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FEBRUARY 2, 2012

In a local case of a farmer who is heading to court on two charges for shooting a bear that had attacked and killed two of his calves, DNR Regional Warden Dave Zebro explains why the DNR feels this was not a justifiable shooting, resulting in charges being brought against Don Sundvall. Zebro said, “during our investigation we determined the killing of both calves occurred around 3:00 a.m. The farmer (Don Sundvall) discovered this when he and his worker started doing chores that morning. The bear had already left the acrea. If the farmer had witnessed the bear killing his calves and shot the bear to protect his animals the Department would consider this a justifiable action.”

Billy Molls, also known as the Modern Day Mountain Man due to his Alaskan guiding adventures and hunts, will present his stories of Alaskan adventures at the Turtle Lake school auditorium Friday, February 3. Molls will explain to the students and the public how he got started in the guiding business in Alaska and his exploits along the way.

After an eight-week Biggest Loser Challenge the top two biggest losers became winners as they lost a combined 15% of their total body weight. Erica Vennie, Poskin, was the top loser and lost 8.05% of her body weight. Amanda Wicklund, Amery, a teacher at Turtle Lake Schools was the second biggest loser, losing 7.14% of her body weight. “That is huge,” said Alissa Coomer, owner of Sunshine Community Fitness Center in Turtle Lake and promoter of the Biggest Loser Challenge. Twenty-one teams entered the challenge.

After a disappointing 69-36 road loss to the Frederic Vikings Tuesday night, January 24, the Laker guys rebounded with a 65-49 non-conference home win over the St. Croix Falls Saints Monday night, January 30. Kyle Steffen led the Lakers with 27 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals. Tanner Arnold had 13 points, four rebounds and two steals. John Lahti added 12 points, 13 rebounds, three blocked shots and one steal.

The Laker gals were able to sigh a sigh of relief as the final buzzer sounded last Tuesday night in their home game against the Frederic Vikings. The Lakers had a double-digit lead with two minutes to go in the third against the Vikings but found themselves in a cat fight when the Vikings closed the gap to four with a minite-and-a-half to go. Clutch freethrows from Libby DeJardin and Mariah Dietrich held off the hard charging Vikings as the Lakers finished with a 53-47 win. Lizzy Braml led the Lakers balanced attach with 14. Hope Kuhl added 12, Ashley Lahti had 10 and Libby DeJardin chipped in 9.



JANUARY 31, 2002

Members of the Turtle Lake and Clayton fire departments and policemen, along with First Responders from both villages, were honored for all their efforts at the basketball game between the Lakers and the Bears last Friday night. The volunteer squads were introduced at halftime and received a large round of recognition and applause from the almost full gym.

Knights of Columbus Council 7848, Bishop Joseph J. Annabring Council, Turtle Lake, Wisconsin, is a winner of the Columbian and Father McGivney was presented for excellence in the sponsorship of programs that serve families, church, youth and community as well as council members. The Father McGivney Award, named for the founder of the international organization, is given in recognition of outstanding membership recruitment and retention efforts.

The Laker gals were involved in a non-conference match-up with the Cumberland Beavers last Tuesday and almost pulled off the win. But a rough third quarter in which the girls only hit a single basket and freethrow cost them the chance for the win as the Beavers pulled away for the 26-19 victory. Then on Thursday the girls were at home against the Clayton Bears, who used some timely three-point shooting, outlasting the Lakers 47-21. Amanda Hamble led the Lakers against Cumberland with 7 points. She also led the Lakers against Clayton with 14.

With only one game this past week the Laker guys were well rested for their Friday night match-up with conference rival, Clayton. The Bears, and their potent offense, couldn’t shake the Lakers throughout much of the game, but in the end it was the freethrow shooting ability of the Bears that kept the Lakers at bay as they sank nine of ten from the line for a 74-62 win. Justin Hoffman earned scoring honors with a game high 20 for the Lakers. Eric Nordquist added 17 and Sean Stalpes dumped in 15.

Bob Popenhagen, Mike Knight, Luke Paulson and Kel Klingelhoets each scored pins to lead the Turtle Lake/Clayton wrestlers to a 50-18 dual meet win at Northwood last Thursday night. Tony Hellstern won his match by an n18-2 tech fall and Nathan Flottum won by decision, 7-0, to help the Laker effort.



JANUARY 30, 1992

Callers identifying themselves over the phone as State Troopers may actually be part of a telephone fraud scam that has allegedly swindled some Wisconsin residents out of hundreds of dollars according to the Wisconsin State Patrol. Several Wisconsonites have filed complaints to the State Patrol alleging someone claiming to be a State Trooper called to tell them a friend or family member has been in a traffic crash. The caller then asks that a large sum of money (generally around $500) be wired by Western Union to pay for a traffic fine or car repairs.

The Laker girls suffered their only loss of the season last week when they were defeated by the Clear Lake Warriors 44-39 at Clear Lake. The Lakers did add four more wins to the record with victories over Cumberland, Shell Lake, Cameron and Clayton. Jackie Danca was the only Laker to hit double figures with 15 points. Julie Koenig added 9 and Jackie Young added 8.



JANUARY 28, 1982

Bernie Hinck of Turtle Lake is the proud winner of the portable TV given during Becker’s Super Valu Grand Opening of their new addition to the store. Other prize winners were August Schilke, Almena, the tape recorder; Ellard Dutilly of Comstock and Jack Gazdik of Turtle Lake, each a butane brazer.

“Dairy farmers cannot accept yesterday’s International Trade Commission conclusion that casein imports cause “no injury” to the dairy price support program,” declared Irvin Elkin, President of Associated Milk Producer’s, Inc., the nation’s largest dairy cooperative the incudes 32,000 members from 20 states. Elkin pointed to USDA testimony of November, 1981, that “casein imports resulted in $300-million additional annual Treasury costs” due to purchases of displaced non-fat dry milk alone.

The largest snow storm for quite a few years hit the Midwest. It broke many records and dumped almost two-feet of snow on the Turtle Lake area.

Last Thursday, January 21, the Laker wrestlers traveled to Cameron to meet the Comets. Competition was very tough but the Lakers put up a fight. Jim Palas (132), Mike Minteer (167) and Mark Carlson (185) all won their matches by decision.

The Turtle Lake Lakerettes split two home games this past week. Monday they hosted the Panthers of Prairie Farm and lost a 42-31 decision. On Thursday the doused the Cameron Comets 53-40. Diane Bussewitz and Cathy Carlson led the Lakerettes with 8 points each against Prairie Farm. Sheri Hansen led the Lakerettes with 16, followed by Debbie Carlson and Jana Leschision with 10 each against Cameron.

The Lakers met the Prairie Farm Panthers on the local floor last Tuesday and dropped a 60-52 decision to the visitors. Mike Schradle led the Lakers with 17, followed by Steve Elfers and Eric Solum with 9 each.



JANUARY 27, 1972

Miss Ana Silvia Ferreira Penna, of Bebedouro, Sao Paulo, Brazil, has arrived and joined the senior class of Turtle Lake High School. The John Ludy family is acting as the host family during Ana’s stay in America. Ana has two brothers, Paulo, age 16, and Sergio, 11. Her mother is a history teacher and her father an executive in the Bank of Brazil. After completing high school she intends to study languages at the University of Sao Paulo. She is interested in sports, dancing, music and reading.

A special assembly program was held Wednesday morning for students of the Turtle Lake schools featuring Clyde V. Shields and descendants of head hunter tribes in the Phillippine Islands. Shield’s has lived and worked over 20 years with the people of the Phillippines and is the founder-director of a training school in the northern section. Presented for his audience were items of native costume and handcraft, each with their thrilling human-interest story and illustrated by actual descendants of the head hunter tribes.

Carly M. Carlson has been named the new manager of the Lake Aire Insurance Agency, formerly known as Becker’s Insurance Agency, in Turtle Lake. Carly arrived in Turtle Lake, along with Monday’s blizzard, from his home in Montello, Wis. He originally comes from Colfax where he graduated from high school before majoring in in English and Phy Ed at WSU-Eau Claire. Carly and his wife Patricia, along with their children, Mark, 8-years old, Kathy, 6-years old, and Debra, 5-years old, plan to move to Turtle Lake as soon as housing is available.

On Wednesday, January 25, with temperature at 30-below zero at 7 a.m., a group of eight snowmobilers and their support driver left Turtle Lake, the starting point of their ride for the Trees for Tomorrow foundation, with their destination being Green Bay, Wis., some 350 miles away. Arctic Distributors agreed to pay $2.00 per mile which will then be presented to the Trees for Tomorrow Foundation at Green Bay on Friday evening. Three members of the group are veterans of this ride, having participated in a similar ride last year. They are Jim Slack, Jeff Perrault and Clarence Kern. Joining them for the ride this year will be Mr. and Mrs. Joe Danca, the local Arctic Cat dealer who is sponsoring the pare parts, oil, etc. needed for the trip, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond “Bud” Steglich, Mr. Larry Jorgenson and Mrs. James Slack. Mrs. Steglich will be the support driver.

The Turtle Lake Lakers played one of their better games of the season Friday night, but in the end the Siren Dragons managed to have the most points on the scoreboard in a 58-53 win in Lakeland Conference action. Dan Tornio and Warren Shortess led the Laker scoring attack with 16 and 14 points respectively, followed by Steve Leuck with 8.

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