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The Association is proud to announce the completion of the “Sonny Shimko Memorial”. See story in this paper for more details.

The Community picnic & Hall of Fame Baseball tournament held over fourth of July weekend was another huge success.

The Association is now busy getting ready for the “Trail of Terror” to be held on Friday, Oct. 17 & Saturday, Oct. 18.



Congratulations to Jackie Thompson on placing first in the girl’s division at the Draper World’s Shortest Triathalon on August 16th. The race includes biking, running & canoeing. This was the second consecutive year Jackie has brought home the number one trophy. Jackie also placed 3rd in her division the Winter July Jubilee 10 K run. GOOD JOB, JACKIE!

Congratulations to the following particpants for their great races at the Ojibwa Canoe Races held on August 9th: Placing in their divisions were: Mike & Brad Granica (1st); Ron Thompson & Mike Sampson (2nd); Sarah Granica & Louis Longly (2nd); Dale & Danelle Thompson (3rd).

Receiving 1st team honors to the 2014 East Lakeland All Conference Softball team for the past spring was Danae Wessman & earning honorable mention honors was Kara Graves. It was a great way for the two outstanding seniors to conclude their high school careers.

Congratulations to BobVeness, Lois Gerber & the late Ed Grindheim in being inducted into the Exeland Baseball Hall of Fame. The inductions honoring three individuals for their contributions to Exeland sports took place at the annual Hall of Fame Tournament sponsored by the Exeland Area Association over the July 4th weekend. Also, a huge thank you to the Grindheim family for the donation of the nice memorial bench to the park in memory of Ed.

The Exeland Little League Majors team won their division but lost the championship game by a run to complete another successful season. The team also completed in several strong tournaments in the area and always placed high. The team coached by Tom Clark & Duane Mansky had the following players: Tanner Gerber, Graydon Clark, Layne Martin, Chris Brockman, Ashtyn Waite, McCoy Mansky, Brennan Gunn, Danny Brockman & Drew Chafer.

Sam Jerry (son of Brian & Mandy Jerry) was named the Blue Jays Minor Team Most Valuable Player for the outstanding season he had for his team.

Carter Chafer (son of Craig & Cari Chafer) was one of the best players on the Wisconsin High School All-Star baseball team that played around the nation this summer. Good job, Carter in representing our little community in the big time.

Tyler Mussehl (son of Scott & Stephanie Ring) is now playing golf at college for his NAIA team in North Carolina. Good luck for a successful college career.

Kal Gerber (son of Dave & patty Gerber) is being recruited by several Division 1 colleges for wrestling including Iowa State, Central Michigan, Indiana & Kent State. The two time state champ still has a year of high school left before he has to decide where he wants to go. In the meantime, he’s been wrestling around the nation for a Wisconsin all-star team and having great season.

Nick Chafer (son of Craig & Cari Chafer) was one of the top performers in the high school all-star game played this summer. Nick was planning on playing college football but was injured late in the all-star game that has him sidelined.

High school football, volleyball and cross country seasons are now all in progress. A full report on these sports will be printed in the December newsletter.


Kaydance Granica (daughter of Mike & Sarah Granica) on being crowned the Little Princess at the Winter July Jubilee. Apparently, the judges couldn’t resist the beautiful smile & dimples of the pretty little 6 year old.

Arlene Turner & Kim Mansky on raising nearly $2,500 in pledges for riding their bikes 175 miles across Wisconsin in a 3 day trek. All of money will go to the Highland Veteran’s Memorial. Great job ladies!

Casey Thorson (daughter of Paul & Michelle Thorson) & Cody Rurup (son of Ed & Stacy Rurup) on their recent marriage held at the Rurup home east of Exeland.

Our Sincere Sympathy

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

Pat Veness (June 16)

Lila Hoffman (July 29)

Basil Scott (Aug. 8)

Verna Janneck (Aug. 10)

Florence Hoeft (Aug. 13)

Wonderful people to be missed by all of Exeland


The 11th annual Buckhorn Car Show was held at the end of July. Local winners included: 1st Place in both People’s Choice & Trucks was Dale McCracken; 1st Place 1940-1954 Al & Linda Hajdasz; 2nd Place 1955-1959 Richard Veness; 1st Place 1980-present Bill Milner; The event was sponsored by Lemar Johnson.

The Exeland area has received a lot of rain in recent weeks and was hit by strong winds and big hail one night that did some damage to homes and crops.


The Exeland Rod & Gun Club would like to announce the completion of the new EXELAND NATURE TRAIL that is now open for all of the public to use free of charge. The trail, located at the Sports Center, begins and ends near the softball field. Just look for the new sign for the starting point. The trail, approximately 1 ¾ mile long, is for walking only. No motorized vehicles are allowed. The trail runs through woods along the railroad tracks to a large swamp, goes through big white pines, than travels along Balsam Lake before winding back through woods and field to the softball field. Club President Al Gerber said, “We’re very proud of this project. It’s a nice scenic walking trail with a lot of wildlife present. Everyone who has walked it has nothing but praise for the trail. We invite everyone to enjoy it. It’s really well marked so it’s easy to follow.” The professional signage on the trail was done by club member Dean Johnson.

The Club would like to thank everyone for another very successful Trout Fest. A few rain drops had to be dodged but in the end all turned out very good. A huge thank you to everyone who entered units in what has become one of the best parades in the area.

The Club will be serving food at the new pavilion for the Sonny Shimko Memorial following the dedication ceremony to take place on September 20th.

The Club will now be busy preparing for their annual Hunter’s Ball held in November.


TROUT FISHING CONTEST: 1stScott Ring (Exeland / 16” trout); 2ndTim Rodney (Hudson); 3rdJamie Vitcenda (Exeland)

$100 CASH RAFFLE: $4,000 – Dan Leonhard (Ladysmith); $2,000 – Larry Sander (Exeland); $1,000 – Rod Brown & John Gordon (Exeland); their were 10 $200 winners

ATV RAFFLE: 4-Wheeler – Dale Hoch (Eau Claire); canoe - Bobby Roach (Hayward); canoe – Gene Shimko (Exeland)

RIFLE RAFFLE: Scott Decker (Chippewa Falls)

QUEEN CONTEST: Queen – Kelsie Kopras (daughter of Denny & Sue Kopras); 1st runnerup – Lacey Martin (daughter of Todd & Sissy Martin); 2nd runnerup – Kari Mattmiller (daughter of Sheila & Jeff Nerby); 3rd runnerup – Morgan Mansky (daughter of Duane & Kim Mansky); Miss Congeniality – Kar Mattmiller; Ticket Sales – Kelsie Kopras; Miss Photogenic – Destiny Ekstrom.


MEDALLION WINNER ($75): Aeris Knop

5K RUN (overall champion) - Ken Suzan (Exeland)



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

Myron & Mary Gordon

Ralph & Genevieve Bennett

Elmer & June Senesac

Paul Sampson

Alvin & Ann Grubb

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.


Exeland welcomes Swan Creek Mercantile & Thrift and will be run by new owners & sisters, Amy & Kris. The consignment business located on Main Street was purchased from Jamie Clifford / Jamie’s Junk in a Trunk. Make sure you stop in to visit Amy & Kris and give them a warm Exeland welcome.


Northwest Sanitary for your generous donation of 10 toilets for the Trout Fest. The entire Exeland community is grateful for your kindness!

Waste Management for the generous donation of two dumpsters for the Trout Fest. The entire Exeland community is grateful for your kindness!


The “Sonny Shimko Memorial” located at the entrance of Swan Creek Park is now completed. The memorial site features a beautiful flag & pole, benches on a cement slab, and a sign honoring all of those serving in our armed forces.

A ceremony to dedicate the memorial will take place at the site at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 20th. Food (brats, hot dogs, beans, potato salad & beverages) free of charge will be served by the Exeland Rod & Gun Club following the ceremony at the new pavilion located in the northwest corner of the Park. All of the public is welcome to come to the festivities and have lunch afterwards. In fact, the Association is hoping for a good turnout to honor our veterans on this special day.

“On behalf of the Exeland Area Association, we are proud to give this gift to the Exeland community.” stated President Jim Gerber, “The project cost $5,500 to complete and we want to thank all of people who support our organization to make this dream become reality. We also want to thank the Shimko family (Roger, Gene, William Shimko & Mary Bates) & the Marjorie Houg Michaelson family for their generous donations to the project.”

The Association invites any veterans of the armed forces to attend. All who do will be recognized during the dedication ceremony.

“It will be a very special day in Exeland,” stated Gerber. “We’re hoping for a big turnout. If you aren’t busy we hope everyone stops at the park for this great occasion.”


Congratulations to Naval Lt. Commander Matt Gerber on graduating from Top Gun Fight Pilot School on September 11th. Matt earned this prestigious distinction at the Naval Air Station in Fallon, Neveda. He is now recognized as one of the best fighter pilots in the nation and will be able to teach other fighter pilots in the future.


The Santa Shop is looking for donations. Last winter they lost all of the gifts they had available for children to buy at the Shop when the water pipes froze in the Weirgor Town Hall and destroyed the items they had stored in the basement. If you have items you would like to donate you can drop them off Dairyland State Bank. It would be greatly appreciated.


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