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Our Sincere Sympathy

Our Sincere Sympathy

The Exeland community would like to extend

their condolences to all the families

on the recent passing of:

Edward Landon (Oct. 16)

Donna Wachs (Oct. 23)

Patricia Vojtasek (Nov. 16)

Joseph Szymula (Nov. 26)

Samuel Johnson (Nov. 30)

Harold Skogstad (Dec. 8)

Wonderful people who will be missed by

all of Exeland

Memory Lane

In remembrance of some those

people who graced our community

years past:

Max & Marie Lenk

Delmar Lenk

Elvin (Shorty) & Nellie Baker

Bud & Betty Atwood

Bud & Evelyn Veness

To preserve the memories of a

friend or relative you can buy a spot

on the Memorial Plaque in café.

Contact Janet at the bank for more info


There was a good story in the Outdoor News magazine about beaver removal from trout streams. The article actually featured the creeks around Exeland and Rick Villiard, the local trapper who was doing the work to remove the beavers. The DNR official in charge of the project called Rick "the trout messiah" and jokingly added that the residents of Exeland, the self-proclaimed Trout Capital of Wisconsin, ought to put Villiard's face photo on a highway sign, greeting anglers to the community. The project must be working because the trout fishermen in the area claimed the fishing in the streams really improved this past summer. Nice story and good job Rick!


On Friday, November 6th, the Exeland Rod & Gun Club held their annual Hunters Ball. The event was attended by 48 members. Here's a list of the lucky gun winners from the night:

Mike Granica (Exeland); Jim Gerber (Exeland); Denny Kopras (Exeland); Brody Fischer (Exeland); Dennis Dejidio (Rice Lake); Bud Waite (Eau Claire); Mike Waite (Exeland); Mike Suzan (Ojibwa); Nate Hover (Trego)

After a two year absence, it appears the Club will be hosting another Wildlife Benefit Banquet. Details are still being worked out but it looks like the event will be held in Exeland sometime during March.

After another dismal deer season locally, the Club will continue to study the results and keep in touch with DNR officials. "The deer herd hasn’t rebounded like we hoped, said Club President Al Gerber, "There hasn’t been any antlerless permits issued in Sawyer County the past two years and I don’t foresee any being issued next deer season. We’re having a mild winter so far. Hopefully, that will continue and help out the herd.” The Exeland Rod & Gun Club strongly supports another season of no antlerless permits for the 2016.


Plans for a new bar to be built in town are in progress. It will be called the "The Dreamers". The owners say they plan on having ten cent beers all day long and free meals every other day. The grand opening for the business is scheduled for December of 2029.


The Exeland Area Association would like to extend a big thank you to Ron Lynk. Ron has donated many old items about Exeland history for the local museum. The items will be on display in the Association building located between the café and the bank.

Association President Jim Gerber said, "Ron's generosity is helping us bring back some great memories of our community. Our group is continuing to work on the museum and we should have a good display put together by this spring. Once completed, we'll have some dates when the doors are open to the public so everyone can stop in and enjoy everything on display."

If you have any old photos or news articles pertaining to Exeland history that you'd like to donate to the museum, please call Jim Gerber at 715-943-2242 or stop in the bank and see Janet.


Heather and Mike Grinnell have recently purchased the Buckhorn Bar and Exeland Motel located on Main Street. The new owners have already made some nice changes and are open for business. Stop in for a drink or for an excellent meal.

The Exeland Area Association would like to welcome Heather and Mike as the newest members of the Association.


The Exeland community would like to extend a warm welcome to Trinity Automotive, LLC located on Main Street. The former Paul's Paint & Body business was recently purchased from Paul & Jamie Clifford. If you need mechanic work, tires, alignments, oil changes, brakes done, or other things done with your vehicles, stop in and see the guys.


The United Methodist Church of Exeland held their annual Cookie & Cake Walk on Saturday, December 12 at the church. They also sold craft items and had pie and coffee available while you shopped. Once again, it was a great event and the church would like to thank everyone who stopped in and supported them.

The American Legion Post 425 held their annual pancake breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 24th. The event was well attended and the Legion would like to thank everyone who supported them. Ron Beise won the load of wood raffle.

First Lutheran Church held their annul Trunk & Treat in the church parking lot on Halloween evening and handed out candy to trick or treaters who passed by that night. They also served hot cocoa and cider to their visitors.

In November, Pastor Larry Sturgis celebrated his 40th anniversary as the pastor of First Lutheran Church. Congrats to Pastor Sturgis on his many years of service to the church and to the Exeland community.

There was some vandalism done at Windfall Cemetery during October and the Sawyer County Police Department was notified. This act has to be the ultimate in disrespect.

Congratulations to Brad Beise on his new position of being named the patrol superintendant for the Sawyer County highway Department. Years of dedication, long hours and hard work were rewarded. Good job, Brad!


The Kid's Santa Shop was held on Saturday, December 12th at the Weirgor Town Hall. Once again, a lot of smiles were put on the faces of the young shoppers. Hat's off to Michele Meyers for keeping the great tradition going. Michele would like to thank everyone who helped with the shop, the elves, Mr. & Mrs. Santa and to everyone who donated items.


Congratulations to Tori Gerber ((daughter of Dave & Patty Gerber) on qualifying for the state cross country tournament held in Wisconsin Rapids. Both Tori and her sister Kayla were named to the Lakeland All-Conference team. Tori also shot a nice 10 point buck on the last day of the season near Exeland. She definitely had a good stretch.

The Bruce High School girl's volleyball team completed a very successful season and finished near the top of the standings in the Lakeland conference. Letter award winners included senior Kelsie Kopras (Denny & Sue Kopras), senior Kara Graves (Dave & Lisa Graves) & Morgan Mansky (Duane & Kim Mansky). Morgan received a team award for Most Improved Player & Kara received the Hustle Award and was named to the East Lakeland All-Conference team. Good job girls!

Here are some important football scores from the past week: 38 - 10; 27 - 14 & 10 - 3.

The Green Bay Packers are currently in first place in their division. How many of you saw the miracle finish against the Detroit Lions on the Thursday night game? How many of you gave up on them when they were behind 20 - 0 and went to bed?

The Wisconsin Badgers football team had another outstanding season and will be going to the Holiday Bowl to take on the USC Trojans on December 30.

For most it wasn't the best of gun deer seasons. However, for Jeff Theese it may have been the best ever. Jeff shot a huge 13 point buck on the western edge of Exeland. Congrats on the monster buck, Jeff!


On Sunday, October 18, the Exeland Area Association held a Packers Tailgate Party on Main Street. The event was well attended and it was nice to see the street crowded with people. It was a fun event and the Packers capped it off with a victory over the San Diego Chargers.

Here is a list of some winners from that day:

BEST OUTFIT (male) - Bimbo Gifford (Exeland); (female) - Missy Makinia (Ladysmith); FUNNIEST OUTFIT - Duane (Tony); BEST COUPLE - John Gordon & Christy Carpenter (Bruce); BEST KIDS (male) - Conner Kopras (Exeland); (female) - Gracie Chafer (Exeland); KING - Duane (Tony); QUEEN - Carly Antczak (Bruce)

Big raffle winners were: PACKER JACKET - Rick Villiard (Exeland); GAS CARD - Diane Beise (Exeland); QUILT - Diane Beise (Exeland)

The Association would like to thank everyone who brought food to the event. Also, a big thank you to G-1 (Al & Nancy Gerber) for donating the gas card, Lois Gerber for donating many of the raffle prizes & the Exeland Depot for donating bags of ice.

The event made $600 for the Association. The money will be used to pay for the utilities to operate their Main Street building. A big thank you to everyone for the great support.


Congrats to Kelsie Kopras on being named the October Student of the Month at Bruce High School. The former Trout Fest Queen who is very active in her school continues to make all of us in the community proud of her many accomplishments over the past years.

Exeland was well represented on the Bruce High School Homecoming Court during this past fall football season. Congrats to Chance Brown (son of Rod Brown & Sue Ann Brown); Carter Chafer (son of Craig & Cari Chafer) & Kelsie Kopras (daughter of Denny & Sue Kopras).

Congrats to the newest members named to the Bruce National Honor Society: Drew Anderson (son of Andy & Missy Anderson); Meghan Ayers (daughter of Randy Ayers) & Colin Wessman (son of Randy & Carrie Wessman.


Looking to go on a local light tour to see Christmas decorations? Here’s a few places you might want to take in: County Road C: Ron & Diane Beise, Neal & Marna Halberg, Brad & Brenda Beise, Jim & Janet Gerber, Scott & Tina Taylor. Hwy 48: Mike & Donna Veness, Doug & Dana Zebro Main Street: Randy & Missy Warner, Village Hall, Swan Creek Mercantile & Thrift Village Side Streets: Russ & Lori Waite, Lois Gerber, Jackie Walczak Hwy 40: Bob & Sue Halberg, Joan Vitcenda, Bob & Bev Stankowski, Al & Nancy Gerber County Line Road: Larry Clark Canaday Road: Steve & Rosie Danielson County Road C: Dave & Sandy Dantzman, Dean & Mary Johnson

Bob & Sue Halberg may take the grand prize for best yard this year.


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