September – 2013
OUR SINCERE SYMPATHY
The Exeland community would like to extend their condolences to all of the families
on the recent passing of:
Woodrow Garrett (July 12)
Irene Suzan (Aug. 2)
Katherine Ortwig (Aug. 2)
Wonderful people who will be missed by all of Exeland
In remembrance of some of the people
Who graced our community year’s past:
Sam and Anne Luensman
Art and Shirley Lehman
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.
Esther Gordon on celebrating her 90th birthday with a party at the Rod & Gun Club pavilion on July 27th.
Viola Geisler on celebrating her 90th birthday with a party at Club 8 in Ladysmith on August 4th.
Nice five generation picture featuring Lucille Henry in the newspaper. Joining her was her daughter Donna Markley, granddaughter Stacee Jacobson, great grandson Kelly Jacobson and her great-great grandson Owen Jacobson.
Jack & Sheila Weisser on being honored as this year’s Grand Marshall’s at the 21st Annual Exeland Trout Fest. They also celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 29th. It looks like it has been a very good year for a very deserving couple!
Max & Lois Thompson on the celebration of their 60th wedding anniversary held recently at the Tag-A-Long golf course in Birchwood.
Kyle & Heather Wallace of Bruce became proud parents of Noah William born on June 30th. He weighed 6 lbs. 2 oz and 19 ½ inches long. Dawn Joyner is a grandparent and Wayne & Mavis Joyner are the proud great grandparents.
Kimberly Graves & Chris Schmitz on their June 15th marriage. The newlyweds will make their home in the Bruce area.
Kyle Graves (son of Dave & Lisa Graves) on being named “Student of the Month” at Bruce High School. A senior, Kyle received the recognition because of his high achievements in both academics and sports. Congrats, Kyle!
Hanna Anderson (daughter of Andy & Melissa Anderson) a junior at Bruce High School, on being chosen as the Wisconsin D.A.R.E. Youth Representative. By being a leader of the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), Hanna will try to influence youth around the state to make good choices. Best of luck, Hanna on your good venture!
Kim Mansky and Arlene Turner on their successful bike ride to raise money for a Wisconsin Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial. Not sure know how many miles the ride was but know the two of them biked across a lot of the state. Anyhow, it was a great for a great cause and they raised a lot of money for the memorial. A pretty good deed by two tough gals!
A NOTE OF THANKS
The Alvin Drum family would like to send a special thank you to the Exeland community for the show of sympathy and condolences they received after the June 2nd passing of their father. In memory of Alvin, the Drum family donated a $100 to the Exeland Area Association. The money will be used for ongoing improvements at Swan Creek Park. The Association would like to extend their gratitude to the family for the generous donation.
TROUT FEST RESULTS
Trout Fishing Contest
1st – John Weinert (Bruce); 2nd Eric List (Ladysmith); 3rd Carter Gifford (Cameron)
1st Dave Gerber (Cameron); 2nd – Ken Suzan (Exeland); Lance Muholland (Ladysmith)
1st – Kellie Schrank (Wind Lake); 2nd - Kelly Klein (Exeland); 3rd – Micalla Hopkins
Roach’s (1st time champs in 17 years)
Warriors (Conner Kopras / Kal Gerber team)
1st – Porky’s Bar (Weyerhaeuser); 2nd – Clark Mountain Lodge (Exeland)
Four Wheeler – Nevin Zezza (Exeland)
Canoes – unimportant / won by outsiders
$4,000 – Al Suzan (Ojibwa); $2,000 – Matt Gerber (Red Lake, Canada); Steve Phelps (Radisson)
Queen – Kourtney Fischer (Exeland); 1st Runnerup – Kelsei Kopras (Exeland)
2nd Runnerup – Kari Mattmiller (Exeland); 3rd Runnerup – Ashley Grinnell – (Exeland)
Miss Congeniality – Kelsie Kopras; Top Sales – Amber Harris (Bruce);
Best Photo – Lacy Martin (Ojibwa)
Signey Hover (Exeland)
TROUT FEST THANK YOU
The Exeland Rod & Gun Club would like to thank everyone in the community who helped make the 21st Annual Trout Fest one of the best ever. Also, the Club would like to give a special thanks to all of the merchants, queen sponsors and everyone else who helped make our parade one of the best in the country. It takes the participation of many to make it such a great success. There is no better way to showoff our community than to have such a classy parade. Thank you to all and let’s do it again next year!
Can’t help but notice the wonderful improvements to the outside of the Exeland Depot. What a nice addition to Main Street.
It must be hunting season … the nice whitetail deer banners are hung up on Main Street.
Fall is just around the corner. By the time this letter hits the mail boxes the tree colors should be at their peak.
Congratulations to Jackie Thompson on winning the female division of the Draper Triathlon. The race featured canoeing, biking and running. Since this was the first Jackie competed in a triathlon she was a surprise winner. In fact, it was such a huge surprise, world class bike race Lance Armstrong has requested an inquiry of the race to check and see if maybe Jackie was possibly using steroids. Also, doing well in the race and finishing in 2nd place was Janet Gerber. Good job, girls!
The tradition continues!!! The Exeland Blue Jays won a 14th consecutive league championship. Behind third year coach Tom Clark, the team rolled through the Tri-County league & tournament undefeated. The team, loaded with talented pitchers and hitters, was one of the best little league teams in Blue Jays history.
Another outstanding year!!! The Exeland Babe Ruth team had a good season and finished with a solid 12-5 record. Coached by Denny Kopras the talented group finished near the top of their league.
The Exeland Braves, coached by Dan Leonhard, gave the fans another very exciting and winning season. There is a group of young and talented players from Exeland who might be ready to up and take over the great tradition next summer!
Congratulations to Curt Gerber and Ron Stewart on being named to the Exeland Baseball Hall of Fame during the July 4th baseball tournament.
In what is considered to be one of the toughest sporting events in the world, Curt Gerber completed the 100-mile fat-tire race in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Curt, who said, “The race was insane and I’d never consider doing it again” overcame a tough crash to finish 904th out of 2,500 racers.
Nick Chafer, Carter Chafer & Ben Adams have led the Bruce football team to an undefeated season so far this year. All three players play both offense and defense. Nick, a senior running back, is one of the leading rushers in the state. More stories of high school football, girls volleyball (both Bruce & Winter) and cross country will appear in the December newsletter.
Did anyone get to watch the ending of the 5K Trout Fest race? If you did you got to see quite a finish to the run between Micalla Hopkins & her sister Rheanna Hopkins in a battle for third place among females. Micalla was able to hang on to her slim lead to edge her feisty sister. The girls are the daughters of Jodi Hopkins-Schweitzer & Mike Hopkins of Bruce.
Congratulations to Dave Gerber on being selected to the UW-Superior Sports Hall of Fame. His induction will take place on Tuesday, October 6. Dave is being honored for his achievements as a two-time All-American college wrestler and as an alumni who has went on to become a highly successful coach at Cameron High School.
EXELAND ROD & GUN CLUB NEWS
The Club just completed running the 21st Annual Exeland Trout Fest and at this moment the organization is still worn out. But, the are considering the Fest another huge success and they did make money. A huge thank you from the Club to everyone in the community for being a part of the big community event.
The Club recently made some improvements to it’s facility. A new metal roof was put on the clubhouse and a new metal ceiling was put on to the softball food shelter.
Currently, the Club is shooting trap on Wednesday nights.
If any member would like to sign up for the annual Hunter’s Ball to be held on Friday,
November 8 at 6:00 p.m. please contact Jim Gerber at 943-2242. The event is limited to the first 48 members who sign up. Cost is $50 and a dish to pass.
EXELAND AREA ASSOCIATION NEWS
The Association has recently installed a big and beautiful flagpole in Swan Creek Park in memory of Sonny Shimko. A memorial plaque commemorating Sonny and all soldiers from Exeland will be installed next to the flagpole in the future.
The Association would like to announce the Community Picnic, fireworks and baseball tournament held over the July 4th holiday was a huge success. The event netted $1,500 and the organization is thankful for such a generous community.
Winning the $100 meat raffles at the Community Picnic were Andrew Krug and Neal Halberg.
The Association is gearing up for the Haunted Circus. The annual spook event will be held October 18 & 19 at the Sports Center from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Admission for everyone is $3.00. Come out and see some crazy clowns and much more!!!!!
At the moment, the Association has temporarily put any projects on hold until 2014. President of organization, Jim Gerber said, “We spent a lot of money of projects this past year and now w e’re a little short on funds. We’re taking a deep breath and reloading. After a couple of more fund raisers we’ll be set to go again and give back to the community.”
“LAST SUNSET OF NOVEMBER”
Jim Gerber has just finished his third book featuring stories of hunting whitetail deer. To kick-off sales, a book signing will take place at the Rock Castle on Saturday, October 12th , 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.. The book, entitled, “Last Sunset of November” will sell for $15. Everyone is invited to stop at the Rock for a fun night that will feature music by the “Porch Dogs”. Lunch will also be served. Once again, everyone is invited so come out and have a great time at an old fashioned community event!