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March 5, 2015
Volume 142 + Number 10

Medford, Wisconsin




Holy Rosary play

Page 11 Second Section

the word

Medford wrestlers
have strong showing

City considers if it should allow local

preacher to do religious outreach in
city-owned downtown parking lot


by News Editor Brian Wilson

Author to speak at
Medford library

Ask Ed

A man with a mission

Page 10

Take time to look at
state mining rules


Area deaths
Obituaries start on
page 18 for:
Dennis Bromley
Pearl Olson
Alphonse Weix

photo by Brian Wilson

Joshua Terrones is the first one to admit he has made poor choices in the past, but
he says through his faith he has come around. He is now a minister with New Life
Apostolic Church and is seeking permission to do outreach in a city-owned parking
lot. The city council was hesitant to approve his request without talking with the citys

See CITY on page 4

Business is the future of Broadway Ave.

Planning commission keeps
with plan and OKs another
rezoning to commercial use
by News Editor Brian Wilson
The conversion of the Hwy 64 corridor in
Medford from residential to commercial use
moved forward Monday night.
Members of the Medford Planning Commission gave their blessing to John and Angela Mueller to rezone 741 E. Broadway Ave.
(Hwy 64) from R-3 multi-family residential
to C-1 commercial use. The Muellers intend
to tear down the existing home located next
to the Family Video building and construct a
new real estate office building using the existing foundation.

According to Angela Mueller, who will

be the broker/owner at the agency, current
plans are to have three full-time employees
along with up to seven real estate agents
who will work as independent
contractors for the company.
This is a standard arrangement
for real estate
full-time staff
will include

John and Angela Mueller plan to remove

the building and construct a new 1,400 square
foot office building for Exit Realty Prime on the
existing foundation at 741 E. Broadway Ave.

Mueller, a receptionist and an office staff

Mueller, a longtime area real estate agent,
recently started her own firm affiliating with
Exit Realty. The new office will be called Exit
Realty Prime. She is currently working out of
space in her husbands office and hopes to be
in the new office by June 1.
There was no public input given at the
public hearing held Monday at 5 p.m. and city
planner Bob Christensen said he had not received any comments from neighbors either
for or against the project. Planning commission member Dave Zimmerman noted the
city would have heard something if people
had a problem with it.
Mayor Mike Wellner said it has been a
longtime goal to convert the Hwy 64 corridor

See REZONING on page 3

Healthcare When You Need It

Walk in without an appointment

Allergies, rashes, ear aches, sinus infections, sore throats,

urinary tract infections, immunizations and more.



Medford 8th graders

learn about Selma

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Religious outreach may or may not be allowed to occur in a downtown Medford public parking lot.
Eight years ago, Joshua Terrones was lost. He had
conceived a child out of wedlock and lost contact with
the mother. He admits to poor decisions and losing his
way. Then one day about two years ago, people came to
his door with paperwork saying his son was a ward of the
state of Arizona because the childs mother was declared
Terrones said he appealed to Jesus Christ and through
religious intervention was able to bring his life around
and become a father for his son. He is now a minister
with New Life Apostolic Church and wants to do what
he can to help bring the good word to others in the community.
Terrones came to Tuesday nights city council committee of the whole meeting to share his story and ask
permission to hand out hot chocolate and perform out-


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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Aspirus Medford Hospital named 2015 Healthstrong Hospital

Aspirus Medford Hospital announced
it has been named as one of the nations
Healthstrong Hospitals by iVantage
Health Analytics. This is the second year
in a row Aspirus Medford Hospital has
earned the honor.
The study and announcement of the
2015 Healthstrong Hospitals, including
Aspirus Medford Hospital, highlights
top performing hospitals as determined
through the Hospital Strength Index. The
annual study is the industrys most comprehensive rating system of hospitals
and the results recognize the top performing hospitals measuring them across 62
different performance metrics, including
quality, outcomes, patient perspective,
affordability, and efficiency. Of the more
than 4,300 hospitals studied, only 572 are

ranked in the top tier and are designated

as Healthstrong.
Aspirus Medford Hospital is proud to
be recognized as a Healthstrong Hospital, said Gregg Olson, president/CEO of
Aspirus Medford Hospital & Clinics. We
place a tremendous emphasis on quality,
performance, and satisfaction, and this
recognition is a great affirmation that
our efforts are making a difference to the
hospital and the communities we serve. I
am delighted to be able to celebrate this
award with our healthcare providers,
staff, and patients.
iVantage seeks to help hospitals meet
the demands of the new healthcare by
providing a new level of transparency
into the internal and external metrics
which drive more informed decision

making, said Araby Thornewill, president of iVantage Health Analytics. As

the industry continues to evolve toward
value-based delivery models, the Hospital Strength Index provides a unique perspective into how hospitals are responding to unprecedented change as well as
advancing toward the ultimate goal of
higher quality care at lower cost.

Berends joins staff of

HealthView Eye Care
Betsy Berends, daughter of Doug and
Debbie Berends of Medford, has joined
the staff of HealthView Eye Care
Berends graduated from Medford
High School and
completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-La
Crosse. She attended Illinois College of Optometry
Betsy Berends
where she earned
a doctorate in optometry, graduating magna cum laude.
Berends plans to reside in Medford
where she can enjoy swimming and
spoiling her nephews. Her primary focus
will be on family eye health and vision
needs, with a special interest in ocular
disease and pediatric vision.


On the trail

Photo by Matt Frey

Medford Area Middle schoolers Abbie Vervaecke (l. to r.), Kaitlyn Netzer and Kamry Albrecht take a cross country skiing lap around the Medford campus trails as part of
Dave Vaaras physical education class on Feb. 24.

Community Calendar
Gamblers Anonymous Meetings
Call 715-297-5317 for dates, times and

Sunday, March 8
Alcoholics Anonymous Open 12
Step Study Meeting 7 p.m. Community United Church of Christ, 510 E.
Broadway, Medford.

Monday, March 9
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.
Chelsea Conservation Club Meeting 7 p.m. at clubhouse, N6357 Hwy 13,
American Legion Auxiliary 519
Meeting 1 p.m. Legion Clubhouse, 224
N. Powell, Stetsonville.
Medford VFW Meeting 7 p.m.
VFW Clubhouse, 240 S. Eighth St. (Hwy
13), Medford.

An article in last weeks issue of The

Star News included the incorrect date for
author DC Brod to speak at the Frances
L. Simek Memorial Library in Medford.
She will be speaking at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 16.

Tuesday, March 10

Thursday, March 12

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.

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.
Taylor County Genealogical Society Meeting 7 p.m. Frances L. Simek
Memorial Library, 400 N. Main St., Medford. Meeting will be open to answering
genealogy research and other questions.
Visitors welcome.

Wednesday, March 11
Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting
7 p.m. Senior Citizens Center, Hwy 102
and Front Street, Rib Lake. Information:
Arlene 715-427-3613.
Womens Empowerment Group
Meeting 6-7 p.m. Information: Stepping Stones 715-748-3795.
Medford Lions Club Meeting Dinner 6:30 p.m. B.S. Bar & Grill, W4782 Hwy
64, Medford. Information: 715-785-7573.

Friday, March 13
Narcotics Anonymous Open Meeting 7 p.m. Community United Church
of Christ, 510 E. Broadway, Medford. Information: 715-965-1568.

7-Day Forecast for Medford, Wisconsin

Last weeks weather recorded at the Medford Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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Thursday, March

Page 3

Jury finds Winchel guilty of homicide

Jury takes an hour to reach verdict
in 2013 vehicular homicide case
by Reporter Mark Berglund
A Taylor County jury deliberated for about an
hour on Thursday afternoon before finding James L.
Winchel, 43, Sheldon, guilty of homicide by intoxicated
use of a vehicle, homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle with a prohibited alcohol concentration (PAC), operating while intoxicated and causing injury, operating

with a PAC and causing injury, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, and operating a motor vehicle
with a PAC.
Winchel was on trial for the Nov. 29, 2013 accident
which killed Fernando Salinas and injured Juan Salinas on County Line Road in the town of Pershing. The
trial began Wednesday with jury selection and then testimony.
Judge Ann Knox-Bauer ordered a pre-sentence investigation and sentencing should take place in approximately 90 days. The charges carry maximum penalties
of more than 30 years imprisonment and $100,000 in
The hurdle Taylor County District Attorney Kristi

Tlusty faced in the trial was proving the death and injuries occurred because Winchel was impaired while
driving and would not have happened otherwise.
The crash occurred at 4:58 p.m. during the deer hunting season. According to the criminal complaint, witnesses reported Winchels vehicle traveling at a high
speed as it approached a group of hunters.
Tlusty brought testimony from the Wisconsin State
Patrol officer who led the accident scene reconstruction and Taylor County Sheriffs Department deputies
Nick Synol and Craig Amundson. Juan Salinas testified
about the accident as well as personnel from the state
crime lab.

Rezoning request moves forward after planning commission OK

Continued from page 1
to commercial use. There are already a
number of existing businesses along the
state highway, replacing mainly older
homes. It is on our five and 10 year plans
to get that changed over, Wellner said,
noting the request aligned with the citys
comprehensive plan.
John Mueller, who is an owner of Contemporary Homes in Medford, will be doing the work for the project. Commission
members asked how the new office building will compare to the companys other
projects in the city, which they noted

were very attractive. He assured planning commission members this building

would be even better than those, especially considering his wife was his client
for the project.
John Mueller said one of the benefits
of the parcel is the poured basement and
foundation is in excellent shape and will
be able to be reused. Zimmerman noted
that was rare in a building of that age
and said it is an advantage for them.
Christensen noted building on the existing foundation will allow the Muellers
to avoid dealing with the 45-foot setback
requirement along the highway corri-

dor since it would fall under the existing

structures nonconforming use.
The only hiccup in the project is the
two-week delay until the March 17 city
council meeting. Under state law, rezoning requests must be approved by both
the planning commission and the city
John Mueller said he has homes
scheduled to start construction at the
beginning of May and going through the
summer so he wanted to get this project
completed before then. With construction there is lead time needed to order
trusses and other items and a delay in
starting can push back the project.
While there was a city council meeting scheduled for Tuesday night, Wellner
said he did not like to put zoning changes
from Monday night planning meetings
onto Tuesday council meetings because
of the appearance it gave that the city

Space to expand
The floorplan for the new real estate office includes plenty of office space for the
new firm, as well as the option to easily put an addition to the rear as the firm expands in the future.

Registration 2014
Medford Area Public School District


is asking the parents of children who are not already attending the
Medford School District Preschool Program and who will be five years
of age on or before September 1, 2015, to come to either the Medford
Area Elementary or Stetsonville Elementary Schools to register your child
for Kindergarten. The offices are open from 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If
you are unable to make it during the normal school day, please contact
either building to set up a separate time.
For registration, we are asking that you bring your childs birth certificate
and immunization record. You will be given a registration packet to
complete and turn in prior to leaving. This process should take 15
Parents are encouraged to register their child(ren) by June 1. If you have
any questions or need more information, please contact
either Jerri at SES (715-678-2600) or
Pam at MAES (715-748-2316).


would be trying to sneak something

through. Wellner said it was too late as
of Monday night to add it to the Tuesday
agenda -- state law requires at least 24
hours for any agenda changes.
However, Wellner assured the Muellers he did not see anything which would
prevent the council from approving the
change. He explained it takes a super majority of six of the eight council members
to override a recommendation from the
planning commission, something which
rarely happens, especially in such a noncontroversial rezoning request such as
this one. He noted R-3 is very close to being commercial in the city codes and the
shift is not a major one.
Members of the planning commission
approved the rezoning request unanimously with members Corey Nazer and
Tim Hansen absent.



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March 2,
5, 2014

City hesitant about allowing religious outreach in parking lot

Continued from page 1
reach on Saturday afternoons in the parking lot
dont think we
at Whelen St. near the intersection with Hwy 64.
This is the same lot the should have
downtown farmers mar- proselytizing on
ket uses in the summer
for their sales.
public property.
The request drew
Alderman Greg Knight
questions, concerns and
outright opposition from
the aldermen.
I dont think we
should have proselytizchurch is located off the beaten path.
ing on public property, said alderman
City coordinator John Fales cautioned
Greg Knight, raising concerns about the aldermen about the potential for setting a
rights of people walking by who would precedent by allowing Terrones request
have to hear what Terrones or others and how they may not be able to say no
would be saying. He said he did not sup- to any group in the future if they say yes
port religious groups using public proper- now. Do you want to open that door?
ty for their activities. I think they should Fales asked.
keep it out of the public realm, he said.
Mayor Mike Wellner said he wanted
Alderman Mike Bub raised concern more concrete written plans about what
with Knights stand on the issue, noting Terrones intends to do during his outreligious groups participate in events reach. Wellner said he had talked with
such as the Strawberries and Cream Fes- county public health director Patty Krug
tival held in the Medford city park on the and was told while it was OK for Terrones
4th of July and the Right to Life group to hand out free hot chocolate, he would
was recently granted a permit for the 40 not be able to give away any other food
Days for Life vigil in a public parking lot products such as cookies. Wellner also
located outside Family Planning Health raised possible concern with the ongoing
Services office in Medford.
nature of the activity rather than it occurOthers, such as alderman Arlene Par- ring on a set timeframe.
ent, were supportive of Torrenes intenAlderman Peggy Kraschnewski called
tions and said they felt it was needed in for the issue to be tabled to give the city
the community, but questioned if the time to have the city attorney review the
downtown parking lot was the best place request and advise the council on potento have it. Parent noted Terrones church tial legal issues with allowing a religious
has a building with a parking lot on Per- group to use a city parking lot. Other alkins St. and suggested he hold his out- dermen agreed and the request was tabled
reach there as a way to draw attention to until they get an answer from city attorhis church.
ney Ken Schmiege.
Terrones said one of the reasons he
Room tax request
was looking to the downtown parking lot
Last year the Gymnastics Booster Club
was for increased visibility, because his


Life of an Athlete

photo by Brian Wilson

Jean Flood of Taylor County Drug Opposition Partners, a group committed to reducing underage drinking and substance abuse in the county, invited the city council
to attend a presentation by John Underwood for policy makers.
held a regional tournament in Medford.
The event drew hundreds of participants
and filled a number of local motel rooms.
This year the nonprofit group wants
to expand to two tournaments and is hoping to draw more than 200 gymnasts and
their families to the weekend-long event.
In order to make it happen, organizers requested a $2,000 grant from the citys hotel/motel room tax fund. This is the first
time the group has asked for money from
the city. Sue Emmerich of the Medford
Area Chamber of Commerce (MACC) reported motel owners supported giving the
group the money.
While saying he thought it was a good
event, Bub noted it was a $2,000 request
and it was only March. He raised the
concern the city could run out of money
in the fund before the end of the year. He
suggested giving the group $1,000 instead
of the full amount requested.
Parent supported giving the group the
full amount, saying it met the citys requirements with being a new event and
bringing people to motel rooms here.
Alderman Pat DeChatelets agreed with
Bub about the concern with spending too
much of the budget amount early in the
year. She suggested the group could come
back before their second gymnastics tournament later this year to request additional money.
Emmerich said she did not think the
city wanted groups coming in multiple
times in a year asking for funding. MACC
pre-screens and administers the room
tax program for the city and there has
not been a time, to her knowledge, they
have run out of money before the end of
the year. A motion to reduce the amount
to $1,000 failed on a 5-2 vote with Bub and
DeChatelets voting yes and Alderman
Dave Brandner absent. Aldermen voted
6-1 in favor of giving the $2,000 grant with
DeChatelets opposed.
In other business, aldermen:

Received a presentation from

Jean Flood of Taylor County Drug Opposition Partners, a group committed
to reducing underage drinking and substance abuse in the county. Flood spoke
about the Life of an Athlete program and
speaker John Underwood coming to the
county next week. She invited aldermen
to attend a special workshop with the
national speaker targeted toward policy
makers in the community. There is also a
presentation for parents and community
members that will be held from 7 to 8:30

p.m. at Medford Area Senior High. Underwood will focus on how proper nutrition,
sleep, training and avoidance of alcohol
and drugs will have a positive impact on

Approved a new class A retail

liquor license for Kwik Trip. The convenience store already has a license to sell
beer. The additional license will allow the
store to sell hard liquor. It was approved

planned revaluation of commercial properties in the city until after the state budget is decided. The proposed state budget
includes a proposal to consolidate assessment at the county or regional level and
require assessments to be at 100 percent of
fair market value each year. This would
dramatically change how the municipal
assessment process works. The cost of the
county assessments would be based on the
amount spent by municipalities in 2015.

Recommended approving an ordinance adopting the 2014 supplement

to the code of ordinances. The city spent
$1,923 to have the ordinances approved in
the past year put into the official city code
books. This was about a $500 increase
over previous years due to a revised floodplain ordinance being included.

Recommended hiring Krause

Power Engineering of Chippewa Falls to
develop the utilitys 2015 and 2016 work
plan at a cost not to exceed $40,000. According to utility manager Spence Titera,
the firm will help the city with major substation projects underway in the next few

Recommended accepting the

low bid of $91,573 from Mid-State Truck
Service of Marshfield for the purchase
of a new plow truck The price includes
a $55,000 trade-in allowance. The truck
replaces a 2007 model which streets/water superintendent Pat Chariton said has
been causing the city maintenance problems. The truck replacement was included in this years budget.

Recommended spending $2,000 to

hire consultant Greg Paul of La Crossebased Op2Myz to assist the city in maximizing the biological phosphorus removal
system. Treatment plant superintendent
Ben Brooks explained that if the system
is fine-tuned to maximize the biological
removal, it would actually save the city
money in chemical use and equipment,
as well as assisting in future licensing requirements.

The Star News brings home statewide awards

Thursday, March

Page 5

by News Editor Brian Wilson

The Star News had another strong
showing at the annual Wisconsin Newspaper Associations (WNA) Better Newspaper Contest.
Contest winners were announced at
the WNAs convention held in Waukesha last weekend. Overall, The Star News
won 13 awards in the contest, including
five first-place awards for advertising design categories.
WNAs membership includes 31 daily
and 191 weekly newspapers. WNA was
established in 1853 and is among the oldest press associations in the world. Created by and for Wisconsins newspapers,
WNA exists to strengthen the newspaper
industry, enhance public understanding
of the role of newspapers, and protect basic freedoms of press, speech and the free
flow of information.
The annual contest includes competition in both editorial content and advertising with weekly newspapers divided
into three classes based on circulation
size. The Star News competes in the large
circulation class for weekly newspapers.
The advertising design department
at The Star News did a phenomenal job
this year, said Kelly Schmidt, sales
manager, applauding the staff on their
numerous awards. She said the true beneficiaries of the award-winning staff are
the advertisers who know their ads are
effective and among the best designed in
the industry.
Awards won were:
Advertising idea series, first place
Patricia Durham was recognized for
WNA Winners a series that highlighted the award-winning staff and encouraged people to subscribe. The judges
stated, Very cool ads.
Best use of color, first place Sarah
Biermann and Toddy Lundy were recognized for The High View - BBQ Ribs ad.
Judges stated, Color really pops the ad
on the page.
Best circulation promotion, first place
Sarah Biermann and Kelly Schmidt
were recognized for the How bout these
apples? promotion.
Best multiple advertiser spread
Sarah Biermann, Kelly Schmidt, Todd
Lundy and Tresa Blackburn were recognized for the Memorial Day spread. Judges stated, Beautiful tribute to our vets.
Nicely laid out with valuable content and
excellent advertising support. Relevant
to other areas and newspapers.

Hall of Fame
Rib Lake native Bonnie Fechtner was
inducted into the Wisconsin Newspaper
Association Hall of Fame. She retired last
year after 47 years with the association.
Best use of local photography Mandi Troiber, Kelly Schmidt, Todd Lundy
and Tresa Blackburn, were recognized
for Medford Curling State congratulatory ad. Judges wrote, I like the use of
action photos rather than a team lineup.
This gives the reader a small feel for the
competition and a better poster approach
for the advertisers.
Best advertising idea series, second place Mandi Troiber and Kelly
Schmidt were recognized for the Taylored Family Care Clinic ads. Judges
stated, Eye-catching color. Like how
each ad highlighted different services
that they offer.
Best use of art service Mandi Troiber and Tresa Blackburn were recognized for the Klingbeil Lumber ad.
Harrison MacDonald (best businessbuilding classified idea), third place
Shawna Wiese was recognized for the
Two papers ad. Judges stated, Original idea and adaptable to multiple markets and mediums.
On the news side, staff members won
the following awards:
Editorials, second place Brian Wilson was recognized for editorials Stop
voter suppression efforts, Student
code is flawed and needs to go back to
the drawing board, and Beware of false
populism. Judges commented, Strong
positions, but a bit preachy.
Special projects, second place The
staff of The Star News sponsored a com-

Its True!

Award winners

The Star News staff won several awards in the annual Wisconsin Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest. Patricia Durham (l. to r.), Sarah Biermann and
Mandi Troiber accepted the advertising design awards during the WNAs annual convention held last weekend.
munity-wide food drive challenge raising awareness of hunger issues in Taylor
County and donations to area food pantries.
Special pages, second place Brian
Wilson and Mark Berglund were recognized for the monthly Your Money section. Judges especially praised a piece
done by Berglund involving an interview
with a young farmer.
Editorial pages, third place Brian
Wilson was recognized for editorial page
design. Judges stated it was a strong candidate in the category.
Front page, honorable mention
Brian Wilson was recognized for the
front page design with the judges stating
Commendable effort.
Also at the convention, Rib Lake native Bonnie Fechtner was inducted into
the Wisconsin Newspaper Association
Hall of Fame. She worked for 47 years
in the WNA office serving as the associations membership director. She
retired in August 2014. I leave with

All children who are residents of the School District of Prentice

and who will be four years of age on or before September 1,
2015 are eligible to attend 4-year old Kindergarten or if they
are five years of age on or before September 1, 2015 they are
eligible to attend regular Kindergarten next year. Kindergarten
Screening and Registration will be held in the Prentice School
West Gymnasium in Prentice for those who have not been
previously screened. (If they were screened for and attended
4 year old Kindergarten, it is not necessary for them to be
screened for 5 year old Kindergarten.)




(715) 427-5201

54th Annual Meeting


Will be held
Thursday, March 12th,
7 p.m. at
Good Shepherd Catholic
Church Hall
Hwy 102, Rib Lake
All Members Welcome

mixed emotions as I truly enjoyed working with some of the finest and most talented people in the industry over these
past 47 years, Fechtner said. This job
has taught me so many things that have
made me a better and stronger person
both professionally and personally.
The annual convention also saw a
change in leadership for the state association with outgoing board president,
Star News publisher Carol OLeary passing the gavel to incoming president Chris
Hardie, executive editor and weekly
newspaper publisher of the River Valley
Newspaper Group in La Crosse.
OLeary will begin her tenure as the
president of the WNA Services Board, a
wholly owned subsidiary of the WNA.
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5, 2011

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Mine setback a chance to rethink rules

Whether you use the verb reformed
or gutted to describe the changes made
to Wisconsins mining regulations in 2013,
it can be agreed they were made with the
single purpose of bringing a large iron
mine to northern Wisconsin.
Last weekend, the last glimmers of
hope for the mine becoming a reality in
the near future faded with the closure of
Gogebic Taconites (G-Tac) Hurly office.
With the possibility of the large-scale
mine being pushed back potentially by
decades, Wisconsin policy makers need
to revisit the states mining rules without
the pressure to make quick changes to
benefit an out of state company promising
economic rainbows and sunshine.
G-Tacs office closure leaves behind
communities and a state still sharply divided on the mining issue. On one hand
there are many who saw the economic
benefit the mine would bring to a severely depressed portion of the state. Others
weighed the promised benefits with worries about the catastrophic damage the
mine could have to the water and soil in
the region, and impact it would have on
those who rely on the land and water for
their way of life.
The arguments both for and against
the mine are based on projections and

what could have happened if a mine was

developed at the site.
Mines, like any large-scale industrial
expansion, bring with it a mixed bag of
results. The proposed Iron County mine
would not have been any different. The
question for any development effort rests
on if people are willing to live with the
In this case, global iron ore prices were
the most likely culprit in the G-Tacs decision to close their Hurley operations.
Chinas economy is slowing to a crawl after years of boom and without its largest
customer, the global iron ore prices have

What this means for G-Tac is that the
cost to mitigate hundreds of acres of wetlands would not pay off given current iron
ore prices.
G-Tac officials and Wisconsin Manufacturing and Commerce paint the Environmental Protection Agency as the bad
guys, blaming the office closure on the
federal enforcement of wetland rules.
Our extensive environmental investigation and analysis of the site has revealed wetland issues that make major
continued investment unfeasible at this
time from both a cost perspective and

given the uncertainty of recent U.S. EPA

actions, such as the events concerning
the Alaskan Pebble Mine, stated Bill Williams, G-Tac president, announcing the
offices closure.
Governor Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Legislature took great steps toward improving Wisconsins regulatory
process for iron mining; however, they
cant control the EPAs outright hostility
toward the industry, said Scott Manley,
WMCs lead lobbyist on the mining issue
laying the ground work for calls to weaken federal mining rules.
While the WMC may not be happy until
every domestic ore deposit in the country is strip-mined away, efforts to weaken
federal mining rules would be misguided.
Global economics and long term demand
play a far greater role than regulations
when it comes to where a mine is sited.
Wisconsin went too far in weakening
metallic mining regulations and kicking the interests of local governments
from the table with the 2013 changes. Gov.
Scott Walker gave too much away in his
courting of G-Tac and it is time to make
a reasoned and conservative review of the
rules to protect Wisconsins interest for
generations to come.

Russia is a threat to global security

In a page taken from Stalins Sovietera playbook, last weekend Russian dissident Boris Nemtsov was gunned down
while walking in the heart of Moscow just
blocks from the Kremlin.
Nemtsov, 55, was Russias former deputy prime minister and a leading Russian
liberal political figure who at one time
was considered as a possible successor
to reformer premier Boris Yeltsin. The
news of his death sends a chill through
the global community, and even as far as
central Wisconsin, as fears of a hostile
Russia bring with it concerns over global
News accounts of Nemtsovs assassination read like a movie scene from
a spy thriller. One news account states:
Nemtsov was gunned down on the
Moskvoretsky Bridge, as he was walking with his companion, a model from
Ukraine, Anna Duratskih, from an eatery
in the GUM shopping center across from
the Kremlin. A man came out from the
stairs leading to the embankment from
the bridge, shot at Nemtsov six times from
a Makarov pistol, hitting him four times
in the back, and then jumped into a car
which pulled up at the curb. Nemtsov, according to the witness who saw the whole
thing, died practically instantly.
Nemtsov was killed just hours after
making a public call for people to join in

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protests against Russian President Vladimir Putin calling for economic reforms in
the wake of the countrys economic crisis
and Putins mad, aggressive and deadly
policy of war against Ukraine.
Nemtsovs death is just one more nail
in the coffin for the dream of a democratic and open Russia. That dream flowered
briefly following the tearing down of the
Berlin Wall in 1989. After decades of nuclear brinksmanship, the Cold War was
over and it was time to bring Russia into
the global community of nations.
Those hopes have faded in recent years
as Putin came into power following Yeltins surprise resignation in 1999 and proceeded to suppress all opposition. It seems
that old habits die hard, and Putin, a former KGB officer, has more in common
with his old Soviet taskmasters then he
does with a free and democratic society,
Officially Nemtsovs murderer is unknown and Putins pet Russian national
media has cast far afield with conspiracies including jilted lovers to even suggesting his own party killed him making
him a martyr to rally support against Putins regime. Criminal investigators, regardless of the country, are taught to ask
first who benefits from any crime. Putins
name looms large on that list.
Whatever the reason for his murder,
Nemtsovs death brings to a close the

Quote of the Week:

Alderman Mike Bub questioning the need to replace

a city of Medford plow truck based on the age of the vehicle.

dream of a democratic Russia where people are free to dissent. With the ongoing
Russian military action in the Ukraine,
America and her allies must be ready
once again to deal with the global threat

to trade and security coming from Moscow.

The Russian Bear is stirring and America must not be caught napping.

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

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22, 2011

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Brian Wilson

Owl Be Kind

Vox Pop

Norgaard suggests letter writers take their own advice

Wouldnt it be nice if people would take their own

advice? Al and Sue Roupp could take advantage from a
long look in their mirror. They could contemplate the
following, if you cant be nice, at least be informed.
In the Feb. 26, 2015 Star News opinion page, they took
a disparaging shot at the Rib Lake Norgaards, hiding
behind the word alleged. Their guess work was inaccurate, just as the reason behind their motive was inaccurate. Mr. Norgaard said to the village clerk he was
coming after her.
Four-and-one-half months ago, the village clerk and
I had a lengthy and heartfelt conversation. I went to
see her, because she had told me during a former brief
visit in her office that the fight over my taxes was taking a toll on her. In the course of our second meeting,
Swenson informed me that her eyes were giving her a
lot of trouble. With two years remaining before retirement, Swenson added that she couldnt wait to retire
due to being burnt out. We talked about sarcoidosis,
which has involved me with seven different MDs and
surgeons. We told each other that we were sorry. Swenson and I agreed that while my tax fight with the
village would continue, we could be at peace with each
other. Since that time, the clerk has gone back on her
word, twice. The first time I was frustrated and disappointed, but I let it go. The second time she went over
the top, which prompted my call to her office. For background, read the Feb. 19, 2015 Star News article by reporter Sue Hady, which details the Feb. 11, 2015 village
of Rib Lake board meeting. The headlines were souped
up, but newspapers do that to sell papers and increase
reader interest in an article. Hadys article was spot on,
though, and I complimented her journalist talent via

email on Feb. 20, 2015. Compare Hadys article to the

clerks published minutes of the meeting, relating to
the February board meeting. Subscribing Rib Lake citizens receive these notes through U.S. mail or they can
be picked up at the village hall. Heres the clerks publication: Ken started making accusations about board
members and president Tlusty attempted to bring order to the meeting while Ken continued verbal attacks
against board members. There were three tape recordings at this meeting and not a one of them support the
clerks notes. I was never given a chance to make my
citizen comments. In truth, the board created their own
disorder. All municipal clerks are sworn to an oath of
office and Rib Lakes is no exception. Swensons notes
are inaccurate, dishonest and certainly not fair or
equal as the clerks duties require.
The Norgaards have been to several Rib Lake board
meetings in the past four years. We have never seen
the Roupps at a meeting. A little common sense from
the Roupps should have precluded their comments
in the Star News opinion page. Yes, I telephoned the
clerks office after reading her minutes of the meeting.
I informed Swenson that she has a short memory and
seems to lack a conscience. I also said that since she
couldnt carry out the duties of her office in a correct
manner, shed now be subject to the same criticisms that
Ive had for the village board. Proof ? Its on my phone.
Lastly, in this day and age of terror, the Roupps Vox
Pop would have me writing this opinion page response
from the Taylor County Jail. Renee and I look forward
to a full house at the March 2015 board meeting.
Ken Norgaard, Rib Lake




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E-mail: starnews@centralwinews.com.

How people deal with loss tells a lot about who they
are inside.
Thomas Zita would have turned 10 on Monday, March
Thomas was born in Ontario, Canada to Kristen and
Sandy Zita on March 9, 2005. Thomas lived for 20 hours
before he died. In his brief span on this earth touched
many people.
Many people die each year and virtually every family
has been touched by the loss of a child through stillbirth,
miscarriage or congenital conditions which give them
a short life. Modern medicine has made great strides to
prevent these tragedies, but they will always be there at
some level.
Most of the time parents grieve in silence, wondering
if there was something they could have done to change
the outcome. Here in Medford there is an annual service
held to remember those fleeting sparks. Even decades
later the loss is a real one.
My wife got to know Kristin more than a decade ago
through an online discussion group for people who were
trying to have children. She then transitioned with her
to a group for those moms as their children grew up. The
dozens of women are spread over multiple continents
but are a close-knit group coming to each others aid and
support in times of need. As a side note, I would strongly
caution any guy against even glancing down the list of
open discussion topics for such a group if their spouse
stepped away from the computer for a moment - lets just
say there are some things guys dont talk to other guys
When Thomas died, the family and members of her
online community of friends rallied with the question of
What can people do to help?
Human nature would have been to push away those
offers, or to give some noncommittal response. In their
loss, Kristen and Sandy instead looked for a way to help
others. They encouraged people to do a random act of
kindness on March 9 in memory of their little boy asking
only that people share what they do with them on their
facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BeKindForThomas.
Our hope is that every small, simple act of kindness
will send ripples into eternity that will be felt forever,
simply because Thomas was once here, Kristin said of
the reason for the annual event.
From a few dozen the first years to more than 1,600
people participating last year, the event has grown. This
year in honor of what would have been Thomas 10th
birthday, they have a goal of 10,000 people doing random
acts of kindness on March 9.
Thats where the adorable crocheted owl pictured
with this column comes in. This years theme is Owl Be
Kind, and across Canada, the U.S. and in Europe, flocks
of owls like this are being made and released with the
encouragement for those to find them to pass along kindness on March 9 and every day. About 30 of them have
been released just in the Medford area. If you are lucky
enough to spot one, be sure to pay attention to the message and pass along the kindness to a stranger.
Kindness is something that costs us nothing to give
yet has a value greater than all wealth we could measure.
Whether you do it in memory of a little boy who would
have been 10 this year or for your own reasons, make a
point to be kind on March 9 and every day.
Brian Wilson is News Editor at The Star News.


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5, 2011

Vox Pop

Dont change state Natural Resources Board

ATV fun day

photo by Bryan Wegter

Landon Nichols took advantage of a beautiful Saturday afternoon to get outdoors on his ATV during the
Taylormade ATV Fun Day, held near Gilman at the Carpenter residence. In addition to trail riding, those attending could participate in ATV broom-ball, sledding, ATV
racing, and could register to win door prizes. Weve
been doing this for about 10 years now. Were open
to anyone with an ATV or anyone who just wants to
get outside and get away from computer screens, host
Mark Carpenter said.

Vox Pop

Vox Pop

Commends sign change

Thank you, North Central Technical College.

After my article of last week I was surprised to see
that I can now read your electronic sign.
If it was just a matter of pushing a button, I dont
know but I thank you for the quick solution to a simple
I wish all problems were handled in that efficient
matter, smiling.
Cathy Bristol, Medford

Vox Pop

Wants equal time for bands

Tonight, March 2, was the mid-winter band concert

at MASH. As always these kids did amazing.
As a band parent for many years, it is quite fun to
watch these talented kids progress year after year. However, it is very disappointing to see the concert band constantly get short changed with only playing two songs,
while the jazz and symphonic band play four each. I feel
as do many other parents do, that it should be evened
Jenna Kops, Stetsonville

Postal service needs support of voters and Congress

must be done by 2016.
Without the 2006 law, the USPS would have a surplus
of over one billion dollars.
In the 2008 financial crisis, the Treasury Department
borrowed $7 billion from USPS which has not been
paid back.
U.S. Representative Lynch from Massachusetts has
written a bill to allow the postal service to use the $7
billion owed to them to cover the retirement funds. The
bill is bi-partisan. Please ask your U.S. Senators and
Congressmen to support this. Everybody needs the U.S.
Postal Service.
Virginia Kirsch, Wausau

I agree with you in your [Feb. 12] editorial. The U.S.

Postal Service needs to be about service. Yes, this is the
mission of the post office.
The U.S. Postal Service is crucial to rural America.
Small businesses depend on it for their deliveries. People depend on it to receive medications in the mail. Local independent newspapers depend on the post office.
USPS delivers everywhere.
Why has rural delivery of mail slowed down? On
Jan. 5, 2015, distribution centers were closed in an effort to save money. This has caused delays.
USPS used to be a cash cow until 2006 when President George W. Bush signed into law a requirement that
USPS maintain its retirement funds for 75 years. This

Vox Pop

Sen. Petrowski opposes proposed Right to Work legislation

Under the law as it stands, unions are formed by a
majority vote and everyone gets to choose where they
Collective bargaining in the years since has played
a major role in Americas economic miracle. Unions
represent some of the freest institutions in this land.
There are few finer examples of participatory democracy to be found anywhere. Too often, discussion about
the labor movement concentrates on disputes, corruption, and strikes. But while these things are headlines,
there are thousands of good agreements reached and
put into practice every year without a hitch. Ronald
Reagan, 1981
State Sen. Jerry Petrowski, 29th Senate District, Marathon

I have consistently stated in debates, public forums

and interviews over the past two election cycles that I
would not be supportive of making Wisconsin a Right
to Work state, and I am keeping my word.
Both sides in the debate have provided economic
analysis to support their arguments, but none are
definitive as to what actually causes the differences
among the economies of different states. I am not convinced that the supposed benefits of passing this bill
will materialize and offset
a potentially disruptive impact on our economy.
Im a Ronald Reagan
Republican, and like President Reagan I was a union
member for many years.

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The meeting will be held at the Centennial
Community Center, 412 Centennial Avenue,
Stetsonville, Wisconsin.
There will be an election of directors to serve on the
Board of Directors and the transaction of any other
business that may come before the meeting.
Lunch will be served at noon.

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in the management of our states resources is the envy

of many other states. This proposed change would take
the policy-making authority from the public arena to
the political arena. Giving the policy-making authority
solely to the department secretary would potentially
allow for important natural resource decisions to be
made behind closed doors without any public vetting.
Any potential gains in efficiency that may result from
this proposal do not justify the loss of an open and
transparent government. The division of power and
citizen involvement is essential for the long-term management of the states resources which are held in public trust and belong to all citizens of the state.
The Natural Resources Board and Wisconsin Conservation Congress have been working tirelessly in
shaping conservation policies for over 80 years. Eliminating the authority of the Natural Resources Board
and making the Conservation Congress advisory to
the DNR secretary would undermine this proven system of citizen engagement that so many have worked
so hard for and would irreparably mar the legacy we
leave for future generations. I respectfully ask that the
Natural Resource Board retain their policy-making authority and Conservation Congress remain the citizen
advisory body to the board to ensure the continuation
of Wisconsins rich tradition of citizen involvement in
Rob Bohmann, chair, Wisconsin Conservation

With full appreciation for your efforts to bring more

efficiency to state government and the public sector,
I must respectfully but vehemently disagree with the
proposal in the 2015-2017 state budget to remove the
policy-making authority from the Natural Resources
Board and make them strictly an advisory council. The
repercussions of this action will have a significant and
adverse effect on our states natural resources.
Wisconsin has been widely regarded as the center of the conservation movement. It was renowned
conservationists Aldo Leopold, William Aberg, and
Haskell Noyes that helped forge the Conservation Act
of 1927, which created the Conservation Commission
(predecessor of the Natural Resources Board). With
great foresight these pioneers of conservation created
a unique system to keep conservation and politics separate by creating an independent board, beholden to no
one. The Natural Resources Board has successfully operated with its policy-making authority uninterrupted
for the past 88 years, during which time Wisconsin has
continuously been a national leader in environmental
protection and wildlife conservation efforts.
Nowhere else in Wisconsin state government do the
people of this state have such a direct avenue for input as through the Wisconsin Conservation Congress
and the Natural Resources Board. Currently, natural
resource policy decisions are made in full view of the
public, broadcast online, and with ample opportunity
for citizens to provide testimony or written comments.
The unsurpassed level of citizen involvement we have



Thursday, March 5, 2015

Page 9

Employers in recruiting mode at CVTC Career Fair

Chippewa Valley Technical College
(CVTC) Agriscience Technician student
Rachel Filas of Medford had a couple of
purposes for her visit to the Spring Career Fair Wednesday, Feb. 25.
Our program requires an internship,
and Im looking for opportunities when I
graduate, Filas said. Ive handed my resume out to a couple of different groups.
She found employers like ABS, a leading genetics company, anxious to talk to
Im on the animal side of the program, said Filas. ABS is a breeding
company and might hire me as a breeding technician. And Ive been talking to a
company about a grazing internship, and
a co-op was interested in hiring me as a
feed nutritionist.
Filas plans to graduate in December after completing an internship. She
should be hitting the job market at a good
time. At the career fair, a record number
of employers participating were trying
hard to impress the students as they step
up their recruitment efforts. The spring
career fair drew 147 employers, with 83
setting up tables at the Business Education Center, and 50 at the Manufacturing
Education Center. The Health Education
Center featured 14 tables.
Brandon Felce of Strum attended the
career fair wearing a red dress shirt and
matching tie. It seemed like a good idea
to me, and the ads for the career fair said
to dress professionally, said Felce a marketing communications student. Im

submitted photo

Career fair

CVTC agriscience technician student Rachel Filas of Medford talks with Nick
Knaapen, a reproduction team leader with ABS Global, a leading genetics company,
at the CVTC Spring Career Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 25.
looking for an internship, a current parttime job, and an after-graduation fulltime job, Felce said.
One of the tables Felce visited was
Prestige Auto in Eau Claire.
Were looking for a service writer,
sales associates, and accounting interns
to learn how to do billing, said sales

manager Todd Nelson. Were expanding

fast. We went from 28 employees to about
50 and our location is three times larger
than it was.
CVTC Information Technology Software developer student Adam Paperniak
was pleased with the opportunities he
was finding at the career fair.

Its been a great experience. Im looking for an entry level position as a software developer and Im surprised at how
many employers we have here looking
for software people, Papierniak said.
Last year there were only three or four.
Now there are eight or nine.
Paperniak visited with Adam Anderson, a team leader at IDEXX Laboratories
in Eau Claire. Were definitely looking
for technology people, Anderson said.
Were looking for software, hardware
and digital imaging specialists.
Lisa Hedrington of American Income
Life (AIL) was anxious to talk to as many
students as she could.
Anyone whos in business management Im taking right now, said Hedrington, the director of talent acquisition for
the Eau Claire office. We do all the training. Were looking for entrepreneurs who
are hard workers.
Hedrington knows the spring career
fair is a good place to find talent. It was
just a year ago she met Vince Meyer, who
graduated in business management last
May. After three months with AIL, he was
promoted, and recently promoted again.
Now hes opening a new office in
Green Bay that doesnt exist now. Our
plan is to have him run the state of Wisconsin for us by 2025, Hedrington said.
Not all of the career fair stories are
quite that dramatic, but CVTC students
with approaching graduation dates have
reason to be optimistic.

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Contact legislators and let them know about budget impacts to local schools



and around the state, we need a

great staff. We are no longer just
competing with other districts for
those employees; we are competing against other career fields as
Every year our school board
has to make difficult choices
about how to spend our available
dollars, no different than a business has to do. It just seems that
our challenges are becoming increasingly difficult. A good example would be the tax dollars that are currently allocated
to private voucher schools, (with talk about increasing
this), which are not held accountable in the same way
that the Medford School District is. Any institution that
accepts public money should be held to the same level
of accountability.

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Please consider contacting your legislators to let

them know how you feel about the impact of the proposed budget on the Medford School District. I would encourage you to ask for a reasonable increase each year
in the revenue cap. In the past, state law provided us a
yearly increase over $250 per student. Given the states
current budget, I believe an increase of at least $100 per
student is reasonable.
As a community, we want our children to succeed and
become positive, contributing members of our society.
We all have a vested interest in our children. In order to
achieve this, your involvement and support is critical.
Pat Sullivan, Medford Area Public Schools
district administrator


Everything coming out of Madison lately indicates

that our legislature is focused on the topic of school accountability. I understand the importance of accountability and fully accept the responsibility for it. I am
confident that all of the employees for the Medford
School District do as well. The reason for this article is
to share some information and ask for your help.
The proposal by the governor to cut $150 per student
will reduce our revenue by $309,450. Prior to hearing
that news we had already anticipated a $500,000 deficit. Seventy-seven percent of our budget is salaries and
benefits because thats what a school is, its people. We
spend another $1.2 million on transportation, which is
a fact of life when your district encompasses 350 square
miles. We use the rest of our budget to maintain and
improve our facilities and to stay current with the latest
technology. All of this is done in an effort to move the
needle on student achievement. To this point we have
been able to do so, but I have always worried about how
long that can continue. Those fears are more real now in
my opinion than they have ever been.
Universities and colleges of teacher education have
seen a significant reduction in applicants, which means
fewer and fewer candidates applying for jobs. The governor himself seems to recognize this by proposing to
let those holding a bachelors degree in other fields pass
a proficiency test to teach grades 6-12. In order to maintain the quality of education we offer here in Medford


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Students learn with history, Hollywood

by Reporter Mark Berglund
A lesson on the civil rights era combined history,
Hollywood and hometown on Feb. 25 as Medford Area
Middle School eighth graders saw the movie Selma
at Broadway Theatre, then asked questions of Medford
resident Earl Finkler, a participant in the history portrayed on the screen.
Finkler was a graduate student at UW-Milwaukee in
the spring of 1965 when the voting rights struggle and
march from Selma, Ala. to the state capitol in Montgomery occurred. Finkler and a friend traveled to Selma to
participate in the final attempt and completion of the
54-mile march. The blood shed during the struggle and
the national attention it generated led to the passage of
the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
Congress voted to award Congressional Gold Medals
to those who participated in the March 7 march. President Barack Obama will speak from Selma on Saturday.
Despite Constitutional guarantees, most Alabama
blacks were blocked from voting a century after the
photo by Mark Berglund
Civil War. In Selmas Dallas County, 130 of a possible
Learning the lesson
15,000 blacks were registered to vote in 1961. In nearEarl Finkler speaks to Medford Area Middle School eighth graders following a screening of Selma.
by Lowndes County, blacks made up 81 percent of the
population and none were registered in 1960 while 118
percent of the white population was on the election story, but movies use a broader brush in terms of char- to ask what are you going to do and what are you going
rolls. Efforts by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating acters and timelines to convey the story in the alloted to be, Finkler said. No matter what color you are, no
Committee (SNCC) and other groups to break through time. Finkler answered one question by saying, As I re- matter what gender you are, you can do things, Finthe barriers of Ku Klux Klan violence and widespread member, LBJ [President Johnson] was more in support kler said. Work on something if you believe in it. Do it
intimidation, and a variety of bureaucracy barriers of Martin Luther King than the movie showed, he said. when you are young and have less obligations. Finkler
They walked through a gauntlet of angry, white said the internet makes reaching out on issues easier,
meant little headway was made on the issue. A July 1964
state court injunction prohibited more than two people southerners for most of the route. The hatred com- but nothing beats a human presence. You need to perfrom gathering together for a conversation about civil ing from adults and children is still a strong memory. sonally get out and do some things, he said.
Finkler told students the history should make them
They were using four letter words Id never heard berights or voter registration.
their voting rights when they reach 18 years of
The effort was renewed in 1965 and thousands were
age. You all have to be vigilant on your voting rights.
arrested. In the aftermath of one demonstration, an shoulders and shouting at us.
The night before the March began, Finkler and his Please, please go out and vote, Finkler said.
Alabama state trooper shot Army veteran Jimmie Lee
friend were walking down
Classroom background
Jackson while he protected
a dark street when a car
Medford Area Middle School social studies teacher
his mother. No one was
ssped up and drove directly Kevin Wellman said the timing of the movies arrival
o matter what color you are, no
charged in the murder.
at them. He said it was the and anniversary of the events fit well into the class
Jacksons death and the
closest to violence he came schedule as students recently completed a unit on the
segregation efforts prompt- matter what gender you are, you can
during his experience. civil rights era. He said the students came prepared
ed the marches. The first
do things.
Earl Finkler
The final march to the with good questions after reading Finklers first-person
occurred on March 7 as apcapitol was protected by narrative of the march which was recently published
proximately 600 people atU.S. Army military police in The Star News. Everybody got Earls story as backU
tempted to walk from Selma
officers and department of ground, he said.
to petition Gov. George Waljustice marshals, and fedWellman said students have learned about the role
lace for a remedy. Marchers crossed the Edmund Pettus
of historical films in advancing knowledge. The violent
Bridge on the edge of Selma and were met by a wall of
Led by King, the Southern Christian Leadership Con- scenes from Bloody Sunday made students ask the quesAlabama state troopers and a posse organized by Dalference
played a key role in organizing. Brown Chapel tion, How can somebody hate someone else so much?
las County Sheriff Jim Clark. Marchers were told to
Wellman said the challenge of teaching history is
disperse before the troopers and posse rushed into the was a focal point for many of the meetings and organizcrowd and began beating people. The violence hospital- ing efforts in 1965. The strong force of the black church taking on issues where opinions vary and the answers
ized 17 people and press coverage of the Bloody Sun- was important. It was one place where you could eat make us uncomfortable. History is messy. Its not yes
and reinforce yourself, Finkler said. If the churches and no answers, Wellman said. Wellman said the lesday brought response from around the country.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led a march of 2,500 were not there, it would have been different. A student son reinforces the importance of the Bill of Rights in our
on March 9. The marchers included people from a va- asked him what he would have done if King had knelt lives. They marched for something important. Part of
riety of faith communities. The march again started to pray near him. I would have knelt next to him, Fin- the greatness of America is a person can stand on one
sstreet corner and preach
at Brown Chapel A.M.E. [African Methodist Episco- kler said.
Finkler shared two perssomething while someone
pal] and when it again reached the end of the bridge,
istory is messy.
else stands on the next
it stopped as troopers withdrew. With no logistical sup- sonal stories of connections
sstreet corner and preaches
port or protection for the marchers, King and the others to King. He still has the letIts not yes or no answers.
ssomething completely difknelt in prayer then returned to the church. This day is ter he received from King
Kevin Wellman, middle school teacher fe
ferent, Wellman said.
known as Turnaround Tuesday.
Wellman said lessons
James Reeb, a member of the Boston, Mass. faith Leadership Conference in
taught by the movie and
community, was attacked and killed on Tuesday eve- May, 1964 responding to
Finkler are similar to mesF
ning. The final act of violence against the marchers Finklers inquiry into worksages Tim Scott has shared
came on March 25 when Detroit housewife Viola Li- ing for the group. We have
uzzo was killed as she transported marchers between a great need in the civil rights movement for journalis- with Medford students for many years about the HoloMontgomery and Selma. It could have been me and the tic talents, King told Finkler in the letter. He went on caust. The movie showed the live footage and the reacto say there were no funds to pay for a position, but he tion in the country as people asked how can this happen
friend I had with me, Finkler said.
President Lyndon Baines Johnson spoke to Congress encouraged Finkler to send a resume to the group. Its in America. Tim Scott tells the students to stop talking
and introduced the Voting Rights Act on March 15. a letter I cherish, he said. I was committed. There was in terms its over or it cant happen here. It drives
home the history, Wellman said.
When a court injunction against the march was lifted, only so much a person could do in Milwaukee.
Finkler saw King before the start of the march. He
the successful attempt to reach Montgomery started on
Resource center
March 21. About 25,000 people walked the final miles was standing about as far away as you are, Finkler
Dave Fleegel said he cut through stuinto the city before King spoke at the steps of the capitol. said to a student sitting in the front row of the theater. dio red tape to make the current-release movie availA
Once more the method of nonviolent resistance was
able to the class because the opportunity was too great
unsheathed from its scabbard, and once again an entire assassination in 1968. That was a rough year. You are to pass up. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,
community was mobilized to confront the adversary,
King set a model of nonviolence in the movement he said. Im glad Kevin started asking about it. FleeKing spoke on March 25.
which proved to be unique and successful. Finkler said gel said Finklers answers helped students learn the
Questions and answers
preaching nonviolence and remaining nonviolent are lessons of the historical movie. You dont know how
Students asked Finkler a variety of questions about two different challenges. We had to be nonviolent and much is different unless you have an Earl Finkler here
the movie and his experiences in Selma.
I was angry when they beat up on people. You can say to answer questions. When you bring it to the students,
What made you decide to go? a student asked. We you are nonviolent, but in the situation you want to they can make the judgments, he said.
Fleegel said the lessons of courage taught by people
got word Dr. King had asked people to come to Selma retaliate, Finkler said. I think Martin Luther Kings
and join in, Finkler said. I was involved in the civil example is the way to go, but people had a difficult time like Finkler are important history for students. These
rights struggle in Milwaukee and we just felt it was time with it. If someone hits you, there is an urge to strike bad things happened and we are a better country because he decided to do something about it, Fleegel said.
to go. Finkler and a friend got a flight to Atlanta and back, but you have to show self-discipline.
The movie is being shown to the general public on a
then took a bus to Selma to help.
Finkler encouraged them to find their way to make a
Finkler said the movie told a historically accurate difference. When you are in that time in life, you need nightly basis.



Thursday, March


Annual Womens Weekend draws crowd

Jar painting

Hairstyle class

Connie Hemmer teaches a class on jar painting as

part of Womens Weekend on Saturday.

Angie Apfelbeck demonstrates hair styles on Debbi Wieland during a class held Saturday. The annual Womens
Weekend event drew 217 participants to the Medford area for a weekend of education, pampering and fun. The
event is sponsored by the Medford Area Chamber of Commerce.

Wine walk



Kris Brandner teaches a class focusing on cosmetic

use and products.

Sara Simek-Mitchell talked about the value of essential oils during her class.

Womens Weekend ended with the wine walk with

participants receiving wine samples at 27 Medford businesses.

Buy this photo on-line at www.centralwinews.com

photos by Brian Wilson

Agencies warn of scams targeted at service members

Military Saves Week is an opportunity to focus on
the financial readiness of service members and their
families to help them reduce debt and save money for
the future. But scammers are also interested in service
members too.
The Better Business Bureau Serving Wisconsin and
MilitarySaves.org want to remind you to watch out for
common scams that specifically target service members
and their families. Here are the most common scams
targeting our men and women in uniform:

Online dating scams: Con artists steal identities of real soldiers on social networking sites like
Facebook and pose as service members, posting their
photos on popular dating sites. Once they gain the trust
of someone their engaging with online, scammers then
ask for everything from laptop computers to money for
airfare so they can fly back to the U.S.

Protest scams: Some scammers are contacting the families of service members by phone or email
and making false claims that their son or daughter is
injured or wounded overseas. Often they ask for a wire
transfer or money order to cover medical bills.

Online classifieds car scam: Scammers are taking to online classifieds, offering too-good-to-be-true
discounts on cars for military personnel. In some cases,
the con artists claim they are service members about
to be deployed and need to sell a vehicle fast. Similarly,
others offer a special discount for serving their country,
but require a wire transfer deposit.

Military loan scams: Service members who

have less than perfect credit are becoming victims of
flashy offers that typically promise up to 40 percent
of your monthly take home pay, same day cash,
no credit check, all ranks approved. But these offers can come with sky-high interest rates that do more
harm than good. Often this practice involves the entire
family of military members, so it can do years of damage to their financial security.

Housing scams: Due to the nature of military

service, those who serve and their families are forced
to move from base to base around the country. Knowing this, scammers go to online classified sites to target
areas near military installations. They lift the descriptions of legitimate rental properties and rewrite the

post so it offers a special discount for service members.

Depicting a too-good-to-be-true offer, they ask for a security deposit to be wired in advance to ensure their occupancy. But often, the individual or family arrives at
the rental property only to find it already occupied.
BBB offers some helpful tips to protect yourself from
becoming a victim of a scam. To avoid these and many
other scams that target service members, BBB advises:

Protect finances. Never wire money to strangers.

Safeguard your identity. Actively deployed military personnel can place an active duty alert on their
credit reports to help minimize the risk of identity theft.

Report scams. File a complaint with your Better Business Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission.
For those who havent served, but are interested in
supporting a veteran or military charity, its important
to verify the legitimacy of an organization. Research a
charity through BBB Wise Giving Alliance, at Give.org.

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March 2,
5, 2014

Strike-a-Bond Bowling Tournament held

The Sports Page hosted the 6th annual Strike-ABond bowling tournament to benefit Taylor County
Special Olympics on Saturday, Feb. 28. Sponsored
teams of four were able to bowl with a Special Olympian and all money raised went to support Taylor County Special Olympics. Weather Shield LITE Foundation
had three teams, Klingbeil Lumber Company had two
teams, Mayer Accounting had two teams along with
Krug Bus Company, Nicolet Bank, and The High View.


submitted photos

The Strike-a-Bond Bowling Tournament paired Special Olympics athletes with area bowlers to promote fellowship and support the Special Oympics program. Organizers report the event was a success with many area bowlers
and businesses participating.

Enrollment period extended for tax season

Eligible consumers have from
March 15 through April 30 to
enroll in health coverage
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
(CMS) announced today a special enrollment period
(SEP) for individuals and families who did not have
health coverage in 2014 and are subject to the fee or
shared responsibility payment when they file their
2014 taxes in states which use the federally-facilitated
marketplace (FFM). This special enrollment period will
allow those individuals and families who were unaware
or didnt understand the implications of this new requirement to enroll in 2015 health insurance coverage
through the FFM.
For those who were unaware or didnt understand
the implications of the fee for not enrolling in coverage,
CMS will provide consumers with an opportunity to
purchase health insurance coverage from March 15 to
April 30. If consumers do not purchase coverage for 2015
during this special enrollment period, they may have to
pay a fee when they file their 2015 income taxes.
Those eligible for this special enrollment period live
in states with a FFM and:
Currently are not enrolled in coverage through the
FFM for 2015,
Attest when they filed their 2014 tax return they paid
the fee for not having health coverage in 2014, and
Attest they first became aware of, or understood the
implications of, the Shared Responsibility Payment after the end of open enrollment (Feb. 15, 2015) in connection with preparing their 2014 taxes.
The special enrollment period announced this week
will begin on March 15 and end at 11:59 p.m. on April 30,
2015. If a consumer enrolls in coverage on or before the
15 of the month, coverage will be effective on the first
day of the following month.
This years tax season is the first time individuals
and families will be asked to provide basic information
regarding their health coverage on their tax returns. Individuals who could not afford coverage or met other
conditions may be eligible to receive an exemption for
2014. To help consumers who did not have insurance
last year determine if they qualify for an exemption,
CMS also launched a health coverage tax exemption
tool today on HealthCare.gov and CuidadodeSalud.gov.
We recognize that this is the first tax filing season
where consumers may have to pay a fee or claim an
exemption for not having health insurance coverage,

said CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. Our priority is to make sure consumers understand the new
requirement to enroll in health coverage and to provide
those who were not aware or did not understand the requirement with an opportunity to enroll in affordable
coverage this year.
Most taxpayers, about three quarters, will only need
to check a box when they file their taxes to indicate they
had health coverage in 2014 through their employer,
Medicare, Medicaid, veterans care or other qualified
health coverage that qualifies as minimum essential
coverage. The remaining taxpayers - about one-quarter - will take different steps. It is expected that 10 to
20 percent of taxpayers who were uninsured for all or
part of 2014 will qualify for an exemption from the requirement to have coverage. A much smaller fraction
of taxpayers, an estimated 2 to 4 percent, will pay a fee
because they made a choice to not obtain coverage and
are not eligible for an exemption.
Americans who do not qualify for an exemption and
went without health coverage in 2014 will have to pay a
fee $95 per adult or 1 percent of their income, whichever is greater when they file their taxes this year. The
fee increases to $325 per adult or 2 percent of income for
2015. Individuals taking advantage of this special enrollment period will still owe a fee for the months they were
uninsured and did not receive an exemption in 2014 and
2015. This special enrollment period is designed to allow
such individuals the opportunity to get covered for the
remainder of the year and avoid additional fees for 2015.
The administration is committed to providing the
information and tools tax filers need to understand the
new requirements. Part of this outreach effort involves
coordinating efforts with nonprofit organizations and
tax preparers who provide resources to consumers and
offer on-the-ground support. If consumers have questions about their taxes, need to download forms, or
want to learn more about the fee for not having insurance, they can find information and resources at www.
HealthCare.gov/Taxes or www.IRS.gov. Consumers
can also call the Marketplace call center at 800-318-2596.
Consumers who need assistance filing their taxes can
visit IRS.gov/VITA or IRS.gov/freefile.
Consumers seeking to take advantage of the special enrollment period can find out if they are eligible
by visiting https://www.healthcare.gov/get-coverage.
Consumers can find local help at: Localhelp.healthcare.
gov or call the FFM call center at 800-318-2596. TTY users should call 855-889-4325. Assistance is available in
150 languages. The call is free.

Book donation

submitted photo

Taylor County Literacy Council donated childrens

books to dental offices throughout Taylor County as part
of National Childrens Dental Month in February. Pictured here is local dentist Dr. Lonnie Melbinger DDS
receiving books from Taylor County Literacy Council
President Joseph Greget.

Aldo Leopold Weekend

on the Flambeau March 7
Journey to the new Flambeau River State Forest
headquarters building on Saturday March 7, from 11
a.m. to 1 p.m. for a screening of Green Fire to help
celebrate Aldo Leopold Weekend.
See the first full-length, high-definition documentary
film ever made about legendary conservationist Aldo
Leopold and his environmental legacy. Green Fire
shares highlights from his extraordinary career, explaining how he shaped conservation and the modern
environmental movement.
It also illustrates how Leopolds vision of a community that cares about both people and land continues
to inform and inspire people across the country and
around the world, highlighting modern projects that
put Leopolds land ethic in action. Discussion will follow the 70 minute video as well as reading of selected
passages from A Sand County Almanac. Feel free to
bring a copy of the book if you have one.
Treats and refreshments will be provided. For more
information contact Ron Weber at 715-353-2993. The
headquarters is located on county highway W 22 miles
west of Phillips and 15 miles east of Winter right on the
Flambeau River.



Thursday, March


New mobile food pantry will feed a county niche

by Reporter Mark Berglund
A new mobile food pantry will bring
new resources for the hungry with a
monthly drop-off planned at St. Pauls
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Medford. The program will begin March 19 in
the congregations Welcome Hall.
The Medford Mobile Food Pantry will
deliver a truckload of food items every
month from the regional Feed My People food bank in Eau Claire. Volunteers
will unload the truck at St. Pauls at 3
p.m. and then help distribute the food
and should be done by 6 p.m. The project
will need approximately a dozen volunteers for each distribution day. St. Pauls
ministry manager Mike Lindau said the
volunteer effort is a good one for groups
looking for a one-time group effort or individuals wanting to make ongoing time
The food can be picked up from 4 to 5
p.m. on the same day. There will be a variety of food items for those in need and
there is no cost to receive these items.
Organizers ask those picking up food to
bring bags and boxes to carry the food.
You do not need to be a St. Pauls congregation member to receive the donations
or volunteer for the effort.
Contact Lindau at the church, 715748-4909 or stpaulsmedford@tds.net, to
volunteer or for more information on the
mobile pantry or the church food pantry.
The programs jumpstart came from
a $5,000 Thrivent Financial Foundation
grant called a Matthew 25:Neighbors in
Need grant. Lindau applied for the grant
shortly before its September deadline

Getting started

photo by Mark Berglund

Thrivent agent David Hraby presents a $5,000 ceremonial check to Mike Lindau,
ministry manager at St. Pauls Evangelical Lutheran Church, for the new Medford
Mobile Food Pantry which will operate at the church once a month.
and has been working on deadlines since
to move the project forward. The grant
fit the need perfectly, Lindau said.
The Medford Mobile Food Pantry distribution schedule for 2015 is March 19,
April 16, May 21, June 18, July 16, Aug.
20, Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 19 and Dec. 17.
Lindau estimated the congregations
cost at $300 a month to host the mobile
Lindau learned about the grant program through the Taylor County food
resource group. Organized by University
of Wisconsin-Extension agent Brenda
Herrell, the group brings local food pantry resources together with county re-

sources Extension, United Way, the Wellness Coalition of Taylor County, and the
dairy promotion committee and regional
resources like Feed My People and Feeding America. The group meets monthly
to develop better approaches to hunger
and poverty issues in the county.
Its a networking group, Herrell
said. Our two main focuses are reaching
the needy and working together and they
have done just that. Everyone has shared
in listening and working together.
Lindau said each member of the group
fits a different area of need in the county,
whether it is financial or geographical.
He said Herrell makes the connections

work. She is always coming from the

standpoint of making good nutritional
decisions, Lindau said. He said the
group connections also help it deal with
changes such as economic or seasonal
St. Pauls Lutheran Church has operated a food pantry for several years.
Being a part of the county group brings
it together with other leaders on the issue. The meetings helped Lindau find
out about the grant and then make sure
it would add to the help available by discussions with Rubys Pantry, a similar
mobile effort which comes to the community on the fourth Saturday of the month.
Connections with Feed My People and
other food pantry efforts in the county
means food resources do not go to waste.
Our perspective has been to talk about
ways not to duplicate services and to provide more help to the community, Herrell said. We all agreed the need is there
for the mobile pantry. We think it will
work for a different niche of the community, Lindau said.
Food pantries operate in Jump River
(Christ Community Church), Gilman
(Loaves and Fishes Community Pantry),
Medford (First Baptist Church, Indianhead Community Action Agency, Rubys Pantry, and St. Pauls Food Pantry)
and Rib Lake (Good Shepherd Catholic
Church and Rib Lake Community Food
Pantry - United Methodist Church).
The Food Share program through Taylor County Human Services and WIC
(Women, Infant and Children) programs
through the health department are other
food resources.



Christ Community Church of

Jump River Food Pantry
W14616 Hwy 73, Jump River

Loaves and Fishes Community Pantry

230 W. Main St., Gilman


Food Share
Taylor County Human Services Northern Income Maintenance Consortium
Taylor County WIC (Women, Infant, and Children) Program
Taylor County Health Department

Good Shepherd Catholic Church

Rib Lake Community Food Pantry
United Methodist Church


First Baptist Food Pantry

Indianhead Community Action Agency Medford Food Pantry
Rubys Pantry
St. Pauls Food Pantry and Medford Mobile Pantry




Star News graphic by MandiTroiber



Page 14

March 2,
5, 2014

Cody Hobl attends

state FFA farm forum

photo by Brian Wilson

Passing the gavel

Star News publisher Carol OLeary (right) passes the gavel to incoming Wisconsin
Newspaper Association President Chris Hardie, executive editor and weekly newspaper publisher of the River Valley Newspaper Group in La Crosse, during last weekendss annual WNA convention. OLeary had been president for the past year.

Cody Hobl, a member of the Medford

FFA chapter, attended the Wisconsin
Farm Bureaus FFA Farm Forum Feb.
20-21 in Wisconsin Rapids thanks to a
sponsorship from Taylor County Farm
Hobl was among the more than 160
high school students who attended the forum.
The Wisconsin Farm Bureau is proud
to host this annual event with the FFA to
help grow the next crop of agricultural
leaders in Wisconsin, said Jim Holte,
president of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau
During the two-day event at Hotel
Mead in Wisconsin Rapids, FFA members
attended workshops that covered topics
including post-high school agricultural
opportunities, social media, advocating
for agriculture, leadership and more.
Joining Holte as keynote speakers at
the event were Kaitlyn Riley, WQOW
multimedia journalist and 2014 Wisconsin
Fairest of the Fairs, and Gretchen Kamps,
a beef farmer and Wisconsin Farm Bureau District 3 Coordinator.

Cody Hobl
The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation sponsors the FFA Farm Forum
in cooperation with the Wisconsin Association of FFA. This years FFA Farm
Forum marks the 43rd year the Farm Bureau family of affiliates has sponsored the
event for Wisconsin youth.

Aspirus Medford celebrates

Taylor County Moving for
Certified Nurses Day
a Cure 5K run/walk set
Aspirus Medford Hospital & Clinics
will recognize the unique contributions
of certified nurses on Certified Nurses
Day, Thursday, March 19. During the
celebration, Aspirus Medfords certified
nurses will be honored including:
Certified inpatient obstetric nurses
Denise Carstensen, RN; Juli Johnson,
RN; Chris Bube, RN; Wanda Kallenbach,
RN; Holly Rauen, RN; Annette Fuchs,
RN; Glenda Way, NP
Certified geriatric nurse Pam Emmerich, RN
Certified ambulatory care nurse Joy
Ryskoski, RN
Certified emergency nurses Mary
Werner, RN; Jeff Beard, RN; Scott Perrin, RN; Caroline Neumueller, NP
Certified infection control nurse
Misty Kleist, RN
Certified nurse executive Sue Courtney, RN
Certified medical-surgical nurse Jessica Faude, RN; Jodi Hinderliter, RN;
Carol Tuma, RN; Rosalee Diamond, RN
Certified case manager Sharon Klassen, RN
Certified ambulatory perianesthesia nurses Judy Gabriel, RN; Nichole
Scheller, RN; Mary Hein, RN; Michelle
Poehler, RN
Certified oncology nurses Pam Lugo,
RN; Susan Strebig, RN
Certified chemotherapy biotherapy
nurse Kristina Beidel, RN
Certified operating room nurse Tracy Fuchs, RN
Certified pediatric nurse practitioner
Jodi Johnson, NP
Certified adult nurse practitioner
Nicholine Crick, NP; Jean Erdman, NP
Certified family nurse practitioner
Laura Sova, NP; Caroline Neumueller,
NP; Glenda Way, NP; Kathy Hemer, NP;
Diane Anderson, NP; Nicholas Franssen,
NP; Naomi Minks, NP; Michelle Brost,

NP; Kelli Pfaff, NP; Kathy Obermann,

NP; Sarah Mutschlecner, NP
Certified acute care nurse practitioner Vickie Woelfel, NP
Aspirus Medford Hospital & Clinics
is proud of the over 40 nurses certified in
their respective areas of practice, said
Jodi Johnson, vice president of Patient
Care Services. Attaining national certification is the nursing professionals
recognition of high achievement, expertise and clinical knowledge. Maintaining certification exhibits a high regard
for continued learning and skill refinement. Congratulations and thank you for
delivering extraordinary quality care to
patients at Aspirus Medford Hospital &
Certification validates a nurses specialty knowledge for practice in a defined
functional or clinical area of nursing.
According to data collected by the American Board of Nursing Specialties in 2013,
more than 683,684 nurses in the United
States and Canada hold certifications,
an increase of more than 87,111 certified
specialty nurses compared to 2012 survey
In addition, certification benefits patients and their families, validating that
the nurse caring for them has demonstrated experience, knowledge and skills
in the complex specialties of acute and
critical care.
Certified Nurses Day is an annual
worldwide event dedicated to celebrating certification as a means to ensure
high standards of patient care and to promote continuing excellence in the nursing profession. Initially proposed by the
American Nurses Credentialing Center,
the day honors the birthday of the late
Margretta Gretta Madden Styles, an
international pioneer of nursing certification who designed the first comprehensive study of nurse credentialing.

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116 S. Wisconsin Ave., Medford

The annual community fundraiser

for the American Cancer Society will
be kicking off this week. The event is to
raise awareness that no one fights alone.
The Taylor County Moving for a Cure
5K run/walk is scheduled at the Medford
City Park shelters for Friday evening,
May 15. Team members and individuals
gather to show their support in the fight
against cancer. Registration, along with
music and food, will start at 5 p.m. The
ceremony kickoff begins at 6:30 pm with
the run/walk activities to follow shortly
at approximately 7 p.m.
Team packets and individual registration materials will be available starting
Thursday, March 5, at the Medford Chamber office between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
daily. The event will offer options of a
timed 5K run, as well as the 5K walk. New
this year will also be a timed childrens 12
and under one-mile race. Medals will be
awarded to the top runners in each category.
The goal this year is to migrate more
participants to choose the online registra-

tion option. There is a discounted price

for registering online compared with registering the day of the event.
New this year will be a silent auction.
Many businesses in the community have
generously donated quality items to be
auctioned in raffle baskets that will be
displayed at the Medford Chamber office
starting on Thursday, March 5, until the
day of the event. Everyone is eligible to
bid in the silent auction. The baskets will
be transferred to the Medford park the day
of the event to allow attendees the opportunity to partake in the bidding process.
Also this year the luminaria option is
being replaced with helium balloons to be
released during the events opening ceremony. Participants may purchase the
balloons and write a special note to honor
or remember their loves ones. The names
will be read during the opening ceremony.
To sponsor your local fundraiser, or if
you have event questions, contact Courtney Haas at 763-843-6043 or Carmen Thiede at 715-218-8353.

Mythbusting Manufacturing tour held

Northwest Wisconsin Concentrated
Employment Program, Inc. (CEP, Inc.)
and the Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board, Inc. (NWWIB)
are again collaborating with industry
and educational partners to highlight
the manufacturing industry through an
event called Mythbusting Manufacturing.
This fun, interactive event is designed to
help dispel myths about manufacturing
and expose youth and adults to manufacturing career opportunities in northwest
During this day-long event, students
toured Phillips area manufacturers and
participated in hands-on demonstrations
of manufacturing programs including welding, electromechanical technology, and machine tool at the Phillips
Northcentral Technical College Campus.
Schools that participated in this event in-

clude Gilman and Medford schools with

31 students signed up to attend. This session of Mythbusting Manufacturing event
took place on Feb. 24. This is the sixth
Mythbusting Manufacturing event that
has taken place within the 10 county region served by CEP, Inc. and the NWWIB.
Through the event, over 225 students have
had the opportunity to explore manufacturing careers and career pathways.
In northwest Wisconsin, the manufacturing sector is one of the regions highest growth industries. In the past few
decades, manufacturing jobs have transformed from dirty, low-paying jobs to advanced, skill-driven, high-paying careers
in state of the art facilities. Jobs in manufacturing range from basic line-workers
to advanced positions as CNC machinists
and mechanical engineers. Its an industry where everyone is a fit.


Thursday, March 5, 2015

City of Medford
Application for a
Class B Beer License
d/b/a Tee Hi Golf Course, Steve
Budzinski, Agent, makes application to the Common Council of
the City of Medford for a Class
B Beer License for the period
beginning April 15, 2015 and
ending October 14, 2015, at 580
Tee Hi Place. Virginia Brost,
City Clerk.


Notice to Accept Sealed Bids

March 13, 2015
Request for Bidders on Hay & Cropland Rental

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The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

(DNR) will accept sealed bids on sharecropping/cropland rental rights for four separate bid packages. Packages contain several fields each and are designated for
three or four years of contract. Three packages are on
the Pershing Wildlife Area and one package is on the Diamond Lake Natural Area. The conditions for what crops
may be planted or hay harvested are different for each
package. Contact Mark E. Schmidt at 715-532-4369 for
more information. Sealed bids will be opened at the
Pershing Wildlife Area Buildings at W15664 Chucks
Road, Gilman, WI at 10:00 a.m. on March 13, 2015.
(First ins. February 26, last ins. March 10)




want you to be aware of the following public notices
published the week of FEB. 24, 2015:
MEETINGS: Madison Metropolitan Sewage District, Feb. 25; Wisconsin Womens Council, March 2; UW
System Board of Regents, March 2; Teaching Excellence Awards Committee, March 2.
PUBLIC HEARINGS: Landmarks, Madison, Feb. 27; Wisconsin Health and Educational Facilities, Feb.
27; Fitchburg, March 3.
26; Madison Metropolitan Sewage District, noncompliance, Feb. 24; Public Instruction, SS 033-14, March 2; Public
Instruction, SS 032-14, March 2; Birth to 3 Program, grant application, March 2; public comment, historic places,
March 2; Natural Resources, temporary bridge, permit, Feb. 28, Bids, McKee, Feb. 27; Bids, Chip sealing, Feb. 24.

AIR POLLUTION PERMIT APPLICATION REVIEWS: Manitowoc Public Utilities, Feb. 24; St. Marys, Feb.
Feb. 28; US Silica, Feb. 28; Bellin Hospital, March 2; Team Industries, March 2; Bemis, March 2.

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Gravel Bids
Town of Ogema
The Town of Ogema is seeking sealed bids for 5,000
cubic yards of gravel. The 5/8 inch crushed gravel is to
be delivered anywhere in the town, after June 1, 2015,
and must be before September 1, 2015. Contractor must
stock pile gravel for mixing. Contractor is responsible for
royalties. A certificate of insurance must accompany the
bid. The Town Board of Ogema reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids. Sealed bids are to be marked
Gravel Bids and submitted to:
Jolene Berger, Town Clerk
N2493 State Hwy 13
Ogema, WI 54459
Bids must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Monday,
March 16, 2015.
Bids will be opened at the regular monthly meeting on
Monday, March 16, 2015 @ 7:00 p.m. at the Ogema Library - Community Room.
Direct any questions to Chairman/Road Boss, Lars
Holm, at 715-657-0986.
Jolene Berger, Town Clerk
(First ins. Feb. 26, Last ins. March 10)


Notice of Election
School District of Rib Lake
April 7, 2015
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that at an election to be
held in the School District of Rib Lake on Tuesday, April
7, 2015 the following question will be submitted to a vote
of the people:
Shall the School District of Rib Lake, Taylor and Price
Counties, Wisconsin borrow the sum of not to exceed
$4,000,000 for the public purpose of paying the cost of
energy efficiency related improvements at District buildings and sites, including but not limited to HVAC, water
heating, plumbing, electrical, and lighting improvements;
building envelope and exterior improvements; roof repairs
and replacement; biomass generator and boiler upgrades
and/or replacement; and acquiring related furnishings,
fixtures and equipment by issuing its general obligation
promissory note (or notes) under Section 67.12(12) of the
Wisconsin Statutes?
A copy of the entire text of the resolution directing submission of the question set forth above to the electorate
and information concerning District boundaries can be obtained at the School District offices located at 1236 Kennedy Street, Rib Lake, WI 54470.
Persons with questions regarding the referendum eleotion should contact Lori A. Manion, District Administrator.
DONE in the School District of Rib Lake on March 5,
Marlene Rymer, District Clerk WNAXLP

Maintenance Gravel Bids Wanted

Town of Hill and Town of Spirit
Gravel will be crushed no larger than 3/4 inch minus in
size to be stockpiled from crusher and delivered from pile.
To be delivered anywhere within the town between
June 1, 2015 and August 31, 2015 with individual load
tickets provided.
Contact Ron Wiitala regarding pit locations.
Certificate of insurance to accompany bid.
Bid will be for the total number of yards which will be
provided including the royalty which is paid to the pit owners, for a total not to exceed $45,000 ($30,000 for the
Town of Hill and $15,000 for the Town of Spirit).
The town board reserves the right to accept or reject
any or all bids. Bids to be sent to: Town of Hill Chairman
Ronald Wiitala, W4724 Linden Rd., Ogema, WI 54459,
telephone 715-499-4928.
Bids will be opened on March 16, 2015 at the Regular
Town Board Meeting of the Town of Hill at the Town of Hill
Town Hall.
Sandra Behling, Clerk
(1st ins. Feb. 26, 2nd ins. March 5)



Advertisement For Bids

Project: 2015 Street and Utility Improvements, Medford, Wisconsin
Bid Deadline: March 12, 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 reconstruction of two
blocks of underground utilities and pavement on Taylor
Street and replacement of one block of curb and gutter
and asphalt pavement on 3rd Street. The work includes
approximately 1,500 L.F. of PVC water main, 1,500 L.F. of
PVC sanitary sewer, 600 L.F. of RCP storm sewer, 1,500
L.F. of urban asphaltic street reconstruction, 700 L.F. of
asphaltic street repaving, and related work.
Two prime bids will be received for the work. One contract will potentially include all work with the Owner optionally awarding up to two schedules (areas) of work. A
second contract will optionally allow the Owner to award
approximately one block of curb and gutter and asphalt
replacement as a separate contract.
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
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 $20.00.
Published by authority of: City of Medford
(1st ins. February 26, 2nd ins. March 5)


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Public Notice of Hearings and Meetings

of the Northcentral Technical College
District Board Appointment Committee
The following hearings and meetings will be held on
Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at the Marathon County Courthouse, 500 Forest Street, Assembly Room, Wausau, Wisconsin.
11:00 a.m. A public hearing and meeting to review
NTC District Plan of Representation.
11:30 a.m. (or immediately following the above meeting) A public hearing for interviewing, and for presentations regarding the qualifications of candidates for the
Northcentral Technical College Board. A closed session
of the District Board Appointment Committee, if required,
to discuss information about any candidate that would
have a substantial adverse effect upon the reputation of
any individual referred to.
12:00 p.m. (or immediately following the above meeting) A public meeting to make appointments to the
Board from among the following candidates who filed applications for appointment by the announced February 25,
2015, deadline:
Name, Address
Kristine A. Gilmore, 6410 Red Oak Court, Weston, WI
Ruth A. Risley-Gray, 601 Lances Circle, Hatley, WI
Dale Smith, S3219 Casey Avenue, Spencer, WI 54479

by Kurt Gibbs
Chairman, Appointment Committee and
Chairperson, Marathon County Board of Supervisors


City of Medford
Voting By Absentee Ballot
Any qualified elector who is unable or unwilling to appear at the polling place on Election Day may request to
vote an absentee ballot. A qualified elector is any U.S. citizen, who will be 18 years of age or older on Election Day,
who has resided in the ward or municipality where he or
she wishes to vote for at least 28 consecutive days before
the election. The elector must also be registered in order
to receive an absentee ballot.
You must make a request for an absentee ballot in
Contact your municipal Clerk and request that an application for an absentee ballot be sent to you for the primary election or the general election or both elections.
You may also submit a written request in the form of a
letter. Your written request must list your voting address
within the municipality where you wish to vote, the address where the absentee ballot should be sent, if different, and your signature. You may make application for an
absentee ballot by mail or in person.
Making application to receive an
absentee ballot by mail
The deadline for making application to receive an
absentee ballot by mail is 5:00 p.m. on April 2, 2015.
Note: Special absentee voting application provisions
apply to electors who are indefinitely confined to home
or a care facility, in the military, hospitalized, or serving
as a sequestered juror. If this applies to you, contact the
municipal clerk regarding deadlines for requesting and
submitting an absentee ballot.
Voting an absentee ballot in person
You may also request and vote an absentee ballot in
the Clerks office or other specified location during the
days and hours specified for casting an absentee ballot
in person.
Virginia Brost, Clerk
City of Medford
639 South Second Street
Medford, WI 54451
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The first day to vote an absentee ballot in the
Clerks office is March 23, 2015.
The last day to vote an absentee ballot in the
Clerks office is 5:00 p.m. on April 3, 2015.
No in-person absentee voting may occur on a weekend or legal holiday.
The municipal clerk will deliver voted ballots returned
on or before Election Day to the proper polling place or
counting location before the polls close on April 7, 2015.
Any ballots received after the polls close will be counted
by the board of canvassers if postmarked by Election Day
and received no later than 4:00 p.m. on the Friday following the election.


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Accident reports

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Taylor County Law Enforcement

Two-vehicle accidents

The Taylor County Sheriffs Department responded

to an accident on Feb. 23 at 5:44 a.m. on CTH O in the
town of Little Black. According to the accident report, a
vehicle was waiting on CTH O to make a left turn when
it was struck from behind by a second vehicle. The
driver of the second vehicle stated he dozed off, and
he was cited for inattentive driving. The first vehicle
sustained very minor damage to the rear. The second
vehicle sustained severe damage to the front and was
towed from the scene.
Diane L. Freimund and a vehicle owned by Jennifer
L. Lewandowski were involved in an accident on Feb.
24 at 10:34 p.m. in the parking lot at Marathon Cheese
in the city of Medford. According to the accident report,
the Freimund vehicle was backing out of a parking
space when it struck the legally-parked Lewandowski
vehicle in the adjacent parking space. The Lewandowski vehicle sustained minor damage to the front driver
side bumper.

One-vehicle accidents

The Taylor County Sheriffs Department responded

to an accident on Feb. 24 at 3:04 p.m. on Hwy 64 in the
town of Medford. According to the accident report, a
vehicle was westbound on Hwy 64 when the driver lost
control on the ice-covered roadway and entered the
ditch, rolling onto its roof. The vehicle sustained minor
damage to its top and was towed from the scene.
The Taylor County Sheriffs Department responded
to an accident on Feb. 24 at 4:29 p.m. on CTH O in the
town of Deer Creek. According to the accident report,
a vehicle was westbound on CTH O when it was blown
off the icy roadway and into the ditch. The vehicle sustained minor damage to the front driver side.
The Taylor County Sheriffs Department responded
to an accident on Feb. 27 at 2:42 p.m. on Castle Rd. in
the town of Medford. According to the accident report,
a vehicle had just turned south onto Castle Rd. from
Perkinstown Ave. when it encountered an unidentified
northbound vehicle operating in the center of the roadway. The first vehicle moved to the right to avoid a collision and entered the west ditch, becoming stuck in the

Two-vehicle accident
The Taylor County Sheriffs Department responded to an accident on Feb. 28 at 1:27 a.m. on CTH A in the town
of Deer Creek. According to the accident report, a vehicle towing a trailer was legally parked on the side of CTH
A as two people were loading a snowmobile onto the trailer when it was sideswiped by an eastbound vehicle. Following the accident, the second vehicle entered the north ditch and rolled over. The two people loading the snowmobile were able to jump into the ditch prior to the collision and were uninjured. The driver of the second vehicle
was medically transported for treatment. The first vehicle sustained severe damage to the rear and entire driver side.
The second vehicle sustained severe damage to the front, entire passenger side and top. Both vehicles were towed
from the scene.
snow. The vehicle sustained very minor damage to the
front passenger side.

Hit-and-run accident

A vehicle owned by Robert M. Lamberty and an unknown vehicle were involved in a hit-and-run accident
on Feb. 22 at 10:38 a.m. in the parking lot at the VFW hall
on Hwy 13 in the city of Medford. According to the accident report, the Lamberty vehicle was legally-parked
at the VFW hall when it was struck by an unknown ve-

Court proceedings
Pleas entered

The following made initial appearances and entered

pleas of not guilty: Joseph A. Zak, 49, Stetsonville, misdemeanor bail jumping; Travis R. Kreklau, 28, Stetsonville, operating a firearm while intoxicated; Maria

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Luordes Gonzalez Dominguez a.k.a. Maria Gongalez

Median, 40, Dorchester, disorderly conduct-domestic

Default judgment
Lacey L. Lato, 26, Withee, failed to appear in court
and was found guilty by default of failure to stop/improper stop at a stop sign. She was fined $175.30.


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that at an election to be

held in the several towns, villages, cities, wards, and election districts of the State of Wisconsin, on Tuesday, April
7, 2015, the following question will be submitted to a vote
of the people pursuant to law:
QUESTION 1: Election of chief justice. Shall section 4(2) of article VII of the constitution be amended to
direct that a chief justice of the supreme court shall be
elected for a two-year term by a majority of the justices
then serving on the court?


This referendum is a result of 2015 Enrolled Joint Resolution 2, a copy of which can be viewed or downloaded
from the Government Accountability Boards website at
http://gab.wi.gov. A copy also can be obtained from the
office of the county clerk, or the Legislative Documents
Room at 1 East Main Street, Madison, Wisconsin.
DONE in the County of Taylor, this 10th day of February, 2015.
/s/ Bruce P. Strama
County Clerk

Deer-related accidents

The following deer-related accidents were reported:

Feb. 23 at 6:17 p.m. on Gibson Dr. in the town of Little
Black; Feb. 25 at 7:50 p.m. on Hwy 73 in the town of Roosevelt.

Taylor County Circuit Court

Conor T. Reardon, 41, Appleton, pled no contest to an

amended charge of non-criminal ordinance violation
of disorderly conduct and forfeited a fine and costs of
$330.50. The original charge had been a criminal charge
of disorderly conduct.
Tara M. Raasch, 26, Medford, pled no contest to an
amended charge of non-criminal ordinance violation
of disorderly conduct and forfeited a fine and costs of
$330.50. The original charge had been a criminal charge
of disorderly conduct.

Notice of Referendum Election

April 7, 2015

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Deferred judgments
Tasha M. Wicks, 34, Westboro, successfully completed a two-year deferred entry of judgment agreement and
a charge of felony child enticement was dismissed on
a prosecutors motion. Charges of exposing genitals or
pubic area, causing a child 13-18 to view sexual activity and possession of child pornography were dismissed
but read in.
Christopher A. Wicks, 39, Westboro, successfully
completed a two-year deferred entry of judgment agreement and a charge of felony child enticement was dismissed on a prosecutors motion. Charges of exposing
genitals or pubic area, causing a child 13-18 to view sexual activity and possession of child pornography were
dismissed but read in.

Probation revoked

Jason E. Wickersheim, 21, Medford, was ordered to

serve concurrent jail sentences of 165 days and 15 days,
and pay fines and costs of $43.71 after his probation was
revoked for charges of possession of THC and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Probation ordered

Jason E. Wickersheim, 21, Medford, pled guilty to

possession of THC. Sentence was withheld and Wickersheim was placed on probation for one year on the condition he pay a fine and costs of $500 and supervision
fees as ordered by the Department of Corrections.

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Traffic court

Taylor County Circuit Court

Charges dismissed

Pleas entered

Charges of operating while suspended

and operating a motorcycle without a
valid license against Argjent Dauti, 20,
Medford, were dismissed at court trial by
the courts own motions.

Disposition reports

Plea entered

Michael E. Puziewicz, 40, Granton,

made an initial appearance and entered
a plea of not guilty to a charge of speeding 11-15 mph over the limit.


Justin T. Blomberg, 28, Chippewa

Falls, pled guilty to an amended charge
of unsafe lane deviation and forfeited
$175.30. The original charge had been operating while under the influence-first offense. He also pled guilty to speeding 1-10
mph over the limit and forfeited $175.30.
Bruce J. Cieszynski, 61, Westboro,
pled no contest to an amended charge
of speeding 11-15 mph over the limit and
forfeited $175.80. The original charge had
been speeding 16-19 mph over the limit.
Peter M. Eckles, 58, Lomira, pled no
contest to an amended charge of speeding 1-10 mph over the limit and forfeited
$175.30. The original charge had been
speeding 11-15 mph over the limit.

The following made initial appearances and entered pleas of not guilty: Daniel
Bueno-Quintero, 32, Medford, operating
while revoked; Gerardo R. C. Marcos, 20,
Medford, underage drinking-possession;
Miguel D. C. Sanchez, 20, Medford, underage drinking-possession, resisting or
obstructing an officer, and disorderly
conduct; Sierra M. B. Deloach, 22, Medford, displaying unauthorized vehicle
registration plate, failure to obey a traffic
officers signal or order, operating while
suspended, operating while under the
influence-first offense, operating after
revocation/suspension of registration,
and operating with a prohibited alcohol
concentration (PAC) equal to or greater
than 0.08 percent but less than 0.15 percent; Matthew P. Denzin, 33, Medford,
operating while revoked, and non-registration of vehicle; Ann M. Fannin, 39,
Dorchester, non-registration of vehicle;
Pamela L. Hernandez, 33, Marathon, operating while revoked; Juan F. MaresCervantes, 26, Westboro, operating without a valid license-second offense within
three years; Bernold A. Nelson, 70, Medford, automobile following too closely;
Jose G. Nevarez, 25, Westboro, operating
without a valid license-second offense
within three years; Jeffrey L. Shatwell,
44, Medford, operating with a PAC-fourth
offense, and operating while under the
influence-fourth offense; Taylor M. Swiantek, 21, Rib Lake, disorderly conductdomestic abuse; Shawna L. Viellieux, 21,
Stetsonville, operating while suspended.

Deferred prosecution
Morgan R. Murphy, 17, Medford, entered into a deferred prosecution or sentence agreement for a charge of driving
too fast for conditions.


$401.60: Axel R. Margraf, 27, Medford,

retail theft-intentionally take.
$358: Michael J. Miller, 32, Chippewa
Falls, speeding 35-39 mph over the limit
(drivers license suspended).
$263.50: Justin D. Reese, 33, Abbotsford, criminal damage to property.
$213.10: James D. Potocnik, 21, Medford, unreasonable and imprudent speed
$208.50: Daniel E. Lau, 57, Merrill, failure to secure loads if towing a trailer.
$200.50: Cody S. Bratland, 22, Owen,
operating a motor vehicle without insurance; Andrew J. Eisner, 25, Rib Lake,

Dispatch log

operating while suspended; Kodie M.

Frazier, 24, Merrill, operating a motor
vehicle without insurance; Ashley L.
Schott, 19, La Crosse, operating without
a valid license-first offense.
$187.90: Jesse J. Ogle, 18, Sheldon, inattentive driving.
$183.30: Gary S. Pingel, 52, Hatley, failure to yield the right-of-way from stop
$175.30: Samantha J. Brunner, 26,
Owen, speeding 11-15 mph over the limit;
Casey P. Gullickson, 23, Medford, speeding 1-10 mph over the limit.
$169: Candida M. Fleming, 44, Medford, animal at large.
$162.70: Alex S. Weise, 27, Rib Lake, operating without a valid license because of
$10 proof of insurance violation: Argjent Dauti, 19, Medford.
$10 seatbelt violation: Nathaniel J.
Gustafson, 17, Stetsonville.

Taylor County Law Enforcement

Gilman Police Department

Feb. 24 Lockout at W13782 CTH G
in town of Ford at 2:07 p.m.
Feb. 27 Drugs.

Medford Police Department

Feb. 23 Lockout at 109 Luepke Way

at 8:20 a.m.; elder abuse on Second St. at

10:54 a.m.; accident at 177 S. Eighth St. at
11:39 a.m.; lockout at 164 S. Seventh St. at
4:22 p.m.; lockout at 531 N. Eighth St. at
5:09 p.m.
Feb. 24 Lockout at 1000 Progressive
Ave. at 8:46 a.m.; fraud at 646 S. Park Ave.
at 11:33 a.m.; non-sufficient funds at 202 S.

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Main St. at 3 p.m.; harassment at 337 National Ave. at 4:33 p.m.; lockout at 805 W.
Allman St. at 5:02 p.m.; request for officer
at 139 N. Eighth St. at 5:08 p.m.; lockout at
8:54 N. Eighth St. at 5:48 p.m.; lockout at
955 E. Allman St. at 10:15 p.m.; accident at
1000 Progressive Ave. at 10:34 p.m.; extra
patrol at 650 Jensen Dr. at 11:05 p.m.
Feb. 25 Property damage on Centennial Parkway at 8:03 a.m.; theft at 160
Medford Plaza at 11:04 a.m.; truancy at
624 E. College St. at 11:18 a.m.; truancy
at 1065 W. Broadway Ave. at 11:32 a.m.;
identity theft at 119 N. Washington Ave.
at 1:53 p.m.; extra patrol at 721 S. Eighth
St. at 4:06 p.m.; domestic at 253 E. Allman
St. at 7:04 p.m.
Feb. 26 Commercial alarm at 825
E. Allman St. at 7:17 a.m.; suicidal subject; lockout at 160 Medford Plaza at 11:16
a.m.; lockout at 1010 N. Eighth St. at 11:20
a.m.; threats at 135 S. Gibson St. at 12:31
p.m.; citizen dispute at 547 E. Urquhart
St. at 2:57 p.m.; citizen dispute at 248 S.
Third St. at 4:36 p.m.
Feb. 27 Lockout at 177 S. Eighth St.
at 5:37 a.m.; lockout at 340 S. Eighth St.
at 6:46 a.m.; suicidal subject; fraud in city
of Medford at 3:33 p.m.; traffic complaint
at Hwy 13 and Shortcut Ln. in town of
Chelsea at 8:50 p.m.; suspicious activity
on Centennial Pkwy. at 10:47 p.m.
Feb. 28 Accident at CTH A and
Robin Dr. in town of Deer Creek at 1:27
a.m.; fire alarm at Riverside Terrace at

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Taylor County Law Enforcement

9:56 a.m.; suspicious activity at 209 S.
Main St. at 10:54 a.m.; lockout at 884 W.
Broadway Ave. at 2:42 p.m.; information
at 870 N. Eighth St. at 4:16 p.m.; request
for officer at 521 Lemke Ave. at 4:35 p.m.;
lockout at 100 Richard St. at 5:45 p.m.;
battery at 342 S. Eighth St. at 6:03 p.m.;
citizen assist at 820 River Dr. at 8:14 p.m.;
bond violation at 507 S. Eighth St. at 11:01
March 1 Domestic at W5256 Perkins St. in town of Medford at 12:26 a.m.;
agency assist at 135 S. Gibson St. at 1:34
a.m.; ambulance request at 321 E. Lincoln
St. at 3:16 a.m.; citizen assist at 820 River
Dr. at 9:46 a.m.; citizen assist at 506 E. Allman St. at 10:07 a.m.; disorderly conduct
at 135 Gibson St. at 11:23 a.m.; lockout at
110 S. Eighth St. at 9:02 p.m.

Taylor County
Sheriffs Department
Feb. 23 Trespassing at N8782 Bus.
Hwy 13 in town of Westboro at 10:13 a.m.;
accident at S. Gibson St. at 6:17 p.m.; information at W5205 Dassow Ave. in town
of Medford at 8:31 p.m.
Feb. 24 Theft at 1302 Hwy 102 in village of Rib Lake at 9:40 a.m.; child abuse
in village of Stetsonville at 1:49 p.m.;
identity theft at W16781 Polley Ln. in
town of Aurora at 2 p.m.; accident at Hwy
64 and CTH E in town of Medford at 3:04
p.m.; accident at CTH E and Brook Dr.
in town of Hammel at 3:27 p.m.; accident

at Grahl Dr. and Center Ave. in town of

Browning at 3:38 p.m.; accident at CTH O
and Hall Dr. in town of Deer Creek at 4:29
p.m.; traffic arrest at CTH O and CTH Q
in town of Little Black at 5:45 p.m.; deer
tag request at N4478 Hwy 13 in town of
Medford at 6:08 p.m.; accident at Hwy 64
and Castle Rd. in town of Medford at 6:31
p.m.; accident at Hwy 13 and CTH M in
town of Chelsea at 11:19 p.m.
Feb. 25 Property damage at N2916
River Rd. in town of Aurora at 7:39 a.m.;
accident at Putnam Dr. in town of Maplehurst at 9:26 a.m.; accident at Sunset Dr.
in town of Little Black at 4:53 p.m.; accident at Hwy 13 and Stetson Ave. in town
of Little Black at 5 p.m.; domestic at 253
E. Allman St. at 7:04 p.m.; accident at
Hwy 73 and Farm Dr. in town of Taft at
7:55 p.m.
Feb. 26 Transport to Eau Claire at
10:02 a.m.; welfare check at 142 S. Hwy
13 in village of Stetsonville at 12:21 p.m.;
injured animal at N4865 Wellington Lake
Dr. in town of Greenwood at 8:03 p.m.;
domestic at N9589 Johnson Ave., in Sheldon, at 10:06 p.m.
Feb. 27 Information at Hwy 102 in
village of Rib Lake at 1:23 a.m.; suicidal
subject; citizen assist at N5779 Wellington Lake Dr. in town of Greenwood at
7:43 a.m.; accident at N5779 Wellington
Lake Dr. in town of Greenwood at 9:08
a.m.; drugs at 9:57 and 10:09 a.m.; fraud at
W5979 Gravel Rd. in town of Little Black
at 1:30 p.m.; traffic complaint at Hwy 73
and Scott Ave. in town of Cleveland at
2:33 p.m.; accident at Perkinstown Ave.
and Castle Rd. in town of Medford at 2:52
p.m.; traffic complaint at Hwy 64 and
CTH E in town of Hammel at 5:23 p.m.; juvenile problem; traffic complaint at Hwy
13 and Shortcut Ln. in town of Chelsea at
8:50 p.m.

Feb. 28 Domestic at N9589 Johnson Ave., in Sheldon, at 1:16 a.m.; accidents at CTH A and Robin Dr. in town of
Deer Creek at 1:27 and 2:58 a.m.; fraud at
W13720 Berry Dr. in town of Jump River
at 9:14 a.m.; animal complaint at W2832
Hwy 64 in town of Browning at 10:18 a.m.;
trespassing at N2393 Larson Dr. in town
of Holway at 11:43 a.m.; theft at 115 S.
Hwy 13 in village of Stetsonville at 1:05
p.m.; harassment at W6676 Stetson Ave.
in town of Little Black at 1:33 p.m.; property damage at N3050 Bauer Dr. at 2 p.m.;
lockout at N2637 Castle Rd. in town of
Medford at 2:06 p.m.; OWI at Hwy 13 and
Apple Ave. in town of Little Black at 2:09
p.m.; information at W996 Mira Ave. in
town of Goodrich at 7:34 p.m.; property
damage at W5628 Stetson Ave. in town of
Little Black at 8:27 p.m.; 9-1-1 hang up at
W4036 CTH M in town of Greenwood at
9:50 p.m.; transport from Rusk County in
town of McKinley at 10:11 p.m.; transport
on Hwy 13 and County Line Rd. in town
of Deer Creek at 11:21 p.m.; underage
drinking at Hamm Dr. and County Line
Rd. in town of Holway at 11:25 p.m.
March 1 Accident at CTH C and
Trout Ave. in town of Greenwood at 12:08
a.m.; domestic at W5256 Perkins St. in
town of Medford at 12:26 a.m.; warrant arrest at courthouse at 2:11 a.m.; citizen assist at 506 E. Allman St. at 2:17 a.m.; traffic hazard at CTH O and CTH E in town of
Medford at 3:52 a.m.; citizen assist at 115
S. Fourth Ave. in village of Gilman at 4:09
a.m.; transport from Aspirus Hospital at
1:55 p.m.; suspicious activity at Burma
Dr. and 10th Ave. in town of Roosevelt
at 3:34 p.m.; 9-1-1 hang up at 5:36 p.m.; information at Hwy 64 and CTH F in town
of Roosevelt at 5:53 p.m.; 9-1-1 hang up at
W4858 Allman Ave. in town of Medford at
7:44 p.m.; burglary at 8:01 p.m.

ReadyWisconsin urges people to

check detectors, emergency kits

Plaque of appreciation

Photo by Brian Wilson

Taylor County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jim Metz presented a plaque of appreciation at last weeks board meeting to Maggie Gebauer for her years of service to
the county. Gebauer retired last year as clerk of courts.

Beekeeping seminar at NTC

Northcentral Technical College (NTC)
will host the Central Wisconsin Marathon County Beekeepers Associations
first annual conference at the Wausau
campus on Saturday, April 11, from 9
a.m. to 5 p.m.
Whether you are a beekeeper or are
simply interested in learning about
honeybees, this event will provide the
chance to learn about different aspects of
beekeeping and ways to incorporate the

value of honey into your life. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to explore new gadgets from vendors, as well
as learn about cooking with honey, the
nutrition value of honey and bee culture.
The keynote speaker will be Michael
Bush, one of the leading proponents of
treatment free beekeeping.
There is a fee for the event. To register visit www.ntc.edu/ce/conferences or
call 715-675-3331 and press 1.

Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday as we spring forward and set clocks
ahead one hour. Daylight Saving Time
is also a great time to check the things
that keep us safe and ready for emergencies. ReadyWisconsin urges you to check
these items:
Smoke detectors. Nearly 2,700 people die and more than 15,000 are injured
each year because of fires in their homes.
Now is the time to check and replace batteries if needed and make sure the devices around your house are working properly. The U.S. Consumer Products Safety
Commission estimates approximately 16
million homes in the country have smoke
alarms that do not work. In most cases,
batteries are dead or missing. This is a
great time to put fresh batteries in your
smoke detector. You should also replace
the entire smoke alarm unit every eight
to 10 years.
Carbon monoxide detectors. Just
last month, 30 people were checked and
treated for carbon monoxide poisoning
when the gas filled a Park Falls movie
theater. In December, several people became ill in a Wisconsin Dells ice arena

due to a malfunctioning ice resurface

machine. According to the Centers for
Disease Control, carbon monoxide is the
leading cause of accidental poisoning
deaths in the United States with more
than 200 killed each year from overexposure to the gas. Never use gas or charcoal
grills inside your home or an unventilated garage. Make sure you have CO detectors and they are working. Now is also a
good time to check and replace batteries
in those units.
Emergency kits. Daylight Saving
Time is a perfect time to get a kit and if
you already have a kit, check to make
sure food and other items are not near or
past their expiration dates. You should
have supplies to last you and your family for at least three days. Other items,
like a battery powered or crank radio,
flashlights and first aid kit, should also
be included.
Emergency NOAA weather radio.
Spring brings the threat of tornadoes and
severe weather. Make sure you have an
emergency weather radio. Its like having a tornado siren in your home. When
it goes off, go to a safe place.

UW-Green Bay announces academic honors

The University of Wisconsin-Green
Bay has made public the names of students receiving academic honors for the
fall semester.
Makenna Kurth of Gilman; and Curtis
Dassow, Isaac Klemm, Heather Lindahl
and Loretta Walsh of Medford, received

high honors by earning a grade point average of 3.75 to 3.99.

Jacob Borman and Hilary Thums of
Rib Lake, Heidi Langteau of Stetsonville
and Melissa Metz of Westboro, received
honors by earning a GPA of 3.5 to 3.74.



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United States Air Force Reserves at General Mitchell Field in Milwaukee where he was a loadmaster on
C-119 cargo planes.
On Nov. 12, 1955 at St. Johns Church in Cudahy, he
married Carol M. Hayes, who survives. He worked at
Ladish Corporation in Cudahy in the inventory control department, then transferred to Houston where
he was a purchasing agent. In 1972, they moved to the
Medford area where he worked at Weather Shield as
the purchasing director until his retirement in 1995.
He also served on the Medford City Planning Commission Board.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church,
Colby VFW and NRA. He enjoyed hunting, shing,
bowling and golng and had two holes-in-one at Merrill Golf Club, and was a Winchester rie historian
and had a collection of them.
In addition to his wife, survivors include four
sons, Steven (Debra) Steinke of Medford, Darrell
(Connie) Steinke of North Fond du Lac, John Steinke
of Eagle River and David (Peggy) Steinke of Rothschild; and six grandchildren, Jared, Rebecca, Megan,
Mitchell, Michael and Angela Steinke.
In lieu of owers, memorials can be made to his
family to be designated at a later date.
Online condolences may be made at www.hemerfuneralservice.com.

Medford Monument Co.




Lonnie Leu
Taken from us March 7, 2002



61 - Marc


You will never be forgotten

For though we are apart
You are always and forever
Alive within my heart

Lovingly remembered and

forever in our hearts always,Dad, Mom, Linc & Family

Dale Steinke
Dale R. Steinke, 82,
Medford, died on Tuesday,
Feb. 24 at his home, while
surrounded by his family
and under hospice care.
Funeral services will be
held on Saturday, March
7 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Whittlesey, with Rev. Randal
Jeppesen ofciating, and
full military honors performed by Medford Area
Military Honors Team.
Interment will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Whittlesey. Active urn
bearer is Denis Heise. Honorary urn bearers are Tom
OBrien, Pat OBrien and Harold Stange.
Visitation will be held at the church on Saturday
from 9 a.m. until the time of service.
Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake
assisted the family with arrangements.
Dale Steinke was born on Sept. 8, 1932 in Colby to
the late Arthur R. and Marion (Dunow) Steinke. He
was a graduate of Colby High School. He served in
the United States Army from 1950 to 1953 in the 187th
Rakasan Airborne where his rank was sergeant,
and saw active duty in Korea. He also served in the

Always in our Thoughts,

Forever in our Hearts.

Paid Obituary 9-147135

Your presence I miss,

Your memory I treasure,
Loving you always,
Forgetting you never.

Sadly missed,
lovingly remembered
Allan, Lisa & Alyssa


Dennis J. Bromley, 73, Jump River, died on Saturday,

Feb. 28 at Clark County Health Care Center in Owen.
Memorial services are pending with Nash-Jackan Funeral Home of Ladysmith.
A complete obituary will be published next week.

In Loving
Memory of

Lonnie Leu Sr.


Dennis Bromley


Alphonse Al Laurence Weix, 91, Medford, died

on Thursday, Feb. 26 at Aspirus Care and Rehab in
Medford, while under hospice care. No services will
be held per his request. Burial of his cremated remains will be held at a later date at Medford Evergreen Cemetery.
Alphonse Weix was born on March 11, 1923 in
Colby to the late Martin and Mary Weix. He served
during World War II and participated in the Battle
of the Bulge.
On Oct. 1, 1947 in Colby, he married Jean Alexander, who preceded him in death. He worked on
construction running heavy equipment in Chicago,
Wausau and Medford. He also owned and operated
farms near Athens and Dorchester before retiring
to the city of Medford.
He was a member of Stetsonville American Legion.
He is survived by ve siblings, Irma Kilty and
Laura Riese, both of Colby, Mary Ellen (Norbert)
Dittner of Marsheld, Leo (Marilyn) Weix of Abbotsford and Rita (Donald) Schnabel of Curtiss; a
sister-in-law, Bonnie Weix of Spencer; a brotherin-law, John Alexander of Medford; and nieces and
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.


Delores Bradow

Delores E. Bradow, 86, Medford, died on Wednesday, March 4 at Aspirus Care and Rehab in Medford.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 6 at 1
p.m. at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford, with Rev.
James Krueger officiating. Inurnment of her cremated
remains will take place at Medford Evergreen Cemetery
at a later date.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday
from 11 a.m. until the time of service.
A complete obituary will be published next week.

Alphonse Weix


Pearl Edith Olson, 96, Medford, died on Friday, Feb.

13 at Aspirus Nursing and Rehab in Medford.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March
14 at Heindl Funeral Home in Prentice, with Pastor
Jody Becker, of Bethany Lutheran Church in Catawba,
officiating. Inurnment will be at Hillside Cemetery in
Ogema at a later date.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.



Pearl Olson

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Heaven Needed Mom

So many things of Mom I miss
Her gentle hug and tender kiss.
I still can feel her warm embrace.
And picture yet her loving face.

Marion T. Yanko
January 29, 1928 March 7, 2010

A mothers tasks are never done.

And Heaven must have needed one.
For angels came and took her hand
And led her to Gods promised land.
Shes surely kept quite busy there
While brushing little angels hair.
And making sure theyre dressed just right.
Not staying out too late at night.
Although theres sadness, this I know
Shes waiting there, her face aglow
I close my eyes and I can see
Her arms still open wide for me.

Always missed,
forever loved,
Your family

Card of Thanks
The family of Art Crass Jr
would like to express a sincere
thank you to all our family
and friends during this difcult
time. We would like to say thank you to
all of those that sent food, owers and
prayers our way. A special thank you
goes to Rev. Kris Bjerke-Ulliman for the
wonderful funeral service she performed.
Also a big thank you to everyone at
Hemer Funeral Home for guiding us
through this hard time.
Thanks again
Marge, Linda(Mike), Allen(Cindy),
Karen(Mike), Dan(Stacey), Dave and



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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Read Across America

Thing 1, Thing 2
Thing 1 and Thing 2, along with the Cat in the Hat, stopped at the Frances L. Simek
Memorial Library in Medford during the Read Across America event Tuesday evening.


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Paul Dixon was one of several people who read books to the large number of children and parents who gathered at the library during Read Across America Tuesday

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Hugs for the cat


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a hug during the Read Across America event Tuesday



Inside this section:

Donati too strong

Rib Lake rolls

into regional


Ask Ed 9-11

Living 14-15

Menus 16

Page 3


Classifieds 16-19

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Medfords Kolten Hanson tries to figure out a way to escape the control of Two
Rivers senior Chandler Donati during the third period of their 145-pound quarterfinal
match on Friday afternoon at the WIAA individual state wrestling tournament. In a
physical, high-scoring match, Donati got key points at the end of the first and second
periods and won 15-10. Donati wound up winning the weight class championship.
Hanson lost to the eventual champion and third-place finisher in his two matches.

Peterson rides to first-round win

Photos by Matt Frey

Medford junior Tucker Peterson locks up Malik Smiths arm while riding out the
Wisconsin Lutheran senior through the second period of their 152-pound preliminary
match Thursday night at the Kohl Center. After keeping the match scoreless through
two periods, Peterson won it 3-0 with a reversal and a stalling point in the third.

Eventual champs beat Raiders in state quarterfinals

by Sports Editor Matt Frey
Medford freshman wrestler Kolten
Hanson said it best last week, mentioning in an interview that being the best
means beating the best.
Hanson and fellow Raider Tucker
Peterson, as it turns out, each got
shots at the best Division 2 wrestlers
Wisconsin has to offer at the 145-pound
and 152-pound weight classes during
this past weekends state tournament in
Peterson got a win in his first state
appearance on Thursday night, beating
Wisconsin Lutherans Malik Smith 3-0,
before losing two straight matches on
Friday to the eventual champion and
fifth-place finisher at 152 pounds.
Hanson, after a first-round bye, lost
both of his matches on Friday to the
eventual first-place and third-place finishers at 145 pounds.
Coming home with valuable state experience, but, unfortunately, no medals,
Peterson and Hanson hope to lead the
Raiders charge back to Madison next
I was really nervous, Hanson said
Saturday as he watched the final day of
competition at the Kohl Center. Im glad
I made it down here. Next year, hopefully
Ill make it again. I think I got the hard
part out of the way and wont be as nervous.
Peterson, a junior, was rarely in any
kind of trouble in his first-round win

over Smith (41-8).

The two wrestlers spent most of the
first period feeling each other out, though
Peterson did take a couple of solid shots
in the last half-minute.
Smith won the flip and chose the down
position in the second period, hoping an
escape would give him the first points of
the match. Instead, Peterson dominated.
He came close to stacking Smith for a pin
late in the period, but the official ruled

the wrestlers were out of bounds.

Peterson started the third period in
the down position and quickly reversed
Smith to take a 2-0 lead. A stalling point
late in the period provided the final margin.
Its a relief I guess, Peterson said of
getting the win. Its my first time ever
being out there. Its a good feeling.
I was just thinking I had to be strong.
I just had to be quick on my feet and

thats what I did.

Being able to ride Smith out in the second period and keep the match scoreless
gave Peterson a lot of confidence heading
into the final two minutes.
It was good. He didnt score and then
I got out on bottom right away, Peterson
The win sent Peterson to a quarterfinal


Mosinee knocks out Medford boys in opening round

by Sports Editor Matt Frey
The Mosinee Indians made their runs
on Tuesday, and Medford kept trying to
reel them in until the Raiders ran out of
time in a 63-53 WIAA Division 2 boys basketball regional loss.
The sixth-seeded Raiders only led for
one brief moment at 7-6. Otherwise they
spent their entire game trying to catch
the third-seeded Indians, which they almost did in the fourth quarter.
Twice down by 14 in the quarter,
Medford went on a last-gasp 10-0 run to
cut Mosinees lead to 51-47 with 3:17 still
to play. Mosinees Jordan Budnik made
two free throws, then the Raiders turned
the ball over. Elliot Marshall blocked a
Budnik shot to give the Raiders another
chance to carve into the lead, but they
turned it over again. Mosinees All-Great

Northern Conference guard Andrew

Maas drove through the lane and scored
to push the lead back to eight at 55-47
with two minutes left to basically seal it.
Mosinee, now 17-6, advanced to
Fridays regional semifinal at secondseeded Rhinelander. Medford finished
the year at 10-12.
I thought we played really hard,
Medford head coach Ryan Brown said.
We rebounded well. That was a big area
of emphasis that we went to the rebounds
mad, which is something we talk about.
Overall, the boys executed the game plan.
Basically Mosinee made more plays and
we turned the ball over too much.
It didnt take long to see this game
would be much different than the 29-28
defensive struggle Mosinee won in last
years tournament opener.
Mosinees Ben Fochs swished two

quick three-pointers and Budnik added

another on a kickout from center Matt
Bolanda in the games four minutes.
Medford got inspired play from sophomore guard Osy Ekwueme, who had
the teams first nine points, including a
three-point play and a steal and score.
It was 11-9 when Mosinee went on a
little 8-4 surge, keyed by a Maas triple, to
take a 19-13 lead at quarters end.
An Ekwueme steal led to Ty Wrages
three-pointer that pulled the Raiders
within 21-19 early in the second quarter.
Mosinees lead yo-yoed from two to four
points four times, with the last time being 27-25 after Raider Garrett Strebig hit
a tough 13-foot leaner with about 2:30 left
in the half.
With the 6-7 Marshall and Wrage out

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5, 2015

Gymnasts shatter seasonbest score at sectional

by Sports Reporter Bryan Wegter
The Medford gymnastics team shattered its previous season-high team
score and narrowly missed sending senior Margaret Hamann to state on the
balance beam at the WIAA Division 2
sectional at Antigo last Thursday.
The Raiders scored 118.55 points,
which easily bested their previous high
of 115.4 points, set a week ago at the GNC
meet. Medford finished fourth as a team
competing against squads from Antigo,
Mosinee-Marathon, and Rhinelander.
Going into sectionals, the team had set
a goal of 117 points, and once again they
succeeded in meeting their goal.
We did amazing. Its such a testament to the girls and how hard theyve
worked diligently to improve in a oneweek timeframe. We blew away our goal
of 117, Medford head coach Lisa Brooks
The top two teams overall, along with
the top five individuals in each event,
advanced to the state tournament in
Wisconsin Rapids.
Ashland used big scores on the floor
and vault to score 133.675 and take first
place in the sectional. Antigo (126.875)

Big air
Medford senior Margaret Hamann gets
some height on her jump during her routine on the balance beam at Thursdays
sectional meet. Hamann scored a 7.925
on the beam to finish sixth and missed a
state berth by 0.1 points as Antigos Kim
Swan advanced.


Duals Dual Meet
Chequamegon 3-1
Mosinee-Mar. 3-1
Rhinelander 2-2
Feb. 26 WIAA Div. 2 Antigo sectional: 1. Ashland, 133.675; 2. Antigo, 126.875; 3. Chequamegon,
119.025; 4. Medford, 118.55; 5. Mosinee-Marathon, 117.95; 6. Rhinelander, 115.875; 7. Lakeland,
March 7: Alyssa Ellis, Rhine. (bars); Megan
Carlson, M-M, (bars); Emily Heil, M-M (vault);
Mallorie Barabas, M-M (vault); Cassie Riddiford,
Cheq. (vault); Hannah Nigh, M-M (A-A) at WIAA
Div. 2 individual state meet at Wisconsin Rapids.

came in second. Chequamegon placed

third with a score of 119.025, Medford was
fourth, Mosinee-Marathon (117.955) was
fifth, followed by Rhinelander (115.875)
and Lakeland (114.425).
Hamann got closest to a state berth
for the Raiders. She scored a season-high
7.925 to finish sixth on the balance beam.
The final state slot went to Kim Swan of
Antigo, who scored 8.025.
Margaret was so close, Brooks said.
She had the one fall that knocked her
out of going to state, but she looked good
the rest of the day. We had a couple other falls on the beam but were otherwise
Alexa Phillips was seventh on the
beam with a score of 7.725. That score
crushed her previous high of 7.1. Hannah
Brandner scored 7.25 to place 13th,
while Megan Clark scored 6.8 to finish
21st and Kierra Krause (6.75) finished
22nd. Ashlands Jocelyn Oliphant was
the beam winner with a score of 8.675.
Medfords team score of 29.7 was 0.6 better than the previous season-high.
The Raiders began their day on the
uneven bars. Phillips was Medfords top
finisher in 12th place. Her score of 7.225
was also a season-high. Megan Rudolph
finished 24th with a score of 6.475.
Hamann came in 26th by scoring 6.35.
Marisa Dubois (5.825) finished 28th and
Bella Sigmund (5.525) was 29th. Shelby
Rust of Ashland took the top spot with a
score of 8.125.
We had two falls on dismounts on
bars, otherwise we couldve pushed our
score even higher. We made the biggest
improvement on the unevens, Brooks
said. The Raiders team score of 25.875 on
bars was nearly a point better than their
previous best of 24.925.
After their season-best run on the balance beam, Medford went to the floor exercise. Phillips scored 7.85 to place 14th
to lead the Raiders. Clark was 16th with
a score of 7.8. Brandner scored 7.75 to finish 17th. Kayla Brooks (7.0) came in 29th
and Krause (6.75) was 33rd as the team
scored a season-best 30.4 on the floor.
Rust was the discipline medalist with her
score of 9.1.
The girls looked really good on the
floor. It was a perfect time to peak. They
didnt let anything stand in there way,
Brooks said.
Medford finished its sectional day on
the vault. Phillips concluded her strong
meet with an 8.275, good enough for 15th.
Brandner scored an 8.2 to finish 18th.
Clark and Fawna Jaecks both scored
8.05 as they fell into a tie for 23rd with
three other vaulters. Krause rounded out
the Raiders day by scoring 7.7 to finish
30th. Two Mosinee-Marathon gymnasts,
Emily Heil and Mallorie Barabas, tied for
first with scores of 8.8.
Its the first time weve had four girls
score 8s on the vault. It was definitely our
season-best performance, Brooks said.

Uneven reach

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Medfords Alexa Phillips reaches out for the high bar during her routine on the uneven bars during Thursdays sectional meet. Phillips finished 12th on the bars and was
seventh in the all-around competition.
Ashland swept the top three spots in
the individual all-around. Rust emerged
as the meet champion with her score
of 34.275. Kiera Simanovsky was second with 33.725. Courtney Weber came
in third at 32.450. Phillips was the only
all-around participant for Medford. She
scored 31.075 to finish seventh.
The girls were so happy after the
meet, Brooks said. Its been an amazing season and theyre great kids to work
with. It was the best way we couldve
conquered the last meet, everyone put in
work. Some girls have already set goals
for next season.

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Medford Womens League
Cindys, 83 games won, 126 games played; Hacienda, 74, 117; Mainstreet II, 67, 117; Steppin Up,
70, 135; Thirsty Moose, 60-117; VFW, 60, 117;
Bogeys, 42, 117; Main Street I, 42, 117; Gad, 42,
Feb. 26: Bogeys 5, Cindys 4; VFW 5, Steppin
Up 2; Thirsty Moose 6, Mainstreet I 3; Gad 5,
Mainstreet II 4.
Wednesday Night League
Final Standings
PBRs Lounge Around, 86; Thirsty Choppers, 85;
Cindys Bar I, 76; Gad Bar, 69; Cindys Bar II,
68; Kountry Korners II, 65; Kountry Korners I, 60;
Steppin Up to Bottoms Up I, 59; Mainstreet II, 57;
Mainstreet I, 55; Thirsty Moose, 49; Steppin Up to
Bottoms Up II, 48; Deer Trail, 43.
Feb. 25: PBRs Lounge Around 7, Deer Trail 2;
Thirsty Choppers 6, Cindys I 3; Cindys II 5,
Thirsty Moose 4; Kountry Korner I 7, Steppin Up II
2; Kountry Korner II 5, Steppin Up I 4; Mainstreet
II 6, Mainstreet I 3; Gad, bye.

RL Redmen light up Chiefs in tournament opener

Thursday, March 5, 2015

by Sports Reporter Bryan Wegter

The Rib Lake Redmen knew going
in that any playoff game can be a potential trap game, but they left nothing
to chance as they pounded the visiting
Cornell Chiefs by a score of 73-29 in front
of an energetic crowd on Tuesday night.
The two-seed Redmen definitely
looked the part as their three-quarters
press defense rattled the visiting side
throughout the game.
We knew we would have matchup advantages across the floor, Rib Lake head
coach Jason Wild said. Im just happy
we came in and took care of business. We
were able to play man-to-man for most of
the game. Weve needed to work on our
man so it was good for us.
The Redmen only held a 7-5 lead after
the first three minutes of the first quarter, but they broke the game open in a
hurry after that.
Joe Frombachs two-point jumper
started Rib Lakes first big run. Joe
Scheithauer put home a layup and then
emphatically rejected Cornells next shot
attempt, bringing loud cheers out of the
home crowd. Scheithauer scored baskets on the next two possessions as the
Redmen took a 15-5 lead before Colton
Hetke made a free throw for Cornell.
Scheithauer found Frombach wide
open and the senior guard buried the
shot to put Rib Lake up 12. Noah Nohr
scored a basket for the Chiefs before
Jordan Cardey scored a two for Rib Lake
and Frombach got on the end of a long
outlet pass to put home a layup as the
first quarter clock expired. Already up

21-8, the Redmen kept up the attack in the

second quarter.
Scheithauer scored on a tip-in to open
the second period, followed by a threepointer from Jared Hovde. Rib Lakes defensive pressure took hold over the next
several minutes. Two steals generated
easy layups for both Frombach and Hovde
before Cornell called a timeout with 5:10
to go until halftime. Scheithauer came
out of the break and made a two before
Nohr added a basket for the Chiefs. Nick
Eisner went coast-to-coast after picking off a Cornell pass and Noah Weinke
added a layup in the dying seconds as the
Redmen took a 36-12 halftime lead.
The fireworks on the offensive side
were about to get even bigger.
We had real good intensity throughout. We usually have good starts and tail
off by the third quarter, but we came out
strong after halftime tonight, Wild said.
Determined to put their sluggish
third quarter reputation behind them,
the Redmen posted 26 points to Cornells
10. All five starting players made an impact in the offensive onslaught. Jordan
Blomberg scored on a putback to open
the scoring and would add four more
points in the quarter. Hovde and Cardey
both scored four, while Frombach scored
seven and Scheithauer added five.
Frombach added icing to the quarter by
draining a half-court three at the buzzer.
Up 40 already, the fourth quarter
served to get some experience for the
younger Redmen on the squad. Cody
Blomberg, a freshman, suited up with
varsity for the first time this year and
was able to take the court with his

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brother Jordan, a senior, for likely the

only time in their high school careers.
Carson Patrick also got several minutes
on the floor and several second teamers saw extensive game time in the final
quarter. Hovde scored on a left-handed
drive across the baseline to start the
quarter. Over the next few minutes, it
was all Dalton Strebig. The junior guard
made two threes and got on the end of a
Scheithauer pass to put home a layup to
give the Redmen a 52-point lead with 5:12
to play. Cornell got seven of the last eight
points in the game as Rib Lake was content to back off the attack.
It was great to get experience for the
younger guys. Some of the guys have
really taken advantage of the minutes
theyve gotten this year and have improved a lot. It was awesome to get Cody
and Jordan on the floor together, Wild
Nohr led Cornell with 15 points. Hetke
scored 11 in the loss.
The Redmen got scoring from across
the board. Frombach led the way with 22
points. Scheithauer scored 17 and Hovde
chipped in 11. Strebig scored nine, all in
the fourth quarter, and Cardey netted six
points. Blomberg scored six and Eisner
had two points. Rib Lake made three of
seven free throw attempts in the game.
Wed like to get to the line a lot more.
It didnt work out that way tonight
but it will make an impact coming up.
Were taking it one game at a time now.
Tomorrow at practice well be back to
work, Wild said.
Fridays regional semifinal figures to
be an intense affair as the Redmen wel-

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come rival Prentice to Rib Lake High

School. Prentice defeated Gilman 74-52
on Tuesday to advance to Fridays game.
The two Marawood foes have played

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Rib Lake
Feb. 26 Marawood Crossovers: 3rd Auburndale 60, Chequamegon 36. 4th W.R. Assumption 61, Rib Lake 50. 5th Stratford 67,
Prentice 40. 6th Pittsville 55, Abbotsford 37.
7th Athens 59, North. Lutheran 48.
Feb. 28 Marawood Championships at Marathon: 1st Marathon 68, Phillips 57. 2nd
Newman Catholic 46, Edgar 25.
March 3 WIAA Div. 5 regionals: Rib Lake 73,
Cornell 29; Prentice, 74, Gilman 52; Columbus
Catholic 58, Abbotsford 48 (OT).
March 3 WIAA Div. 4 regionals: Athens 67,
Colby 65; Edgar 41, Stratford 27.
March 6 WIAA Div. 5 regional semifinal:
Prentice at Rib Lake.
March 6 WIAA Div. 4 regional semifinals:
Athens at Phillips, Hurley at Chequamegon,
Edgar at Marathon.
March 7 WIAA Div. 5 regional final: Prentice/Rib Lake winner vs. Thorp/Owen-Withee winner.
March 7 WIAA Div. 4 regional finals: Hurley/
Chequamegon winner vs. Athens/Phillips winner, Spencer/Auburndale winner vs. Edgar/
Marathon winner.
March 12: WIAA Div. 5 sectional semifinal at
Chetek-Weyerhaeuser, WIAA Div. 4 sectional
semifinals at Rice Lake and Antigo.

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5, 2015

Red Robins edge Raiders in boys Great Northern finale

by Sports Reporter Bryan Wegter
Both sides had plenty of ammunition
in their long-range arsenal, but it was
the Antigo Red Robins who had just a bit
more inside firepower as they defeated
the Medford Red Raiders boys basketball team 49-42 in the GNC finale for both
squads last Thursday.
Both teams struck early and often
from beyond the arc. The Raiders made
nine threes in the game while the Robins
made eight.
We played hard and had good intensity. They just had a little more than
we did. Theyre a well-coached team,
Medford head coach Ryan Brown said.
The first points of the game were, fittingly, a three-pointer as Antigos Matt
Arndt opened the scoring. Jack Lund
made one of two free throws to give the
Robins a four-point lead before Medford
answered. Osy Ekwueme scored the
Raiders first four points, both on dribble drives that Antigos interior defense
couldnt stop. Elliot Marshall provided

the assist on Ekwuemes second basket.

Lund made a pair of free throws to
push Antigo back into the lead, but Ty
Wrage drilled a three to put Medford in
front for the first time with three minutes left in the first quarter. Cameron
Noskowiak got his first three of the game
in response, but Wrage found space and
made another three to regain the lead for
the Raiders. Arndts three-point attempt
at the buzzer was no good and Medford
took a one-point lead into the second
Arndt scored the first points of the second period on a right-handed drive to the
hoop. The Raiders went the other way
and a pass found Wrage alone in the left
corner. His three-point attempt found the
bottom of the net to push Medford into a
13-11 lead. Arndt responded to Wrages
punch with a punch of his own as he
knocked down a three to nudge Antigo
back in front. On Medfords next possession, Wrage proved his lethality from
both sides of the court as he got enough
room to fire a three from the right corner

while being fouled. The shot fell, and he

made the free throw to give the Raiders a
17-14 lead.
We got our shooters space and they
had good looks. Ty was feeling it all
night, Brown said.
The Robins used a late second quarter run to grab control of the game. The
6-5 Lund, Antigos center known for his
prowess in scoring from the interior and
long-range, finally found his touch from
beyond the arc. He made two threes in
the final four minutes of the half to push
the Robins to a 22-18 lead at halftime.
Medford got the first point of the second half as Marshall made one of two
free throw attempts 35 seconds in. Lund
answered with a basket on a baseline
drive from the right side. Down five, the
Raiders launched a mini-run that tied the
game. Ekwueme got a two-pointer and
Wrage swished another three to knot the
game at 24 with 6:19 to play in the third.
With the game tied, Arndt and Wrage
resumed their three-point duel. Arndt
made a three from right wing, but Wrage
him to tie
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and two.
Little things matter when you play
a team like Antigo. Theyre disciplined
and dont make a lot of mistakes. There
wasnt anything big, but they had a few
little runs that added up, Brown said.
Ekwueme came back with a layup for
Medford to bring the visiting side within
four. Ekwueme pulled off a monstrous
block of Noskowiak and after securing
the ball, raced down the court on a fast
break. Antigo was able to get back on
defense and Ekwueme was called for a
charge as he drove to the rim.
The Robins continued to push their
lead in the opening minutes of the fourth.
Lund made a two and Braxton Resch came
off the bench to hit a three as Antigo ran
its lead to nine points. Garrett Strebig
gave the Raiders a boost off the bench as
he entered and promptly nailed a three
to make the deficit six with 4:51 to play.
The Robins feasted on the line as they
tried to put the game away. Lund completed a three-point play and Noskowiak
made both of his attempts to give Antigo
an eight-point lead at the 2:40 mark. For
the first time all game, Medford struggled
to find openings for its marksmen as the

Super Osy

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Photo by Bryan Wegter

Medford guard Osy Ekwueme takes an unorthadox

approach to this shot during the fourth quarter of the
Raiders 49-42 loss to Antigo last Thursday. Ekwueme
was fouled driving to the basket, but still managed to
flip the ball up towards the hoop as he fell to the ground.


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Page 5

Buccaneers outgun Pirates in D-5 tournament opener

by Sports Reporter Bryan Wegter
If Tuesdays WIAA Division 5 playoff
game was thought of in terms of marine
warfare, it could be said the Prentice
Buccaneers had just a few more cannons on their galleon than the Gilman
Pirates. The three-seed Buccaneers were

An assist

the more energetic team throughout the

contest and eased to the 74-52 win.
We played about as well as we could.
We had everybody available, but we
played a bit soft in the middle and let
them get a bunch of threes on us. They
out-hustled us and we were flat, Gilman
head coach Brian Pernsteiner said.

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With his path to the basket blocked by Prentices Dalton Rohde, Gilmans
Chanse Rosemeyer passes to teammate Colton Schmitt (not pictured), who scores a
fourth-quarter basket during Tuesdays WIAA Division 5 regional opener. The host
Buccaneers won 74-52.

The Pirates dug themselves an early

hole. Prentice made four threes, including two by Cody Esterholm, and scored
19 points in the opening quarter. Colton
Schmitt scored four as the Pirates could
only put eight on the board.
The Buccaneers continued to pour it
on in the second. Taylor Brayton made
a pair of threes and Dalton Rohde scored
six points as Prentice hung 23 points on
the Pirates. Emmit Sherfield led Gilman
with six points in the quarter.
We were able to get some runs on
them. Their runs just ended up being a
lot bigger than ours, Pernsteiner said.
Esterholm added another seven points
and Drew Rohde put in six points in the
third quarter as Prentice got 20 more
on the scoreboard. James Copenhaver
scored seven and Ethan Aldinger scored
five for the Pirates, but they could only
muster 16 points as a team in the third.
Gilman finally chipped into Prentices
lead in the fourth quarter, but they
couldnt get nearly enough to change the
result. Sherfield continued his big second half by scoring six more points in the
fourth. Landon Tischer made a three and
Schmitt scored four points as the Pirates
outscored the Buccaneers 17-12 in the final eight minutes. Dalton Rohde scored
eight for Prentice in the final quarter.
The Buccaneers got double-digit scoring out of four players on Tuesday. Dalton
Rohde led the way with 21 points, while
Esterholm had 17, Drew Rohde had 14,
and Brayton had 11 in the win. Prentice
was effective at the free throw line, making 15 of 20 attempts. The Buccaneers
made seven threes in the game.
Sherfield scored 18 to lead Gilman.
Copenhaver scored 12 in the final game
of his high school basketball career.
Schmitt scored eight and Aldinger netted seven in the loss. Astoundingly, the
Pirates did not attempt a free throw in
the game.
We tried to attack their zone, but
we just didnt get the fouls called our
way. It was a tough way to go out, the
seniors were pretty shaken up after the
game. It was emotional for everybody,
Pernsteiner said.

Crossover loss
With their head coach down with a flu
bug, the Gilman Pirates boys basketball
team didnt play with much fire and was
blown out by the Thorp Cardinals, 65-25,
in the eighth place Cloverbelt Crossover

game last Thursday. Pernsteiner (illness) yielded the reigns to assistant

coach Bobbie Marion, and while a bit of
a dip was expected, a change in coaches
doesnt explain a 40-point loss in a game
between two teams at the bottom of their
respective sides of the Cloverbelt.
The Pirates were never able to get out
of neutral on offense. Thorp beat Gilman
10-2 in the opening quarter and never
looked back.
The Cardinals really did some damage
in the second quarter when they scored
23 points to Gilmans eight.
The Pirates only gave up one more
point in the third quarter by being outscored 10-9, but Thorp blew them away in
the fourth quarter, winning 22-6.

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Columbus Cath.
Feb. 26 Cloverbelt Crossovers: 3rd Altoona
62, Columbus Catholic 50. 4th McDonell Central 64, Owen-Withee 47. 5th Osseo-Fairchild
86, Loyal 60. 6th Stanley-Boyd 56, Greenwood
43. 7th Cadott 62, Colby 43. 8th Thorp 65,
Gilman 25.
Feb. 28 Cloverbelt Championships at Osseo:
1st E.C. Regis 77, Spencer 44. 2nd Fall
Creek 48, Neillsville 28 .
March 3 WIAA Div. 5 regionals: Prentice
74, Gilman 52; Owen-Withee 65, Flambeau 40;
Greenwood 65, Loyal 59; Columbus Catholic 58,
Abbotsford 48 (OT); Eleva-Strum 68, Granton 37.
March 3 WIAA Div. 4 regionals: Athens 67,
Colby 65; Spencer 74, S.P. Pacelli 63.
March 3 WIAA Div. 3 regional: Elk Mound 46,
Neillsville 35.
March 6 WIAA Div. 5 regional semifinals:
Thorp at Owen-Withee, Greenwood at Newman
Catholic, Pittsville at Columbus Catholic.
March 6 WIAA Div. 4 regional semifinal:
Spencer at Auburndale.
March 7 WIAA Div. 5 regional finals: Prentice/Rib Lake winner vs. Thorp/Owen-Withee
winner, Pittsville/Columbus Catholic winner vs.
Greenwood/Newman Catholic winner.
March 7 WIAA Div. 4 regional final: Spencer/
Auburndale winner vs. Edgar/Marathon winner.
March 12: WIAA Div. 5 sectional semifinals at
Chetek-Weyerhaeuser and Wausau East, WIAA
Div. 4 sectional semifinal at Antigo.

Locals trudge the trails at Snowshoe National Championships

The Medford area was well-represented in the 2015 Dion Snowshoes United
States National Championships, held
over the weekend at Lowes Creek County
Park in Eau Claire.
Jeffrey Quednow of Ogema, who
earned a US national team spot at last
years event in Vermont, led the locals in
the 10K Senior Mens race. The 24-yearold was fourth overall out of 114 men to
maintain his standing among the nations best.
Quednow finished the race in 39:17.9,
beating fifth-place Nick Nygaard of
Duluth, Minn. by 19.1 seconds. He was
well behind the top three, which consisted of Scott Gall of Cedar Falls, Iowa
(37:18.2), Zachary Rivers of Victor, N.Y.
(37:35.8) and Eric Hartmark of Duluth
With Quednow holding his national
team designation, Tyler Schumacher of
Medford was awarded with the 20-24 age
class championship. He was 11th overall
in 41:35.5 and easily won the age class title. Christopher Peterson of Paul Smiths,

N.Y. was a distant second at 47:14.9.

Schumacher missed an overall top-10 finish by 22 seconds.
Quednow and Schumacher were part
of the three-man Midwest Vortex Victors,
who placed second in the team competition. Kris Borchardt of Weston added a
time of 43:50.1. The teams total time of
2:04:43.6 left it 1:33.1 behind the champions, a team called Run Minnesota.
Davey Sapinski of Medford took 28th
overall at 46:57.6 and was third in the 4044 age class. Bill Bellendorf of Medford
was 30th overall at 47:14 and won the 4549 age class by 6:00.2 over Mike Tedesco
of Jesup, Iowa. Jason Ruesch of Medford
was 33rd overall at 47:31.1 and was fifth
in the 40-44 age class. Mike Quednow of
Ogema landed in 35th place overall at
47:38.4 and won the 50-54 age class over
Bill Butcher of Fairview, N.C. (50:13.9).
Brian Hallgren of Medford finished
79th overall at 1:01:09.5 and was sixth in
the 50-54 age class. Jacob Rechtzigel of
Medford added a 102nd place overall finish at 1:17:33.1. He was 13th in the 35-39

age class.
Michayla Heil, 23, of Medford made a
strong push in the Senior Womens 10K
race. She was 12th overall out of 79 racers
and won the 20-24 age class with her time
of 55:23. Brandy Erholtz of Evergreen,
Colo. was the winner in 47:45.7. Heil
missed a top-10 spot by 2:17.5. Heil held a
sizable 3:28.8 margin over Ashley Evans
of Paul Smiths, N.Y. in the age class.
Rachel Wellman of Medford took 27th
overall at 1:01:11.4, good for seventh in
the 30-34 age class. Summer Marthaler of
Medford was 70th overall at 1:29:40 and
was 10th in the 35-39 age class.
Winston Sapinski was 14th out of
15 racers in the Junior Mens 5K race.
His time was 29:39.4. He won a thirdplace award in the 1-14 age group. Tim
Buerger of Ironwood, Mich. won the race
in 21:39.4, edging Tyler Dezago of Paul
Smiths in a photo finish.
Pete Haenel of Medford entered the
5K Powder Keg Citizens Run/Walk and
earned a 16th-place finish out of 37 entrants in a time of 32:37.9. He was fourth

in the 20-39 age class. Kelly Mortenson of

St. Paul had the top time in 21:06.8.
The half-marathon was the highlight
event on Sunday.
Jeffrey Quednow showed little fatigue
from Saturdays run. He took third overall out of 38 men with a time of 1:31:02.8.
Only Gall (1:28:13.6) and Rivers (1:30:38.2)
were faster.
Davey Sapinski was 28th overall in
2:04:21.4 and was second in the 40-49 age
group behind Jason Bond of Mosinee
(1:39:41.1). Mike Quednow was 29th overall at 2:04:42.7 and took fifth in the 50-59
age group.
Bellendorf and Borchardt were part
of a four-man team that competed in
Sundays 10K relay race. The Release
the Beerhounds team of Bellendorf,
Jenwitze Chouedoin, Jim Graupmen
and Borchardt was fourth in 48:25 behind Paul Smiths BBB (43:58.1), Run
Minnesota (46:00.5) and Untitled (48:10).
There were 15 teams in that race.


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Raider wrestling at state


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Continued from page 1

match early Friday afternoon against the
prohibitive weight class favorite, Dewey
Krueger of Oconto Falls. Krueger didnt
disappoint, giving Peterson few openings
in a 10-0 major decision. Krueger got four
first-period points, reversed Peterson in
the second and clinched it in the third
by fighting off a couple of Peterson shots
and then taking him down.
Later on Friday afternoon, Peterson
drew a rematch with Ellsworths Anders
Lantz (40-12) in the consolation round.
Peterson beat Lantz 6-5 on Feb. 21 at
the sectional meet in Amery. This time,
points were at a premium.
Peterson appeared to be in good
shape. Like his win over Smith, he rode
Lantz out in the second period to keep
the match scoreless. However, he drew a
stalling warning during the period, a call
Medford head coach Tran Brooks questioned afterwards.
That warning proved costly in the
third. Peterson got the escape he needed
in just 18 seconds. But in trying to avoid
the big mistake, he got called for stalling
again in the last 10 seconds. That tied the
match at 1-1. Lantz took down Peterson
32 seconds into the 60-minute sudden
victory period to win 3-1.
Peterson finished his year at 41-6.
Krueger, a senior, beat Sheboygan Falls
junior Sean Mattek 6-1 in Saturdays
championship match to finish 42-0. Its
his second state title. Mattek is 42-7.
Hanson drew Two Rivers senior
Chandler Donati in his quarterfinal
match on Friday afternoon. Donati had
impressively pinned Sheboygan Falls junior Josh Becker (38-13) in just 26 seconds
in a first-round bout Thursday night.
Donati drew first blood getting Hansons
leg and taking him down. The two traded
reversals and Hanson escaped to make it
4-3. Donati, then, took Hanson down as
the horn sounded for two key points and
a 6-3 lead.

Hanson chose the down position in the

second period and got an escape midway
through. But Donati made the move of
the match with 10 seconds left, getting
four points on a takedown and near fall.
Hanson escaped just before the period
ended, but now he found himself down
Donati started the third with a reversal and eventually built a 15-7 lead before
Hanson got a late escape and takedown to
make the final score 15-10.
Giving up that takedown at the end
of the first with time running out was
big and those four points in the second,
Brooks said. Those little points add up.
We wanted it to be close going into that
third period. Usually Koltens in better
shape than the other kid. Sometimes
you just run out of time. Or you cant dig
yourself such a deep hole I guess.
He was real strong, Hanson said of
Donati. Most guys I wouldve been able
to finish a lot of those moves that I did
but he was just too strong. I couldnt do
The loss sent Hanson to a consolation match with Oconto Falls sophomore
Nate Trepanier, who lost a 2-1 quarterfinal heartbreaker to Sparta senior
Brock Polhamus. Trepanier rode Hanson
through the second period, effectively tying up an arm and leg in the latter stages.
Hanson let Trepanier escape to start the
third, hoping to take him down. Instead,
Trepanier got the takedown that sealed a
3-0 win.
It was a good match, Hanson said.
I felt in the third period Id probably be
able to beat him because Im in a lot better shape than most guys. But he caught
me off-guard on the whistle there and
got the two right away. Then I couldnt
Hanson finished his first year 40-6.
Donati (24-3) kept right on rolling all the
way to the finals, where be beat River

Muscle men

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Its strength on strength as Medfords Kolten Hanson tries to get out from underneath Nate Trepanier of Oconto Falls during their Friday afternoon consolation match.
Trepanier won 3-0 and wound up taking third in the 145-pound weight class.
Valley sophomore Elijah Alt (41-12)
by a score of 8-2. Trepanier (39-7) beat
Polhamus 4-2 in the third-place match.
The Great Northern Conference
wound up with two Division 2 finalists.
Tomahawk junior Dane Borchardt (49-1)
won the 220-pound championship by edgEAST LAKELAND CONFERENCE
Conf. Duals
Shell Lake
North.-S. Springs 0
Feb. 26-28 WIAA Div. 3 state: 126 Kal Gerber, Cam., 2-1, 2nd. 132 Ben Adams, Bruce, 4-0,
1st. 182 Kyle Heinsohn, Cam., 3-1, 3rd; Rowdy
Kochevar, Flam., 3-2, 5th. 285 Donny Ralston,
Bruce, 2-1, 2nd.


Northland Pines
Feb. 27 WIAA Div. 2 regional semifinals:
Mosinee 62, Merrill 55; Lakeland 58, Rhinelander
47; New London 49, Antigo 30.
Feb. 27 WIAA Div. 3 regional semifinal:
Peshtigo 63, Northland Pines 36.
Feb. 28 WIAA Div. 2 regional finals: Mosinee
53, Lakeland 50.
March 5 WIAA Div. 2 sectional semifinal:
Mosinee vs. Hortonville at Wausau East.
March 7 WIAA Div. 2 sectional final: River
Falls/Onalaska winner vs. Mosinee/Hortonville
winner at Marshfield.
March 13: WIAA Div. 2 state semifinal at Green
Alliant Energy Center, Madison
March 5 quarterfinals
Reedsburg Co-op (22-3-2) vs. Cedarburg (23-2-2),
11 a.m.; Superior (11-15-1) vs. Janesville ParkerCraig (17-8-2), approx. 1:15 p.m.; Eau Claire
Memorial (19-5-3) vs. Madison Memorial (21-5-1),
5 p.m.; Wausau West (20-4-3) vs. Appleton United
(22-4-1), approx. 7:15 p.m.

Holding on

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Medfords Tucker Peterson uses all of his strength to maintain control over
Ellsworths Anders Lantz during their 152-pound consolation match on Friday. Lantz
won the match 3-1, avenging a sectional loss to Peterson.

Photo by Matt Frey

ing Sheboygan Falls junior Brady Koller

(40-8) 3-2 in the final. Mosinee sophomore
Josh Ehster (37-8) fell 3-0 in the 106-pound
championship to Brock Bergelin of
Denmark (45-1).


Duals Dual Meet
Rhinelander 5-0
Feb. 26-28 WIAA Div. 2 state: 106 Josh
Ehster, Mos., 3-1, 2nd. 138 Riley Ivaska, Mos.,
3-2, 4th. 145 Kolten Hanson, Med., 0-2, DNP.
152 Tucker Peterson, Med., 1-2, DNP. 182
Kaleb Kaminski, Tom., 2-2, 4th. 220 Dane
Borchardt, Tom., 3-0, 1st. 285 Jake Borchardt,
Tom., 3-2, 5th.
Feb. 26-28 WIAA Div. 1 state: 126 Jacob
DeMeyer, Rhine., 0-2, DNP.
UW Fieldhouse, Madison
March 6 Div. 1 quarterfinals, 5:30 p.m.
Kaukauna (17-1) vs. Burlington (12-1); Hudson
(12-2) vs. Cedarburg (17-1); Wisconsin Rapids
(18-0) vs. Pewaukee (16-3); Sauk Prairie (15-3) vs.
Stoughton (22-1).
March 6 Div. 1 semifinals, 7:30 p.m.
Kaukauna/Burlington winner vs. Hudson/Cedarburg winner; Wisconsin Rapids/Pewaukee
winner vs. Sauk Prairie/Stoughton winner.
March 7 championship
Semifinal winners meet at 3 p.m.
March 7 Div. 2 semifinals, 10 a.m.
Ellsworth (17-4) vs. Wisconsin Lutheran (18-1);
Freedom (13-2) vs. Sparta (13-6).
March 7 Div. 2 championship
Semifinal winners meet at 3 p.m.
March 7 Div. 3 semifinals, 10 a.m.
Spring Valley-Elmwood (14-3) vs. Random Lake
(16-1); Coleman (16-1) vs. Fennimore (18-2).
March 7 Div. 3 championship
Semifinal winners meet at 3 p.m.


Alliant Energy Center, Madison

March 6 semifinals
Reedsburg Co-op/ Cedarburg winner vs. Superior/Janesville Parker-Craig winner, 5 p.m.; Eau
Claire Memorial/Madison Memorial vs. Wausau
Wes/Appleton United winner, approx. 7:15 p.m.

March 6 semifinals
Onalaska Co-op (16-6-3) vs. University School
(25-2), 11 a.m.; Hayward Co-op (22-4) vs. Central
Wisconsin Storm (19-6-1), approx. 1:15 p.m.

March 7 championship
Semifinal winners meet at approx. 2:15 p.m.

March 7 championship
Semifinal winners meet at 12:10 p.m.



Thursday, March 5, 2015

Page 7

Lady Redmen one and done

by Sports Reporter Bryan Wegter


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Medford center Elliot Marshall uses his left hand to swat away a fourth-quarter shot
by Mosinees Jordan Budnik during Tuesdays 63-53 WIAA Division 2 regional loss.

The Rib Lake Lady Redmen girls basketball team had a short stay in the WIAA
Division 5 tournament as they were ousted by the Thorp Cardinals on Tuesday,
Feb. 24. The six-seed Redmen played well
enough to win on defense, but couldnt
get it done on the other end and fell to the
three-seed Cardinals, 45-25. Thorp used
aggressive defense and outmuscled Rib
Lake on the glass. The Redmen recorded
only 13 rebounds in the game.
Weve struggled all season with
teams that play a physical type of game.
We were well prepared for them though,
they didnt surprise us with anything,
Rib Lake head coach Mike Wudi said.
Taylor Stroinski scored eight of her
game-high 15 in the opening quarter
to propel Thorp into the lead. Monica
Williams made a three for the Cardinals
as they scored 14 in the first quarter.
Ciara Scheithauer and Regan Dobbs
both completed three-point plays as the
Redmen scored six in the opening eight
Rib Lake cut into Thorps lead in the
second quarter. Katie Cardey got a pair
of baskets and Jasmine Fitzl made a two.
Scheithauer hit one of two free throws as
the Redmen outscored the Cardinals 7-6
in the second.
Thorp was finally able to break the
game open in the third quarter. Stroinski
made three two-pointers and added a free
throw while Julie Benzschawel scored
five points to give the Cardinals 16 points
in the quarter. Scheithauer scored six for
the Redmen, but thats all they would get
as Thorp stepped up their defensive pressure.
Thorps aggressive half-court defense didnt let us get into any kind of
real offensive rhythm. They made a run
and opened the game up, Wudi said.
Scheithauer scored four more in the
fourth and Megan Beard chipped in a

Season ends with 10-point loss at Mosinee

Continued from page 1
with foul trouble, Mosinee took advantage going on a 9-0 run. Taylor Dunlaps
free throws with 10.5 seconds left got the
deficit back into single digits at 36-27.
I think we were still confident in the
locker room, Brown said. Last time
we played them we almost did the same
thing. It was definitely discouraging. I
think on the two or three runs they had,
we just had a couple of turnovers and
they capitalized well off those.
Marshall scored inside to start the
third quarter to cut the lead to seven, but
the Raiders got no closer in the period.
Fochs and Maas buried three-pointers
early in the fourth to give Mosinee leads
of 48-34 and 51-37.
They are a challenge against our 1-3-1
because their guards attack the gaps well
and they find the open player, Brown
said of Mosinees offense. You have to
focus on the posts too because they really
are physical inside so it makes our wings
really have to play aggressive trying to
stop the diagonal passes and the offensive rebounds. Once they have that all together it really stretches the zone. They
made shots early and as we extended,
they attacked the rim well.
Nikola Babic started Medfords last
run with a three-point shot. Marshall
hit two bonus free throws with 4:52 left
to make it 51-42. Strebigs steal led to a
layup for Dunlap. Marshalls steal led
to Dunlaps hoop and harm at the 3:22
mark. Dunlap missed the free throw, but
Strebig battled to get the ball back and
was fouled on a shot. He made one of two

to bring the Raiders within four.

But thats where the comeback stalled.
Thats the nice thing with these guys,
they never stop fighting, Brown said.
They were confident. They thought we
could win. You need to believe youre
going to win before you can win. We cut
it to four and I thought we had a great
chance. I thought everything was kinda
going our direction.
The Raiders put three players in double figures, led by Ekwuemes 14 points.
Dunlap had 12 and Strebig added 10, including a third-quarter three-pointer.
Marshall and Wrage scored six each.
Wrage knocked down two triples. Babic
finished with three points and Hunter
Anderson and Cameron Wenzel each
made a late free throw.
Budnik had 18 points to lead Mosinee.
Maas scored 17, including three threepointers, while Fochs had 11, including
three triples. Mosinee put the game away
by making nine of 12 fourth-quarter free
throws. The Indians were 18 of 25 overall and hit seven three-point shots overall. Medford was 15 of 22 at the line and
knocked down four long balls.
The varsity roster will see some
turnover with the losses of seniors
Zach Smola, Marshall, Trent Klemm,
Anderson and Lloyd Bernatz. Juniors
Wrage and Babic wont be back either.
But the improvement of those who will
return excites the coaching staff.
It stinks to lose these seniors, Brown
said. Theyre a great group of kids. They
worked really hard and did whatever we

asked them to. It will be sad to lose Ty

and Nikola too. But we have a lot of guys
coming back. Guys who can handle the
ball and shoot. Hopefully they can work
off of this and have a really good spring
and summer and next year we can come
in and start right where we left off this


Northland Pines
Feb. 26: Antigo 49, Medford 42; Mosinee 65,
Lakeland 54; Rhinelander 70, Northland Pines 38;
Crandon 53, Tomahawk 48.
March 3 WIAA Div. 2 regionals: Mosinee 63,
Medford 53; Wausau East 67, Lakeland 37.
March 3 WIAA Div. 3 regional: Tomahawk 63,
Northland Pines 56.
March 6 WIAA Div. 2 regional semifinals:
Mosinee at Rhinelander, Antigo at Hortonville.
March 6 WIAA Div. 3 regional semifinal:
Tomahawk at Peshtigo.
March 7 WIAA Div. 2 regional finals:
Mosinee/Rhinelander winner vs. Wausau East/
Merrill winner, Antigo/Hortonville winner vs.
New London/Shawano winner.
March 7 WIAA Div. 3 regional final: Wittenberg-Birnamwood/Clintonville winner vs.
Tomahawk/Peshtigo winner.
March 12: WIAA Div. 2 sectional semifinal at
Stevens Point, WIAA Div. 3 sectional semifinal at
Bay Port.


Rib Lake
Feb. 27 WIAA Div. 5 regional semifinals:
Flambeau 70, Prentice 35; Abbotsford 45, Newman Catholic 40.
Feb. 27 WIAA Div. 4 regional semifinals: Athens 59, Colby 36; Phillips 52, Hurley 47; Marathon
52, Edgar 25.
Feb. 28 WIAA Div. 5 regional final: Loyal 48,
Abbotsford 36.
Feb. 28 WIAA Div. 4 regional finals: Athens
61, Phillips 36.
March 5 WIAA Div. 4 sectional semifinal: Cameron vs. Athens at Elk Mound.
March 7 WIAA Div. 4 sectional final: Cameron/Athens winner vs. Colfax/Fall Creek winner
at Eau Claire Memorial.
March 12: WIAA Div. 4 state semifinal at Green

basket, but it wasnt enough as Thorp

kept up the pressure and scored nine in
the final quarter. Benzschawel added
four to her scoring for the Cardinals.
Scheithauer led Rib Lake with 14
points and also added two rebounds and
three steals. Thorps tight defense held
the Redmen to only 28 shots from the
floor. They made 10 of those attempts
(35.7 percent). Rib Lake finished four of
six from the free throw line.
Ciara had a nice game to finish her career. Thorp was able to bump us around
with their man to man defense and it
worked to their advantage, Wudi said.
The Cardinals knocked off two-seed
Owen-Withee in their second round game
on Friday before falling in the regional final to Flambeau, 36-35, on Saturday.

Continued from page 4
Robins turned up the heat on defense.
Noskowiak hit another two free throws
to give Antigo the first double-digit lead
of the game.
Taylor Dunlap scored his first points
of the game with 1:24 left on a right-handed layup. After Resch made a free throw,
Strebig knocked down another three to
make it a seven-point game with 51 seconds remaining. Lund made one of two
free throws, but Strebig kept the game interesting by sinking his third three of the
quarter. Arndt made a pair of free throws
and the Raiders were unable to muster an
answer. Dunlap gathered a rebound on a
missed three and got the put-back bucket
with five seconds left, but the game was
well in hand for the home side.
Antigo got 18 points out of Lund. The
center did most of his damage at the charity stripe, where he made eight of 11 attempts. Arndt made four threes in the
game en route to scoring 16 points. Resch
scored six points for the Robins while
Noskowiak added five. Antigo got to the
line 19 times and made 13 (68.4 percent)
of those attempts.
Wrage made six threes as he scored
19 points to lead Medford. Strebig got all
nine of his points in the fourth quarter,
while Ekwueme scored eight points and
dished five assists. The Raiders were
three of five at the free throw line and 15
of 37 (40.5 percent) from the field. Elliot
Marshall pulled down seven rebounds to
lead Medford.
Ty and Garrett both had great games.
But, they got more production inside
than we did. We expected that a bit, we
knew it would be a tough game for us to
rebound in, Brown said.


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5, 2015

Redmen rout Cornell 73-29

Continued from page 3
twice this year already. On Dec. 11 Rib
Lake got a 73-41 win over the Buccaneers,
but on Jan. 22 the Redmen had to work
much harder as they escaped with a 43-40
win at home.
The guys are motivated. They know
our history against Prentice. Its going
to be an exciting weekend, Wild said.
Fridays game tips at 7 p.m. Should Rib
Lake win, a regional final awaits on
Saturday at 7 p.m., against the winner of
Fridays Owen-Withee and Thorp game.

Crossover loss
The North side of the Marawood
wasnt generating a lot of success during the Crossover challenge, and the Rib
Lake Redmen were no different as they
fell to Wisconsin Rapids Assumption
61-50 in the four-seed match-up last
Thursday. Big scores in the second and
fourth quarter were the difference as the
Royals earned the 11-point win.
Neither offense got much going in the
first quarter. Cardey and Strebig both
made threes for Rib Lake as they jumped
out to an 8-6 lead after eight minutes.
Assumption seemed to find its next
gear on offense in the second quarter.
Chase Lamp made a three and added six
other points as the Royals outscored the

Redmen 20-16 in the second. Scheithauer

drained a pair of threes, while Strebig
made another and Austin Ewan swished
a three of his own, but it wasnt enough to
hold onto the lead.
Assumption added five more onto its
lead in the third quarter by scoring 13 to
Rib Lakes eight.
We had another slow third quarter.
Theyve troubled us a lot this year, Wild
said. Blomberg led Rib Lake with five
points in the third, but the Royals got
five out of Lamp and another four out of
Trevor Newton.
Both offenses ramped up in the fourth
quarter, but Assumption had just a bit
more left in the tank as they won 22-18 in
the final stanza. Cardey and Strebig both
made two threes in the quarter while
Scheithauer scored four points. Lamp hit
a pair of threes and made a free throw,
while Brady Baltus made all four free
throws he attempted as the Wildcats held
on for the win.
Lamp scored a game-high 22 for
Assumption. Newton added 10 and Joe
Grundhoffer had eight points.
Cardey led the Redmen with 13 points.
Strebig took advantage of increased
playing time to score 12 points and
Scheithauer also scored 12. Blomberg
netted nine points in the loss.

Youth wrestlers winners at local tourneys

Competing at a meet in Pittsville on
Feb. 7, the Medford youth wrestling team
got several first place finishes. Andy
Poetzl, Cody Church, and Parker Lissner
all finished first in their weight classes
while Clay Bowe took third in his class.
On Feb. 8 at DC Everest, Poetzl claimed
another first place and Church took sixth
in his division.
Also on Feb. 8, in Eau Claire, Dane
Higgins and Grant Neubauer both
took home first place. Eric Rehbein,
Owen Higgins and Paxton Rothmeir all
earned second place. Walker Ewan, Jake
Brunner and Braxton Weissmiller got
third place finishes.
At Chippewa Falls on Feb. 15, a
host of wrestlers won their divisions.
Church, Neubauer, Jaxon Fallos, Carson
Grissman, Ronald Hoernke, William
Bartnik, Jonathon Bartnik, Bowe,
Ewan, Dane Higgins, Zeke Sigmund,
Carson Church, Emett Grunwald, Jude
Stark, Cody Weiler, Thad Sigmund,
and Gage Losiewicz. Poetzl, Jake Rau,
Owen Higgins, Oscar Hiderliter, Logan
Kawa, Cory Lindahl, Teagan Hanson and
Mason Moore each earned second place.
Mary Noland, Rehbein, Rachel Sova,
Alez Davis, Jacob Doyal and Jordy Lavin

took home third place finishes. Sterling

Reilly, Ty Sova, Shane Kiselicka Evan
Pagel finished fourth in their divisions
and Hayden Johnson, Wyatt Johnson,
Cale Schulz and Taylor Bryant participated with the team.
At Stevens Point on Feb. 22, Cody
Church, Poetzl and Neubauer all took
home first place. Zeke Sigmund and
Stark finished second. Carson Church,
Thad Sigmund, Rachel Sova, Weiler,
Weissmiller, Parker Lissner and Wyatt
Johnson secured third place finishes. Oscar Hinderliter, Ty Sova, Cory
Lindahl, Losiewicz, and Noland finished
fourth. Logan Kawa was fifth.
In Rhinelander on March 1, Jake Rau,
Thad Sigmund, Jude Stark and Walker
Ewan were bracket champions. Andy
Poetzl, Dane Higgins, Zeke Sigmund,
Cory Lindahl, Braxton Weissmiller,
Gage Losiewicz, Ronald Hoernke,
Teagan Hanson, Sterling Reilly and Jake
Brunner all finished second. Emmet
Grunwald, Ty Sova, Logan Kawa, Rachel
Sova, Owen Higgins, Parker Lissner and
Shane Kislicka earned third-place finishes. Cody Church, William Bartnik,
Jonathon Bartnik and Evan Pagel all
took fourth.

Offensive explosion

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Rib Lakes Joe Frombach salutes the hoop as he puts in a layup during the first
quarter of the Redmens 73-29 win over Cornell. Chiefs guard Colton Hetke tries unsuccessfully to defend his basket. Frombach scored a game-high 22 points in the win.

Gilman boys
Continued from page 5

Gold bracket champions

Submitted photo

The Medford Storms 14-1 volleyball team captured first place in the gold bracket
at Sundays Marathon MVP tournament. Team members include (front l. to r.) Ally
Tabor, Megan Graff, McKenzie Waldhart, Sarah Thums, (back) coach Dave Vaara,
Lizzy Noland, Bailey Klabunde, Desirae Weissmiller, Mariah Leader and Kaylee Bowe.

Photo by Bryan Wegter

Josh Oberle scored 25 to lead the

Cardinals. Isaac Legasse scored 14 and
Carl Hapke had 12 points. Thorps efficient day at the free throw line (19-23)
helped them put away the Pirates early.
Copenhaver led Gilman with 13
points. Zach Sonnentag scored eight,
while Aldinger and Schmitt scored two
apiece. The Pirates were eight of 19 at the
free throw line.
The Buccaneers travel to Rib Lake
on Friday for a regional semifinal. The
winner of that game takes on the winner
of the other semifinal, featuring OwenWithee and Thorp, also on Friday night.


Columbus Cath.
Feb. 27 WIAA Div. 5 regional semifinals:
Thorp 47, Owen-Withee 43; Loyal 51, Columbus
Catholic 25.
Feb. 27 WIAA Div. 4 regional semifinal: Athens 59, Colby 35.
Feb. 27 WIAA Div. 3 regional semifinal: Arcadia 47, Neillsville 31.
Feb. 28 WIAA Div. 5 regional final: Loyal 48,
Abbotsford 36.
March 5 WIAA Div. 5 sectional semifinal:
Loyal vs. W.R. Assumption at Waupaca.
March 7 WIAA Div. 5 sectional final: Loyal/W.R.
Assumption winner vs. Niagara/G.B. NEW
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This Weekend
Friday, March 6
Singles Pool Tournament starting at 7:30 p.m. at
Gad Bar.

Saturday, March 7
Interwald Wanderers Snowmobile Club 41st
Annual Pie Shoot Fundraiser from noon to 6 p.m. at
Rib River Bar.
2nd Annual Co-ed Snowshoe Softball
Tournament starting at 8 a.m., Pancake Breakfast
from 8 a.m. to noon, and Partners Bean Bag
Tournament starting at 7 p.m. at Centennial
Community Center.
Snowmobile Races starting at 12:30 p.m. and DJ
KRN at Gad Bar.
Cribbage Tournament starting at 1 p.m. at A&E
Doubles Cribbage starting at 1 p.m. at Bogeys.
Texas Hold Em starting at 1 p.m. and live music
by Feedback from 4 to 8 p.m. at Hacienda.
A&H Snowmobile Raffle at The Last Straw.
Customer Appreciation Party with Comedian
Jay Harris starting at 8 p.m. at Boozers.
Live music by Rebel One starting at 9 p.m. at The
Roost Bar.

Sunday, March 8
Chequamegon Sportsmen Club Breakfast from 7
to 11 a.m.
Spaghetti Dinner from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at VFW
Clubhouse in Medford.
Polka Dance Party with music by Richie
Yurkovich and Polkarioty from 1 to 5 p.m. at
Centennial Community Center.

Monday, March 9
Parent and community presentation of Life of an
Athlete with speaker John Underwood from 7 to 8:30
p.m. at the Red/White Theatre at Medford High School.

Saturday, March 14
8th Annual Lee Drolshagen Memorial Pool
Tournament starting at 10 a.m. at DCs Breaktime,
Fuzzys, Tappers and Point-0-Eight Bar.
Cribbage Tournament starting at 1 p.m. at

Saturday, March 21
Aspirus Medford Hospitals 3rd Annual
Womens Health Retreat from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at
Northcentral Technical College.

Chess champs

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The 24th Annual Medford Area Elementary School Chess Tournament recently concluded. This years contest
consisted of 67 third and fourth graders. The champions for this year are front row, Kaden Waldhart (l. to r.) grade
3, third place; Alex Rehbein grade 3, fourth place; Daniel Langreck, grade 3, fifth place; Brett Lundy grade 4, third
place; and Alex Dittrich grade 4, fourth place. Back row, advisor Matthew Hawley; Cameron Bull, grade 3, second
place; Tad Wrage grade 3, champion; Saskatoon Damm grade 4, champion; Martha Miller grade 4, second place;
and advisor Scott Woller.

Readers group to discuss City of Thieves

The Friends of the Library Reading group will meet
on Tuesday, March 10 to discuss City of Thieves by
David Benioff. The book is about trying to survive in
Nazi-occupied Russia. Discussion of the book will be
lead by Jim Bragg.
The story as introduced is the recollections of a contemporary Russian Jewish migr living in Leningrad
(as his poet father was recently disappeared by the
Soviet secret police NKVD and his mother and sister
have fled the besieged city). Lev is arrested for looting
the body of an ejected Luftwaffe pilot. Thrown into a
prison, he meets Kolya Vlasov, a young Cossack soldier
arrested for deserting his unit. Though just three years
older than Lev, Kolya is more cultured and refined

than Lev. The two are brought to Colonel Grechko of

the NKVD who barters with them: if they are able to
obtain a dozen eggs for the colonels daughters upcoming wedding within five days, Lev and Kolya will
be given their freedom. If they are unable to find the
eggs, a luxury in the starving Leningrad, both will be
executed. The story follows their efforts.
The readers group meets at 7 p.m. at the Frances L.
Simek Memorial Library in Medford. The group will
meet at the west end of the library since the regular
meeting rooms are already scheduled for that night. At
the meeting, they will also pick the book to be discussed at the May 12 meeting.

The Wausau Conservatory, along with the

Wisconsin River Valley Jazz Society announces the
Wausau Jazz Festival will be taking place on Saturday,
March 7 at D.C. Everest. The concluding concert is free
and open to the public at 3 p.m. and will feature area
jazz bands along with John Greiners Jazz Quartet.
This years concert will also feature five area jazz
bands from these high schools: Edgar High School,

Merrill High School. D.C. Everest, Wausau East, and

Newman High School. Guest artists include members
of John Greiners Jazz Quartet: Cully Swansen, Sara
Rifleman, and Chris Wills.
The Wausau Jazz Festival was started in 2004. The
festival was started by The River Valley Jazz Society,
founded in 2001 for the purpose of promoting participation in jazz music in Central Wisconsin.

Central Chamber Chorale

Wausau area Jazz Festival concert is March 7 at D.C. Everest
to perform at St. Pauls
The Central Chamber Chorale will perform a
spring concert, including the central Wisconsin premier of Requiem For the Living with orchestra, on
Saturday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Pauls Lutheran
Church, 321 N. Park Ave. in Medford.
The chorale will perform again on Sunday, March
22 at 3 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 1208 W. 14th
St. in Marshfield.



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sticky service

Kitchen crew

photos by Brian Wilson

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Members of the Medford Area Fire Department helped out in the kitchen cooking up a breakfast of pancakes,
potato pancakes, eggs and sausage during the SWAT Team breakfast held at the fire hall on Sunday.

Petting the pup

photos by Mark Berglund

Danny Witt enjoyed meeting the Dalmatian statue in

the museum room at the Medford fire hall.

Orange juice smile

Paige Schlagenhaft, 6, of Spencer, enjoyed her orange
juice at Sundays pancake breakfast.

Protect and serve

Dep. Chad Kowalczyk hands a patron some syrup
for their pancakes at the SWAT Team breakfast.

Brands on Display:

You to the
following donors of
the 2015
SWAT Team Breakfast

Lund  Crestliner  Skeeter

War Eagle  Bennington Pontoons
Hurricane Deckboats  Mastercraft Ski Boats

Docks & Lifts:

Hewitt Docks & Boat Lifts from A/D Dock

Boarders Inn & Suites, Marsha Nice,

Camp 28/Richard Lafernier,
Chequamegon Furniture/Stephen Hickman,
Chequamegon Wildlife & Recreation Club,
Classic Car Wash, Gilman Corner Store, Handel
Motors, Hickman Building LLC/Jim Hickman,
Kevin & Nancy Mayer, Klingbeil Lumber Co Inc.,
Krugs Towing, Kwik Trip, Liske Marine,
Medford Cooperative, Myron/Aramark (Jail
Kitchen), Nicolet National Bank, Northwoods
Country Store, Olynick Inc., Pomps Tire, Romigs
Inc., Cheryl Romig, The Star News, Wal-Mart,
Werner Sales and Service, WKEB.

Jayco from Willies RV


Fri: 3:30-8pm
Sat: 9am-5pm
Sun: 9am-3pm

A special THANK YOU

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My Dog Ate the Constitution

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Ben Franklin (Anthony Doucette) talks with the constitution-eating dog Madison (Bridget Brander), Washington (Jordyn Krueger) and Callie (Lauren Heier) in the Holy Rosary
7th grade production of My Dog Ate the Constitution. The play was performed on Feb. 27.

Government lesson
Skylar Anderson, Alexis Steger and
Nicholas Hussar explain the branches
of government. (Right) Nicholas Mahner
talks about the Article of Confederation.


Giving it up for the Bill of Rights

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hands in the air during the schools performance.


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Spectators welcome for Medford archery

shoot Saturday; local teams continue to excel
by Sports Editor Matt Frey
Arrows will be flying on Saturday at Medford Area
Middle School where the Medford Archery Club will
host its fourth annual National Archery in the Schools
Program (NASP) shoot.
The main competition will take place in the large
gym where 17 targets will be set up. Two shooters will
be stationed at each target per flight. Flights start at 8
a.m. and will continue throughout the day at 75-minute
Competitors will be aiming for first through third
place individual awards in each division and the firstplace team trophies in each division.
The tournament will feature archers in fourth
through 12th grades. As of Monday, 218 archers had
been registered representing close to 20 schools from
throughout the state. Fourth and fifth grade shooters
compete in the elementary division. Sixth through
eighth graders compete in the middle school division
and ninth through 12th graders compete in the high
school division.
Shot contests open to anyone will be available in the
small gym. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend Saturdays event.
Teams from Medford and Gilman will compete in
Saturdays shoot. Both are having excellent seasons
with high participation numbers and scores that rank
among the states elite.
On Saturday, Feb. 28 at Stratford, Gilman set an alltime program high team score of 3,196 while winning
the middle school team competition. Medford was second with 3,125 points. Medford won the elementary division with 2,826 points, while Gilman took second with
2,714 points.
A week earlier, Gilman won both divisions at the
Cadott tournament, while Medford was second in the
six-team middle school division.
At Stratford last weekend, Medford sixth grader
Jackson Tlusty tied Stratfords Devan Slominski for the
overall best score in the tournament. Both earned 289s
out of a possible 300 and both hit the targets 10-point

ring 20 times out of 30 shots to set up a tie-breaking

shoot-off won by Slominski, an eighth grader.
Tlusty ranked first out of 29 sixth grade boys and second out of 76 middle school boys and 161 total boys.
Medfords award winners on Saturday also included
Abbi Potocnik, who won the girls elementary division
with a score of 271. She topped a field of 37 elementary
girls and 19 fifth graders. She was 17th overall of out
134 girls. Alexis Fleegel was third out of 37 elementary
girls and amongst fifth graders with a score of 246. Fifth
grader Myah Smith was right behind Fleegel with a 244.
Blake Schilling was the top boys elementary shooter
with a score of 261. He topped a field of 49 boys in the division and 25 fourth graders. He was 36th overall among
boys. Sam Blair was right behind him with a 260, the
best score among 22 fifth-grade boys. John Bunkelman
wasnt far behind Blair in the fifth-grade competition,
scoring at 256 to rank fourth in the grade and sixth in
the division.
Ninth grader Jonathan Vesnefsky shot a 273 to finish eighth out of 36 high school boys. Desmon Firnstahl
shot a 270 to rank 10th among middle school boys.
Grant McFadden was Gilmans top scorer at Stratford
with a 284, good for second place among sixth graders
and third place in the middle school rankings. Kylee
Burton was the top girls middle school archer with
a 282. She was the best of 17 sixth-grade girls and was
fifth overall among females, right behind ninth-grader
Citory Oberle, who shot a 283 to rank second in her
grade and fourth among 29 high school girls.
Gabe Gunderson was the best of 33 seventh graders and fourth among middle school boys with his 277.
Bowie Oberle was the second-ranked fourth grade boy
and was fifth in the elementary division with his score
of 256.
The Pirates did very well on the female side. Hunter
Oberle shot a 277 to rank third out of 76 middle school
archers and second out of 21 seventh graders. Kasee
Burton notched a 276 to rank eighth in the high school
division and fourth out of 11 ninth graders. Kaitlyn
Webster (273) and Amanda Wisocky (267) were fifth and
sixth among middle school girls. Webster was third
among seventh graders and Wisocky was second out of
30 sixth graders.

The Sports Page
Three-Man Major League
Todd Metz
Rocky Mantik
Casey Nernberger 269

Kurt Werner
Chad Lingen
Rocky Mantic
Mike Platt
Feb. 24: Team Stihl 22, Sports Page I 8; Cindys Bar & Grill 22, Sports
Page II 8; Country Gardens 22, 8th Street Saloon 8; Rockys Cozy
Kitchen 27, Klinner Insurance II 3; KZ Electric 21, Klinner Insurance
I 9; BBs Aquatic I 25.5, BBs Aquatic II 4.5; Nite Electric 19.5, Krug
Bus 10.5.
Businessmens League
Lori Zenner
Lori Zenner
Tracy Platt
Ann McNamar
Dennis Czeshinski 280
Todd Metz
Kurt Werner
Kurt Werner
Feb. 19: Shell Shack 32, Melvin Companies 8; Rural Insurance 32,
Jensen & Son Asphalt 8; Werner Sales & Service 33, VFW 7; Medford
Motors 36, blind 4; Sports Page 28, PBRs Lounge Around 12; Als
Auto Dock 31, Haenels 9; Turtle Club 27, Rockys Cozy Kitchen 13.
Lori Zenner
Ann McNamar
Ann McNamar
Lori Zenner
Rocky Mantik
Rocky Mantik
Gene Noland
Dave Kallenbach
Feb. 26: PBRs Lounge Around 28.5, VFW 11.5; Werner Sales &
Service 27, Medford Motors 13; Sports Page 32, Haenels 8; Als Auto
Dock 35, Jensen & Son Asphalt 5; Turtle Club 30, Melvin Companies
10; Rockys Cozy Kitchen 34.5; Rural Insurance 29, Shell Shack 11.
Blue Monday League
Carol Willman
Lisa Bub
Lisa Bub
Carol Willman
Lorna Spreen
Shirley Lemke
Feb. 23: Happy Joes 5, Big Birds Lodge 2; Strike R Us 4, Heiers
Wreaths 3; Bakers 5, Holy Rollers 2.
Tuesday Night Mixed League
Jay Jochimsen
Rick Acker
Rick Acker
Jay Jochimsen
Jim Sova
Jim Sova
Feb. 24: Fuzzys Bar 33, High View II 7; Liske Marine 28, High View
I 12; Riemer Builders 21, Medford Co-op 19.
Wednesday Mid-Weekers League
Lisa Bub
Lisa Bub
Betsy Widmer
Betsy Widmer
Donna Werner
Donna Werner
Feb. 25: Medford Motors 5, Mach Lock Locksmith 2; Sports Page 5,
Happy Joes 2; Werner Sales & Service 5, Lounge Around 2.
Classy Ladies League
Ann McNamar
Ann McNamar
Teresa Helberg
Teresa Hewlberg
Jessica Haenel
Margie Guziak
Results: Klinner Insurance 4, Tease Tanning Plus 3; A&M Apartments
5, Als Auto Dock 2; Paulines Hair Fashion 4, Fidelity Bank 3; J&B
Custom Carpentry 5, VFW 2; The Flower Shoppe 4, Moosies Ice
Cream 3; Rockys Cozy Kitchen 7.

Kylee Burton
1st MS girls

Submitted photos

Medford award winners

Medfords award winners from the Feb. 28 NASP and 3D shoots at Stratford include (front
l. to r.) Alexis Fleegel, Myah Smith, John Bunkelman, Blake Schilling, (back) Abbi Potocnik,
Sam Blair, Jonathon Vesnefsky and Jackson Tlusty.

Gabe Gunderson
4th MS boys

Citory Oberle
4th HS girls

Bowie Oberle
5th ES boys

Kaitlyn Webster
5th MS girls

Grant McFadden
3rd MS boys

Hunter Oberle
3rd MS girls

Ball and Chain Nine-Pin Tap League

Casey Nernberger 298
Justin Smith
Justin Smith
Casey Nernberger
Roger Smith
Tom Olson
Bobbie Smith
Julie Smith
Julie Smith
Bobbie Smith
Lori Brandt
Lori Brandt
Feb. 14: The B-Sers 27, Mamas & Papas 5; Ray & The Girls 28, Thunder Buddies 4; Pinbusters 17, Out Laws 15; Jr. Snowpushers 29, Alley
Cats 3; Whatchamacallit 27.
Casey Nernberger 300
Casey Nernberger
Justin Smith
300, 300
Justin Smith
Steve Eisch
Tom Olson
Julie Smith
Lori Brandt
Lori Brandt
Julie Smith
Lori Eisch 231
Bobbie Smith
Feb. 21: Whatchamacallit 20, Mamas & Papas 12; The B-Sers 26,
Thunder Buddies 6; Pinbusters 22, Ray & The Girls 10; Out Laws 27,
Alley Cats 5; Jr. Snowpushers 26.5.
Tappers Bar (Dorchester)
Don Scheibe
Don Scheibe
Don Clarkson
Don Clarkson
Corlas Meier
Linda Metz
Chris Hinde
Chris Hinde
Ardis Meier
Ardis Meier
Linda Metz
March 3: Amigos 4, Slo Poks 3, Slow Starters 3, Maybees 1, Alley
Cats 1.



Thursday, March 5, 2015

Page 13

Board approves deer population objectives for three-year period

ward each councils population objectives. The department will request board approval for antlerless permit
numbers for the 2015 season at the Natural Resources
Board meeting in May.
For more information regarding CDAC population
objective recommendations, agendas and membership,
visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword CDAC or email
DNRCDACWebMail@Wisconsin.gov with any addition-

Natural Resources Board approves Deer Trustee Report final

rule package; legislative review and approval to follow
The Natural Resources Board has approved a Deer
Trustee Report final rule package that will implement
a new deer management program and establish regulations for future deer hunting seasons.
Released in 2012, the White-tailed Deer Trustee
Report proposed over 60 recommendations for improving deer management in Wisconsin. While deer regulations and season structure in 2014 were part of an
emergency rule to implement recommendations found
in the report, this final rule package will become permanent following legislative review and approval later
this year.
The final rule package reflects numerous public input sessions and a great deal of feedback received from
hunters and conservation-minded individuals throughout Wisconsin. Many of the programs and season structures found in the permanent rule are similar to those
hunters experienced during the 2014 deer hunting season.
In summary, the final DTR Rule package:


N1690 State Hwy 13
Ogema, WI 54459

Medford, WI 54451





So I get to the clubhouse last night, which is actually

two buildings. The place is full of people registering for
the three-hunter teams. In the end, there would be a total of 183 hunters. Rabbit hunts like this generally are
won by the heaviest nine rabbits of a three-person team.
This would be the first time that I have ever been in a
competitive rabbit hunt.
The Robinsons welcomed me in their home, as they
did for eight more hunters the following morning for
breakfast and lunch.
Until this weekend, I had only met George and Lynn
two other times and it would be fair to say that we really did not know each other. What an eye opener it was
staying at their home. I probably just got to know a man
who hunts and fishes and lives the life more than anyone I have ever met, from the eight hunting dogs that
George and Lynn truly love and live right in their home
or possibly their gazillion outdoor-oriented stories
and pictures. Many of the pictures are from waterfowl
hunting at their cabin near Wadeana, Saskatchewan,
Canada. Most importantly, I discovered how much it is
a way of life for the Robinsons to include kids on their
outdoor experiences.

136 W. Broadway

Saturday, Feb. 14
High 7, Low -12

Pistol League


Mark Walters sponsored by

Hello friends,
One of the many benefits of being the president of
KAMO and a syndicated, outdoor adventures columnist
is I get to meet some really cool people and have tons of
fun with them.
I recently headed over to Denmark, which is located in Brown County, where I hung out at the Maribel
Sportsmens Club, which is located in Manitowoc
County, and participated in their 24th annual Cottontail
The Maribel Sportsmens Club started a KAMO
Chapter (www.kamokids.org) last summer and let me
tell you I had no idea what I was getting into. Holy cow
was I impressed by the Maribel Sportsmens Club, the
Cottontail Classic and the new KAMO chapter.
George Robinson and his wife Lynn are very active
in the MSC. George just finished a term as president and
Lynn has been secretary for something like 25 years.

 establishes deer hunting season dates for gun, archery, muzzleloader, and youth hunting.
 establishes a new system of deer management units
aligned along county boundaries.
 revises population goals so they are expressed as
management objectives to increase, maintain or decrease deer population density in a management unit.
 creates County Deer Advisory Councils. These
councils will act in an advisory role to the Wisconsin
Department of Natural Resources regarding population
and antlerless deer permit levels and may recommend a
number of deer hunting season frameworks for implementation by the department;
 establishes the Deer Management Assistance Program to assist with specialized management of deer in
localized areas and for specific purposes.
 updates administrative code related to deer hunting
with crossbows so it is consistent with 2013 ACT 61.
For more information regarding the final rule package and what it means for your hunt, visit dnr.wi.gov
and search keyword deer.


An Outdoormans
The Cottontail Classic

al questions.
To receive email updates and other information regarding deer hunting and season structure in
Wisconsin, visit dnr.wi.gov and click on the email icon
near the bottom of the page for subscribe for updates
for DNR topics. Follow the prompts and select whitetailed deer within the hunting list.

Fax: 715.767.5436


This morning, the weather was brutal at 6 a.m. It was

probably 25-below with the windchill and four battlehardened young hunters arrived at the Robinsons ready
to chase rabbits. Megan Brunner, 18, and her brother
Tayten, 12, are both from Denmark. Matt Monk, 17, and
his brother Paul, 14, are from Manitowoc and they were
traveling with mentor and pal Matt Ernst, who came
down from Green Bay.
These kids are active sporting clay shooters and
are members of the WAYS (Wisconsin Amateur Youth
Shooting) program. It was pretty cool to hear the pride
in their voices when they spoke of their accomplishments.
George is running our hunt. His beagles Bud, Dino
and Frank are seeking and pursuing rabbits. After our
first hunt, which lasted about an hour, the kids had
harvested five cottontails. The hand I had recently reformed in a wood-splitter was totally worthless. It was
numb. The hand and fingers would not move.
I secured a hand warmer on the top of my wrist for
the rest of the day and never had another problem (try
it, it works).
Folks, I wish that I had more space to tell this great
story. To sum it up, the Maribel Sportsmens Club is just
an incredible, get-it-done organization. What I saw with
the Robinsons, Matt Ernst and many others tells me
this new KAMO Chapter has the potential to be another
venue for folks in this part of Wisconsin to get their kids
If you live in the Denmark area, there is an insured
club that would like to help get your kid or neighbors
kid outside to hunt, fish, hike or whatever the two of you
choose to do. Please help them help you.
As far as the hunt went, the beagles did an excellent
job. The kids pulled their weight. Everyone who participated in this event is well aware that anyone who even
attempted to hunt rabbits was either nuts, extremely
tough or both because the weather was absolutely brutal.
Love my job!

Range Boys Club

.44-Cal.: Sparkys Sport Shop, 6-1; Main Street Mini Storage, 5-2; Zvolena
Masonry, 2.5-4.5; RZ Builders, 0.5-6.5. High shooters: Mike Preisinger
139, Ryan Preisinger 120.
.38/.357-Cal.: 8th Street Sloon, 6-1; Shell Shack, 5-2; Hit & Miss, 5-2;
Abegglen Landscape, 4-3; Schnevers Sugarbush, 1-6; Lights - Out, 0-7.
High shooters: Scott Stamos 173, Jon Rulien 155, Tom Neumann 152.
Division 1: Power Kleen, 7-0; BT Sureshots, 6-1; Short Lane Ag Supply,
5-2; Sheldon Shooters, 4-3; After Dark Taxidermy, 3-4; P-Town Saloon,
3-4; Mark III, 3-4; Sparkys Sport Shop, 2-5; Clip Busters, 2-5; Mews
Trucking, 0-7. High shooters: Scott Anderson 177; Doug Thomas 164,
Craig Oehmichen 164.
Division 2: Lloyds Carpentry, 6-1; Frane Auto Body, 6-1; Rays Big Weiners, 4.5-2.5; Wild Things Taxidermy, 4-3; Hunters Choice, 3-4; Dummy
Team, 3-4; Designer Advertising, 3-4; RZ Builders, 2-5; Henrys Heros,
2-5; Halls Angels, 1.5-5.5. High shooters: Tom Neumann 159, Nick
Neumann 155, Mike Gibson 150.
.22-Cal. Couples: Short Lane Ag Supply, 6-1; Dead Eye Duo, 4-3; Hunters
Choice, 4-3; Farm Boys, 4-3; Daart, 4-3; Dummy Team, 4-3; LaGranders
Hilltop Dairy, 3-4; Abegglen Landscape, 3-4; Points of Health, 2-5; Kaat,
2-5. High shooters: Craig Oehmichen 156, Dave Boehlke 144, Dan
Hederer 144.

Apply now for the Spring Mentored

Turkey Hunt on the evening of

Friday, April 3 &

Saturday, April 4

Youth who want to learn to turkey hunt, please apply!



The Natural Resources Board approved deer population objectives in each county for a three-year period
on Feb. 25.
These objectives are the result of collaboration between the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
and newly formed County Deer Advisory Councils
(CDACs), and will be reviewed on a recurring threeyear basis. Recommendations were approved as submitted by each council, with no changes suggested by
the department or Natural Resources Board.
Taylor Countys three-year objective is to increase
its deer population.
Building public trust and honoring the work of
these councils is a key component of this first round
of work with CDACs, said Tom Hauge, DNR Bureau
of Wildlife Management director. We will continue to
work with each council to address local issues within
their recommendations.
Each council, present in all 72 counties, is chaired
by a member of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress,
and features representation from agriculture, forestry,
transportation and other stakeholder groups. In all, 214
council meetings have been held, and over 8,000 people
have provided valuable feedback.
The 2012 Deer Trustee Report recommended the department seek input from groups or representatives for
certain deer-related interests in an advisory role to help
create quotas. These councils met three times in 2014
to gather public feedback and make a recommendation
to increase, stabilize or decrease the number of whitetailed deer in their respective county.
Beginning in March 2015, County Deer Advisory
Councils will reconvene to develop antlerless quota
recommendations that will help move the deer herd to-

The Star News

Thursday, March 5, 2015 Page 14

Milestones, Memories, Births, Engagements, Weddings


Jessica and Bryan Dorner announce the birth of a son, Archer Allen Richard,
born on Feb. 19 at Aspirus Birthing Center - Medford. He weighed nine pounds,
one ounce and was 21 inches long. He joins a sister, Calla. His grandparents are
Kathy and Al Cypher of Stetsonville and Marlene and Richard Dorner of Green

Todd Strassburger and Tara Niemi

Tara Niemi and Todd Strassburger of Medford announce their wedding engagement. She is the daughter
of Allan and Janice Niemi of Westboro. He is the son of
Monty and Sally Strassburger of Whittlesey.
The bride-to-be graduated from Rib Lake High
School. She received a bachelors degree in elementary and special education from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a masters degree in general
education from Saint Marys University of Minnesota.
She is a special education teacher in the Phillips School
The groom-elect graduated from Medford Area Senior High. He received a welding certificate from Northcentral Technical College. He works at Meyer Manufacturing in Dorchester.
The couple plans a June 20 wedding in Las Vegas,

Thank you,
To all our family and friends for your
support during my recent surgery.
It was so awesome of you and appreciated
more than words can say.

Barb Romig





Thursday, March 5, 2015

Page 15

Josie Sapetta celebrates 100th birthday

Josephine Josie Sapetta celebrated her 100th
birthday on Feb. 20. She was born in 1915 on a farm
at Redville in the town of Maplehurst to the late
Edmund and Helen (Kowalewski) Sapetta. Josie attended Redville School. At the age of 16 or 17, she
went to Chicago to work. One of her first jobs was
taking care of a family and doing housekeeping. She
later got a job at Johnson and Johnson Company
making medical and hospital products. Her main
job was producing and packaging Band-Aids. She
retired with a party on Feb. 1, 1977. She belonged to
a girls bowling team made of up co-workers.
She lived in an apartment on the south side of
Chicago, near Midway Airport. She loved to cook
and make fudge for Christmas gifts to her friends
and relatives. She spent every Christmas Eve with
her cousin, Marie Sapetta and family, enjoying
traditional Polish Christmas holiday foods and celebrating.
On her vacations, she took the Soo Line train to
Owen during the summer to spend time with her
family. She traveled to Hawaii, Las Vegas, Michigan, California, Washington, Oregon and New Mexico. She enjoyed downtown Chicago and the Loop
and frequently went to Carsons, Wieboldts, Woolworths, Marshall Field and Co., and Sears for shopping. She also enjoyed the Ford City Mall, one of the
first to open for shopping and entertainment. She
traveled by bus, elevated trains, taxi cabs, and trolley cars. Josie enjoyed listening to country music,
polkas, waltzes, Liberace, Rock Hudson, Tom Jones
and other famous singers.
After a few years of retirement, she moved to
Medford to be near family and friends. She likes to
play bingo and sit outside and enjoy the birds, nature, TV, old-time music, table games and active
games. She is a fun-loving person who enjoys joking with the staff and her peers at Aspirius Care &
Rehab - Medford.


From past les of The Star News

March 3, 2005

A proposed 52-unit subdivision

made its first appearance before the
Medford Planning Commission Monday night.
Eagle Ridge Development, represented by Joe Pairolero of Boulder
Junction, presented a preliminary plat
map to develop a 53 acre parcel located north of Industrial Park No. 2. The
owners intend to develop the space as
residential and shared greenspace lots.
The proposed development would be
called Eagle Ridge Subdivision and
be accessed from Venoski Lane to the
north. Venoski is currently a narrow,
unimproved gravel road running south
from Cedar Street near Country Gardens.
According to City Planner Bob
Christensen, giving the map to the
planning commission is the first step
in a lengthy plat approval process as
required by city code. Under the codes,
the preliminary plat is next submitted
to the City Council Committee-of-theWhole, before going to the City Council
for referral back to the planning commission.

March 7, 1990

Motorists who have gotten used

to being rattled and jolted every time
they drive over the Broadway Street

Those helping Josephine Sapetta celebrate her 100th birthday include Josephine (seated) and her sister, Laurie
Parnewicz, (middle) Shanna (Hedrington) Mann, McKenzie Parnewicz, Connie Hedrington, (back) Kerry Parnewicz,
Canice Parnewicz, Kenneth Parnewicz andd Kane Parnewicz.

railroad tracks in Medford can probably

look forward to more of the same for at
least another year.
In a report to the Common Councils
committee-of-the-whole last week, Carl
Michaels of Donohue & Associates (the
citys engineering firm), said that in order to include the railroad crossing in
this years capital improvement projects
at least if the city wants help from the
state in financing it engineering plans
must be submitted to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) before April 10.

March 4, 1965

president of the creamery, declare the addition would cost approximately $35,000,
a sum that would cover both building
and equipment. The structure, he said,
would be built on the east side of the
dryer, would be 28 by 80 feet in size, and
would have a capacity of 100,000 pounds
of milk per day.


March 3, 1915

Last Saturday evening the fire alarm

routed out a quite a portion of the populace but before they arrived at the fire

which started at the Veneer plant it

had been extinquished without even
wetting the hose. The plant is equipped
with an automatic fire extinquishing
system which comes in pretty handy
on such occasions. Fires occur quite
frequently just about this time, or a
little later, when the walls begin to
settle back so that openings are left
in the chimneys. Somebody may save
somebody considerable loss by making
an examination of some bodys chimneys and keeping an eye open at least
another month or two until the danger
caused by freezing is past.

Remember When March 2005

Members of the Stetsonville Farmers

Union Co-op gave an affirmative nod at
their annual meeting here Saturday to
construct a new downtown appliance
and hardware store.
Members gave the board of directors
authority to raze the present building,
known as the old Heirlmeier building,
on the corner of Whelen and State and
replace it with a modern structure. The
present building now houses the Farmers Union Appliance store, Hoffmans
Barber Shop and upstairs living quarters. The lot adjoins the Farmers Union
headquarters building constructed in
1946 and housing the offices, service station and farm machinery sales and service.


February 29, 1940

Stockholders of the Medford Cooperative Creamery company voted 142 to 61
in favor of building an addition that will
make it possible to handle whole milk
and its products, at a special meeting
held in Germania hall, Tuesday, Feb. 27,
at 1 p.m.
Tuesday afternoon, those assembled
in the hall heard Frank Pernsteiner,

A re ravaged the Gladwyn and Flora Asleson home on Central Ave. in the City
of Medford on Feb. 28, causing major damage. The owners were home at the time
of the re, but escaped without injury. According to Medford Fire Chief John Fales,
reghters were called out about 11:45 p.m., with the majority of them leaving the
scene by 3:30 a.m. Other reghters remained on the scene until 6:30 a.m.

Taylor County nutrition menus for March

Page 16

The Taylor County Nutrition Program for the elderly has announced the March menus for the various sites. Persons 60 years and older and spouse,
regardless of age, are invited to participate in the
noon meal. All meals are served with bread, butter
or margarine, coffee, tea or milk.

Meals are served Monday through Thursday [Friday,
Meals on Wheels (MOWS) delivered Thursday] at the
Senior Citizens Center. Reservations can be made one
day in advance at the center or by phoning the site at
(715) 447-8234.
Week of March 9 Monday, tater tot casserole
with vegetables, applesauce, cookie; Tuesday, pork barley bake, green beans, fruit cocktail, cake; Wednesday,
hickory smoked cheeseburger on a bun, baked beans,
marinated vegetables, banana, bar; Thursday, turkey
chowder with vegetables, cheese and crackers, pineapple, ice cream; Friday, MOWS, fish sandwich with
cheese, coleslaw, peaches, cookie.
Week of March 16 Monday, sloppy joe on a
bun, potato salad, carrots, fruit cocktail, bar; Tuesday,
corned beef and cabbage, sourdough bread, pears, cookie; Wednesday, supreme sausage dish with vegetables,
oranges, cake; Thursday, Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, green beans, peaches, bar; Friday, MOWS, tomato
soup, grilled cheese sandwich, pineapple, cookie.
Week of March 23 Monday, meatloaf, mashed
potatoes, broccoli/cauliflower, fruit cocktail, cookie;
Tuesday, turkey stuffing casserole, peas and carrots,
pineapple, cake; Wednesday, chili, cornbread, cheese
slices, apple, bar; Thursday, kielbasa and cheese casserole, carrots, peaches, cake; Friday, MOWS, cream of
broccoli soup, cold sandwich, banana, cookie.
Week of March 30 Monday, spaghetti with meat
sauce, garlic bread, tossed salad, peaches, cookie; Tuesday, ham, scalloped potatoes, mixed vegetables, Jell-O
with fruit, bar.

Goodrich and Medford

Goodrich Meals are served every Wednesday
at 11:30 a.m. at Royal Gaits Arena and Stables, N3649
Spring Drive, Athens. Prior reservations are appreciated by phoning Marge Kropp at (715) 748-3209.
Medford Meals are served Monday, Wednesday
and Thursday at the Senior Citizens Center. For reservations, call (715) 748-2157 between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30
p.m. or make your reservations at the site one day in
advance. Persons living within a two-mile radius of the
City of Medford may arrange for transportation by calling (715) 748-2157.
Week of March 9 Monday, chicken dumpling
soup, egg salad sandwich, fresh fruit, bars; Wednesday,
Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, green beans, mandarin

oranges, cookies; Thursday, lasagna rollups, garlic

bread, tossed salad, tropical fruit, pudding.
Week of March 16 Monday, ham, scalloped potatoes, beets, applesauce, cookies; Wednesday, shrimp
salad with vegetables, fresh rolls, fresh fruit, strawberry shortcake; Thursday, chop suey with rice and vegetables, pineapple tidbits, cake.
Week of March 23 Monday, turkey tetrazzini,
country trio vegetables, pears, turnovers; Wednesday,
kielbasa, potato pancakes, green bean almondine, applesauce, cinnamon roll; Thursday, roast pork, sweet
potatoes, mixed vegetables, mandarin oranges, bar.
Week of March 30 Monday, honey dijon chicken,
baked potato, stewed tomatoes, pineapple, cake.

pudding; Thursday, Polish sausage and sauerkraut,

boiled potatoes, carrots, Jell-O with fruit, cookie; Friday, MOWS, tuna pasta salad with vegetables, fresh
fruit, bar.
Week of March 23 Monday, pulled pork on a bun,
baked beans, coleslaw, pineapple, pudding; Tuesday,
chili with noodles, cornbread, cheese slices, peaches,
cake; Thursday, baked chicken, au gratin potatoes,
green beans, pears, bar; Friday, MOWS, tomato soup,
grilled cheese, applesauce, cookies.
Week of March 30 Monday, chicken stuffing
bake, broccoli, oranges, cookie; Tuesday, tater tot hot
dish with mixed vegetables, applesauce, cake.

Jump River

Meals are served Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon

[Wednesday and Friday, Meals on Wheels] at the Centennial Community Center. Prior reservations are appreciated by phoning Jean Czerniak at (715) 748-6988 or
the site at (715) 678-2000.
Week of March 9 Monday, oven browned chicken, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, pears, pudding;
Tuesday, MOWS, pork chop, boiled potatoes, cauliflower, apricots, cake; Thursday, chicken noodle soup, assorted sandwiches, three-bean salad, fresh fruit, cookies; Friday, MOWS, ham and potato casserole, carrots,
pears, cake.
Week of March 17 Tuesday, corned beef and cabbage with potatoes and carrots, peaches, cottage cheese,
bars; Wednesday, MOWS, baked spaghetti, green beans,
apricots, cookies; Thursday, meatballs with gravy,
mashed potatoes, broccoli/cauliflower, fruit salad, ice
cream; Friday, MOWS, turkey tetrazzini with egg noodles, peas, cranberries, cookies.
Week of March 24 Tuesday, tater tot casserole with mixed vegetables, tossed salad, pears, cake;
Wednesday, MOWS, pulled pork sandwich, baked
beans, carrots, mixed fruit, bars; Thursday, breaded
fish, baked potatoes, coleslaw, applesauce, pudding; Friday, MOWS, beef vegetable soup, egg salad sandwich,
pickled beets, fresh fruit, cookies.
Week of March 31 Tuesday, Salisbury steak,
mashed potatoes, green beans, fruit salad, cookies.

Meals are served Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon

at the Jump River Community Center. Reservations are
necessary and must be made one day in advance by 4
p.m. For reservations or cancellations, call Rose Madlon at (715) 668-5280 or Diane Meyer at (715) 452-7899.
Week of March 10 Tuesday, meatloaf, baked potato, three-bean salad, fruit fluff, cake; Thursday, pork
roast, dumplings, sauerkraut, applesauce, cookies.
Week of March 17 Tuesday, potato soup, ham
stromboli, relish tray, fruit cocktail, bars; Thursday,
baked fish, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, Jell-O, fruit
juice, cake.
Week of March 24 Tuesday, spaghetti, lettuce
salad, fruit salad, cookies; Thursday, baked chicken,
mashed potatoes with gravy, red cabbage, peaches, bars.
Week of March 31 Tuesday, hamburger chop suey,
rice, Oriental vegetables, pineapple, cake.

Rib Lake and Westboro

Rib Lake Meals are served Mondays, Tuesdays
and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. [Friday, Meals on Wheels
(MOWS) delivered Thursday]. For reservations and/
or transportation to the site, call Arlene Judnic at (715)
427-5747 or the Senior Citizens Center at (715) 427-5756.
Reservations must be made at least one day in advance.
Westboro Meals are served Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning at 11:30 a.m., at the Westboro VFW. For
reservations and/or transportation to the site, call the
Westboro VFW at (715) 905-1235 or Pat Wright at (715)
Week of March 9 Monday, grilled chicken breast,
wild rice, peas and carrots, pears, bar; Tuesday, beef
stew with vegetables, peaches, pudding dessert; Thursday, barbecue pork ribs, parsley potatoes, green beans,
pineapple, fruit cobbler; Friday, MOWS, cream of broccoli soup, egg salad sandwich, applesauce, cookie.
Week of March 16 Monday, cheeseburger macaroni, corn, fruit cocktail, cake; Tuesday, Salisbury
steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, broccoli, oranges,

American Legion Auxiliary holds Feb. 9 meeting

There were 10 members present when the Feb. 9
meeting of Boxrucker-Berry American Legion Auxiliary Unit 519 was called to order at 1 p.m. by the president
Juanita Krug.
Roll call of officers was followed by the secretarys
report, which was approved as read. The treasurers report was approved as read and placed on file for audit.
Thank you cards were read from Zablocki VA Medical Center for lap robes, toothbrushes and calendars;
Francis L. Simek Memorial Library for donation for
2014 summer reading program; and Medford High
School scholarship coordinator for the 2014 scholarships from the unit to Katelyn Heier and Laney Handel.
Motion made and seconded to send donations to the
Medford and Stetsonville public libraries for their 2015
summer reading programs.

Jill Pickreign sent 11 birthday cards in January and

nine cards in February to residents at Aspirus Care &
Rehab-Medford. She also sent a sympathy card to Lois
Krug reported the district spring conference is April
11. Post members Kenneth Nernberger, George Krug
and William Krug will be going on the Never Forgotten
Honor Flight on May 10 and 11.
Discussion was held about the pancake breakfast on
March 22.
The chaplain read a Valentines Day poem she wrote.
The next meeting will be March 9 at 1 p.m. at the Legion hall. Marleen Lindau, secretary

Rib Lake High School second quarter honor roll

Highest Honor Brooke Buehler, Adam Dums, Cody Matyka,
Erin Probst, Julie Schubert and Kylie Weise.
High Honor Shawna Annala, Megan Beard, Michaela Blomberg, Kaitlyn Cardey, Keesha Clark, Emily Colson, Nick Eisner, Rachel
Filipiak, John Hoffland, Moriah Hopkins, Jared Hovde, Rachel Hoyt,
Branden Jerome, Kelli Lueck, Kyle Matyka, Patrick Matyka, Jonathan
Monty, Tiffany Peterson, Josh Probst, Zoe Reissner, Ciara Scheithauer,
Chelsea Shook, Katherine Strobach, Samantha Staab, Hunter Swan,
Mariah Thums, Gracie Weinke, Noah Weinke, Tristian Weinzatl, Megan Wiitala, Rachel Wilhelm and Hailey Wudi.
Honor Jerod Arkola, Krista Betz, Ricky Boomer, Bryanne Brugger, Jordan Cardey, Regan Dobbs, Kelly Ertl, Emily Espinoza, Austin

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Ewan, Caitlyn Fitzl, Joe Frombach, Victoria Goodnoe, Lindsay Grubbs,

McKay Hamann, Carter Hopkins, Trinity Keiser, Cole Klemann,
Eliza Matyka, Jesus Ontiveros, Carson Patrick, Keith Perkins, Cullen Peterson, Kassie Quante, Jerry Reinhardt, Casey Schiethauer, Joe
Scheithauer, Sean Schreiner, Olivia Schuppel, TrayVon Sutherland,
Rebecca VanLuven, Conner Walters, Austin Winter and Weston Writz.
First semester perfect attendance
Ricky Boomer, Breanna Czysz, Adam Dums, Lindsay Grubbs, Elijah
Gustafson, John Hoffland, Cody Matyka, Eliza Matyka, Kyle Matyka,
Josh Probst, Casey Scheithauer, Marshall Thums, Austin Winter and
Austin Zondlo.


Easter services
to be published
The Star News will be publishing a special listing
of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday
services and special programs for area churches in the
March 26 issue of the paper.
If you would like your churchs services and programs included in this listing, mail them to The Star
News, P.O. Box 180, Medford, WI 54451; fax them to 715748-2699; email them to comcal@centralwinews.com or
drop them off at our office at 116 S. Wisconsin Ave.
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consistently rank higher than direct mail.


The Record-Review, an award winning family owned weekly newspaper in

central Wisconsin, is looking for a reporter to cover local high school sports,
community events, village board and school board meetings.
Duties also include page design, photography, feature and
editorial writing. Web and social media skills a plus.
A bachelors degree in journalism or related humanities eld
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Must have a valid drivers license, good driving record and
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Send cover letter, resume, and writing samples to:


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customer service to external and internal customers.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


Kris OLeary
TP Printing, P.O. Box 677, Abbotsford, WI 54405


GOLD BUCKLE ELECTRIC has an immediate opening for a



to join their growing team. This is a full-time position

Monday through Friday, 7am-3pm.
Applicants must:



Weather Shield Mfg.

In return, employees receive:


Gold Buckle Electric, N4969 Hillcrest Rd., Medford, WI 54451


To apply, send resume along with WI Journeyman Electrican # to:

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Attn: Human Resources

PO Box 309
Medford, WI 54451

Ace Ethanol LLC in Stanley, WI offers a safe and fast-paced work environment, competent and
committed co-workers, competitive base pay, excellent employee benets, quarterly bonuses and
annual prot-sharing all in an industry-leading and state-of-the-art facility. We are currently
seeking highly motivated individuals for the following openings:

Administrative Assistant
- Responsibilities include: providing timely and accurate administrative support for general ofce
functions; reception (by phone and visitors); meeting scheduling; secretarial support; and various
bookkeeping and administrative responsibilities.
- Position requires: at least 2 years of bookkeeping/administrative experience along with being
procient with Microsoft Ofce. Additional accounting and/or administrative training typically
gained in a certicate or technical college is preferred. Must be able to read and clearly speak
English, interact professionally with others, follow written and verbal instructions, write legibly
for documentation, perform basic math operations, use a computer prociently, and use postage
machine. Must be able to work independently and as a team member.

Thursday, March 12

- Hours: generally weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. May occasionally be required to work overtime,
evenings, weekends, or holidays.

- Pre-employment drug screen and background check required.

Electrical & Instrumentation Technician

- Responsibilities include: installing conduit and related wiring according to NEC; safely installing,
calibrating, and maintaining all instrumentation and control valves for production equipment and
systems; maintaining Motor Control Centers; maintaining and repairing other equipment such as
telecommunications, video, business and control networks, and data recording devices; installing and
maintaining Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs); as well as maintaining HVAC systems for the plant and
- Position requires: at least a high school education or equivalent. Allen-Bradley PLC systems
experience and/or education is required. Electrical/Mechanical technical degree is strongly preferred,
as is Apprentice or Journeyman Electrician status. Must have ability to read and clearly speak English,
follow written and verbal instructions, perform basic math operations, and work independently and
as a member of a team. Experience installing and maintaining a variety of electrical systems, motors,
drives, instruments, and other electronic equipment is required. Must be able to use calibration
instruments and basic hand tools.
- Hours: generally rst (1st) shift Monday-Friday, 9 hours per day with some variation in start and end
times. Occasional evenings, weekends, or holiday work for call-ins. Due to 24/7/365 operations, must
be reliable and timely in reporting to work.

$15.67 to $16.65

- Pre-employment physical, drug screening and background check required.


Please apply by sending resume by March 11, 2015 to:

Ace Ethanol LLC
Attn: Joanna Hart
815 W. Maple Street
Stanley, WI 54768
Phone: (715)644-2909
Fax: (715)709-0290
Email: jhart@aceethanol.com


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1014 Church Street,

Rib Lake

N5296 Sackett Drive,


N4510 Lake Ridge Drive,


723 N. Jackson Street,


W4282 State Highway 64,


4 bedroom, 1.5 bath two story

home with 1 car detached garage
located across the road from Rib

This secluded setting offers more

than you could ask for: Gorgeous
5 bedroom home, 24 x 32 heated
workshop, 5 wooded acres and
400+ feet of frontage on Grassy
Knoll Lake! House and additional
52.5 acres available for $489,000.

Your own private paradise! Enjoy

the calm waters of Schoolhouse
Lake from your patio or cozy up to
the freestanding wood stove on a
cold day. This charming 2 bedroom
cottage is the perfect getaway for
any season.

2 bedroom, 2 bath, updated

and well maintained ranch style
home with full nished basement,
central air, attached 2 car garage
and outbuilding.

This 2004 built ranch home still

feels like NEW! The south facing
open concept features vaulted
ceilings with transverse cathedral
in the living room & handmade
oak trim throughout, all on 11.85
acres just minutes from Medford.

#1307626....................$75,000 #1500881..................$379,000 #1500896..................$139,000 #1500927..................$122,000 #1500931..................$250,000



Dan Olson

Jodi Drost

Sue Anderson

Kelly Rau

Susan J. Thums

Jamie Kleutsch


Medford, Wisconsin
$15.67 - $16.65
2nd and 3rd Shift

Medford, Wisconsin



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We are seeking CARING AND DEPENDABLE individuals to work
in a nursing home setting. Full-time and part-time PM posi-

tions available.

Excellent wages
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If interested, please apply

in person or email resume.
No phone calls please.
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510 W. Wausau Street
Colby, WI 54421

Jon Roepke


Colby Retirement Community, a rst-class assisted living community

that prides itself in quality service and customer satisfaction, is looking for some great people to join our growing team. We are currently
recruiting for the following positions:



K&C FIREWOOD Processing will come to you. I take

the sweat out of making firewood. Will cut loggers cords
into firewood. 715-748-4430.

Retirement benets
PTO (Paid time off)
Health insurance available for eligible positions

Equal Opportunity Employer

is looking for a qualied candidate

to work in their Feed Division in Colby.
Candidate must have CDL and be able
to work well with others. Interested
candidates please call Colby Feed Mill at
1-888-231-1889 or 715-223-2329.


Marathon Cheese Corporation, located in

Medford, Wisconsin, has several openings
for lineworkers and material handlers. These
positions provide packaging, inspection, raw
materials, and sanitation to MCCs high speed
cheese packaging machines. Pre-employment
and drug screening is required.
Marathon Cheese offers stable, predictable
Apply in person at 1000 Progressive Avenue,
Medford, Wisconsin. Applications are available
at our website: www.mcheese.com. If you have
submitted an application in the last 6 months it
is not necessary to apply again.

Country Cooperative


Terra Brost

Karen Simington, RN, MSN, DON

Clark County is an ADA/CRC/EEO employer.

Visit us at: www.co.clark.wi.us

Billing Clerk

PART-TIME (24 hours/week)

with potential of full-time


Drop off resume including references to:


Jump River Electric Cooperative has an immediate

opening for a Billing Clerk at our headquarters
location in Ladysmith. Successful candidate will
be responsible for processing member billing
and collections, maintaining member and meter
information, assists members with payment
and billing questions, and prepares necessary
monthly and year-end reports.
This position requires a high school diploma or
equivalent. A degree in accounting is preferred,
but a candidate with a minimum of three-years
work experience in an accounting position will
be considered. Must possess excellent customer
service skills.
Submit resume, transcripts, and Cooperative
application to:
Jump River Electric Cooperative, Inc.
PO Box 99
Ladysmith WI 54848
Applications can be found online at www.jrec.net
and will be accepted until March 6, 2015.
Jump River Electric is an equal opportunity
provider and employer. EOE/M/F

830 E. Broadway, Ste. A

Medford, WI 54451



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outdoor furnaces. Heat your
entire home and hot water.
EPA qualified. Call today about
limited time, money-saving offers. Northern Renewable Energy Systems, 715-532-1624.

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Self Help Evening Group for
Victims of Sexual Abuse. Tuesday & Wednesday evening
from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Also Saturday Mens Group. For information write: Evening Group, P.O.
Box 366, Stratford, WI 54484.
(Meeting place not disclosed).

OVER 45,000 homes will read

your classified ad when its
placed in 7 area publications for
only $22 (20 words or less). It
will also go online at no additional charge. Call 715-748-2626,
or stop in at 116 S. Wisconsin
Ave., Medford, to place your ad.


THANK YOU family and friends

for the cards and prayers following my accident. Hal Swenson.

WANTED TO buy: 10 to 14
ton bulk feed bin, with or without auger, must be in good
condition. Call 715-391-0017.

WANTED: QUILTERS. Medford Area Quilt Show, March

21 & 22. All quilters and quilts
welcomed. Feature category:
Optical illusion. Contact 715316-1318,

2005 WINNEBAGO motorhome,
35 ft. two slideouts, levelers,
40,544 mileage, good condition,
asking, $48,650. 715-305-1776.

MEDFORD VFW looking for
bartender every other weekend, other days available,
Medford. Call 715-748-3322.
needed. Must be at least 18. Apply in person (not on Fridays) at
Rib River Bar and Grill, 1257 Cty.
Rd. M, Rib Lake. No phone calls!
position delivering to plants in
the upper midwest on regularly
scheduled routes. You would be
driving our semi with a 53-foot
trailer. A valid CDL license with H
endorsement is needed. Applicant should be organized, selfmotivated and customer service
focused. Large benefit package
available. Home most nights,
weekends & holidays. Signup bonus. If you are interested
in joining our team, send employment information to: Kelley
Supply, Inc., Attn: Human Resources, PO Box 100, Abbotsford, WI 54405-0100. 800-7828573, ask for Jessica or Tim.

One bedroom apartments for
those 62+. Rod Becker Villa, 645
Maple Court, Rib Lake. Owner
paid heat, water, sewer and
trash removal, community room,
laundry facilities, additional storage, indoor mail delivery and
off-street parking. Tenant pays
30% of adjusted income. Pet
friendly property For an application, contact Impact Seven Inc.,
855-316-8967 or 715-357-0011.
SPACIOUS TWO bedroom duplex,1-1/2 bath, 2 car garage,
semi-finished basement, appliances furnished, washer/dryer
hookups, energy efficient, located on a cul-de-sac, no pets, available early April. 715-560-0156.
home on double lot in Westboro, $390 plus utilities and
11/15/14. Call 715-965-4688.


homes available for rent at $625/
month or for sale at $22,900 in
Medford. Contact Pleasant Valley Properties at 715-879-5179.
Ask us about our rent special.

VILLAGE OF Rib Lake: Large

2 bedroom apartment, washer
and dryer hookups, outside deck
and storage shed, basement,
nice view of lake, lawn care and
snow removal included. Call
715-427-3136 or 715-905-0327.

Medford Ofce Hwy. 13 South

Luke Dixon, Jon Knoll,
Jesse Lukewich, George Zondlo

W8146 Keyes Ave.,

estate. High end custom built
3 bed, 3 bath home with gourmet
kitchen and open concept design.
2 private master suites. Call for
more details.

116 N. Main St.,

Affordable commercial
opportunity. Commercial
storefront with a 3 bed, 1 full bath
apartment for additional income.

is looking for a

Licensed Insurance Agent


GREAT benets including:

vacation, 401k, group life.
N4478 Lake Ridge Dr.,

Please apply in person or

by mailing resume to:
Fidelity Insurance Agency, Inc.
Attn: Management
P.O. Box 66
Medford, WI 54451

Country Terrace
of W
sscco s

100 South 4th Ave., Abbotsford, WI 54405

See our website for further information:


No phone calls please


Ranch style 4 bed, 2.75 bath home

on Schoolhouse Lake. Master
out basement with family room.
Attached garage. Large deck with
beautiful lake views.


W9258 St. Hwy. 64,



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Completely renovated open concept

2 bed, 1 full bath maintenance free
country home or your new hunting
bedrooms, storage/workshop area.

Mail to: P.O. Box 180, Medford, WI 54451

Name ___________________________________________________________________________


LAND FOR sale: 12 acre wooded country lot, 3 miles northwest

of Medford on blacktop road.
Contact Jason, 715-829-4180.


Please apply at:

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

with home package, $19,000.
See Wausau Homes Medford
for home plans. Contact Jason at 715-829-4180 to view.



in Abbotsford has full and parttime positions available for all
shifts. We are looking for positive, hardworking individuals
who are committed to provide
quality care for our residents.
In-house training provided.
Background check required per


160 ACRES hunting land within

Chequamegon National Forest. 4 enclosed heated stands,
trails throughout, area cleared
for cabin, 2 food plots, MFL
closed. Forest Rd. 1529, Jump
River, WI. $384,000. 715820-1546


UPPER ONE bedroom apartment in Medford, references

and security deposit required,
$325/month, utilities separate,
available April 1. Call 715748-2623 or 715-678-2215.

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*20 per word


FOR SALE: Four bedroom,

1-1/2 bath, 2 story home, 2,200
sq. ft., 4-5 car detached, heated
garage, 2.73 acres, propane
and wood heat, updated kitchen, bath and water softener
in August, Medford. Contact
Duane Rudolph, 715-560-8191.


SWAP MEET: March 21-22 at

the Medford Elementary School
during the Home and Business
Expo. Reserve a spot for $25
and bring your boat, ATV, snowmobile, camper or any outdoor
items to sell. For more information or to reserve your spot,
contact the Medford Chamber
of Commerce at 715-748-4729.

LOWER, SPACIOUS 2 bedroom apartment, A/C, nonsmoking, village of Rib Lake,


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430 E. Cty. Rd. A,
Open concept 4 bed, 1.75
bath bi-level home on a large
lot. Lower level family room.
Attached two car garage.
Patio doors to a large deck
overlooking backyard.


W2224 Tower Ave,

Rib Lake
and soft woods, developed trail system,
abundant wildlife.


303rd Ave., Lake Holcombe

Surveyed 7.69 acre lot located at the end of a blacktop road. Walking
distance to the Holcombe Flowage. Ideal location for your new home
or cabin. Driveway is in.



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Medford wrestlers Tucker Peterson and Kolten Hanson competed in the WIAA
Division 2 individual state tournament this past weekend at the Kohl Center in
Madison. It was the rst state appearance for both wrestlers.

Peterson, a junior, went 1-2 in the 152-pound weight class to nish the
season with a 41-6 record. He beat Malik Smith of Wisconsin Lutheran
3-0 in his preliminary match before losing to eventual champion
Dewey Krueger of Oconto Falls 10-0 and to eventual fth-place
nisher Anders Lantz of Ellsworth 3-1 in overtime.
Peterson was the sectional runner-up at Amery, the regional
champion at Melrose-Mindoro,
and the Great Northern Conferences
160-pound champion this season.

Hanson, a freshman, went 0-2 in the 145-pound

weight class to nish the season with a 40-6
record. He lost at state to eventual champion
Chandler Donati of Two Rivers 15-10 and to eventual
third-place nisher Nate Trapanier of Oconto Falls 3-0.
Hanson was the sectional champion at Amery,
the regional champion at Melrose-Mindoro
and the Great Northern Conferences
145-pound champion.

Medford nished fth overall in the Great Northern Conference this season and
nished third in the regional meet. Sophomores Josh Brooks (113 pounds) and
Preston Carlson (138 pounds) also
were sectional qualiers.
Theses area businesses proudly
support their local schools

545 W. Broadway, Medford, WI

Quality embroidery & screen printing


Plumbing & Heating

Medford Dental Clinic

275 Joan St.


309 E. Broadway, Medford


Dr. Gary Krueger

Treasure Chest Gifts

410 S. 8th St.,


345 N. 8th St. (Hwy. 13), Medford



Locally Owned & Operated

Medford, Abbotsford,
Thorp & Stanley

Krugs Bus Service & Tours

549 Billings Ave., Medford

W4229 State Hwy. 102


1210 N. Division St., Colby


N7918 Hwy. 73, Gilman


Niemuth Implement

Proud To Be Community Owned

Jerrys Computer

Hwy. 13, Next to Cenex,




ROMIGS Hardware, Septic,


Dr. Daniel Miskulin



306 S. State Hwy. 13, Stetsonville




Jensen, Scott,
Grunewald & Shiffler S.C.

N3657 State Hwy 13, Medford

316 S. Main Street, Medford

Gilman Corner Store

120 E. Main Street, Gilman

Fuzzys General Store

& Bait Shop
Located on the corner of CTH E and

4UI4U .FEGPSEt715-785-5300

Jacks Auto Repair, LLC

Hwy. 13, Stetsonville

302 S. 8th St.



Handel Automotive


140 S. Main St.


C&D Lumber
729 Kennedy Street
Rib Lake



201 Hwy. 13, Stetsonville


Burzynski Insurance

W5507 Cty. Rd. O




143 W. State,

A supplement to The Star News March 5, 2015

photos by Brian Wilson

Expanded service

Medford Motors is celebrating the recently remodeled and expanded dealership and garage in downtown Medford. For nearly 100 years, Medford Motors and four generations of the Lemke family have served people in the Medford area with their automotive needs.

Medford Motors builds on excellence

by News Editor Brian Wilson
A reputation for dependability and
quality service is something that takes a
lifetime to build.
For nearly 100 years, and across four
generations of the Lemke family, the staff
and ownership of Medford Motors have
worked to build that reputation. Treating every customer that walks through
the door like family and their vehicles as
if they were their own.
With the completion of the more than
a million dollar expansion and retooling
project, the owners and staff at Medford
Motors are looking ahead to the next 100
years of building on their reputation for
quality service.
Fords story in Medford started in
1917. Herman Lemke was 15 years old
and was working in the woods that winter when he heard the new dealership
had started and they were looking for
help. The dealership was owned by Wells
and Chase Agency. It was run by Charles
Fleming who later purchased it from
the other investors. It became the Fleming Motor Company and Fleming was
involved with its operations until 1935.
Herman Lemke, along with his friend Al
Tylka, came into the dealership that February and March when the thaw made
working in the woods impossible.
Al went into the body part and Dad
went into the mechanical part of it, said
Dave Lemke, Hermans son, noting the
two men were among the first employees
at Ford in Medford.
Cars were different then, and so was
running a dealership.
The cars came in on the railroad and
they were semi-disassembled they
were on ramps to fit more in a car,
Lemke said. The wheels, fenders, accessories and running boards all came separate and were slid into pockets on the
railroad cars. The workers at the dealership would keep track of the number of

On the go
David Beaner Lemke is the third generation of his family to run Medford Motors.
The longtime Ford dealership has maintained a high level of service for nearly 100
cars they would put together in a day. It
was kind of a game for the technicians to
see how many they could put together in
a day, he said.
The ads for the cars were also different in those days. The Jan. 17, 1917 issue of the The Taylor County Star-News
warned prospective buyers they should
place their orders for new Fords immediately. The advertisement stated: It will
be absolutely impossible to get a Ford

next spring unless you have ordered in

Car prices, like everything else, have
increased in cost over the past century.
An advertisement from 1919 promoted a
runabout for $500, a coupe for $650 and a
sedan for $750. After nearly a century of
inflation, the prices of those cars seems
low, but based on the income people
made at the time, they are comparable to
todays car prices.

One of the side benefits of the vehicles

coming in partly disassembled was the
ability of the technicians to tinker with
the design. They were always experimenting with how to make the vehicle
run in the snow, Lemke said. They
would replace the front tires with skis
or try tracks in the back and, of course,
Lemke said many of the mail carriers
would install large diameter tires that
were narrow in the back and skis in the
front so they could go through the snow.
I can remember back in the 1940s one
postman had a green one that he used
on bad days based on a Model A, Lemke
said. He said the Model Ts were the ones
most used for experimenting.
He said this was because everything
was removable, from the fenders to the
cowl. Everything was bolted on, he
said. He noted some Model Ts were converted into tractors during WWII when
farmers were unable to get tractors.
They were called puddle jumpers, he
In 1920, the local dealership also began selling tractors, the Fordson. Early
tractors had a tendency to come over
backwards because of the height of the
draw bars, Lemke said. He said it was
a matter of releasing the clutch to make
the front go back down. Later designs improved safety standards.
For many years tractor sales were a
major part of the dealerships business.
Lemke recalled when he was about 11
years old, in 1951-52 they got a whole
semi-load of 10 Ford tractors. He said the
owner of the local John Deere dealership
kept driving by watching them unload
that number of tractors before finally
just stopping to watch. He couldnt believe we were getting that many tractors
in at one time, Lemke said.

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Years of innovation
During those early years, just to drive
a vehicle took a fair bit of mechanical
He explained the Model T had three
pedals. The right pedal was the brake,
the center pedal was reverse, and the left
pedal was forward. The gas was on the
column, as was a lever to advance the
spark. He explained, to get it going you
would push the pedal down as the operator would advance the spark and once
you got it going, you would use the emergency brake to put it into high gear. You
would push it forward to put it in high
gear and pull back for braking, he said.
In the first Model T, the gas tank was
under the drivers seat, Lemke said, noting the 1925 Model T he owns and Medford Motors uses in parades, has the gas
tank under the drivers seat. That Model

T also has the distinction of having been

assembled by Daves father.
Even driving the 25 you have to keep
your wits about you because there are
so many things going on, said Shirley
From the drivers seat location, the
tank was moved to under the cowl, right
in front of the windshield. There was no
fuel pump then so the fuel worked on
a gravity feed system. Lemke noted it
stayed that way until 1931-32 when they
moved the gas tank to the back of the vehicle.
The challenges of a gravity feed gas
system were well known to the people
who lived in the hilly regions of the Perkinstown area. If you left Medford with a
full tank of gas going out to Perkinstown,
going up Andersons hill you would get
halfway up the hill and then have to turn
around and back up the hill so that you

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about everybody had to do that.
The cars also had no water pumps.
They would rely on airflow around the
engine to cool it off. This meant when
people went slow, the vehicles would
heat up. Lemke said one of the early accessories was called a Motormeter.
The Motormeter was an accessory
you could buy to replace the radiator
cap. It had a thermometer in it and you
could see how hot the engine was getting, Lemke said. If it was heating up,
you would have to go faster.
Another innovation Lemke remembers occurred in the late 1950s and early 1960s when vehicles switched from
a manual to an automatic choke. You
would start out from a stop sign and
choke in the middle of the intersection
and it would be flooded, he said. People
would then have to push their cars to
the side of the road and hold the choke
open while it drained. That was a tough
time, he said.
He said most of the older cars needed
to be cranked to start, especially in cold
The battery is at 50 percent at 0 degrees, he said. The danger of the crank
was that once the vehicle started, the
crank would kick back, hitting the person if they werent paying attention. He
said this would often result in people
having their thumbs broken. In a lot
of older people you see great big knuckles because of that, he said. He noted it
didnt take too long before you learned to
put your thumb on top and not wrap it

around the crank.

You dont see too many people with it
anymore, but you could tell people it happened to because their thumb would be
bulging out, Lemke said.
Vehicles were much more basic at the
beginning. Many of the features modern consumers expect as standard were
add-on accessories. When you ordered
a car, if you wanted a seatbelt it was an
option, he said. Other options over the
years included back up lights, signal
lights, outside mirrors, intermittent wipers and heaters.
Lemke recalled the switch to electric
windshield wipers and what an improvement they were. The first wipers were
manual and then there were vacuum
operated. If you accelerated you would
lose vacuum and the wipers would quit
working, he said.
From the beginning, Lemke said all
garages had their own body shops. Even
as far back as 1917, the Ford dealership
had a woman in the shop painting vehicles.
They painted with a brush but it
flowed out so smooth you have to look
real close and maybe see a bristle mark,
Lemke said. Later they switched to spray
paints. Even then the most popular color
was black, although those early vehicles
had options such as deep maroon, deer
green and even some two-tones.
The structural interiors of the cars
have also dramatically changed. The Model T was a wood-framed car with a metal
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From the tinkering done by the technicians to the end users, cars in those days
were often adapted for a variety of uses.
He said it was common to see people get a
coupe and cut out the trunk to put a box
in there or take the seats out of a fourdoor in order to have cargo space. Lemke
noted most people could only afford one
vehicle and it was faster to take the seats
out to bring a calf to town then it would
be to hook up the horses to a wagon.
When a family got a car, it was a
prized possession, he said.

The first garage was located on Second
St. and it stayed there until the property
was sold to Universal Engineering, then
moved to another downtown location.
For a while, the dealership was on N.
Main St. near the Tlusty Beverage plant.
Krieger, a native of the Ogema/Wesboro area, bought the dealership in 1933
and ran it until 1944. Al Tlyka, Bill
Smith and my dad formed Medford Motors and bought out Krieger, he said.
The company was incorporated three
years later when the decision was made
to build a new building. Lemke said the
bank wanted a more formal relationship
for the ownership before lending them
the money for the new building.
The war years were lean ones for local dealers. With the factories in Detroit
geared up for war production, there were
no vehicles being made for domestic use.
It wasnt until 1946 that they started making cars for the public again. You had to
wait in line to get a car, Lemke said.
He remembers when his brother,
Frank, got home from the Army, he had
a 1941. We drove it all during the war,
he said. After the war, the car was sold to
people who came all the way from South

Dakota. Lemke remembers his brother,

Russ, would stand on the hump for the
tunnel for the drive shaft in the back seat
and had the carpeting worn off. There
wasnt such a thing as seatbelts, Lemke
Lemke noted the car market in Medford has always been a competitive one,
with consumers having multiple brands
from which to choose. While competitive
with each other, Lemke noted there was
always a friendship between the dealers.
Competition was there, but always respect, he said. The dealers would get together and talk about what days to close
and when they would be open for holidays. They also, on occasion, would borrow parts from each other for the ones
they knew were universal on all vehicles.
He said this was especially true for larger
trucks which needed to be back up and in
service as soon as possible.
In the days before overnight delivery,
ordering parts was an important skill.
At first, they would have to order parts
a month ahead. It later shifted to weekly
orders with an order placed one week
and delivered the following week. There
would be thousands of dollars in parts in
stock, he said.
In 1947, a new building for Medford
Motors was built in its current location.
The grand opening was held Jan. 14-17,
1948. They had to wait for the grand
opening until they had the furnace installed, Lemke said, noting they had to
use barrel stoves to heat the garage before then.
When Medford Motors opened at its
current location, they had space for fuel
tanks in front of their garage. They were
kept busy with milk trucks fueling up for
their daily routes.
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were open until noon on Sunday and all
day on Saturday until around 1957 when
they started closing on Sundays.
As any small business owner knows,
there is no such thing as regular hours.
This is especially true for dealerships
which rely on service. On Fridays we
were open until 9 p.m., Lemke said.
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Werner were there every day, often late
into the evenings, supper was never at a
certain time.
It was just part of the business,
Lemke said. Someone would come in
with a service call and need their vehicle
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Lemke started working at the garage when he was
in high school. I started filling the coal hopper when I
was a freshman in high school, he said. I would ride
in with my dad in the morning and fill the hopper before
walking up to the high school. Even before then he said
he was always around the dealership. I kind of grew up
in it, he said.
Throughout high school he worked there on weekends and days off. He went to technical school in Wausau
and continued to work at the garage during his breaks.
He started full time in the spring of 1960 when he graduated from technical school.
I got a raise to $1.30 an hour, Lemke said. By fall I
was up to $1.50. That was a big deal at the time.
During that time, each dealer had a wrecker and
Lemke was often the one going out on wrecker calls at
any time day or night. Getting people that were pinned
in, out of cars was just part of the job, he said.
He said that when he sees emergency crews using
the Jaws of Life he thinks of what they had to do with
a crowbar, a bar, and a springleaf to pry doors open. A
car lying on its side was the worst, he said, Because
someone had to crawl inside to get people out before
they could flip the vehicle.
Keith Krug worked at Medford Motors at that time
and shared wrecker duties with Lemke. Lemke got most
of the night calls because Krug was busy working on his
own milk trucks.
Lemke bought into the corporation in 1970 when he
bought out Harold Pernsteiners share. Dick Werner
had previously purchased Chet Frombachs share in
the business. Werner started at the garage in 1955 and
was at Strebigs Automotive prior to that. The two men
were partners until Werner retired in 1998.
In January 1965, the dealership was hit by a fire.
Lemke was busy running the wrecker pulling vehicles
over to the pig market location across the river to get
them out of the burning building. He recalled Werners
comments that day as they fought the fire: First thing
I thought when the fire started was I just bought in.

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Ryan Lemke is a sales consultant and part owner of Medford Motors. He said his favorite part of work is helping
people connect with the vehicle that will work best for them.
and secretary of the corporation. Mechanics were
working in the shop where a Parkin Ice Cream Co.
truck was being repaired. A full tank of gas in the
truck exploded, spilling some gas on the floor. A
mechanic was working on another vehicle nearby
with an acetylene torch, sparks from which apparently setting off the fire. The gas tank of the truck
exploded before the fire department arrived on the
scene, the blast spreading flames throughout the
workshops floor, walls and ceiling. Flames belched
out of the west door, shooting high into the air.

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There was a scramble around everything, Lemke

said of technicians grabbing their tools and others trying to get things out of the shop. Werner was one of the
assistant chiefs of the fire department at the time and
never even bothered to get his uniform on but instead
helped fight the fire in his work clothes. As firefighters
were battling the blaze downstairs, Werner remembered the upstairs storeroom where they kept the extra
cans of paint. There was a door going from the shop to
the upstairs and it was just breaking through when they
got there, Lemke said.
The char is still there, Lemke said of the fire damage. I can remember cleaning those paint cans out long
after the fire. After I bought in, in the 70s, we cleaned it
up and some of the cans were still there.
Is that a job you gave to Beaner too, because he always said that was a job you had him start just at the
bottom of the totem pole, Shirley Lemke said, referring
to their son Dave Beaner Lemke who currently runs
Medford Motors. Their other son, Dennis, took an interest in the engineering side of things and went to Michigan Tech and has worked for Markquip for many years.
Beaner Lemke started working at Medford Motors
when he was in 8th grade. I started washing cars and
cleaning things in the shop that the mechanics didnt
do, he said. He worked summers and weekends while
in high school. After time at UW-Stout, he wanted more
hands-on work and attended North Central Technical
Institute in Wausau for auto mechanics and parts. He
came back to Medford Motors in 1982 and started full
time in 1983 as a technician. From there, he worked in
the body shop and in parts, did service calls on tractors
and sold vehicles. I had an opportunity to do it all, he
Coming up in the business through the technician on
the service side of things gives Beaner a different perspective than many other dealership owners around the
It gives you a different perspective, he said. I can
relate to everything that the guys do it gives you a
lot of insight into it. He said he has a lot of respect for
the technicians and will ask their input on things such
as the purchase of tools and what will best meet their


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needs. They deal with them every day, he said.
His background in the shop area also benefits the
consumers because he is able to spot shortcuts taken by
other shops. Because I worked with it when a car
comes in I can see body damage that was fixed that the
guy who owns it may not know it was there, he said.
It is all the little things you see after you have done it.
He said some vehicles come in with damage done by
the carriers, which he is able to spot easier, and also
when inspecting for trade-ins he is able to do a better
review of a vehicle.
In 1998 Beaner Lemke bought out Werners interest
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dealership. Even when you are gone, your mind is still
there you dont leave it, he said.

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When it came time for Ryan to become
more involved in the operations, Beaner
noted continuing to the next generation
was something he wanted but also didnt
push. My dad was probably a little more
of a push to me, he said.
Like his father and grandfather, Ryan
Lemke started doing the grunt work at
the shop while he was in high school.
I started working here in high school
cleaning vehicles, Ryan said. He got his
salesman license during his senior year
in high school so he could help on that
He worked on weekends and during
breaks while attending college in Eau
Claire, and since graduating in 2006 has
worked there full time.

Expansion project
By 2013 Medford Motors was at a
crossroads. They had been chronically
short on space for a long time, but had
always made things work. Beaner Lemke
went to Ford and asked them for input,
and they came back with what Ford
wished to see in the building. These included such items as a staffed welcome
desk on the showroom floor, the exterior
metal on the building and the large Ford
archway at the entrance.
It wasnt something they forced us to
do, it was just that if you did not do IT you
would not be looked favorably on and it

would be tough to survive without [the

Ford franchise], Beaner Lemke said. He
noted that space was the driving motivation for the project and looking back figures he actually made it too small.
In planning for the project, he explained, they looked into the growth patterns in the area and the amount of competition. Medford is only so large, we
dont have options of doubling our size in
the near future, he said. He also noted
with other Ford dealers 10 miles away,
they needed to be aware of the potential
for future growth.
In our area, competition is really
fierce, Beaner Lemke said, noting this is
good for the consumer because it forces
everyone to put the consumer first.
If you cut the numbers, the consumer
loses, he said. If you go to the places
without dealers in the area if you dont
like the part price, it is oh well, if you
dont like the service price again it is oh
Putting the needs of his customers first
and serving them has been engrained in
Lemke from growing up around the shop.
He said most of Fords select dealers,
such as Medford Motors, are very in-tune
to their local markets.

Service is key
From the beginning, Medford Motors
has focused on providing high quality
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Medford Motors changes out their showroom displays on a regular basis, from this
new Mustang to the classic Model T that was assembled by Herman Lemke in 1925.
above and beyond on service is a matter
of economic survival.
Service is the livelihood. Service
paid the overhead of the organization,
Dave Lemke said. We always had people
that were proud of their work -- that is a
big thing.
Our service brings us sales and sales
brings us service, Beaner Lemke said.
When you come in to get your vehicle
serviced, it is done like it is our vehicle,
Beaner said of their underlying business
It is not how much money can I make
on you today, it is how much money can I
save you today to get the job done so you
can drive your vehicle, he said.
Beaner gives the example of someone
coming in because their brakes are bad.
Other service places may replace everything with the brakes and charge the
customer for the work. Medford Motors
philosophy is to do the work that is necessary to try to keep the customers bill
to a minimum
We replace your pads because the
pads are worn out. The rotors are still
good and the calipers are still working
the slides and the pins are all good yet,
but then six months later that caliper
sticks. Now you have to buy a caliper,
he explained. In their way it would have
been all warranty, but you would have
bought the caliper before, you would

have bought the pins before, etc. You

would have had an $800 bill with them
versus a $120 bill with us
I just cant throw away something
that is good, whether it is mine or yours
or whatever, he said.
We are all here to make a nickel, Id
rather earn it, he said. The desire to provide the best service possible also played
into the decision to remodel the existing
downtown facility rather than build a
new garage somewhere else in the city.
Our way of doing business is to earn
the business. We do pickups and deliveries and a lot of customer accommodations, Beaner said. Their location is central between the factories on the south
end of town, the schools, hospital and
residential areas.
He noted that while they do not have
the Hwy 13 frontage for people driving
through, their goal has always been to
grow their market share by serving the
people who live here, rather than try to
get a sale from someone passing through
The guy coming through, it is nice to
sell them a car, but thats not what is going to keep us in business, he said.
How am I going to earn someones
business who has never walked in my
door -- it will be by providing them better service and a better price and more
convenience, he said.

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A person would usually look at three

to four dealerships before they would buy
a vehicle now it is down to 1.3 dealerships they visit before they buy a vehicle
because they do almost all their shopping
online, Ryan said. Their goal is to be the
dealership people come to based on the
relationships they have formed with customers that go back generations in some
My favorite part is getting to talk
with the customers and help them get the
vehicle that will work for them, Ryan
said. I am selling them a vehicle, but I


want them to have something they will

like and that they will tell their friends
they like. His father agreed, adding he
would prefer not to sell someone a car,
then sell them one they were unhappy
We are all about the customer and
what will work best for you, Ryan said.

The future
The future is an exciting one for the
automotive industry. The vehicle that
drives itself is very close the only thing
holding it back is liability, Beaner said.

Even now, some vehicles can monitor the distance between themselves and
the vehicle in front of them to maintain a
steady distance while on cruise control.
He said they have vehicles that sense
lights coming at them and dim their
headlights, and others that sense rain
and turn on the wipers.
Beaner noted it can be a little disconcerting when you are driving one of
these vehicles without knowing the features. Recently, he was driving one of
the trucks equipped with the option designed to help drivers stay in their lane
of traffic. Sensors watch the road and see
the traffic stripes and provide resistance
on the steering wheel if the driver begins
to cross the lane without putting on the
turn signal. Beaner said he didnt realize
it was on the truck he was driving and
just noticed the steering wheel started
to shake. He was worried he had driven

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over something and was trying to figure

out what was going on when it shook
more. Next thing I know a cup of coffee
image appears on the dashboard with the
car suggesting I take a break because I
wasnt driving appropriately, he said.
While there are plenty of new features
coming out to make driving safer and
more enjoyable, Beaner said the speed
at which these new features are becoming standard options is amazing. It has
come a long way very quickly, he said,
noting this presents a challenge for dealerships and technicians to keep up.
Even the materials cars and trucks
are made of is changing. Ford pickups
have an aluminum alloy body versus the
steel of years past. The aluminum, much
like the aluminum used in airplanes, is
lighter and stronger than the previous
models. He said the switch opens the

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door to multiple benefits for consumers. He said it improves performance and handling and it takes more of a
hit to show any damage from a ding. Because the truck
is lighter and stronger it can haul more, and because the
center of gravity is lower, it is less likely to rollover. It
is a game changer in the industry, he said, adding that
previously consumers would have to look in the $80,000
range for an aluminum truck.
One of the benefits users will see is aluminum doesnt
rust like steel. Beaner said with the upgrades made in
engines over the years, the truck bodies were rusting
out long before they were wearing out.
Across the board, Lemke said vehicles are lasting longer and needing fewer major repairs. At the same time,
many routine parts of a technicians job are changing
as parts change.
He gives the example of transmissions, noting doing
transmission work used to be routine. When I started, I
was drilling out valve guides and pounding in new ones
at 30,000 miles in the 360 V8 engines where these guys
dont have any idea what that work is here anymore,
Beaner said. We used to put [a transmission] in for $300
and now $3,000 may not get it done. At the same time,
transmissions are lasting much longer, with the sorts
of issues they used to see at 30,000 miles not showing up
until 200,000 miles or more.
As vehicles get more advanced and technology moves
through the industry, Ryan noted a major challenge for
the future will be ensuring high quality technicians remain here. He said Medford Motors has a very low staff
turnover, with staff who measure their time there at
over 20, 30 and even 40 years. Right now we have very
low turnover, but people my age and younger arent
staying at jobs like they used to, Ryan said. He said
young people need to balance the potentially higher
wages they could get by going to the Twin Cities or other larger areas, with the cost of living in those areas and
the quality of life of living in a community like Medford
where you know you can be anywhere you need to be
within five minutes.

Checking it out

photo by Brian WIlson

Service technician Aaron Malchow uses a flashlight to check out the brake system on a truck in the service bay.
The service bay was the largest part of the expansion project and has a hoist in each bay, allowing more efficiency
in repair and service work.
As far as Medford Motors and the four generations of
Lemkes who have worked to build a reputation of quality service, the future looks to be a bright one. The addition of the new Fast Lane service and the expansion
has resulted in an increase in business. Meanwhile,
programs, such as Drive One For Your School, haves

increased the brands visibility and opened the door to

new business relationships.
As Beaner notes, their relationship-based growth
model is a slow one, but having a reputation for customer-first dealings and quality work pays off in the long

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