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A Look Back At The Times


NOVEMBER 17, 2011

Guest speaker Sam Nelson delivered theVeterans Dau address at the annual Veterans Day program at the Turtle Lake school Friday, November 11. Nelson explained “a veteran is a man who signed a blank check to the United State of America for the amount of, and up to, his life.”

Forty-five veterans of the armed services and their family and friends were honored at a special Veteran’s Day ceremony at the St. Croix Casino on Friday, November 11. Following a welcome five veteran’s presented the colors – a Native American eagle feather standard, the United States flag, the flag of Wisconsin, the flag of the St. Croix Chippewa of Wisconsin and the PWO/MIA flag.

The Turtle Lake school board dicussed a possible Spring Referendum for 2021. Administrator Baker explained district bookkeeper Barb Jarchow ran worksheets for the 2012-13 school year and the district could be looking at a $200,000 deficit for that school year. She also said nothing else should be cut and the board needs to be proactive and look at a spring referendum, if that is the direction they want to gowith. The board agreed to hold a special board meeting on Monday, November 21, at 5:00 p.m., in the District Board Room to discuss it further.


NOVEMBER 15, 2001

Gerald Cornwall of Turtle Lake has been awarded a Birch-Strum Fellowship by the Wisconsin Lions Foundation in recognition of his commitment to serving the people of Wisconsin. Jake is a 46-year member of the Turtle Lake Lions Club. He recently received a handsome plaque and lapel pin acknowledging his dedication to the Foundation’s humanitarian goals. As a Birch-Strum Fellow, Jake becomes a part of a growing network of individuals who are committed to improving the quality of life for those less fortunate in Wisconsin.

The 2001 Large Lakeland All-Conference Football teams featured 10 Lakers. Earning honors on both offense and defense were Brandon Graber, Bob Popenhagen, Mike Pabst and Eric Nordquist. Other offensive team members included Nate Hubbard, Ryan Tomczik and Sean Stalpes. Brent King, Jeremy Henck and Adam Leisz brought home defensive team honors. Popenhagen and Stalpes also earned All-Region team honors – Stalpes on offense and Popenhagen on defense.

Craig Steffen, Turtle Lake, recently returned from an elk hunting expedition in Montana. Craig hunted with Jon Andren, Richie Oldroyd and Lanny Paulson and was the lone member of the group to tag an elk. Craig harvested a 5 x 6 bull estimated to be about 800 pounds. This was Craig’s first elk and he was just a bit excited.


NOVEMBER 14, 1991

District Coordinator Mike Metivier talked to Turtle Lake elementary students as part of the Scout Recruitment Drive recently. During his visit to Turtle Lake Mr. Metivier talked to second through fifth grade students and explained the benefits of membership in the Cub Scout and Boy Scout programs.

A local FFA member will help to decide the future direction of the National FFA Organization when the world’s largest annual youth convention is held this November. Colleen Johnson, 17, member of the Wisconsin FFA Association will represent the state an as official delegate to the 64th National FFA Convention Nov. 14-16 in Kansas City, MO. Colleen will join 475 state FFA officers who will conduct the business of the National FFA Organization during special sessions of the convention. Colleen is the daughter of Marlene and Richard Johnson of Turtle Lake and is President of the Turtle Lake FFA Chapter.

Ray Helling, Jr. of Turtle Lake won $4500 on the Wisconsin Lottery Money Game Show that was broadcast on Saturday, Nov. 2. Ray was one of five on-stage finalists drawn to play the game. He purchased his winning ticket at Auto Stop in Turtle Lake.

The Turtle Lake Lakers volleyball season came to a close on Saturday in Oshkosh as the 1991 Lakers were named runner-ups in the State Volleyball Tournament. The Lakers finished their 1991 season with a record of 33-1. Their only loss was to Niagara during the State Tournament.


NOVEMBER 19, 1981

Tuesday evening, Dec3ember 1, 1981 has been designated as Hjalmer Lindberg Night. Barron Country friends and neighbors will gather at Turtle Inn to honor Mr. Lindberg for his 57 continuous years of public service. The festivities will begin at 6:00 p.m. Mr. Lindberg began his public service career in 1924. Since that time, he has served as Town Chairman and County Board member for the Almena-Turtle Lake area, an unparalleled record. In addition, he has served on hospital, highway, welfare, conservation and cooperative boards and committees.

A graduate of Turtle Lake High School Class of 1930, Laurin Keith McChesney, was inducted into the UW-River Falls Athletic Hall of Fame during ceremonies held Saturday, November 14, 1981 at UW-River Falls. McChesney lettered in football at the university in 1932, 33 and 34. He was named to the All State team as an end in 1932 and to the All Northern Conference team as an end in 1933. He also played basketball in 1932-34 and baseball in 1932-34.

Come one. Come all. The local Turtle Lake All-Star-N-Celebrity Team are busily preparing for this year’s top sports attraction when the “Arkansas Gems” come to town. The Gems, always playing men’s teams and men’s rules, will provide the fellows with very able-bodied opposition. Fans will be both amazed and awed as the Gems put on an exhilarating performance of shooting, passing and ball handling.

Wisconsin Dairies Cooperative and Universal Foods have completed negotiations that will transfer ownership of the Clayton cheese manufacturing plant to Wisconsin Dairies on December 15, 1981. The two organizations have also signed a long-term supply agreement under which Wisconsin Dairies will supply Italian-style cheese to Universal Foods.


NOVEMBER 18, 1971

Turtle Lake High School received an “A” rating in the district drama contest held at E;;swprth on Saturday, November 13. Approximately 29 students participated in the presentation of the one act play “The Lottery”. The cast included Patti Bolduc, Dennis Ehrler, Brad Ostermann, Bill Tornio, Dan Tornio, Mary Helen Waldo, Sue Becker, Rachel Splett, Cindy Anderson, Tom Erickson, Kathy Fredrick, Mary Stoeberl and Chris Skrupky. Other members of the cast who played the part of the villagers were Brian Bents, Lyle Groves, Todd Swenson, Roger Bruner, Harold Seever, John Halberg, Randy Zeroth, Dan Ritsche, Jim Dunneman, Lynn Fredricks, Tom Ingham, Pam Seever and Debbie Ehrler.

LeRoy and Shelby Wohlk of Almena have been selected as charter members in the AMPI Young Cooperators Club. The selection was made after careful review of the activities and achievements of the Wohlk’s dairy operation.

Among the 36 students at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls who are listed in the 1971-72 edition of “Who’s Who Among Studeents in American Universities and Colleges” is, from Turtle Lake, George Hansen, son of Mr. Fred Hansen, Route 2.

The first snowmobile show of its kind to be staged in the Turtle Lake area was held Sunday in the new ballroom at Breneman’s Night Club in Turtle Lake. 1273 persons turned out to view the displays of nine different area dealers who exhibited 14 individual makes of snowmobiles. In all, 40 snowmobiles were on the floor as well as a complete line of snowmobile equipment and accessories. Dealers included Weber’s Scorpion Sales & Service – Clayton; Lloyd’s Service Center – Turtle Lake; Island City Sporting Goods – Cumberland; Jer-Ron’s – Almena; D & M Sports Center – Range; Tri-County Implement – Clayton; Harry’s Service & Sports Center – Turtle Lake; Eder’s Snowmobiles – Almena; and Island City Equipment – Cumberland.

The Turtle Lake Lakers of ’71-72 bowed to a superior St. Croix Falls Saints basketball team by a 73-42 score in a non-conference game played on the Turtle Lake floor Tuesday evening, November 16.

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