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A Look Back At The Times


MAY 3, 2012

It is an exciting time for members and families of Grace Community Church. Their new church facility located on Cemetery Road and Hwy. 63 on the southwest edge of Turtle Lake, has been completed and is set to hold its first service this Sunday, May 6th at 10:00 a.m. Previously, services have been held in the commons area at the Turtle Lake School.

In what appears to be a very startling picture of a two-car accident is a scene that is played out all too often. This scene was a part of a portrayal by the Turtle Lake High School National Honor Society and local emergency personnel last Wednesday afternoon on the high school football field. It depicts a two-vehicle accident following Prom in which one vehicle had a drunk driver that crashed into another.

One-million pennies equals $10,000. In an effort to raise money for the new Turtle Lake Public Library, the Friends of the Turtle Lake Library committee are having a One-Million Penny Drive. Penny donation jars are located at the Turtle Lake Public Library, New Frontier Restaurant, Bank of Turtle Lake, Turtle Lake School, Becker’s Super Valu and McCann’s Barber Shop.

No lack of run support this past week as the C/TL baseball squad blew past Northwood, 24-1, in five innings and Prairie Farm, 16-2, in seven. Both games were on the road. Tanner Arnold got the win against the Northwood Evergreens last Monday, April 23 with Zach Schradle and Jordon Gilbertson pitching an inning of relief each. Kyle Larson earned the win against Prairie Farm with six inning of seven hit ball, giving up two runs, three walks and picking up 12 strikeouts. John Lahti pitched an inning of relief.

The TL/C softball girls split games last week. On Monday they won a five-inning affair, 15-0, against Siren/Webster. Following that win the gals struggled against Frederic/Luck, dropping a 6-2 decision in late innings. Masyn Lien got the win against S/W, pitching three-and-two-thirds, giving up no runs on one hit and five strikeouts. Tasha Henck pitched an inning of relief, walking one and striking out two. Lien took the loss against F/L, pitching seven complete, giving up six runs, five earned, on three hits, five walks and ten strikeouts.


MAY 9, 2002

Bonnie Peterson, Turtle Lake Lioness Club Secretary, recently presented a check in the amount of $500.00 to Sue Friday of the Turtle Lake First Responders. The money will be used for First Responder needs and was raised at the annual Halibut Feed.

The Turtle Lake Lions, who will be celebrating 50 years of service to the community, still have three of the original charter members in the Club today. They are Harold Becker, Harold Graber and Robert Prosser.

Kenton Olsvig was the winner of the Grand Prize stereo system at the 2002 Post Prom Party. The stereo system was donated by the Bank of Turtle Lake. The Junior Class of Turtle Lake High School and the Post Prom Committee would like to extend a big Thank You to all who donated to the Post Prom Party. Due to your generosity 105 students had a fun and memorable time in a safe and alcohol and drug free environment.

The Laker baseball squad headed into the season with promise, but costly mistakes at the wrong time have kept the guys at the bottom of the conference. But signs of steady improvement this past week culminated with a good showing at the Barron Tournament as they kept pace with once-beaten Barron until a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth gave the Bears the victory.

After a number of canceled matches and almost no practice the Laker golf season is now in full swing. The varsity team has had three conference matches, placing third in two of them and coming out on top in the other.

In what could be termed as a building year for the Laker softball program, the gals pulled off their first two wins of the year in double-header action at Clayton last Tuesday afternoon.


MAY 7, 1992

“I have been informed that you have some problems regarding the hiring of reserve officers for extra police coverage during your fair in the summer,” stated Barron County Chief Deputy Dick Olson. “Why don’t you tell me your concerns and then we will try to come to an agreeable solution.” Deputy Olson was addressing the Turtle Lake Village Board at a special meeting held Monday evening in the municipal office.

Sheryl Gehrman, director of the Turtle Lake First Responders, accepted a donation from the Polk County Women on Snow. Representing the all-women snowmobile club and making the presentation were Violet Wendt and Jill Ladwig. The Women on Snow also made a donation to the Clayton First Responders.

A mother bear and her four cubs gave several area residents a sight they will not forget for some time on Saturday afternoon when they spent the afternoon and evening in a large tree in the front yard of the Rick Danca home, east of the high bridge near Upper Turtle Lake. The mother bear kept a watchful eye on the onlookers as each new group arrived, from her perch closest to the ground. After determining no one would harm her or her cubs, she would again relax by stretching out across the large tree limbs.

Amy Adamczyk and Benjamin Brenna, seniors at Turtle Lake High School, were selected as 1992 Cooperative Citizen Scholar Award winners. They will receive a $500 scholarship to the post-secondary school of their choice. The competition is sponsored by Polk-Burnett Electric Cooprative.


MAY 6, 1982

Baron von Raschke and The Sheik from Bagdad will battle in the main event of the All Star Wrestling card on Friday, May 14, at the Turtle Lake High School. The doors will open at 7 p.m. and wrestling action will begin at 8 p.m. Also featured on the program will be Tito Santana vs Big Bad Bob Duncan, and Brad Rheingan’s vs Sergeant Jacque Goulet. There will also be a world famous midget tag team match featuring Tiny Tom (96 lbs) and Cowboy Lange (102 lbs) vs Little Tokyo (99 lbs) and Lone Eagle (89 lbs).

John Fredrick of Turtle Lake was one of the lucky anglers as he landed a beautiful 6 lb. 12 oz. largemouth bass at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, the opening day of the fishing season on Horseshoe Lake. The fish was 22 inches long. John said he has been trying to catch a 6 lb. bass for a long time and now that he reached that goal he has his sights set for a 7 pounder.

Employees of Hartzell Custom Products took advantage of a program offered at Cumberland Memorial Hospital, where they received instruction in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, a life saving technique. The workers who completed the class will be able to respond with confidence should an emergency situation arise while on the job or at home.

After the 6th graders allowed their underclassmen to jump out to a 5-0 lead, the 6th grade All-Stars settled down and went on to beat the 5th grad All-Stars 29-22. The All-Star teams were selected from the 5th and 6th grade Saturday basketball program by Mr. Richard Oldroyd, Mr. Jon Weisensel and Mr. Craig Freeman. Selection was based on not only a players ability but also their attitude on and off the court. This year’s 6th grade All-Stars were Gayle Danniger, Tammi Thill, Dan Becker, Dave Molls, Bob Humphrey, Mark Vold and Curt Dobberschutz. 5th grade All-Stars were Tom Danniger, Tim Hansen, Krista Hove, Dan Johnson, Joe Leschisin, Rex Nykanen, Richard Kern and Richard Oldroyd.


MAY 4, 1972

Mr. Vic Emigh, Village Marshall and maintenance man, has retired after serving the community for the past 24 years. During his time in this position Turtle Lake has realized the installation of a sewage system, the updating of the water system which included drilling a new well and an excellent street improvement and maintenance program. When it comes to snow removal during the winter months, Vic and his crews have done a monumental job of removing the snow from the Village streets.

“The new replaces the old.” The Turtle Lake Fire Department recently invested in a new fire whistle to replace the old one which served the Community for some time. The old whistle was just not adequate any longer, after many of the firemen complained they were unable to hear it when they were in their homes or in various business places. The new one is equipped with a 10 hp motor and has six horns to deflect the alarm in all directions.

The 1972 Junior Prom, “Moments to Share” was held Saturday, April 22, amid a beautiful garden setting complete with trees, flowers, garden swings and a garden path. The highlight of the evening came at 10:30 p.m. when Michelle Ostermann and Tom Erickson were crowned Queen and King of the festivities by last year’s royalty, Kathy Jeska and Tom Braml. Other members of the court were Lynn Fredrick, Judy Gall, Todd Swenson, Ginny Klingelhoets, Alex Messicci, Kathy Reichert, Brad Ostermann and Liz Heller. Kay Coulombe and Todd Henck were Junior Royalty.

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