10 YEARS AGO
OCTOBER 10, 2013
Jerry Thibado, President of the Turtle Lake Lions Club, presented a check in the amount of $500.00 to Carl Kleinschmidt to be used for the Turtle Lake Food Pantry. The donation is part of a matching funds donation and was made last Thursday, October 3.
Another harvest season is well underway at area orchards, and Nature’s Select Orchard, northwest of Turtle Lake on Hwy. V, is one of them. Having opened to the public for the first time just three years ago, the orchard itself, as well as their on-site activities, continue to expand. What started out as a backyard orchard of a few apple trees in the spring of 2006, has turned into an orchard of approximately 800 trees with 15 different varieties.
Maple Street South was closed off for about an hour last Thursday afternoon in order to right a pontoon back onto its trailer, and then back onto the van that was pulling it. A rural Turtle Lake resident was pulling off Cty. K onto Maple Street South where it looked as though the trailer and pontoon jumped the sidewalk and curb, tipping over onto the street in front of Halco Press.
Patty Nickell was selected as Lioness of the Year by members of the Turtle Lake Lioness Club recently. Patty has been a Lioness member since 1982. During that time she has served as the chairperson of the Turtle Lake Bloodmobile for the past several years and has had perfect attendance for 18 years.
Clayton’s senior running back, James Hoffman, rushed for 255 yards on 23 carries, including a 91-yarder for a first quarter touchdown, propelling the Clayton Bears over the Turtle Lake Lakers, 30-16, last Friday night in Turtle Lake. The game was Parent Night/Senior Night. Austin Maassen led the Laker rushers with 41 yards on ten carries. TAnner Arnold had 39 yards on 9 carries and a score prior to leaving the game due to his left leg injury.
The Laker volleyball girls were in action last week with a two-game slate, one at home Tuesday night against Shell Lake and the other on the road to Northwood. After a trio of exciting games against Shell Lake, in which the Lakers won 3-0, the girls breezed through the Evergreens 3-0. Liz Anderson led the Laker hitters against Shell Lake with 13 kills. Mariah Dietrich and Taylor Schneider had 8 each while Dana West chalked up 7. Nadia Alexander led the squad with 36 assists. Dana West led the Laker hitters against Northwood with 10 kills. Taylor Schneider, Stacy Vono and Mariah Dietrich had 5 each. Kim Martin served up 4 aces while Nadia Alexander led the team in assists with 28.
20 YEARS AGO
OCTOBER 9, 2003
United State Senator Herb Kohl announced recently that Impact Seven will receive $700,000 in federal grant funding from the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Community Services for an economic development project in Turtle Lake. The community development organization plans to transfer Lake Country Dairy, Turtle Lake, from a milk reloading station to a none-stop USDA certified facility that incorporates cheese manufacturing and packaging, dairy distribution and cold product storage under one roof. This project could create 115 permanent jobs for residents in the Turtle Lake area.
The Knights of Columbus annually hold a Tootsie Roll Drive to benefit the handicapped residents of Barron and Polk Counties. The yearly donations dipped a couple of years ago, but after a rebound last year, this year’s total donations topped hopeful contributions, enabling Grand Knight Nick Cordes to present individual checks in the amounts of $754.58 each to Kris Lindstedt of the Polk County Development Center and Russ Tabor of the Barron County Development Disabilities Services, Inc.
With limited resources to call upon, the Lakers were on the road last Friday night and were handed a 49-0 defeat at the hands of the Cameron Comets. The Lakers lost four fumbles and had two interceptions while the Comets lost a pair of fumbles. The Comets outgained the Lakers in total offense, 372 yards to 35. The Lakers collected 28 yards on the ground and seven through the air. Defensively, Nic Klingelhoets led the tacklers with 11 tackles. Matt Hjelle added ten and Rick Quade had nine. Dave Klingelhoets recovered a pair of fumbles.
Heading into their toughest portion of their schedule, a triangular with front running and unbeaten Clayton, and second place Clear Lake, the Laker gals looked to get on a roll, starting with a home match against the Cameron Comets last Tuesday night. The Lakers held leads of 8-4 and 12-6 in game four before Amber Hubbard closed the deal, serving up the final three for the 15-6 win and a 3-1 match. Steph Hanson led the Laker hitters with 12 kills. Heidi Becker added 8 and LaKrista Koegel and Ashley Sollman had five and four each. Tracy Nyhus chalked up 27 assists and Steph Hanson served up three aces.
On Sunday, September 14, the Turtle Lake Lions Club sponsored the 5th Annual Bicyle & Skate Race. Fifty racers participated. The winner of the skate race was Tom Ashton of St. Louis, MO. Peter Fairbanks, of Minneapolis, MN, was the over-all winner of the bicycle race. Cindy VanderHeyden of Sauk City, WI was the fastest woman biker.
30 YEARS AGO
OCTOBER 7, 1993
Derek and Tiffany Wagner, children of Bruce and Deann Wagner of Turtle Lake, won the State Championship in their respective age class at the State Pedal Tractor Pull held in Osceola on September 19th. Tiffany won hers in the 4-year old girls class and Derek won his in the 5-year old boys class. On their way to the State Championships, Derek and Tiffany participated in Pedal Tractor Pulls at Cameron, Barron, Clayton, Turtle Lake, Prairie Farm, Baldwin, Star Prairie, Osceola and Ridgeland. They also competed in pulls held at the St. Croix County Fair and the Washburn County Fair.
The Turtle Lake Players will present a comedy spoof, “The Curse of the Werewolf” on Thursday, November 4th, and Friday, November 5th, at 7:30 p.m. Again this year the Thursday performance will be preceded by a dinner served at 6:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. This year’s menu includes chicken kiev with rice pilaf. Garden salad and vegetable, rolls, butter and dessert, milk or coffee.
After suffering their second Large Lakeland Conference defeat at the hands of the Shell Lake Lakers the week before, the Turtle Lake Lakers got back on the winning track as they defeated Cameron 32-0 in the traditional Homecoming game. Turtle Lake gained a total of 348 offensive yards, 25 through the air and 323 rushing. The Laker defense held Cameron to a total of 39 yards on the ground.
Siamese cucumbers? Each year Stan Moravitz brings in at least one unusual vegetable specimen as he undertakes his fall harvest. This year he brought in Siamese cucumbers. Two very nice sized cucumbers were grown together from one stem.
Sixty-seven years would probably seem a very long time to many persons. On September 27th, several Turtle Lake High School graduates of the Class of 1926 reminisced those many years when they gathered at Turtle Inn to celebrate their 67th high school reunion. Class members who attended the reunion were Fred Hansen and his wife, Vivian; Agnes Kolba Wanzong; Ann Blix; Lavino Clemons Schramski Tolonen; Mildred Ritzour Peterson, all of Turtle Lake; Clarence Wistrom of Spooner; Jean Bunker Schmidt or Siren; Ruth Lindberg McGill and her son-in-law of Pauling, Michigan. Unable to attend were Erwin Miller of Marshall, Minnesota and Myrtle Beecroft Mjannes of Almena.
40 YEARS AGO
OCTOBER 6, 1983
“Look at what my brother got” is what Billy Slack said as he sat on the black bear bagged by Mike Slack of Almena last Saturday while hunting near Ingram, Wisconsin. The bear weighed 266 pounds field dressed and is the first one Mike has gotten.
A Community Halloween Party is being planned for Monday, October 31, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Turtle Lake Elementary gym. Treats, games, prizes and costume judging will be enjoyed by all attending. The Community Party Committee is suggesting the party to take the place of door to door trick or treating by the children. They urge parents to have their children attend the Community Party.
The Turtle Lake Lioness Club is proud to announce that in October they will begin two important life saving programs which will be available to residents in the Turtle Lake School District and Turtle Lake mail routes. The Vial of Life eprogram makes life saving medical information available in emergencies. The vial is a plastic cylinder containing a medical information form for each member of the household. The form lists health problems, doctors names, and other important information that emergency workers can use for individuals who are unable to community because of injury or illness.
The Turtle Lake Lakerettes volleyball team added another conference win over Clear Lake on Tuesday, and the championship of their Invitational Tournament on Saturday to their record this past week. On Tuesday, September 27, both the varsity and junior varsity teams won their matches. The varsity team won all three games by the scores of 15-8, 15-3 and 15-8. On Saturday, October 1 the Lakerettes hosted an Invitational Tournament. Other participating schools were Cameron, Frederic, Rice Lake, Unity and Webster. The Lakerettes won the tournament with 10 wins and no losses.
The Turtle Lake Lakers squeezed by Clayton Friday night, 13-12, in a tense high school football game that dampened the Bears’ homecoming, but it was a bittersweet victory for the Lakers, who lost quarterback Randy Hanson and running back John Hinck for the season with injuries. The non-conference win boosted the Laker season record to 2-4 and ended a 4-game Clayton winning streak, dropping the Bears to 4-2.
50 YEARS AGO
OCTOBER 11, 1973
October 15 and 16 have been selected as the One Fund Days in Turtle Lake. The purpose of the One Fund Drive is to collect for all charities and organizations at one time. A list of organizations and charities that need your support has been sent to everyone in the Village. Members of the Lions Club will be calling at the homes of local residents between the hours of 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. to collect their donations. Last year the Lions collected $1,319.50 — $136.00 less than the previous year.
Pack 59 – Turtle Lake Cub Scouts will be doing their part in sprucing up our Village this fall. The Cubs are ordering house numbers for all homes and business places inside the Village limits and will be going door-to-door with them. They hope to have the numbers by the end of October so they can do this during the special fall clean-up time set by the Village board.
A long-time business in the Village of Almena has now closed its doors. The Ackerson Implement property has been purchased by the Village upon the retirement of Mr. Arvid Ackerson after 45 years of service to the community and surrounding area. Before entering the implement business and selling farm machinery parts and supplies, Mr. Ackerson worked for several years at the Almena Farmer Store. He could be seen driving to work with horses or his Model T.
On Friday evening, October 5, the Turtle Lake Lakers went to Clayton to meet the Bears in a non-conference game. The Bears kept their season record intact by not allowing the Lakers to score. The Bears’ team is one of the finest they have fielded in recent years and have not allowed an opponent to score this year. Clayton gained 105 yards rushing and 54 passing while the Lakers gained 30 yards rushing. The Bears had 11 first downs to 1 for the Lakers. The final score of the game was 24-0 in favor of the Bears.