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A Look Back At The Times


MAY 30, 2013

Members of the Donalds-Hylkema salute and honor Americas veterans during Memorial Day Services at Mount Hope Cemetery west of Turtle Lake. The honor guard performed these services at the Village Park in Turtle Lake, Bethany Lutheran Cemetery, St. Charles Cemetery, St. Ann’s Cemetery, Mount Hope Cemetery, Lakeview Cemetery and Wayside Boat Landing on Upper Turtle Lake for those lost at sea.

With the new village board meeting for the first time since the April election the first order of business was to appoint someone to fill the vacant spot held by Trustee Sheryl Gehrman after she won the President position in the election. Two residents, Jeff Outcalt and Katie Schallock, tendered letters of interest to the board explaining their background and asking for consideration for the appointment. In recent years the board has looked at the past election to see who had the most votes. Outcalt had received 10 write-in votes while Schallock had 9.

In honor of EMS Week, Cumberland Healthcare hosted a patch contest involving students from Cumberland, Turtle Lake and Almena schools. On Tuesday, May 23, 2013 Mike Holmes, EMT  and Missy Schamberger, EMT  awarded Angie Raval, from Turtle Lake High School, with the winning patch design. Congratulations to Angie and a special thank you to all of the participants. Thank you for supporting your local EMS department.

On June 7 & 8, 2013 the Knights of Columbus Council 7848, will hold their annual Tootsie Roll Drive to help those residents that suffer from developmental disabilities. This program began in 1974 in the State of Wisconsin with 187 councils taking donations to help those less fortunate than ourselves. At the present time over 250 councils in Wisconsin take part in this worthwhile drive. This drive is very important to the developmentally disabled residents in Barron and Polk Counties as the money from the Council is divided between the Barron County Developmental Disabilities Ser-vices, Inc. and the Polk County Adult Development Center.

The Clayton/Turtle Lake baseball squad closed out their 2013 regular season play with a 5-3 loss to the Grantsburg Pirates last week.            Kyle Larson took the loss, pitching seven complete, giving up five earned runs on eight hits, four walks, on hit batsman and eight strikeouts. Kyle Steffen led the offense, going two for four at the plate with a run scored, one rbi and a stolen base. Tanner Arnold was two for four. Other Bears getting hits were Kyle Larson, Jordon Gilbertson, John Lahti and Hunter Klatt. Casey Catlin and Lahti scored the other two runs.

After receiving a first round bye, then getting past the Cumberland Beavers in round two action the Clayton/Turtle Lake girls’ season came to an end when the were blanked 10-0 on a one-hitter by the number one seeded Grantsburg Pirates in Division 3 WIAA softball tournament play. The Bears managed one hit, a lead off single by Tasha Henck in the third, no walks and had eight strikeouts. On the mound Henck pitched one inning, giving up three runs, all earned, on four hits, two walks and a strikeout. Masyn Lien pitched four-and-two-thirds, giving up seven runs, three earned, on seven hits, three walks and four strikeouts.

If finding the latest bargains and browsing is your thing, head to the new and exciting Turtle Lake Flea & Farmer’s Market at the Shinako Event Center on busy Hwy 8, the region’s only Friday flea market. If those old golf clubs are just taking up space and you’re ready for some new ones, if you’ve got old books and videos just collecting dust, or if your kids have outgrown those old clothes and toys, then you should become a vendor at the new and exciting Turtle Lake Flea & Farmer’s Market.



MAY 29, 2003

Graduation exercises will be held on Friday evening, May 30, 2003 at 8:00 p.m. in the High School gymnasium for the 87th Graduating Class of Turtle Lake High School. Kaela Splett has been named the Valedictorian of the Class of 2003. Named as this year’s Salutatorian was Kelly Matye.

Wisconsin Curves Association board member, Deanna Haselhuhn, was recently invited to Madison to be a part of a bill signing by Governor Jim Doyle. According to a letter from the Governor, the Wisconsin Curves Association, along with it’s members, have expressed support for SB 24, the “Curves” legislation. This bill was introduced to give men and women the right to exercise in privacy. Wisconsin was only one of a few states that did not have this exception into the Public Accommodation law. It also allows Curves to set separate hours for men.

Food pantries in the Turtle Lake area will soon receive a welcome lift, thanks to an ongoing program of the St. Croix Chippewa of Wisconsin. The Tripe will sponsor its eleventh annual Coins for Cans food drive at the St. Croix Casino in June. This year’s drive runs from 8 a.m., Monday, June 2 through 9 p.m. Friday, June 6.

The Lakers closed out their regular season play Tuesday, May 20th with a home game against the Clayton Bears. Up 5-1 heading into the top of the seventh inning, the Lakers made it interesting as they gave up three runs, but hung on for the 5-4 win. Josh Orf got the Laker win with seven innings of four hit baseball, giving up four runs, two earned, four walks and ten strikeouts. Leading the hitters was Jacob Jensen, going ntwo for two with a walk, a run scored and a stolen base. Justin Wohlk was two for three with a run scored, and rbi and a stolen base. Rick Quade was one for two with a walk and a home run.

The Laker track teams traveled to Grantsburg Thursday, May 15th, for a track meet with Clayton, Frederic, Grantsburg, Luck and St. Croix Falls. The Lakers remained at the lower end of the point totals but the boys put together a pair of firsts and a trio of seconds while the girls came away with a pair of firsts also. Finishing with first place finishes was the boys 400-meter relay team, Kyle Hamble in the 200-meter dash, Jamie Hoffman in the 3200-meter run and Adrienne Raffesberger in the long jump.



MAY 27, 1993

“We all dream a lot, Some are luck some are not. But if you think it, want it, dream it, Then it’s real, You are what you feel . . .” Each individual member of the Class of 1993 will think of this motto as they receive their diplomas as the 77th graduating class of Turtle Lake High School this Friday, May 28, 1993. The Valedictorian Address will be presented by Angie Pich while the Salutatorian Address will be given by Jamie Torgerson.

Celebrating five years of volunteer service to the Turtle Lake area, the Turtle Lake First Responders would like to say Thank You for the continued support of the community. All equipment and operating costs are taken care of by donations from individuals, businesses and organizations. The community can be proud to support one of the best First Responder units in the area. Members of the local group are Joyce Kasper, Director; Sheryl Gehrman, Director/Sec.-Treas.; Jeff Warland, Director; Tom Flottum, President; Jeff Outcal, Vice President; Diane Anderson; Darrell Bryngelson; Chris Popenhage; Anita Tomczik; Tom Ludy; Brent Thill; Kelsey Vorwald; Lynn Penard; Ellen Tarver; and John and Dyane Krech.

The Midway School Reunion is being penned to be held in Shadyside Park in Almena on Saturday, July3, 1993. The event will begin with a pot-luck dinner at noon. All attending are asked to bring a dish to pass and their own beverage and table service. All former students and faculty are invited to attend. You are also asked to invite any of your relatives and friends who attended Midway School.



MAY 26, 1983

The sixty-seventh Commencement at Turtle Lake High School was held Sunday afternoon in the high school gymnasium. Forty members of the Class of 1983 received diplomas. Mr. Michael Seiser presented the class to the Board, represented by Mr. Don Niemann and Mr. Morris Bussewitz, who with Mr. Hendrickson presented diplomas to the graduates. Musical selections were presented by the band and choir of seniors, directed by Mrs. Judy Benes.

Preschool Playhouse will hold a Salad Luncheon, Style Show and Children’s Art Fair on Friday, June 3 at their location in St. Ann’s Center in Turtle Lake. Children from Preschool will be modeling fashions provided by Edson’s of Barron. The Art Exhibit will be in the dining room and hallway.

At 1:15 a.m. on Friday morning, May 20, while on routine patrol, Turtle Lake Chief of Police Swede Anderson interrupted a burglary in progress at the Senior High School. Anderson came upon a cache of tools and expensive camera equipment just outside the north basement entrance to the building and immediately secured the loot. While awaiting assistance from Barron County officer Terry Skar, Anderson began a search of the building and found the lower-level athletic storage area had been burglarized, along with the dark room and photographic section. In addition to the burglary, several hundred dollars in vandalism had been done to the ground floor and lower level. They secured the building at 4:14 a.m.



MAY 24, 1973

According to official records, the first birth recorded after Turtle Lake became a village in 1898 was that of Cecil Leota Hart, born on July 8, 1898, to Susan and Bert J. Hart. Though other births are known to have occurred on July 2, these were not officially recorded until later. The late Wyverne G. Tanner and Max Neusse were born July 2, but no official record was made until later.

Mildred Fredricks and Rose Strasser officially represented the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League of the North Wisconsin District of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod and presented books to the Turtle Lake Public Library in a special ceremony. The total retail value of the books distributed to the communities in North Wisconsin and Upper Michigan exceeded $9,000. In the 1972-74 biennium the North Wisconsin District LWML will contribute and additional $23,500 to other mission projects at home and abroad.

A large audience gathered in the Turtle Lake High School gym Sunday afternoon, May 20, 1973, as 54 members of the Class of 1973 received their diplomas marking the completion of their high school careers. Mr. Barry ZeVan, well-known weatherman on KSTP-TV delivered the commencement address, Understanding Ourselves.


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