A Look Back At The Times
10 YEARS AGO
DECEMBER 15, 2011
Taylor Schneider, an eighth grader at Turtle Lake Middle School, competed at the state punt, pass and kick this past weekend in Green Bay and took 1st in the 14 – 15 year old girls’ group. Schneider out-distanced the field by 50-feet overall and currently stands in 6th place nationally. She participated in the Don Hutson Center and then performed in a passing exhibition of Lambeau Field just prior to the starts of the Packers vs Raiders game before being introduced to the crowd as one of the winners.
Seven new Turtle Lake high school students were inducted into the National Honor Society during ceremonies held Monday, November 28th. The new members include Katie Haselhuhn, Hannah Effertz, Ivy Molls, Jesseca Kuster, Holly Davis, Casey Catlin and John Lahti.
A sure sign of the holiday season is the annual lighting up of Lights In The Park. The Village Park, located at the intersection of Hwy. 8 and Hwy. 63 north, was lit up Saturday, December 3rd, during the second holiday snowstorm of the season. Temperatures are projected to be higher than normal for the next week or so, including the possibility of rain, melting all the snow. Many holiday goers drving through the park have been wondering if there will be snow for Christmas and when was the last time there was no snow for Christmas.
The Laker boys improved their overall record to 2-1 last Tuesday night when they rolled over the Clear Lake Warriors 49-27 on the Warrior floor. Kyle Steffen paced the Lakers with 13 points and 15 rebounds. Tanner Arnold added 11 and Nick Herzan had 9.
The Laker gals improved to 3-1 on the season with dominating wins over Birchwood and Cumberland last week, both on the road. Against Birchwood, Ashley Lahti’s game-high 29 points led the Lakers to the 62-22 win. Liz Braml added 7 while Libby DeJardin, Toria Westlund and Hope Kuhl had 6 each. In the Cumberland game Lahti led all scorers with 22. Hope Kuhl followed with 21. Lizzie Braml had 13 while Toria Westlund added 10.
The Laker gals hammed it up a bit following their win over the Prairie Farm Panthers. Ashley Lahti entered the game needing 25 points to reach 1,000 for her high school career. It took three-and-a-half quarters but the milestone was reached with a jumper from the left elbow. Lahti finished the night with 26 points and 1,001 for her career.
The Turtle Lake/Clayton wrestlers defeated Flambeau 33-30 and then lost to Bruce, 37-36, in a double dual last Thursday night at Clear Lake. The Bruce dual actualy ended in a 36-36 tie, but Bruce was awarded an extra point and the win based on the dual meet tie-breaking criteria.
20 YEARS AGO
DECEMBER 13, 2001
Guests who stayed at Canyon Road Inn Bed & Breakfast in Turtle Lake this past year voted it the Best B & B For All Seasons in a national contest conducted by Arrington’s Bed & Breakfast Journal, a monthly trade publication for the Bed & Breakfast/Country Inn industry. Innkeepers Ken and Judy Ahlberg said, “We have great guests and it has been a pleasure to serve them”.
Nathan Marlett, President of the Moon Lake Threshermen’s Association, presented checks to the Clayton First Responders, Red Cross and Turtle Lake First Responders from proceeds raised from their annual Moon Lake Threshing Bee.
The Turtle Lake gals had a tough week last week when they dropped a 38-point, 64-26, loss to Clayton and then had the game in hand against Grantsburg, only to watch the Pirates steal it away in the end, 48-44.
After dropping their first game to the Pirates, the Lakers attempted to regroup as they headed to Clayton last Monday evening for the always anticipated match-up with the Bears. The Lakers hung in there throughout the first half only to have the door shut on them in the second, scoring only eight points throughout the final two quarters, dropping the contest 68-33. The guys got back on track Thursday night when they played host to the Grantsburg Pirates. The Lakers looked like a totally different team as they used an 18-point second quarter outburst to dismantle the Pirates 59-39. Eric Nordquist led the way with 25 points. Sean Stalpes added 13.
The Turtle Lake/Clayton wrestling team placed five wrestlers in the top five of their weight class at the 20th Annual Barron Invitational Wrestling Tournament on Saturday. Kel Klingelhoets made it to the finals at 130 lbs. and placed second. Mike Knight (112) and Bob Popenhagen (171) each finished third. Kenton Olsvig was fourth and Luke Paulson placed fifth.
30 YEARS AGO
DECEMBER 12, 1991
The Board of Directors of Wisconsin Dairies Cooperative voted November 20 to modify the product capabilities of the organization’s Clayton, WI cheese plant. Modifications will begin in July and be completed by September 1992. The plant’s capability will be converted to manufacture mozzarella cheese exclusively. Currently, Clayton plant employees produce Colby, cheddar, marbles (yellow and white Colby), Parmesan and Roman cheeses.
The Lakers opened the season at St. Croix Falls on November 26th. The Saints overpowered the Lakers 72-31. The Lakers were led by Jamie Torgerson and Kurt Molls with 10 points each.
The Laker girls earned their second non-conference victory of the 1992-92 basketball season as they defeated Luck 53-35 at Turtle Lake Tuesday night. Julie Koenig took game scoring honors with 15 points. Jackie Young was also in double figures for Turtle Lake with 13 points.
Judging of the entries in the 1991 Christmas Poster Contest, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, Council 7848, was held Wednesday evening, December 4. First place winners were Bessy Jacques (grade 1 & 2), Danielle Tarman (grades 3 & 4) and Ben Naylor (grades 5 & 6).
40 YEARS AGO
DECEMBER 17, 1981
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Potvin wish to announce that their newly constructed Turtle Lake Laundromat will open for business this Saturday, December 19th. The laundromat is located next to D & D Sports on Hwys. 8 & 63. The laundromat will feature all new, modern Speed Queen equipment. There will be twenty regular washers, two heavy duty washers and twelve dryers available. The laundromat will be open each day from 7:00 a.m. to 9:0 p.m.
Forget TV for Saturday, there is a better show coming to the area – it’s the sparkling stars of girls’ basketball, the talented and funny world reknowned Arkansas Gems. These famous girls will be at the Turtle Lake Gym to oppose the local men’s celebrity-n-all-stars at 8:00 p.m. in a game for the benefit of the Lettermen’s Club. The following people will be playing a special little kids’ game before the Arkansas Gems game – Michelle Bussewitz, Melinda Hinck, Danny Becker, Pat Schradle, Paul Hanson, Dave Molls, Dave Soltau, Joleyn Young, Kurt Dobberschutz, Sarah Zemke, Jeff Heintz, Jackie Tempel, Tammy Thill, Mike Bearheart and Ricky Kuchenmeister.
C.W. Raffesberger, from Almena Co-op, received a 1,000 Ton award recognizing the co-op for outstanding feed sales and service. The award was presented by Richard Ruemmele, CENEX marketing representative during Showcase 82, the annual merchandise exposition sponsored by CENEX in Minneapolis Dec. 8-10.
50 YEARS AGO
DECEMBER 16, 1971
Turtle Lake, WI 54889 has been selected by the US Postal Service to make available to the public the 1971 Commemorative Stamp folders, marking the first time in history that such mini-stamp albums have been distributed nationwide through post offices. These attractive mini-albums are now on sale at the Turtle Lake Post Office and will cost $2.50. They will contain all commemorative stamps issued in 1971, plus 2 Christmas stamps issued on November 10th.
Santa Claus will make his regularly scheduled annual visit to Turtle Lake this Saturday, December 19th. Free movies will be held in the Turtle Lake elementary gym beginning at 1:45 p.m. Santa will arrive sometime before the end of the movies and will have his bag full of treats for the youngsters. Santa’s visit is sponsored by the Turtle Lake Lions Club and businessmen.
Ken Paulson, Gene Danca and Lee Gubasta have competed at the Stone Lake and Siren snowmobile races and have come home with two first place trophies in the 440 class. The team is being sponsored by Danca’s Countryside Sales in Turtle Lake. The driver is Ken Paulson who is being backed up in the pits by Gene Danca (mechanic and tuner) and Lee Gubasta (owner of the machine).
The Turtle Lake Lakers travelled to Shell Lake Friday night, December 10th, and suffered their worst defeat in years at the hand of the Shell Lake Lakers in a Western Lakeland basketball game that ended in a 72-31 rout. An oddity of the game was that Shell Lake was only assessed for 4 fouls while 15 fouls were called on the Lakers. Dan Tornio led the Lakers with 12 points. Mark Wick had 9.
Laker grapplers defeated Prairie Farm 37-12. Winners for the Lakers were Dave Quade (14-0 dec.), Alex Messicci (3-0 dec.), Mike Klingelhoets (pin 5:04), Dave Nevin (4-0 dec.), Brad Ostermann (pin 2:44), Ray Popenhagen (pin 1:55), Rick Nyhus (dec. 4-3), Tommy Braml (dec.) and Bob Flottum (dec. 2-0).