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A Look Back At The Times


JULY 26, 2012

A five generations was celebrated at a recent Strasser family get-together. Pictured above are, back row, left to right: Great-grampa Harold Strasser of Chippewa Falls, WI; mother Kirsten Strasser and baby Kairi Casey of Niagara, WI; grampa Scott Strasser of Dunbar. Front row: Great-great grandparents Harold and Rose Strasser of Turtle Lake, WI.

Golden Age Manor in Amery recently celebrated the lives of five of their residents, not for any heroic actions, but for the fact each of the five had reached the age of 100 or better. Turtle Lake’s own Frances Merth was among the five who were honored last Tuesday afternoon with a get-together with family members. Frances will turn 101 in December. The other four are Beatrice Meyer (101), Bertha Ander (101), Phillip Karis (102) and Grace Peterson (101).

Kody Nitchey, son of Jennie and Jesse Nitchey, applies the mortar to a cement block that will be used for the wall in the new wrestling room at Turtle Lake High School. Because the Pep Grant does not allow funding for the construction of walls, monetary donations were used for supplies while volunteers donated time to construct the wall.

Lucas West, the 13-year old son of Tom and Vicky West, Turtle Lake, will lead the Survivors lap at the 14th Annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life held in Barron Friday night and Saturday morning, August 3-4. The event takes place at the Barron High School track behind the Barron High School. Relay for Life is a celebration of the lives of those who have battled cancer. It is also a time to remember the loved ones lost to the cancer. Donations are used to fight back against a disease that takes too much.



JULY 25, 2002

Girl Scouts from Turtle Lake and Cumberland participated in the Pongee-Rougen Day Camp on June 27, 28, 29 in Turtle Lake. Twelve girls in grades first through sixth had the opportunity to learn many new skills. Activities included patriotic craft projects, songs, outdoor survival techniques, nature and science projects, skits, and a variety of games.

Over 150 descendants of the Leisz family are ready to descend on the Turtle Lake area in just over a week. The reason is the 2002 Homeward Bound Leisz Family Reunion. The first-ever of its kind, the Homeward Bound event is drawing descendants from all across the country – plus even one hearty traveler who is coming from Hanoi in Vietnam. The reunion is slated for Friday, August 2 and will run through Sunday, August 4.

“As the equalized value rises, the state aid drops, and as the student enrollment drops, the state aid drops, which helps to produce a 17.7% levy increase for next year,” reported District Administrator Mark Collins at the regular meeting of the Turtle Lake school board Monday evening. Equalized values for the Turtle Lake School District went up $36,419,750 for the current year and the state aid decreased $375,644. These figures, when computed with other figures will produce a total levy increase of $443,188, or 17.7% for the coming school year.



JULY 23, 1992

Carol Steen, of Turtle Lake, was the winner of $793.38 on a 25¢ Double Diamond slot at the St. Croix Casino in Turtle Lake. The St. Croix Casino features over 500 reel type slot machines, 32 blackjack tables, video poker and video keno.

PTI Communications announced the planned conversion to a new digital telephone switch on July 28 for the Turtle Lake exchange. “The computer controlled equipment will allow PTI to offer its Turtle Lake customers new services and greater choice of service providers,” said John Benjamin, Northwest District Manager.

Several young Laker girls attended the week-long Steve Wilhems Warrior Basketball Camp in Amery. While at camp they worked on improving dribbling, shooting and defensive skills. Those attending were Maisa Rouser, Teresa Kasper, Amy Carlson, Michelle Carlson, Kristen Lambrecht, Nell Hansen, Kristi Kohn, Shana Becker, Erin Tronrud, Stephanie Schuster, Kelly Stary, Sarah Jones, Missy Quade, Becky Shortess and Keely Becker.



JULY 22, 1982

Operation Red Ball is a safety program whereby a red ball adhesive sticker is placed in the upper right hand corner of a bedroom window or other room where a child or a handicapped person is sleeping. Darwin Platter, President of the Village of Turtle Lake, is familiar with the project and is anxious to make it available to the people of the Turtle Lake area. The red ball stickers can be obtained immediately at the Village office. Mark Wick, treasurer of the Turtle Lake Fire Department, also supports this worthwhile Jaycette project, and stated he felt it was a very important safety measure for the community.

The people of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Turtle Lake are planning a celebration to honor St. Ann, the patron saint of this parish. Visiting priests from the area will be concelebrating the 8 p.m. mass on July 26, the feast day of St. Ann. Included in mass celebration will be the installation of the new pastor, Fr. William J. Cary.

Five members of the Turtle Lake FFA Chapter, along with their advisor, attended the Forage Day at the Marshfield Extension Experiment Station July 7th. Attending were Ray and Tom Blechinger, sonsn of Joe Blechinger of Almena; Michael and Karalyn Littlefield, son and daughter of Rodney Littlefield of Turtle Lake; and Mark Peters, son of Nancy Peters of Turtle Lake. They were accompanied by FFA Advisor Mr. Dipprey.



July 20, 1972

Miss Sue Bolduc was officially crowned 1973 Queen of the Lakes and Snows at a coronation ceremony Saturday evening at the Turtle Lake Inter-County Fair. The judges decision was not known until that evening when Miss Karen Merth, 1972 Queen, opened the envelope and announced Terri Bruner to be first runner-up and after opening the second envelope, walked over and placed the crown on Sue’s head before a crowd of cheering spectators.

Danny Ostermann, son of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Ostermann, was one of the participants in the Western 4-H Dog Show held July 16 at the St. Croix County Fairgrounds at Glenwood City. Danny placed 4th in the pre-novice class, which had 34 entries, with his German Shepherd dog, Catherine of Blackburn. This was the first time Danny had participated in a dog show.

Thursday, July 27th is the big day set to take Living Color pictures of your little ones. The Turtle Lake Times is having pictures taken of all children accompanied by their parents of other guardian in the Village Hall between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. absolutely free of charge or obligation. The Times wants to publish a picture of your child in a photographic feature series of local citizens entitled “Citizens of Tomorrow.”

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