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The Association recently organized the parade for the 24th annual Trout Fest. It may have been the best parade ever!

Now that fall and winter are on their way the Association will be busy completing the Exeland history museum within their building. They have a lot of new items to put on display and it should be a great tribute to the history of the community. When all is completed their will be an open house held so everyone can visit and enjoy a step back in time.

The Association was to hold their quarterly business meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 27th.

The Exeland Area Association will be holding a GREEN BAY PACKERS TAILGATE PARTY on Sunday, October 16 from noon to 3:00 p.m. Proceeds of the event will be used to pay organizational expenses (electric, heat, insurance, water & sewer, etc) for their headquarters on Main Street.

The day's activities include: all-you-can-eat plate of food for $3.00. Refreshments (including beer) and Bloody Mary's will also be available.

Their will be two separate drawings going on during the afternoon for Packer's merchandise. Drawings will take place at 2:15 p.m.

Get out your Packer gear. Prizes will be given away for the following: Best Dressed Individual; Best Dressed Couple; Funniest Costume & Best Kids (18 & under).

Enter the random drawing at no cost and take a chance of being "Packers King or Packers Queen" for the day. A male & female will be chosen at 2:45 p.m. They will carry the Packers flag and lead the parade of Packers fans down Main Street to the bonfire.

The Packers won last year when we held the "Exeland Packers Party". Let's lead them to victory again!! Come out and join us for a great afternoon of fun!

Game time is 3:25 p.m. Festivities conclude at 3:00 p.m. so everyone will have time to disburse and go to their favorite place to watch the game.

Our Sincere Sympathy

The Exeland community would like to extend

their condolences to the families

on the recent passing of:

Robert Weatherhead (Aug. 17)

James Veness (Sept. 5)

Wonderful people who will be missed by all of



Here are the results of events from the 2016 Trout Fest held over Labor Day weekend:

CASH RAFFLE: $4,000 - Sherry Samardzich (Bruce); $2,000 - Brett Bechtel (Couderay) ; $1,000 - Rod Brown (Exeland) & Denny Gordon (Exeland)

4-WHEELER RAFFLE: 4-wheeler - Linda Olson (Ojibwa); Yehti Cooler - Guy from Solon Springs; Fishing Package - Cheers Bar (Birchwood)

GUN RAFFLE: Elroy Lund (Exeland)

QUEEN CONTEST: Queen - Destiny Eckstrom (Exeland); 1st Runner-up - Tiana Meyers (Radisson); 2nd Runner-up - Hallie Granica (Exeland); 3rd Runner-up - Morgan Mansky (Exeland)

Most Ticket Sales - Hallie Granica (Over $3,200 in sales); Miss Congeniality – Olivia Abernathy (Exeland) Miss Photogenic - Emily Mleczko (Exeland)

LITTLE MISS PRINCESS: Ava Peterson (Chippewa Falls)

MEDALLION WINNER: Partnership of Jim Leader (Exeland) & Wendy Reed (Ojibwa). Winner 2nd consecutive year.

BEAN BAG TOSS: 1st Place Team - Andrew Krug (Auburndale) & Logan Jochimsen (Medford); 2nd Place Team - Craig & Teresa Kinder (Exeland); 3rd Place Team - Chuck Lynk (Exeland) & Ron Huber (Exeland)

SOFTBALL CHAMPIONS: Becky Jo' (Radisson)

VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONS: Missy Roberts Team (Radisson)

TEXAS HOLD'UM CHAMPS: Tom Gifford (Exeland) & Mike Granica (Exeland)

BROOK TROUT FISHING CONTEST: 1st Place - Luke Tesky (Bruce / 13"); 2nd Place - Conner Kopras (Exeland / 11"); 3rd Place - Gavin Gifford (Cameron / 10")

5K RUN (65 entrants)

MALE RUNNERS: Age 20 -29: Aaron Smeester (Mukwonago); Age 30 - 39: Jim Spinner (Radisson); Age 40 - 49: Adam Schrank (Blaine, MN); Age 50+: Dale Veer (Madison)

FEMALE WINNERS: Age 20 - 29: Ally Villiard (Rochester, MN); Age 30 – 39: Kitzi Klinger (Hudson); Age 40 - 49: Kellie Schrank (Blaine, MN); Age 50+: Margaret Ohman (Eau Claire)

OVERALL WINNER: 1st Place - Adam Schrank (Blaine, MN); 2nd Place - Ken Suzan (Exeland)

Thank You To The Exeland Depot For Supplying Bottles Of Water For The Event!


Congratulations to Kourtney Fischer (daughter of Korey Fischer & Julie Thompson) on making the spring semester Dean's List (Arts & Sciences) at UW-Eau Claire!

Bruce High School "Student of the Month" for August was Kara Graves (daughter of David & Lisa Graves). Congratulations Kara! All of your hard work at school was rewarded!


Fall sports for the local high schools are underway. The next newsletter will post the results and players from the volleyball, football and cross country teams.

Bear hunting season is underway and there already have been a few local hunters who have had success in shooting one. There are a lot of bear in the area. In fact, some even had to be trapped in town and hauled away. Paul Lelinski of Murry is one of the known hunters to have bagged a bear. When he killed it the bear weighed 250 pounds. After celebrating that night and having a few drinks at the Buckhorn Bar the bear's weight eventually got up to 525 pounds and was charging him when he shot it.

It looks like the deer population has finally rebounded. With a few more deer out there the bow hunters should have a bit more success this year. It looks like the 3 years of killing no does is finally working. Hey sportsmen, kind of a good message to remember. If you don't shoot the does there will be more deer. More deer means more bucks. Simple math at work.

The Green Bay Packers are 1 -1 after losing a sloppy and close game to the Minnesota Vikings. Hoping they're able to bounce back with four straight games at Lambeau Field.

The Milwaukee Brewers and Minnesota Twins both had dismal baseball seasons this year. The Brewers loaded themselves up with a lot of young talent and their future appears to be a little brighter than the Twins.

The Wisconsin Badgers football team is currently 3 - 0 and are ranked number 11 in the nation. Good luck to the Badgers the rest of the season!


MAKING THE COMMUNITY PROUD! Good job Lori Villiard, Jackie Thompson, Sarah Granica & Mary Grahovac-Dennis on completing the three day 170 mile bike ride from Hayward to Neillsville. The event/journey was held in August and was made to raise funds for Highground, Wisconsin's Vietnam Memorial in Neillsville. Those are four tough areas girls!!

Flu shots were given to the public at the Senior Center on Wednesday, September 21.

Living Faith Church had a very successful missionary trip to Tanzania, Africa. Pastor Tim Jerry and several other members of the church made the trip where they performed ministry duties and other humanitarian efforts. Good job by Pastor Tim and other church members for helping make the world a better place!

It has been reported that someone discovered gold nuggets in Swan Creek west of town. Look for a big boom in industry to take over the town when the gold rush starts.

Enjoy our new comics section on page 5.


Before the Trout Fest the Club made several improvements on their facilities. Some of the improvements include: new coolers at the concession stand, windows in pavilion kitchen, cement slab under bleachers & ticket booths + a number of small items.

The past two months the Club has been preparing for the 24th annual Trout Fest.

The Club would like to say thank you to all of the following for helping make this one of the most successful festivals ever:

Northwest Sanitary of Exeland for donating the use of all of the porta-potties.

Waste Management of Ladysmith for donating the dumpsters.

everyone who bought raffle tickets and buttons.

all of the businesses & individuals who entered a float in the parade.

Janet Gerber for doing another outstanding job with the queen contest.

Lacey Martin the 2015 queen for her representation of the Club this past year.

to this year's queen contestants for setting a record in button and raffle ticket sales. The eight girls (now known now as the "Great Eight") had over $7,200 in sales. This broke the old sales record by $2,000. Hallie Granica ($3,200), Destiny Eckstrom ($1,700) & Tiana Meyers ($1,600) led the way. Others helping make history were: Morgan Manksy, Marina Mansky, Olivia Abernathy, Hannah Shimko and Emily Mleeczko.

Exeland Area Association for organizing the parade.

Exeland Fire Dept. for spraying down the lawn mower race track.

The Club will now start planning their Hunter's Ball to be held in November.

Next year will be the 25th annual Trout Fest. A lot of plans are already in motion to make this one of biggest and most memorable events in Exeland history. Who knows, maybe Carrie Underwood will be part of next year's music.


Ed Aspseter, a charter member and one of the founders of the Exeland Rod & Gun Club, was named as Grand Marshal for the 2016 Trout Festival.

Ed was a longtime resident of the community and has been a big supporter and donor to all Exeland organizations and events. He also constructed and donated the nice sign at the entry of Windfall Cemetery.

The Club was happy to honor a great man for all that he has done for the community.


Jim Gerber would like to invite the public to come to his book signing on Saturday, October 8. The event will be held at the Buckhorn Bar from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. During this time their will be food available (bbq's, hot dogs, beans, salads & desserts) and music by the Gator's Band from Eau Claire.

This will be the 4th book Jim's written. The title of the book is "Moon Shadows" and is a collection of stories about deer hunting, patriotism, family and community.

Jim said, "Come and enjoy an old fashioned party in town. It's always nice to get all of the local people out for a night of fun. The band is a good one and there'll be some good food. Don't feel obligated that you have to buy a book if you stop in. Just come and have a drink and good times with the locals."

Exeland Remembered Book

The three books previously printed by Phyllis Sander have been reprinted into one book entitled Exeland Remembered! It contains historical photos and stories of he early days of Exeland and the surrounding communities. Get your copy today at the Dairyland State Bank and Swan Creek Merchantile in Exeland or at Becky Jo's in Radisson!


Bimbo Gifford had two Minnesota Vikings tickets lying on the front seat of his red Ford pickup. Some jerk broke the side window of the pickup and left four more.

Memory Lane

In remembrance of some of those people

who graced our community

year's past:

Alvin & Ann Grubb

Lee & Eileen Veness

Charles & Minnie Lee

Ralph & Genevieve Bennett

Howard & Audrey Canaday

To preserve the memories of a

friend or relative you can buy a spot

on the Memorial Plaque in the cafe.

Contact Janet at the bank for more info.


Congratulations to Exeland Trout Fest Queens, Lacey Martin and Destiny Eckstrom on winning the cow milking contest at the Sawyer County Fair. Before they went to the fair they practiced and honed their skills at North Star Acres Farm. Good job girls!


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