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Our Sincere Sympathy

Our Sincere Sympathy

The Exeland community would like to extend their condolences

To all of the families on the recent passing of:

Louise McCain (Jan. 26)

Neil Leer (Jan.)

Earl Grendahl (Feb. 4)

Doris Mansky (Feb. 15)

John Pichowicz (Feb. 25)

Robert Thompson (Mar. 13)

Wonderful people who will be missed by all of Exeland


Saturday – April 19 – 11:00 a.m.

Exeland Sports Center

Age Groups

Pre-School – 5 to 7 – 8 to 10

Over 800 eggs hidden

Sponsored by Janet Gerber & Michele Meyers & their bunny helpers


Danae Wessman (daughter of Randy & Carrie Wessman) on being named the Bruce High School “Student of the Month” for January by the Bruce Kiwanis. We would list Danae’s resume but it’s too long for the space we have. However, we can assure you that her list of school accomplishments is very impressive. Good job, Danae!

Amanda Shimko (daughter of Randy & Ann Thompson) on being selected into the UW-Eau Claire Doctor of Nursing Practice program as she continues her advance in clinical practice. Currently, Amanda is one of the best RN’s at Rusk County Memorial Hospital. Congrats from all of Exeland.

Emily Kormann (daughter of Steve & Ann Korman) on being named to the Dean’s List at UW-Superior. Congratulations, Emily!

Leah Suzan (daughter of Ken Suzan & Tammy Suzan) on being named to the Dean’s List at UW-Eau Claire. Leah is majoring in Education and Human Sciences. Congrats, Leah!

Lexie Suzan (daughter of Ken Suzan & Tammy Suzan) on becoming a registered nurse. The hard work you have put in has paid off. You’ll be a great nurse! Congrats!

Allie Villiard on making the Dean’s List at Winona State Univiersity. Allie currently is being mentored in her nursing practice at Rochester. Keep up the good work, Allie!

Ralph Thompson on his retirement. After 46 years in the insurance business he has earned the right to take it easy. However, after seeing all of the work he is doing on remodeling the home near the Methodist Church you have to wonder if he’ll ever sit down! Anyhow, congrats to Ralph on his retirement and the road to an easier life!

2014 Frontier Cribbage League champs were First Place: Tom Granica & Wayne Rudi; Second Place: Bob Halberg & Dennis Welling; Third Place: Carol Lauzon & Todd Englund; Fourth Place: Dave Dantzman & Chris Veness.


The combination of a lot of snow & extreme cold has made the 2013 – 2014 winter season maybe the harshest most of us have experienced in our lifetime. At least a dozen buildings in the area collapsed from the weight of the ice and snow. Anyhow, now that it’s in the rearview mirror, we’ll all be more appreciative of this spring.

Last fall a husband and wife purchased an older home in the Exeland area from an elderly couple. Winter was fast approaching and the new homeowners were concerned about the house’s lack of insulation. “If they could live here all those years, so can we!” the husband confidently declared.

One November night the temperature plunged to below zero, and the husband and wife woke up to find the interior wall covered with frost. That morning the husband called the elderly couple on the phone to ask how they had kept the house warm. After a short conversation, he hung up. “For the past 30 years,” he muttered, “they’ve gone to Florida for the winter.”

Q: Why does it take longer to build a blonde snowman than a regular one?

A: You have to hollow out the head.


Notes from the Sunday, March 16 meeting:

The Club is busy planning for the Kid’s Fishing Expo to be held at the Sports Center on Friday, May 16. 4th graders from four local schools are invited to the event. After a morning of teaching the kids some of the finer points on fishing, each child will be given a fishing pole. The Club upgraded their fishing poles and will now be spending $23 per pole instead of $13. Over 80 kids will receive a pole at the end of the day.

The Club also planned some spring projects that include: putting a new concrete pad in front of clubhouse; purchase and install two new walk-in coolers at concession stand & pavilion; repair home run fence at softball field; put final touches on the new nature trail.

This year’s annual Wildlife Benefit/Gun Banquet has been moved to October. The exact date and location will be announced at a later date.

The Rod & Gun Club recently worked with the DNR on the amount of antlerless deer tags to be issued in northern Wisconsin. All of the results haven’t been posted yet for all of the areas but the Club was notified by the DNR that there will be no antlerless deer tags issued in Sawyer County for any hunts in 2014.

The Club approved a $100 donation to the Exeland Little League.

Daryl Kinnear won the 12 gauge shotgun that was raffled at the end of the meeting.


The Exeland Area Association held their quarterly business meeting on Tuesday, March 18. Items of discussion were:

Approved landscaping around the new flag pole and sign at Swan Creek Park.

Scheduled a “Spaghetti Dinner” to be held on Friday, April 25. Time will be 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Exeland rod & Gun clubhouse. Watch for posters for more details.

Swan Creek Park spring cleaning will be held in late April. The exact will be determined after the snow is melts, if that ever happens.

Scheduled the Community Picnic / Fireworks for Thursday, July 3 at the Sports Center pavilion.

Scheduled the Hall of Fame Baseball Tourney for Saturday, July 5 at the baseball park.

A “Packer Party” will be held on a Sunday on Main Street in early October. The exact date will be determined when the 2014 Packer schedule is released.

The Halloween Trail of Terror will be held on Friday & Saturday, Oct. 24 & 25.

Approved a $100 donation to the Exeland little league team.

Accepted a donation of the former “Winter Insurance” building on Main Street from Andy Anderson. If everything works out this will be the Exeland Area Association’s new headquarters.

Memory Lane

In rembrance of special people who graced the

The Exeland community from past years:

Nibby & Delores Grinnell

Frank & Dorothy Marth

Elmer & Agnes Auspsetter

Ray Cohoon

John & Grace Shinn

To preserve the memories of a friend or relative you buy a spot on the

Memorial Plaque in the café.

Contact Janet at the bank for more info.


Led by a host of good wrestlers, it was another winter season of huge accomplishments by the area’s local athletes.

Kal Gerber (son of Dave & Patty Gerber) won his second state wrestling championship. Wrestling in front of a crowd of 15,000 at the Kohl Center in Madison on Saturday night March 1, Kal defeated his River Dale opponent 6-1 to claim the title. In the past two years he has posted a 92-2 record. The 120 lb. junior at Cameron High School will have a chance to make it three in a row next season.

Ben Adams (son of Troy & Jen Adams) wrestling at 132 lbs. for Bruce High School had another remarkable year. He was a Conference, Regional and Sectional champion before closing out his season at the state tournament. He is just a junior and will have a chance to make it to the top of the podium next year at State.

Packer Makinia (son of Richard & Missy (Veness) Makinia) a 220 lb. senior, was the Conference and Regional champ for Flambeau High School. Packer finished 4th at the Sectionals and fell one place short of making it to State. Everyone who watched Packer wrestle this past year was impressed at how hard he worked on the mats.

Steven Jerry (son of Tim & Ann Jerry) was the Heart of the North conference champ at120 lbs. He also earned a trip to the Sectionals. He is only a freshman at Ladysmith High School so look for a lot more accomplishments in the future from this young and talented athlete.

Tanner Gerber (son of Dave & patty Gerber) a 4th grader at Cameron earned a spot at the Youth State Wrestling Tournament in Madison when he placed 2nd at the Regional Tourney held in River Falls. Tanner will wrestle at State on Saturday, March 29. Congrats & good luck Tanner!

Ashtyn Waite (son of Brant & Carrie Waite) finished 3rd at the Regional Wrestling Tourney narrowly missing a return trip to Madison where he was state champ last year. Ashtyn lost a close 2-0 decision in the semi-finals. Good job, Ashtyn!

Named to the Lakeland All-Conference Basketball: for the Winter girls Brittany Thompson (daughter of Dale & Brenda Thompson) and for the Bruce boys Conner Kopras (son of Denny & Sue Korpas) and Jared Weisser(son of Brad & Jennie Weisser). Great job!!

Congrats to Brody Fischer (son of Korey Fischer & Julie Thompson) on a fine basketball season at Winter High School. Brody, although he’s only a freshman, played on the varsity team. He’s another young athlete with a bright future.

The Winter High School girl’s basketball team, coached by Sheila Nerby & Dale Thompson had another outstanding season to finish near the top of the conference. Some of the team’s key players included Kari Ann Mattmiller (daughter of Sheila Nerby), Brittany Thompson (daughter of Dale & Brenda Thompson), & Kourtney Fischer (daughter of Korey Fischer & Julie Thompson). Good job, on another great basketball season.

The Bruce High School boy’s basketball season came up just short of winning the school’s second consecutive conference basketball championship. Leading the way for the varsity team was junior Conner Kopras (son of Denny & Sue Kopras), junior James Scoles (son of Trudi (Balczewski) & Kelly Scoles), sophomore Carter Chafer (son of Craig & Cari Chafer) & junior Jared Weisser (son of Brad & Jennie Weisser).

Probably the main reason the BHS boy’s basketball team didn’t win the conference this year was due to the lost of senior Nick Chafer (son of Craig & Cari Chafer). Nick, an All-Conference player last year, missed his entire senior season because of an ACL injury. With his leadership and skills, the team no doubt would’ve been on top. Still, he had his moment. He got to start a game and played briefly on Senior night. He took one shot, SWISH! it was good. Nick is hoping to heal quickly so he can pursue football in college.

A starter on the Bruce High School boy’s junior varsity basketball team was Chance Brown (son of Rod & Sue Ann Brown). The sharp shooting sophomore played so well on JV that he also was moved up to the varsity level for most games.

The Bruce High School girl’s basketball team surprised a lot of people this year on how good they were. Leading the way on the team and one of the top players in the conference was senior Danae Wessman (daughter of Randy & Carrie Wessman). The pretty girl sitting on the team bench was the team’s manager Kari Fetting (daughter of Kevin Fetting). Kari is also known as one of last year’s candidates for Trout Fest Queen.

Congrats to the Winter Middle School boys basketball team on an outstanding season. Coached by Scott Pasanen, the team finished with an excellent 14-3 record. One of the key players on the team was his son Jordan Pasanen. Look out for this group when they get into high school!

Congrats to the Winter Youth Girls Basketball team on a great season. They were coached by Jenni Pasanen and one of their best players is her daughter Kate Pasanen.

David “Darkchild” Johnson is beginning his 17th year in professional wrestling. He will be participating in an 8-man tournament in Upper Michigan in the near future. Dave is a member of the National Federation of Wrestling’s Hall of Fame. Good luck in your tourney, Darkchild!

It was fun watching the Wisconsin Badgers basketball team all winter. It was another stellar season for Coach Bo Ryan and his crew.


Comment heard on the streets of Exeland, “Brenda’s Village Café has good food, good waitresses, a good cook and especially a lot of good B.S.!” For sure, you can never go wrong when you stop and have a meal at our local little restaurant.

The Rock Castle would like to thank everyone who came out Sunday, March 22 to watch the “Micahel D. Band”. They would also like to thank Robert Deach, Fred Fuchs, Ray V, Rob Strom and Nicole for helping them remodel the area behind the bar.

You know that warm weather must be right around the corner, no one has reported seeing the first robin but reliable sources report that Jim Gerber has dyed his hair blonde.


If you have a child who would like to play youth baseball please call Tom Clark to join the Exeland Blue Jays major team (age 10 – 12) at 415-1798.

If you have a child who would like to play youth baseball please call Jim Gerber to join the Exeland Blue Jays minor team (age 6 – 9) at 943-2242.


Tyler Mussehl, a senior at Bruce High School, has accepted a 4 year scholarship to attend St. Andrews University of North Carolina where he’ll become a member of their prestigious golf team. He is the son of Scott & Stephanie Ring. Tyler has helped lead Bruce High School to 3 straight conference championships and earned himself a trip to the state tournament last year. All of Exeland wishes him good luck next fall at college. You have made your community proud!


Listed below are the business’s that currently have purchased ads in our newsletter for the year 2014. The newsletter is mailed to over 500 people. So there is great cost to mail & print. The people who purchase the advertisements cover these costs. The Exeland Area Association would like to extend a huge thank you to all of these businesses. Please give them your business.

Dave Samardzich Construction (Bruce); Exeland Depot; Rock Castle Bar; Brenda’s Village Café; Paul’s Paint & Body; Robert Deach (Jack of Al Trades); Fischer Electric; A-1 Plumbing; Rick Villiard Tree Farm; Jerry’s ATV Service/Repair (Bruce); Frontier Saloon; Sue’s Swan Creek Salon; Living Faith Church; First United Methodist Church; First Lutheran Church; Dairyland State Bank; Elaine’s Embroidery; Skinny Dipper’s Bar; Cedar Lodge (Ladysmith); Pam Korzenieski Clever Containers; & Avon / Chris Schweitzer;

Jul 4, 2012 fireworks
Exeland Tailgate Party 2012


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