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A Look Back At The Times


SEPTEMBER 26, 2013

Mail possibly arriving a day late will become the norm from what postal customers are accustomed to. Recent changes in the way mail is handled in some zip code areas will affect the timing of mail delivery to customers.

Whistling Pines Ranch, located at 499 4-1/2 Avenue, Clayton, the farm of Chris and Jess Fredericks is where you can find everything and anything alpaca. They started Whistling Pines Ranch four years ago. The also have Angora rabbits.

With the new school year already upon us, athletes are well into their new athletic season. Kyle Schmidt and Katie Stephens, Cumberland Healthcare’s licensed athletic trainers, are also prepared for a new athletic school year. Cumberland Healthcare has a dedicated athletic health team of healthcare providers that include physicians, athletic trainers, EMTs and physical therapists that have been providing game coverage, concussion management, education on injury prevention and injury management for over 30 years to our local schools.

The Laker gals split a pair of conference volleyball matches this past week, losing to the Clayton Bears, then picking up a win over the Clear Lake Warriors, both matches at home. Liz Anderson led the Laker hitters in the 3-0 loss to the Bears with 9 kills. Dana West added 8 and Taylor Schneider had 6. Against the Warriors, West led the hitters with 9 kills. Anderson had 6 and Mariah Dietrich had 5 in the Lakers’ 3-0 win over the Clear Lake Warriors.

“This one was a tough one to lose on many levels,” said head coach Doug Kahl in reference to the Lakers’ loss to the Elmwood/Plum City Eagles last Friday night. The 28-12 loss dropped the Lakers to an 0-2 conference record, 1-4 overall, at the mid-point of the season. Hunter Moen led the Laker rushing attack with 86 yards on 8 carries. Tanner Arnold had 81 yards on 11 carries and a score. Arnold was 18 of 42 passing for 233 yards, one touchdown and five interceptions.



SEPTEMBER 25, 2003

“I will make the motion to approve, with regret and a sincere thank you, the resignation of Mr. Fick from the school board,” stated Linda Flottum during Monday night’s regular school board meeting. Mr. Richard Fick submitted a letter of resignation at last month’s meeting, stating his new job didn’t leave him the time it takes to do the school board job to the level he feels it needs to be done.

The Turtle Lake Class of 1948 held their 55th class reunion August 16, 2003 at Anchor’s Resort and RV Park in Turtle Lake. Attending the 1:30 p.m. reunion were Paul Heller, Robert Berglund, Loretta (Cordes) Waldo, Bill Barnes, Delores (Barr) Potvin, Douglas Potvin, Gloria (Levin) Mueller, Gordon DeGolier, Gloria (Hart) Anderson, Tony Kanke, Joe Suennen, Delores (Shaffer) Kuhl, Mary Jane (Peterson) Glaubitz, Dolores (Vink) Chartrand, Otto Becker, Edward Borken and Francis Anderson. The student enrollment of the Class of 1948 reached a high of thirty-nine in this class, Mr. William Gates (also known as PaPa Gates) was school administrator, principal and taught science, physics, math and algebra. There were six other teachers in high school and six grade school teachers. There was also a single janitor. A number of the country schools had not consolidated with the Turtle Lake School at this time. Only a couple of students had special permission to drive their car to school. They were discharged service personnel completing their high school education.

After their 40-3 win over Northwood the week before, the Lakers hit the road for a match-up with the Shell Lake Lakers last Friday night and fumbled the ball seven times, losing four, in a 50-8 loss to the Lakers. Turtle Lake chalked up 182 total yards of offense against a stingy Shell Lake defense, 179 on the ground and three through the air. Leading the Laker rushers was Nick Klingelhoets with 112 yards on 11 carries and one touchdown. Jim Pabst added 57 yards on 14 carries. Defensively the Lakers were led by Matt Hjelle and Rick Quade with eight tackles each, both with six unassisted and two assisted. Dave Klingelhoets had six tackles and Jim Pabst had five.

After dripping a 2-3 decision to Shell Lake earlier this year, the Laker gals came back to post a pair of 15-13 wins for the match last Thursday in a triangular match-up at home against Shell Lake and Prairie Farm. The Lakers defeated the Panthers 15-1 and 15-6 in the second contest. Steph Hanson led the Laker hitters with 16 of 18 and 13 kills. LaKrista Koegel, Mindy Moriak and Heidi Becker chalked up three kills each. Tracy Nyhus led the setters with 18 assists and paced the servers with nine out of nine.



SEPTEMBER 23, 1993

After a lengthy and sometimes heated discussion, the Turtle Lake Village Board decided to refer the request presented by Mike Ferro and Attorney Jeff Hargrove on behalf of the Buffalo Brothers Management, to acquire a conditional use permit to construct a parking lot on lots in the Northern Acres Subdivision that are owned by Buffalo Brothers Management. A large number of Village residents and employees of the St. Croix Casino also attended the meeting.

Martha Rowe has achieved what very few people have the privilege to do, as she celebrated her 100th birthday with a community open house on September 4th, a party at Knapp Haven in Chetek, where she has made her home since 1985, and at a special “Martha Rowe Sunday” at Parkview United Methodist Church in Turtle Lake on September 12th. Martha was born September 9, 1893 in Burr Valley, near Mazepa, Minnesota, the oldest daughter of Henry and Marie Willers. She had an older brother, Otto, and thirteen younger brothers and sisters. Of the fifteen children in the family there were eight boys and seven girls.

A strong rushing attack combined with an aerial assault carried the Bruce Red Raiders over the Turtle Lake Lakers, 38-20, in the Lakers’ conference opener of the 1993 football season last Friday night at Bruce. Turtle Lake earned 218 yards of offense that included 147 yards passing and 71 rushing. Bruce had 102 yards passing and 253 rushing for a total of 355 yards offensively. Matt Torgerson completed 14 of 24 pass attempts for 147 yards that included two touchdowns and he was intercepted twice. Brad Wester completed five of eight passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns for Bruce.

All Turtle Lake area senior citizens are invited to attend Good Neighbor Day this Sunday afternoon, September 26, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The Turtle Lake Lioness Club will host this annual event in the Community Room of Lakeland Manor. On hand to entertain the guests with his music and sing-a-longs will be Jimmy Messicci. Games will also be played and refreshments will be served.



SEPTEMBER 22, 1983

The 1983 Homecoming Junior Royalty, Angela Larson and Brian Hove, hold their crown and scepter as the candidates of the 1983 Homecoming King and Queen nervously await the announcement. The candidates are Laura Leschisin, Liz Soderholm, Georgeianna Jeska, Debbie Welsch, Kim Peterson, Dan Heidtke, Geno Graf, Blaine O’Connell, Jim Palas and John Hinck. At the end of the coronation celebration Jim Palas and Laura Leschisin were crowned King and Queen at the annual Homecoming Dance Friday evening.

Fifty years ago, the Nicolet and Chequamegon National Forests and the C.C.C. (Civilian Conservation Corps) took root in Wisconsin. The CCC was one of the best and most successful projects during the depression years. Over two million of our idle nation’s youth, from poverty families between the ages of 18 and 25, were eligible for enrollment in the CCC. They were scattered throughout the country to work and take care of long neglected conservation problems, cleaning up the environment and doing a damn good job of it. The state of Wisconsin had thousands of these young men. Frank Taylor, our writer for Voice of the Turtle, was just one of those young men.

The Turtle Lake Lakers football squad entered the win column last Friday night, September 16, as they defeated the Clear Lake Warriors, 43-9, for a Homecoming victory. Turtle Lake gained 288 total years to 151 for Clear Lake. Randy Hanson completed 3 of 9 passes, two of which were touchdowns of 16 and 3 yards. John Hinck led the Laker rushing with 162 yards on 32 carries.

The Turtle Lake Girl Scout Cookie Queens, Becky Ramis, Kristy Gross, Tara Broker, JoAnn Tempel and Elly Minor, appeared in the Amery Fall Festival parade on Saturday, September 17th. Mrs. Broker made the float, took the girls and drove in the parade. We want to thank her very much for her help. Our queens are chosen by selling the most boxes of cookies. A special thank you to these girls.



SEPTEMBER 27, 1973

On Sunday, September 23, the Turtle Lake High School Marching Band, under the direction of Mr. Arnold Checkalski, won 1st place in the mall band division at the Rutabaga Festival Parade in Cumberland. The small band competition consisted of three bands, Birchwood High School, New Richmond Junior High and Turtle Lake High School, each numbering 50 members or less. The Turtle Lake Band will receive a trophy and a $50 scholarship for their efforts.

Many of you know this long-time resident of Turtle Lake, but for those of you who don’t, let me introduce Annie Johnson. Annie has hosted the businessmen’s coffee clutch at the Turtle Lake Hotel even since we’ve been in Turtle Lake and for many years before that. Tuesday, September 25, marked Annie’s 72nd birthday. She was greeted with gifts and a beautiful birthday cake (which by the way she shared with all her coffee gang). Happy birthday Annie. We hope you have many more.

Today a railroad depot in a small town hardly dignifies the word. Rather, it’s an old building trains just go past; seldom, if ever, stopping. The depot at Turtle Lake is just one example. Yes, this old building helped a town grow out of a forest, served its purpose well and left an impression in history. Today you can still see the depot as it was when rebuilt after the train wreck incident in 1945. Just how long it will remain standing is a question. One man’s signature and this bit of Turtle Lake’s history comes down under a wrecking bar and will exist only in the memories of the town’s people.

The Turtle Lake Lakerettes met the Siren Dragons Thursday, September 20, at Siren in a volleyball match. The “A” squad plays a total of five games with the winner being the team winning the most matches. Our mighty Lakerettes started strong by winning the first two games by scores of 15-13 and 15-10. Captain Kathy Fredrick was the high scorer in both matches with 6 and 8 points respectively. Siren came back to take games three and four by the scores of 15-0 and 15-12, putting the evening’s contest into a tie. Joan Swanson was the high scorer in game four with 7 points. In the final game, the Lakerettes decided they had been “good girls” long enough and overpowered the Dragons 15-7. Laurie Heintz was the leading scorer with 5 points.

Friday, September 21, the Turtle Lake Lakers travelled to Clear Lake to meet the Warriors in their Homecoming game. Trailing 20-12 in the fourth quarter the Lakers did not give up and scored on an 84 yard drive that included three very good pass plays, trap plays by fullback Rick Nyhus and very fine blocking by the front line. The touchdown was made by a ‘quarterback sneak’. They again failed to make the two point conversion and the game ended with a score of 20-18 in favor of the Warriors. Leading scorer for the Lakers was Dan Bown with 2 TDs. Leading rusher was Dave Quade with 54 yards followed by Rick Nyhus with 51 yards. Leading pass receiver was Paul Falb with 97 yards and 1 TD. Leading the defensive squad was Tom Matye with 21 defensive points.



Thirty-three members of the Turtle Lake Class of 1973 enjoyed the weekend of September 16 celebrating their 50th reunion. Festivities included the Friday night football game, a tour of the Turtle Lake museum, and a dinner at Spare Time.  Alex Messicci brought back memories and entertained the group with a 1973 specific game of Jeopardy. Classmates attending were, front row, left to right: Craig Score, Donna (Sollman) Kaczmarski, Danny Sharpee, Sue (Flottum) Zurcher. Kathy (Sundvall) Leisz, Chris (Skrupky) Hamel, Becky (Carlson) Todd, Rachel (Splett) Stafne, Judy (Gall) Fischer. Middle row: Todd Swenson, Tom Erickson, Mary (Anderson) Leitschuh, Sandy (Klinkhammer) Quade, Sandie (Christianson) Lemke, Debbie (Scheps) Selvig, Vickie (Sorum) Johnson, Ginny (Klingelhoets) Gazdik, Kay (Hoffman) Cook, Janice (Gazdik) Henrichs, Liz (Heller) Chalker, Jeff Harland. Back row: Genergy Johnson, Alex Messicci, Lynn Fredrick, Brad Ostermann, Scott Bullington, Tom Ingham, Jim Dunnemann, Stanley Stoeberl, Leslie Pickelman, Dennis Ehrler.




The Turtle Lake Class of 1970 celebrated their 53rd year reunion on Wednesday, September 13th at 7 Brothers Bar & Grill.  This year they not only had classmates from Wisconsin and Minnesota, but also from Montana, Florida and Pennsylvania!  Classmates loved the opportunity to visit, look through yearbooks and reconnect with dear friends.  They also honored the eight classmates, who were no longer with them, with a memory board and yellow roses, the class flower.  Those lovingly remembered were:  Ken Graber, Carol (Halberg) Lueck, Nancy (Helbig) Slater, Sharon (Klingelhoets) Shortess, Dave Leisz, Sue (Lueck) Linder, Dave Torgerson and Larry Van Houten.  Classmates attending included, front row, left to right: Karen (Merth) Kuntz, Greg Jansen, Cindy (Peterson) Moe, Bev (Donaker) Lodermeier, Kathy (Catlin) England.   Middle row:  Gary Nottom,  Gary Thill,  Jim Kuntz, Dan Catlin, Steve Hansen, Lorna (Nickell) Larson.  Back row:  Pete Waldo, Bruce Pett, Al Kasper, Jerry Henning, Bill Ingham, Kerry Klinkhammer.

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