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On the Yellow River, a mother goose leads her goslings away from what she perceives as danger. Canada geese are very protective and will defend their young from predators and have been known to attack humans if they get too close. It is wise to keep a healthy distance from a goose. — Photo by Larry Samson

Four vie for Miss Rodeo title Page 2

New compensation system for Shell Lake teachers in development Danielle Danford | Staff writer

Water Wise: Appreciating wetlands Page 11


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SHELL LAKE - Most people can remember their favorite teacher, the one that stood out, but few consider how that teacher, or teachers in general, are compensated for their efforts. Teacher compensation changed following Act 10, which limited collective bargaining and allowed school districts to break away from salary schedules in contracts. Five years later, school districts statewide are still determining how to fairly compensate teachers. “Everyone is just trying to figure out what this compensation is going to look like,” said David Bridenhagen, Shell Lake School District superintendent. The scrapped compensation model most districts followed generally rewarded longevity of service and provided a way for teachers to plan for their professional and financial futures. To regain some of that structure, the Shell Lake School District is in search of a system

that allows for staff to regain some of that assurance in their financial future while acknowledging their efforts in the classroom and professionally. To develop a new compensation model, the Shell Lake School Board authorized an ad hoc committee with school board members Nicole Tims and Joel Anderson, district administrators David Bridenhagen, Heather Cox and Laura Stunkel, and five teachers. “The terrain has certainly changed and when we talk about teacher compensation, districts vary widely,” said Bridenhagen. One of the challenges all districts face when figuring out teacher compensation is how to maintain competitive wages while facing zero increases in state aid and rising expenses. Bridenhagen reports that rising health insurance costs are eating up any savings the district has had from Act 10. This year the district’s health insurance went up 8.5 percent. The Shell Lake School DisSee Compensation, Page 3

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A farmer in the Town of Long Lake suffered only minor burns when his tractor caught fire. Measures were taken to contain the fire to the plowed field. Birchwood, South Spooner DNR Ranger and Washburn County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene. Fire danger has been extreme but expected rain this week is expected to lower the danger considerably. - Photo from Washburn County Sheriff’s Department

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The city of Shell Lake has indefinitely closed the Sand Road from 3rd Street in the city limits to Bashaw Street. Traffic has been diverted up 3rd Street past the elementary school to Merritt Drive to Bashaw Street then back to Sand Road. The road was closed by Public Works Administration Chairman Ken Schultz until the city is able to obtain hot asphalt mix to fix the road. Monarch is expected to start production of hot mix in the third week of May. — Photo by Larry Samson



Four vie for Spooner Rodeo queen

Competition May 14 Bill Thornley | Special to the Register SPOONER - Four young ladies will gallop out into the Spooner Rodeo Arena at 10:30 a.m. sharp on Saturday, May 14, rain or shine, as competition for the queen of the 63rd Spooner Heart of the North Rodeo gets under way. The public is urged to turn out on Saturday and cheer on the four candidates as they give it their all. Following the arena competition, the girls will all be interviewed by a panel of judges, with the new Spooner Rodeo queen chosen at 2 p.m. Trying out for the 63rd Spooner Rodeo queen and princess will be Katie Foust of Rice Lake, Kaylee Viney of Rice Lake, Katie Crosby of Shell Lake and Allie Rohde of Rice Lake. The girls have all written their own introductions, which appear here: Katie Foust Hello! My name is Katie Foust and it was such an honor to serve as the Spooner Rodeo princess last year. I live in the Rice Lake area with my parents, Steve and Kris Foust, and my older sister, Emily, who is Spooner Rodeo alumni. I am 17 years old and currently a junior at Rice Lake High School. My extracurricular activities include the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America and student council. I am very active in the Friendly Farmers 4-H Club, serving as vice president for the last two years and in the Barron County Horse Project, as secretary last year, and I also mentored new members. In addition to having been an athlete on both the varsity volleyball and varsity softball teams at Rice Lake, I also play softball year-round for tournament teams. This is my first year shooting on the Rice Lake Warbirds Trap Team and I am really enjoying it. I have volunteered many hours to the lunchbox program, the Salvation Army, working concessions, helping with youth volleyball programs and also as a youth softball coach. I have donated and collected items for the food pantry, mitten tree, Souls 4 Shoes and Benjamin’s House. While being busy, good grades are very important to me and I continue to hold a spot on the honor roll. I have two part-time jobs, working at Maurice’s in Rice Lake and for the Food and Drug Administration as a youth compliance inspector, which I am very excited about, as it ties into my future career plans. After high school, I plan to attend the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire where I will continue my softball career and major in law enforcement and minor in psychology/behavior analysis. Horses have always been a huge part of my family and life. We spend our summers trail riding, and showing at WSCA, 4-H county, district and state shows. I have been showing horses since I was 8 years old, and am blessed to have three wonderful horses that I call my own. My rodeo horse is Baya. She is a black 15-year-old registered quarter horse mare that loves to run barrels and games. Shirifa is my beautiful registered pinto/half Arab mare. She is 20 and we enjoy competing in pleasure classes. I also show an adorable Shetland-mini-cross pony named Oreo. We compete in driving competitions at WSCA, state and the Spooner Whips and Wheels show. He loves showing and together we have won state grand champion five times in pleasure driving/reinsmanship. I am passionate about rodeo and spending time in the summer with my horses. Attending the Spooner Rodeo is always the highlight of my summer. My family and I have been coming to the rodeo every year for as long as I can remember. I would love to be part of the 63rd Spooner Heart of the North Rodeo as it was an unforgetable experience last year as princess. I met so many wonderful people; it was an experience of a lifetime for which I am truly grateful. I would be honored to represent not only the

The new Spooner Rodeo queen and princess will be chosen from this field of fine candidates in competition at the Spooner Rodeo Arena on Saturday, May 14. Shown (L to R): Running are Katie Foust, Kaylee Viney, Katie Crosby and Allie Rohde. Competition in the arena begins at 10:30 a.m. The 2016 Spooner Rodeo queen and princess will be announced at 2 p.m. following interviews with the judges. The public is encouraged to attend the event. — Photos submitted rodeo, but the lovely town of Spooner itself. Kaylee Viney Hello rodeo fans, my name is Kaylee Viney. My horse Austin and I have been a team for almost 12 years now and he is truly my best friend. Riding has been a passion and a major part of my life since I was 8 years old. I currently live in Rice Lake and have the great privilege of working as a livestock specialist for Crystal Creek, a family-owned livestock health and nutrition company in Spooner. My job at Crystal Creek involves consulting with farmers on herd health practices and how to manage their livestock to reduce costs and to overall make their farm business more profitable. Agriculture has been an important part of my life, shaping me into the self-motivated, determined woman I am today. I am a 2015 graduate from Fox Valley Technical College and currently hold an associate degree in agriculture business and science technology with an emphasis in dairy. I get immense enjoyment out of helping farmers in the community and offering knowledgeable solutions to the challenges they face every day. When I think of the Heart of the North Rodeo, I think of something that brings joy to the community and gives everyone something to look forward to each year. It is undeniable how much of a family-centered community Spooner truly is. When I was younger, rodeo season was always a special time of year. Growing up, I was fascinated watching the broncos throwing the cowboys off and seeing them come back every year, never giving up. This attitude of never giving up has inspired me to push myself to achieve what I thought was not possible. Self-motivation and a never-giveup attitude are key life skills and character traits that help to get yourself “back in the saddle.” If given the opportunity to represent the Heart of the North Rodeo as your 2016 queen, I see myself representing this rodeo with the motto of “Never give up!” I am here today to speak out and help to inspire rodeo fans both young and old to never give up, to stand up for what you believe in, aspire to better your community and to always do the best you can. The Heart of the North Rodeo is a huge family event full of excitement and jaw-dropping entertainment. From the Nickel Scramble and Exceptional Rodeo to the delicious concessions offered and the bulls waiting to get in the arena, there is always something for everyone here. My love for the all-American sport of rodeo drives my desire to represent Spooner with true pride in my heart. Thank you for your consideration. Katie Crosby Hello. My name is Katie Crosby and I live west of Shell Lake. My parents are Shorty and Melissa Crosby, and I have one older brother, Tyler. I have grown up on our three-generation dairy farm, with our nine

horses, my entire life, which has taught me a lot of responsibility. I am 16 years old and currently a sophomore at Shell Lake High School. I am the reporter for the Shell Lake FFA chapter, the vice president for the Go-Getters 4-H Club, and the vice president for the Washburn County Junior Livestock Show and Sale. I feed calves on our dairy farm and frequently house and pet sit for neighbors. I have also been involved with the Washburn County 4-H Horse Project for the past eight years. I love to spend time with animals and this love has made so many connections in my life. My involvement in 4-H and FFA has helped make me new friends and develop leadership skills by attending workshops and organized trips throughout the years. I have attended the Wisconsin State Fair two years, showing dairy. I was in 4-H dairy judging for four years, and placed ninth at state last year. I am currently on the Shell Lake FFA horse judging team and we hope to make it to state next year. I also enjoy deer hunting in the fall. I strive to attend UW-River Falls after high school, majoring in animal science with an emphasis on equine. I enjoy spending time with my horse, Eagle, a 21-year-old registered quarter horse gelding. We go to many different speed events over the summer, including the Washburn County Fair. We also enjoy going on trail rides on the farm and around the area. I have attended the Spooner Rodeo all my life, it is always one of the highlights of my year. For as long as I can remember, I have admired the girls who proudly represent the sport of rodeo and Spooner itself. I would be honored to represent the 63rd Spooner Heart of the North Rodeo as it has been a dream of mine for years. I hope to see everyone at tryouts. Allie Rohde My name is Alizabeth “Allie” Rohde. I am the daughter of Sharyn and Scott Rohde and live on a small hobby farm on the edge of Rice Lake with my parents and younger brother, two dogs, two cats and a small herd of horses. As a junior at Rice Lake High School, I’m active in Future Farmers of America, am a member of the honor roll for the class of 2017 and have kept myself busy in winter months managing the wrestling team for the past three seasons. Outside of school, I serve as a youth ambassador and am a part president of the youth board of the Barron County 4-H and Youth Horse Project. This has given me the opportunity to assist in planning, promoting and executing events, including the yearly horse expo and tack swap, several open shows, the Barron County Fair and the year-end banquet. I was also instrumental in bringing a clinician weekend to Barron County Horse Project in 2014 that is still going strong. My team members and I created and implemented a mentorship program within

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the horse project to assist new members and their families and set them up for success in horsemanship. I’ve been a member of the Friendly Farmers 4-H Club for several years. This spring I will be competing with our Barron County team in the state 4-H Horse Bowl. Additionally, I work with the atmosphere enhancement committee at my church and help with decorating and beautification projects. In past years I have competed at the Barron County Fair and open shows in all areas of horsemanship, including Western and English pleasure, gymkhana speed games and hold two state championships for obstacle driving with my miniature horse, Max. My family and I donated use of two of our horses and our time to the Barron County Therapeutic Riding program last year. This year I will be focusing on the speed games at the county, district and state level and will be competing in the National High School Rodeo Association. I’m honored to say that I’ve been invited to compete in the Challenge of Champions at the Wisconsin State Fair in August. Over the past three years, I’ve completed two internships and had the opportunity to work with Zeke Zacharias of Zacharias Horsemanship in Pryor, Okla. This experience has helped me immensely in my riding lesson teaching and horse training as well as my personal abilities and future readiness. After high school, I plan to attend the University of Wisconsin - River Falls, majoring in agricultural business with an equine science minor, and hope to continue to participate in rodeo events at the collegiate level and for years to come. My passions and interests are multifaceted. I obviously love to spend time with my horses, as well as spending summer nights taking in rodeo action or bull-riding competitions. I have a large family and very much enjoy our family gatherings. I cherish time in the kitchen whether cooking a meal for my family or baking a sweet treat. I am very interested in cosmetology and do makeovers and hair for special events and photo shoots in the area. I love music and old muscle cars. I started dreaming of mutton bustin’ as a little tyke. As I’ve matured, I have escalated my interests to watching the excitement and strength of the bull riding and I greatly respect the skill and practice needed for roping and barrel racing. I also have learned to appreciate the freedom of prayer and American pride displayed and encouraged at this and other rodeo events. My first Spooner Heart of the North Rodeo was when I was 3 years old. I have known since then that this was a special atmosphere and I wanted to be a part of it. Representing the Western lifestyle and tradition would be a great honor. I’ve dreamed of being “one of the rodeo girls” my whole life. As a young adult, I find myself prepared, equipped and excited to take on the challenge and the honor of Spooner Heart of the North Rodeo royalty.

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Judge empowers acting Washburn County coroner Danielle Danford | Staff writer SHELL LAKE - Washburn County has a new coroner, acting coroner that is, empowered by Washburn County Judge Eugene Harrington, to take over the duties of Washburn County coroner until Gov. Scott Walker makes an appointment. The position of Washburn County coroner has been vacant since May 1 after the previous coroner, Jason Sebens, resigned due to career changes. The process to find a replacement is under way and, according to state statute, is handled by the governor’s office with the governor making the final appointment that will last until the next election. However, the county isn’t sure how long that process is going

to take. “In order to maintain the continuity of having a coroner in the county, which is very, very important to have, the judge can, by statute, empower a citizen to take over the duties of coroner,”

said Lolita Olson, Washburn County clerk/administrative coordinator, to the county finance committee, the coroner’s committee of jurisdiction. Olson read the writ Judge Harrington signed appointing Sarah McCumber to the position of Washburn County coroner to the committee. “I am at a place in my life where I feel

Sarah McCumber has been empowered to act as Washburn County coroner until Gov. Scott Walker makes an appointment. McCumber has over a year of experience as a Washburn County deputy coroner and has applied for the appointment to the coroner position. — Photo by Danielle Danford

I can take it over. I am graduating from school and I have the time. It’s also not really a sought-after position, so I figured it was a good way to serve my community,” said McCumber, who was born and raised in Washburn County. Upon being sworn in, McCumber assumed the duties as Washburn County coroner immediately. “I did apply for the appointment from the governor, so I guess we’ll hopefully find out soon,” said McCumber. Under the circumstances, Washburn County couldn’t hope for better as McCumber will be a registered nurse by the end of the month and has served as a Washburn County deputy coroner for 18 months.

New face on Spooner City Council Tim Donovan is the newest member of the Spooner City Council. He was elected on write-in votes in the April election. — Photo by Danielle Danford

Danielle Danford | Staff writer SPOONER - The Spooner City Council has a new 4th Ward alderperson in Tim Donovan, a retired special education teacher at Spooner School District. Donovan was elected to the council on a handful of write-in votes in the April 5 election. He was able to garner the write-in votes by circulating his interest in the position via word of mouth after


ust a quick heads-up about what is happening at the sheriff’s office that can and will affect all who live, work, visit or travel through Washburn County. The Washburn County staffing for patrol duties and responding to calls, beginning this month, May 2016, and lasting for an unforeseen time frame, will be at critical levels as we try and provide service and respond to calls from the public in a timely manner. As always, in any emergency, all other calls for service are put on hold until the emergency is resolved; this will continue. However, during this time, nonemergency calls may have to be put on hold until such time as we can free up a deputy to respond. So when there is a delay in getting you the help you need, you at least will know why. Here are some of the issues: Several of our deputies have military commitments and as a result will be gone throughout the year fulfilling those commitments. This office and Washburn County has always supported our military troops and will continue to do so, but it does cause levels of service to drop. Two patrol deputies are on extended medical leave and not sure of a return date. Several deputies will be using the Family Medical Leave Act to provide support to their families. These leaves can be as long as 90 days and this is a federal law and we must comply. This office has always been sensitive to the needs of our employees and their families, because it is important. The question you might ask is why aren’t there more part-time employees hired to fill the shifts available? First of all, finding qualified candidates is very difficult. When we do find one or two, we train them through our Field Training Program for three months and shortly after that they often find full-time work somewhere else. They leave for full-time employment. I cannot blame them. This becomes a very expensive, time-consuming process for us; we hire, train and then lose them. Historically, the sheriff’s office has always been staffed below the average and best practices for staffing levels, within any jurisdiction. That average and best practice standard is two officers per 1,000 residents in the area of jurisdiction. Currently and histori-

observing a lack of candidates for the position. Originally from Spooner, Donovan has public service experience serving on a city council in Alaska for a community of similar size to Spooner. Donovan lived in Alaska not long after graduating from college and worked with the school district there as an athletic/after-school program coordinator. Donovan later had a 15-year

From the desk of Sheriff Dryden cally, we are at .8 deputies per 1,000. We have always been well below the standard for providing service to the public. So far we have done a pretty good job keeping up with the demands for service, but things are changing rapidly.

Illegal drugs/prescription drugs Washburn County is facing significant ramifications as it relates to the use and abuse of methamphetamine, marijuana and prescription drugs. In almost every arrest in this county, the use of one of these three controlled substances is the cause or contributing factor as to the crime they committed, and in many cases one or more of these drugs. Investigating illegal drug use and trafficking of these drugs is time-consuming and expensive. Mental health Our calls for helping those with mental health issues and commitment to a facility is very problematic. It can take two deputies or more six to 12 hours to complete the medical clearance from a local hospital, along with a mental-health assessment. This time includes transporting them to an approved facility. Often the closest facilities, like Eau Claire and Duluth, are full and we have to expand the search that includes Winnebago County and beyond. This is not just a Washburn County problem, it is statewide. Domestic abuse, sexual assault, child abuse/ neglect and child sexual assault These issues are all on the rise, especially child sex-

career with the Spooner School District. Donovan also has a family history of public service in Spooner as his father, Tom Donovan, was mayor of the city of Spooner from 1972 to 1980 and his mother, Delores, served on the Spooner City Council in the mid-1980s.

ual assault. All of these crimes demand a great deal of time, and in most cases, Child Protective Services are also involved.

How can this problem be solved? We are looking ahead at the 2017 budget process, which starts in few months. We will be asking the county board for additional patrol deputies and support personnel to alleviate our staffing difficulties. The last time we hired an additional deputy was back in 2006 and much has changed in 10 years. If we do not get additional help, we may have to look at cutting some programs and patrol shift modifications. Our 24/7 coverage might be reduced as well. The juvenile officer position may have to be cut and that deputy put back on the road. That is problematic as it has been proven to be a great benefit to schools, the courts and parents, but the current workload for child sexual assault/neglect/abuse cases will have to be absorbed by another investigator. Our truancy program will be in jeopardy along with our AODA programs in the schools. Adding new personnel sounds easy, but it is not. It is your tax dollars that will have to pay for additional help. The county board ultimately makes the final decision whether or not to provide the funding for new staff, which will affect the levy and public safety. No matter what they do, it will be wrong in someone’s eyes. However, I believe their decision will be based on sound judgment, balancing the need for public safety and the tax levy. No matter what their decision, we will continue to provide the best law enforcement services to you as possible within the confines of our budget and staffing levels, which are both set by the county board. As a taxpayer, you can help by contacting your district county board supervisor and share your concerns about the need for more deputies and support staff. An elected county board supervisor would value your opinions; after all they represent you. For a complete listing of county board supervisors and district maps go to

Compensation, continued from page 1 trict currently covers 86.6 percent of the health insurance costs while staff are responsible for the remaining 13.4 percent. “I know of a few districts who have had zero percent (wage) increases for a couple of years and then have gone to referendum as they lose teaching staff to other districts that are more competitive with salary,” said Bridenhagen. Since Act 10, Shell Lake has averaged 2.5-percent wage increases each year for teachers. Shell Lake, along with most districts, typically gave salary increases ranging from the consumer price index, which most recently was an almost zero increase, to whatever percent the district can afford to keep competitive. To keep the health insurance costs lower, Shell Lake is reviewing other insurance options like switching to a high-deductible plan while offering a health savings account, or health reimbursement arrangement plans and im-

plementing a wellness plan, but it’s still under discussion. High-demand fields like technical or special education have created another challenge. In order to recruit people to these positions some districts have started to offer positions to people that aren’t licensed teachers but have experience in that field. Districts are also offering sign-on bonuses to get people to these positions. Both of these scenarios can be rubs to current teachers that are properly licensed and/or are not offered sign-on bonuses. Figuring out the elements of a compensation model is a whole other challenge. “We know in education we don’t want it (teacher compensation) all based on one thing,” said Bridenhagen. The committee is determining what parts to use in the new model. Those include educator effectiveness, a career ladder or a unit system.

A career ladder accounts for the professional stages of educators by certification, giving salary increases as their professional experience, education, licensure and leadership increase. A unit or point system is used to account for participation in district events, their service on committees or their continuing education. Staff members are given points for meeting these types of services and are given a salary increase or bonus when a specific amount of points is accumulated. This type of system has its detractions, as it can be seen by some as trivial, but it is a place to start. Educator effectiveness is a new statewide educator evaluation system which is a performance-based evaluation system that balances an educator’s professional practice with evidence of student outcomes. Bridenhagen said that in Shell Lake most staff members are doing what

the district expects of them in the way of educator effectiveness and the district is looking at how to compensate the individuals that are going above and beyond. “We are getting to the point where we’re saying it really doesn’t matter what we call it (the compensation system) as long as we know what are our minimum expectations are and if you go above them this is what it might look like,” said Bridenhagen. Most districts are on the first version of their compensation systems, with the thought in mind that the system will be improved upon over time. Starting out, Shell Lake has been assisted in their efforts by the Wisconsin Association of School Boards and the shared experiences from other school districts. “I think it is a great opportunity to move forward but it is challenging,” said Bridenhagen.


Xcel Energy begins annual inspection of transmission lines by helicopter EAU CLAIRE - Xcel Energy plans to begin visually inspecting its electricity transmission lines and began Monday, May 9, in Wisconsin and Michigan by helicopter. The inspections are scheduled to last one to two weeks. Transmission line inspections are part of Xcel Energy’s ongoing system maintenance to ensure safe, reliable service to customers. Xcel Energy’s transmission lines in Wisconsin and Michigan extend east from the border of Minnesota to

the Eau Claire area and north from La Crosse to Ironwood, Mich. The helicopter flights enable crews to look for defects or loose fittings. Trouble spots that could cause power outages will be identified and later repaired. The patrols will occur during daylight hours, and the helicopter will fly within 50 feet of the lines or hover near a transmission structure if something needs a closer look. Typically, the flights are conducted at speeds of 30 to 45

miles per hour. Data collected will help Xcel Energy reduce the number of equipment-related outages on its transmission lines. Xcel Energy maintains more than 7,200 miles of transmission lines in Wisconsin, Minnesota and neighboring states. The helicopter flight schedule is dependent upon weather and other factors. — from Xcel Energy

Woodland owners association to hold field day DOUGLAS COUNTY - The Northwest Chapter of the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association will hold a field day at the Douglas County Wildlife Area, commonly known as the Bird Sanctuary, on Saturday, May 21. Bob Hanson, a DNR wildlife biologist, will give a presentation on the area known as the Northwest Sands, which runs from the Moquah Barrens in northeastern Bayfield County, through the Bird Sanctuary down to Grantsburg and on into Minnesota. This is critical sharp-tailed grouse habitat that is slowly disappearing. Hanson will discuss the importance of fire-dependent ecosystems, the role of jack pine on the barrens landscape and the variety of plants and animals that inhabit the Northwest Sands.

Fred Strand, now a retired DNR employee, who was manager of the area for many years, will give a brief motorized tour to highlight some of the features of the area. Strand is also a member of the group known as the Friends of the Bird Sanctuary and he, or someone from that group, will give a talk on their role at the site. After lunch, Mark Hager, a forester for Douglas County, will conduct a short motorized tour of Douglas County forestland to showcase the county’s forestry efforts and the contrast with the barrens habitat. From the north, the Bird Sanctuary is south of Solon Springs. Follow Hwy. 53 south about three miles. Turn right, or to the west on CTH M. The Bird Sanctuary Club-

house is about a mile west of Hwy. 53 on the north side of CTH M. From the south, follow Hwy. 53 north about three miles north of Gordon to the junction of CTH M.  A WWOA sign will indicate the clubhouse. The event will start at 9 a.m. with a break for lunch after the motor tour.  After lunch, the Douglas County forester will give his tour.  The day should end by  2 p.m. Please RSVP Kent Makela at 715-364-2598 or via email at  by Saturday, May 14. There is no other cost for the event, lunch will be $5 - $10. The public is welcome to attend. — from NWCWWOA

Washburn County Health Department receives grant to conduct HPV immunization and recall SPOONER - The Washburn County Health Department has received grant funding to improve adult immunization rates by initiating a recall to Washburn County residents ages 19-26 years who started the three-shot human papillomavirus vaccine series, but never completed it. The mail recall will begin later this month and will be sent to the last known address of the client as listed in the Wisconsin Immunization Registry. The HPV vaccine protects against nine different strains of HPV which are responsible for many types of cancer including anal, cervical, oral and penile as well as genital

A great place to visit


hile the warm days of summer might seem like a long way away, the signs are unmistakable. Marsh marigolds are blooming along the Red Cedar River and the peepers are screeching in Price County.  And after last weekend, you’re likely to see visitors to local streams and lakes with their fishing gear.  One of those visitors could be the man who delivers the mail to my Capitol office in Madison.  I remember what he said the first time I met him after I started in the state Senate.  “I love it up north, it’s such a great place to visit.”    He’s right, in addition to being a great place to live, it is a great place to visit.  We have updated figures showing just how important tourism is to our state’s economy, especially in the North.  In the 13 counties I have the privilege to represent, over 15 percent of our workforce contributes to Wisconsin’s tourism success. The first week in May is National Travel and Tourism Week, America’s annual salute to travel and tourism.  It’s a great reminder of the benefits that visitors to our region provide.  A new National Park Service report shows that 232,662 visitors to Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in 2015 spent $36 million in com-

warts. Currently 59 percent of Washburn County residents ages 19-26 years have received one HPV shot, but only 21 percent have completed the three-shot series. Adults ages 19-26 who want to start or complete the HPV vaccine series should contact their medical provider or the Washburn County Health Department as outlined below. If you have private insurance that covers the HPV vaccine series, Medical Assistance or BadgerCare, schedule an appointment with your medical provider. If your insurance does not cover the HPV vaccine

State Senate 25th District Janet Bewley munities near the park. That spending supported 571 jobs and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $44 million.  According to a recently released report, Wisconsin’s overall tourism economy topped $19 billion in 2015. While facts and figures tell some of the story, those of us lucky enough to share the hospitality of our neighbors and businesses know that it is not just the unmatched natural beauty of the North that draws so many to northern Wisconsin.  From the Delta Diner just up the road from my house in Delta, down to Lehman’s Supper Club in Rice Lake and over to The Pines in Mercer, hundreds of businesses run by hardworking, outgoing people make visitors feel welcome

series, this includes those with family planning only services, or you have no insurance, call the health department at 715-635-4400 to schedule an appointment. The current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation is for all adolescents, male and female, to receive the HPV vaccine along with their Tdap and meningococcal vaccines at 11-12 years of age. To learn more about HPV, contact your medical provider, Washburn County Health Department, or visit cdc. gov/hpv/. — from WCHD

enough to come back season after season, year after year. We are blessed to be surrounded by the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, tributaries and portions of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway and a vital leg of the North Country Scenic Trail.  This year marks the 100th year of the National Park Service.  I was proud to author legislation adopted by the Senate to commemorate this anniversary.  I was even more thrilled to hear from a constituent whose father had been among the thousands who came to see President Kennedy speak at the Ashland airport when he came to tour the newly created Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.  Our region wouldn’t be the driving force in tourism that it is without the legacy of all those who joined in the effort to preserve these national parks. I’m proud to join my colleagues on the state’s tourism council and leaders across the North in highlighting the excellent work of those in our tourism industry.  And like all of you, I’m ready for a great summer as we head to the woods, trails, lakes and streams that are so unique to an area I’m proud to call home.  

ACCIDENT REPORT On Tuesday, April 26, at approximately 6:33 a.m., James Stariha, 28, Trego, hit a deer while driving a 2000 Chevy Impala near the intersection of Hilltop Road and Long Lake Road in the Town of Bashaw. No injuries were reported. The vehicle was removed from the ditch by a tow. On Wednesday, April 27, at approximately 10:48 a.m.,  Kenneth Conner, 56, Trego, was walking southbound on Wagon Bridge Road near Hwy. 63 pushing a stroller with his grandson inside when John Canfield, 71, Trego, turned onto Wagon Bridge Road from Hwy. 63. Canfield, driving a 2013 Nissan Altima, hit the stroller causing it to tip over. Conner attempted to catch the stroller but he fell. The baby was not injured, but Conner was possibly injured. Canfield stated he did not see the stroller or Conner and that he was going approximately 10 miles per hour. In Canfield’s statement

he observed Conner was wearing a dark camouflage coat. On Thursday, April 28, at approximately 3:40 p.m., Karl Hinrichs, 39, Stone Lake, was westbound on Hwy. 70 just west of CTH M in the Town of Madge when he hit a deer, causing the 2002 Chevy Silverado he was driving to roll. No injuries were reported, but the truck had severe damage to the top, driver side and passenger side. The truck was towed from the scene. On Wednesday, May 4, at approximately 11:05 a.m.,  Prudence Wick, 59, Ettrick, was southbound on Hwy. 53 near Oakridge Drive in the Town of Brooklyn when she hit a deer. No injuries were reported. The 2009 Chrysler Sebring she was driving had moderate damage to the front driver side and front. The vehicle was towed. On Thursday, May 5, at approximately 9:30 p.m.,  Alexis Pfaff, 17, Springbrook, was southbound

on Hwy. 53 just north of Oakridge Drive when she hit a deer with the 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix she was driving. No injuries were reported but the vehicle had severe damage to the front, driver side and top of vehicle. The vehicle was removed by a tow truck. On Friday, May 6, at approximately 11:23 a.m., Jeremy Murdock, 35, Hayward, was eastbound on Hwy. 63 near Brickman Lake Road in the Town of Stinnett when he swerved to avoid hitting a motorcycle. Murdock stated the motorcycle was traveling northbound on Brickman Lake Road but failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of Hwy. 63 causing Murdock to swerve and enter a ditch and hit a group of small trees. No injuries were reported, but the truck had moderate damage to the front, driver side and undercarriage and was towed. — Danielle Danford with information from Washburn County Sheriff’s Office

Samoyed dogs rescued from Burnett County residence Danielle Danford | Staff writer BURNETT COUNTY - Twelve dogs were rescued from a residence in Burnett County on Wednesday, May 4, by the Wisconsin Humane Society after the owner surrendered them. The humane society

said the owners relinquished the dogs after becoming overwhelmed by caring for them. “Many of the dogs are quite timid because they’ve been deprived of regular human contact, but we’re confident they will warm up with patience and love,”

spokeswoman Angela Speed said in a story by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Some may need foster care and others may be available for adoption as soon as this weekend.” The dogs were brought to Milwaukee with the assistance of Burnett County

Health and Human Services and the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office. On Thursday, May 5, the dogs received health exams by veterinarians to assess their condition.


DHS update: Elizabethkingia anophelis outbreak Latest tests confirm no children affected, DPH responds to Democrat concerns MADISON - The Department of Health Services recently provided an update regarding its investigation of the Elizabethkingia anophelis outbreak and responded to Democratic legislators who shared concerns about the DHS investigation into the outbreak.   The Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene has completed testing of laboratory specimens of two suspected cases of Elizabethkingia submitted and determined one of those cases is related to the outbreak, bringing the number of confirmed cases of Elizabethkingia anophelis associated with this outbreak to 60. Most of the people affected by this outbreak are over 65, and all have serious, underlying health

conditions. None of the confirmed cases associated with this outbreak are children. According to state health officer Karen McKeown, this is the largest known outbreak of this strain in the United States. “Disease detectives in our Division of Public Health have been working aggressively, with assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to locate the source of the outbreak,” said McKeown. “Since the onset of the Elizabethkingia anophelis outbreak, we have worked diligently to provide accurate, comprehensive information, and to prevent the spread of misleading information that can lead to unwarranted fear among the public. Our top priority is the health and safety of the people we serve.”   Late last week, Gov. Scott Walker received a letter from Democratic legislators expressing concerns about the DPH investigation of this outbreak. On Wednesday, May 4, DPH, the lead agency in the Elizabethkingia anophelis investigation, responded to the letter.

DPH staff first received reports of infected patients between Dec. 29, 2015, and Jan. 4, 2016. DPH immediately reached out to CDC for guidance on Jan. 5, 2016, as this appeared to be an outbreak with a unique organism, and immediately launched the investigation with CDC’s guidance and assistance, and reached out to health-care partners to request and share information. “Our civil service employees (who include nationally recognized scientists) within DPH are committed to protecting the health and wellness of all Wisconsinites, and this is reflected in the work they have done investigating the Elizabethkingia anophelis outbreak,” said McKeown. “We will continue to work in collaboration with our partners at CDC, WSLH, local health departments, and with health-care facilities and clinicians, to determine the source of the Elizabethkingia anophelis outbreak and provide appropriate treatment guidance.” Elizabethkingia anophelis are bacteria

that are rarely reported to cause illness in humans, but can cause infection that may be life threatening among people with compromised immune systems. DHS maintains a webpage that includes the latest number of cases related to, or potentially related to, the Elizabethkingia anophelis outbreak currently under investigation in Wisconsin. DHS will continue to share accurate information related to this investigation as it is available.   In early April, after meeting with DPH about the Elizabethkingia anophelis investigation, as well as other public health issues, Walker  approved the addition of nine project positions so that DPH may continue to work aggressively to locate the source of the outbreak, and continue its work on all other outbreaks that affect public health. For more information go to the  DHS Elizabethkingia webpage. — from Wisconsin Department of Health Services

May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month Drivers urged to share the road, riders urged to get licensed

MADISON - More than half a million Wisconsin residents have a motorcycle license or permit. As motorcyclists return to the road for this riding season, their safety is a major concern. Last year, 81 motorcycle riders and passengers died in Wisconsin traffic crashes, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. “May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, which is an opportunity to remind motorists to share the road and watch for motorcycles, especially at intersections and while making turns and lane changes,” says David Pabst, director of the WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety. “Drivers can easily misjudge the speed and distance of an approaching motorcycle because of its smaller dimensions.  To prevent crashes, drivers should

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check the position of a motorcycle at least two or three times before they proceed through an intersection or make a turn.” During the 2016 riding season, WisDOT will use radio, TV and online messages along with social media to remind motorcyclists and drivers to share the road. Electronic message signs and billboards on major highways will urge drivers to look twice for motorcycles. To reach out to riders and motorists around the state, WisDOT will hit the road again this year with its mobile training facility, called the Transportable HighEnd Rider Education Facility. THE REF promotes training for all riders as well as motorists awareness of motorcycles on the road. Last year, THE REF made visits around the state to 54 events that covered 83 days. Because motorcyclists are legally required to have a motorcycle endorsement on their driver license, one of THE REF’s

goals is to get more riders endorsed and properly trained. “Too many people have been riding for years without a motorcycle endorsement on their driver license,” Pabst says. “It’s a serious problem especially for those who have not ridden a motorcycle for several years and are beginning to ride again. Members of the motorcycling community are aging. The average age of a motorcyclist involved in a fatal crash increased from 30 years old in 1992 to 47 in 2015.” Motorcyclists can obtain their endorsement in two ways: Passing a WisDOT-administered motorcycle driving skills test conducted by appointment at DMV service centers located throughout the state. Obtaining a waiver for the skills test by successfully completing a WisDOTapproved Basic Motorcycle Rider Course, 3-Wheel Basic Rider Course, or the Basic Rider Course 2, for experienced riders.

Register memories 1956 – 60 Years Ago

• A buffet supper, sponsored by the Wesleyan Guild, was held at the Shell Lake Methodist Church. This was the first supper held since the remodeling of the church basement rooms. • Two Army privates, AWOL from Fort Carson, Colo., admitted to the theft of over $1,000 in tools in the break-in at the Washburn County Highway Department shops and also admitted to two break-ins in Illinois. • The annual picnic of the Shell Lake Tuesday Club was held at the shelter house. New officers were installed. They were Mrs. D.S. Postle, president; Mrs. Earl Lund, vice president; Mrs. Ernest Zum Brunnen, secretary; and Mrs. John Beardsley, treasurer. • David Stodola and Dick Swan represented the Shell Lake FFA at the state FFA convention in Green Lake.

1966 – 50 Years Ago

• Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Pieper celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary with a family dinner given by Judge and Mrs. Warren Winton at their home. • Mr. and Mrs. Harry C. Ireland, Shell Lake, returned from a trip to Mexico where they attended the wedding of their son, Harry J. Ireland, to Madel Carmen Villarreal. • William Smith and Michael Axon, students at Shell Lake High School, received a conservation scholarship from Northern States Power Company. • In a flying-up ceremony the following Brownie Girl Scouts entered Junior Scouting: Jane Dinnies, Jonelle Swan, Robin Swan, Mary Haberland, Marcia Nordeen, Lynn Flogstad, Jean Foley, Cathy Wallner, Carrie Parker, Patty Bitney, Mary Tomasiak, Cindy Heuer, Debbie Utt, Valerie

More information is available on the WisDOT website. Pabst emphasizes that motorcyclists need to make responsible decisions to reduce their risks of serious or fatal injuries. “Motorcyclists must obey all traffic laws, such as speed limits, and never ride while impaired,” he says.  “They should always wear clothing and gear that is protective and conspicuous, including a helmet that meets or exceeds U.S. DOT standards. Tragically, approximately two out of three motorcyclists who died in crashes from 2010 to 2014 were not wearing helmets.” Pabst concludes, “During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and throughout the year, we need well-trained and responsible motorcycle riders along with motorists who share the road and look twice for motorcycles to help prevent injuries and deaths.” — from WisDOT  

compiled by Suzanne Johnson Roeser, Linda Gingles and Patty Larson. Girl Scouts that crossed over the bridge to the Cadette program were Pam Lindeman, Peggy Hillman, Debbie Haremza, Anne Lutz, Linda Wennerberg and Sherrie Melton.

tional Guernsey Journal at Columbus, Ohio. • Shane Williams set a conference record of 20’, 11-3/4” in the long jump and a record of 23.2 seconds in the 200-meter event.

• Don Jacobs was teaching a youth boat safety course in Shell Lake. • Election of officers was held amongst the Shell Lake School Board. Elected president was Donald Rydberg, replacing Charles H. Lewis who held the position for 19 years. Other officers were Garold Albee, secretary; and Delbert Soholt, treasurer. Albee replaced Barbara Holman and Soholt replaced Elizabeth Flogstad. • Births at the Shell Lake hospital included Bret Alan, to Mr. and Mrs. Lon LaBumbard on May 1; Shannon Marie to Mr. and Mrs. Bradly Young on May 1; Daniel Lee to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Stellrecht, on May 2; Cheri Marie to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Kinsley, May 3; and a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Simmons on May 3. • Winners of an original flag pledge showing respect to the bicentennial flag were Lori Minot, Joyce Hebert, Bryan Cummings and Pat Frey.

• Vonnie Durand, Stella Schreiber and Charlotte Furchtenicht, members of the Washburn County Junior Fair Association, attended the District 2 meeting in Baldwin. • Kerry Dunbar, Angie Pearson and Jordan Hall claimed first-place titles at the Lakeland Conference track meet in Webster. • Taz, a golden retriever, became Howard Nebel’s leader dog through the assistance of the Shell Lake Lions Club. • Richy Lawrence bagged a 28-pound turkey and Tom Viltz bagged a 24-pound bird.

1976 – 40 Years Ago

1986 – 30 Years Ago

• The Rev. Ray Heilborn, pastor of Shell Lake’s Methodist Church, gave the baccalaureate address for the school’s graduates at Salem Lutheran Church. • Mark Knoop, Shell Lake High School senior, received the State Farmer Degree, the highest degree awarded by the Wisconsin Association of Future Farmers of America. • Gayle Furchtenicht, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Furchtenicht, Sarona, became the associate editor of the Na-

1996 – 20 Years Ago

2006 – 10 Years Ago

• Mark and Donna Johnson’s 32’x54’ building that housed Midnight Construction Company located west of Shell Lake on Hector Dam Road was destroyed by fire. • Lake Insurance was recognized for 25 years of service with Auto Insurance Companies. • Max Bryan, Shell Lake High School, was awarded the Exemplary Soloist Award at the state Solo and Ensemble Festival at UW-Eau Claire. • Shell Lake State Bank President Dirk Benzer presented Shell Lake Fire Chief Dave Schraufnagel with a $500 check for the Washburn County Fire Association to use toward the purchase of a smoke house for the education of children.

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Cronk winner of Aldo Leopold writing contest SPOONER - Spooner High School ninth-grader Kalyn Cronk was chosen as a winner in the Aldo Leopold Writing Contest this year. She won $300, along with other prizes, and will be recognized at a ceremony on Saturday, May 21, at the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center near Baraboo. Below is Cronk’s award-winning essay. “My family has a garden. From this garden, we receive fresh and organic vegetables. We work together to pick the tomatoes, beans, peas, broccoli and other vegetables. We are able to eat them as we please, and my mother cans them so they are preserved for later consumption. The tomatoes are made into sauces of which we use for spaghetti. “Tonight we ate the spaghetti, and knowing that my tomatoes weren’t put through factories and pesticides makes me happy. It is keeping me and my family healthy, and we aren’t polluting the wonderful Earth we live on. Across the road

Kalyn Cronk, Spooner, will be recognized May 21 at the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center for her award-winning essay. — Photo submitted

from my house is a field, and every year the farmer puts pesticides on his plants, and after it rains, the pesticides make their way into the neighboring lake and pollute the water. “If people started paying more attention to what is in their food, we would all start making healthier choices, which links to the obesity problem we have as Americans. The more chemicals we put in our food and consume, the more harmful chemicals we release into the air from the factories, and this links to global warming. “I think that the more you know about where your food and energy come from, the more you appreciate it; or not appreciate it, in some cases. Just like Aldo Leopold, my family burns wood to heat our house. We also have a geothermal system to heat it. I think that having renewable resources as sources of heat are great! When you use coal or other nonrenewable resources, you aren’t able to turn


Wednesday, May 11 • Free community meal, 4-6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 135 Reinhart Dr., Shell Lake. All welcome. Donations accepted. Thursday, May 12 • Shell Lake Lions Club meeting, 6:30 p.m., Shell Lake Community Center. • Open mic at The Dock Coffee, 218 Elm St., Spooner. Sign up at 6 p.m., performers begin at 6:30-9 p.m. Held on the second Thursday of every month. Call Carol McDowall with questions at 715-416-0489. Friday, May 13 • Shell Lake community blood drive, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Shell Lake Community Center. To schedule an appointment, call 800-733-2767 or go online to and search by sponsor code Shell Lake. • “Long Live the Squeezebox XXVIII” spring edition, 7:30 p.m., Ceska Opera House, 320 W. Third St., Haugen. Call 715-234-5600 for reservations. • Barronett Civic Club community park project spaghetti supper at the Barronett Community Center from 5 until 8 p.m. Money raised will be used to spruce up the park. Saturday, May 14 • 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. • Shell Lake youth baseball car wash, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Shell Lake Schools bus garage. Monday, May 16 • Northern Lights Camera Club, 7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1790 Scribner St., Spooner. 

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• Shell Lake/Spooner Masonic Lodge 221 meeting, 7 p.m., at the lodge. • Dining at 5, Spooner Senior Center. Call 715-6358283 for reservations 24 hours in advance.   Tuesday, May 17 • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group, 8-9:30 a.m. For more information, call 715-6354669. Wednesday, May 18 •  Shell Lake Public Library Board of Trustees meeting, 4 p.m., at the library. The public is welcome. Thursday, May 19 • Washburn County Historical Society Board of Directors meeting, 4 p.m., Hewitt Building, Shell Lake Museum Complex. Public is welcome. For more information, call 715-468-2982. • Shell Lake PTA meeting, 6:30 p.m., in the 3-12 school library. Baby-sitting available. • Chris Monroe, author of “Monkey with a Tool Belt” and creator of “Violet Days” comic, Spooner Memorial Library 6-7 p.m. to hold a Make-a-Comic-with-aCartoonist event. This event is free to all ages, but geared more to ages 8 and up. Supplies are provided. Saturday, May 21 • Home and garden show, Shell Lake Arts Center, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. • Shell Lake PTA Laker Color Run, 9 a.m., Shell Lake beach. Registration 8 a.m. To donate go to shop. • Happy Trails for Happy Tails trail ride fundraiser for the Washburn County Area Humane Society Animal Shelter starting at 10 a.m. at the South Dugan Run Horse Trails, located 11 miles east of Spooner and 2 miles south on Harmon Lake Road. Cookout-style lunch served from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the trailhead. RSVP by calling or texting Kate at715-419-2797 or Shawn at 715-931-8984.


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• UW-Extension North County Master Gardener Volunteers Association plant sale, 8 a.m., Spooner Ag Research Station. Monday, May 23 • Library Lego Club meets at Spooner Memorial Library from 6-7 p.m. Free for ages 4-18. Legos provided. A challenge is presented followed by a time to free build. Wednesday, May 25 • Free community supper, 4-6 p.m., St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 220 Elm St., Spooner. Thursday, May 26 • Travis Halverson, local cartoonist with the pen name Francisco Gruel, will be leading a cartooning series on how to make Zine (aka mini comic), 6-9 p.m. at the Spooner Memorial Library. RSVP by contacting the library or by calling 715635-2792. This series is free to all ages, but best suited for those who are old enough to write and draw. Supplies are provided. • Shell Lake American Legion meeting, 6:30 p.m., Shell Lake Veterans Hall, 408 1st St. • Shell Lake VFW meeting, 7 p.m., Shell Lake Veterans Hall, 408 1st St. Friday, May 27 • Dining at 5, Birchwood Senior Center. Call 715-3543001 for reservations 24 hours in advance. Saturday, May 28 • Free community breakfast, 7-10 a.m., First United Pentecostal Church, 337 Greenwood Ave., Spooner. All welcome. Donations accepted. • St. Joseph’s Council of Catholic Women bake sale, 8:30-11 a.m. in front of Gordy’s Market, Shell Lake.


Thursday, June 2 • Travis Halverson, local cartoonist with the pen name Francisco Gruel, will be leading a cartooning series on how to make Zine (aka mini comic), 6-9 p.m. at the Spooner Memorial Library. RSVP by contacting the library or by calling 715635-2792. This series is free to all ages, but best suited for those who are old enough to write and draw. Supplies are provided. • Aphasia Group, 10-11:30 a.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, Spooner. Call 715-520-7999. • Northwest Wisconsin Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, 1 p.m., lower level at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Shell Lake. • Free community meal, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 409 Summit, Spooner, 4-6 p.m. All welcome. Donations accepted.

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Birchwood to lay groundwork for community garden BIRCHWOOD - After being awarded a grant by the Green Bay Packer Foundation earlier this school year, Birchwood has gotten plans under way to begin building their community garden. The Birchwood Foundation grant that received Packer funding allowed for the establishment of an urban garden, the purchase of a greenhouse and the expansion of student learning opportunities geared toward agriculture. Birchwood students will grow plants in the greenhouse in order to provide seedlings to food pantry patrons and to plant in an urban garden located near Birchwood School. Produce that is harvested from the garden will be

donated to the food pantry and to the Birchwood School apply for the $10 5’x24’ spaces in the garden to grow their own food for the summer. These plots will already lunch program. ​As a start to the garden, on Friday, May 13, students, be cultivated, fertilized, fenced, and water is included.  ​ Anyone interested in helping on this initiative or in families and community members will be welcomed to the site of the new garden to lay ground and start build- renting plots should contact Birchwood teacher Adam ing the design into reality. Holes will be dug, posts will Smith at 715-354-3471 or be put in, holes will be filled with gravel, posts will be​ — from Birchwood School straightened and​fastened together withtwo-by-fours, a gate will be built and fencing will be​ installed​, all at this time. ​ ​Additionally, the garden will introduce plots for rent, where interested parties can SHELL LAKE – A Shell Lake Community American Red Cross Blood Drive is set for Friday, May 13. The drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Shell Lake Community Center. To schedule an appointment, call 800-733-2767 or go online to redRestaurant, the Sawmill Saloon, Annie’s Noble and search by sponsor code Shell Lake. A driver’s license or blood donor card is required to donate. The Cuisine, LLC, and Pine Brook Farm. Proceeds are used for funding scholarships new RapidPass is available. Make your appointment and visit redworkshops and grants. Advance tickets are avail- to complete your health history before you able at Art Beat of Hayward, Redbery Books and attend the blood drive. This must be completed same day as the drive. — with information from the American Red Cross Art Market 63 in Cable.

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CHARAC to celebrate A Toast to Art HAYWARD - The 2016 annual Cable Hayward Area Arts Council will celebrate A Toast to Art on Thursday, May 26, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Comfort Suites in Hayward. This a wine-tasting event, hosted by The Wine Cave, with both silent and live auctions, raffle baskets, live music and an amazing array of fine food and appetizers from Italia Ristorante, Lakewoods Resort, Tally Ho Supper Club, The Steakhouse & Lodge, Chef Chris Ray’s Five Course Catering, Brick House Café & Catering, La Cabana Mexican

CHARAC is nonprofit organization formed in 1996 to bring together the art, artists and supporters of art. The organization works to provide art activities and events and education to the region. — from CHARAC

Flag Day fundraiser set SPRINGBROOK - Springbrook VFW Post 10568, located on Hwy. 63 in Springbrook, is hosting their annual Flag Day steak dinner fundraiser event. The fundraiser is Saturday, June 11, from 4 to 6 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance and the cost is $12 per ticket. Only 100 tickets are available.

The meal has been donated by the local Hayward Steakhouse and Lodge. The VFW Post 10568 canteen business hours are Monday-Friday, 2:30 p.m. until midnight, and Saturday and Sunday noon to midnight. The phone number is 715-766-2128. — from Springbrook VFW

Relay for Life fundraisers The Washburn County Relay For Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society is set for Friday, July 22. The opening ceremony will start at 6 p.m., and the event will conclude at 11 p.m. in Shell Lake Memorial Park. If you would like to include team fundraising events in this column, please email your information to

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Celebrate spring at Hunt Hill’s Prairie Fling SARONA - Celebrate spring at Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary in Sarona, during the fifth-annual Prairie Fling Festival, on Saturday, May 14. Reconnect with people, community, and nature in this one-day extravaganza. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is great for the whole family.  The festival includes horsedrawn wagon rides, music, live animal programs, kids activities, food, artist vendors and community groups. Additional information can be found at

Music Musicians this year include the Little Ripley Band, Second Wind String Band and The Sons of the Voyaguers. The Little Ripley Band consists of Jane O’Brien and Norma Peterson. These talented ladies play everything from folk to rock, western to Irish and throw in a bit of Reggae and old-time dance for good measure. O’Brien plays accordion, Peterson plays the keyboard, and they both play percussion with their feet. The band admits their music style is hard to describe, but everyone agrees the sound is catchy and a lot of fun!  Little Ripley Band will be playing from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. by the library. The Second Wind String Band is an oldtime fiddle dance band comprised of a 12-string guitar, banjo, bass and fiddler. Their repertoire ranges from old-time fiddle music to folk tunes. Participants will enjoy their music as they visit artist vendors by the library from 12:30 to 2 p.m. The Sons of the Voyageur (Les Fils du Voyageur) will be entertaining fling-goers as they travel throughout the camp between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. In their performances you will hear authentic fur trade era songs sung a capella in threeand four-part harmony, and be led from Montreal to Grand Portage as the lifestyle of the Voyageur is portrayed in authentic period costume. Educational programs This year’s Prairie Fling will feature four different educational programs, on

laby and more. Professional face painting from Paint Me First of Eau Claire will be at the festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Yard games will include Prairie Fling favorites like beanbag toss, lasso golf and the straw bale fort. New this year is the pinewood derby car crafts. The first 100 youth will get a free pinewood car that they can decorate and then race against others.  In addition, Smokey Bear will be wandering camp, Pets For You will have a small pets display and blacksmiths will be demonstrating their trade. 

Community groups Discover some of the great resources available in the community. Explore booths from the National Park Service, Boy Scout troops making cobbler and crafting tiny boats, local lake associations, libraries, outdoor recreation clubs and more.

The National Eagle Center is returning to Hunt Hill for the Prairie Fling on Saturday, May 14. They will have a live eagle presentation at 2 p.m. — Photo submitted beekeeping, nocturnal animals, reptiles and a live eagle program. Programs will be held in the outdoor amphitheater overlooking the Twin Lakes.  John Haack, UW-Extension Natural Resources educator, will start off the day with a beekeeping presentation at 10:30 a.m. Learn about the basics of keeping bees, an enjoyable hobby with sweet rewards. Haack has extensive experience with keeping bees and is happy to share his knowledge with fling participants. The Lake Superior Zoo will be joining in the fling fun again this year, and this time they will be featuring a nocturnal animalprogram.  Program attendees will discover why some animals stay awake at night and what adaptations they have that help them survive, and be introduced to three or four live nocturnal animals. Catch the Lake Superior Zoo presentation at 11:30 a.m. Snake Discovery will be presenting

ICHC holds spring dinner meeting SHELL LAKE - Members of the Indianhead Community Health Care Inc. organization heard updates on Shell Lake’s medical facilities, financial donations given, and elected a new treasurer during the annual spring dinner meeting held Monday, May 2, at Lakeview in Shell Lake. President Linda King, presiding over the meeting, introduced administrators of Indianhead Medical Center, Shell Lake Clinic, Terraceview and Glenview. Each gave an update of the facilities. In his comments, Shannon Jack, IMC, stated remodeling at the hospital and clinic is in the planning stages and will include making some patient rooms into single-bed areas. MRIs and sleep studies are included with other services provided locally at the hospital. Jodi Gregorie, Hayward, was introduced as the new manager at the clinic. Wanda Thompson, Cumberland, was also introduced. She is the new director of nursing at Terraceview. ICHC recently donated $400 to the Shell Lake School District for the continuation of the concussion program for monitoring athletes. The program was first started at Shell Lake in 2010 with funds provided by ICHC. During Shell Lake High School’s Awards Day, Thursday, May 26, ICHC will be presenting scholarships to graduating seniors planning to go into the field of health care. Scholarships are also available to employees of IMC, Shell Lake Clinic, Terraceview and Glenview for continuing education. Funds used to contribute to these projects are made possible through the Love Lite campaign held in December. Members have volunteered to assist with Mini Medics at IMC on Tuesday, May 24. ICHC has sponsored Mini Medics for many years giving first-grade students the opportunity to see what happens at their local hospital. The ICHC-sponsored American Red Cross blood drive will be held June 23-24

at 12:30 p.m. at the amphitheater. Join naturalist Emily Roberts as she introduces some live reptiles. Learn about the unique adaptations of these intriguing critters, and get a chance to meet live snakes up close and personal. The National Eagle Center is returning to Hunt Hill with their live eagle presentation at 2 p.m. NEC staff will enlighten and entertain audiences with the help of a live eagle. It is not every day that you get to see such a magnificent bird so close, so you won’t want to miss this inspiring presentation.

Children’s area The kids area features new and exciting activities for 2016 such as a petting zoo, face painting, yard games and craft.   Fantasy Corral petting zoo will be bringing 20 different exotic and domestic animals, which may include animals like a tortoise, mini donkey, camel, fox, wal-

Artists Artist booths will be selling their oneof-a-kind wares throughout the day. Local artists include handmade jewelry, original watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings, greeting cards, sculptural wood items, body butters infused with flower essences, primitive tools and weapons, and much more. These talented artists are all inspired by nature when creating their pieces.   And much more In addition to all of these activities, visitors can check out food options in the barn dining hall, which will include Louie’s brats, grilled cheese sandwiches and more. Parking is provided across from the main camp and guests can get to activities by horse-drawn wagon, tractor ride, van shuttle or take a walk through the prairie.  The cost is $5 per person and Hunt Hill members receive free admission. For more information, call Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary at 715-635-6543, email info@, or visit website at hunthill. org.

Maas named northwest region communication manager On Monday, May 2, the Division of Transportation System Development welcomed Diana Maas as its new northwest region communication manager. Maas will be headquartered in Spooner but will frequently work from Superior and Eau Claire. She joins DTSD with a degree in communications and political science from the UW-Madison. She brings five years of experience working as a congressional staffer for Wisconsin legislators in Washington, D.C., and was most recently the communications specialist for the Spooner Area School District. — Photo submitted

Joni Parker, Indianhead Medical Center, is the coordinator for the hospital’s Relay For Life team. A book and bake sale fundraiser was held Friday, May 6, in the hospital lobby. — Photo by Suzanne Johnson at the Shell Lake Methodist Church. Coordinators of the drive are Linda King and Linda Nielsen. ICHC members were invited to join the IMC Relay For Life team. The Washburn County Relay For Life to raise funds for the American Cancer Society will be held Friday, July 22, at Shell Lake Memorial Park from 6-11 p.m. Jude Bolterman was elected as treasurer of ICHC. The annual ICHC fall dinner meeting is Monday, Nov. 7. Anyone wishing to become a member of ICHC may contact Patti at 715-822-2367. — Suzanne Johnson

Stamp Out Hunger food drive planned WASHBURN COUNTY - On Saturday, May 14, the Washburn County Letter Carriers will be conducting the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive. Stamp Out Hunger is the nation’s largest one-day food drive. Last year, approximately 11,000 pounds of food was gathered for the three food pantries in Washburn County. Suggested nonperishable items are canned fruits and vegetables, pasta, rice, and cereal. Especially needed are sources of protein such as peanut butter, tuna or other canned meats. Cash donations, making checks payable to Washburn County Food Pantry, are always needed. This allows perishable items such as milk, eggs, and bread to be purchased. Items should be placed in, on,

or beside the mailbox prior to normal delivery. Your carrier or another volunteer will pick up and deliver your donation to a food pantry. This year the theme is Building on a Billion. In the 23 years of the drive, approximately 1.5 billion pounds of food have been collected nationwide. In 1997, it was confirmed that the 77.1 million pounds of food collected was a new world record for a one-day food drive in multiple locations. With an effort from all, a new, even larger record can be established. Watch for a postcard and plastic bag in your mail this week and help your letter carrier Stamp Out Hunger. — with submitted information


WITC to hold commencement exercises Rice Lake campus celebrates 75 years NORTHWEST WISCONSIN - Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College continues to turn out well-trained graduates earning associate degrees, technical diplomas and professional certificates this spring. Their programs are diverse, ranging from health, trades and technology to business. The college will hold simultaneous commencement ceremonies for its Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake and Superior campuses on Friday, May 13. Also celebrating its 75th anniversary the WITC-Rice Lake campus will confer approximately 150 graduates. The graduation reception is at 5 p.m. at the HUB on campus, and the graduation ceremony will start at 7 p.m. at the UWBC gymnasium. Presenting the degrees and diplomas will be WITC-Rice Lake Administrator Craig Fowler and WITC Board Member, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald. For the ceremony, some of the most active and involved of the 2016 graduates will address their fellow students. Packer Makinia, criminal justice program, was selected as the student emcee after a stiff competition. Student Senate President Nels Potvin, Frederic, IT systems administration program; and Angie Paternina, accounting associate program and this

The WITC-Rice Lake 75th-anniversary flag was raised on a windy day, in time for the 2016 graduation ceremony. Shown (L to R): Angie Paternina, Rice Lake, this year’s student ambassador; Nels Potvin, Frederic, 2015-16 Student Senate president; Russ Hullback, campus maintenance, lending a hand; and Shay Horton, Cumberland, selected as this year’s distinguished alum. — Photo submitted year’s student ambassador, will both deliver personal messages of congratulations and good luck for their fellow graduates.

Honored as this year’s distinguished alum is WITC 2004 graduate Shay Horton who has recently been promoted as executive vice president at Cumberland Federal

Bank. Her dedication to community service includes serving on the WITC Foundation Board and Finance Committee, as well as the WITC-Rice Lake Regional Foundation Committee, Cumberland Kiwanis and the Northwoods Figure Skating Board. She was nominated by Anita Hacker, WITC district controller, saying, “Shay is a talented, genuine and gifted woman. She cares about her community, which shows in her dedication to not only a task at hand, but in using her big picture, forward-thinking abilities to implement positive and productive change.”    Thousands of students have come through the doors in the 75 years of WITC-Rice Lake. This year’s graduates will be in good company. The most recently completed survey of 2014 WITC graduates showed 95 percent of the graduates were hired within just six months of graduating. Annual earnings of WITC graduates right after graduation were strong – averaging $35,795 annually for those working in careers related to their WITC education. Another satisfying part of the survey reveals that a high percentage, 78 percent of those employed, were able to start their career in an occupation related to their training. The public is invited to the WITC-Rice Lake graduation ceremony. It can also be viewed live online at graduation. — from WITC  

Students enjoy post-prom activities SHELL LAKE – Shell Lake High School’s prom was held Saturday, April 23, at the 3-12 School. Due to donations from community members and local businesses, a post-prom lock-in was held, with 77 students attending. Those contributing to the post-prom activities included Shell Lake School staff, Savas Designers and Jewelers, Shell Lake Chiropractic Clinic, Scheffel Construction, Barron Electric, Lakeview, New Dimension, Shell Lake Full Gospel Church, Shell Lake State Bank, Bosch Packaging, Bistro 63, Walmart, Salem Lutheran Church, Nick’s Family Restaurant, Butternut Hills Golf, Red Lobster of Eau Claire, Louie’s Finer Meats, Economart, Alley Cats, Bona Casa, Hair Envy Salon, Car Pool, Culver’s of Rice Lake, Jack Link’s, Organized Chaos - Barb Haynes, Taco John’s of Rice Lake, Indianhead Eye Clinic-Tom and Stephanie Herzog, Washburn County Register, Starbucks of Eau Claire, McDonald’s, Shell Lake Clinic, Gordy’s, WCSW/WGMO Radio, Shell Lake Public Library, Triple A Sports, Washburn County AODA grant, and Scheels of Eau Claire.  Students were able to enjoy a massage by Molly Schmidt, caricatures by Rachel Murphy, loopy ball soccer from the Full Gospel Church and painting with Mrs. Carlson. There was also a scavenger hunt, movies in the library, Xbox 360 gaming and laser tag in the hallways. — from Shell Lake Post-Prom Committee

Molly Schmidt gave massages to post-prom attendees.

Mrs. Carlson provided students the opportunity to do a painting project.

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Savannah Steines and Sheri Clark pose for Rachel Murphy to do a caricature of them during the post-prom activities held Saturday, April 23, at the 3-12 school in Shell Lake.

Courtesy of the Full Gospel Church of Shell Lake, students were able to participate in loopy ball.



ast day in old apartment. Still confused how inanimate things can procreate,” wrote my daughter-in-law, Arie, the day before we were set to help her and son Matthew move from a one-bedroom apartment to a two-bedroom apartment in Eden Prairie, Minn. As Milt and I arrived at the old apartment, we knew we had a full day ahead of us helping Matthew and Arie move. Fortunately, everything that could be was packed and ready to be loaded and unloaded from trailers and cars ahead of time. We knew there would be a major cleanup to be done to ensure a return of the required deposit. All in all, the move went pretty well and without incident, except for when a cover blew off a tote containing important papers, sending Matthew running through the street picking up the windblown documents. Returning home from a full day of work, I feared I would feel muscles that had been activated after several months of inactivity. I admit when returning to work the following day, I did feel wiped out but not too stiff and sore. It will be a year ago come June that Milt and I were last involved in a household move to a new location. Daughter Amanda and her family moved into a different house in Woodbury that would bring both her and

Moving days Beyond the office door Suzanne Johnson her husband, Carl, closer to their jobs. The grandchildren and I had fun as moving day approached for them. With the majority of their belongings packed and ready for the move, new places were available for playing hide-and-seek. Three children could fit into the lower kitchen cabinets to hide from Grammy. When it was my time to hide, I found the perfect spot as I crawled under Carl and Amanda’s bed. The children did enter the room looking for me, and not finding me in the closet or behind a door, they left the room. Calling out for me, they headed back down the stairs. Then I realized son-in-law Carl had entered the bedroom after he returned from work. As I wasn’t sure what he would be doing, I felt I should make my presence known to him. I quietly said, “Carl, I’m under the bed.” After his initial shock of realiz-

ing his mother-in-law was hiding under his bed, he left the room. He called out to the children, “I think I heard Grammy upstairs.” It wasn’t too long before I could hear two sets of little feet running up the steps and young voices calling out, “Grammy, where are you?” “Grammy?” As I looked over to see four little feet next to the bed, in the deepest voice I could muster up, I drew out the word, “W...h..a..t?” To which I saw the four little feet jump up about a half a foot in the air before hitting the floor and running out of the room. With little high-pitched voices screaming, Adalyn and Cole ran back down the stairs. Even though it’s been almost a year since Grammy used her “W…h…a..t?” voice to scare the children, there are times when out of the blue, little Charlotte will mimic Grammy by saying in her deepest voice, “W…h…a..t?” At this point, Milt and I are hoping this is the final move that we will be helping with for a while. It’s been 38 years that I have lived in my house. As I look around at my accumulation of inanimate things, I feel motivated to take more seriously Milt’s 365-day rule, which states, “If you haven’t touched it for 365 days, get rid of it.” Then again, maybe I’ll just leave it for my kids to deal with.

A star of country music is gone n April 6, the country music star Merle Haggard abuse and depression. Then he married Debbie Parret, O died of complications of pneumonia on his 79th Old wife’s and they divorced in 1991. He married his fifth wife, birthday in California. He left behind a trail of bad Theresa Ann Lane, in 1992 and they had two children. times and good, played for us excellent guitar and fidThe marriage lasted more than 20 years. He had some tales dle music, and wrote songs that we have come to think health problems, lost a lung, and quit smoking cigaof as classic country. It was a sad day for his fans. His tumultuous life made him a legend for our time. Merle Haggard was the son of Flossie Mae and James Francis Haggard. His earliest years were spent in a remodeled boxcar on the outskirts of Bakersfield, Calif. They say it has been preserved and is on display in the Kern County Museum. Many people of my generation were children of that time and remember the dust bowl days of the Great Depression. We were all poor, so we didn’t realize that thousands of people were forced to move to find work and had to scratch a living the best way they could. For Merle’s parents, it was a hardscrabble existence then for the family. It got worse when his father died when Merle was 9 years old. His mother was working as an accountant and he was often left alone. His older brother gave him a guitar when he was 12. He learned to play it by listening to recordings by his idols, Bob Wills, Hank Williams and Lefty Frizzell. Actually, the first time he was able to perform for an audience was when he had an opportunity to meet Lefty and played some of his songs for him. Lefty’s people didn’t like him letting this unknown guitar player take the stage, but Lefty told them he wouldn’t begin the concert if they didn’t let this boy play. Merle enjoyed the crowd’s enthusiasm. With little discipline, Merle took up with bad companions and got into one scrape after another. He ran away from home at 14, rode the rails and hitchhiked, and tried lots of different jobs He wrote some bad checks and did some shoplifting and landed in San Quentin Prison in 1958. He was unruly at first, but settled down after he saw his prison buddy being taken to the execution chamber. Merle took it hard, but began to mingle with the other inmates and he joined the prison’s country music band. He was released in 1960. He received a pardon from Gov. Ronald Reagan.

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Laurie Johnson explores her wetland. – Photos submitted by Wisconsin Wetland Association unless otherwise noted This is a map of the wetlands in Washburn County. Wetlands are shown in green.

A drawing illustrating water table change shows the role of wetlands. It was created by Libby Zimmerman.

Wetlands are an important part of the Wisconsin landscape. – Photo submitted by Charlotte Shover

class analogy that wetlands are sponges that hold and store water. In Washburn County, there are over 30,000 acres of healthy lakes with high water quality. The health of these lakes is protected by the more than 90,000 acres of wetlands across the county. As water moves across the landscape, wetlands and wetland plants slow the speed of flowing water and reduce erosion, remove excess nitrates and trap sediment. Healthy lakes need healthy wetlands to keep water quality high. Currently, 17 percent of Washburn County’s land area is wetlands. This includes large wetlands that stay wet all year long like marshes, but it also includes small wetlands, many of which only have water during snowmelt and spring rains. Whatever their size or water levels, all wetlands are important for our wildlife, water and communities.

Despite the benefits they provide, wetlands have often been misunderstood and underappreciated across Wisconsin and the globe. In Wisconsin, draining wetlands for farming, filling wetlands for development and slicing through wetlands with roads, train tracks and power lines have resulted in the loss of half of our wetlands statewide. Many of the wetlands that remain are suffering from invasive species, pollution or fragmentation. Wisconsin’s waters, wildlife and people need healthy wetlands. From restoration to legal protection, there are a variety of ways people and communities can care for wetlands. But at the heart of caring for wetlands is caring about them. While May is the official month to celebrate wetlands, consider it just the start of your relationship with these special places. In Washburn County, you can explore wetlands along the Namekagon River, at Beaver Brook Wildlife Area, at the Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary and even low, wet places near where you live. Want to find one near you? Head to where the frogs are croaking, where herons are wading or where water rests during rains. Wetlands matter. Get your boots wet and explore one today. Want to learn more about wetlands and how you can care for them? Wisconsin Wetlands Association, a statewide nonprofit dedicated to wetland protection and care, has wetland resources for landowners, individuals and communities. More information is available at Washburn County Lakes and Rivers Association is a countywide organization working to protect and promote responsible use of waters in Washburn County. For more information, see - submitted by Wisconsin Wetlands Association

WITC class offered at Shell Lake High School SHELL LAKE - A WITC Heartsaver First Aid and an adult/child CPR and AED class will be offered at Shell Lake High School Library on Thursday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Heartsaver First Aid Course is designed to teach rescuers the knowledge and psychomotor skills they need to recognize emergencies and to give CPR and first aid until EMS arrives. The goal of

Shell Lake FFA dairy judging team participates in Career Development competition The Shell Lake FFA state dairy judging team recently competed in the state Career Development Event competition. The team finished 12th earning a gold rating as a team. Team members are (L to R): Dominic Hopke, Marty Anderson, Amber Anderson and Megan Anderson. Amber was top scorer for Shell Lake, finishing 22nd. — Photo submitted

the course is to train laypeople in first aid assessments and actions that have been shown to make a difference in mortality and morbidity rates. To register, visit and use

search for Class No. 41443 using the class finder. The cost is $24.05 or $4.50 senior fee. Instructor is Janet Thompson. — from SLCE


Shell Lake and Spooner students attend

Shell Lake senior Natalie Smith plays the trumpet in the Shell Lake High School jazz band at Gantner Auditorium on the UW-Eau Claire campus.

Shell Lake’s music director, Mr Kunselman, waits as his band prepares for their performance at the state festival. Many hours of practice have gone into this moment in time. The students are ready and he is ready ... let the music begin.

Tyler Rognholt and Linden Nelson singing in a duet. This was just the beginning of a long day for them as they performed in multiple events throughout the day. Rognholt performed in three events and Nelson in seven.

This will be the last state festival for the piano trio of Dan Pederson, Ally Jacoby and Gracia Gormong. They will be playing at the Spooner High School spring concert on Monday, May 16, at the auditorium. Shell Lake junior KayDe Bontekoe performs a song in the music theater division. She earned a first for her effort. She has attended the Shell Lake Arts Center show choir camps to help make her a better performer.


state Solo and Ensemble Music Festival

The Spooner barbershop quartet earned a first with their song. They sang a Ray Stevens song that they converted to barbershop music. Shown (L to R): Elijah Hansen, Dan Pederson, Tyler Revak and Nathan Chastek.

Photos by Larry Samson

Shell Lake sophomore Allison Tims performs in her first WSMA State Music Festival.

Spooner junior Ally Jacoby has been to state for the past three years. Last year she earned a 1-N rating with her timpani solo, the highest recognition any musician can earn. Only a handful of students will earn this recognition, and this year she repeated with a 1-N in her solo.

The opportunity to perform in the state festival comes with attending a school that values the music program. Each year Shell Lake and Spooner schools are well represented at the festival. Posing for a photo is a mix of singers and musicians from Shell Lake. Shown (L to R): Savannah Steines, Sheri Clark, Katie Cox, Ashley Clark and Ali DeLadi.

Shell Lake senior Cassie Skindzelewski earned a first in the jazz strings solo. This will be her last year in the Wisconsin School Music Association State Festival. The festival was held at the UW-Eau Claire on Saturday, May 7.

The Spooner vocal ensemble earned a first with their song. Shown (L to R) Chris Gale, Tyler Revak, Miguel Barrett, Dan Pederson, Mykal Lake, Ryan Lauterbach, Josh Berkesch, Elijah Hansen and Nathan Chastek.


Hungerbuhler places first in Congressional Art Competition Joan Carlson poses with her students who competed in the Congressional Art Competition. Shown (L to R): Carlson, Amber Anderson, Natalie Smith, Anna Hungerbuhler, Alex Eiche and Rachel Kidder. Gwen Fiorito competed but was not present for the photo.

This oil painting by Shell Lake student Anna Hungerbuhler placed first in the 7th District Congressional Art Competition for 2016. Hungerbuhler is a graduating senior and has been one of Mrs. Carlson’s students for those four years. The painting will hang in the state Capitol showcasing the talented students in Wisconsin.

The students in competition and their fellow classmates react to the news that a Shell Lake student earned a first. The news conference was held online so that all the schools in the 7th District could watch and participate live. Shown (L to R): Natalie Smith, Alex Eiche, Anna Hungerbuhler, Isaac Haines and Sean Heckel. — Photos by Larry Samson

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Hopke boys compete in wrestling championships

WISCONSIN DELLS - Kale and Koy Hopke, Shell Lake, competed at the Wisconsin State Freestyle/Greco-Roman Wrestling Championships on Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8, in Wisconsin Dells.  Kale placed fifth in Freestyle with wins over Luke Stromberg from Mukwonago, 8-6, and Colton Grindle from Waunakee, 9-3, in the first two rounds.  In the semifinals Kale was defeated by Dawson Demborski from Ashwaubenon, 11-0.  Kale then came back and captured fifth place by defeating Chad Holzem of Ringers, 108.  Kale wrestled well but did not place in Greco.  Koy had an outstanding weekend making the finals in Freestyle and claiming the state title in Greco-Roman.  In the Freestyle finals, Koy was injured early in the match and attempted to wrestle on but fell by a score of 12-1 to T.J Schierl of World Gold Wrestling.   By fate, early the next day, Koy was pitted against TJ again

and was able to turn the tables, defeating TJ in the first round. On his way to the title, Koy did not yield one point and tech fell all three opponents; defeating TJ Schierl of World Gold 11-0, Gunnar Hamre of The Club 10-0, and Riley Anderson of Hudson 12-0.  Since Koy placed second in Freestyle, he fell short of the Wisconsin triple crown by one match but had a hugely successful Wisconsin wrestling season, winning state championships in Folkstyle and Greco with a runner-up finish in Freestyle.  By virtue of the first-place finish in Greco, Koy has been invited and will be wrestling for Team Wisconsin in the Goodwill duals versus Team Minnesota on June 18 in Simley, Minn.   Kale was fortunate to represent Wisconsin last year when it was held in Madison. — submitted Kale Hopke wrestles at the Wisconsin State Freestyle/Greco-Roman Wrestling Championships held in Wisconsin Dells Saturday-Sunday, May 7-8.

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Koy Hopke stands in the winner’s position at the Wisconsin State Freestyle/ Greco-Roman Wrestling Championships.

Koy Hopke wrestles against his opponent.

Three-game winning streak for softball team Emily Parish slides into second base ahead of the throw from the catcher. Smart baserunning helped Shell Lake defeat the combined Luck/Frederic team 16-0 at Frederic on Monday, May 2.

Photos by Larry Samson

Meredith Kevan takes a couple of swings before stepping up to the plate. The Laker bats have been hot as they have scored 31 points in the last three games.

Savannah Soltis lays down a near-perfect bunt to advance the runner to third base.



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Shell Lake splits for the week


Spooner/Shell Lake soccer team loses to Superior

Rails defender Breeana Monson steals the ball from a Superior player.

Photos by Larry Samson

First baseman Drew Johnson just makes the catch as the runner comes down on the base.

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Jeana Springer kicks the ball just as the Superior goalkeeper arrives for the save.

Logan Zebro rips one into center field for a hit. He went up against the combined Luck/Frederic team and came up with an 11-1 loss on Monday, May 2, at Luck. Shell Lake got their bats swinging again on Thursday, May 5, to beat Siren 8-3. It has been that kind of season for the Lakers, up one day and down the next.

Shell Lake second baseman Carter Lawrence tags the Luck/Frederic base runner as he slides into second.

Spooner sophomore Leire Santamaria with a shot on goal. The Spooner/Shell Lake Rails soccer team could not find the net as they lost 10-0 to Superior on Tuesday, May 3.

The Rails defenders, Amanda Heino and Gracia Gormong, are giving Mariah Skogstad help as they cut the angle of the shot on goal.



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Big week for Spooner


Spooner softball team raises funds for Washburn County Relay For Life

The Spooner softball team raised over $600 for the Washburn County Relay For Life in their annual Strike Out Cancer game that was held Tuesday, May 3. Shown back row (L to R): Washburn County Relay For Life Chairman Steve Clay, Paige Nemec, Rikki Saletri, Joie Hammersberg, Jenna Curtis, Sophia DelFiacco, Hanna Davis, Liz Walker, Cassidy Quinton and coach Kathy Gaffer. Front: Riley Hess, Audi Blonk, Lexi Pfaff, Dani Dewitt and Kayla Boutwell.

Spooner pitcher Mark Nauertz got the 10-3 win over conference rivals Northwestern on Thursday, May 5, in a home game.

Jenna Curtis with the youngest Rails fan and her favorite nephew, Isaac Hanson. It was a tough loss for the competitive player but holding Isaac helps to take away the pain.

Photos by Larry Samson

In the play of the game, Rails catcher Scott Lindenberger puts the tag on the Northwestern runner in a double play. The runner tried to score from third while the hit ball was thrown to first to make the forced out. The first baseman threw the ball to Lindenberger for the second out.

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Reilly Hotchkiss slides into second just as the ball arrives. The team has been hitting well as they put 22 points on the scoreboard in the last two games.

Drama on second base as Rails base runner Rikki Saletri slides under the tag at second base. The field ref and Barron players all watch the outcome.

Jenna Curtis slides into third base on a triple as Spooner rallies in the seventh inning. The Rails earned five runs in the final stretch but came up short, losing 12-9 in their home game against the Barron Bears on Tuesday, May 3.



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Martin improves school record at Unity Invitational

High school meet at Unity on May 2

Shell Lake senior Lindsey Martin improved her school record to 17’2” when competing at Unity on Monday, May 2. The jump earned her a firstplace finish. — Photo submitted

BALSAM LAKE – “For the first time of the 2016 track season, the weather turned out perfectly for our athletes,” stated Katrina Granzin, head coach for the Shell Lake track team. The girls varsity team place first and the boys placed seventh at the Unity Invitational Meet on Monday, May 2. Shell Lake senior Lindsey Martin set a new Shell Lake School record in the long jump with a jump of 17’2”, giving her a first-place finish. The following is a list of the Shell Lake athletes’ events and results:

Sprints: 100-meter dash: First place, Nicole Mikula, 13.32; and second place, Sydney Schunck, 12.68. Other competing sprinters included Alicia Knoop, 16.25; Luke Fogelberg, 12.79; and Nick Udovich, 13.66. 200-meter dash: First place, Lindsey Martin, 28.73; and third place, Sheri Clark, 28.88. Dakota LaSarge also competed, running a 31.67. 400-meter dash: Taking sixth place were both Alyssa Hodgett, 1:13.64, and Marty Anderson, 1:01.43. Nathaniel Swan competed as well, running 1:13.44. 100-meter hurdles: Savannah Steines

placed first with 19.47. 300-meter hurdles: Second place, Julia Pokorny with 52.36 and fourth place, Taylor Eiche, 1:05.55.

Distance: 800-meter run: Sixth place, Daniel Parish, 2:27.95; seventh place, Katie Cox, 3:07.32; and eighth place, Marty Nathaniel Swan, junior, ran the 400-meter Anderson, 2:31.09. dash with a time of 1:13.44. — Photo by Marty Also competing was Joshua Wistrom with a Seeger time of 2:41.37. 1,600-meter run: Katie Cox placed third with 7:08.06. Other competitors include Dakota LaSarge, 6:09.94, and Nathaniel Swan, 6:19.20. 3,200-meter run: Ali DeLadi placed first with 13:40.76 and in fourth place was Kaitlyn Harraghy, 16:06.77.

Freshman Nick Udovich took fourth at Unity by pole vaulting 10’. — Photo by Marty Seeger

Relays: 4x100-meter relay: In first place was the team of Amber Anderson, Sydney Schunck, Lindsey Martin and Nicole Mikula with a time of 51.96 4x200-meter relay: In first place was the team of Amber Anderson, Sydney Schunck, Emma Thomas and Nicole Mikula with a time of 1:52.49, and fifth place went to the team of Erick Haynes, Daniel Parish, Daniel Nielsen and Dominic Hopke with a time of 1:54. 79. 4x400-meter relay: Third place went to the team of Amber Anderson, Sheri Clark, Julia Pokorny and Cassie Skattebo with a time of 4:37.14. 4x800-meter relay: Third place went to the team of Ali DeLadi, Ashlea Meister, Lauren Osborn and Savannah Steines with a time of 11:42.99.

Field events: High jump: Sixth place was Cassie Skattebo jumping 4’4”. Pole vault: First place was Julia Pokorny, 8’6”; third place, Linden Nelson, 10’6”; fourth place, Nick Udovich, 10’; and fifth place, Ali DeLadi, 6’. Long jump: First place, Lindsey Martin, 17’2”; eighth place, Linden Nelson, 17’8”. Also jumping were Ashley Clark, 11’7.75”; and Taylor Eiche, 10’4”. Triple jump: First place was won by Nicole Mikula with 32’1.5”, and in fourth place was Linden Nelson, 37’6.5”. Also competing was Alyssa Hodgett, 28’1.5”. Shot put: Second place, Ashlea Meister, 31’1.5”; eighth place, Luke Pokorny, 34’6”. Also competing were Madison LaFave, 26’; Arianna Udovich, 21’5”; Dominic Hopke, 30’2”; and Isaac Haines, 21’11”. Discus throw: Fourth place, Ashlea Meister, 85’; seventh place, Luke Pokorny, 99’7”. Also throwing were Kaelin Laub, 77’6”; Natalie Smith, 72’11”; Dominic Hopke, 88’; and Erick Haynes, 46’4”. — with submitted information

Spooner Rails golf results SPOONER – On Monday, May 2, the Spooner Rails golf team competed against the Chetek/Weyerhaeuser team. The score was Spooner 191 and Chetek/ Weyerhaeuser 214. Match medalists were Blake Larson and Dawson Patrick with 40. Other Spooner scores were Levi Neubich, 58; Nick Posso, 54; and Colin Gardner, 57. The Rails traveled to Hayward on Friday, May 6, to compete against Hay-

SPRING sports

schedule Track

Tuesday, May 10: At Rice Lake, 4 p.m. Thursday, May 12: At Grantsburg, 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 17: At Cameron, 3:30 p.m. Monday, May 23: Regional at Unity, 4 p.m. Thursday, May 26: Sectional at Boyceville, 3 p.m. Friday, Jun 3: State at UW-La Crosse, 9 a.m.

Baseball Thursday, May 5: At Siren, 5 p.m. Monday, May 9: Versus Grantsburg, 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 10: At Webster, 5 p.m. Thursday, May 12: At Clayton, 5 p.m. Monday, May 16: Versus St. Croix Falls, 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 17: Versus Frederic/Luck, 5 p.m.

ward, 152; Spooner, 186; and Barron, 207. Spooner scores were Patrick, 44; Larson, 45; Neubich, 47; Gardner, 50; and Posso, 58. The Rails competed in the Scott Miller competition at the Hayward Golf Club and Big Fish with 23 teams Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7. Top five teams were: Eau Claire North, first, 619; Hayward, second, 625; Duluth Marshall, third, 647;

Bloomer, fourth, 651; and Eau Claire Memorial, fifth 656. Team total for Spooner was 758, placing them 16th. Individual scores were Larson,

Thursday, May 19: Versus Unity, 5 p.m. Saturday, May 21: At Unity, 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 24: Versus Solon Springs, 5 p.m.

BALSAM LAKE – The Shell Lake Middle School track team, small in numbers but fierce, exhibited the epitome of teamwork at their relay meet in Unity on Tuesday, May 3. “The wind was intense, but we at least encountered no rain,” said head coach Katrina Granzin. The following is a list of relay events in which Laker middle school students competed: 4x400-meter hurdle relay: Second place went to the team of Grace Thomas, Heidi Dougard, Brittany Clark and Makenna Anderson. 4x100-meter relay: The team of Kora Folstad, Adessa Jenkins, Anderson, and Dougard took second place while the boys team of Tyler Schunck, Matthew Allar, Jordan Hutchinson and Levi Meister placed fifth.

Softball Thursday, May 5: At Cameron, 5 p.m. Monday, May 9: Versus Grantsburg, 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 10: At Siren, 5 p.m. Thursday, May 12: At Turtle Lake, 5 p.m. Saturday, May 14: Shell Lake Tournament, 10 a.m. Monday, May 16: Versus St. Croix Falls, 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 17: Versus Frederic/Luck, 5 p.m. Thursday, May 19: Versus Unity, 5 p.m. Friday, May 20: Versus Hayward, 4 p.m. Saturday, May 21: At Unity, 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 24: Regionals at Shell Lake, 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 25: Regionals at Shell Lake, 5 p.m. Friday May 27: Regionals at Shell Lake, 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 31: Sectionals at Shell Lake, 5 p.m.

177; Patrick, 179; Neubich, 188; Posso, 216; and Gardner, 220. — with submitted information

Shell Lake Middle School competes in relay meet at Unity

4x400-meter relay: First place went to the team of Anderson, Thomas, Clark and Emmery Nielsen. 800-meter medley relay: The boys team of Meister, Hutchinson, Christopher Lord, and Allar placed second. The girls team of Folstad, Mikayla Cox, Jenkins and Nielsen placed fourth. 1,600-meter medley relay: Taking first place was the team of Clark, Dougard, Nielsen and Anderson. Long jump: The girls team of Camryn Nasman, Anderson, Folstad and Cox place second. The boys team of Schunck, Hutchinson, Lord and Allar placed fifth. Shot put: The boys team of Schunck, Meister, Lord, Allar placed fourth. — with submitted information


REGISTER Thank You The Shell Lake Track Teams would like to thank everyone who came to the free car wash last week Friday. We would also like to give a huge thank-you to the following businesses for sponsoring the free car wash: Bank of the West, D.P. Juza Wood and Fixture, DeLadi Construction, Shell Lake State Bank, Nielsen Construction, Sathers, Shell Lake Woodcrafters, Wisco, Butternut Hills, Spooner Physical Therapy, AAA Sporting Goods, ABC, Bank Mutual, Best Western, Indianhead Credit Union, Lakeview Bar & Grill, Lamperts, Little Lakers Daycare, McNitt Studio, Shell Lake Clinic, Spooner Family Restaurant, Spooner Outlet, The Polish Parlour, The Potter’s Shed, American Family Ins., Shell Lake Pharmacy, Red Brick Cafe, Ace Hardware, Tom Bitney Bitney Law Firm, Mary Ann Swan Law Firm, Bush & Gills Furniture, Economart, Holiday, Indianhead Eye Care, Kwik Trip, My Favorite Things, North Crossing Foods, Northland Paint Supply, Palace Theatre, River Street Cafe, Shopko, The Roost, Thistle Bee, Cenex, The Car Pool, Shell Lake Laundromat, Alley Cats, Carquest, Gordy’s, Hardware Hank, Indianhead Flowershop, Shell Lake Marine, Thru the Woods Cafe, The Vitamin Source, Washburn County Register, Bistro 63, Lampert’s, Smith’s Auto Body, Spooner Advocate, White Birch Printing, Lake Insurance, Organize Chaos, Savas Designs, Klopps, McDonald’s, Northwind Book & Fiber, Northwoods Lanes & Lounge, O’Reilly’s, Peggy’s Place, Purple Pelican, The Dock Coffee, The Body Shop. 646452 39rp

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Rails track teams compete in Amery

AMERY - On Tuesday, May 3, the Spooner Rails boys and girls track and field team traveled to Amery for the 36th-annual Amery Invitational. Fifteen teams participated in the meet that was divided into two divisions by enrollment. The Spooner boys captured first place in the small school division. First-place medals were earned by Chase Davies’ 150’5” throw in the discus, Dan Pederson’s 4:27 in the 1,600-meter run, 2:02.7 in the 800-meter run and 9:58.92 in the 3,200-meter run, Devan Miller’s 42.72 in the 300-meter hurdles, and Desi Fielding’s 21’4” leap in the long jump. Fielding earned a second-place medal in the shot put with a throw of 45’5” followed by Davies in third with a throw of 45’3”. Tyler Revak medaled third place in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:10.91. Devan Miller placed fifth in the 110-meter high hurdles with a prelim time of 16.8 and a finals time of 16.98 and also placed fifth in the long jump with a jump of 19’7.5”. The 4x800-meter relay team composed of Revak, Ryan Anderson, Abhinab KC and Ramon Nunez placed sixth with a time of 9:19.84. Other boys results include Abhinab KC in the triple jump, 33’3”, 400-meter run, 60.21 seconds; Revak in the triple jump, 32’4”; Anderson in the 800-meter run, 2:22.9; Myron Holley in the 1,600-meter run, 6:04.16, 3,200-meter run, 13:53.8; Austin Bauer in the 100-meter dash, 13.25, 200-meter dash, 26.77, 400-meter dash,

1:01.1; and Nunez in the 400-meter dash, 59. The girls results include Kelsie Gerovac in the high jump, 4’06”; Brittney Bauer in the 100-meter dash, 14.37, long jump, 13’9”; Topanga Peterson in the 100meter dash, 15:41, long jump, 10’10”; Kate Rosenbush in the shot put, 30”03.5”, discuss, 82’06”; Alex Grubbs on the discuss, 86’09”; Natalie Meister in the 400-meter dash, 1:13.45; Cierra Kirkwood in the 3,200-meter run, 14:47.42, 1,600-meter run 6:22.78. The girls 4x800-meter relay team consisting of Lily Arf, Anna Emerson, Kirkwood and Meister placed fourth with a time of 10:59.47. Overall this was one of the best competitions of the year so far and most of the athletes from Spooner had their best performances. Complete results of this and other meets can be found by accessing — submitted by Charles Turpin

Beans and Lolo come to Spooner Elementary

Robert Kinderman reads “Beans and Lolo’s Big Bike Ride” to the second-grade students at Spooner Elementary School on Wednesday, May 4.

The Spooner second-graders are all ears and eyes as they listen to Robert Kinderman read his book “Beans and Lolo’s Big Bike Ride.” Kinderman is reading to the children and grandchildren of his former students at Spooner. The former teacher and principal returns as an author. — Photos by Larry Samson

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The Community Bank gave each second-grader a new 50-cent piece. Shown (L to R): Olivia Butler, Bailey Martin, Ava Young and Aurora Kupsch.

Dwight Marquardt from the Community Bank and Gary Cuskey from Badger Buses read from Robert Kinderman’s newest book, “Beans and Lolo’s Bike the Heartland.” The two community businessmen are helping to support literacy in the school.


Washburn County holds first fishing expo

Shaw Grigsby, pro angler and host of “One More Cast,” talks with other fishing enthusiasts between one of the his several seminars he gave on Friday, May 6, at the expo.

Mike Pederson, Eau Claire, gets a better look at a mounted black bear with his granddaughter, Olivia. Pederson and his wife, Marlene, have a cabin in the Minong area and came up for opening fishing weekend.

Mary Jo Bowe reeled in a prize 52inch musky at the National Park Service’s casting clinic. Bowe is a sales manager with Edina Realty in Eau Claire, which also had a booth at the expo.

Washburn County held its first fishing expo on Friday, May 6, at the Heartwood Conference Center property near Minong. The free fishing expo featured equipment vendors, demonstrations, seminars, casting clinics and many educational displays. The event had unseasonably warm temperatures.

Gene and Sandy Schoenfuss, Chetek, take a lunch break enjoying food that AmVets Post 190 offered. Gene is a sales manager with Wisconsin Indianhead and worked a booth at the expo.

Members of AmVets Post 190 served food for expo-goers. Shown (L to R): Shane Corrie, Mark Sauer, Ken Ronse, Terry McNitt, Bruce Davenport, Martin “Doc” Corrie, post commander, and Terry Corrie.

Veterans Suicide Prevention Awareness Outreach event planned SPOONER - A Veterans Suicide Prevention Awareness Outreach event is planned for Tuesday, May 24. This event is open to the community from 4-6 p.m. at the Spooner Veterans Hall on Hwy. 70 east of McDonald’s at the tank. The event is an opportunity to help the community become aware and to know what is available for resources as well as how to spot and help someone in a mental health crisis, whether it be a veteran or a member of the community. The event is hosted by the La

Crosse Vets Center, the Minneapolis VA Medical Center, the Washburn CVSO Office, the Washburn County Human Services, the Washburn County Sheriff’s Department and Wisconsin State Resources. This outreach event will be conducting an awareness class and provide information on what is available to help those experiencing a crisis situation. — from WCVSO

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AREA CHURCHES Lake Park Alliance

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.


Northwoods Baptist

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

Spooner Baptist

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


St. Joseph’s Catholic

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

St. Catherine’s Catholic

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

St. Francis de Sales

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

Episcopal St. Alban’s

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

Full Gospel Shell Lake Full Gospel

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.;


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.

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

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.

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.

Cornerstone Christian

Faith Lutheran

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

(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.

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


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.

The Spirit gave them boldness and power.

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.

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

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(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.

Salem Lutheran, ELCA

Spooner Wesleyan

United Methodist

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church

Long Lake Lutheran Church


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First United Pentecostal

337 Greenwood Ave., Spooner Pastor Dustin Owens 715-635-8386 Sunday school: 10 a.m.; Sunday worship: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Wednesday Bible study: 7 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.

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.

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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.

Acts 2:1-21 Romans 8:14-17

John 14:8-17 (25-27)

Psalm 104:24-34, 35b

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

Sunday, May 15, 2016 Day of Pentecost t was a stormy day. Fierce winds and heavy rains made the windows of his office shake intensely. I Suddenly one of the panes came loose and the wind

and rain came rushing in and soaked the desk and papers of the great hymn writer, Charles Wesley. Suddenly, he was startled by the sounds of a bird chirping. He looked around and discovered that a small bird had been carried into his room with the wind and the rain and had taken refuge in his coat that he had laid across a chair near his desk. Noticing that the bird was frightened, he silently made his way to the chair and began to softly stroke the feathers of the bird to calm its fastbeating heart. But he noticed that the bird did not respond to his gentleness. Then he noticed that a hawk was perched on a bookcase, carefully watching the proceedings. He walked from his office with the bird and when the rain ceased released it into the sky. He went back to his desk and wrote the beloved hymn that begins, “Jesus, lover of my soul, let me to Thy bosom fly.” David had fierce storms in his life. There were many times in his life when he had no place to go or any person he could turn to for help. But he had God and he knew that he could turn to him at any moment in any of the storms of his life. “Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me,” he wrote. “For in you my soul takes refuge. I take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster passes.”

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Spooner FFA banquet held Kate Rosenbush accepts the Section 1 Small Animal Production and Care Proficiency Award from her younger sister, Jackie Rosenbush.

Earning FFA awards this year were Jackie Rosenbush, Star Greenhand Award; Brittney Lester, Star Chapter; and Kate Rosenbush, Honorary Chapter Degree.

The People’s Popcorn Poppers Award went to Blake Bartles, Abby Zehm and Dee Zehm. Popcorn sales account for most of the Spooner Chapter’s fundraising.

Chapter Degree recipients are Brittany Lester, Blake Bartle and Baileey Peterson.

Abby Zehm earned the FFA American Degree for 2016. She will be receiving the award at the FFA National Convention held in Indianapolis, Ind., on Oct.19-22. Less than 1 percent of the FFA members earn this prestigious award. Zehm is a 2015 graduate of Spooner High School.

Just beginning their FFA careers are the Greenhand Degree recipients. Shown back row (L to R): Kody Totten, Sydni Christman, Austin Dodge and Jackie Rosenbush. Middle: Kendra Johnson and Kayla Ferguson. Front: Mitchell Shellito, Olivia Macknick and Brynn Nowaczyk.

The new officers for 2016-17 are shown (L to R): Kate Rosenbush, Brittney Lester, Jackie Rosenbush, Blake Bartle, Brynn Nowaczyk, Kody Totten and FFA adviser Mrs. Rosenbush.

Photos by Larry Samson The Spooner FFA Chapter is going strong. FFA is one of the school organizations that develops leadership skills in high school.



Judy Pieper

The women of Barronett Lutheran extend gratitude to Peg Thompson and the Wednesday school kids for the beautiful plants that they gave to us on Sunday morning. This year Peg chose to give us each a pansy, and they are such cute little flowers that I smile every time I look at them. Thanks, Peg and kids, for making all of us feel so special on Mother’s Day. Barronett Civic Club members will be hosting a community park project spaghetti supper Friday, May 13, at the Barronett Community Center from 5 until 8 p.m. The money raised will be used to spruce up the park. Come on over and join us for this. The club members always have a delicious dinner with plenty of homemade desserts. The plant/craft/bake sale, hosted by the Friends of the Wiesner Community Chapel last Saturday, was a huge success. There were thousands of perennials to choose from, lots of handcrafted items and great baked goods. I personally don’t know how the friends get that many plants in pots. They meet up at Shirley Albee’s place and work every day for a few weeks getting things ready for the sale. The last couple of days before the sale things get pretty hectic and I think everyone is pretty tired of all the potting. Duane drove up to the Albees’ with a few more plants to donate, and Cathy was there working her fingers to the bone on the plants that were already there. When she saw him coming she said, “Tonja said to stay on your own side of the fence.” He didn’t take that very subtle hint. He left her with more plants anyway. Oh, by the way, if you did miss the Wiesner Chapel


plant sale, don’t worry. There will be another one at the Cumberland ECU soon. I’m not sure of the dates for that yet, but will let you know as soon as I find out. Boy, downtown Barronett was busy Sunday. The Red Brick Cafe and Bistro 63 were both filled to capacity with people taking their moms out for breakfast and lunch. Jerry Marsh came over to our place early that morning, went to church with us, and then took us to the Bistro for their buffet. Everything looked so pretty, and it was delicious. Jeno and Sharon had lots of dishes to choose from, and, of course, we sampled almost all of them. It was a great way to start the day. Savanna Marsh and Tammi, Kaseem and Fateem (hope I’m spelling their names right) came up from Lino Lakes to spend Mother’s Day with Ginny and Wayne Grill. They had a great time visiting. Grandma Ginny had fun spoiling the grandkids a little bit. And they all went to dinner at the Corner Bar in Cumberland. That evening, Savanna came over and visited with us for a while. It was great seeing her. She is busy planning her move to Oshkosh this fall to attend college. Suzy and Ryan Lehmann had the whole family, and a few friends, over to their home for a cookout on Mother’s Day. The food was great, naturally, and so was sitting and relaxing and visiting with everyone. We played a beanbag toss game and that was a lot of fun, too. I only made one score in two games, so I suppose it will be a little hard to find someone who will play on my team next time. Lynn Thon had a really great week with her family.

Karen Mangelsen

Clam River Tuesday Club enjoyed lunch May 4 at Smoland Prairie Homestead in Falun as guests of member Carla Goetz.  Afterward they held their regular meeting. Gerry and Donna Hines and Karen Mangelsen attended the National Day of Prayer service at Timberland Free Lutheran Church on Thursday evening. Marlene Swearingen and Lida Nordquist visited Gerry and Donna Hines on Friday afternoon. Visitors of Hank and Karen Mangelsen on Saturday were Wayne and Marie Romsos and April, Dave and Patty Close. Weekend visitors of Donna and Gerry Hines were Mark, Sue, and Brian Hines, and Dianne, Edgar, Roxy, Jack and Matthew Rodriguez. Larry Mangelsen was a weekend guest of Karen and Hank Mangelsen. Guests of Nina and Lawrence Hines over the weekend

were Chris and Chad Harrison, and Rod Kral. Gerry and Donna Hines visited them on Sunday. Amelie Marcelle Johnson received the sacrament of holy baptism at Lakeview UM Church on Sunday during the morning service.  Amelie’s parents are Annick and Nick Johnson, and grandmother is Connie Quam. Sponsors are Amelie’s aunt, Kelly Marlow and family friend Toni Koons. Hank, Karen, and Larry Mangelsen went to the Siren School on Sunday afternoon to attend the Big Gig.  The musical presentations included band and swing choir numbers, performed with great enthusiasm.  The event helped to raise funds for a band trip to Florida, planned for June 2017.  Afterward, Karen, Hank and Larry met Jake, Holly, Hannah and Grace Mangelsen, and their friend Barrett, and Mandy, Patty, Dave and April Close for supper at Tesora to celebrate Mother’s Day.

On Tuesday she and Jamie, Kaitlynn and Jessica Holmen spent the day in Eau Claire. They spent most of the day shopping and then, of course, relaxed and enjoyed a dinner out. On Friday, little Kane Tone had a sleep over with Grandma Lynn. He’s not walking anymore. He’s running instead. Lynn said it was like watching a tennis match the way he zoomed around her house. May is such a beautiful month. When you’re out walking or driving down our country roads, be sure to look out into the woods. The wildflowers are blooming everywhere. The trilliums are in full bloom right now. Spring is wonderful! I guess that’s about all I know from Barronett this week. Hope you can make it to the spaghetti supper this Friday. Have a wonderful week and I’ll see you next time.

Heart Lake

Helen V. Pederson

Monday morning. May 9, was a nice sunny day, but we could tell by the sun there is evidence of smoke from the big fires in Canada. I hope you all had a nice Mother’s Day. Last Tuesday, Pastor Sue from Salem was here for Bible study. It was a very good lesson. Last Wednesday, a few residents of Terraceview came for a visit and we had a sing-along and a snack before they returned to Terraceview Living Center. I’m sure they enjoyed the outing. On Thursday, it was a Mexican holiday so we had a Mexican meal and a big piñata at snack time with lots of candy and fried ice cream. Of course we all watched the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. Monday morning the Glenview gals were treated to a lovely breakfast. Thanks to Glenview. Margaret Jones and Louise Schade spent the week with their sister, Lillian Ullom. Cheri and Steve Minot had dinner for several people. Her dad, Peder Pederson, Lori and Bill Sumner, Mark Minot, Dave Hansen, Tonya and Michelle Minot, Eric Minot, Tony and Christi Minot and their daughter, Madelyn. On Friday night, Michelle Minot graduated from the technical college in Eau Claire with honors in the surgical technology program. Good for you, Michelle. Her family attended. Jeff Pederson visited me on Sunday afternoon. We watched the Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-4. He brought me a hanging basket of flowers. The secret of longevity is to keep breathing.

Open house planned for new Spooner hospital

SPOONER - Spooner Health’s new hospital will be opening to patients on Thursday, May 19. All existing services are relocating to the new state-of-the-art facility at 1280 Chandler Drive, on the north side of Spooner just off from CTH H between Hwys. 63 and 53. Community members are invited Sunday, May 15, for an open house to celebrate the upcoming opening. There will be a dedication program from noon to 12:30 p.m. Tours, door prizes, giveaways, entertainment and catering by Northern Hardwood BBQ will follow until 3 p.m. “Before we open our doors for patient care, we wanted to share our new facility with the community,” said Mike Schafer, Spooner Health CEO. “The open house will be a great opportunity for people to see some of the patient care areas and back-of-house areas that wouldn’t be accessible to the public after opening.” Emergency services at the new hospital will open at 7 a.m. on May 19 as well as all outpatient services. Inpatients will also be transferred to the new facility that day. The current hospital will officially close when the last patient exits the building. As a Critical Access Hospital in a small community, Spooner Health is very excited to offer a new platform for health services.  The facility will set a new standard of excellence for rural health care. “As beautiful as the new building is, the most exciting aspect of the new facility is how it will equip our staff to provide even better care to our patients and allow us to offer more specialty services right here in Spooner,” said Schafer. Spooner Health’s vision is “to become the recognized leader in providing health care in an expanding range of progressive services.” “Our new facility was designed with the patient at the center,” said Clint Miller, Spooner Health chief nursing officer. “It has new state-of-the art equipment, designated space for specialty clinics, a progressively designed emergency department, many privacy features and great amounts of natural light which is beneficial for healing — all of these things

A drill was held to prepare staff for moving into Spooner Health’s new hospital. — Photos submitted help us toward fulfilling our vision.” Many, many hours over the last several months have gone into planning the move from the current location to the new facility. Annie Riedell, respiratory therapist and safety officer at Spooner Health, is coordinating the move. Spooner Health has hired a moving company that will assist with moving physical items. They’ve also been working with a consultant that has been very helpful in planning for moving inpatients to the new facility. “We had a mock patient-move drill in April in preparation for the move,” said Miller. Staff designated to assist with the real patient move were involved in the drill — this includes many Spooner Health staff along with North Memorial and Gordon/Wascott ambulance services and key players on the county/state level. “We really appreciate the team effort between all our staff, ambulance services, county and state personnel.” Miller added, “It went very well and confirmed that we have a well-thought-out process and plan in place to ensure a successful

move for our patients.” Spooner Health board members, Maureen Revak and Nancy Markgren, along with volunteer Betsy Andrea, were pre-

tend inpatients for the move drill. “I’ve been so impressed with everything from the start of this building project,” said Markgren. “I am equally impressed with all the thought and preparation the hospital has done to ensure a smooth move and transition to the new facility. The community needs to know they are in good hands with Spooner Health and they have a good moving process in place.” “I sure hope there’s a good turnout for the open house on the 15th,” added Markgren. “People will be amazed at this new facility and all the health-care services they can get right here in Spooner. This new hospital is such a great addition to our community.” After years of extensive research, careful consideration and planning, the construction of Spooner Health’s new state-of-theart facility is nearly complete. This new hospital shows Spooner Health’s dedication to providing community members local access to high-quality health care for many years to come. “We have built this new hospital for you — the community,” said Schafer. — from Spooner Health

Finishing touches are being put on the new hospital in Spooner. An open house is set for Sunday, May 15. The facility is scheduled to open Thursday, May 19.


Dewey Country

Pauline Lawrence

Sunday, May 8, was Mother’s Day. Yes, I hope all you moms got a treat like going out to eat, flowers or other gifts or just got together with your family. A very happy birthday to niece Janie Lauterbach on her special day, May 12. Have a wonderful day, Janie. May 13, birthday wishes go out to Mike Butenhoff as he enjoys his special day with lots more to come. A very happy anniversary to Brian and Maureen Boyd as they enjoy their special day. Many more to you. Joe Swan and Chuck Andrea, a very happy birthday to both of you on May 14 with lots more to come. May 15, a very happy birthday to Richy Lawrence and also to Lenore Swan. Enjoy your day. Dan Schaefer, a very happy birthday to you on May 16. Have a great day, Dan. Phil Scheu, Andrea Hartwig and Jonathon Mortensen, a very happy birthday to all three of you on your special day, May 17. Have a great day! I mowed my lawn for the first time on Monday, May 2. It looks so much better. I have those very pretty dandelions on my lawn and have the Packer field, yes, green and gold! Our mornings have been rather chilly and a person needs a jacket, but during the day you shed that jacket. Gas is going up. It’s now at $2.14 9/10 a gallon. Last Friday daughter Penny Ladd took a personal day off from teaching. Jeff and Remington left for turkey hunting that evening so Penny came along while Rylee and Reyana were in school. She came to see me and we had a nice visit and then went out for lunch. Then we did a little garage sale shopping, I think it was at St. Alban’s Church the ladies there were busy putting out all the things people brought in. We went to pay and they said everything was free. That was quite a shock but it was fun. Jim Atkinson came home to his folks, Jim and Sandy Atkinson’s, on Saturday. Sunday, Dan and Lisa Otto, Marjean and Charlie, Scott and Kristen Carls and children, Noel and Pattie Beaufeaux, Mitch and April and

Stone Lake

Kyle and Becca came to the Atkinsons’. All the kids brought food, with Lisa bringing a baked ham. It was so nice Sunday, perhaps they got to eat outside. That fire in Canada is certainly terrible. They have a lot of firefighters fighting the fire, but can’t seem to calm it down. Looking at pictures on TV, all you see are black and more black as far as a person can see. What a terrible thing for Canada. On Monday morning, I smelt smoke for the third day. Visiting at Evelyn Melton’s on Sunday were four of her children and their mates. All sat around the table and talked, which was good for Evelyn. Homer Melton and Robin Melton didn’t come but they called and wished Evelyn a happy Mother’s Day. Jerry and Gretchen Best attended the grill out at Mitch Strege’s on Sunday. Potluck was enjoyed by all. Lillian Strege, Gwen and Chad Strege and Annie, Ben Corbin and daughter Kelly, and Barb Johnson and daughter Kara from Circle Pines, Minn., attended. Butch and Loretta Vanselus attended the funeral of Bob Monson in Hastings, Minn., on Saturday. Loretta said the drive through Osceola was so beautiful. After church on Sunday, the Vanseluses went to the Heartwood Conference Center and Retreat and had a luscious dinner buffet style. Loretta says there was some stuff on the buffet that she didn’t know what it was. Gotta try it Loretta, maybe it was delicious. Tom Melton tells us his daughter, Cindy Laundry, Sheboygan, was coming to see her mom for Mother’s Day on Sunday. News from David Craft finds Lupe went to Minneapolis, Minn., to see her mom. David was home grinding stumps. He’s certainly into making lots of wines. Sunday, Garry and Beth Crosby attended a Mother’s Day feast at the home of Tom and Sunshine Crosby and children. Also there were Tyler and Shorty Crosby, Chad and Ashley Crosby and children Chase, Morgan and Joyel. All enjoyed a grill out. Donna and Jerry Melin brought their folks, Glen and Lorraine Crosby, out for the

Mary Nilssen

That 90-degree day last week was sure a teaser of what’s to come. Lots of outdoor activities were happening that day. What a switch from what we have been used to. I even heard complaints that it was too hot. Golly, you just can’t please everyone! The Stone Lake HCE, formerly Woman’s Homemaker’s Club, will be having it’s 18th-annual spring salad supper on Tuesday, May 17, at 6 p.m. at the Lions Hall. Salads and many desserts will be served, along with entertainment and door prizes. A freewill donation will be accepted, which will be given to local charities. Stone Lake Music Night, featuring the music of the Acoustic Ramblers and guests, will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at the Stone Lake Lions Hall. This month a special guest will be singing all of your favorite Patsy Cline songs. Come to relax, socialize and to dance, all while listening to great music. On May 26 the Stone Lake Farmers Market will begin on Thursdays from 2-5 p.m. Friday, May 27, marks the opening of the Historical Society Museum for the summer. The Stone Lake Lions fish fry will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 4. Be sure to mark this outstanding fish fry on your calendars. The Stone Lake Senior Center will sponsor a garage sale on Saturday, June 4. If you are spring cleaning and have some gently used items to donate, please bring them to the center. If you have larger items, let one of

the advisory board members know so they can arrange for pickup. Stone Lake Advisory Board members include Bob Denison, president; Mary Lindell, vice president; Charlene Henk, secretary; and Don Brunner, treasurer. On Saturday, June 4, the Stone Lake Evergreen Cemetery Association will be sponsoring a garage sale. If you have items you wish to donate for this sale please call Judy Paine at 715-865-2546. Storage is available. Proceeds will go toward maintenance and improvements of Evergreen Cemetery. The Loon Cafe is now open from 6:30-11 a.m. seven days a week, offering over 50 menu items, including 13 breakfast specials. Stop in and check it out. The Stone Lake Lions Community Center (Hall) is available for rent for graduation parties, weddings, family reunions, etc. Please call John at 715-865-3041 to reserve. A calendar and information are posted at the hall. Mark July 9 on your calendars. The Stone Lake Senior Center will again have a pig roast at the Red Schoolhouse Wines. Also in July, Bingo will begin on the patio of Red Schoolhouse Wines on Wednesdays. Have a good week and be safe. Mary Nilssen can be reached at 715-865-4008 or

Senior lunch menu Monday, May 16: Hamburger on a bun, sweet potato fries, California veggies, peanut-butter bar. Tuesday, May 17: Juicy pork chop, mashed potatoes with gravy, peas and onions, pudding. Wednesday, May 18: Baked salmon, buttered baby reds, cucumber salad, birthday cake. Thursday, May 19: Chicken Parmesan, whole-wheat noodles, sliced zucchini, blueberry crisp. Friday, May 20: Sweet and sour pork, brown rice, mixed veggies, rosy pears.

Meal reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance, call your senior center to confirm. Menu is subject to change. All meals served with milk and bread.

Dining at 5 Spooner, Monday, May 16: Tender rib-eye steak, mashed potatoes, caramelized onions, fresh salad bar, strawberry poke cake. Please make reservations 24 hours in advance by calling 715-468-4750. Suggested donation is $5. Cost for anyone under 60 years old is $8.75.

RAP Group formed SPOONER - Washburn County ADRC, Washburn County Human Services and Lakeland Family Resource Center are happy to announce the formation of the Relatives as Parents Group. This versatile support group replaces Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group. Any family raising relatives is welcome to attend any events/programs/classes/meetings. Ongoing gatherings include a summer swim party, pontoon ride and pizza party, pottery painting, river adventures with the National Park Service, coffee and conversation gatherings and a family movie night. New activities will include guardian workshops and classes, respite and additional family fun events. All classes,

events and activities are made possible by support and grants from Washburn County and private donations. As services increase in Washburn County, RAP Group will welcome all donations. Community help may include monetary donations as well as product, time and service donations. For example, an area small business has offered to provide a tour of their factory as a RAP Group family event. Any ideas are encouraged and welcomed. For more information, please contact the Lakeland Family Resource Center at 715-635-4669. The center is located at 314 Elm St., Spooner. — from LFRC

day at their home. Jerry and Donna are staying at Glen’s in the country. News from Diane Hulleman finds Diane very busy in her flower gardens, getting them prepared to plant. On Saturday, her friend, Robin, wanted Diane to come down and see the Wiesner Church, which isn’t active at this time, only for weddings, etc. So the gals went there as they had a plant sale. You know Diane, she just can’t let a good buy past. Later Robin took her mom out for fish. Friday night Diane baked blueberry muffins and peanutbutter cupcakes. Saturday night found Chad and Colleen Jensen and Izzy coming to Diane’s and also Nancy Murray as well as Chris and Lisa and Lucas Hulleman and Steve and Ginny. On Thursday, Jackie Perlt is planning to come to her mom’s and she’ll be put to work on Diane’s projects. Scatter sunshine! Have a great week!

Washburn County Area Humane Society

ADOPTABLE PETS OF THE WEEK Amos is quiet, not even a peep, He will not bother you while you’re asleep. Some cats are noisy, some get into stuff, For Amos just looking outside is enough. He was a loner, was living outside, Something he most likely did not decide. A little beat up, this young scruffy tomcat, A tomcat who’s beat up; well imagine that. If you asked Amos and if he could say, I think he would tell you he’s grateful this day. He warm and he’s safe, he is fed and loved, too, So now all he needs is to go home with you. Cats for adoption: 1-1/2-year-old neutered gray/ white longhair; 9-month-old neutered white/black shorthair tiger; 9-month-old neutered black/gray/ white shorthair tiger; 4-1/2-month-old female black shorthair; 3-year-old neutered tan shorthair; 3-1/2-year-old neutered black/white shorthair; 1-yearold neutered orange/white shorthair and an 8-monthold neutered black/brown shorthair tiger. Dogs for adoption:  4-1/2-year-old spayed walker hound; 6-month-old female black Lab; 1-year-old neutered Staffordshire terrier; 3-year-old male black/white pit bull and a 3-year-old male Mastiff mix.

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Marian Furchtenicht

Summertime temperatures made for a beautiful Mother’s Day and for the fishing opener weekend in our part of the world. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the folks in Canada where the Alberta wildfires are raging. We could see and smell the smoke here, especially on Saturday morning. We got calls and red flag warnings here to be extra careful as fire dangers in the area are high. The first oriole was here on Friday morning and was eating nectar. Also the beautiful rose-breasted grosbeaks are eating sunflower seeds. As of Monday morning, I hadn’t seen a hummingbird yet. Trilliums, bloodroot, wood violet, hepatica are covering the forest floor and creeping charlie and dandelions are decorating the lawn. Farmers had a good week for planting so most are ahead of the game. Jim Stodola of Muskego was at his mom’s over the weekend. Dave and Cathy Stodola, Hudson, came Sunday. Virginia was happy. She got to go to church, to the cemetery, out to eat and they did yard work and planted flowers for Mother’s Day. Elaine Ryan’s daughters, Nicole and husband Shane and sons, Rice Lake, and Danielle Ryan and friend, Shell Lake, were at Elaine and Rocky’s for Monday night supper, celebrating some birthdays. The First Tuesday Madge breakfast was held at The Roost. There were 12 ladies and 10 gents attending. They were all sharing stories about getting docks and pontoon boats in the water. On Thursday, Butternut Hills hosted the last Bingo of the season. There were over 30 playing this final event. Doug Rudolph won the coverall, nice to happen the day before his birthday. Libbie DeTrent returned after spending a week in Maryland with her youngest daughter, Elizabeth, and

family. Maeve, the oldest granddaughter, was making her First Communion. Her sisters, Ellie, Barrett and Rose, were very proud of her, as were the rest of the relatives. Libbie’s oldest daughter, Laura, and her family from Chicago were there as well. Libbie was able to get several great photos of all six granddaughters. Don and Lorna Kology, Sam and Libbie DeTrent, and Dale and Liz Minder celebrated the Kentucky Derby at Butternut Hills on Saturday. Several ladies wore extravagant hats, but Liz Minder’s hat was picked as the best. Her hat had a lovely loon theme. The Frey kids and their families were all at Gloria and Anton’s for Mother’s Day on Sunday. Otherwise, some were camping at the Frey campground on the weekend. Thoughts to Jim Frey who took sick and was flown to the Twin Cities on Monday morning. Put him in your prayers. Bob and Wendy Elliott traveled from Austin, Texas, to Barron to celebrate Mother’s Day with his mom, Inez Elliott. Brother Roger and wife Ellen Elliott, Birchwood, joined them at Rolling Oaks for Sunday buffet. It was incorrectly reported in the Sarona news that Inez was residing at the Barron nursing home. Actually she is doing very well living in her own apartment at Dove Assisted Living Center, formerly Maplecroft in Barron. She will be 95 next month and is fortunate to still be able to cook meals twice a day, do her own laundry, and handle her personal business affairs. It was a great weekend for camping. Lots of boats and folks were going by to Whitetail Ridge Campground. Russ and Nancy Furchtenicht and some of their family camped at what Jaxson calls the “Marshmallow Campgrounds” north of Haugen. Big Ripley neighbors have been busy this week taking advantage of the great weather to clean yards and flower gardens. A few have spotted orioles, but they, too, are still waiting for hummingbirds. They saw a few boats on the lake for Saturday’s fishing opener. Les and Sandy Vogt were thrilled to attend the adoption proceedings for two new grandchildren last week. Six-year-old Ava and 4-year-old Gavin were adopted by their son, Adam, and his wife, Carrie, who reside in Little Falls, Minn. The children had been in foster care for 998 days. Marie King and artist Joni Campbell are very busy with their new business, Colors and Canvas. Their next event is at Butternut Hills Golf Course on Sunday, May 22. It is a brunch event with golf for

the guys and painting for the gals. Several of the neighbors have tried their hand at painting and it is amazing what one can do with a bit of guidance from an artist. Marie also mentioned she is attending a benefit for her niece, Jennifer Smith Powers, who is battling breast cancer. The benefit is in Rice Lake next Saturday. It was a real busy week with my special day on Tuesday when daughter Mary brought lunch and a special cake and Sara and Grant came. Brady stopped after work. Russel, Nancy, Arianna, and Elaine Ryan popped in. I rated really good with two birthday cakes. Then Mom’s Day Sunday, I was treated royally again. Thanks for all the cards, calls, emails and gifts this week. Daughter Cindy and grandson Johnnie Wilkins, Fox River Grove, Ill., came up late Friday and stayed until Sunday evening. She did a lot of yard work. Duane Swanson, Menomonie, came up Saturday night to see his mom and brought fresh fish. Grandson Brian Marschall came Sunday afternoon with a beautiful hanging basket. Son-in-law John and little grandson Grant came Sunday evening and had some supper with me, and son Roger stops by often for coffee and to check on me and does things. Happy birthday wishes to Scott Butterfield, Gary Spexet, Kenny Smith, Andy Visker, Cara West on May 12; Pete Frey, Fred Giesdorf, Steve Johnson, Laurie Studt, Ben Juza on May 13; Dorothy Esser, Jed Johnz, Joey Swan, Becky Robertson on May 14; Teri Mancl, Joanne Paulson, Bev Strand, Dale Marker on May 15; Corey Williams, Peg Pockat, Jon Sauer, Jeannine Sandau, Cindy Bohn on May 16; Mike Campbell, Andrea Hartwig, Dexie Dunham, Mary Lou Hoecherl, Robin Berndt, May 17; and Madison Glaze, Amanda Leckel and Yvette Lee on May 18. Anniversary wishes to Levi and Ashley Johnson, May 14; Gary and Suzie Johnson, May 15; Kris and Autumn Zimmerman, May 16; and Jim and Nancy Swanson, and Cory and Cheri Bednar, May 17. What kind of exercise do lazy people do? Diddly squats.

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Notices OPEN BOOK AND BOARD OF REVIEW TOWN OF ROOSEVELT NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Roosevelt Township Open Book and Board of Review will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016. Open Book is from 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. Board of Review is from 10 a.m. - noon, at Timberland Lutheran Church, 20805 County Road H, Barronett. ROAD VIEW: Saturday, May 21, meet at Timberland Church, at 7 a.m. Patricia Hayden, Clerk 646294 39-40r WNAXLP

REQUEST FOR BIDS - CITY OF SHELL LAKE The City of Shell Lake is seeking bids for chip seal of approximately 1,486 feet of Laker Drive, and 1,280 feet of Reinhart Drive. The City of Shell Lake is also seeking bids for crack fill and chip seal of approximately 2,200 feet of S. Lake Drive, 445 feet of Corbitz Lane and 660 feet of Lutz Lane. Bid specifications are available at the City Administrator’s Office, City Hall, 501 First Street, P.O. Box 520, Shell Lake, WI 54871. Sealed bids must be submitted to the City Administrator’s Office by 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2016. For further information, contact Public Works Director Mitch Brown at 715416-0547. The City reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids or to select the bid(s) most advantageous to the City. Shell Lake Public Works Committee 646293 39-40r WNAXLP


COURT NEWS Robin J. Irwin, Spooner, firstdegree recklessly endangering safety, $518.00, probation, sent. withheld; bail jumping, $518.00, probation, sent. withheld. Bruce D. Johnson, Shell Lake, operating without carrying license, $150.10. (May 11) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY Shelby Josephine Hegna 2306 4-1/2 Ave. Chetek, WI 54728 Plaintiff(s) vs. Joshua Lee Doriott 22853 Bashaw Store Rd. Shell Lake,WI 54871 Defendant(s). Small Claims Publication Summons and Notice Case No. 2016SC50 Publication Summons and Notice of Filing TO THE PERSON(S) NAMED ABOVE AS DEFENDANT(S): You are being sued by the person(s) named above as Plaintiff(s). A copy of the claim has been sent to you at your address as stated in the caption above. The lawsuit will be heard in the following Small Claims Court: Washburn County Courthouse, 715-468-4677, Clerk of Court Office, 10 W. 4th Avenue, Shell Lake, WI 54871, on the following date and time: May 24, 2016, 1:30 p.m. If you do not attend the hearing, the court may enter a judgment against you in favor of the person(s) suing you. A copy of the claim has been sent to you at your address as stated in the caption above. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. You may have the option to Answer without appearing in court on the court date by filing a written Answer with the Clerk of Courts before the court date. You must send a copy of your Answer to the Plaintiff(s) named above at their address. You may contact the Clerk of Court at the telephone number above to determine if there are other methods to answer a Small Claims complaint in that county. If you need help in this matter because of a disability, please call 715-468-4677. Shelby Hegne/Plaintiff 715-642-3380 April 29, 2016 646292 WNAXLP

Patricia M. Kaarto, Spooner, retail theft, $243.00, probation, sent. withheld. Daniel J. Klobertanz, Hayward, operating without carrying license, $150.10. Travis H. Nichols, Spooner, theft, $443.00, local jail, costs. Christopher l. Olson, Hayward, disorderly conduct, $243.00, local jail, costs. Paul L. Zilly, Trego, possession of methamphetamine, $518.00, probation, sent. withheld. Deanna J. Andersen, Eau (May 4, 11, 18) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY COMMUNITY BANK OF NORTHERN WISCONSIN Plaintiff, vs. MICHAEL J. CHRISTENSEN, APRIL D. CHRISTENSEN, MANFRED GALAN, KIM GALAN Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Case No. 15 CV 96 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered in the above action by the Circuit Court of Washburn County, the Sheriff of Washburn County, Wisconsin, will sell at public auction on the front steps of the Washburn County Courthouse, in the City of Shell Lake, Wisconsin, on June 1, 2016, at 10:00 a.m., the following described property: Units 1 through 6, inclusive, being all of the units in Maple Grove Beach condominium, together with the common areas and elements of Maple Grove Beach Condominium, a condominium declared and existing under and by virtue of the Condominium Ownership Act of the State of Wisconsin and recorded by a Declaration of such condominium in the office of the Register of Deeds for Washburn County, Wisconsin, on January 12, 2000, in Volume 414 of Records, Pages 556-579 as Document No. 268824 and amended by the First Amendment to the Declaration of Condominium of Maple Grove Beach Condominium recorded July 10, 2013, as Document No. 359129. PROPERTY ADDRESS: N1936 County Highway M, Sarona WI. TERMS: Cash. DOWN PAYMENT: 10% of amount bid by certified check. BALANCE DUE: At time of confirmation of sale. 645901 WNAXLP

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Washburn County is seeking applicants for limited-term employment in the Highway Department. This is a temporary seasonal position with a starting hourly rate of $10.73 - $11.93 per hour DOQ. Job duties including, but not limited to, driving a mower tractor, a five-yard and tandem truck, patching blacktop and shoveling gravel, rock picking, brushing and flagging traffic. Knowledge and experience with standard transmissions is necessary. An application may be downloaded from the Washburn County website at, or contact the Washburn County Personnel Department, P.O. Box 337, Shell Lake, WI 54871; phone: 715-468-4624, fax: 715-468-4628 or email Resumes will be accepted but will not take the place of a completed application. Applications must be received by the Personnel Department by 646017 39-40r 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 25, 2016. E.O.E.

Claire, speeding, $276.10. David W. Anderson, Edina, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Lance J. Best, Luck, speeding, $200.50. Lynda J. Bohlsen, Hovland, Minn., speeding, $250.00. Virginia F. Chosa, Hayward, seat belt violation, $10.00. Joshua M. Czekalski, Rice Lake, speeding, $225.70. Gail A. Emerson, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $200.00. Jacqueline R. Gerrick, Grantsburg, speeding, $175.30. Gilberto Gil, Shell Lake, operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Jesse A. Gjerdahl, Luck, operating while suspended, $200.50; seat belt violation, $10.00. Harley D. Goetsch, Spooner, display unauthorized vehicle registration plate, $238.30. Peter P. Hazuga, Eau Claire, speeding, $225.70. Michelle M. Heifort, Town of White Bear, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Brandon J. Jepson, Spooner, speeding, $452.50. Cheryl J. Johnson, Danbury, seat belt violation, $10.00. Logan W. Johnson, Spooner, seat belt violation, $10.00; operating motor vehicle without valid license due to expiration, (May 11) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY In RE: The marriage of Petitioner/Joint Petitioner Wife: Shelby Josephine Hegna 2306 4-1/2 Ave. Chetek, WI 54728 and Respondent/Joint Petitioner Husband: Joshua Lee Doriott 22853 Bashaw Store Rd. Shell Lake, WI 54871 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE AND AFFIDAVIT FOR TEMPORARY ORDER WITH MINOR CHILDREN Case No. 2014 FA 54 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE Based on the attached Affidavit and Request for Hearing for Temporary Order. IT IS ORDERED that the parties Show Cause, In Person before Honorable Eugene D. Harrington, Washburn County Courthouse - Second Floor, 10 W 4th Avenue, Shell Lake, WI 54871, June 03, 2016, 10:00 a.m., or as soon as the matter may be heard, why a temporary order should not be entered for the relief requested. PENDING FURTHER COURT ORDER or written stipulation of the parties, neither party shall engage in any activity that negatively affects the health, safety or welfare of either party or minor children, April 29, 2016. 646291 WNAXLP

$162.70. Patricia N. Kaarto, Spooner, operate without valid license, $200.50; operating with PAC >+0.08, <0.15, $887.50, license revoked 6 months, alcohol assessment. Travis L. Kraft, Springbrook, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Robert H. Larson, Hayward, seat belt violation, $18.00. John C. Merrick, Altoona, speedometer violations, $175.30. Lance P. Moneto, Bellevue, Neb., speeding, $183.30. Jordyn Monson, Shell Lake, speeding, $175.30. Dustin J. Nelmark, Springbrook, speeding, $200.50. Charles E. Nelson, Spooner, speeding, $276.10. Peter I. Nicolov, Lake Station, Ind., speeding, $200.50. Joseph S. Okray, Shell Lake, seat belt violation, $10.00; operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50; seat belt violation, $10.00. Kyna L. Pearson, Shell Lake, speeding, $200.50. Anthony W. Russell, St. Cloud, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Brandon S. Severson, Cumberland, nonregistration of vehicle, $175.30. Ryan W. Shutt, Spooner, speeding, $200.50. Alec M. Stager, Shell Lake, seat belt violation, $10.00. Matthew S. Stoner, Spooner, operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Town and Country Heating, Spooner, vehicle equipment violation - group 3, $175.30; interstate/intrastate driving requirements, $200.50. Dakota J. Waldorf, Winter, speeding, $200.50; operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Dylan J. Wheeler, Minong, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Donald R. Whitesell, Siren, speeding, $175.30. Alex J. Willis, Shell Lake, transferee failure to apply for new vehicle title, $175.30; operating while suspended, $200.50. Patrick J. Zillmer, Fairchild, seat belt violation, $18.00. Paul L. Zilly, Trego, operating while suspended, $200.50.

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The Town of Sarona will hold a Spring Cleanup Day on Saturday, May 21, 2016, from 9 to 11 a.m., AT THE LANDFILL. A total of two (2) appliances, four (4) tires, TVs and electronics and any other garbage will be accepted. Proof of residence is required, i.e., real estate holder or voting resident of the Town of Sarona. You will be responsible to unload all garbage. Victoria Lombard, Clerk 646373 39-40r


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Shell Lake students receive awards

Earning a medal at the state level were Rachel Kidder, Cassie Skattebo, Johanna Gustafson, Shrishti Monga and Sheri Clark.

Teacher and forensic adviser Lori Sumner opens a gift that her forensic students gave her to show their appreciation for all that she has done for them. Representing the forensic team were Daniel Parish, Keagan Blazer and Natalie Smith.

Earning medals for the second or third time at state were Daniel Parish, Adrianna Smith, Keagan Blazer, Taylor Eiche and KayDe Bontekoe.

The cast of the Shell Lake play were recognized at the for their hard word and dedication. Shown back row (L to R): Daniel Parish, Allison Tims and Johanna Gustafson. Middle: Keagan Blazer, Dominic Hopke, Natalie Smith, Jadee Goetz, Coach Lori Sumner and Coach Kelsey Egbert. Front: Payton Anderson, KayDe Bontekoe, Emily Lloyd, Emily Parish and Tiffany Herzog.

Students in the Science Olympiad were recognized for their academic achievements at the Academic Awards Banquet held Wednesday, April 27, at Reinhart Commons. Shown (L to R): Keagan Blazer, Most Valuable Player; Andrew Martin, Rookie of the Year and Lab Award; Jordan Herzog, Lab Award; and Erick Haynes, Lab Award.

Students can earn a letter much like they would by excelling in sports or band. Shown back row (L to R): Jordan Herzog, Heidi Steines, Savannah Soltis, Allison Tims, Sheri Clark, Erick Haynes and Andrew Martin. Front: Payton Anderson, KayDe Bontekoe and Meredith Kevan. These are the elite students in the Science Olympiad they have earned their letter for the second or third year. Shown (L to R): Keagan Blazer, Emily Parish, Marty Anderson, Nathaniel Wingler and Daniel Parish.

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Earning their participation awards were Kaitlyn Haynes, Nathaniel Swan, Alyssa Schultz, Savannah Steines, Kayla McCarthy and Tiffany Herzog.

Shell Lake school menu Breakfast Monday, May 16: Grades K-12: PopTart with cheese stick. Grades 3-12: Mini cinni roll. Tuesday, May 17: Grades K-12: Waffles, fruit. Grades 3-12: Chocolate-chip oatmeal bar. Wednesday, May 18: Grades K-2: Cereal and toast. Grades K-12: Chicken breakfast sandwich. Grades 3-12: Ultimate

breakfast round. Thursday, May 19: Grades K-12: Muffin. Grades 3-12: Oatmeal with fixings. Friday, May 20: Grades K-12: Apple or cherry Frudel. Grades 3-12: Ham, egg and cheese bar, toast.

Lunch Monday, May 16: Grades K-12: Potato bowl. Tuesday, May 17: Grades K-12: Mozzarella dippers. Grades 7-12: Pizza calzone. Wednesday, May 18: Grades K-12: Chicken nuggets. Grades 7-12: Bean and cheese burrito. Thursday, May 19: Grades K-12: Hot

Italian sub. Grades 7-12: Mozzarella dippers. Friday, May 20: Grades K-12: Homemade lasagna. Menus subject to change. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


Spooner Girl Scout troops donate cookies

Spooner Daisy Troop 4449, Brownie Troop 4342, Junior Troop 4382 and Junior Troop 4447 donated boxes of Girl Scout cookies to be given to veterans. — Photos submitted SPOONER - Spooner Girl Scout troops recently made a donation of 185 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to the Washburn County Veterans Service Office. The cookies will be given to local veterans. A few cases will be sent with the veterans van driver to the volunteer services department at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center to be given to veterans who are inpatient in the Minneapolis VA Hospital. The Girl Scout cookies were provided as a donation from Daisy Troop 4449, Brownie Troop 4342, Juniors Troop 4382 and Junior Troop 4447. “We here at the county veterans service office are very humbled with gratitude at the great thought that was put into selling the cookies and then taking donations and thinking of the local veterans as well as those veterans that are sick and in the hospital in the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. The cookies will be

put to good use and make a lot of veterans happy. A huge thank-you goes out to all the Girl Scouts in the area that helped make this donation come to fruition,” said Lisa Powers, county veterans service officer. — from CVSO

Lisa Powers, Washburn County Veterans Service officer, accepts a case of shortbread cookies from Brenda Kratchmer, Girl Scout troop leader, with an additional 14 cases provided.



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