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A Look Back at The Times


JANUARY 19, 2012

The shooting of a bear after it attacked and killed a pair of a Polk County            farmer’s calves has resulted in criminal charges against the farmer who felt he was protecting his family and livelihood. The July 10th incident has become well known not only in the area but throughout the state.

Thirteen waffle makers lined the tables in the Turtle Lake school commons last Friday night at the Music Boosters Annual Belgian Waffle feed. The meal, catered by Cal and Suzie Lueck of Danube, MN, included delicious “Dad’s Belgian Waffles” with sausage links, a variety of syrups and whipped topping, milk, juice and coffee. Cal projected approximately 550 waffles would be dished out for the evening.

Approximately 1-million state-wide petition signatures were turned in Tuesday to start the recall of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. Just over 540,000 signatures were needed for the recall opportunity. Governor Walker was elected by approximately 1.1-million votes and his collective bargaining changes have been at the forefront of the petition charge.

The Laker boys basketball squad grabbed the conference lead with a road win over the Cameron Comets last Thursday night on the Comet home floor. With the win the Lakers improved to 5-0 in conference play, a half game ahead of the Clayton Bears. Tanner Arnold led the Lakers with 17 points. Casey Catlin and Kyle Steffen added 11 each while Andrew Davis chipped in 8.

The Laker gals fell into a two-game skid with losses to Cameron and Clayton last week. After spotting the Clayton Bears a ten-point halftime lead the Laker gals battled back to within one after three. They grabbed their first lead with two-and-a-half minutes to go but couldn’t seal the deal as the Bears go a last second shot from Mason Lien to down the Lakers 32-30. Libby DeJardin led the Lakers with 8. Toria Westlund and Hope Kuhl added 7 each.


JANUARY 17, 2002

Greg Rayment, representing the Barron County Fire Chiefs Association, presented a check to Tracy White, American Red Cross Barron County Chapter Resource Director for over $2000. The funds were designated to the families of the fallen firefighters of the New York disasters of September 11th.

Polk County recently finalized the installation of an upgraded 9-1-1 system. The original 911 system was established in the early 1990s and has served the county residents well until technological advances in the industry made it necessary to modernize the system to replace the original equipment and design.

Kel Klingelhoets (125 lbs.) and Tony Hellstern (135 lbs.) led the way for the Turtle Lake.Clayton wrestlers with third place finishes at the 19th Annual Superior Classic on Saturday. Luke Paulson finished fourth at 119 lbs. Bob Popenhagen was fifth at 171. Nate Flottum paces sixth at 140 and Alan Broker finished seventh at 189.

After their loss to the Luck Cardinals the Lakers came back with hopes of getting back into the winning column. That didn’t happen this week as they dropped a 50-37 contest to the Clear Lake Warriors and a 46-25 loss to the Siren Dragons on the road. Steph Hanson led the Lakers with 12 against Clear Lake. Amanda Hamble led the Lakers with 11 against Siren.

The Laker guys went 1-2 last week with a team effort win over the Clear Lake Warriors at home before dropping games to Cumberland and Siren. Justin Hoffman led the Lakers with 21 against Clear Lake. Justin Wohlk added 10. Sean Stalpes led the Lakers with 13 against Siren and 10 against Cumberland.


JANUARY 16, 1992

Carrying on a well-received tradition for over 50 years, the Turtle Lake Girl Scouts will be going door-to-door selling cookies. The girls will be taking orders from January 17 – 26 and will deliver the cookies from February 25 to March 8. The cost of each box is $2.50.

Village of Turtle Lake Administrator Kim Moravitz provided a graph illustrating the tax increase from 1990 to 1991 on a home with a $40,000 evaluation. School taxes, 646.24 to 696.57; Village taxes, 339.66 to 354.59; County taxes 178.94 to 183.69; Vo-Tech taxes, 67.06 to 69.48; State taxes, 7.92 to 8.09.

After playing to a 12-12 tie at the end of the first quarter, the Turtle Lake Lakers opened up the game by outscoring Clear Lake 16-8 in the second to take a 28-20 lead at the half before cruising to a 62-57 win over the Warriors. Jesse Nitchey took game honors with 19 points. Todd Richter added 15 and Kurt Molls had 11.

The Laker girls added two more wins to their season record last week as they defeated Minong 62-27 and Prairie Farm 77-38 in games played at Turtle Lake. Jackie Young took scoring honors with 20 against Minong. Julie Koenig added 16 and Jacki Danca added 10. Young earned scoring honors against Prairie Farm with 22. Danca added 13 while Koenig added 11.


JANUARY 14, 1982

The Turtle Lake community was saddened by the death of one of its pioneer businesswomen, Miss Laura Blix, 86, on Friday, January 8. Laura was associated with her brother, Albert, in merchandising and they operated a general store for their father, A.O. Blix. She retired from the business in 1960. During her retirement years she gave private piano lessons to many area children and also helped many students with vocal studies.

Three candidates each for the Turtle Lake Village Board and Turtle Lake School Board have filed their intention tp seek the positions open for the spring election. The three Trustee positions on the Village Board are being sought by Nick Kathrine and incumbents Frank Klingelhoets and Richard Oldroyd. Cletus Licht did not seek re-election. The two positions on the School Board are being sought by incumbents LeRoy Kingsbury and Donovan Niemann and challenger Bonnie Broker.

Miss LaVerna Halberg, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. A.C. Halberg, Turtle Lake, will be one of eighty-nine nursing students to be recognized at a Nursing Convocation on Sunday, January 17 at UW-Eau Claire.

The 1982 Winter Carnival Court candidates at Turtle Lake High School have been announced. They include Freshmen Lynn Tutewohl and Randy Hanson; Sophomores Georgeina Jeska and Jim Arnold; Juniors Brenda Neuenfeldt and Gary Anderson; and Seniors Darwin Haines and Connie Outcalt. The 1982 king and queen will be crowned at the Winter Carnival Dance on Friday, January 22, capping the week-long observance.

Last Friday night the Lakers finally got on the winning track as they decisively stomped Shell Lake 89-64 in front of their home crowd. Mitch Dietrich, Mike Schradle, Phil Stauner and Eric Solum had 16, 14, 13 and 10 points respectively for the Lakers.


JANUARY 13, 1972

The local Housing Committee members are attempting to complete the housing survey for the Turtle Lake area. In the Village most residents have been contacted personally. In case you have not been contacted you are requested to contact Harvey McCann or Wm. Bay at Impact Seven, Turtle Lake.

Congressman Vernon Thomson, representing the newly reorganized Third Congressional District of Wisconsin, was guest of honor at a dinner luncheon at Breneman’s Nite Club in Turtle Lake Wednesday at 12-noon. About 50 persons from Turtle Lake and the area were in attendance at the dinner.

The Turtle Lake Schools, in cooperation with the Sno-Lakers Snowmobile Club, is sponsoring a snowmobile safety and handling course to begin in late January. The course will be taught by members of the snowmobile club beginning at 7:00 p.m. Snowmobile laws, safety precautions, liability, clothing and the proper handling will be stressed.

The Clear Lake Warriors, leaders in the Western Lakeland Conference, bombed the Turtle Lake Lakers by an 80 to 37 score in their regularly scheduled game at Clear Lake, Tuesday evening, January 11. Dan Tornio just managed to hit double figures for the Lakers with 11 points.

Turtle Lake slithered by Cameron, 31-18, in wrestling action. Winning for the Lakers was Mike Klingelhoets, Kenrod Sorum, Brad Ostermann , Tom Braml and Bob Flottum.

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