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The Exeland Area Association held their quarterly meeting on Tuesday, March 14th at their headquarters on Main Street. A lot of plans were made for the 2017 year.

The organization will be holding their annual spaghetti dinner at the Rod & Gun Clubhouse on Friday, April 21, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. All proceeds will go to the Exeland Youth Baseball program. Their will be a meat pack raffle and a 50/50 raffle during the event. Come out and enjoy a great meal and help support youth baseball!!

The Association would like to thank the Quilting Club for the donation of $125 to purchase the meat pack for the spaghetti dinner. They also would like to thank all of the members and other people who make generous donations to this event!

The annual spring cleaning of Swan Creek Park has been set for Wednesday, April 19th. Work will begin at 5:30 p.m. Bring a rake. When the work is completed everyone will be rewarded with a picnic featuring hot dogs, brats, beer or soda. Dress in work clothes unless you’re like Dana Zebro. If so, then wear the nicest and most expensive clothes you have. Asked about the event, Jim Gerber, President of the Association commented, “The past three years we’ve had around 30 workers show up to help out. Getting the park in shape for the upcoming summer is a great thing and I hope we have a good turnout again this year.” Mark your calendars so you don’t forget!

The Exeland Area Association also will be unveiling their new History Museum display they have put together in their Main Street building. On Saturday, May 6, 8:00 a.m. – noon, the organization will be holding an open house and invite everyone in the public to come in and view all of the historical photos and articles that are displayed on the walls. Free doughnuts, rolls, juice and coffee will be available for all visitors. Club President, Jim Gerber said, “The museum is very impressive. It preserves many of the memories that have been created in the community over the years. It sure is worth the visit. Stop in and see us that morning.”

The July 4th festivities have been set: Hall of Fame Baseball Tournament will be held on Saturday, July 1st. The rest of the schedule for the tournament will be announced at a later date. The Community Picnic will be held on Monday, July 3rd. The picnic will begin at 5:00 p.m. and fireworks will be at 10:00 p.m. This year’s will picnic will also have live music. A huge thank you goes out to Dave Vitcenda for paying for a polka band for the event. Club Treasure, Janet Gerber stated, “This is really nice of Dave to do this. He loves his community and is always trying to give them something. Having a live band at the picnic sure will be a nice touch to the night.” Thank you, Dave!!


The Exeland History Museum will have an open house on Saturday, May 6, from 8:00 a.m. – noon. Free doughnuts, rolls, juice and coffee will be served to visitors. There is no charge to enter. The Museum is located in the Exeland Area Association building. Please come and relive some of Exeland’s past. If you have any local history items of interest that you would like to donate to the museum please contact Jim Gerber at 715-943-2242. Photos, news stories and business novelties are some of the items we’re interested in displaying in the museum.


Annual membership dues for 2017 can still be paid to Janet Gerber at the Dairyland State Bank or by sending to: PO Box 35, Exeland, WI 54835. The fee is still only $20. We are always are looking for new members!! Come and join us! Help us make a difference in the community!


The Exeland Area Association is still accepting payments from businesses or individuals who would like to place an ad in the quarterly newsletter. Once again, the cost is $10 per quarter or $40 per year (4 quarterly newsletters). You can make payment to Janet Gerber at the Dairyland State Bank or send to: PO Box 35, Exeland, WI 54835.

The Association would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who buys Ads for the newsletter. The Ads are what makes it possible to keep the newsletter going. We ask everyone in the community to make sure they support the advertisers / local businesses!!


The Buckhorn Bar has been completely remodeled and is now opened for business. If you haven’t been there yet, you need to stop in and have a good meal and beverages in the near future. It’s now one of the most attractive buildings ever to be in Exeland. The new owners are Darci Newcomb and Kasey Baumann. So stop in and pay them a visit. We know you’ll be impressed!


The Exeland Laundromat is now open for business! The inside has been totally rejuvenated, all new washers and dryers. It’s an excellent facility and if you need your clothes done this is the place to go. Nick and Barb Bergeson of Haugen are the new owners.


Following a long and good tradition, there will be an Easter egg hunt in Exeland for the kids. This year’s hunt will be held on Saturday, April 15th at the Sports Center Rod & Gun Club pavilion. The hunt for eggs begins promptly at 11:00 a.m. Once again, we have Michele Meyers & Janet Gerber to thank for organizing this fun day for the area children.


Not only is Exeland’s 2016 Trout Fest Queen very pretty but she can also play sports! Lacy Martin (daughter / Todd & Sissy Martin) hit the 1,000 point milestone in her basketball game at Winter High School. That night Lacey scored 29 points in leading her team to a victory against New Auburn. She accomplished the great feat of 1,000 points despite missing her Junior season to an injury. Lacey is a three year All-Conference player. The Exeland Rod & Gun Club is very proud of their queen representative and congratulates her on a fine basketball career.

The Bruce Boys middle school team captured the championship at the 45th OLS Basketball Tournament held in Ladysmith in February. Some of the star players on the team include: McCoy Mansky (son / Duane & Kim Mansky), Drew Chafer (son / Craig & Cari Chafer), & Chris Brock,man (son / Brian & Ann Brockman). Hats off to the champs on winning the title!!

Congrats to Steven Jerry (son / Pastor Tim & Ann Jerry) on completing his outstanding wrestling career at Ladysmith High School! Steve was a 4-time conference champ and recorded over a 100 victories. This year he capped off the great career by earning a state trip to Madison and making it to the podium with a well deserved 4th place finish. Donna Jerry is the proud grandma of this great wrestler!!

In college wrestling, Kal Gerber (son / Dave & Patty Gerber) capped off an excellent freshman season when he finished second in WIAC conference tournament. It truly is a great accomplishment for the red-shirt freshman.

Not to be outdone by her brother, Tori Gerber (daughter / Dave & Patty Gerber) just missed a chance to play in the girl’s state high school basketball tournament. The outstanding sophomore at Cameron High School was one of the key players on a team that lost their Sectional final game in the closing seconds. One step short this year … on to State next season!!

Congrats to middle schooler’s Tanner Gerber (son / Dave & patty Gerber) & Ashtyn Waite (son / Brant & Carrie Waite) on qualifying for the State Youth Wrestling Tournament to be held in Madison the weekend of March 24 & 25. Good luck guys!

Brody Fischer (son / Korey Fischer & Julie Thompson) just finished a stellar career of basketball at Winter High School. Brody was one of the leaders on the team and we congratulate him on another fine season.


If you have a child, girl or boy, who would like to play little league baseball or Babe Ruth baseball please contact Jim Gerber at 715-943-2242. There is no fee to play on a team.

Babe Ruth baseball is for kids ages 13 & 14. Little League is for kids age 6 thru 12. Gerber commented, “We would like to have two little league teams this year, A Minor and a Majors team. We have enough players for the Majors team, the 10 -12 year olds, we still are looking for more 6 – 9 year olds. This is a great opportunity for kids to play some fun baseball. We welcome all kids to come and join one of the teams. Nobody will be turned down.”


Congrats to Sara Stricklen & Andrew Hazard on getting married on January 17th. Sara is the daughter of Tom & Jeanne Stricklen of Exeland. Andrew is the son of Dale & Sally Hazard of Augusta. The marriage ceremony took place in Ladysmith.

Todd Englund whipped the competition and was crowned the champion of the prestigious Monday night cribbage league held at the Frontier Bar. In 2nd place was the team of: Sue Gifford & Carol Kirchknopf; 3rd place: Dave Dantzman & Chris Veness; 4th place: Tom Granica & Mark Heath. Todd didn’t have a regular partner and relied on a sub in each week. Obviously, his system worked because he’s the new champ!!

Rusk County Memorial Hospital is now offering lab draws in Exeland on each Tuesday from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. at the Weirgor Town Hall. To pre-register or for more details you can call 715-532-5561.


Congrats to the team of Scott Ring / Larry Sanders & buddies on retaining their club championship as best rabbit hunters. The Club’s big hunt took place in early February and six teams were entered this year. This year marked the first time in club history that a protest was filed. Some of the hunters claimed that a couple of the rabbits taken by the Ring/Sanders team were suspicious looking. Rabbit hunt chairman, Al Gerber, examined the dead bunnies and confirmed that they were legal kills. Gerber stated, “The rabbits were all legal kills. I just feel some of the losers are jealous of the success the winners have been having these past years.” Of course, this statement was made after someone spotted Larry Sanders slipping a $20 bill in Al’s pocket.

The Club held their annual ice fishing contest at Windfall Lake in late February. Here’s a list of contest winners: Walleye – Scott Ring; Northern – Chuck Lynk; Perch – Drew Chafer; Bluegill – Al Gordon; Crappie – Al Gordon. Special Note: John Gordon caught 27 perch that had a combined length of 31 inches and had a total weight of one pound 9 ounces. Gordon stated, “The fishing was unbelievable.”

The Club scheduled their annual Kids Fishing Expo for Friday, May 19th.

The Club is already making plans for this year’s Trout Festival for Labor Day weekend. Secretary Robert Deach commented, “This will be the 25th annual Trout Fest. We’re starting our planning early because want to make this year’s event special.”

You still have time to renew your 2017 membership if you haven’t already done so. Annual membership dues of $20 can now be paid. Remit your payment at the next monthly meeting or send payment to: Exeland Rod & Gun Club – PO Box 92 – Exeland, WI 54835.


Congrats to Kelsie Kopras (daughter / Denny & Sue Kopras) on being named to the Dean’s List at UW-La Crosse for the fall semester of 2016 – 2017. Kelsie is a majoring in biology with aspirations of being a doctor in the future.

Congrats to Nick Chafer (son / Craig & Cari Chafer) on being named the fall semester Dean’s List at UW-River Falls. Nick is majoring in criminology.

Congrats to Danae Wessman (daughter / Randy & Carrie Wessman) on being named to the Dean’s List at UW- River Falls. Danae is majoring in Marketing Communications.

Alexandra Schott (daughter / Jay & Colleen Schott) was named High School Student of the Month at the Birchwood School District. Alex is extremely active in many of the school’s organizations. She is admired at school for her great attitude and willingness to always help people. Alex, you’re also admired by the Exeland community for all that you do and have accomplished at your school!!

The Bruce High School forensics team sent all 11 members of their club to State. Among these fine speakers includes Halle Anderson (daughter / Andy & Missy Anderson) & Megan Ayers (daughter / Randy Ayers). Good job girls!! It’s also worth mentioning that Megan also made it to State for the 2017 solo song ensemble.

Our Sincere Sympathy

The Exeland community would like to extend their condolences

on the recent passing of:

Pearl Sampson (Jan. 9)

Myrtle Willoughby (Feb. 13)

Wonderful people who will be missed by all of Exeland


To honor the new history museum we decided to take a step back in time and remember some of the Exeland people who graced this community from many year’s ago:

Henry & Mary Smith

Gus & Esther Schwartz

George & John Houg

August Pehrson

Hank Hendrickson

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.



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