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The Exeland Area Association is getting ready for Exeland's annual July 4th celebration. The list of events which includes a baseball tournament, community picnic and fireworks is featured elsewhere in this newsletter. Come out and join some great community fun!
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A lot of members showed up to help for both the annual cleanup days at Swan Creek Park and the baseball park. Good job members!

It was a record as the annual spring spaghetti feed netted the Association $1,500. All of the proceeds went to youth baseball in Exeland. The meat raffle was won by Mike Waite. The 50/50 raffle was won by Teresa Kinder.

The main project for the Association this year was to support youth baseball in Exeland and a large donation was made to the little league and Babe Ruth teams. Combined there are 36 kids on the two teams. The community can be proud that it's able to provide a nice activity for so many good kids. The new Babe Ruth team was able to purchase new uniforms with the money. It’s great to see baseball being played back on the big baseball field. So far the team is doing good and large crowds have been out to watch some exciting action.

The Association once again will be organizing the parade for the Trout Fest that is held on Labor Day weekend. Everyone is invited to put a float in the parade. Start thinking about your float entry now. Let us know if you want in!

A Packer Party has been scheduled for Sunday, October 16. More details about the event will be posted in the next newsletter.

The Association would like to extend a big thank you to following people for the generous donations they made to the annual community picnic: John & Ryan Villiard, Joan Vitcenda & the Quilting Club. Thank you so very much. It's always appreciated!


Saturday - July 2

Hall of Fame Baseball Tournament

Sports Center

10:30 a.m. - Team #1 vs. Team #2

12:00 p.m. - Team #3 vs. Team #4

1:30 p.m. - 3rd Place Game

3:00 p.m. - Hall of Fame Inductions

3:30 p.m. - Championship Game

Sunday - July 3

Rod & Gun Club Pavilion

5:30 p.m. - Community Picnic

6:30 p.m. - Raffles & Games & DJ Music

10:00 p.m. - Fireworks



Once again this spring a large contingent of good people showed up to help their community by sprucing up Swan Creek Park. The work by the Exeland Area Association members took place on Wednesday, April 20th. This year’s crew included: John Deach, Robert Deach, Jim & Janet Gerber, Al & Nancy Gerber, Mike Waite, Donovan, Jim Leader, Rick & Lori Villiard, Ron & Jackie Thompson, Craig & Teresa Kinder, Denny, Sue & Kelsie Kopras, Gary & Lynda Gordon; Ryan, Mel, Jake & Trace Thome; Alva Gordon, Billy Gordon, Rob & Gale Moroney, Denny & Elly Welling; Joan Vitcenda.

The group of 31 was a record for number of people showing up to help with this annual project. Dana Zebro was unable to make the outing because she was at the Mall of America buying some new and expensive blue jeans to wear for next year's event.

President Jim Gerber named himself as the night's "Best Workers" and for the 3rd year in a row he named Al Gerber as the "Worse Worker". Jake & Trace Thome were named "Rookie Worker's of the Year".

A picnic was held at the Park when all of the work was completed.


Getting the Sports Center baseball park ready for the upcoming season and the new Babe Ruth team were the following people: Denny Kopras, Al Gerber, John Deach, Robert Deach, Jim Gerber, Janet Gerber, Duane Mansky, Marina Mansky, Scott Ring, Mike Waite, Billy Gordon, Teresa Kinder & Dave Zorn.

The park is looking great this summer and a huge thank you goes out to all of the workers for their hard work.

A picnic was held after all the work was completed.


Congratulations to junior Brody Fischer on earning All-Conference honors as a member of the Winter Warriors golf team!

The Bruce High School softball team had an outstanding season and won the East Lakeland Conference championship with an 11 – 1 record. Some the great players on the team included: Morgan Mansky, Marina Mansky, Hannah Shimko & Kara Graves.

Good job gals!

The Birchwood High School girls also had a very good season. Coached by Jackie Beise the team included speedster Alex Schott.

Although, they didn’t win the conference for the first time in 14 years the Bruce/Exeland High School team had another solid season in baseball. Making the East Lakeland All-Conference team this year was Carter Chafer. Other players making large contributions to the team were Kurtis Chafer, Kevin Brockman, Drew Anderson & Chance Brown.

This year Radisson defeated Exeland in the annual cribbage playoff tournament held at the Frontier Bar. Looks like our local card players will need to practice a bit harder next year or learn how to find a way cheat to get back on top. I guess whatever it takes.


Dave Vitcenda is still on the mend from his surgery and at this time is still recuperating at Rice Lake. Hoping all will be well soon so he can return home. Get well Dave!

Ron Beise had an operation in Marshfield and now recovering at home. Everything is going well for him and waiting to see him up and around very soon. Get well Ron!!

A big thank you to the students from Bruce/Exeland High School for all of the work they did in May on Earth Day. The 20+ helpers cleaned up Highway 40 from the 4-corners to Exeland and also spruced up the Nature Trail at the Rod & Gun Club.

Here are the prize winners for the Senior Citizens fund raising raffle that was held on Wenesday, March 29: 1st Prize ($500)- Carl Vierck; 2nd Prize (($200) - Diane Gutowski; 3rd prize - Brenda Granica ($25) & Kris Ernst ($25)

Filling some big shoes. Thank you to Jeff Theese for stepping forward and taking care of the "Cans For Kids". Bring your cans to the bin at the Exeland Depot. The money is donated to Youth Baseball. Jeff has taking the job over from the late and legendary "Stan the Can Man" Ferr. It's great to keep this project going in Stan's memory.

109 motorcycles made a stop on a Saturday in May. It was a pretty impressive sight to see so many cycles lined up along Windfall Lake. It was all part of a group motorcycle ride that originated in Stone lake.

Congrats to Ron Buckholtz on winning the election and becoming Sawyer County's District 14 Representative!

The Methodist Church would like to thank everyone who came out and supported their annual bake sale/rummage sale held at their church on May 7th.

A lot of bears roaming around the area. A few have even been sighted in town and have been raiding the birdfeeders and dumpsters. One bear was even spotted walking down the middle of Main Street at 7:00 p.m. on a Saturday.

Congrats to Robert Deach on becoming Nationally Certified as an Emergency Medical Responder. Robert is a member of the Exeland Fire & Rescue Squad & Exeland Fire Dept.

Tom Aspseter recently got turned around in the woods by Swan Creek Falls. After spending the night in the woods he was located by the Exeland Rescue Squad. Everything turned out okay.

Our Sincere Sympathy

The Exeland community would like to extend

Their condolences to the family on the recent passing of:

Richard Larson (April 23)

Jim Cornwell (May 7)

Victoria Hoeft (May 12)

Wonderful people who will be missed by all of Exeland.


We just want to thank the entire community of Exeland for their tremendous outpour of love and support during the difficult time of dealing with Rick's death. Every single thought, prayer, and hug from you has served as a sweet "love band aid" to offset the painful wound. X-land truly marks the spot to be when in time of need ... we are sincerely humbled and honored. With deepest thanks ... The Larson girls - Debbie, Leah, Kayla, and Sophie. God bless you all!

Memory Lane

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

Carl & Fern Klinger

Robert & Elsie Doege

Irving & Della Hanson

Fred & Katherine Ortwig

Mike & Vivian Copely

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 Windfall Cemetery Association would like to extend a huge thank you out to the Marion & Lloyd Baribeau Estate for the substantial donation that was made to the organization. The donation will be very beneficial in helping maintain and fund new improvements to the cemetery for many years to come. THANK YOU!!


Once again, the Exeland American Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary put on a really nice Memorial Day Service at Windfall Cemetery. Veteran soldier, Clayton Aspseter took a little tumble during the festivities but all turned out good.


The Club has dumped another 1,000 rainbow trout in Balsam Lake. The public is welcomed to fish the lake and the Club has two nice docks you are able to enter a boat.

Although, most of the fish are 7 inches to 13 inches long some club members report seeing one that is around 50 inches long. Now that's a big rainbow and this is not just a fish story.

The Club is busy making a lot of improvements at the Sports Center. Some of the improvements include: new cooler at the softball concession stand; cement slabs under the steel bleachers and the ticket booth; new windows in the kitchen pavilion; improvements to the coolers; a structure over the compressors; a new bar. A lot of great improvements are being made to make this one of the best small town facilities around. If you would like to rent the pavilion for any special occasion you can contact member Robert Deach.

The Club is getting ready for the 24th Annual Trout Fest to be held on September 2, 3 & 4. It looks like it will be another great event. $100 cash raffle tickets are now available. You can contact any member if you would like one. Get yours today!

The Kid's Fishing Expo held on May 20th was another huge success! Nearly 100 fishing poles were given to 4th grade kids from four local schools. The Club held many presentations on the annual field day. Good job guys!

The Club is busy mowing the local Nature Trail. Come out and enjoy a walk through our well-groomed trail.

The Club would like to thank Denny Welling for the new duck houses that have been installed around Balsam Lake. Dean Johnson & Bimbo Gifford installed the houses and they managed to keep their boat afloat this year while they were doing the job.


The Exeland Blue Jays had a perfect season this year and finished with a 15 - 0 record! After winning the regular league championship with a 12 - 0 record, the team captured the six-team league tournament that was held at Swan Creek Park and the Sports Center. The team had a great combination of veterans and youngsters. Three great 12 year olds, Chris Brockman, Ashtyn Waite and Alex Granica, were the leaders of the talented team. They will now all move up to Babe Ruth next season. Other players on the team were: Tommy Chafer, Ronan Garcia, Harold Garcia, Jake Thome, Trace Thome, Spencer Hautamaki, Auston Dillivan, Kai Strom, Drake Rademaker, Logan Hautamaki, Grace Shafer, and Anna Hautamaki,

A big thank you to the coaches, Ryan Thome, Shad Strom & Tom Granica, for all the help in making this such a memorable season and keeping up the fine tradition of Exeland little league baseball. By adding two more trophies to the Bird Feeder concession stand, the Blue Jays have least won the regular season title or the league tournament for 17 consecutive years. Quite an accomplishment. Congrats!


Congrats to Kari Fetting on being named the "Student of the Month" at Bruce High School this past April. Kari is a senior and is the daughter of Kevin and Kelly Fetting. Congrats to Kari on this nice award.

Congrats to Colin Wessman on being named the "Student of the Month" at Bruce High School for the month of May. Colin is a senior and is the son of Randy and Cari Wessman. Good job Colin!!

A couple of Exeland students earned gold medals at the State Forensics meet in Madison. Congratulations to Kari Fetting & Kelsie Kopras on a great job!

Congrats to Kelsie Kopras on being named the Class Salutatorian at Bruce/Exeland High School.

Congrats to all of the seniors who graduated at the following high schools: Bruce/Exeland; Winter; Birchwood & Ladysmith. There were a lot of big graduation parties around town following the graduations.


Patty and Mickey are retiring from business and no longer be running Cedar Lodge. They would like to express their gratitude for everyone who has supported them over the years. A farewell party will be held on Saturday, June 25th starting at noon. They are welcoming all of their friends and customers to stop in and see them as they say goodbye.

Two wonderful business owners who will be dearly missed. Good job girls and enjoy the easy life. You earned it!


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