Our Sincere Sympathy
The Exeland community would like to extend their condolences to the family on the recent passing of:
April Rademaker (May 14)
April was a school teacher in Exeland along with her husband Norm for 30 years. A kind and wonderful person who truly made her mark in our community. We'll miss you April! Thank you for all you did!
Named to the East Lakeland All-Conference boys basketball team were: Carter Chafer (son / Craig & Cari Chafer), Conner Kopras (son / Denny & Sue Kopras) & Jared Weisser (son / Brad & Jeannie Weisser). Congrats boys on a successful season and great careers.
Named to the East Lakeland All-Conference baseball team were: Carter Chafer, Conner Kopras & Jared Weisser. The trio of stars who helped lead Bruce High School to another conference championship! Another starter on the team who had a big year for the team was Chance Brown (son / Rod Brown & Sue Ann Brown).
For the second summer in a row, junior Carter Chafer has been selected to play on the Wisconsin High School Baseball All-Star team. The team will spend most of the summer traveling around the United States playing all-stars from other states. Carter has already received scholarship offers from several colleges.
Kal Gerber (son / Dave & Patty Gerber) was named to the WIAA Scholar Athlete team. He was one of 32 recipients named out of a thousand applicants. He also was recently named to the West Lakeland All-Conference baseball team.
It was a good way to end his stellar high school wrestling career. Kal Gerber was chosen to be on the Wisconsin High School Wrestling All-Star team that competed in the nationals in New York in early April. Kal posted a 7-0 record to help the Wisconsin team win the tournament championship.
Congrats to Brody Fischer who is one of the top high school golfers in the area. The Winter High School star made the all-conference team and made it to the Sectionals. Great job!
Both the Majors and Minors little league teams are having a great season. The Majors are pounding the competition and are on the verge of sewing up another league championship.
The annual Exeland Hall of Fame baseball tourney will be held on Saturday, July 4th. If you would like to play on a team contact Jim Gerber at 715-943-2242. Come on out and watch some fun baseball games. Game times are 11am, 1 pm & 3 pm.
SWAN CREEK PARK CLEANUP
The Exeland Area Association would like to send out a big thank you for the following people for helping with the spring cleaning of Swan Creek Park on Wednesday, April 22:
Denny Welling, Rob Moroney, Lois Gerber, Jim Gerber, Janet Gerber, Mike Waite, John Deach, Robert Deach, Dana Zebro, Denny Kopras, Conner Kopras, Kelsie Kopras, Drew Chafer, Craig Kinder, Teresa Kinder, Dave Dantzman, Ron Thompson, Rick Villiar, Lori Villiard & Dave Vitcenda. A lot of hard work was done in a short time by this group. Our park looks terrific as we welcome summer visitors. After the work was done a picnic and awards presentations followed. The Association recognized Drew Chafer as the "Best Worker" for the night. Teresa Kinder received the "Least Common Sense" award for standing in the campfire smoke all night long. Dana Zebro won the "Ugly Sweatshirt" contest. Although, Janet Gerber burnt the hell of the hot dogs again she won the "Best Cook" award.
The Exeland Area Association would like to thank everyone who supported their annual spaghetti dinner that was held at the Rod & Gun clubhouse on Friday, April 17th. The three hour event made the organization $900. A special thanks to the following people for their generous donations: Quilting Club for buying the meat pack for the raffle; Rock Castle - ice; Exeland Depot - soda & water; Al & Nancy Gerber - hamburger; Lois Gerber - breadsticks & lettuce; Joan Vitcenda - ingredients; Rod & Gun Club - use of facility; Club Members - for bringing desserts and helping out as cooks & cleaners. Also, a big thank you to our waitresses: Emily Shimko, Hanna Shimko & Mackenzie Thompson. Winner of the meat raffle was: Nevin Zezza.
Being recognized for Outstanding Student Achievement Awards at Bruce High School were: Health -Kari Fetting (daughter / Kevin Fetting); Science - Summer Dillivan (daughter / Bobbi Sue Dillavan); Success Skills - Amber Harris (daughter Kathy Harris & Shawn Harris); Business Education - Kara Graves - (daughter / Lisa & Dave Graves); Technology Education - Kyler Nickel (son / John & Kelly Nickel). The Acheivement Awards were selected by the faculty. Good job kids for making Exeland proud!
Student of the Month at Bruce High School for the month of April was Conner Kopras (son / Denny & Sue Kopras) and for the month of May was James Scoles (son / Trudi & Kelly Scoles). Two deserving young men for sure.
Congratulations to a couple of beautiful girls and a handsome man who were on the Bruce High School Prom Court held on Saturday, April 25. Hats off to Colin Wessman (son / Randy & Cari Wessman), Kelsie Kopras (daughter / Denny & Sue Kopras) & Kari Fetting (daughter / Kevin Fetting).
The students from the Exeland area received many scholarships from their schools making everyone proud of their accomplishments. However, there may have been no bigger accomplishment than Winter High Kortney Fischer (daughter / Korey Fischer & Julie Thompson) receiving the 2015 Herb Kohl Scholarship. A tremendous honor for the senior!
Impressive job by a couple of Winter High School seniors at the USA Wisconsin State Leadership and Skills competition held in Madison. Winning gold medals and advancing to the national competition were: Mackenzie Thompson (daughter / Ron & Jackie Thompson) & Kari Mattmiler (daughter / Sheila & Jeff Nerby).
Congrats to the following graduating students on being named Valedictorians at their respective school: Kourtney Fischer (daughter / Korey Fischer & Julie Thompson) @ Winter High School; Hanna Anderson (daughter / Andrew & Melissa Anderson) @ Bruce High School; & Kal Gerber (son / Dave & patty Gerber) @Cameron High School.
Inclement weather caused the American Legion to cancel the annual Memorial Day Service to be held at Windfall Cemetery. A cool and wet day may have stopped the event that day but it still can’t wash away the memories of those great Exeland soldiers who lost their lives for our country. Let us never forget the sacrifice they made!
Your eyes weren't deceiving you. That was Janet Gerber you saw on the Milwaukee Brewers television commercials during the month of April. Miller Lite must've of liked the way she danced with her beer can last year at the ball park because they featured her on their ads promoting the Brewers team.
A high speed chase occurred in the area on Sunday morning, April 19. A crazy gal from Green Bay stole vehicles from a couple of local residents before the police caught her as she tried to drive across a farm field by the Four Corners. A nice tackle by a police officer was made in the manure covered field. Having their vehicles stolen from the driveways of there homes were Denny & Jeannie Gordon and Kerry & Mary Jo Wickersham. Hopefully, the crazy girl who took the vehicles reeks like manure for a couple of years.
Congratulations to Shannon Gerber & Justin Pendleton on their marriage that was held in Birchwood on Saturday, May 30th.
Paul Lelinski of Milwaukee wanted to say “Hi” to all of the Exeland people. No reason other than he wanted to see his name in this newsletter.
In mid-May a roaming elk made it to Exeland and set up residence on the edge of the west side of the village. The six hundred pound cow elk traveled here from Clam Lake and was being kept track of by the DNR. All of the fun of watching the animal came to and end when she was hit by a train on Saturday, May 28th. A sad end to the story but still some memorable moments made in Exeland while she was here.
EXELAND AREA ASSOCIATION NEWS
The Exeland Easter Egg Hunt was held on Saturday, April 4th at the Exeland Rod & Gun Club pavilion. Once again, there was a huge turnout of kids who showed up for the event to search for over 700 eggs. Thank you Janet Gerber & Michele Meyers for the hard work you do to make an exciting day possible for a lot of children. Also, we want to thank all of the young helpers who show up dressed like bunnies to help out.
The Association is now the owners of the former post office building located on Main Street and will serve as the organization's headquarters. Some improvements to the building have already been made. New chairs and tables have been purchased. The inside will be decorated with Exeland history items. New carpeting will be installed in the new future. The building will be available for rent for garage sales, baby showers, etc. Rental fee is $25. Just contact Janet at the bank.
The Association held their quarterly business meeting on Thursday, June 11th. It was decided to have another fund raiser. It will be a Packer party held on Main Street sometime in October.
Over 20 workers showed up in late April for spring cleaning of Swan Creek Park.
The spaghetti feed the organization held in April was a huge success. We would like to thank everyone who showed up to the event and supported us!
The Association will be hosting their annual community picnic and fireworks to be held on Friday, July 3rd and the Hall of Fame baseball tourney to be held on Saturday, July 4th. Thank you John & Ryan Villiard for donating the chicken again this year! Thank you Joan Vitcenda for the donation of brats & hot dogs!
EXELAND ROD & GUN CLUB NEWS
The Club held their annual Kids Fishing Expo on Friday, May 15th. After teaching the kids about boat safety, fish species, lures, casting and tree planting, each of the 80+ fourth graders received a new fishing pole from the club. A meal was served at noon. A big thank you to all of the members who put in time to make this event a huge success.
The Club held a work night on Monday, May 11. A good crew was on hand to do spring cleaning and spruce up the grounds. Good job guys.
The Club recently made the following donations: $400 to SHOT (new trap shooting team at Bruce High School; $200 to Carter Chafer (player on Wisconsin traveling baseball all-star team); $100 to Winter Archery.
Don't forget about the new nature trail that begins near the Rod & Gun Club grounds. The trail is mowed and in great shape. It's open to the public, it's well marked and there is no fee to use it. It's a walking trail so no motorized vehicles are allowed.
The Rod & Gun Club has brought Balsam Lake back to life! The little lake that borders the nature trail is now a popular spot for the community. Over 2,000 rainbow trout have been planted in the lake. Fishing is open to the public but you are required to have a fishing license and a trout stamp with a limit of three trout. There are two docks now on the lake. Access for small boats is on the south end of the lake near the dump.
Thank you Ron Huber for the donation of a dock to Balsam Lake. Thank you Denny Welling for the donation of the picnic table put on the nature trail and located near the lake. Thank you Jack Weisser for the donation of the two benches for the nature trail. Good people who have made nice contributions to make the trail better.
The Club is already preparing for the 23rd annual Trout Festival to be held on Sept. 4, 5 & 6. The $100 cash raffle tickets are now available from any club member. Get your today!
In memory of some of the people
Who graced our community In years past:
Kenneth “Nute” & Amelia Fillion
Paul & Vera Inczauskis
Edward & Magdalene Serley
To preserve the memories of a friend or relative you can buy a spot on the
Memorial Plaque in the café. Contact Janet at the bank for more info.
A set of keys were found at Windfall Cemetery following Memorial Day.
It includes keys to a vehicle and home. The vehicle key appears to belong to a jeep.
If you’re the owner of the keys you can pick them up at Dairyland State Bank.
If you happened to be on the shores of Balsam Lake and saw a couple of men and a small brown dog swimming for shore it was Bimbo Gifford, Dean Johnson & Yogi. The guys were trying to catch a few rainbow trout when the canoe they were in capsized. Apparently, Bimbo was trying to do jumping jacks in the boat and it didn't work out. Anyhow, we're glad they made it to land safely.
EXELAND JULY 4th CELEBRATION
Friday - July 3rd
5:30 p.m. - Community Picnic
(bring a dish to pass / please no carry-on beverages)
Meat Raffle, Bean Bag Toss, Horse Shoes, DJ Music & More
10 p.m. - Fireworks
Saturday - July 4th
Hall of Fame Baseball Tourney
11 a.m. - Game #1
1 p.m. - Game #2
3 p.m. - Game #3
All events at the Exeland Sports Center
COME & HELP US CELEBRATE JULY 4TH!!
BUSINESS CHANGES / NEW OWNERS
The mini-storage units located on County Road D near Windfall Lake now has new owners. The units with storage sizes of 9 x 12 and 10 x 24 are now available to rent.
If you would like to rent a unit you can call 715-532-3388.
Paul's Paint and Body on Main Street has a change of owners and is open for business.
If you need mechanic work, oil change, or other work on a vehicle be sure to stop and
pay the new owners a visit. More details on the business will be in the next newsletter.
SUPPORT EXELAND BUSINESS!!