A LOOK BACK AT THE TIMES
10 YEARS AGO
JANUARY 3, 2013
Minor injuries were sustained by four occupants of a Chevy Malibu after it collided with a manure spreader on Cty. K, three miles south of Turtle Lake last Monday, December 24, around noon. Dale Scheps, rural Almena, was pulling the manure spreader with his tractor south on Cty. K and was attempting to turn into a field driveway when a vehicle attempted to pass him, then pulled back into their lane, striking the manure spreader and rolling the vehicle up onto it’s side. Traffic on Cty. K was detoured for over an hour while emergency personel attended to the occupants of the vehicle.
One of the yearly favorite fundraisers has been the belgium waffle feed sponsored by the Turtle Lake Music Boosters. And on Friday, January 11, 2013, the 5th annual All-You-Can-Eat Belgium Waffle Feed will return to the Turtle Lake School. The feed will be held from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Turtle Lake school commons before the boys and girls high school basketball games.
Barron Electric Cooperative and Dairyland Power Cooperative rebated over $54,000 to Chieftain Sand and Proppant, Great Northern Sand, LLC, and Midwest Frac Sand for installing energy-efficient equipment including variable frequency drives, energy-efficient lighting, and occupancy sensors when they constructed their facilities. By installing energy-efficient equipment, nearly 4.9 million kilowatt-hours will be saved annually.
The Turtle Lake girls’ basketball team recently volunteered their time throughout the holiday season ringing bells to help raise money for the Salvation Army. The bell ringing took place at Becker’s Super Valu. Team members ringing bells included Taylor Schneider, Kim Martin, Samantha Hatleli, Dana West, Nadia Alexander, Elizabeth Garcia, Mariah Dietrich, Amanda Gutting, Jackie Lee, Kelly Catlin, Cassie Stanley and Saundra Yeske.
20 YEARS AGO
JANUARY 3, 2003
Harry Skrupky recently received a diploma from the French Government for his participation in the effort to liberate France during World War II. Corporal Skrupky served as an aircraft mechanic in the 12th Army Air Corps in the 86th Squadron, 47th Bomb Group. His unit was stationed in Salon, France in August and September of 1944. The purpose was to keep General George Patton’s troops supplied with gasoline while they pushed the Germans out of France. In addition to France, Harry served in North Africa and other countries in the Mediterranean Theater.
At Curves they would like to challenge the Turtle Lake community to get healthy in 2003. They are asking the businesses of Turtle Lake to sponsor teams for their Community Wellness Program. The teams can consist of employees, their families, customers, or others in our community. Teams are encouraged to eat healthy and exercise regularly to lose weight and inches over the next 8-1/2 weeks.
The Knights of Columbus held their annual True Meaning of Christmas poster contest and had 175 students enter. The first graders had 37 entries. The second grade had 33. The third grade came in with 57 entries and the fourth grade had 48. Capturing first place honors were Jolene Smith, first grade; Jesse Thomas, second grade; Marie Lutz, third grade; and Tricia Hanson, fourth grade.
Gabe Stoppelmoor (135 lbs.) placed fourth and Luke Paulson (119 lbs.) finished fifth to lead the Laker effort at the 18th Annual Northern Badger Wrestling Classic held on December 27 – 28 at US-River Falls. Bryant Rouzer (103 lbs.) and Kenton Olsvig (130 lbs.) each placed eighth while Lance Hougdahl (125 lbs.) and Rice Quade (215 lbs.) were each tenth. Nathan Flottum (145 lbs.) and Patrick O’Connell (160 lbs.) also won matches to score points for the Lakers. With 37 teams competing the Lakers wrestled their way to a 13th place finish.
30 YEARS AGO
DECEMBER 31, 1992
A good number of Turtle Lake area residents enjoyed the entertainment at the Lions Club Community Christmas Party on December 19th. Entertainment was provided by Jimmy Messicci, the Heart O’ The North Barbershop Chorus, the Fiddle Corner Players, the elementary All-Star Choir and the instrument ensemble from Turtle Lake School. Also in attendance was Santa Claus, who picked up many last-minute Christmas lists from area children. The Lions also served refreshments for all attending.
Wisconsin Dairies distributed just over $6.4-million in cash to its current and former dairy farmer-owners December 11, including the largest revolvement of equity credits allocated to members, report Duaine Kamenich, the cooperative’s vice president of finance. “The retirement of $3,686,000 in past equity credits is the largest revolvement ever made by the cooperative in its 29-year history,” Kamenick said.
Mary Schradle, daughter of Michael & Jane Schradle, of Clayton, WI, has been named to the Dean’s List for the fall quarter of 1992 at Concordia College, St. Paul, MN. Students named to the Dean’s List are recognized for superior academic performance, with a grade point average of 3.5 or above.
Residents of the Village of Turtle Lake and Turtle Lake School District are reminded that the deadline for filing nomination papers in Tuesday, January 5, 1993, at 5:00 p.m. As of Tuesday afternoon, December 29th, only two have filed for a seat on the Village Board. LeRoy Anderson has filed papers to seek the Village President position. Incumbent David Ritsche has filed to retain his position as a trustee. To date incumbent trustees Leroy Broker and Nick Kathrine, and Municipal Judge Dennis Zemke have not filed the intention to seek re-election. Incumbent Larry Raffesberger has filed papers of his intention to seek re-election to the Turtle Lake School Board. To date incumbent Joseph Molls has not indicated whether he will seek re-election.
40 YEARS AGO
DECEMBER 30, 1982
Due to his lengthy illness, Pastor Nack has resigned as Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church of Turtle Lake and Immanuel Lutheran Church of Clayton. At a special joint meeting of the two congregations on December 20th, a letter of resignation was submitted. Due to an extended throat condition Pastor Nack has not preached since the last Sunday of September in 1981. On January 6th the pastor and his family will move to Sheboygan, WI. Zion Lutheran Church will honor the Nack family at a congregational dinner at noon, followed by a short program on Sunday, January 2nd. An Open House for the general public will be held from 2-3:30 p.m. in the church parlor.
Wisconsin Circuit Judge Jerold E. Murphy ruled in favor of Associated Milk Producers, Inc. in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin Wednesday, permanently restraining the National Farmers Organization from using false statements to lure AMPI members to breach existing membership agreements. “This is a significant victor for us,” stated Walter C. Kirchner, AMPI Mid-States Regional General Manager. “No longer can NFO use lies and half-truths to mislead our membership to switch milk markets.”
Pickup trucks weighing 8000 lbs. or less gross weight are no longer required to stop routinely at truck scales under a new administrative rule adopted by the State Department of Transportation. The new rule affects some 391,208 registered Wisconsin trucks, as well as out-of-state pickups in the same weight class according to Col. Howard N. Goetsch, deputy administration of the Division of State Patrol. The provision exempts pickup trucks with a gross weight of 8000 lbs. or less from stopping at open scales unless ordered to stop by a trooper, inspector or other traffic officer (gross weigh includes the vehicle, passengers and load).
50 YEARS AGO
DECEMBER 28, 1972
The Sno Lakers Snowmobile Club, with the assistance of the welding class under the shared class program at the Turtle Lake High School, have just completed building a trail drag to be used to groom the snowmobile trails in the area. Mr. Dennis Kragness, local Vo-Ag Instructor, presented the plans to the Club and stated the boys in his class were interested in building the drag if the Club could help with the construction. The Club voted to go ahead with the project. Bernard Quade, Bernard Moravitz and Vern Carlson went to the school and assisted the boys with the construction of the drag.
A fire, believed to have been started when a gas stove exploded, completely destroyed a mobile home on the Ronald Anderson property northwest of the Village Wednesday afternoon, December 20. Turtle Lake firemen answered the call at 4:00 p.m. When they arrived at the scene they found the mobile home engulfed in flames. They were unable to save the structure and directed their efforts to keeping the flames from spreading to nearby buildings. The mobile home was being occupied at the time but fortunately no one was injured.
At least ten young people will receive $500 college scholarships in the areas served by Lampert Yards, including the yard here in Turtle Lake. Announcement of the new scholarship program was made by Lampert Yards Executive Vice President, John L. Fesler, at the firm’s general office in St. Paul, Minnesota. “We feel an obligation to the people who live in our market area”, said Mr. Feshler. “We believe this scholarship project for young people is an excellent way to fulfill this obligation.” Mr. Fesler indicated the scholarship fund would be at least $5,000 with grants made in the amounts up to $500 each.