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A Look Back at The Times

SEPTEMBER 22, 2011
Approximately two dozen employees and staff are on temporary layoff following the announcement that the Kerry, Inc. plant, located in downtown Turtle Lake, will be closing its doors. According to a notice received by the village the official closing date is November 11, 2011. The company produced soy flour and soy protein. They were also involved in the recent talks regarding the proposed digester but had no agreement with GreenWhey. Their leaving Turtle Lake will not have any effect on the digester plans.
Tasha Henck, a sophomore at Turtle Lake High School, was nominated to become a member of the Wisconsin Ambassador of Music Association. This honor is not arrived at easily. The student must first be nominated by a music professional in their life, and then the nomination is sent to the Association. They review the nomination and make the selection.
The 2011 Homecoming Court was recently announced. This year’s court included Zach Johnson, Lizzy Braml, Jakob Braml, Elly West, Nathan Thornwall, Libby DeJardin, Nick Herzan, Ashley Lahti, Hunter Cardinal and Sarah Orf.
The Laker football squad suffered their second straight defeat last Friday night when the Luck Cardinals handed them a 33-16 loss at Luck. Both teams were playing with key players out due to injury. Key injuries for the Lakers were Hunter Moen with a broken hand and Hunter Cardinal out due to a concussion suffered the week before.
Turtle Lake author, Theresa Weir, releases her memoir entitled The Orchard on Wednesday, September 21st. The memoir is being well-reviewed by book critics and has even beelnselected by Oprah Winfrey as a book to read in the October issue of Oprah magazine.
The Wisconsin State Pedal Pull was held Saturday, September 17 in Mondovi, WI. Mackenzie Symbal placed 1st in the 5-year old girls class with a full pull. There were 12 girls in her class. She is now able to advance to the National Pedal Pull to be held in Mitchell, South Dakot at the Corn Palace Saturday, September 24. Also qualifying for the National Pull is Makayla Fagerlin, a sixth grader at Turtle Lake Middle School, with a third place finish at the State Pull. In addition, Makayla’s mother, Val, brought home the first place plaque in the female division of 18-years old and over. “There’s still women older than me that are pulling so I can’t quit yet. Val won the plaque with a pull of 26-feet and earned bragging rights for the State of Wisconsin.
The Laker volleyball gals suffered their first defeat of the regular season when they faced a tough Cameron squad, at Cameron, last Tuesday night. The girls rebounded with a 3-1 win over the Clayton Bears at home the following Thursday evening.

SEPTEMBER 20, 2001
Last Thursday, September 13 the Turtle Lake Fire Department was called to the John Lindsley residence at approximately 2:15 p.m. The fire destroyed their garage and everything inside including a camper. The heat coming from the fire melted siding on the house.
During the Parks Committee meeting of the Turtle Lake Village Board Parks Committee Chair Bill Scribner accepted a check on behalf of the Village for $2000 from Turtle Lake Lions Club president Ken Ahlberg as a donation from the Lions Club to the Village for improvements to the Village Park. This continues the long-standing cooperative relationship between the Village and Lions Club to maintain and improve the Village Park for the enjoyment of the public.
The 2001 Homecoming court was introduced. The court included Heathe Becker, Sheena Anderson, Rachel Glinski, JoDee Almsted , Karmon Olsvig, Sean Stalpes, Brandon Graber, Mike Pabst, Justin Hoffman and Nate Hubbard.
The Laker volleyball squad played host to the Cameron Comets Tuesday, September 11, which ended in a four-game match. In game one the Lakers started out with a 6-0 lead with Tiffany Moriak serving. The Comets, taking a timeout and a couple of sideouts, gave Kari Berg the serve, who served up five points to cut the lead to 6-5. The Lakers went on to win the contest 3-1 by scores of 15-9, 15-5 and 16-14.
The Laker football team traveled to Webster Friday evening and came home with a 58-13 victory. Sean Stalpes led the rushers with 212 yards on 9 carries and four touchdowns. Brent King added 82 yards on five carries and a touchdown. The Lakers out-gained the Tigers 406 – 135 in total yards. The Laker defense forced five fumbles, recovering them all.

SEPTEMBER 19, 1991
On Friday, September 6, 128 Turtle Lake elementary students were treated to ice cream out on the school lawn. These students from grades 1 – 6 had chosen to take part in the summer reading project and had met their goal of reading at least six books during the summer vacation. “Pick a Book and Picnic”, this year’s project, was sponsored jointly by Community Ed., RIF and the school district.
The Laker girls’ volleyball team remains undefeated in the West Lakeland Conference with a 5-0 record. The Lakers added conference victories over Shell Lake and Minong Northwood and a non-conference win over Unity in play last Week. On Tuesday evening they defeated Shell Lake 15-5, 15-6 and Unity 15-11 and 15-5.
After recovering a Bruce fumble on the first play of the game, only to give up possession of the ball on the third play, again by a fumble, the Turtle Lake Lakers forced Bruce to a punt on their own series of downs and began a march that ended with Ben Seiser’s 27-yard run for Turtle Lake’s first score in a 25-0 win over the Red Raiders.

SEPTEMBER 24, 1981
On September 20, 1981, the Parkview United Methodist Church held ground breaking ceremonies in preparation for the erection of a new bell tower. This tower will house the bell of the merged Perley Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church of Turtle Lake.
Beginning September 28 Lake Aire Insurance Agency will be in their new home on Martin Avenue, next to Licht’s Star Market. Jim & Karen Kuntz, owners, and their assistants have been busy remodeling the former Nora Dunneman home into offices. Jim began working at Lake Aire Agency in October 1978 and purchased the agency from Donald Wick in March 1980.
John Prewitt, of Turtle Lake, has been cast as Eddy Edwards in the University of Wisconsin Center – Barron County’s all theater production of Forty Carats. Prewitt’s previous acting experience includes role of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Albert Peterson in Bye, Bye Birdie and Francis Fryer in Calamity Jane at Turtle Lake High School.
Dale Hellstern and Mark Ritsche each scored twice as the Turtle Lake Lakers football team broke into the win column Friday night, pasting the Clayton Bears 39-6 in a non-conference clash at Clayton.

SEPTEMBER 23, 1971
This week the new 1972 automobiles will be on display in dealer showrooms throughout the nation. Area car dealers are holding open house on Thursday and Friday and invite everyone to come in and enjoy free coffee and doughnuts while looking over the new models.
Bents Motor Service at Comstock will show off their new Pontiacs and Jarchow & Andersen the new Chevrolets on Thursday, September 23. Turtle Lake Motor Co., Inc. will be serving free coffee and doughnuts along with the showing of the new Fords on Friday, September 24.
Patrons at the Red Carpet were treated to come very fine music Sunday evening when friends of the new owner, Jimmie Messicci, came to wish him good luck in his new venture and to join him in playing for everyone’s enjoyment. Rueben Ristrom very ably played the guitar and banjo as Garnet Thurier supplied the beat on his drums and Jimmie played his accordion. Rueben can be seen at the Blue Ox while Garnet can be seen at the Gay 90s, both in Minneapolis.
This past week Tom Braml, a Turtle Lake high school senior led the Laker squad as a defensive player. To prove he can also dish it out on offense he dropped a dandy eight point buck with his bow and arrow near his home Tuesday afternoon after school.
The Turtle Lake Lakers won their first regular conference game of the season Friday afternoon as they topped the Shell Lake Lakers by a 12-2 score on the Shell Lake field. Ray Hanson put the Lakers on the scoreboard with a 33 yard run in the first quarter. Randy King added another touchdown as he scampered 73 yards in the second quarter. Turtle Lake marched 202 yards on the ground plus 7 yards passing for a total of 209 yards. Shell Lake was held to 58 yards rushing and gained 105 yards out of 35 passed for a total of 163 yards.

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