A LOOK BACK AT THE TIMES
10 YEARS AGO
FEBRUARY 8, 2013
This year marked the 15th Mission Trip for VIM and the 2nd trip to do work in Mission, Texas. This group originally centered around a core group of people from the United Methodist Churches of Turtle Lake, Barron and Cumberland. Over the years this group has expanded to include people from other communities and other churches. This year, the group had a total of 40+adults youth from Barron County. The 2013 VIM team included 11 adults from the Parkview United Methodist Church in Turtle Lake: Norma Beach, Harvey and Bev Becker, Addie Freer, Ruby Nykannen, Steve Matthys, Amy Peterson, Albin & Lori Peterson, Lynn Steinmetz and Mary Wright. Although youth participation in VIM is generally strong, this year, four teens represented Turtle Lake. They were: Ben & Liz Anderson, Jared Beach and Bailey Peterson.
Cumberland Healthcare’s first baby of the New Year was born early Saturday, January 26, 2013. Nickolas Bylander and Stephanie Eggert announced the birth of their son, Spencer Allen Bylander, who was born at 7:52 AM at Cumberland Healthcare. Spencer weighed 6 pounds 4.5 ounces and was 19 inches long.
The Turtle Lake School District will see a strain to their budget once again due to a controversial decision by the Wisconsin Department of Instruction (DPI) regarding the contracted services for student information systems.
Friday schools throughout Wisconsin were notified by Skyward, Inc. that they were passed over for the contract to provide these services to all Wisconsin school districts and non-district charter schools. Presently Skyward, Inc. is used in 50% of all school districts in Wisconsin, providing management software to track grades, attendance and other information for schools. The selected Minnesota-based company, Infinite Campus, Inc., is presently in 10% of the Wisconsin school districts.
After falling behind 10-4 early in the first quarter to the Prairie Farm Panthers, the Laker guys went on a 14-0 run for an 18-10 first quarter lead then outscored the Panthers in each of the next three quarters, rolling to a 71-60 win. Casey Catlin led the Lakers with 18. Tanner Arnold had 15 and John Lahti added 14.
The Lady Lakers traveled north to Shell Lake last Friday night and avenged a 38-30 loss to Shell Lake back in December on the Laker home floor. This time the Lakers jumped out to a 24-15 halftime lead and hung on for a 49-46 win. Taylor Schneider led the Lakers with 18. Dana West had 12 and Kim Martin added 8.
20 YEARS AGO
FEBRUARY 6, 2003
Curves owner, Deanna Haselhuhn, has announced a total of 145 people have formed 29 teams to take the Curves challenge. The challenge is an event through the Community Wellness Program, inspired by Curves. Teams will consist of five members, sponsored by a Turtle Lake business, and will be weighed, measured and registered.
For a first time class offering, Ms. Amy Payne, Turtle Lake High School English instructor, elected to teach Holocaust Literature. And as a project to bring to light the number of Jewish people killed during the holocaust, Ms. Payne and the class decided to county 6,000,000 aluminum can tabs, the total killed in the concentration camps.
Brenda Davis, Turtle Lake, was recently voted Lioness of the Year for 2002 by the Turtle Lake Lioness members. Brenda served as vice-president of the Turtle Lake Lioness Club for 2000-01 and president for 2001-02. She also served on the Little Miss Turtle Lake committee and the Elderly Christmas Party.
The Turtle Lake/Clayton wrestlers came back from a 30-8 deficit to defeat Luck 38-33 and clinch a share of the West Lakeland Conference title. Luck came into the match undefeated in conference duals. The win put the Lakers at 4-1 in the conference and in a three-way tie with Luck and St. Croix Falls to close out the dual season.
With as much as a double-digit lead after the first quarter, the Laker gals suffered through a bad second and third quarter before dropping a three-point, 36-33, game to Shell Lake last Tuesday night at home. Steph Hanson shared scoring honors with Shell Lake’s Casey Bruce as both chalked up 17 points. Amanda Hamble added 9.
The Laker guys jumped out to a 9-0 lead to start the game, led by one at the end of the quarter, but ran out of gas in the end as they dropped a 53-34 contest to the Shell Lake Lakers last Tuesday night at home. Brad Heyer led the Lakers with 9. Nate Johnson and Nate Warner added 8 each.
Three Turtle Lake High School students enjoyed a weekend of choral music making early in 2003. Brianna Wurtinger, Kelly Matye and Amy DeJardin rehearsed with a 1700 member choir of young women and men from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota and Illinois. Under the direction of Weston Noble, choral director at Luther College for many years, they perfected and refined the blend and effects for the final concert on Monday night.
30 YEARS AGO
FEBRUARY 4, 1993
Turtle Lake firemen, Del Todd and Tim Moriak, met with members of the Hartzell Community Council, Dale Haselhuhn, Mike DeGolier, Sheldon Nordell and Dan Tornio to receive a rescue sled donation. Donations from the Hartzell group made the purchase of this sled a reality. The Turtle Lake Fire Department extends a big Thank You to Hartzell for their continuing support of the department and their generous donations toward the purchase of needed equipment.
Local dairy farmers were among 2,300 honored throughout the Upper Midwest this month for producing and marketing quality milk during 1992. Kevin and Kathy Splett and Jay and Melissa Wohlk, all of Almena, were recipients of Wisconsin Dairies Cooperative’s Quality Silver Award.
The Turtle Lake Laker boys traveled to Siren last Thursday evening and brought home a West Lakeland conference win, even though it was a very narrow margin, 52-48. Three Lakers hit double figures, led by Jesse Nitchey with 18, Jamie Torgerson with 15 and Todd Richter with 11.
The Crossface newspaper has just published the 1992-93 state rankings of individual wrestlers. Three Turtle Lake wrestlers are ranked in the top five in their respective weight classes. Ryan Shortess is ranked number 1 at 145 in Division 3. Kurt Olsvig is ranked 4th at 135 and Jesse Hoff is ranked 5th at 103.
The Turtle Lake Laker girls got back in the win column this past week as they defeated Clear Lake 62-36 at Turtle Lake and Prairie Farm 64-41 on the Panthers’ home court. Julie Koenig led all scorers against Clear Lake with 28 points. Jolene Danca and Amanda Seiser added 8 each. Julie Koenig also took game scoring honors against Prairie Farm with 29 points. Jolene Danca and Amanda Seiser added 10 each.
Tom Kasper scored a pin and Troy Broker won by technical fall (16-0) to lead Turtle Lake wrestlers to a 39-18 victory over Minong las Thursday night. Jamie Frandrup, Kurt Olsvig and Ryan Shortess also won their matches to help the Laker effort.
40 YEARS AGO
FEBRUARY 3, 1983
Harold Strasser of Turtle Lake has been named one of Funk Seeds International’s 1982 Regional Dealers of the Year. The awards are made annually to honor Funk’s best seed salesmen. Mr. Strasser, Regional Dealer of the Year for the Wisconsin and northern Illinois Funk sales region, will automatically become a member of Funk’s President’s Club, 11 outstanding seed dealers selected for superior performance from among Fund’s G-Dealers nationwide.
Jody Hart will represent the Turtle Lake Knights of Columbus Council 7848 in the Diocesan Freethrow Contest in Park Falls on Saturday, February 12. Jody won the 14-year old girls competition ot the county level at Turtle Lake and moved on to with the District level at Rice Lake.
The Turtle Lake Lakerettes kept their winning streak intact Thursday, January 27, as they demolished Cameron 89-34. Sheri Hansen took scoring honors for the game with 25 points. She was followed by Debbie Carlson with 16 and Stacy Burhop with 10.
The Turtle Lake wrestling team had a victory over Boyceville on Tuesday, January 25. The entire evening proved to be exciting. It started with the performance of the 1983 Pom-Pon squad and the introduction of the parents in honor of Parents Night. It continued throughout the evening as the Lakers earned a 45-24 victory. Chalking up pins were Jeff Flettre (98 lbs), Jim Palas (132 lbs), Fred Graf (138 lbs), Geno Graf (145 lbs) and Mike Minteer (167 lbs).
The Turtle Lake Lakers traveled to Cameron Friday, January 28, and were handed a 60-54 defeat by the Comets. Mike Schradle and John Hinck led the Lakers with 22 and 15 points respectively.
50 YEARS AGO
FEBRUARY 1, 1973
Arnold Baedke, AMPI producer of Turtle Lake, received a milk loss check from fieldman Harry King recently. Each month disaster strikes a few AMPI members. Serious financial loss by fire, disease or natural disaster may be cushioned by a check from AMPI to cover part of the loss.
Plans are in the final stages of completion for the Sno-Lakers Drag “73 Snowmobile Race to be held Sunday, February 4. The race, which will begin at 12 o’clock will be held on the Turtle Lake High School athletic field just south of Highway 8. The Sno-Lakers will operate a lunch stand on the grounds and in case you do not have a ticket they will be available from Sno-Lakers on the grounds.
The Midway Blizzrd Busters snowmobile club of the Turtle Lake area enjoyed the past weekend in Park Falls and were highly complimentary in making comments about the fine trails that this area has. The group headquartered at the Edge-O-Town Motel, taking their meals at the Town and Country Supper Club. Minor mishaps like losing a ski and having the steering mechanism go out did not deter the group from making the full trip. Riders included Gloria Becker, Jessie Quade, Harold Becker, Morris Bussewitz, Ron Greschner, Jane Greschner, Adolph Scheps, Lorraine Scheps, Priscilla Bussewitz, Gordon Ross, Phil Quade, Rosemary Splatt, Erwin Splatt and Emil Ross.
Last Friday night Turtle Lake hosted the Clayton Bears in a Large Lakeland basketball game. It was a slow starting game with neither team scoring in the first two minutes until the Bears and two quick baskets to take a 4-0 lead. The Bears continued their domination in the second half by commanding a 61-33 score after three and going on to win by a score of 76-40. Lynn Fredricks led the Laker with 10. Lynn Gross added 9. Rick Anderson led Clayton with 27. Douglas Fall had 11 and Jerry Hallman 10.
The Chetek Bulldogs visited the Turtle Lake Lakers grapplers last Thursday night in Turtle Lake’s last dual match of the year. The final team score was 39-15 in favor of the Bulldogs. Picking up wins for the Lakers were Jim Mewes (105), Alex Messicci (126), Pat Polichnia (155) and Rick Nyhus (Hwt).