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Organization's Mission Statement

Promote recreation and support business in the Exeland area

This quarterly newsletter we want to honor all of the business in the Exeland area who advertize in the newsletter. They are the ones who make the newsletter possible. We appreciate the support of these businesses and are lucky so many good businesses and conveniences in our small community.

BRENDA'S CAFE: Not many small towns can boast having a better cafE than Brad & Brenda Beise operate. They've been operating the business for many years and provide some of the best food in the country.

EXELAND LAUNDROMAT: Recently remodeled and new state of the art machines. If you have clothes to be cleaned this laundromat is worth visiting.

BUCKHORN BAR: Simply has become the best supper club in the area. Completely remodeled last year. There isn't a better eating place around.

FRP: Exeland's factory. Denny & Sharon Thorhaug are the longest running business owners and operators in town. They also are the community's biggest employer.

EXELAND DEPOT: Many towns the size of ours don't even have a gas station / convenience store. We're lucky to have such a nice one.

FRONTIER SALOON / ROCK CASTLE / SKINNY DIPPER'S: A great thing about Exeland, you don't have to go very far to find a fun place to socialize. We have three outstanding bars that you can stop and visit your friends. Stop and see Todd at the Frontier, Gene & Laura at the Rock or Nikki at Skinny Dippers.

JACK OF ALL TRADES: Have a job you need done? Just call Robert Deach, the handyman who can do anything.

SWAN CREEK MERCANTILE & THRIFT: A nice consignment store located on Main Street. If you have an item to sell, take it to this store and they'll get it sold for you.

TRINITY AUTOMOTIVE: A great certified mechanic. When it comes to vehicle repairs they can do it all.

THEN WHAT?: If you need small engine service or repair contact Joe Kaiser in Weirgor.

FISCHER ELECTRIC: If you have electrical work to be done, give Korey a call. Best electrician in the county.

SUE'S SWAN CREEK SALON: Sue has been in business for a longtime and has a reputation as being one of the best beauticians in the area.

LIVING FAITH CHURCH / FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH / UNITED METHODIST CHURCH / METEOR HILLS BIBLE CHURCH / EXELAND MENNONITE CHURCH: Our area has five nice churches to choose from. All of them provide excellent worship services.

A-1 PLUMBING: Call Bart or Bruce if you have plumbing problems or need gravel hauled or landscaping done. Nobody does it better!

NORTHWEST SANITARY: If you have septic issues give these guys a call. They've been in business for 33 years. Great supporters of the Exeland Trout Fest!!

AVON: Don't forget to give Chris Schweitzer a call if need Avon products.

ELAINE'S EMBROIDERY: If you need anything embroidered contact Elaine. She can do hats, jackets, shirts, etc.

H & S EXCAVATING: Mike Hopkins can haul you gravel, dirt, or do your landscaping. Reputation for being one of the best!

DAIRYLAND STATE BANK: You don't have to go very far to meet all of your banking needs. Two great bankers in Janet & Missy.

We also ask that if your outside of town not to forget these fine businesses that advertise in this newsletter: ED'S PIT STOP -Birchwood; BIRCHWOOD FLOORING - Birchwood; JERRY'S ATV SERVICE-REPAIR – Bruce; DAVE SAMARDZICH -Bruce.


Our Sincere Sympathy

The Exeland community would like to extend their condolences

on the recent passing of:

Sandy Shimko (Mar. 22)

Ralph Thompson (Mar. 17)

Floyd Villiard (Mar. 1)

Jerry Hause (Feb. 10)

Alex Nickel (Jan. 3)

Amy Oehlke (Jan. 4)

Frank Oefling (Jan.)

Wonderful people who will be missed by all of Exeland

Memory Lane

In remembrance of some of those

People who graced our community from years past:

Dorothy Tate

Gerard Ram

Ray & Ethel Ploger

Russell & Janis Waite

Beverly Villiard

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.


The entire community was saddened by the sudden passing of Ralph Thompson. Ralph passed away at his home on Saturday, March 17. He was a huge supporter of all community events, from being the leader of the Winter Lions Club, to coaching little league baseball, to being a leader at the Methodist Church. His nice smile and great work around the area will truly be missed. Our condolences to all of the Thompson families.


Saturday – March 31 -11 a.m.

Exeland Sports Center

Over 700 eggs hidden

3 age groups

Preschool -5 to 7 years old -8 to 10 years old


The Green Bay Packers are busy making many changes after missing the playoffs for the first time in many years. There are a lot of new faces on the coaching staff. The team also has cut wide receiver Jordy Nelson. The Packers stated this, “Jordy was a fan favorite and one of the all-time greats. However, we released him because he slowed down a lot. In fact, we don't think he could beat Bob Balczewski in foot race.” The Packers did pick-up a top-notch tight end when they acquired Jimmy Graham.

The Wisconsin Badgers basketball team also had a down year and missed the NCAA tourney for the first time in 19 years. But the future looks bright. They have a lot of good young players returning along with two players who missed the season due to injuries and should have a solid team next year.

The Bruce-Exeland Middle School boy's basketball team just completed an outstanding season. They went undefeated in their league to win it and also won the prestigious OLS tournament for the 2nd year in a row. Some of the key players on the team were Chris Brockman (son / Brian & Ann Brockman), Jake Thome (son / Ryan & Melissa Thome) & Leo Zimmer (son / Mark & Tammy Zimmer). Congrats guys on a great season!

The Bruce-Exeland High School boy's basketball team placed 3rd in the conference. Having a great season for the Red Raiders were Drew Anderson (son / Andy & Missy Anderson), Kurt & Drew Chafer (son / Craig & Cari Chafer), McCoy Mansky (son / Duane & Kim Mansky), Kevin & Danny Brockman (sons / Brian & Ann Brockman).

Making it to the State Youth Wrestling tournament to be held in Madison on Friday, March 23 are: Jason Saffert (son / Mark & Lisa Saffert); Ashtyn Waite (son / Brant & Cari Waite) & Tanner Gerber (son / Dave & Patty Gerber). Good luck State kids!!

A trio of outstanding swimmers from Exeland are making a name for themselves. Recently setting team records for F.A.S.T. (Flambeau Area Swim Team) were Sanaa, Synjon & Syrus Trott (daughter & sons / Paul & Nikki Trott). The three excellent swimmers are either in elementary or middle school so they have a lot of bright years ahead of them. Look for some appearances at state in the near future from these great swimmers!

Jim Gerber will be the manager for the Bruce High School baseball team this spring.

The Exeland Cribbage League ended their regular season. Chris Veness and Dave Dantzman took first place. David Vitcenda and Norm Rademaker took second place. Bimbo Gifford and Dean Johnson, Dennis Welling and Bob Halberg tied for third. Exeland lost to Radisson 41-39 in the first matchup and will play them again in Radisson to see who is the Sawyer County champs.


Exeland will once again have a Majors (ages10 -12) and Minors (ages 6 -9) little league teams. Jim Gerber will be sending out notices in the near future to all of the kids who played last season. If you don't receive a notice (missed you for some reason) in the near future or weren't on a team last summer and want to play, please contact Jim Gerber at 715-943-2242. First practice will be announced at a later date.


Exeland will once again have a Babe Ruth team (ages 13 & 14). Jim Gerber will be sending out notices in the near future to all of the kids who played last season. If you don't receive a notice (missed you for some reason) in the near future or weren't on a team last summer and want to play, please contact Jim Gerber at 715-943-2242. First practice will be announced at a later date.


Roger Shimko was seriously injured in an auto accident in January. After a stay at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire he was moved to the hospital in Ladysmith were he has gone through extensive therapy to recover from the injuries he sustained. The good news is that he is doing great and is on his way to full recovery. He should be home soon and it'll be great to see his smiling face around town in the near future. GET WELL, ROGER!!

The first robin sighting of the year in our area was reported by Sarah Granica on February 20th. If she had gotten a photo of the bird to the Poskin Feed Mill within five minutes of the sighting she would've won a year's worth of bird seed and a free trip to Hawaii. However, we heard that didn't happen. Her camera was out of film.

Nice story in the Ladysmith News about Tiana Meyers. The 16-year-old girl has organized a prom dress drive, a consignment business where teenagers from all of the surrounding local schools can get a dress for their prom. It's a great opportunity for area girls to buy and sell their dress thru Tiana. Tiana is the 2017 Exeland Trout Fest Queen and recently was accepted into the Miss Teen USA Pageant. Keep up the good work, Tiana!

On May 27, Dave Vitcenda is hosting a party from 2:00 p.m. -5 p.m. at the Buckhorn Bar. All the public is welcome. Dave says no big reason for the party, he just wants to get good people together to enjoy a fun time.

It's Swan Creek Park cleanup time! As soon as the snow and weather permits. Watch the Community sign in town for date and time.


Congratulations to Jordan Pasanen (son of Scott & Jenny Pasanen) on being named Student of the Month at Winter High School. Jordan is a brilliant student who is a member of the National Honors Society. He also is an outstanding baseball and basketball player. Keep up the good work on being a leader at your school!

Making the Dean's List at UW-River Falls last semester was Danae Wessman (daughter / Randy and Carrie Wessman. Danae is majoring in Marketing Communications. Congrats, Danae!!

Congratulations to Holly Prochaska (daughter / Todd & Nicolle Prochaska) on being named February Student of the Month at Birchwood Middle School. Holly is an excellent student and a great artist known for being one of the friendliest students in the school. Holly has helped out at Trout Fest over the years and whenever you see her around town she always has a nice smile on her face. Great job, Holly!


The Senior Holiday Party Event was held January 14 at the Buckhorn Bar and approximately 70 seniors enjoyed a great meal, entertainment, prizes, and an afternoon of relaxation and socializing. A big thank to Ellyn Welling for organizing the event.

The Senior Center is now hosting Bingo games to be played monthly for seniors. Watch the Community Event for the dates.


The Rod & Gun Club recently made a nice donation the Bruce High School Ice Fishing team.

A Trapper Education Class will be hosted by the Club. If you want to become a trapper this course is required. Sign-up and details of the course will be announced at a later date. It appears the course will be held sometime in June at the clubhouse.

The Club held their annual rabbit hunt contest in mid-January and a new team champion was crowned. The Swan Creek Softies knocked off the reigning champions, the Murry Bear Sissies, getting one more rabbit and edging them 15 - 14. Overall, the 5 teams and 25 hunters blasted 45 bunnies. Al Gerber, member of the winning team, said, “I think I saw a few tears from the Bear Sissies boys after their devastating loss.”

Paul Lelinski of Milwaukee and of the famed Cary Camper deer hunting crew was the overall winner at the Club's annual ice fishing contest held on Windfall Lake in mid-February. Lelinski caught the biggest fish (a trophy northern) and also won the crappie class. Lelisnki (who joined the club that day) said, “I drove five hours north just to show the northern boys how to fish.”

The Club was honored to have Lowell Teske as a guest speaker at their March 18 meeting. Teske is in charge of the Wisconsin elk program and gave a very good and interesting talk. This year Wisconsin will have their first elk hunt since being reintroduced three decades ago. Let's hope the success and continued growth of this big game animal continues.

The Club is now preparing for their annual Kid's Fishing Expo to be held at the Sports Center in May for 4th graders from five local schools.

ATTENTION ALL MEMBERS: If you haven't paid your dues, get them in now!

If you would like to join the Exeland Rod & Gun you can send $20 to: EXELAND ROD & GUN CLUB -PO Box 92 -Exeland, WI 54835. We're always looking for new members.


A big thank you to Brenda's CafE (Brad & Brenda Beise) for the generous donation they gave to the Exeland Area Association. It's truly appreciated and the money will be put to good use to help our community!

Thank you Dave Vitcenda for the generous $500 donation to the Exeland Little League.


The Exeland Area Association will be holding their annual spaghetti feed on Friday, April 20 at the Exeland Rod & Gun Clubhouse located at the Sports Center. The dinner will be from 5:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 kids 12 & under. Come and join us for a good meal! All proceeds will be donated to Exeland Youth Baseball.



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