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• High School Jazz Cabaret @ Shell Lake • Hoop Pa La Fishing Funday @ Spooner • “Shrek the Musical Jr.” @ Spooner Father/Daughter Ball @ Shell Lake See calendar on page 6 for details

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A perfect shot. March Madness is under way among area high school basketball teams. See our sports pages for coverage. – Photo by Larry Samson

Otterson to graduate from Shell Lake and UWBC Larry Samson | Staff writer RICE LAKE - This spring, Isaac Otterson will be graduating from Shell Lake High School with a high school diploma. He will also be graduating from the University of Wisconsin - Barron County with a two-year associate degree. He is able to do this through the Wisconsin Youth Option Program. The classes he has taken for the past two years have gone toward his high school and college credits. For his associate degree he needed 60 credits. He will have completed 72 by graduation time. Otterson, 18, is the son of Bill and Barb Otterson, Shell Lake. He has attended school at St. Francis in Spooner and in Shell Lake. Isaac’s mother has worked hard to keep him motivated and challenged in school. So when he came to his parents with his plans to enter college in his junior year of high school, they knew he was

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Eighteen-year-old Isaac Otterson is shown sitting in the common area of Ratzinger Hall at the University of Wisconsin - Barron County in Rice Lake. In a couple of months, Otterson will be graduating with an associate degree and a high school diploma. — Photo by Larry  Samson


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Cabaret this weekend

SHELL LAKE - The Shell Lake School District music department will present their annual Cabaret on Saturday, March 5, 7 p.m., at the Shell Lake Arts Center. Shell Lake High School and Middle School will provide an evening of entertainment with hors d’oeuvres served. A handmade quilt by Amy Skattebo will be raffled off. — from Shell Lake Music Department

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Rice Lake man sentenced for armed robbery of local banks MADISON - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Ricky White, 27, Rice Lake, was sentenced Tuesday, Feb. 23, by U.S. District Judge James Peterson to 128 months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for armed bank robbery. White was also ordered to pay $14,171 in restitution. White Ricky White pleaded guilty on Nov. 24, 2015, to rob-

bing Shell Lake State Bank in Stone Lake and Bremer Bank in Danbury back in 2014. White was involved with two other individuals, Jesse Sweeter, 21, and Kyle Langner, 24, both of Rice Lake, in a series of three bank robberies in Northwest Wisconsin in 2014. The robberies took place as follows: On May 2, 2014, Shell Lake State Bank in Stone Lake was robbed by White and Sweeter, who were both armed. Langner was the driver of the getaway vehicle. On May 28, 2014, Bremer Bank in Danbury was robbed by White, who was armed. Langner was the driver of the getaway vehicle. On July 16, 2014, Sterling Bank in Rice Lake


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Barronett Buddies compete in giant ski during Birkie week HAYWARD - The Barronett Buddies competed in the 50-yard giant ski competition in Hayward during Birkie week. The fifth-annual Birkie Giant Ski Race was held Thursday, Feb. 18, on Hayward’s Main Street. Each team is made up of six people on one pair of skis. Members of the Barronett Buddies team are skiers Tom and Audrey Cusick, Bill and Debbie Carothers, Tom Weston and Rick Stetler, with Joan Stetler and Julie Weston as cheerleaders. The average age for this team is 65 years old. Starting in January, the team trained every Thursday to prepare for the com-

petition. Bill Carothers made the giant skis to be used in training. During the race, 26-foot skis were provided for competitors, requiring everyone to work as a team. Keeping with tradition, the Barronett Buddies were decked out in red hats and birch-bark leggings. The team did about average, with a time of 55.56 seconds. “We were great! No one fell down and no one got hurt. We competed with wisdom, friendship and the joy of living in Northwest Wisconsin,” stated Tom Cusick. — with information from the Barronett Buddies

The Barronett Buddies giant ski team members are back row (L to R): Audrey Cusick, Julie Weston, Barronett Buddies work together to race down Hayward’s Main Street in the Birkie Giant Ski Debbie Carothers and Joan Stetler. Front: Tom Cusick, Tom Weston, Bill Carothers and Rick Stetler. Race held Thursday, Feb. 18. — Photos submitted

Shell Lake students attend choir clinic

The Shell Lake High School choir, under the direction of Paul Osborn, performed three songs during the music clinic that they have selected for the large-group music festival. Osborn is in his first year as a teacher at Shell Lake.

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Clinician Dr. Frank Watkins, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, worked with the Shell Lake High School choir on Thursday, Feb. 25, at the University of Wisconsin - Barron County. He helped the students prepare for the largegroup music festival to be held Tuesday, March 8, 2 p.m., at the Shell Lake High School. At the concert, area schools will be performing with their large bands and choirs.

SCOPE sponsors Birchwood’s trip to the Barnebirkie

​Sawyer County Outdoor Projects and Education​donated funding allowing Birchwood students to participate in the American Birkebeiner’s annual pre-event, the Barnebirkie, held Friday, Feb. 19, in Hayward. Birchwood students from first and second grade began cross-country ski lessons in January to prepare for their 1.2-mile race.  On the day of the race, more than 60 elementary students were each guided by a high school mentor. The two stayed side-by-side throughout the race. At this year’s Barnebirkie participants had a new challenge, the Birkie Bridge crossing Hwy. 63.  Despite the intimidating nature of this new task, all students completed the full race with smiles on their faces. — Photo submitted

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Former WITC administrator announces candidacy for 75th Assembly District RICE LAKE - Joe Huftel, Rice Lake, has announced his candidacy for Wisconsin’s 75th Assembly District seat. On Nov. 8, all 99 Assembly Districts are up for election. Huftel said he is running for the 75th District to restore the voice of Northwest Wisconsin residents in the state Capitol. “One party control of Wisconsin politics has hurt our economy, our schools, our children and those seeking additional postsecondary training. It has eroded the safeguards that protect our clean air and waterways and stripped local control away from town boards, city and village councils and county government,” said Huftel, who will be running as a Demo-

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crat. In January, Huftel retired after 10 years as vice president and campus administrator for Wisconsin Indianhead Te c h n i c a l College. Huftel has worked

for more than 30 years in the public sector, the majority of that time in the field of K-12 and technical college educational administration, which include stints as a high school principal and assistant principal. “Throughout my career I’ve worked hard and never shied away from taking on new leadership responsibilities. Now, my friends, neighbors and co-workers have once again asked me to step up and put my leadership skills to work. I will not let them down.” A native of Menomonie, Huftel has been active in New Richmond and Rice Lake Rotary clubs. He serves on the Ro-

tary District 5960 Youth Exchange Foundation Board, is a member of the Rice Lake Elks Lodge and Walleyes for Tomorrow. Huftel previously served on the Rice Lake International Friendship Association’s Board of Directors and was a member of the Rice Lake Lions Club and Rice Lake Curling Club. The 75th Assembly District includes all of Barron County, individual towns in Burnett, Dunn, St. Croix and Polk counties, and 10 towns in southern Washburn County. — with information from Joe Huftel

Search of Birchwood residence reveals over 4 pounds of drugs Two men charged Danielle Danford | Staff writer SHELL LAKE - Two local men have been charged in connection to the discovery of 4.25 pounds of marijuana found in a village of Birchwood residence according to the Birchwood Police Department. Wade Pfalzgraf, 36, Birchwood, and Francis Bucsko, 39, Luck, have been charged with several offenses in connection that significant amount of drugs

Wade Pfalzgraf Francis Bucsko found during a search of their residence by law enforcement on Friday, Feb. 19.

Pfalzgraf has been charged with possession of over 1,000 grams of THC with the intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a drug place. Bucsko has been charged with possession of a schedule four controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of burglary tools. Schedule four controlled substances are drugs, substances or chemicals that have a low potential for abuse and low risk of dependence. Some examples of schedule four

drugs include Xanax, Valium, Ambien and Tramadol. Both men have appeared in Washburn County Circuit Court and were later released on $500 cash bonds. The search was executed with a warrant by the Birchwood Police Department, the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation, Washburn, Sawyer and Barron county sheriff’s departments. is “sold” on its new Shell Lake location Danielle Danford | Staff writer SHELL LAKE - Shell Lake is now home to a full-service real estate company,, but don’t let the name fool you. “Sometimes people think just because our name is Lakeplace we only do waterfront, but we do it all and we have done it all,” said Dave McNulty, broker for in Shell Lake. The experienced Lakeplace staff, like McNulty, handle properties from residential to land and water. McNulty joined Lakeplace Realty just over two years ago in the company’s Siren office. He brought Lakeplace to Shell Lake because of the opportunity he saw in the Shell Lake community. “I just saw a need for a real estate agent here in Shell Lake because Shell Lake didn’t have a real estate company,” said McNulty. The Shell Lake office, located at 21 5th Ave. between My Favorite Things and Fallen Leaves Consignment Store, is also the office to Marianne Rigby, buyer’s agent, who has over 30 years of experience in real estate, and Noreen Barnes, office assistant. “We hope to be the top real estate office not only in Shell Lake but throughout the area,” said McNulty. Having the opportunity to work directly in his home community is not lost on McNulty. He and his wife, Janine, have three boys, ages 6, 12 and 14, who attend Shell Lake Schools. “Lakeplace just wants to be really actively involved in this community. We want to be a presence in the community,” said McNulty, who coaches youth football and basketball. McNulty is also president

“We are just really excited to be here and we want people to know, stop in and see us. We are a full-service real estate company, the local go-to people.”– Dave McNulty

Marianne Rigby, left, and Dave McNulty are the experienced staff at the new Real Estate office at 21 5th Ave. in Shell Lake. They are excited to help you buy or sell property of all sizes and varieties. — Photo by Danielle Danford of Theatre in the Woods, a nonprofit community theater based in Shell Lake. “I love the lake, we like the town and we hope to be here as long as we can,” he said. That’s a reasonable goal for the two-time top-producing agent. In 2015, McNulty was recognized for being the top-producing Lakeplace agent for Min-

nesota and Wisconsin combined, tallying sales of $11 million in total property sold. In 2014, he made top-producing Lakeplace agent with $10 million in total property sold. Currently, McNulty and Rigby have 35 listings and a constant supply of buyers actively looking for property in the area.

Otterson/from page 1 ready. When asked how his college friends felt about his being 16 and in college, he stated that he did not tell them how old he was. Colleges and college students are used to older students returning to college in their 30s or 40s, but younger students are unusual. The Youth Option program is open to qualifying high school juniors and seniors to take postsecondary courses at a UW

institution, a Wisconsin technical college, one of the state’s participating private nonprofit institutions of higher education, or a tribal college. The school will pay for the tuition of approved courses. In Otterson’s case, the Shell Lake School District paid for 18 hours of classes and the balance he paid for with his part-time job. The hardest adjustment for Otterson was the difference between going to high

school, where most of your work was at school, to college, where you were on your own to do your work. Come fall, Otterson plans to attend the University of Minnesota or the Milwaukee School of Engineering. He plans to get a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering.

consecutive seven years’ imprisonment for brandishing a firearm during the Bremer Bank robbery. Additionally, the 44-month federal sentence will run concurrently to a six-year sentence White is currently serving in state prison after being convicted of robbing a gas station in Eau Claire.    The conviction of White is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Barron, Burnett, Sawyer,

Chippewa and Washburn county sheriffs’ offices; and Rice Lake and Eau Claire police departments. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Julie S. Pfluger and Timothy M. O’Shea. — from Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of Wisconsin

Sentencing/from page 1 was robbed by Sweeter, who was armed. On July 24, 2015, Sweeter was sentenced to 114 months in federal prison for his role in the Shell Lake State Bank and Sterling Bank robberies. On Jan. 6, Langner was sentenced to 114 months in federal prison for his participation in the robbery of Shell Lake State Bank and Bremer Bank.  White’s sentence consisted of 44 months imprisonment for the bank robberies and a

“We are close enough to the Twin Cities that people are always looking for lake property or just a getaway. My feeling is the market is strong,” he said. McNulty reports that for the last two years home values have increased year over year and that the forecast for 2016 looks the same. “This time of year is a really great time to put your home on the market if you’re thinking about selling,” he said. From a buyer’s standpoint, McNulty said it is important to take the time to look at properties firsthand because that in-person experience can make a difference in what can be a person’s biggest financial decision. “We are just really excited to be here and we want people to know, stop in and see us. We are a full-service real estate company, the local go-to people,” said McNulty. Lakeplace in Shell Lake can be reached at 715-416-0511.

Road bans go into effect WASHBURN COUNTY - Washburn County road bans will into effect on Monday, March 7, at 12:01 p.m. Notices will be posted on the Washburn County Highway Department website co.washburn., department listings, highway, will be sent to local newspapers and are available by calling the highway department at 715-635-4480. The following Washburn County roads are posted at 6-ton maximum for any single-axle vehicle and 10-ton maximum for any two-axle vehicle under eight feet apart: CTH BB from CTH B to the Sawyer County Line; CTH E from Hwy. 63 south and west to CTH M; CTH F from Hwy. 63 west to Swanson Road; CTH F from Hwy. 53 west to CTH K; CTH F loop from CTH K to Hwy. 77; CTH G from Hwy. 77 north to Douglas County line; CTH I from Hwy. 77 to the end; CTH M from Hwy. 70 north to Hwy. 63; CTH M from Stanberry Road north to Hwy. 77; CTH P from CTH B to CTH D. This list is subject to change pending conditions. — from WCHD


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Quinn hails advances on Rural Wisconsin Initiative MADISON - On Jan. 13, Reps. Romaine Quinn, R-Rice Lake, Ed Brooks, R-Reedsburg, and Travis Tranel, R-Cuba City, launched the Rural Wisconsin Initiative, a package of bills aimed at improving educational, workforce, health care and technological opportunities. The first two bills in the package, Assembly Bills 820 and 793, passed the state Assembly with broad bipartisan support. AB 820 establishes the Broadband Forward! community certification. This is a certification that municipalities can voluntarily choose to pursue that signifies the community will abide by certain time frames and fee structures when it comes to expanding broadband. The resulting certainty is positive for municipalities and telecommunications companies and smooths the expansion process. AB 793 expands the state’s teacher loan

The Spooner Area School District held a staff professional development day on Friday, Feb 19. The day was focused on integrating technology into the classroom. — Photo submitted

program. Under the current program, teachers who meet certain criteria are eligible for up to $10,000 in loans for three years, with 25 percent of those loans being forgiven if the teacher continues to teach in Milwaukee and receives a teacher rating of proficient or distinguished. Passage of this bill expands the program to include teachers in rural areas. “I am very proud to have been able to work on advancing the cause of rural Wisconsin,” said Quinn. “With the support of my rural colleagues, we have made real progress in improving opportunities for rural residents in education and Internet access. I look forward to making continued progress on this initiative when the Legislature returns to session.” Both bills are now on their way to the Senate. — from the Office of Rep. Quinn


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No-cost senior fitness testing coming in March Danielle Danford | Staff writer SHELL LAKE - Don Ross and Deb Nebel care. They care about the physical fitness of their community members, especially those age 60 and older. “Quality of life doesn’t have to diminish. Life can be as much fun as it was when you were a little younger as long as you’re able to remain mobile in the community. There’s really no limit. I had a 95-year-old lady who was doing standing tai chi,” said Ross, who is a certified fitness trainer and tai chi instructor. Recently Ross and Nebel attended a new fitness class offered by the National Exercise Training Association. “Don and I both decided this is something we could bring back and integrate into our classes. We didn’t know that we were going to learn about this senior fitness testing that was part of the class,” said Nebel, owner of Vitality Village and a chair yoga instructor. Together Nebel and Ross have organized a free senior fitness testing program for Tuesday, March 22, at 10 a.m. in Vitality Village, 246 Industrial Blvd., Shell Lake. The national standardized test will measure an individual’s stamina, endur-

ance, flexibility and strength. “The goal is to see how many, for instance, exercises on the barbell you can do within 30 seconds,” said Ross. The program will be a two-hour event where people can come when they can and leave when they have completed the test. For Ross, a senior himself at age 77, offering the senior fitness testing was a way for him to give back. “The test is about educating people, motivating people and establishing that baseline that they may need improvement on. It’s not a pass, fail, it’s to encourage,” said Nebel. The results of the test will serve as an individual’s baseline, a place to see where they are at so after a period of time, like six months during which they have been following recommendations, they can see their improvement. The test is gauged for people 60 and older but if younger people are interested in participating they are more than welcome. Those people’s goal would be to score above average in the 60 age group. The tests could help people in recovery from a medical condition, no matter their age. However, people that have had a stroke, heart attack, surgery or other

Don Ross, left, and Deb Nebel have organized a no-cost senior fitness testing for Tuesday, March 22, at 10 a.m.,  in Vitality Village. The national standardized test will measure an individual’s stamina, endurance, flexibility and strength. — Photo by Danielle Danford 

medical condition should consult their doctor to make sure participating in the test is within their physical limitations. “Because we don’t want to aggravate an injury just by doing this test,” explained Nebel and Ross. The test can also be modified to fit an individual’s needs, which will be noted in their results. Ross and Nebel explained that the biggest reason they are offering the testing

is to help people understand where their physical fitness level exists to maintain their quality of life. Participants are encouraged to bring an extra pair of workout shoes, perferably tennis shoes. They hope to hold another senior fitness test program in Spooner sometime in April. For more information, please contact Nebel at Vitality Village at 715-468-2232.

involve construction of a new 30-inchdiameter pipeline with a capacity of 375,000 barrels per day of crude oil. The Wisconsin portion would be part of the larger Sandpiper project extending from the Bakken Shale region in North Dakota through Minnesota to Superior. The proposed project also would include replacement of an existing 34-inch-diameter pipeline, known as Line 3, with a 36-inchdiameter pipeline capable of carrying 760,000 barrels per day. Both pipelines would cross approximately 14 miles of land in the Town of Superior, village of Superior and city of Superior and terminate at the Enbridge Superior Terminal. The DNR’s draft EIS and other infor-

mation can be found by visiting DNR. and searching for Enbridge Sandpiper. — from WisDNR ••• BARRONETT - At approximately 6:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 19, a 200-pound tire and wheel came off a lowboy trailer and crashed through the wall at Helstern’s Guitar Shop in Barronett. The tire went completely through the shop and almost exited the other side of the building, making a huge mess on the way through. Apparently the tire and rim came off a trailer owned by Haas Trucking. There were no injuries reported. — from the Cumberland Advocate  

AREA NEWS AT A GLANCE SUPERIOR - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will host two public hearing sessions on the draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Enbridge Sandpiper and Line 3 projects at 4:30 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 10, at the Superior Public Library, 1530 Tower Ave., one-half block south of Belknap Street. Recommended parking is in the north parking lot, or on a nearby street. They will begin with a brief overview of the environmental impact statement process. Interested stakeholders will have the opportunity to present comments orally or submit in writing. The sessions provide one of several means for stakeholders to

deliver comments on the draft environmental impact statement for the Enbridge Sandpiper Pipeline construction and Line 3 replacement projects proposed for northwestern Douglas County. Additional information, including the draft environmental impact statement, is available at: html. Comments can be provided at the hearing sessions as public testimony or in writing, and written comments are accepted through Wednesday, March 25. Comments can be mailed to Jeff Schimpff (EA/7), Wisconsin DNR, Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921 or sent by email to The proposed Sandpiper project would

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support group to meet SPOONER - Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support group’s monthly meeting will be Tuesday, March 15, at Riverstreet Family Restaurant, 519 N. River, in Spooner. Any relative providing care as a parent is welcome to attend. Meetings are casual and participants are welcome to stop in anytime between 8-9:30 a.m. for complimentary coffee, breakfast and conversation.

Shell Lake Lions Calendar Winners Feb. 22 - $35 Gene Rigstad, Shell Lake Feb. 23 - $35 Lou Ann Misasi, Ponca City, Okla. Feb. 24 - $35 Ken LaFaive, Chetek Feb. 25 - $35 Joe Hastreiter, Rice Lake Feb. 26 - $300 Brian Marschall, Shell Lake

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Incentive punch cards tally attendance at support group meetings. GrandFamily events as well as classes, programs and family-fun events sponsored by Lakeland Family Resource Center also count toward fulfilling incentive cards. Summer schedule changes slightly as

Register memories 1956 – 60 Years Ago

• Raymond Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.R. Miller, and Connie Lundewall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Lundewall, all of Shell Lake, were named to the dean’s list at La Crosse State University. • Gus Barteli and Neil Rydberg treated the basketball team and cheerleaders to steaks at Tiptown after the game at Turtle Lake. • A group of friends entertained at a housewarming party held for Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lemke. • Mr. and Mrs. Roy Slater had their infant son baptized by Father Augustyn.

1966 – 50 Years Ago

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• The faculty from Shell Lake High and Junior High had a farewell party for Don Aderman at the Darrell Aderman home. • Little Tommy Smith returned to his home after a brief stay at the Shell Lake Memorial Hospital. • Timothy Ross, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Ross (Susan Hoefer), formerly of Shell Lake, was baptized at Salem Lutheran Church in Shell Lake. • In the final conference game of the season, Shell Lake defeated Prairie Farm, 75 to 73. The final quarter was extremely hard fought for the Lakers. Gary Bartels led the Lakers with 25 points, followed closely by Dale Hansen with 21.

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• Senior players on the Shell Lake basketball team were Ed Soltis, Chuck Hofmann, Pat Axon, Rick Ruhl and Steve Lewis. • Mary Wennerberg, Mavis Flach, Virginia Pederson, Marilyn Deerly and Shirley Volkman were among the guests that

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GrandFamily events are offered. Last summer, families participated in mucking with the National Park Service, swimming, doing paint-your-own pottery and attended the annual pontoon and pizza party. For more information, please call

1976 – 40 Years Ago

Lakeland Family Resource Center at 715635-4669.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support group is funded in part by Washburn County ADRC and private donations. — from LFRC

compiled by Suzanne Johnson attended a baby shower for Karen Ullom. • The former Donna Crosby was honored with a cradle shower at the Glen Crosby home. Donna and her husband lived in Green Bay. • A preliminary total of $101 for the Wisconsin Heart Association’s Heart Fund Drive in Barronett was reported by Mable Olson and Donna Ness who headed the local fundraising.

1986 – 30 Years Ago

• James Scharhag, Washburn County zoning administrator, submitted his resignation to Washburn County Board Chairman Eugene Barrett. • Chuck Hile repeated his third-place finish in the state high school wrestling tournament at UW-Madison while Eric Nielsen finished fourth. Brad Flach also competed at state. The matches at state brought to an end Shell Lake High School’s wrestling season that brought them both regional and sectional championships. • A Lifeline program, which would allow elderly and disabled persons to live independently in their homes while being hooked up to an alert system, was to be implemented by Shell Lake’s Indianhead Medical Center Auxiliary. • Several conservation awards were presented at the annual Farmers Institute. Awards included wind erosion control, George and Audrey Greenfield; outstanding service, Pat and Lorraine Barrett; Conservation Farmers of the Year, Darryl and Wilma Johnson; and the award for streambank erosion control was accepted by Jim Varro, county forest administrator.

1996 – 20 Years Ago

• The Shell Lake Lions donated

$1,325.57 to Shell Lake Schools for the QUEST program. Making the presentation was Lion Mike Pesko. Accepting the check was Superintendent Roger Hulne. • A surprise 80th birthday party was held at Westside Manor in Shell Lake for Helen Pease. • Marine Pvt. David M. Trepanier, son of Cheryl Stanley, Shell Lake, completed the Basic Assault Amphibian Vehicle Crewman’s Course at Camp Pendleton, Calif. • Matt Reimann, Shell Lake, and Evelyn Cameron, Sarona, performed in the University of Wisconsin Center - Barron County drama department’s musical “The 1940s Radio Hour.”

2006 – 10 Years Ago

• Dale Forseth, Cumberland, caught a 5-pound, 4.5-ounce northern at the Shell Lake Lions Fishing Contest. He won $100 for having the largest northern. Other $100 winners were Troy Forseth, Cumberland, 3-pound, 2-ounce walleye; Bob Parker, Shell Lake, 3-pound, 1-ounce bass; and John Weaver, Conrath, 2.5-ounce panfish. • Shell Lake Lions Club members and their spouses participating in an eyeglass mission in Mexico were Bill and Lynne Taubman, Sharon and Rudy Kessler, and Rudene and Bob Krueger. • Mr. and Mrs. Gerard Buser, Middleton, announced the engagement of their daughter, Sara, to Aaron Hubin, son of Jim and Pat Hubin, Shell Lake. A July 15 wedding was planned. • A new addition doubled the size of Organized Chaos. A new nursery and office were added to Lake Park Alliance Church.


March family education programs announced CUMBERLAND - The Alzheimer ’s Association has announced education programs for those who have questions about Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. There is no charge to attend. These workshops are open to families and caregivers and presented by Alzheimer’s

Association staff and trained representatives. Registration is not required. These programs are made possible, in part, by funds raised through the Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. The following workshops will be held at Cumberland Healthcare, 1110 7th Ave.,

ers. Part 1, 4-4:30 p.m.; part 2, 4:30-5 p.m.; and part 3, 5-5:30 p.m. For more information about Alzheimer’s disease and local services visit alz. org/gwwi or call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900. — from Alzheimer’s Association

Cumberland, on Wednesday, March 16. Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers – Middle Stage: This is a three-part series to learn helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care. In the middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease, care partners now become hands-on caregiv-

Dr. Seuss’ birthday to be celebrated SHELL LAKE - Dr. Seuss’ birthday will be celebrated during story hour at the Shell Lake Public Library on Thursday,

March 3, from 10:30-11:15 a.m. The library will be giving away Dr. Seuss gift bags to the first 24 participants.

March 5, to enter them in a raffle to win a Dr. Seuss prize bag. One entry per day, per child, please. — from SLPL

Parents and caregivers are also encouraged to bring their children, birth through 8 years old, in anytime until Saturday,

“Blithe Spirit” to be performed at UWBC the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a seance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira, after the seance. Elvira makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles’s marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or


Thursday-Saturday, March 3-5 • St. Francis de Sales School presents “Shrek The Musical Jr.,” Thursday and Friday 7 p.m.; Saturday 1 p.m. Reservations may be made by calling the school office at 715635-2774. Thursday, March 3 • Aphasia Group, 10-11:30 a.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, Spooner. Call 715-5207999. • Northwest Wisconsin Parkinson’s Disease Support Group,  1 p.m., lower level at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Shell Lake. • Free community meal, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 409 Summit, Spooner, 4-6 p.m. All welcome. Donations accepted. Friday, March 4 • Spooner GFWC Women’s Club will meet,  1 p.m., at the Spooner Methodist Church.  Topic will be an update on the humane society shelter.  Guests and visitors are welcome.  For more information, contact Pat at 715-865-2250. • Father/Daughter Ball, Shell Lake Community Center, 6 p.m., organized by Lake Park Alliance Church. Please make reservations at 715-766-2010. Saturday, March 5 • Shell Lake High School Jazz Cabaret, 7 p.m., Shell Lake Arts Center.


Sunday, March 6 • AAA Sportshop 10th-annual Hoop Pa La Fishing Funday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Spooner Lake, Mann Road Landing. Food and beverages, door prizes, prizes for fish caught. For more information, call 715635-3011 or 715-520-2793. Bring an item for the food pantry. Monday, March 7 • Dining at 5, Minong Senior Citizen Center. Call 715-466-4448, 24 hours in advance. • Shell Lake/Spooner Masonic Lodge 221 meeting, 7 p.m. at the lodge. Tuesday, March 8 • Moms Club meets at Faith Lutheran, Spooner, 10 a.m. • Shell Lake Book Club to discuss “Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein, 6 p.m., Lakeview Bar and Grill. Wednesday, March 9 • Free community meal, 4-6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 135 Reinhart Dr., Shell Lake. All welcome. Donations accepted. • The board of directors for the Railroad Memories Museum meeting, 1 p.m., Spooner City Hall. All volunteers welcome. Thursday, March 10 • Shell Lake PTA Bingo for Beanies fundraiser at the 3-12 commons area. Dinner from 5-6 p.m. Bingo from 6-7 p.m.


• The Shell Lake Lions Club meeting, 6:30 p.m., Shell Lake Community Center. • Open Mic at The Dock Coffee, second Thursday of every month, 218 Elm St., Spooner.  Sign up 6 p.m., performances 6:30-9 p.m.  Call Carol McDowall with questions 715-416-0489. Friday, March 11 • Partners of Spooner Health System bake sale, 7:30 a.m. until gone, hospital lobby, 819 Ash St., Spooner. Proceeds to benefit various Partners projects. Saturday, March 12 • Washburn County Food Distribution in conjunction with Ruby’s Pantry, Spooner Middle School Tech Ed Building on Elm Street. Tickets 9 a.m. Distribution 9:30 a.m. Volunteers needed. Contact 715-635-9309,  715-4684017 or 715-222-4410. • Lakeland Family Resource Center’s third-annual Chilly Challenge winter plunge, chili cook-off and silent auction. Registration  noon to 2 p.m., jumping begins at 2 p.m., Shell Lake Community Center. For more information, call 715635-4669 or see website • Art of Film series, “Departures,” 7 p.m., Shell Lake Arts Center.


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Sunday-Wednesday, March 13-16 • Simulcast event, “Tragedy Into Triumph,” 6 p.m., Spooner Church of the Nazarene, N4584 Hwy. 253, Spooner. Call 715-635-3496 for more information or to RSVP for child care. Sunday night topic is addiction; Monday, loss; Tuesday, adversity; Wednesday, abortion. Sunday, March 13 • Daylight saving time begins. Monday, March 14 • Dining at 5, Shell Lake Friendship Commons. Call 715-468-4750, 24 hours in advance. Tuesday, March 15 • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support group, Riverstreet Family Restaurant, 519 N. River, Spooner. Any relative providing care as a parent is welcome to stop in anytime between 8-9:30 a.m. for complimentary coffee, breakfast and conversation. • Spooner High School production of “Hello Dolly!” 7 p.m., in the high school auditorium. Wednesday, March 16 • Shell Lake Public Library Board of Trustees meeting, 4 p.m., at the library. The public is welcome. Thursday & Friday, March 17 & 18 • Spooner High School production of “Hello Dolly!” 7 p.m., in the high school auditorium.

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Advocates use texting hotlines to reach teens in abusive relationships MADISON - February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. This year a number of Wisconsin domestic violence shelters and service providers are using a relatively new method to connect with teens who are experiencing dating abuse – texting helplines. In the last year, five agencies have added texting helplines. End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, the statewide coalition of local domestic violence service providers, estimates that about 10 programs currently have the service. “Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month is an especially appropriate time to recognize the enhanced efforts domestic violence advocates have made to help young people who are victims of dating violence,” said Patti Seger, executive director of End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin. “Teen dating violence is unbelievably common, with one in three teens experiencing dating abuse at some point in their early years. Connecting with these teens and interrupting the cycle of violence is a positive step advocates can take to build a more peaceful future.” Agencies that have established texting helplines report that many individuals, especially teens, prefer texting as a way of communicating with an advocate. They also say some victims find that texting is a safer way to ask for help. 

Katie Bement, of TimeOut, which serves Rusk, Price and Washburn counties in northern Wisconsin, believes her agency made the right move when establishing a texting helpline a few month ago, and she expects more organizations will add the service. “As a crisis agency serving a large, rural area, connecting with victims – especially teens – can be a significant challenge,” explained Bement. “Our texting line is an effective way to give the community another way to access our services. Based on our experiences, I think texting hotlines will become a more and more common way to respond to the needs of survivors across the state.” The text line is 715-5323640. — from TimeOut

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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Hunt Hill to host soup lunch and owl hike SARONA - Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary, in Sarona, will be hosting a soup lunch at noon on Tuesday, March 8.  Registration is not required. Warm yourself with a bowl of soup while enjoying camaraderie and conversation. The soup lunch will be followed by a presentation on purple martins by Toni Bernhardt. Volunteers are always appreciated to make and bring a menu item. Please call Hunt Hill if you’re interested in helping out. There is no set fee, however, donations for lunch are accepted and appreciated. The final soup lunch will take place on April 12.  An owl hike is set from 7-8:30 p.m., on Friday, March 18. Learn all about owls with Chris Cold, Wisconsin DNR wildlife

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Opportunities for educational instructors to participate in an innovative approach to summer school programming SPOONER - Spooner Area Community Education aims to put forth an innovative approach to summer school programming. SACE encourages leaders in the summer program to engage children through enhancement, extension and remediation of educational experiences offered during the school year. The Spooner Area Community Education summer school runs a morning

• Library Fun For Little Ones, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Shell Lake Public Library. Stories, craft and a snack. No age minimum or maximum for participants. Thursday & Monday: Washburn County Alzheimer’s Day Respite Program, see listing above. Friday & Saturday: Washburn County Research Room at the historical museum, Shell Lake, open by appointment. Call 715-6352319. ••• Domestic abuse and sexual assault are crimes. TimeOut provides free, confidential victim support, call 715-635-5245. •••

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educator. Cold will give a lively presentation on Wisconsin’s many owl species, and participants will get the chance to meet a live owl. The program includes a short night hike to call and listen for barred owls. The evening will wrap up with a warm campfire, including s’mores. Cost is $7 per person or $16 per family of three or more. Hunt Hill members are $5 per person or $12 per family of three or more. Registration is not required for either of these upcoming events. For more information, call Hunt Hill at 715-635-6543, email, or visit website — from Hunt Hill



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Bubble bath and library book, not a good mix s the snow was gently falling from the sky, the sleeping while still in the tub, I realized that the book A wind began to swirl it around, and the temwas reading was getting very close to the water. I Beyond the Iremember perature dropped as the sun dipped beyond the horithinking, “Don’t drop the book!” My comzon. Since I was done being outside for the day and I mand to myself was happening at the same time I felt wasn’t too interested in the program Milt was watchbook slide from my grasp and gently slip, separatoffice door the ing on TV, I decided to take a nice warm bubble bath. ing the bubbles as it made a sickening little splash into The tub was filled with very warm water and a large amount of bubbles. The pouring into the water of an aromatherapy lavender-vanilla stress-relief bubble bath created the bubbles. I gently stepped into the tub for a soaking time of luxury. There is just something about the effect of warm water. What a privilege to soak away the stress of the day and to warm the body up before heading off for a good night’s sleep. While soaking in the tub I usually like to do a little reading.

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When comic strips were funny my hometown in Illinois, we had two weekly papers. There was another, a daily, in a larger nearby town. They were political, and often controversial, and folks argued and hashed over the editorials. We also had the Chicago daily papers. Buying a Sunday paper was a ritual for many people. Cartoons were there for us to laugh at, and the comic strips provided us with gentle humor to our delight. Our first American political cartoonist was Benjamin Franklin. The comic strips came later, with the big papers in New York fighting for readership trying new things. The first comics were about low characters like hobos and drinkers. They became more civilized and really funny. People took to them, bought papers, and subscribed, just to keep up with the comic strips. There were four all-time favorite comic strips. We can argue which is the top one, but most would agree that Al Capp’s “Li’l Abner” is above the rest. Many strips have come and gone, but the young people today would never imagine the impact on the lives of people made by a simple little strip telling the events in a hillbilly town called Dogpatch. The genius who drew this comic strip was a household word during the 1950s and 1960s. Al Capp was a radio commentator, and frequent guest on variety television shows, appearing regularly on the “Tonight Show” with Steve Allen, then Jack Paar, then Johnny Carson. Merchandising of his characters sold products in ads and on labels, like cigarettes and Kickapoo Joy Juice. The fame of this little strip was tremendous. “Li’l Abner” had 60 million readers in 900 American newspapers, and 100 papers in 28 foreign countries. It all started, of course, with the creator of the comic strip. Alfred Gerald Caplin was born in New Haven, Conn., Sept. 28, 1909. His parents, Otto and Matilda

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Old wife’s tales Mary B. Olsen Caplin, had arrived in America as infants, emigrating from Russia. They were of Latvian Jewish heritage. Al had a normal childhood until at the age of 9 when he was run over by a trolley car. He was in a coma for days, and woke up to find his left leg had been amputated. The lifetime of coping with this handicap was probably why he became a satirist. He did poorly in school, but he finished high school. Al’s father was an amateur cartoonist and Al decided he would follow that profession. He excelled in drawing. He attended several art schools in Boston. He hitchhiked through the South and found the people unlike the North, poor folks without electricity and indoor plumbing. Almost everyone was poor during the Depression. Al went to Greenwich Village in New York and lived the Bohemian lifestyle among other hopeful writers. He became friends with Milton Caniff and worked for Ham Fisher, who had the strip, “Joe Palooka.” He went home and married his sweetheart, Catherine Wingate Cameron, in 1932. He was developing his strip, and United Features picked it up and ran it in eight papers, beginning Aug. 13, 1934. It was an immediate success. It was a well-drawn strip, with fascinating characters, and Al’s humor was certainly different. His story lines were incredible, and the characters caught the at-

Earth Notes Jen Barton their curbside recycling service as do a number of independent waste haulers servicing the two-county region. Even a good recycling program will not capture 100 percent of all potential recyclables, and some materials become unrecyclable through use or contamination. According to the DNR, some examples would be plastic jugs used for waste oil collection or greasy pizza boxes. There are also exceptions for emergencies, unintentionally contaminated materials, the approved beneficial reuse of a material within a landfill and certain plastics, if recycling is not feasible. The DNR administers and oversees the disposal bans and effective recycling program requirements and has shared responsibility with local units of government to enforce those provisions. The DNR is authorized to issue citations to and collect forfeitures from individuals and companies that violate the provisions enforced by the DNR. In general, however, the DNR’s implementation of the recycling law emphasizes achieving voluntary compliance through education and technical and financial assistance. Both

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tention of the public in a wav never seen before. The invented town of Dogpatch, Ky., was populated by poor folks like Li’l Abner Yokum and his mammy, Pansy, and his Pappy. People thought the name Yokum was from yokel and hokum but Capp said it was really from the Hebrew Joachim. There were Daisy Mae Scrags, who was Li’l Abner’s sweetheart, and folks like Marryin’ Sam, Grannie Scrags, the little man with a dark cloud over his head, Joe Btfsplk, who was a jinx. The “Schmoo,” was a little bowling-ball shaped animal that reproduced in abundance and willingly provided folks with their every need. Of course, they had to be destroyed. Also, in 1942, there was Tearless Fosdick, Capp’s answer to “Dick Tracy.” The strip ran from 1944 to 1977. Then there was the Sadie Hawkins Day Race. All the Dogpatch bachelors had to run when the mayor fired the starting gun, and the single ladies raced to catch the men. This was the start of the Sadie Hawkins Day dances so popular in those days, all over the country. For them, a girl asked a boy to the dance. Some wore hillbilly costumes and knee patches and they had fun. Daisy Mae and Li’l Abner were married March 31, 1952, in the comic strip. It was a national event. They soon had a child. Honest Abe. I remember how Li’l Abner found work to support his family. He became a crescent cutter. He cut those little slices of a moon that were carved into the doors of outhouses. Al Capp retired in 1977. His work was demanding, and he had several people work for him, but he always did detail work to keep the drawing of the best quality. He had the same wife until he passed away Nov. 5, 1979. They say he liked to chase women, but he did not drink. He left an impact on the cartoon world and our world as well. There were wholesome and old-fashioned values found in his work. Those who remember him miss his humor and his views of our country. Burnett and Washburn counties are Responsible Units. RUs operate under local ordinances that specify state and local recycling requirements and enforcement procedures for noncompliance. Waste professionals (that’s me) work cooperatively with residents and businesses on compliance issues. This past year, several issues have been targeted: Businesses not recycling — including construction sites; no recycling facilities offered by a business, such as hotels or campgrounds, or other commercial facility such as fairs or conferences; and no recycling facilities offered at apartment complexes. In addition, we continue to hear that some haulers are telling businesses that they do not have to recycle or asking potential customers whether they wish to recycle or not. This may lead them to believe that they have a choice and may mix recyclables in with their waste; this information is not correct. Everyone in Wisconsin — businesses, institutions and private citizens — must recycle under local ordinance consistent with state law, regardless of whether the waste material is disposed of in-state or out-of-state. Recycling has evolved from an environmentally sound choice to a necessary environmental duty. Have you ever had an experience where you were visiting someone’s home and they chose not to recycle? It is frustrating, isn’t it? Next time something like this happens, as you’re handing them your pop bottle, ask, “recycle?” If they say “yes, of course!” great, but if the response is “no,” take your bottle home. This will send a clear message that you are a recycler, an environmental steward, a conscientious consumer, and not afraid to show it! Keep on recycling! Questions or comments can be directed to Jen:, or 715-635-2197.


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Students participate in Science Olympiad regional competition MENOMONIE — On Saturday, Feb. 27, Shell Lake High School’s Science Olympiad teams competed in a regional tournament held at Menomonie High School. Shell Lake is a part of the West Regional, which is one of four regionals in the state. The Shell Lake students performed well and the gold team achieved a third-place finish as a team, advancing them to the state competition to be held at UW-Stout on Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April 2. Fifteen students medaled in one or more events. Keagan Blazer and Rafa Martinez-Avial earned a first in geocaching. Second-place finishes went to Daniel Parish and Blazer for electric vehicle; and Blazer and Kyley Williams in write-it-do-it. Earning third place were Caleb LaFave and MartinezAvial, hydrogeology; LaFave and Blazer, robot arm; Caitlin Brereton and MartinezAvial, chemistry lab; Andrew Martin and Carly Osborn, anatomy and physiology; KayDe Bontekoe, Williams, and Zach Melton, code busters; Parish and Blazer, game on; and Bontekoe and MartinezAvial, astronomy. Receiving fourth-place finishes were Courtney Melton and Nathaniel Wingler, mystery design; Wingler and Marty Anderson, bridge building; and Clare Walker and Courtney Melton, protein modeling. The individual medal count was Blazer, five; Martinez-Avial, four; Bontekoe, three; Parish, Wingler, Courtney Melton, LaFave and Williams, two; Brereton, Walker, Anderson, Tims, Zach Melton, Martin and Osborn, one each. — from Shell Lake Schools

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Shell Lake High School Science Olympiad Gold Team received a third-place finish at the Science Olympiad regional tournament in Menomonie and will advance to state competition in April. Members, in no particular order, are Rafa Martinez-Avial, Savannah Soltis, Caitlin Brereton, Caleb LaFave, Zach Melton, KayDe Bontekoe, Daniel Parish, Keagan Blazer, Marty Anderson, Nathaniel Wingler, Courtney Melton, Kyley Williams, Allison Tims, Clare Walker and Meredith Kevan.

ACCIDENT REPORT On Tuesday, Feb. 16, at approximately 12:59 p.m.,  Wendy Podulke, 48, Spooner, was driving a 2003 Dodge Intrepid when it slid into the ditch at the intersection of Debbie Drive and Green Valley Road in the Town of Bashaw. No injuries or damage were reported and the vehicle was removed from the ditch. On Wednesday, Feb. 17, at approximately 7 p.m., Floyd Burkel, 77, Louisville, Ky., was operating a snowmobile in the area of Leisure Lake Road and Rosewood Road in the Town of Casey. Burkel was part of a group of 10 other snowmobiles when his snowmobile crashed into a tree as he was negotiating a corner. Burkel suffered some memory loss and had leg and elbow pain as a result of the accident. It is believed that Burkel, a firsttime snowmobiler, had panicked while negotiating the curve and hit the throttle instead of the brake, causing the snowmobile to accelerate and hit the tree. Burkel was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and received medical treatment. Washburn County sheriff’s deputies, Spooner Fire Department, North Memorial Ambulance and Minong fire chief and fire rescue responded to the accident. On Friday, Feb. 19, at approximately 7 a.m., Kriss Novak, 55, Minnetonka, Minn., was northbound on Smith Bridge Road just north of Nancy Lake Road in the Town of Minong when her 2008 GMC Envoy slid into the ditch. The vehicle was unoccupied when law enforcement arrived on-scene. The vehicle was removed from the ditch by a tow truck. No injuries or damage

were reported. On Friday, Feb. 19, at approximately 9 p.m., Joseph Durand, 26, St. Croix Falls, was eastbound on CTH A in the Town of Evergreen when he lost control of the 1999 Jeep Cherokee on the wet, icy roadway. The vehicle slid sideways into the ditch, rolled twice and came to rest on its wheels. Durand and his passenger, Taylor Stowell, 23, Centuria, were transported to the emergency room by friends. The vehicle was towed due to damage. On Friday, Feb. 19, at approximately 10:08 p.m., Sherry Behrends, 48, Ham Lake, Minn., was eastbound on Hwy. 70 just west of CTH M in the Town of Crystal when she lost control of the 2001 Ford E150 she was driving, due to icy road conditions. The vehicle, which was towing a snowmobile trailer and had four occupants, left the roadway and rolled onto its side. No injuries were reported. The vehicle had moderate damage to the front, driver’s side and rear. On Friday, Feb. 19, at approximately 11:28 p.m., Seth Quinton, 20, Spooner, was driving a 2004 Ford F150 on Hwy. 70 just east of Hwy. 53 in the Town of Spooner when the vehicle slid into the ditch. No damage or injuries were reported. The vehicle was removed from the ditch by a tow truck. On Saturday, Feb. 20, at approximately 7:04 p.m., Janis Denhartog, 32, Dairyland, was driving on CTH I toward Minong when a large semi-type truck passed her going westbound but had moved too far over into the middle of the road causing Denhartog to drive into the ditch.

No injuries or vehicle damage were reported. The 2002 Pontiac Bonneville was removed from the ditch. On Sunday, Feb. 21, at approximately 6:54 p.m.,  Melissa McNitt, 27, Trego, was westbound on Hwy. 70 just east of 10th Street in the Town of Crystal when she hit a deer. No injuries were reported but the 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee she was driving had moderate damage to the front and driver’s side. On Monday, Feb. 22, at approximately 3:40 p.m., James Downs, 17, Gordon, was negotiating a curve on the access road to the Northwood School in the Town of Minong when the 2004 Buick LeSabre he was driving slid on the slippery road. Downs’ vehicle slid sideways across the other lane of traffic and went into the ditch on the opposite side of the road. Gavyn Haakenson, 16, Gordon, was driving behind Downs and was unable to stop the 1998 Chevy K1500 he was driving and slid into Downs’ vehicle. Downs said he had a sore neck but no other injuries were reported. The vehicles were removed by the owners. On Wednesday, Feb. 24, at approximately 9:30 a.m., Charmaine Metzinger, 78, Hayward, was driving a 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan when it slid into the ditch near the intersection of CTH B and CTH P in the Town of Beaver Brook. No injuries were reported, and the vehicle may have sustained damage under $1,000 and was towed. — Danielle Danford with information from the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office  

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Lady Lakers defeats Solon Springs in first round

Larry Samson | Staff Writer BAYFIELD - The Shell Lake girls basketball season came to an end with a 75-35 loss to Bayfield in the second round of the regional tournament held Friday, Feb. 26, in Bayfield. Bayfield went on to win the regional Division 5 championship after they beat Siren 65-63 on the following day, Saturday, Feb. 27. Bayfield will play Frederic on Thursday, March 3, in Superior in the semifinals of the sectional. The winner of that game will play for the championship in Spooner on Saturday, March 5, at 1 p.m. Shell Lake had defeated Solon Springs in the first round of the regional held in Solon Springs on Friday, Feb. 26. Shell Lake led through most of the game. With 20 seconds left in the game, Solon Springs scored five points to come within two points of winning. With time running out, Meredith Kevan tipped the ball as Solon Springs threw the ball in. Shell Lake held on for the win. The official stats for the game were not available at press time.

LEFT: Amanda Brereton with a jump shot against a Solon Springs defender.

RIGHT: Sheri Clark gets the shot off against Eagles defender Anna Flemman.

Photos by Larry Samson

Meredith Kevan and Grace Anderson relaxed when it became apparent that the Lakers had the game won. Shell Lake won the hard-fought first-round regional game 54-52. The game was Thursday, Feb. 25, in Solon Springs.

Grace Anderson with a shot against Eagles defender Alyssa Bjerklin in the first half of the game.

Boys basketball team holds Parents Night

Zach Jensen is shown with his parents, Bryan and Keri Jensen, at the Parents Night held Monday, Feb. 22. Zach is a freshman with a bright future on the basketball team.

Sean Heckel is shown with his mother, Tara Burns. – Photos by Larry Samson RIGHT: Nathaniel Wingler was with his family at Parents Night. Shown (L to R): Ryan, Marta, Nathaniel and Randy Wingler.



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Shell Lake wins over Flambeau

Larry Samson | Staff writer SHELL LAKE - The Shell Lake boys basketball team got their first win for the season in a hard-fought nonconference game in Shell Lake on Monday, Feb. 22. The Lakers finished with a 1-22 season and 0-12 in conference play. The team has struggled in recent years as they try to rebuild. There has been a declining number of students going out for basketball. Fewer student athletes seem willing to put themselves in the position of practicing hard if they think they are going to have a losing season. The numbers look good in the coming years due to the efforts of coach Dave Bouchard working with the younger players and rebuilding the desire to play basketball. In the win against Flambeau, the Lakers were able to put together an entire game. The Lakers have started out strong in the first half only to fall behind in the second half. Shell Lake led at halftime 27-19 and

held on in the second half to win 62-53. In the second half, Shell Lake scored 35-34 against Flambeau. Luke Pokorny and Evan Hungerbuhler each had 14 points, leading the Lakers in points. Andrew Martin and Zach Melton each had nine points to help with the win. Sean Heckel came into the game with one of his best performances of the year, adding eight points to the final score. Drew Johnson and Luke Fogelberg had a great night on defense, holding Flambeau to 53 points. The deciding factor of the game was that Shell Lake had only 11 turnovers. When the ball is controlled it keeps the defense on the court and provides opportunities for the offense. Shell Lake finished out the season with a home game against Drummond on Thursday, Feb. 25. Shell Lake lost 55-49 in a close nonconference game. Melton was the high scorer with 15 points followed by Johnson and Pokorny each with 12 points.

Drew Johnson drops a jump shot under the watchful eye of the official.

Evan Hungerbuhler drives between two Flambeau defenders on this layup. Shell Lake defeated Flambeau 62-53 on Monday, Feb. 22, in a home game. The win was their first win in many years and was well earned against a tough Flambeau team.

Zach Melton with a little hook shot against the Flambeau defenders. Melton is finishing out his last year of playing basketball for the Lakers.

Luke Pokorny with a layup. He was one of the lead scorers for the team with 14 points. Most of the points were earned under the basket. – Photos by Larry Samson



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Spooner wins barn burner against Cumberland

Dawson Patrick with a jump shot against a Cumberland defender. He had 12 points for the game as Spooner defeated Cumberland 55-53 in their last home game of the season on Thursday, Feb. 25. The Rails finished 2-12 in the Heart O’North Conference and 4-16 overall.

Reilly Hotchkiss gets this shot off against Cumberland defenders Andrew Barnes and Nik Burling. Hotchkiss was the top scorer for Spooner with 14 points.

Photos by Larry Samson

Online registration is open for spring ball SHELL LAKE – Until 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 29, registration is open online for all Shell Lake youth spring ball teams. Rosters will be built after registration is completed. Teams include T-ball, third- and fourth-grade softball and baseball; fifth- and sixth-grade softball and baseball; seventh- and eighth-grade softball, and U-14 Babe Ruth baseball. Go to and scroll down to the engaging minds, enriching lives, ensuring opportunities icon for Shell Lake School Community Programs. Parents can register all their youth athletes at

one time and also sign up or apply to coach a team. Participants and parents are required to attend a spring meeting on Thursday, March 31, 6 p.m., at the Shell Lake High School. At this meeting there will be an opportunity to receive team assignments and a practice schedule, as well as meet the coaches. Contact Keri Jensen, community ed, at 715-4687815, ext. 1337, or with registration questions. With coaching or team questions, please contact Jim Campbell at 715-468-7816, ext. 1154, or - from Shell Lake Schools

Tristin Nelson with a layup. The young freshman was brought up from JV for the game.

Reminder that it’s time to register for youth baseball SPOONER - Saturday, March 5, from 8:30-11:30 a.m., is the date to register for Spooner youth baseball. Registration will be held in the Spooner Middle School Commons. Players of T-ball through Babe Ruth should plan on registering during this time. Questions about registration may be directed to Terry Klein at 715-416-0454 or  — from SASD

Show and Sale Hockey athletes advance to state tournament hosts ice-fishing contest

Shell Lake and Spooner girls hockey athletes, as part of the Hayward Co-op team, will compete in the state tournament at Veterans Memorial Coliseum-Alliant Energy Center, Madison. The team will face Beloit Memorial in game five on Friday, The Washburn County Junior Livestock Show and Sale organization March 4. Hayward Co-op beat River Falls Co-op 4-3 to win their sectional final. Spooner athlete Alex Grubbs had three goals. Local hockey players shown (L to R) are Spooner athletes Rikki Saletri, Riley Hess, Grubbs and Jenna Curtis, along hosted their 36th-annual ice-fishing contest Saturday, Feb. 20, near Springbrook. In this photo, a northern caught by Bob Rand is being weighed. with Shell Lake athlete Kaelin Laub. — Photo submitted — Photo submitted  



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Betty Mardell Lutz Betty is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Charles Lutz, Shell Lake; also by three children, Mary (Dr. Bob) Baker, Iron Mountain, Mich., Steve (Linda) Lutz, Spooner, and Deanna (the Rev. Bruce) Loewenhagen, Waunakee; grandchildren, Benjamin (Stacey), Iron Mountain, Mich., Margaux (Sean) Mitera, New Richmond; Dr. Dane Baker, Iron Mountain, Mich., Elizabeth (Joseph) Tadisch, Sparta, and Michael (Sarah) Lutz, Stillwater, Minn.; great-granddaughters, Haddie Baker, Madeline and Erin Tadisch, Layla and Kelsey Mitera, and Charlotte Lutz. Betty is also survived by her last sibling, Charlotte

Roger E. Anderson Roger E. Anderson, 83, New Hope, Minn., passed away Feb. 21, 2016, in Robbinsdale, Minn.

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Lenten services SHELL LAKE - Area churches will be holding special Lenten services leading up to the celebration of Easter. Salem Lutheran Church, 803 Second St., Shell Lake, and United Methodist Church of Shell Lake, 135 Reinhart Dr., have released the following schedule for the Lenten season. Wednesday, March 2: 6 p.m. – UMC-SL; soup supper to follow; the Rev. Susan Odegard will preach. Wednesday, March 9: 6 p.m. - Salem; soup supper to follow; the Rev. Steve Miller will preach. Wednesday, March 16: 6 p.m. – UMC-SL; soup supper to follow; the Rev. Susan Odegard will preach. Maundy Thursday, March 24: 6 p.m. – Salem. Good Friday, March 25: 1 p.m. – UMC-SL. Easter Sunday, March 27: 9 a.m. – Salem worship service; 10 a.m. – Appalachia kids and parents make and serve breakfast.

Dewey-LaFollette During the week, Hank and Karen Mangelsen visited Maxine and Les Lindquist, Donna and Gerry Hines, Sandy and Dirk Benzer, Pam and Bob Bentz, Ronda and Maynard Mangelsen, and Nina and Lawrence Hines. Duane and John Otis, Maynard, Ronda and Lisa Mangelsen, Sue Fougner, and June and Lloyd Anderson went to Monroe to attend the funeral on Thursday of their cousin, Tom Melland.  Tom, who was in his mid-40s, drowned while fishing.  Sympathy is extended to the family. John and Diana Mangelsen visited Lawrence and Nina Hines on Thursday. Gerry and Donna Hines, and Lida Nordquist traveled to Savage, Minn., Friday to visit Nick and Esther Mangelsen. A number of women from this area went to the Spooner United Methodist Church on Friday evening to watch a video of Anita Renfroe, a Christian comedian.  The Spooner ladies provided

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 permitting. ••• BARRONETT - Barronett Lutheran will have soup and sandwich supper starting at 6 p.m. and then the Lenten service starting at 7 p.m. every Wednesday evening. ••• STONE LAKE – First Lutheran Church and Stone Lake Wesleyan will be sharing joint Lenten services. Pastor Ed Anderson and Pastor Tim Young will be leading the services, respectively. Living Lent is the theme for this year’s service series. Good Friday service will

Karen Mangelsen refreshments. Ronda and Maynard Mangelsen, Desi and Aubrey Rosselli, and Daisy Wohlford went to Forest Lake, Minn., Saturday to attend a birthday party for Madelyn Moore.  She is the daughter of Alan Hanna’s girlfriend. Lida Nordquist and Donna Hines were Saturday visitors of Nina and Lawrence Hines. Karen and Hank Mangelsen went to the Siren School on Saturday afternoon to watch their great-niece, Taylor Romsos, play basketball.  Taylor is in fourth grade at Hayward. Later, Hank and Karen visited April and Dave Close, and Jake, Holly, Hannah and Grace Mangelsen. Donna and Gerry Hines went to the Cumberland ECU on Sunday afternoon with other members of Timberland Free Lutheran Church.  They led a short worship service for the residents there. 

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Olson, Minnesota; and lifelong friends, Bev Babcok, Indiana, and Bonnie Powers, Florida; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; six siblings; son-in-law, Steve Walsh; and infant grandson, Maxwell Baker. Committal prayers were held Feb. 26 at Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Spooner, with the Rev. Dr. Bruce Loewenhagen officiating. The Skinner Funeral Home, Shell Lake, was in charge of the arrangements. A special thanks to Glenview Assisted Living.

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Betty Mardell Lutz, 86, Shell Lake, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, at Glenview Assisted Living Center. She was born Nov. 12, 1929, in Lincoln Township, Iowa, to Joseph and Hannah (Johnson) Espeland. She later moved to Shell Lake to live with her sister, Thelma, where she met Charles Lutz.  They were married in Nashua, Iowa, in the Little Brown Church In the Vale on Jan. 2, 1950. Betty worked at several family businesses including the Drive Inn, radio station and auction service and also worked as a real estate broker.  Betty and Charles attended the United Methodist Church in Shell Lake.


Frank is a young boy; he’s right around 1, He is a dog that I think will be fun. If you want active, a dog who’ll keep up, Then in my opinion, Frank is the right pup. Being part Lab that all makes sense to me, But what is he mixed with, could it be corgi? Whatever the mix, Frank is one happy dog, He can also jump up higher than a bullfrog. Frank may seem short when he stands on all four, But when he’s on two legs, he gains two feet more. If you come to visit, Frank has one request, He hopes you will walk him, ‘cause he likes walks best. Dogs for adoption: 10-month-old spayed black/white Lab/bluetick mix; 1-year-old male black Lab/corgi mix; 1-year-old female St. Bernard and an

11-month-old spayed brindle/white heeler mix. Cats for adoption: 1-1/2-year-old neutered gray/white longhair; 1-1/2-year-old spayed brown/black tabby; 8-month-old female black/ gray/white shorthair tabby; 8-month-old female orange/ white shorthair; 4-monthold female black/white shorthair; 3-1/2-year-old neutered black/white shorthair; 12-year-old spayed/ declawed shorthair calico; 8-month-old spayed orange/white shorthair tiger; 1-year-old male black medium-hair; 2-year-old female white/ gray/orange shorthair; 8-month-old female white/gray shorthair; and a 4-month-old male black shorthair. Strays include:  Adult male gray/ black siamese/tiger mix found on Aspen Way in Spooner. Remember to join us Saturday, March 19, at Northwoods Lanes in Spooner for our annual bowling fundraiser.

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AREA CHURCHES Episcopal St. Alban’s

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

Church of the Nazarene

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

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

Salem Lutheran, ELCA

Shell Lake Full Gospel


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

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church

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

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

Timberland Ringebu Free Lutheran

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

Trinity Lutheran


Spooner Wesleyan

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

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

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

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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

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

United Methodist

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.

eople criticized Jesus because He ate with sinners. We qualify to join Jesus at His meal. We give thanks for food. We also can give thanks that Jesus welcomes us. Give your thanks this week in church.

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Cornerstone Christian

Sunday, March 6, 2016 Fourth Sunday in Lent

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

Trego Community Church


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

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.

elp me, someone help me! I’ve fallen and can’t get up. Someone help me, please!” cried a lady in obvious pain and distress. Actually, there was no real person calling for help. It was a television commercial advertising personal security systems for people who live alone and might need help if they were to fall or were having a difficult time and had no one to rescue them. All of us know that feeling of being helpless, perhaps even hopeless, at times. Problems surface or seem to descend from the sky when we least expect them. We know they are beyond us, recognize our limits and cry out for help. Life’s demands are beyond us. They force us to see that we cannot take care of ourselves by ourselves. We are forced to reach out and up. There is something inside all of us that tells each of us that life is beyond every one of us. That something is a gift from God. He wants us to search for someone. It begins at birth when we utter that first cry for help not knowing who will respond. It only ends when we turn to him. Most of us have turned to God recognizing his power, strength and desire to help us. That need for him is normal and natural because he planted it there when he created us. He knew we would search for him, and he also knew that he would respond in love when we call on him to make us complete in Christ. David said those who say, “There is no God” are fools. Are they dumb or stupid or ignorant? No! They are fools because they choose to live life without God.

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Well, did everyone dig out their shorts? Yes, with the temps in the 50s it certainly felt like summer on Saturday, didn’t it? I guess summer won’t be far off so we’ll just settle for a peek of summer. A very happy birthday to Becky Rudolph, Aaron Melton and Turner Moe on March 3. Have a great day. March 4, a very happy birthday to Charity Petersen and to Pattie Beaufeaux. Enjoy your day with lots more to come. Gwen Mitchell and Lyle Atkinson, a very happy birthday to you on March 5 when you enjoy your special day. March 6, a very happy birthday to Jim Atkinson as he enjoys his special day with many more to come. Happy birthday March 7 to Skylar Leach and Carrie Sexton as they celebrate their special day with many more to come. Mackenzie Leach, a very happy birthday to you on March 7. Have a great day, Mackenzie.

the guests. We had a wonderful time visiting and eating a delicious angel food cake with strawberries. Dorothy Orth is home from the hospital and is recuperating nicely. Pastor Todd said that Leroy will have a chance to be Mr. Mom for a while, helping with the household chores while Dorothy continues to recover. Welcome home, Dorothy. Doug Huebner celebrated his birthday on Feb. 29. Wouldn’t it be great to have just one birthday every four years? Hope you enjoyed it, Doug. Geri Pittman made us a beautiful crocheted wall hanging with “Pieper” written out in filet crochet. We took it in to Island City Picture in Cumberland, and Leroy did a fantastic job framing it. It is now hanging in our dining room. Thanks, Geri, for the wonderful gift. Happy retirement to Judy Norton who retired last Friday. We all hope you have many years of being a busy lady of leisure. Oh, one other thing Sue Meier and I have been doing this week is binge watching the sixth season of “Downton Abby.” I don’t know what we are going to do when it’s over. The women of Barronett Lutheran will be meeting in the church basement this Thursday, March 3, at 7 p.m. I guess that’s about all I know from Barronett this week. Have a wonderful week, and I’ll see you next time.

away at Glenview on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Supper guests of Steve and Cheri Minot on Friday evening were Cheri and Preston Vaughn. Jeff Pederson spent a few days in Cross Plains visiting his cousin, Chad White, and also Mary and Keith White. Chad’s son, Kasson, also was there. He is 3-1/2 years old and loves to talk on the phone so I get to talk to him. Happy birthday to Arlys Santiago who celebrated her day at a friend’s house on Feb. 27. I hope you get better

from your cold that is lasting way too long. Lenten services continue on Wednesday evenings, alternating between Shell Lake Methodist Church and Salem Lutheran Church. Each week there is a variety of soup and sandwiches served afterward. A husband said to his wife, “What’s the matter, did I misplace the keys again?” “No,” his wife replied, “where’s the car?”

favorite sled and join in the fun. If you have any questions, please call Natasha at 715-520-3792. Stone Lake Music Night is set for Saturday, March 5, at the Stone Lake Lions Hall from 6:30-9 p.m. Come on out to dance or just relax to good live entertainment. The Acoustic Ramblers and guests invite all ages to this free community event. Irish music will be featured this month. The Gen. Harold Kissinger family generously awards $500 scholarships annually to area students of the medical profession in memory of Marilyn. This is the 18th

year the family has donated scholarships. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, you can pick up an application at the Stone Lake Medical Clinic, 16887 2nd St., Stone Lake, WI 54876, 715-865-6510 or Indianhead Medical Clinic, 113 4th Ave., Shell Lake, WI 54871, 715-468-7833. If unable to pick up an application, please email Application deadline is Friday, April 1. Have a good week and be safe. Mary Nilssen can be reached at 715-865-4008 or

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Wow, are we are having nice weather! It was 54 degrees last week with a bright sun. We don’t always have sun but it seems like the snow is shrinking some. We still have drifts around. Monday it was 27 degrees and sunny. We had a lot of good basketball games last week. Wisconsin beat Iowa 67-39. Visiting Lillian over the weekend were sisters Margaret Jones and Louise Schade. Sympathy to the family of Betty Lutz, who passed

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Modern Humor,” which was printed in 1938. There were jokes and poems in the book that were all Depression-era things, probably a little corny by today’s standards, but most of them are pretty funny anyway. There are 2,500 jokes in the book and this is joke No. 1,382. Terry read it straight from the book and it goes like this: “I ate a worm,” said the little tot in kindergarten. The teacher, thinking that perhaps the child had really done such a thing, protested warmly over the undesirability of the proceeding. “Why, just think,” she said as a final argument, “how badly the mama worm felt to have her little baby eaten up.” But the child’s triumphant rejoinder proved too much for the teacher. “I ate his mama, too.” Did they really talk like that back in the 1930s? Maybe so. Hopefully Terry will share some more jokes with us soon. He didn’t mention anything about pies. I always plan to take one over, but it seems that they just don’t last in this house. I’ll have to make one and sneak it over to him before anyone else knows it’s been baked. Anitia Lehmann was among the many spectators at the Spooner basketball tournament on Saturday. She was there to cheer on her grandson, DaShawn, and all the boys on the Cumberland seventh-grade team. The boys played three games and won them all. Great work, guys. Richard Pieper celebrated his 55th birthday on Friday. His girlfriend, Delores Schultz, hosted a party in his honor at their home in Barron. Duane and I were among

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I’m ready for spring, how about you? Saturday was such a beautiful day that it was nearly impossible to stay indoors. Actually, spring will officially be here in less than a month now, so maybe we will have lots more of this nice weather soon. Sue Meier traveled up from Monroe on Thursday to spend a few days with us. She, Pat Olson and I took advantage of the nice weather on Saturday and spent the day going from shop to shop in Spooner. I stopped by the bakery and picked up an angel food custard cake. Then, of course we hit all the gift shops and antique shops and bought some items we just couldn’t live without. Walter Bell’s memorial get-together was that afternoon at the Red Brick Café, and the place was filled to capacity. Walter passed away last fall and he had been having his birthday parties at the Red Brick for almost as long as Debbie Lehmann has owned it. He was a great guy, would have been 98 this year. People traveled from all around to visit with his family and share their Walter stories one more time. The friendly neighborhood moocher, aka Terry Goodrich, called a couple of weeks ago with a joke, and, from what I understand, Mae Broome has been waiting impatiently to find out what it is. Well, Mae, first I have to tell you a little bit about where he came up with it. Terry was at Pendleton Pawn last summer and was browsing at an outside flea market they had set up by the building. He found a book called “The Treasury of

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Saturday, Penny Ladd, Rem, Ry and Ree went to Baldwin for a basketball game. Rylee plays basketball and they played three teams. March is now here. March is great for birthdays. Come March 13 we turn our clocks ahead. March 20 is spring. March 27 is Easter. It’s early for Easter this year. March is certainly a very busy month. Saturday, Beth Crosby attended a baby shower for Kim Graves. Carrie and Beth, Robin and Jerry Denver, and Paul and Ellen Bergman went out to eat for the Bergman’s 49th wedding anniversary. Chad and Ashley and children Chase, Morgan and Joyel went to Orlando, Fla., and came home Saturday night. While in Orlando, they took in Disney World. They said they had a great time. Scatter sunshine! Have a great week!

Mary Nilssen

I hope everyone survived the Birkie. It was certainly an exciting weekend for many people, whether being a skier or a spectator. Stone Lake Lenten services continue with soup and a sandwich starting at 6 p.m. with service at 6:45 p.m. Please see the schedule posted in another section of the Register. Please mark Saturday, March 5, on your calendars. The Stone Lake community would like to invite everyone to the first-annual Stone Lake sledding party sponsored by the Stone Lake Lions Club. The fun begins on the top of the 1st Street hill at the Stone Lake Wesleyan Church and goes until 4 p.m. The church will be open to keep you warm and it will be free fun for everyone. Food, games and refreshments will be available, along with a rope lift and bonfire. So, slip on your warm clothes and grab your

New book club looking for members SHELL LAKE - A new book club has started in Shell Lake and it is looking for more members. The book club meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Lakeview Bar and Grill in Shell Lake. Amy Stormberg, director of the Shell Lake Public Library, will have a handful of books available at the library for checking out. Join in the discussion of books, meet

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other passionate readers, and if you’d like, enjoy a drink, and/or a meal. The club members have different tastes, and take turns choosing a book. This expands the reading experience and possibly how someone reads. The book to be discussed on Tuesday, March 8, is “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein. This book is described as, “A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty and hope. ‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’ is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life ... as only a dog could tell it.” (Amazon) If anyone has any questions on the group, please contact Sally Bartz at — submitted


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Our deepest sympathy to the family of Laurie Phernetton, 54, LaFollette, who passed away Feb. 20. May you know you are in our special thoughts and prayers. Tuesday, Feb. 23, found Diane Hulleman at Shell Lake Schools where she assists the staff. Friday found Mike and Nancy Murray coming to Diane’s for a visit. Mike fixed Diane’s computer. Our deepest sympathy to the family of Betty Lutz, wife of Chuck, who passed away Feb. 23. A service was held at the veterans cemetery. May you know you are in our special thoughts and prayers. Our deepest sympathy to the family of Wayne Kibler who died recently. He lost a brother this past year and brother Don died right out of high school. May you know you are in our special thoughts and prayers. Jody Atkinson stopped in on Saturday at his mom and dad’s, Myrna and Curt Atkinson’s. Son Ron was over for dinner.


Marian Furchtenicht visited Great-grandma Mary Krantz at Wood- daughters, Kathy Dahlstrom and Brenda Pedstone Senior Living. They brought her candy erson, were also there so we had a nice visit. for her birthday. Sam and Libbie DeTrent visited me after Willie and Vicki Lombard attended the fu- church on Sunday. They brought me treats. neral service for Wanda Espeseth-Puig, 88, on This week we wish a happy birthday to MiSaturday afternoon, held at the Scandinavian chelle Hotchkiss, Carrie Morevec, Amber Riley, Lutheran Church in rural Dallas. She was the Becky Lawrence Rudolph, March 3; Kris Zimmother of Karen (Harold) Stephen. Sympathy merman, Ken Spexet, March 4; Jared Pederson, Jeff Schmitz, March 5; Tammy Tryee, Chris and to the family. Sunday, Willie and Vicki met his sister, Sue Cole Stodola (who turn 16), Conner Child, Miller, Menomonie, niece Kelly Wagner and March 6; Greg Odden, Brady Marschall, Lea nephew Cody Lombard, and Harold and Cernocky, Dorian Glaze, Austin Fox, March Karen Stephen in Rice Lake for lunch together. 7; Arlene VanMeter, Annie Dunham, March Anton and Gloria Frey went with their 8; and Jeff Krugar, Joe Hile, Dan Kubista and daughter Jan and her husband, Jeff, to the Bernie Baker, March 9. Have a happy one. A happy anniversary to former owners of first birthday party for their great-grandson, Breken Frey, held at his parents’, Andy and the Narrow Gauge Bar, Steve and Irene JohnEmily’s. There was a full house of relatives son, their 63rd on March 6. to help him celebrate, including Gramp and Gramma Pat and Laurie Frey, Great-grandpa Ken Harmon, Spooner, Uncle Steven, and Tony and Kelly Frey, along with relatives on Emily’s side of the family and church friends from Rice Lake. It was a nice surprise for me when my step-great-grandson, Scott Wilkans, Ladysmith, stopped in for a quick visit while working in the area. Granddaughter Sara and son Sun., March 6, 2016, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Grant, and John and Mary Marschall Spooner Lake - Mann Rd. Landing visited me Monday, Feb. 22, and had • Food & Beverages lunch with me. Last Day Of B Available On The Lake Wednesday evening, Mavis ig Game Fishing • Door Prizes Schlapper and Bonnie Helmer went • Prizes For Fish Caught along with me to the St. Alban’s dinner in Spooner. We met my brother, 715-635-3011 Don, there. They served a very nice 715-520-2793 meal. Please Bring An Item For Thursday afternoon I visited my lifelong friend, Mary Krantz, at The Food Pantry Woodstone Senior Living in Rice Lake, on her 84th birthday. Her


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Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is seeking a learning-focused, creative and dynamic individual to develop and teach credit coursework in a new Phlebotomy program. Phlebotomy courses will begin in May 2016 on the WITC Rice Lake and/or New Richmond campus. This position can be based at either the WITC Rice Lake or New Richmond campuses. The instructor will develop learning plans, assist with marketing, secure clinical sites and serve as adviser for all phlebotomy students. Courses will be offered in the evenings and on Saturdays. Minimum Qualifications include: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, two years’ occupational experience as a Certified Medical Lab Technician or Certification in Phlebotomy and teaching experience preferred. Deadline to apply: March 21, 2016 For a complete list of qualifications and to apply visit our website at WITC is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer and Educator TTY 711 642573 29r 19a,c,+d

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(Feb. 24, Mar. 2, 9) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF JACK B. ALLEN Order Setting Time to Hear Petition for Administration and Deadline for Filing Claims (Formal Administration) Case No. 16PR09 A petition for formal administration was filed. THE COURT FINDS: 1. The decedent, with date of birth July 27, 1927, and date of death February 5, 2016, was domiciled in Washburn County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of Spooner, WI 54801. THE COURT ORDERS: 1. The petition be heard at the Washburn County Courthouse, Shell Lake, Wisconsin, before Circuit Court Judge Eugene D. Harrington, on March 3, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. You do not need to appear unless you object. The petition may be granted if there is no objection. 2. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is May 12, 2016. 3. A claim may be filed at the Washburn County Courthouse, Shell Lake, Wisconsin. 4. Heirship will be determined at the hearing on petition for final judgment. 5. Publication of this notice is notice to any persons whose names or addresses are unknown. BY THE COURT: Eugene D. Harrington Circuit Court Judge February 11, 2016 Kathryn zumBrunnen P.O. Box 96 Spooner, WI 54801 715-635-3174 642155 WNAXLP Bar No.: 1016913

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Washburn County is seeking applications for a full-time Deputy County Surveyor with the Land Information Department, located in Shell Lake, WI. This position will assist the County Surveyor with remonumentation and mapping duties. This will include the operation of survey instruments, brushing survey lines, excavating for the placing of monuments, taking field notes, record keeping, survey computations and maintenance of equipment. The work is performed according to all applicable codes, statutes, rules and regulations. Qualified Candidates must possess knowledge and experience in the operation of survey instruments including total stations and GPS equipment; experience running survey lines and the use of brushing tools including chain saws; knowledge of automated mapping and the use of AutoCAD software; knowledge in taking accurate survey field notes; must possess good oral and written communication skills and analytical abilities; and must possess a valid WI driver’s license. Educational Requirements: High school graduate or equivalent. Must have a minimum of a two- (2) year degree in land survey technology, engineering or related field and have a minimum of two (2) years of survey experience. Starting salary is $21.60 - $24.02 with excellent benefits. Contact the Washburn County Personnel Department, P.O. Box 337, Shell Lake, WI 54871 (Ph. 715-4684624, fax 715-468-4628) or to receive a position description. An employment application may be downloaded from the Washburn County 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., Friday, March 11, 2016. EOE. 642210 28-29r

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It was a mild week, especially Saturday, when the weather was just beautiful. Our sunsets are around 6 p.m. now 1-1/2 hours later than in mid-December. Spring is approaching fast. I see the skunks are out. I have seen two dead ones on the roadway. It was leap year. What did you do with your extra day? Virginia Stodola’s cousin’s son, Lane Johnson, took her to Rice Lake to visit her cousin, Carmella Johnson, at Our House. Please have Carmella in your thoughts and prayers as she isn’t doing too well. Sympathy to Chuck Lutz in the death of his dear wife of 66 years, Betty. She passed away Feb. 23 at Glenview Assisted Living in Shell Lake. Committal prayers were held Friday at Northern Wisconsin Vets Cemetery. Duane Bauer, Baraboo, came for Betty Lutz’s service and stopped to visited Elfreda West in Sarona. Duane was a herdsman for West Lawn Farms 40 years ago. Elfreda was surprised and happy to see him again. Elfreda had cataract surgery in Spooner last week. So she’s busy putting drops in her eyes. Her girls, Ellen and Janet, have been staying with her. Debbie West visited Elfreda after church. Debbie Perlick Rand, Weyauwega, and daughter Kasie Nellis and girls from Black River Falls spent last weekend at Norm and Donna Ness’ house. Wednesday night guests of Norm and Donna was nephew Greg Ness, Stoughton. Sue Krantz spent Wednesday and Thursday in Madison for work. Lance and Ericka Parker went to Chippewa Falls to spend Saturday overnight with her brother, Matt, and Christi Krantz, helping them celebrate their birthdays that were Feb. 28 and Feb. 29. Lainy Hutton went with the Shell Lake wrestling team and cheerleaders to the state wrestling tourney in Madison. Shane Hutton stayed over with Grandpa Gregg and Granny Sue. They went to Rice Lake on Sunday and

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Washburn County is accepting applications for a full-time Aging Director/ADRC Supervisor. The position is responsible for the administration, management, supervision, fiscal planning, implementation/overview of programs, and leadership of personnel and programs for the Unit on Aging and ADRC. Educational requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Social Work or related field; three to five years’ supervisory experience or any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities. A valid Wisconsin driver’s license is also required. Starting salary $25.96 - $28.87 per hour with excellent benefits. Download an employment application and a position description from the County website at or contact the Washburn County Personnel Department, P.O. Box 337, Shell Lake, WI 54871 (Ph.: 715-468-4624, fax: 715468-4628). Resumes will be accepted but will not take the place of a completed application. Applications must be received 641888 27-29r by March 11, 2016. EOE.


COURT NEWS Robert T. Bodsberg, Clayton, inattentive driving, $187.90. Bradley K. Frost, Springbrook, disorderly conduct, $200.00.

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Academic news EAU CLAIRE - The University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire celebrated the achievements of 720 graduates during commencement proceedings held on Dec. 19 in Zorn Arena. The following area students received their degrees:  Lindsey Green, Sarona, Bachelor of Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, mass communication;

Samantha Henk, Spooner, Bachelor of Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, communication; and Kayla Krueger, Bachelor of Science, College of Education and Human Sciences, elementary education. — from TheLink •••

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Notices VOTING BY ABSENTEE BALLOT Any qualified elector who is unable or unwilling to appear at the polling place on Election Day may request to vote an absentee ballot. A qualified elector is any U.S. citizen, who will be 18 years of age or older on Election Day, who has resided in ward or municipality where he or she wishes to vote for at least 28 consecutive days before the election. The elector must also be registered in order to receive an absentee ballot. Proof of identification must be provided before an absentee ballot may be issued. TO OBTAIN AN ABSENTEE BALLOT YOU MUST MAKE A REQUEST IN WRITING. Contact your municipal clerk and request that an application for an absentee ballot be sent to you for the primary or election or both. You may also request an absentee ballot by letter. Your written request must list your voting address within the municipality where you wish to vote, the address where the absentee ballot should be sent, if different, and your signature. Special absentee voting application provisions apply to electors who are indefinitely confined to home or a care facility, in the military, hospitalized, or serving as a sequestered juror. If this applies to you, contact the municipal clerk. You can also personally go to the clerk’s office or other specified location, complete a written application, and vote an absentee ballot during the hours specified for casting an absentee ballot. Andrew Eiche, Municipal Clerk 715-468-7679 - 501 First Street, Shell Lake, WI 54871 8 a.m. - Noon and 1 - 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday Patricia Parker, Clerk, Barronett N602 Lehman Lake Road Barronett, WI 54813 715-468-2846 Available March 29 & 31 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Victoria Lombard, Clerk, Sarona W6172 Little Keg Road Sarona, WI 54870 715-469-3645 By Appointment Only

Nancy Erickson, Clerk, Beaver Brook W5177 Hwy. 70 Spooner, WI 54801 715-635-2726 8 - 10 a.m., By Appointment Monday thru Friday

Lesa Dahlstrom, Clerk, Bashaw W8885 County Hwy. B Shell Lake, WI 54871 715-468-7525 8 a.m. - 7 p.m., By Appointment Monday thru Friday

The deadline for making application to vote absentee by mail is 5 p.m. on the fifth day before the election, March 31, 2016. Military electors should contact the municipal clerk regarding the deadlines for requesting or submitting an absentee ballot. The first day to vote an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office is March 21, 2016. The deadline for voting an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office is 5 p.m. on the Friday before the election, April 1, 2016. The municipal clerk will deliver voted ballots returned on or before Election Day to the proper polling place or counting location before the polls close on April 5, 2016. Any ballots received after the polls close will be counted by the board of canvassers if postmarked by Election Day and received no later than 4 p.m. on the Friday following the election. 642490 29r WNAXLP

LICENSE APPLICATION STATE OF WISCONSIN COUNTY OF WASHBURN CITY OF SHELL LAKE To the Common Council of the City of Shell Lake: I, Patty Harmon, trade name The Polish Parlour, herewith apply for a Class “C” wine license under Chapter 125.04 of the Wis. Statutes for the year ending June 30, 2016, on the following-described premises to wit: 11 5th Ave., Suite 3, in the City of Shell Lake, WI. 642509 29-30r Patty Harmon Application filed this WNAXLP 29th day of February, 2016. (Feb. 17, 24, Mar. 2) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY In The Matter Of The Name Change Of Darius Klane Larson By: Petitioner Joshua J. Carlson Notice and Order for Name Change Hearing Case No. 2016CV17 NOTICE IS GIVEN: A petition was filed asking to change the name of the person listed above: From: Darius Klane Larson To: Darius Klane Carlson Birth Certificate: Darius Klane Larson IT IS ORDERED: This petition will be heard in the Circuit Court of Washburn County, State of Wisconsin, Hon. Eugene D. Harrington, Washburn County Courthouse, 10 W. 4th Ave., Shell Lake, WI 54871, March 22, 2016, 4 p.m. BY THE COURT: Hon. Eugene D. Harrington Circuit Court Judge February 12, 2016 641949 WNAXLP (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

Robert A. Johnson, Eland, speeding, $271.50. Paul M. Langland, Shell Lake, illegal auxiliary lamps, $10.00. Keith M. Pierce, Neillsville, speeding, $221.10. Charles S. Rima, Richfield, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Alisa F. Smith, Spooner, OWI, $887.50, license revoked 6 months, alcohol assessment.


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Notice is hereby given the Barronett Town Board will hold its monthly Board meeting on Wed., March 9, 2016, at 7 p.m., at the Town Hall, located at N1608 South Heart Lake Rd., Shell Lake, WI. The agenda shall be posted at least one (1) day prior to meeting. Patricia A. Parker, Clerk 642530 29r WNAXLP


Scott Farley, Owner, Farley Auto Body Repair, N3379 Midway Road, Shell Lake, WI 54871, requests a conditional use permit for Anderson Addition (CSL) Lot 6 DOC #367181 SHER to the Industrial/Business Park (230 Industrial Blvd.) to purchase an existing warehouse to convert into an auto body repair shop for the purpose of restoring vehicles. Zoning District: Industrial-Light (I-2). Zoning Ordinance Section 13-182 through 13-1-90 Conditional Uses. A public hearing will be held on this matter Monday, March 7, 2016, at 4:30 p.m., in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 501 First Street, Shell Lake, WI. Clinton R. Stariha, Zoning Administrator 642197 28-29r WNAXLP

MEETING NOTICE - TOWN OF BASHAW Notice is hereby given that the Bashaw Town Board shall hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at 6 p.m. at the Bashaw Town Hall. Agenda: Call meeting to order; minutes from the February 4, 2016, town meeting; treasurer’s report; correspondence, public input; permits/applications; truck/grader; town hall building; set annual meeting date; set next meeting date; approve vouchers and adjourn meeting. A current agenda will also be posted at the following sites: Corner of Tozer Lake Rd. & Green Valley Rd., corner of Sand Road & Sunset Road, and N3410 Sawyer Creek Road, Shell Lake, WI 54871 (town hall). Lesa Dahlstrom, Clerk, Town of Bashaw 642529 29r WNAXLP


Ronald and Gloria Larson request a variance at 919 Burgs Park Drive, Shell Lake, WI 54871, BURGS PARK LOT 13 BLOCK 3 DOC# 322867 QC to construct an addition to the primary residence that would require a variance to reduce the side yard setback. Zoning Classification: Single-Family Residential Lake (RL1). Zoning Ordinance Sec. 13-1-176. A public hearing will be held on this matter Monday, March 7, 2016, at 5:15 p.m. in the Council Chambers, City Hall. If you have any questions or wish to comment on this request, please contact me at 715-645-0991. Clint R. Stariha, Zoning Administrator 642154 28-29r WNAXLP


The Washburn County Zoning Committee will hold a business meeting Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at 3:30 p.m. in the Washburn County Boardroom, Elliott Building, 110 Fourth Avenue West, Shell Lake, Wisconsin.


FROG CREEK TOWNSHIP: Richard Johnson, Minong, WI. Property: Map #FC905/Record ID #15309 - 39 acres, SE SW FRL1/4 EXC S 200’, Section 19-42-11, requesting a conditional use permit to be able to keep an existing mobile home that was placed on the property without a permit. CASEY TOWNSHIP: Mark Regner, Spooner, WI. Property: Map #CA622/Record ID #8808 - 40 acres, NE SE, Section 2540-13, requesting a conditional use permit to be able to open a campground. 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 call Lolita Olson at 715-468-4600, prior to the meeting. 642577 29-30r WNAXLP Webster Macomber, Zoning Administrator


Workforce Investment Act WDA #7 WIOA Local Plan Submission Public Review and Comment Notice On February 29, 2016, the Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board (NWWIB, Inc.) released the WIOA Local Plan for public comment. NWWIB, Inc. is providing a thirty (30) day public review and Comment Period Plan to gather input from interested individuals The WIOA Plan modification can be viewed in hard copy version at the four local Wisconsin Job Centers, the Park Falls CEP Office and electronically at Anyone wishing to comment on the local plan must submit written comments by no later than March 29, 2016, to For more information on area Wisconsin Job Centers locations or for questions on the public review and comment process, you may contact: Mari Kay-Nabozny, Chief Executive Officer Northwest Wisconsin WIB, Inc. 422 3rd Street West, Suite 200 Ashland, WI 54806 642500 29-30r Phone: 715-682-9141 or 1-888-780-4237 WNAXLP


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Shell Lake High School to present melodrama

SHELL LAKE - Shell Lake High School will be presenting the classic melodrama “Dogsbreath Devereaux, the Dastardly Doctor or … Nurses! Foiled Again!” Dogsbreath Devereaux, M.D., plots to wed and do away with the wealthy widow, Lotta Cash, so he can inherit her fortune and her late husband’s clinic. He enlists the aid of the nasty nurse Hilda Hatchet, and promises to marry her once he disposes of Lotta. Problems arise when the insanely jealous Hilda catches Dogsbreath flirting with Wendy March, the heroine of the show. It seems only the hero, Dr. Phil Good, can save Wendy and the unsuspecting Lotta Cash from certain death. Set in a clinic filled with zany pa-

tients, this melodrama is sure to leave you in “stitches.” This hilarious performance will take place at the Erika Quam Memorial Theater in Shell Lake. It is co-sponsored by Theatre in the Woods. Performance dates and times are Friday, March 18, at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 19, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 20, at 2 p.m. Tickets to this fun-filled performance go on sale Monday, March 7. You must reserve your tickets in advance to assure seating; payments will be made at the door. To reserve your ticket, please call Phyllis at 715-468-7816. — from Shell Lake Schools

Shell Lake forensics team advances Laker Way recipients announced

Once again, the entire Shell Lake High School forensics team will be advancing to the District 1 competition. District competition will be held in Hayward on Thursday, March 17. The Shell Lake Recent Laker Way winners at Shell Lake Elementary were (L to R): Trenton Palmer, Molly Christeam did well at the subdistrict competition held Thursday, Feb. 25, in Shell Lake. Members of tenson, Charly Pearson and Jackson Tielbur. the team and the category they are competing in, shown in no particular order, are Daniel Parish, prose; Rachel Kidder, poetry; Emily Lloyd, poetry; Adrianna Smith, oratory speaking; Cassie Skindzelewski, oratory speaking; Sheri Clark, poetry; Cassie Skattebo, poetry; Rafa Martinez-Arial, prose; Taylor Eiche, prose; Keagan Blazer, prose; Emma Williams, play acting; Shrishti Monga, play acting; Johanna Gustafsson, play acting; and Sean Wells, moments in history. Missing: KayDe Bontekoe, solo acting. — Photo submitted

Applications being accepted for Kissinger scholarships SHELL LAKE - For the past 18 years, the Gen. Harold Kissinger family has awarded $500 scholarships to area students entering the medical profession in memory of Marilyn Kissinger. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, you may pick up an application at Indianhead Medical Center, 113

4th Ave., Shell Lake, 715-468-7833, or at the Stone Lake Medical Clinic, 16887 2nd St. S, Stone Lake, 715-865-6510. If unable to pick up an application, please email to request one. Application deadline is Friday, April 1. Repeat applicants are being accepted. — from IMC

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Shell Lake Primary School Laker Way winners are (L to R): Makenzie Moravec, Kaden Thomas, Hevyn Danford and Ella Marker. — Photos submitted

Shell Lake school menu Breakfast Thursday, March 3: Grades K-12: French toast sticks. Grades 3-12: Homemade sweet bread. Friday, March 4: Grades K-12: Laker pizza. Grades 3-12: Ham, egg and cheese bar with toast. Monday, March 7: Grades K-12: Pop-Tart with cheese stick. Grades 3-12: Mini cinni roll. Tuesday, March 8: Grades K-12: Waffles and fruit. Grades 3-12: Chocolate-chip oatmeal bar. Wednesday, March 9: Grades K-2: Cereal and toast. Grades K-12: Sausage and cheese on English muffin. Grades 3-12: Ultimate breakfast round. Thursday, March 10: Grades K-2: Muffin. Grades 3-12: Homemade sweet bread or oatmeal with fixings. Friday, March 11: Grades K-12: Apple or cherry Frudel. Grades 3-12: Ham, egg and cheese bar, toast. Monday, March 14: Grades K-12: Mini cinni roll. Grades 3-12: Bagel and cream cheese. Tuesday, March 15: Grades K-12: Pancakes and sausage. Grades 3-12: Chocolate-chip oatmeal bar. Wednesday, March 16: Grades K-12: Cereal and toast. Grades 3-12: Ultimate breakfast round. 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: Chocolate-chip 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 day breakfast is free to all students. Lunch Thursday, March 3: Grades K-12: Hot ham and cheese. Grades 7-12: Spicy chicken sandwich. Friday, March 4: Grades K-12: Chicken Alfredo. Monday, March 7: Grades K-12: Potato bowl. Tuesday, March 8: Grades K-12: Tacos. Grades 7-12: Chicken strip wrap. Wednesday, March 9: Grades K-12: BBQ pulled pork sandwich. Grades 7-12: Cheese quesadilla. Thursday, March 10: Grades K-12: Mozzarella dippers.

Grades 7-12: Pizza calzone. Friday, March 11: Grades K-12: Sloppy joe. Monday, March 14: Grades K-12: Baked potato bar. Tuesday, March 15: Grades K-12: Ham, turkey and cheese sub. Grades 7-12: Meatball sub. Wednesday, March 16: Grades K-12: Chicken nuggets with mashed potatoes. Grades 7-12: Bean and cheese burrito. 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. Friday, March 25: No school. Easter break. Monday, March 28: No school. Easter break. Tuesday, March 29: Grades K-12: Grilled cheese and soup. Wednesday, March 30: Grades K-12: Chicken and gravy over whole-grain biscuit. Grades 7-12: Spicy chicken sandwich. Thursday, March 31: Grades K-12: Hot Italian subs. Grades 7-12: Mozzarella dippers. Menus subject to change. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


Bonnie Reno | Special to the Register SHELL LAKE - “We never imagined all the experiences we would have, the things we would do and the people we would meet,” said Bonnie Reno. In 2010, Shell Lake area resident, Reno, along Donna Ness, joined the mission group Volunteers in Mission. Also going on mission trips have been Reno’s daughter-in-law, Danette Hopke; grandchildren Madeline Hopke and Dominic Hopke, as well as their foreign exchange student, Ulan Koksegenov, Semey, Kazakhstan. This mission group is based mainly out of the Methodist churches of Turtle Lake and Barron. At that time the group would typically leave for a week every January, go into Mexico and build several small casitas for families. They would maybe do a medical mission, or help build a church. In 2012, the group was forced to stay in the states as violence in the border towns of Mexico escalated. Through a Turtle Lake resident, Carol Lahti, and her husband, Volunteers in Mission was asked to help people in the Mission and Pharr area of south Texas. The Lahtis were involved in ministry in

Joining a mission group

Volunteers in Mission have been building houses in the Mission/Pharr area of southern Texas.

the local Methodist church. This is where Reno and Ness met Otto Lawson. Lawson is a retired hardware store owner from Sheldon, Iowa. He just has no concept of totally retiring, spending time in a rocking chair, or long afternoons of golfing. For the past 12 years, he has headed south for the winter. There he is in touch with the Methodist ministry in the Mission/Pharr area. He has volunteered his time, talents and tools to help out people in the area who need their homes repaired or replaced. He and folks from the churches find the families in need. Lawson goes to the sites and determines what materials will be needed and helps coordinate with various mission groups to assign projects. Each mission group brings in some hand tools and some building skills, but it’s Lawson who shows up with the contractor’s saws, compressors, drills, nailers, and all the building materials as well as recommendations. The end result is that in three to four days, remodeling projects large and small are completed. This winter and last, the group actually built two three-bedroom houses. Otto Lawson, 83, spends his winters volunteering with project needs in Texas. — Photos submitted The houses were built, roofed and sided, doors and windows installed, insulated, wired and plumbed, and drywall hung and taped. Subsequent mission groups

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Volunteers install a door to a new dwelling. finish the drywall, paint, put in flooring, hang cabinets, and bring in appliances. Not all 30 members of the mission team were involved on the new houses. Some were giving computer classes, teaching crafts and sewing and knitting to local residents. You may have heard the name Lawson before. “Otto was telling us that he has a sister in Shell Lake. Some thought he was kidding. He punched some numbers in his cell phone, handed it to me, and lo and behold, Town of Dewey resident Ann Johnson answered the phone. He also has more family living in the area. I said that I may have to report this to the Shell Lake paper,” said Reno. “Go ahead,” he said, “I am still a subscriber!” Lawson is 83 years old. He not only volunteers for the mission group, but he has been repairing campers for a traveling group of contactors called the NOMADS, which is also a Methodist ministry, Nomads On a Mission Active in Divine Service. He just can’t seem to get the concept of retirement … aren’t you glad?

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