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Jan. 8, 2014

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 Vol. 125, No. 21 • Shell Lake, Wis.

We e ke nd w atch • Art of Film presentation @ Shell Lake “Paddlin’ to Madeline” program at Spooner See Events, page 6


Deep freeze

Welcome to a new, cold year ... and world Page 12

Local woman is new Miss Rodeo Wisconsin Page 2 It is cold! The clock thermometer doesn’t tell the whole story. With winds ranging from 15-20 miles per hour, it felt more like minus 50 on Monday, Jan. 6. Area schools and some businesses were closed for the day. The temperatures should be moderating into the 30s for the weekend. — Photo by Larry Samson

Your cost, your safety

Little Lakers build for the future of basketball

A comparison of the cost of local law enforcement to taxpayers

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WASHBURN COUNTY - Residents across Northwest Wisconsin woke up to frigid temperatures Monday, Jan. 6. Thermometers registered temperatures nearing the 30 degrees below zero mark. The high of 15 below Monday beat the record low set in 1999 of 9 below. The National Weather Service in Duluth, Minn., issued a wind chill warning for the northland that remains in effect until noon on Tuesday. According to the NWS the combination of cold temperatures and dangerous winds would make for bitter-cold wind chills bringing temperatures down to 45 to 55 degrees below zero through at least Tuesday morning. These wind chills are expected to last into the middle of the week. A warm up is forecast for later in the week. With these wind-chill temps, frostbite can occur to exposed skin in less than five minutes, hypothermia can lead to death if precautions are not taken. If outdoor activity is necessary be prepared for the cold by wearing proper winter attire. Ensure outdoor animals and livestock have adequate shelter and fresh water. All school districts in Washburn County announced schools would be closed in response to the dangerous temperatures. School districts confirmed closed for Tuesday, Jan. 7, included Shell Lake, Spooner, Birchwood and Northwood. NWS forecasters are predicting a warm-up for the area with a high of 27 degrees by this Friday. - Danielle Moe

Danielle Moe |Staff writer WASHBURN COUNTY - The responsibility of ensuring the safety of nearly 16,000 residents across 853 square miles rests on the shoulders of county law enforcement agencies. The Washburn County Sheriff’s Office operates 24 hours a day with nine full-time patrol deputies, two part-time deputies, two investigators, a juvenile officer, a Chief Deputy, Mike Richter and a Sheriff, Terry Dryden. The office also employs two part-time deputies. In 2013 the office responded to 3,151 calls, but about half of the department’s funding goes to the operation of the jail. The Washburn County Sheriff’s department has jurisdiction over the entire county and handles service calls when any law enforcement agency is not is service. Of the 25 municipalities that form Washburn County four have law enforcement agencies. The city of Spooner employs a police department of 10 officers and a law enforcement assis-

tant. This department serves their community 24 hours a day with six full-time officers and four that serve on a part-time rotational basis. Spooner Chief of Police, Jerry Christman functions as a working chief who serves time on call See Your cost , page 3

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In 2013 the department responded to 3,151 calls, but about half of the department’s funding goes to the operation of the jail. - Photo by Danielle Moe

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Saying goodbye after 28 years

City council member and director of Lakeland Manor Andy Eiche stops by the retirement party for Shell Lake Public Works Director Jeff Parker to say thank you and to wish him luck. The retirement party was held at the city hall on Monday, Dec. 30. It was time for members of the community to stop by and talk with Parker.

City Administrator Brad Pederson, Wisconsin state Rep. Stephen Smith, Jeff Parker and Shell Lake Mayor Sally Peterson were on hand to greet and talk with people.

Photos by Larry Samson Jeff Parker will be replaced as public works director by Mitch Brown. Brown has been employed by the city in the Public Works Department since 2004 as water and sewer operator, a position that requires training and certification. State Rep. Stephen Smith awarded Jeff Parker a citation by the Legislature for his 28 years service to the city of Shell Lake at his retirement party. The citation was sponsored by Rep. Smith in the Assembly and by Sen. Robert Jauch in the Senate.

Local woman crowned Miss Rodeo Wisconsin 2014 Danielle Moe | Staff writer SHELL LAKE — “They will forever be in my life, horses will be,” said Miriah Lehmann. Crowned Miss Rodeo Wisconsin 2014 last June, Lehmann officially began her reign on Jan. 1.  Lehmann grew up on a dairy farm in Barronett and began riding her first horse,

Miriah Lehmann, a Cumberland High School graduate, is Miss Rodeo Wisconsin 2014.

a buckskin Welch pony, in the fifth grade. At a young age, she became interested in rodeo and has many fond memories of the Spooner Rodeo, having been crowned queen in 2009, princess in 2008 and a flagriding Coca-Cola girl in 2010.  “In 1997 actually I was a mutton buster, 6 years old, at the Spooner Rodeo and I won that year,” she said laughing. Lehmann has taken on a lot more responsibility in accepting the Miss Rodeo Wisconsin  title.  As the face of the Wisconsin Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association, Lehmann will attend 10 rodeos in Wisconsin.  From the Wisconsin rodeo circuits to rodeos in Colorado, Florida, South Dakota, Wyoming and Las Vegas, Lehmann will travel about 40,000 to 50,000 miles this year.  On Friday, Jan. 17, she will travel to Denver, Colo., to attend the National Western Stock Show, a 16day world-class rodeo. The 2009 Cumberland High School graduate originally competed in United Barrel Racing Association events, but working on her family’s farm took priority, making any serious rodeo competitions difficult.  Enter the Spooner Rodeo queen pageant and now Lehmann is hooked.  Next December Lehmann will compete against other states’ Miss Rodeos for the Miss Rodeo America 2015 title.  “I am really looking forward to it, it should be a good time,” she said.  Besides the Miss Rodeo Wisconsin responsibilities, Lehmann is a college stu-

dent at UW-River Falls and works as a certified nursing assistant. In May of this year she will graduate with a degree in animal science but plans to go back to school for nursing.  “I love taking care of people, and I work as a CNA right now and I really like it,” she said. As a voluntary position Lehmann pays all her Miss Rodeo Wisconsin expenses like transportation and lodging out of

Miriah Lehmann, Barronett, and her quarter horse, Rambo, at the Miss Rodeo Wisconsin 2014 pageant in Merrill last June. — Special photos

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Gov. Walker appoints Frost to serve as county district attorney MADISON – Gov. Scott Walker announced Monday, Jan. 6, the appointment of longtime prosecutor Tom Frost to serve as the next district attorney of Washburn County. Frost has served as special prosecutor in Washburn since Walker’s appointment of J. Michael Bitney to the Barron County Circuit Court. “Tom Frost has dedicated his entire career to keeping communities safe and especially to protecting our children,” said Walker.  “He brings four decades of experience to this post, and I know he shares my commitment to the Constitution and rule of law.” Frost started as a prosecutor in Dakota County, Minnesota, in 1976.  He also worked as a prosecutor in Hennepin, Ramsey and Winona counties during his career.  In 1991, Minnesota Gov. Arne H. Carlson appointed him commissioner of the state’s Department of Public Safety, where he was responsible for the state patrol, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Drug Policy and Violence Prevention, and

Traffic Safety. He returned to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office in 1993, worked for five years in Ramsey and returned to Hennepin where he remained through 2005.  At that point, he opened his own legal practice, where he accepted various temporary appointments and criminal defense cases. Kathryn S. Richtman, who served alongside Frost in the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, wrote in support of his appointment: “As prosecutors we are called to be ministers of justice – foremost to protect public safety and to preserve the integrity of the law.  Mr. Frost is the embodiment of these principles. While in our office, Mr. Frost earned the deepest respect of judges, opponents and colleagues.  I can think of no one who possesses the desired attributes of district attorney more than Mr. Frost.   In addition to his sharp legal mind, his respect, consideration and commitment to justice make him an outstanding public servant.” Frost is active in the community, espe-

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Your cost/from page 1 in the squad car and in an administrative capacity. Christman told the Register that the department averages about 1,000 calls to service a month. The city of Shell Lake employs a force of seven officers for 16 hours a day. Two of the officers are full-time and five are parttime positions. The department’s Chief, David Wilson, also serves as a working chief. On average the force handles 70 to 80 calls a month. The Village of Birchwood employs Ben Kronbroke as a one man police department. The eight hour a day department also has jurisdiction over the Sawyer County Town of Edgewater. This police department’s budget for 2014 was approved for $91,000, excluding vehicle costs. Kronbroke explained that the Town of Edgewater also funds the department’s budget. On average Kronbroke estimated he responds to 25 calls a month. The yearly cost for the department to village taxpayers is about $209. The Town of Minong employs a constable on a per diem basis. According to the deputy town clerk the constable has the use of a town owned vehicle, but is only called in on an as needed basis. The town budgeted $2,500 for 2014 with a $2.71 cost per resident. Additionally this town has set up a fund for the possibility to employ a police force in the future. According to documents the town has put nearly $10,000 away since 2010 for public safety of their residents in the future. Using the 2014 budgets for each municipality’s police force shows the yearly resident expense varies from $203 in Shell Lake to $268 in Spooner. In order to not Municipality Washburn County City of Spooner City of Shell Lake

2010 population 15,911 2,682 1,347

Severe ... but not record-breaking distort the city police department figures, squad car costs were not included because they are not a yearly expense. The yearly cost for the sheriff’s department to county residents is $217, including vehicle costs. The sheriff’s department, due to its size, has two to three department vehicles replaced each year on a rotational basis. Additionally, the city of Shell Lake included fire and ambulance service costs into their department’s fund, which was excluded from these figures. In 2013 Washburn County taxpayers funded the county anywhere from 28 to 34 percent of their total property tax bill. Residents in the city of Spooner pay the highest percentage of municipality taxes at 41 percent. 28 percent of the city of Shell Lake residents’ property taxes fund their municipality, while the Town of Minong takes 14 percent and the Village of Birchwood uses 30 percent of their resident’s property taxes. Mutual aid agreements have been written into Wisconsin state statutes. In Washburn County these law enforcement agencies include Spooner, Minong, Birchwood, Washburn County Sheriff’s Office, State Patrol, the National Park Service and the Department of Natural Resources. If there is a call that threatens life or great bodily harm agencies can formally request the aid of other law enforcement. Each department operates within their existing budget, so there is no additional cost to the department or their municipality. “There is no fiscal impact because we are already on duty, we just go out and handle the situation and come back,” explained Wilson.

2014 2014 Per Percent of budget police budget resident cost property taxes $9,353,746 $2,198,755 $1,921,329

$3,466,475 $719,690 $274,295

$217.87 $268.34 $203.63

28-34 percent 41 percent 28 percent

Siding stolen from Spooner ReStore Jackie Thorwick | Special to the Register SPOONER — Siding that had been donated to help build a Habitat for Humanity home was stolen recently from the ReStore at 805 S River St. in Spooner.  Cement lap siding valued at about $450 was taken from beside the store. The siding is gray in color, in 8-inch by 12-foot sections.  The theft has been reported to the Spooner Police Department, which is investigating.  The siding would have been used by the nonprofit to help build a home for a low-income family. Habitat’s program requires the family to help build the home alongside volunteers from the community. The nonprofit solicits donations to raise the funds needed.  Gifts in kind such as the siding allow Habitat to stretch the donated funds and help more families.  “It’s frustrating when someone steals something that was intended to help a family who needs a home,” said Eric Kube, executive director of WRHFH. “Times are challenging for nonprofits, and this means we’ll need to raise more funds to replace the stolen siding.” Kube

cially in the area of child protection. He served on the Children’s Justice Initiative for the Minnesota Supreme Court and the External Review Board for Child Protection for St. John’s University.  He also was board chair and executive director for CornerHouse, a national leader in child forensic interview training.  Frost recently taught at the National Center for Child Protection at Winona State University.  He is also chairman of the Board of Commissioners for the Trego Lake District in the Town of Trego. Frost holds a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, where he was a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow.  He also holds a Bachelor of Arts from Macalester College, a Juris Doctor degree from William Mitchell College of Law, and a certificate in law enforcement from Metropolitan State University.  Frost and his wife, Leslie, are the parents of two adult children. — from the office of Gov. Scott Walker 

said additional costs were incurred also as a security camera has now been installed as well as a locking gate. An enclosed tool trailer owned by WRHFH was stolen from a home build site in Grantsburg at about the same time last year. The trailer was eventually recovered, though most of the tools had to be replaced. The nonprofit is seeking applicants to their program. Those who need a decent, affordable home are encouraged to contact Habitat to see if they are eligible for the program.  WRHFH now serves Burnett, Polk, Rusk and Washburn counties. Volunteers are needed at the ReStore in Spooner as well as the one in St. Croix Falls. Volunteers are also needed now on a home rehab in Grantsburg. To apply, volunteer or learn more, go to, call 715-483-2700, email or write to 2201 U.S. Highway 8, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. To contact the  Spooner ReStore, call 715-635-4771. 

Patty Murray | Wisconsin Public Radio STATEWIDE - Wisconsin, along with most of the country, is in the midst of its most extreme cold snap in almost 20 years, but Monday’s temperatures weren’t record-breaking. John Martin, an atmospheric science professor at University of WisconsinMadison, said the coldest air temperature in state history was minus 37 degrees in January 1951. As for why this winter has been so frigid, Martin said that will take some research. “Basically, there are elements of the atmospheric circulation that can conspire to move these really cold air masses around from one part of the hemisphere to the other from one year to the next,” Martin said. “This particular year, we have a setup in which it’s just been the preferred development of cold air ... in far northern Canada as opposed to far northern Siberia or Mongolia.” Martin said Wisconsin was actually colder than Mongolia during the weekend. Still, Martin said, it is very rare for the Upper Midwest to experience such bitterly cold temperatures. Many schools and businesses were

closed on Monday to protect students and workers from the severe cold. This winter is Wisconsin’s coldest since 1996.

NWS Issues Wind Chill Warning Through Tuesday The National Weather Service issued a wind chill warning for all of south-central and southeastern Wisconsin through noon on Tuesday. NWS officials were calling the cold conditions “life threatening.” On the NWS website, officials wrote that this is “the coldest air mass we have experienced since the arctic blast of February 1996.” NWS officials said that temperatures plunged well below zero degrees on Monday and didn’t rise despite daytime sunshine. They said that temperature readings on Monday were about 10 degrees above record low. Gusty west winds drove wind chill values into the minus 40 to minus 50 degree range in some parts of the state. For more weather information and radar maps, visit’s Weather section.

Shell Lake home suffers damage from fire SHELL LAKE — The Shell Lake Fire Department responded to a fire at 305 8th Ave., in the city of Shell Lake on Saturday evening, Dec. 28. The home sustained heavy smoke, fire and water damage. According to Keith Dahlstrom, fire chief, when firefighters arrived on the scene there was fire in several walls and the attic area of the structure with some flames showing on the Bravo, or left side of the building. Firefighters did an interior attack for several hours before bringing the fire under control.

Called to assist one hour into the fire, the Spooner Fire Department provided five firefighters for approximately 1-1/2 hours. Shell Lake was on-scene for four hours with 17 firefighters. Cause of the fire is believed to have been an electrical malfunction in an exterior wall. “It’s always difficult to see someone go through this around the holidays,” stated Dahlstrom. — with information from the SLFD

Shell Lake firefighters were on the scene of this structure fire for four hours on Saturday, Dec. 28. — Photo by Suzanne Johnson



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America, land of the free? The Music Teachers National Association is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation that has been in existence since 1876. Its mission is solely to advance the cause of music study and support music teachers. In its ethics code it requested its teacher members to respect their colleagues studios and not actively recruit students from other teachers. The Federal Trade Commission, a part of the leviathan otherwise known as the federal government, launched an investigation into this small nonprofit – the MTNA has about 12 employees and a budget of $2 million, concerned that the nonprofit was involved in restraint of trade and that its teachers might be gouging their customers. The fact that most of these teachers charge $10 or $15 for a half-hour lesson and that there is no extensive unhappiness by customers with their teachers makes one wonder what in the world is going on. The directors of the MTNA met with the FTC and explained that the language in the ethics code was purely aspirational, and that they had never disciplined any teacher because of it. Also the MTNA offered to remove the language the FTC was

objecting to. This made no difference to the FTC. MTNA’s lawyers pointed out that the FTC has no jurisdiction over 501 (c) (3) nonprofits as Congress has denied their requests to expand their authority over 501(c)(3) nonprofits. Yet the FTC still refused to call off its dogs. Rather the FTC requested MTNA’s records going back 20 years and forced the nonprofit to provide certain training to its employees. MTNA was also required to sign a consent decree, which forced them to appoint an antitrust officer and accomplish other onerous and costly provisions. This is government power run amok. We now have dozens and dozens of federal agencies that make rules, enforce rules and prosecute rule breakers all on their own without oversight. If you are targeted by one of these rogue agencies you must prove you are innocent by hiring lawyers to defend yourself. Meanwhile, your tax money is being used to prosecute you. Is this still the United States of America, land of the free?

Nonpartisan redistricting reform public hearing to be held at UWBC MADISON — Rep. Stephen Smith, former Congressman Dave Obey and other members of the Wisconsin state Legislature will hold a public hearing on nonpartisan redistricting reform on Thursday, Jan. 9, at UW-Barron County. The public is welcome to join area legislators to discuss a legislative proposal that would remove

the redistricting authority from politicians and assign it to a nonpartisan body. The public is encouraged to attend. The public hearing will run from 10 a.m. to noon in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall, Room 234. The UWBC campus is located at 1800 College Drive, Rice Lake. — from the office of Rep. Smith

Shell Lake Lions 2013 year-end calendar winner

James Lewis Shell Lake

God Bless America While in California for the holidays, I had the pleasure of going through the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. It is really something special to see.  Especially for any American who cares about and loves America.  Reagan cared about building up our military  and keeping America strong. He served in the Army from 1942 until 1945, when he was honorably discharged.  Reagan cared about the American people and wanted to make a better country for all Americans.  Reagan worked with Gorbachev to end the Cold War and tear down the Berlin Wall.  Reagan worked to keep America free and to keep all our freedoms.   In my opinion he was a great president. In my opinion the one occupying the White House is the total opposite.  Barack Hussein Obama is only concerned with flooding America with illegal immigrants that broke our laws to come to America, which makes them nothing more than common criminals.  The money that is being wasted on these illegal immigrants should be used for our homeless veterans and our military.  Our military is way more important than a bunch of illegal

criminals. Obama is doing everything he can to weaken America.   1) Forcing national health care on America.  2) Demanding amnesty for law-breaking illegal criminals. 3) Attempting to destroy the Constitution by gun grabbing.   4) Failure to rescue the helpless victims in Benghazi.  5) Fast and Furious, letting guns go to the drug cartels and the death of Border Agent Brian Terry.  6) Lying every time he opens his mouth.  7) Putting his vacations and excessive spending above the needs of the American people.  8) Doing everything he can to make cuts to our military and cut our generals who don’t agree with him.  9) Supporting the killing of helpless unborn babies by abortion.  10) Supporting the bullying of Christians by gays because we do not believe in their lifestyle. We need congressmen and senators who can stand up to Obama and not be his sheep.  This joke of a president should be impeached and made to answer for all of his scandals.  Liberals  need to wake up and pull their heads out of the sand before it is too late.  God bless America. Sandy Bjurman Shell Lake

Dedication and service to community commended I would like to extend my gratitude to Mr. David Vold for his service to the city of Shell Lake. He has accessed grants worth hundreds of thousands of dollars for many worthwhile projects to the city of Shell Lake. Many of the grants have helped protect the lake from invasive species. His work with buffers supported the quality of the water and habitats in and around the lake. With Mr. Vold’s retirement, the city is challenged to find someone with the talents and background to

carry on his necessary and important work. Mr. Brad Pederson is commended for his leadership. He has made city hall a welcoming environment for visitors and residents. The entire staff at city hall is highly praised for their dedication and service to the community. Mike Tewalthomas Shell Lake

For income tax cuts, Walker would raise sales tax but carve exemptions Shawn Johnson |WPR STATEWIDE - If Gov. Scott Walker’s next budget raises the sales tax in order to cut or eliminate the income tax, the governor said he would consider a sales-tax exemption for essential goods like clothing. The reason that Walker is even discussing an exemption for clothing is because of the different ways the sales and income taxes affect poor people. Under the progressive income tax, people who earn less pay lower rates, but with the sales tax, everyone pays the same rate no matter how much money they make. Critics say that’s why raising the sales tax would hurt poor people the most, even if it’s offset by complete elimination of Wisconsin’s income tax. But, Walker said there could be ways to get around that by “carving out” sales-tax exemptions for items like clothing. “It would protect people who have the lowest incomes the most if you could carve out those basic essentials out there,” Walker said, “and then say, you know,

you want to spend more on things that may not be essential to your life and your livelihood, well then, the sales tax is going to be a part of it.” Walker stresses that it’s only an idea, but groups that study tax policy say the idea has its problems. Todd Berry, with the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, said if Walker wants to eliminate the state income tax, he’d have to make up billions of dollars in revenue with the sales tax. Carving out more exemptions makes that tougher. “What other states that have gone in this direction do is they tax more things, not fewer things,” Berry said. Jon Peacock, of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, said the more necessities carved out of the sales tax, the more they have to tax everything that’s left. According to the national Tax Foundation, eight states, including Minnesota, already offer some kind of tax exemption for clothing.

The 2013 year-end Shell Lake Lions calendar winner was Dan Soltis and his wife, Sandy. Presenting the $2,500 check at a family holiday gathering is Lion Phil Soltis.  Dan recently underwent surgery and has been unable to work, therefore the check came at a perfect time.  Others pictured: Second row: Barb and Stan Brzezinski, a former Shell Lake Lions president. Third row: Brad and Blaine Brzezinski. Fourth row: Laine and Linda (Soltis) Schroeder. — Photo by Phil Soltis

Wind chill system, adjusted in 2001, dates back to 1945

Patty Murray | Wisconsin Public Radio STATEWIDE - The wind chill index, about which we’ve been hearing all week, was developed in 1945 but modified in 2001. The change “toned down” drastic below-zero temperatures from decades past. One thing is for sure: it’s cold. But the recalibration of the wind chill factor makes it tricky to compare current conditions to those from a few decades back. John Martin is a professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences at UWMadison. He says the wind chill basically centers on air temperature and wind speeds at the surface level. Higher winds make for lower wind chills. The formula was recalibrated a few years ago, however, to more accurately reflect a “feels like” temperature. “The values now, the corresponding temperatures and wind speed give warmer wind chill temperatures than the old scale,” Martin said. “So that scale has been revised to make it a little bit more

difficult to get to the minus 35, minus 45 range as we did this week.” Either way, this winter is Wisconsin’s coldest on record since 1996. Martin says the coldest recorded temperatures in Wisconsin date back to the early 1950s. Sunday night’s playoff game between Green Bay and San Francisco was likened to the famous 1967 Ice Bowl. But Martin says no records were broken, temperaturewise. “Although the Ice Bowl is remembered as being ... 20 degrees below zero, that was the wind chill, actually. The actual temperature at game time was 1 degree above, Fahrenheit,” Martin said. “I think it ended up being a little bit below zero by the end. (The Ice Bowl) was windy, so it was miserable, but not as miserable as yesterday because we won then.” Martin says Green Bay’s low temperature during game time was 4 degrees above zero. The wind chill was estimated at 11 degrees below.

Extreme cold weather in Two Rivers, Wis. - WPR/


Management transition at Streasau Laboratory SPOONER — A transition in top management has been announced by Wayne Hanson, president and CEO of Stresau Laboratory Inc. Mike Pesko, Stresau’s chief operating officer since 1993, retired at the end of 2013. Stepping into that position will be Wane Olson, Stresau’s manufacturing manager since 1995. Both are longtime Stresau employees and key managers in the defense contractor’s steady and stable growth for the last 20 years. Stresau remains where it was established at Spooner in 1961. Pesko joined Stresau in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry and math from Northland College. Authoring test reports, conducting testing, building product and managing departments, he filled practically every technical station in the company before stepping up to his present position in 1993. He and his wife, Pat, are longtime residents of Shell Lake. Olson is also a longtime and widely experienced member of Stresau’s team. Following his mechanical engineering degree from the the University of Minnesota, Olson went to work in the energetic industry and came to Stresau in 1989. He started as a program manager and rose to management of Stresau’s largest department, manufacturing, in 1995. Olson and his manufacturing team have mastered

Tims sworn in as county treasurer

Part of the management transition at Stresau Laboratory Inc. is (L to R): Wane Olson, Wayne Hanson and Mike Pesko. — Photo submitted some of the industry’s most challenging components. “Our customers rely on Stresau to deliver on time, safely and to their exacting specifications. Mike and Wane have played a huge role in building a level of confidence that is the envy of the industry,” said Hanson. “They also built

a strong team. Mike’s contribution will certainly be missed – both personally and professionally – at the lab, but I don’t expect customers will see a difference. The team makes the deliveries and the team is still here.” — from Stresau Laboratory Inc.

Nicole Tims was sworn in as Washburn County treasurer by Judge Eugene Harrington on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. Tims was appointed to fill the remainder of the term recently vacated by Jan Ullom’s retirement. The term runs until Jan. 2, 2017. — Photo submitted

Area news at a glance CUMBERLAND – A corporation led by Cumberland native Julie Burma has signed a purchase agreement to acquire the assets of The Tower House Restaurant. Closing for the transaction is anticipated in mid-January. It is anticipated that The Tower House will be closed until late May to accommodate extensive renovations to both the interior and exterior of the building. “Our goal is to restore The Tower House to its rightful place as a cultural and community icon,” said Burma. “We are looking forward to bringing this beautiful building back to life.” John Fredrick Miller, a lumberman and a local banker, built The Tower House in 1882 as a home for his family. The main floor of the home contained a living room, dining room, kitchen, a summer kitchen and a pass pantry, with seven bedrooms and a bathroom on the second floor. The third floor was used as a game room where the Millers had what was perhaps one of the

Shell Lake Lions Calendar Winners Dec. 30 - $30 David Zaloudek, Sarona Dec. 31 - $30 Amy Taylor, Glendale, Ariz. Jan. 1 - $500 Luke Kimmes, Shell Lake Jan. 2 - $30 Frances Means, Spooner Jan. 3 - $30 Charles Thomas, Shell Lake Jan. 4 - $30 Elmer Anderson, Shell Lake Jan. 5 - $30 Carrie Robillard, Farmington, Minn.

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Temperatures recorded at Spooner Ag Research Station 2012-2013 High Low Precip. Dec. 31 21 1 Jan. 1 15 -13 Jan. 2 16 -13 Jan. 3 18 12 .2” snow Jan. 4 19 8 Jan. 5 31 3 2013-2014 High Low Precip. Dec. 31 -4 -27 .5” snow Jan. 1 -4 -25 Jan. 2 0 -24 Jan. 3 3 -25 Jan. 4 26 -4 2.0” snow Jan. 5 20 -22 1.6” snow

few pool tables in the area. In 1952, The Tower House Restaurant opened on the ground floor of the building and has been in nearly continuous operation since that time. — press release ••• AMERY — A dispute apparently over whether someone paid for beer led to a man being stabbed by another man with a pencil. The incident occurred on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, in Amery. After Police were called to the Amery Medical Center for a report of a man being stabbed in the side. After interviews and investigation, Amery Police were able to track down Rafael Topex, who admitted to fighting with the victim and later admitted to stabbing him with a pencil as well. Topex was taken into custody and is now facing a charge of misdemeanor battery and dis-

orderly conduct. — from the Inter-County Leader ••• RICE LAKE — Nearly 140 bicyclists, skiers and runners tested their winter endurance skills on the Tuscobia Trail the final weekend in December with races of up to 150 miles on the state trail that runs between Rice Lake and Park Falls. Those taking on the full 150-mile route, from Park Falls to Rice Lake and back, started Friday in Park Falls. Entrants in the 75mile race started Saturday morning in Rice Lake and headed for Park Falls, traveling the entire distance of the Tuscobia Trail. There was also a 35-mile race, which began at about the midway point. — from the Rice Lake Chronotype ••• RICE LAKE — An undetermined num-

Register Memories 1954 - 60 years ago

• Orley K. Lathrop retired after 10 years as Washburn County treasurer. He planned to remain in Shell Lake until a new treasurer was named, after which he would vacation in the south for a few months. • A 1948 Plymouth convertible went through the ice on Shell Lake and required the efforts of two wreckers to get it back on dry land. The car was owned by Thomas Jaskolski, Hayward, who was able to get out of the car without difficulty. • The village fire department was called to the farm home of Wesley Ullom. When they arrived the house was beyond saving, but they were able to prevent the burning of other buildings on the farm. Family members included children Donna Mae, 12; Howard, 10; and Mark, 5. • Washburn County Fair Board members were Janet McNabb, president; W.H. Dougherty, secretary-treasurer; Signe Sorlie, Mrs. John Hillman and Norman Aderhold, directors.

1964 - 50 years ago

• Tommy Porter, 8-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Porter, Shell Lake, won a spinning rod and reel for the largest fish caught in the children’s division 12 years and under with a 10-ounce walleye at the Lions Club fishing contest. Jim Bitney took top honors at the fishing contest. He caught a 2-1/2-pound walleye and received a pump shotgun. • Floyd Pederson, Shell Lake, was the lucky winner of the grand prize at the Shell Lake Lions Club ice-fishing contest. His name was drawn from the box by Georgia Kastner, Miss Shell Lake, at the conclusion of the fishing contest. His prize was the Peterson Brothers Portage. The boat was manufactured by the Peterson Brothers Boat Company of Shell Lake. • The Register office, which for the past year had been located at the Lake Publi-

ber of tablet-type computers were reported stolen from the Wal-Mart Super Center, Rice Lake, in an incident reported to police late on the night of Saturday, Dec. 28. According to county dispatch logs, thieves used a shopping cart to smash a display case, loaded notebook computers into a large, blue, plastic tote and fled the store. The report reached authorities at about 11:45 p.m., Saturday, but there were indications that as much as half an hour may have gone by before the first call was placed. There was apparently some uncertainty as to the make and color of the getaway vehicle, but officers were eventually informed that it was a red sport utility vehicle and was being driven by a woman. — from the Barron News-Shield •••

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cations Building north of Shell Lake, in the Town of Bashaw, would move back to Shell Lake and into the old Register Building. Lake Publications would continue to print the paper on their presses at the present location, but all of the composition for the paper and the commercial job printing would be done at the Register office. More space was needed at the Lake Publications plant because of the addition of a bindery machine to be used to assemble a magazine. • The Busy American 4-H Club met at the home of Audrey Kramer. Ruth Ellen West, acting as president, called the meeting to order. The following officers were elected: Audrey Kramer, president; Linda West, vice president; Joyce Elliot, secretary and club reporter; Janet West, treasurer.

1974 - 40 years ago

• The first baby of the new year born at Indianhead Medical Center was a boy born to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Olson, Webster. Shell Lake Chamber of Commerce President Mary Creech presented Mrs. Olson with a bouquet of roses and a check for $50 on behalf of the chamber. • Dr. Forrest Thannum returned from an elk hunt in Montana with a 600-pound 12-point bull elk. • Weber West, vice president of the Shell Lake State Bank and a successful dairy farmer, died. • The old pavilion, which stood on the campgrounds in Shell Lake, needed to be replaced. The pavilion had housed roller skating parties and basketball games. The Shell Lake Lions Club was taking the initiative to build another pavilion.

1984 - 40 years ago

• Duane Johnson, Shell Lake, son of Louis and Anna Johnson, was one of 23 students from UM-Crookston to be listed in the 1984 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. • Katherine “Katie” Lee Schmitz, daugh-

ter of Mary and Ken Schmitz, Sarona, was the first child born at Indianhead Medical Center. She was born Jan. 5. Laverne Tomczik, president of the Shell Lake Chamber of Commerce, presented roses and a $50 check on behalf of the chamber. Katie joined siblings Jeff, 13; Mark, 12; Lynn, 8; Jonathan, 6; and Luke, 16 months. • Richard and Dorothy Rydberg celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. • Jane Brown, Spooner, operated the Next to Best Store in downtown Shell Lake. The store took consignments for both the store and its regular auctions.

1994 - 20 years ago

• Mabel Allen and Dottie DesJardins were honored for 50 years of service to the Eastern Star Chapter 17 in Shell Lake. • Popular movies being rented at Shell Lake Video were “Made in America,” “The Sandlot,” “The Firm,” “Sleepless in Seattle” and “Dennis the Menace.” • At the regular Shell Lake City Council meeting, Glenn Hile reported that Curt Glessing would be out of work for four to six months due to a nonwork-related knee injury. • Bill Taubman was stepping down from the community center management committee and as chairman of the committee after 14 years of service.

2004 - 10 years ago

• Dennis and Joyce Schraufnagel celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. • Sarah Capuzzi, Barronett, completed in the two-day Empire Sled Dog Race in Solon Springs. • Ray Schlapper, Shell Lake, was the $500 Shell Lake Lions calendar fundraiser winner. • Thunder Gift Gallery was having a 20-percent-off-everything-in-the-store sale.


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Thursday, Jan. 2 • Aphasia Group, 10-11:30 a.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, Spooner. Call 715-520-7999. • Northwest Wisconsin Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, 1 p.m., lower level at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Shell Lake. • Free community meal, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 409 Summit, Spooner, 4-6 p.m. All welcome. Donations accepted. Saturday, Jan. 4 • The Art of Film presentation of “Moonrise Kingdom,” at Shell Lake Arts Center, 7 p.m. • “Paddlin’ to Madeline” presentation by Corey Mohan, 7 p.m., Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum, 4312 N. Front St., Spooner.


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Tuesday, Jan. 7 • Shell Lake/Spooner Masonic Lodge 221 meeting, 7 p.m. at the lodge. • Knit A Shawl class at Northwind Book & Fiber, Spooner, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Registration required. Call 715-635-6811. Wednesday, Jan. 8 • Free community meal, 4-6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 135 Reinhart Dr., Shell Lake. All welcome. Donations accepted. • Board of directors for the Railroad Memories Museum meeting, 1 p.m., Spooner City Hall. All volunteers welcome. • The Book Chat is beginning another year of great reading and conversation! You are invited to discuss “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand at 3:30 p.m., at Faith Lutheran Church in Spooner.  All are welcome. Thursday, Jan. 9 • Shell Lake Lions Club meeting, 6:30 p.m., Shell Lake Community Center. Friday, Jan. 10 • Spooner Woman’s Club meeting, noon, at Tracks for 100th-anniversary luncheon.  Paul Nedland will be speaking on the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.  Visitors, please contact Pat at 715-865-2250 for more information. • Pizza and the play “Move Over Mrs. Markham,” 6 p.m., at the Quam in Shell Lake. Saturday, Jan. 11 • Washburn County Food Distribution in conjunction with Ruby’s Pantry, Spooner Middle School Tech Ed Building on Elm Street. Tickets 9 a.m. Distribution 9:30 a.m. Volunteers needed. Contact 715-635-9309, 715-4684017 or 715-222-4410. • Storytelling with Kevin McMullin and Tracy Chipman, 7:30 p.m., at the Quam in Shell Lake. Call 715-468-4387 for reservations. • Weave a Scarf or Shawl class, 12:30-4:30 p.m., at Northwind Book & Fiber, Spooner. Registration required. Call 715-635-6811. Tuesday, Jan. 14 • Moms Club meets at Faith Lutheran, Spooner, 10 a.m. • Darkness to Light, End Child Sexual Abuse training, 6 p.m., Lakeland Family Resource Center, 314 Elm St., Spooner. Call 715-635-4669 to reserve your spot. Wednesday, Jan. 15 • Games and activities, 1 p.m., Shell Lake Senior Center. • Shell Lake Public Library Board of Trustees meeting, 5 p.m., at the library. The public is welcome. Thursday, Jan. 16 • Shell Lake PTA meeting, 6:30 p.m., in the 3-12 school library. Baby-sitting available. Friday, Jan. 17 • Shell Lake Education Foundation Dad’s Belgian Waffles during doubleheader basketball against Northwood.  Advanced tickets are available from any SLEF board member or the district office at the 3-12 building.  Saturday, Jan. 18 • Shell Lake PTA-sponsored Prairie Fire production of “Pinocchio.” Performances at 4 and 7 p.m. • Ice-fishing contest on Shallow Lake, Barronett. Barronett Community Club will be serving a souper supper at the community center with various kinds of homemade soup.

• Crochet a Slouch Hat class, 1-4 p.m., at Northwind Book & Fiber, Spooner. Registration required. Call 715635-6811. 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 715635-6811. 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 • First Year Parenting class, 5-8:30 p.m., Spooner Annex Building, UW-Extension conference room. Call Deb Meyer at 715-635-4444 or • 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. • Princess gala, Shell Lake Arts Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner at 6 p.m. Dance at 7 p.m. Hosted by Shell Lake Full Gospel Church. For tickets and information call 715-468-2895 or email frontdesk@shelllakefullgospel. com. Saturday & Sunday, Jan. 25-26 • Shine! At the Quam Saturday, 7 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m. 715-635-3665. Wednesday, Jan. 29 • Free community supper, 4-6 p.m., St. Alban Episcopal Church, 220 Elm St., Spooner.


Monday, Feb. 3 • Knit a Chunky Hat class, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Northwind Book & Fiber, Spooner. Registration required. Call 715635-6811. 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.

Upcoming community ed classes offered at Spooner SPOONER — Spooner Area Community Ed announces the following upcoming classes. More information and registration forms are available from Spooner Area School District and their website. Type in browser spooner.k12., click Community or call Karen Collins, 715-635-0243. Check back often for updates. Class fees must accompany registration form. Note some classes are offered in partnership with WITCRice Lake. Contact WITC, 715-234-7082, ext. 5409, to enroll or visit the following website to register online or contact Karen Collins: asp?RID=3774. Many classes fill quickly. Sessions will be canceled if sufficient enrollment is not received; such fees will be fully refunded. Avoid disappointment of class cancellations, register early and invite a friend or two to register with you. Those who register should assume they are in the class at the time and place indicated. If there is a change, participants will be notified. All SACE classes are self-funding and depend on enrollment to cover the cost of instructors. SACE assumes no responsibility for reaching those who do not provide daytime contact information. Pickleball Open Gym: 6-8 p.m., Fridays and Sundays, elementary school gym. Free. Bring to class: athletic wear, water bottle. All ages welcome. Pickleball, bearing some resemblance to tennis, badminton and pingpong, was started by a couple of dads conniving to eliminate those summer “I’m bored” whines. It’s easy to learn, versatile, and can be played

by anyone/any age on a driveway, tennis court or cul-de-sac. Join at any time. Call Karen ahead for any closed dates. Samurai Techniques of Ancient Japan: 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays and/or 7-8:30 p.m. Fridays, high school multiuse/wrestling room, instructor Bill Allard. Bring to class: athletic wear, water bottle. Free open gym. This beginner class is for ages 15 and up. Nami ryu Aiki Heiho is based on ancient martial arts, an exclusive secret of the Samurai nobility. Later these arts formed the basis of modern arts, including Brazilian Jujitsu and Aikido. Foundational arts of aiki-jujutsu, kenjutsu and iaijutsu will be explored, in addition to practical modern techniques and selfdefense. Call Karen ahead for any closed dates. Love and Logic Series: 5-7:30 p.m., six Thursdays, Jan. 9-Feb. 13, elementary school media center, independent facilitator Sylvia Isaacson. Contact WITC, 715-234-7082, ext. 5409, to enroll. Bring to class: materials fee of $10 payable to instructor, writing materials. Complete this course series and receive $10 back. Teaching children to develop responsibility while putting the fun back into parenting takes love and logic. Isaacson shares practical techniques you’ll use immediately to raise responsible and respectful kids who resist society’s pressures to experiment with drugs, alcohol, promiscuity and other dangerous behaviors. This presentation may be geared toward elementary families; it reaches out to all who connect with children, whether every day or during

grandparent weekends. iPod/iPad/iPhone Basics: 6-8 p.m., three Tuesdays, Jan. 14-28, high school computer lab C10, instructor Jody Gibson. Bring to class: your own personal devices, contact Karen if you would like an iPad made available for in-class instruction. Each meeting of this three-night class begins with instruction, first half, followed by open time to ask questions and get individual help as you try out what you have learned in class. The first night will be very basic operations; the second night Apple integrated functions, and the final night will focus on more advanced apps available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod. Please bring your own devices, iPads may be available, contact Karen ahead. Basket: Plaid Fun: 5:30-10 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 16, high school art room B96, instructor Roxanne Melton. Bring to class: materials fee of $30 payable to instructor, dishpan, flexible tape measure, sharp scissors, 10 clothespins, pencil, butter knife, old towel. This fun square basket is great for all your mismatched socks or mittens, with many other uses awaiting you. Fact-Based Investing: 5-5:45 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22, high school, Room B41, instructor Brad Seboe, financial consultant. Please bring a donation for the local food pantry. Take what you’ve learned about investing and throw it out the window. Investing as we know it has changed. The focus of Fact-Based Investing is on careful measurements of what is, rather than emphasizing the predictions of what might happen,

or theories of what ought to happen tomorrow. With just two tools of measurement, you can confidently see where and when to invest. Simply put, be defensive and protected in bear markets, and fully invested during bull markets. Basket: Hot Wheels: 5:30-10 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 13, high school art room B96, instructor Roxanne Melton. Bring to class: materials fee of $35 payable to instructor, dishpan, flexible tape measure, sharp scissors, 10 clothespins, pencil, butter knife, old towel. This market-style basket has many functions. The added wheel technique is a fun weave. Limited choice of color available.  Registration deadline: Thursday, Feb. 6. How Can Smart People Be So Dumb? 5-5:45 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19, high school, Room B41, instructor Brad Seboe, financial consultant. Please bring a donation for the local food pantry. Learn from mistakes of others and avoid pitfalls. Explore “red flags for bad advice,” engineered to give real-life examples of how easy it is to be misled into harmful situations. Find out how to spot a salesman clothed in financial adviser clothing, and tell the difference between friendly and likable, and competence and integrity. The class highlights questions of: Aren’t all planners and advisers the same? What characteristics should I look for? And avoid? Discover Top 7 of each. Is there a place I can research advisers on the Internet? Which ones are reputable? — from SACE


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Indianhead Community Action Agency is looking for volunteers to help out in their thrift store and food pantry. Food pantry volunteers must be able to lift at least 25 lbs. Please stop in to ICAA at 608 Service Road and pick up an application or call 715635-3975 for more information.  ••• The Washburn County Area Humane Society is looking for volunteers to update and maintain their website and to research and apply for grants. For more information, call Susie at 715-468-2453 or email ••• Terraceview Living Center Inc. is providing opportunities for talented volunteers skilled in group and one-to-one interactions with the elderly. Seeking services between 3 and 7 p.m. daily. There will be flexibility in scheduling your services. Orientation is provided. If you are interested please stop by their office and fill out an application. ••• Faith in Action of Washburn County is looking for volunteers to provide direct services to seniors and adults with disabilities. Tasks might include transportation, light housekeeping, light yard work, fix-it jobs, telephone and in-person visits. Training is provided, and all volunteers choose what they want to do and when they want to volunteer. For more information, please call 715-635-2252 or email Faith In Action at ••• Washburn County Unit on Aging is in need of volunteer drivers for the Meals on Wheels program and the medical escort program. This is a great opportunity to socialize, meet new people, travel and help others. Mileage is paid to volunteers who use their own vehicles when transporting and/ or delivering. You must possess a valid state of Wisconsin driver’s license and be able to read maps, road names and street signs. If interested, please contact Eva at the Aging and Disability Resource Center in Spooner at 715-635-4460. ••• ICAA Crossroads Literacy is looking for tutors in reading, health and computer skills. If interested, please contact coordinator Jean Walsh at 715-790-7213 or email walsh7213@ ••• Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity ReStore is looking for volunteers to help out in the ReStore, 805 River St., Spooner - cleaning, selling, stocking and picking up donations. Contact Paul, 715-520-8200, for more info. ••• To publish a volunteer opportunity, submit it to us by Monday noon. Email it to, bring it to the office, or call 715-468-2314. Please list the type of volunteer work you need, as well as dates, times and length of service. Make sure to include your contact information, including your name and phone number. When the volunteer position is filled, please let us know so we can take it off the list. This service is offered free of charge in an effort to bring the community together so those that are looking for help can find those that are looking to help.


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Spooner natural resource management students complete taxidermy unit

Natural resource management students from Spooner High School recently completed a unit on taxidermy. The students studied a variety of natural resources during a semester-long class, such as the history of conservation in the United States, soils and erosion, forest resources, game management and water resources. This year students also had the opportunity to earn their trapping license while studying game management. During the trapper education unit, Chris Cold, Larry Boettcher, David Swanson, Jon Hagen and Jack Olson gave presentations. Following that unit, the students each had the opportunity to prepare, stuff and mount a small game animal or mount a set of antlers as part of the unit. They are not required to participate in the project and could opt do a research paper on any of Wisconsin’s wildlife species instead. — Photo submitted

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ith the beginning of a new year, it is time to recap the 2013 Shell Lake Clean Boats Clean Waters program. The main goal of the program is to keep aquatic invasive species out of Shell Lake by educating the public on prevention and safe practices. Consistent with previous years, the program inspected watercraft and provided literature regarding prevention and safe practices. This year, in order to increase

awareness of the program further, we gave out free Clean Boats Clean Waters towels to boaters at the beginning of July. This year there were 2,214 watercraft inspected compared to 3,018 watercraft inspected for 2012. Lower numbers, in comparison to previous years, reflect late ice on the lake causing the landing to be closed on one of the busiest weekends, fishing opener. The numbers were also lower for permits sold this year. For 2013, there were 363 annual and 687 daily permits

sold compared to 424 annual and 879 daily permits in 2012. The majority of boaters only visited one or two different lakes a month, talked to an inspector each time they visited a lake and were aware of the aquatic invasive species laws. The data collected supports that the program is continuing toward its ultimate objective. The number of watercraft that had clean inspections (no weeds found) was over 90 percent. Although these numbers look promising, inspectors continue to encounter watercraft

with water in them or weeds on them. In addition, there are boaters that are unaware of the aquatic invasive species laws. This indicates that although the program is very successful, the program needs to continue to educate the public and inspect watercraft to keep Shell Lake free of aquatic invasive species. I would like to thank the community for their continued support of the Clean Boats Clean Waters program and all the boaters with clean inspections helping keep Shell Lake free of aquatic invasive species. Have a great 2014.

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Dakota Robinson is reading a poem that she wrote at the 2014 Shine auditions held Monday, Dec. 30, at the Erika Quam Theatre. Young performers from Shell Lake and Spooner tried out for the annual Shine performance. The event has become so popular that a second showing has been added. Performances will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m., and on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m. For reservations call 715-468-4387. — Photo by Larry Samson


SPOONER — Washburn County Land and Water Conservation and UW-Extension invite all interested farmers to two nutrient management workshops to be held on consecutive Wednesdays, Jan. 22, and Jan. 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Spooner Ag Research Station. All area farmers are invited, however, if space is limited, priority will be given to Washburn County farmers. The workshops are free of charge and lunch will be provided.  Farmers may attend either or both days. Preregistration is required by Jan. 20 or Jan. 27. The topics to be covered will include the following: Jan. 22: Introduction to nutrient management planning, soil testing and

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A princess gala for fathers and daughters, or for men in the life of a girl, is planned for Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Shell Lake Arts Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with a catered dinner at 6 p.m., followed by a dance at 7 p.m. — Photo by Jacob Leonard

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SHELL LAKE — An event giving a father the opportunity to show his daughter how valued and special she is will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Shell Lake Arts Center. The Shell Lake Full Gospel Church is hosting the fifth-annual Princess Gala for fathers and daughters, or for men in the life of a girl whether she is a daughter, granddaughter or niece. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. A catered dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and a dance will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale through Sunday, Jan. 19. This is the second year the event will be held at the arts center. For tickets and information, please contact the church at 715-468-2895 or email — from Shell Lake Full Gospel Church

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Morning fire destorys Shell Lake house

The Shell Lake Fire Department responded to a Monday morning, Jan. 6, house fire at the home of Billy Allen. The family members were able to escape the house safely. With temperatures of minus 26 and minus 50 wind chill, the firefighters battled the fire and the elements. LEFT: Within minutes the fire consumed the two-story house.

RIGHT: The water tanker fills the water pool that feeds the pumper truck with a continuous source of water to fight the fire.

Shell Lake firefighters were working the fire under extreme cold weather. The Spooner Fire Department was called in for mutual aid. — Photos by Larry Samson

New Year’s baby at Spooner

First baby born at Indianhead Medical Center

It’s a girl! Mercede Jean Casler was born at 3:07 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Born to Kayla Casler, Minong, at Spooner Health System, Mercede weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces, and was 19-1/2 inches long. Dr. Jeff Eichten delivered this New Year’s baby. – Photo submitted

Dakota Holmes was born Thursday, Jan. 2, at Indianhead Medical Center, Shell Lake. She weighed 8 pounds and 1 ounce and was 20-3/4 inches long. Parents to the first baby born in 2014 at IMC are Shane Holmes and Sasha Garbow, Cumberland. Heather Stubbe presented the new parents with flowers and gifts from Indianhead Medical Center and Indianhead Community Health Care Inc. — Photo by Suzanne Johnson




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Building for the future


Coach Dave Bouchard and the basketball players have given up their Saturday mornings to help the Little Lakers develop their basketball skills. It’s a fun two hours of noncompetitive skill-building drills. They met on Saturday, Jan. 4, for about two hours of drills and one hour of game time.

Long after Shania Pokorny and Sheri Clark have stopped playing high school basketball, their sisters, Athena Lehmann and Mary Clark, will still be carrying on the family tradition.

First-grader Sara Jo Brunberg tries to dribble past Shell Lake High School senior Hannah Cassel. Brunberg will start playing organized basketball in the third or fourth grade.

Going one-on-one, Logan Christel, 3’6”, goes up against Adam Hungerbuhler who is 6’4”. The varsity players are heroes to the young ballplayers who want to be like them.

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With the heart of a ballplayer, a broken foot did not stop Daya Lawrence from working on her dribbling skills from the sideline.

Athletes compete in freestyle Nordic ski race SPOONER — The Spooner Invite Freestyle Nordic Ski Race was held Friday, Dec. 27, at the Spooner City Park Ski Trails.  Race directors were Kent and Elaine Adams. Rachael Jensen, Shell Lake, racing on the Spooner High School team, placed fourth in the girls race with a time of 25:02.3.  Daniel Pederson, Spooner, won the high school boys race with a time of 17:21.6. Results for Spooner team members were Sarah Dettle, 17th, 36:41.9; Jes Pederson, 10th, 20:15.7; Derek Rennicke, 14th, 22:01.9,  Joachim Jarvis, 18th, 23:43.8; Sam Dettle, 19th, 24:03.9; Conner Seckora, 23rd, 32:24.6 and Ben Caithamer, 25th, 34:22.7. The team also competed on Saturday, Dec. 28, in the Hayward Holiday Classic Nordic Ski Race, held at the OO Ski Trails in Seeley.  In that race, Jensen finished 17th, and Dettle finished 26th in the girls varsity race.  In the boys varsity race, Daniel Pederson finished third; Jes Pederson, 12th; Rennicke, 22nd; and Jarvis finished 23rd. — with submitted information LEFT: Daniel Pederson, Spooner, won the high school boys race held in Spooner on Friday, Dec. 27. RIGHT: Rachael Jensen, Shell Lake, races on the Spooner High School team.  She placed fourth in the Spooner Invite Freestyle Nordic Ski Race on Friday, Dec. 27. — Photos by Eric Jensen



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Laker girls on a three-game winning streak

Larry Samson|Staff writer SHELL LAKE — The Shell Lake girls basketball team finished out their holidays with a 42-28 win over Unity on Friday, Jan. 3. It was a gift to the hometown fans that have come out in numbers to support the team. The win was their third win in two weeks. Shell Lake came out slow in the first quarter and trailed 10-7 to the

Amy Bouchard with a little jump shot. Shell Lake beat Unity, 42-28, on Friday, Jan. 3, in a home game. It was their third straight win in two weeks.

larger Division 4 school. By halftime, they had an 18-14 lead over Unity and they never looked back as they put 28 points on the scoreboard in the second half. Hannah Cassel stepped up with 12 points as Unity gave extra coverage to Shania Pokorny holding her to 10 points. Jennifer Connell had one of her best showings on offense with eight points. Kristen Kraetke hit two 3-pointers for six points. Shell Lake will travel to Clear Lake to play them in a conference game on Friday, Jan. 10. Clear Lake is 0-2 in conference play and like the Lakers are looking for their first conference win in the season. Clear Lake is coming off a 38-10 loss to Bruce. On Monday, Jan. 13, they will travel to Winter for a nonconference game. Winter is 1-1 in the Lakeland East Conference and they are coming off a 55-34 loss to Phillip. It is a busy week for the Lakers as they host the Birchwood Bobcats on Tuesday, Jan. 14. Birchwood is 0-4 in the Lakeland East Conference.

Photos by Larry Samson Tia Carlson going up with a layup.

High-flying point guard Hannah Cassel with a fast break layup. She was the high scorer for the team with 12 points.

Laker boys play an exciting game Larry Samson|Staff writer SHELL LAKE — The Shell Lake boys team gave their fans a lot to cheer about even though they lost, 50-39, on Friday, Jan. 3. Shell Lake led 11-8 after the first quarter, breaking a full-court press that the Unity defense threw at them. Shell Lake took a two-point, 20-18, lead into the locker room, but they were not able to keep it after the Unity offense adjusted. Unity had a 10-point lead near the end of the third quarter when a Shell Lake rally brought it down to a four-point lead. Shell Lake faded in the fourth quarter with their small bench as Unity outscored them 15-8 to extend the lead. David Brereton was the high scorer for the game with 11 points. Adam Hungerbuhler followed with eight points. Curtis Parker and Dylan Sandwick put up seven points followed by Jesse Sibert

with six. Shell Lake will travel to Clear Lake on Friday, Jan. 10, for the second game in a doubleheader. Clear Lake is 0-4 as is Shell Lake, so both teams are looking for their first conference win. Clear Lake is coming off a 60-48 nonconference win over Bruce on Friday, Jan. 3. On Tuesday, Jan. 14, the Lakers will host the 1-3 Birchwood Bobcats in the first game of the doubleheader with a 5:45 p.m. starting time. Birchwood is coming off a 54-31 loss to Frederic. It will be a classic matchup between Shell Lake and Northwood on Thursday, Jan. 16, in Shell Lake.

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Flying high, Jesse Sibert is fun to watch as goes up for this layup. He had six points for the game. Shell Lake lost 50-39 to Unity on Friday, Jan. 3, in a home game. The Lakers led at halftime but faded fast in the fourth quarter.

David Brereton tips the ball in for two points. He had the team high of 11 points and led with eight rebounds.

Adam Hungerbuhler with a jump shot over the hands of the Unity defenders. Shooting 100 percent from the floor, he put eight points on the scoreboard.

Point guard Curtis Parker with a jump shot under the basket. He was good for seven points in the game.



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Spooner Little Dribblers Georgie Gothblad and Oliver Schmitz are best friends on and off the court. They help and support each other in practice. The Little Dribbler program is in its third year. They meet on Saturday mornings in December and January.

Spooner third-graders Bailey Berg, Julia Corbin and Sydney Greenfield are learning the basketball skills that they will need to develop into basketball players. Best friends now, they dream of playing varsity basketball someday.

Decked out in Rails colors, Jaiden Glessing shows off his basketball skills. He is proud of being a Rail and what he has learned in the Little Dribbler program. RIGHT: Brooke Asloson is a Spooner first-grader who is just learning her basketball skills. It is difficult at first, but they learn that practicing is the only Spooner High School senior Levi Hansen is teaching the young players how to dribble way you get better. without looking at the ball. Justine Swanson and Charlotte Macone are working on their skills and are learning teamwork. Sports will help make them better students in the classroom.

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schedule Boys varsity basketball Friday, Jan. 10: At Clear Lake, doubleheader, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14: Vs. Birchwood, doubleheader, 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21: Vs. Prairie Farm, doubleheader, 5:45 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. Tuesday, Feb. 18: At Webster, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21: At Northwood, doubleheader, 5:45 p.m.

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Friday, Jan. 10: At Clear Lake, doubleheader, 5:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13: At Winter, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14: Vs. Birchwood, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17: Vs. Northwood, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21: Vs. Prairie Farm, doubleheader, 7:30 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. 9: At Bruce, 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11: Superior tournament, 10:30 a.m. 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) Saturday, Jan. 11: Vs. Mosinee, Hayward Sports Center, 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13: At Chippewa Falls, 7 p.m. 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. Thursday, Jan. 9: At Baldwin-Woodville, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16: At Eau Claire, 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.


Winter wonderland


he late Bing Crosby’s “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas” came true once again for our area. Many of us were able to burn off a few of our extra holiday calories by moving some snow around with our shovels. There are some folks in the area that head south in October, return to the north for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and then head south again. One such person mentioned while in my office one day that when the snow started to fall the beginning of December she and her husband were excited that they got to enjoy the first blanket of white. As the sky continued to drop snowflakes throughout the month of December, she wasn’t as excited anymore. It wasn’t just the snow that we received that made it feel like winter when it technically was

still fall. It was the cold temperatures as well. I have heard many comments from people already tired of winter. Since we didn’t officially enter winter until Dec. 21, we still have quite a few weeks of winter to endure. With all the practice we have had, by now most of us should have our winter driving skills back. When Milt took my car to the shop for two new tires, the owner commented to Milt that he probably wanted the tires on the back replaced rather than the front. His reasoning was then the car wouldn’t sway. Milt said there probably wasn’t going to be an issue with my car swaying as I drive too slowly. He told Jeff that I needed the traction on the front

wheels to get going again after pulling over to the side of the road to let other drivers go around me. It is true. I drive the speed I am comfortable with. If I feel I am holding up traffic, I will pull over to the side. That is if I am sure the snow isn’t too deep that I can’t get going again. I was asked one day why I drive the back roads to Shell Lake. Well, I do take county highways. If I were to travel to a state highway to get to work, I would still be traveling a distance to get to the highway. The commute would then be twice the distance. And I am more comfortable where there isn’t much traffic. Therefore, the back roads seem better for me. Because I drive cautiously while going

slowly, some days by the time I reach work I feel I need to brush my teeth again. Would that be because I am driving way too slow or because I have been so nervous? The question now is, will our cold and snowy winter continue? Or will a January thaw come and stay? To be honest, during these winter months, I would rather the precipitation be snow falling from the sky rather than freezing rain. And of course, the best time for the snow to fall is when I am sitting comfortably in my warm house, staring out the window watching snowflakes the size of garbage can lids drift out of the sky, to swirl and land on the snowbanks already lining the edge of the road.

Beyond the office door • Suzanne Johnson Area writers corner The old-time feed sacks Mary B. Olsen rowing up in town back in the 1930s, my family had no need for grain sold in sacks to farmers. My grandmother bought feed for her chickens so she used the sacks to make dishtowels. I knew nothing about them, but my mother knew about them, and was always scouting for any kind of material she could work her magic on and turn into useful articles of clothing. You might say I was farmed out for the summer when I was 15 years old. I stayed with a farm family, working for a farmwife. This lady had to take care of three big boys and a husband and other work at their dairy farm. They were going to host two occasions that summer, a family reunion picnic and a celebration of their 25th wedding anniversary. My sister, Carol, tried it for a week and hated it, but I stayed for the summer and went on to work for the lady for a long time afterward. I was homesick, but once in a while my family drove out to the farm to have a little visit with me. I learned how to wash eggs and pack them in crates, how to pasteurize milk for the table, and helped with laundry, cooking and


canning. I liked tramping the pasture to bring the cows home with their two dogs before the latest milking time. For the anniversary celebration, my sister planned to be there with me to help with the serving. We would set tables outdoors and there would be a big crowd. My mother had the farm lady give her some white and some printed cotton fabric. She made Carol and me matching skirts and white aprons. I had no idea the material was from sacks used for chicken feed, but that was when I learned how, in the old days, women always used fabric anywhere they could get it to make useful things. They made towels and aprons, underwear, shirts, dresses and sunbonnets. Didn’t I know my grandmother made her sunbonnet from a feed sack? I thought that was good to know. The day of the party came and Carol and I practically danced around in our new skirts. We enjoyed the favorable comments from many of the diners about how nice we looked. The summer was over and I was back in school. I signed up for journalism class. This group produced the school paper and worked on the annual. When the assignments were handed out most of the students chose those that just

Quam theater showcases “Stories for the Dead of Winter” SHELL LAKE – As northwestern Wisconsin settles deep into winter, two storytellers are preparing to present an evening of entertainment that explores some of the boundaries of the season. On Saturday, Jan. 11, Theatre in the Woods is proud to present acclaimed storyteller and musician Kevin McMullin and author and storyteller Tracy Chipman for a special, one night only, evening of storytelling starting at 7:30 p.m. In “Stories for the Dead of Winter,” McMullin and Chipman have collaborated to create a diverse and spellbinding set of enchanting stories that will warm your heart, chill your bones and

Kevin McMullin, musician and storyteller. — Photos submitted

listed names and events that were kind of humdrum activities. They used a few stories on topics that the students might like to read. That was what I wanted to write. Anybody could write a list of names. I wanted my articles in the paper to be more interesting. The first article I wrote was on the subject of the use of feed sacks. I was proud when I saw that in the school paper. I guess that was my first time in print. Some kids said they liked it. Everything a person produces, unless they can carry it in their two hands, cries out for some kind of container. Centuries ago people made baskets and pottery bowls. Our nation was founded with commerce as the major motive. Barrels and kegs, and tin containers, were good for transporting goods. The settlers farming communities needed to carry supplies by horseback. This could be done if grain was in a bag. The New England states produced woven fabric. In 1846, the sewing machine came into use, and the production of sacks to hold grain began. Most of the bags were used for flour, some for sugar, and others for seeds, rice and fertilizer. They began to make improved bags of tighter weave, and with competition, some were printed

with colorful designs. I remember seeing a farmwife pointing out a couple of similar bags from a pile of them, saying she needed to make curtains. The poor man had to lift some bags out of the way so she could have her fabric, along with her chicken feed. Many farmwives in those days kept the money earned from chickens and eggs as their spending money, apart from the farm income. They got the work and earned their profit. Some people think the need to recycle was a new thing and we invented it. Those early thrifty women could have told you the real story. They recycled. In earlier times if a child’s dress caught a blast of wind and blew up, an advertisement for Gold Medal Flour might be displayed on her underclothes. Nowadays, we see little touches of nostalgic homespun fabrics for sale at high prices in boutiques and specialty stores in large cities. A lady’s handbag made from an old feed sack could be as good as gold.

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Author and storyteller Tracy Chipman will appear at the Quam on Saturday, Jan. 11. show why adult audiences have shown a new interest in the art of storytelling. McMullin is a familiar name to many in the area. Tagged “The musical Shaman of Sarona” by the Chippewa Valley Herald, he has been sharing his musical and storytelling abilities for more than 30 years, traveling four continents and appearing at a wide range of venues. Chipman founded The Hebridean Folklore Project, which brought her to Scotland’s Outer Hebrides islands to visit with the This photo of a winter visitor was taken at a residence on Little Ripley in Sarona on New Year’s elders, connect with the land and listen to Day. — Photo by Charlotte Shover the rich oral tradition of these beautiful islands. For more information about the concert or to make highly recommended reservations call 715-468-4387 or go to The Erika Quam Memorial Theatre is located one block north of CTH B in Shell Lake. — from TiTW

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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

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

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.

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

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.

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.


Cornerstone Christian

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

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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.

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.

hat does it take to go beyond? Education? W Wealth? Family? Networking? Occupation? Power?

What about going beyond for the Christian? Is it any different? The first Psalm almost explodes with a joyful exclamation of one who goes beyond. That one is called blessed. And it is not just anyone. It is the one - the one who is genuinely glad to be a follower of Christ. To look at some who profess to be followers of the Lord does not provide an answer. They do not seem to be satisfied with life, have a sense of peace about them or look forward to life with expectancy and joy. They appear ordinary. They give the world the wrong impression of what God has to offer us through Christ. The first Psalm provides the dos and do nots to go beyond the ordinary Christian and become an extraordinary Christian. Negatively, the extraordinary Christian does not follow the advice of the wicked, spend time talking to them, listening to their advice and even avoids being in their presence whenever possible. Positively, the extraordinary Christian takes pleasure in honoring God, following his teachings and being obedient to his word. The extraordinary Christian is always seeking ways to grow into the likeness of Christ, to follow his teachings and to worship him daily. Visit us at Guido Gardens, Metter, Ga.

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ficers were inside their vehicles. There were many more near misses of officers. A recent dash cam video from a state patrol cruiser shows a Move Over Law violation that came shockingly close to seriously injuring a trooper during a traffic stop. The video is available on the Wisconsin DOT’s You Tube channel “Law enforcement officers are well-trained and equipped to protect themselves. But they are at serious risk of being hit by passing vehicles nearly every time they stop or assist a motorist. Failure of drivers to create a safety zone by moving over or slowing down is one of the major reasons that motor vehicle crashes kill more law enforcement officers on duty than any other cause. Tow truck operators, highway maintenance workers and emergency responders also are killed and injured when drivers don’t move over or slow down,” says Petznick. “By obeying the Move Over Law, drivers can protect themselves, their passengers, our officers and others who work on highways from serious injuries and deaths.” — from WSP

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To create a safety zone for workers on the side of highways, Wisconsin’s Move Over Law requires drivers to shift lanes, if possible, or at least slow down when encountering a law enforcement vehicle, ambulance, fire truck, tow truck or highway maintenance vehicle that is stopped on the side of a road with its warning lights flashing. “On interstate highways and other divided roads with multiple directional lanes, you must move over to vacate the lane closest to the law enforcement or other emergency vehicle if you can safely switch lanes,” says Wisconsin State Patrol Lt. Dori Petznick of the Northwest Region - Spooner Post. “If the road has a single directional lane or you can’t safely move over because of traffic, you must reduce your speed until safely past the vehicle.” A citation for a Move Over Law violation costs $263.50 with three demerit points added to your license. But the greatest danger of a violation is not an expensive fine. In 2013, passing vehicles hit 10 state patrol vehicles parked on the side of a roadway. In four of those crashes, the of-

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by Judy Pieper

Ah yes, our new year started out beautifully. I woke up Wednesday morning, New Year’s Day, thinking that, perhaps, 2014 would be a much better year than 2013. Went downstairs to start some coffee, turned on the water, and … nothing! You know, of course, that problems with water systems, furnaces, etc., never happen at convenient times. We hated to disturb anyone on a holiday, but we were just a little desperate. Duane called Brant at Danwell and told him about our problem. Of course we’re all thinking that there is something wrong with the pump, and that it would have to be pulled. However, after a little more checking, Duane found that it was a problem with the electricity running to a switch. He called Brant back, and he was able to come over the next day to fix it in almost no time. You know, every once in a while I think it would be fun to be a little kid on the farm again. Well, for one day Duane had to carry 5-gallon buckets of water in from Rick and Robin’s place so we could keep reasonably clean until our water was back on. I had to heat water to do dishes! I started remembering just how much fun the “good old days” really were. It was lots of work. We’re spoiled. I think I’ll probably appreciate all the modern conveniences a little more from now on. And, speaking of modern conveniences, think of how much our cars have changed over the years. Take the automatic locks on the doors for instance. Roger Dutilly and one of his friends, Cory, experienced just how great those are just recently. They had gone to town about a week ago to run a few errands, and decided to take Roger’s dog, Reggie, aka Reggie Underfoot, along for the ride. They stopped in at a convenience store and left the truck running with Reggie unattended. Well, Reggie is very nosy, and while they were in the store he had his front feet on the armrest, looking out the window. The only problem there is that the automatic lock button is also on the armrest. Yep, Roger and Cory were locked out and Reggie was locked in. They couldn’t get him to step on the back part of the button to unlock the door. Dog whisperers they are not. Finally some kind soul from town went home and got a metal coat hanger and, between the two of them, they finally got the door unlocked. Bet that won’t happen again for a while. Oh, and in case you’ve been counting, Roger said that he had baked 121 pies in 2013. The last two were blackberry and pumpkin. Judy Norton spent Christmas in sunny California visiting with family. She spent Christmas Eve in Escondido


with her sister, Melanie Johnson, and family. She also spent time in Mission Viejo with her dad, Al Strubb. She said she had a wonderful time visiting with her family. Vlad Sajka spent the week after Christmas in Minnesota visiting with his sisters-in-law, Jane and Jan, and brother-in-law, Rick. He started in Stillwater and then went on to Minnetonka and Blaine. He said he had a lot of fun playing with his two little great-nephews, aged 1 and 3 years. Vlad said that that he and the 3-year-old spent a lot of time making and flying paper airplanes. Who knows, maybe the little guy will grow up and design a better jet. Jason Sweet and his lady friend, Laura Mueller, traveled up from Madison to spend Christmas with the Sweet family. JoAnne Sweet came from Cameron and stayed a of couple days with the family, and her son, Justin Grensing, came for the family gathering on Christmas Day. Pat and Doug enjoyed every minute that the kids were back home. John and Nancy Forrestal invited Duane and me to join them for dinner at the Prime in Trego on New Year’s Eve. The food was delicious, and the conversation was even better. It’s so nice to get together with friends anytime, and we hope to do more of that this year, Don and Anitia Lehmann came over to play 500 with us that evening. We played seven games. I’m not going to go into all the gruesome details of who won and who lost because, really, it’s just a game, right? OK, OK, the guys won four and we only won three, but it might be because Duane is such a con artist. Enough said. Tru was with us that night too, and she was really wound up. She will be 3 years old on Jan. 13, and she was up until about 11:45 p.m. Poor little darling just couldn’t keep her eyes open for the last 15 minutes of 2013, but she had fun trying anyway. We had breakfast at the Red Brick with Merl and Shirley Overvig after church on Sunday. As you probably know, science, especially anything pertaining to weather, is one of Shirley’s favorite topics. I had heard a weather report from southern Minnesota where the temperature was nearly zero and they were getting a freezing mist. I couldn’t figure out why there would be mist instead of snow at that temperature, and Shirley made a graph and showed me how it happens. Once a teacher, always a teacher. It was great. After breakfast they stopped by the house and we played a few games of 500. The guys won a of couple games, but we won the for-all-the-marbles

game, so the others didn’t really count. Merl and Shirley were going to have a pretty full day because, after they got home, they were going to be playing Cribbage with the elusive Barronett couple. Wasn’t the Packer/San Francisco game a heartbreaker? I was hoping that kicker would miss the field goal at the end so we would have one more chance. You all know that we are Viking fans, but I cheer for the Packers, too. I really wanted them to have a chance at the Super Bowl. The ice-fishing contest on Shallow Lake right outside Barronett is coming up fast. It will be Saturday, Jan. 18. I hope Luann and her Ice Mavens will be here again this year. It’s always exciting to find out whom they pick to be the ice king for the next year. After the contest, members of the Barronett Community Club will be serving a souper supper at the community center with various kinds of homemade soup. Mark it on your calendar, it’s always a good time. The annual meeting of members of Barronett Lutheran will be held immediately after the worship service on Sunday, Jan. 26. We will be making many decisions during that meeting, including voting for members of the church council. After the meeting the women of the church will be serving a potluck dinner. The regular monthly meeting of the Town of Lakeland will be held at the town hall Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. Come on over and see how things are going. Judy Norton let us know that Lavonne Arnes Winchell passed away recently. Lavonne was the last surviving child of Matt and Lena Arnes. Her memorial service was held in Waukesha, where she had been a longtime resident. Ed and Judy traveled down for the service. Please keep Lavonne’s family in your prayers for comfort. Pat Olson called and said that Steve Hefty had been badly injured and was in a hospital. She didn’t have any more information at this time, but we will keep you updated. Steve moved to Sweet Home, Ore., a few years ago, and has been making a living by panning for gold. Steve loves it out there, and, whenever I have had the chance to talk to him, seems to be very happy that he made the move. He’s been doing exactly what he likes to do. Living in a little town and working in the wilderness. Please keep Steve in your prayers for healing. That’s about all I know from Barronett this week. Hope you are staying warm. I’m looking forward to Friday when the temperature is supposed to be in the 20s. See you later.

by Marian Furchtenicht

The question of the day: Cold enough for you? I had 29 below on Monday morning. One can just hear the cold. The house cracks and squeaks, tires squeak when you drive and each footstep you take squeaks as you walk. There was no church at many churches in the area on Sunday. There were many closers on Monday, one more day of vacation. It was a disappointing Packer game on Sunday, but life goes on. Folks are starting to go stir crazy, not getting out in this cold weather, so there isn’t much for news. There was a flu bug going around that many folks were blessed with. Jeff Hutton was up from Texas from Sunday until Friday so he, Lainey and Chane stayed with Greg and Sue Krantz and spent time together. Alan and Charlotte Ross’ children, daughter Nancy and E.C. Troyan and family from Eau Claire, Patty and Paul Anderson from Beloit, and the John Ross family

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husband Merle from Webster, and I went together to sister Nell Lee’s in Stanberry for Christmas together with soups and sandwiches and lots of goodies. Others there were Dave and Diane Lee and their daughter, Bridgett, Dawson, and also Larry and Janelle Lee of Minong. Happy birthday this week to Ryan Lord, Jennifer Zaloudek and Lorraine Thompson, Jan. 9; Sue Krantz, Emma Frey, Karen Davis and Kenny Paffel, Jan. 10; Colton Smith, Vinnie Williams and Judy Albee, Jan. 11; Bill Meyer, Julia Lyga, Ron Furchtenicht, Jim Gagner and Karianne Furchtenicht, Jan. 13; Billy Pfluger, James Gagner, Ingrid Elliott, Eli Zaloudek, Jolyn Wade, Danielle Anderson and Bill Ripley, Jan. 14; and Val Smith, Barbie Haynes, Wanda Lindenberger and Donna Millard, Jan. 15. Anniversary wishes to Tim and Ingrid Elliott on Jan. 12.

by Helen V. Pederson

Wow! What a cold day to wake up to on Monday morning. Temps ranged in the minus 20s with wind chills making it unbearable to be out. Minnesota schools were closed on Monday on orders from Gov. Mark Dayton. Wisconsin schools also were closed and many meetings were canceled. Peder Pederson returned home after spending a few days in Bentonville, Ark., visiting his daughter, Linda, and Dennis King and son Zak. His son, Curt, and Martha and Daniel drove him down. On Saturday Peder, along with men from his church, met at Nick’s for breakfast and a meeting. It’s good to have the Tullys, Jean and Zino, back with us after suffering from colds.

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from Appleton, were up to celebrate their Christmas together last Sunday. Mavis Schlapper spent Christmas Saturday with her daughter, Pam, and family in Elk Mound, and Christmas Day dinner at Fritz and Mary Mancl’s with their family. A speedy get-well wish to Fritz who had an ankle replacement just before Christmas. Hope you are up and running by now. Matthew Hartwig spent five days over the holidays with his grandma, Virginia Stodola, before going back to Oklahoma. Casey Furchtenicht and friend Brett Holman did a winter survival campout all night Thursday and all day Friday. Can’t believe it, as it was 20-some degrees below zero. Friday evening, Casey and Seth Quinton played with the Shell Lake pep band at the basketball game. It was just for old-times’ sake. Saturday, my brother, Don Shoquist, sister Sharon and

New Year’s Day, John and Mary Marschall and family spent the day with Wealthy Marschall and neighbor for dinner. On Sunday, the Marschalls visited friends in Hudson to watch the Packer game. In spite of the cold, they had a good crowd with a sad ending. The Wisconsin Badgers basketball team won 75-71 against Iowa. Good going. Brian Marschall purchased a house and land and has moved into it. I hear he had a nice party New Year’s Eve. Jeff Pederson visited with his mom Sunday afternoon. Last Friday, Tam Smith had a few of her music students here at Glenview. It’s fun to hear them play. Saturday, Pat Rounce celebrated her 104th birthday

by Mary Nilssen

Happy New Year to each of you. I wish this frigid air would go away but all we can do is hope this week will be the end of it! 2013 is now in the rearview mirror. As we look back to 2013, we wish to thank local businesses for their generosity in giving to local individuals/families that are in need. Gratitude is extended to Jim at Lakes Community Cooperative for spearheading the Feed-A-Family drive. It was a huge success again this year and helped many. Also, recognition is given to Frankie at Marie’s Hideaway for his continuing contributions to needy families, and his annual Thanksgiving Feast, which was free, but a freewill offering was available. This year his feast consisted of six turkeys and all the fixings and everyone had an excellent meal. A reminder to everyone that Marie’s

will be closed Jan. 20 until March 6. The community of Stone Lake thanks and appreciates everyone involved in helping and keeping our little town strong. We would also like to recognize and thank the local school bus drivers for their continuing and excellent service. A special note to all parents of all school bus riding children, please have them dressed warmly and ready to be picked up on time. Any delay puts the remaining students at risk of being exposed to this severely cold weather for longer periods. Looking forward, we hope the economy will improve and get local individuals back to work. Have an excellent week and the best to all in 2014! Mary Nilssen can be reached at 715-865-4008 or

here at Glenview with a large group enjoying cake and ice cream in her honor. Birthday blessings, Pat. A week ago, we, here at Glenview were treated to violin music given by Mia and Noah Reiner, grandchildren of Robyn and Jim Seitzer, who were here visiting from Omaha, Neb. Attitudes are contagious. Is yours worth catching? Keep warm and have a good week.

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Monday, Jan. 13: Salmon loaf, creamed peas, boiled potatoes, tropical fruit salad. Tuesday, Jan. 14: Chickenfried steak, cracked-pepper gravy, mashed potatoes, stewed tomatoes, fruited gelatin salad. Wednesday, Jan. 15: BBQ chicken, macaroni and cheese, Harvard beets, frozen yogurt. Thursday, Jan. 16: Spanish rice casserole, green beans, banana cream pie. Friday, Jan. 17: Pork chop in gravy, sweet potato, spinach salad, pear halves. 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 Brr, it’s cold! It continued to be cold on Monday and Tuesday. I’m tired of winter already and we have a good three months plus left. I’m ready for spring. Bah humbug, I say! Happy birthday to Allysha Feeney and also to Lisa Otto on Jan. 10. Have a great day girls. Jan. 11, birthday greetings go out to Jack Warren Kaiser as he enjoys his special day. Jan. 12, happy birthday to Pam Pomykala, Alissa Morgensen, Alyssa Hansen, Travis Vanderhoof, Rose Sexton, Emily Marie Dorweiler and to Lois Stellrecht. Have a great day. Happy anniversary greetings go out to Josh and Rana Cooper as they enjoy their special day, Jan. 12. Jan. 13, happy birthday to Ralph Smith way down in Edinburg, Texas, and also to Olivia Hile. Have a wonderful day. Happy birthday to a golden oldie who turns 88 years young on Jan. 14. Enjoy that special day Glen Crosby. Happy birthday wishes go out to Keolani Baumgart as she enjoys that special day Jan. 15. Have a great day. Birthday wishes go out to Robert Scheu as he enjoys that special day Jan. 16 with many more to come. Bob turns the ripe ol’ age of 21. Oh to be 21 again, right? Diane Hulleman tells us she went to Terraceview Living Center on Monday to help residents get ready for a party. Saturday Diane’s friend, Robin, from Lakeview Medical Center came to Diane’s. This Wednesday, Diane,

Grief support group announces winter session RICE LAKE — The Rice Lake Area Grief Support Group, winter session, provided and staffed by the Lakeview Medical Center Hospice Care program, will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 21. This group is open to adults who are grieving the death of a loved one. The program offers information about the grief process and gives an opportunity for people to share their thoughts and feelings in an environment of understanding and empathy. The group will meet for six weekly sessions, each Tuesday evening from 6-7:30 p.m., beginning Jan. 21 and continuing through Feb. 25. These sessions are provided free of charge but preregistration is required. For more information or to preregister, call 715-2368470. — from RLAGSG

by Pauline Lawrence Robin and her mom, plus others, were going by bus to Plymouth, Minn., to have lunch and watch a comedy play, “The Church Basement Ladies in The Last (Potluck) Supper. Kim Atkinson and Darren Sahlstrom were married Jan. 4 by pastor John Sahlstrom at Lake Park Alliance Church in Shell Lake. The bride’s attendants were Livia, Cassie, Brianna and Jannah. The groom’s attendants were Jesse Gronning, best man, and Nate, Tom and Luke. Sandy Atkinson tells us it was beautiful wedding with lots of people attending. A reception was held at the Shell Lake Community Center. Kim works at Economart while Darren attends school and works part time at Glenview. We wish the newlyweds many years of happiness. You know I’m certainly glad I don’t have to go to our barn with the weather so cold. Don’t get me wrong as I still miss my cows and the routine I had each day. But with it so cold everything would be frozen up, from the silo unloaders to the milking system, to the barn cleaner, plus a lot more. But it’s nice not to have to go out in this cold weather. Richy’s turkeys took their fateful ride to Barron. They came and got them and the sheds were empty by the weekend. It’s onward to more turkeys. It’s happy anniversary to Beth and Garry Crosby on their 41st wedding anniversary on Jan. 6. I put they were married 40 years. Sorry. Kyla and Iver Johnson were at their dad, Duane’s, Saturday, Dec. 28, through New Year’s Day. Kyla is a senior already. Where did time go? And Iver is a junior also. Man oh man! New Year’s. Do you have a New Year’s tradition that your family has each year? Well I do and I’ll tell you about it. As a kid in my parents’ home, on New Year’s Eve we always had herring and cream. It was herring, onions, vinegar and cream, and it was eaten with boiled potatoes. I think this was a recipe from my dad, who came to America when he was 3 years old with his mom. His dad was here already. Well, Mom always made this for New Year’s Eve. Do you know why? Well this was to make sure you had money all year round. And I myself believe in this tradition as I also had boiled potatoes with herring and cream. And it was yummy! I see the hunters didn’t get all the deer. Yes, in the fields I find lots of tracks of deer. Let’s hope deer season is better this year and they have many more deer to hunt. What it boils down to is the bears, coyotes and wolves get the little fawns as they did in 2013. I also see turkey

tracks around my house so they’re looking for a warmer place. The following is from Bill Holden, our Dewey Country treasurer. From 1-3 p.m. on every Tuesday since Dec. 31, through Jan. 28, Bill will be at the Dewey Town Hall to collect taxes. He will be there for those hours and will not accept tax payments at his house. Bill and his wife now live in Shell Lake. You can also mail them. Regarding dogs, Bill tells us that you will need proof of rabies vaccination, along with a valid up-to-date certification from your vet, along with a filled out and signed application and the appropriate fees. A license will not be issued without these three items. Dog license is due April 1. And who wants a fine of $154? Bill also tells us the dog license has to be a separate check. There was no church at Lakeview Methodist Church here in Dewey Country on Sunday. Also there was no church at Timberland. I understand that Monday morning it was 31 below zero and Tuesday it is to be 29 below and then warm up to 17 degrees below. Yippee! Kevin and Jess Best and son Caleb were at Jerry and Gretchen Best’s Dec. 26-29. They flew back to Florida on Dec. 30. It will be three years on Jan. 9 since I lost my Sunshine. I’ve had a great deal of change since he passed away. I’ve now sold my farm to son Richy and I have two acres with my house. No more milking cows, which I liked to do. Now the cows I hear are Richy’s Angus cattle. It’s an awful adjustment. I no longer to have to get up and head for the barn as I did for nearly 40 years. I now have my two pups and my cat, Muffin, who is 19 years old, but in good health. Talking with Janice Melton she says she is doing quite well and has taken a part-time job at a one of the local grocery stores. She’s waiting for a great-grand to be born soon. Butch and Loretta VanSelus went to church at the Church of the Nazarene in Danbury a week ago and after church they enjoyed the children’s Christmas program and later potluck lunch. Butch tells us he can’t quite decide if he likes to be retired as some days he thinks of the problems he had at work and is wondering if the guy who took his place is doing OK. No news is good news! I heard the temperature in the Twin Cities on Monday was 46 below zero with the wind chill. Brr. Hurry up spring! Scatter sunshine! Have a great week!

Yet, hike in federal collections raises total Wisconsin tax burden

enues have increased for four consecutive years, after dropping 24.9 percent in 2009. Unemployment insurance revenues totaled $1.1 billion in 2013, making it the third largest state tax. Although the corporate income tax is the most discussed business tax, collections from UI are roughly 25 percent larger. Despite another increase in the amount of wages subject to the tax – $14,000 unemployment insurance tax collections fell 3.3 percent in 2013. With unemployment falling, many businesses were subject to a lower UI rate, which more than offset the increase in taxable wages. Local tax collections increased 0.9 percent to $9.9 billion and claimed 4.1 percent of personal income. Local taxes were 4.2 percent of income in 2012. Because Wisconsin offers local governments few taxing options, most local collections are generated by property taxes. Net property taxes totaled $9.4 billion, 0.8 percent more than the prior year. Combined with last year’s 0.2 percent, the two-year increase of 1 percent is the smallest since 1998, the year after the state’s $1 billion buydown of school levies. Federal revenues grew for the third consecutive year, rising 6.6 percent to an estimated $44.2 billion in 2013. This growth is largely due to recent federal tax increases. As of last year, high earners are subject to higher income taxes, and the temporary reduction of Social Security withholding came to an end. Income and Social Security withholding, along with unemployment taxes, account for 86.2 percent of all federal tax collections. A free copy of The Wisconsin Taxpayer magazine’s report, “Gauging Wisconsin’s 2013 Taxes,” is available by visiting; emailing; calling 608-241-9789; or writing WISTAX at 401 North Lawn Ave., Madison, WI 53704-5033. - from WTA

State-local tax burden falls in 2013

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ADOPTABLE PETS OF THE WEEK My name is Ace, I’m a brown and white pit, I am pretty handsome, I have to admit. I’m just 2 years old, and they tell me I’m sweet, A good stable home would be more than a treat. I wasn’t real happy, so I ran away, And that’s why I’m here, I came in as a stray. So now I am here and am waiting for you, I know what they say about pits, it’s not true. Just give me a chance, you will see for yourself, Just like a fine wine, pits are really top-shelf. I can’t wait to play and take naps in the sun, With my own family, this is gonna be fun. Remember I’m Ace, it’s a great name you see, Because aces are best, they are best just like me. 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 and a 3-year-old brown/ white male pit bull mix. Cats for adoption: Three 10-week-old male black shorthair kittens; 1-year-old black female shorthair; 1-1/2year-old black/white female shorthair; 4-year-old spayed shorthair tortie; 4-month-old female Siamese; 7-year-old neutered/declawed black medium-hair; 2-year-old female seal point Siamese mix; 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; 4-1/2-year-old neutered gray/white shorthair; 3-year-old spayed black/white shorthair and four senior altered/declawed shorthair cats, two black, one tabby and one tortie. 

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MADISON - With state and local tax collections growing less than incomes, Wisconsin’s state-local tax burden fell from 11.5 percent to 11.3 percent of personal income in 2013. However, a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, “Gauging Wisconsin’s 2013 Taxes,” shows that the total tax burden rose from 29.4 percent to 29.7 percent of income due to increases in federal tax collections. The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance is a nonpartisan organization devoted to public policy research and citizen education. State taxes and fees totaled $17.4 billion in 2013, 2.8 percent more than in 2012. Because personal income rose faster (3.9 percent), the state tax burden dropped from 7.3 percent in 2012 to 7.2 percent of personal income in 2013. Revenues from three of the state’s four largest taxes increased this year. The largest source of tax revenue for the state is the individual income tax, which, at $7.5 billion, accounted for 43.0 percent of state collections in 2013. Collections were up 6.5 percent from the previous year. These figures do not reflect income tax cuts in the 2013-15 state budget. The state’s second largest source of tax revenue is the 5.5-percent sales tax, accounting for about a quarter of all state taxes. Collections rose 2.8 percent to $4.4 billion in 2013. Corporate income taxes are more volatile than any other state tax. Continued economic growth helped them increase 2.1 percent to $925.4 million in 2013, down from the 6.3-percent jump in 2012. Corporate income tax rev-


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Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is accepting applications from qualified candidates for a full-time Media Technician at the Rice Lake Campus. Qualifications include an Associate degree plus two years’ related work experience or four years’ related work experience or a combination of related education and work experience totaling five years. Hours for this position are Monday - Thursday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Fridays, and the possibility of some Saturdays. For a complete list of qualifications and to apply visit our website at TTY: Wisconsin Relay System - 711 Deadline to apply: Jan. 16, 2014

WITC is an Equal Opportunity/Access Employer and Educator. NOTICE TO ALL WASHBURN COUNTY DOG OWNERS

Pursuant to WI Stat. 174.052, notice is hereby given to all Washburn County dog owners that you are required to license and vaccinate for rabies, under the provisions of WI Stat. 95.21(2), any dog over 5 months of age. (Statute defines a “dog owner” as anyone who owns, harbors or keeps a dog.) The license year is defined as January 1 - December 31. Minimum Dog License fees are as follows: $5.00 for spayed or neutered dogs, $10.00 for unspayed or unneutered dogs. Local municipalities may supplement these fees, please check with your local treasurer for current fee amount. Multiple dog license fees are: $50 for up to 12 dogs and $5.00 for each additional dog. Dogs not licensed by April 1, or within 30 days of acquiring ownership, or after reaching 5 months of age, are subject to a late fee of not less than $5.00 per dog. Owners who fail to license or vaccinate a dog pursuant to the above statutes are subject to citation and forfeiture. Dog licenses are obtained through your local municipal treasurer. Lolita Olson, Washburn County Clerk 598316 21r WNAXLP


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WITC is an Equal Opportunity/Access Employer and Educator.


TOWN OF SARONA Notice Is Hereby Given That The Sarona Town Board Will Be Meeting On Mon., Jan. 13, 2014, At 7 p.m. At The Sarona Town Hall

The agenda shall be posted one day prior to meeting. Victoria Lombard, Clerk 598355 21r

(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

Dustin E. Riley, Shell Lake, disorderly conduct, $243.00, local jail, costs; bail jumping, $243.00, local jail, costs; disorderly conduct, $243.00, local jail. Terran J. Adams, Hayward, seat belt violation, $18.00. Casey J. Aronson, Spooner, speeding, $200.50. Shelbi N. Brookshire, Baltimore, Md., speeding, $175.30. Sharon E. Cooper, Sarona, speeding, $175.30. Reid W. Ferguson, Black Creek, operating with PAC >0.08<0.15, $691.50, license revoked 6 months, alcohol assessment. (Dec. 25, Jan. 1, 8) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY Associated Bank, N.A. Plaintiff, vs. KELLY J. NELSON Defendant. Case No. 13-CV-38 Hon. Eugene Harrington Br. 1 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that by virtue of a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-captioned action on July 12, 2013, in the amount of $122,864.85, the Sheriff or his Designee will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: January 22, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. PLACE: In the North Entrance of Washburn County Courthouse, 10 4th Avenue, Shell Lake, WI 54871. DESCRIPTION: Lot Three (3), Eastland Addition to the City of Spooner, Washburn County, Wisconsin. Tax Key: 65-281-239-12-29-5 15-262-501000. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1201 Badger Street, Spooner, WI 54801-5400. TERMS: Cash; down payment required at the time of Sheriff’s Sale in the amount of 10% by cash, money order, cashier’s check or certified check made payable to the Washburn County Clerk of Courts; balance of sale price due upon confirmation of sale by Court. Property to be sold as a whole “as is” and subject to all real estate taxes, accrued and accruing, special assessments, if any, penalties and interest. Purchaser to pay the cost of title evidence. Sheriff Terrence C. Dryden Washburn County, Wisconsin Plaintiff’s Attorney: Mallery & Zimmerman, S.C. 500 Third Street, Suite 800 P.O. Box 479 Wausau, WI 54402-0479 715-845-8234 597715 WNAXLP

Valencia M. Fremont, Webster, seat belt violation, $10.00. Misty L. Ganser, Trego, speeding, $200.50. Sherry L. Harshman, Springbrook, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Shannon L. Hendrickson, Shell Lake, operating while suspended, $200.50. Sandra K. Hershey, Birchwood, speeding, $175.30. Paula S. Keller, Hayward, speeding, $175.30. Jordan L. Logghe, Glenwood City, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. David A. Lunde, Oregon, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Daniel M. Mayer, Bloomer, speeding, $175.30. Tressa R. Nielsen, South Range, speeding, $250.90; operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Maria L. Nunez, Green Bay, speeding, $200.50. Daniel B. O’Brien, Golden Valley, Minn., operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Richard R. Shreve, Boynton Beach, Fla., speeding, $175.30. Jacob E. Stauffer, Stone Lake, operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Ralph E. Wilkinson, Spooner, dog owner failure to pay license, $154.10.

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Notice is hereby given that the Bashaw Town Board shall hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, at 6 p.m., at the Bashaw Town Hall. Agenda: Call meeting to order; minutes from the December 10, 2013, town meeting; treasurer’s report; public input; permits/applications; truck/grader; set next meeting date; approve vouchers and adjourn meeting. A current agenda will also be posted at the following sites: Corner of Tozer Lake Road and Green Valley Road, corner of Sand Road and Sunset Road and N3410 Sawyer Creek Road, Shell Lake, WI 54871 (Town Hall) Lesa Dahlstorm, Clerk Town of Bashaw 598427 21r WNAXLP



HAZARDOUS MATERIALS COMMUNITY RIGHT-TO-KNOW Public Law 99-499 is the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1926, Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 186 (SARA Fund). This law was enacted to protect and inform all citizens of the existence of hazardous chemicals that may be manufactured, stored, distributed or used in a community. Information about these hazardous chemicals and locations is available for public review during business hours at the Washburn County Office of Emergency Management (715468-4730) located at 421 Hwy. 63, Shell Lake, WI. Information available is limited to compliance with P.L. 99499 and does not include all chemicals that may pose a threat to humans, animals or the environment. Telephone inquiries as to specific information in the files will not be accepted. Copies of documents may be made at the expense of the requester and at rates established by the 598176 21r County.

This beautiful 4-BR, 3-bath, 3,000+ sq.-ft. home sits on 7.26 acres of woods in the city of Spooner. A large kitchen/dining room, master bedroom suite, hardwood floors, large covered porch and large deck are just a few of the many features of this home. If you want privacy of country living with the convenience of city living, this is the home for you! 598419 21-22rp

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is accepting applications from qualified candidates for a full-time Business Office Technician – Student Financials. Qualifications include an Associate degree in accounting or related field. Prior related work experience strongly preferred. Knowledge of and proficiency in the use of a computer, computer applications and software such as email, word processing and spreadsheet programs. For a complete list of qualifications and to apply visit our website at TTY: Wisconsin Relay System - 711 Deadline to apply: Jan. 15, 2014

(Dec. 25, Jan. 1, 8) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF ROBERT L. MILTON Order Setting Deadline for Filing a Claim (Formal Administration) Case No. 13 PR 62 A petition for formal administration was filed. THE COURT FINDS: 1. The decedent, with date of birth August 24, 1937, and date of death October 29, 2013, was domiciled in Washburn County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of W9315 Woodyard Rd., Shell Lake, WI 54871. 2. All interested persons waived notice. THE COURT ORDERS 1. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is March 12, 2014. 2. A claim may be filed at the Washburn County Courthouse, Shell Lake, Wisconsin. BY THE COURT: Eugene D. Harrington Circuit Court Judge December 11, 2013 Kathryn zumBrunnen Box 96 Spooner, WI 54801 715-635-3174 Bar No.: 1016913 597716 WNAXLP

Nicholas E. Baker, Shell Lake, disorderly conduct of resisting of obstructing an officer, $299.00. Jeffery A. Colegrove, Springbrook, operating without carrying license, $150.10. Reginald L. Collins, Spooner, burglary, $518.00, probation, sent. withheld. Bryon T. Hobscheid, Spooner, disorderly conduct, $838.95, restitution. Alex G. Laporte, Spooner, possession of THC, $299.00. Jason L. Lindner, Spooner, bail jumping, $243.00, local jail, costs. Tania J. Milton, Sarona, failure to attach ear tag to deer carcass, $2,268.00, probation, sent. withheld; resisting or obstructing an officer, $243.00, probation, sent. withheld.

To find out more about this home or to schedule a showing, please call 715-635-5262. Asking Price





Shell Lake School District receives grant Danielle Moe | Staff writer SHELL LAKE — Bosch, a worldwide technology manufacturer, has approved a grant of $19,730 to the Shell Lake School District. The grant, funded through the Bosch Community Fund Board of Trustees, will go to three district initiatives: the Science Olympiad program, the robotics program and technical education equipment. Science Olympiad is an extracurricular club for students in seventh through 12th grade that shows how science works, emphasizes problem solving and helps students build an understanding of science concepts. Robotics builds students’ abilities of learning, teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking and creativity. Currently the district owns only one robotics kit that can be used by one student at a time.  With this grant money the district plans to expand their robotics program from the Gifted and Talented Program to become districtwide.  

According to Jim Connell, school superintendent, the technology education department will be able to offer more up-to-date course offerings and activities and this fits perfectly with some of the technology initiatives already in place within that department. “We are very happy to have a business that supports education as much as Bosch Packaging does in our community,” stated Connell. In the last two years the school has received donations totaling nearly $30,000 from Bosch for technology, the school forest and garden projects. Implemental in assessing the district’s needs for these programs were staff members Keri Jensen, community education coordinator; Bob Forsythe, technology education instructor; Kelly Lehnert, high school science teacher; Anne Bryan, Gifted and Talented coordinator; and Jim Connell, superintendent.


Food service at Shell Lake Schools

Shell Lake Schools food service director Josh Schmidt greets every student as they check in for their lunch, including Kayla McCarthy and Cassie Skattebo. With everything computerized, the traditional lunch card is a thing of the past.

Fran Nielsen ladles out the meatballs for the pasta and meatball lunch. The students are given as much as they want to eat. Zachary Irvine, Trinity Campbell, Tayla Lundberg and Camryn Nasman shown are in the serving line.

Shell Lake Schools participated in the Science Olympiad 2013-14 Boyceville Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 7, with 45 students attending. The Shell Lake Gold Team that took first place against 25 other teams from Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois are shown, back row (L to R): Andrew Dahlstrom, Isaac Otterson, Sabrina Skindzelewski, Michael Monson and Seth Olson. Middle: Daniel Parish, Jenny Connell, Calista Holman, Dee Andrysiak and Katie Slater. Front: Shania Pokorny, Kelsey Egbert, Tia Carlson, Keagan Blazer and coach Kelly Lehnert. — File photo

Waffles are returning SHELL LAKE – The Shell Lake Education Foundation is holding its annual waffle feed Friday night, Jan. 17, serving from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the high school commons. It is in conjunction with a Lady Lakers basketball game, so you have the option to enjoy both events if you like. The famous Dad’s Belgian

Waffles will provide the all-you-can-eat 9-inch malted waffles with plenty of varieties of toppings, along with link sausages and a beverage. Come and enjoy a meal while supporting Shell Lake education and stay for the game and support Shell Lake athletics. - submitted

The lunchroom is a place for the students to eat their lunch and socialize. No one stands over your shoulder to make sure you eat all your peas. Sitting at the table in the foreground (L to R) are: Tayla Lundberg, Camryn Nasman, Heidi Dougard, Ashton Smith and Katie Melton.

Photos by Larry Samson

Shell Lake School Menu Breakfast Monday, Jan. 13: Bagel or mini cinnamon roll. Tuesday, Jan. 14: Cheddar and egg biscuit or 3-berry bar and muffin. Wednesday, Jan. 15: French toast sticks or ultimate breakfast round. Thursday, Jan. 16: Yogurt parfait or muffin and cheese stick. Friday, Jan. 17: Laker pizza 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. 13: Sloppy joes. Tuesday, Jan. 14: Taco day. Wednesday, Jan. 15: Chicken or cheese quesadilla. Thursday, Jan. 16: Chicken wrap. Friday, Jan. 17: Hot dog or brat. 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.

Vishav Monga serves himself at the salad bar. The salad bar is popular with many of the healthconscious students. It offers many healthy choices. The old idea of one size fits all has given way to a more user-friendly customized lunch.

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Riding the slopes

Back from college for the holiday break, Johannah Feeney takes her cousins, Elli and Noah Lauterbach, for a ride down the sled hill at the old school. The 30-degree temperatures on Friday, Dec. 27, made for a perfect day on the hill. Gina, Jake and Aaron Smith ride a tube down the hill. Sledding is a great family activity.

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Serving Lunch & Dinner Daily! Homemade Soup & Pie. Homemade Pizza. Lunch & Dinner Specials. Bar Open Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m. Kitchen Open Daily 11 a.m.

Larry Samson, a member of the Register staff, took to the sliding hill by the Shell Lake Arts Center on Friday, Dec. 27. — Photo by Gina Smith

Open 7 days a week. Serving Food Sun. - Thurs. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.


• Surf & Turf • New York Strip • Bacon-Wrapped Scallops • Scallop Dinner • Prime Rib Sandwich

Photos by Larry Samson unless noted


Ron Cervantes and his son, Evan, scope out the hill looking for a different trail to take. Living in Orlando, Fla., they do not get many opportunities to go sledding. This was Evan’s second day on the hill, and he was already talking about coming back the next day.

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Nancy Christel and her son, Logan, start down the hill on their sled. Sledding is a metaphor for life, the hill takes you where it wants to and you hang on for the ride.

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