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A Look Back At The Times

On August 24 the Turtle Lake High School Class of 1955 held their 55th class reunion at the John and Gurine Gall farm. Attending the reunion were Aletha Pabst Eder, Agnes Schramski Wolf, Yvonne Dold Fredricks, Janice Tarman Robarge, Janet Pabst Marlett, Virginia Richter Feirtag, Marilyn Koba Zurcher, Bruce McDonald, John Gall, Gerald Kolstad, Wilbur Fredricks, Stanley Koehler, Scott Helbig, Gary Paterson, Jack Fredric, Marvin Eischen.
For the seventh year local walker, Sandy Molls, put a team in the Lomen 3-Day for the Cure walk held in the Twin Cities, beginning at the Southdale Center in Edina and traveling 60 miles through St. Paul/Minneapolis, concluding at the Minnesota State Capitol grounds. The Sole Sisters, Molls and first year walker Bonnie Peterson, set out on this walk Friday through Sunday, August 19-21, centering their efforts on not only raising money but also raising awareness of breast cancer. This year the Susan G. Komen for the Cure raised an increadible $5.3-million.
The Lakers made it 2-0 in conference play this past week, keeping pace with Cameron and Clayton, as they knocked off the Prairie Farm Panthers in three straight games at home Thursday night, September 1. Toria Westlund led the Laker hitters with 14 kills. Nikki Webert added 7. Ashley Lahti led the setting department with 27 assists. As a team the Lakers knotched 18 aces, led by Lahti with 11 and Shelby Graf with four. Westlund led the front nrow with four blocks. Hope Kuhl had a pair of solo blocks. In the back row Alexis Kirk and Westlund led the team with six digs each.
Max Molls, a freshman competing in his first year of cross-country, finished his first 5000-meter race with a time of 32:23 in Spooner. Seven Turtle Lake athletes are participating on the Cumberland/Turtle Lake team. In the girls 4000 meter race, coming in first for Cumberland/Turtle Lake was Libby DeJardin with a time of 20:40. She was followed by Shannell Peterson with a time of 21:41 and Elly West at 22:25.

On Thursday, September 6, Opale (Grannie) Cornwall will celebrate her 100th birthday. Opale is the daughter of Bert Hart and Susie Gaffney Hart. She had five sisters and two brothers. Opale married Wesley Cornwall on April 23, 1921. They had two children, Jean (Mrs. Stan Stary) and Jerry, both of Turtle Lake. Opale has three grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. Her husband died in 1962.
Opal worked in the family hardware store until 1974 when she retired at the age of 73. She was a member of the Turtle Lake Eastern Star Primrose Chaper #234. In 1978, after being a member for 50 years, she was made a Lifetime Member. In 1980 she became a member of the Clear Lake Royal Chapter #98. She was a lifelong member of St. Phillips Episcopal Church in Turtle Lake and for many years took care of the altar and linens.
A birthday celebration will be held Staurday, September 8, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Ritsche Pavilion in the Village of Turtle Lake Park.
Every Saturday until the end of April Ellen Skrupky, French horn extraordinaire at Turtle Lake, will be traveling to Highland Park, Minnesota to rehearse with the Minnesota Youth Symphony Orchestra. For concerts will be performed throughout the season at Orchestra Hall, the final concert in conjunction with the Minnesota Orchestra.
Curves for Women, a women’s-only workout center, opened their doors for business Monday, August 27 in the Turtle Lake Mini-Mall next to Speedy’s Family Fun Center on Hwy. 8 & 63, just west of Turtle Lake. Local owner, Deanna Haselhuhn, says, “When you diet alone 40% of the weight you lose is muscle. Muscles are the engines of our bodies that require fuel. Strength training protects and increases lean tissue while raising metabolism. The Curves workout is strength training women will do.”
A pair of late scores against the second stringers is all that prevented the Laker football squad from chalking up an impressive shutout over the Frederic Vikings last Friday night on the road. The Lakers were up 42-0 when the Vikings managed a pair of touchdowns in the last four minutes of the game. Leading the Laker rushers was Sean Stalpes with 129 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries. Mike Pabst chewed up 110 yards on nine carries and a score while Bob Popenhagen had 101 yards on 16 carries and a pair of scores. Brent King also had some big yardage as he broke through for 43 yards on three carries.
Local golfer Keefe Tarman turned in an ace last Thursday morning at Echo Hills Golf Course. Keefe recorded his hole-in-one on the par 3, 86-yard hole #4. By accounts the shot hit short and rolled right in. This is Echo Hills second hole-in-one since it’s opening, but the first on #4.
The Turtle Lake Lioness Club sponsored a team to walk in the “Relay for Life” contest held in St. Croix Falls recently. The team walked 99.25 miles, raising $1,744.00 for the American Cancer Society. Members included Bonnie Peterson, Margie Stary, Bobbi Fick, Diane Bussewitz, Cheryl Leisz, Cindy King, Marlys Fredericks and Pam Young.

While they didn’t have a yearbook or a class picnic, the 1941 Class of Turtle Lake had a glorious, well planned, well attended 50th class reunion. Twenty-seven of the original thirty-five members of the class gathered at Turtle Inn for the occasion.
Attending the reunion were James O’Brian, Marjorie Barrett Shortess, Rose Battcher Morley, Lorraine Beecroft Miller, MaryAnn Wukmir Brass, Joyce Miller Gossman, Lorraine Feidt Wold, Dante Perrin, Gladys Leisz Wick, Elaine Anderson Stary, Anne Falb Stegmeir, Ermagene Carlson Kuhl, Ruth Jansen Sirianni, Lorraine Johnson Villman, Dola Henning Ritchie, Martha Osterman Feiertag, Kevin Hart, Harold Fredrick, Harold Catlin, John Keiffer, Arvid Anderson, A.J. Perrault, Bill Gates, Gertrude Krecker Rayment, Howard Simon, Lorraine Lambert Erickson and Bette Shane Klinkhammer.
Brent Just, Turtle Lake Auto Stop, was one of three managers recently honored at the 20th Anniversary Awards Banquet at St. Croix Meadows Greyhound Race Park in Hudson. Five stores were recognized for special achievement in store performance in 1991.
A safety scored by the Turtle Lake Lakers against the Prairie Farm Panthers on the opening kickoff proved to be the margin a victor for the Lakers in an 8-6 season opener at Prairie Farm. First year coach Ed Hougdahl said he was real pleased with the defensive effort by the entire team. He also felt both teams had played an excellent season opening game. Ben Seiser led the Lakers with 66 yards, followed by fullback Ryan Shortess with 57 yards.

SEPTEMBER 10, 1981
Margie Stary of Turtle Lake does not speak the language of bureaucracy, and all the plain English she could summon won not a penny of government aid for the Preschool Playhouse child-care center.
The center on the Polk-Barron county line in northwestern Wisconsin is going deeper into debt every day, she said. Meanwhile, federal day-care dollars go elsewhere, most likely to Milwaukee.
“At first they didn’t even admit they had the money,” she related. “If we don’t come up with ta thousand dollars, we’re sunk.” Milwaukee County, with a quarter of Wisconsin’s population, gets half of the nearly $4.8 million in federal daycare money distributed by the State. Polk County gets $14,000.00.

Daniel G. Vink, Range, was a drowning victim on Horseshoe Lake about two o’clock Saturday afternoon, September 4.
Danny, in company with friends, was participating in water sports using an inner tube for support. Somehow he lost control of his inner tube in approximately ten feet of water. He was unable to swim and sank before help could reach him. His body was recovered some twenty minutes later.
Last week Harold and Metta Lange, owners of The Times, were included among the large Turtle Lake contingent of AMPI guests that attended the second annual convention of the Associated Milk Producers, Inc. at Chicago.
Friday evening guests participated in the largest indoor luncheon under one roof in history. The 25,000 luncheon guests waited in line for an average of two hours. It was reported one of the cuases of the long wait was that food inspectors held up serving on account of some food holding temperaturs being below 180 degrees.
We were impressed with the reception President Nixon received with some 16 ovations during his speech.

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