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Jan. 15, 2014

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 Vol. 125, No. 22 • Shell Lake, Wis.

We e ke nd w atch See Events, page 6 Prairie Fire production of “Pinocchio” @ Shell Lake Ice-fishing contest @ Shallow Lake, Barronett Wisconsin’s winter free fishing weekend


The Palace project

Shell Lake grad noted by Forbes Page 3

Jack Frost Days sees a reprieve from the cold Page 2

It’s back in style Page 13

Prep sports coverage

SPORTS Pages 10-12


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SHELL LAKE — The famous Dad’s Belgiam Waffles are back in Shell Lake  this Friday night, Jan. 17, from 4:30-7:30 p.m., at the high school commons. Advance tickets are available at the Shell Lake State Bank and the school district administration office, or purchase them at the event. The all-you-can-eat 9-inch malted waffles will have plenty of varieties of syrup to top them off with along with strawberries and blueberries, link sausages and multiple beverage offerings will be included. The Shell Lake Education Foundation is sponsoring this event, so along with waffles for supper you will be supporting education for students at the same time. Please consider ending your evening by staying for the Lakers girls basketball game against northern rivals Northwood High School. SLEF is also offering a special 50/50 raffle during the game with multiple prizes including a golf package, drawing will be during the second half of the varsity game. Make a local evening of it this Friday and support your local students. SLEF is a nonprofit foundation that raises money to support additional education opportunities and educational tools not included in the school district budget. — from SLEF

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The Palace Theatre’s future has become uncertain, but manager JoEllen Weathers has a plan. - Photo by Daniele Moe

The story of the Palace Theatre is far from the ending credits, if manager’s plot holds true Danielle Moe | Staff writer SPOONER — A notable local landmark may become another part of history, but not if JoEllen Weathers has anything to say about it. “I do not want this place to close, that is why I am trying every avenue I can think of, and this was the first one that came to me,” stated Weathers. Weathers grew up in the Palace Theatre after her father, Glen Clayton, purchased it in 1991. She took the reins from Clayton in 2005 after receiving a degree in business management from UW-River Falls.  Built in 1939, the Palace Theatre has become a part of the Spooner area’s colorful history, but today the place that has been bringing Hollywood films to Spooner for the past 75 years is in danger of becoming a relic of film history.   The increasing financial benefits offered by modern technology for film companies has started a ticking clock that Weathers says makes it only a matter of time before the Palace is no longer able to show movies.  “Eventually, very soon, the big film companies are going to stop making film,” said Weathers.  The Palace shows its movies on two 35 mm film projectors but major film companies like Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. will no longer make movies

on 35 mm film. “It costs film companies $2,000 to make one print and a movie like the “Hobbit” they made 4,000 prints of it, so it is obviously a beneficial cost savings for them,” she explained.  Paramount Pictures has already announced that the last movie to be produced on film was “Anchorman 2.”  The rise of digital media may have made 35 mm films prohibitive and obsolete, but Weathers has a plan. The plan is called Kickstarter.  An online fundraising company, Kickstarter gives creative projects a place to raise funds to become realities.  Since the company’s launch in 2009, 5.5 million people have pledged $942 million that funded 54,000 creative projects.  The goal for the Palace is $60,000 to convert one of the two auditoriums to digital cinema.  A new projector with a computer hard drive and new audio will be purchased through the fundraiser.  “Soup to nuts it is a whole new operation, the only thing we get to keep are the seats and the screen,” Weathers said.  While the cost to convert is high, Weathers remains positive and thankful for the support the project has already garnered.  On Monday, Jan. 13, the Palace project had 162 backers who

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A reprieve from the cold for Jack Frost Festival

Colton and Isaac Schaefer sit on their father David’s 1986 Yamaha Inviter snowmobile. David drove his snowmobile to the snowmobile show at the Jack Frost Festival that was held Saturday, Jan. 11, in Spooner.

Photos by Larry Samson

Three-year-old Korbin Fox demonstrates his skill and style in the game of turkey bowling.

When the fishing is slow, there is nothing better than a cookie to take away your disappointment. Molly Peterson is enjoying a cookie that her mother bought from St. Francis de Sales School. Carter Sako and his father, Matt, stayed warm and in style with their colorful caps. His father is a superhero in Carter’s eyes. Ana Severson and her daughter, Katie, pose with the northern that Katie caught in the fishing contest. The Barron Elementary School student wants to be a veterinarian some day even though she refused to touch the fish. Monty Peterson shows his super-large and somewhat colossal Taking first place in the Jack Frost fishing contest Big Bud tip-up. Maybe it is a guy thing, but his homemade tip-up were Deb Boettcher and Terry Severson of New Holattracts a lot of attention from the fish and fishermen on the lake. stein. They are regulars to this annual event and have placed every year for the last five years.

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2013 unemployment review

Danielle Moe | Staff writer SHELL LAKE — Nationwide, December unemployment rates dropped from 7.0 percent to 6.7 percent, according to a report recently released from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. From December 2012 to December 2013 the nation’s unemployment rate fell by 1.2 percent. In December employers added 74,000 jobs, but that is about a third as many as predicted by economists.  The median of forecasts from analysts polled by Reuters called for 193,000 new jobs for last month.  In the past year the number of unemployed people was down by 1.9 million.  The number of long-term unemployed, those without work for 27 weeks or more, showed little change at 3.9 million.  Over last year the number of long-term unemployed  declined by 894,000. Unemployment rates for the state of Wisconsin in November 2013 place Washburn County a half-percent higher than the state.  According to the Department This chart shows job growth in Wisconsin and nationally from January 2004 through June of of Workforce Development, Washburn 2013. — from WISTAX  County’s November unemployment rate came in at 6.3 percent while the state ment rates ranging from 4.9 percent in Washburn County’s unemployment was 5.8 percent.  Douglas County to 10.3 percent in Bayrate has been steadily decreasing from Neighboring counties had unemployfield County.  9.2 percent in 2009, at the start of the eco-

nomic downturn, at about 0.6 percent each year. Nine other Wisconsin counties are in the same 6- to 6.9-percent unemployment rate bracket.  The three counties with the highest unemployment rates are Iron at 13.2 percent, Menominee at 10.7 percent and Bayfield at 10.3 percent.  A news release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics stated that from November of 2012 to November of 2013 the number of employed individuals in the state of Wisconsin increased by 20,600 people.  The national unemployment rate of 7 percent comes in higher than statewide or Washburn County rates.  The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance observed that since January 2011 private sector job growth in Wisconsin has gradually declined from 1.8 percent to 1.0 percent in June 2013.  The alliance also found that recent trends in job growth, in the state and nationally, are reminiscent of trends of 2004 to 2006, noting that during the 2004 through 2006 period was the Bush Recovery with a Democratic governor leading the state and the 2011 through 2013 period was the Obama Recovery with a Republican governor at the helm.

Washburn County April election outlook Paul Markgren are not running. There are four candidates running for three seats. They are Ed Morgan, Cathy Maas, Randy McQuade and John Hedlund.  The Hayward School Board has four candidates running for two positions.  Two incumbents, Doug Mrotek and Dr. Harry Malcomb, are running in addition to two new candidates, Derek Hand and Trina Starr.  Starr and Hand have both run for the Hayward School Board in previous elections. Birchwood School Board has one seat up on the April ballot.  Incumbent Jessica Downey is running unopposed for the position.  The Rice Lake School Board election has four seats up for election, one rural and three city.  Only two candidates will be listed for city seats on the ballot.  Incumbent Janna Haack and new candidate Tami Alberg have filed for city seats, the third city seat will be a write-in contest.  Incumbent Doug Kucko has filed for the rural seat and runs unopposed. In the Northwood School Board election only one board seat is open.  Incumbent Michelle Manor, of Wascot, is running unopposed. 

Danielle Moe | Staff writer WASHBURN COUNTY — The area’s 2014 April election scene is setting up to be an assorted affair.  The Washburn County Board of Supervisors election has two vacant seats and four contested races.  In Shell Lake, five seats on the city council are up with no candidate for one seat.  In the city of Spooner, there will be one race in Ward 1 with uncontested incumbents running for the remaining three seats.  The village of Minong has three incumbents running unopposed for their previous appointments, and the election in the village of Birchwood is a similar story.  Two incumbents are running unopposed as trustees.  Nominating papers are used in Shell Lake, Spooner and Minong, and were due to the clerk’s office on Tuesday, Jan. 7.  The village of Birchwood held a nominating caucus on Jan. 7. In county school board races, Shell Lake has two candidates running unopposed.  Spooner has a race with four candidates for three seats, and four candidates are running for two positions for the Hayward School Board. County All 21 Washburn County Board of Supervisor seats will be on the election ballot.  This year there will be one contest, two write-ins and two new candidates running unopposed.  In District 16, the northwest side of the city of Spooner, incumbent James Dohm filed for re-election.  A new candidate, Paul Johnson, is also running for the seat.  The race to represent the northeast side of the city of Shell Lake in District 20 would have been incumbent board member Andy Eiche and new candidate Susan Hansen, but duplicate signatures were found on both candidates nominating papers.  “The papers each candidate circulated for signatures include the statement indicating that the persons signing have not signed the nomination paper of any other candidate for the same office at this election, however, this was the case, as three electors had signed both Hansen’s papers as well as Eiche’s - the signatures are only valid on the first set of papers, in this case Hansen’s papers,” explained Lolita Olson,
Washburn county clerk, in an email.  All candidates are required to have a minimum of 20 signatures to gain ballot access.  Three duplicate signatures were removed from Eiche’s nominating papers leaving only 18 signatures, two short to be listed on the election ballot. Eiche confirmed with the Register that he will be running as a write-in candidate for the seat. Two districts have vacancies due to the previous representatives filing noncandidacy and no other candidates coming forward.  Both James Pearson of District 1 and Terry Leckel Sr. of District 9 filed noncandidacy papers.  There will be a writein contest for each of these seats. Two new candidates are running unopposed for Districts 10 and 12.  Clay

The map shows the two ward districts for the city of Shell Lake. Each ward has four representatives on the city council.  — Washburn County Government photo Halverson resigned as representative of District 10 in November 2013.  Hilary Neste has filed for this seat and is running unopposed.  The District 12 representative, Tim Brabec, filed noncandidacy papers, but David Masterjohn is running for Brabec’s position unopposed.  All other district seats have their incumbent representatives running unopposed.

Cities Shell Lake City Council has all three of the four seats in Ward 1, two seats in Ward 2 and the mayoral seat on the ballot in April. In Ward 1 incumbent Andy Eiche filed for the one-year term, the remainder of Brent Edlin’s term. Edlin, who replaced Don Bruce in July, is running for Eiche’s two-year term.  Chad Shelton is also running for another term.  Each of these candidates is running unopposed. In Ward 2 Connie Graf’s replacement, Matt Dryden, did not file papers for reelection and no candidate filed for the seat.  There will be a write-in contest for this seat.  The other seat up for election in Ward 2 has incumbent Dan Harrington on the ballot running unopposed.  The mayoral election for the city looks similar with incumbent Mayor Sally Peterson running unopposed.   In Spooner, each ward has one seat up at election time with only one contest.   In Ward 1 Jocelyn Ford is running against Richard Coquillette.  In the 2013 spring election Ford ran against Michelle Ortman after incumbent Bob Otto did not

Shell Lake graduate is featured in Forbes

file for re-election. Ortman won that election.  Coquillette is actually considered the incumbent since he was appointed to the council last fall after Esa Everroad resigned.  The incumbent mayor of Spooner, Gary Cuskey, is running unopposed. In Ward 2 incumbent Carol Blizzard Dunn is running unopposed as are incumbents Daryl Gabriel in Ward 3 and Larry Stelter in Ward 4.

Villages The village of Minong has three trustees of its five-trustee board up for election. The only candidates on the ballot are incumbent Trustees Karen Baker, Andy Podratz and James Schaefer.  In the village SHELL LAKE – Michael Pesko, 29, a of Birchwood, Trustees Linda Zilmer and graduate of Shell Lake High School and Nancy Seffinga are both running for rethe son of Pat and Mike Pesko of Shell election unopposed.  Lake, is featured in the third-annual Forbes 30 Under 30, a list of the brightest School boards stars in 15 different fields under the age There are six school boards in Washof 30. Pesko is featured in the science and burn County:  Rice Lake, Birchwood, health-care field. Shell Lake, Spooner, Northwood and Pesko is an assistant professor at Weill Hayward.  Cornell Medical College, New York, On the Shell Lake School Board, Mary N.Y. 
His work focuses on learning more Ann Swan is running unopposed.  Tim about the behavior of smokers and how Mikula didn’t file for re-election, but Niand why they keep lighting up. Three cole Tims is running for his seat unopstudies documented the many ways posed.  Tims is also Washburn County smokers avoid higher cigarette prices, foiltreasurer as she was sworn in on Dec. 30, ing attempts to cut their nicotine usage. 2013, after longtime treasurer Janet Ullom Another paper showed that 1 million forretired. mer smokers took up the habit again due The Spooner School Board has three to 9/11 – and then never stopped. – with seats up for election.  Paul Goellner is the information from Forbes only incumbent running,  Bev Bohac and



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From the Dahlstrom family to another In order to grow in today’s competitive marketplace it takes a company with the resources, knowledge and technology to properly serve its retail customers. For this reason it is time for a larger, more innovative retailer to initiate needed improvements to our family business. At this time we have a written agreement with Gordy’s County Market based out of Chippewa Falls to begin operations on March 9. The Schafer family is a proven leader and has a proud history of commitment to their customers, employees and the community. Dahlstroms Lakeside Market will be the

final chapter to three generations of retail service to the Shell Lake area. Oscar and Josie started the store in 1924, continuing with John and Annie and ending with Jack and Kathy. We are thankful to have had the opportunity to serve the community for so many years and are happy to have been able to turn our business over to another family-run grocery business. Warm personal regards, Jack and Kathy Dahlstrom Shell Lake

It’s now or never America is in a moral decay, we have lost our moral compass, the Bible. The foundation of our nation is shaken. Our nation’s history has been rewritten over the past 100 years by the progressive movement. This intentional changing of our history books has been done to suit the progressive agenda and make our nation look evil, and the intent is to destroy our Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Openly our Christian heritage is being destroyed in front of our own eyes. God is being removed from every aspect of our lives. The cross, the foundation of our faith as Christians, is being removed. The ten Commandments, the cornerstone of our laws and our way of life, desecrated. The Internal Revenue Service is being used as the government enforcement arm for forcing the so-called enemies, the church and freedom groups, into silence. The one thing President Obama did not lie about was that he was going to fundamentally change our country. The

government in power is destroying our Constitution by choosing what laws to enforce and unto whom they enforce them. The privileged are allowed to pilfer money from corporations and taxpayer funds without a fear of prosecution from the Justice Department. Government waste of our money is vast and in the open with very few in government speaking out. Illegal immigrants are given preference over our military men and women because they vote, the government is corrupt and lawless. Surely there is a remnant that will stand for our heavenly creator and his written word and the country he gave us. If our country does not return to biblical principals, we will receive judgment. Turn back to God. It’s now or never because time is running out. Allan Heil Shell Lake

Are you a part of the solution or part of the problem? Only if we begin to recognize the alternatives that are advocated by national animal welfare organizations across our nation will we make a difference for both citizens and animals. Trap-Neuter-Return is one of those programs. Farm, Feral and Stray understands the laws that prohibit animals from being abandoned or released on public land. This is not something that the organization proposes. Instead, Farm, Feral and Stray proposes helping county residents care for the community cats that come to their doorsteps. By implementing programs that will assist these residents and by helping them with the sterilization of these cats, lives can be saved. Cats are opportunists. They are smart and capable animals that would prefer living near people who offer food and protection, versus running in the wild and risking an end of life by predators. A humane society that advocates the killing of these cats is simply inhumane and not in touch with a modern-day world. For years, the Washburn County Area Humane Society has been killing the feral cats that enter its doors. For years farmers and outdoorsmen have been shooting these cats. Yet, killing cats for population control has proven to be a failure. It’s called the vacuum effect; no matter how many cats are killed, more cats relocate to where there is a food source and shelter. It’s a simple matter of biology and the increasing number of cats is proof of this. The Department of Natural Resources finds very little evidence of domestic cats out in the wild. According to DNR predator tracking records in our northern counties, if domestic cat tracks are recorded, most of these tracks are near the heads of trails, homes or nearby farms. To think that domestic cats are living in the wild is simply absurd, and stating such, without proof, is irresponsible. Ms. Dunn, from the WCAHS, is correct when she states that every animal welfare organization is dealing with an overabundance of cats. This is the result of our humane societies not taking proactive measures to sterilize and halt the reproduction of free-roaming cats. In addition, they have not effectively educated the people who are most responsible for allowing intact cats to reproduce without constraint. They have ignored this problem for years. Except, when pressed

into service by a citizen, they admit cats to their shelters and kill them because, as Ms. Dunn and the WCAHS Board of Directors believe, “they are better off dead.” But not everyone agrees with this statement. A study by the Nielson Company has revealed that more than 81 percent of people, across the nation, believe that these free-roaming cats deserve to live their lives outdoors. To solve this overpopulation we need to humanely reduce their numbers. FFS is part of an effort that is sweeping the country to promote the practice of TNR. This comprehensive, long-term program is the only answer to curbing the numbers of free-roaming cats in our country. It is also the only program that provides rabies vaccinations to these cats to provide public safety. Unless Washburn County replaces its ineffective humane society manager with an administrator that is capable and willing to implement programs for our freeroaming cats, they will continue to waste lives, time and money. The Washburn County Area Humane Society is the problem. You can get involved by telling your shelter to stop accepting free-roaming cats. Tell them to stop lending out traps to the public to capture and kill these cats. Demand your shelter not accept eartipped cats. These are cats that have been altered and vaccinated and are part of a cared-for colony. They should be immediately returned to the colony rather than killed. To kill them after the community has paid to sterilize them would be inexcusable. Support TNR and be a part of the solution. Tanya Borg Centuria

Stand with Duffy With all the bickering and arguing in Washington, it was nice to see a bipartisan vote in Congress to pass a new budget that both eliminates the risk of another government shutdown and reduces spending. But this budget is far from perfect. Of all the places to find saving in our budget, trimming benefits to our troops is not the answer. At a recent town hall, Congressman Sean Duffy was pressed on this issue and his vote, as he historically has a strong record of supporting our veterans. I was

happy to discover that he is co-sponsoring a bill that will remove provisions in the budget that would cut any benefits to veterans or reduce their cost-of-living adjustments. He understands that our troops and veterans deserve better. Please call the remainder of Wisconsin’s congressional members and senators and encourage them to join Duffy on this important fix. James Miller Hayward

USDA designates three counties in Minnesota as primary natural disaster areas

Burnett and Douglas counties named as contiguous

MADISON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated three counties in Minnesota as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by drought conditions and lack of moisture that occurred Sept. 1–Nov. 15, 2013. Those counties are Kanabec, Morrison and Pine. “Our hearts go out to those Minnesota farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters,” said Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “President Obama and I are committed to ensuring that agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation’s economy by sustaining the successes of America’s farmers, ranchers and rural communities through these difficult times. We’re also telling Minnesota producers that USDA stands with you and your communities when severe weather and natural disasters threaten to disrupt your livelihood.” Farmers and ranchers in Burnett and Douglas counties also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. They were designated natural disaster areas on Jan. 8, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low-interest emergency loans from USDA’s Farm Service Agency, provided eligibility requirements are met.

Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the EM loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity. Additional programs available to assist farmers and ranchers include the Emergency Conservation Program, Federal Crop Insurance, and the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program. Interested farmers may contact their local USDA service centers for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online at Vilsack also reminds producers that Congress has not funded the five disaster assistance programs authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill. These are SURE; the Livestock Indemnity Program; the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-Raised Fish; the Livestock Forage Disaster Program; and the Tree Assistance Program. Production losses due to disasters occurring after Sept. 30, 2011, are not eligible for disaster program coverage. — from USDA

The Winston Project: The big picture WASHBURN COUNTY – Recent studies indicate that 11 Wisconsin counties are saving 90 percent and more of the animals that enter their community shelters. In fact, counties such as Dunn, Green and Clark are saving 97 percent to 99 percent of their companion animals. These communities are doing so by implementing programs advocated by national welfare organizations such as Alley Cat Allies, Spay/USA and The No Kill Advocacy Center (,, These communities also recognize the big picture. By implementing high-volume retention programs, extensive outreach adoption programs, effective foster home programs, proactive educational programs, aggressive low-cost spay/neuter programs and/or trap, neuter, return programs, they are proving that lives can be saved. As a result, they have become eligible for large grants, which are sponsored by nationally recognized foundations such as Maddie’s Fund and PetSmart Charities. The Winston Project is just one of these programs. This low-cost spay/neuter initiative will help Washburn County residents spay/neuter both household cats and the estimated 14,000 free-roaming

community cats that are responsible for the large number of kittens/cats entering the local shelter. Community-based endeavors, such as The Winston Project, have proven to be more successful than shelter programs, which typically offer small vouchers to residents on financial public assistance. Instead, this community-based endeavor invites the entire community to work together to solve a community problem. In addition, as part of a three-year plan, The Winston Project will begin a proactive education initiative which will address the county’s young people using lessons that promote both good character and the humane treatment of animals. With two of the recommended programs in place, Washburn County can become not only eligible, but highly eligible, for the large grants being made available, the big picture. As an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization, the Winston Project is working to assist the local shelter. With citizens support, they can reduce the number of kittens/cats entering the shelter, reduce dollars being spent to house these animals, and save lives. For more information call 715-468-7727 and refer to The Winston Project.

Birchwood teen loses life in Hwy. 48 crash RICE LAKE - An 18-year-old woman from Birchwood lost her life in a two-vehicle accident Friday afternoon, Jan. 10, on Hwy. 48 near Rice Lake. Kiandra A. Schaffer was driving east in a 2003 Ford pickup when she attempted to pass a Ford Explorer when the pickup’s right rear struck the left front of the Explorer causing both vehicles to leave the

roadway and overturn. Schaffer was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the pickup and became pinned under the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Explorer, Vernon A. Forde, 57, of Sugarland, Tex., and his two passengers were buckled in and not injured.

The accident, which occurred at approximately 2:15 p.m., one mile south of Mikana, is being investigated by the Wisconsin State Patrol. - with information from Wisconsin Department of Transportation


Resignations from city council announced; hiring approved Danielle Moe | Staff writer SHELL LAKE – The regular monthly meeting of the Shell Lake City Council ironed out who would be offered the position on the city’s public works crew and the positions caused by the sudden resignations from two city council members in addition to other agenda items.

Hiring After a two-hour closed-session meeting of the city council to conduct interviews of the top three applicants for the city crew position, a decision was finalized. A unanimous roll-call vote approved the hiring of Steven Roehow, Aaron Anderson and Brandon Graves for the position on a three-tier choice basis. Roehow will be offered the position first, and in the event he would not accept the offer, the city would still have two approved candidates left. First Ward Alderperson Josh Buckridge recused himself from the vote. The city received 37 applications for the

position. Resignations Under the last agenda item for the meeting, 1st Ward Alderperson Andy Eiche announced his decision to resign, effective immediately, from the city council. Brad Pederson, city administrator, communicated that due to recently discovered language in the city’s code, Eiche could no longer continue on the council while remaining an applicant to the city administrator position. Pederson formally announced his intention to retire as city administrator on March 31 at the Nov. 11 city council meeting. Since then, advertisements have been posted, and the city has received 16 applications for the position. In the coming week, the executive human resources committee will begin the process of narrowing the list of applicants for the position. First Ward Alderperson Josh Buckridge also announced, informally, his inten-

tion to resign from the council. Buckridge stated that his resignation letter would be submitted to the city Tuesday morning. In the 2013 election, Buckridge was elected to the council as a write-in candidate.

Public comment Doug Ellanson and Kenny Schultz of Shell Lake both spoke before the council. Ellanson stated that over the past summer he had issues at the city boat landing. The first was the landing was too shallow to pull boats in and out of safely. In addition, Ellanson pointed out even the city’s courtesy dock was in too shallow of water to be of use. “I went through two props by the dock,” stated Ellanson. He also brought to the city’s attention the use of Lake Road by snowmobilers and his concerns with safety. Pederson stated the road was not a designated snowmobile route, and Police Chief Dave Wilson stated violators would be apprehended when caught in violation. “There is at least 30 snowmobiles in

a week that go back and forth every day,” said Ellanson. Council member Dan Harrington questioned why it was not a designated snowmobile route as several city streets are open to ATV traffic in the summer, and Ellanson agreed. Mayor Sally Peterson referred Ellanson’s concerns for further discussion to the council’s general administration committee. Schultz came before the city council to spread the word that the Washburn County Economic Development Corporation was in the process of hiring a new director. The previous director, Greg Krantz, has resigned from the position. “It is to go out and basically talk with the business public about all the programs that exist, what assets we have available, what assistance we may be able to provide for them, how we can coordinate their needs with organizations like ours,” explained Schultz. The three-day-a-week position See City council page 7

Area news at a glance STATEWIDE — Keep your emerald ash borer plans in spite of cold weather says Wisconsin DNR. A forest health expert says the ongoing frigid air hugging the state is not enough to wipe out the treekilling pest known as the emerald ash borer. It seems these guys have figured out how to take winter’s cold shoulder. Experts predict that many EAB larvae will die, but the ash tree pest isn’t going away. Their native habitat in eastern Asia experiences cold winters and the pest is adapted to them. “They are somewhat protected beneath the tree bark, and many of them will survive the recent cold temperatures,” Bill McNee of the DNR says. “It will be a little warmer beneath the bark than the outdoor air temperature, and the wind chills do not affect them because they are sheltered.” Experts predict that populations of the pest are likely to rebound this summer, since each female beetle that emerges this summer will lay 50 to 100 eggs. At this point in time, it is not known if larval mortality will have any significant impact on Wisconsin’s ash trees or significantly delay ash tree mortality. Forestry experts do not recommend changing EAB management plans solely due to the cold weather. Continue to look for EAB in ash trees. Woodpecker damage is a good sign that an ash tree is infested with EAB or other pests. Insecticide treatment of high-value ash trees

Shell Lake Lions Calendar Winners Jan. 6 - $30 Elmer Anderson, Shell Lake Jan. 7 - $30 Carrie Robillard, Farmington, Minn. Jan. 8 - $30 Gary Fritz, Spooner Jan. 9 - $30 Gloria Butterfield, Shell Lake Jan. 10 - $30 Naomi Beardsley, Shell Lake

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• Ray Haremza and Chuck Lewis took a group of Explorer Scouts to the swimming meet at the Stout pool in Menomonie. The boys attending were Keith Schultz, Bob Hard, Bob Kibler, David Todd, Bob Parks, Don Stariha, Warren Anderson and Billy Bohn. • Donald Furchtenicht and Richard Rydberg, assisted by Donald Watrud, were instructors for the annual 4-H Tractor School. • The PTA met and viewed a short film on the March of Dimes, followed by a card party with prizes. The free lunch was served by Mrs. Cy Atkinson, Mrs. Carrol Ashley, Mrs. Eugene Banek, Mrs. John Dahlstrom, Mrs. Walter Hubin, Mrs. Durward Strand, Mrs. Lloyd Mill and Mrs. Marvin Lemke. • The Sarona Commercial Club held its annual Polio Fund Dance. Ernie Carroll provided the music. • Paul Henry, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rueben Bush, Spooner, was the first baby of the New Year born at Shell Lake Memorial Hospital. He was born Jan. 9 and weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce. The two other Bush children were Stanley George, 7, and Rebecca Jane, 5. Wendell Pederson, Shell Lake Chamber president, and Hub Hoskins, secretary, presented Mrs. Bush with gifts from local businesses. • Judy Lucille was born Jan. 11 to Mr. and Mrs. Garold Albee, Shell Lake. • Jim Scharhag was elected assessor for the city of Shell Lake. • Individual scores by Laker basketball players in the game against Birchwood were Dale Hansen, 28; Herb Schrankel, 1; Mike Thomas, 5; John Lenz, 17; and Jerry Graf, 6.

1974 - 40 years ago

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ered at about 25 degrees below zero. She was taken by ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health System where she died. — from the Rice Lake Chronotype ••• PRAIRIE FARM — A squadron of patrol cars rolled slowly through downtown Barron Friday, Jan. 3, escorting the late Alfred “Al” Lentz, longtime Barron County sheriff’s deputy and the former village president of Prairie Farm. Lentz, 72, lost his battle with cancer on Dec. 30. His funeral took place in his hometown of Prairie Farm. The squad-car-led motorcade escorted the funeral party from Prairie Farm through the city on its way to Wayside Cemetery where Lentz was buried. He served as village president from 1978 through 1990. After three decades with the sheriff’s department, Lentz resigned in 2003. — from the Barron NewsShield ••• CAMERON — A $250,000 loan from a group of western Wisconsin counties will help finance a reported $8.8 million

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1964 - 50 years ago

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near known infestations should be continued this spring. Don’t delay tree removals or timber harvests that are already scheduled. Giving nonash tree species more time to grow means that the future impacts of EAB will be reduced. Continue planting nonash tree species. To help slow the spread of EAB, buy firewood in the local area where you plan to burn it, or buy Wisconsin-certified firewood that has been treated to eliminate pests. Additional information about emerald ash borer, insecticide treatments and forest management can be found online at jsp. — from DNR Division of Forestry ••• BARRON — Trepidation turned to tragedy when a 76-year-old woman missing from Monroe Manor in Barron died after she was found unconscious in the frigid weather early Wednesday morning, Jan. 8. Juanita G. Toews was found near Quarderer’s Creek about 100 yards down from the assisted living facility. At the time she as found the temperature hov-

• The canopy over the front of Bennett’s Catalog Store and a portion of the canopy over The Medicine Chest collapsed. Bob

deal that will enable Cameron-based Sweet Additions to expand production, create new jobs and refinance some of its corporate debt, according to local and regional economic development sources. Owned by a company in Palm Beach, Fla., Sweet Additions is the former home of Abbotts Dairies and went into operation at Cameron in September 2012. Published reports said that the expansion will add 10 jobs to the current 15-member workforce and will also include a renovation of the company’s historic office facilities and a second-floor ballroom, which date back 86 years to when the original building was constructed by Abbotts Dairies. According to information from the company, Sweet Additions produces powdered sweeteners for use in nutritional products and has customers around the world. The company uses nongenetically modified natural and organic ingredients derived from rice, oats and tapioca, most of which are grown in the United States. — from the Barron News-Shield

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Krueger reinforced the remaining canopy to prevent further damage before removing all of the canopy the next morning from both storefronts. • Lorayne Tomasiak and Phyllis Hoefer arrived home from a cruise in the Caribbean. • A 32-ounce jar of Miracle Whip salad dressing was 69¢ at Dahlstrom’s Food Center and Locker Plant. Other specials of the week were Betty Crocker Hamburger Helpers two for 89 cents; Slim ‘N Trim yogurt 8-oz. tub 25 cents; and Edon bathroom tissue four-roll package, 39 cents. • A son, Ayric Christ, was born Jan. 14 to Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery Nielson, Barronett.

1984 - 30 years ago

• Tim Roe, first grade, son of Helen and Norman Roe; and Steven Soltis, fifth grade, son of Phil and Ila Soltis, were named Shell Lake Elementary School Citizens of the Week. • Burglars broke into Salem Lutheran Church in Shell Lake, but nothing was believed stolen. Police Captain Ralph VanMeter said wax was dripped on carpeting in various areas where a candle apparently was used for light. • A group of ladies had an enjoyable day at a get-acquainted and baby shower for Ann Okonek at Muriel Elliott’s home. Helping Muriel host were Anna Mae Semm and Marian Furchtenicht. • The Aero Club celebrated its 25th anniversary at Tiptown. The 25 charter members were Don Walter, Gordon Kastner, Chuck Lewis, Irv Gladdenberg, Darrel Aderman, Don Aderman, Duane Shipman, Gus Bartelli, Larry Remillard, Dale Moe, Bob Mercier, Dave Swensen, Nick Masterjohn, Bob Livingston, Roy Haynes, Bud Osterman, Henry DesJardins, Ray Bennett, Albert Sirriani, Fred Sirriani, Harry Braun, Ole Soholt, Roy Humlicek, Cyril Christiansen and Jerry Lindemann. One of the first accomplishments of the club was blacktopping the 1,600-foot runway.

1994 - 20 years ago

• The dogsled races in Shell Lake were a success according to Robert Lawrence, president of the Shell Lake Dog Sled Association. Over 40 people competed and more than 100 people attended. • Five people filed for the three full terms and one partial term open on the Shell Lake School Board. Candidates included incumbents Dave Ekern, Roy Peterson and Brian Dosch, and Robert Erwin and Joanne Olson. Incumbent Gloria Carlson did not file. • Travis Dykes, son of Larry and Bobbi Dykes, Siren, was born Jan. 2, making him the first baby of the new year at Indianhead Medical Center. Carol Leischer, Shell Lake Chamber of Commerce president, presented the family with a dozen roses and a $100 savings bond. • Adam Erickson won Shell Lake High School’s first title at the Bi-State Wrestling Classic in La Crosse. He dominated the 275-pound weight class by pinning four opponents and winning another match by default. Forty-two schools competed in the tournament.

2004 - 10 years ago

• A fire by arson caused considerable damage to the Bashaw Town Hall. • The seven Shell Lake residents who were part of the “Spoon River” cast were Alex Mentele, Tony Mentele, Marco Fields, Donna Barnes-Haesemeyer, Alyssa Degner, Callie MacDonell and Wendy Rechsteiner. • Bowling for Dollars top winners were Steven Frey, fourth grade, earning $639, and Clarissa Forsythe, third grade, earning $685. • Winners in the human relations committee fourth-grade poster contest, sponsored by the Wisconsin Education Association, were Sarah Shumaker, Sabrina Garcia and Caleb Schmidt. The theme, Learn All You Can, was to promote Native American culture.


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John Gozdzialski | DNR, Northern Region director STATEWIDE — Free often comes with a footnote, or a condition, but what the DNR is offering you is 100-percent free, so join the second-annual winter Free Fishing Weekend, Jan. 18-19. Have some free fun, but be safe. Always approach ice as unsafe. If the ice is 2 inches or less, stay off the ice; 4 inches are enough for ice fishing on foot. It takes 5 inches for a snowmobile, or ATV; 8 to 12 inches for a small car or pickup and 12 to 15-inces for a medium truck. Before you go out, make sure you are dressed properly, have a charged cell phone, personal flotation device or float jacket and ice-rescue claws. If fishing alone, make sure you tell someone where you are going and when you will be back. The beauty of ice fishing is that it can be a solitary, serene experience done alone on a turned-over pail, with a friend or family member in a pop-up shelter or a social gathering in a fully equipped icefishing house.

No fishing license or Great Lakes salmon stamp is needed to fish any Wisconsin water for the free weekend. This includes all inland waters and Wisconsin’s side of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River and other boundary waters. Other fishing rules apply, such as limits on the number and size of fish anglers can keep and any seasons when anglers must release certain fish species. Ice fishing is a great way to get outside during the winter and to fish anywhere without a boat, and Free Fishing Weekend is a great time to discover what it’s all about – fun with friends and family and, of course, the fish. So gather friends or family, get the thermos and tackle box out. Or invite a new friend to frozen-water fishing. Get the kids to turn off the video games and try some real fun. For more information, stop by one of the DNR service centers, or call seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., toll free, 888-WDNRINFo (888-936-7463). Or, online, go to and search ice fishing.

SPOONER — Most scientists agree climate change is occurring. What are the signs and what is science telling us about climate change in northern Wisconsin? How will it impact your crop production practices?  Learn about the realities of climate change for northern Wisconsin and how farmers can adapt to maintain profitability at this year’s Northern Safari of Ag Specialists series on Thursday, Jan. 23.  Dr. Dick Wolkowski, emeritus extension soil scientist from UW-Madison, will lead the discussion of climate change adaptations for agriculture.  Wolkowski will present the preliminary results of a recent study from the Climate and Corn-based Cropping Systems Coordinated Agricultural Project.  Research includes survey results of Upper Midwest farmers regarding climate change.  Wolkowski will also include some straightforward considerations as to how northern producers can maintain profitability and healthy soil in light of climate change. Wolkowski’s presentation will be of-

fered at two locations on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 10 a.m., at the Spooner Agriculture Research Station, west of Spooner on Hwy. 70, and again at 1:30 p.m., at the Polk County Government Center on Hwy. 46 in Balsam Lake. The sessions last about 1-1/2 hours and are part of the 29th-annual Northern Safari of Agriculture Specialists sponsored by UW-Extension. They are free of charge and open to the public. For more information contact Kevin Schoessow or Otto Wiegand at the Spooner area ag agents office at 800-528-1914 or 715-635-3506 or Jennifer Blazek at the Polk County UWExtension office at 715-485-8602. Upcoming sessions same time and location will feature Dr. Phil Harris, UW-Extension ag economist, who will talk about farm leases and rental agreements Friday, Feb. 21, and Dr. Christelle Guedot, UWExtension entomologist, who will talk about the importance of insect pollinators on food production Friday, March 21. — from UWEX

Village of Birchwood donates lot to Habitat

Jackie Thorwick | Special to the Register BIRCHWOOD – The Village of Birchwood agreed to donate a lot to Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity at the village board meeting held in early December. The lot is located on Algoma Avenue next to a Habitat home that was built in 2011. The nonprofit homebuilder will build another home on the new lot, working with a family who needs it along with volunteers from the community. Now Habitat

needs a family to apply. “We know there are lots of families out there who need a home and would qualify for our program,” said Eric Kube, executive director of Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity recently. “Unfortunately, many of them don’t know about our program or don’t think they would qualify for it.” Income requirements for the program vary by family size. For a family of four, household income needs to be between

$18,900 and $46,900. Families must have enough income to pay a monthly mortgage payment, which is between $500 and $600 per month and includes real estate taxes and homeowner’s insurance. “We are grateful for the gift of this land, and we’re excited to build in Birchwood again,” said Kube. “A land donation goes a long way toward keeping our build costs low. That makes it possible for us to help more families with the donations we

receive.” It’s also a good thing for a town or village that has vacant land, Kube pointed out, as a vacant lot is turned into one owned by a taxpaying homeowner. Those interested in applying for the Habitat program may contact WRHFH at 715-483-2700 or go to wildrivershabitat. org to learn more about the program.

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Monday, Feb. 3 • Knit a Chunky Hat class, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Northwind Book & Fiber, Spooner. Registration required. Call 715-635-6811. Tuesday, Feb. 4 • Shell Lake/Spooner Masonic Lodge 221 meeting, 7 p.m. at the lodge. Wednesday, Feb. 5 • Unit on Aging, 1 p.m., Shell Lake Senior Center. • Free soup and sandwiches, Church of the Nazarene, Spooner, 5:30 p.m. Call 715-635-3496 to confirm. All welcome. Donations accepted. Thursday, Feb. 6 • Aphasia Group, 10-11:30 a.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, Spooner. Call 715-520-7999. • Northwest Wisconsin Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, 1 p.m., lower level at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Shell Lake. • Free community meal, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 409 Summit, Spooner, 4-6 p.m. All welcome. Donations accepted. Saturday, Feb. 8 • The Art of Film presentation of “Pan’s Labyrinth,” at Shell Lake Arts Center, 7 p.m.

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• Chili lunch benefit for Dick Mains, 1-4 p.m., Shell Lake Community Center. Bake sale. 1990s former Packer Blaise Winter will be there for pictures and autographs. Saturday, Jan. 18 & Sunday, Jan. 19 • Wisconsin’s winter free fishing weekend, for residents and nonresidents. Monday, Jan. 20 • Northern Lights Camera Club, 7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1790 Scribner St., Spooner. • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group, 5 p.m. group activity, 5:30 p.m. dinner, 6-7 p.m. meeting, Lakeland Family Resource Center, 314 Elm St., Spooner, 715-635-4669. • Knitted Cable Boot Cuff class, 5:30-7:30, at Northwind Book & Fiber, Spooner. Registration required. Call 715-635-6811. Tuesday, Jan. 21 • Shell Lake Community and High School Blood Drive, 1-5 p.m., United Ag Co-op C-Store/Cenex. • Shell Lake/Spooner Masonic Lodge 221 meeting, 7 p.m., at the lodge. Thursday, Jan. 23 & Friday, Jan. 24 • Community blood drive, Shell Lake United Methodist Church, noon-6 p.m. Thursday; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday. Thursday, Jan. 23 • First Year Parenting class, 5-8:30 p.m., Spooner Annex Building, UWExtension conference room. Call Deb Meyer at 715-635-4444 or deb. • The Shell Lake American Legion meeting, 6:30 p.m., Friendship Commons. • Shell Lake VFW meeting, 7 p.m., Friendship Commons. Saturday, Jan. 25 • Free community breakfast, 7-10 a.m., First United Pentecostal Church, 337 Greenwood Ave., Spooner. All welcome. Donations accepted. • Entrelac Knitting class, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at Northwind Book & Fiber, Spooner. Registration required. Call 715-635-6811.

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MADISON — The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has extended the sign-up period for new applications to the Conservation Stewardship Program. Farm and forest landowners may apply by Friday, Feb. 7, for possible 2014 funding. CSP encourages farmers to maintain existing conservation activities and adopt additional ones on their farms and

wooded lands. The program is open to all farmers, regardless of size or type of operation. Applications can be made at any time at all USDA Service Centers, but only applications received by Feb. 7 will be ranked for funding in 2014. In 2013, 308 Wisconsin farmers and forestland owners enrolled in CSP, with an average payment of $5,408 per contract. Over $1.6 million in payments will be made to those farm families this year and over $8.3 million over the course of the five-year contract.

CSP offers reward and recognition for the conservation they are already doing, plus a little extra incentive to try a few more or new practices. Eligible lands include cropland, pastureland, nonindustrial private forestland and tribal agricultural lands. For the 2013 sign-up, average payments in Wisconsin were $19 per acre for cropland, $13 per acre for pasture and $4 per acre for woodland. Payments are made annually for each of the five years of the contract. CSP is open to small and large operations, with farms already enrolled

ranging from just a couple of acres to over 4,000 acres of cropland. Farmers will need to document their current and proposed conservation practices, which will be used to rank applications and determine payments. NRCS field staff will also conduct on-site field verifications of applicants’ information. For more information, visit wi.nrcs. or contact the Spooner NRCS office at 800 N. Front St. Room 102 Spooner, or call 715-635-8228, ext. 3. — from NRCS

Palace project/from page 1 had pledged a total of $13,560 in the fundraiser’s first seven days. Kickstarter project’s must reach their funding goals before their deadline to receive any money.  The Palace projects fundraising deadline is Friday, March 7.  “Right away when people pledge I send a little email saying thank you because it just means so much to me that people are taking the time to look at it,” she acknowledged.  Weathers has even received the donation of time from a friend who is an electrician to install the new equipment.  “Everyone has been so positive and wonderful with it, it is very humbling,” she said. 

To donate to the Palace project go to and search for The Palace Project. Donations can also be brought to the theater or mailed to the Palace Theatre at 238 Walnut St., Spooner, WI 54801. Weathers asked that donators provide a return address in case the goal is not reached and all pledges will be returned.  “If a lot of people gave us a little bit maybe we can do it,” she said. RIGHT: JoEllen Weathers stands next to the Palace Theatre’s film projector that has been in use since the 1980s. She hopes to replace this projector with a digital projector. — Photo by Danielle Moe

City council/from page 5 will represent Washburn County in a personal relations manner to businesses in the county.

Other actions In other council actions, city alderpersons approved clarifying language to the water/ sewer operator’s 2014 hourly wage. City crew member Jack Harrington was promoted to the water/sewer operator position after Mitch Brown, previously the operator, was promoted as the city’s public works

director after longtime director Jeff Parker retired. The council approved a 1.5-percent wage increase for the position in 2014 to be added on top of the raise he received after accepting the promotion. In the budget status report Pederson observed that the city’s snow removal fund was over budget for 2013. According to the city’s budget comparison document the snow removal fund for 2013 went over by $9,297.52.

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ast week I shared in this column about our winter wonderland. I have since been asked why I didn’t also write more about our cold weather. Well, I guess I was waiting to find something humorous about the cold before writing about it. While being forced to stay indoors during our historic bone-chilling, lingering Arctic blast, that was blamed on the Polar Vortex, did you come up with creative ways to fool yourself into thinking it wasn’t as bad as the newscasters made it sound? I am one that when it is really hot, likes to read stories about cold places. When it is really cold, I prefer reading or watching movies that depict warm and sunny places. Therefore, as the temperature read minus 25 or lower, I found it difficult to stay focused on the most recent Nicolas Sparks book, “The Longest Ride.” The book starts with the fictional character, Ira, telling his story

while trapped in his white vehicle that went off the highway and slid halfway down a steep embankment before striking a tree in a blinding snowstorm. I did however view the Robert Redford film “All is Lost.” This is a survival story of a man lost at sea. So as Redford was getting sunburnt and trying to figure out how to get fresh water, I didn’t feel quite so cold. Some of us have stories to tell of other years when extreme cold temperatures hovered over us. It was Jan. 9, 1982, that I gave birth to my 10-pound, 5-ounce son, Matthew. It was a time when the wind chills were dangerous. It was so cold the night he was born that I was moved into the center of the patient room with all the windows covered and a space heater brought in to give additional warmth to the room. Because the kitchen staff wasn’t able

to make it in the next day, my breakfast was a bowl of instant oatmeal. My lunch was a liverwurst sandwich that a nurse sacrificed from her lunch to give to me. To this day I still am not a fan of instant oatmeal and I have never eaten liverwurst. I guess the additional weight I gained during pregnancy had a head start on coming off. For those of you that took note of my son’s birth weight, it was three years later that I gave birth to an 11-pound, 1/2-ounce baby girl. I only gave birth to two children. Perhaps I was too afraid to know what a third child’s birth weight may have been. To continue with stories about the cold, I have a neighbor, John, who said it would be a cold day in … well, it would be a cold day before he would get married again. His longtime girlfriend finally talked him into setting a date.

At that time he chose Jan. 15, 1994. That day arrived and it was also an extremely cold day. The official low recorded at the Spooner Ag Research Station in Spooner that day was minus 34. I didn’t attend the private wedding but was invited to the reception. Several vehicles in the parking lot were kept running as people didn’t hang around too long. Others would go out and start the cars to help keep them warm. I remember the parking lot having a plume of exhaust hanging in the air. I am a person that isn’t embarrassed to wear my outdoor winter clothing in public. I don’t make a fashion statement in my clunky boots and swishing snow pants, but I am warm. I guess I don’t even mind suffering from hat hair all day. They say cold hands mean a warm heart. Well, I guess I prefer all of me to be warm.

Beyond the office door • Suzanne Johnson Area writers corner The personal memory Mary B. Olsen ometimes your memories and those of others, when recalled and discussed, may be entirely different. You and your sister may have experienced things at the same time, but each of you has viewed it through her own lens. We each live in our own private world. This personal perspective of events is the reason there are jury trials with testimony of witnesses and evidence to be weighed and considered. My sister, Carol, remembers things that I think never happened. I remember things in a different way. I remember when we were small and our older brother, Pat, was trying to perform the act of a magician. It was the one where a table covered with a cloth has a glass of water on it and the cloth is pulled out from under the glass. The glass still stands with not a drop of water spilled. It takes a quick pull and precision. My sister said he never did that trick. I say he did. Why? Well, I saw him practice time after time, and when he finally got it right I was there and saw him do it. She probably thinks nobody could really do it, that it’s really an illusion. Not that each of us can add a bit of fiction to our memories in telling them


later. It’s like telling your children how as a child you had to walk miles to school in snowdrifts uphill and carrying heavy books loaded with homework you had done in the light of a fireplace. Actually, we did walk to school. We did homework. We carried books and we walked in snowdrifts. We wanted to impress the youngsters with the importance of striving to become educated. Keep your nose to the grindstone, and make sure you keep your eyes on the prize. Hard work brings success. These are values we want to teach and they can be spelled out by telling our own experiences. One time a couple of my nephews and my boys were lying on the floor watching some program on television and one of them turned to me and asked, “Isn’t that right? They didn’t have parking places on the street, did they?’ Suddenly I was an expert on where the stagecoach pulled up in front of the sheriff’s office in town. I did not know anything about the Old West. “I think they tied the horses, or something.” I replied. The kids thought I was old enough to remember. That was a laugh. They already had cars and parking places by the time I was born. The thing is, the kids look to us older folks to remember things and pass them on.

Kids On Stage to present “Alice in Wonderland”

RICE LAKE — Northern Star Theatre Company will open its 2014 Season with the Kids On Stage production, presented in partnership with the Rice Lake Chronotype, of the Lewis Carroll classic “Alice in Wonderland” Friday-Sunday, Jan. 24-26, and Friday-Sunday, Jan. 31-Feb. 2. Students in grades three through eight will bring the story of Alice to life and take you on a magical journey through Wonderland. Dive with Alice through the rabbit hole. There she will encounter the White Rabbit, the Queen of Hearts, the Caterpillar, Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter, among

a multitude of fantastical and commonplace creatures. Alice journeys through this Wonderland, trying to fathom the meaning of her strange experiences. Tickets for “Alice in Wonderland” are reserved seating and are available online at and at the Chronotype. Show times are Jan. 24, 25, 31 and Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 26 and Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. NSTC is 100-percent volunteer nonprofit located in downtown Rice Lake. Call 715-736-4444 with any questions. — from NSTC

Cast members for the Lewis Carroll classic “Alice in Wonderland” to be presented at Northern Star Theatre Company in Rice Lake are (L to R): March Hare (Emily Kay), Alice (Isabelle Beach), Dormouse (Norah Hastreiter) and Mad Hatter (Dakota Rodriguez). — Photo submitted

Some of our memories are about wellknown people. My sister told me about the time she was at an event where many women were in attendance and the entertainer was the singer John Denver. My sister enjoyed his performance very much as she was a fan and had a number of his records. She didn’t like all the hubbub afterward that was important for the people networking and gathering information from other women. Carol quietly slipped out into the outer hallway. When she came out of one door, the singer came out of the other. They almost collided. “You’re trying to escape, too?” she observed. “Yes, I attract crowds but I like to get away from them, if I can,” he said They walked together along the hallway, and they had a light conversation about his music and how he liked staying at home better, but he was on the road too much of the time. My sister’s husband was in politics so she was very good at setting people at ease. She told me later about the brief visit with the singer and I am sure she told it accurately. We have some similar memories, but some are opposites. She remembers not having many friends growing up. I remember that I did not have many

friends growing up. I know she had so many friends that I was kind of jealous of them. She was my sister and I didn’t like so many friends coming between us. When Mother gave her a birthday party her whole class came and brought really nice presents. Some of my classmates came for my parties, but their parents made them do it. They didn’t bring nice presents. When I was 15 and she was 13 we enjoyed going out to football games and other high school events once in a while. Afterward, she and I would go to the Campus Inn and have a Coca-Cola and within minutes she had boys and other girls coming over to our booth. When she got a steady boyfriend she would make sure I went along on their dates. She included me, and I enjoyed that. That boyfriend didn’t have a car. So we walked around town. Later we double-dated. We shared clothes and our room, slept together, and liked many of the same things. I don’t think there have been many sisters closer. We both became engaged to be married in December of 1949. Carol married in May of the next year, and I married in June. We went on to have our families, but always treasured our relationship and the pleasure of being sisters and friends always.

Spooner Elementary School students send greetings overseas

Spooner Elementary School students spent time before the holidays creating Christmas cards to send overseas to soldiers serving with a NATO unit stationed in Kabul, Afghanistan. The group of approximately 100 soldiers is comprised of roughly 40 U.S. service personnel and 60 NATO personnel.  “Our students and staff delight in helping bring a little bit of joy to soldiers serving our country,” stated Principal Chris Anderson. First-grade students (L to R) Lily Bauer, Lily Hobscheid, Amalia Johnson and Nicolas Lindgren are holding the dozens of handmade cards filled with heartfelt thanks and holiday wishes. — Photo submitted


Surviving the cold A thick coat of hair and a blanket helped this horse survive the extreme weather. Horses, cattle and sheep are able to handle the cold weather outside if they have a little shelter to break the wind.

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A Washburn County sheriff deputy gave assistance to a traveler on Monday, Jan. 6, on what was the coldest day of this winter. The state patrol, along with local and county officers, was busy working in the cold weather to assist travelers. North Ambulance Service, along with Spooner and Shell Lake firefighters, worked in the bone-chilling temperatures in a house fire west of Shell Lake on Monday, Jan. 6.



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Hard-earned victory for Lakers

Larry Samson | Staff writer CLEAR LAKE — The Shell Lake boys basketball team was looking for their first Lakeland Central Conference win of the season, and they came away from Clear Lake with a 47-39 hard-earned victory. The Friday, Jan. 10, win will help the Lakers as they go up against two conference opponents in the coming weeks. They will host Northwood on Thursday, Jan. 16, an Prairie Farm on Tuesday, Jan. 21. Shell Lake took and early 15-8 lead in the first quarter but faltered in the second to trail 23-20 after the first half. After Shell Lake’s defense adjusted, they held Clear Lake to seven points in the second half and took the lead back with 14 points. They added to their lead in the fourth quarter to win 47-39. In his best game of the year, Jesse Sibert led Shell Lake with 15 points, shooting 77 percent from the floor. He was followed by David Brereton and Adam Hungerbuhler with 12 points each. Hungerbuhler had three blocks against the Clear Lake offense and three rebounds.

With seconds left in the game and with a small lead, head coach David Bouchard uses his time-out to give his tired players a short break and last-minute instructions, which may have been, “Play smart and control the clock.”

Photos by Larry Samson FAR LEFT: Adam Hungerbuhler goes up in a jump shot against Clear Lake defender Seth Olson. He put up 12 points for the game to help with a 47-39 victory over Clear Lake on Friday, Jan. 10.

LEFT: In his first game since his knee injury, Caleb LaFave let his presence be known with this two-point drive on the basket.

Wilderness Junior A hockey team returns to play Sean Solveson | Special to the Register SPOONER — The Wisconsin Wilderness Junior A hockey team has recently returned from Christmas break and is looking for a refreshed outlook as the first half of their season was dismal. The Wisconsin Wilderness is an established name, but the Wilderness returned this year as a brand-new expansion team, building the program from the ground up. With a late start and some ill-advised personnel moves, the Wilderness has put themselves in a difficult position. When new coach John McCreary was brought aboard there was improved play in December, but the Wilderness struggled to put forth a complete game and continued losing ways. With Zann Anderson, a local hockey talent, in goal on Saturday, Jan. 4, the Wilderness skated to a one-goal loss against the Minnesota Iron Rangers, but showed signs of vast improvement. Anderson followed up that game with another quality performance against Thunder Bay, but the Wilderness still failed to pull out the victory. After a letdown in intensity and an unimpressive performance Friday night, Jan. 10, against the Iron Rangers, the Wilderness found a spark Saturday evening, Jan. 11, when they hosted the league-leading Fort Francis Lakers. The Fort Francis Lakers have an impressive ranking of No. 5 overall in the Canadian Junior Hockey League. The CJHL is comprised of 10 leagues and 128 teams covering all of Canada. The Thunder Bay North Stars, another team in the

Wilderness goal by Alex Rezansoff. — Photo submitted same league as the Wilderness, Superior International Junior Hockey League, had an overall ranking of No. 12. With such quality teams in the SIJHL, it has been tough sledding for the Wilderness as they try to piece together any confidence they can find after facing tough opponents night in and night out.

On Saturday evening at the Spooner Ice House, in front of a sizable crowd, the Wilderness came out with physicality, speed and poise against the mighty Lakers. The Lakers had only three losses all year up to that point and may have overlooked the Wilderness due to their horrific record of 1 win and 33 losses. The Wilderness gave

up a power play goal early, but showed impressive resiliency fighting back with a tough goal by Shane Billings No. 27 as he cut through the crease beating the goalie to even the game. Two minutes later, the high-intensity play of the Wilderness paid off again as Ashland native, Tanner Vinson No. 8, assisted No. 17 Justin Gregory to put the Wilderness up by a goal in the first period. In the second period, the Wilderness kept their high level of energy as No. 10 Alex Rezansoff scored, being assisted by Vinson and Josh Winters. Giving the Wilderness further separation was No. 25 Jake Lobato who was assisted by Garrett Nelson and Austin Anderson. The Lakers responded in the third period with a goal, but the Wilderness never let up and ended up taking the long-awaited victory 4-2. Saturday, Jan. 18, the Wilderness travel to face off against the Minnesota Iron Rangers, but then return for a great week of hockey as the Spooner Ice House hosts the league showcase Wednesday, Jan. 22, and Thursday, Jan. 23. The showcase will have all the teams from the league competing with a variety of collegiate scouts looking for their next recruits. Games on Wednesday and Thursday start in the afternoon with the Wilderness playing the evening games both nights. The Wilderness then play at home Friday, Jan. 24, as they welcome the English River Miners to town.




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Rails compete at 45th-annual New Richmond Invitational

Bring home second-place trophy

NEW RICHMOND — On Saturday, Jan. 11, the Spooner wrestling team traveled to New Richmond to compete in their 45thannual wrestling invitational. Due to Barron backing out this year, there were only seven teams. Last year Spooner placed fifth as a team and they were very hopeful they could place in the top two this year. “We started out the tournament looking very good as a team. After the first three rounds we had the lead by five points just ahead of New Richmond. During the fourth round and semifinals we had some excellent wrestling by all of our wrestlers. Going into the fifth and final round we had seven wrestlers that qualified for the finals. New Richmond pulled just ahead of us as they qualified eight wrestlers for the finals,” explained Andrew Melton, head coach. At 106, Blake Larson was Spooner’s first wrestler competing in the finals. Larson looked great all day, as he dominated during his first four matches. In the finals he finished off the day with a victory by a score of 8-0. This was Larson’s first high school championship. Jadin Schwartz, at 126, competed in his first-ever finals. “This was the best that I have ever seen Jadin wrestle.,” praised Melton. Unfortunately Schwartz was outmatched by New Richmond and lost his final match. Brandon Jepson, 132, continues to look very good. He lost his final match to New Richmond, who has one of the best wrestlers in Division I at the 132-pound weight class. At 170 Joe VandeVrede dominated his way to the finals after pinning his first four opponents. Once again New Richmond got the better of the Rails as they

caught VandeVrede in a head-arm and pinned him in the finals. At 182 Lucas Hagberg earned his way to the finals. “I was very proud of Lucas for staying calm and not giving up in any of his matches,” said Melton. Hagberg was behind in his last two matches before getting to the finals. In both of those matches it came right down to the end before he threw both of them to their backs and pinned them with very little time left on the clock. In his final match of the day, he once again found himself down by points. He battled right until the end, but this time was unable to pick up the win. Jared Quenette, 195, also dominated at his weight class after pinning his way to the finals. In the finals Quenette was just outmatched and lost to Clear Lake. Spooner’s seventh wrestler to compete in the finals was Zach Shutt, at 220 pounds. Shutt had already lost, 13-11, earlier in the day to the same wrestler from St. Croix Central. Once again the match was coming down to the last minute when Shutt turned him and was able to pin him. Just like Larson, this was Shutt’s first high school championship. Spooner had four wrestlers competing for third place in the final round. At 113, Trey Lawrence was able to pin his final opponent, earning third place on the day. At 145 Patrick Baker wrestled hard all day and also earned third place. At 160 Richard Lauterbach had some very tough competition throughout the day. Lauterbach lost his last match by a score of 6-4, earning fourth place. At 285 Brad Baker continues to gain experience and is looking better every week. Baker looked good in his last match and pinned his opponent in the first period earning a third place. Mitch Shellito, 138, picked up a win for the Rails and earned sixth place. At 152 Josiah Melton also picked up a win and

earned sixth place. In the JV brackets, RJ Anderson dominated at the 145-pound weight class and earned first place. Also competing in the same bracket was Dustin Metzig who placed second. Brenden Hanson, 106, did not place. “Overall I was very proud of our effort as a team. We made huge improvements from last year. New Richmond pulled ahead of us in the standings after winning 5 out of the 8 matches they had in the finals. New Richmond is a good Division I school so I felt pretty good about our second-place trophy,” commented Melton.

Spooner’s dual against Ladysmith and Cumberland Tuesday, Jan. 7, was canceled due to school being canceled. The dual has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 28. As a reminder, this dual will start at 6 p.m. instead of the usual 7 p.m. - submitted

Results New Richmond.................................250 Spooner..............................................218 Clear Lake.......................................157.5 St. Croix Central...............................157 Osceola...............................................144 Somerset.............................................129 Unity................................................112.5

Local children do well at ice-fishing contest

Shell Lake grapplers compete in Spartan Classic

Hopke takes first place

SUPERIOR — The Shell Lake wrestling team traveled to Superior on Saturday, Jan. 11, to compete in the Spartan Classic. Other schools competing were Ashland, Bayfield, Eau Claire, Ladysmith, Northwestern, Northwood, Proctor and Superior. With six wrestlers participating, Shell Lake brought home one first, two seconds, two thirds and a seventh-place finish. Jack Skluzacek, 8-8, at 106, placed third and scored 5.00 team points. In round 1, Dustin Roach, Ladysmith, 16-7, won by technical fall over Skluzacek. Round 2, Zack Anglin, Bayfield, 16-2 won by fall over Skluzacek. In round 3, Skluzacek won by fall over Connor Wheeler, Northwestern, 5-11. Dominic Hopke, 145, 16-5, placed first and scored 20.00 team points. In round 1, Hopke won by fall over Evan Volz, Northwood, 1-13. Round 2, Hopke won by fall over Richard Fechner, Proctor, 2-14. In round 3, he won by decision over Josiah Cook, Bayfield, 11-8. For the championship bracket Hopke won by decision over AJ Lighthizer, Eau Claire, 7-15. For the first-place match, Hopke won by a decision over Tyler Lehikoinen, Superior, 10-2. Wrestling at 153, Noah Skluzacek, 14-7, placed third and scored 13.00 team points. In round 1, Skluzacek received a bye and then won by fall over Dylan Tribbey, Northwestern, 7-10, in round 2. Skluzacek won by decision over Tony Mohr, Superior, 10-15, in round 3. Zack Trubachik,

Ashland, 12-8 won by major decision over Skluzacek in the championship bracket. In the third-place match, Skluzacek won by decision over Mohr. Beau Skluzacek, 160, 15-8, placed second and scored 14.00 team points. In round 1, he won by fall over Jacob Carlson, Northwestern, 9-13. In round 2, Ross Kennelly, Superior, 23-1, won by fall over Skluzacek, who in round 3 won by fall over Matt Ollinger, Ladysmith, 8-2. In round 4, Skluzacek won by major decision over Ben Cashman, Ashland, 10-16. Round 5 he won in overtime over Andrew Johnson, Bayfield, 11-5. Ben Frey, 170, 6-11, placed seventh and scored 5.00 team points. In round 1, Steven Loew, Eau Claire, 18-8, won by fall. Round 2, Preston Larson, Ladysmith, 14-8 won by fall over Frey. Frey had a bye in round 3. In the consolation bracket Mitch Selvig, Ladysmith, 1-4 won by fall. For the seventhplace match Frey had another bye. Leo Carrillo, 220, 13-9, placed second and scored 17.00 team points. In round 1, Carrillo won by fall over Joseph Miller, Superior, 13-11. He won by fall over Taylor Stanton, Eau Claire, 0-5, in the second round. In round 3, he won by fall over Alec Hraban, Ladysmith, 5-10. Shane Adams, Eau Claire, 17-2, won by fall over Carrillo in round 4. In round 5, Carrillo won by a fall over Justin Little, Northwestern, 7-8. The wrestling team will host Flambeau for a 7 p.m. matchup on Thursday, Jan. 16. The team will travel to Ladysmith on Saturday, Jan. 18, with competition beginning at 10 a.m. — with submitted information

Shell Lake wrestles against Bruce BRUCE — The Shell Lake wrestling squad traveled to Bruce on Thursday, Jan. 9. Bruce won the dual, 28 to Shell Lake’s 24. Laker wrestlers able to see action on the mat were Dominic Hopke, Noah Skluzacek and Leo Carrillo. Ben Adams, Bruce, 145-pound weight class, took the win over Hopke in a major decision, 12-1. Skluzacek

won by decision over Andrew Swada, 10-3. Carrillo won by decision over Kordel Ralston, 6-2. Forfeits going to the Lakers were Jack Skluzacek at 106, Beau Skluzacek, 152, and Ben Frey at 170. There was a double forfeit at 113, 120, 160 and 195. Four forfeits were in Bruce’s favor. — with submitted information

Brothers, Chase Kidder, 4, and Chance, 2, Shell Lake, won first and second place in the panfish category at the Luck football ice-fishing contest on Bone Lake on Saturday, Jan. 11. Chase caught a 0.74-pound panfish to take first and Chance took second with a 0.61-pound panfish. It was the first fish Chase ever caught and he was all by himself. It was reported that he was so proud of that fish he didn’t want to enter it in the contest because he thought the sponsors were going to keep it. — Photo submitted

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schedule Boys varsity basketball Tuesday, Jan. 21: Vs. Prairie Farm, doubleheader, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24: At Cameron, doubleheader, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31: At Turtle Lake, doubleheader, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7: Vs. Clayton, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10: Vs. Lake Holcombe, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14: Vs. Clear Lake, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17: Vs. Siren, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18: At Webster, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21: At Northwood, doubleheader, 5:45 p.m.

Girls varsity basketball Friday, Jan. 17: Vs. Northwood, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20: At Clayton, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21: Vs. Prairie Farm, doubleheader, 5:45 p.m. Friday, Jan 24: At Cameron, doubleheader, 5:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31: At Turtle Lake, doubleheader, 5:45 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3: Vs. Grantsburg, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6: At Frederic, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11: Vs. Clayton, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14: Clear Lake, doubleheader, 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18: At Webster, doubleheader, 5:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21: At Northwood, doubleheader,

7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24: Vs. Siren, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27: At Prairie Farm, 7:30 p.m.

Varsity wrestling Thursday, Jan. 16: Vs. Flambeau, 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18: At Ladysmith, 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23: Vs. Cornell/Gilman, 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25: Shell Lake Invitational, 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30: At Northwood, 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8: Conference at Cameron, 9 a.m.

Girls varsity hockey (Hayward, Spooner, Northwestern, Ashland, Shell Lake) Thursday, Jan. 16: At Silver Bay, Minn., 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21: Vs. Duluth Denfeld, Hayward Sports Center, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23: Vs. Northland Pines, Hayward Sports Center, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28: Vs. Superior, Hayward Sports Center, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30: Vs. Siren, Hayward Sports Center, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4: River Falls, Baldwin Civic Center, 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8: Eau Claire Area Stars, Hayward Sports Center, 4 p.m.

Boys varsity hockey (Spooner, Shell Lake, Barron, Cumberland) Tuesday, Jan. 21: Vs. Ashland, Spooner Ice House, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23: At Somerset, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28: Vs. Park Falls at Barron, 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31: At Siren, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4: At Altoona, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7: At Black River Falls, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11: At Cumberland, 7 p.m.




Big win over Cumberland for Spooner Rails

Larry Samson | Staff writer SPOONER — With a 57-47 win over Cumberland on Thursday, Jan. 9, the Spooner boys basketball team improved their Heart O’ North Conference record to 2-3. Spooner came out with an early 22-15 lead in the first quarter. They led by 18 points at the end of the half with a 38-20 halftime score. Cumberland came out in the third fired up and cut that lead to 12 when they outscored Spooner 15-9 in the third quarter. Spooner held on in the fourth to win by 10 points, 57-47. Jordan Melton led the team with 18 points, followed by Gavin Anderson with 15 and Levi Hansen with 14

points. On Friday, Jan. 17, Spooner will travel to Hayward to play their Heart O’ North Conference rivals. The Rails beat the Hurricanes, 54-38, in their first matchup back in December. At that time Hayward was missing several key players. Hayward is coming off a 46-41 loss over the 4-1 Chetek/Weyerhaeuser Bulldogs on Jan. 9. On Tuesday, Jan. 21, Spooner will host the Amery Warriors in a nonconference game. Amery is 0-5 in the Middle Border Conference. They are coming off a 65-31 will over Cumberland on Friday, Jan. 10.

Chase Davies with a drive to the basket. The sophomore had four points for the game.

Gavin Anderson tips the ball over the Cumberland defender’s fingers on this little hook shot Tursday, Jan. 9. He had 15 points for the game.

Jordan Melton with a layup against four Cumberland defenders. He had 18 points for the game as Spooner defeated their conference rivals, 57-47, in Spooner on Thursday, Jan. 9.

Levi Hansen drives the baseline on this shot. He had 14 points for the game.

Photos by Larry Samson

Spooner Elementary School to celebrate reading Under the Big Top SPOONER — What does a circus and reading good books have in common? On Thursday, Jan. 23, quite a bit. That night, families are invited to Spooner Elementary School for the very popular, fifth-annual, Family Reading Night. This year there will be a circus theme. Come at 5 p.m. and enjoy a free hot dog meal and perhaps a little popcorn as well. Get your face painted, play a carnival game, but most importantly, celebrate reading. Participate in reading activities for every age group, from 4 years old to middle school. Enjoy playing Bingo and other games with a circus twist. Get

tips on how to motivate your children to read, explore reading websites and page through award-winning books. Local author Elizabeth Jarell will showcase her new book, background and experiences. Everyone will also have opportunities to leave with some great books. A book swap walk will be held. Bring a book(s) you have finished to share and pick up another one at the book walk game. This is similar to the familiar cakewalk. The library will be open all evening for free checkout. There will be drawings for book giveaways and a Scholastic Book Fair, hosted by elementary staff and Par-


ent Teacher Organization, and includes hundreds of books available for purchase. The only down part to this fun filled evening is that it all comes to an end at 7:30 p.m. For late shoppers, however, the book fair will remain open until 8 p.m. Don’t miss this fun-filled and educational event. Family Reading Night is planned among the series of literacy events brought to you through the 21st Century Learning Center Grant. Spooner Elementary and Middle schools are both recipients of this grant which helps to fund family-event opportunities, after-school

programming in the Spooner district, and the planning and implementation of reading and math interventions benefiting students during day and after school. The CLC staff, AmeriCorps DPI and Farm to School members, and the PTO are teaming together with community partners, Lakeland Family Resource Center and UW-Extension Washburn County, to bring you this educational opportunity. For more information, contact Kristina Berget or Karen Collins, 715-635-0243. — from Spooner Elementary

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Knitting, weaving, spinning and postmodems Diane Dryden | Staff writer SHELL LAKE — Knitting is back in style and just everybody’s doing it. Classes bulge with attendees and home-crafted items were present under many Christmas trees in the forms of hats, gloves, mittens and scarves this past Christmas. There have always been local women, who, for years have supplied hundreds of knit hats and gloves for churches, civic groups and schools who help make sure kids have warm hands and heads during each of Wisconsin’s winter blasts. What makes this craft interesting now is that it has started to go backward. For many years knitters started a project by buying a skein of yarn that fit their project as to color, weight and fiber content. But now more and more crafters are taking the craft back to its beginning, by buying raw fiber and then spinning it into yarn. These fibers could come from alpacas, llamas or sheep. They might even come from angora rabbits or goats. Or for a few of the truly avant-garde artists who choose an untraditional route, buffalo, cat and dog fiber can even be used. Evidently, if you go to the right fiber shows or sales there may be one or two people spinning their rabbit’s fur directly from its body as you watch. Although all fiber can be spun alone, many of the shorter ones need to be blended with other fibers that have memory, thus enabling the finished product to stretch when made into clothing, like socks. There are a group of ladies that have met monthly for the past 10 years who have taken this art to yet another level. They raise their own animals that produce the fiber. This isn’t a group of old grannies who talk about their grandchildren and their latest surgery when they get together at each other’s homes. Oh, no, they banter around words like yarn bombing, sheep tipping, skirting and liver flukes. But they all look so innocent. They have no problem discussing animal diseases and the postmortems they have done themselves to check out the reason for the death of one of their own. Liver flukes come to mind. They take fecal samples along with temperatures to see if the problem could be a parasite. They have no problem administrating medicines, throwing the needle into the sometimes tough hide. Chris Elbert and her husband raised llamas for 23 years. She brings valuable information to the group. She and her husband got involved through Sawyer County’s 4-H. It took this Springbrook couple almost five years to finally deplete their herd of 52 because they wanted to be sure their animals were going to good homes. Shell Lake’s Carmella Crandell spent years teaching school in Spooner, but looked forward to the day when she could be fully involved with weaving. Now she and her husband own a farm and she raises alpacas, llamas, and sheep and has become quite a dab hand in farming. Kathy Melton of Spooner doesn’t have any animals, but is a natural crafter, along with her husband, Frank. Frank is a man who can make anything Kathy might need, like the triangle looms he created for the class she’s teaching. She’s been an artist since childhood and finds it easier

Kathy Melton uses a triangle loom to demonstrate how easy it was to create a triangle shawl. She used her own fiber and dyed it with Easter egg dye. to buy the fleece instead of raising the animals that produce it there, eliminating the farming aspect of the venture. Either way, the fleece has to be cleaned after it’s shorn from the animal. This is called skirting and it is the first step, using hands to remove all sorts of debris from the pelt. Next the fleece is washed, dried, and then a final pick-over to remove the hay and any other debris that made it through the skirting. This is far from the end result, since the fiber still has to be carded, tubed and spun. Spinning often includes two separate bobbins full and then these bobbins are spun together to produce the final product. Stone Lake resident Toby Langham raises 30 alpacas, which she originally bought from some inheritance money because she said she needed the exercise. One advantage to raising alpacas was they were animals she didn’t have to eat. Some of the 10 regulars just get together with the group so they can knit, like Cathy Sommer. She’s from Stone Lake and has been a knitter for the past 40 years. She doesn’t plan to ever raise her own fiber but appreciates the work everyone else does to create it. The group goes on field trips and trades tips on where to sell their products, such as festivals, eBay and craft shows. They share tips like using commercial Easter egg dye, vinegar and all, for making attractive dyes, or how to do needle felting or share patterns for dryer balls. They also discuss their animals, sharing the unique traits that llamas have, being the guardians of the flocks. If they see something out of the ordinary, the leader gives off a high-pitched sound very much like a shrieking monkey and continues the noise until they’re satisfied there is no threat to the flock. Because llamas are very curious, many of them will run over to see what the alarm is about and if there are sheep in the pasture, they’ll hurry to flock up. Hostess of the day, Crandell,

Toby Langham owns 30 llamas and was busy making a hat at a meeting.

said that sheep spiral into an ever-moving group, “Each sheep wants to be the one in the middle, so it keeps the flock in constant motion.” As if all this weaving and knitting and spinning isn’t enough, some of the group have started talking about flax. Not just buying the finished product, linen, but raising the plants and processing them from start to the finished product with lots of pounding involved. So the next time you see someone with a basket of yarn knitting away, there is a

Chris Elbert, a former llama owner for 23 years, demonstrates fiber that has been cleaned and dyed and is now ready for spinning. very good chance that it’s not just a few balls of yarn she’s bought at a store. More than likely she’s had a hand in the process from the very beginning and is now doing the final steps in a lifestyle that makes her proud.

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Carmella Crandell, a weaver by trade, holds material that will she will weave into a rug. Many women who raise their own animals send their fiber somewhere else to have it spun. Hers is a special mix of llama, alpaca and sheep fiber spun around a jute center.

Prairie Fire production of “Pinocchio” this weekend

The Shell Lake PTA and Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre held auditions for parts in the upcoming play “Pinocchio” at the elementary school on Monday, Jan. 13. Shown back row (L to R): Directors Jennifer Allman and Bryan Farthing. Front: Ben McNulty, playing the part of Pinocchio; Michael Allar, playing the part of Cricket; and Lily Edlin, playing the part of the Blue Fairy. — Photo by Larry Samson SHELL LAKE — Scores of Shell Lake students teamed up with two professional actor/directors this week to present Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre’s original musical version of the classic tale, “Pinocchio.” “Pinocchio,” with script by Robert Gribas, original music by Angela Rinaldi Gribas, costume and set design by Deborah Nelson Pick, continues Prairie Fire’s tradition of presenting classic tales as you have never seen them before. From the Enchanted Forest of the Blue Fairy to the

Isle of Fun, follow Pinocchio’s adventures as he learns what it means to be a real boy. Prairie Fire professionals Bryan Farthing and Jennifer Allman co-direct the production and play the roles of Gepetto/ Tempesto, the Puppet Master and the Fox. Performances are Saturday, Jan. 18, with showings at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Shell Lake Arts Center Darrell Aderman Auditorium. For more information contact Tiffany Schroeder at 715-468-7889. — from SLPTA




53 3rd St., Shell Lake 715-468-2734 Rev. John Sahlstrom, Rev. John Hendry Sunday School 9 a.m.; Sunday Worship Service 10 a.m., Nursery Provided; Faith & Friends, K - 6th grades, Wednesdays 3:15 - 5 p.m.; Youth Group, 7th - 12th grades, Wednesdays 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Corner of Elm and Summit St., Spooner 715-635-8475 Father Aaron Zook Holy Eucharist: Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning prayer 8:15; Mass 9:30 a.m.

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Northwoods Baptist

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

Spooner Baptist

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


St. Joseph’s Catholic

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

St. Catherine’s Catholic

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

St. Francis de Sales

St. Alban’s

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.

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

W3114 Church Rd., Sarona Pastor Mary Strom Sunday services, 9 a.m. Sunday school 9:15 a.m.

Salem Lutheran, ELCA

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

Timberland Ringebu Free Lutheran

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

Trinity Lutheran

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


United Methodist

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church

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

Faith Lutheran


Long Lake Lutheran Church

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

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

United Methodist

(Missouri Synod) South of Spooner off Hwy. 63 W7148 Luther Rd. Pastor Brent Berkesch 715-635-8167 Sunday Worship, 8 a.m. with Holy Communion 2nd, 4th and 5th Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Praise worship with Holy Communion, 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday; Sunday School 9:15 a.m.; Lutheran Hour on WJMC 96.1 FM Radio at 9 a.m. Sundays

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

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

Church of the Nazarene

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


Spooner Wesleyan

Hwy. 70 W, Spooner 715-635-2768 Senior Pastor Ron Gormong; Pastor Brian Scramlin, Assistant Pastor; Pastor Patrick Cooper, Student Ministries; Pastor LeRoy Drake, Pastoral Care; Joel Simpson, Worship Arts Director 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

Pastor Tom Kelby 106 Balsam St., Spooner 715-635-9222 cornerstonechurch Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Wed. Prayer: 6:30 p.m.

Trego Community Church

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

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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

An evangelist was visiting with a group of missionaries in South America. He asked them many questions about their work, their families, the natives in that particular country and what they missed most while they were away from their families and friends. As he was concluding his visit, he asked one final question: “What is the greatest problem you face in your work as missionaries?” The answer surprised him. “Inconsistent Christians,” they replied. “The way they live confuses the unsaved because they are one way one day and another way the next day. They come between God and the sinner and make our work difficult!” When we live inconsistent lives, those around us are unable to predict the difference that Christ makes in our lives or the difference he can make in their lives. There is no path for them to follow, no promises for them to claim and no peace for their anxieties. The life of a Christian should be a bridge to the greatness of God that reflects the power of the risen Christ and the joy that comes from the presence of the Holy Spirit flowing through our lives. Christians are responsible for setting an example for everyone to follow, because we profess to be followers of the one who is “the way, the truth and the life.” If we are irresponsible and inconsistent in the way we live, what do we have to offer others that is different from what the world has to offer? We must be careful not to stand or come between God and the sinner. Visit us at Guido Gardens, Metter, Ga.

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General Legal

SPOONER — It’s time to vaccinate and license your dog again. Wisconsin State Statute 174.05 requires all dogs over 5 months old to have a current license. In order to get a license, you must have your dog vaccinated against rabies. Other pets, such as cats and ferrets, should also be vaccinated but it is not required by law. Every year 30,000 to 40,000 people in the U.S. get rabies shots due to exposure — bite, scratch, etc. — to an unvaccinated animal. Last year 43 animal exposure cases were investigated by the Washburn County Health Department and almost a third of the dogs and cats involved were not vaccinated against rabies. Those pets that were not vaccinated were quarantined at a veterinarian office for 10 days at the owner’s expense. This can cost hundreds of dollars, in addition to the fine. Dog licensing is required yearly through your city/ town clerk’s office. Contact information for clerks can be found on the county website at or by calling the Washburn County clerk’s office at 715-4684600 for local information. — from the Washburn County Health Department

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Hilda was preceded in death by her siblings, Iver, Rueben, Melvin, Herman, Vincent, Clarinda and Ida Astrid Johnson. She is survived by her husband, Albert, Spooner; children, Deb (Gene) Neitge, Chippewa Falls, David (Robin) Sommerfeld, Rice Lake, Dennis Sommerfeld, Spooner, Doug (Judy) Sommerfeld, Madison, Diane (Terry) Miller, DeForest, Dan (Lisa) Sommerfeld, Eau Claire, and Doris (Tim) Meyer, Colfax; many grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; her brother, Marvin Johnson, North Pole, Alaska; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives. Funeral services were held Jan. 13 at Salem Lutheran Church, Shell Lake, with the Rev. Susan Odegard officiating. Burial was in the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Spooner. Pallbearers were David Sommerfeld, Dennis Sommerfeld, Doug Sommerfeld and Dan Sommerfeld, Gene Neitge, Terry Miller and Tim Meyer. The Skinner Funeral Home, Shell Lake, was entrusted with arrangements.

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Hilda M. Sommerfeld, 89, Spooner, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at her home. She was born July 8, 1924, at her grandparents’ home in Cannon Falls, Minn., to Oscar and Marie (Miller) Johnson. Hilda attended Maple Grove School and graduated from Shell Lake High School. She worked for Peterson Brothers while in high school, then later for her uncle at his store in Maple Plain, Minn. Her favorite job was at a bank in Duluth, where she met Albert. She and her sister, Ida, missed a train back to Duluth, so Albert and his brother, Herman, who were both working at the mine, gave them a ride back. They married in Shell Lake on Nov. 7, 1953, and lived in Hibbing, Minn., until October of 1957 when they bought a farm near Shell Lake, which they farmed for 39 years. For Hilda, her family was a gift to be treasured for a lifetime.


We have four older cats, they are all over seven; A nice quiet home to them would be like heaven. Tiger’s a tortie with beautiful eyes, A mixture of green with some blue like the sky. Danni’s a tabby, she’s sweet but she’s shy, How come she is like this, we can’t answer why. Baby is black with a white undercoat, For unusual color she would get my vote. This brings us to Lucky, the last of the four, A handsome black cat you are sure to adore. They all have been fixed so they’re ready to go, They’re also declawed in the front so you know. Maybe your house is quiet, the right atmosphere, For these older cats to spend their golden years. Cats for adoption:  Three 11-week-old male black shorthair kittens; 2-year-old male gray shorthair tiger; 1-1/2-year-old male black/brown shorthair tiger; 1-year-old black female shorthair; 1-1/2-year-old black/white female shorthair; 4-year-old spayed shorthair tortie; 7-year-old neutered/declawed black medium-hair; 5-year-old neutered orange/white longhair; 1-year-old neutered black shorthair; 1-year-old female brown/black shorthair tiger; 1-year-old female black/ gray shorthair tabby; 8-month-old male black/gray medium-hair tabby; 3-year-old spayed black/white shorthair and four senior altered/declawed shorthair cats, two black, one tabby and one tortie. Dogs for adoption:  1-year-old yellow male husky mix; 1-year-old female German shepherd mix; 1-1/2-year-old tan male dachshund mix; 1-1/2-yearold female boxer/black Lab mix; 1-year-old brindle male Staffordshire terrier mix; 3-year-old tan/white male pit bull mix and a 3-year-old brown/white male pit bull mix.

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by Judy Pieper

Imagine a drum roll here. Miriah Lehmann is Miss Rodeo Wisconsin 2014. Miriah’s coronation ceremony will be held at the American Legion Hall in Cumberland on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 6 p.m. Brayven Brockman, Miss Rodeo Wisconsin 2013, will be on hand to pass on the crown, and, I’m sure, some advice. There will be lots of exciting things going on that evening, one of which is a silent auction - or maybe an auction with an auctioneer, we haven’t heard yet. I’ll have more details next week. Everyone is welcome! If you have youngsters at home who have always loved the rodeo, or want to be a cowgirl or cowboy, bring them in to meet Miriah. She started out as a champion mutton buster, you know, so she will be glad to encourage them. Mark it on your calendar. Come in and congratulate Miriah and go home with treasures from the auction. It will be a good time for everyone. I forgot to tell you last week that we met John Schmidt and his daughter, son-in-law, and grandson, Julie, Pepper and Jasper, for breakfast at the Red Brick earlier this month. They had been in the area for a while, visiting with friends for the holiday. We had a great time visiting with them. Jasper and I spent most of our time making beautiful pictures in Debbie’s coloring books. John keeps talking about moving back to this area, and we hope it will be soon. Actually, we have an empty duplex that we were hoping he would want, but he said that he won’t be able to move quite yet. And, after hearing about the weather in Colorado compared to the

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hope you can join us for the whole day. If you’re not one of the people who enjoy being out on a windswept lake trying to get some great big fish to bite on the bait, just come over to the community center for the supper and festivities. Barronett Lutheran’s annual meeting will be on Sunday, Jan. 26, immediately following the worship service. There will be a potluck dinner in the church basement right after the meeting. There are sign-up sheets posted in the back of the church if you would like to bring something for the dinner or help with setting it up. This is a very important meeting, and I hope all our members can be there. Little Tru Vera Marie Lehmann is 3 years old. Her birthday was on Monday, Jan. 13, but we all celebrated last Wednesday while Suzy and Ryan were home. The family went down to Alyse and Tru’s apartment in Hudson for the party, and it was pretty much wall-to-wall people. Tru’s guests were Don and Anitia Lehmann, Suzy Ryan, Tinille and Miriah Lehmann, Lynn Thon, Jerry Marsh, Jim, Maddy and Wrig Marsh, and Duane and I. We all had a lot of fun eating and watching Tru open presents. Alyse had a beautiful Cinderella cake for her, which was just perfect because Tru thinks she is a princess. So do we all. I guess that’s about all I know from Barronett this week. Hope to see you at the ice-fishing contest. And remember, please tell all your friends about Miriah’s coronation and party at the Legion. See you next time.

by Helen V. Pederson

It was mild weather Monday with no sun, but we’ll wait for it. There was a slight breeze so that makes it seem colder. Not much news. People pretty much stay at home except to go for appointments and groceries. Are you all ready for the Olympics? They start on Feb. 6. Florence Carlson who is now a resident in Spooner nursing home attended church at Salem on Sunday and then went to her sister Lillian’s place along with sisters Margaret and Louise who were here for the weekend. Brothers Frank and Marvin visited as well. They had a real nice afternoon. Sympathy to the family of Hilda Sommerfeld of


weather we’ve been having here, I can’t say that I blame him. They have lots of snow, but the temperatures have been much warmer out there. Must be nice. Is anyone else out there really tired of the winter this year? I usually don’t mind it much, except that it stays around so long, but this year I’m tired of it already. I told Duane that I’m going to point the car in a southerly direction and drive until I run out of money. He said he would pick me up in Eau Claire. That sounds about right. Steve Hefty seems to be doing a little better. I called out to Corvallis, Ore., where he is in Good Samaritan Hospital, on Saturday evening and was able to talk to him. It was so nice to hear his voice, because he hadn’t been able to talk at all a couple of days before that. His sentences are a little mixed up, but that’s to be expected, I guess. He had a pretty significant head injury. He said he would like to go home, but I think it will be a while. Thank you for your prayers, and please continue to pray for Steve’s recovery, The ice-fishing contest on Shallow Lake, just outside Barronett, is this Saturday, Jan. 18. The civic club members are busily working to get everything ready for the contest and the souper supper. Hopefully Ice Queen Luann and her Ice Mavens will find the perfect Ice King this year. That’s always one of the high points of the evening. I was looking through old news to find out who they picked last year, and I’m missing that week’s news. I think it was Dan Jaastad, but I’m not sure. My filing system leaves a little to be desired. Anyway, we sure

Spooner who passed away last week. Funeral services were Monday at Salem Lutheran Church. Arlys Santiago had dinner with friends Friday night at Hansen’s Hideaway in Haugen. Last Wednesday, Mary and John Marschall celebrated John’s birthday by going to Bona Casa in Cumberland with family. On Saturday, Brent and Karen Holzem of Spooner visited with John and Mary Marschall at their home. Last Thursday, Mavis and Roger Flach went to Clear Lake to watch their granddaughter, Maddy, play basketball. Peder Pederson told me there was going to be a benefit

for Dick Mains, 68, at the Shell Lake Community Center on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 1-4 p.m. He has been having some serious health issues. Jean Willette of Glenview celebrated her 101st birthday here last Friday, Jan. 10. Birthday greetings Jean. What kids hear in Christmas carols: 1) On the first day of Christmas my tulip gave to me … 2) He’s making a list, chicken and rice; 3) Noel, Noel, Barney’s the King of Israel; 4) Olive, the other reindeer … 5) Sleep in heavenly peas; 6) You’ll go down in Listerine. Have a good week.

by Marian Furchtenicht

Folks came out of hibernation with the weekend’s most welcome warm-up. It seemed good to see some thawing on the deck and roof. There will no doubt be some leaking roofs this year with backups when it thaws and refreezes. In last week’s news, I did birthday wishes to Ingrid Elliott and also her and Tim’s wedding anniversary. I was so saddened when Tom Elliott called to inform me Ingrid had passed away just before Thanksgiving. They made their home in Quail Valley, Calif., and she was 61 years old. She was a very sweet, kind gal. I’ll always remember how after my Jonnie died, she and her daughter, Ashleigh, came and visited me when they were in Wisconsin later that summer. The brought a big bouquet of roses. Sympathy to the Elliott family. Madeline Morrill Witter, 78, Rice Lake, passed away Dec. 12. At one time they lived here in West Sarona by Little Keg Lake. She is survived by her husband, Chas., son Chas., and daughters Cindy, Cheryl and Carol. She was preceded in death by daughter Cathy. There was to be a private family service held. Sympathy is extended. Marlene Hansen and friend Jack Haines spent two weeks over the holidays visiting her daughter, Krista, and Karl Okonek, Jaydon and Rylan in Okinawa, Japan. They report a great trip. It took 20 hours to fly over and only 15 hours coming home. While there they went to the second-largest aquarium in the world. They took in the Naval Observatory Planetarium, ate out every night, did a ton of shopping, went to the beach and played in the sand. The weather was in the 60s so too cold to swim. They did a family picture in Japanese attire that is only worn when a person turns 21 and also for weddings.

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Otherwise they enjoyed the grandkids and came home to our cold after a fun trip. Dave and Cathy Stodola, Hudson, spent Saturday and Sunday with his mom, Virginia. Congratulations to Virginia on becoming a great for the 15th time when Jack and Judy’s son and wife, Craig and Angie Stodola, Oak Creek, became parents to a new 8-1/2-pound son named Keegan. He joins 2-year-old brother, Jonas. Carolyn Palvas visited Virginia on Saturday brining her a mess of fish that John caught. Where did that saying, “mess of fish,” come from? Anton and Gloria Frey went to daughter Janie and Jeff’s for supper Wednesday night. On Saturday they went to Pat and Laurie’s for a late Christmas with them and Laurie’s dad, Ken Harmen and her brother, Ken, and Andy, Emily and Steve. They enjoyed watching Andy and Emily’s tropical fish in their new aquarium. Greg and Sue Krantz, Ericka, Lance Parker and kids went to Bistro 63 in Barronett to eat on Friday night. They celebrated Sue’s birthday. Sue says she keeps busy collecting taxes and says they are trickling in now. Be sure to pay your dog tax. It’s a hefty fine if you don’t. Willie and Vicki Lombard, Dave and Kelly Stoner, and Harold Stephen went fishing and report the crappies were biting. They returned to a meal at Lombard’s on Saturday together. Mavis Schlapper joined her dancing friends at Jim’s house Friday night for a stir-fry supper. Folks there were Jan, Marv, Adelle, Gene, Mavis and Joyce. On Sunday, Mavis went to daughter Pam’s in Elk Mound for a meal together with their kids, Lea and Bob. Some Sarona Methodist Church folks got together at

by Mary Nilssen

It’s so nice to have warmer weather back! That cold snap just made living in the north woods miserable. When I start thinking this way, I remember those few days last summer when the temperatures were so very unbearable. A reminder of that takes me out of that mood in a quick hurry! Dave and I had the pleasure of having lunch at the Stone Lake Senior Center last week. As usual, it was a very delicious home-cooked meal. They serve lunches Monday through Friday at the Lions Center. Please call 715-865-2025 for reservations. Members of the Stone Lake Chamber of Commerce and local business owners are invited to attend a Business after Five meeting on Monday, Jan. 20, at 6:30 p.m. The Think About Summer event will feature a summer picnic for chamber members and guests and will be held at Lakes Community Co-op in Stone Lake. Keith and Sarah from the Black Bear Bar & Grill in downtown Stone Lake are pleased to announce they will be opening a new coffee bar each Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. For weekly menu announcements, visit

them at A big thank-you goes out to the Stone Lake Fire Department for the great job they do in maintaining the wonderful ice rink we have. It’s getting lots of use and is greatly appreciated. Flirty Girls is starting up again this week. Classes will be each Monday and Thursday at the Lions Center from 4-5:30 p.m. If you have questions, please call Judy at 715-865-3005. It’s so nice to know that we have quite a few students in the Stone Lake area that are doing an excellent job playing hockey at the Hayward High School level, and all the younger students that are eager to play also. Every year there’s more fun and excitement not only in hockey, but in all sports. Nice job kids. If you have any news you would like to share with others, please call or email me. Have a warm, wonderful week and stay warm. Mary Nilssen can be reached at 715-865-4008 or

the Pioneer for Wednesday burger specials then took down the Christmas tree at the church. A happy retirement to Jan Witte who retired the end of the year after being secretary for Sarona and Shell Lake Methodist churches for the past seven years. Thursday evening, I went with John and Mary Marschall to Bona Casa to eat. We were joined by their kids and John’s mom, Wealthy, to celebrate John’s 49th birthday. Many more to a great son-in-law. Happy birthday wishes this week to Catherine Benham and Bobbie Twining, Jan. 16; Frank Anderson, Anthony LaVeau, Jan. 17; Allan Donetell and Mike Backer, Jan. 18; Kurt Scribner and Tom Campbell, Jan. 19; Gary Olson, Ricky Olson, Wyatt Kemp and Kimberly Doll, Jan. 20; Dana Barrett, Blake Lundstrom and Sam Shelton, Jan. 21; and Cindy Moore, Delores Twining and Taree Campbell, Jan. 22. I don’t know of any wedding anniversaries for this week. What did you resolve to do this year? I hope to walk more, drink more water, eat less, do less shopping as I don’t need a thing, and use up food in the freezer so it doesn’t go to waste.

Births Born at Indianhead Medical Center A girl, Dakota Lynn Holmes, was born Jan. 2, 2014, to Sasha Garbow and Shane Holmes, Cumberland. •••

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Monday, Jan. 20: Beef shepherd’s pie, baked square, dark sweet cherries. Tuesday, Jan. 21: Mandarin pork roast, mashed potatoes, gravy, broccoli with cheese sauce, apple crisp. Wednesday, Jan. 22: Baked French toast casserole, syrup, butter, sausage links, berry yogurt parfait, V8 juice. Thursday, Jan. 23: Split-pea soup, ham sandwich, oatmeal cookie, orange wedges with spiced nuts. Friday, Jan. 24: Meat loaf with catsup, au gratin potatoes, marinated vegetables, tapioca pudding. Meal reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance, call your senior center to confirm. Menu subject to change. All meals served with bread, butter, coffee, milk and water.


Dewey Country

by Pauline Lawrence

Well, we’re into the January thaw! It’s so nice out, too. The flu is making its rounds. I had it over Christmas and it certainly wasn’t funny. They say the shot for the flu doesn’t cover this type of flu. So why get the shot? Happy birthday to Hannah Brion as she enjoys her special day on Jan. 17 with lots more to come. Happy birthday to Roger Lawrence as he enjoys that special day on Jan. 20. Have a great one Roger. Jan. 21, happy birthday to Ella Forrestal and to Myrna Atkinson as they enjoy that special day. Birthday wishes go out to Dorothy Lashmett on Jan. 22 when she turns 84 years young. Hope you have a happy day Dorothy. Talking with Jim Toll we find his son, Dave, is up every weekend. Yes, Dave has to take care of his beautiful Angus heifers. Jim spent Christmas in the Twin Cities at his wife, Marilyn’s. Their three children, Kevin and wife and two children from Texas, Terry and his friend and four kids; and Dave and Tammy Moe were there to celebrate. Jim’s a little bah humbug after Christmas and doesn’t know what to do, he says. He should go ice fishing, for starters. Our deepest sympathy to the family living in the Glen Albee house on the former Klinger farm that had a fire

last week. Those fires do burn fast. I think my dogs have cabin fever. Yes, they don’t know what to do with themselves. They are staying in except for potty breaks. They even snap at each other. Our deepest sympathy to the family of Hilda Sommerfeld who passed away Jan. 8 at her home. She was 89. She leaves behind her hubby, Al, and seven children, and grandchildren. Hilda and Al are the aunt and uncle to the Meister kids, Dorothy Gudlin of New Berlin, Marie Quam, Carl and Paul Meister, Pauline Lawrence and Esther Bernecker. Family prayer service was held at the Skinner Funeral Home in Shell Lake on Sunday afternoon. The funeral was Monday, Jan. 13, with burial at the Spooner Veterans Cemetery. You know after reading the Register this past week, it’s great to see the Shell Lake students get all the food they can eat. You know when I went to Shell Lake Schools, I think we had the best lunches. Why? Well we had Pat Rounce as our cook and she could really make the best home-cooked meals. We got all the food we could eat, plus milk, which was 2¢ a carton and we only had to pay 17¢ per meal. It was cheap, but so good. Marv Johnson from Alaska was going to come to his sister, Hilda Sommerfeld’s, funeral but his doctor told

him he couldn’t come due to a health problem. Marv is the last of the Johnsons in their generation. I found myself reading the Area Writers column by Mary Olsen in the Register. My mother used to make sheets out of the flour sacks by sewing them together. Also when I was about in the fourth-grade at Doran School, I remember wearing a morning glory dress. I’m wondering if it’s still down at my brother, Paul’s, in the closet. My mom also made dishtowels out of the sacks. I remember she would soak the towels in hot water so she could put them together. Those ladies used whatever they could to survive. I used to look for interesting glassware and I still do, as they are so unique for banks, etc. Ann Johnson tells us she has gotten 11 seed catalogs and looks and looks at them. Getting the itch, Ann? Last Friday the parish nurses got together at the Spooner Market & Grill for lunch. Diane Hulleman then went to Rice Lake. Steve Hulleman helped his mom haul wood up for the fireplace. He’s been helping her with other things, too. Monday, Diane was at Terraceview helping the people there. Tuesday evening found Diane at Lakeview Medical Center volunteering. Scatter sunshine! Have a great week!

Lawmakers tell colleagues that mining law is unworkable Restrictive time lines and reduced standards force Army Corps of Engineers to abandon joint EIS process

MADISON —  Three lawmakers who have been critical of the state mining law have sent a letter to their legislative colleagues that the recently enacted law is an “unworkable and unrealistic law that hands authority from the state to the federal government for permit review.” Sens. Bob Jauch, D-Poplar, and Tim Cullen D-Janesville, were joined by Sen. Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center, in reminding their colleagues that a recent Corps of En-

gineers rejection of a request to conduct a joint environmental review is a “blatant rebuke of the new mining law and renders the mining law meaningless.” The lawmakers shared a recent letter from the Corps of Engineers declining a DNR request to jointly conduct an environmental impact statement evaluation because “key differences between state and federal review requirements will preclude corps participation.” As a result, DNR officials will be bound by a meaningless law that essentially cedes decision-making authority to the federal government, the senators said. “The process will take longer, will be far more expensive, and court challenges will be more costly and time-consuming.” The lawmakers have repeatedly ex-

pressed concerns that weakening water and wetland protection standards and the establishment of unrealistic time lines would conflict with federal policy. “For years we have been criticized that we were playing politics with jobs. The corps letter now sets the record straight.” The three lawmakers pointed out that the corps’ most recent letter to DNR should come as a shock to no one. Over the past three years, during public testimony and correspondence, the Legislature was given repeated warnings that the mining bill was fundamentally irresponsible, unrealistic and unworkable. Supporters of SB1 ignored the corps and adopted company-weakened environmental policies and a mining permit pro-

cess that conflicts with federal law and procedures, preventing a collaborative process that is so essential to a timely and cost-efficient review process, they said. “Defenders of the mining law can no longer ignore reality. Either changes must be made to the law or it will remain completely unworkable. Any legislator who cares about the integrity of the legislative process should replace this law with something workable that implements a responsible review process and restores protection of our natural resources.” — from the office of Sen. Bob Jauch

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NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on December 19, 2011, in the amount of $101,225.76, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: February 12, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: By bidding at the sheriff sale, prospective buyer is consenting to be bound by the following terms: 1.) 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2.) Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3.) Plaintiff opens bidding on the property, either in person or via fax and as recited by the sheriff department in the event that no opening bid is offered, plaintiff retains the right to request the sale be declared as invalid as the sale is fatally defective. PLACE: At the North entrance of Washburn County Courthouse located at 10 4th Avenue, Shell Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Lot 10, Block 31, Fourth Addition to the City of Spooner, Washburn County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 313 Balsam Street, Spooner, WI 54801. TAX KEY NO.: 65-281-2-39-1231-5-15-044-756500. Dated this 31st day of December, 2013. Sheriff Terry Dryden Washburn County Sheriff Dustin A. McMahon Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1086857 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. 598521 WNAXLP

(Jan. 15, 22, 29) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY BANK OF THE WEST, Plaintiff, vs. ARTHUR H. HICKE; and KATHLEEN J. HICKE, Defendants. Case No. 13-CV-094 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of said Circuit Court in the above-entitled action which was entered on October 31, 2013, in the amount of $59,764.20, I shall expose for sale and sell at public auction at the North Entrance of the Washburn County Courthouse located at 110 West 4th Avenue, in the City of Shell Lake, Washburn County, Wisconsin, on the 12th day of February, 2014, at 10:00 a.m., the following described premises or so much thereof as may be sufficient as to raise the amount due to the plaintiff for principal, interest and costs, together with the disbursements of sale and solicitors’ fees, to-wit: Lot 4, Block 23, Third Addition to the City of Spooner, Washburn County, Wisconsin. Parcel Number: 65-281-2-3912-31-5 15-040-707500 TERMS OF SALE: 10% down cash, money order or certified check. Balance due within ten days of confirmation of sale. This property is being sold as is and subject to all liens and encumbrances. Terrence C. Dryden, Sheriff Washburn County, Wisconsin Velnetske Law Offices, LLC Attorneys for Plaintiff 212 N. Green Bay Road Ste. 101 Thiensville, WI 53092 Phone: 262-241-9339 The above property is located at 110 Cedar Street, Spooner, Wisconsin. Velnetske Law Offices, LLC, is a law firm representing a creditor in the collection of a debt owed to such creditor, and any such information obtained will be used for that purpose. 598520 WNAXLP

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Austin M. Bones, Springbrook, disorderly conduct or resisting or obstructing an officer, $263.50. Racquel Z. Christner, Shell Lake, driving too fast for conditions, $213.10. David M. Gorka, Hudson, nonregistration of vehicle, $175.30. Corey S. Groehler, Springbrook, dog owner failure to pay license, $154.10. Jeanette Hernandez, Shell Lake, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Jessica D. Hochstetler, Elk Mound, nonregistration of vehicle, $175.30. Hailey T. Johnson, Shell Lake, nonregistration of vehicle, $175.30. Gary Lindemann, Trego, seat belt violation, $10.00. Russell D. Martinez, Shell Lake, speeding, $175.30. Jeffery S. Mecikalski, Eau Claire, speeding, $175.30. Kent L. Oakland, Spooner, speeding, $225.70. Erin E. Olson, Elk River, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Benjamin J. Paul, Spooner, operating motor vehicle by permittee without parent, $200.50; operate motor vehicle by permittee without authorized person over 21, $200.00. Billy J. Phillips, Stone Lake, speeding, $200.50. Marshall D. Prissel, Mondovi, nonregistration of vehicle, $175.30. Alice L. Ridgeway, Barronett, nonregistration of vehicle, $175.30. Michael D. Shervey, Rice Lake, seat belt violation, $10.00. Riley R. Sikorski, Solon Springs, OWI, $817.50, license revoked 6 months, alcohol assessment. Daniel P. Slater, Shell Lake, nonregistration of vehicle, $175.30. Cory J. Snowbank, Frederic, trespass to land, $114.50. Cully D. Butterfield, Trego, operating with PAC, $1,109.00, license revoked 12 months, ignition interlock, other sentence. Linda A. Hanson, Spooner, carry concealed weapon, $299.00, other sentence. James E. O’Brien, Siren, theft, $299.00, community service. John C. Smith, Hayward, disorderly conduct or resisting or obstructing an officer, $299.00. Andrew M. Stutz, Springbrook, criminal damage to property, $299.00, local jail. Avery L. Weaver, Spooner, possession of THC, $316.00. Kayla L. Williams, Rice Lake, possession of methamphetamine, $518.00, probation, sent. withheld. (Jan. 8, 15, 22) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF GREGORY G. HARTMAN DOD: 12/1/2013 Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 13-PR-66 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth July 8, 1952, and date of death December 1, 2013, was domiciled in Washburn County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of W3425 Morningside Road, Sarona, WI 54870. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is April 18, 2014. 5. A claim may be filed at the Washburn County Courthouse, Shell Lake, Wisconsin. Marilynn E. Benson Probate Registrar December 26, 2013 Attorney Alan L. Sykes SYKES LAW OFFICE P.O. Box 111 Rice Lake, WI 54868 598356 715-234-9078 WNAXLP Bar No.: 01017876




Laker girls have five-game winning streak

Larry Samson | Staff writer

CLEAR LAKE — The Shell Lake girls basketball team extended their winning streak to five with a 46-9 win over Clear Lake on Friday, Jan. 10. The lopsided win prevented Shania Pokorny from scoring her 1,000th point as she was pulled from much of the game. She was pulled as a show of sportsmanship so as not to run up the score. Pulling Pokorny was a class act by head coach Dan Kevan. A decision that was not easy nor was it a decision that many coaches would have done. With only 13 points needed to earn her 1,000 points Pokorny was expected to go over that in the Monday, Jan. 13, game with Winter. Four other Shell Lake players have gone over 1,000, Casey Bruce, Stephanie Williams, Steve Soukup and Terri Butler. In Friday night’s game, Pokorny scored 14 points in the victory. Kristen Kraetke shot three 3-pointers and added two more for 11 points. The outcome of the game was never in question and yet the Clear Lake team played hard through the whole game. Shell Lake will face Northwood on Friday, Jan. 17, in a home game. The game promises to be a good game as these two teams have a lot of history between them. Both will come to win the game. Both teams are 1-3 in conference. Shell Lake is on a winning streak while Northwood is coming off a 44-43 loss to Prairie Farm. Shell Lake will travel to Clayton on Monday, Jan. 20, and will host Prairie Farm on the following night.

Photos by Larry Samson

There are six hands blocking Sheri Clark as she shoots the ball. It is not a matter of whether she was fouled but who to call it on. Strange as this sounds, there was no call on this shot.

Sophomore Amanda Brereton gets a push in the back from Clear Lake defender McKenzie Hammons as she releases the shot.

Amy Bouchard goes up for two against Clear Lake defender Kaysha Vinzant. The Shell Lake offense overpowered the Clear Lake defense, winning 46-9 in the game played in Clear Lake on Friday, Jan. 10. The win extended the Lakers winning streak to five games.

Shell Lake School Menu Breakfast Monday, Jan. 20: Bagel or mini cinnamon roll. Tuesday, Jan. 21: Cereal and toast or 3-berry bar and mini muffin. Wednesday, Jan. 22: Pancakes or ultimate breakfast round. Thursday, Jan. 23: Waffle, strawberries or muffin and cheese stick. Friday, Jan. 24: Cheddar omelet with toast or apple stick. Breakfast is served with a choice of juice/fruit and milk with their main item. Every day breakfast is free to all students.

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Lunch Monday, Jan. 20: Ham or turkey sandwich. Tuesday, Jan. 21: Burrito bowl. Wednesday, Jan. 22: Build a burger. Thursday, Jan. 23: Chicken nuggets. Friday, Jan. 24: Lasagna. Salad bar is served daily to all students. They will also have a daily alternate entrée choice of either sandwich pack: PB&J, flavored cracker and cheese stick or yogurt pack: Flavored fat-free yogurt with granola, flavored cracker and cheese stick.

Hannah Cassel puts two points up on a fast-break layup.

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Spooner High School celebrates Winterfest

The 2014 Spooner Winterfest royalty was crowned at the pep rally held Friday, Jan. 10. Shown (L to R) are: Princess Hannah Gostonczik, Prince Clayton Groehler, Queen Brooke Schumacher and King Johnny Anderson. The Winterfest dance was held after the girls basketball game that evening.

Little Gavin Clark-Tannerhill stole the show when he joined Riley McShane and Erica Bauer at the Spooner High School pep rally. The freshmen are looking younger and younger.

The comedy team of Levi Hansen and Gavin Anderson is known for their bad jokes. Emcee Keith Richardson laughs at one of the jokes while Anderson gave it a less-than-favorable response. 1/2 mile south of Shell Lake on Hwy. 63


The very vocal Spooner Rails fans are being led by Isaiah Lee and Roadie, the team mascot.

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LEFT: Roadie and Julie Trcka give the thumbs up after the Rails 57-47 win over the Cumberland Beavers. Trcka, the yearbook photographer, is going for the retro look after she lost a bet. RIGHT: Being the gentleman, Brad Baker escorts Christina Jensen out before the coronation.

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Saturday, Jan. 25, celebrate with Miriah Lehmann as she is officially crowned Miss Rodeo Wisconsin 2014. This is also a fundraiser and is open to the public. The event will be held at the American Legion in Cumberland. Doors open at 6 p.m. Silent auction items will be out for bidding. The coronation ceremony is at 7:30 p.m. with a live auction to follow. Lehmann is a 2009 Cumberland High School graduate and Spooner Rodeo Queen Alumni. — Photo submitted

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