lake has always been a part of me and my family.” Folstad currently works at the Shell Lake Full Gospel Church.  “I know the city like the back of my hand, I think as far as experience that’s important. “A big issue is the wages and budget of our city works, public safety and our

library. Our police officers are paid much less than police officers in neighboring cities. I’ve heard many people say, well we are a smaller city, we don’t have the budget. Well that’s true, but the largest city also employs more police officers that in turn are getting paid more, so when you get down to the nitty-gritty our police officers are not getting paid what they should be. We need to take a look where all the taxpayer dollars are going and figure out how we can make everything work. Keeping the great employees we have right now and not have to worry about the cuts, I just really want to take a look at that and see what we can do. “The city is extremely important to me and it has a huge place in my heart because of everything in my life that has gone on, it has happened here. People should know that I am honest, I work extremely hard to get things done, and I am not the kind of person to sugarcoat anything. If it can’t be done I will flat out tell you. It would be an absolute honor to sit on city council and work for the city. I would love the opportunity.” Dan Harrington, “I am asking for your vote on  April 5.  I have no personal or hidden agendas, as I want to continue improving our old infrastructures and put Shell Lake on the map as a destination location, keeping up with the times, with taxpayers in mind.” Harrington has been a resident of the city of Shell Lake for over 15 years and grew up been on a working family farm between Spooner and Shell Lake. He was first elected to the city council in November 2011. With a degree in biology from UW-Platteville, he has been employed with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in Spooner for 16 years. “Some highlights during my tenure I have supported and have been actively involved with include the 3rd  Street reconstruction project, painting both of our water towers, a major reconstruction project which included new curb, gutter, sidewalks, storm sewer, sewer and water main replacements.  We have also upgraded our in-home water meters in the city for remote access, and made longoverdue improvements with our wastewater treatment system.”  “A lot of our public utilities such as our well houses and sewer lift stations are in need of repair or replacement.  I am a firm believer in updating our old, outdated infrastructures.  Preventative measures and upgrading these problems now will save money with anticipated costly maintenance repairs in the future.  Do it once and do it right. “As I have been chair of the parks and recreation committee for the past three years, I have been striving to improve our public use areas including our camp-

Markowitz nominated Community Member of the Year SHELL LAKE – Chuck Markowitz, Shell Lake, received word that he has been nominated as the 2015 Community Member of the Year by the Spooner Chamber of Commerce for his involvement with Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity. Markowitz has been involved with Habitat for Humanity for 40 years. He started volunteering with Habitat in Madison County, Ill. He transferred to Rice County, Minn., after returning to his hometown of Faribault, Minn. On the invitation of Don Bremer and Rollie Schaefer, both of Shell Lake, Markowitz joined the Washburn County Habitat for Humanity in

Chuck Markowitz, Shell Lake, has been involved with Habitat for Humanity for a number of years. He had was nominated Community Member of the Year by the Spooner Chamber of Commerce. — Photo by Suzanne Johnson

2005. In 2013, WCHH merged with Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity and Markowitz became a board member. Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity’s area is comprised of Burnett, Polk, Rusk and Washburn counties. An awards ceremony to recognize outstanding chamber members, sponsors and volunteers of 2015 who have gone above and beyond with their service to the community will be held Tuesday, March 29, at Heartwood Conference Center and Retreat, Trego. — with submitted information

ground, public parks and beach areas. As you may have noticed, our lakefront campground now has new and upgraded sewer and electrical hookups.  Our fishcleaning station now has a fish grinder for all to use.  We have new handicappedaccessible picnic tables throughout the public waterfront areas.  We have planted trees in strategic locations with more to come, depending upon funding, and an ATV campground in the works near the water tower and cemetery on CTH B to be funded solely from grant monies obtained from the state of Wisconsin ATV licenses and registrations; not the taxpayers of Shell Lake.”  Tammy Hopke, “I have always enjoyed politics. I feel that this is my opportunity to give back to the community. After attending a council meeting, I began to think about running for an office. At this time in my life I have the time to serve and give the position the time and energy that is needed. I have a fresh, energetic perspective and am looking forward to serving in the community that I was raised.” Hopke grew up in the Shell Lake area and has lived in the city of Shell Lake for 18 years. She is a program coordinator for Restorative Justice of Northwest Wisconsin Inc., located in Siren. Hopke is also on the Friends of the Shell Lake Public Library Board.   “Below are a few of my interests.  However, I am representing the constituents of my ward/district, so I will be looking to them for guidance on what issues are important to them.” Hopke’s interests in running for city council include: eliminate waste items in the budget, review park and road funding and public safety. “I am asking you to vote  April 5  for me to represent Ward 2, Shell Lake City Council and District 21 as a county board supervisor.” Editor’s note: Hopke is also running unopposed for District 21 on the Washburn County Board of Supervisors, which has all 21 supervisor seats up for election this spring. For more on the county board election see Ten candidates vie for five positions in the Washburn County Board, April election.  Terry Leckel Jr., “I was intending on running for city council first. I took out my papers a week after I was available and as it drug on toward December, I knew I would be kicking myself for not running for mayor.” Leckel took a year off from city council, the second time he has done so because he believes elected

officials shouldn’t serve longer than sixyear terms. He explained the decision to run for mayor was made last minute but one that takes priority if voters elect him to the position. “If you’re going to be an elected official, get in there and do something. That’s the whole reason I got into it to start with.” For further information regarding Leckel’s intentions in this election please refer to the article, Shell Lake mayoral candidates give statements. Ken Schultz, “We have, over the last several years, started the process of putting the city’s infrastructure in a usable format. We’ve been able to repair a number of streets, we’ve been able to upgrade our water and sewer systems, but there is some additional work that needs to be done to the utilities to finish the process of updating and getting everything into a working order. As chair of the public works committee that has been a priority project for me over the past several years. We are still working on the ATV campground, by the cemetery, that’s an ongoing project that I hope to see completed. I have had the opportunity in the past 40-plus years of being involved with the city’s political system, and I get a tremendous amount of satisfaction in the amount of community service that I do.” Schultz has over 40 years of public service experience between time spent on the Shell Lake City Council, being a scoutmaster, in ambulance service, as a Shell Lake Chamber of Commerce member, and on the Shell Lake Economic Development committee. “I have had the good fortune of being able to afford the time to commit to the city because of my family’s support. “To me one of the biggest issues, right now, that we’re facing is the limitations that the state has put on the ability of a city to set funds aside for future projects. Right now the only way the city of Shell Lake can take on a public works project is to borrow for it because we are not allowed to increase the tax roll to prepare for it. What that means is we constantly lose more of our flexible dollars to fix the streets and the roads and everything else around here that we need to because that money gets transferred over to the fixed side for employees benefits, salaries and other commitments the city has made on a long-term basis that have to be paid for. So for me it’s the economic or financial side that’s the biggest challenge facing us because there’s so few people that actually understand the long-term consequences of what’s been going on. “I am both willing and proud to serve another two-year term representing the constituents of the city of Shell Lake.”

Kennedy campaigned here 56 years ago WASHBURN COUNTY - This Friday, March 18, marks the 56th anniversary of a campaign swing through Washburn County by Democratic candidate for president, John Kennedy. On Friday, March 18, 1960, JFK made a whirlwind tour of the area and his stops included a coffee break at Grandinetti’s Cafe and a speech in front of Trudelle’s Buckhorn Bar (now Big Dick’s Buck Horn The sign on the men’s room door at Dick’s Inn), both in downtown Spooner, the Buck Horn Inn in downtown Spooner. - Photo Spooner Experimental Research Station, from stops in Rice Lake, Minong (high school), Hayward (high school), Shell Lake (Main The turnout across Wisconsin was one Street), Cumberland, Gordon and finally of the largest of the postwar years with Superior. Kennedy made a speech that Kennedy scoring 476,000 votes to Humevening at the Androy Hotel in Superior phrey’s 366,753.  Kennedy lost in Washbefore heading to Duluth to catch a flight burn County, however, receiving 1,116 to Milwaukee around midnight. votes to Humphrey’s 1,379.  He defeated At Big Dick’s Buck Horn Inn there re- Humphrey in the city of Spooner, villages mains a sign on a rest room door saying of Shell Lake and Birchwood and Towns of “President John F. Kennedy used these fa- Evergreen and Minong. cilities on March 18, 1960.” If you have memories or photos of that Kennedy was opposed in the April 5 election year or of meeting the candidates, Democratic primary that year by Sen. Hu- please share them with our readers by bert Humphrey and Wisconsin played a emailing the Register at news@wcregiscritical role in the presidential race that - Editor year, holding one of the earlier primaries. 


Paternina named WITC student ambassador RICE LAKE - Angie Paternina, Rice Lake, has been appointed WITC-Rice Lake’s 2016 student ambassador. The Wisconsin Technical College System started the student ambassador program more than 20 years ago to recognize outstanding student achievement. The students selected from each campus have the opportunity to further develop their leadership skills by representing their colleges at campus, district and state events. Paternina has earned an associate degree in supervisory management at WITC and will graduate in May with an additional degree in accounting. She is an active member of Student Senate and the campus chapter of Business Professionals of America. Scott Elza, WITC accounting instructor and BPA adviser, nominated Paternina, saying, “Angie leads her class in GPA, enthusiasm and character. She is the most delightful student I have had the honor of teaching; her insight in accounting reaches far beyond expectations of the

Angie Paternina. — Photo submitted program.” The WITC-Rice Lake BPA team recently

attended the BPA state leadership conference, competing in a variety of competitions against students from many other colleges. Paternina was elated at the team’s performance. “Everyone did great! Every member placed at least in the top five in every competition they entered. It was so exciting hearing our college and our names called over and over at the awards ceremony. I realized that WITC is preparing us well and it really boosted my confidence.” Paternina was also named outstanding chapter member at the conference. She is looking forward to traveling with the team to the national BPA conference in Boston in May. Her future goals are to get a job in accounting while completing a bachelor’s degree, go on to earn a master’s and become a CPA. Paternina is originally from Colombia, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in ecology and worked as a project manager

on government ecological studies. After meeting Roger, her husband to be, she joined him in Rice Lake eight years ago and they now have two children, Maria Fe and Jacob. A nationally top-ranked college, WITC serves the educational and career needs of more than 25,000 residents of Northwestern Wisconsin each year. With multiple campuses, WITC offers career-focused associate degree programs, technical diplomas, short-term certificates, customized business training and a wide array of courses for personal or career enrichment. WITC is a member of the Wisconsin Technical College System. For more information, call 800-243-WITC or visit WITC is an equal opportunity/access/ affirmative action/veterans/disability employer and educator. WITC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. — from WITC

left the vehicle; he may have been injured. The truck had very severe damage to all areas and was towed. Baker was cited for failure of occupant to notify police of an accident and may be fined $389. On Tuesday, March 10, at approximately 3:45 p.m.,  Mariah Skogstad, 16, Spooner, was northbound on Little Valley Road near Keller Road in the Town of Evergreen, driving a 2012 Honda CR-V, when she swerved to avoid hitting a mailbox. Skogstad overcorrected and went into the ditch, striking two trees before coming to a rest. Skogstad refused medical attention. The vehicle had moderate damage to the front, front passenger side, front driver side and was

towed. On Sunday, March 13, at approximately 6:55 p.m.,  Steven Ellison, 55, Grand Rapids, Minn., was northbound on Hwy. 53 in the Town of Brooklyn, driving a 2008 Pontiac Vibe, when he hit a deer just south of CTH F. No injuries were reported. The vehicle had minor damage to the front and front passenger side. — Danielle Danford with information from Washburn County Sheriff’s Office

ACCIDENT REPORT On Friday, March 4, at approximately 1:59 p.m.,  a 2004 Mercury Marquis registered to Eugene Van Enkevort, 61, Barron, was removed from the southbound ditch on Hwy. 53 north of Palmer Drive. No injuries or damage were reported. On Friday, March 4, at approximately  3:25 p.m.,  Natalie Hamilton, 21, Hayward, was northbound on Hwy. 53 in the Town of Sarona when the 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix she was driving veered off the road, went across the median and ended up facing south in the southbound lane of traffic on Hwy. 53. No injuries were reported. The vehicle had a flat tire.

On Friday, March 4, at approximately 9:35 p.m.,  Kevin Short, 26, Milan, Ill., was northbound on CTH D in the Town of Long Lake, driving a 2009 Chrysler Sebring, when he lost control on the icy road and slid into the ditch. No injuries were reported. The vehicle had minor damage to the front, front passenger side, and front driver side and was towed. On Wednesday, March 9, at approximately  10:40 p.m.,  Bradley Baker, 42, Spooner, was northbound on CTH K when he missed his turn. Baker, driving a 2008 Nissan Titan, went off the roadway, causing his truck to roll multiple times. When law enforcement arrived, Baker had

Eighth-annual WITC TOAST set RICE LAKE - The eighth-annual WITC Tastefully Offering Academic Scholarships Together will be held at WITC-Rice Lake’s The HUB, on Thursday, April 7, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sponsored by the WITC-Rice Lake Foundation as a fundraiser to provide student scholarships and assistance, the evening features a variety of wine and beer sampling, hors d’oeuvres, Wisconsin cheeses, music, si-

lent auctions and raffles. The silent auctions will feature items donated by community organizations, businesses and individuals, as well as WITC students and staff. The money raised from items donated by students or staff will go toward scholarships in their specific program. The cost for the WITC TOAST is $35, or buy three tickets and get the fourth free.

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March 7 - $35 Roger Lundeen, Shell Lake March 8 - $35 John Friedell, Shell Lake March 9 - $35 John Walker, Spooner March 10 - $35 Suzanne Johnson, Frederic March 11 - $35 Susan C. Johnson, Spooner

• The Heart Lake Ladies Aid held a bake sale at Clayt’s Grocery. • A number of ladies helped Mrs. Anna Olsen and Mrs. Arvid Pederson celebrate their birthdays at a party held at the Arvid Pederson home. • Marcella and Stevie Bakker had the measles. • The Shell Lake junior class presented “Three Days of Grace.”

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2015 High Low Precip. March 7 32 11 March 8 40 18 March 9 43 25 March 10 52 33 March 11 61 23 March 12 54 24 March 13 56 38 2016 High Low Precip. March 7 50 28 March 8 59 31 March 9 65 36 March 10 39 33 .03” rain March 11 46 22 March 12 58 26 March 13 69 38

1956 – 60 Years Ago

1966 – 50 Years Ago

• A St. Patrick’s Day card party, sponsored by St. Ann’s Group of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, was held at the Lakeview Hotel. • Names on the official ballot for the upcoming election for the city of Shell Lake alderman were R.A. Juza, 1st Ward; Roy Slater, 2nd Ward; John M. Schullo, 3rd Ward; Hubert Smith and C.A. Arrasmith, 4th Ward. • Larry’s Service Station, Barronett, was offering sewer thawing. • Appointed to the election board for the city of Shell Lake by Mayor H. L. Hanes were Mrs. Walter Ek, Mrs. Mabel Allen, Mrs. Frances Scharhag, Mrs. Louise Williams, Mrs. Charles Lutz, Mrs. Paul Klabunde and Mrs. Charles Vogel.

1976 – 40 Years Ago

• Washburn County Sheriff Marvin Anderson stated that Edward Madison, 48, Spooner, was arraigned before Judge Gunderson of Burnett County on a charge of murdering Pearl Cairns, 53, at Corral Bar in Spooner.

Only 200 tickets are available and the last two years’ events were sold out early. Tickets can be purchased online at witc. edu/foundation/events/ricelake. For more information, call Jeneice Haessig, 715-234-7082, ext. 5250, or email Jeneice. The WITC-Rice Lake Foundation extends gratitude to all of the sponsors of this fundraiser including Gordy’s Market,

Bodis Jewelers, Real Estate Solutions, Barron County Dairy Promoters, Bill’s Distributing, Valkyrie Brewery, Sysco Foods, Cumberland Federal Bank, A1 Homes, Link Ford and RV-Rice Lake, Mosaic Telecom, Four Mile Creek Dairy and Shell Lake State Bank. — from WITC

compiled by Suzanne Johnson • Pat Hecht, Shell Lake city clerk, was accepting applications for park workers with lifeguard qualifications. • Dean Mommsen was named Fan of the Year by the Shell Lake boys basketball team. • Diane Loomis, secretary to Dr. James Covey at the VTAE office, spoke to the Future Business Leaders of America organization at the Shell Lake High School. Elaine Walker was the business teacher at the high school.

1986 – 30 Years Ago

• Phil Manske, Shell Lake High School junior varsity boys basketball coach, was named head coach after Rodger Studt said in a letter to the school board that he would like to step down as head coach to devote more time to his family and to teaching. • Conservation poster contest winners in Division A were Shannon Sutherland, first place; Jessica Erwin, second; and Tanya Zaloudek, third. Winners in Division B were Beverly Klinger, first; Dawn Bernecker, second; Tammy Smith, third; and Cheryl Lang, honorable mention. In Division C winners were Julie Holman, first; Carl Weitzenkamp, second; and Becky Lawrence, third. Division D winners were Kim Kessler, first; Jeff Strenke, second; and Chad Papke, third. • The Shell Lake VFW Auxiliary sponsored their third-annual Easter egg hunt at the community center parking lot. • Barry and Heidi Stellrecht and Brandon and Nichole Dahlstrom announced the engagement of their parents, Joanne Stellrecht and Don Dahlstrom. An August

wedding was being planned.

1996 – 20 Years Ago

• Dr. Rosemary Capocci joined Terraceview Community Foundation Inc., Shell Lake, as the public information and development coordinator. • The Northwoods Figure Skating Club presented “Icey Hot.” • Jim Fenton thanked everyone for the cards, flowers and prayers he received following his back surgery at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire. • Donna Barnes-Haesemeyer and Ken Schultz, Shell Lake; Larry May and Lewis Ackerman, Long Lake; and Jerry Werner and Jane Kellar, Trego Lake, attended the annual Wisconsin Lakes Convention in Stevens Point.

2006 – 10 Years Ago

• Dan and Pam Ringwelski, Rice Lake, were the new owners of Beaver Manufacturing. • Shell Lake Mayor Larry Fletcher retired. • Shell Lake wrestling cheerleaders, Kelsey Bitney, Amanda Haack, Kayla Hillman and Molly Schmidt, were recognized by their adviser, Patti Naglosky, at the annual wrestling banquet. • A Musical Dinner Theater was held at the United Methodist Church in Shell Lake. The fundraiser was for the youth groups of the Methodist church and Salem Lutheran Church to go to Ocean Springs, Miss., to help with Hurricane Katrina cleanup.


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Students in Mrs. Weiberg’s fourth-grade class at Shell Lake Elementary joined the nation in celebrating Read Across America.

These second-grade students of Mrs. Gothblad at Shell Lake Primary School enjoyed treats, fun activities and special stories while celebrating Dr. Seuss’s 112th birthday during Read Across America. — Photos submitted

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS Thursday & Friday, March 17 & 18 • Spooner High School production of “Hello Dolly!” 7 p.m., in the high school auditorium. Thursday, March 17 • Northwood Raptors program featuring a live bird of prey will be held at the Spooner Memorial Library at 6 p.m. • Shell Lake PTA meeting, 6:30 p.m., in the 3-12 school library. Baby-sitting available. • Washburn County Historical Society Board of Directors meeting, 4 p.m., Hewitt Building, Shell Lake Museum Complex. Public is welcome. For more information, call 715-468-2982. Friday, March 18-Sunday, March 20 • Shell Lake High School performance of “Dogsbreath Devereaux, the Dastardly Doctor or … Nurses! Foiled Again!” at the Erika Quam Memorial Theatre in Shell Lake. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. You must reserve your tickets in advance to assure seating at 715-468-7816. Payments will be made at the door. Friday, March 18 • Dining at 5, Birchwood Senior Citizen Center. Call 715-354-3001, 24 hours in advance. Saturday, March 19 • Spooner High School production of “Hello Dolly!” 1 and 7 p.m., in the high school auditorium. • Indianhead Writers meeting, 1 p.m., at the Northwind Book and Fiber bookstore in Spooner. Anyone interested in writing is welcome to attend. For more information, call Mary Olsen at 715-468-2604. •  Wisconsin-based films, “Old-Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club” and “Tale of the Spotted Cow,” part of Art of Film series, 7 p.m., Shell Lake Arts Center.


• Washburn County Area Humane Society Pins for Pets bowling fundraiser, Northwoods Lanes, Spooner. Shifts are noon,  3 p.m. and 6 p.m.  Preregister by calling 715-939-1203. • Easter party, hosted by Barronett Civic Club members, at the Barronett Community Center from 2-4 p.m. There will be games, crafts, food and all kinds of fun for the kids. Easter egg hunt will begin at 3:30 p.m. All children, age 10 years old and younger are welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. There is no charge for attending the party but, of course, all donations are welcome. • Red Cedar Symphony’s spring concert  7 p.m.  in Augustana Lutheran Church’s great hall in Cumberland. Sunday, March 20 • Red Cedar Symphony’s spring concert 4 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center on the campus of UW-Barron County in Rice Lake. Monday, March 21 • Dining at 5, Spooner Senior Citizen Center. Call 715635-8283, 24 hours in advance. • Northern Lights Camera Club,  7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1790 Scribner St., Spooner.  • Shell Lake/Spooner Masonic Lodge 221 meeting, 7 p.m., at the lodge. Thursday, March 24 • The Shell Lake American Legion meeting, 6:30 p.m., Shell Lake Veterans Hall, 408 1st St. • Shell Lake VFW meeting, 7 p.m., Shell Lake Veterans Hall, 408 1st St. Friday, March 25 • Knights of Columbus Holy Trinity Council 5397 smelt and fish fry, St. Francis School auditorium, 300 Oak St., Spooner, 4-7 p.m.


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Friday, April 1 • Washburn County HCE meeting, 9:30 a.m., UWExtension meeting room, Spooner. • The Barronett Dragons 4-H Club will present “Little Nell and the Mortgage Foreclosure” at the Barronett Community Center at 7 p.m. Monday, April 4 • Shell Lake/Spooner Masonic Lodge 221 meeting, 7 p.m. at the lodge. • Dining at 5, Minong. Call 715-466-4448, 24 hours in advance to make reservation. Thursday, April 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. • 8th-annual WITC Tastefully Offering Academic Scholarships Together wine and beer tasting event, 5:30-8 p.m., The HUB at WITC-Rice Lake. All proceeds go toward WITC Foundation scholarships and student support. Hors d’oeuvres, silent auction and raffles.

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• Ecumenical prayer walk starting at 11 a.m.  at the Shell Lake High School flagpole. Walk will go past various businesses and churches, ending at the  1 p.m. Good Friday service at Shell Lake United Methodist Church. Walk held weather permitting. Saturday, March 26 • Free community breakfast,  7-10 a.m., First United Pentecostal Church, 337 Greenwood Ave., Spooner. All welcome. Donations accepted. • Shell Lake Chamber of Commerce Easter egg hunt, 10 a.m., Shell Lake 3-12 School, for children up to 10 years old. • Sixth-annual Spooner Golf Club 10,000-plus Easter egg hunt for ages 0-12,  11:30 a.m., driving range with Spooner High School parking lot being the alternative location if needed. Tuesday, March 29 • Pipeline first responders meeting,  5:30 p.m., Shell Lake Community Center. Wednesday, March 30 • Free community supper,  4-6 p.m., St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 220 Elm St., Spooner.




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Barron Electric’s 80th-annual meeting set BARRON - “Democratic member participation is one of the seven cooperative principles. We encourage members to join Barron Electric Cooperative for the 80thannual meeting set for Saturday, April 9, at the Barron High School,” commented Barron Electric General Manager Dallas Sloan. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the business meeting following at 10 a.m. Members will elect directors representing Districts 3, 6 and 9 for three-year terms to Barron Electric’s board. Barbara Nick, president and CEO of Dairyland Power Cooperative, will inform members

about their latest renewable energy projects. Hungry Hollow will be the featured business at the annual meeting. The grand prize for adult members will be a free year of energy, up to $100 per month, excluding the fixed charge(s). This award will be drawn at the conclusion of the business meeting. There will be 99 small appliances awarded. Winners must be present to win. Chris Kroeze will sing the national anthem and perform during registration and lunch. The kids’ program, for children ages 3-12, includes games,

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SHELL LAKE - Applications for the 14th-annual Shell Lake Fine Art Festival are now available. The art festival is Saturday, July 2, at Memorial Park in Shell Lake. This is a juried fine art and fine craft show and applications are juried by three images of the artist’s current work. The Shell Lake Art Festival has become a successful event and local fine artists and craftspeople are encourage to apply. Applications can be downloaded at or picked up at the Shell Lake City Hall or by contacting art festival director David H. Haessig at Application deadline is Friday, April 15. Artists work is juried in order to be accepted into the art festival. Evaluation of the artwork is based on: • Execution of design, technique,

craftsmanship, creative use of material and aesthetic qualities. • Quality of artistic composition and overall design. • Technical skill, creativity and medium. • Overall impression of the art. At this highly anticipated annual event, patrons will find an outstanding selection of fine art and craft to browse and purchase as they walk among the artisan displays. From the simple elegance of a wooden clipboard to functional pottery to artwork to decorate your walls, you will find this and much more at the Shell Lake Art Festival. The picturesque setting for the Shell Lake Art Festival is Memorial Park on the beautiful shores of Shell Lake. There is plenty of free parking adjacent to the park. — from SLFAF

Think spring, think trees, shrubs and flowers SHELL LAKE - The Washburn County Land and Water Conservation Department still has some trees, shrubs and wildflowers for sale. You do not need to reside or have land in the county to order. Pine trees are sold in bundles of 25 for $20. Species include: Norway (red) pine, white pine, Norway spruce and Colorado blue spruce. Shrubs are sold in bundles of 10 for $18. Species include: Paper birch, black chokeberry, red crab apple, red osier dogwood and serviceberry (juneberry). Native wildflowers and grasses are

sold in flats of 48 plants for $44. Collections include: Butterfly (dry) garden, wetland, prairie and woodland (32-40 plants). Pickup dates for tree and shrub orders is Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30, at the Spooner Ag Research Station. The wildflowers can be picked up Friday, June 3, at the Spooner Ag Research Station. Order forms may be picked up at the Land and Water Conservation office in the Shell Lake Courthouse, call 715-468-4654 to get one mailed or go to their website: — from WCLWCD

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In search of crane counters BARRONETT - On Saturday, April 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 a.m., the International Crane Foundation will sponsor the 41stannual Midwest Crane Count. Over 2,000 volunteer participants from throughout Wisconsin and portions of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota participate in the spring survey, which gathers information on the abundance and distribution of cranes in the Upper Midwest. New volunteers interested in taking part in the survey should first contact Judy Haseleu, Washburn County coordinator, at 715-468-4300 for instructions. The International Crane Foundation sponsors the Annual Midwest Crane Count as a part of its mission to conserve

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before your child enters school next fall: Original birth certificate, not hospital certificate. If you do not have a copy, you may contact the Washburn County Register of Deeds; current immunization dates; and completed information package available at registration or in the elementary office. Please bring your child’s original birth certificate and current immunization record with you when you come to registration.   Class-placement information, along with information regarding the annual districtwide open house will be mailed to parents in August. At the open house, parents will get to meet their student’s teacher, drop off school supplies and meet with Badger Bus to get bus-route information. For more information, please call the school at 715-635-2171, opt. 4.  — from SASD


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the world’s 15 species of cranes and the natural communities on which they depend. Sandhill cranes once nearly disappeared from Wisconsin, but the species has successfully recovered and is slowly expanding into neighboring states. Observations of sandhill cranes can lend insight into threatened crane species, including the endangered whooping crane. There are now over 100 whooping cranes in the reintroduced population in central Wisconsin, and crane counters may have a chance of sighting a whooping crane during the survey. For more information on the Annual Midwest Crane Count: Visit cranecount. org. – from ICF

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

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Danielle Danford | Staff writer SHELL LAKE - The Washburn County Board of Supervisors, the largest form of local government, is in an election year. The county board is organized into 21 supervisory districts, each with an elected representative. Of the 21 seats up for election on Tuesday, April 5, only five have contests between two candidates. Residents of two districts, 1 and 19, face no representation on the county board if a write-in candidate for those districts is not found on the ballots.  District 1 encompasses the village of Minong, while District 19 is the southwest portion of the city of Spooner. To assist voters in making an informed decision between the candidates with an opponent, each was asked, why are you running; what public service experience do you have; in your opinion what are current issues in Washburn County; and is there anything else voters should know? The responses of each candidate are provided below, listed in numerical order of the districts.   District 2 is the Town of Minong and northwest corner of the Town of Chicog.   Skip Fiedler: “This is my fifth term on the board and there have been some projects started that I would like to complete. We are in the process of acquiring a paint truck to do paint striping along our county’s paved roads as well as some other counties, and I would like to see that project to its completion. “I have 20 years of experience in public service between serving on the Minong Town Board and the Washburn County Board.” Fiedler has served 10 years on the Minong Town Board as chair and 10 years on the Washburn County Board of Supervisors. His county issues: Fiedler explained that the lack of consistency in the service of county board members presents an issue for following through with projects approved from the committee level.  “I think it is going to be a challenging term this time because of many issues on the table, we’re going to get a new county board chair, we got a new finance director and other positions are going to change through the course of the period of time, and it’s a challenge.”   Evan Lewis is running, “to get involved in local government. I am a retired attorney and have been involved in all kinds of legalities. In public service I have been doing volunteer work. Right now I am volunteering at a school as a mentor, also for legal aid up in Duluth. “The only issue I’ve heard of is we have to make sure we are spending the money in the right places in Washburn County. As a county we need to make sure we support the libraries and things like that.”   District 9 is the Town of Spooner, west corner of the Town of Crystal and a small southern edge of the Town of Trego.   Keith Trembath: “I am running for a second term, believing that experience and vision facilitate progress, to benefit the work of our county. Our goal as a board is to do the very best we can to serve all the people of Washburn County.” Trembath was elected to the county board in April 2014 and has served as an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church, the United Church of Christ and worked with an urban ministry ecumenical agency. He was an interim executive responsible for 65 churches in Northwest Wisconsin and has enjoyed volunteering in various communities in his retirement. His county issues: “The challenges working as a part of the county board are continual. The needs of an aging population increase and the shrinking of financial and

human resources seems hard to reverse. Yet, working together, new ideas and creative solutions continue to emerge. A recent example is the new Rise and Dine program of the aging and disability committee, an idea I brought to it. “Over the past two years there have been many personnel and employment issues to address as a board. Decisions in Madison continue to have an adverse effect on many aspects of our work in the county. There is a need to escalate the dialogue between our state legislators and our county board members. “I want to continue to serve our county, sharing my experience and insights. Two top concerns I have are No. 1, to keep local control of decision making in the county, to the greatest extent possible, and No. 2, to demonstrate transparency and accountability in all that we do, like following our policies and procedures, so that everyone understands what has been decided.” Chris Thompson is running because, “I had previously been on the Spooner City Council and enjoyed my time on that and have since moved out of the city limits and am no longer eligible for that, so I thought I would try running for the county board and serve in that capacity.” Thompson was on the Spooner City Council for four years, and previous to that he served on the Spooner Planning Commission for several years. He is currently serving on the Spooner Golf Course Board and is in his 13th year with the Spooner Fire Department. “I was born and raised in Washburn County, in the city of Spooner, went through the school system here, went to college and came back, and I own a local business.” His county issues: “One of the things I notice the most is the lack of growth for industry. I would like to see more growth in our tax base, more job opportunities for people and raising the standard of living that we have in the county. There’s no easy solution to that, but that’s one of the big things I see as an issue. “I think voters should know that I am an open-minded individual, and I would always do what’s best in the interest of my constituents and be open to discussions with county board supervisors to find solutions to the county’s needs and problems.” District 10 is the Town of Crystal and the Town of Madge west of CTH M and North CTH B.   Hank Graber is running because, “A lot of people quit and there’s a lot of things going on that I just don’t agree with. I’d like to get back to where the county has employees that are treated like employees. I just think that some of our good employees have not been very well taken care of in spots, and I think it’s hurt Washburn County.” Graber worked for the Washburn County Highway Department for 27 years, held a supervisory position for four years and worked in construction before that. Graber is in his third term on the Crystal Town Board as chair. He also has nearly 30 years of service as a youth coach for local basketball, softball and baseball teams. Graber thinks Washburn County has a lack of good jobs and needs strong leadership on the county board.   Curt Hubatch is a rural route carrier for the United States Postal Service and has lived in Washburn County since 1992. “I am running because I believe in the right to local self-government … I want to see men and women have the power to use our local governing bodies to help shape the world we want to hand over to our children and grandchildren.” Hubatch has served as a part-time rural route carrier for nearly a decade and vol-

unteered to coach Spooner youth baseball from T-ball on up to the varsity level, on and off, for over two decades. He has also worked to help keep the roads maintained for the Town of Stone Lake. His county issues: “The biggest issue facing Washburn County and every other county across this nation is we the people don’t have actual self-governing authority. What I mean by that is, we don’t have the right to create, enact and enforce laws that protect and ensure our individual, children’s and grandchildren’s health, safety and welfare. In other words, the state level of government sees our local governing bodies as children of the state, instituted to carry out state policy. It’s not bottom-up democracy but top-down management. It works well for a select few but very poorly for the rest of us. “If the citizens of Washburn County want to form a majority to create, enact and enforce laws to protect themselves and alleviate suffering, things like unnecessary home foreclosures, unlivable wages and corporate projects that put themselves and future generations at risk, they should be granted the right under our state and federal Constitutions to do so. Governments are instituted to protect the rights and well-being of living, breathing humans. It says so in the Declaration of Independence.” District 12 is the Town of Beaver Brook and the southwest corner of the Town of Madge.   David Masterjohn is running because, “I see the problems we are having, and I am running for re-election so I can be part of fixing those problems. I’ve got some strong ideas on how to make that work. We need to be more of a proactive county than a reactive county and make some big changes.” Masterjohn has been on the county board for two years and on the Town of Beaver Brook Sanitary District Board for close to 20 years prior to that. He was born and raised in Washburn County and is a local business owner. His county issues: “Right now, looking at what we can do for the job situation, tourist and business expansion, those are some of the biggest issues we are facing in the county. “One of the big things that I have been working on the sidelines with is the nursing home expansion into the old Spooner Hospital. I think that we as a county need to throw as much support behind that as possible because anything new going into that building is going to result in jobs and additional income for people in the county. I’ve got ideas that can work for the county, to do a relationship with that, which is going to help the county in the long run and going to help them in the long run. There’s even been talk of trying to get the Veterans Affairs services in there, and I support our veterans 100 percent. If we can get that into Spooner here, I think it would be great for all the vets in Washburn and surrounding counties.”   Dean Brayton is a 38-year resident of the Town of Beaver Brook and decided to run for county board because, “I had someone talk to me that said they were having a hard time getting candidates, so they asked if I would be interested in it, and I thought, maybe I can help out in some way with things I am concerned about.” Brayton has 40 years of banking experience to his name, retiring from Bank Mutual after 30 years in 2013. He said he has been following what goes on in the county over the years. “I have been fairly active in the community all my life.” Brayton has also assisted with local youth and church activities over the years. His county issues: “The thing I look at the most, and seems is always a hot topic, is personnel. That is the most important part of taking care of the county. I think we have to look at what’s most cost effective, and for that price what benefit is it going to be to the county. I do concern myself with the highways, roads and obviously law enforcement. There’s a lot of money going out that way, and I don’t have a problem with it going out as long as it’s going out in a wise fashion. “I make decisions after weighing all the facts, and if people have concerns they can bring them to me, if I am elected, I would certainly weigh those. I am more than open to discuss those issues with them, and we’ll put some thought into it and make a deci-

sion based on that. I am not just a yes person or no person.” Brayton explained he understands that issues have many sides and require someone address all the sides to make a decision that also is beneficial to the county.

District 16 is the northwest corner of the city of Spooner and the west portion of the Town of Spooner.

James Dohm is running because, “I have been on the county board for eight years and I want to continue on. No. 1, I think we’ve done a good job, the county board, of keeping taxes down and I want to continue doing that, and I would like to represent the people in my area.” Dohm has 28 years of public service experience in his career as a schoolteacher, principal and superintendent of schools. He has served on the Spooner City Council for 10 years and on the Washburn County Board for eight years. “I feel I have a wealth of experience in how the government should be run.” His county issues: “Employment and keeping the younger people in our area are issues. I am also on the Washburn County Economic Development Committee, and we would like to have a small manufacturing plant come to town or start up in town. We would like to have some local employment for young adults. We are trying to promote more employment, more business and more manufacturing. “I think I can provide the people with the services that they need in Washburn County.”   Paul Johnson is running because, “I feel that we need have more open government, and I don’t think that we are getting that. I feel we need to have our representative from our district representing us at the meetings. I think that thoughtful discussion is great to have and if you’re not at the meeting to have discussion, you’re not representing us. I’m not saying we have to agree on everything, but we can at least have a discussion and that’s not being done at this point.” Johnson has worked with local governments and local organizations during his 24-year law enforcement career, retiring as Webb Lake chief of police, a position he held for seven years. He is currently the vice president of the Rolling Hills Snowmobile Club in Washburn County, is the regional representative for the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs and enjoys volunteering for various community activities. His county issues: “The biggest one is the reorganization of our county administration, the personnel director, administrator, accountant … I am concerned about the turnover and attitudes toward our administration. We have recently lost our administrator to Sawyer County, we are currently looking at replacing that with a combined position where we have a personnel/administrator/county clerk possibly, and I don’t know how it’s going to work. I don’t know how much you can keep on putting on one person … and this current board of people, who are no longer running for office, were the ones that did this … I am frustrated about that. The other big problem we are facing is losing money for the UW Extension Office. That office is so important to Washburn County, whether it’s providing us with demographic data, letting us know where our workforce is coming from, there’s so much that office does that we are losing, if we lose that office … That is going to be a huge loss to Washburn County.” Johnson also thinks maintaining the public’s right to know in what their local government is doing is also important. “We should be trying to help people get involved, so that we can keep people educated. “We are in a time where counties are going to have to be watching more of what’s going on in Madison, at the state level, and be expressing our opinions. I think that the local control issue is something that is changing in our politics. We need to be able to tell our elected officials in Madison that we have been elected to run this county, please don’t change the rules on how we do our job in this county.” 


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id you know the Shell Lake Public Library has free access to ancestry. com databases? If you are in search of your family history or even just curious as to what the genealogy website has to offer, the staff at the Shell Lake Public Library can help. Instead of paying a monthly fee for, Ancestry® Library Edition is free for library patrons to access on the library’s Internet service. It has more than 1.5 billion names in over 4,000 databases and includes records from the U.S.

Federal Census 1790-1930; UK Census Collection 1861-1901; U.S. Immigration Collection; Vital Records and Social Security Death Index; Military Collection; Comprehensive Reference Collection with over 700 historic and modern maps; court, land and probate records; church records; passenger lists and more. Its collections are continuously expanding. The staff can get you started. ••• Also this month, the Shell Lake Public Library has a collection of books, bor-

rowed from libraries around northern Wisconsin, on the subjects of tracing family roots and the history of our ancestors’ heritages. The library also has its own permanent local history collection, which includes multiple books on the history of Washburn County, Shell Lake, and some

of the other small communities in the area, a Washburn County Cemetery Plot Directory, and the publication “Looking Back into the Past,” put together by the Washburn County Genealogical Society. Come dig up your roots. Who will you find?

Spooner FFA competes at sectional speaking contest CLEAR LAKE - Spooner FFA members Jackie Rosenbush and Kate Rosenbush competed in the Section 1 FFA Speaking Contest at Clear Lake on Wednesday, March 9. The speaking contest is an opportunity for FFA members to demonstrate their skills in public speaking, specifically in the areas of job interview, Quiz Bowl, Parliamentary Procedure, creed speaking, discussion meet, extemporaneous speaking, and prepared speaking. Members had to receive a first or second place at one of the three district FFA speaking contests held across the section to earn the right to compete. Jackie placed first in creed speaking and Kate placed first in job interview at the District 1 FFA Speaking Contest. Jackie was edged out of a top spot at the sectional contest in creed speaking, even though the judges told her, “I love your confidence. You controlled the room.” Kate placed second in job interview and will serve as an alternate to state. Only

the first-place individuals from sectional contests move on to the state competition at the state FFA Convention held at Madison in June. “I couldn’t be more proud of our members and their accomplishments. Our two members that took first place at districts moved on to the next level of competition this week and did very well. Neither of them took first in their contest areas at sectionals but, both girls received high praises from the judges. As an adviser, I’ll take that. We have had several members make it to the sectional FFA speaking contest in the past but, I can’t recall the last time any of them placed in the top two at that level. The career-development events we participate in are an integral part of the Wisconsin FFA Association and are assisting our members in developing skills for the world of work,” commented Spooner FFA adviser Susie Olson-Rosenbush. — from Spooner FFA

Teams needed for Relay For Life SHELL LAKE - Plans are in place for the annual Washburn County Relay For Life. The fundraiser for the American Cancer Society is set for Friday, July 22. The opening ceremony will start at 6 p.m. and the event will conclude at 11 p.m. in Shell Lake Memorial Park. According to Steve Clay, coordinator for

the relay, Dan Schullo will sing during the luminaria ceremony set for 9:30 p.m. The closing ceremony will be at 10:30 p.m. Teams are still needed for this year’s relay. Please go to to sign up, or call Clay at 715-416-3493 or Libby at 715-661-2743. — with submitted information

Shown at the Section 1 FFA Speaking Contest in Clear Lake are (L to R): Jackie Rosenbush, Spooner FFA; Maddi Colbeth, state FFA secretary; and Kate Rosenbush, Spooner FFA. — Photo submitted

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Each year a walk to raise funds for the American Cancer Society is held. The 2016 Washburn County Relay For Life is set for Friday, July 22, starting at 6 p.m., in Shell Lake Memorial Park. — File photo

Instructors Jeanne Walsh, left, and Teri Schult will be conducting basic education classes for adults at the WITC Administrative Office in Shell Lake. For the past 16 years they have held the classes at the Washburn County Learning Center in Spooner. Students may now take classes at either facility. — Photo by Suzanne Johnson SHELL LAKE - Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College has expanded adult basic education in Washburn County to include Shell Lake at the WITC Administrative Office. Instructors offer GED/ HSED preparation and reading, math, writing and workplace skills classes. Classes are free, students work at their own pace, and are available to those 18 years of age or older. “We have made recent changes at our administrative office, giving us the opportunity to directly serve students in Shell Lake, which is a positive development we’re very excited about,” says John Will, WITC president.

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Instructors Teri Schult and Jeanne Walsh worked with WITC staff to arrange space and time for classes and are eager to serve students. Starting  Monday, March 14, instructors are available at the WITC Administrative Office,  505 Pine Ridge Drive, Monday and Thursday from 12:303:30 p.m. For more information, call 715468-2815. Note that hours  at the Washburn County Learning Center, 522 Service Road A (Hwy 70 E) in Spooner have changed to Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon.  Instructors may be reached at 715-635-9120. — from WITC

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Several versions of the same story ave courage and be kind,” are the words that stepmother forces Danielle DeBarbara into servant“H hood. This story is written more for an adult rather Ella’s dying mother said to her in the 2015 Beyond the than the bibbidi-bobbidi-boo that is more for younger version of Disney’s “Cinderella.” viewers. The contrast to this version is that one of the There are several versions of the telling of Cindereloffice door la’s story. My sister, Konnie, can recall the first viewing stepsisters has a softer side and shows kindness toward her stepsister. Danielle’s character is strong and she had of the classic story of Cinderella. It is the 1965 version that starred Lesley Ann Warren as Cinderella. I can only recall the ballroom scene, shown on our black-and-white TV, when Cinderella dances with the prince played by Stuart Damon. Many of us know the fantasy story of the kind young woman who is reduced to the role of a scullery maid out of the cruelty of her stepmother and stepsisters. Cinderella then goes on to find her handsome prince and lives happily ever after. Of all the portrayals of Cinderella’s story in movie

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t is said that the good St. Patrick drove the snakes from Ireland, showed the pagans the shamrock with its three leaves to explain the Trinity, and converted them to Christianity. Did it happen? They were converted. They say the saint was highly educated and he was sent by the pope to convert the Irish people. He became friends with the high king and climbed Croagh Patrick in County Mayo to commune with God. It is not the true and factual story of the saint. Part of it is myths and part true. While the celebrations and parades go on every time the 17th of March comes along, we can still honor the saint and nobody would ever dare to ruin the parade with facts. The shamrock is still green, and so it is with Ireland, and those who came to America may join in the partying as they most certainly will. Ireland’s patron, the real St. Patrick, did not hike to the top of the mountain. He was uneducated. He was not sent by the pope. The truth is, the doctrine of the Trinity came about a thousand years after St. Patrick lived. He was not educated and barely could read any Latin, and rarely spoke it. He spoke Gaelic. There were no high kings in Ireland in his time. His story is actually very wonderful, but not the same. In the mid-fifth century the real St. Patricius was born in a village on the west coast of Britain to a wealthy family. His father, Calpornius, was a deacon, and his grandfather was a priest named Politus. His father was a decurion, a man who owned a farm, and was a tax collector. It was not a pleasant way to make a living, because he was responsible for the taxes, and if they were not collected, they had to be made good with his own resources. The family had the means to educate the boy, but he had no formal education. He later wrote that his life was quite comfortable. He paid little attention to his teachers and had no interest in religion. He was about 16 years old when he was taken captive by Irish sailors and carried off, away from home and family, to the primitive island country. He certainly experienced culture shock, since the people

Mary B. Olsen lived in squalor, subsisting on whatever they could find in the sea, and lived on miserable farms with earthen cabins. A local chieftain forced the boy to herd the sheep and pigs. Dressed in rags, and with very little to eat, the captive did as he was told, but experienced severe depression. He lived there for six years. When he was old, he wrote that he had a dream in which God told him to leave and journey 200 miles to a place where a ship would be in the harbor, and he could return home. He ran off. He did as his dream had led him. Patrick had learned the language of the Irish, and he was familiar with the farm animals. After the 200-mile trek, he arrived at a place where a ship was berthed. Weary from the traveling, he made his way to the ship and called to the sailors aboard. They told him to get lost. “Please!” he begged. “Go away!” they cried. He saw that several sailors were in the process of chasing some big dogs, trying to get them to go on the ship. They were losing to the dogs. When one was caught, another would escape, and they had lines on them but all tangled up. Patrick came to them and called to the dogs in Gaelic. They quieted. They were welltrained dogs, but they did not understand the English sailors. Patrick could remember enough English. He asked the sailors if he could go aboard and get home. He promised to handle the dogs for them. Patrick was good with animals and he was a persuasive speaker even then. They agreed. Patrick was happy to arrive at home at last. His joy to be free and home again did not last long.

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her ideas present challenges for the prince. When playing princesses with my granddaughters, Adalyn and Charlotte, they know I will always choose to be Cinderella. After all, she is the most familiar character to me of all the Disney princesses. Adalyn thinks I like to be Cinderella because her dress is usually blue, which is my favorite color. Even though the ending for fairy tales is, “They lived happily ever after,” I like the statement, “Have courage and be kind.”

He had another dream. Later, he wrote about it. A man named Victoricus appeared and read a letter, “The voice of the Irish people cry out as if with one mouth: ‘We ask, thee, boy, come and walk among us once more.’ And I was quite broken in heart, and could read no farther, and so I woke up. Thanks be to God, after many years the Lord gave them according to their cry.” He prepared immediately to make the journey. He was a man of simple and steadfast faith, and he returned to Ireland. He found himself among people who believed in a religion dominated by superstition and belief in magic and the power of sacred places. However, the people gave him an enthusiastic reception. They accepted the practices of Christianity. Patrick was all his life astonished that God had chosen him to bring the Gospel to Ireland. When he was old he wrote in his confession. “I, Patrick, a sinner, unlearned, resident in Ireland, declare myself to be a bishop.” He wrote: “... I am unable to tell my story to those versed in the art of concise writing - in such a way, I mean, as my spirit and mind long to do, and so that the sense of my words expresses what I feel ...” He gave the Irish the gift of faith, and they went on to decorate his story with wondrous embellishments because of their admiration and love for him. For St. Patrick’s Day, here is a traditional Irish blessing. “May the road rise up to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields, and until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of his hand.” If you are not going anywhere here is another blessing. “May you always have … A sunbeam to warm you, Good luck to charm you, Laughter to cheer you, Faithful friends near you, And whenever you pray … Heaven to hear you.”

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GRANADA, Nicaragua/ANTIGUO CUSCATLAN, El Salvador - The week of Feb. 22, Shell Lake Lions Rudy and Sharon Kessler and their granddaughter, Megan Schierman, along with SpoonerTrego Lions John and Darlene Buchman, joined 32 other Wisconsin Lions Missions volunteers to participate in an eyeglass mission in Granada, Nicaragua. More than 4,000 Nicaraguans were screened in five days with most receiving glasses. The week of Feb. 29, the Kesslers continued on to El Salvador to meet up with 30 Lions Missions participants that included three more area Lions volunteers - Bill Taubman and Mary Harrington from Shell Lake and Karen Hopp from Spooner, to do a five-day mission in Antiguo Cuscatlan near the country’s capital of San Salvador.  Approximately 3,700 people were helped, again with most receiving glasses. Many of the people served during these missions have never had a pair of glasses and cannot afford to buy them.  For example, the child who can now see the blackboard in school; the 90-year-old grandma who was so happy she could now see her granddaughter get married; the mother who broke down crying because she could now see her son’s face clearly for the first time; the woman who could thread a needle to sew again to help support her family; and the 75-year-old man who was so happy he could now read his Bible – he took out two sticks he uses for an instrument and played and sang a song of thanks to the Lions members. These are just some of the many stories of people who are so thankful to receive the life-changing gift of sight – a gift that we so easily take for granted. Too often we don’t even think about all the people

This child can now see the blackboard at school after being fitted with eyeglasses through the help of Wisconsin Lions Missions volunteers. around the world or even here in our country who don’t have that option.   If you would like to see more pictures of a Lions eyeglass mission, go to Facebook, Wisconsin Lions Missions Group page. Wisconsin Lions Missions is a group of volunteers who pay all their own expenses to go to countries like Haiti, Nicaragua and El Salvador for the sole purpose of helping people see better who cannot afford glasses on their own.  All glasses are given free of charge and are made available because used eyeglasses have been donated by individuals from Wisconsin and other states.  For those interested in supporting the Lions eyeglass missions, donations of used eyeglasses, reading and sunglasses can be deposited in the bright yellow mailbox-style collection boxes located in

Residents of El Salvador wait in line to be tested for glasses by Lions members. front of Gordy’s Market in Shell Lake and Schmitz’s Economart in Spooner.   Monetary donations should be designated for Wisconsin Lions Missions and may be

given to any Lions club member.   Wisconsin Lions Missions is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with all donations tax deductible. — from Shell Lake Lions

Local Lions Club members are shown (L to R): Rudy and Sharon Kessler, Shell Lake; Karen Hopp, Spooner; Mary Harrington, Shell Lake, and Bill Taubman, Shell Lake, during the eyeglass mission.

Lions members do vision screenings and fit recipients with donated eyewear.

Megan Schierman is shown with her grandparents, Rudy and Sharon Kessler, Shell Lake Lions, while they were fitting people for eyeglasses in Granada, Nicaragua. Pat Knier is shown with an eyeglass recipient and Sharon Kessler.

Karen Hopp, right, Spooner, is shown with a recipient of eyeglasses.

An interpreter, left, stands with a recipient of eyeglasses and Mary Harrington, right, Shell Lake.


Shell Lake sweeps music awards

Joan Nasset, Wisconsin State Music Association adjudicator, addresses the Shell Lake choir after their performance at the large-group concert festival hosted by Shell Lake on Tuesday, March 8. Schools from the area competed in the event. Shell Lake took the highest rating, scoring a first. The high school band also scored a first.

The purpose of the music festival is for the various schools to strive to be their best against other schools and against themselves. Adjudicator Joan Nasset, a former high school teacher, takes the time to help the singers. Shown, back row (L to R): Ally DeLadi, Sheri Clark, Savannah Steines, Ashley Clark, Caitlyn Brereton and Lauren Osborn. Middle: Miranda Johnson, KayDe Bontekoe, Elle Nelson and Breanna Green. Front: Dominic Hopke, Daniel Parish, Jordan Herzog, Cody McTaggert and Tyler Rognholt.

WSMA adjudicator Dr. John Stewart talks to the Shell Lake Middle School band after their performance. The UW-Eau Claire instructor helped the young musicians to take their music to a new level. The middle school band earned the highest rating, scoring a first. The middle school choir scored a first as well.

Shell Lake has always excelled in trumpet playing and this group is no exception. Shown (L to R): Chad Harrington, Brittany Clark, Graydon Lesneski, Ben McNulty and Michael Allar.

Middle school student Mikayla Cox introduces the piece that the band is about to play.


PTA Soup, Sandwich and Bingo night

Bo Fogelberg is planning to enjoy a hot bowl of soup before settling down for a game of Bingo.

A Shell Lake first-grader was the first person to call “Bingo” at the annual Shell Lake PTA Soup, Sandwich and Bingo fundraiser held Thursday, March 10, in Reinhart Commons. She picked the kitty Beanie Baby as her prize.

Harley Guetschow has discovered that chocolate is a finger food, as she picks the chocolate icing off her cupcake.

Sharon Ricci fills Andy Curtis’ plate. He was at the soup and Bingo event on Thursday, March 10, with his daughter, Aaliyah.

Photos by Larry Samson LEFT: Donavan Balts was the second Bingo winner for the night and he got a choice of stuffed toy animals.

RIGHT: How cool is this? Molly and Vicki Christenson both needed N 41 to win and the number announced was N 41. This could only happen to twins.




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Shell Lake Middle School wrestlers continue to improve

SHELL LAKE - The roster for the Shell Lake Middle School wrestling team has increased with the addition of Blake Flach and Dylan Taylor. Both middle school wrestlers are good athletes who will see the benefits of wrestling as it pertains to helping them become better football players. Football and wrestling go hand in hand as both sports require the same good form while tackling and shooting takedowns, while developing a solid core and outstanding fitness that will help them in all areas of their life. “The team is improving weekly and are a great group of athletes to work with,” said the team’s coaches. — from Shell Lake Youth Wrestling

Wrestling in his first year, Cody Cox is off to a great start as he pinned his opponent. He had four pins for the night.

Tyler Shrunk tries to pin his opponent while trying to push off.

Kale Hope had a pin over his opponent at a wrestling meet hosted by Shell Lake on Monday, March 7. Hopke is a sixth-grader with a bright future in wrestling. – Photos by Larry Samson

Time to sign up for girls youth softball Aiden Ferguson pins his Hayward opponent. Ferguson was the goalie on the Icemen Bantam state championship hockey team who has gone from the ice to the mat.

Wrestling in his first year, John Kidder is victorious over his opponent. Referee Dale Damen raises Kidder’s hand after the win.

Shell Lake boys sixth-grade basketball team finishes season

SPOONER - Registration to play Spooner girls youth softball is set for Tuesday, March 22. Students in third through eighth grades will meet in the Spooner Middle School commons between 4:305:30 p.m. For more information, please call Cindy Blonk, 715-296-7030, or Christy Davis, 715-520-7867. — from Spooner Youth Softball

Registration to close soon SHELL LAKE — The online registration for all Shell Lake youth spring ball teams is 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 29. Go to shelllake.k12. under engaging minds, enriching lives, ensuring opportunities to register. Participants and parents are required to attend a spring meeting on Thursday, March 31, 6 p.m., at the Shell Lake High School. For additional information, contact Keri Jensen, community ed, 715-468-7815, ext. 1337, or With coaching or team questions, please contact Jim Campbell at 715468-7816, ext. 1154, or — from Shell Lake Schools

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The Shell Lake boys sixth-grade basketball team recently finished their season. Team members and their coaches are shown back row (L to R): Coach Schaffer, Nick Eiche, Jared Egbert, Jackson Schaffer, Brody Heckel, Matthew Steines, Aspen Klopp and Coach Steines. Front: Isaac Hopke, Isaac Smith, Tristan Kemp, Jacob McNulty and Cade Hanson. — Photo submitted

Thursday, March 17: At Cameron High School against Barron, Bayfield, Cameron, 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 22: At Barron High School against Barron, Bayfield, Bruce, Cameron, Hayward, Ashland, 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 29: At Cameron High School against Cornell/Gilman/Lake Holcombe, 5 p.m. Friday, April 1: Conference tournament at Spooner, 5 p.m.




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Icemen Bantams state champions

Larry Samson | Staff writer MANITOWOC - The Northwest Icemen Bantam hockey team earned the state championship with their 2-1 win over the Ashland Oredockers on Saturday, March 5, in Manitowoc. To get to the state championship game, the Icemen beat Marinette/Menominee Thunder, 3-1, on Saturday, March 5, and Viroqua, 10-0, later that night. The Icemen had to play their nemeses, Ashland Oredockers in the final game. During the regular season they played Ashland four times with a 0-2 loss, 3-3 tie, 1-2 loss, 2-5 loss and a 2-1 win. Coach Curtis Cutsforth commented, “After our 3-3 tie, I knew we could take these guys as we had several advantages over them. Our team size and our team discipline was key. We had to skate them hard and force them to skate the entire rink to wear them down.” Ashland scored first but the Icemen stayed with their game plan. In the second quarter, the Icemen scored on a power play with Jordan Aronson on a rebound from a Carson Kutz shot. The two players teamed up together to score the goal. “I’m so proud of these kids,” Cutsforth remarked. “They stuck to the game plan even when we were down. That takes dedication and commitment both in their hearts and their heads. The discipline this team showed on and off the ice was not only noticed by the coaching staff, but also by the tournament officials and spectators who complimented us coaches at the end of the tournament,” Cutsforth said after the game. The Northwest Icemen is a co-op team made up of players from Barron, Chetek, Cumberland and Spooner/Shell Lake.

The Northwest Icemen Bantam team earned the state hockey championship with their 2-1 win over the Ashland Oredockers on Saturday, March 5, in Manitowoc. The team is shown back row (L to R): Thomas Kissack and Jordan Aronson. Middle: Assistant coach Dan Wackerfuss, assistant coach Jeremy Boe, Jonah Becker, Mitchell Gordon, Riley Cutsforth, Maggie Timm, Wyatt Boe, Tyler Bohn, Dalton Anderson, Jacob McWilliams, Logan Johnson and head coach Curtis Cutsforth. Front: Carson Kurtz, Maleea Casper, Connor Linsmeyer, Ben Shatley, Brady Deacon, Aiden Ferguson, Dylan Wackerfuss, John Hewitt and Caleb Peterson.

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Goalie Aiden Ferguson with a save. He had a shutout in game two against Viroqua, stopping all six shots. The Icemen won 10-0. Iceman Jordan Aronson clears the puck. LEFT: Thomas Kissack passes off the puck.

Skating their last NFSC show Larry Samson | Staff writer RICE LAKE - The Northwoods Figure Skating Club will be presenting their 27th-annual Festival on Ice, Blades on Broadway, on Saturday, March 19, at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 20, at 2 pm. The show will be held in Rice Lake Arena on CTH SS. The arena is next to the Rainbow Home Center on the north end of Rice Lake. There will be 23 skating routines performed by club members as well as two exciting performances from guest skater Madalyn Moree.

Meikah Dado is an Amery High School senior who has been skating with the Northwoods Figure Skating Club for the past four years. She started skating with the former Amery Figure Skating Club at the age of 4. She is the daughter of Rich and Gwen Dado and has had their support over the years. She plans to continue skating while attending UW-Madison this fall as she pursues a degree in life sciences communication and nutritional sciences. — Photos by Larry Samson LEFT: Sheri Clark is a Shell Lake senior and she has had the support of her mother, Rachel Keenan, for the 10 years she has been with the club. ”The opportunity to skate has influenced my life in only positive ways. Skating is my true passion and also my stress relief,” Clark said. ”I would like to thank my mother for her support and encouragement for all these years.” Clark is involved with Shell Lake sports that include basketball, track and volleyball. She is also in the Spooner School of Dance.

S h e i l a Nelson is a 17-year-old senior at Cumberland High School. She is the daughter of Ray and Laura Nelson. She has had the support of her parents in the eight years of skating with NFSC. Sheila has skated competitively in Duluth, Eau Claire and in the Twin Cities. When Nelson isn’t skating, she is drawing, painting, playing the trumpet, piano, guitar, clarinet and melodica. She is involved with FFA, Whirlygigs Circus Club and the National Honor Society. She attends college at UWStout majoring in media arts.


Earth Notes Jen Barton items can then be donated. Many area churches collect new and used winter coats and offer them for free to those in need. Recycle clothing Did you know that clothing is nearly 100-pecent recyclable? If your clothing is too worn out or stained to be reused, it is a good candidate for recycling. Many thrift shops will recycle clothing items that are not fit for resale, so donate it or make rags from it instead of putting it in the trash.   Organize a swap Do you have clothes that no longer fit or have become unappealing? Do you have lots of books or toys that you no longer use? Swaps often work best if they are organized through a group with a common interest, such as children’s playgroup, knitting circle or hiking club, because people will have a shared interest in certain types of things. Promote the event widely to make it more successful. Have tables available for people to organize their items, perhaps by size or subject.   Donate all unclaimed items. Use Freecycle or Craigslist Sites like Craigslist, eBay or Facebook are great ways to connect with like-minded people trying to reduce their environmental and waste footprint. I frequently buy items used and then resell them when I no longer need them on Craigslist, eBay or through resale groups on Facebook. It is a good way to save money, while also reducing waste. Listings with pictures typically get a better response, and relist the item if it doesn’t sell within a week or so to keep the listing fresh. Whenever possible, provide detailed information, such as dimensions, brand, or the model number.  For low-value items, consider listing them as free on Freecycle or Craigslist. Many items that people typically recycle or throw away can be of use, such as cardboard moving boxes, worn-out furniture, or broken items. To save time, you can merely leave the item in front

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Long Lake recycling site open for the summer LONG LAKE - The Long Lake recycling drop-off site will open at its summer location – one-half mile east of Long Lake Dam on CTH D, on Saturday, April 2. The site will be open on Saturday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The compost site will also be open for yard waste. The site will continue to accept leaves, grass clippings and brush less than 2 inches in diameter from Long Lake property owners only. The recycling drop box is open for residents in either Burnett or Washburn counties, but not businesses, and includes the following items: all paper items such as office, mail, school and newspapers, glass bottles and jars, No. 1 through No. 7 plastics, plastic grocery bags, tin/steel aluminum cans, phone books, magazines and cardboard. Please break down all cardboard boxes.  People are asked to refrain from drop-

ping off any items during the hours the site is not open in order to keep this site as clean and litter free as possible. Do not leave items of any kind outside of gate. Report any illegal dumping to the RCC office by calling 715-635-2197 with the license plate of the illegal dumpers.  RCC will exercise the right to fine those who dump items illegally at any of RCC’s recycling or yard waste sites throughout the two-county service area. Illegal dumping at recycling sites is punishable by law. Please note that the Long Lake recycling site does not accept garbage of any kind. If you would like further information on this or other recycling sites in Washburn County or Burnett County, or if you have other items to dispose of, please call Jen at 715-635-2197, or email her at — from RCC

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t is hard to imagine, but for a minute close your eyes and think about the phrase “zero waste.” What are you seeing?  A world where you have no garbage pickup? I realize it is a hard concept to visualize, however, below I am going to propose a few ideas for you to think about and possibly implement in your own lives. Consider this: The average person generates 4.4 pounds of waste each day. Of that waste, a mere 1.5 pounds is recycled or composted. Nationally, that means that 167 million pounds of waste are disposed of each year. There is a tremendous opportunity here to repurpose, reduce and reuse, and when needed, recycle, much of what is ending up in our landfills. You heard that right, recycling when needed; to consider other options before recycling is better for the environment and in most cases, your wallet, too. There are some inspiring examples of individuals and families that have achieved some dramatic results. Follow these tips for getting started on a zero-waste lifestyle.   Refuse unnecessary items Because we live in a wasteful society, it is easy to bring many unneeded things home. Promotional fliers, junky kids toys, excessive packaging, and product samples are often freely given out. Although some of these things may be useful, many end up gathering dust, break almost immediately, or are quickly disposed of. Avoid bringing unneeded items into your home by refusing them at the source.   Embrace the free movement Many items that you do not need may be of value to someone else. Some local towns have embraced the free movement and have systems in place to promote sharing, such as free piles or swaps. A great place to find interesting and useful items may just be at your local transfer station. Those working at transfer stations/dumps are very often the best promoters of reuse as they see on a daily basis how wasteful people really are. The Little Free Library is a movement that encourages neighborhood literacy and resource conservation through free book exchanges. I know there is one of these little boxes outside of the Holiday Gas Station in Grantsburg and I am sure others exist. If you know of others, please consider sending me an email of their location as I would like to include them in a future article. Community groups and churches can have a sharing closet, where people can swap items such as clothing or household items and unclaimed

of your home (most avid Earth Notes readers know I do this all the time) and create a listing with its location and a sign saying it is free. Remember to delete the listing when the item is claimed. Set up a lending network with friends Do you have a group of friends or colleagues that share your passion for saving resources and money? Do you only use your ice skates, tent and rototiller infrequently? You can create listings for what you are willing to share or perhaps rent to people and expectations. You can, for example, request that people return your lawn mower with a full tank of gas or that they wash   your sleeping bag after use. Start a work recycling program or compost pile Is everything possible recycled at work? Is there space for a compost pile? Offices and work sites can be a great place to initiate recycling or composting programs. If possible, find a couple of inspired co-workers to join you in the project, helping to spread the word and   create and maintain. Go paperless Most banks and companies provide paperless statements and invoices upon request. I receive all of my utility bills, invoices and bank statements digitally. This saves both paper and the energy needed to transport the document to you. It is also a great way to reduce clutter and reduce the need to empty your recycling bin. To ensure that you maintain good records, you can often download statements and save them. To sign up for paperless statements, visit your online profile for a given organization and look for a paperless   option, or call the institution by phone. Decline paper catalogs and junk mail Is your mailbox filled with unwanted promotions and catalogs? If so, remove yourself from mailing lists. This not only keeps your recycling bin from filling up so quickly, but also saves clutter and energy. Contact the Direct Marketing Association to register your mail preferences. This allows you to remove your name from many national telemarketing, mail and email lists. Register with the Consumer Credit Reporting Industry’s Opt-Out Program to not receive credit card and insurance offers by calling 888-567-8688 or register online for five years. You can also call the phone number listed on catalogs and asked to be removed from their specific mailing list, or email them. Other ideas? Please share as I would love to hear about them. Contact Jen at or call with any questions at 715-635-2197. 


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Spring sprung early! Folks have been enjoying this beautiful, mild weather. The middle of March and our snow is gone! It was up to 71 degrees on Saturday. That was my high of the week. Lawns are turning green for St. Patrick’s Day. More and more animals have emerged. Robins and redwings are here, right on cue, so other songbirds and snowbirds won’t be far behind. I saw cranes and geese on Bear Lake. Daffodils and tulips are poking up and pussy willows are out. Ice is quite black, I guess that’s called rotten ice, and it’s pulled away from shorelines. I counted 13 deer in a herd feeding on the fresh alfalfa crowns one day. The thin crescent moon highlighted the western sky this past week. The county crew was working on CTH D Wednesday filling cracks. There are weight limits on lots of roads at this time. Dear folks who have left us this past week were Ted Visker, 76, Mountain Home, Ark., formerly of Little Falls, Minn., and at one time lived in West Sarona. He passed away on March 6 and leaves his wife Sherry, three daughters, eight grandchildren and 12 greats. Adam Gronning, West Sarona, is one of the great-grandchildren. Adam met his mom, RaeVonne from Broadus, Mont., and they drove down together Tuesday and returned Saturday night. Sympathy is extended. Services will be held later in Little Falls, Minn. John Lofblad, Rice Lake, passed away Tuesday, March 8, at the age of 91-1/2. He was a well-known car salesman for Links for 40 years. He was a very social man, always knew you. He and his late wife, Sissy, loved to dance and were often seen at the Backwoods Bar in West Sarona when there was music. Graveside services were Sunday at Nora Cemetery. Sympathy to his daughters, Roxanne and Susan, and their spouses and families. Our dear Mable Cipra Perry, Spooner, 90, passed away March 9. She was born in the Town of Madge near Sarona

in 1925. She was a very nice person, active in the community and social functions. She will be dearly missed by her many friends. Sympathy to her daughters and their families. Anton and Gloria Frey visited her mom at the Rice Lake convalescent home and also her sister, Joanne Paulson, in Haugen. Jack Stodola, Onalaska, was at his mom’s, Virginia Stodola’s, last Monday. Dave and Cathy Stodola, Hudson, were up over the weekend to visit Virginia. Joyce Wade, Spooner, came and had noon luncheon with Mavis Schlapper and enjoyed sitting out on the deck enjoying the day. Wednesday there were 12 gals at the Madge area oncea-month women’s group potluck get-together. Libbie DeTrent hosted the event where nickel-nickel was played. The last Bingo night at the Roost was Wednesday, ended for the season. Butternut Hills opens on St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish meal and Bingo. There were 13 present at the Spooner High School Class of 1950 monthly eat-out together at Lakeview Bar and Grill in Shell Lake. Sorry to learn our classmate Phyllis Lauby fell on the ice a week ago and broke her hip. A speedy get-well is wished for her. Carolyn West visited Elfreda West in Sarona on Wednesday after the class dinner. Elfreda is doing well after her cataract surgery. I had a good visit with a former West Sarona neighbor, Doris Hannah Walters, one day in Rice Lake. She lives just out of Chetek and all is well with her family. Thursday forenoon, Bonnie Helmer and I enjoyed a late breakfast in Barron after my clinic appointment. In the afternoon, my visitors were Marion Reiter and Elaine Ryan. Son-in-law John Marschall and little great-grandson Grant came and got me Thursday evening and took me to Bona Casa, Cumberland, were we met others to eat

out in honor of Brady Marschall’s 25th birthday. Sunday, Libbie DeTrent came to visit me, bringing a bouquet of pussy willows and St. Patrick’s Day treats. That was so nice. Daughter Mary Marschall came out and did my income taxes. I see that Gov. Scott Walker signed the bill that deer hunters will no longer have to wear a back tag and will be able to print out and purchase licenses and carcass tags online. So that’s another thing that will be a thing of the past. The first Washburn County Historical Society meeting of the season will be Thursday, March 17, 4 p.m., at the Hewitt Building in Shell Lake. Please come, as more members would sure be welcome. Vivian Bergman enjoyed the annual church dinner at the Catholic church in Haugen last Sunday with her brother and his wife, Gene and Kathy. Pat Semm said their 16-year-old twin grandson, Chris and Cole Stodola, Lisa’s boys, got their driver’s licenses so that’s twice the worry. Casey Furchtenicht went back to college in Ashland on Sunday after spending a week for spring break at home. Birthday wishes this week go out to Glenda Haynes, Debbie Johnson, Penny Johnston and Darien Johnson, March 17; Frank Galli, Cory Campbell, Parker Hart and Toley Donetell, March 18; Jasmine Dahlstrom, March 19; Jerry Curtiss, Dawn Quinton, Mary Roubik, Tyler Bohn and Rollie Schaefer, March 20; Tyler Odden and Bryce Halverson, March 21; Robin Fate and Gary Sauer, March 22. Have a happy one. Happy anniversary to Joel and Christi Anderson, March 20; Dudley and Delores Livingston, their 21st, and Dick and Marie Nelson, March 21. “Every day may not be a good day, but there is something good in every day!” Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

Blazer and Otterson co-valedictorians and Parish salutatorian at Shell Lake SHELL LAKE - The Shell Lake High School Class of 2016 has two valedictorians. Keagan Blazer and Isaac Otterson have been named co-valedictorians and Daniel Parish salutatorian. Blazer is the daughter of Joel and Renee Blazer and the sister to Kayla Blazer. She is a member of the National Honor Society and has participated in softball, cross country, Science Olympiad, student council, forensics, the high school play, Future Business Leaders of America, Destination ImagiNation and band. Outside of school she volunteers at her church and does yard work for community members. In her free time, she enjoys hunting, traveling, geocaching, spending time with family and friends, and discovering new things. This fall she plans on attending the University of Wisconsin - Madison to pursue a degree in engineering. Otterson is the son of Bill and Barb Otterson. He has participated in Science Olympiad, student government, student council and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. During his junior and senior year of high school he has participated in the youth options program through UW-Barron County. He is set to graduate May 2016 with his Associate of Arts and Science degree with engineering emphasis. He works as a math tutor at UWBC, as well as groundskeeper at the Theatre in the Woods. In his free time, he enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his family and friends. This fall he plans to continue his pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at either University of Minnesota - Twin Cities or Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Keagan Blazer Isaac Otterson Daniel Parish Parish is the son of David and Sharlene Parish. He has representatives for Shell Lake. For entertainment he participated in several extracurricular activities such enjoys listening to his vinyl, drinking tea, exercising, as cross country, track, baseball, Science Olympiad, fo- playing Pokemon, watching movies, eating food, and rensics, high school and community plays, choir, band, spending time with his family and friends. As of the vocal ensemble and Destination ImagiNation. He was a making of this bio, he has yet to hear from two colleges G.A.T.E. mentor for four years, is a member of the Na- and so is still deciding where to attend. He does plan on tional Honor Society and one of the 2015 Badger Boys majoring in physics. — from Shell Lake High School

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Barbara Ann Erickson Barbara Ann Erickson, 74, Shell Lake, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at her home. She was born Oct. 28, 1941, in Rice Lake, to Richard and Alvilda “Marge” (Clemetson) Kahl.  Barb graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1959. She was married to Roland Erickson at Bethany Lutheran Church in Rice Lake on Oct. 28, 1961. She attended the University of Wisconsin - Superior and earned her teaching certificate in 1963. After moving to Shell Lake in 1967, Barbara was a substitute teacher for many years. She then worked as an administrative assistant for the state of Wisconsin Division of Probation and Parole. In 1984 Rollie and Barbara moved to

the Seattle area where Barbara enjoyed five years as an administrative assistant for the Pastoral Care Department of Providence Hospital. She loved working with, and for, Sister Mary Maguire and Father Sexton. Rollie and Barbara returned to the Midwest in 1988, living in South Bend, Ind., Barnes, Wis., Washburn, Wis., and finally returning to Shell Lake where they built a home. Barbara enjoyed being closer to her children, grandchildren, parents and sister, as well as their potluck group and church family. Barbara

also loved playing cards with her Bridge group, shopping, and anything containing chocolate. She loved decorating their home for holidays, being fashionable, and the finer things in life (scarves, purses, jewelry, perfume). She, along with her smile and hugs, will be sadly missed by her family and friends. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Rollie, Shell Lake; children, Susan (Larry) Boehm, Zumbro Falls, Minn., and Ward “Butch” (Susan) Erickson, Hudson; grandchildren, Kyle Boehm, Natalie Boehm, Ryan Erickson and Megan Erickson; her sister, Jean Hobart, Spooner; sister-in-law, Glenda Erickson, Herbster; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Alvilda (Marge) Kahl, and her brother-in-law, Al Hobart. A celebration of Barb’s life was held March 12 at Salem Lutheran Church, Shell Lake, with the Rev. Susan Odegard officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Art Berlin, Kyle Boehm, Larry Boehm, Butch Erickson, Ryan Erickson, Bill Holmson, Ray Johnson, Bob Krueger, Jim Loomis, Brian Nord, Roger Studt and Don Tobias. Memorials may be directed to Salem Lutheran Church, Spooner Health System Regional Hospice Program or the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Washburn County. The Skinner Funeral Home of Shell Lake is serving the family.

Mabel Harriet Cipra Perry Mabel Perry, 90, Spooner, passed away peacefully at her home on March 9, 2016. Mabel Harriet Cipra Perry was born Oct. 18, 1925, in the Town of Madge near Sarona, to Charles Cipra and Bertha Mary Heinz Cipra. She completed grammar school in a country schoolhouse and graduated from Spooner High School in 1945. She was united in marriage to Robert Perry in 1946. She and Bob had four daughters, Gale, Jean, Mary and Penny. In 1951, Mabel and Bob relocated from Barronett to Spooner to take over the Perry family farm, where Mabel lived until her death. Mabel spent many years as a home-

maker before taking employment at the Spooner Community Cleaners, followed by many years as the bookkeeper at the Spooner Advocate until retiring at age 70. Always an accomplished seamstress, she performed sewing and alterations for various businesses and personal customers. Mabel was involved in numerous community and social organizations and functions including square dancing, United Methodist Church, Sad-

dle Club, founding member of the ARC, Washburn County Mental Health Association, Ceska Opera House in Haugen, and TOPS. Besides being a great cook, she was an avid reader, antiques collector, music lover, gardener, nature lover, bird-watcher and oversaw the Perry Art Award. She had a creative flair in all her endeavors. Mabel was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert; daughter, Gale; son-in-law, Robert Andresen; brothers, Charles (Audrey), Roger (Arlene) and Vernon Cipra; brothers-in-law, Curtis Perry (Lylah), Dallas Perry (Awanda), and sister-in-law, Eleanor Stegeman (George).

Mabel is survived by daughters, Jean Griffin (Greg Bruce), Mary Perry and Penny Perry; granddaughter, Kelly Griffin Cornale (Mike); grandsons, Gary and Tim Andresen; sister-in-law, Dolly Scott; and many nieces and nephews. Mabel’s spirit and spunk will be greatly missed. Services were held March 12 at Spooner United Methodist Church, officiated by Sara Thomsen. Pallbearers were Jeff Housel, Gary Andresen, Mike Perry, Jack Perry, Joe Perry and Bill Perry. Interment was at the Shell Lake Cemetery. The Dahl Funeral Home, Spooner, was entrusted with arrangements.

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Stanley Aaron Sandler, 87, Shell Lake, died Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at Indianhead Medical Center. He was born July 16, 1928, in New York City, N.Y., to Louis and Adele (Laskey) Sandler. He was married in Kansas City on Oct. 4, 1972, to Sandra Smyth.  Stan was a kindhearted caregiver who worked with the handicapped for many years.  Stan is survived by his wife, Sandy, Shell

Lake, John (Christine) Sandler, Waupaca, and Christopher (Sara) Sandler, Verona; grandchildren, Ashley Hendrix, Joshua Sandler, Marie Ames, Jessica Colson, Andy Sandler, Morgan Sandler, Lauren Sandler and Sydney Sandler; and brother, Raymond Sandler of New York. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson, Joseph Sandler Jr. Funeral services were March 14 at Shell

Lake Full Gospel Church with the Rev. Reg Myers officiating. Military honors were accorded by a Wisconsin Military Honors Team. Funeral arrangements were handled by Skinner Funeral Home of Shell Lake.

Reuben Fredrick Bush Reuben Fredrick Bush, 84, Town of Bashaw, died Thursday, March 10, 2016, at the same home in which he was born. He was born Feb. 9, 1932, in the Town of Bashaw to Fred and Mary (Hanson) Bush. He graduated from Shell Lake High School in 1950. He was married in Siren on June 20, 1953, to Patricia Corning. He farmed for over 40 years on the home farm. Additionally, he earned his master plumber designation and operated Bush

Electric Service, a well repair and electrical business. From 1992-2005 he and Pat acted as senior caregivers at Parkview Villa in Columbia Heights, Minn. Outside of work, Reuben’s favorite pastime was collect-

ing Minneapolis Molines. Reuben is survived by his loving wife, Pat, of Town of Bashaw; children, Stanley (Kim) Bush, Shell Lake, Rebecca (Mark) Whited, Evansville, Ind., and Paul Bush, Minneapolis, Minn.; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Lincoln; and a brother, Carl. Funeral services were held March 14

at Spooner Church of the Nazarene with Pastor David Frazer officiating. Burial was in Shell Lake Cemetery. Pallbearers were grandchildren Jedediah Bush, Joshua Bush, Joshua Organ, Emilia Schobeiri, Elizabeth Whited and Brinna Organ. Skinner Funeral Home of Shell Lake is serving the family.

Lenten services Good Friday, March 25:  1 p.m.  – UMC-SL. Easter Sunday, March 27:  9 a.m.  – Salem worship service; 10 a.m. – Appalachia kids and parents make and serve breakfast. An ecumenical prayer walk will be held Friday, March 25. The walk will start at 11 a.m. at the Shell Lake High School flagpole. The walk will go past various businesses and churches, ending at the 1 p.m. Good Friday service at Shell Lake United Methodist Church. Walk held weather

Lent is the theme for this year’s service series. Good Friday service will not be serving soup and sandwiches. All of the other Lenten services will have soup and sandwiches starting at 6 p.m. The service will begin at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, Stone Lake Wesleyan Church with the topic pain. Friday, March 25: Good Friday service will be at Stone Lake Wesleyan. Sunday, March 27: Easter services will be at respective churches. •••


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SHELL LAKE - Area churches will be holding special Lenten services leading up to the celebration of Easter. Salem Lutheran Church, 803 Second St., Shell Lake, and United Methodist Church of Shell Lake, 135 Reinhart Dr., have released the following schedule for the Lenten season. Wednesday, March 16: 6 p.m. – UMCSL; soup supper to follow; the Rev. Susan Odegard will preach. Maundy Thursday, March 24: 6 p.m. – Salem.


AREA CHURCHES Episcopal 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.

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

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


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

Northwoods Baptist

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

Spooner Baptist

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


St. Joseph’s Catholic

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

St. Catherine’s Catholic

CTH D, Sarona Pastoral Administrator Father Bala 715-468-7850 Sunday Mass: 8:30 a.m.

St. Francis de Sales

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

Full Gospel

Salem Lutheran, ELCA

Shell Lake Full Gospel


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

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church

(Missouri Synod) South of Spooner off Hwy. 63 W7148 Luther Rd. Pastor Brent Berkesch 715-635-8167 Sunday worship 8 a.m. Sunday School/Bible class 9:15 a.m. Praise Worship 10:30 a.m.

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

Timberland Ringebu Free Lutheran

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

Trinity Lutheran

Church of the Nazarene

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


Spooner Wesleyan

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

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

(WELS) Hwy. 70 at Hwy. 53, Spooner Pastor Gene E. Jahnke 715-635-7672, Home: 715-354-7787 Sunday Worship: 9:30 a.m. Sunday School and Bible class: 10:45 a.m.

Faith Lutheran


Long Lake Lutheran Church


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

United Methodist

Trego Community Church

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

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

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

He would die to redeem us. That was what was required. This week in church, thank Jesus for His sacrifice on your behalf.

Isaiah 50:4-91

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


esus was willing to do what it took to bring us salvation.

Philippians 2:5-11

Cornerstone Christian

United Methodist

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



Lake Park Alliance

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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

Luke 22:14-23:56

Psalm 31:9-16

Revised Common Lectionary © 1992 by the Consultation on Common Texts for

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that. I know some people who have been through so much more than me who have survived and have lived to tell their story. I really, really need help but don’t know what to do or who to turn to.” So went the story. There are times in each of our lives, no doubt, when we have made similar statements or cried words that echoed the same desperate feelings. We were defeated by the demands of life and felt desperate and empty with no strength to go on. Our words were inadequate or unavailable to share our misery. And if we were able to get it out, would anyone understand our fears and frustrations? And if they did, would they extend a helping hand or offer a listening ear? Sometimes we are threatened by people we don’t even know. We hear of their attacks through the warnings of others and know they want to hurt us. Sometimes we know who our oppressors are yet can do nothing to eliminate the power they have over us. David found himself in a similar situation. He looked around for help and deliverance and found no one ready to help him. But he knew that there was saving power in the name of God and cried out, “Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.” Often God brings us to a place in our lives to force us to realize that he alone is the ultimate savior!

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Dewey Country

It’s spring! Yes, as of March 8 our snow has disappeared. Going outside, what did I hear? Robins. Yes, they were singing in the trees. We’ve had such warm weather. In fact, the Twin Cities had 70-degree weather. Yes, it’s time for spring. Farmers will be going over their machinery and buying corn and soybean seeds to plant. Yes, they’re busy, too. A very happy birthday to Kelli Marlow on March 19. Enjoy your day, Kelli. March 20, a very happy birthday to Marie Lawrence, Loren Rawling, Shane Denotter and also to Aaron LaVeau. All have a wonderful day, with more to come. Rylee Ladd, a very happy birthday to you on March 21. This is from your grandma. Have a wonderful day when you turn 12. March 22, a very happy birthday to Homer Melton as he enjoys his day with lots more to come. A very happy birthday to my brotherin-law, Warren Quam, and also to Rana Cooper. Many more to come to both of you. Warren turns the ripe old age of 86. Our deepest sympathy to the family of Mable Perry who passed away. Our deepest sympathy to the family of Norma Stellrecht, 90, recently passed away. Norma was a longtime Dewey resi-

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dent. May you know you are in our special thoughts and prayers. Our deepest sympathy to the family of Marie Lundvold, 96, who passed away recently. Marie was raised in Dewey Country. May you know you are in our special thoughts and prayers. I see milk prices are way down. In fact, they stand at $13.80 a hundred. A farmer can’t make it with the prices so low unless he has the farm paid off. Then it’s a stretch. Let’s hope prices come back to $25 a hundred. I see prices are going up for gas. Yes, it’s up to $1.95 a gallon. Sandy Atkinson says she is getting a cold. It’s that time when we don’t wear coats outside and it catches up with us. It’s so nice to hear birds singing. The past few mornings as I open the door, I hear birds singing. Don’t know what they are though. Diane Hulleman attended the home visitors lunch at the Spooner Market and Grill. She says it was very good. Sunday afternoon, Diane went to her daughter’s, Ginny and Jack Schnell’s, for corned beef and cabbage. Diane says it hit the spot. Saturday I worked at Ruby’s Pantry in Spooner. They certainly had lots and lots of food. If you’re in need of more food,

come and enjoy it. It only costs $20. You can also get this food for $21 on your credit card by calling in. It will be all packed up and ready for you when they tell you it’s ready. Call Chuck Adams in Spooner or Bill Holden in Shell Lake. Our deepest sympathy to the family of Reuben Bush, 84, who passed away. Funeral services were held at the Church of the Nazarene on Monday, March 14. Know you are in our special thoughts and prayers. Get-well wishes go out to Connie Richter. Connie was in high school when I went to Shell Lake High School. Know you are in our special thoughts and prayers. Our deepest sympathy to the family of Barbara Erickson, 74, who passed away recently. Her funeral was Saturday at Salem Lutheran in Shell Lake. May you know you are in our special thoughts and prayers. Come April 5 it is time to get out and vote. Running for the Burnett County Board from our area are Duane Johnson and Phil Lindemann, incumbent. Road weight limits are now in effect in Dewey Country. It’s that time of year for them to go on. You don’t want to get caught overloaded as it is a big fine. Saturday, the Jeff Ladd family attended

a wrestling meet that Remington was wrestling in. Congratulations to Remington for a second-place finish. It was held at St. Croix Falls. Saturday will be the state qualifier in River Falls. Both Rem and Ree will wrestle. Good luck to both of you. Home at the Crosbys and Coyours were Chad and Ashley Crosby and children, Chase, Morgan and Joyel. Sunday, Richard and Karen Melton and Vicki and Don Trott were over to Evelyn Melton’s playing cards. I understand that, Mom beat the pants off the rest. Lakes aren’t safe now. In Minnesota a man was out fishing and fell through the ice. Well, he managed to get himself out without any help, which is great. So everyone, stay off the ice. We don’t want to read your obit in the Register. A smile: My 4-year-old son was so excited to go to the barber for a haircut. He kept saying he wanted his hair done short just like his dad’s. When the barber finished he asked if he liked the cut. That’s when my son burst into tears and cried, “No, I wanted it like my dad’s, with the hole in the top.” Scatter sunshine! Have a great week!

and family. Funeral services were held at Salem Lutheran Church on Saturday with about 150 attending. Arlys Santiago attended the funeral on Saturday and helped with the serving of the lunch. All is well here at Glenview with tenants in good spirits and feeling good. Frank Mortensen and son Brian visited his sister, Lillian Ullom, over the week-

end. Visiting at Steve and Cheri Minot’s on Friday night were her girls from Eau Claire, granddaughter Madelyn, Dorie Hanson and her dad, Peder. Thursday night, Mary and John Marschall and family went to Bona Casa in Cumberland for the 25th birthday of son Brady. John Marschall has been at his

mom’s, Wealthy, collecting sap for maple syrup. This is ideal weather for that. “You know you’re getting older when your wife gives up sex for Lent and you don’t realize it until the fourth of July.” — Milton Berle

preaching, and a global legacy of reformation session, which examined the church in Africa. Todd and Tim both made the sessions sound so interesting. I’m going to try to remember to go next year. Speaking of Pastor Todd, I owe him an apology. I didn’t see an email that he sent last week about his and Janice’s 32nd wedding anniversary, which was on Feb. 25. It sounds as though they had a wonderful time celebrating their special day. They went to the State Theater in Eau Claire for the Herman’s Hermits show where they enjoyed listening to all the old songs. Janice now has an album which Peter Noone autographed and wrote “Happy Anniversary.’’ Wow! Sounds like a really great evening. Maybe spring really is here to stay - I hope. Shirley Overvig called on March 8 and said that there was a robin on their lawn in River Falls. And we’ve been noticing quite a few more birds at our feeders, juncos, finches, nuthatches. The bad thing is that the grackles are back too, and we don’t want them around because they kill the other baby birds. The flickers are not fond of the grackles either. When

they land on a suet feeder, the flickers will chase them away. We cheer them on. This winter we even had pileated woodpeckers at the suet feeders. They are amazing. They look like something prehistoric. I have a recipe for suet that the birds seem to like better than any that we buy. You melt a cup of lard and a cup of peanut butter, then mix in two cups of cornmeal, two cups of oatmeal, one cup of flour and a handfull of birdseed. It’s not expensive to make and the birds flock to it. Another true sign of spring is that the garage sales are starting again. There will be a big one at the Barronett Community Center on Saturday, April 16. Peg Thompson and Gloria Gunderson will be manning a booth for Barronett Lutheran there, so if you have anything you would like to donate, please give either Peg or Gloria a call and they will let you know where to bring it. This is a great way to get rid of the clutter without having to go to the trouble of having your own garage sale. And, the proceeds go to very good causes in our community. Time to start cleaning out the attic and garage. The Barronett Dragons 4-H Club will be presenting a play “Little Nell and the Mortgage Foreclosure” at the Barronett Community Center on Friday, April 1, at 7 p.m. If you haven’t been to one of the Barronett Dragons plays, I would highly recommend it. The kids are great actors and the plays are hilarious. It’s a great way to spend a little time on a Friday evening. Duane and I went into the Bistro to see how they were coming with the remodeling. It looks fabulous. Not that it didn’t look nice before, but the changes they’ve made are beautiful. They still had quite a bit of furniture arranging left to do when

we were there, but Sharon and Jeno both assured us they would be all ready for guests on Wednesday, March 16. We are going to be there for their reopening. Terry Goodrich called with another joke. He is a member of the Model A Club in Eau Claire, and that is where he got this one. Here goes: A second-grade class was asked to take a test and one of the little boys did not know any of the answers. Since it was a true or false test, he flipped a coin to make his responses. When he was done taking the test, he kept flipping the coin. His teacher saw him doing it and asked him, “What are you doing now?” He replied, “I’m checking my answers.” Sharai Hefty stopped by for a visit this past week and we decided to play a couple of games of Cribbage. It really doesn’t matter who won or lost because we had a lot of fun. OK, OK, so she won both games. Maybe I was just feeling generous and let her win so she would have a great day; hmmm. OK, maybe not. We really did have fun though. We always laugh a lot when we get together. Remember, the children’s Easter party, hosted by the Barronett Civic Club members and held at the community center, is coming up this Saturday, March 19. The party will run from 2–4 p.m. The Easter egg hunt will begin at 3:30 p.m. Naturally there will be games, crafts, food and all kinds of fun. All children, age 10 and younger, are welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. So grab the kids and come to Barronett for a fantastically fun-filled afternoon. I guess that’s about all I know from Barronett this week. Hope you can make it to Palm Sunday service and the Lenten fair this Sunday. See you next time.

Helen V. Pederson

On Monday morning we experienced a lot of fog with the temps in the 40s. Once the sun came out it was a nicer day. Our snow is about gone, so next will be green grass. Of course, it’s only March so we could be in for a blizzard yet. Our sincere sympathy to the family of Barbara Erickson who passed last week. Our love and prayers are with Rollie


Pauline Lawrence

Judy Pieper

Barronett Lutheran, as well as all Christian churches, will be celebrating Palm Sunday on March 20. Our worship service will be at the normal time, 9 a.m. After the worship service, Peg Thompson will be hosting a Lenten fair for the children in the church basement. There will be crafts for the kids and coffee and cookies for everyone. Hope you can come for the worship service and stay for the Lenten fair. Pastor Todd Ahneman and Tim Cusick attended the Walking Together seminar at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire last weekend. There were numerous sessions that they could choose from, and from their reports they were very interesting. Tim told about a woman who spoke about social justice. I believe she was with the World Organization of Churches, which was working in Palestine where they help Jewish people who are thrown out of their homes. Another session he attended was about racism as seen through the eyes of the Cherokee. Todd and Tim both attended a session about spirituality in the second half of life. Todd attended a session on preaching to the new generation, which included interactive Bible

Washburn County Area Humane Society I am a little scaredy-cat, I’m also friendly, too; Sometimes I don’t know how to act, I don’t know what to do. I came here with my sister, She was not so shy you see; Now she has been adopted, I wish someone would want me. If you would come and visit, Then I think you’d understand; You’d see that I am beautiful, And that I’m truly grand. Like so many others, I just need a little time; I’ve never known that being scared, Is any sort of crime. To make sure that you don’t forget, Who you have come to meet; Dede is my name dear friend, I’m young and super sweet.  

Cats for adoption: 2-yearold longhair dilute calico; 1-1/2-year-old neutered gray/white longhair; 1-1/2-year-old spayed brown/black tabby; 9-monthold spayed black/gray/white shorthair tabby; 9-monthold female orange/white shorthair; 4-month-old female black/white shorthair; 12-year-old spayed/declawed shorthair calico; 10-month-old spayed orange/white shorthair tiger; 2-year-old spayed white/gray/orange shorthair; 2-year-old neutered gray/black siamese/tiger mix and a 4-month-old male black shorthair. Dogs for adoption: 1-year-old male black Lab/corgi mix and an 11-monthold spayed brindle/white heeler mix. Remember to the annual bowling fundraiser Saturday, March 19, at Northwoods Lanes in Spooner.

Located at 1400 Cottonwood Ave. in Spooner (Behind the county fairgrounds)


Senior lunch menu

Monday, March 21: Beefy chili, cheese, crackers, corn muffin, chocolate-chip cookie. Tuesday, March 22: Meat lasagna, tossed salad with dressing, butter breadstick, sherbet. Wednesday, March 23: Swiss chicken casserole, rice pilaf, French-cut green beans, pears. Thursday, March 24: Cook’s choice. Friday, March 25: No meals served. 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 Spooner, Monday, March 21: Corned beef and cabbage dinner, fresh salad bar, cook’s choice dessert. Call 715-635-8283, to make reservations 24 hours in advance. Suggested donation is $5. For anyone under 60 years old cost is $8.75.


Shell Lake school menu Breakfast Thursday, March 17: Grades K-12: French toast sticks. Grades 3-12: Homemade sweet bread. Friday, March 18: Grades K-12: Laker pizza. Grades 3-12: Ham, egg and cheese bar with toast. Monday, March 21: Grades K-12: Pop-Tart with cheese stick. Grades 3-12: Mini cinni roll. Tuesday, March 22: Grades K-12: Waffles and fruit. Grades 3-12: Chocolatechip oatmeal bar. Wednesday, March 23: Grades K-2: Cereal and toast. Grades K-12: Sausage and cheese on English muffin. Grades 3-12: Ultimate breakfast round.

Thursday, March 24: No school. Easter break. Friday, March 25: No school. Easter break. Monday, March 28: No school. Easter break. Tuesday, March 29: Grades K-12: Mini cinni roll. Grades 3-12: Bagel and cream cheese. Wednesday, March 30: Grades K-12: Cereal and toast. Grades 3-12: Ultimate breakfast round. Thursday, March 31: Grades K-12: French toast sticks. Grades 3-12: Homemade sweet bread. Breakfast is served with a choice of juice/fruit and milk offered daily. Every

Dewey-LaFollette Marlene Swearingen, Lorri McQuade, Pat Bahrke, Karen Mangelsen, Donna and Nina Hines, and Lida Nordquist were guests of Mary Dunn on Tuesday.  They enjoyed an afternoon of visiting and playing cards. Hank and Karen Mangelsen were guests of Marie and Wayne Romsos on Thursday  for brunch.  Wayne’s 70th birthday was celebrated. Karen and Hank Mangelsen called on Lawrence and Nina Hines on Thursday  afternoon.  Chris Harrison and Joshua Kukowski came that evening

Karen Mangelsen and stayed several days. Wendy Harrison, Heather Kukowski and friend Ryan came  on Friday  and visited over the weekend. Don and Pat Israel and Larry Mangelsen were  Saturday  visitors of Hank and Karen Mangelsen. Mark and Sue Hines stopped in to see Gerry and Donna Hines  on Saturday and Sunday.  Barry and Josh Hines were Sunday visitors there. April and Dave Close stopped by to visit Karen and Hank Mangelsen  on Sunday afternoon.

Academic news MILWAUKEE - The following area students were named to the dean’s list at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee for the fall 2015 semester: John Sherwood, Barronett; Noah Anonich, Spooner; and Caitlin Fielding, Spooner. — from TheLink •••

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Amanda Geray, Staples, Minn., has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2015 at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn. The undergraduate day student is a senior at St. Catherine majoring in health-care management and is the daughter of Jake and Joyce Jacobs and Darlys and Jon Hamberg. — from St. Catherine University

Notices (Mar. 2, 9, 16) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF GERALD EUGENE BESSE JR. Notice Setting Time to Hear Application and Deadline for Filing Claims (Informal Administration) Case No. 16 PR 08A PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth September 23, 1947, and date of death January 28, 2016, was domiciled in Washburn County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 213 First Avenue, Shell Lake, WI 54871. 3. The application will be heard at the Washburn County Courthouse, Shell Lake, Wisconsin, Room 2C, before Shannon Anderson, Probate Registrar, on March 24, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. You do not need to appear unless you object. The petition may be granted if there is no objection. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is May 23, 2016. 5. A claim may be filed at the Washburn County Courthouse, Shell Lake, Wisconsin. 6. This publication is notice to any persons whose names or addresses are unknown. If you require reasonable accommodations due to a disability to participate in the court process, please call 715-4684677 at least 10 working days prior to the scheduled court date. Please note that the court does not provide transportation. Shannon Anderson Probate Registrar February 23, 2016 Thomas J. Bitney/Bitney Law Firm, Ltd. P.O. Box 488 Spooner, WI 54801 715-635-8741 642495 Bar No.: 1002841 WNAXLP

WASHBURN COUNTY BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT PUBLIC HEARING Board of Adjustment Members: Ruth King, Joseph Weiss, David Dodge, and Bob Dawson. April 05, 2016 Washburn County Boardroom, Elliot Building 110 Fourth Avenue West, Shell Lake, Wisconsin AGENDA (DRAFT) DISCUSSION AND ACTION TAKEN ON ALL ITEMS 7:00 p.m.: Introduction of Board Members Approval of Agenda Approval of minutes January 5, 2015 Variance Request: 1. Casey Township: Mark Damon, Durand, IL, to have a variance of 24 feet from the rear property line (normally 40 feet from the rear property line) to build a 26 x 30 garage, Map# CA 771/Record ID 9032 - McKenzie Lake Part Lots 2&3, Section 30-40-13, Town of Casey. 2. Beaver Brook Township: James Busch, Spooner, WI, to have a variance of 15 feet from the rear property line (normally 50 feet from the rear property line in Industrial Zoning) to build a 31x53 addition on an existing building, Map# BB 187G/Record ID 33932 - PT of GOV L8 Section 06-38-12, Town of Beaver Brook. Items for Future Agendas: 643180 31-32r WNAXLP Adjourn: Interested persons will be given the opportunity to be heard. The committee will deliberate in “Open Session.” Handicapped access is available through the south door; parking is near the door. This agenda and the subsequent meeting minutes are available in large type. If you need assistance, please contact Lolita Olson at 715-468-4600 prior to the meeting.

day breakfast is free to all students. Lunch Thursday, March 17: Grades K-12: Hot dog. Grades 7-12: Cheese or pepperoni pizza. Friday, March 18: Grades K-12: Homemade lasagna. Monday, March 21: Grades K-12: Chicken fajita. Tuesday, March 22: Grades K-12: Orange chicken and rice bowl. Grades 7-12: Burrito and rice bowl. Wednesday, March 23: Grades K-12: Mini cheese ravioli. Grades 7-12: Corn dogs. Thursday, March 24: No school. Easter break.

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Everyone is welcome to attend the Have a good week and be safe! Lenten services for First Lutheran Church Mary Nilssen can be reached at upof Stone Lake with Pastor Ed Anderson and Stone Lake Wesleyan Church with (Mar. 9, 16, 23) Pastor Tim Young. STATE OF WISCONSIN The fifth Lenten service will be WednesCIRCUIT COURT day, March 16, at the Stone Lake Wesleyan WASHBURN COUNTY Church. Soup and sandwiches will be Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC served beginning at 6 p.m. and the service Plaintiff begins at 6:45 p.m. vs. Good Friday service will JARED D. KIDDER, et al. (Mar. 9, 16, 23) be at 6:45 p.m. on March Defendant(s) STATE OF WISCONSIN 25 at Stone Lake Wesleyan Case No: 15 CV 28 CIRCUIT COURT Church. Soup and sandWASHBURN COUNTY NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE wich will not be served. Wilmington Trust, National PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that Easter Sunday services Association, not in its individual by virtue of a judgment of forewill be held on March 27 at capacity but as Trustee of ARLP closure entered on September respective churches. Securitization Trust, 24, 2015, in the amount of Series 2014-2

Find us on Facebook (Mar. 9, 16, 23) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF HEIDI L. ROBOTKA Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 16PR12 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth October 28, 1975, and date of death October 17, 2015, was domiciled in Washburn County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 218 E. Birch Avenue, Birchwood, WI 54817. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is May 24, 2016. 5. A claim may be filed at the Washburn County Courthouse, P.O. Box 316, Shell Lake, Wisconsin, Room 2C. Shannon Anderson Probate Registrar February 24, 2016 Attorney Teresa Germain, Wiley Law S.C. P.O. Box 370 Chippewa Falls, WI 54729 715-723-8591 642849 WNAXLP Bar No.: 1050355


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vs. JOSEPH P. STEINBACK, et al. Defendant(s) Case No: 13 CV 11 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on November 30, 2015, in the amount of $63,654.62, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: April 6, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: By bidding at the sheriff sale, prospective buyer is consenting to be bound by the following terms: 1.) 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2.) Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3.) Plaintiff opens bidding on the property, either in person or via fax and as recited by the sheriff department in the event that no opening bid is offered, plaintiff retains the right to request the sale be declared as invalid as the sale is fatally defective. PLACE: At the North entrance of Washburn County Courthouse located at 10 4th Avenue, Shell Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Part of the Northwest Quarter of the Northwest Quarter (NW 1/4 of NW 1/4), Section Eleven (11), Township Forty-one (41) North, Range Thirteen (13) West, described as Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 1305 as recorded in Volume 6, Page 21, Document No. 195327. PROPERTY ADDRESS: W8249 Bald Eagle Drive, Trego, WI 54888. TAX KEY NO.: 65-016-2-41-1311-2 02-000-002000. Dated this 3rd day of February, 2016. /s/Sheriff Terry Dryden Washburn County Sheriff Jordan C. Staleos J Peterman Legal Group Ltd. State Bar No. 1085629 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to www.jpeterman to obtain the bid for this sale. J. Peterman Legal Group Ltd. is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. 642738 WNAXLP

$123,243.24, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: April 6, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: By bidding at the sheriff sale, prospective buyer is consenting to be bound by the following terms: 1.) 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2.) Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3.) Plaintiff opens bidding on the property, either in person or via fax and as recited by the sheriff department in the event that no opening bid is offered, plaintiff retains the right to request the sale be declared as invalid as the sale is fatally defective. PLACE: at the North entrance of Washburn County Courthouse located at 10 4th Avenue, Shell Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Part of the Northeast 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4, Section 26, Township 38 North, Range 13 West, Washburn County, Wisconsin, described as follows: Beginning at the Southeast corner of Lot 1, Block “H”, Dobie and Stratton`s Addition to the City of Shell Lake; thence South along the West street line a distance of 148 feet to the North line of County Trunk Highway; thence West on County Trunk Highway line a continuation of Sixth Avenue, a distance of 66 feet; thence at right angles and North to the Southwest corner of Lot 1, a distance of 148 feet; thence at right angles and East along the South line of said lot to the place of beginning. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 401 6th Ave., Shell Lake, WI 54871. TAX KEY NO.: 65-282-2-38-1326-4-01-000-003000. Dated this 13th day of January, 2016. /s/Sheriff Terry Dryden Washburn County Sheriff Jordan C. Staleos J Peterman Legal Group Ltd. State Bar No. 1085629 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to www.jpeterman to obtain the bid for this sale. J. Peterman Legal Group Ltd. is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. 642737 WNAXLP




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COURT NEWS Allison W. Allatt, Spooner, speeding, $175.10. Brian L. Bearheart, Webster, battery by prisoners, $723.00, probation, sent. withheld. Danielle E. Beauvais, Menomonie, fraud/rendering income tax return, $19,521.00, probation, sent. withheld. Conrad C. Botz, New Richmond, speeding, $225.70. Julie K. Braatz, Hayward, speeding, $175.30. David R. Brost, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Kyle L. Brown, Rice Lake, failure to validate or attach deer carcass tag, $114.50. Chad M. Dolny, Hayward, speeding, $200.50. Amanda Guyer, Shell Lake, unsafe lane deviation, $175.30. Andrew P. Henk, Stone Lake, place, use, hunt wild animals with bait, $263.10. Casey M. Holland, Stone Lake, speeding, $175.30. Dennis M. Jagodzinsky, Minong, resisting or obstructing an officer, $243.00, probation, sent. withheld; disorderly conduct, $243.00 probation, sent. withheld.

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The City of Shell Lake is accepting applications for the following position. It is anticipated the position will start in April/May and end September 2016. Employees will work approximately 32 hours per week to include weekends and holidays. Ability to work with the public is a key aspect of the position. Invasive Species Inspectors: Primary responsibilities include: Inspecting watercraft at Shell Lake and Round Lake landings, removing and disposing of debris, collecting and recording information, educating the public and collecting the launch fee. Salary is $8.47 per hour. Some courses on aquatic invasive species preferred. Physical requirements: Position requires stooping, bending and inspecting the underside of boats and trailers. Applications are available at City Hall or obtained by calling 715-468-7679. Applications must be submitted to the City Administrator’s Office, P.O. Box 520, 501 First Street, Shell Lake, WI 54871, by 4 p.m. Friday, March 25, 2016. EOE. 642736 30-31r

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Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is seeking a learning-focused, creative and dynamic individual to teach Health Sciences at the WITC New Richmond Campus. An instructor’s primary purpose is to design instruction and assessment in an engaging environment to foster learner success. An instructor continually improves the overall quality in the delivery of learning to support the achievement of College outcomes and priorities utilizing evidence to support decisionmaking. Minimum Qualifications include: Master’s degree, one year occupational experience, previous teaching experience and experience with alternative instructional delivery, preferred. Deadline to apply: March 31, 2016 For a complete list of qualifications and to apply visit our website at 642692 19-20a-e 30-31r,L

SHELL LAKE SELFSTORAGE: Convenient, 24-hour access. Special low-cost boat storage. Call 715-468-2910. 2rtfc INDIANHEAD RIFLE AND PISTOL CLUB GUN SHOW:  Ray Kangas Productions.  April 9, Spooner High School, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., CTH K, Spooner. $5. All firearm laws must be observed. Anyone under 18 will not be admitted unless accompanied by a parent. Children under 16 free, accompanied by an adult. Tim, 715-635-2319. 28-34rc CENTRAL BOILER CERTIFIED E-CLASSIC OUTDOOR WOOD FURNACE:  Get the most heat with less wood. Call today! Northwest Wisconsin Ent., 715-6353511 or 715-520-7477. 30-32rc ADULT COLORING BOOKS AVAILABLE:  Prices ranging from $6.49 - $14.99. Colored pencils and sharpeners available, too. Register newspaper office, Lake Mall, Shell Lake. Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  715-468-2314,  news@ 30-33rp 


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SUMMER EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY CITY OF SHELL LAKE Applications are being accepted for lifeguard positions. Applicants will be required to complete lifeguard training which includes Red Cross Standard First Aid and CPR and be at least 16 years old prior to assuming their duties. Application forms are available at the City Administrator’s office and must be submitted to the Administrator’s office by 4 p.m., Friday, March 25, 2016. For further information, contact City Administrator Andrew Eiche, P.O. Box 520, Shell Lake, WI 54871 or call 715-468-7679. “The City of Shell Lake is an equal opportunity provider and employer” 642735 30-31r



Washburn County is seeking applicants for limited-term employment in the Land and Water Conservation Department. Primary responsibilities include working with the County Conservation Coordinator to implement the countywide Strategic Plan of prevention, control and public outreach of aquatic invasive species (AIS). Watercraft inspection at boat landings is required, along with data entry and reporting. Experience and Training Required: Position requires a high school diploma. A Bachelor’s degree or current enrollment in Natural Resource or Biology program or equivalent work experience in water conservation is preferred. Must possess knowledge of aquatic ecology and aquatic plant and animal identification. A majority of the duties will be spent working outside, independently and communicating with the general public. Must possess a valid driver’s license. Employee’s personal vehicle must be used and will be reimbursed at $.52 per mile. No housing will be provided. This is a temporary seasonal position not to exceed 600 hours and the rate of pay is $10.00/hour. Weekly schedule is somewhat flexible. Weekends and holidays are required. Start date is negotiable, but preferably early May through Labor Day Weekend. For an application and further information, contact Washburn County Personnel Office, P.O. Box 337, Shell Lake, WI 54871, at 715-468-4624, or on our website at Resumes will be accepted but will not take the place of a completed application. Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 8, 2016. EOE. 643259 31-32r


United Ag Cooperative has an opening for a full-time Assistant Manager. Responsibilities include assisting the C-Store Manager with store operations including checkout, merchandise layout, product inventory, bookkeeping, and maintenance. This position will also assist in the hiring, training and supervision of C-store employees and provide excellent customer service. Evening and weekend work can be expected. Qualified candidates should have previous retail management experience along with excellent customer service skills. The ability to work within deadlines and effectively communicate with customers, management, employees and vendors is required. Applicants must possess a high school diploma or equivalent degree.

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Students participate in St. Croix Valley Destination ImagiNation Noah Savas operates a perpetual motion car designed and built by the the Neon Disco Pickle Team. Seth Symond, in the background, is working in the pit crew. As the car comes down the ramp, the turning wheels tighten up the springs that will then power the car. The challenge requires that the car have two forms of propulsion.

Sara Brunberg, Colton Marker and Alivia Marker are acting out a funny skit before the judges at the St. Croix Valley Destination ImagiNation tournament hosted by the Baldwin/Woodville School on Saturday, March 12. DI is program that challenges students to problem solve in a competitive tournament. This team, called Star Jumpers, is coached by Pam Helstern. Members are Aselin Olson, Alivia Marker, Kloey Berger, Sara Brunberg and Colton Marker.

The Shell Lake Marty McFly and the Deloreans team presented in the technical challenge. Shown (L to R): Donavan Balts, Landon Deneen, Aiden Jensen, Charley Pearson, Annalynne Pearson and Morgan Hoffman.

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The Shell Lake Middle School Destination ImagiNation team, The Illuminerds, placed third in the fine arts challenge, Whodunnit, by reaching back in time to get a clue. Shown (L to R): Sam Symond, Luke Savas, Payton Anderson, Anika Swan and Keolani Baumgart.

The Shell Lake Middle School team, Dryden Deluxe, earned first place in the improvisational challenge and they will advance to the state tournament in UW-Stevens Point on Saturday, April 16. The team, coached by Kristine Dryden, is shown (L to R): Caitlyn Skattebo, Joe Uchytil, Olivia Jury, Lily Edlin and Julia Lyga.

The Rising Stars is the entry group for young students. They go through the process of team building and problem solving in a noncompetitive evaluation. Team Munich, coached by Ashley Munich, are shown back row (L to R): Spencer Palmer, Breanna Gleason, Ella Kostner and Selene Johnson. Front: Andrew Imrick, Brennan Schafer, Aiden Eraquam and Aida Hanson.

The Neon Disco Pickle earned the Spirit of Destination ImagiNation Award. The award is awarded to one of the 69 teams present at the tournament. Shown (L to R): Seth Symond, Noah Savas, Haley Balts, Kayla Haynes and Frances Kevan. Jayden Hodgett is the sixth member of the team and was not present for the awards ceremony.

The Spooner Elementary School Destination ImagiNation team, the Diamonds, earned a second place in the improvisational challenge. They will be advancing to state. Shown (L to R): Kylie Gibson, Miranda Schroeder, Sydney Greenfield, Justine Swanson, Allison Cook, Elisabeth Meister and Natalie Martin.


Games held during National FFA Week

The object of this game is to keep as many balloons in the air. Once it hits the ground, the balloon is eliminated. Shown (L to R): Keanna Mullenix, Jacob Sinn, Cyrice Lehman and Eli Edlin.

Jacob McNulty is off and running as he captured a small ball while his competition is still trying to get the ball into the net.

Emmett Johnson has to balance an egg on a spoon as he pedals a tricycle. The hardest part of this challenge is to see where you are going.

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Keanna Mullennix has developed an interesting technique to keeping the balloon in the air. This was one of many games that the Shell Lake Elementary students enjoyed at the FFA games on Friday, March 4, in the gym. The FFA It is hard to get a wave with the “I’m too games were the final event for National FFA Week. cool” fifth-graders.

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Due to a lack of interest in lifeguarding, the city of Shell Lake’s beach could be swim at your own risk this summer. —File photo

Swim at your own risk possible future for Shell Lake beach Danielle Danford | Staff writer SHELL LAKE - This summer the city of Shell Lake’s beach faces not having lifeguards on duty according to Shell Lake Mayor Sally Peterson. Despite advertisements and a coordinated effort with the Shell Lake School District, only three youths have voiced their interest in being a lifeguard this summer, not enough

to make the program viable. Shell Lake’s lifeguarding program is run by the city on about $10,000, mainly funding lifeguard wages. The program needs at least four youth lifeguards to operate, in case one is unable to make their shift. For more information, contact the city of Shell Lake, 715-468-7679.

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