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The Exeland Area Association held their quarterly business meeting on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at the Exeland Rod & Gun Clubhouse. Hopefully, this will be the last time they will have to borrow this facility. The Association is in the process of accepting the former Winter Insurance building from Andy Anderson as a donation. The two parties are in the process of finalizing the transaction. It should be a convenient and ideal location for the organization’s new headquarters.

The final stages of the “Sonny Shimko Memorial” are in progress. The memorial will be in Swan Creek Park. President Jim Gerber said, “We’re sorry this has taken longer then we wanted to complete but when we’re done, it’ll have been worth the wait.” The memorial display will feature a large cement slab, with two benches, the Swan Creek Park sign, and the flagpole. The signs and the flagpole will be surrounded by landscaping rock. The memorial sign, a tribute to all people who served in our armed forces will read, “SONNY SHIMKO MEMORIAL – Dedicated To All Members Of The Armed Forces Who Served Their Country Honorably In Peace And In War. May Their Shadows Always Fall In Peaceful Surroundings” The total cost to put the final touches on the project will be $4,500. Gerber added, “This will be Association’s big project for the year. We’re glad we’re able to this. It’ll be an impressive display and great tribute from our community to all servicemen from our area.”

In other news the Association will be organizing the Trout Fest parade again this year, they’re also planning a Packer Party on Main Street in October, and currently they’re busy preparing for the annual community picnic, fireworks and baseball tournament to be held over the July 4th holiday.


The Exeland Area Association would like to thank the following people for their help with spring cleanup at Swan Creek Park:

Gary & Linda Gordon, Loretta Gordon, Ron, Jackie & Mackenzie Thompson, Dana Zebro, Dave Vitcenda, Dave & Sandy Dantzman, Nita Veness, Denny & Ellie Welling, Mike Waite, John Deach, Robert Deach, Al & Nancy Gerber, Lois Gerber, Jim & Janet Gerber, Melissa, Trace & Jake Thome, Denny, Sue & Kelsie Kopras.

The turnout of 29 workers was the most that ever showed up to beautify the park for the summer. A huge thank you goes out to all of those who helped on this rewarding community project. The reward was a meal of brats/hot dogs and cold beverages after the work was all done. Janet burnt most of the brats & hot dogs but all was still good.

Dana Zebro won the award for “Best Dressed Worker” when she wore really expensive pair of designer jeans and a high priced lacy blouse to the job.


In remembrance of special people who graced the

Exeland community from past years:

Art & Frances Goldbeck

Bill & June Jordan

Hank & Lottie Suzan

Maurice & Alma Swan

Earl & Evelyn Waite

To preserve the memories of a friend or relative you can buy a spot on the

“Memorial Plaque” displayed on the wall at the café.

Contact Janet at the bank for more info.


Dave Vitcenda for buying the news ad for the Exeland Area’s annual spaghetti dinner, Quilting Club on buying the meat pack for the raffle, Al & Nancy Gerber on donating all of the hamburger, Joan Vitcenda & Janet Gerber for donating the sauce & Lois Gerber for donating lettuce and garlic bread, Exeland Depot (pop & water). Also, a big thank you to the helpers at the event: Mike Waite, John Deach, Robert & Dee Deach, Jim & Janet Gerber, Dave & Sandy Dantzman, Ron, Jackie & Mackenzie Thompson, Sue & Kelsie Kopras.

Everyone who supported the Exeland Area Association’s annual Spaghetti Dinner”. The organization served 78 meals and made nearly $1,000 on the dinner and meat raffle. Congrats to Jim Leader on winning the meat raffle.

Lemar Johnson of the Buckhorn Bar for his generous donation the little league program.

Lois Gerber & Halo Earnhart for their generous donation to the little league program.

Carrie Wessman for her wonderful donation of stuffed animals to Exeland Easter Egg Hunt.

Michele Meyers & Janet Gerber for hosting another great Easter Egg Hunt for the kids this past spring. Most of the 700 eggs were covered in snow but everyone still had fun.

The following people for their donations to the upcoming Community Picnic: Quilting Club (donation of meat pack for raffle); John & Ryan Villiard (donation of chicken) & Joan Vitcenda (donation of brats, hot dogs & buns), Gene & Laura Caturia / Rock Castle for donating all of the ice for the picnic.

Andy Anderson & Northwoods Insurance for the building donation to the Exeland Area Association!

Ed Aspseter on refurbishing the sign at Windfall Cemetary. The sign was installed a few years ago in the memory of Sharon Aspseter.

Exeland American Legion & Exeland Legion Auxiliary for another nice Memorial Day Service.

Tom Hanson for the many years served on the Bruce/Exeland School Board.


Exeland mayor, Sue Kopras, recently took a hard stand against some of the things that are happening around the world. She commented to UPI press saying, “I’m against what Putnin and Russia is doing to that one country, you know that one next to Russia. Also, I think North Korea conducting nuclear tests in that sea is wrong. I don’t know what sea it is but I still think it’s wrong.”


Congrats to Brittany Thompson (daughter of Dale & Brenda Thompson) on being named to the Lakeland All-Conference Basketball team for this past winter. Brittany had a stellar career as she was named all-conference in this sport all four years of high school.

Kal Gerber (son of Dave & Patty Gerber) on being named to the Wisconsin All-State Academic Wrestling Team. The two-time state champ not only was named to the team but he also scored the highest total in the entire state when his accomplishments on the mat and the school room was combined.

The Exeland Blue Jays majors little league is having another banner baseball season and currently is in 1st place in the Tri-County League. The team has also participated in tournaments in Wisconsin Rapids and Webster. They still have some big tournaments coming up. The outstanding group of youngsters is coached by Tommy Clark.

The Exeland Blue Jays Minors minors little league team had all new players on their roster this year and have made huge improvements as the season has progressed. The team has posted two victories. The team suffered a scare when Chase Clifford and Tommy Chafer had a vicious collision chasing a ball in a recent game. Chase had to go to the hospital but was released and okay. Coach Jim Gerber said, “I’m glad both are okay. It’s funny at the start of the season none of the players would move when a ball was hit. Now they’ve become so aggressive I have to make sure they call for the ball so we don’t have another accident. The crew has become winners in a short time.”

The Bruce/Exeland High School baseball team just concluded another successful high school season. The team won their 14th consecutive conference championship. The team also won their Regionals and made it to the Sectional finals before losing to Chippewa Falls McDonald. Players playing key roles on the team were Conner Kopras, Zach Inczauskis, Carter Chafer, Nick Chafer, Chance Brown Brown, Kyle Graves & Jared Weisser. Good season, guys! It’s pretty certain many of these players will make all-conference and that listing will be put in the next quarterly newsletter.

The Bruce/Exeland High School softball team also won the conference championship. Playing big roles in their highly successful season were Morgan Mansky Kari Fetting, Denae Wessman, Breannaa Peiffer & Kara Graves. Expect some these players to be named to the all-conference team.

Being named to the 2014 Exeland Baseball Hall of Fame class are Ed Grindheim, Bob Veness & Lois Gerber. Their induction into the prestigious group will take place at the Hall of Fame Tournament on Saturday, July 5. Grindheim was noted for his family support of Exeland baseball and his contributions to the former fastpitch softball league that lasted in the area for many years. Veness has been a strong supporter of community baseball with his tremendous press coverage over the years. Gerber not only has been a longtime fan but also has been a huge sponsor of all teams over the many years.


Amanda Warner on her second place finish at the Bruce Talent Contest with her beautiful singing voice.

Hanna Anderson, Kari Fetting and Kelsie Kopras of Bruce High School on winning silver medals at the State Forensic competition held in Madison on April 11. Also, winning a silver medal was Amy Taylor of Birchwood High School. Good job and thank all of you for the great representation of our school and community!

Dalton Nickel (son of Jon & Kelly Nickel) on being named the Class of 2014 Valecictorian.

Ryan Sajdera (son of Joe Renae Sajdera) on attaining the ranking of an officer in U.S. Army. Ryan was ranked number on in his ROTC class. GREAT JOB!!

Ally Villiard on officially becoming a registered nurse!

Our Sincere Sympathy

The Exeland community would like to extend their condolences

to the family on the recent passing of:

Mailand Patterson (June)

Mailand was was an active member of the American Legion and played

Santa Claus for several years at the Santa Shop


Black bears have invaded the village again this year. Nobody complains about them anymore so I guess we’re used to having them living among us.


The 22nd annual Exeland Trout Festival will be held this on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, August 29, 30 & 31.

$100 Cash Raffle tickets are now available. Contact any Rod & Gun Club member or stop at Dairyland State Bank to get yours.

Raffle tickets for the 4-Wheeler & two canoes are now being sold in the community. You can also purchase your tickets on the Savage 7mm deer rifle from any club member.

If you would like to be a queen candidate or be in the little princess contest please contact Janet Gerber at Dairyland State Bank.

The new Trout Fest shirts will be here soon! Trout Fest buttons will go on sale after July 4th!


Thursday – July 3

5:30 p.m. – Community Picnic

(Everyone invited – Bring a dish to pass)

Beverages available to buy

Raffles, horseshoes & DJ Music throughout the evening

10:00 p.m. – Fireworks

Saturday – July 5

Hall of Fame Baseball Tournament

Saturday – July 5

Four Games

10:30 a.m. – 1st round game

12:30 p.m. – 2nd round game

Hall of Fame Inductions following game

2:30 p.m. – 3rd place game

4:30 p.m. – Championship

Come out / support some great baseball

All proceeds go the Exeland Area Association


On May 16, the Club held their annual Fishing Expo / field day for 4th graders from four area schools. The youngsters learned important facts about fishing. A great meal was prepared for the group before nearly 100 fishing poles was handed out to all of the kids in attendance. Once again, the day was a huge success. A big thank you to Jack Weisser and Robert Deach for chairing the event. They had great help and were assisted by over 20 club members.

The new “Exeland Nature Trail” is nearing completion. The 2-mile long trail will begin near the softball filed and will make a loop on the grounds owned by the village and the club. The Club is in the process of making signs to mark the trail. Once completed, the trail will be opened for all of the public to use. It will be for walking only and no motorized vehicles will be allowed. President Al Gerber said, “Once we’re done with it, this will be a great addition to the community. We’re proud it turned out so nice.”

The Club has purchased three walk-in coolers to be added to their facilities at the pavilion. The coolers will come in handy at the Trout Fest.

The Club is busy trying to find a secure route into Exeland to help out the Radisson/Exeland ATV Club. Right now the trail ends in Weirgor and there is no access to Exeland. This has been a problem for sometime now and the Club is hoping to find a solution to resolve it.

The Club is happy the DNR agreed with them not to issue antlerless permits for the 2014 deer seasons. It will give our deer herd a chance to recuperate from the low numbers they currently are at. It was a great reward for the Club’s hard work on this matter.

Some more improvements might be made at the shooting range. Member Todd Earnhart recently attended a seminar in Hayward on ideas for ranges. Many of the suggestions at the seminar for were very good and the Club will be looking to implement some of them in the near future.

The Club made a couple of nice contributions locally in a show of community spirit and pride. $250 was spent to purchase two soccer goals/nets for a large contingent of a local people playing soccer. The goals have been installed on a field at the Sports Center. Also, a $200 donation was made to Carter Chafer who was selected to play on the Wisconsin All-Star high school team that will be playing baseball around the U.S. this summer.


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