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JUNE 6, 2013

John Lahti, Turtle Lake, and Zach Schradle, Clayton, will both play for the North team in this year’s Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Division 5 North/South All-Star boys basketball game held Saturday, June 15 at JustaGame facilities in the Wisconsin Dells. Gametime will be 9:00 a.m.  Lahti, a senior at Turtle Lake High School, helped lead the Lakers to a 15-5 overall record (10-2 conference) and a second place conference finish in the Central Lakeland Conference this year.  Schradle, a senior at Clayton High School, led the Bears to a four-year undefeated conference run, a state tournament appearance and a sectional finals appearance his last two years.

A service group vital to the health and welfare of all Turtle Lake residents was the beneficiary of a fundraiser conducted at St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake on Saturday, May 18. The frybread sale at the casino raised $1,036 for the Turtle Lake First Responders. Director of Marketing, Jamie Williams, presented the $1,036 check to Ryan Ludy, Turtle Lake First Responder’s secretary, on Friday, May 24.

The Almena Fire Department recently received a sizeable donation from Country Pride Co-op and United Ag Services, both from Almena, that enabled the department to purchase a portable generator, light set, vehicle stabilization kit and grain bin rescue kit. The firemen would like to remind all area residents to support your local business as these are the supporters to the local emergency service groups. Pictured above, left to right, are Brent Colburn, Inspector; Anthony Mizer, Training Officer; Greg Gerads, Manager of Country Pride Co-op/United Ag Services; Vince Wohlk, Fire Chief; Jack Sadtler, Assistant Fire Chief.

A successful track Turtle Lake/ Clayton track season was capped off this past week with four events being represented by Laker athletes in LaCrosse.  Three of the four groups and single participants qualified for the State finals following preliminary events. Tristan Truttman set a new school and co-op record in the shot put with a toss of 46-feet 6-inches. Truttman qualified for the finals with a toss of 44-feet even, then bettered that result with his record setting toss, finishing in 10th place in the state out of 16 participants.

After drawing the number one seed and a first round bye in the Division 3 WIAA baseball playoffs the Clayton/Turtle Lake squad was ousted in round two by the Cumberland Beavers, 3-1. Playing at Clayton last Tuesday afternoon, May 28, C/TL had numerous chances but were unable to capitalize until the bottom of the fifth.



JUNE 5, 2003

The Holocaust class at Turtle Lake High School took on an extremely large task of collecting and counting six million pop tabs this past year. Each tab would represent a person of the Jewish faith that perished in the concentration camps during World War II. At the end of the year the task remains unfinished. The Holocaust Literature class collected, counted, and delivered 1,429,327 tabs which helps the Ronald McDonald House, a “home away from home” for families of children undergoing cancer treatment.

The budget cuts have begun as the School District of Turtle Lake attempts to find alternatives to a deficit that will loom large because of revenue caps and the possibility of a property tax freeze. At the regular board meeting Tuesday, May 27th, approximately thirty guests were in attendance to voice their concerns regarding items of budget cutting.

Esther Moschkau, Turtle Lake Auxiliary, received some help on Saturday, May 3 with the Turtle Lake poppy sales. Boy Scout members Justin Pieper, Joe Braml, Roger Carpenter and Nolan Smith, from Troop 59, along with Girl Scout member Lizzie Braml, assisted the Auxiliary in the annual selling of the poppies. The Auxiliary would like to extend a big Thank You to the scouts for their assistance.

Well-wishers stopped by the Turtle Lake Village Library last Thursday throughout the day to wish Marsha Platter well and thank her for her years of dedication as the Turtle Lake Librarian. Marsha is moving on to Madison, a move she has been pondering for a while.

The old adage is you always want to be playing your best ball at tournament time, and the Laker gals did just that but came up a run short as they lost their second round game to top-seeded Bruce, 6-5. The Lakers held a one-run lead with two outs in the bottom of the seventh before a hit up the middle plated two, sending Bruce to the next level and the Lakers home. It was probably one of the finest games the girls played this year. Bruce entered the game 19-0 and a number one seed.

The Turtle Lake track team, short on numbers but big on heart, did well at the conference meet held Tuesday, May 20th in Frederic. Jamie Hoffman captured a gold and Kris Kraemer came home with a second. I addition to doing well at the conference meet, four Lakers and one relay team held individual accomplishments that were listed on the West Lakeland Honor Roll.

The Turtle Lake golf team placed 4th in the East Lakeland Golf Conference. In a very competitive year with the lowest scores that have been seen, Clear Lake came out on top by one point over Bruce. Scoring is based on how each team places in each of the six conference matches with the conference tournament placement counting like two matches. Cameron finished third while Turtle Lake was fourth. New Auburn and Winter rounded out the schedule.



JUNE 3, 1993

Village President Jim Braastad turns the first shovel of dirt for the new Village sign that will be located in the Village Park. Also on hand were a number of Lions members and past and present Village board members. The sign, which is a joint project by the Lions and the Village, will be under construction in the very near future. Donation toward the project have been made by the Turtle Lake Lioness Club and the Hartzell Corporation, with each of them donating $1,000 toward the project.

NSP is the newest business to located in Almena’s industrial park. The 30 c 36 building consists of an office, boom truck garage and storage. According to Michael Schuster, District troubleshooter who mans the facility, this office covers Range, Turtle Lake, Clayton, Almena, Poskin and McKinley Township. Michael’s duties include taking care of street lights, security lights, first response for trouble and weekly readings at substations.

Thirty-two scholarships, totaling nearly $30,000, were presented to graduating seniors at the first annual Scholarship Night at Turtle Lake High School last Thursday evening. Scholarships presented were Sid & Grace Horman, Knights of Columbus, Celebrating the Arts, Community Scholarships, Hartzell Scholarship, Turtle Lake Booster Club, C & M Liquidators, NUE Scholarship, Ed Yousten – Wrestling, IRWIM Corp., Marty Berg Fine Arts, Cumberland Hospital Auxiliary, Barron Electric Co-op, Julia Helbig Memorial, Community Club, Larry Oftedahl, Student Council – Coca Cola, Almena Co-op, Lions Scholarship, Bank of Turtle Lake, R.E. Miller, Darwin Nykanen Memorial, Buffao Brothers Management, Lioness, FFA Alumni, Polk-Burnett Electric Co-op, Attendance Award, Turtle Lake Medical Clinic, DAR, WI Academic Excellence, Valedictorian and Salutatorian.

Michael Pearson checked on progress being made by Jessica and Heather Larsen, who were a part of the 10-member crew Mike was supervising as they painted the 69 fire hydrants in the Village of Turtle Lake. Mike, who is a member of Boy Scout Troop 146 in Amery, conducted the project as part of his Eagle Scout project for community service.



JUNE 2, 1983

The Turtle Lake Lakerettes track team will have five entries in the 88th Annual State Track and Field Meet this Friday and Saturday, June 3 & 4, held in Mansfield Stadium in Madison. Winning the right to enter state competition at the Sectional meet last Thursday were Cathy Carlson in the long jump and 100-meter low hurdles, Debbie Carlson in the discus throw, Sheri Hansen in the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter relay team of Cathy Carlson, Debbie Carlson, Sheri Hansen and Stacy Burhop.

Donald A. Larson, President of Hartzell Manufacturing, Inc., St. Paul, Minnesota, is pleased to announce that Hartzell Manufacturing is going to build a new custom injection molding facility in the Industrial Park in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. The 14,200 square foot building, expected to be completed by October 31, 1983, will accommodate twelve molding machines and employ approximately thirty people. This new facility is designed to accommodate expanded new custom molding business, and as an overflow plant for Dynasound/Organizer production, and will not cause any reduction of work at either the Turtle Lake or Grantsburg facilities.

Carly M. Carlson of Carlson Evergreen Agency, Inc., announces the addition of Cookie LaBlanc to his Turtle Lake staff. Cookie had worked at an Accounting-Income Tax business for three years before coming to Hartzell Custom Products here in Turtle Lake where she is Personnel Administrator. Cookie is joining the Carlson Evergreen Agency, Inc. staff as an independent contractor. She has lived in the Turtle Lake area all her life and currently resides at Upper Turtle Lake.

The Turtle Lake girls track team won the Regional championship for the fourth consecutive year Monday, May 23 at Menomonie. Unlike previous years it was a close, exciting contest with both disappointments and thrills. It appeared at the beginning of the meet that is was not to be Turtle Lake’s day. First, Sheri Hansen was disqualified in the 100-meter face for a false start and then DeDe Peterson, who had an excellent chance of going on to state in both the 1600 and 800-meter runs, resprained her ankle on the second lap of the 1600, taking her out of both events.



JUNE 7, 1973

Mary Kay Anderson, graduate of Turtle Lake High School, was recently notified that she is to be featured in the Seventh Annual Edition of Who’s Who Among American High School Students, 1972-73, the largest student award publication in the nation. In addition to having her biography published in the book, Mary will also compete for one of the ten $1,000 scholarship awards funded by the publishers and will be invited to participate in the firm’s annual “Survey of High Achievers” later in the academic year.

The Board of Education has not in the past responded to remarks, charges, complaints and innuendos stated in this paper by groups of teachers because the Board of Education feels that problems exiting in the school should be settled in the school. However, the Board feels and obligation to the citizens of the Turtle Lake School District to clarify a number of issues that have recently been raised.

One hundred forty-one former Turtle Lake graduates, their spouses and special guests gathered at Breneman’s Night Club in Turtle Lake Saturday evening, May 26, 1973 to reminisce and renew old acquaintances. Sidney Scoville, Class of 1923, acted as Master of Ceremonies for the evening’s festivities. Awards were given to Mrs. Bess Cornwall Krolsick and Mrs. Mary McKenzie Erwin for being the only two members of the first graduating class of 1917 in attendance.

The much-publicized beard contest held in conjunction with the Diamond Jubilee Celebration for the Village of Turtle Lake proved to be a difficult task for the judges to pick a winner. Roger Parkins, a hairstylist from Minneapolis, and Tony Leisz of Clayton, a former Turtle Lake area barber, studied each contestant carefully before determining the winner. Winner were Jimmy Messicci – full beard; Ted Heintz – trimmed beard; David Ritsche – Mustache; Carl Collins – mustache & goatee; and Harold Feidt – goatee.

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