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Sunday, October 16th was a beautiful sunny day with a temperature of 70 degrees.  It was the perfect day for the Exeland Area Association’s to host their annual Packer’s Tailgate Party on Main Street.


Packer supporters came out in force and it was fun to see Main Street filled with people as they enjoyed eating brats, hot dogs, and drink a few beverages.  


Winning the Packer contests were:  KING – Ben Clements (Exeland);  QUEEN – Kari Mattmiller (Exeland);  BEST DRESSED MALE – Steve Schoepke (Waukesha);  BEST DRESSED FEMALE – Kristy Carpenter (Exeland);  FUNNIEST – Bimbo Gifford (Exeland);  BEST COUPLE – Ron & Diane Beise (Exeland);  BEST KID/BOY – Aiden Peterson (Chippewa Falls);  BEST KID/GIRL:  Ella Gerber (Hayward)


Raffles and other fund raising events were held throughout the afternoon.  All of the proceeds raised at the day’s festivities will be used to pay for the annual utilities for the organization’s main street building.  The only negative thing from the day was the Green Bay Packers losing a close game to the Dallas Cowboys.


Janet Gerber, Club Treasurer said, “Besides being a fun day, we made enough money to pay for all of the club’s building expenses for 2017.  This is a huge benefit for the Exeland Area Association and we want to thank all of the generous people who attended the event and helped us out.  It is really appreciated.”


The Association was to hold their quarterly business meeting on Tuesday, December 20th.  At this time the calendar events for 2017 would be scheduled.  Also, the election of officers was to be voted on for a two year term, 2017 – 2018.  Report of this meeting will be in the next newsletter.


Speaking on behalf of the Association, Club President Jim Gerber said, “The Association had another great year and many accomplishments for the community.  One of the things we were really proud of this year was the financial support we were able to give to the local youth baseball programs.  Thirty-six kids from the community were able to play baseball in town this past summer.  It looks like we’ll have more kids involved this upcoming year.  We’re proud that we were able to help out!”


The Association will be doing more work in their museum this winter.  In the spring an open house will be held to share with the community the many history items that will be on display.



Annual membership dues for 2017 can now 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 now 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!!



Congratulations to the 2016 Bruce Volleyball team on winning the East Lakeland Conference volleyball championship.  Some of the star players on the team included:  Morgan & Marina Mansky (daughters of Duane & Kim Manksy) & Kara  Graves (daughter of Dave & Lisa Graves).   Kara also received the team’s Hustle Award and was named to the Lakeland All-Conference team.  Great season, girls!!


Kal Gerber (son of Dave & Patty Gerber) is continuing his stellar wrestling career into college.  The UW-La Crosse red-shirt freshman is currently ranked #10 in the nation in Division 3.  His biggest win so far came when he upset the #1 ranked wrestler in Division 2.  Stay at the top, Kal!!  


Brody Fischer (son of Korey Fischer & Julie Thompson) completed his tremendous football career at Winter High School.  The senior led his team to their first winning season of ten years of football at WHS.  He won many of the team’s individual awards and was named to the Lakeland All-Conference team.  Good job, Brody!


Many fans are still saying it was one of the best games they ever saw.  Do you agree?  That ending was unbelievable wasn’t!  Who would’ve ever thought they would’ve comeback and won in such a crazy way.   Come and join the gang to watch the rematch.  It’s suppose to be just as good.  See ya there.



The United Methodist Church would like to say, “THANK YOU!” who supported their annual Cookie & Cake Walk that was held at the church on Saturday, Dec. 10th.  The day was a huge success!


The Exeland American Legion would like to thank everyone who attended their annual Pancake Breakfast at the Legion Hall on Saturday, Ocotber 22nd.  Your support was greatly appreciated!


Jim Gerber would like to thank everyone who attended his book signing at the Buckhorn Bar on Saturday, October 8th.  Besides the book signing, the event featured good food, good music, and a good time.  Jim commented, “I was humbled by the huge turnout and number of books I sold.  It’s really appreciated.”  Anyone, who like to buy a copy of “Moon Shadows” or like more information can contact Jim at 715-943-2242.


The Exeland area has an awfully good Senior Center in town for the elderly.  Sometimes it’s taken for granted.  Sending out a big thank you to Bonnie Klinger (site manager) and all of her helpers for keeping the operation going so strong.  Keep up the great work!


The Exeland Laundry Mat will be opening up for business in the near future.


The winter season is starting to take a grip on the area.  Snow is beginning to mount up and some very cold weather has moved in.  Just part of living in the great north woods!



The Exeland Rod & Gun Club held their annual Hunter’s Ball at the clubhouse on Friday, November 4th.  Winning rifle that night were:  Robert Deach (Exeland), Chance Brown (Exeland), Mike Waite (Exeland), Eric Rademaker (Exeland), Brody Fischer (Exeland), Scott Ring (Exeland), George Sihsmann (Bruce), Bud Waite (Eau Claire) & Dave Samardzich (Bruce).  Winning the Camp Package was John Gordon (Exeland).


The Kopras guys (Conner & Denny) had good chances of winning a gun in the dice games but both of them chocked when it came down to crunch time.  


At the Club’s monthly meeting held on Friday, December 9th, the following positions were filled for a two year term:  PRESIDENT – Al Gerber;  VICE PRESIDENT – Ryan Thome;  TREASURE – Dean Johnson;  SECRETARY – Robert Deach.


The date for the Club’s annual rabbit hunt was set for Saturday, January 21st.  Teams and hunters should report to the clubhouse by 8:30 a.m. that morning.  The public should mark this date on their calendars so when they hear all of the shooting going on in the area they know it’s not some kind of invasion but just a bunch of guys chasing bunnies around the swamps and bushes.  The Scott Ring / Larry Sanders team is the defending champs.  Club President Al Gerber said, “We don’t expect them to win this year.  They aren’t very good but have been lucky.  Eventually, that luck will run out.”


The Club also discussed some of the plans for the upcoming 2017 year. The big item talked about was the 2017 Trout Fest.  Chairman Jim Gerber commented, “This will be the 25th annual Trout Fest.  It’s a special year so we’re going to make sure this year’s event is very special.  We’re even planning on a fireworks display for Saturday night’s street dance.  We’re hoping everyone will help us start planning and making this the best  Trout Fest ever.”


The Club also reviewed the results of the past deer season.  The consensus of the members was, “The deer herd has improved but it still isn’t as healthy as it should be.  The ratio of bucks sighted this deer season was better but the overall number of deer in the area is still down.”  The Club will take their recommendation of not shooting does next deer season to the upcoming DNR meetings.  The Exeland Rod & Gun Club has a reputation of having a profound impact of setting the number of deer harvested for each deer season.


The Club also decided some improvements will be needed this spring at the public boat landing on Windfall Lake.  Putting in a new dock is probably what will happen.  This is a generous contribution the Club makes for the locals and they hope it’s appreciated by all of the fishermen and boaters who use this access into the water.


The Club’s “Big Buck Bow Contest” is still going on and won’t end until the season ends on January 8th.  At this time, Mike Granica’s 9 pointer appears to have edged out Jim Gerber’s 8 pointer for the bow.   Norm Rademaker won half of the Club’s “Big Buck Contest” and the other winner was still to be determined.


2017 MEMBERSHIP DUES CAN NOW BE PAID.  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.  


NEXT MEETING:  Sunday – January 8th at 6:30 pm.  Come and join us.  We can use new members.  We do make a difference in the area’s hunting and fishing.




There were over 50 children who enjoyed shopping for presents and visiting Santa Claus on Saturday, December 3 at the Weirgor Town Hall.  It was another great Santa Shop!


A big thank you goes out to Michele Meyers for once again organizing and running the event.  She has been the pillar for many years of this wonderful program for kids.


Michele would like to thank hers elves, Trout Fest Queen Destiny Ekstrom and her Royal Court of Tiana Meyers, Hallie Granica and Morgan Mansky.  Also, a thank you goes to Larry Rasmussen for being the perfect Santa and to Janet Gerber and Teresa Kinder for helping setup all of the gifts.


Congratulations to Hallie Granica on taking 1st Place in the “Patriot’s Pen” essay contest.  She won the school’s division and Regionals to move onto the State Level.  She was awarded $200 for her big win. Hallie is the daughter of Tom & Brenda Granica and is an 8th grader at Bruce High School.   Good luck at State, Hallie!!


Congrats to Sam Jerry on being named the Birchwood Middle School Student of the Month!  Sam earns excellent grades through hard work and is involved in many of the school’s activities including sports.  Sam is the great-grandson of Donna Jerry and the grandson of Gary & Cindy Gerber.





It’s time to give a big thank to our local emergency medical team.  Our community is very fortunate to have so many good people respond to homes when a health issue arises and medical help is needed instantly.  The Exeland Squad is a great one and is made up of caring and good people.  The area salutes the following people for what they do in our little town as EMS:  Dave Veness, Jay Schott, Rod Knobeck, James Graves, Ryan Thome, Steve Korzenieski, Julie Veness, Leah Zesiger, Collen Schott, Melissa Knobeck and Robert Deach.  All we can say is, THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!




It’s also time to thank our fire department.  Few little towns can claim a fire department as good as the one in our community.  Good people, who sacrifice a lot of time, make it happen.  We all want the following people to know that their contributions and good work doesn’t go unnoticed by the community:  Dave Veness (chief), Jay Schott, Rod Knobeck, Jerry Fillion, James Graves, Ryan Thome, Sue Kopras, Steve Korzenieski, James Joslin, Richard Schott, Julie Veness, Eric Rademaker, Leah Zesiger, Colleen Schott, Ryan Villiard, Melissa Knobeck, Robert Deach, Gene Caturia, Zach Horan, Jennifer Peterson and Scott Kemmits.  THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Our Sincere Sympathy


The Exeland community would like to extend their condolences

on the recent passing of:


David Dahle (Oct. 27)


Viola Geisler (Nov. 3)


Wonderful people who will be missed by all of Exeland




It’s worth taking a drive after dark around the Exeland area.  A lot of homes are decorated in spectacular Christmas lights.  A Christmas light tour is well worth the effort.  Once you cross the tracks in town on County Road C and travel west you’ll see many great displays for the next 3 miles.  Also, a lot of good lights around town and around the Windfall Lake area.  Take some time out of your evening, go for a ride, and enjoy the wonderful light shows the people of Exeland have on display!




In remembrance of some of those people who graced our community in years past:


Bud & Evelyn Veness


Andy & Helen Baumel


Leo & Mary Ann Oldeen


Art & Shirley Lehmann


John & Muriel Gadwill


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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