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A Look Back At The Times


NOVEMBER 29, 2012

The Turtle Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its 8th Annual Chamber Christmas this Saturday, December 1st, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Parkview United Methodist Church, located at the junction of Hwy. 8 and Hwy. 63 North.  This community event offers warm dishes of chili with toppings, creamy wild rice soup, and chicken noodle soup, along with milk, hot chocolate, coffee and homemade cookies.

With the lighting of the Lights in the Park taking place at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, December 1st, some of the Turtle Lake Boy Scouts and their parents pitched in and helped decorate the Village Park for the annual event. Assisting in the setup were RJ Davis, Melanie Davis, Lion Jeff Hoffman, Terri Heffner and Mason Heffner, Cody Hassel and John Hassel.

The preliminary 2012 gun deer harvest numbers show an increase of nearly 8% statewide over last year’s harvest totals according to the Wisconsin DNR numbers. This year hunters harvested 243,739 deer, 114,822 bucks and 128,917 antlerless. A year ago hunters harvested 226,260 deer, 102,837 bucks and 123,423 antlerless. In Barron County hunters registered 5741 deer, 2683 buck and 3058 antlerless. A year ago Barron County hunters registered a total of 5686 deer, 2251 bucks and 3435 antlerless. In Polk County hunters registered 6268 deer, 3027 bucks and 3241 antlerless. A year ago the total was 6304, 2327 bucks and 3977 antlerless. Locally, Turtle Lake Cenex registrations were up from a year ago. This year hunters registered 660 deer, 342 bucks and 318 antlerless. A year ago 575 deer were registered, 226 bucks and 349 antlerless. In 2010 hunters registered 857 deer, 344 bucks and 513 antlerless.

Sue Friday, manager of Turtle Lake Cenex, would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who donated to Breast Cancer Awareness at the station. A total of $1002.00 was raised at Cenex. Retailers of Wisconsin (RAW) Buying Group matched those funds. “Thanks again,” Friday said. “Together we can make a difference.”

We chose captains this year by having the players apply and send in their resume. After submitting their applications they had to go through an interview process.  The girls were asked 15 questions by Principal Mr. Kindschy, Activities Director Mrs. Mau, Coach Lutz and Coach Miller. The girls who were choosen to be the 2012-13 captains were, left to right: senior Samantha Hatleli, junior Tasha Henck, sophomore Nadia Alexander and freshman Taylor Schneider.  “I think all the girls learned a life lesson by going through this process,” head coach Adam Miller said.

The School District of Turtle Lake is looking for community members to participate in committee work surrounding the recent passage of the referendum.  Four committees will be formed.  They include: Technology, Curriculum, Facilities and Security.  Committee participation will be extremely important as the District looks to optimize the funds entrusted to us by the Turtle Lake community.  The deadline for submitting an application to participate will be Friday, December 14, 2012.  The application is easy to fill out and the reward for participating in the District’s future growth is immeasurable.



NOVEMBER 28, 2002

Members of the Turtle Lake FFA Chapter of Turtle Lake competed in the National FFA AgriScience Fair program. The event was held during the 75th National FFA Convention in Louiseville, KY, Oct. 30 through Nov. 2. Participants from 52 associations defended their projects against other entries for judging in 20 divisions. Katie Dipprey and Lauren Hanson’s project, “Hold the Fat” and Lisa Dipprey and Joe Braml’s project Project Pomatoe, were on display at the convention in the National FFA Agriscience Fair area of the FFA National Agricultural Career Show.

Preliminary call-in totals from deer registration stations across the state indicate junters killed 120,658 deer over the first two days of Wisconsin’s nine-day gun hunting season. The deer kill number is down more than 20 percent from 2001’s preliminary weekend harvest of 151,929 and is also down from the 10-year average for opening weekend of 156,796.

The Turtle Lake/Clayton wrestling team began practices on Monday, November 18. This looks to be a great year for the mat men. There are 22 wrestlers on the Laker roster including seniors Alan Broker and Bill Hansen; juniors Nathan Flottum, Tony Hellstern, Travis Yoder, Caio Carvalhaes, Rick Quade and Charlie Burger; sophomores Luke Paulson, Kenton Olsvig, Chris LaPage, Kel Klingelhoets, Shilo Loberg, Darek Burke and Mike Minteer; and freshmen Logan Paulson, Bryant Rouzer, Joe Braml, Lance Hougdahl, Gabe Stoppelmoor, Josh Borgwardt and Travis Peterson.



NOVEMBER 26, 1992

Perhaps the most beneficial conservation project that one can do is to teach our youth about the importance of protecting our natural resources. One person who has been doing that for many years is Don Dipprey. Don is the vocational agriculture teacher at Turtle Lake High School and is the recipient of the 1992 Outstanding Conservation Educator Award. He received the award at the Annual Awards Banquet sponsored by the Barron County Land Conservation Department on Monday, November 9, at Rolling Oaks Supper Club in Barron.

A total of 227 deer were registered at Laker Country Sports throughout the opening weekend of the 1992 gun deer season. This is down over 50% from last year’s total of 470 deer registered on the opening weekend.

Attention all Turtle Lake area residents andn visitors. We have just received a special news flash informing us that Mrs. Santa Claus will make a very special personal appearance in Turtle Lake this Saturday, November 28. She will stop at The Loon’s Call to get Christmas wish lists from adults and children alike. She has even graciously agreed to have her picture taken with all visitors who would like to have their picture taken with her.

The Village of Turtle Lake is considering applying for grants from the Wisconsin Development Fund and Community Development Block Grant Program in order to improve the conditions of public facilities and housing within the Village. To qualify for these grants, the Village needs opinions from all Village residents on the condition of water, sewer, and storm drainage on their street and the age and condition of their homes. A community-wide survey will. Be conducted to get residents’ opinions and to determine whether the Village can qualify for either or both of the grants. The grants would not have to be paid back to the state or federal government.



NOVEMBER 25, 1982

The generic sugar display sold over three tons of sugar in a three-week period at Becker’s Super Valu. Super Valu buyers took advantage of a weak sugar market plus extra allowances from the sugar companies to get the savings to Super Valu customers. The savings on the three tons of sugar amounted to just over $1000.00 which was all passed on to the customers.

State Treasurer Charles P. Smith, chairman of the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands, has announced the disbursement of a state trust fund loan of $62,000 to the Village of Turtle Lake for public improvement. The money was used for the street rebuilding and resurfacing project in the Birch Street area of the Village. The trust funds were established at statehood and constitute revenues generated from the sale of land grant lands and from penal fines.

The champions of the Turtle Lake High School noon hour soccer league were announced this week. The sophomores were undefeated in regular league matches. Members of the championship team were Dale Haselhuhn, Lynn Dietrich, Mary Marske, Chris Tornio and Mark Oldroyd. The sophomore team was sponsored by Mr. Lamont.



NOVEMBER 23, 1972

Turtle Lake has been very fortunate in having two winners in the Barron-Polk County Soil and Water Conservation and Environmental Awareness speaking contest. On October 26, Mrs. Opal Bents took Cathy Peters, Mrs. Bill Anton and her daughter Donna to Barron in order that Donna could compete in the Barron County contest. She was the lucky recipient of third place.  That evening Mrs. Bents, Donna Anton, Cathy Peters and her mother, Mrs. Bob Peters, went to the Center Building in Balsam Lake for Cathy to compete in the Polk County Contest. Cathy was fortunate in being judged as the first place winner, which earned her $8.00 and enabled her to go on to Eau Claire for the November 4th competition.

Hunters in our local area chalked up fair success in the opening days of the 1972 deer hunting season. A total of 48 deer were registered as of noon Monday. Those who have registered deer as of Monday include Jeff Becker, Jim Loenser, Patricia Miller, Philip Quade, John Hart, Harvey Soldner, Fred King, Larry Henck, Sherman E. Lindsley, Leonard Glinski, Jr., Roger Bliggren, Randy Hatella, Mark Gilbertson, Charles Hattla, Gerald Cornwall, Scott Stary, Clement W. Barber, Arnold Voigt, Jr., Ernie Kaehler, Don Hatalla, Clifford Tasker, Eugene Elden, Lynn Gamache, Kurt Marquardt, Roger Banner, Peter Leschisin, Walter Larson, Walter Knafla, Ken Knafen, T. Kudeema, W. Ebish, Gene Thompson, Harvey McCann, Mike Slack, John Quade, Pete Gehrke, Richard Carr, G. Marchinonda, J. Skidmore, Leonard Glinski, Harold Gille, Bob Lamont, Bob Prosser, Larry Hart, James A. Thompson, Guy Hart and John Hudson.

Gary Solum, Route 1, Turtle Lake, was granted the Master of Science in Teaching at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Sunday, November 12. Agriculture education is his area of specialization. Dr. Philip Anderson, Dean of the Graduate School, granted 61 master’s degrees this fall to students who completed their studies at UW-River Falls this summer and fall quarter.

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