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A Look Back At The Times


MARCH 15, 2012

A village resident, Jeff Cook, opened up the public comment section of last Monday night’s village board meeting questioning the board on what is being done regarding the Casino’s refusal of payments in lieu of taxes. “What has the board done?” Cook asked. Cook explained he was at the meeting to find out when the last payment from the St. Croix Casino to the Village of Turtle Lake was and told the board there must be some options at the Village’s disposal to once again receive those payments. Cook was told the last payment to the Village by the Casino was March, 2009, three years now.

One of Turtle Lake High School’s most deserving student/athletes, Ashley Lahti, was selected as a KARE 11 Academic All-Star and was surprised during class Tuesday morning when KARE11 personality, Tim McNiff, interrupted class to adknowledge Ashley’s accomplishment and present her with a check for $111.00, sponsored by Trustone Financial.

Earning All-Conference honors for the 2011-12 girls basketball season for the Laker was Victoria Westlund, Ashley Lahti and Hope Kuhl. On the boys side Nick Herzan, Tanner Arnold, John Lahti and Kyle Steffen were selected to the boys teams.

Grand Knight Gerald Austinson of the Bishop Annabring Council 7848, Turtle Lake, presented a donation to Stan Johnson, Range, who suffered a devastating loss due to a fire at him home on Saturday, February 4. Stan’s wife Nancy was killed in the fire and Stan was hospitalized with burns.


MARCH 21, 2002

It was tough to see the downtown area of Turtle Lake last Friday morning due to the large piles of snow being removed from the Village streets. The annual March snowstorm, which usually hits around state basketball tournament time, arrived with a vengeance last Thursday evening. Reports of twelve to eighteen inches of snow, with drifts even higher, were common throughout the area. The storm provided high winds, a little rain, a lot of snow and even thunder and lightening.

The Clayton Bears boys basketball team took their 25-0 record into the WIAA Division 4 State Tournament last Friday morning and suffered their first defeat of the season to the Wisconsin Rapids Assumption Royals, 44-28, the eventual Division 4 state runner-ups. Josh Langham led the Bears with 9 and Aaron Wickboldt added 8.

Country music icon, John Anderson, will visit the St. Croix Casino for two shows on Wednesday, May 15. Anderson’s appearance will be the headline event of the Turtle Lak 10th anniversary celebration May 13 – 18.


MARCH 19, 1992

The Knights of Columbus, Council 7848, of Turtle Lake will hold their monthly French Toast and Pancake Breakfast this Sunday, March 22, at St. Ann’s Center in Turtle Lake. Serving is from 8:30 a.m. to 12-noon. Everyone is invited to attend.

The boys and girls at Preschool Playhouse are hoping the aroma from their “Stone Soup” (vegetable beef) will have everyone in town and in the country stopping in between 5:00 – 8:00 on Thursday, March 26 to fill their tummy at the child care center’s annual Soup and Sandwich Supper.

Irene Quade, a former Turtle Lake resident, was guest of honor at the home of her grandchildren, Denise and Jeff Bertram, Tami, Carri and Jeff, Jr., in Minneapolis on Saturday for a belated celebration of her 98th birthday, which was on March 6th.

The WIAA recognizes that in reality, many students perform equally well on the playing field and in the classroom. Therefore, WIAA has initiated the WIAA Scholar/Athlete Award to recognize these outstanding young people. This program is the first of its kind in the country. Turtle Lake High School has nominated Jackie Young and Ben Seiser to receive the award. They will be considered for state-wide recognition by a selection committee. The winners are chosen on the basis of academic excellence, athletic participation, co-curricular school activities and civic and community activities.


MARCH 18, 1982

The U.S. Postal Service will conduct a public seminar on protection from mail fraud on Monday, March 22, 1982, at 2:00 p.m. in the Turtle Lake High School Auditorium. The seminar will be conducted by Postal Inspector D.E. Armstrong and the public is urged to attend. We especially urge our senior citizens to attend.

Members of the Turtle Lake Lions Club were given a demonstration of the “Jaws of Life”, a hydraulically powered tool that will soon come to Barron County. The demonstration was given by Ron Knaub, representative of the Hurst Company, manufacturer of the rescue tool, on an extensively damaged car in the Ag Shop of Turtle Lake High School.

At 6:00 p.m. this Friday, the second annual Badminton Tournament will begin when 40 students from Turtle Lake School will gather in the gym to begin an all-night marathon. This year’s “battle of the badminton players” tournament is being held for the Ronald McDonald House in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

All-conference selections in West Lakeland boys and girls basketball have been announced. Members of the Lakerettes named All-Conference are Diane Bussewitz, Sheri Hansen and Cathy Carlson. Debbie Carlson received Honorable Mention. Mike Schradle, a member of the Lakers basketball team was named All-Conference. Steve Elfers received Honorable Mention.


MARCH 16, 1972

The last in a series of immunization centers in Barron County during this school year will be held next week in Rice Lake and Turtle Lake. Parents are urged to see that the children complete the series of protection against diptheria – tetanus – whooping cough begun in January or February. Protection against German measles (rubella) and red measles will also be offered to children from the age 1 through 11 years. It is important children receive this protection.

Timothy N. Johnson, son of Herbert Johnson, Turtle Lake, has been appointed director of research for LaMaur, Inc., Minneapolis-based manufacturer of hair care and personal grooming products. Johnson previously headed the analytical section of the company’s research department.

A fine attendance of the younger set have turned out for the Snowmobile Safety School which is being co-sponsored by the Turtle Lake School and the Sno-Lakers snowmobile club. A series of three instructional meetings are planned for the course with the first organizational meeting held Thursday evening, March 2nd. The second meeting was held last week on March 9th and the next meeting, which was scheduled for this week, March 16th, has been postponed with the next date to be announced.

Lonnie D. Matye, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Matye of Rte. 1, Claytonm enlisted in the Navy’s Nuclear Power Program and will receive his training equivalent to several years of college or technical studies at the cost to the Navy, of between $15,000 to $20,000 combined with subsequent practical expenses. Lonnie is a graduate of Turtle Lake High School Class of 1971.

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