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It was a record setting event! Over 250 people walked through the Trail of Terror that was held on the Sports Center grounds on Oct. 17 & 18. 167 brave people went through the trail on Saturday night which is a single night record for the event. The two nights also raised $650 for the Association which is also a high mark. On a sad note, chair person Janet Gerber announced, “This was our last year of holding the event. All of our spooks got old on us and the Association realizes it would just be to hard to continue without all of the helpers we’ve had the past several years. We do want to thank everyone who helped or attended the Trail of Terror over these years. It was always a lot of fun.”

Here is a list of the workers & spooks that helped make this year’s Trail so successful:

Kelsie, Conner & Sue Kopras; Sherry Samardzich; Karissa Stewart; Ron, Jackie & Mackenzie Thompson; Jim & Janet Gerber; Shannon Gerber; Sandy Dantzman; Lacey Martin; Kyle Suzan; Chance Brown; Nikki Tomasovich; Summer Dillivan; Caleb Johnson; Kourtney Fischer; Josie Meyer; Joseph Straham; Damon Stengel; Dan Fisher; Ron Kryscynski; Aca Shramek.

Reminder Notice: All $20 membership fees are now due. If you are a current member of the Association or would like to become one you can send $20 with your address to:

Janet Gerber – PO Box 35 – Exeland, WI 54835.

Ads for the Exeland Newsletter are also due now. The cost is $40 for four ads. To renew your ad or to purchase a new one, please submit payment and your business info to: Janet Gerber – PO Box 35 – Exeland, WI 54835.

In other news the Association is in the process of acquiring the former insurance building on Main Street located between the bank and the café. Association President Jim Gerber commented, “The building will be a good addition to our organization. We will use it as our meeting place and to store our belongings. We plan on doing some restoration to the building and put many put history items on the walls. We might also rent it out for events like rummage sales, wedding showers and other events.”

At the December meeting the election of officers for 2015 – 2017 was held. Elected to the following positions were: Jim Gerber (President); Secretary – Sandy Dantzman; Vice President – Ellyn Welling; Treasurer – Janet Gerber; Trustees – Mike Waite & Robert Deach.

Our Sincere Sympathy

The Exeland community would like to extend their condolences to all of the families on the recent passing of:

Ruth Oldeen (Oct. 15)

Vera Majka (Oct. 21)

John Baker Sr. (Oct. 28)

Letha Pasanen (Oct. 30)

Marge Gapinski (Nov. 6)

Ron Erickson (Nov. 8)

Dan Meyers (Nov. 9)

Frank Suzan (Nov. 9)

Dick Halberg (Nov. 18)

Brook Baures (Dec. 1)

Diane Veness (Dec. 10)

Wonderful people who will be missed by all of Exeland

(The list this quarter was to long for a small community)


Harold & Betty Brown for the generous donation of money to be used for the Sonny Shimko Memorial at Swan Creek Park. The money will be used to purchase a new flag when the current one wears out.

The Exeland United Methodist Church would like to thank everyone who attended the Cookie & Candy Walk held at the church on Saturday, December 13. Also, a thank you to everyone who made all of the wonderful treats and worked in any way to make the event a success.

Mahala Earnhart for the nice donation of necklaces she crafted and gave to the Exeland Area Association. So far nearly $250 worth necklaces have been sold with all of the money going to the Association.

Exeland American Legion & Auxiliary for supplying the bags of candy at the Santa shop.


Congratulations to Betty Bartlett who celebrated her 95th birthday in November with family and friends at the Methodist Church. Happy birthday Betty and hoping for many more to come!

Congratulations to Bill Milner on his retirement from the post office after serving the Exeland area for 30 years. His last delivery was made on October 31. A large party to celebrate his retirement was held in November at the Buckhorn Bar. Thank you Bill for the many years of dedication to the Exeland community! Enjoy being lazy!!

Bimbo Gifford was at Lambeau Field on November 9 to attend the Bears vs. Packers game. Upon seeing what great shape Bimbo is now in, Packers General Manager Ted Thompson tried signing him to a football contract. However, Bimbo turned the contract down because the only position he can play is quarterback and he figures Aaron Rodgers would be hard to beat out for the job.

Congratulations to Kourtney Fischer (daughter of Korey Fischer & Julie Thompson) on being selected the November “Student of the Month” at Winter High School! Also, if you attended the Winter/Bruce high school basketball games you would have been treated to Kourtney singing the “Star Spangled Banner”. Nobody could’ve done it better, just outstanding!

Congratulations to sisters Hailie & Alex Granica (daughters of Tom & Brenda Granica). Both of the girls shot nice whitetail bucks on their very first youth hunt! Good Job!!! You two did better then 90% of the guys did in the 9-day rifle season!

In October the Winter High School Drama Club put on another outstanding play. Some of the stars of the “I Dream of Genie” production included: Brody & Kourtney Fischer (son & daughter of Korey Fischer & Julie Thompson), Mackenzie Thompson (daughter of Ron & Jackie Thompson), Kari Mattmiller (daughter of Sheila & Jeff Nerby).

Congratulations to Hanna Anderson (daughter of Andy & Missy Anderson) on being selected as the Homecoming Queen this fall at Bruce High School. The King just happened to be Jared Weisser (grandson to Jack & Sheila Weisser)

Funny weather. Nearly 20 inches of snowfall in November and now were hoping the small amount we have left stays so we have a white Christmas.


Fire Prevention Week was October 5th – 11th. The Ladysmith News posted a list of the fire fighters from all of the local departments of each community. We would like to repost the list of the Exeland Fire Department:

Dave Veness Jay Schott Ryan Villiard Steve Korzenieski

Jerry Fillion James Graves James Joslin Richard Shcott

Steve Ross Paul Clifford Chris Veness Richard Veness

Eric Rademaker Jeff Potter Jeff Shimko Leah Larson

Heather Schott Jake Rurup Rod Knobeck Melissa Knobeck

Frank Leuschen Ryan Thome Dan Gifford Robert Deach

Gene Caturia Julie Veness Sue Kopras Colleen Schott

If you meet any of these people around town make sure you say “thank you”. They sacrifice a lot of their time to help protect our community. The Exeland community is really proud of our fire department and the people who serve in it.


The Murry Home Makers held their annual bake, raffle and rummage sale during the 2014 Trout Fest. The proceeds from the sales helped to support the Meteor, Bruce & Winter Food Pantries, the Exeland & Bruce First Responders, Woman for Courage and the Rusk County Animal Shelter.

Winners of the raffle were: 1st (1/2 hog) Bill Procknow; 1st (1/2 hog) Bev Shimko;

2nd (Gunner Taxidermy) Sharon Brown; 3rd ($50 Walmart Gift Card) Brenda Plummer (who returned card & more $ donation to local food pantry)

The Murry Home Makers would like to thank all who support their organization!!


Congratulations to Dave “Darkchild” Johnson on winning the UPW Heavyweight championship in Gladstone, Michigan on October 11th. The 43 year old and 17 year veteran upset Joey Jet Avalon to earn the victory.

It was fun to see a story about Katie Robers in the “Yesteryears” of the Sawyer County Gazette. It was 25 years ago (1989) that Katie, won the cross country Class C state championship. It’s still one of the best moments in Winter High School sports history.

Congrats to Michaela Hopkins (granddaughter to Tom & Nancy Schweitzer) on earning All-Conference honors in cross country for Bruce Middle School.

Congrats to Kayla Gerber & Kal Gerber (daughter & son of Dave & patty Gerber). Kayla was part of the girl’s cross country team from Cameron High School that made it to State. Kal made it to the State Cross Country finals as an individual.

The Bruce High School girl’s volleyball had a very solid season this year. Some of the key players on the team were: Kelsie Kopras (daughter of Denny & Sue Kopras); Karie Fetting (daughter of Kevin Fetting); Hanna Anderson (daughter of Andy & Missy Anderson). Hanna also was selected to the Lakeland All-Conference team.

The Winter High School girl’s volleyball team was also one of the top teams in the conference and posted an excellent 10-2 record. Key players on the team were: Kourtney Fischer (daughter of Korey Fischer & Julie Thompson); Mackensie Thompson (daughter of Ron & Jackie Thompson); Kari Mattmiller (daughter of Sheila & Jeff Nerby). Kourtney earned All-Conference honors.

The Bruce High School 8-man football team had another strong team and earned another trip to the Jamboree Classic held in central Wisconsin. Carter Chafer (son of Craig & Cari Chafer) was the star quarterback on the team and also earned All-Conference honors on the defense. Jared Weisser and Ben Adams also were named to the All-Conference team.

Reports on the high school basketball teams will appear in the March issue of the newsletter.


The Club held their elections of officers at the December meeting. The officers for 2015 – 2017 are: President Al Gerber; Vice President – Mike Paul; Secretary – Robert Deach; Treasurer – Dean Johnson.

In November the Club held their annual Hunter’s Ball for members only at the clubhouse. Winning guns at the festive event were: Al Suzan (Ojibwa); Curt Gerber (Hayward); Jim Leader (Exeland); Chance Brown (Exeland); Denny Kopras (Exeland); John Gordon (Exeland); Al Gordon (Radisson); Brody Fischer (Exeland) & Daryl Kinnear (Ladysmith).

Winner of the Club’s Big Buck Contest for rifle this year goes to Al Gerber who shot a big 8-pointer with a 21’” inside spread. A dandy buck, Al. Good job!!

The Club spent some more money in the community when they had the road that goes around the campsites at Swan Creek Park re-graveled. The community thanks the Club for helping keep our park as one of the best around!

Currently, the Club is working with the DNR in setting the quotas for the 2015 deer hunts. The DNR listened last year so hopefully they will again this year.

Overall area report of 2014 deer season: POOR.

The Club had a very stressful December meeting. Denny Kopras, club bartender, didn’t show up for the meeting and there was no beer in the refrigerator. This no doubt was the worst disaster the Club faced all year long. 5 members have been assigned to beat Denny up for his terrible mistake.

ATTENTION ALL MEMBERS: 2015 memberships are now due. Cost is still $20. You can submit payment to: Exeland Rod & Gun Club – PO Box 92, Exeland, WI 54835 or pay at the next meeting. We’re always looking for new members! If you want to join you can submit the $20 to the address listed above or contact any club member.

Memory Lane

In remembrance of special people who graced the Exeland people from past years:

Frank Markley

Russ & Roszella Applebee

Mike Wojcik

Mary Smith

Howard & Audrey Canaday

T 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 huge thank to Michele Meyers for making a lot of kids happy with her Santa Shop in the month of December. A large turnout of children showed up at the Weirgor Town Hall to do their Christmas shopping. A big thank you to all of Santa’s helpers and to Santa (Bill Haymes) and Mrs. Santa (Shirley Bodner).


The Exeland Area Association would like to wish everyone in the Exeland community a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. They would also like to thank all of the members who worked hard to make this another tremendous year for the organization. They would also like to send out a big “THANK YOU” to all of the people who buy ads to make the newsletter possible! Good people make for a good community!


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