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A Look Back


OCTOBER 27, 2011

The Turtle Lake Police Department, along with all other Barron County Law Enforcement agencies are partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s prescription drug take back event on Saturday, October 29, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Skinner Funeral Homes invite all those who have experienced the death of a loved one to join them for an upcoming program entitled “Grief and the Holidays”. This free program will explore the physical, mental and spiritual challenges of grief; as well as offer help and suggestions for coping with the Holiday season.

“Not many people truly know or understand what Veteran’s Day is all about. Indulge me with a few moments of your time and this brief article,” said Cheryl Baker, new Turtle Lake School Administrator. “If you didn’t know, in November of 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day”.

In just her second year of competing in cross-country, Turtle Lake senior Liz Braml has qualified for the state cross-country meet this weekend. Turtle Lake co-ops with Cumberland in the sport with seven runners participating from Turtle Lake. Braml ran a personal best time of 15:49, putting her in the top 7 in a field of 108 runners, earning the right ot participated in the State competition.

Expectations were high as the Laker football squad entered the 2011 season. And amid a slurry of injuries to key positions, including losing both starting quarterbacks and filling that position with one of the starting receivers, the Lakers still managed to put together a winning season, catapulting them into the playoffs. The task didn’t get an easier as they faced the number two seed and undefeated Clayton Bears in level one action last Saturday afternoon in Clayton. When it was all said and done the Bears showed off their dominance, defeating the Lakers 38-0.

With wins over Cornell and Frederic in the opening round of the WIAA Division 4 girls volleyball tournament, the #1-seeded Lakers advanced to the Regional Championship against the #3-seeded Clayton Bears. The Lakers beat the Bears 3-1 and 3-2 throughout the year.



OCTOBER 25, 2001

The Grimm Reaper made 31 visits to four grades of classes Monday at the Turtle Lake schools. For Red Ribbon Week the students participated in this event, depicting how many teenagers in the United States are killed by drunk driving.

David and Nancy Sadler, who own 80 acres along the west shore of Upper Turtle Lake, are being recognized as the 2001 Forestry Management Award recipients. The Department of Natural Resources foresters selected the Sadlers because of the forestry work they’ve done on their property.

The Lakers began last season with an opening loss to the Prairie Farm Panthers in the Badger Classic game held at Camp Randall Stadium but closed out this season with a 48-0 shutout, and a 9-0 overall record, at home against the Prairie Farm Panthers. The Lakers were one of four teams statewide to finish the season with an undefeated conference record and will entertain the Birchwood-Weyerhaeuser Wildcats in their level one Division 6 playoff game Tuesday night.

The 2001 Laker volleyball season came to a close last Saturday evening as they dropped a 3-0 decision to the Shell Lake Lakers. This marked the third defeat to the Lakers this season, but the girls had their chances and just couldn’t capiltalize.



OCTOBER 24, 1991

Lisa Meyer, daughter of Joan and Mark Meyer, has added two more trophies to her display representing her winnings in Pedal Pull competitions. On Sept. 22, 1991, Lisa competed in the State Pedal Pull in Osceola where she pedaled her way to a first place in the 11-year old girls division. This is her third consecutive year of placing first in state competition. At the National Pedal Pull in Omaha, Nebraska on Sept. 29 she became the only 11-year old girl to place nationally and win a trophy when she placed 5th.

A 2-vehicle accident on ½ Street, approximately one mile south of the Village of Turtle Lake las Wednesday afternoon claimed the lives of two teenagers from Clayton and injured two others, a 22-month old girl and a 39-year old driver of the other vehicle. A vehicle driven by 17-year old Karen DeYoung was southbound when it went out of control near the crest of a hill and skiided into the path of a northbound vehicle. DeYoung’s vehicle was struck on the driver’s door and cut in half. DeYoung, and 13-year old Beth Ann Visger were through from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

Coming off two consecutive losses, the Turtle Lake Lakers rose to the occasion and defeated the Chetek Bulldogs, newcomers to the Large Lakeland Conference this year, 26-14 on the Turtle Lake field last Friday evening. Laker quarterback Brian Thill completed two of five pass attempts for 54 yards and one touchdown. Leading rushers were Ben Seiser with 95 yards on 15 carries and Ryan Shortess with 62 yards on 10 carries.

The Lakers widened their lead in the West Lakeland Conference volleyball play by defeating Prairie Farm and Shell Lake the first week of October. Tournament action will begin October 22 when the Lakers play the Prairie Farm Panthers in sub-regional play at Clayton High School.



OCTOBER 29, 1981

Duane Swenson, history teacher, is teaching in his 30th year this year at Turtle Lake High School. In addition to his history duties he also teachers Driver’s Ed. Throughout his 30 years of teaching he has taught English for five years, civics, and geography. He also has been a golf coach and drove a school bus for 20 years.

On Tuesday, October 27 the Village of Turtle Lake and Associated Milk Producers, Inc. (AMPI) received the findings and order from the August 31, 1981 State of Wisconsin Division of Natural Resources hearing regarding whether or not the area of the sewer treatment plant in Turtle Lake, which is used by both parties for sewer and wastewater treatment, was, prior to 1939 or presently, a state wetlands area. The hearing examiner stated in his order that both the area of the sewage treatment pond and the overland treatment area were not wetlands prior to the construction of dikes in 1939 and that effluent limitations shall be established at the south dike and effluent shall be permitted to be discharged into the overland treatment area and the pond.

The Turtle Lake Lakerettes were defeated last Saturday, October 24, in the first round of Regional play held at Taylors Falls. The Lakerettes, coming in with a 6-1 conference record, went up against a tough Frederic team with a 6-3 conference record. The Lakerettes lost 3-0. Frederic went on to defeat St. Croix Falls in the championship, advancing to Sectional action.

The Turtle Lake Lakers closed the football season on a winning note Friday night, topping the Clear Lake Warriors 14-13, in a well played game on the frigid local field. Mark Ritsche and John Fredrick combined for 181 yards to lead a bruising rushing attack for the Lakers, who wound up the year at 6-3, 5-1 in the Big Lakeland Conference, good for second place behind Shell Lake.



OCTOBER 28, 1971

The Turtle Lake Lakers ended the 1971 football season with a 28-0 rout of Cameron. This left the Lakers 2nd in the conference with a 3-2 record, behind Flambeau and Clear Lake who tied for first place with 4-1 records. Randy King rushed for 92 yards and Ray Hansen added 59. Jack Feidt was the yards passing leader with 69. The Lakers had 261 total yards of offense to Cameron’s 187.

State Representative Ken Schricker (R-Spooner) signed Senate Bill 390, which Schricker co-signed. The bill allows State financial assistance to be granted to school districts for the construction of pollution prevention and abatement facilities. Presently, only municipalities may obtains such aid.

On Sunday, October 31, at 7:00 p.m. in thenelementary gym the Turtle Lake Lions Club is sponsoring a Halloween Party for children up to, and including, 8th grade. The party will be put on for the Lions Club by the FHA and FFA of the Turtle Lake High School.

The third grades of the Turtle Lake Elementary School, under the direction of Mrs. Sirianni and Mrs. Rivard, presented a program on Friday afternoon, October 15 to their parents and the students in kindergarten through the fourth grades. The first part of the entertainment was a short playlet about Johnny Appleseed, and the second half was from their study of American Indians in Social Studies and Language Arts classes.

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