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April 23, 2015

Volume 142 + Number 17

Medford, Wisconsin



Holy Rosary spring concert

Page 10 second section

Turfs up
Committee fields sports complex
plan with field turf, new track, school
board commits up to 3 percent

Medford braves
elements for win


Our Town Players

Ask Ed

by Reporter Mark Berglund

New county board members

photo by Brian Wilson

Judge Ann Knox-Bauer (right) swears in supervisors James Gebauer (far left) and
Jason Julian during Tuesdays county board meeting. Julian is filling the District 10
seat replacing Dave Bizer. Gebauer was appointed to serve in District 11 to replace
Dennis Fuchs.

The Medford Area School Board put some tangible

support behind the All Sports Booster Club plan for updates and improvements to the outdoor athletic complex
at its main campus. The board approved an initial investment of up to 3 percent of the total project cost. The plan
estimate is for spending up to $3.5 million, so the initial
investment would be up to $105,000.
With a project of this size, the district should put
some money into it. They will know we are backing it,
school board member Cheryl Wibben said. Wibben said
the improvements would be an investment which would
allow more and larger events to be staged in Medford,
which could attract more visitors to the community.
Sometimes, you have to spend some money to make
money, she said.

See SCHOOL on page 12

County land deal draws fire

Lions donation will
help student learn

Page 9

Area deaths
Obituaries start on
page 18 for:
Kenneth Arkola
Marjorie Brahmer
Sheila Hanson
Sophia Kleparski
Leonard Lumley
Richard Malstrom
Woodrow Reich II
Leroy Schmitz
Pastor Marvin Zank

County buys 77.2 acres near

Rib Lake for Kennedy Lake
access, trails, logging

by News Editor Brian Wilson

How much public land does
Taylor County need?
That was the question supervisors Rollie Thums and
Bob Lee wanted answered
during Tuesdays county
board session. Supervisors
were being asked to spend
$199,900 to purchase a 77.2
acre parcel fronting Kennedy
Lake in the town of Rib
The parcel is currently
owned by Margeret Desris and contains .75
miles of

Rib Lake Ski Club cross country ski trails,

two miles of other mowed trails, and 2.5 acres
of mowed openings, along with 44 acres of forested land and 1,600 feet of lake frontage. The
parcel is adjacent to the county forest and connects to existing trails within the county forest.
Supervisor Chuck Zenner, who is chairman of the forestry committee, advocated for
its purchase and answered questions from
those wanting to know what impact it would
have on county finances.
Supervisor Sue Breneman said she had
several residents from that area express
their concerns about taxes going up as a result of the countys purchase of the land. I
am thinking it will increase our levy also,
she said.
Zenner explained that towns with county
forest in them receive a 30-cent-per-acre payment from the state in an earlier action at
the meeting the board approved a resolution
asking the state to increase that amount to $1
per acre. In addition to the per-acre payment,

they also received 10 percent of the stumpage

revenue from any trees harvested. Zenner
also said he believed the school district also
receives additional aid based on having county forest land in its boundaries.
Zenner explained
the money for the
purchase comes from
the county forest land
acquisition fund. This
money comes from 20
percent of stumpage
harvested timber.

Supervisor Chuck Zenner (left) supports the land purchase describing it as a

once in a lifetime deal. Supervisor Rollie Thums (right) opposes the deal saying
it is not needed.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Honor ride motorcycle rally at The Highground

The Memorial Day Honor Ride Motorcycle Rally, formerly called The Fun
Run, will be held on Memorial Day, May
25. This years ride will have six different scenic routes starting in Boscobel, Medford, Minneapolis, Neillsville,
Tomah and Waupaca.
Each route tours different scenic areas in the morning, eventually joining
together in Neillsville. All six routes will
meet at the American Legion Post No.
73, 6 Boon Blvd. in Neillsville at approximately noon to 1 p.m. The entire honor
ride will proceed through Neillsville and
enter The Highground Veterans Memorial Park prior to The Highgrounds 2 p.m.
Memorial Day ceremony.
There is a registration fee to participate in the ride. Each registered rider
will receive an honor ride patch, year
rocker and lunch at The Highground. All
proceeds from the honor ride will go to
The Highground to help continue its mission of healing and education.
To ride in the honor ride, contact a
route leader below:
Medford route Registration from
6-6:45 a.m. at Hardees parking lot next to
the VFW on Hwy 13 in Medford. Contact
Dean Hommel at 715-785-8025 or
Boscobel route Register at 7 a.m,
leave at 7:45 a.m. BP Amoco on Hwy 61 in
Boscobel. For information, contact Alan
Palmer at 608-485-1369 or snafu66.ap@
Minneapolis route Contact Bob
Frazee for information at rmfz@prodigy.
Neillsville route Register at 7:15
a.m. Leave at 8:15 a.m. from the BP Station in Neillsville. For information, contact Mark Dawson at 715-937-2326 or via
email at
Waupaca/Stevens Point route
Contact Russ or Amanda at or call 920221-5946. Register at 8 a.m. at Chain O
Lakes Bar & Grill in King. Departure and
stops to be announced.

Community Calendar
Sunday, April 26
Alcoholics Anonymous Open 12
Step Study Meeting 7 p.m. Community United Church of Christ, 510 E.
Broadway, Medford.

Monday, April 27
Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS)
1013 of Rib Lake Meeting Weigh-in
5:30 p.m. Meeting 6:30 p.m. Rib Lake Senior Citizens Center, Hwy 102 and Front
Street. Information: Mary 715-427-3593 or
Sandra 715-427-3408.
High and Low Impact Step Aerobics Mondays and Wednesdays 6-7
p.m. Stetsonville Elementary School,
W5338 CTH A. Information: Connie 715678-2656 or Laura 715-678-2517 evenings.
Taylor County Right to Life Meeting 6:30 p.m. Frances L. Simek Memorial Library, 400 N. Main St., Medford.
Everyone welcome.
Alzheimers Support Group Meeting 1:30 p.m. Multi-purpose Building,

submitted photo

Memorial Day motorcycle rally

The fth annual Highground Memorial Day Honor Ride Motorcycle Rally will be
held on May 25. Medford is one of the start locations for this years event. Pictured are
riders from the 2014 rally.

Anderson wins Pinnacle Award

Dan Olson, broker/owner

vey which is emailed to conof Century 21 Dairyland Resumers immediately after the
alty announced Sue Anderpurchase or sale of a home.
son has earned the Century
To earn the Century 21 Qual21 Quality Service Pinnacle
ity Service Pinnacle Producer
Producer Award for the third
Award, an agent must receive
year in a row.
surThe Quality Service Pinveys for at least 30 percent of
nacle Producer Award is an
their transactions from Jan. 1
integral part of our brands
through Oct. 31, with an avercommitment to excellence and
age survey score of at least 95
recognizes Sues dedication to
percent or better for two conSue Anderson
making each and every client
secutive years.
interaction a positive one,
Sue provides her clients
said Rick Davidson, president and chief with knowledge and advice related to
executive officer of Century 21 Real Es- their real estate transaction and offers
them confidence during what may be the
The annual award is based on results most significant purchase of a lifetime,
from the Century 21 quality service sur- Olson said.

corner Hwy 13 and 64, Medford. Information: Taylor County Commission on Aging 715-748-1491.
(DAV) Jump River 31 Meeting 7:30
p.m. Legion Clubhouse, 224 N. Powell,

Tuesday, April 28
Medford Rotary Club Meeting
Breakfast 6:45 a.m. Filling Station Cafe
& Bar, 884 W. Broadway Ave., Medford.
Information: 715-748-0370.
Al-Anon Meeting 7 p.m. Community United Church of Christ, 510 E.
Broadway, Medford. Information: 715427-3613.
Alcoholics Anonymous Open Topic
Meeting 7 p.m. Community United
Church of Christ, 510 E. Broadway, Medford.
Overeaters Anonymous Meeting
7 p.m. Hwy 64 and Main Street, Medford.
Information: 715-512-0048.

Wednesday, April 29

7 p.m. Senior Citizens Center, Hwy 102

and Front Street, Rib Lake. Information:
Arlene 715-427-3613.

Thursday, April 30
Medford Kiwanis Club Meeting
Noon lunch. Frances L. Simek Memorial
Library, 400 N. Main St., Medford. Information: 715-748-3237.
Medford Association of Rocket Science (MARS) Club Meeting 6-9 p.m.
First Floor Conference Room, Taylor
County Courthouse, 224 S. Second St.,
Medford. Everyone welcome. Information: 715-748-9669.
Meeting 7 p.m. Community United
Church of Christ, 510 E. Broadway, Medford.

Friday, May 1
Narcotics Anonymous Open Meeting 7 p.m. Community United Church
of Christ, 510 E. Broadway, Medford. Information: 715-965-1568.

Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting

7-Day Forecast for Medford, Wisconsin

Last weeks weather recorded at the Medford Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Weather forecast information from the National Weather Service in La Crosse

The weather is taken from 8 a.m. to 8 a.m. the following day. For example 8 a.m. Tuesday to 8 a.m. Wednesday.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015



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Opposition to tax repeal doesnt get the votes

City wont go on record
opposing legislators proposal to
repeal of personal property tax
by News Editor Brian Wilson
The city of Medford took a pro-small business stand
Tuesday night when aldermen voted to not oppose a
state proposal to repeal the states personal property
The personal property tax is assessed against businesses for things such as desks and office equipment.
While some businesses pay significant amounts, for
many the cost of the paperwork involved in filing the
tax is more than the amount they have to pay. State Rep.
Bob Kulp proposed eliminating the tax as a way to reduce the burden for small businesses.
The League of Municipalities and other state groups
have come out opposed to the proposal even before formal legislation has been introduced, referring to is as a
tax shift. The league is asking communities to approve
resolutions opposing the proposal.
At last weeks committee of the whole meeting, there
was a tie vote on the resolution. Many of the same issues were raised at Mondays city council meeting with
alderman Mike Bub calling it a regressive tax, and alderman Greg Knight answering that without any other
funding mechanism it would result in a tax shift to residential homeowners.
Alderman Clem Johnson, who last week voted in favor of the resolution, said since then he has spoken with
a number of small business owners who expressed their
frustration with the personal property tax.
Alderman Arlene Parent favored keeping the personal property tax, or at least not losing the revenue
it generates for local municipalities. She noted Taylor
County has $23 million of taxable personal property.
Taking this by the tax rate is a significant amount of
money, she said.
For mayor Mike Wellner, it was the idea that only
half a proposal was given. He noted that based on the
past track record of the state, it is left to the cities and
counties to cover the losses when the state legislature
decides to cut revenues.
In the end, the vote was 4-3 opposed to the resolution.
Voting in favor were Knight, Parent and alderman Dave
Roiger. Opposed were Peggy Kraschnewski, Bub, Johnson and Dave Brander. Alderman Jim Peterson, who
voted against the issue at committee of the whole, was
absent from the meeting.

DeChatelets honored

photo by Brian Wilson

Mayor Mike Wellner recognized Patricia DeChatelets

for her years of service on the city council. DeChatelets
retired from the board and said she is looking forward to
becoming more active at her church and volunteering in
the community.
In other business, aldermen:

Approved the preliminary special assessments

for the Taylor St. and Third St. projects scheduled for
this summer. At the public hearing prior to the vote,
city coordinator John Fales explained the estimates
given for the project were high in keeping with past city
practice. We try to give the worst case scenario, he
said. Wellner added the city gives the bad news first,
then the good news later. Issues raised at the hearing
included questions about elevation changes and where
garbage and mailbox locations will be during construction. Following the pre-construction meeting, Fales will
get that information to residents.

Elected Knight to continue as council president. They also elected Johnson to be the city council
representative to the planning commission and Bub to
serve on the revolving loan fund committee.

Approved The Star News as the official city

newspaper and the list of local depositories. Other an-

Burghaus honored

photo by Brian Wilson

Mayor Mike Wellner recognized officer Rich

Burghaus for his years of service as a city police officer,
including time as the school liaison officer.
nual reorganization procedures included approving the
list of standing committee members and city officials.

Approved joining the Mutual Aid Box Alarm

System (MABAS). Each municipality in the fire department is being asked to approve joining so the department can move forward in being part of this multi-state
mutual aid association for emergencies.

Approved a resolution opposing the consolidation of the assessments to the county level. While this
proposal has been removed from the state budget, aldermen wanted to go on record with the state as opposing
it, in case it came back.

Approved use of the city parking lot on Whelen

St. for the weekly Tuesday afternoon Farmers Market.

Approved a parade permit for the National

Guard for a Sappers Run on July 11 starting at 11 a.m.

Approved renovation plans for the veterans

park in downtown Medford.



Authorized & paid for

by Jeff Peterson

Jeff Peterson


for voting for me in the

April 7th Election



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Sworn in

photo by Donald Watson

Judge Ann Knox-Bauer gives the oath of office to aldermen (l. to r.) Mike Bub, Arlene Parent and Dave Roiger.
Knight was sworn in at a different time. They were the aldermen elected earlier this month.



Call: 715-748-6598 or 715-965-3410 Cell



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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Medford sends three to

national FBLA competition
The FBLA State Leadership Conference was held April 13-14 in La Crosse.
Three Medford Future Business Leaders
of America members will be advancing
to FBLA national competition from June
29 through July 2 in Chicago, Ill.
Douglas Schumacher will move on
for the third year in a row. This year,
Schumacher earned that honor with a
second place in computer problem solving. He advanced to nationals in introduction to business and introduction to
technology concepts in the past. He also
earned a first place in web tools, a walkin event at state competition with no national counterpart. Richard Colwell will
move onto nationals with a first place in
business math. He also earned a second
place at state in social media, a walkin event. Jay Czerniak earned a second
place in Public Speaking I and will advance.
Zach Smola earned an eighth place
award in business calculations. Macy

Bunkelman was recognized as Medfords

Whos Who in Wisconsin FBLA. Taylor
Adleman, Taylor Nolan, Brett Hedlund,
Jori Brandner, Romain Grard, Ty Wrage,
and Sydney Emmerich also earned the
right to compete at the state conference.
Wyatt Dohrwardt attended as a delegate
at large.
While at the state conference, members participated in competition, workshops, tours, and earned recognition for
their professional dress. They also raised
money for the March of Dimes, participated in a scavenger hunt using an app
called Goose Chase, and tracked their
participation using Credly badges. The
FBLA theme this year is, Step Up to the
Challenge. Members have worked hard
to demonstrate that as evidenced by their
outstanding performance at state competition. Medford advisers, Kristi DeBruyne and Ryan Pilgrim, accompanied
the group.

Gilman Middle School FBLA team

Submitted photo

Members of Gilmans Middle School FBLA team are pictured after competing at the
middle school competition in La Crosse.

Gilman FBLA heads to state

Submitted photo

Members of Medfords High School FBLA team are pictured after they competed at
the state leadership conference in La Crosse.

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Leaders of America (FBLA) members
traveled to La Crosse to compete at the
state leadership conference. The two-day
conference had workshops and tours for
members to attend to increase their business knowledge as well as compete in
business events. Students were able to
attend business tours of Kwik Trip corporate headquarters, Altra Credit Union,
AVS Marketing Group and others.
Students who place in the top three of
their event have earned the right to compete at the National Leadership Conference in Chicago, Ill. on June 29 through
July 2.
Gilman student participants are: Laura Bolstad, database design and applications; Amelia Olson, delegate; Shannon
Draeger, voting delegate; Emily Johnson, healthcare administration; Travis
Lato, computer applications; Parker
Rosemeyer, delegate; Kendall Skabroud,
voting delegate; and Brooke Webster, job
interview, where she placed sixth. Webster was also selected as Gilmans Whos
Who in FBLA for 2015.
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with the high school conference. The
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

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Malstrom has legacy of watching over others

He was a member of the Monks and Folk
Choirs at Holy Rosary.
Dick and Lynn Malstrom received the
Good Samaritan award from Catholic
Charities for their work in the community on behalf of kids and families. The presentation ceremony had the largest crowd
in Medford for this program and one of
the largest ever seen in the diocese.
His daughter, Jenn Knippel, said Malstrom was working as a lineman for Illinois Bell and married with two children
when he decided to get a teaching degree
at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
The family added two more kids as he

by Reporter Mark Berglund

As a young man, Richard Dick Malstrom was a lifeguard at the North Avenue Beach on Chicagos Lake Michigan
shores. Among the perks of the job was
meeting his wife of 55 years, the former
Lynn Farrell. Lifeguards are a special
breed, they sacrifice themselves to make
sure everyone is safe and having a good
time. Malstrom brought those traits to
his efforts in the Medford community as
a teacher, coach, leader and foster father
to 25 children.
Malstrom, 75, died on Tuesday at Aspirus Medford Hospital. Funeral services
will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Holy Rosary
Catholic Church. Visitation is on Friday
from 4 to 8 p.m. at Hemer Funeral Home
and Saturday at the church beginning at
9:30 a.m.
Lois Giese, who taught and coached
with Malstrom for many years, said lifeguards are now taught to throw a buoy
first before leaping in to help a distressed
person. She said his attitude toward life
guarding was similar to his attitude toward life. Were taught now dont go in
unless you have to do it, but he was always going in after someone if he thought
they were in trouble. I can remember a
time or two when he had to go home and
change clothes after jumping in to save a
kid, she said.
Malstrom began teaching physical
education and drivers education in the
Medford Area School District in 1968. He
emphasized learning lifetime sports and
taught units on archery, curling, cross
country skiing and bowling, and was the
advisor to the outdoor recreation club.
He founded the high school cross country running team. He also coached at
various levels of football, basketball, golf
and track and field during his time at the
school. The seeds he helped plant in those
years are bearing good fruit as Medford
athletes have won state championships
in archery and curling in recent years as
well as successes in the other sports.
His big thing was making sure all the
kids had an opportunity to participate in
physical education or athletics, Giese
said. He always made sure the kids en-

earned an undergraduate degree in 3-1/2

years. He would later add a masters degree to his resume. He taught at Holy
Cross Seminary in La Crosse for three
years before the family moved to Medford. He played to win, she said. He
was passionate about what he did and he
taught us to set goals, stay focused and
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations
can be made to All Sports Booster Club
and the new sports complex at Medford
Area Senior High or to Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

Program seeks to help veterans

at risk of becoming homeless
Dick Malstrom
joyed it and it wasnt just a you have to
do it attitude. He was interested in listening to the kids and being receptive to what
they wanted to do in class. He really was
an advocate for the students and a good
Giese said many of his contributions
were behind-the-scenes efforts. He was
always concerned if a kid didnt have
enough and he found ways to help. He was
concerned if you were not in the best of
health and he would give his friendly advice to kids, she said.
Malstrom organized events like winter
skiing and sledding parties at the family
shack. He was a good guy to work with.
He was instrumental in me staying with it
as long as I have, Giese said. He liked to
keep everyone happy and active.
Paul Thorton, director of Black River
Industries, said Malstroms work continued after he retired from the school. He
was a tremendous community leader and
just a good friend for 40 or 45 years, Thorton said. His loss is a big one for the community.
Malstrom was a talented musician.
In high school he played violin and was
concert master for a 100-piece orchestra.

Funding to assist veterans who are

homeless or at risk of becoming homeless is available in Taylor County. The
Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program is funded through
the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
It is administered in Taylor County
through the Indianhead Community Action Agency, with a caseworker located
in Medford.
The goal of the SSVF program is to
promote housing stability among very
low-income veteran families who reside
in or are transitioning to permanent
housing. Services include outreach, case
management and temporary financial assistance.
Case management services include

short-term, focused assistance with the

goal of securing housing. Services may
include referrals to job training, employment, or assistance in applying for VA or
other benefits. Temporary financial assistance may be available for homeless
veterans to rapidly secure housing. Assistance may include security deposits,
temporary rental assistance and other
housing-related expenses.
Those eligible for SSVF must meet
veteran eligibility qualifications, income
qualifications, and be literally or imminently homeless. If you, or someone you
know, might be eligible, call Melanie at
the ICAA Connections Food Pantry in
Medford at 715-748-3063 for more information or to apply.

Autism Awareness Month

Come join us for a

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Taylor County Court House Parking Lot
on Third Street, Medford, WI

5:30pm - 7:30pm

A short walk around the courthouse area


Donations help Westboro Library

photo by Mark Berglund

Librarian Candice Celestina shows young learners how to use the Westboro Librarys new tablet device during the Wednesday youth time at the library. Donations from Taylor County United Way and Silver Creek Sportsmens Club helped the
Westboro Public Library purchase a tablet device with early literacy and after school
applications for children up to fourth grade. The device includes fun and interactive
programs in all school subjects for children to drill and practice on.

Sponsored by Taylor County Autism Support Group
Currently 1 in 68 children is diagnosed on the Autism spectrum



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23, 2011

Star News

Storm brewing for 9-1-1 system

In an emergency, every second matters. From the moment an accident occurs or someone has a medical crisis the clock starts ticking.
The faster the response, the sooner treatment can
begin and the better the chances are for a positive outcome. In healthcare, medical professionals refer to the
golden hour, a standard from the moment a heart attack
is detected to when the patient is being treated in a cardiac unit, and recovering is most likely to occur.
In firefighting, the rule for decades has been that a
fire doubles in size about every minute. The faster personnel can get on the scene, the sooner a fire can be
brought under control and the less damage to property
or chance of injury.
Just as the clock ticks for those dealing with emergency situations, the clock is also ticking for the 9-1-1
dispatch system the backbone of the emergency response system. Aging technology needs to be upgraded
at the same time outdated methods of paying for it teeter on the brink of collapse.
Currently, the telecommunication companys cost
to provide 9-1-1 service is funded through a surcharge
placed on landline telephone numbers. To score political points the state allowed a short-lived 9-1-1 surcharge
on cellphones to lapse in 2008.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of 2014, more than 40 percent of American
households had dropped their landline phones. This is
double the number from the year before.
Households are switching to cellphones or voice over
internet for their communication needs. The 9-1-1 surcharges keeping the nationwide emergency response
network going arent assessed to the new technology.
Faced with needed updates, counties could soon have to

turn to the tax levy to make up the shortfall.

While this method would get revenue from those who
are currently freeloading thanks to the broken system,
it means those on landlines would be paying double for
this service.
A better option is to extend the surcharge to all telecommunication options as they are developed.
Charging other forms of telecommunications presents its own challenges because where should the money go? Should it go to the home base of the cellphone
company or into county pools based on the billing address of the people receiving the service? What happens
on family plans where users are spread over multiple
The best option would be to have a small surcharge
for every phone number collected in a statewide pool.
Money from that pool could then be granted to counties
in order to cover operations and upkeep of the system
rather than being paid directly to telecommunication

companies. This would have the added advantage of

equalizing the amount of the surcharge from one community to another. Currently the surcharge varies by
According to the Federal Communication Commission, nationally there are more than 800 million active
phone numbers in use. That number is growing each
year. Doing the quick math, this averages out to about 16
million active numbers per state. If all the phones that
could call 9-1-1 in an emergency paid for the system to be
maintained, the actual charge for any customer would
be small. At the same time, the universal service fee
could also be spread to these other telecommunication
options with the additional funds used for expanding
high speed internet throughout the state.
Regardless of how it is paid for, the 9-1-1 system needs
to be continually updated and maintained. While the
face of emergency personnel are the medical personnel
and firefighters who rush to assist those in need, their
heroics would be nothing without those who work to
keep the 9-1-1 dispatch system running 24 hours a day,
seven days a week.
In 1966, the general marketing supervisor of Pacific
Northwest Bell responded to a local fire chief calling for
a universal number for fire reporting that it would
not be economically feasible nor practical to do so.
Less than two years later, the first 9-1-1 system was implemented.
In the decades since its inception, 9-1-1 has saved
countless lives and untold billions of dollars in property value. Faced with communication options that would
have been science fiction to those living 50 years ago, the
system must change with the times and its future funding secured for decades to come.

Public education is essential for a free society

There were no surprises in a recent
Marquette University poll showing more
than three-fourths of Wisconsin respondents opposed the governors proposed
cuts to education spending.
For generations, Wisconsin residents
have shown their support for universal high quality public education. From
Americas inception as a country, public
education was recognized as being an essential component of democracy.
As Nelson Mandela said, Education
is the most powerful weapon which you
can use to change the world.
This also makes education a dangerous thing to those who dont want things
to change, and instead want people who
are content to follow orders and stay in
line. These folks include some of the
more ardent conservatives who support
Gov. Scott Walkers presidential aspirations.
Gov. Walkers proposed budget calls
for $127 million in cuts to education,
while at the same time expanding the
states voucher program to allow more
public tax dollars to be spent at religious
and other private schools.
A Marquette University survey taken
last week of 800 registered Wisconsin
voters found 78 percent dont like the
governors proposed $127 million cut to
the K-12 public school budget. Only 18

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percent back the plan. Meanwhile, 26

percent support Walkers plan to cut $300
million from the UW System and 70 percent oppose it.
Republicans on the states powerful
Joint Finance Committee have had the
task of trying to make a silk purse out
of the sows ear of Walkers budget proposal. The task is made harder for the Republicans in the legislature because they
dont want to spike Walkers presidential chances by undermining his budget,
no matter how poorly thought out they
think it is. That said, even Republican
leadership in the legislature has placed
restoring education cuts as a high priority item.
The perception of politicians that
these cuts might be too large and something should mitigate them is certainly
borne out with the data, said Marquette
pollster Charles Franklin to Wisconsin
Public Radio last week.
The state teachers union doesnt
mince words and calls the poll results a
wake-up call to politicians. Wisconsin
citizens share a commitment to neighborhood public schools because thats the
only way every child has the same opportunity for success, said Betsy Kippers, a
Racine teacher and president of the Wisconsin Education Association Council.
Regardless of the political spin put

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He was passionate about what he did and he taught us to set goals, stay focused and

Jenn Knippel about her father, long-time teacher and coach, Dick Malstrom

on the poll results, the message is clear

voters in Wisconsin continue to support
public education and oppose attacks on it.
Schools need to have adequate resources

to educate the next generation of voters

and leaders. Shortchanging education in
this or any generation in order to grandstand on tax cuts is a recipe for disaster.

Members of The Star News editorial board include Publisher Carol OLeary, General Manager Kris
OLeary and News Editor Brian Wilson.

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Brian Wilson

The gambler

photo by Brian Wilson

Candice and Philip Grunseth of Gilman place their bets as David Goebel watches during the United Way casino
night held Saturday at the Simek Recreation Center in Medford. The new event was a fundraiser for the organization
which helps support a number of nonprofit agencies in the county.

Vox Pop

Remaking politics by the seat of our pants

American democracy is caught on the horns of a

dilemma. Most Americans are feeling fed up with the
Republicans and let down by the Democrats with good
reason as both major parties are failing the country.
Yet a third party isnt the answer. Like it or not, America has a two-party system.
Ours was not set up as a parliamentary democracy,
where competing factions can join forces and form coalition governments. We dont have fusion voting, or instant runoff voting, or proportional representation, or
any of the mechanisms that would allow third parties
or independent candidates to successfully compete in
our elections and hold power in our government.
This is why third-party or independent bids for office whether its Ross Perot one time or Ralph Nader
another regularly lead to dead ends.
So how do we get regular people back in the drivers
seat of our government when both major parties are
catering to a privileged few at the expense of everyone
else, but our system is structured to enforce a two-party
We have to start with two articles of faith. First, it
hasnt always been like it is now, and doesnt have to be
like this. Second, there is a way out of the trap were in.
We need to make the major parties or at least one
of them for starters better. They wont change unless
forced. Its like the basic law of physics . . . an object
at rest will remain at rest, unless some force makes it
move. A corrupt political establishment will stay corrupt and failing parties will keep failing us, unless we
make them change their ways.
When past generations freed themselves from similar traps, they started by shedding old labels and fashioning themselves a new identity. They attached that
newly minted brand to breathtakingly ambitious agendas. They were not bashful in the least about stating
their aspirations for the future. And then they effectively forced those aspirations down the throats of the
parties. When the smoke cleared, there were not three
parties or four or five. There were two. But the parties
were transformed. They were reconnected to the masses.
Current conditions dictate that this must be done
Given how messed up politics is at the moment, we
cannot in good conscience call ourselves Republicans
or Democrats, liberals or conservatives. One party is
scary and the other is scared. Labels like liberal and
conservative no longer mean what the dictionary says
they mean. Now they are little more than the political
equivalent of ethnic slurs. We deserve better and need
something new.

We are commoners and we are politically homeless.

The royals of our political system made us so.
We aim to make a household for the politically homeless and in so doing transform parties that are failing
us. And we are pulling together to make it happen. With
an organizing committee of citizens from all of Wisconsins eight congressional districts and 19 different
counties, we just formed Blue Jean Nation.
Blue Jean Nation is not a party. It is a community,
and a movement in the making. We are neither elephant
nor ass, but recognize that our country has a two-party
system and plan to work within that system to get the
parties truly working for all of us and not just a favored
few who are well connected politically.
Our end goal is to make common sense in government and concern for the common good far less uncommon. To reach that goal, we will work every day against
political privilege.
We will do it from the ground up, with plain people
leading the way, by the seat of our pants. Theres no
waiting for political messiahs to come along.
When faced with economic and political threats
eerily similar to todays conditions, past generations
straightened things out on more than one occasion. I
refuse to believe there is something so different about
us or wrong with us that renders us less capable of
making change than those
who came before us. In so
many ways, we have more
going for us now than they
did then.
Political reboots have
happened before. Another
one is desperately needed.
Mike McCabe is
the founder and president of Blue Jean Nation ( and author
of Blue Jeans in High
Makeover of American
Politics. He is the former executive director
of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, a
nonpartisan watchdog
group that specializes
in tracking the money
in state elections.

Brian Wilson is News Editor at The Star News.

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Casino night

I moseyed up to the roulette table and slid some paper

over and asked the croupier for some chips. He glanced
at the amount and started giving me a stack of $5 and $25
tokens. I stopped him and said Hundreds only please.
With a respectful nod he handed over the stack of black
and white chips.
I placed my bets, knowing I would either win big or
go down hard. The first couple spins I did well, more
than doubling the chips in my stack. When it comes to
roulette, there are a couple strategies depending on how
much risk you are willing to take. The big payout is to bet
on a single number. This pays out 35 to one. As you can
imagine, with a big payout comes a big risk.
Other betting options are to split it between two, four,
red or black, or even a whole row. As with anything else,
the lower the risk, the less the reward. As I said, for the
first few spins I as able to hold my own. Winning enough
to stay ahead of my losses.
My gaming companion was placing strategic bets of
modest amounts. I, on the other hand, was a man with
a mission to either go home a legend or at least go down
swinging. My pile of black and white chips got whittled
away. The house is always favored in games of chance and
given enough time, will send all but the extremely lucky
home with empty pockets and licking their wounds.
Spin after spin my stack of chips disappeared, until
finally all that remained was a single green and white
$500 chip, the remnant of the big pot that preceded my
losing streak. A sensible man would have cashed in the
chip and walked away. After all, it was what I came to the
table with and breaking even is better than most people
do at gambling.
The croupier watched as I picked up the chip, ready to
cash it in or at least change it for smaller tokens to continue playing. Part of me was tempted to do just that and
perhaps beat the odds or at least delay the inevitable.
Instead, my hand stopped over the board and I placed
the last of my chips, making a bet that would either pay
off huge or end my night. The croupier watched me, nodded, and said, Good man before spinning the wheel and
sending the ball flying.
I am not typically a gambler. I follow the rule of not
betting anything I cannot afford to lose. Saturday was a
bit different. The money we were playing with came
as part of the admission to the United Way Casino Night
held at the Simek Recreation Center. Any winnings went
toward the purchase of raffle tickets to go into basket raffles. Although it had the misfortune of going up against
Blake Buckis benefit and what was so far the nicest day
of the spring, the event was a good one that I hope they
hold again in the future.
For those of us, like myself, who are often intimidated
by table games at real casinos, the event provided some
much needed practice while supporting a worthwhile organization. I still dont understand craps at all, so maybe
next time I will blow my stash on dice rather than blackjack and roulette. Regardless, I know despite losing it all,
I can still come home feeling like a winner for having
helped United Way meet the needs of the community.



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23, 2011

Wisconsin is making inroads in managing manure

Mother Nature might serve up four seasons, but as a

farmer, I can tell you there are really only two: cropping
season and meeting season.
Were just coming off another meeting season in Wisconsin. This year, a number of those winter meetings
focused on manure and the nutrients it contains, especially phosphorus and nitrogen.
We heard a lot about manure as a problem, but not
so much on how manure is a resource, too. Its a rich
fertilizer that reduces farmers need to buy and apply
commercial fertilizers. We needed to hear more about
how farmers want to be good neighbors, and they dont
want their wells or their trout streams or their swimming lakes degraded any more than anyone else does.
And we didnt hear often enough about the solutions already in play.
The key is putting manure in the right place at the
right time with the right method. Weve made strides
in Wisconsin toward improving fertilizer precision,
and with it, water quality. In fact, from 2008 to 2013, we
reduced the amount of phosphorus going to the Mississippi River by 23 percent and, to Lake Michigan by
27 percent. In 2004, we had only 700,000 acres under nutrient management plans; in 2014, we had 2.58 million
acres, almost 30 percent of our cropland.
Those strides sometimes get lost in the public discussion. So does the work we already have under way
to continue improving manure management and to protect our water quality.
Our newest effort is producer-led watershed improvement, a movement launched by farmer committees with
pilot projects in a handful of watersheds for the past few
years. The Department of Natural Resources shares responsibility with our department for water quality and
manure management. Our two agencies looked at those
successful pilot projects and pitched an idea to Governor Walker. When he rolled out his budget in February,
it proposed using up to $250,000 of current soil and water resource management annual funding to provide
grants to farmer-led watershed projects.
Under this proposal, DATCP would provide grants to
fund up to 10 farmer-led committees mainly in impaired
watersheds -- those that dont meet federal water quality
standards. County conservation offices could help the
committees, drawing on additional technical assistance
from our staff, DNR and the USDA Natural Resources
and Conservation Service. Instead of government agencies prescribing solutions to farmers, they will come up
with their own solutions, and we will help evaluate the
probability of them having a positive impact.
The beauty of this approach is that it targets areas
most in need of water quality improvement, and tailors
solutions to local conditions which can differ dramatically across the state.
The farmer buy-in that producer-led projects can
achieve is important. Farmers know their land and
their business, and problem-solving is in their job description. Theyre accustomed to working with their
neighbors when storms hit, when someone is sick and
needs help with chores, even on school functions. If

this is their neighborhood, theyre responsible for it,

the sentiment goes. I think most of us can identify with
doing things our way instead of the way someone else
thinks we should do it.
We offer other tools to help farmers take responsibility for nutrient management:
The online Manure Management System ( allows farmers to create maps
showing spreading restrictions down to the field level.
That tells farmers where they can apply manure, addressing chronic, inherent risks like slope, soil type,
streams, and shallow soils.
The Runoff Risk Advisory Forecast, part of the Manure Management System, helps farmers decide when
to spread manure. It addresses the acute, day-to-day
risks to particular watersheds from rainfall, snowmelt
and frozen soil. Developed in partnership with the National Weather Service (NWS) and the University of
Wisconsin, it has garnered national attention and our
neighboring states are developing similar systems. The
NWS is working to take the system down to a four-kilometer grid to give farmers even more local information.
Nutrient Management Farmer Education grants allow counties and technical colleges to offer training to
farmers at no cost, and sometimes even with a stipend or
other financial incentive. We have three staff members

A horse in your course

who spend a good share of their time in these training

sessions or training others to teach the same material.
In addition, we also make sure the standards put in
place for farmers are being followed.
Farmers who claim the Farmland Preservation tax
credit must comply with conservation requirements.
Farmers who receive cost-sharing for conservation
practices must meet standards.
The DNR has strict nutrient management provisions
for CAFOs (farms with more than 1,000 animal units),
and levies penalties on farms of any size if they contaminate streams or lakes.
The federal NRCS 590 standard, the basis for state
regulations, is under revision to incorporate new, stricter requirements for manure handling and nutrient
There is still work to be done, but were approaching manure management on many fronts. Meanwhile,
farmers are moving on to this years growing season.
First job: cleaning out those manure pits and spreading
it responsibly. Thats money in the bank for them and if
done correctly it will also mean cleaner water for everyone, including farmers.
Ben Brancel is secretary of Agriculture,
Trade and Consumer Protection

submitted photo

Medford Area Senior High agriculture education students learned the finer points of equine care with the help of
a full-sized visitor to Lisa Kopps classroom on April 10.

School corner

National honor society

One of the comments that I frequently hear from
the community is that not enough good news comes
out of the schools. Add to
that, the usual gloom and
doom regarding the future
of the community, state,
nation and world that we
hear over radio, see on the
television and read in the
Often overlooked are
the academic successes
of many of our students,
best exemplified by those
students who have been
recognized by the National
Honor Society. This is an
organization that recognizes students not just for
their grade point average, but also for what they have
achieved beyond the classroom.
The guiding principles of the National Honor Society are: to create enthusiasm for scholarship; to stimulate a desire to render service; to promote leadership;

and to develop character in the students of secondary

Good grades alone will not get you into the National
Honor Society. For starters, a student needs to carry a
3.33 grade point average. A student may first apply in
his or her junior year, provide a letter of recommendation from a person who is not a member of the faculty,
demonstrate leadership in school and/or community
activities, demonstrate service or volunteer hours and
have an excellent record of behavior both in and out of
school. From there, the application goes to a selection
committee comprised of five faculty members. The applications are reviewed and every year between 20-40
students per class are invited to join the National Honor
Society. The Medford Chapter, on March 31, installed 25
students at its annual candlelight ceremonies.
Why should students who already have a full plate
want to join the National Honor Society? Whats in it for
them? For starters, this is who they are. They are motivated individuals who are trying to do more and do it
better. In return they receive recognition at graduation
and membership is a distinct advantage when applying
for college scholarships. What else are National Honor Society members doing the rest of the year? Their

group continues to be involved throughout the year in

service projects, such as the Taylor County Giving Tree
and recognizing staff members throughout National
Education Week.
Take a look for a minute at a brief list of National
Honor Society alumni: Former professional basketball
player/U.S. Senator Bill Bradley, former Senator/Secretary of Defense William Cohen, singer Sheryl Crow,
cartoonist Jim Davis, actress Tina Fey, Muppets creator
Jim Henson, former Chrysler president Lee Iacocca, astronaut Shannon Lucid, Nobel Prize winning physicist
Dr. Arno Penzias, former Miss America Kaye Lani Rae
Rafke, actress Meryl Streep, musician Carrie Underwood and Mr. Rogers.
These have been and will continue to be the leaders
in the school. In the future they will be leaders in the
community, state, nation and world. These are the first
steps for the rest of their lives. This is a glimpse into
the future from what we are producing today here in
Medford. These are our children from our community
produced in our schools. The future looks pretty bright,
when you see it through their eyes.
Mark Reuter, school board member



Thursday, April 23, 2015

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Lions donation gives student brighter future

by News Editor Brian Wilson

Learning tool

photos by Brian Wilson

Stetsonville student Tristan Price

shows Lion Shirley Lemke how the Amigo HD viewer donated by the Medford
Lions Club helps him read.

Helping students learn

the Lions to become "knights of the blind

in the crusade against darkness."
The Lions are helped in their efforts
with a grant from the Helen Hessing
Family Foundation. The foundation was
set up by Helen Lindsays family after
her death in 2010, with the goal of supporting research in the area of visual impairments, as well as aiding individuals
suffering from visual challenges and disorders. Helen was a Medford native and
taught in Medford in the 1930s.

Tristan Price has a visual impairment

which makes reading a challenge. A
new Amigo HD viewer donated by the
Medford Lions Club helps him overcome that challenge. Tristan (seated)
is pictured with some of the team that
made getting the device possible, (l. to
r.) Judy Pinkston, Shirley Lemke, Caroline Radlinger, Jill Koenig and Kathryn
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Best and final offer

Medford food service bid takes new turn

by Reporter Mark Berglund
Medford school district business manager Jeff Albers said Monday the state
Department of Public Instruction (DPI)
will allow the school district to ask food
service bidders Aviands and Taher Food
Service for their best and final offers at
the May 21 school board meeting. The
Medford Area School Board will weigh
those final proposals to determine who
receives the next five-year food service
The school board voted down a recommendation from its finance committee to award the contract to Aviands for
its fixed bid at its April 16 meeting. The
board then voted to table the discussion
until the May 21 meeting.
According to Albers, as of the April
16 school board meeting, Aviands had
the higher weighted average score on
the fixed proposal. Although not a guarantee, and it is based on the number of
meals, the analysis of Aviands proposal
indicated a return of $63,911. Taher had
the higher weighted average on the reimbursable proposal with a guaranteed bottom line of $19,622 for the first year.
At its meeting on Thursday in the
district office, the school board tabled a
choice between competing bidders for
the next five-year food service contract.
The board voted down the finance committee recommendation on the contract
before deciding to table the issue.
The school district bid the new food
service contract earlier this year and
asked for the bids to be calculated in two
different ways, fixed cost and reimbursable cost. It received bids from two Minnesota-based food service companies,
Aviands and Taher. Both sent bids for
each way of calculating the schools total
costs. Taher Food Service is the incumbent provider.
On April 10, the districts finance committee voted 2-1 to recommend Aviands
bid. Having a committee recommendation is an endorsement, but the board
can, and did, override it by a 5-2 vote,
with Jeff Peterson and Kelley Isola casting the votes for the recommendation.
Medford operated its own food service
program in four school buildings until
making the move to a contracted service. Taher beat out Chartwells for the
contract five years ago. A selling point
of their offer then was a guarantee of no
cost to the school district. The company
caught a perfect storm of problems in the
first two years as federal and state mandates for portion control and healthier
menus met up with reluctance locally to
accept changes to the service. Participa-

tion dropped, but has rebounded in the

past two years with food service employee Nancy Smith being hired by Taher as
local food service director. The kitchen
staff is currently a mixture of longtime
district employees and recent hires by
Taher. As district employees leave their
jobs, the plan is to have the food service
contractor assume more of the labor burden.
After Albers gave the board background on the process and offers, both
bidders made five-minute presentations
to the board. Aviands serves a dozen
school districts in Wisconsin, including
five former Taher accounts. It is part
of a larger company called Trusthouse
Services Group. The Aviands team said
it would like to meet with current employees within two weeks of getting the
contract, and all but Smith would be
free to apply with the new company. Her
contract with Taher has a non-compete
Unlike the last contract, the district
did not visit any other schools to see how
the companies operate in those communities. No one has tried the [Aviands]
food? Isola asked.
The next vote will be slightly different. Board members Mark Temme and
Barb Knight missed Thursdays vote and
newly-elected DeDe Strama will replace
Isola. Knight sent a letter to the board
meeting asking for more time to consider
the issue.
The meeting attracted several current food service workers, many wearing
their red Taher shirts. Smith was part
of the companys presentation team and
she spoke briefly. When Smith took the
Taher position, it included a non-compete clause and she would not be able to
continue if Aviands is awarded the bid.
Id like to thank everyone who has
shown up here tonight, Smith said.
Weve been working hard and listening
to you. I started with Taher two years
ago and we started a path to success. We
paved this road and paved this road, and
now I wonder why you wont let us drive
on it, Smith said.
Board treasurer Jeff Peterson and
board president Dave Fleegel cast the
two committee votes recommending
Aviands while Mark Reuter voted to
stay with Taher. Peterson said the finance committee has not been happy
with Tahers communication at the meetings its representatives attend every
month. Its been like pulling teeth for
five years to get the numbers. You didnt
even give us the figures, Jeff [Albers] had
to manufacture them, Peterson said.
Fleegel held his position from the com-

Concerned staff

photo by Mark Berglund

Food service employees and other audience members listen as the school board
considers the next food service contract.
mittee meeting. Im going to say what I
said in finance, I dont think Taher has
ever shown a profit. It makes me very uneasy. Is it something we are missing? he
said. The Taher team said it did make a
profit in 2013-14 and will likely max out
its profit fee this year.
Fleegel said he would like to see the
district return someday to operating its
own food service program and he hoped
Taher would have shown it the path to do
that. I dont care for having a food service company in our school and thats my
soapbox, Fleegel said.
Board member Brandon Brunner said
while the finance committee gets monthly updates from the food service contractor, other board members do not hear
those discussions. He asked for more
time to study the offers.
During the public comment portion
of the meeting, high school teacher Corey Nazer read a letter from student Esther Lusenge on the food service issue.
Her letter said she was a seventh grader
when Taher first arrived in the district.
Lusenge said she has seen improvements
from Taher and said the food service employees do a good job of getting student
feedback and opinions. She asked the
board to keep Taher and the present staff

Smiths daughter, high school English

teacher Allison Smith, spoke in favor
of retaining Taher. She said the board
should consider the improvements made
over the past five years. The kids know
Nancy is dedicated to Taher as well as
the school district, Allison Smith said.
School nurse Jill Koening also sent a
letter to the board in support of Tahers
In other school board business:

The board presented Isola with

a recognition letter for her service as a
board member. Isola said the strong pool
of school board candidates and turnout
for the meeting was a reflection of the
communitys support and interest in the
school. She welcomed Strama back to the
Incumbents Fleegel, Peterson and
Brunner retained their seats on the
board following the April 7 election as
voters could choose four candidates
among seven on the ballot.
The school board reorganization will
take place at the May 21 meeting.

Aspirus donated a Go camera to

the high schools digital media art class
and thanked it for its help in preparing
an emergency room training video.

Join the fight against cancer with event on May 15

Join with area volunteers and participate in the Taylor County Moving for a
Cure 5K Run/Walk on Friday, May 15.
Registration, along with music and food,
will start at 5 p.m. at the Medford City
Park shelters. The opening ceremony
begins at 6:30 p.m. with the run/walk activities to follow shortly after. Also this
year is a one-mile childrens run. Everyone is welcome.
The American Cancer Society Taylor
County Moving for a Cure Walk/Run
is a pledge-based event where everyone
can celebrate the reality that cancer can
be beaten. This is an event that allows
survivors, families, friends and others
affected by cancer to celebrate life while
raising funds to find a cure and help can-

Hundreds of people participated in the

2014 cancer walk.
cer patients.
The American Cancer Society (ACS)
is providing services to cancer patients

right here in the community. These free

services include overnight lodging for
patients and caregivers, Look Good
Feel Better programs, Reach to Recovery
programs, free items such as wigs, bras,
prosthesis items and head coverings.
Along with these services, the ACS also
connects patients to additional community, state and nonprofit resources available in Taylor County.
To get involved, pick up individual
and team packets at the Medford Area
Chamber of Commerce office weekdays
between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Silent
auction raffle baskets are on display at
the chamber office and will also be available the day of the event. The event Bank
Night will be Wednesday, May 6, at The

Sports Page. Stop in anytime between

3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to drop off funds
you or your team have already raised,
register team members, pick up event
shirts, or learn more about the event.
If you are interested in additional information or being a volunteer for the
Taylor County Moving for a Cure 5K
Run/Walk, contact Carmen Thiede at
715-218-8353 or email at
The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major
health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer
through research, education, advocacy
and service. For cancer information anytime, call toll free 800-ACS-2345 or visit

Thursday, April 23, 2015



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County gives OK to closing

road for Gad tractor pull
by News Editor Brian Wilson
When Gad Bar holds an antique tractor pull in front
of their tavern on June 6, it could be a successful event
or a costly failure.
Shannon Williams of Gad Bar was at the Taylor
County Highway Commission meeting on Tuesday afternoon seeking permission to close a section of CTH C
in front of the bar in order to hold a tractor pull on the
county road.
Highway commissioner Jess Sackmann said he
wasnt entirely comfortable with the idea of holding
the event on the roadway, but was willing to give it a
try, noting any damage done to the road would be the
responsibility of those holding the event. State statute
lets us charge up to three times the cost to repair the
damage, Sackmann said.
That said, given the size of antique tractors involved
in the pull, he did not anticipate any damage to the road
surface. At most, he said, the centerline may need to be
touched up after the event.
Williams said he did not know what to expect from
the event or how many tractors will participate. The
event is part of a series of pulls throughout the region
and the organizers of the series had approached him after a snowmobile race held at the bar last winter. He
told me we could expect up to 50 tractors, Williams
The pulling will take place on a 300-foot section of
CTH C in front of the bar. Williams said they are working with the owners of Gad Cheese to allow access to the
area through their driveways. A detour route around
the area would use town roads and be similar to a detour route used when the county replaced culverts in
the area recently.
Commission member Rollie Thums questioned if
anything like this had been done in the county before.
Sackmann said they routinely close sections of highway
for events such as community festivals. This is the first

time they are doing it for a private business and for an

event of this type.
Thums said he supported giving the organizers a
chance, however, he gave a warning saying this would
be a precedent either way. If you screw it up, it will
screw it up for everyone else, he said.
Committee members approved granting the permission, contingent on Sackmann working with the county
attorney to prepare an agreement to be signed by those
holding the event.
In other business, committee members:

Approved ATV route requests for a half-mile

section of CTH C from Center Ave. to Faber Ln. The
connection will allow access from the town of Browning to the town of Goodrich road sections. Committee
members also approved opening a mile section of CTH
A from Hamm Dr. to CTH DD for ATV access to allow
road route access to Hacienda Bar. The countys policy
is to open sections of the highway for access for connections between routes and access to businesses. The
routes will not officially be opened until the signs are
installed. The signs are paid for by the local club, Taylor Made ATVers, and must be paid for before being installed.

Discussed the results of a recent employee

questionnaire about any concerns or ideas for possible
efficiencies in the department. Sackmann said he was a
little disappointed with the small number of staff members who responded to the questionnaires. No action
was taken on any of the suggestions, but they will be
used when setting policies or deciding on purchases in
the future.

Received an update on the planned projects for

the coming year. In 2015, the highway department will
be redoing CTH E from Hwy 64 to the county line. The
northern half of the approximately seven mile project
will be resurfaced and the south half will be milled and

Matthias recognized

photo by Brian Wilson

On Tuesday, county board chairman Jim Metz presented a plaque to Toni Matthais for 25 years of service
to Taylor County, serving as register of probate since

State auditor retreats from $3.5 million

claim against family planning clinics
OIGs Alan White concedes states
instructions created confusion
By Kate Golden
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
The state Department of Health Services top auditor on Wednesday backed down from a claim that two
family planning clinics serving low-income people were
overcharging Medicaid for birth control by $3.5 million.
In a case closely watched by state clinics, as well as
their political allies and opponents, Inspector General
Alan White reduced the amount of money his office is
seeking in repayment by 93 percent.
White acknowledged the states own instructions on
billing practices had created confusion, according to
letters sent to the clinics.
Since each clinic was relying on those instructions,
the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has determined that it would be unfair to the provider for DHS to
request the repayment of these funds, White wrote to
Family Planning Health Services (FPHS) and NEWCAP
White wrote the OIG was recommending to the DHS
Division of Health Care Access and Accountability that
the Medicaid program should clarify its guidance on
how clinics should bill the program.
Last fall, however, when asked whether the fact that
the billing practice was widespread was a signal the
health department should clarify its policies, White had
said that wouldnt be within the scope of what this office does.
After reviewing documents the clinics provided in
rebuttals, the office reduced the figure it is seeking for
non-covered services from NEWCAP by nearly $1.2
million to about $185,000. For FPHS, the auditors original claim of $2.3 million in overpayments was reduced
to just under $45,000.
Diane Welsh, an attorney representing both clinics,

said the office got the matter part right.

I still dont believe the remaining recoupment is
supported by law, she said. We will be evaluating our
options, including requesting an administrative hearing.
The claims concerned how the clinics used Medicaids 340B drug pricing program, in which pharmaceutical companies must provide discounted drugs to safety net providers. The federal government reimburses
90 percent of the cost of drugs, while the state pays 10
Based in Oconto, NEWCAPs Community Health
Services division in 2013 served about 3,500 people in
six counties. Wausau-based FPHS serves about 6,000
people in nine counties. Neither organization provides
abortions, and both operate in areas with shortages of
healthcare professionals.
The audits generated controversy.
Beth Hartung, president of the Wisconsin Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association,
had said the auditors stance on the Medicaid billing
practice would force other family planning providers
to change their ways and lose money as a result. The
money for birth control subsidizes other reproductive
healthcare services they provide to low-income people.
It would mean, quite frankly, that we would all
close, Hartung said last fall.
The audits prompted state Democratic legislators
Rep. Chris Taylor of Madison and Sen. Dave Hansen of
Green Bay to request a list of OIGs open audits, as she
suspected the clinics were being politically targeted a
claim strongly denied by the agency.
On the other side, the OIGs actions prompted 32 antiabortion Republican state legislators, led by Rep. Andre
Jacque of De Pere, to write the bipartisan Legislative
Audit Committee. The legislators called for an expansion of the audits to all the family planning clinics in
Wisconsin, including the largest, Planned Parenthood
of Wisconsin.

Hrdina recognized

photo by Brian Wilson

On Tuesday, county board chairman Jim Metz presented a plaque to Donna Hrdina for 17 years of service
to the county in the health department.

Albers recognized

photo by Brian Wilson

County board chairman Jim Metz (right) and county

veterans service officer Jeff Hein (left) presented a plaque
to Marie Albers on Tuesday for her 20 years of work
serving veterans, including serving as acting veterans
service officer three times in the past five years during
vacancies in the position.



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Thursday, April 23, 2015

School district gets first view of proposed stadium upgrades

Continued from page 1
Board vice president Paul Dixon made
the motion for the possible spending. He
said the funds should come from the districts fund balance. This is our initial
pledge. Initial. Keep that word in mind,
Dixon said.
Earlier this year, the school board
directed the All Sports Booster Club to
continue with its efforts to improve the
fields near Medford Area Senior High.
At that time, the board made no promise
of support for any portion of the project.
Bleacher repairs, track repairs and lighting replacement were among the must-do
elements of the plan, which developed
through the efforts of the group and the
schools athletic improvement committee. The booster club would like to incorporate improvements to the repair plan,
including new bleachers and a press box,
a new concession area, enclosed team
rooms, a new track surface and surfacing the current grass athletic field with a
synthetic surface to open it up for usage
beyond football games.
Jeff Bahling of Rettler Corporation of
Stevens Point presented the school board
with a preliminary plan and conceptual
drawings for the athletic complex.
Bahling estimated the base project total at $3,511,113.85. He said his estimate is
for a project which is completely bid out
and completed at standard construction
costs. There are a lot of details which are
not worked out yet, he said.
The first element of the plan is replacing the existing football field bleachers
with a 1,500 seat bleacher structure. The
current bleachers date to the construction
of the high school and are in need of repairs. The new bleachers would be topped
with a new press box to replace the current structure. The new bleachers would
cover team rooms, which could be used as
halftime areas, training rooms or storage.
The football field is currently surrounded by a running track. The track
would be replaced with an eight-lane
track with additional sprinting lanes. The
tracks oval would lie in the same general
direction, with tweaks to allow a 210-foot
wide soccer field layout in the middle. A
synthetic surface would be added so both
football and soccer, as well as many other
uses throughout the school day and beyond, could be incorporated. Bahling said
a natural grass surface can be used about
20 times a season, but the synthetic surface has advantages in allowing more use,
varied use, and less general maintenance
The revamped track will mean a ripple
effect for areas supporting track and field
areas and practice fields, but they would
also sit in the same general area. The
northside lights would be moved and replaced in the process. The poles and lights

on the south side were replaced a few

years ago after a strong storm and they
will stay in place.
In addition to the new-look bleacher
area, the current concession stand and
ticket booth would be replaced with an
improved entry concourse and improved
concession building. Bahling said the concourse area and some places on the field
would be ideal for recognizing donors and
sponsors who may be paying toward the
cost of the project over a number of years.
We want a sense of arrival, Bahling
Rettler Corporation has done several
athletic field projects in northwest Wisconsin, including Cumberland, Cameron,
Stanley-Boyd and Superior.
District administrator Pat Sullivan
said it is important for the community
to remember the boards commitment
would be funds used toward areas which
would be replaced like the bleachers no
matter how the plan developed. Sullivan
said the funds will not be used to pay for
the synthetic field.
During the discussion of the 3 percent
pledge, board member Brandon Brunner
supported a pledge in the neighborhood of
the cost the school would have to fix the
track and bleachers if they were standalone projects. We will spend money on
the light poles and resurfacing the track
anyway, Brunner said. I would consider
$300,000, but Ill let this [motion] go first.
Board member Mark Reuter asked
Dixon how he arrived at 3 percent. It
was pretty much pulled out of the air. It
seemed like a conservative number, he
said. I think we should go hand-in-hand
with the community.
Board members said a follow-up commitment of district funds would likely
come after the fundraising campaign is
completed by the booster club. This is a
good faith initial effort, Reuter said. If
you get to $3.2 million, come and see us.
There are a lot of little things people
think are trivial, but they are important
when people are working there, Wibben
said, citing some of the items in the plan.
The board set no timeline for fundraising or the start of the project.
All Sports Booster Club member Larry
Brandl spoke during the public comment
period. Were now at a point to go out to
the community and ask for donations,
Brandl said. It would be beneficial to the
project if the school would commit funds
toward the project.

Other projects pending

Later in the meeting, the school board
received a concept plan and cost estimate
from maintenance director Dave Makovsky for a bus parking area and lane
for buses exiting on the districts middle
school campus location. The drawing
shows a parking area for 11 buses and a
water retention pond in the area where




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Field plans

photo by Mark Berglund

Jeff Bahling of Rettler Corporation introduces the preliminary athletic field plan to
the Medford Area School Board on Thursday.
the district bought four Broadway Ave.
properties in recent years. The district
has demolished the buildings on two of
those lots and is getting ready to demolish the building on a third lot. The fourth
property is still occupied and the district
rents out the home. On Monday, Sullivan
said the bus plan could be accomplished
on the space provided by the purchase of
the four properties.
The bus plan would fix a long-standing
safety problem at the current southeast
corner of the building where the main
middle school entrance is located. Currently, students enter or exit the building
there to nearby buses, private vehicles
and pedestrian routes. The entrance to
this loading and parking lot comes from
Seventh St. and exits onto Clark St.
The whole middle school bus plan
comes from a real concern for safety. Potential for an accident is high, Sullivan
said. Its a dangerous situation now and
has been for a long time. It would be hard
to talk me out of a plan to fix it.
The concept plan is dated April 2015
and shows an entrance driveway on
Broadway (Hwy 64) and an 18-foot wide
exit driveway to Seventh St. northeast
of the school building. The drawing also
shows an eight-foot wide pedestrian path
paralleling the exit driveway.
The backside of the concept plan illustration is labeled Medford Area Public
School District, Medford Middle School,
Athletic Complex Site Improvement Project, Estimated Site Costs, April 16, 2015. It
lists the project total as $524,618.50.
The concept plan was developed by
Point of Beginning, a Stevens Point engineering firm.
When Makovsky introduced the plan
at the April 16 meeting, he referenced a
board discussion of the issue during its
March meeting closed session. The school
board agendas have listed a closed session
for the discussion of purchase of property
for a few months, including March. The
board has taken no official action from
those sessions. An illustration labeled site
inventory was presented by Rettler Corporation during its presentation on the
high school athletic complex. It shows a
Broadway Ave. property west of the main
campus area labeled possible property acquisition $175,000. Taylor County property records list the parcel as a 2.72 acre parcel at 1055 W. Broadway Ave. as owned by
James and Lucille Dallenbach of the same
address. The land valuation lists the zoning as G1 institutional with land valued at
$36,700 and improvements listed at $92,800
for total $129,500. There has been a for sale
sign on the property this year.

Project finances
Board president Dave Fleegel said the

investment in property purchases was

needed for issues like the middle school
traffic flow problem. Ill take responsibility. I took a vision of what our campuses
could look like, Fleegel said. The school
bought land, oh my God. We saw a need
for the future.
With investment in property comes
the question of paying for development
of facilities and maintenance of existing
ones at the school. Board treasurer Jeff
Peterson asked if the district should look
at a possible referendum to give voters a
chance to weigh in on the maintenance
priorities and expansion possibilities. It
should go to the voters, he said. Its getting too big to keep robbing Peter to pay
Starting the discussion now would give
the district a year to prepare if it takes the
referendum route. The next scheduled
election is April 2016. The neighboring
Rib Lake School District recently passed
a $3.3 million referendum for various
maintenance-related projects. If were
going to do it, we should look at all the
projects weve kicked down the road to
the future, Peterson said.
Sullivan said on Monday said he felt
the board will continue to look at financing options, including referendum, for
a number of projects. There are some
things we just cant do in our budget,
he said. People know we cant use these
facilities forever without regular repairs
and maintenance. While we havent been
successful in this community with recent
referendums, I think this community
would get behind it for roofs, parking lots
and the bleacher project. Rib Lake was
successful with its referendum to take
care of the buildings.

Irrigation well
In another facility-related issue, softball coach Virgil Berndt spoke in favor
of drilling a well near the softball field
to alleviate dry conditions. The field is
located north of Medford Area Elementary School. Berndt said the team has
fundraised toward the project for a few
years. Berndt said the well would be used
for watering the softball field. The infield
dirt dries out and gets hard by the end of
the season. Watering would help the situation.
When the board discussed the idea, it
gave Sullivan the OK to pursue the issue
with the city of Medford.
Sullivan said on Monday a well makes
more sense than bringing a water supply
from the front of the elementary school
access or breaking into a water line elsewhere on the campus. Because the water
will be used for irrigation, a well would
also save on any sewer charges from using the city water system.



Thursday, April


Exchange students make world connection

by Reporter Mark Berglund
Foreign exchange programs are
connections between Medford and the
world. The Medford Morning Rotary
Club provides the main bridge in the program as a connection for those families
who would like to host a foreign student
and a way for local kids to experience a
new culture.
There are a variety of organizations
providing foreign exchange programs,
but the biggest advantage to the Rotary
Youth Exchange is the support network
it provides on the local, district and
worldwide level. There is a Rotary club
standing behind the students and making sure their safety, cares and concerns
are being looked after, Medford Rotarian Greta Murray said.
The local club provides financial support, such as a $75 per month allowance
and resources to attend district Rotary
Youth Exchange. The club is also a support system for both the host family and
the youth. Its a security blanket for the
student and families, Maureen Turner
said. She is a former host parent and now
serves as the Medford Rotarys youth exchange counselor.
The nature of a Rotary club keeps the
cost of the program down and insures
good standards are met on all ends of the
exchange program. The local clubs cost
for hosting an exchange student is $4,000
to $5,000 a year.
When a youth is accepted into the program and is paired locally, three families
split the year-long host duties. The best
host situations are when the youth is
treated like one of the family rather than
a guest. They are teenagers and they
need the same love, support and boundaries and opportunities.
Having more than one host family
helps the program in various ways. It
increases the cultural experiences for
the youth and gives them a glimpse into
three American homes. It gives the families options throughout the year as well.
The timeline for being a host family
has begun, with a deadline coming up
later in the spring. The process includes
background checks, home visits and

Exchange students

photo by Mark Berglund

Medford Area Senior High has three foreign exchange students this year. They include Jessica Pai (left) from Taiwan, the Rotary exchange student who has lived with
the Mike and Denise Carstensen and John and Ann Bauer families, and Nikola Babic
from Serbia, who has lived with Matthew Nordgren.

family interviews. February is an ideal

time to start the process if your family is
interested in hosting a youth.
One area of adjustment for the youth
is transportation. Most come from areas
with good public transportation systems
and they are familiar with getting to practices and school events on their own. For
host families, it is the usual challenge of
getting active kids where they need to be.
Another area of adjustment for fami-

lies is time zone differences. Our morning is another countrys evening and
youth need the flexibility to reach out to
family and friends back home.
The district programs and travel opportunities to the east or west coast are

Items donated

an important part of the exchange year.

It provides an exchange youth with not
only connections to American families,
but all other youth staying in the district. The youth exchange students also
attend the local, weekly Rotary meetings. The foreign exchange students get
close during the year. Some of the best
friends they ever make are at the district
meetings, Turner said.
In addition to being a yearly host
for Rotary Youth Exchange, the Medford community has sent a few of its
young people overseas to help spread
the groups peaceful connections. The
process begins with an extensive application which includes ranking the 80 potential countries. Youth usually get one
of their top five choices.
The youth are usually juniors, seniors
or even high school graduates if they are
young enough. A local youth would apply in August or September and would
usually know by January if they are accepted.
Social media is changing the exchange
student world as well. It means the youth
never become completely detached from
their home country when they are here,
and it helps to make continuing the
bonds forged during their stay here.
Murray said several foreign exchange
students who lived in Medford have returned for visits and host families travel
to the lands of the youth they hosted.
The largest fundraiser of the year for
these programs is the annual Rotary auction. This year it will be held on May 7
at the Veranda. The event funds the local
contribution to the exchange program
and Rotary programs throughout the
year, such as scholarships, youth leadership camp, community beautification
projects, community service and world
Tickets are available at the Filling
Station, Daves Showcase Furniture or
from any Rotary member.

submitted photo

Margaret Gebauer (far left) recently presented baby items collected by the Holy
Rosary Council of Catholic Women to Aspirus Medfords birthing center. These items
will be distributed to new mothers. Aspirus Medford staff attending the gift presentation include (l. to r.): Jill Doro, Juli Johnson, Peggy King,and Denise Carstensen.

Baby items donated to birth center

French student here

photo by Mark Berglund

Romain Grard from France, who is living with the Tran and Lisa Brooks family is
one of three foreign exchange students in the Medford Area School District this year.

The Holy Rosary Council of Catholic

Women (HRCCW), Medford, recently
donated a generous assortment of baby
clothing, diapers, wipes, blankets, buntings, bibs, infant toiletries, and more to
Aspirus Medford Hospitals birthing center. The donation resulted from a recent
parish-wide baby shower sponsored by

HRCCW during the month of March.

The birthing center staff truly appreciates the donation, said Denise
Carstensen, inpatient director at Aspirus Medford Hospital. We really enjoy
giving such wonderful gifts to our new
mothers and newborns.



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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Optimism abounds at Medford Co-op annual meeting

by News Editor Brian Wilson
The message continued to be an upbeat one coming from the Medford Cooperative at the their annual meeting Monday morning.
More than 200 people attended the annual meeting for the Medford Cooperative held at the Centennial Community
Center in Stetsonville.
2014 was a great year for Medford Cooperative. We celebrated yet another record year in sales and profitability which
has allowed us to aggressively reinvest
in state-of-the-art facilities and equipment to better serve our customers,
said Chip Courtney, general manager of
the Medford Cooperative. The success
of your cooperative has also allowed us
to pay over $1 million back in patronage
rewards for the second consecutive year.
We continue to be grateful for a fantastic
group of employees and a loyal customer
The cooperative had sales of
$84,450,000 in 2014 resulting in net earnings of $3,601,000. Cash patronage of
$1,022,000 will be paid out to members.
Over the past 10 years, the cooperative
has returned more than $6 million in revenue to patrons.
Courtney highlighted the strategic
goals for the organization in the coming year with the following three items:
Continuing the emphasis on marketing
and sales; responsibly growing the customer base; and improving operational

Large turnout

submitted photo

More than 200 members of the Medford Cooperative attended the annual meeting held Monday at Centennial Community
Center in Stetsonville.

State veterinarian bans poultry movement

State wants to control
spread of H5N2 avian
influenza virus
To protect Wisconsins poultry industry from further spread of the H5N2
avian influenza virus, Dr. Paul McGraw,
state veterinarian at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), has issued a
ban on poultry movement to shows, exhibitions and swap meets in Jefferson,
Juneau and Barron counties.
We are taking the necessary precautions to limit the spread of avian influenza throughout the state of Wiscon-

sin, McGraw said. Wisconsin has three

confirmed cases of avian influenza in
the state since the virus was first found
in the Midwest in March. Multiple outbreaks of avian influenza have occurred
most recently in Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Arkansas, the Dakotas and Kansas, leading to the depopulation of more
than 1.5 million turkeys and chickens.
The ban prohibits any movement to,
or participation in, any shows, exhibitions or swap meets held in the counties
where H5N2 has already been found. Additionally, anyone owning a flock that
is enrolled in the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP), a flock that qualifies as an affiliate flock under the NPIP,
or a flock that is enrolled as a Wisconsin

Dean Tesch elected to

CFC board of directors
Dean Tesch, board chairman of Taylor
Electric Cooperative, was seated on the
board of directors of the National Rural
Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC) following the CFC 2015 annual
meeting on Feb. 23 in Orlando.
The opportunity for a director of one
of the 25 Wisconsin electric cooperatives
to run for the CFC board comes around
once every 18 years. And Brian Kulas
saw this as an opportunity for Taylor
Electric to have a voice and a say on this
board through one of its very own directors. He encouraged me to run for this; to
represent not only Taylor Electric Cooperative, but all the electric cooperatives
in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa which
makes up District 5. Tesch said.

Tesch serves as board chairman of

Taylor Electric Cooperative and as a director for the cooperatives wholesale
power supplier, Dairyland Power Cooperative, headquartered in La Crosse.
Tesch is a certified financial planner and
a former elementary school teacher. He
is also a member of the CFP Board Item
Writing Group and served as treasurer
for former Wisconsin State Representative Mary Williams.
CFC is governed by a democratically
elected, 23-member board of directors.
The board represents 11 districts, with
one at-large position. Directors are elected for a three-year term and can serve a
maximum of two consecutive terms.

tested flock or associate flock, are also

prohibited from movement to shows,
exhibitions or swap meets in the three
Gathering poultry together increases
the chances of exposure to the virus, McGraw says. Returning the same poultry
to their home farms increases the likelihood of spreading the disease.
Commercial poultry producers, back-

yard flock owners and poultry exhibitioners are encouraged to use proper biosecurity methods, including restricting
poultry exposure to wild birds, washing
hands before and after handling poultry,
using dedicated clothing and boots when
working with poultry, and cleaning and
disinfecting cages and equipment used
with poultry.

Con artists are targeting

student loan holders
Fast and easy forgiveness of your student loans. Sound too good to be true?
Thats because it is. Watch out for scams
that entice student loan holders by promising to erase their debt.
How the scam works:
You get a phone call, email or spot a
post on social media that claims a company can erase your student loan debt.
Many claim their service is made possible by a new government program or
The company asks for an upfront fee to
negotiate with your student loan lender
on your behalf. They will claim theyve
helped numerous other clients, but dont
believe them. Student loans can only be
forgiven under specific circumstances,
which are not fast or easy. These scammers will take your fee and disappear.
In another version of the student loan
scam, con artists claim they can save
you money by consolidating your loans.
Some charge a fee for using a free government service. Others may actually
move your loans to a private lender with
a higher interest rate.
Our office has been receiving an unusually high volume of calls from people

inquiring about loan forgiveness offers,

said Ran Hoth, CEO and president. We
want to get the word out that these type
of calls are making the rounds and to
caution people to do some research before making a hasty decision.
How to spot this a student loan scam:

Never pay upfront. Real lenders

will take a percentage once their service
is complete. You dont need to pay an upfront fee beforehand.

Know your options. If you are

having trouble paying your student
loans, contact your lender directly. You
can research programs offered by the
federal government.

Never give a third party power

of attorney. Dont sign anything giving a
company the power to negotiate on your
behalf. A scam company can use this to
take control over your loans.

If it seems too good to be true, it

probably is. Any company that claims it
can erase your student loan debt in minutes is lying. Dont bother responding to
the ad or email.
Learn more about student loans

Thursday, April 23, 2015




Aspirus Medford
one of countrys
100 top hospitals
Aspirus Medford was named one of
top critical access hospitals by
iVantage for fourth year in a row
Aspirus Medford Hospital was recently named one of
the iVantage Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs)
in the United States. As a top performing CAH, Aspirus
Medford Hospital is recognized as being one of the best
rural safety-net hospitals in the nation.
Its thanks to the commitment and compassion of
our medical providers and staff that Aspirus Medford
Hospital has achieved this national distinction for the
fourth year in a row, said Gregg Olson, president/CEO
of Aspirus Medford Hospital & Clinics. Critical access
hospitals like Aspirus Medford Hospital play a crucial
role in providing quality healthcare in rural communities where access to care is limited. Its our passion and
pleasure to ensure that people living in our area have
access to healthcare thats as excellent as or better than
what is available in big cities.
Aspirus Medford Hospital scored in the top 100 of
Critical Access Hospitals on the iVantage Hospital
Strength Index. The Index is the industrys most comprehensive rating of U.S. acute care hospitals, and the
only one to include the countrys 1,300 CAHs. The Index measures hospitals across 62 different performance
metrics, including quality, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability, population risk, and efficiency. The
top 100 list is compiled in an unbiased, independent
manner by iVantage. All CAHs in the country are considered for inclusion on the list.
Rural healthcare plays a vital role for communities across America, serving nearly 80 million people,
said Michael Topchik, senior vice president of iVantage
Health Analytics. These top 100 Critical Access Hospitals exhibit a focused concern for their community benefits and needs, regardless of scale, reimbursement, and
peoples ability to pay.
Aspirus Medford Hospital was also recently named a
2015 Healthstrong Hospital by iVantage Health Analytics for ranking among the nations top performing acute
care hospitals. Of the more than 4,300 hospitals studied,
only 572 were recognized as Healthstrong hospitals.

Webster receives
Good Citizen award
Brooke Webster, daughter of Kelly and Lynn Webster of Gilman, received
the Good Citizen Award
from the Eau Claire Chapter of the Daughters of
the American Revolution
(DAR) at a presentation
held at the Chippewa Valley Museum in Eau Claire
on April 6. This award is
given to a high school senior who is an outstanding
student academically and
in extracurricular activities and is also active in
the community.
Brooke Webster
Webster has participated in many extracurricular activities such as National
Honor Society for which she served as secretary, letter
club, and Future Business Leaders of America in which
she served as president. She has also been involved in
softball, honors band, and she served as team captain in
volleyball. Webster has also volunteered at the her public library, the Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, the
Taylor County Giving Tree, and has served as a school
tour guide for Gilmans Centennial celebration. Websters academic achievements have admitted her into
the UW-River Falls Honors Program, where she plans
on studying communications this fall.

Veteran honored

submitted photo

As part of the We Honor Veterans Program, Hope Hospice & Palliative Care recently held a Veteran Recognition for one of their patients. Donald Moen served in the Army during the Korean War from 1953-1955. Moen had
family and friends attend the recognition including some that traveled from Arizona. Pictured are (l. to r., front):
Adella Moen, Donald Moen, Shayna Moen, (second row) Helen Busse, Kayla Moen, Viki Yeager, Michelle Johnson,
Dawn Lipinski, Ron Busse, and (back row) Henry Moen, Mariah Moen, Keith Lipinski, Patty Neubauer, and John
David Neubauer.

Aspirus Medford welcomes

new chief financial officer
Greg Shaw recently joined the senior leadership team
of Aspirus Medford Hospital & Clinics as chief financial
officer. This position was left vacant when former CFO
Lori Peck accepted the promotional opportunity of vice
president of revenue cycle for the Aspirus system.
I am excited to work for an organization with such
a strong financial history, great patient quality, and a
highly engaged work force, says Shaw. Its obvious
staff really enjoy what they do and I look forward to
working in a culture where the staff is very engaged in
their jobs.
Shaw has held a variety of executive level positions
in healthcare including corporate compliance officer,
chief financial officer, and interim CEO. His diverse
experience includes reimbursement analysis, financial
management, corporate compliance, information systems implementation, strategic financial planning, budgeting, auditing, contract negotiation, collection processes, tax preparation, revenue cycle and Medicare/
Medicaid reimbursement.
He received his bachelors degree in accounting

from Evangel University

in Springfield, Mo. and his
masters degree in finance
from the University of
Missouri in Kansas City.
He is a certified public accountant and a fellow of
the Healthcare Financial
Management Association.
Shaw and his wife Shellie have five children, three
of whom will be moving
to Medford following the
school year. They are all
excited to be relocating to
the Medford area. They
Greg Shaw
love the outdoors and are
so excited to be moving to a
place where they dont have to travel hundreds of miles
to enjoy it.






Page 16

Arbor Day Proclamation

WHEREAS, In 1872 J. Sterling Morton proposed to
the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a special day be
set aside for the planting of trees, and
WHEREAS, this holiday, called Arbor Day, was first
observed with the planting of more than a million trees in
WHEREAS, Arbor Day is now observed throughout
the nation and the world, and
WHEREAS, trees can reduce the erosion of our precious topsoil by wind and water, cut heating and cooling
costs, moderate the temperature, clean the air, produce
oxygen and provide habitat for wildlife, and
WHEREAS, trees are a renewable resource giving us
paper, wood for our homes, fuel for our fires and countless
other wood products, and
WHEREAS, trees in our City increase property values,
enhance the economic vitality of business areas, and
beautify our community, and
WHEREAS, trees are a source of joy and spiritual renewal, and
WHEREAS, the City of Medford has been recognized
as a Tree City USA by The National Arbor Day Foundation
and desires to continue its tree-planting ways,
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Michael Wellner, Mayor of the
City of Medford, Taylor County, Wisconsin, do hereby proclaim Friday, April 24, 2015, as
Arbor Day
in the City of Medford, and I urge all citizens to celebrate Arbor Day and to support efforts to care for our
trees and woodlands and to support our Citys community
forestry program, and
FURTHER, I urge all citizens to plant trees to gladden
the hearts promote the well being of present and future
Dated this 16th day of April 2015.
/s/ Michael Wellner


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Equipment Quotes Wanted

Town of Hammel
The Town of Hammel is seeking quotes for backhoe
work with at least a 60 flat bottom bucket. Give size of
machine, hourly rate and also the hourly rate for dump
truck, size 15-yard. A current certificate of insurance must
accompany the quote. The board reserves the right to reject any or all quotes. Excludes special projects. Quotes
should be marked as equipment quote. Send quotes to:
Steve Deml, W7856 Perkinstown Avenue, Medford, WI
54451. Quotes are due by May 1, 2015. Quotes will be
opened at the board meeting on May 4, 2015.
Renee Zenner
Town Clerk of Hammel
(1st ins. April 16, 2nd ins. April 23)


Asphalt TRIP Bids Wanted

Town of Pershing
The Town of Pershing is now accepting asphalt bids for
a TRIP project. Approximately 4,240 feet, 20 feet wide, 2
inches thick, to include shoulder work. Anything bid over
$65,000.00 must be certified by an engineer.
Sealed bids must be return to Kevin Webster at N6087
Webster Ln, Gilman, WI. 54433. Questions can be directed to Brian Stuner at 715-668-5415. Bids must be delivered no later then then 7:00 p.m. at the May 12, 2015
town board meeting.
Andie Ellis, Clerk
(1st ins. April 23, 2nd ins. April 30)

Crack Seal Bids Wanted

Village of Rib Lake
Notice is hereby given by the Village of Rib Lake, Taylor County, Wisconsin, that it will receive bids for crack
1. Crack seal various roads throughout the Village
of Rib Lake. Route, clean, heat lance cracks & fill with
hot pour rubberized crack sealer federal spec ASTM D
6690. Please include both the price per foot and the price
per pound. Please list each road separately to be crack
sealed. Bidders must provide proof of insurance. Traffic
control is the responsibility of the successful bidder. It will
be required that the successful bidder holds all invoicing
until projects are done. The Village of Rib Lake reserves
the right to reject any and all bids, or reward the bids
which are in the best interest of the Village. Bids must
be submitted to the Village of Rib Lake no later than 4:00
p.m. CST Monday May 4, 2015. To get complete details,
contact Jerry Butler at 715-427-5551. 16-148564 WNAXLP

Gravel Bids Wanted

Town of Hammel
The Town of Hammel is seeking sealed bids for the
following types of gravel: 5,000 yards, more or less, of
dense base meeting the specifications of section
305.2.2.1 Wisconsin standard specifications, and 1,500
yards, more or less, of 3 breaker run. Please give price
by the yard to be delivered anywhere in the Town of Hammel, and also for the non-delivered loaded at the pit location. A current certificate of insurance must accompany
the bid or be on file with the town clerk. The board reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids. Bids
should be marked as sealed bid. Send bids to: Steve
Deml, W7856 Perkinstown Avenue, Medford, WI 54451.
Bids due by May 1, 2015 and will be opened at the board
meeting on May 4, 2015.
Renee Zenner
Town Clerk of Hammel

Notice of Board of Review

State of Wisconsin
Village of Gilman, Taylor County
Notice is hereby given that the Board of Review for
the Village of Gilman, Taylor County, Wisconsin, shall
hold its first meeting on May 11, 2015, from 4 p.m. 6 p.m., at Gilman Municipal Building, 380 East Main
Street, Gilman, WI 54433.
Please be advised of the following requirements to appear before the board of review and procedural requirements if appearing before the board:
1. No person will be allowed to appear before the board
of review, to testify to the board by telephone, or to contest
the amount of any assessment of real or personal property
if the person has refused a reasonable written request by
certified mail of the assessor to view the property.
2. After the first meeting of the board of review and before the boards final adjournment, no person who is scheduled to appear before the board of review may contact or
provide information to a member of the board about the persons objection, except at a session of the board.
3. The board of review may not hear an objection to the
amount or valuation of property unless, at least 48 hours
before the boards first scheduled meeting, the objector provides to the boards clerk written or oral notice of an intent
to file an objection, except that upon a showing of good
cause and the submission of a written objection, the board
shall waive that requirement during the first 2 hours of the
boards first scheduled meeting, and the board may waive
that requirement up to the end of the 5th day of the session
or up to the end of the final day of the session if the session is less than 5 days with proof of extraordinary circumstances for failure to meet the 48-hour notice requirement
and failure to appear before the board of review during the
first 2 hours of the first scheduled meeting.
4. Objections to the amount or valuation of property shall
first be made in writing and filed with the clerk of the board
of review within the first 2 hours of the boards first scheduled meeting, except that, upon evidence of extraordinary
circumstances, the board may waive that requirement up to
the end of the 5th day of the session or up to the end of the
final day of the session if the session is less than 5 days.
The board may require objections to the amount or valuation of property to be submitted on forms approved by the
Department of Revenue, and the board shall require that
any forms include stated valuations of the property in question. Persons who own land and improvements to that land
may object to the aggregate valuation of that land and improvements to that land, but no person who owns land and
improvements to that land may object only to the valuation


(1st ins. April 16, 2nd ins. April 23)


of that land or only to the valuation of improvements to that

land. No person may be allowed in any action or proceedings to question the amount or valuation of property unless
the written objection has been filed and that person in good
faith presented evidence to the board in support of the objections and made full disclosure before the board, under
oath, of all of that persons property liable to assessment in
the district and the value of that property. The requirement
that objections be in writing may be waived by express action of the board.
5. When appearing before the board of review, the objecting person shall specify in writing the persons estimate
of the value of the land and of the improvements that are
the subject of the persons objection and specify the information that the person used to arrive at that estimate.
6. No person may appear before the board of review,
testify to the board by telephone, or object to a valuation
if that valuation was made by the assessor or the objector
using the income method of valuation, unless the person
supplies the assessor with all the information about income
and expenses, as specified in the assessors manual under
s. 73.03(2a), Wis. stats., that the assessor requests. The
Village of Gilman has an ordinance for the confidentiality of
information about income and expenses that is provided to
the assessor under this paragraph that provides exceptions
for persons using information in the discharge of duties imposed by law or the duties of their officer or by order of
a court.* The information that is provided under this paragraph, unless a court determined that it is inaccurate, is
not subject to the right of inspection and copying under s.
19.35(1), Wis. stats.
7. The board shall hear upon oath, by telephone, all ill or
disabled persons who present to the board a letter from a
physician, surgeon, or osteopath that confirms their illness
or disability. No other persons may testify by telephone unless the Board, in its discretion, has determined to grant a
property owners or their representatives request to testify
under oath by telephone or written statement.
8. No person may appear before the board of review,
testify to the board by telephone, or contest the amount of
any assessment unless, at least 48 hours before the first
meeting of the board, or at least 48 hours before the objection is heard if the objection is allowed under s. 70.47(3)(a),
Wis. stats., that person provides to the clerk of the board of
review notice as to whether the person will ask for the removal of a member of the board of review and, if so, which
member, and provides a reasonable estimate of the length
of time the hearing will take.
Notice is hereby given this 1st day of April 2015.
Respectfully Submitted,
Candice Grunseth, WCMC
Village Clerk

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Review

for the Town of Pershing of Taylor County shall hold its
meeting on Monday, May 18, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
at the Pershing Town Hall in Donald, WI.
Please be advised of the following requirements to
appear before the Board of Review and procedural requirements if appearing before the Board:
No person shall be allowed to appear before the
Board of Review, to testify to the Board by telephone or
to contest the amount of any assessment of the real or
personal property, if the person has refused a reasonable
written request by certified mail of the assessor to view
such property. After the meeting of the Board of Review
and before the Boards final adjournment, no person who
is scheduled to appear before the Board of Review may
contact or provide information to a member of the Board
about the persons objection except at a session of the
No person may appear before the Board of Review,
testify to the Board by telephone or contest the amount
of the assessment unless, at least 48 hours before the
first meeting of the Board or at least 48 hours before the
objection is heard if the objection is allowed because the
person has been granted a waiver of the 48 hour notice
of an intent to file a written objection by appearing before
the Board during the first two hours of the meeting and
showing good cause for failure to meet the 45 hour notice
requirement and files a written objection, that the person
provides to the clerk of the Board of Review notices as
to whether the person will ask for removal of any Board
members and, if so , which member will be removed and
the persons reasonable estimate of the length of time that
the hearing will take.
When appearing before the Board of Review, the person shall specify, in writing, the persons estimate of the
value of the land and of the improvement that are the subject of the persons objection and specify the information
that the person used to arrive at that estimate.
The Board shall hear upon oath, by telephone, all ill or
disabled persons who present to the Board a letter from a
physician, surgeon or osteopath that confirms their illness
or disability. No other person may testify by telephone.
Open Book will be held on May 15, 2015 from 6 p.m.
to 8 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Town of Pershing
Andie Ellis, Clerk




Notice of the Board of Review

for the Town of Pershing

(1st ins. April 23, 2nd ins. April 30)


Case No. 15 SC 10
Marshfield Clinic Inc.
1000 N. Oak Avenue
Marshfield, WI 54449
Jamie J. Euclide
324 N. Park Avenue
Medford, WI 54451
To the Person(s) Named
Above as Defendant(s):
You are being sued by the
person(s) named above as
Plaintiff(s). A copy of the claim
has been sent to you at your
address as stated in the caption
The lawsuit will be heard
in the following Small Claims
Taylor County Courthouse
224 South Second Street
Medford, WI 54451
Phone Number of Clerk of
Courts: (715) 748-1425
on the following date and
Date: May 7, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.
If you need help in this matter
because of a disability, please
call: (715) 748-1425.

If you do not attend the

hearing, the court may enter a
judgment against you in favor
of the person(s) suing you. A
copy of the claim has been sent
to you at your address as stated
in the caption above. A judgment
may be enforced as provided by
law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against
any real estate you own now or
in the future, and may also be
enforced by garnishment or seizure of property.
You may have the option to
Answer without appearing in
court on the court date by filing
a written Answer with the clerk
of court before the court date.
You must send a copy of your
Answer to the Plaintiff(s) named
above at their address. You may
contact the clerk of court at the
telephone number above to determine if there are other methods to answer a Small Claims
complaint in that county.
Date: April 8, 2015
Attorney Keary W. Bilka
State Bar No. 1017477
935 S. 8th Street, Suite 202
Manitowoc, WI 54220-4549
Telephone: 920-683-8989
(One ins. April 23)

Notice is hereby given, that the board of review for the

Township of Medford will convene on Tuesday, May 12,
2015 at 6:55 p.m. at the Town Hall at W6462 Center Avenue. Due to the assessment roll not being complete, the
board will set another date and time and will adjourn.
Diane Maar, Clerk, CMC



Town of Roosevelt
Bids Wanted for TRIP Project
7th Avenue
Starting at Pinewood Drive and continuing to CTH F.
Bid will consist of hauling and applying inch crushed
blue granite with a minimum thickness of 4 inches at the
thickness of approximately 1,200 yards per mile.
All bids must be received and will be opened on the
13th of May, 2015 at 7:30 pm. Certificates of liability insurance must accompany bid. The board reserves the right
to accept or reject any or all bids. Any questions, contact
Gerard Nicpon (715) 669-3579.
Sealed bids are to be sent to Gerard Nicpon, Chairman; Town of Roosevelt; W13669 Diamond Drive; Lublin,
WI 54447.
Submitted by:
Roxanne Kahan, Clerk
(1st ins. April 16, 2nd ins. April 23)



Township of Medford
Board of Review

Notice of the Board of Review

for the Town of Roosevelt
Notice is hereby given that the Board of Review for the
Town of Roosevelt shall hold its meeting on Wednesday,
May 13, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Roosevelt
Town Hall.
Please be advised of the following requirements to appear before the Board of Review and procedural requirements if appearing before the Board.
No person shall be allowed to appear before the Board
of Review, to testify to the Board by telephone or to contest the amount of any assessment of real or personal
property if the person has refused a reasonable written
request by certified mail of the Assessor to view such
Before the Boards meeting, and final adjournment, no
person who is scheduled to appear before the Board of
Review may contact, or provide information to, a member
of the Board about the persons objection except at a session of the Board.
No person may appear before the Board of Review,
testify to the Board by telephone or contest the amount of
assessment unless, at least 48 hours before the objection
is heard. If the objection is allowed because the person
has been granted a waiver of the 48-hour notice of an
intent to file a written objection by appearing before the
Board during the first two hours of the open book meeting
and showing good cause for failure to meet the 48-hour
notice requirement and files a written objection, that the
person provided to the Clerk of the Board of Review notice as to whether the person will ask for removal of any
Board members and, if so, which member will be removed
and the persons reasonable estimate of the length of time
that the hearing will take.
When appearing before the Board, the person shall
specify, in writing, the persons estimate of the value of
the land and of the improvements that are the subject of
the persons objection and specify the information that the
person used to arrive at that estimate.
The Board shall hear upon oath, by telephone, all ill or
disabled persons who present to the Board a letter from a
physician, surgeon or osteopath that confirms their illness
or disability. No other persons may testify by telephone.
Open Book will be held on May 7, 2015 at the Roosevelt Town Hall from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Roxanne Kahan, Clerk
Town of Roosevelt
(1st ins. April 23, 2nd ins. April 30)


Thursday, April 23, 2015


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Village of Rib Lake, WI

Open Book
Board of Review
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an Open Book will be
held on Tuesday May 12, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00
a.m. at the Village Hall, for public inspection of the 2015
Assessment Roll for the Village of Rib Lake. The Village
Assessor will be present. Objection Forms for Real Estate
and Personal Property will be available and must be filled
out before meeting with the Board of Review.
of Review for the Village of Rib Lake of Taylor County
will be held on the 12th day of May, 2015 from 10:00
a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Village Hall.
Please be advised of the following requirements to appear before the board of review and procedural requirements if appearing before the board:
1. No person will be allowed to appear before the board
of review, to testify to the board by telephone, or to contest
the amount of any assessment of real or personal property
if the person has refused a reasonable written request by
certified mail of the assessor to view the property.
2. After the first meeting of the board of review and before the boards final adjournment, no person who is scheduled to appear before the board of review may contact or
provide information to a member of the board about the persons objection, except at a session of the board.
3. The board of review may not hear an objection to the
amount or valuation of property unless, at least 48 hours
before the boards first scheduled meeting, the objector provides to the boards clerk written or oral notice of an intent
to file an objection, except that upon a showing of good
cause and the submission of a written objection, the board
shall waive that requirement during the first 2 hours of the
boards first scheduled meeting, and the board may waive
that requirement up to the end of the 5th day of the session
or up to the end of the final day of the session if the session is less than 5 days with proof of extraordinary circumstances for failure to meet the 48-hour notice requirement
and failure to appear before the board of review during the
first 2 hours of the first scheduled meeting.
4. Objections to the amount or valuation of property shall
first be made in writing and filed with the clerk of the board
of review within the first 2 hours of the boards first scheduled meeting, except that, upon evidence of extraordinary
circumstances, the board may waive that requirement up to
the end of the 5th day of the session or up to the end of the
final day of the session if the session is less than 5 days.

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Dust Control Quotes Wanted

Town of Hammel
The Town of Hammel is accepting quotes for dust
control to be delivered anywhere in the Town of Hammel.
Quotes are to be turned in to the Chairman, Steve Deml,
W7856 Perkinstown Avenue, Medford, WI 54451 by May
1, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. A certificate of insurance is required
when bid is accepted. The board reserves the right to accept or reject any or all quotes.
Renee Zenner
Town Clerk of Hammel

(1st ins. April 16, 2nd ins. April 23)


Town of Roosevelt
Granite/Gravel Bids Wanted
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, the Town of Roosevelt is
seeking sealed bids for the following:
Gray (Blue) Granite: 3,000 yards, more or less,
Gravel: 3,000 yards, more or less, .
These are to be delivered anywhere in the Town of
Roosevelt. Sealed bids are to be marked Gray (blue)
granite bids or Gravel bids. All products must meet state
specifications. A Certificate of Insurance is required to be
filed with the bid. The board of the Town of Roosevelt has
the right to accept any and all bids. The price quoted for
any of these items is to be available to all town residents
until November 30, 2015, who are to make payment arrangements with the supplier. Bids will be opened at the
regular town meeting on May 13, 2015, starting at approximately 7:30 pm. Any questions, contact Gerard Nicpon
(715) 669-3579.
Sealed bids are to be sent to Gerard Nicpon, Chairman; Town of Roosevelt; W13669 Diamond Drive; Lublin,
WI 54447.
Submitted by:
Roxanne Kahan, Clerk
(1st ins. April 16, 2nd ins. April 23)


The board may require objections to the amount or valuation of property to be submitted on forms approved by the
Department of Revenue, and the board shall require that
any forms include stated valuations of the property in question. Persons who own land and improvements to that land
may object to the aggregate valuation of that land and improvements to that land, but no person who owns land and
improvements to that land may object only to the valuation
of that land or only to the valuation of improvements to that
land. No person may be allowed in any action or proceedings to question the amount or valuation of property unless
the written objection has been filed and that person in good
faith presented evidence to the board in support of the objections and made full disclosure before the board, under
oath, of all of that persons property liable to assessment in
the district and the value of that property. The requirement
that objections be in writing may be waived by express action of the board.
5. When appearing before the board of review, the objecting person shall specify in writing the persons estimate
of the value of the land and of the improvements that are
the subject of the persons objection and specify the information that the person used to arrive at that estimate.
6. No person may appear before the board of review,
testify to the board by telephone, or object to a valuation
if that valuation was made by the assessor or the objector
using the income method of valuation, unless the person
supplies the assessor with all the information about income
and expenses, as specified in the assessors manual under
s. 73.03(2a), Wis. stats., that the assessor requests.
7. The board shall hear upon oath, by telephone, all ill or
disabled persons who present to the board a letter from a
physician, surgeon, or osteopath that confirms their illness
or disability. No other persons may testify by telephone unless the Board, in its discretion, has determined to grant a
property owners or their representatives request to testify
under oath by telephone or written statement.
8. No person may appear before the board of review,
testify to the board by telephone, or contest the amount of
any assessment unless, at least 48 hours before the first
meeting of the board, or at least 48 hours before the objection is heard if the objection is allowed under s.70.47(3)(a),
Wis. stats., that person provides to the clerk of the board of
review notice as to whether the person will ask for the removal of a member of the board of review and, if so, which
member, and provides a reasonable estimate of the length
of time the hearing will take.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN this 23rd day of April 2015.
Dawn R. Swenson
Village of Rib Lake



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Advertisement for Bids

Project: WWTP Utility Building Reroofing, Medford,
Bid Deadline: April 30, 2015, 10:00 a.m., Local Time.
Sealed bids for the above project will be received by
Virginia Brost, City Clerk, City of Medford, 639 South Second Street, Medford, WI 54451 until the Bid Deadline. Immediately thereafter, the bids will be publicly opened and
read aloud.
In general the project consists of retrofitting a new
EPDM membrane roofing system over an existing approximately 8,000 sq ft sloped, standing seam metal roof.
A single prime bid will be received for the work.
Bids must be accompanied by bid security in the
amount of 10% of the maximum bid amount. Bid and bid
security may not be withdrawn for a period of 45 days after
the Bid Deadline. Bid security will be retained if the Bidder
is awarded the Work and fails to execute the Agreement
and furnish 100% Performance and Payment Bonds.
State prevailing wage rates are not applicable to this
Bidders shall submit a Statement of Bidders Qualifications to the Owner with their bid.
Owner reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to
waive informalities in any bid.
Bidding documents may be examined at Builders Exchanges in Appleton, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Wausau, and
Duluth; and through the electronic plan rooms of McGrawHill Construction Dodge and Reed Construction Data.
Bidding documents may be obtained in PDF electronic
format by download from the Quest Construction Data
Network website, accessible via www.AyresAssociates.
com by clicking on the Bidding link, for a non-refundable
fee of $10.00.
Published by authority of:
City of Medford
(1st ins. April 16, 2nd ins. April 23)


Tax Deed Land Sale

Public Auction
Sale Date: Friday, May 8, 2015
Location of Sale: Taylor County Courthouse, County
Board Room, 224 South Second Street, Medford, WI 54451
Time of Sale: 10:00 a.m.
Town of Goodrich Parcel Number: 014-00537-0000
40 acres
Section 28, Town 31 N, Range 3E SW SW .
Minimum Bid - $20,000.00
Town of Jump River Parcel Number: 024-800190000
N8903 Birch Drive
15 & 16 Block 1
Minimum Bid - $50.00 (Has to be brought up to code
or razed within 120 days after purchase)
Town of Pershing Parcel Numbers: 036-00244-0000
3.4 acres
Section 14, Town 32 N, Range 4W, Part of the SW SW
Former RR R/W
Minimum Bid - $50.00
Town of Roosevelt Parcel Number: 040-00217-0001
5.03 acres
Section 10, Town 30, Range 3 West. Part of the N SE
NE the North 166.
Minimum Bid - $2,000.00
Village of Rib Lake Parcel Number: 176-00076-0002
10-C.7.4 McCombs Racing Park Rib Lake PT Lot 7
block C, N 4 Ex TRIG PCL BEG in NE Corner, S 4, W to
NE Cor, E to BEG.
Minimum Bid - $50.00
City of Medford Parcel Number: 251-01791-0000
23.31.1E-11.7 PT of SW SW COM 11.34 & 997.13
N of SW COR on C/L Hwy 13 E Alg S LN of IMPALA DR
363.43 TO (POB) CONT ALG E LN 115 S 178.01 SW 86
N 178 TO POB.
Minimum Bid - $5,000.00
Parcels sold for $1 to $1000 must be paid in full at the
time of sale. Parcels sold for $1001 to $2000 require a
50% down payment at the time of sale with balance due
within 30 days. Parcels sold for $2001 and up require a
25% down payment with balance due within 30 days. Taylor County will sell by Quit Claim Deed.
Any parcel may be withdrawn from the list prior to the
sale, at the discretion of the Land Information Committee.
Taylor County will accept sealed bids until 4:00 p.m. on

Advertisement for Bids

Project: City Hall Reroofing, Medford, Wisconsin.
Bid Deadline: April 30, 2015, 10:00 a.m., Local Time.
Sealed bids for the above project will be received by
Virginia Brost, City Clerk, City of Medford, 639 South Second Street, Medford, WI 54451 until the Bid Deadline. Immediately thereafter, the bids will be publicly opened and
read aloud.
In general the project consists of retrofitting a new
EPDM membrane roofing system over an existing approximately 17,000 sq ft sloped, standing seam metal roof.
A single prime bid will be received for the work.
Bids must be accompanied by bid security in the
amount of 10% of the maximum bid amount. Bid and bid
security may not be withdrawn for a period of 45 days after
the Bid Deadline. Bid security will be retained if the Bidder
is awarded the Work and fails to execute the Agreement
and furnish 100% Performance and Payment Bonds.
State prevailing wage rates are applicable to this project.
Bidders shall submit a Statement of Bidders Qualifications to the Owner with their bid.
Owner reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to
waive informalities in any bid.
Bidding documents may be examined at Builders Exchanges in Appleton, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Wausau, and
Duluth; and through the electronic plan rooms of McGrawHill Construction Dodge and Reed Construction Data.
Bidding documents may be obtained in PDF electronic
format by download from the Quest Construction Data
Network website, accessible via www.AyresAssociates.
com by clicking on the Bidding link, for a non-refundable
fee of $10.00.
Published by authority of:
City of Medford

(1st ins. April 16, 2nd ins. April 23)


Thursday, May 7, 2015. Taylor County reserves the right to

accept or reject any or all bids.
All properties must meet current codes.
Call the following for information:
Taxes-715-748-1466 - Land Description-715-748-1465 Zoning-715-748-1485
Notice to Protect Prospective Land Buyers
The Taylor County Land Information Committee will conduct a sale of certain real estate. Please be advised:
1. A public auction will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Friday,
May 8, 2015, in the County Board Room of the Taylor County Courthouse, Medford, WI. Sealed bids will be accepted
until 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, 2015.
2. The County reserves the right to reject any or all bids.
3. Terms of Sale: Cash or Check.
4. Parcels sold for $1 to $1000, must be paid in full at
time of sale. Parcels sold for $1001 to $2000 require a 50%
down payment at the time of sale with balance due within
30 days. Parcels sold for $2001 and up require a 25% down
payment with balance due within 30 days. No refunds.
5. All properties must meet current codes.
6. These parcels will not be sold for less than the listed
minimum value.
7. The County will sell by Quit Claim Deed. A quit claim
deed is a lawful deed which will be recorded in the office of
the Register of Deeds. The County sells any interest it may
have in the property by quit claim deed. A deed recording
fee of $30 will be charged and added to the accepted bid.
8. Following the sale, the County will clear up all back
taxes at its own expense.
9. All successful bidders shall proceed to the County Treasurers Office on Second Floor immediately following the auction. Payments must be collected at this
10. Please provide the name(s) to appear on the deed
and an address for mailing.
Sealed Bids
Address your envelope & make out your check or money
order to:
Taylor County Treasurer
224 South Second Street
Medford, WI 54451
Mark the inside envelope: Sealed Bid, and enter the
Section, Town & Range or Lot and Block of the parcel on
which you are placing your bid. Each parcel needs its own
sealed bid envelope. Sealed bids are opened first, and
anyone present can then overbid the highest sealed bid for
each parcel. Any parcel may be withdrawn from the list prior
to the sale, at the discretion of the Land Information Committee.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Case No. 10CV13
Fidelity National Bank
-vMere Image, LTD.; John R.
Hebert; Leslie D. Hebert; City
of Medford; Advanceme, Inc.,
D/B/A Sound Garden and United
States of America Department of
the Treasury Internal Revenue
by virtue of a second amended
judgment of foreclosure entered
on April 9, 2015, in the amount
of $31,743.26, the Sheriff or his
assignee will sell the described
premises at public auction as
2015, at 9:30 a.m.
TERMS: Pursuant to said
judgment, 10% of the successful
bid must be paid to the Clerk of
Courts Office at the time of the
sale in cash, cashiers check,
money order, or certified funds,
payable to the Clerk of Courts
office. Personal checks cannot and will not be accepted.
The balance of the successful
bid must be paid to the Clerk of
Courts office in cash, cashiers
check, money order, or certified
funds, no later than ten days
after the courts confirmation of
the sale or else the 10% down
payment is forfeited to the plaintiff. The property is sold as is,
is not available for viewing, and
subject to all liens, encumbrances, and unpaid real estate taxes.
Taylor County
Courthouse, Ground Floor Lobby, 224 S. Second Street, Medford, Wisconsin.
Half (N1/2) of Lot A, Block A,
McCartney and Whelens Addition to the City of Medford, Taylor County, Wisconsin.
Main Street, Medford, WI 54451
ATTORNEY: Jensen, Scott,

Grunewald & Shiffler, S.C., Attorney Michael D. Shiffler, 128

W. Division St., P.O. Box 426,
Medford, WI 54451; phone 715748-2211.
Dated: April 14, 2015
/s/ Bruce A. Daniels
Bruce A. Daniels
Taylor County Sheriff
Attorney Michael D. Shiffler
Jensen, Scott, Grunewald
& Shiffler, S.C.
Attorneys for the Plaintiff
128 W. Division Street, P.O.
Box 426
Medford, WI 54451
This is an effort to collect a
debt. Any information obtained
will be used for that purpose.
This communication is from a
debt collector.
Sales are subject to cancellation at any time without
(1st ins. April 23,
3rd ins. May 7)


Application for
Liquor License
Casey Johnson, Agent for the
Veranda Country Club, makes
application to the Town Board
of the Town of Little Black for a
Combination Class B License to
sell intoxicating liquors and fermented malt beverages for the
period beginning May 8, 2015
and ending June 30, 2015 at the
following location: N5291 CTH
O, Medford, WI 54451 JoAnn
Smith, Town Clerk


Application for Fermented

Malt Beverage License
TANNERY CREEK PARKWAY, (Dennis Scheithauer,
Agent) makes application to the
Village Board of the Village of
Rib Lake for a 6-month Class B
License to sell fermented malt
beverages for the period ending
October 31, 2015 at the following location: 785 Fayette Avenue, Village of Rib Lake, Wisconsin. Dawn R. Swenson,
Village Clerk



As part of the energy and capital
improvement work being conducted at the
Rib Lake School District in the summer of
2015, H&H is seeking interested licensed
contractors and professionals to bid on
work or provide labor support to other
potential bidders. Example project work
To learn more about this opportunity
please call Chris Beedle at 608-819-4008
or email him at

(1st ins. April 9, 3rd ins. April 23)





Thursday, April 23, 2015

Public notices
Case No. 15-IN-05
In the Matter of the Estate of
Mary J. Taylor.
D.O.B.: June 25, 1925
1. An application for informal
administration was filed.
2. The decedent, with date of
birth of June 25, 1925 and date
of death of February 7, 2015,
was domiciled in Taylor County,
State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of N9351 Spirit Lake
Rd., Rib Lake, WI 54470.
3. All interested persons
waived notice.
4. The deadline for filing a
claim against the decedents estate is July 20, 2015.
5. A claim may be filed at
the Taylor County Courthouse,
Room 2101, Medford, Wisconsin.
/s/ Lindsay Rothmeier
Lindsay Rothmeier, Probate
Date: April 17, 2015
Ruthann L. Koch
State Bar No. 1094396
PO Box 512
Medford, WI 54451
Telephone: 715-748-9888
(1st ins. April 23,
3rd ins. May 7)


Case No. 15-IN-7
In the Matter of the Estate of
James Walter Hoffmann
D.O.D.: January 2, 2015
1. An application for informal
administration was filed.
2. The decedent, with date of
birth of March 15, 1945 and date
of death of January 2, 2015,
was domiciled in Taylor County,
State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of W9342 County
Line Road, Owen, WI 54460.
3. All interested persons
waived notice.
4. The deadline for filing a
claim against the decedents estate is July 24, 2015.
5. A claim may be filed at the
Taylor County Courthouse, 224
South Second Street, Medford,
/s/ Lindsay N. Rothmeier
Lindsay N. Rothmeier, Probate Registrar
Date: April 16, 2015
Attorney Bonnie Wachsmuth
State Bar No. 1025677
P.O. Box 416
Owen, WI 54460-0416
Telephone: (715) 229-2284
(1st ins. April 23,
3rd ins. May 7)


The Village of Lublin

Taylor County
Ordinance Establishing
Procedures for Fire
Protection Services
The Village Board of the Village of Lublin, Taylor County,
provides for Fire Protection. The
Village of Lublin pays all dues
billed by the Lublin Fire District
for fire services; therefore, the
Village Board of the Village of
Lublin does ordain as follows:
CALLS; The owner of any real or
personal property within the Village of Lublin and the occupant
of said property if different from
the owner, or either of the said
persons, shall be responsible for
all fees charged by the Fire Department for their fire call.
event a fire call is necessitated
as a result of a person kindling
any grass fire, fire to a structure,
or the burning of trash, leaves
or other debris, said person or

owner of the premises upon

which the fire originated shall
pay to the fire district all costs
incurred as a result of any such
a. For all grass fires anywhere
in the Village, the Department of
Natural Resources (DNR) shall
be called.
b. For all other fires originating within the Village, the Lublin
Fire Department shall be called.
This ordinance shall be in full
force and in effect upon publication as provided by law.
Filed this 1st day of May,
/s/John Lorenz
John Lorenz, Village President,
/s/ Steven Apfelbeck
Steven Apfelbeck, Trustee
/s/Jerry Kolve
Jerry Kolve, Trustee
Deloris Elliott, Clerk
(One issue April 23)


(Informal Administration)
Case No. 15-IN-08
In the Matter of the Estate of
Arthur Jari, Decedent.
An application has been filed
for informal administration of the
estate of the decedent, whose
date of birth was July 23, 1933
and date of death was February
19, 2015. The decedent died domiciled in Taylor County, State
of Wisconsin, with a post office
address of N2722 Cty Hwy C,
Medford, WI 54451.
Please take notice that:
1. The application will be
heard at the Taylor County
Courthouse, Medford, Wisconsin, before Lindsay Rothmeier,
Probate Registrar, on May
15, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. or when
scheduled thereafter.
You need not appear unless
you object. The application
may be granted if no objection
is made.
2. Creditors claims must be
filed with the probate registrar
on or before July 24, 2015.
3. Publication of this notice
shall constitute notice to any
persons whose names or addresses are unknown.
/s/ Lindsay Rothmeier
Lindsay, Rothmeier, Probate
Date: April 16, 2015
Gene G. Krug
205 S. Second St.
Medford, WI 54451
(715) 748-2273
(1st ins. April 23,
3rd ins. May 7)


Tax Deed Notice

Notice is hereby given that
all of the following tracts of land
and lots situated in Taylor County, State of Wisconsin, were sold
to Taylor County on the 1st day
of September, 2009 A.D. for
delinquent taxes of 2008 and
on the 1st day of September,
2010 A.D. for delinquent taxes
of 2009 and on the 1st day of
September, 2011 A.D. for delinquent taxes of 2010 and on the
4th day of September, 2012 A.D.
for delinquent taxes of 2011 said
taxes remain unpaid at the office
of the Treasurer of Taylor County. Now, therefore, unless the
taxes, interest, and penalty due
on the tracts and lots hereinafter
specified, shall be paid at the Office of the County Treasurer of
Taylor County on or before the
18th day of December, 2015,
the same shall be conveyed to
Taylor County, pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes Section 75.07.
Given under my hand and

official seal at the office of the

County Treasurer, in the City of
Medford, this 1st day of April,
Sarah Holtz
Taylor County Treasurer
Town of Chelsea
Donna M. & Ronald H. Moss
A5-6.7 ORIG PLAT (1st ADD)
ORD #329872) ...... $1,833.25
Town of Ford
Rocco & Nicolina Laspisa
NW NW .......... $1,101.71
Greenwood T32N R2E
Larchwood Pure Trust
SW SE ........... $1,302.18
SE SE ............... $231.57
Grover T33N R2W
Elvin J. Doberstein
22.31.2W-13.2 PT OF NE
SE LOT 2 CSM 4-S/42 &
S NE SE ; EX W 330
& EX LOT 3 CSM 4-S/42
& 245/43) ...................$113.56
Jump River T33N R3W
Alfonso & Marlene Iva Ojeda
05.33.3W-1.1 FRL NE NE
S 300; W 430; S 175; W TO
POB .......................... $664.62
05.33.3W-2 FRL
NW NE .............. $877.87
Zacchary T. & Benjamin G.
05.33.3W-11.2 PT OF SW
COR; EAST 250; S 300; W
250; N 300 TO POB; EX
HWY MM R/W ......$1,378.11
Gladys Eckstrom
SE SW ........... $1,097.80
Little Black T30N, R1E
Michael E. Kraus
16.30.1E-2.1 E 1/2 NW
NE .......................$1,411.21
20.30.1E-5.1 NE NW EX
1-S/378 ..................... $926.92
Heath R. & Carrie L. Berger
08.30.1E-11.2 SW SW
161/635) EX PCL COM SW
COR, E 425 TO POB, N
665; E 665; S 665; W TO
POB ...................... $3,187.93
Randall S. Strobach
33.30.1E-16.2 PT OF SE
AT SE COR; W 180; N 360;
E 180; S TO POB .... $505.67
33.30.1E-16.3 PT OF SE
SOUTH 435 THRF ... $421.99
Maria C. Avila
Salvador Moreno
35.30.1E-12.2 PT OF SE
E 925.5, N 706, W 925.5,
S 706 TO POB ...... $4,152.07
Maplehurst T30N R 2W
Gilbert D. & Patricia K.
Stock Et Al
12.30.2W-16.3 PT OF SE
SE N 166 OF S 830
THRF ........................ $228.18
Larry & Kathleen Rostamo
17.30.2W-4.1 SE NE
LOT 1 CSM 9-S/308
#2003........................ $702.37
McKinley T33, R4W
Wayne F. & Marie Hink Trust
13.33.4W-1.4 PT OF NE
RR R/W .................... $560.72
Scott Susnar
21.33.4W-8.1 PT OF SE
NE ) ....................... $812.25
Pershing T32N, R4W
Sylvia Webster
17.32.4W-9.3 PT OF NE

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(2009) ......................... $88.12
(2010) ......................... $85.41
(2011) ......................... $70.62
Kenneth Stangret
17.32.4W-12.5 PT OF SE
COR; W 59; S 120; E 30; S
(2010) ....................... $228.57
(2011) ....................... $214.21

Roosevelt T30N, R3W

William O. Standish
04.30.3W-13.2 PT OF NE
330 ........................... $463.57
Westboro T33N, R1E
August Birch
12.33.1E-10.2 PT OF NW
440, W 440, S 440, E 440
TO POB .................... $445.58
Jim P. & Tracy L. Everson
SW NW ............... $99.81
24.33.1E-8.1 SE NW EX
CREEK RD 300, W=S LN 30,
930, E=EVERSON LN 183
NE & NW SE ) . $89.49
24.33.1E-9 NE SW
LAND ON PP 44-951300000) ..................... $3,498.94
Jene C. & Joanne Everson
24.33.1E-8.2 PT OF SE NW
CREEK RD 300, W=S LN 30,
930, E=EVERSON LN 183
NE & NW SE ) ... $3.45
Thomas Lucia
NE NW ........... $2,223.21
Village of Westboro
Brandon D. Mercer
Danielle L. (Stiel) Mercer
LOTS 3, 4, 5, & 6 ...... $218.46
Village of Lublin
William & Kristine Sorensen
(2011) ......................... $32.76
(2010) ......................... $34.39
(2009) ......................... $37.39
(2008) ......................... $32.08
(2011) .................... $2,100.91
(2010) .................... $1,565.21
(2009) .................... $1,568.05
(2008) .................... $1,581.29
Michael B. Rice
BLK 12 ...................... $794.20
City of Medford
Scott Joint Venture
(SEE 125-1.34.3) ...... $550.37
Ben O. Bersie
235-2.15 WIS CENTRAL
LOT 15 BLK 2 ........... $963.67
(1st ins. April 16,
2nd ins. April 23)


Peace poster contest winner

Medford Area Middle School student Bella Veal won
the regional contest for her entry in the Lions International Peace Poster contest. The win advanced her to
state, but she did not win there. She won $100 and a
certificate for her prize.

Town Watch
Town Watch items are a brief summary taken from
town board meeting minutes. They include major discussion topics, action items, major expenditures, board
members in attendance and date of next meeting. For a
complete copy of the minutes contact your local township clerk. Meeting minutes remain unofficial until
approved by the board at the next meeting and are subject to correction and modification by the board. Some
towns wait to send official minutes resulting in a delay
before the meeting appears in The Star News.

Little Black
March 8, 2015
Items considered:
Discussions were held regarding Emergency Rule
1417 coming up for a vote in congress, zoning issues,
agenda for the annual meeting, and purchasing a camera to monitor the recycling dumpsters to determine
who is filling the dumpsters during non-recycling
Actions taken:
Motion authorizing the zoning committee to purchase a computer, screen and printer at a cost not to
exceed $2,000 was unanimously approved.
All board members were present.

March 12, 2015
Actions taken:
Motion the board may meet on the roads during the
next month was unanimously approved.
All board members, except Ray Soper, were present.


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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Court proceedings

Taylor County Circuit Court

Luisa Camacho Caro, 37, Medford, pled guilty to operating without a valid license-second offense within
three years and forfeited a fine and costs of $579.
Eric L. Skrivseth Jr., 19, Stetsonville, pled no contest
to disorderly conduct. He was ordered to pay costs of
$468 and write a letter of apology, pre-approved by the
victim witness coordinator and probation, to the victim. A charge of criminal damage to property was dismissed but read in.
Pedro Lopez, 36, Abbotsford, pled guilty to operating
while revoked and forfeited costs of $443.
Julio F. Torress-Ramirez, 37, Medford, pled no contest to operating without a valid license-second offense
within three years and forfeited costs of $443. He also
pled no contest to a second charge of operating without
a valid license-second offense within three years and
forfeited a fine and costs of $579. A charge of misdemeanor bail jumping was dismissed but read in.
Casey B. Smith, 26, Oshkosh, pled no contest to failure to report to jail-less than 10 days. He was sentenced
to serve 30 days in jail and was ordered to pay costs of
Cody J. Ewan, 23, Merrill, pled guilty to operating
while revoked and forfeited costs of $443.
Chad J. Torrez, 47, Sheldon, pled no contest to operating while under the influence-third offense. He was
sentenced to serve 45 days in jail; pay a fine and costs of
$1,735; his drivers license was revoked for 24 months;
an ignition interlock device is to installed on his vehicle
for one year; and he is to undergo an alcohol and drug
assessment and follow through with any recommendations.

Disposition reports

Charges dismissed
The following charges were dismissed on prosecutors motions: Ann M. Fannin, 39, Dorchester, nonregistration of vehicle; Jesse C. Koller, 37, Amhurst
Junction, operating after revocation/suspension of registration.


Dorothy E. Anderson, 45, Withee, pled no contest

to an amended charge of speeding 20-24 mph over the
limit and forfeited $225.70. The original charge had been
speeding 25-29 mph over the limit.
Gerardo R. Ceto Marcos, 20, Medford, pled no contest
to underage drinking-possession (first offense) and forfeited $263.50. His drivers license was suspended for 30
Miguel D. Ceto Sanchez, 21, Baldwin, pled guilty to
underage drinking-possession (first offense) and forfeited $263.50. His drivers license was suspended for 30
days. Ceto Sanchez also pled guilty to resisting or obstructing an officer and forfeited $515.50; and to disorderly conduct and forfeited $263.50.
Matthew S. Hoffland, 43, Rib Lake, pled no contest
to an amended charge of speeding 11-15 mph over the
limit and forfeited $175.30. The original charge had been
speeding 20-24 mph over the limit.
Bernold A. Nelson, 70, Medford, pled guilty to automobile following too closely and forfeited $200.50.
Shawna L. Viellieux, 21, Stetsonville, pled no contest
to operating while suspended and forfeited $200.50.
Nicholas J. Willms, 18, Westboro, pled no contest to
speeding more than 45 mph over the limit and forfeited
$515.50. His drivers license was suspended for 30 days.




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Alex J. J. Kobza, 20, Wisconsin Rapids, pled guilty

to conspiracy to commit the manufacture/delivery of
amphetamine-less than or equal to three grams and
purchasing pseudoephedrine for another with the intent to facilitate another persons manufacture of meth.
Sentence was withheld and he was placed on probation for four years for the conspiracy to commit charge
and three years for the purchase of pseydoephedrine
charge. As conditions of his probation, Kobza must
serve 58 days in jail; pay costs of $536 and supervision fees as ordered by the Department of Corrections
(DOC); undergo an alcohol and drug assessment and
follow through with any recommendations; provide a
DNA sample; undergo a mental health evaluation and
comply with all treatment recommendations; have no
contact with defendants in the case; testify truthfully if
subpoenaed against other defendants in the case; and
undergo counseling as deemed appropriate by the probationary agent. Kobza also pled guilty to possession
of THC and was sentenced to serve 14 days in jail and
pay costs of $443. Charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a drug trafficking place, knowingly possessing methamphetamine waste, possession
of methamphetamine, purchasing pseudoephedrine for
another with the intent to facilitate another persons
manufacture of meth, and possession of methamphetamine precursors were dismissed but read in.
Aaron R. Hardy, 26, Medford, pled no contest to intentionally contributing to the delinquency of a childrepeater. Sentence was withheld and Hardy was placed
on probation for two years on the condition he pay costs
of $443 and supervision fees as ordered by the DOC;
have no contact with the victim; undergo counseling
as deemed appropriate by the probationary agent; and
undergo an alcohol and drug assessment and follow
through with any recommendations as deemed appropriate by the probationary agent. Two counts of exposing genitals to a child and a charge of having sex with a
child age 16 or older were dismissed but read in.
Hardy entered into a deferred entry of judgment
agreement for a two-year period for a charge of misdemeanor sexual intercourse with a child-repeater. As
terms of the agreement, he must not commit any criminal offenses during the period of the agreement; notify
the Taylor County district attorney and clerk of court
offices of any address change; undergo an alcohol and
drug assessment and all recommended follow-through
treatment at the discretion of the probationary agent;
and successfully complete his two-year probationary
Eric L. Skrivseth Jr., 19, Stetsonville, pled no contest
to battery. Sentence was withheld and he was placed on
probation for one year on the condition he pay a fine,
restitution and costs of $3,572.17, and supervision fees
as ordered by the DOC; write a letter of apology, preapproved by the probationary agent, to the victims;
have no contact with one of the victims; attend anger
management counseling and any other counseling as
deemed appropriate by the probationary agent; maintain/obtain full-time employment; and obtain his GED/
HSED at the discretion of the probationary agent.
Andrew D. Redmond, 27, Marshfield, pled no contest
to criminal damage to property. Sentence was withheld and Redmond was placed on probation for one
year on the condition he pay costs of $443, restitution
in an amount to be determined, and supervision fees
as ordered by the DOC; write a letter of apology, preapproved by the probationary agent, to the victim; undergo a psychological evaluation and comply with any
treatment recommendations; attend anger management
counseling and any other counseling as deemed appropriate by the probationary agent; and obtain/maintain




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full-time employment. A charge of disorderly conduct

was dismissed but read in.
Redmond also pled no contest to disorderly conductdomestic abuse. Sentence was withheld and he was
placed on probation for one year on the condition he
pay costs of $443 and supervision fees as ordered by
the DOC; write a letter of apology, pre-approved by the
probationary agent, to the victim; attend anger management counseling and any other counseling as deemed
appropriate by the probationary agent; and obtain/
maintain full-time employment. A charge of misdemeanor bail jumping was dismissed but read in.
James J. Harris, 23, Stetsonville, pled guilty to possession of THC. Sentence was withheld and Harris was
placed on probation for one year on the condition he
pay costs of $443 and supervision fees as ordered by the
DOC; undergo counseling as deemed appropriate by the
probationary agent; and undergo an alcohol and drug
assessment and follow through with any recommendations. Charges of manufacture/delivery of THC-equal to
or less than 200 grams, and three counts of possession of
drug paraphernalia were dismissed but read in.
Julie R. VanGenderen, 22, Stetsonville, pled guilty
to possession of THC. Sentence was withheld and VanGenderen was placed on probation for one year on the
condition she pay costs of $443 and supervision fees as
ordered by the DOC; undergo counseling as deemed appropriate by the probationary agent; and undergo an alcohol and drug assessment and follow through with any
recommendations. Charges of manufacture/delivery of
THC-equal to or less than 200 grams, and three counts
of possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed but
read in.
Timothy R. Phillips, 42, Medford, pled guilty to second degree recklessly endangering safety. Sentence
was withheld and Phillips was placed on probation for
three years on the condition he serve 60 days in jail;
pay costs of $518 and supervision fees as ordered by the
dOC; provide a DNA sample; write a letter of apology,
pre-approved by the probationary agent, to the victim;
not consume any alcohol; and undergo counseling as
deemed appropriate by the probationary agent. Charges
of resisting or obstructing an officer, operating a firearm while intoxicated, and disorderly conduct were dismissed but read in.

Deferred judgment
Gary L. Hoefferle Sr., 56, Medford, successfully completed a two-year deferred entry of judgment agreement
and a charge of manufacture/delivery of THC-equal to
or less than 200 grams was dismissed on a prosecutors


A divorce was granted April 6 to Richard K. Stover,

63, South Beloit, and Onda M. Stover, 44, Medford. They
were married March 22, 1988 in Missouri.
A divorce was granted April 6 to Robin L. Purdy, 58,
Medford, and Luann I. Purdy, 46, Medford. They were
married Oct. 25, 2008 in Wisconsin.
A divorce was granted April 6 to Craig M. Perrin, 30,
Milton, and Shelby J. Perrin, 31, Medford. They were
married Oct. 1, 2005 in Wisconsin.
A divorce was granted April 6 to Brandon M. Scheuneman, 26, Medford, and Sara D. Scheuneman, 29, Medford. They were married June 8, 2013 in Wisconsin.
A divorce was granted April 6 to Patrick N. Rosemeyer, 53, Thorp, and Theresa I. Rosemeyer, 48, Thorp.
They were married Sept. 20, 1986 in Wisconsin. Joint
custody of one minor child was granted.
A divorce was granted April 6 to Jeffrey A. Wiitala,
42, Rib Lake, and Angela T. Wiitala, 35, Medford. They
were married March 26, 2004 in Wisconsin. Joint custody of two minor children was granted.

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Dispatch log
Gilman Police Department
April 14 Agency assist at Hwys 64 and 73 at 12:49
April 15 Disorderly conduct at 325 N. Fifth Ave.
at 11:08 a.m.; fire alarm at 600 W. Hickory St. at 1:25 p.m.

Medford Police Department

April 13 Garbage dumping at 712 N. Shattuck St.
at 8:38 a.m.; citizen dispute at 412 E. Allman St. at 9:16
a.m.; animal complaint at 126 N. Seventh St. at 11:41
a.m.; traffic complaint at N. Central Ave. at 2:22 p.m.;
identity theft at 520 N. Jackson St. at 3:34 p.m.
April 14 Tenant fraud at 557 E. Urquhart St. at
11:22 a.m.; escort at E. Broadway and N. Eighth St. at
11:30 a.m.; traffic hazard at E. Allman St. and N. Shattuck St. at 2:41 p.m.; threats at 550 N. Eighth St. at 4:42
p.m.; animal at large at S. Second St. and E. Ogden St.
at 5:47 p.m.
April 15 Commerical alarm at 115 S. Eighth St. at
7:17 a.m.; found property at Mink Capital Terrace at 1:05
p.m.; animal complaint at 1010 N. Eighth St. at 1:20 p.m.;

Accident reports
Two-vehicle accidents

The Taylor County Sheriffs Department responded

to an accident on April 10 at 8 a.m. on Oriole Dr. in the
town of Browning. According to the accident report,
two vehicles were southbound on Oriole Dr. when the
driver of the first vehicle lost control due to slush and
snow on the roadway and the vehicle began to slide out
of control. The driver of the second vehicle swerved to
the left to avoid colliding with the first vehicle. The second vehicle entered the east ditch and tipped onto its
Makala M. Kraemer and Cody W. Mudgett were involved in an accident on April 10 at 3:17 p.m. on Hwy
64 in the city of Medford. According to the accident report, the Mudgett vehicle was eastbound on Hwy 64 and
stopped in traffic waiting to make a left turn into the
parking lot at Medford High School when it was struck
from behind by the Kraemer vehicle. Kraemer said she
was looking down and looked up to see the Mudgett vehicle stopped, but was unable to stop in time to prevent
the accident. The Kraemer vehicle sustained severe
damage to the front and was towed from the scene. The
Mudgett vehicle sustained moderate damage to the rear
Richard C. Kramar and a legally parked vehicle
owned by Rita R. Engel were involved in an accident on
April 18 at 10:16 a.m. in the parking lot at Kwik Trip in
the city of Medford. According to the accident report,
the Kramar vehicle was backing out of a parking space
when it struck the parked Engel vehicle. Kramar said
he was watching a vehicle behind him on the passenger side and didnt see the Engel vehicle behind him on
the drivers side. The Engel vehicle sustained damage
to the driver side rear fender area. The Kramar vehicle
sustained damage to the driver side rear bumper and
fender area.

One-vehicle accidents

The Taylor County Sheriffs Department responded

to an accident on April 5 at midnight on Zuther Ave.
in the town of Rib Lake. According to the accident report, a vehicle was southbound on Zuther Ave. when
the driver lost control and the vehicle skidded into the
east ditch, striking a tree. The driver and vehicle left
the scene of the accident.
Mark A. Sterzinger was involved in an accident on
April 16 at 7:45 p.m. in the parking lot at Hardees in the
city of Medford. According to the accident report, the
Sterzinger vehicle was going through the drive through
at Hardees when the boat on a trailer it was towing
struck the playground fence, damaging the fence and
knocking over a concrete post connecting the fencing.
The trailer sustained minor damage.
The Taylor County Sheriffs Department responded
to an accident on April 20 at 6:23 p.m. on Hwy 13 in the
town of Holton in Marathon County. According to the
accident report, a vehicle was northbound on Hwy 13
when it struck a turkey, causing moderate damage to its
front. The vehicle was towed from the scene.

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Taylor County Law Enforcement

citizen assist at 506 E. Allman St. at 3:16 p.m.; lockout at
1015 W. Broadway Ave. at 3:36 p.m.; juvenile problem;
accident at 815 N. Second St. at 5:21 p.m.; traffic complaint at S. Eighth St. and CTH O at 5:38 p.m.; 9-1-1 hang
up at 335 S. Wisconsin Ave. at 6:37 p.m.; request for officer at 218 E. Broadway Ave. at 7:28 p.m.
April 16 Accident at Hwy 64 and Crane Dr. at 7:55
a.m.; truancy at 1065 W. Broadway Ave. at 10:27 a.m.;
vehicle inspection at W5858 Gravel Rd. in town of Little
Black at 12:23 p.m.; information at 617 W. Cedar St. at
12:31 p.m.; lockout at 160 Medford Plaza at 3:43 p.m.; garbage dumping at 301 S. Main St. at 3:53 p.m.; request for
officer at 218 E. Broadway at 4:31 p.m.; citizen assist at
412 E. Allman St. at 4:42 p.m.; property damage at 230
N. Eighth St. at 7:45 p.m.; accident at 331 N. Eighth St.
11:53 p.m.
April 17 Agency assist at 526 S. Second St. at 9:43
a.m.; property damage at 515 S. 8th Ave. at 1:08 p.m.;
theft at 132 S. Seventh St. at 4:06 p.m.; accident at 537 W.
Broadway Ave. at 5:05 p.m.; suspicious activity at Mink
Capital Terrace at 6:38 p.m.
April 18 Commercial alarm at 825 E. Allman St. at
7:23 a.m.; burglary at N1757 Robin Rd. in town of Little

Taylor County Law Enforcement

Hit-and-run accident

Margaret A. Butkus and a legally parked and unoccupied vehicle were involved in an accident on April
10 at 10:18 p.m. in the parking lot at Medford Cooperative in the city of Medford. According to the accident
report, the Butkus vehicle was backing out of a parking
space when it struck a legally parked and unoccupied
vehicle. Butkus then left the scene, but was later located
and identified. The Butkus vehicle sustained damage to
the left rear corner. The unoccupied vehicle sustained a
dent to the left rear corner.

Deer-related accidents

The following deer-related accidents were reported:

April 17 at 6:33 a.m. on CTH E in the town of Molitor;
April 21 at 4:07 a.m. on Hwy 64 in the town of Browning.

Black at 8:43 a.m.; accident at 177 S. Eighth St. at 10:16

a.m.; accident at 160 Medford Plaza at 1:45 p.m.; traffic
stop at E. Perkins St. and S. Seventh St. at 2:21 p.m.; suspicious activity at Centennial Parkway and Riverwalk
at 7:09 p.m.; traffic complaint at Hwy 13 and County Line
in town of Deer Creek at 8:58 p.m.
April 19 Accident at 160 Medford Plaza at 6:33 p.m.
April 20 Injured animal at S. Gibson St. and W.
Broadway Ave. at 6:33 a.m.

Taylor County Sheriffs Department

April 9 Ambulance request at 850 E. Broadway
Ave. at 7:12 p.m.; citizen assist at 506 E. Allman St. at
8:17 p.m.; transport from hospital to Luther Hospital at
9:26 p.m.
April 10 Disorderly conduct at 108 N. Hwy 13 in
village of Stetsonville at 12:48 a.m.; accident at CTH O
and Della Ln. in town of Little Black at 2:24 a.m.; noise
complaint at 325 S. Powell St. in village of Stetsonville
at 2:37 a.m.; injury accident at Spring Dr. and CTH M in
town of Greenwood at 5:06 a.m.; traffic hazard at Hwy
64 and Hall Dr. in town of Browning at 5:27 a.m.; accident at CTH C and CTH M in town of Greenwood at 5:46
a.m.; transport to Luther Hospital at 6:50 a.m.; accident
at W4929 CTH A in town of Deer Creek at 7:54 a.m.; accident at Hwy 64 and Oriole Dr. in town of Browning at
8:01 a.m.; accident at Camp 8 and Zuther Ave. at 10:45
a.m.; information at Jump River and Sheldon at 12:30
p.m.; transport from Wausau Aspirus to Winnebago at
2:34 p.m.; warrant arrest at 325 N. Fifth Ave. in village
of Gilman at 2:58 p.m.; child custody at N3259 Hall Dr. in
town of Browning at 6:43 p.m.; accident at CTH M and
Black River in town of Medford at 8:22 p.m.; suspicious
activity at N8382 Hwy 13 in town of Westboro at 9:01
p.m.; citizen assist at 554 S. Park Ave. at 9:06 p.m.; accident at N4168 CTH Q in town of Medford at 10:17 p.m.
April 11 Welfare check at N6097 Hwy 73 in town of
Cleveland at 12:50 a.m.; OWI at N. Eighth St. and Anns
Way at 1:37 a.m.; accident at CTH A and Larson Dr. in
town of Holway at 11:47 a.m.; transport to Winnebago
Mental Health at 12:21 a.m.; agency assist at N4258 Hwy
13 in town of Medford at 1:24 p.m.; traffic complaint at
CTH F in town of Taft at 5:12 p.m.; accident at Hwy 64
near Wren Dr. in town of Chelsea at 6:19 p.m.; accident
at CTH C and Hwy 64 in town of Browning at 8:45 p.m.;
suspicious activity at CTH B and Trucker Ln. in village

See DISPATCH LOG on page 22


Reports of Area Deaths

Sophia Kleparski
Sophia Kleparski, age
94, passed away peacefully
at Golden LivingCenterContinental Manor in
Abbotsford on Saturday,
April 11, 2015. A Funeral
Mass was held on Wednesday, April 15 at Christ The
King Catholic Church in
Spencer. Father Samuel
Martin ofciated. The
Hansen-Schilling Funeral
Home in Spencer assisted
the family with arrangements.
She was born on June 22, 1920, the daughter of
the late Phillip and Genevieve (Zwaynar) Baldys. Sophia grew up near Medford with her three brothers
and three sisters. She graduated from Medford High
School and then married Ted Kleparski on July 18,
1942. They had three children, Jim, Nick and Sandy.
Sophia has six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Sophia, with Ted, managed the Pebble Valley Mobile Home Court in Rib Lake. She also worked at the
Rib Lake Shoe Factory for many years. In her spare
time, her passion was being an artist. Sophia painted
in oils, acrylics, ceramics and rosemalling. She was

also a wonderful cook.

LivingCenterContinental Manor where
she resided the past nine
years, Sophia lived at Ponderosa Apartments for 18
years. During those years,
she was an active member
of Christ the King Parish.
Sophia refurbished the
Parish statues and Crucix, donated the Christmas
crib set and painted the Divine Mercy picture for the
Survivors include her three children, Jim (Lucille) Kleparski of Marathon, Nick (Eunice) Kleparski of Colby and Sandra (Rich) Kralcik of Milan;
six grandchildren, Ted (Angie) Kralcik of Milan,
Michael Kleparski of Unity, Todd Kleparski of London, England, Michell (Dan) McGhee of Wausau, Nicole (Robby) Schwanz of Grafton and Jodie (Travis)
Wichlacz of Milan; eight great-grandchildren; and
one sister, Jenny Iburg of San Jose, Calif.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Walter, Stanley and Al Baldys, and two sisters, Eleanore
Knuth and Sister Marcia Baldys.
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Dispatch log
Continued from page 21
of Gilman at 8:52 p.m.; domestic at 102 N. Park Ave. at
10:51 p.m.
April 12 Information on McComb Ave. in village
of Rib Lake at 12:49 a.m.; OWI at CTH C and CTH M in
town of Greenwood at 12:51 a.m.; burglary at 235 E. Main
St. in village of Gilman at 11:55 a.m.; property damage
in Gilman Park at 12:15 p.m.; accident at W. Broadway
Pl. and S. Gibson St. at 1:41 p.m.; child abuse in village
of Rib Lake at 4:31 p.m.; agency assist at W641 Hwy 64
in town of Goodrich at 6:29 p.m.; extra patrol at W5979
Elm Ave. in town of Little Black at 6:54 p.m.; domestic at
N3699 River Dr. in town of Medford at 11:02 p.m.
April 13 Injured animal at W9983 Sawyer Ave. in
town of Hammel at 10:50 a.m.; animal at large at W6444
CTH O in town of Medford at 11:58 a.m.; traffic hazard
at Rustic Road 1 and CTH C in town of Rib Lake at 12:25
p.m.; accident at Hwy 13 and Fawn Ave. in town of Westboro at 2:11 p.m.; identity theft at W13679 Hwy 64 in town
of Roosevelt at 2:15 p.m.; 9-1-1 hang up at N3626 Shattuck
St. in town of Medford at 8:08 p.m.
April 14 Accident at Hwy 13 and CTH M in town
of Chelsea at 5:38 p.m.; extra patrol on Elm Dr. in town
of Roosevelt at 7:17 a.m.; firearms notification at N4623
Martin Dr. in town of Goodrich at 8:55 a.m.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Pastor Marvin Zank

Pastor Marvin Marv Zank, 86, Green Bay, passed
away on Thursday, April 16, 2015. He was born on December 8, 1928 to the late Pastor Walter and Martha
(AveLallement) Zank in Lake Mills. On July 4, 1953,
he married Joanne Dermody.
Marv attended Northwestern Lutheran Prep
School and later Northwestern Lutheran College in
Watertown. He received his Masters of Divinity in
1953 from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. He served
as minister at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in
Fort Madison, Iowa from 1953 until 1955, Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beaver Dam
from 1955 until 1963, and at Emmanuel Evangelical
Lutheran Church in Medford from 1963 until 1994
when he retired. After retirement, he served at St.
Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stambaugh,
Mich. and St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in
Tipler from 1994 until 2004. From 2004 until 2008, he
was the visiting minister in Green Bay for Beautiful
Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Marv is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joanne;
seven children, Steven (Talora) Zank of Lake Mills,
Katherine (Jim) Shaw of Medford, Karen (Tom)
Behnke of North Fond du Lac, Elizabeth (Dave) Kap-

fhamer of Medford, Jane Zank of Medford, Richard

(Chrystal) Zank of Green Bay and Lisa (Cory) Tisch
of Green Bay; 10 grandchildren, Erica (Bill) Marty,
Jered (Heather) Shaw, Elissa Shaw, Erin (Derek)
Bunten, Hannah Behnke, Andrew Behnke, Joshua
(Kristi) Kapfhamer, Alyssa (Nick) Prince, Joshua (anc Andrea) Zank and Eric (anc Kayla) Zank; and
great-grandchildren, Anais, Henry and Aiden Shaw,
Owen, Noelle and Violet Marty, Brinley and Caleb
Prince, Addy Zank, Kason Zank and Clara Bunten.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in
death by sisters, Ruth Abel and Althea Kuhl, and a
brother, Ronald Zank.
Funeral services were held on Monday, April 20 at
Beautiful Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church, with
Pastor Jon Meyer ofciating. Online condolences
may be expressed at
In lieu of owers, a memorial fund has been established in Marvs name.
The family would like to express a special thank
you to Pastor Jon Meyer, Mike Pefer and the staff at
Grancare Nursing Home for their care and concern
for Marv.
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Marjorie Brahmer
Marjorie June Brahmer,
87, Park Falls, died on Saturday, April 18 at Park Manor
Nursing Home in Park Falls.
Burial will take place on
Thursday, April 23 at 11 a.m.
at Forest Home Cemetery in
The Novitzke Funeral
Home assisted the family
with arrangements.
The former Marjorie Meiers was born on Dec. 16, 1927
in Fifield to the late Fred and
Ann (Svelha) Meiers. She attended school in Fifield.
She married Ed Seifert, who preceded her in death.
She later married Aubrey Brahmer, who also preceded
her in death.
Survivors include four children, Diane (Peter) Kronberger, Mary Ann (Mickey) Hilgart and Mike (Marilyn) Seifert, all of Park Falls, and Bob (Barb) Seifert
of Woodruff; three sisters, Barb (Russel) Slack, Joyce
(Pete) Hintz and Shirley (Don) Pritzl, all of Park Falls;
13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and nieces
and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by a brother, Don Meiers.

Woodrow Reich II
Woodrow Woody R. Reich II, 70, Medford, died on
Sunday, April 12 at his home. No services are scheduled
at this time.
Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake assisted the family.
Woodrow Reich II was born on Jan. 21, 1945 in Fort
Atkinson to the late Woodrow R. and Maribel (Millis)
Reich I. He attended Menomonee Falls schools.
He was previously married and divorced. He served
in the United States Navy from 1963 to 1967 during the
Vietnam War and also served in the Medford National
Guard. He worked as a diesel mechanic in the Athens,
Colby and Medford areas while residing in Stetsonville
and Medford.
He was a member of St. Pauls Lutheran Church in
Medford, Stetsonville American Legion and a lifetime
member of the Colby VFW.
Survivors include a son, Richard Reich of Stetsonville; stepchildren, Carrie McCreary of Allenton, Colleen (Troy) Wright of New London, Minn. and Kevin
Kree of Athens; a brother in Australia; and eight stepgrandchildren.

Sheila R. Hanson, 80,

Medford, died on Monday,
April 20 at Aspirus Medford Hospital, where she
had been taken earlier
by ambulance. Funeral
services will be held on
Friday, April 24 at 11 a.m.
at St. Pauls Lutheran
Church in Medford, with
Rev. Brian Mundt ofciating. Interment will be at
Hillside Cemetery in Ogema on Friday at 2 p.m.
Visitation will be held
at the church on Friday from 9 a.m. until the time of
Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake
assisted the family with arrangements.
The former Sheila Hause was born on June 17,
1934 in Ogema to the late Chester W. and Matilda Tillie (Fry) Hause. She attended Ogema Elementary
School and was a graduate of Westboro High School.
She worked as a clerk at the Ogema grocery store and

at a cheese factory.
On April 11, 1953 at First Lutheran Church in Ogema, she married Lester J. Hanson, who survives. She
was a housewife and mother. They moved to Medford
in 1967.
She was a member of St. Pauls Lutheran Church
and its Ladies Aid. She enjoyed her grandchildren,
knitting, quilting, shing, baking, visiting with family and friends, watching the Packers, Badgers and
Brewers, and going to Lake of the Pines.
In addition to her husband, survivors include a
son, Steve (Marianne) of Medford; a daughter, Susan
(Tom) Fritsche of Antigo; a brother, Chet (Marcy)
Hause of Phillips; a sister-in-law, Aggie Hause of
Ogema; a brother-in-law, George (Pat) Hanson of
Westboro; grandchildren, Christopher Hanson, Caren (Jason) Van DeWalle, Luke (Alyssa Matzek) Fritsche, Josh (Ashley) Fritsche, and Sandy Poehnelt;
and two great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in
death by two siblings, Rodney Hause and Virginia
Hause in infancy.
Online condolences may be made at

Leroy Schmitz
resident Leroy Clarence
Schmitz, 83, Greenwood,
died while surrounded by
his family on Wednesday,
April 15 at his home. Funeral services were held
on Saturday, April 18 at
St. Anthonys Catholic
Church in Loyal, with Rev.
Steve Brice ofciating.
Burial will be at St. Stephens Catholic Cemetery
in Chili at a later date.
Cuddie Funeral Home
of Loyal assisted the family with arrangements.
Leroy Schmitz was born on Sept. 10, 1931 in the
town of Fremont, Clark County, to the late William
and Adelia (Kopf) Schmitz. He was raised on the family farm, received his education at Heathville Country School and graduated from Loyal High School in
1949. After high school, he worked at Barr Minkery
before joining the Wisconsin National Guard.
On Aug. 30, 1954 at St. Josephs Catholic Church
in Stratford, he married Audrey Mae Bauer, who preceded him in death on Aug. 10, 1995. He took over the
operation of the family farm in 1954 and farmed until
1980. They then moved to the Stone Lake/Spirit area

where they owned and operated L&A Resort until retiring in 1986 and moving to Rib Lake. He moved to
Greenwood in 2012.
He was a member of St. Anthonys Catholic
Church, Lions Club Chili Sportmans Club and
National Farmers Organization in which he held
various ofces. He enjoyed shing, hunting, trips
to Canada, gardening, playing cards and cribbage,
watching most all sports and spending time with his
family and friends.
Survivors include eight children, Janet Meacham
of Greenwood, Randall (Kathy) Schmitz and Rodney Schmitz, both of Loyal, Julie (Allan) Trachte of
Rhinelander, Rick Schmitz and Peter Schmitz, both
of Rib Lake, Paul (Bonnie) Schmitz of Ayton, Ontario, Canada, and Patti Schmitz (Karri Gorton) of
Tomahawk; two brothers, Marlin Coon (Virginia)
Schmitz of Granton and Gary Schmitz of Spencer;
12 grandchildren, Jenny Lee, Chanda, Kristie, Rory,
Shena, Joe, Kelly, Heather, Kelsi, Taylor, Tyler and
Cody; four stepgrandchildren, Ryan, Brock, Dustin
and Kailey; 11 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Tesmer, and a brother,
Russell Bud Schmitz.
Online condolences may be made at
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Thank You

Kenneth Arkola
where he served as an usher, van driver, groundskeeper and principal of the Lory Baptist Christian
He is survived by four children, Donna (Curt)
Shamblin of Danville, Kevin (Cheryl) Arkola of
Blacksville, Shelia (Daniel Jr.) Chandler of Peytona
and Tony (Kelly) Arkola of Jeffrey; the mother of his
children, Wanda Malcomb; sister, Karen and Pastor
Garry Bowman of Julian; grandchildren, Deidra, Diana, Derek, Makaila, Paul, Katie, Bridget, Jacklyn,
Alex, Austin and Owen; and great-grandchildren,
Layla and Gunner.
Funeral services were held on Friday, April 17 at
Lory Baptist Church in Julian, with Pastor Dr. Garry
Bowman ofciating. Burial followed at Hill Cemetery
in Julian, with military graveside rites conducted by
the Alum Creek VFW Post No. 4768.
Condolences may be expressed to the family by
Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum
Creek, assisted the family with arrangements.
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Richard Malstrom

also coached many sports including Freshman and

Varsity Basketball, Freshman Football, he was the
founding coach of the Cross Country team, and took
great pleasure in coaching Track and Golf for many
years. His efforts were recognized when he was inducted into the Medford High School Wall of Fame
following his retirement in 1999.
He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church,
and sang in the Monks and Folk Choirs. He enjoyed
hunting, shing, golng, traveling and spending time
at The Shack. The family camping trips to Ely, Minnesota, which have taken place annually for 52 years,
were a highlight of every summer. In his retirement,
he looked forward to taking his grandchildren on the
Grammy and Papa trips to different destinations
throughout the United States.
Throughout their life, Dick and Lynn took in 25
foster children. Each child they took in, no matter the
time spent with them, became a part of their family.
Survivors include his wife, Lynn Marie (Farrell)
Malstrom; children, Jenn (Gerald) Knippel of Medford, Leza (Kevin) Wells of Medford, Cary Natoli (anc Mike Stege) of Rosemount, MN, Juli (Darryl)
Volk of Jordan, MN, Kristi (John) Murphy of Gunnison, CO, Don Tomczak of Medford and Joe Tomczak of Medford; grandchildren, Jaisie (Mike) Kleist,
Kathrhyn (Ryan) Krueger, Jacob Knippel, Neill
(Natalie) Nettesheim, William (Olivia Main) Wells,
Lukas Nettesheim, James Nettesheim, Abygail Natoli, Erin Natoli, Emma Natoli, Alyssa Volk, Maggie
Murphy, Jack Murphy and Shannon Murphy; and
great-grandchildren, Sophia and Westin Kleist, Sadie
Krueger, Remington Nettesheim and Morgan Wells.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in
death by a sister, Madelyn Ritzmann in 1995.
In lieu of owers, memorial donations in honor
of Dick may be made to All Sports Booster Club C/O
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The Family of Barton Vircks

In Memory of Ervin G. Walworth

Dec. 28, 1940-April 29, 2013

Life Is Not The Same Without You

The sun still rises in the east

and darkness falls at night
but nothing now
seems quite the same
each day is not as bright
The birds still sing, the flowers grow
the breeze still whispers, too
but it will never, ever be
the same world without you
Its so sad that you had to go
your leaving caused such pain
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and earths loss is heavens gain.


Richard T. Dick Malstrom, 75, Medford, died at

Aspirus Medford Hospital
on April 21, 2015 at 2:10
a.m. Funeral services will
be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Holy
Rosary Catholic Church
in Medford, with Father
Joseph and Father Dennis
Meulemans ofciating.
A private burial will
take place at the Molitor
Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers are Jacob Knippel,
Neill Nettesheim, William Wells, Lukas Nettesheim,
James Nettesheim, Don Tomczak and Joe Tomczak.
Visitation will be held on Friday, April 24, 2015 at
Hemer Funeral Home, Medford Chapel, from 4 p.m.
until 8 p.m., and also on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at
Holy Rosary Catholic Church from 9:30 a.m. until the
time of Mass at 11 a.m.
Richard Malstrom was born on June 26, 1939 in
Chicago, Ill. to the late Richard A. and Bernice A.
(Szydlowski) Malstrom. He attended Carl Schurz
High School in Chicago, where he was a member of
the swimming and soccer teams, and graduated in
1957. While there, he played violin and was the concert master of a 100 piece orchestra. He earned his
Bachelors and Masters Degrees of Science in Education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
He met Lynn Marie Farrell while he was a lifeguard at Lake Michigans North Avenue Beach, and
later married her on January 30, 1960 in McHenry, Ill.
He began his teaching career in 1965 at Holy Cross
Seminary in La Crosse. He then went on to teach at
Medford Area School District starting in 1968, where
he taught Physical Education and Drivers Education.
He was the head of the Physical Education Department at the high school, where his goal was to teach
Lifetime Sports such as archery, curling, cross
country skiing, and bowling. During his tenure, he


Kenneth R. Arkola,
81, of Julian, W.V., went
home to be with the Lord
on Tuesday, April 14, 2015
at Hubbard House in
Charleston, after a short
He was born in Westboro, the second born of
eight children, to his parents, Arvid and Elsie Arkola. He was also preceded
in death by his teenage
daughter, Nona Arkola;
siblings, Audrey Kennedy,
Doris Johnson and Charles, Nancy, Gloria and Marvin Arkola; and three grandchildren, Hope, Faith
and Luke.
Kenneth was a veteran of the United States Navy
and served during the Korean War. He worked as a
contractor with Fed Ex for 20 years, and was a very
faithful, active member of Lory Baptist Church

The family of Barton Vircks would

like to express our sincere thanks to the
doctors, nurses and aides of Country
Terrace Assisted Living for taking
care of Baron for the past 3 years.
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and everyone who sent owers, cards and words of

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plants and masses we have received. We would
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from the American Legion in Neillsville, the
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locations, Father Varkey for his visit to our
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Page 24

Thursday, April 23, 2015

County board debates land deal, standing committee assignments

Continued from page 1
Zenner said the county could have an almost immediate timber sale which he guessed could generate around
$25,000 in revenue.
The idea to purchase this parcel did not come overnight. We have looked at it for five to seven years, Zenner said.
Retired county forest administrator Brad Ruesch
said the countys interest in the parcel goes back further than that, noting he was looking at it more than
eight years ago.
Beyond the harvestable timber, Zenner said the main
reason to purchase the property is for the recreational
trails on it. We have to keep moving forward, he said.
This is not just for now, but it is also for the future.
To me it just makes sense to buy it, Zenner said.
Sue Emmerich of Taylor County Tourism spoke in
support of the purchase for bringing more tourism resources to those visiting the area. I believe this is the
next step to attracting tourism to this area, she said.
She noted additional trails would mean people could
have multiple trail options for recreation to expand
their stay over more days. We cant stop, we have to
increase what we have to offer to people, she said.
Supervisor Dave Lemke, who chairs the countys
tourism committee, spoke in support of the land purchase. He said he was very familar with those trails and
said with the way they are built it will make it easier
for logging access on the property and save the county
money when it is logged. He estimated the value of the
trails at over $50,000 and said ensuring they are public
will bring value to the area. You have a one shot deal,
he said.
Others were not convinced. I dont think this is
needed, Lee said. He said there are already three good
areas to ski and this represents an insignificant portion of the trail system. I think this will reduce the tax
base, he said.
Supervisor Lester Lewis spoke in favor of the purchase noting it met the criteria set by the county. He
said the payment in lieu of taxes from the state covered
about half the towns tax revenue from the parcels. I am
in favor of this purchase, he said. I am also on board
that there is county owned property we could sell.
Lewis said some people have spoken of the potential
for development of the site with multiple residential
lots. Lewis was skeptical of this happening. You might
get one owner in there building one house, he said.
Anyone who knows the area, knows Rib Lake is not going to grow anytime in the near future we would like
it to, but we have to be realistic.
This is a once in a lifetime deal-- it has been in radar
for a long time, Zenner said.
My vote could go either way, said supervisor Scott
Mildbrand. He noted it was only two months ago the
county was going through the process of finding efficiencies and talking about cutting departments. Do
we need to spend this money on buying extra land? he
asked. He said he was not critical of the concept of purchasing property, just questioned its need at this time.
He also said the ability to get state Knowle-Nelson
Stewardship funds which would cover about half the
cost would impact his decision. The county is seeking
those funds, but with the governors budget proposal
calling for them to be frozen for the foreseeable future,
Zenner said he is not optimistic of the countys ability
to get the state money. I think the stewardship funds
would be a long shot, he said.
There are a few number of these unique opportunities, Ruesch said. That is our intensive recreation
area, the proximity to the village is phenomenal. There


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Keep your ears and your eyes and

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Dennis Fuchs offering advice to new county

board members. Fuchs resigned from the county
board Tuesday after serving eight years.

is a lot of opportunity for this property. This is an exceptional opportunity for the village of Rib Lake.
Thums said his opposition to the purchase was based
on finances. He noted the land acquisition fund is also
a county reserve fund with the ability to use it for other
county purposes. He said he asked about its use during the budget talks earlier this year and was told they
couldnt use that money to close the budget hole.
But we can use it to buy more stuff, he said. Thums
questioned who would maintain the land, he noted it
does have beautiful trails but said they will need to be
Who the hell is going to maintain it? he asked. He
said the county turned down the town of Rib Lake last
year when they tried to give them a beach on Harper
Lake saying the county couldnt afford it.
This is a beautiful piece of property, it has a nice
pond, a trout stream Why do we need it, we dont,
Thums said. He suggested an option for the county to
consider would be to sell off some of the other land in
the county forest to purchase this parcel.
Until that happens though, he said his vote is no and
will remain no. Who is making taxes high? We are, by
our decisions, he said.
Area resident Bob Rusch spoke in favor of the purchase, saying its proximity to the corporate limits of
the village of Rib Lake make it especially valuable for
community access. We are not here buying more land,
we are guaranteeing access to land we already own,
he said. He said if a future owner did not want to work
with local clubs, they could shut off access. Rusch also
put the money issue into perspective noting the parcels
current owners paid $2,243 in property taxes last year,
compared to the total budget of more than $4 million for
the Rib Lake School District.
There is a trade off, we are losing $2,200 in taxes but
in return we are able to use the land, Rusch said. It
was Will Rogers who said, Land, they just dont make
any more of it. This is an opportunity that will not
come again.
Following the lengthy debate, purchase of the property passed on an 11-6 roll call vote. Voting against the
purchase were Roger Ewan, Lee, Mildbrand, Jason Julian, Thums and county board chair Jim Metz.
Following the announcement of the vote, Thums
said, Thats five more than I thought I would have.

Committee assignments


Spreading county committee positions among supervisors has been an ongoing challenge for the countys
committee on committees and rules. The committee assigns members to the majority of the standing committees with others such as the highway committee, elected
by the board members every two years.
Ever since I have been on the board, with each
class of newly elected people there have been questions
of why are all the committees controlled by five or six
people, Lewis said.
He presented a possible way to spread the responsibility among more supervisors by proposing an ordinance change which would limit a quorum of any one
committee from being appointed to any other committees together. It would allow for more diversity, plain
and simple, Lewis said.
I dont think we have enough bodies to do this,
Zenner said, objecting to the change. He also noted it
would take away from the authority of the county board
chair to make appointments.
Zenner said it would be better to give it to the rules
committee as a suggestion rather than as an ordinance.

Rogers-Hartl honored

photos by Brian Wilson

County board chairman Jim Metz presented a plaque

to Laurie Rogers-Hartl for 31 years of service to Taylor
County. She has been the judicial assistant for the past
20 years.
He said one of the challenges is with the number of
three-person committees, and under the proposed ordinance no two of them could serve on another committee
People feel they dont have a voice, said Breneman.
There is general knowledge there are only four or five
people who control the whole county. She went on to
note most of that power was concentrated in the Medford area and was concerned about other parts of the
county not having a say. I get this all the time in the
western half of the county, she said.
Metz disagreed with Brenemans comment, noting
for many years the late Al Beadles and Joe Sweda dominated the board and were from western Taylor County.
He said the goal has always been to put the best people
on the committees and said they look at the whole county not at their individual districts. They have been doing a hell of a job, Metz said, commending the committee members.
I take offense that someone would think I would do
something to benefit district two versus Taylor County, said district two supervisor Tim Hansen.
This is a committee run county, it always has been,
Lewis said. We need to involve more people in the committees.
In the end, the proposed ordinance failed on a 4 to
12 vote. Supervisors Lee, Myron Brooks, Breneman and
Ray Soper were in favor. Lewis cast a vote of present.
In other business, supervisors:

Approved appointing Jason Julian as being the

District 10 supervisor replacing Dave Bizer. Julian is
the town chairman in Goodrich. James Gebauer was
appoint to serve in District 11 to replace Dennis Fuchs
who resigned.

Approved amending the county ordinance regarding tobacco use on public property to include other forms of tobacco delivery including use of nicotine
inhalants, water pipes and e-cigarettes in addition to
more traditional means of using tobacco



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local track

April 23,

Inside this section:

Ask Ed 9

Concert 10-11

Living 15-16

Pages 6 and 20


Classieds 17-19

Raiders conquer weather

and Newman for rst win
by Sports Reporter Bryan Wegter
The beast that is spring weather reared
its head again on Tuesday afternoon during Medfords girls soccer game against
Newman Catholic. Snow sprinkled down
throughout the afternoon, mixed with occurrences of bright sun and, late in the
second half, white-out conditions. The
Raiders overcame the visiting Cardinals,
Mother Natures hurdles and soaked
cleats, among other things, in earning
their first win of the spring season, 2-0.
The girls are a bit sick of the weather,
were just happy to get out of today with
no injuries and a bit of momentum,
Medford head coach Dan Felix said.
The Raiders grabbed control from the
opening kick. Their first chance came
in the fourth minute when Sydney Emmerichs goal was waved off for offsides.
Medford kept the pressure on and tested

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Newmans keeper several times over the

next half hour. In the 36th minute the
Raiders were again called for offsides,
though Emmerichs shot went wide anyway. Three minutes later, the junior forward broke through. She gained control
of the ball just outside the penalty area
and evaded one Newman defender before
cracking a shot into the lower left corner,
just beyond the reach of the Cardinals
keeper for her second goal of the spring.
Medford had another good chance in the
dying seconds before halftime, but Ciera
Danens shot was skied over the crossbar.
The Raiders picked up where they left
off in the opening minutes of the second
half. Emmerich broke away from her
marker in the 46th minute after Vanessa
Laher lofted a free kick into the penalty

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As snow begins to fall, Medfords Sophia Pernsteiner (left) battles with a Newman
Catholic defender for control of the ball during the Raiders 2-0 win on Tuesday.

Medford golf places third at

home invite, 7th at Ashland
by Sports Reporter Bryan Wegter
The Medford Raiders golf team will
be on the friendly confines of the Black
River Golf Course for two of its most important meets in the 2015 season.
With Saturdays 11-team Medford
Invitational, the Raiders got their first
crack at a competitive meet at their home
course as they look to build momentum
heading into the springs bigger tournaments.
The Raiders will host the sixth leg of
the GNC tournament at Black River on
May 18 and the WIAA Division 2 regional
on May 26.
Medford knocked five shots off its
team score at Ashland last Thursday as

the Raiders shot a 356. Spenser Scholl led

the way with a 12-over 82 (40-42) round.
Chas Lehman shot an 87 (45-42), Klayton
Kree came in with an 88 (43-45), Ryan Perrin carded a 99 (50-49) and Mike Knight
shot a 101 (50-51).
Tyler Kadlechek (97) and Payton
Nelson (117) also competed at the meet.
Competitors played the nine-hole course
twice to complete their 18-hole day.
Head coach Dave Vaara will be looking for his squad to cut even more strokes
as the season progresses.
Weve had some solid scores so far.
Its very early though, he said.
Led by meet medalist Matt Tuman,

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April 23,
22, 2015

Hartl strikes out 20; Klemm delivers big hit in the 10th
by Sports Editor Matt Frey
Four days after striking out 16 in a 1-0
win over Flambeau, Kayla Hartl picked

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it up another notch in the pitching circle on Friday, collecting 20 strikeouts

without walking a batter in Medfords
nail-biting 2-1 softball win over visiting

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Chequamegon in 10 innings.
Medford finally won the non-conference contest with two outs in the bottom
of the 10th. Left-handed hitting Jenna Klemm smacked a high drive the opposite
way that got over the leftfielders head
for a double, driving in freshman Joelle
Zenner from first base. Zenner was pinch
running for Sydney Elsner, who had
singled through the left side one hitter
That was amazing, Klemm said. I
couldnt hit all night and it just felt so
good to finally hit that. It took some time
to get her pitch down. Once I found it,
then I just whaled on it.
That was just a good all-around ball
game, Medford head coach Virgil Berndt said. Its good for us to be playing
some of these games I think. Later in the
year, were going to have some like this.
Amazingly, Hartl and Chequamegon
freshman Kenzie Dane both threw 135
pitches while basically matching each
other pitch for pitch. Both teams finished
with six hits. The most amazing part was
Hartl only worked to a three-ball count
on three hitters. Chequamegons run was
unearned in the top of the sixth. Kaitlin
Walshs line drive home run to centerfield in the bottom half of the inning tied
I coulda went a couple more innings,
Hartl said, adding that a close game like
Fridays just adds to her adrenaline. I
think its really exciting. For me, personally, it just gives me that much more
energy I guess. I feel like I could pitch
Wow, did Kayla pitch a whale of a
game, Berndt said. Thats a heck of a
game against a pretty good team.
The win was a confidence booster as
the Raiders had to mix and match with
several players gone on the schools
choir trip to New York. Berndt said he
was particularly impressed with Maggie Butkus, a sophomore, who caught for
the first time ever. She was charged with
just two passed balls and threw out a runner trying to steal third to help keep the
sixth-inning damage to a minimum.
We had six people playing out of position, Berndt said. The young kids
didnt get rattled. I thought that inning
where we made three mistakes was going
to kill us. The home run took the momentum right back to us and put us in the
drivers seat again.
Hartls only mistake was a throwing
error that got Chequamegons sixth inning started. A single and another infield
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strikeout and a flyout.

Walsh then led off the bottom half with
her game-tying blast.
Dane nearly gave herself the extra
run she needed with one out in the top of
the seventh. Her towering drive to center bounced off the top of the fence and
stayed in play for a double. A passed ball
got courtesy runner Allison Derr to third,
but Hartl struck out two to strand her.
It helps me focus a little more, Hartl
said of the jams she was in. I just shake
off the bad stuff that happens.
Medford had the bases loaded with
two outs in the eighth, but Dane got a big
strikeout. Chequamegons Morgan Hilgart singled and went to second on an error with one out in the ninth, but the next
two hitters struck out.
Walsh and Hartl, Medfords most potent hitters, went down on first-pitch fly
balls to start the bottom of the 10th. But
Elsner bounced the first pitch she saw
into left and Klemm belted Danes first
offering for the game-winner as Zenner
raced around the bases and scored uncontested.
Sophomore Kara Rudolph, pressed
into leftfield duty, was two for three and
was hit by a pitch. Hilgart and Emily Ernest had two hits apiece for the Screaming Eagles, who fell to 2-2. Dane struck
out eight and walked six.




Northland Pines
April 16: Mosinee 4, Rhinelander 3; Antigo 24,
Northland Pines 1.
April 17: Medford 2, Chequamegon 1 (10
inn.); Antigo 2, Merrill 1; Merrill 5, Antigo 4;
Mosinee 13, Wausau West 4; Phillips 16, Lakeland
1; Hancock, Mich. at Northland Pines.
April 18: Rhinelander 3, D.C. Everest 1; D.C.
Everest 5, Rhinelander 0; Tomahawk 10, PrenticeButternut 4; Tomahawk 21, Prentice-Butternut 6.
April 23: Antigo at Medford, Mosinee at Northland Pines, Lakeland at Tomahawk.
April 24: Mosinee at Wausau East, Ironwood,
Mich. at Lakeland.
April 27: Medford at Marshfield, Lakeland at
Wausau West, Marathon at Mosinee.
April 28: Phillips at Medford, Rhinelander at
Antigo, Mosinee at Lakeland, Northland Pines at
April 30: Medford at Mosinee, Tomahawk at
Rhinelander DH, Antigo at Lakeland, Northland
Pines at Prentice.


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Lakeland throttles boys tennis team 6-1 in Great Northern dual

by Sports Editor Matt Frey
An experienced team that might be
the Great Northern Conferences best
when all is said and done took it to the
Medford tennis team on Thursday, earning a 6-1 win.
Lakeland is a very experienced and
talented team, Medford head coach
Jake Bucki said. They have six seniors
who have all played and contributed to
their success on the varsity level. A ton
of credit needs to be given to all of Lakelands boys. They came out and played

Raiders win
Continued from page 2
It was a very fun game, Klemm said.
We stuck as a team and we didnt get
down on each other. We just played really well.
Medfords games with Thorp on Monday and Rhinelander on Tuesday were
called off due to poor weather. The trip to
Rhinelander was rescheduled for Friday,
May 8.
The Raiders are home today, Thursday, to take on the Antigo Red Robins in
a key Great Northern Conference contest
at 5 p.m. Medford heads to Marshfield on
Monday for a 4:30 p.m. first pitch. Phillips visits for a 5 p.m. non-conference
game on Tuesday.
The seasons biggest test follows on
April 30 when Medford visits defending
conference and WIAA Division 2 state
champion Mosinee.

very consistently from the first point to

the last point of their matches.
The Raiders lone win came at number-three doubles where Douglas Schumacher and Alex Zick earned a 6-1, 6-3 win
over Sam Forest and Patrick Rucinski.
Alex and Doug had no issues at number-three doubles, Bucki said. They
gave up a couple early games in the second set, but quickly turned it around and
won convincingly. With their consistency, they will win a lot of matches at three
Seniors Nick Garcia and Levi Herrick
were 6-2, 6-1 winners over Medfords Dillon Brost and Alec Shear at number-one
doubles. Seniors Joe Jirikowic and Mike
Laurence swept Raiders Joe Phillips and
David Silva 6-1, 6-0 at number-two.
Garcia and Herrick are going to
be one of the best doubles teams in the
area, Bucki said. Their service game is
very impressive. Dillon and Alec played
a pretty good match, but Garcia and Herricks experience overtook them in the
match. They didnt make any mistakes
and put away every ball when given the
Joe and David had a bit of a rough
match, he added. David seemed to be
taking his eyes off the ball and not getting set before hitting the ball. These are
easily fixed problems and we will look to
take care of them right away. Joe did a
good job of mixing up his shots and adding in his groundstrokes more than usual.
Medfords young singles crew all lost
in straight sets.
Evan Zick was swept 6-0, 6-0 in flight
one by senior Zach Carlson. Alec Veal

was beaten 6-0, 6-0 by senior Ryan Porter at number-two. Jake Merrill fell to
Lakeland freshman Jack Garcia 6-0, 6-3.
At number-four Romain Grard lost to
Lakelands Aaron Petersen 6-1, 6-1 in his
While Jake had a tough first set, he
kept a positive attitude and pulled within
3-4 during the second set, Bucki said. I
was proud of Jake. You typically see a
letdown after an 0-6 loss in the first set.
Romain played a very nice match for his
first tennis match ever. He really made
his opponent play every point of the
match. Im excited to see him improve as
he learns what he really needs to practice.
Medfords Trentin Messman won two
JV matches, including a three-setter,
6-1, 2-6, 6-1 over Lakelands Neil Borden.
Grard and Schumacher won a one-set
doubles match 6-2.
Medfords meets with Pacelli and AnGREAT NORTHERN CONFERENCE
Duals Dual Meet Total
Rhinelander 1-0
April 16: Lakeland 6, Medford 1.
April 23: Newman Catholic at Medford, Phillips at Rhinelander.
April 24: Medford at S.P. Pacelli.
April 27: Black River Falls at Medford,
Rhinelander at Lakeland.
April 28: Medford at Phillips, Rhinelander at
Antigo, Newman Catholic at Lakeland.
April 30: Medford and Ashland at Rhinelander, Antigo at Lakeland, Phillips at Lakeland.

Rib Lake Sports

Medford Sports



Friday, April 24
at Chequamegon, V, 4:45
Edgar (H), JV, 4:45 p.m.
Monday, April 27
Phillips (H), V, 4:45 p.m.
at Phillips, JV, 4:45 p.m., two
five-inning games.
Thursday, April 30
at Abbotsford, V, 4:45 p.m.
Friday, May 1
at Athens, V, 4:45 p.m.
Greenwood (H), JV, 4:45


Friday, April 24
(H), V & JV, 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 25
at Athens, V-10:30 a.m., JVnoon.
Monday, April 27
Marshfield (H), V, JV & JV24:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 30
Mosinee (H), V, JV & JV2, 5

Friday, April 24
at Chequamegon, 4:45 p.m.
Monday, April 27
Phillips (H), 4:45 p.m.
Thursday, April 30
at Abbotsford, 4:45 p.m.
Friday, May 1
Athens (H), 4:45 p.m.


Monday, April 27
at Edgar Invitational, 4:30
Thursday, April 30
at Stratford Invite, 4:30 p.m.


Monday, April 27
at Marshfield, V & JV, 4:30
Tuesday, April 28
Phillips (H), V, 5 p.m.
Thursday, April 30
at Mosinee, V-5 p.m., JV4:30 p.m., JV2-6 p.m.
Friday, May 1
at Tomahawk, V, JV & JV2, 5

Gilman Sports

Tuesday, April 28
Colby (H), 5 p.m.
Thursday, April 30
at Owen-Withee, 5 p.m.
Friday, May 1
Spencer (H), 5 p.m.


Tuesday, April 28
at Medford Invitational,
4:30 p.m. Teams include
Medford, Colby, Lakeland,
Merrill, Mosinee, Antigo.

Thursday, April 30
at Cornell-Lake Holcombe Invitational, 4
p.m. Teams include
Cornell-Lake Holcombe,
Bruce, Flambeau, New
Auburn, Winter, Lac
Courte Oreilles.


Friday, April 24
at Stevens Point Pacelli,
4:30 p.m.
Monday, April 27
Black River Falls (H), V & JV,
5 p.m.

Tuesday, April 28
Colby (H), 5 p.m.
Thursday, April 30
at Owen-Withee, 5 p.m.
Friday, May 1
Spencer (H), 5 p.m.


Tuesday, April 28
at Phillips, V & JV, 5 p.m.
Thursday, April 30
vs. Ashland at Rhinelander,
V, 4:30 p.m.
at Rhinelander, V, 6 p.m.

tigo were postponed due to the wintry

weather of Monday and Tuesday. The
Pacelli meet at Goerke Field in Stevens
Point has been rescheduled for Friday at
4:30 p.m.
Medford will host Newman Catholic
today, Thursday, and Black River Falls
on Monday. Those meets start at 5 p.m.
So does a GNC meet at Phillips on Tuesday. The Raiders will play Ashland at
4:30 p.m. and Rhinelander at 6 p.m. in a
double dual at Rhinelander on April 30.


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Tuesday, April 28
GNC meet #1 at Tomahawk
(Inshalla), V, 2 p.m.
GNC meet at Antigo (Riverview), JV, 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 30
at Nekoosa Invitational
(Lake Arrowhead), V, noon
Friday, May 1
GNC meet at Tomahawk
(Inshalla), JV, 4:30 p.m.


Tuesday, April 28
Medford Invitational (H),
4:30 p.m. Teams include
Colby, Gilman, Lakeland,
Merrill, Mosinee, Antigo.

Tuesday, April 28
at Antigo, 5 p.m.
Thursday, April 30
Rhinelander (H), 5 p.m.
Friday, May 1
Assumption (H), 5 p.m.

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April 23,
22, 2015

Streak snapped by Merrill; Bernatz slams Hatchets

by Sports Editor Matt Frey
The Medford baseball teams modest
four-game winning streak ended with a
thud when Merrill used a nine-run third
to blow out the visiting Raiders 15-2 on
Friday afternoon.
The Blue Jays rapped out 14 hits in
just four offensive innings and took advantage of any mistake Medford made.
The Raiders had two early chances to
score, but failed, which was another key
factor in the non-conference loss.
This was a tough one, Medford head
coach Justin Hraby said. Merrill came
out and hit the ball hard. We had a problem locating the ball down in the strike
zone and they made us pay for it. Early
on, we had opportunities to score and
set the tone. We did not execute a bunt
situation and two of our big hitters just
missed big hits for us. When a team like
Merrill hits, you have to do your best to
match fire with fire. We were unable to
do that.
The missed opportunities involved
runners on first and second with no outs
in the first two innings. Medford failed to
advance the runners any further in each
Northland Pines
April 16: Medford 8, Tomahawk 2; Mosinee
5, Rhinelander 4; Antigo 10, Northland Pines 1;
Merrill 13, Lakeland 5.
April 17: Merrill 15, Medford 2; Bay Port 11,
Antigo 7; Lakeland 11, Phillips 4.
April 18: Wisconsin Rapids 3, Rhinelander 2;
Rhinelander 5, Wisconsin Rapids 4; Tomahawk
15, Montello 5; Wautoma 8, Tomahawk 1.
April 23: Medford at Antigo, Tomahawk at
Lakeland, Northland Pines at Mosinee, Marshfield at Rhinelander.
April 24: Wittenberg-Birnamwood at
Medford, Antigo at Wausau West, Mosinee at
D.C. Everest, Rhinelander at Merrill, Phelps at
Northland Pines.
April 25: Medford at Athens.
April 27: Marshfield at Medford, Rhinelander
at D.C. Everest, Marathon at Mosinee, Chequamegon at Tomahawk.
April 28: Antigo at Rhinelander, Lakeland at
Mosinee, Tomahawk at Northland Pines.
April 30: Mosinee at Medford, Tomahawk at
Rhinelander, Lakeland at Antigo.

Merrill, on the other hand, had no
such trouble.
Leadoff hitter Keenan Stellingworth
tripled on the first pitch he saw from
Medford starter Zach Smola. Drew Hoff
singled him in on the first pitch he saw.
Mason Reinhardt ripped a first-pitch
double to score Hoff, and Trey Severson
singled on the first pitch to score Reinhardt to make it 3-0.
Stellingworth tripled again and scored
on Hoffs groundout in the second. Six
hits and three walks helped made it 13-0
in the third. The Blue Jays put two more
runs on the board in the fourth.
Medford avoided the shutout by scoring twice against reliever Golin Grefe
in the top of the fifth. Jake Geiger and
Nick Drott walked and Jakob Laub hit
an infield single to load the bases. Lloyd
Bernatz was called out on an infield fly,
but the ball was dropped, allowing Geiger to score. Gradbergs fielders choice
knocked in Drott.
Justin Pyan got the win for Merrill,
allowing one hit, one walk and one hit
batter while striking out two in four innings.
Smola took the loss, walking four and
allowing five hits and six runs, five of
which were earned, in two innings. Brett
Paul had a tough day in relief, getting
tagged for nine hits and nine runs, eight
of which were earned, in two innings. He
struck out two, hit one and walked three.
Too many mental errors and free bases, Hraby said. Anytime you do that,
you have a hard time winning games
against good teams. We will get back to
work and look to improve from this. Our
goal is to get better every day.
Medford, now 4-3, had to postpone its
games with Wausau East and Rhinelander early this week due to weather. The
Rhinelander game has been rescheduled
for May 19 at Raider Field. Its uncertain
if the East game will be played at a later
Medford has a tough one scheduled
for tonight, Thursday, at Antigo, one of
the GNCs pre-season favorites. Potential
WIAA Division 2 regional foe Wittenberg-Birnamwood invades Raider Field
tomorrow, Friday, for a 4:30 p.m. first
pitch. Medford then travels to Marawood
North power Athens for a 10:30 a.m. game
on Saturday.
Marshfield visits Raider Field on Mon-

day for a 4:30 p.m. start. Mosinee, another GNC favorite, is here on April 30 for a
5 p.m. first pitch.

Grand slam buries Hatchets

Bernatz hit a second-inning grand
slam and a run-scoring first-inning dou-

Shaw, Raiders win

ble to lead Medford to an 8-2 win over

Tomahawk Thursday at Raider Field.
Bernatzs double went to the deepest
part of the park, getting over the centerfielders head and driving in Taylor

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second in Great Northern Conference play. Lloyd Bernatz had five RBIs, including a
second-inning grand slam.

Rib Lake rolls to seasons fifth win by shutting out the Buccaneers
by Sports Editor Matt Frey
Bryan Solis Arenivas struck out eight
in five shutout innings, while Rib Lakes
offense scored in all five innings in a 13-0
rout of host Prentice-Butternut on Friday afternoon.
Four-run rallies in the second and
fourth innings put the game out of reach
and allowed Rib Lake to boost its earlyseason Marawood North record to 2-0.
The Redmen are 5-1 overall.
We took advantage of some errors,
Rib Lake head coach Dick Iverson said.
Their pitcher (Taylor Brayton) did all
right in the first couple of innings. He
struck out three in the first, one in the
second and one in the third. Their defense didnt help him out much. Later in
the game, he got some pitches up and we
got some hits off him.
Dalton Strebig, Jordan Cardey and
Jerry Reinhardt did most of the offensive
damage with two hits apiece.
The Redmen got their first run in the
top of the first when Strebig singled,
stole second and eventually scored on

Cardeys fielders choice.

The four-run second started with an
Austin Zondlo walk. He stole second,
went to third on a wild pitch and scored
on a sacrifice fly by Noah Weinke. Joe
Scheithauer reached on an error and was
eventually driven in by Austin Ewan. Arenivas and Cardey added RBI singles.
Strebigs single scored Scheithauer,
who had walked and stole second, in
the top of the third. The four-run fourth
made it 10-0.
Cardeys RBI double drove in Ewan.
Cardey later scored on Reinhardts sacrifice fly. Two walks and a hit batter loaded
the bases for Scheithauer, who knocked
in one with a fielders choice. An error
led to the fourth run.
Cardey reached on a fifth-inning error
and scored after singles by Reinhardt and
Carter Hopkins. After a Joe Frombach
single, Garrett Richardson came off the
bench and lined a pinch-hit single down
the rightfield line to score the games last
two runs.
Richardson, Hopkins, Frombach and
Arenivas finished with one hit apiece.

Ewan stole three bases in the win.

Arenivas only gave up singles in the
second and fourth innings. The only
walk he allowed was intentional.
The 5-1 start has given Rib Lake some
early confidence, which is good heading
into Marawood North tests at Chequamegon on Friday and at home against
Phillips on Monday. The Redmen also
were looking into possibly adding a nonconference game with Pittsville for today, Thursday, at press time. Tuesdays
non-conference game with Flambeau
was postponed to May 21.
All upcoming games start at 4:45 p.m.
Now well start to find out how good
we are, Iverson said. I do feel better
knowing our pitching has been solid.
That will always give you a chance in
every game. We still need to do a better
job of putting the ball in play. Were still
striking out too much. In high school
ball, you always have a chance to make
things happen when you put the ball in


Rib Lake
April 17: Rib Lake 13, Prentice-Butternut
0; Marathon 13, Edgar 6; Lakeland 11, Phillips
4; Auburndale 8, Abbotsford 3; Flambeau at
April 23: Chequamegon at Edgar, Athens at
Marathon, Bruce at Prentice-Butternut.
April 24: Rib Lake at Chequamegon, Edgar at
Phillips, Drummond at Prentice-Butternut (B).
April 25: Medford at Athens, Hurley at
Phillps, Washburn at Phillips.
April 27: Phillips at Rib Lake, Chequamegon
at Tomahawk, Edgar at Auburndale, Athens
at Pittsville, Abbotsford at North. Lutheran,
Prentice-Butternut at Thorp.
April 28: Abbotsford at Edgar, Athens at
Prentice-Butternut, Drummond at Phillips,
Ironwood, Mich. at Chequamegon.
April 30: Rib Lake at Abbotsford, Edgar at
Athens, Chequamegon at Phillips, Northland
Pines at Prentice-Butternut.


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Page 5

Johnson twirls no-hitter against

Columbus, one-hits Owen-Withee
by Sports Reporter Bryan Wegter

To the cutoff

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Gilman left fielder Citory Oberle fields a ball and prepares to throw it to the cutoff
during the fourth inning of the Pirates 12-0 win over Owen-Withee last Thursday. The
single was the only hit that pitcher Emily Johnson gave up in the game to the Blackhawks.

Errors pile up for Pirates in

loss to Columbus Catholic
by Sports Reporter Bryan Wegter
The Gilman Pirates baseball team
gave the visiting Columbus Catholic
Dons plenty of extra chances to work
with in their 15-1 loss last Friday. The
Pirates committed five costly errors that
made a tough day for starting pitcher
James Copenhaver even tougher. Copenhaver was shelled for 16 hits by the Dons,
but only seven of the 15 runs he surrendered were earned. He struck out five
and walked five in the five-inning game.
We gave them a lot of extra outs.
Were just struggling to make the routine
plays. We havent been good anywhere,
but the defense really sticks out right
now. Weve gotta start playing with more
confidence, Gilman head coach Robin
Rosemeyer said.
Two errors within the first three batters for Columbus opened the door for
the Dons to slap six runs down in the
top of the first. Two more errors allowed
them to score seven more runs in the second inning. Copenhaver kept Columbus
out of the run column in the third inning,
but gave up one run in the fourth and
fifth innings.
The Pirates only collected four hits
in the game, but when they did connect they were able to do some damage.
Chanse Rosemeyer, Zach Person and Logan Anderson all cracked doubles in the
game. Andersons double allowed him to
score Gilmans only run in the fourth inning after Person followed a groundout
by Rosemeyer with an RBI-double. Copenhaver had a single in the fifth inning
and also drew a walk in the game.
Tuesdays scheduled game against
Granton was postponed due to weather

After a rough start against Spencer on

April 14, Gilman pitcher Emily Johnson
rebounded to throw a pair of gems in her
two most recent starts. Last Thursday,
she struck out 11 and surrendered only
one hit in a 12-0 win over Owen-Withee.
She topped that performance with a
16-strikeout no-hitter against Columbus
Catholic in a 10-0 win on Friday. The
no-hit game is her second of the season.
The first came back on March 31 against
Emily bounced back in a big way
from her bad start against Spencer. We
took a look at her mechanics and she has
worked hard to correct what we saw was
wrong. The 16 strikeouts were a schoolrecord from 43 feet, Gilman head coach
Brian Phelps said.
Johnson only notched two outs that
werent by punchout in the six-inning
game against Columbus. She surrendered a walk in the second, third and
fourth innings, but otherwise faced the
minimum in her other three innings of
work. She struck out the side in the first,
second, fourth and fifth innings and got
plenty of offense to back up her sterling
effort in the pitchers circle.
The Pirates went 1-2-3 in the bottom
of the first, but took the lead with two
runs in the second inning. Brooke Webster led off the inning with a single and
Kayla Chause was hit with a pitch to get
on base. Both runs came around to score
when Cooper Sherfield singled to center
Gilman broke the game open with
four runs in the third. Johnson, Shaelen
Schmitt, Morgan Birkenholz and Webster all scored runs in the inning to put
the Pirates up 6-0.
Kendall Skabroud scored Gilmans
seventh run on a Schmitt RBI-single
in the bottom of the fourth. Sherfield

brought home Webster and Chause again

in the fifth with her second hit of the
game, this time a double.
With a nine-run lead going into the
sixth, the Pirates were a run short of ending the game by the 10-run rule. Johnson
grounded out to start the bottom of the
sixth and Schmitt followed with a buntsingle. She stole second and would advance to third while Birkenholz was hit
by a pitch. Webster walked to load the
bases, but the speedy Schmitt brought
the game to an abrupt and surprising
end when she stole home after Columbus
pitcher received the ball back from the
That was quite a way to end the game
when Shaelen stole home. Their pitcher
had just gotten the ball back, but she
just took off. Shes so quick they had no
chance. Our defense has been growing up
lately. Weve been doing what we should
be doing, Phelps said.
Schmitt finished 3-4 in the game. She
scored twice and had one RBI. Webster
got a hit in all three of her at-bats and
had one RBI and a walk. Sherfield drove
in four runs. Chause scored twice and
slugged a hit in her only official at-bat.
The Pirates totaled 12 hits as a team.
Other than a few hiccups, Johnson has
been outstanding in the pitchers circle
this season. She now has four games in
which shes allowed one or fewer hits.
Gilman (5-3) is back in action tonight,
Thursday, in an East Cloverbelt battle
against Loyal. Tomorrow, Friday, theyll
travel to Greenwood and on Tuesday
theyll return home to take on Colby.
All three Eastern Cloverbelt Conference
games start at 5 p.m.

Win over Owen-Withee

After surrendering nine runs, five hits
and three walks in only one inning on

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and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on May 7.

The Pirates are back on the diamond
in a home matchup against Loyal tonight, Thursday. Tomorrow theyll
travel to Greenwood for another Eastern
Cloverbelt game. On Tuesday, theyll
host Colby and next Thursday travel to
Owen-Withee. All four games have 5 p.m.
start times.
Columbus Cath.
April 16: Loyal 12, Greenwood 2; Colby 11, Owen-Withee 7; Columbus Catholic 10, Granton 0.
April 17: Columbus Catholic 15, Gilman 1;
Spencer 5, Greenwood 2; Neillsville 11, OwenWithee 0; Colby 7, Granton 2.
April 20: Altoona 11, Greenwood 1.
April 21: Loyal 1, Neillsville 20.
April 23: Loyal at Gilman, Greenwood at
Owen-Withee, Columbus Catholic at Neillsville,
Spencer at Granton.
April 24: Gilman at Greenwood, Neillsville
at Colby, Owen-Withee at Spencer, Loyal at
April 25: Granton at Port Edwards DH.
April 27: Spencer at Neillsville, Blair-Taylor at
April 28: Colby at Gilman, Spencer at Loyal,
Columbus Catholic at Owen-Withee, Granton at
April 30: Gilman at Owen-Withee, Neillsville
at Greenwood, Spencer at Colby, Loyal at Columbus Catholic, Granton at Cadott.

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Gilmans Chanse Rosemeyer follows through after connecting on a fourth inning

pitch he blasted to deep center field for a double. He would be stranded at second
after neither of the Pirates next two batters could drive him home.


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Pirates grab pair of

fifth place finishes
at home track meet


Thursday, April 23, 2015

by Sports Reporter Bryan Wegter

As spring continues to heat up, so too has the Gilman
Pirates track team as their season rolls along. The boys
and girls sides of the Pirates track team both secured
fifth place team finishes at a home meet last Thursday.
With light clouds and seventy degree temperatures, it
was an ideal day for an afternoon track meet. The girls
team scored 73 points to finish in fifth place, while the
boys totaled 47 points as they also finished fifth of seven
teams at the meet. Stanley-Boyd was the girls champion
with 134 points and Columbus Catholic took home the
boys title with a score of 162.
The Pirates girls took home a win in the 4x100-meter
relay. That lineup consisted of Makaylen Skabroud,
Mackenzie Elwood, Katelynn Monson and Mackenzie Webster and finished in a time of 59.02 to secure 10
points for the team. The second place relay from McDonell finished in 1:01.09.
Skabroud had a solid run in her other events as well.
She finished fifth in the 100-meter dash in a season-best
time of 14.65. She took second in the long jump after
leaping 13-11.75. The jump topped her previous seasonbest by 10 inches.
Our long jumpers had a great day. Makaylen nearly
hit 14 feet and Ethan broke the 20-foot mark, Gilman
head coach Mike Gingras said.
Desiree Budzinski also had a solid day for the Pirates. She finished fourth in the 100-meter dash in a
time of 14.63 and was fifth in the 200-meter dash with a
time of 30.51, 3.5 seconds behind Columbus Alexandra
Hutchison, the defending Division 3 state champion in
the event. Budzinski grabbed third place in the 400-meter dash in 1:08.69. Her pole vault of 7-6 put her at second place in the event behind Kristen Carrigan (8-0) of
Monson was 11th in the 200-meter dash in a time of
32.55. She took seventh in the long jump with a leap of
13-1.5, which beat her previous best of 12-9.25.
Elwood finished the 300-meter hurdles in 59.07 to take
fourth place while Webster took 14th in the long jump
with a distance of 10-11.25.
Kyla Schoene took eighth in the 100-meter dash with
her time of 15.37. Columbus Hutchison took the top
spot in 12.79. Schoene also took third in the girls high
jump by clearing 4-8, which beat her season-best by two
Camryn Skabroud (3:01.32) finished in second place
and eight seconds behind Allison Vitort of Stanley-Boyd
in the 800-meter run. Skabroud also took 13th in the long
jump with a leap of 11-9. The jump topped her previous
best (10-7.25) by over a foot.
Rebecca Heier was strong in the throwing events
for the second straight meet. She finished fourth in the
shot put with a toss of 29-1, topping her previous best by
nearly two feet. She also took fourth in the discus toss
with a throw of 81-11. Amanda Dahl took 11th in the shot
put with a throw of 21-9.75 and was eighth in the discus
with a distance of 64-0.
Heier wants the big throw in the discus but has seen
more success in the shot thus far this year, Gingras
Gilmans boys team got a pair of first-place finishes.
Ethan Aldinger was the top competitor in the long jump





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Gilmans Desiree Budzinski clears the bar on her attempt in the pole vault competition at last Thursdays home
meet. Budzinski finished in second place by clearing 7-6. She also finished fourth in the 100-meter dash, fifth in the
200-meter dash and third in the 400-meter dash as the Pirates took fifth place as a team.
with a leap of 20-1.5. The distance beat his previous best
(18-7.5) by almost two feet. Colton Schmitt got Gilmans
other individual win in the discus throw with his toss
of 119-03. Second place thrower Eric Ohde of McDonell
threw 110-10. Schmitt added a second place finish in the
shot put to his day. His toss of 39-11 was just behind Elijah Welsh (40-8) of Columbus Catholic.
Aldinger finished third in the 100-meter dash in a
time of 12.00. His previous season-best was 12.10, set at
Abbotsford last week. Josh Oberle of Thorp took the
top spot in 11.72. Along with Schmitt, Travis Lato and
Tyler Boie, Aldinger finished third in the 4x200-meter
relay in a time of 1:43.01.
Lato took 11th in the 400-meter dash in a time of
1:06.95. He took 12th in the 200-meter dash and also ran
the anchor leg of the fourth place 4x800-meter relay
along with Tyler Swoboda, Ryan Tkachuk and Anthony Guentner.
Boie, a freshman, suited up for the 100-meter dash
and finished ninth with a time of 12.98. He ran in the
200-meter dash and finished in eighth in a time of 26.70.
Swoboda set a season-best time in the 3200-meter run
with his time of 12:12.01 to finish fifth. Guentner took
10th in the 1600-meter run in 5:52.51 and ninth in the
3200-meter in 12:37.13.
Junior Bobby Quinnell took 15th in the 100-meter
dash in a time of 15.52, beating his previous best of
16.03. He took 19th in the 200-meter dash in 32.12. Quinnell also logged a 14th place finish in the shot put with
a throw of 28-9 and finished in 12th position in the discus throw. Parker Rosemeyer took ninth in the shot put

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with a toss of 30-7 and came in 11th in the discus throw

with a distance of 86-7, which beat his previous personal
best of 80-11.
We continue to work hard and are improving in our
events, Gingras said.
Tuesdays Athens Invitational was postponed to
tomorrow, Friday, making Gilman unable to attend.
The Pirates will be on their home track instead for the
Thorp Invitational. That meet begins at 4 p.m.
On Tuesday Gilman will be at the 4:30 p.m. Medford
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Gilmans Bobby Quinnell comes around the corner

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finished in 19th with a time of 32.12.



Thursday, April 23, 2015

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Soccer gets first spring win

Continued from page 1
area, but her shot flew a foot over the
crossbar, much to the relief of Newmans
goalie. Emmerich found herself in another one-on-one situation six minutes later,
but Newmans keeper denied the shot
with a sprawling leg save.
Sydney had several really good opportunities, she did good to put one
away, but the finishing has to improve,
Felix said.
The Raiders finally doubled their lead
in the 56th minute when Maggie Baker
found space along the left side of the field
and fired a shot from 20 yards away. Her
shot floated to the far post and not even a
brush off the fingertips of the Cardinals
keeper could stop the ball from going in.
The goal was her second of the season.
Sophia Pernsteiner and Ashley Tabbert both created several offensive
chances on the wings. Following a soft
showing against Phillips on Monday, the
Raiders were more physical in challenging for the ball and that was a big part of
the win. Goalie Abbie Bergman earned
her first shutout of the season and made
several big saves to keep the Cardinals
off the goal sheet.
A win like this gives us confidence
moving forward. We also expect Olivia
Way will be back in the lineup on Thursday, Felix said. Way has missed the past
five games with a concussion.
The Raiders (1-4-1) are back in action
with another GNC game tonight, Thursday, at home against Mosinee. Next
Tuesday theyll travel to Antigo and on
Thursday theyll welcome Rhinelander,
the GNC leader. All three of those conference battles have 5 p.m. first kicks.

Loss vs Phillips
Medford battled the visiting Phillips
Loggers to a 1-1 tie at halftime of their
game on Monday, but a second half
slump allowed the Loggers to score three
times in the final 45 minutes to secure the
4-1 non-conference victory.
Its really hard on the girls having
only a few subs. We also need to play with
some more confidence, Felix said.
Bergman got the start in goal for the
Raiders and kept the Loggers at bay for
the games opening stretch. Phillips
broke through for their first goal in the
13th minute after Bergman couldnt hold
on to a 15-yard shot from Loggers forward Ellie Lochner.
The Raiders went on the offensive and
generated several big chances to equal-

ize. Their pressure finally broke through

in the 27th minute when Emmerich fired
a shot into the lower left corner of the net
after getting on the end of a long through
ball from Pernsteiner. Both teams had
chances in the remaining 18 minutes of
the half, but neither could get a go-ahead
score before the halftime whistle sounded.
We felt pretty good going into halftime. I think the girls just tired out in the
second half, we didnt have enough subs
again. Were still missing a few ball-handlers. Ciera and Ashley both have shown
they can take over, but we need more to
emerge, Felix said.
Phillips got out on the front foot in
the second half and had the much better chances to open the last 45. In the
59th minute, Bergman somehow managed to dive on a ball leaking towards the
net after the Loggers got a shot out of a
scrum in front of the net, but eventually
Phillips pressure overcame Medfords
defense. Emily Fuhr pushed the Loggers back in front with a goal in the 63rd
minute. After going down, the Raiders
seemed to weaken a bit in their defensive
efforts. Phillips scored again in the 76th
minute. That doubled their lead and they
tacked on a fourth goal in the 89th minute on Lochners second goal of the game.

Shutout at Pines
The Raiders record in the GNC
dropped to 0-2 after their 6-0 loss in
Northland Pines last Thursday. Pines
had opened its conference season with a
1-0 loss to Lakeland on April 14, but had
no trouble rumbling through Medford in
the blowout win. Bergman got the start
in net and was busy all game fending off
Pines attacks.
We were shorthanded because of the
choir concert. It made it very difficult for
us to sub. We werent sure what we were
going to see out of Pines, but they are one
of the best teams in the conference. We
tired out in the second half. It was a disappointing loss, but we learned a lot from
it, Felix said.

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Medford winger Maggie Baker surveys her options during the first half of the Raiders 4-1 loss to Phillips at home on Monday.

Golf season now in full swing

Continued from page 1


Northland Pines
Newman Cath.
April 16: Northland Pines 6, Medford 0;
Lakeland 4, Newman Catholic 0; Rhinelander 2,
Mosinee 0.
April 17: Rhinelander 3, Kimberly 0; Phillips 7,
Antigo 0.
April 18: DePere 3, Rhinelander 0; Marquette,
Mich. 2, Rhinelander 0.
April 20: Phillips 4, Medford 1.
April 21: Medford 2, Newman Catholic 0,
Rhinelander 10, Antigo 0, Northland Pines at
Kingsford, Mich.
April 23: Mosinee at Medford, Newman Catholic at Northland Pines, Antigo at Lakeland.
April 24: Lakeland at Kingsford, Mich., Northland Pines at Three Lakes, Amherst/Iola-Scandinavia at Mosinee.
April 27: W.R Assumption at Newman Catholic,
Antigo at Amherst/Iola-Scandinavia.
April 28: Medford at Antigo, Lakeland at
Rhinelander, Northland Pines at Mosinee.
April 30: Rhinelander at Medford, Antigo at
Northland Pines, Newman Catholic at Mosinee,
Ashland at Lakeland.

Pass or shoot?

Putt away

Photo by Bryan Wegter

Medfords Klayton Kree sends his ball

towards the hole on his first round on the
par-4 eighth hole on Saturday.

who shot a three-over-par 73, Wausau

East ran away with the team title. TheLumberjacks team score of 330 was 24
strokes better than second place Chequamegon (354). Medford was right behind
in third (356), followed by Antigo (358),
Lakeland (361), Ashland (363), Rhinelander (395), Hurley (396), Stanley-Boyd (402),
Northland Pines (414) and Wisconsin
Rapids (434).
Scholls 82 was good enough for him
to finish third invidiually behind Tuman
and Chequamegons Zach Carper (80).
Scholl was followed by Easts Jake Wolfgram and Ashlands Gavin Douglas, who
both shot 83s. Dan Donovan (84) of Lakeland came in sixth, just ahead of Chequamegons Kurt Mussatti (85). Easts Landon Dehnel and Antigos Sam Brettingen
tied for eighth with 86s.
Medford is back on the links on Tuesday for the first GNC meet of the season.
That meet takes place at Inshalla Country Club in Tomahawk. A week later, on
May 5, theyll be in Mosinee for the second GNC meet at Indianhead Golf Club.
Both meets have 2 p.m. start times.
Next Thursday the Raiders will head
to Nekoosa for a non-conference meet at
Lake Arrowhead Golf Course.

Seventh place at Ashland

The Raiders attended their first 18hole meet of the season last Thursday,
competeing at the Ashland Invitational.
Medford placed seventh out of 11
teams on the par-72 Chequamegon Bay
Golf Club. The meet gave the Raiders and
coach Dave Vaara a good look at several
other squads theyll be facing in conference and WIAA postseason play this year.
Scholl had a good day for Medford. He
carded an 85 (42-43) to lead the team. Kree
scored a 90, Perrin shot a 92, Lehman
came in at 94 and Knight rounded out the
roster with a 98.
Hayward won the meet with a team
score of 325. They were followed by
Bloomer (326), Lakeland (345), Ashland
(348), Northland Pines (350), Northwestern (357), Medford (361), Chequamegon
(381), Tomahawk (383), Hurley (407) and
Prentice (550).
Bloomers Kenny Berseth was the
meet medalist after carding a two-overpar 74. Noah Price, also from Bloomer,
took second with a 75. Haywards Bennett Orton and Ashlands Douglas tied in
third with 76s. Among GNC foes, Lakelands Curtis Geiger was the top scorer
after shooting a 79.


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April 23,
22, 2015

Gilman gets no-hitter from Johnson, plenty of offense in two wins

Continued from page 5
Tuesday, Johnson came back with a vengeance in a 12-0 win over the visiting Owen-Withee Blackhawks last Thursday.
She pitched all five innings and struck
out 11 while giving up only two walks
and a hit in the victory.
Emily is coming around. She struggled in her last start but came through

today. It helps that Morgan has been excellent behind the plate, Phelps said.
The Pirates jumped all over Blackhawks starter Stephany Heggemeier for
nine runs in the bottom of the first. After
Gilmans first three batters reached base,
cleanup hitter Webster crushed a grand
slam to put the Pirates up 4-0 with no one

Medford takes down Hatchets

Continued from page 4
Shaw, who had singled. The grand slam
was a no-doubt-about-it drive to left that
cleared the bases with one out and put
Medford ahead 6-1.
The second inning really gave us
confidence that we were going to win
this game, Hraby said. Lloyds home
run was the big blow. The bottom of the
order did a great job of setting the table
in that big inning.
Ahead of Bernatz in that inning, Brett
Hutchinson hit a one-out single, Smola
walked and Nick Drott singled. Shaws
single drove in Hutchinson to break a 1-1
tie to set up the grand slam. Bernatz went
three for four in the win.
That was more than enough offense
for Shaw, who improved to 2-0 in the
GNC with a solid seven-inning outing.
The sophomore lefty struck out four and
walked two in the four-hitter. One run
was earned, a sixth-inning solo homer
hit by Tomahawks Kaleb Kaminsky.
Shaws fielders choice in the third
drove in Trent Klemm, who had led off

the inning with a single down the leftfield line. Klemms single in the fourth
that just eluded the rightfielder drove in
Gradberg, who had singled earlier in the
Taylor was great again on the
mound, Hraby said. He did a great
job of keeping them off-balance all game
long. He also did a great job of controlling
the running game. He is pitching with a
lot of confidence and is starting to show
that he may be the ace of this pitching
Klemm and Gradberg each went two
for three and Shaw went two for four to
help the offense. Medford had 12 hits,
11 of which came off Tomahawk starter
Jordan Shilts in the first four innings.
Kaminsky pitched two scoreless innings,
allowing just one hit.
This was a big win, not only for conference standings, but also for regional
seeding, Hraby said. Tomahawk is a
good team, who will be tough to beat on
their home field the next time around.

out. Birkenholz, Hendricks, Sherfield,

Schmitt and Kendall Skabroud all went
on to get hits in the inning as Gilman
added five more to go up nine after one
The Pirates couldnt plate a run in the
second, but pushed their last three runs
across in the third inning. Johnson led
off with a walk and Webster drove her
home with a base hit for her fifth RBI
of the game. Schmitt reached home on a

single by Chause and Webster scored on

a Hendricks one-base hit.
The Blackhawks got a runner to second base in the fifth inning, but thats as
close as theyd get to scoring as Johnson
continued to shut them down.
Gilman clubbed a season-high 14 hits
as a team. Schmitt and Webster both
had three hits apiece. Hendricks and Skabroud each had a pair of hits. Schmitt
scored three runs and also drove in one.


Columbus Cath.
April 16: Gilman 12, Owen-Withee 0.
April 17: Gilman 10, Columbus Catholic 0;
Spencer 11, Greenwood 1; Prentice-Butternut 8,
Colby 6.
April 18: Rosholt 12, Colby 2; Amherst vs. Colby
at Rosholt.
April 21: Neillsville 12, Loyal-Granton 2.
April 23: Loyal-Granton at Gilman, Greenwood at Owen-Withee, Columbus Catholic at
April 24: Gilman at Greenwood, Owen-Withee
at Spencer, Neillsville at Colby.
April 27: Blair-Taylor at Loyal-Granton.
April 28: Colby at Gilman, Greenwood at
Neillsville, Spencer at Loyal-Granton, Columbus
Catholic at Owen-Withee.
April 30: Gilman at Owen-Withee, Neillsville
at Greenwood, Spencer at Colby, Loyal-Granton
at Columbus Catholic.


Rib Lake
April 17: Medford 2, Chequamegon 1 (10 inn.);
Marathon 7, Edgar 0; Phillips 16, Lakeland 1;
Abbotsford 14, Auburndale 4; Prentice-Butternut
8, Colby 6.
April 18: Tomahawk 10, Prentice-Butternut 4;
Tomahawk 21, Prentice-Butternut 6; Athens 3,
Hurley 0; Stratford 9, Athens 2.
April 23: Chequamegon at Edgar, Phillips at
Prentice-Butternut (B) Athens at Marathon.
April 24: Rib Lake at Chequamegon, Edgar at
April 27: Phillips at Rib Lake, Chequamegon
at Stratford, Edgar at Auburndale, Abbotsford at
North. Lutheran, Bruce at Prentice-Butternut.
April 28: Abbotsford at Edgar, Athens at
Prentice-Butternut, Phillips at Medford.
April 30: Rib Lake at Abbotsford, Athens
at Edgar, Chequamegon at Phillips, Northland
Pines at Prentice-Butternut.


keep your home safe by disposing of hazardous products properly

Medford Fairgrounds
Enter on Bauer Dr. East on Hwy. 64
8:00 am to 11:30 am
Gilman High School Student Parking Lot
7th Ave. North - Watch for signs
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Westboro Town Shop
9:30 am to 11:00 am
Maplehurst Town Hall
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Ma products you use in your home and yard contain hazardous materials. Improper disposal of
these products can cause fires, injuries to people and animals, and groundwater contamination.

Home and Garden

Garage and Workshop

Aerosol cans, full

Batteries, alkaline
Batteries - button/rechargeable
Dry cleaning solvent
Furniture polish
Florescent bulbs & ballasts
Metal polish, solvent-based
Pool chemicals
Shoe Polish
Spot remover
Stump remover

products such as paint thinner and paint.
or down the drain.

want before purchasing. Follow label directions for safe use,
storage and disposal.

Kitchen and Bathroom

Alcohol-based lotions
(perfume, aftershave)
Ammonia-based cleaners
Drain cleaner
Floor Care Products
Hair remover
Mercury Thermometer
Nail polish/remover
Oven cleaner
Permanent wave sol.
Solvent-based cleaners
Toilet/tub/tile cleaners

Limited to 70 lbs. of waste per customer

5 gallon size container maximum

Call Kyle Noonan at 715-748-1485

Artists paints & media
Autobody repair products
Battery acid
Brake Fluid
Car batteries
Car wax, Solvent-based
Contact cement
Driveway sealer
Fiberglass epoxy
Gasoline & other fuels
Glue, solvent-based
Glue, water-based
Lighter uid
Motor oil & lters
Other oils
Paint, Oil base
Paint thinner/stripper
Parts cleaner
Photographic chems.
Rust remover
Transmission uid
Waste Oil
Wood ller
Wood preservative


Also collecting agricultural chemicals, pharmaceuticals, old

appliances and electronics (Saturday, May 2 collection ONLY for
electronics), mercury thermometers and orescent light bulbs



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Whats Happening
Friday, April 24
Rummage and Bake Sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at
St. Louis Catholic Church basement in Dorchester.
Arts Walk from 4 to 7 p.m. Downtown Medford.
Acoustic performance by Andy Tackett from 6 to 10
p.m. at Marilyns Fire Station.
Kiwanis Big Ticket Bingo starting at 7 p.m. in the
Medford High School cafeteria.

Saturday, April 25
Taylor County Lion/Lioness Maple Festival
from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Taylor County Fairgrounds.
Rummage and Bake Sale from 8 to 11 a.m. at St.
Louis Catholic Church basement in Dorchester.
Last Bash at The Last Straw.
Opening for the Season with a Spring into the
Arts Tour at Munson Bridge Winery.
Parent/Child Pool Tournament starting at 10
a.m. at Hannahs Hen House.
2015 Sportsman Expo & Gun Show from 10:30
a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Greenwood.
Doubles Cribbage Tournament starting at 1 p.m.
at Foxys Cattail Tap.
Live music by Blue Moon Band from 9 p.m. to 1
a.m. at Hacienda.

Sunday, April 26
35th Annual Stetsonville Volunteer Firemen
Pancake Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at
Stetsonville Fire Station.
Opening for the Season with a Spring into the
Arts Tour at Munson Bridge Winery.

Friday, May 1
Our Town Players present Aunt Minnie from
Minnesota at 7 p.m. at Ogema Town Hall.

Saturday, May 2
Fish Boil from 5 p.m. to finish at Lublin Legion
Music by Lonie G starting at 6 p.m. at DCs
Our Town Players present Aunt Minnie from
Minnesota at 7 p.m. at Ogema Town Hall.

Sunday, May 3
Our Town Players present Aunt Minnie from
Minnesota at 2 p.m. at Ogema Town Hall.

Saturday, May 9
Rib Lake Spring Finders Crafter & Vendor
Event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rib Lake Middle School.
Tammy Graumann 9th Annual Fight the Cancer
Ride starting at noon from Chelsea Conservation Club
and music by The Wise Guys from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Wine & Food Pairing Event for JDRF from 4 to 7
p.m. at Marilyns.




Author visit

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Mystery author Deb Brod reads from her novel Getting Lucky during an author visit at the Frances L. Simek
Memorial Library on April 16. The event was sponsored by the Medford Library Foundation.

Author shares writing insights

Beginnings are exciting places for author Deb Brod.
She said they are filled with opportunity and chances.
The Illinois-based mystery writer shared her insights into writing at the Frances L. Simek Memorial
Library on April 16 as part of the librarys author
series. The event was sponsored by the Medford Library
Brods first book was published in 1989 and she has
eight books published with another to be released soon.
She writes under the name D.C. Brod.
Brod spoke about the writing process and how she develops characters and the challenges of being a mystery
writer. She said creativity needs to be exercised if it is to
continue to grow. She noted that it takes more time for
her to get back into her writing mode when she is away
from it for more than a few days.
Brod also answered questions about the impact of

electronic books and the role of self-published writing.

Brod said the advantages of traditional publication
methods are the insight and improvement to the final
product given by an editor. She said she has gone back
to what she thought was a completed novel and made
major changes to characters and plotlines at the suggestion of her editor. This, she said, made the book better.
Brod said self publication is a growing option for
many aspiring writers and a possible pathway into
more traditional publishing methods.
Brod also spoke of the mechanics of writing and
the need to carry the storyline throughout the book,
comparing it to the three acts screenwriters use when
they write for movies. She said the challenge for writers
and readers is often the middle section and the need to
keep the story moving along rather than dragging.
Brian Wilson

Rib Lake to hold Fine Arts Night April 28

The Rib Lake middle and high school bands will be
performing a concert, for the Annual Fine Arts Night,
entitled A Blast and the Past. Repertoire for the
program will include Morning Song, an arrangement
of a Gaelic folk melody made famous by Cat Stevens,
Ancient Voices, a piece that is mysterious and gives
the impression of traveling back in time, Beethovens
Overture to Egmont, Gustav Holsts First Suite in
Eb a staple of the band repertoire, and an exciting,

driven piece entitled Ruckus by Randall Standridge.

We hope that you are able to make time to join us
and hear this exceptional performance. The students
have put in a great deal of preparation and are excited
to share what they have learned with you, said Matt
Robisch, Rib Lake band director.
The concert will be held on April 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the
Rib Lake High School gymnasium.

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John Eaton sings his heart out at the concert.

Baseball theme

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Take me out to the ball game was the theme for the 2015 spring program at Holy Rosary School in Medford
Friday night. Here, Bristol Kraemer brings in the peanuts.

Whos on first?
Students reenact the comedy skit Whos on First.
Above are Sam Liske and
Brady Hupf, left are Brooke
Sommer and Joe Gierl, and
below are Ellee Grunwald
and Madison Christiansen

Anthony Doucette recites a portion of Casey at

the Bat.

Lining up
Teacher Sue Conn takes Angelo Mahner by the hand as students dance around
the gym during the school program.

Seventh inning stretch

Ann Hageness and Josh Klopf, along with the rest of the teachers and staff,
dance as part of the seventh inning stretch during Fridays school program.

Watching the dandelions grow

Elijah Mahner along with other members of the sixth and seventh grades raises a
flower during the song Right Field at Fridays school concert.



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The Medford Wrestling Club

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photos by Mark Berglund

Many town halls of the era had curtains with advertising on the stages like the one above the current cast.
Spirit, Ogema and Aurora are among the local halls with the historic curtains. The cast members are Julie Pemper,
Madison Kurtzbach, Dalpha Halvorson, and Sara Donahoe in the title role.

Friday, May 1st
can be faxed
to Ken
10 a.m.-??
Hot Dogs & Brats

Shes back

Brunner Well Drilling

Hwy. 13, Medford

Across from Cenex

Gas Station

Our Town Players revive Aunt Minnie from Minnesota

at Stetsonville Fire Station

Sunday, April 26, 2O15

7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

33nd Annual

at the Jump River Fire Hall

Friday, May 1st, 2015 4:30 to 8:30pm

Menu: All the Smelt you can eat,

Original cast
The original 1946 cast of Aunt Minnie from Minnesota
included Carol Johnson, Ruth Brown, Elmer Johnson,
Ethel Borg, Elsie Johnson, John Skagerberg, (back) Millie
Evans, Clayton Engstrom, Abra Erickson, Art Johnson,
Marge Johnson and George Oman.

Children ages 6-12 $4.50

5 years & under FREE

Sponsored by
Jump River Fire Department
& the Ladies Auxiliary


Come and join us for

a night of fun
for a good


NE Sat., May 9
Marilyns Catering
157 S. Whelen Ave.,
Downtown Medford

Seatings at
4 pm or 7 pm

Proceeds going to the Juvenile Diabetes

Research Foundation (JDRF) and Riding on Insulin (ROI).

Four mini courses served,

pairing each course with its best wine.
Seats are limited. Reservations taken
through May 7.
Call Marilyn at 715-360-0900
to reserve and pay for your seat(s).

Come celebrate
Mothers Day with a
fun night out!


Baked Beans, Dinner Roll, Potato Salad, Desserts, Coffee & Milk
Beer & Soda Available
Prices: Adults $9.00

(Emily Evans), Julie Pemper (Elvira Evans), Madison

Kurtzbach (Eva Evans), Tony Gonzalez (Emery
Erickson), Joey Nelson (Eddie Olsen), Anders
Holmquist (Elmer Swanson), Peggy Machnikowski
(Pearl Peterson), Eddie Erdmann (Andy Anderson),
Bekah Price (Margie Johnson) and Zoe Price (Nelly
Nelson) round out the cast. Mark Berglund

$35 eats

Colton Nelson is riding 100 miles for JDRF Bike

for a Cure in Death Valley California in October
and 140 miles for ROI in Montana in August.


Stetsonville Volunteer Firemen

Jump River Fire Department


35th Annual



The Our Town Players have reached back for its

new production as they will perform Aunt Minnie from
Minnesota on the stage at the Ogema town hall. It is
the 10th production from the group since 2006. It was
the first play performed by the group. The play has historic roots in the area as it was performed by the Spirit
Grange in 1946 at the Spirit town hall.
Performance dates are May 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. and
May 3 at 2 p.m. Advanced tickets are available at
Ogema Hill Gas and Go, The Rail Trail Cafe, Ogema
Library, Prentice IGA and Phillips Homespun Coffee
and Crafts.
Joyce Summers, current director of the play,
remembers seeing the group perform the play for the
first time on June 21, 1946 at the Spirit town hall. I
remember seeing this play when I was 9-years-old,
she said. I never forgot the laughter and the fun the
players were having on stage. This play inspired me to
direct plays.
The Grange was a fraternal group founded in 1867
to promote the political and economic well-being of
community and agriculture. A document from the time
lists the play and planting the first trees in the Spirit
school forest among the groups accomplishments for
the year.
Henry Rowland wrote and copyrighted the play in
1937. The themes he brought out then, a humorous look
at the struggles of keeping rural communities viable,
still ring true today. The current players are using the
same script as the 1946 cast as Ray Borg provided the
script his mother used to Summers. Since the copyright has expired on the play, she updated the names
and the town to Ogema.
Randy Hueckman is the only returning cast member
from 2006. He plays Worthington Winters, a promoter
from Minneapolis. The other cast members are Sara
Donahoe, (Aunt Minnie Miller), Dalpha Halvorson

by April 30th

For more information, call Shelley Nelson at 715-965-1425


Historic stage

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Thursday, April 23, 2015


More about the man behind Behind the Numbers

As of the printing of this paper, Ive been at The Star
News for seven-and-a-half months now. Over this time
Ive been able to attend and cover many sporting events
in Taylor County and have enjoyed every minute of
it. Who wouldnt want to write about sports and dig
through statistics every day? Of course, the soccer or
football games in pouring ran and snow arent the most
fun assignments, but not every sport can be played in 75
degrees and sun.
Ive written numerous stories, and several columns,
but I dont feel like people have gotten to know me as
a person. Youve probably seen the byline, Sports Reporter Bryan Wegter, and wondered, who is that guy?
With this column, I will strive to change that. It helps
me in my coverage to personally connect with the
coaches and players that I cover, so it seems only fair
that you, the readers, should connect with me.
I grew up in Antigo, a little over an hour away. Its
been interesting writing from what some would term,
the other side, here in Medford, but its given me a
unique perspective. Specifically, if Medford is playing
in Antigo, it allows me to stop and see my friends and
family, in addition to covering whatever sport happens
to be that night.
Ive been a sport nut all my life. I played baseball and
hockey until high school. As a baseball player, I was
exclusively a line-drive hitter with decent plate vision,

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VFW 2; J&B Custom Carpentry 7.
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Bryan Wegter

but passed up the sport in favor of playing golf in high

school, which was my true passion. By my sophomore
year I had made varsity. My fast rise led me to believe
that I could go nowhere but up and that I had yet to realize my potential. Im supremely self-critical of myself in
all aspects of life and that carried over to my golf game.
It came to the point where I was too hard on myself and
the game no longer became fun. My progress stagnated
and I never really got any better after my sophomore
year. From that point on, Ive taken a more relaxed approach to life.
Thats an important life-lesson for anyone. Dont take
things too seriously and learn to laugh at yourself.
I also played soccer in high school. For anyone that
even casually follows GNC soccer, youll know that Antigo has a traditionally horrible soccer program. Its a
football town, we were always looked down on as the
soccer team. That hasnt changed since I graduated in
2010. Theres not a lot of support in the community and
we seemed to internalize that in our games.
I played as a mid-fielder, but when every game was
spent chasing down the opponent and desperately trying to keep them from our penalty area, pretty much
everyone, no matter the position, became a defender out
there. Being a hopeless cellar-dweller did strange things
to our psyche. We went into each game knowing we
stood no chance, but we always played hard. We loved
the game, at least I know I did.
Im a soccer junky, I follow club teams across Europe
and the World Cup is my favorite sporting event, save
the Super Bowl. In the years since high school, Ive improved markedly as a player and student of the game,
if only I knew and understood in high school what I do
now. This summer Ill be coaching a team in the youth
soccer league in Medford and am excited to put my
knowledge and skills to the test instructing a new generation of players.
After high school, I went to the University of Minne-

sota. I had toured Madison, among other schools, and

obviously its a nice campus and city, but the Twin Cities had a much greater pull on me. I graduated in the
spring of 2014 with degrees in sport management and
journalism and in September of last year, accepted a position as sports reporter at The Star News.
The transition to Medford has been pretty easy, except for not knowing anyone here. Medford is a great
central Wisconsin town, but its not Minneapolis-St.
Paul when it comes to entertainment options. Im lucky
that several of my friends from college and high school
moved back to Antigo and still others go to school in Stevens Point. The drive to either of those places isnt too
bad, so every few weekends or so Ill make the trip to
see everyone.
Obviously, familiarizing myself with a new town and
lifestyle has been a little difficult. Its been hard moving
to a place where I dont know the small-town politics or
the whos who in town, and while Ive developed good
relationships with people here at the paper, I havent
made too many inroads with people here in the community, save for those I see on a regular basis covering
sports in Medford, Rib Lake and Gilman. As our sister
paper, The Record Review, has faced personnel changes,
Ive also written sports there over the past few months
and had the chance to cover the Marathon girls basketball team on their run to state.
If you see me at sporting events or around town,
dont hesitate to introduce yourself. Im a pretty quiet
guy, but I have no problem meeting people and talking
sports or photography or other topics. I know a lot about
sports, but youll also find I have pretty insightful views
on a lot of things, at least I think I do. When at sports
games, you can usually recognize me from the camera
gear and notepad I carry. So if you see a seemingly college-aged guy with a big camera at games, its probably
me. I say seemingly because I dont think I look much
older than a high school student.
I love statistics and numbers and in the past my columns have been very numbers oriented. In the future, I
hope to write more naturally, and hopefully about topics that people in Taylor County can relate to. I appreciate comments and feedback Ive received on previous
columns, and hope that you get as much enjoyment out
of reading my articles and columns as I do writing them.
Bryan Wegter is a sports reporter at The Star News.

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Asphalt 35, Haenels 5; Shell Shack 35, Turtle Club 5; Werner Sales
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April 13: Klingbeil Lumber 24, Taylor Credit Union 16; WTC 38,
Sports Page 2; Mayer Accounting 26, Fidelity Bank 14; Crossroads
29, blind 11; T&C Water 28, Northwest Mutual 12; JR Construction
25, Edgar Lanes 15.
Chad Lingen
Tim Klingbeil
Jess Haenel
Chad Lingen
Tim Klingbeil
Ray Mallo
April 20: Northwest Mutual 32, Sports Page 8; Taylor Credit Union
31, blind 9; Crossroads 27.5, JR Construction 12.5; Klingbeil Lumber
37, Edgar Lanes 3; WTC 28.5, Mayer Accounting 11.5; Fidelity Bank
34, T&C Water 6.
Three-Man Major League
Chad Lingen
Bill Wagner
Steve Richter
Chad Lingen
Bill Wagner
Tom Olson
April 14: Sports Page I 24, Rockys Cozy Kitchen 6; Klinner Insurance II 29, Nite Electric 1; BBs Aquatic II 29.5, Team Stihl .5; Krug
Bus 21, 8th Street Saloon 9; BBs Aquatic I 19, Country Gardens 11;
Klinner Insurance I 20.5, Sports Page II 9.5; Cindys Bar & Grill 21,
KZ Electric 9.
Tuesday Night Mixed League
Virgil Wysocki
Bob Schilling
Chris Kreklau
Justin Smith
Justin Smith
Virgil Wysocki
April 14: Fuzzys Bar 35, High View I 5; High View II 33.5, Riemer
Builders 6.5; Liske Marine 26.5, Medford Co-op 13.5.

Draeger scholarships

Submitted photo

The annual Ray Draeger Memorial Scholarships were presented to Medfords wrestling seniors at the teams
awards banquet. Winners, pictured with Lucille Draeger (mother of Ray Draeger) are Samantha Bowe, a team manager for four years, and Jacob Stamos, a four-year letter winner, and voted this years team Most Valuable Wrestler.
Also this season, Josh Brooks and Kolten Hanson were named first-team All-Academic All-Great Northern Conference, while Tucker Peterson made the second team and Brayden Fultz got honorable mention.



Thursday, April 23, 2015

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Submitted photo

Six get their birds during mentored hunt

The Taylor County Sportsmans Club and Chequamegon Spurtime Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation held their annual Spring Mentored Turkey Hunt on Saturday, April 4. Twenty youth hunters participated, mentored by 35 adults. Six of the hunters bagged turkeys during the days hunt. On Friday, April 3, the youth hunters gathered
at the Northwoods Archers clubhouse for training sessions on hunting safety and turkey calling. They were also given a history lesson on how turkeys were re-introduced to
the area. Successful hunters, pictured l. to r. in the front row, include Luke Carlson, who was mentored by Phil Carlson and Paul Carlson; Jeremy Dubois, mentored by Rod
Andreasen; Braden Kestler, mentored by Joe Grunewald and David Kohn; Bryant Konieczny, mentored by Rick Zenner and Steve Zenner; Justin Sullivan, mentored by Jason
Steliga and Len Hamman; and Alex Nicks, mentored by Ryan Strebig and Michael Nicks.

Bigger fish, better bag limits should set stage for strong season opener
With less than two weeks to go until
the general season fishing opener on
Saturday, May 2, Wisconsin Department
of Natural Resources (DNR) fisheries
experts are reporting many reasons for
Statewide trout populations appear
healthy, largemouth bass numbers remain strong and an anticipated threefish daily bag limit for walleye in Ceded
Territory waters will mean new opportunities for anglers in all regions of the
DNR fisheries biologists say the
warmer weather so far this spring has
moved up the timetable for spawning activity statewide, with several rivers flowing into Green Bay reporting historically
strong runs of walleyes that have drawn
early season anglers from throughout
the Midwest.
During our electrofishing surveys,
in an hour and a half we were getting
250 walleyes and the average size was
22 inches at least, said Mike Donofrio,
a DNR fisheries team supervisor based
in Peshtigo. Weve been seeing similar numbers and size structure on the
Menominee, Peshtigo, Oconto and Fox
rivers. These are historically high numbers and continue a trend weve seen for
the past five years. People have been lining up along the shores and given the low
gas prices, people are driving from Iowa,
Minnesota and all over Wisconsin. Local
hotels have been filled.
The early season on major tributaries
to Green Bay started March 2 and runs
to May 1 with a one-fish daily bag limit,
but the action has been drawing anglers
eager for the experience. After spawning, the fish typically move out of the
river and begin looking for food good
news for anglers who will be working the
shoreline in the weeks ahead.
These fish are voracious predators
and they put on the feedbag after spawning, Donofrio said. In addition to the
walleyes, we are also hearing reports of
very good brown trout fishing on Green
Bay (where the season is continuous).
Between the walleyes and the brown
trout, its shaping up to be a great spring
and summer.
Anglers also have much to look forward to in northern Wisconsin, where a
new three-walleye daily bag limit is anticipated to be in effect for the first time

on most lakes and rivers in the Wisconsin Ceded Territory. The rule replaces
the previous system of annually adjusted
bag limits with equally-protective minimum length and slot limits to manage
angler harvest of adult walleye at levels
that can be supported over time, according to Mike Vogelsang, the DNRs north
district fisheries supervisor.
On most lakes, the three bag daily
limit includes a 15-inch minimum combined with a protected slot of fish between 20 and 24 inches and one fish greater than 24 inches, Vogelsang said. The
idea behind the protected slot is to help
conserve walleyes that are just entering
their prime spawning years. The threebag limit was developed in response to
angler feedback seeking more consistency throughout the Ceded Territory.
The daily bag limits of three walleyes
apply to an individual lake. An angler
can go to another water and harvest an
additional two fish to meet the total daily
bag limit of five in Wisconsin waters.
However, the angler cannot have more
than three fish in their immediate possession and must take the three fish harvested from the first lake back to a house
or cabin before traveling to the next lake.
In west central and southwest Wisconsin, anglers interested in trout will find
larger fish this year, although overall
numbers are down from their recent historic highs, according to Heath Benike,
a DNR fisheries operations supervisor
based in Black River Falls.
The streams are in really good condition, Benike said. We had a period of
probably eight to 10 years where we had
super high densities and the past several
years. The numbers are down just a bit,
but the size structure is going to be better
because of this. There are still a lot of fish
out there.
Bass anglers also will have reason to
cheer as largemouth bass populations
are running at or near historic highs, Benike said.
If you are a bass angler, the largemouth bass populations have never been
stronger, he said.
Largemouth bass populations have
become so abundant in some waters that
largemouth bass fishing regulations have
been liberalized in an effort to encourage
harvest of small, surplus fish in the population. It should be noted that there is a

catch-and-release season for smallmouth

bass in parts of northern Wisconsin that
runs from May 2 to June 19.
The general Wisconsin fishing season
runs from May 2, 2015 to March 6, 2016.
However a variety of local and species
specific rules may apply. To learn more
about statewide fishing regulations, visit and search fishing regulations. For a complete calendar, search
fishing season dates.
Anglers can find fish species information, boat access sites, shore fishing
areas, lake information and regulations
by downloading the free Wisconsin Fish
and Wildlife mobile app, which includes
a full array of fishing information.
Wisconsin residents and nonresidents
16 years old or older need a fishing li-

Its a repeat

cense to fish in any waters of the state.

Residents born before Jan. 1, 1927 do not
need a license and resident members of
the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty are
entitled to obtain a free fishing license
when on furlough or leave.
Anglers can buy a one-day fishing license that allows them to take someone
out to try fishing. If they like it, the purchase price of that one-day license will be
credited toward purchase of an annual
license. The one day license is $8 for residents and $10 for nonresidents.
Buying a license is easy and convenient over the internet through the Online Licensing Center on the DNR website at all authorized sales locations, or
by calling toll-free 877-LICENSE (877-9454236).

Submitted photo

PBRs Lounge Around successfully defended its Wednesday Night Mens pool
league and tournament championships it won in the 2013-14 season in the recentlycompleted 2014-15 season. The team received this years trophies last week at the
leagues awards banquet at The High View Inn. Team members responsible for the
repeat include Jim Metz, Josh Bockin, Dave Duesing, Bill Retterath, Larry Dassow,
Mike Retterath and Danny Cypher.



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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Fishing proposals pass at spring fish and wildlife hearings

Proposals to simplify Wisconsins inland trout fishing regulations and to improve panfish populations on
100 lakes statewide received overwhelming support by
voters at the 2015 Spring Fish and Wildlife Hearings and
Conservation Congress county meetings that were
held in every county statewide on Monday, April 13.
Voters also strongly supported increasing the possession limit for small game, setting a 9 a.m. opener for
the first day of the pheasant season and expanding waterfowl hunting opportunities by increasing the areas
where hunting is allowed from boats and blinds.
More than 4,600 people attended the public hearings,
which provide citizens with an opportunity to comment
and indicate preference on a wide range of proposed fish
and wildlife management rule changes, Conservation
Congress advisory questions, and to submit resolutions
for rule changes they would like to see in the future.
Statewide hearing results and the questions are available by searching the Department of Natural Resources
website,, for keywords spring hearings.
Meeting results, along with written comments on
the evenings questions and DNR recommendations are
used to advise the state Natural Resources Board. This
years results will be reviewed at the boards May 27
meeting in Madison. Votes are non-binding and are presented to the Natural Resources Board as a gauge of the
publics support or non-support for proposed changes.
The hearings are held annually on the second Mon-

day in April in conjunction with the Wisconsin Conservation Congress county meetings. DNR-related proposals are presented to attendees by DNR staff. Following
DNR business, the meeting is reconvened as a Conservation Congress meeting and Congress advisory questions are presented.
The spring hearings also provide an opportunity

Preliminary bobcat harvest information available

Preliminary harvest data from Wisconsins 2014-15
bobcat seasons has shown that hunters and trappers
harvested 274 bobcats. Preliminary data combines both
state and tribal harvest information, and final harvest
information should be available by mid-June.
This marks the fifth year of expanded bobcat harvest
and includes results from the newly opened southern
bobcat harvest zone.
Wisconsins bobcat population is doing well and
continues to expand into central and southwest Wisconsin, said John Olson, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources furbearer ecologist. 2014 is also notable
for efforts to improve population estimate procedures.
This is a high priority for the department and key conservation partner groups. We share a hope that better
population estimates will lead to expanded hunting and
trapping opportunities.


An Outdoormans


Mark Walters sponsored by

Saturday, April 11
High 62, Low 30
Up at 4 a.m., almost a one-mile walk to a blind we set
up last night and I think for the first time Selinas stride
is faster than mine.
Long before daylight we are sitting in our blind. Once
night becomes day, we will be overlooking a harvested
soybean field where we have placed a hen and a jake decoy.
Last night Rod, Selina and I put out the blind, saw
a large flock of turkeys and a whole bunch of deer and
also met with a neighbor who gave Selina permission to
hunt his land as well.
There are several turkeys gobbling in trees maybe
150 yards away as the sun starts brightening up the eastern horizon. By 6 a.m. it is obvious by their gobbling
they have flown down and, for now at least, they are
working away from our blind.
When Selina and I hunt turkeys, our blind literally
becomes a bedroom, kitchen and library. Selina has two
books along and a blanket (for nap time). I have a propane stove for hot cocoa, chili and brats.
We sit in opposite directions of each other so that
hopefully, if our quarry appears, we see it as soon as
At 6 a.m. I saw our first and what would be our last
turkey of the day about 400 yards away on a hill top. It
appeared to be a male so I gave it a hello with my dads
(the late Robert Walters) favorite box call, which Quaker Boy makes. It is a Little One-Sider.
The jake liked what he heard and in about two minutes, he was cozying up to his hopeful lover.
Selina had five minutes where she could have har-

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Hello friends,
Wisconsins youth turkey hunt is an excellent way to
get kids outdoors and hunting in a very simple and positive way. Each year my 14-year-old daughter Selina and
I choose a different place to hunt and we always make a
weekend of it. Although Selina has put her tag on three
gobblers in the last three years, she has never harvested
a turkey during the youth turkey hunt.
This year we killed two birds with one stone. Selina
and I headed down to Dodge County. We hunted and
visited with my good friend Rod Bensley and his wife
Wendy on their 200-acre pheasant hunting preserve
(Roosters Run) and had a real go-for-it weekend of turkey hunting.

136 W. Broadway

Last-minute turkey

for citizens of each county to elect Wisconsin Conservation Congress delegates to represent them on natural resource issues. The Conservation Congress is the
only statutorily recognized citizen advisory body to the
Natural Resources Board. During the Congress portion
of the hearing, citizens may introduce resolutions for
consideration and vote by those attending the hearings.

Fax: 715.767.5436


vested that jake but passed with the hopes that she
would have a chance at a mature tom.
Selina and I put 13 hours in the blind today and loved
every minute of it. At the end of the day we had a great
meal with Rod and Wendy.

Sunday, April 12
High 67, Low 31
I met Rod Bensley back in the fall of 2011 when my
golden retriever Ice had just passed away and Fire, my
current 4-year old, literally went into a severe depression as a 9-month old pup two months before her first
hunting season.
Training for the hunting season was not a priority
for Fire, and it was Rod to the rescue.
Rod trains hunting dogs in the summer. By working
with pigeons, pheasants and chukars, he helped pull
Fire out of a deep, dark funk.
Today, as a bonus for this weekend, Rod let five chukars go for his 7-month-old Drahthaar Gretta to flush
and Selina to attempt to shoot. Selina only hit one of five
chukars and was kind of embarrassed.
Later, Rod let five more chukars go and we had Fire
find and flush them. Fire was really good and Selina
smoked four of the five.
This morning, Selina and I are in the blind at 5:15
a.m. Though there are birds gobbling in the woods, we
did not see a turkey.
At 10:20 a.m., I told Selina that we had 10 minutes left
to hunt as we had to take down our blind and meet Rod.
At 10:28, two beautiful toms appeared out of the woods
with their eyes fixed on the decoys. We watched both
toms in easy shooting range, but they were too close to
each other as they approached the decoys.
The toms put their attention onto the jake and literally knocked him off his pedestal. I told Selina when they
get three feet apart drop one. The biggest tom had the
unfortunate luck of getting three feet from his comrade,
who was doing terrible things to my decoy. Selina put
a load of lead into him, I looked at my cell phone and it
said 10:29.
We put 18 hours in the blind and had a blast!

The departments bobcat population estimate research is led by Nathan Roberts, the departments furbearer research scientist.
This autumn, we worked with trappers to place GPS
satellite collars on seven bobcats, Roberts said. We
will be collaring more animals this upcoming year and
these collared bobcats will help us better understand
the status of bobcats in northern Wisconsin to update
our population models and improve our annual quotasetting decisions.
Annual harvest quota recommendations are made
by the Furbearer Advisory Committee, which includes
DNR staff, tribal and partner agency representatives
and individuals from key user groups. Wisconsins bobcat hunting and trapping seasons are divided into early
(mid-October to December 25) and late (December 26 to
January 31) time periods. These early and late seasons
for each zone can be closed early, if needed, to stay within approved harvest goals.
Harvested bobcats must be reported within 24 hours.
Successful harvesters must receive an in-person registration tag from a local conservation warden within
five days of the month of harvest and must provide the
bobcat carcass to the department for scientific examination. Department staff use data collected from this
examination to monitor population age structure, pregnancy rates and litter sizes. This information is tracked
annually to allow adjustments to harvest based on overall size and health of the bobcat population.
For more information regarding bobcat hunting and
research in Wisconsin, visit and search keyword furbearers.

Learn to Hunt Bear

registration in final month
People interested in learning to hunt Wisconsin
black bears have until May 27 to apply to participate in
a Learn to Hunt Bear program featuring classroom and
field instruction capped with a real hunt with skilled
The Learn to Hunt Bear program represents a special opportunity for novice hunters of any age, said
Keith Warnke, hunting and shooting sports coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources. Working
in partnership with many dedicated bear hunters local
conservation organizations, wardens and wildlife managers, successful Learn to Hunt Bear events have been
held across northern Wisconsin during the last several
In 2014, DNR conservation wardens and dedicated
bear hunters coordinated LTH Bear events for roughly
35 participants out of 70 applicants. Individuals who
participate in these events leave with the skills and
basic building blocks needed to hunt for a bear in the
Participation in the DNR Learn to Hunt Bear program is limited, so qualified applications will be evaluated and winners drawn and notified in mid-June.
Documents and applications for the Learn to Hunt Bear
program can be found on the DNR website and must be
postmarked by May 27.
The program is intended for people who would not
have any opportunity to experience bear hunting without it. Anyone who is age 10 and older who has not participated in a Learn to Hunt Bear event and has not previously purchased a Class A or Class B bear license, or
applied for preference points may apply.
However, applicants with a connection to bear hunting through family and friends will be given lower priority in the selection process.
In 2005, the DNR began the Learn to Hunt Bear program as another outreach program for novice hunters.
Other opportunities featured in the Learn to Hunt program include turkey, deer, pheasant, upland game and
waterfowl. For more information search the DNR website,, for LTH.

The Star News

April 23, 2015 Page 15

Milestones, Memories, Births, Engagements, Weddings

Adapt or die applies to life

I am by nature reflective. Calmness, stability, the capacity for thoughtful observation of the truths basic to
human nature and the unfolding of perennial realities
of the world around us these are the things that my
personality is inclined to. So I make my living in the IT
world, a place run by youngsters with the attention span
of a goldfish, whose guiding principle is a horror of the
oldness of 30 seconds ago.
But then, the nature of any business can be boiled
down to the aphorism Adapt or Die. Its like the principles of evolution have taken an especially tight hold
of the business world, and any enterprise that has
survived is an organism ever changing to meet the demands of the world around it.
A person might think that something as real and
earthy as farming might be exempt, that rural life ought
to be a bastion of traditional ways, a culture of the ancient and stable. Surely in farming we would find the
soul of what is predictable and perennial, an unchanging oasis in the chaos of our modern world. That sound
you hear is a thousand farmers laughing until they cry.
I was reminded of that recently when I stopped by
the parking lot at the corner of 13 and 64 on a recent
Saturday. I was there to pick up a pork roast and some
ground beef from the Futility Farms trailer that has
been parked there twice a month through the winter,
and will soon be there each Saturday for the Farmers
Tom and I have developed a strong preference for
Futility Farms meat. From the chickens in our crockpot
to the brats on our grill, weve found that we: 1) like the
taste of critters that have been able to run free; 2) prefer
the idea that they had a chance at a normal life and a
humane end; and 3) are pretty well persuaded that the
end product is probably a healthier one.
As a small business owner, Beverly has weathered
the usual string of disasters (sick calves) and windfalls
(Ken), but has lately been facing a dilemma brought on
by the technological progress of modern farming. Her
usual source of bull calves has been Holsteins that were
unwanted by dairy farmers, which she has raised up
on her pasturage until they are ready for conversion
to hamburger. But now farmers are apparently able
to select Holstein embryos for gender long before they
achieve the status of adorable calves capering about the
That, obviously, makes for fewer bull calves which
are therefore much more expensive. The business question facing Futility Farms then becomes one of pricing:
Will their customers be willing to pay more than they
have in the past for grass-fed beef ? Maybe you can help
out. How much would you be willing to pay for this product in contrast to what can be found elsewhere?

St. Judes Novena

May the Sacred Heart of
Jesus be adored, glorified, loved
and preserved throughout the
world, now and forever.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray
for us.
St. Jude, worker of miracles,
pray for us.
St. Jude, helper of the
hopeless, pray for us.
Say this prayer nine times
a day. On the eighth day your
prayers will be answered. It
has never been known to fail.
Publication must be promised.
Thank you, St. Jude

Pick a designated
driver ahead of time.
Be smart. If you know
you are going to drink,
turn your keys over to a
friend before the
evening gets started.
By being responsible,
you can help save


The Table
Sally Rassmussen
Go to to give your input.
When I was trying to think of a recipe, I realized that
I generally dont get very fancy with meat. The crockpot
is my good friend, there. Recently, though, I was faced
with some leftover pot roast. Tom suggested a recipe
from his childhood that really came out rather well.

Toms Sandwich Spread

You will need a meat grinder Ive got an old handcrank one that works just fine. Cut the meat up into halfinch cubes for easiest grinding, and put them through
the grinder along with chopped onion, celery and sweet
pickles, in the proportions that seem good to you. Mix
the ground up mess with pickle juice and mayonnaise (I
prefer creamy Caesar dressing, because I just dont like
mayo much) until its a good consistency for a sandwich

photo by Sara Matyka, Northwoods Photography

Eric Fallos and Rebecca Larson

Rebecca Larson and Eric Fallos announce their engagement. She is the daughter of James and Janet Sova
of Medford. He is son of Mark Fallos and Paula Weinke,
both of Rib Lake.
The bride-to-be graduated from Medford Area Senior
High in 2006. She is a member service representative at
Taylor Credit Union of Medford.
The groom-elect graduated from Rib Lake High
School in 2003 and from Chippewa Valley Technical
College with an automotive degree. He is an automative
technician at Craigs Automotive in Medford.
The couple plans a July 25 wedding at Our Saviours
Lutheran Church in Medford.

Ashley Schreiner and James Wilson.


Robert and Brenda Schreiner of Athens and Russell

and Katie Wilson of De Soto announce the engagement
of their children, Ashley Marie Schreiner and James
Charles Wilson.
The bride-to-be graduated from Athens High School
in 2009 and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in
2013 with a Bachelor of Science in animal science with a
chemistry minor. She is a livestock production specialist for Heartland Cooperative Services of Dorchester.
The groom-elect graduated from West Salem High
School in 2006 and UW-Stevens Point in 2010 with a
Bachelor of Science in forest management. He owns
Wilson Forestry of Athens.
The couple plans a July 25 wedding at St. Anthonys
Catholic Church in Athens.

photo by Denis Linley, Leaning Tree Photography, Baraboo

BradleyHartman and Megan Stahnke


Megan Jean Stahnke and Bradley Donald Hartman of

Medford announce their enagement. She is the daughter of Terry and Jane Stahnke of Medford. He is the son
of Donald and Diann Hartman of Medford.
The bride-to-be graduated from Medford Area Senior
High in 2009 and from Northcentral Technical College
in 2014 with a medical assistant degree. She manages
the People Department at McDonalds and is a certified
medical assistant at Aspirus Medford Clinic.
The groom-elect graduated from Medford Area Senior High in 2009. He works at Meyer Manufacturing
in Dorchester.
The couple plans an Aug. 8 wedding in Medford.



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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Winners of B.U.G.S.S. essay contest announced

The B.U.G.S.S program stands for Busy Using Good
Study Skills.
Any student that has less than three missing assignments is a part of the quarterly B.U.G.S.S. Club. Chip
Courtney, area Kiwanian, and Sue Eloranta, elementary counselor, dressed in bug costumes to come in and
congratulate students that have met their goal, and
hand out their buttons. Students that dont have any
missing assignments get to eat with their principals,
teachers, Courtney, and the school counselor and are
presented with a special certificate.
After the 3rd quarter there is an essay contest. The
fourth graders write, How the B.U.G.S.S. Club has
helped them. Its always fun to hear from the students first hand on how the program has helped motivate them to work hard at completing all their assignments on time, Eloranta said.
The BUGSS Club is looking forward to the special
Kiwanis luncheon at the end of the year. Its a great
opportunity for the kids to meet our sponsors and get
recognized for being so responsible, Eloranta said.
Here are their winning essays:
How the B.U.G.S.S. (Busy Using Good Study
Skills) Club has helped me! by Martha Miller in
Rachel Mildbrands 4th grade class at MAES
The B.U.G.S.S. Club has helped me to better understand how important having good study skills are. For
an example, the B.U.G.S.S. Club gives rewards to the
kids that have all their assignments in on time. That
pushed me to do better. Its not only B.U.G.S.S. Club
that should push you I thought, but also you should turn
your stuff in always on time. In later grades it rewards
you by being proud of yourself and will help you get into
colleges with better grades.
It also helps me be a less forgetful person every
day. To me its practice for other things not just homework. For example I remember to bring my sweatshirt
or my water bottle home.
As you know B.U.G.S.S. Club has helped me not only

From past files of The Star News

April 21, 2005
A proposed horse barn at the Taylor
County Fairgrounds remains in limbo
following a vote by the Taylor County
Board Tuesday to not address the issue
at all.
In February, the countys Buildings
and Grounds Committee approved allowing a 50 foot by 60 foot building
to be built as requested by the Horse
Association. However, as the April 8
meeting, the committee reversed itself
and instead voted 2-1 to table the issue
for a year because of the potential to
sell the fairgrounds property due to the
proposed Walmart development east of
the fairgrounds.
Late last week, Supervisor Diane
Albreacht, who chairs the buildings
and grounds committee, and Supervisor Lester Lewis attempted an endrun around the committees action by
bringing the issue to the full county
board for a vote. The two supervisors
drafted a resolution calling for the construction of the building as originally
approved at the February meeting.

April 25, 1990
Donohue & Associates (the citys
engineering firm) was given the green
light last week to begin testing the site
of a new city well planned to be dug

submitted photo

BUGSS essay winners

Pictured are (l. to r.) Sue Eloranta, elementary counselor, Martha Miller, Allie Paulson, Hope Faude, and Medford
Kiwanian Chip Courtney.
to be a better person, but in many other ways too.
How the B.U.G.S.S. (Busy Using Good Study
Skills) Club has helped me! by Hope Faude in Elizabeth Orths 4th grade class at MAES
The B.U.G.S.S. Club has helped me so much. Now I
am working harder and trying my best. I never thought
that I could do so much on my own. The B.U.G.S.S..
Club pushed me to get everything done on time. That
is why the B.U.G.S.S. Club has really helped me alot.

near Shattuck Street.

Testing will determine if there is
enough ground water in that area to support a new well, and also what effect, if
any, a new well would have on private
wells in that area.
There is some concern that a new
well in that area could dry up the surrounding wells, and we believe it would
be in the best interest of the City to do
more testing, Carl Michels of Donohue
told the Common Council last week.
Michels said three test wells would be

April 22, 1965
A number of resolutions and petitions
were introduced during the Wednesday
morning session of the county boards
spring meeting just prior to press deadline.
Among unfinished business matters
as of Wednesday noon when the board
recessed until 2 p.m., were a petition for
county trunk C improvements, hiring of
another police officer and proposed wage
The petition from the town of Browning, signed by Julius Bizer and 18 others,
asked that the road between Browning
and Deer Creek leading from highway
64 to county trunk A be given immediate
consideration. Declaring that nothing
had been done since the placing of the
road on the county trunk system in 1962,
the petitioners stated that the economy
of the area has been hurt by the delay.

How the B.U.G.S.S. (Busy Using Good Study

Skills) Club has helped me! by Allie Paulson in Julee Klemms 4th grade class at MAES
The B.U.G.S.S. Club has helped me become a better
student because when Im older it makes me realize Im
a better person when I hand things in on time. It helps
me to care about getting good grades. When someone
gets their sticker removed it reminds me to work harder. Thank you B.U.G.S.S. Club.

rmann. The project provides for a good

deal of construction work. This will consist of:
Construction of refuge areas, feed
hoppers, and stations for game birds and
animals, constructing, expanding and
reconstructing ranger stations, garages, custodians residences, fire towers,
truck trails, fire breaks and shelters, water supply facilities, a fish hatchery, tree
and plant nursery, forest and roadside
picnic and rest area facilities, improving
streams, lakes, and forest stands and performing other work.
Work will be done on both publicly
and privately owned property.


April 20, 1915
Rev. J. B. Sneddon, who has filled
the Episcopal pulpit in this city so acceptably the past two years left for his
old home in Scotland Monday. His acquaintances and friendship has been
an inspiration and delight to many out
side of his church membership who
with them will hope that he may some
day take up his residence in this city
again. Bon voyage.
Oscar Pueschner is building a 32x104
barn on his farm in town Little Black.

Remember When April 2005

April 18, 1940

A project of $24,888 for Taylor county

to conduct general conservation work
has been approved by President Roosevelt, according to word received this
week from Congressman B. J. Geh-

Firefighters from Westboro and the state Department of Natural Resources battle
a fire that destroyed a workshop and garage at the home of Lawrence and Nellie
Tlusty, W5805 CTH D. The building and its contents, including power tools and
tractors, were completely destroyed. The cause of the fire, which took more than
five hours to extinguish, is undetermined.

Rib Lake High School

Thursday, April 23, 2015

third quarter honor roll


Blomberg, Brooke Buehler, Emily
Colson, Adam Dums, Jared Hovde, Cody
Matyka, Erin Probst and Chelsea Shook.
High Honor Kyle Annala 12,
Shawna Annala 11, Megan Beard 12,
Krista Betz, Kaitlyn Cardey, Keesha
Clark, Regan Dobbs, Nick Eisner, Emily
Espinoza, Rachel Filipiak, Carter
Hopkins, Moriah Hopkins, Rachel
Hoyt , Branden Jerome, Kelli Lueck,
Kyle Matyka, Jonathan Monty, Keith
Perkins, Tiffany Peterson, Josh Probst,
Zoe Reissner, Emily Richardson, Ciara
Scheithauer, Sean Schreiner, Julie
Schubert, Katherine Strobach, TrayVon
Sutherland, Hunter Swan, Mariah
Thums, Cody Van Luven, Tristian

Weinzatl, Kylie Weise, Megan Wiitala

and Hailey Wudi.
Honor Jerod Arkola, Jordan
Blomberg, Ricky Boomer, Bryanne
Brugger, Samantha Butler, Donald Dums,
Kelly Ertl, Caitlyn Fitzl, Joe Frombach,
Lindsay Grubbs, McKay Hamann, David
Hoffland, John Hoffland, Dalton KaysHutchinson, Cole Klemann, Kyle Koch,
Cassidy Kohls, Patrick Matyka, Carson
Patrick, Cullen Peterson, Kassie Quante,
Jerry Reinhardt, Garrett Richardson,
Casey Scheithauer, Joe Scheithauer,
Samantha Staab, Rebecca VanLuven,
Gracie Weinke, Noah Weinke, Rachel
Wilhelm, Austin Winter and Austin

Experts help area residents

combat invasive species
Area residents are currently participating in a voluntary effort to combat the
spread of purple loosestrife, an invasive
plant that is taking over shorelines and
wetlands across many areas in central
Wisconsin. This project, running from
April to July, enables volunteers to establish temporary habitat for a type of
beetle that eats purple loosestrife, according to Kaycie Stushek, an aquatic invasive species (AIS) specialist at Golden
Sands Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council in Stevens Point.
Collaborators on local projects have
included Wisconsin River Academy,
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
biology students, Marathon County
Planning & Zoning Committee, local
residents, Friends of the Little Wolf
Headwaters, the About Face program of
Rawhide Boys Ranch, Waupaca Natural

Worship service at
Perkinstown church



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A worship service will be held on Sunday, April 26 at 7 p.m. at Perkinstown

Community Church. The pastor will be
Alvin Stoll from the South Lawrence
Mennonite Church.

Resources Foundation, Fox Valley Trout

Unlimited, Waupaca County Master Gardeners, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and the Waupaca County
Land and Water Conservation Department.
As part of their regional AIS program,
Golden Sands RC&D also conducts aquatic invasive species surveys on area lakes
to detect new populations of invasive
species. Additionally, they assist local
residents by organizing volunteer work
parties to remove these new populations,
and help develop management plans to
attack the larger, more established populations.
Anyone in Green Lake, Marquette,
Portage, Waushara, Waupaca, Wood,
Taylor or Marathon county is eligible
to request free aquatic invasive species
training workshops. Topics offered include AIS identification and monitoring, watercraft inspection training, and
purple loosestrife biocontrol training.
Interested residents are encouraged to
request workshops early in the season.
Persons interested in learning more
about these workshops and programs
can contact Golden Sands RC&D at 715343-6215, or, or


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Thursday, April 23, 2015


502 Second Street,

Rib Lake

236 N. 3rd Street,


248 S. 3rd Street,


W7421 Perkinstown Avenue,


1114 Landall Avenue,

Rib Lake

Is it time for you to collect rent?

This excellent investment property
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separate water heaters, all have
washer & dryer hook-ups &
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Ranch style home with many

updates inside & out. Beautiful
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new carpet, stamped concrete
patio & walkway, roof and lovely
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Two story, 3 bedroom, 2 bath

city home with maintenance free
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with a detached 2 car garage and
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3 bedroom, 2 bath ranch style

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Cute single story, 2 bedroom, 1

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lots of original trim, rst oor
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1404323......................$90,000 1404396....................$109,750 1406204......................$79,500 1407458....................$180,000 1500704......................$56,000



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or in person at 180 Medford Plaza, Medford 715.748.6670



is seeking a


Please send resume to:
W6198 Cty. Rd. O,
Medford, WI 54451
or email to:
WADAL Plastics, Inc. is seeking candidates
for the position of Warehouse Specialist
on 1st shift. Individuals must be motivated,
organized, detail-oriented and able to work
with little supervision. Duties include preparing
and receiving daily shipments along with
associated paperwork, scheduling trucks, and
managing inventory. Candidates must be
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forklift and straight truck. Clean driving record
Benefits include health insurance, company
paid life insurance, 401(k), paid vacations and
Apply in person or send your confidential
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Resumes and applications accepted through

April 30, 2015.

Hiring Company Drivers

and Owner Operators
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wages & 401K

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Georgia Kraus
District Administrator
School District of Gilman
325 North Fifth Avenue
Gilman, Wisconsin 54433
Application Deadline:
Friday, May 15, 2015


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Attn: Human Resources
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Medford, WI 54451

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DUMP TRUCK driver. Jack
Hartwig Trucking, 715-2577409

RN, LPN Openings

pick up wood behind processor.
Ponsse equipment. Competitive pay and benets. Blomberg
Logging Inc., 715-493-1111.

Aspirus Care & Rehab - Medford


Respect, Caring, & Teamwork is what Aspirus Care & Rehab is all about.

Corporation is accepting applications for CNC programmer,
CNC machinists, painters, press
brake operator, production welders and general labor. Competitive wage, excellent fringe
benets. Normal work week
is four 10-hour days - Monday through Thursday. Apply
in person at Meyer Mfg. Corp.,
Hwy. A West, Dorchester, WI.


Medford Ofce Hwy. 13 South


Would you like to experience a more personal touch with your patients?
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160 ACRES hunting land within
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trails throughout, area cleared
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River, WI. $384,000. 715820-1546


We have a part-time (24 hours a week), benet eligible opportunity working

PM shifts during the week and every other weekend and holiday.

PULP TRUCK driver. Loader experience preferred, but willing to

train the right applicant. Competitive pay and benets. Blomberg
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110 Wayne Trail,
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with full master bath, walk-in closet and
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410 Broadway St.,
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Beautiful open concept 3 bed, 1.75 bath
home overlooking Rib Lake. Custom
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Cabinets. 2 Car attached garage with
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workshop. Spectacular lake views.

6.2 ACRE lot tested for holding tanks or mound to be sold

with home package, $19,000.
See Wausau Homes Medford
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N6786 Timber Drive,
Rib Lake
Excellent country location. 3 bed, 1 full
bath home with a 32x20 detached garage
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OLD BARNS and sheds wanted
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06 Ford Fusion, loaded..................................$7,788/$199 mo.
07 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT.......................$6,988/$188 mo.
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07 Honda Odyssey EX...................................$9,777/$284 mo.
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08 Chevy Trailblazer LT ................................$12,777/$309 mo.
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11 Dodge Avenger Express..........................$13,777/$299 mo.
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01 Chevy Impala
13 Ford F150 C/C Fx4
00 Chevy K1500 E/C
08 Dodge Avenger
10 Chevy Impala


11 Hyundai Sonata
00 Ford F150 S/C
09 Ford Edge SEL
14 Chevy Corvette
11 Ford Ranger

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Baton exchange

Over the bar

Medford Raider Elliot Marshall wills himself over the bar during the high jump
competition in Thursdays Early Bird Invitational at Raider Field. He cleared 5 feet, 4
inches to tie for second place.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Buy this photo online at

Photo by Matt Frey

Medfords Cassandra Meyer (l.) and Jen Stolp are in step as they execute a baton
exchange during the 400-meter relay at Thursdays Early Bird Invitational. These two,
along with Taylor Adleman and Maddy Higgins, finished second in both the 400-meter and 800-meter relays.

Girls look like contenders in outdoor debut; boys take 6th

by Sports Editor Matt Frey
Lineups will shift, health will be a
factor and athletes from every team will
make dramatic improvements in the
next four weeks. But with the results of
Thursdays Early Bird Invitational at
Raider Field, Medfords girls track and
field squad showed it is very much a contender for this years Great Northern
Conference crown.
With 144 points, the Raiders not only
won their first outdoor meet of the season, they did it comfortably over seven
other teams, five of which hail from
the GNC. Medford outscored Northland
Pines (116), defending GNC champion Tomahawk (113.5), Lakeland (108),
Mosinee (90) and Rhinelander (55.5),
as well as non-conference participants
Ashland (49) and Loyal-GreenwoodGranton (6). Antigo was the only GNC
school not at Thursdays meet.
Medford was without some key pieces
on both the girls and boys squads due to
the schools choir trip to New York.
The girls won five events, including
a long and triple jump sweep by senior
Jen Stolp, and scored 44 points in the
two hurdles races alone. They took second in three of the four relays and got 38
individual points from two of their most
promising freshmen, Mandi Baker and
Lainey Brunner.
In the 100-meter high hurdles, senior
Margaret Hamann started the outdoor
season with a winning time of 17.07 seconds, with Baker right behind her at 17.65
seconds. Tahlia Sigmund was fourth at
18.29 seconds, just behind Mosinees Iris
Schira (18.13). Those three struck again
in the 300-meter low hurdles with Baker
winning comfortably in 49.47 seconds, 2.2
seconds ahead of Schira. Hamann was
third in 53.44 seconds and Sigmund was
right behind her at 55.73 seconds.
Stolps winning leap of 33 feet, 7 inches in the triple jump surpassed all of her
indoor efforts of the season and beat

Ashland sophomore Aneesa Tucker by

3 inches on Thursday. Conference rivals
Emmy Larson of Tomahawk and Lilith
Schuman of Lakeland both jumped 33
feet even. Stolps leap of 15-2.5 in the long
jump wasnt her best of the spring, but
it beat Tomahawks Hanna Meyer by 4.25
inches and win the event. Raider senior
Maddy Higgins was seventh at 13-4.
Brunner had a strong home debut,
winning the 200-meter dash and adding
a second-place finish in the 400. Her 200
time was 28.56 seconds, good enough to
beat Raider teammate and runner-up
Taylor Adleman by 0.59 seconds. In the
400, Brunner finished in 1:04.37, leaving
her 0.98 seconds behind Tucker and 2.22
seconds ahead of third-place finisher
Kirsten Lindemann of Northland Pines.
Junior Mackenzie Carey had another
of Medfords best individual efforts of
the meet, hanging with the leaders for
three-quarters of the 3,200-meter run before settling for third at 13:10.47 behind
Lakelands Stephanie Balas (12:56.68) and
Heidi Olson of Pines (13:05.64).
If Thursdays meet is any indication, a stiff competition is developing
in the sprint relays this spring between
Tomahawk and Medford. Adleman, Stolp,
Cassandra Meyer and Higgins took second in both, just behind the Hatchets.
Tomahawk won the 400-meter race in
53.57 seconds, 0.73 seconds ahead of the
Raiders. The Hatchets took the 800-meter race in 1:54.08, 1.22 seconds ahead of
Medfords foursome.
Baker ran a final 400-meter leg of 1:04
in the 1,600-meter relay to pull Medford
into second place at 4:41.27 behind Pines
(4:31.79). Samantha Bowe, Hannah
Brandner and Bailey Brandner kept
the team close enough to pass Lakeland
(4:43.54) and Tomahawk (4:48.56) in the
final lap. Bowe, the Brandners and Hallie
Schumacher were third in the 3,200-meter race at 11:24.05. Lakeland tipped Pines
by 1.59 seconds to win in 10:51.23.
Bailey Brandner added a fourth-place

finish in the 800-meter run at 2:46.67,

while Bowe got an eighth-place point
at 2:54.06. Schumacher was fifth in the
1,600-meter run at 6:19.3 and Hannah
Brandner got two seventh-place points
at 6:21.58. Baker added two more points
by taking seventh in the high jump. She
cleared 4-4. Adleman was seventh in the
discus with a throw of 68-10.
Makenna Drost was 16th in the 200-meter dash and 24th in the 100 meters.
The last couple of hurdles bit Lauren
Carstensen in the 100-meter race. She finished 16th.

Relays lead boys

Medford won the 800-meter relay and
took second in the other three relays to
score the majority of its 72 points in the
boys meet. The boys finished sixth ahead
of Ashland (67.5) and Tomahawk (37).
Lakeland, as usual, looked like a
GNC title contender. The T-Birds won
the meet with 159 points, followed by
Mosinee (98.5), Northland Pines (96),
Rhinelander (73).
Osy Ekwueme, Victor Rinaldi, Ben
Meier and Jacob Way won the 800-meter
race in 1:38.58 as Way found an extra gear
out of the last exchange to pull ahead
of Northland Pines anchor runner. The
Eagles finished 2.25 seconds behind.
That same foursome took second in the
400-meter at 47.7 seconds, 1.37 seconds behind Mosinee.
Dalton Hildebrandt, Tony Noland,
Josh Kakes and Koltin Ulrich started
the meet with a time of 8:46.23 in the
3,200-meter relay, 12.14 seconds behind
Lakeland. Hildebrandt, Way, Kakes and
Ulrich finished the meet with a time of
3:38.71 in the 1,600-meter relay, 2.59 seconds behind Pines.
had Medfords highest finish, tying
Rhinelanders Max Brown for second
in the high jump. They cleared 5-4.
Medfords Grayson Dahlby was ninth

at 5 feet and Jordan Egle was 13th at 4-6.

Ekwueme was fourth in the triple jump
at 38-5 and sixth in the long jump at 169.5. Hildebrandt went 17-6.75 to take third
in the long jump, 2 inches behind runnerup Derrick Howard of Loyal. Mosinees
Jordan Budnik won both events. Raider
Nikola Babic was 13th in the long jump
and Jacob Kadlecek was 25th.
Jacob Stamos was 10th in both throws
to lead the Raiders. His best shot put toss
was 39-5.5. Marshall was 12th at 39-4.25,
Brent Winter was 17th at 35-9.5, Matt
Reuter was 31st and Kenny Wesle was
32nd. Stamos threw an even 100 feet in the
discus, Winter was 21st, Wesle was 24th,
Marshall was 25th and Reuter was 29th.
On the track, Ulrich took fifth in the
1,600-meter run at 5:01.33, while Kakes
got an eighth-place point at 5:09.83. Joe
Tomandl was 10th at 5:16.38. Ruben
Alvarado was fifth in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles at 46.19 seconds, while
Enock Tumaini was 10th in 49.09 seconds.
Alvarado was ninth in the 110-meter high
hurdles at 19.22 seconds, while Tumaini
and Dahlby were 12th and 13th.
Jacob Mahner earned sixth place in
the 100-meter dash at 12.036 seconds, getting past Howard by 0.003 seconds for that
spot. Egle was 23rd, Connor Boehm was
28th and Babic was 31st. Hildebrandt was
seventh in the 400-meter dash at 54.9 seconds. Noland took seventh in the 800-meter run at 2:11.84, while Tomandl was 14th
and Michael Cypher was 15th. Rinaldi
got the eighth-place point in the 200-meter dash at 24.68 seconds. Meier was 16th,
Boehm was 26th and Kadlecek was 29th.
Freshman Trey Ulrich ran a solid
3,200-meter race, taking 10th in 11:49.4.
Tuesdays meet in Colby was canceled
due to poor weather. The Raiders expect
to be back in action today, Thursday
at Antigo. Theyll be back at home on
Tuesday to host the Medford Invitational
at 4:30 p.m. Lakeland, Mosinee, Antigo,
Merrill, Gilman and Colby are expected
to attend.