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A Look Back

NOVEMBER 3, 2011

The School District of Turtle Lake recently became a 2011 recipient of the Carol M. White Physical Education PEP Grant. The grant could benefit not only the K-12 students of our district, but also the entire community of Turtle Lake. The ramifications of this grant will be far reaching over the next three years and the school is truly excited about what is to come and how it will change the face of Turtle Lake Schools and the Turtle Lake community.

Parents, family and friends lined the halls with cameras as, one-by-one, the Turtle Lake elementary students were let out of class for the Turtle Lake Elementary School Halloween Parade. The parade is an annual event held for the kids, and teachers, to show off their costumes. This year’s parade was held on Halloween Day, Monday, October 31st.

In only her second year of running cross-country, Lizzie Braml qualified for last weekend’s state event in Wisconsin Rapids, finishing an impressive 89th out of 152 runners. Braml runs for the Cumberland/Turtle Lake co-oped team.

Three Laker football players were selected to the 2011 Small Lakeland All-Conference teams. Nick Herzan, Jakob Braml and Hunter Cardinal, all seniors, received the honors. Herzan and Braml were selected to the first team offense. Cardinal, Braml and Herzan were selected for first team defensive honors.

The Turtle Lake Lakers were honored with four players being selected to the 2011 Central Lakeland All-Conference Volleyball team. Cameron led the way with five selections. Victoria Westlund, Ashley Lahti, Shelby Graf and Alexis Kirk, all seniors, were Turtle Lake’s recipients.




November 1, 2001

Frances Duncanson, Clerk/Treasurer for the Village of Turtle Lake, received a check in the amount of $5,028.18 from Randy Books, Barron County Emergency Management Director. The funds were awarded to the Village for expenses incurred to remove and dispose of debris as a result of the storm damage experienced this past summer.

Recent fire victims were awarded checks by Nick Cordes of the Knights of Columbus Council 7848 to help with the costs of losing everything in recent fires. Tim Koehler, Clayton, and Dean Mewes, Turtle Lake, were the recipients of the donations provided from the Wisconsin State Charity Raffle earmarked for such emergencies.

The #2-seeded Laker football squad posted a couple of post season wins this past week and will now face the top-seeded Spring Valley Cardinals Saturday at 1:00 p.m. on the Laker field. In both of the wins, Birchwood-Weyerhaeuser and Lake Holcombe, held the lead, something the Lakers haven’t been too used to this year. The Lakers defeated Birchwood-Weyerhaeuser 520-20 before taking care of Lake Holcombe 14-13.

The first snow of winter arrived last week. The snow didn’t stay long. Most of it was gone by the weekend.


OCTOBER 31, 1991

A Turtle Lake police officer was dispatched to a disturbance at the rear entrance to the Gambles apartment building in Turtle Lake around 3:50 p.m. Upon his arrival he observed several men involved in a verbal argument. It was apparent a fight had occurred prior to his arrival. Interviewing the men at the scene the officer identified an individual who had a warrant for his arrest from Buffalo County, Wisconsin. At the same time of this incident the officer also recovered a stolen bicycle from one of the apartments that had been reported stolen earlier by a Village resident.

The Turtle Lake Lakers ended the regular 1991 football season last Thursday night with a 14-0 win over the Cameron Comets on a cold October night in Turtle Lake. The win gave the Lakers a 5-1 Large Lakeland Conference record and second place behind the undefeated Shell Lake Lakers, who finished 6-0. Ryan Shortess led the Laker rushers with 71 yards on 13 carries. Kurt Molls had 63 yards on 17 carries and Briah Thill added 29 yards on 7 carries.

After defeating Prairie Farm in the opening round of the Volleyball Regional Tournament last Tuesday evening, the Lakers participated in the Regional Finals in Clayton on Saturday and had little trouble keeping their season record unblemished as they defeated Clayton, Elmwood and Clear Lake to take the Regional title. Saturday, November 2 the Lakers will travel to Winter to participate in the Sectional Tournament. The winner of this tournament will advance to the State Tournament in Oshkosh the following weekend. Teams in the Sectional are Turtle Lake, Bayfield, Shell Lake and Mercer.

Nine local hunters enjoyed a successful hunting trip to Wyoming the first week of October. The group filled up on mule deer bucks in two days, with one antelope taken also. Included in the group were Brian Steffen, Joe Berghammer, Dale Harmon, Roger Blanch, Dave Slack, Mel Steffen, Dale Nottom, Brian Jackson and Gary Nottom. While in Wyoming Mayor Berghammer instructed the group on the installation of a new sewer system.


NOVEMBER 5, 1981

Area residents were invited to a Grand Opening at the Turtle Lake Collision Center Saturday, November 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Orf (Bob and Sharon), who recently purchased the business from Bill Kuchenmeister, would like you to stop in, get acquainted, have a cup of coffee and cookies and register for the door prizes. Bob owned and operated Doddway Frame and Alignment in West St. Paul for over 15 years.

On Friday, October 30, the Preschool Playhouse Child Care Center was the scene of a Halloween Party for children of the community. Cookie Monster made the trip from Sesame Street to be the special guest. He also led the children in a costume judging parade.

The Turtle Lake Laker football team completed the 1981 season with a 6-3 record, 5-1 in the Large Lakeland, which earned them second place in the conference. Senior lettermen were Rick Hanson, Tom Hanson, John Fredrick, Todd Henck, Tony Checkalski and Mike Minteer.



NOVEMBER 4, 1971

The organizational meeting of the Turtle Lake Businessmen’s Association was held last Wednesday evening in the municipal building in Turtle Lake, Twenty-seven businessmen interested in the future of the Turtle Lake trade area were in attendance at this meeting. Officers elected were Louis Breneman of Breneman’s Night Club as President; Bill Becker of Becker Insurance Agency, Vice President; and Paul Lange of Halco Press, Inc., Secretary-Treasurer. Elected to serve on the Board of Directors were Rodney Becker of Becker’s Super Valu and Stanley Warland of Buster’s Cheese House.

Mr. Roger Finstad, Associate Director of the Chippewa Ojibwa Industrial Foundation, an economic development corporation that recently moved into new office facilities in Turtle Lake, deposited a check for $100,000 in the Turtle Lake bank. This money is part of the administrative funds of the agency. Deposits will be made in other banks of the seven-county target area in the. Near future to assist in the function of economic development of the area.

Friday and Saturday, November 5-6, the Knit-Knack Shop will hold their grand opening in the AJ Blix building on main street in Turtle Lake between Becker’s Gamble Store and James Pharmacy. The Knit-Knack shop will offer their customers a complete line of Brunswick yarns with matching fabrics, small gifts, baby gifts, christening apparel and knitting supplies. Free lessons will be given in knitting and crocheting by Evonne Bolduc, owner of the shop, and by Gertrude Berlin, one of her employees.

Twice during the unforgettable day of Friday, October 22, 1971, downtown Turtle Lake was invaded by groups of youths. The first invasion (all from Mr. Duffy’s homeroom) occurred between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. The second invasion of youths (all from Mr. Strasser’s homeroom) occurred somewhat later, from 2:25 p.m. until 3:25 p.m.

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