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A Look Back

OCTOBER 13, 2011

Grace Bergstrom, Cushing, received $25 in Chamber Bucks for having the largest pumpkin in the Wisconsin Colorfest giant pumpkin contest held at the Turtle Lake Village Park on Saturday, October 1. The pumpkin weighed in at 470 pounds. The Giant Pumpkin Contest was held by the Turtle Lake Garden Club.

On Thursday, October 6 the Barron County Sheriff’s Department and the Turtle Lake Police Department executed two separate search warrants at properties located in the Village of Turtle Lake and at a residence in the Township of Almena. Recovered during the search warrants were several stolen trailers and heavy construction equipment.

For her dedication and commitment to the local Turtle Lake Lioness Club and for serving the community at a variety of functions, Joyce Booth has been named Lioness of the Year by her peers. Booth was recognized and honored at a recent Lioness Club meeting. She was also recognized for her perfect attendance of three years.

The Lakers entered last Friday evening’s game with a 3-3 conference record, needing one win out of the final two games to make the playoffs. In one of the sloppier contests all year the Lakers and Bruce Raiders combined to fumble the ball a dozen times, losing it seven of those times. The only scoring of the game came in the second quarter as the Lakers found the endzone twice to defeat the Red Raiders 12-6. Nick Herzan led the rushing attack with 134 yards on 24 carries, including a 57-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter. Hunter Cardinal had 66 yards on 19 carries.

Following a three-game sweep of the Northwood Evergreens on Tuesday evening, October 4, the Lakers hosted the conference’s undefeated Cameron Comets on Thursday night and took the Comets to five games before losing a heartbreaker 15-10. Toria Westlund led the Laker hitters with 23 kills in the five-game match. Shelby Graf had 15 and Ashley Lahti 11. The Comets were led by Hannah Bailey with 18 and Molly Brion with 15.



OCTOBER 11, 2001

SCI Enclosures (formerly CMS Hartzell) Wellness Club sponsored its Eighth Annual Blood Drive at their Turtle Lake facility. The Red Cross Bloodmobile staff was kept very busy as 44 pints of blood were donated by associates of the plant. This exceeded the facility’s goal of 40 pints.


The United States Achievement Academy announced Jacob Jensen, Turtle Lake, has been named a United States National Winner in Science. This award is a prestigious honor very few students can ever hope to attain. In fact, the Academy recognizes fewer that 10% of all American high school students. Jacob, who attends Turtle Lake Schools, was nominated for this national award by Steve Bergmann, a teacher at the school.

A thirty-six point first half lead Friday evening vaulted the Lakers over the Bruce Raiders and kept the Lakers unbeaten thus far in the 2001 campaign. Sean Stalpes led the rushers with 194 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns. Mike Pabst added 100 yards on 14 carries and a score, and Brent King had 79 yards on three carries and a touchdown. Bob Popenhagen rushed seven times for 42 yards and a pair of scores. Rounding out the rushers was Jim Pabst with 37 yards on five carries and Luke Paulson with seven yards on a pair of carries. Brandon Graber, as he has done all year, led the Laker defense with a dozen tackles.

The Laker gals used the Clayton Bears to get back on the winning track last Tuesday night at home, but then lost a tough one last Thursday night to the conference leading Shell Lake Lakers on the road. Jamie Danca led the Laker hitters against Clayton with 11 kills. Stephanie Hason had 7 kills while Jamie Hoffman added 5.

Tony Hellstern and Dusty Ranallo participated in the Section 1 FFA Tractor Driving Contest this past summer at the Barron County Fairgrounds in Rice Lake. Both of these members have extensive experience in the area of machinery operation and did a fine job, earning silvers in the contest.


OCTOBER 10, 1991

Members of the Turtle Lake Fire Department took a group of Turtle Lake Elementary students on a tour through “Pluggie”, the fire safety house during Pluggie’s recent visit to Turtle Lake. The house was in Turtle Lake to help teach fire safety to our school children. The visit was co-sponsored by the Fire Department, Turtle Lake Lioness Club and Turtle Lake Elementary School. Some lessons taught were how to open five different style windows, how to check doors for smoke and heat, “stop-drop-and roll”, crawling beneath the smoke and heat, the importance of a designated meeting place outside the house and the importance of knowing the emergency number.

Brianne Wurtinger pushed for just “one more inch” as she pedaled her way to first place in the 6-year old girl’s class of the State Pedal Tractor Pull in Osceola on September 22. Brianne qualified to go on to the National Pull on September 28 in Omaha, Nebraska, which she was unable to attend.

In the annual “Battle of the Lakers”, it was the Shell Lake Lakers who emerged victorious Friday evening as they defeated the Turtle Lake Lakers 20-0 at Shell Lake. Shell Lake’s running back Mike Durand was the leading offensive player, rushing for 154 yards in 25 carries and catch two passes for 38 yards. He also scored all three of his team’s touchdowns.

The Laker girls brought their West Lakeland Conference standing to 11-0 with wins over Prairie Farm, 15-1, 15-6 and 15-3, and Shell Lake, 15-5, 15-8 and 15-11, this past week.


OCTOBER 15, 1981

As a result of a prohibited practice filed by Northwest United Educators (NUE) for the Turtle Lake teachers, the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission found the Board of Education and Administration of the Turtle Lake School District guilty of violating Wisconsin law 111.70 by refusing to bargain collectively with NUE and by interfering with the rights of NUE members through bargaining with individuals rather than with the representative of all the teachers.

Dan Helling has been awarded a Certificate of Achievement for his completion of a two-day refrigeration sealed system seminar through Whirlpool. Dan, who has been employed at Turtle Lake Implement for the past 5-1/2 years, also graduated from District One Technical Institute in Eau Claire in May after completing the one-year Appliance Servicing program.

Sunday, October 18 has been set as the date for dedication services at St. Ann Parish in Turtle Lake. St. Ann’s has recently undergone considerable reconstruction and decorating due to the extensive damage caused by fire on July 30, 1980. The building was struck by lightening and the resulting fire spread into the heavily insulated area between the ceiling and the roof.

Richard and Eleanor Pearson, owners of Pearson’s Outlet in Turtle Lake, will hold their Grand Opening at their new store in Turtle Lake this weekend. The Pearson’s are well known in the area having owned and operated Pearson’s Store on Cty. E north of Hwy. 8 for years.

On Tuesdy, October 13, the Lakerettes traveled to Cameron for a conference volleyball match. Turtle Lake spiked the ball well and was victorious over the Comets by scores of 15-3 and 15-12. The Lakerettes also took the extra game by a score of 15-7. Sheri Hansen, Diane Bussewitz and Debbie Carlson each had several point winning attacks in the winning effort. The win gives the local team a 5-1 record with one conference match remaining.

The Turtle Lake Lakers struck early, then took advantage of Bruce misplays to blast the out-manned Red Raiders 26-0 Thursday night at Bruce. Mark Ritsche rolled for 101 yards to lead the running attack while Steve Elfers grabbed two Dale Hellstern passes for 89 yards. Mark Kuhl, Tom Hanson, Jeff Hart and Ritsche were the bulwarks of a stingy defense that allowed only three first downs and no scoring chances.


OCTOBER 14, 1971

It’s Homecoming Week at Turtle Lake High School this week. A bonfire and skit night is planned for Thursday evening for the student body. Football captain Tom Braml will announce who will be the 1971 Homecoming Queen at the bonfire that evening. Candidates this year are Terri Bruner, Dorothy Halberg, Debbie Krecker, Nancy Kuntz and Sue Ludy.

Ken Segner, Turtle Lake, Sam Nafzger and Richard Larson of S. Wayne, Wis., and Wendel Brunkow and Werner Zimmerman, Jr. of Monroe, Wis. returned home Friday from an eight-day moose hunting expedition with three moose to show for their trip. The group hunted for five days in the Doghoe Bay area, 60 miles by water from their jumping-off point. Until the last 15 minutes of hunting they managed to bag one animal, and then within a quarter of an hour just before leaving they shot two more. The largest had an antler spread of 60 inches, with the others listed at 40 and 35 inches.

Friday, October 8th the Lakers played hosts to the Bruce Red Raiders. The Raiders came with a 0-1 record. With the score 7-0 Bruce, Ray Hansen blasted 3 yards for the first Laker TD. Dan Tornio ran in for two points. This made it 8-7 Turtle Lake. Bruce came back around left end for 45 yards and another Arley Paters Bruce TD. Peters ran in for 2 pts. With just five minutes left in the game Dan Tornio ran for 4 yards and for the 2-point conversion t ogive Turtle Lake a 16-15 victory. Ray Hansen had 89 yards rushing and Dan Tornio had 61 yards passing.

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