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A LOOK Back FROM THE FILES OF THE STANLEY REPUBLICAN COMPILED BY JOSEPH BACK 10 years ago February 23, 2012 Bear awakened by weird winter Animal out of hibernation early wanders city streets by John …

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10 years ago February 23, 2012

Bear awakened by weird winter Animal out of hibernation early wanders city streets by John McLoone A yearling bear that wandered the streets of Stanley Monday, spending time hiding under a deck, was led out of the city by afternoon.

About mid-morning, the bear, predicted by State Department of Natural Resourc- es officials to be 1 to 1 ½ year old, was seen near the railroad depot on First Avenue. It then made its way across the railroad tracks and ambled down Garfield Street and near South Broadway. He continued south near the America’s Best Value Inn and Suites before taking refuge under a deck at a residence on Pine Court.

A group of people got him out of the area and he was last seen leaving near the city limits, heading east near the wastewater treatment plant.

“There were a couple of guys chasing it, trying to get it out of town,” said Jesse Bohnsack. It stopped under my neighbor’s deck for a breather.”

Bohnsack said the animal didn’t seem agitated at all.

“It seemed calm,” he said, "the guys finally got it to go around the sewer plant and to- ward a field. They wanted it out of there before kids got out of school.”

A DNR official confirmed that the weird winter this year may have had an effect on hibernating animals.

“It is early for a bear to be out,” John Dunn, a DNR Wildlife Biologist said Monday morning. “Typically they stay down until the snow is gone, until there is some springtime food available. With the strange winter we’ve had, it’s not unheard of that they might come out and do a little roaming around. It is also a function of their fat reserves and what they went into the den with. Their body tells them when it’s time to go into the den and when it’s time to get up. For whatever reason, they might wake up and say, “I’m hungry and need to eat something.”

Dunn was alerted to the bear situation by Conservation Warden Scott Bowe. He was also in communication with Fire Chief Ron Zais.

“From what I understand, it was a young bear. It probably was on it’s own this winter, who knows, maybe it didn’t find enough acorns in the fall or have enough fat reserves to keep it underground until spring,” Dunn said. The other thing that is perhaps more likely is that it got disturbed and decided to vacate its den. Maybe it wasn’t feeling itself. It could have been underneath a tree or in an excavated den or a culvert. I’ve seen it happen before. They are very tolerant of people when they’re in their den. When they get harassed to a certain point, they get up and leave.:” The DNR has had “a few calls” about bear already this year, said Dunn.

“I can’t say if it’s more so than other years,” he said. “But once it’s disturbed from its den, it’s probably not going back to it. I won’t say it’s now for the remainder of the winter. It may hole up somewhere else and take another nap for a while. It may hang around for a bit, and while it’s up, it’s going to want to eat something.”

His advice if you see a bear: leave it alone.

“I know it’s tough to do , but man, they just have to leave it alone. They’ll sneak out of town on their own,” Dunn said. “Don’t be afraid of it, but treat it with respect. It’s a wild animal. They’re big and strong. It’s not interested in eating you. It wants to get out of town as much as we want it to get out of town.”

20 years ago February 21, 2002 S-BMS Band and Choir Students Compete in Solo and Ensemble On Feb. 16 the Stanley- Boyd Middle School music students participated in the district solo and ensemble festival at Gilman High School.

Band and choir students participated for a rating of a 1 (excellent), 2 (very good), 3 (good), 4 (fair), or 5 (poor). They also participated in either class B or C with C class being the least difficult and typically the class that middle school students will participate.

S-BMS Band Jim Dawson (C class brass duet 2, C class trombone solo 1); Andy Mertens (C class brass duet, C class trumpet duet 2); Benji Wald (C class trumpet duet 2), Nicole Seichter (C class clarinet solo); Chris Dirkes (C class drum solo 1); Amanda LaFlex (C class clarinet duet 2); Jacque Williams (C class clarinet duet 2); Michelle Mitchell (C class clarinet trio 1); Elizabeth Lorenz (C class clarinet trio 1); Rebecca Gardner (C class clarinet trio 1, C class clarinet solo 1); Matt Gindt (C class tuba solo 1); Andy Klick (C class alto sax solo 1); Chelsey Natzke (C class flute solo 1); Robby Peggar (C class drum solo 1); Kristie Christoph (B class alto sax solo 1); Ben Harris (C class alto sax solo 1); Alisha Rasmussen (C class sax duet 1); Paul Noonan (C class sax duet 1); Luke Konik (C class sax duet 1); Dan Natzke (C class sax duet 1); Jacob Castellon (C class trumpet duet 1); Eddy Goebel (C class trumpet duet 1); Bobby Allen (C class baritone sax solo 1); Alaina Spaeth (C class clarinet duet 1); Holly McIntire (C class flute solo 1); and Jordan Kott (C class sax solo 1).

S-BHS Junior Choir Very Good (2) rating: Sarah Rosseter (B Class solo); and Brad Burzynski (C Class solo).

Excellent (1) rating: Jim Dawson (B Class solo and C class double quartet); John Junker (C class double quartet); Billy Smith (C class solo and C class double quartet); Luke Konik (C class solo and C class double quartet); Brad Burzynski (C class double quartet); Paul Noonan (C class double quartet); Jacob Castellon (B class solo, B class duet, C class double quartet); Robby Peggar (C class solo, B class duet, C class double quartet); Amanda Hladilek (C class solo); Amy Lechleitner (C class solo); Ashley Graham (C class solo); Chelsie Adamski (C class solo); Robert Allen (C class solo); Sara Teliczak (C class solo); Alaina Spaeth (C class solo); Justin Bohl (C class solo); Andy Samplawski (C class solo); Kyle Krueger (C class solo); Eddy Goebel (C class solo); Chris Dirkes (C class solo); Erin Chirhart (B class solo); Becky Gardner (C class solo); Amanda Lechleitner (C class solo); Kim Badciong (B class solo); Becky Ponick (C class solo); Mike Koepl (C class solo); Elizabeth Kabelis (B class solo); Ben Harris (C class solo); Kasie Tervelt (B class solo); Brittany Schuebel (C class solo); Kayla Shilts (C class solo); and Rachel Werner (C class solo).

30 years ago February 27, 1992 Bob Brenner Advances To WIAA State Wrestling Meet Wrestling in Division II To Start Friday at 9:30 a.m.

Five Predator grapplers made the trip to Sectionals on Saturday in Amery, and only one, Bob Brenner, emerged with a berth at the State Wrestling Tournament.

Dave Acker’s attempt at 152# came close, but the Oriole champion’s attempt in a wrestleback fell short, as Acker, now 28-3, lost a 10-2 decision to Lerum of Ellsworth to place third in the bracket.

Brenner, (29-2) in the 145# division, started his day out with a major decision over Brad Kemis of Unity (19-10), 15-1. Brenner went up 5-0 after one period, and 12-0 after two, on his way to the 15-point win. The semifinals saw him earn another major decision, this time over Maiwald of Ashland (23-9), 17-0. In Brenner’s showdown with Mike Kelly (32-0), the SCF wrestler took a 2-0 advantage in the first pe riod with a takedown. Kelly added an escape and another takedown to go up 5-0 after the second. Brenner scored an escape and was awarded a penalty point, when Kelly was called for stalling, but the returning state champion added a 2-point near fall to take the match and the title. Brenner came blazing back in a wrestleback to pin Wade Melquist (23-13) of Tomahawk at 2:36.

Dave Acker had his usual exciting tournament, despite coming up short in the wrestleback. The quarterfinals saw him take down Jeff Evens (Ash. 17-13) and score a pin at 3:06. The semifinals matched him with Joe Mahoney (12-0, i.e. Mahoney went up from 145#), a state champion in ’91 from Amery.

40 years ago February 25, 1982 Faith Evangelical Free Church To Host Christian Radio Rally Faith Evangelical Free Church will be hosting a Radio Rally for Christian radio station WWIB of Cornell Sunday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Special guests for the evening will be Warren and Mabel Steward, station owners. Warren does a program called “Behind the Scenes,” which is aired in the morning and afternoon, and Mabel’s program is entitled, “At Home with Mabel Louise,” and is heard in the morning and evening.

Other members of the WWIB staff, including Rod and Lil Laron of Stanley, will also join the rally, the public is invited.

50 years ago February 24, 1972 Scooting Around Stanley with Joe There has been a false ru- mor floating around town lately about one of our police officers beating a dog to death. If your read the city council story last week , you are aware that was presented to the council. From an eyewitness of the beating we have been told that after the dog bit the police of- ficer, the officer struck the dog twice knocking it unconscious. The dog was then taken and put in the pound where it was later claimed by a friend and the following day, was running loose again. So, contrary to all rumors, the dog is alive and healthy.

· · Green Bay Packers fans are left bewildered after Devines latest trade sending Donny Anderson to St. Louis. Taking a look at the roster that’s left, there are very few of Lombardi’s men left.

60 years ago March 1, 1962

Federal Agent Seizes School’s Bald Eagle A Bald Eagle – prize specimen in the display of Wisconsin birdlife at the Stanley High school – was seized Thursday by a federal wildlife agent.

Lyman Reynoldsen of Eau Claire, federal fish and wildlife agent, removed the eagle from the big display case in the high school cafeteria, apparently under authority of a special statute which governs possession of the species. Bald eagles are the American emblem and as such are under special protection.

“We thought we had all the permits necessary to possess the eagle,” said Dr. R. J. Mathwig, who presented the collection of bird life to the school last year. But apparently that was not the case.

It is possible, however, that the statute—which gives the right of possessing a bald eagle only to museums, scientific in stitutions, and similar groups, may be interpreted to include schools. At least, that’s what officials here are hoping as they start the wheels in motion for possible recovery of the big bird.

(50-50 chance of reinstatement. Eagle obtained after being shot by one hunter near Winter, Wis. and reported by another to a state conservation officer, who took it and gave it to the Eau Claire State college.

70 years ago February 21, 1952

Benefit square dance! Sponsored by the Thorp Lions Club for the benefit of Victory Memorial Hospital, Stanley, Wis.

Thursday, February 21 at St. Hedwig’s Hall, Thorp.

Music and Calls by – Nimitz Bros.

Admission: – – $1.00 per person. (Includes a substantial lunch) A price ceiling on used egg cases has been fixed to help stabilize the price of eggs for shipment.

80 years ago February 27, 1942 The South Pacific news: As this is written Japan is centering its attack on Java, the last and strongest Dutch East Indies Island not yet taken, excepting Australia which is also threatened. Java (Indonesia) is a Dutch possession but is being defended alike by British and Americans. The Japanese have also taken Timor, northwest of the Australian mainland and they have also taken Bali close to Java. There was little hope that Java could be saved from the Japanese.

Back at home: Sixteen airports in Wisconsin have been designated for army use. There are 140 airports in the state.

The newspaper organizations of the country are planning a movement to effect a saving in the use of print paper.

From Washington, it is reported that the value of livestock on the farms of this country, January 1, was 7,000,000,000.

The number of babies born in this country last year was 2,500,000. The largest in history with the exception of 1921, when the record was 2,600,000* (these figures correlate to a replacement birthrate of 2.4 percent for 1921 when divided by the total population of 108,538,000 and 1.87 percent for 1941 as divided by a total population of 133,417,000, which however included children. The present birth to total population ratio for 2020 as the most recent complete year on file, was 1.094 percent, reached by dividing 3,605,201 U.S. births by 329.5 million in total population. Thus while numbers of real births have increased over time their percentages have actually declined. Meanwhile and since 1973, unborn children have lacked constitutional due process under Roe v. Wade, these rights being granted retroactively and after birth to those once in utero, pursuant to the present interpretation of the Constitution’s Enumeration Clause, in which only “those who are born…are citizens,” and granted such rights. Tape recorded arguments from both sides in Roe v. Wade are available to hear at cases/1971/70-18 ).

90 years ago February 19, 1932 Country Correspondence WILSON Jack Croasdale spent Sunday with the D’Lamatter boys.

There was no school Monday on account of the absence of the teacher, Mrs. Weigle.

100 years ago March 3, 1922 ENGINE IS WRECKED, ANOTHER IS DERAILED Loss of life narrowly averted when double header is ditched on S. M. & P.

On engine, No. 8, on the S. M. & P. Ry was wrecked so badly there is doubt if it can be put into commission again and another engine was derailed last Friday following the great sleet and snow storm, when the company as making an effort to open its line to traffic. The ac cident occurred at Mitterhofer on a perfectly straight and level piece of track. Two engines, Numbers 8 and 9 were double heading a train for the purpose of clearing the track, the former being in the lead, in charge of Engineer James Mahoney and Fireman Stratton. The train was moving at a rate of thirty miles an hour when No. 8 suddenly left the rails and turned turtle into the ditch, the trucks of the engine going in one direction while the boiler was completely reversed, turning head and end back in the direction from which it was coming and landed bottom side in the ditch.

110 years ago February 17, 1912 WANT COLUMN Wanted—immediately about 25 cords of dry hardwood. Board of Education, Andrew Korn, purchasing agent.

WANTED—80 to 160 acres with or without improvements at a low price. State your farm fully and terms. S. F. Lenhart, 8 E. Pearson St., Chicago Illinois.

FOR SALE—One wagon, 1 buggy 1 fur lap robe, 1 set single harness. Inquire of G. Simmons. 34tf Fair store going out of business sale. “Just come and give us a chance. We’ll do the rest.”

BUCKHORN'S CROSS ING locals It cam rather hard on the girls who attended the leap year dance at Jump River, when they had to dig down in their pocket and pay the bill. What a jolly time the boys had dancing with the girls money. “Ever so much obliged girls.”

EIDSVOLD locals Peter Warner of Buckhorns came down for a visit with friends here.

WORDEN locals Sunday February 4 occurred the death of little Leo, the adopted son of Rev. and Mrs. W. H. Byer. He had been sick for about two weeks with pneumonia. He was the son of Henry Phafrath of Minnesota who was present at the funeral. George Leo Byer was born May 4, 1908 at Lanark, Illinois. Funeral services were held in the Worden church and interment made in the Worden cemetery. The neighbors and friends all join in sympathy with the bereaved parents.

120 years ago February 8, 1902 Free to the babies: The Eastern Manufacturing Co., of Chicago, will present to every baby under one year of age, in this county, one solder silver baby spoon with the baby’s name engraved on same. You do not have to pay one cent nor buy anything to get this spoon. The Eastern Manufacturing Co. are large manufacturers and jobbers of jewelry and silverware, and have taken this method of advertising their goods. Instead of spending thousands of dollars for magazine advertising they have decided to give it away direct to consumers.

The firm of H. E. Lytle have been made distributing agents for Stanley. Bring your baby to their stores and give its name and age and you will receive one of these beautiful silver spoons all engraved free of cost. This is not a cheap article, but solid silver of elegant design. While at Lytle’s store don’t fail to look over the elegant line of The Eastern Manufacturing Co.’s goods on display there.

Elsewhere at Chicago: Gas explosion with 12 dead after a Chicago butcher reportedly goes into the basement to heat the gas pipes with a can- dle "and finds it." Subsequent explosions in the mains on Archer Avenue “partly wrecked every building for two blocks.” Building at center of explosion lifted off foundation and collapsed inward, with those trapped inside still crying out. Fires subdued by dumping ashes into gas mains as it takes three hours to disconnect the gas.

January 4, 1902

BLOW UP THE PALACE Bomb exploded On Premises of Grand Duke Constantine at Kiev.

Inmates Escape Injury. Nihilist Students Suspected of Committing the Outrage— Fifteen of Them Arrested.