SIXTY YEARS AGO—JANUARY 1961

The Chetek High School Senior Band will travel to Superior to hear Rafael Mendez, acclaimed to be the world’s greatest trumpet virtuoso. … Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Gillett, of Chetek, long active in the Democratic Party, have received an invitation to attend the inauguration and inaugural ball for President-elect John Kennedy at Washington, D.C. … Residents of Chetek and surrounding area are reminded that paralytic polio remains a continuing threat and throughout the nation as long as large segments of the population fail to get the Salk vaccine protection. Fritz Metcalf, polio fund chairman for Chetek, states new March of Dimes funds are needed for patient aid and to continue promotion of vaccination programs.

FIFTY YEARS AGO—JANUARY 1971

Twelve pretty girls from the Chetek Senior High School are competing for the honor of reigning over the Chetek Snowmobile Derby. They are Wendie Sundly, Susan Williams, Cindy Clark, Tina Rizzuto, Carol Carlson, Cindy Grover, Margaret Lorentz, Linda Rhone, Luanne Fults, Laureen Christensen, Jackie Allen and Jill Muermann. … Mrs. JoAnne Brenholt received a Doctor of Education Degree from the University of Montana on Dec. 11. She and her husband, Larry Brenholt, were former residents of Chetek and moved to Montana in 1968. … The Hillsdale Feed Mill, owned by Knute Berg and operated by Arthur Berg, was destroyed by fire which is thought to have started by defective wiring. … Boy Scout Troop 21 of Chetek spent three days at Winter Camp at Camp Phillips in Haugen. Scouts attending included Dick Avery, Shawn Kipp, John Lutz, Don Stanford, Jim Berning and Ted Parr.

FORTY YEARS AGO—JANUARY 1981

Dennis Haley has been named manager of the Chetek Co-op Super Market and took over that position from former manager Nevin Taylor, who retired after 33 years of running the store. … Richard Carlson, of Chetek, and Tirzah Foster, of Sand Creek, have been accepted for membership in the U.S. Collegiate Wind Band, which will make a concert tour of England and other European countries this summer. … The former James Fults home on the corner of Seventh Street and Center Street in Chetek has been purchased by the Chetek United Methodist Church for a parsonage for present pastor, Rev. Myron Christensen.

THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO—JANUARY 1986

John Ours Sr., who will be 104 years old on Jan. 14, was honored with a party by family members and friends at Knapp Haven Nursing Home. … A new family has arrived in Chetek from Seoul, Korea, to make their home here and are temporarily staying at the Boychuk home. Ho Kyun Byan, brother of Byan Buric, of Chetek, was accompanied by his wife and three children. … Bruce Simon enlisted in the U. S. Army and left Jan. 1 for Ft. McClellan, Ala., where he will be training for Military Police the next 15 weeks. … The Red Cross Bloodmobile committee took the opportunity to thank all who took the time to donate blood at Chetek Lutheran Church and to pin the following donors: Eleanore Fortuna, 7-gallons; Richard Carlson and Larry Larson, 1-gallon; Ben Anderson, Jennifer Balts, Steve Jaeger, Heather Bannister, Paul Turner and Constance Hyland all first-time donors.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO—JANUARY 1996

Steve McFarlane and Bill Lawrence have created a new business venture, manufacturing parts for any kind of highly complex machinery. Lake Country Tool and Design Inc., a full-service computerized machine shop, is housed at Beaver Creek Wood Products, owned by the McFarlanes. … Denise Waterhouse took over as owner/operator of Kids’ Korner Day Care from Kay Fostvedt. Fostvedt started the child care facility in her home in 1991. … Bob Law, of Chetek, set a new 3-game series record at Chetek Lanes when he rolled an 814 while bowling for the AMSCO team. … The Chetek Snow Flyers Snowmobile Club will be welcoming about 200 professional and amateur snowmobile racers to Chetek this weekend. The two-day event of high-speed racing action will be taking place out in front of the city beach.

TWENTY YEARS AGO—JANUARY 2001

Damage to several buses in the New Auburn School District forced school officials to cancel classes Jan. 5. There are a total of six buses with cut wires to tank heaters and valve stems broken off. Superintendent Strand Wedlund states the school district is offering a $100 reward for information leading to the apprehension of those responsible for the vandalism. … Chetek-Prairie Farm wrestlers who placed in their weight class at the Chetek Invitational were Shane Brady, Justin Eckhoff, Matt Davis, Travis Karpowicz, Adam Otto, Mitch Johnson, Brandon Waalen, Garrett Olejniczak and Chad Wintrone.

FIFTEEN YEARS AGO—JANUARY 2006

A prank 911 call endangered an ice rescue team from the Chetek Fire Department and will cost one Chetek family thousands of dollars. The fire department, police department and ambulance service responded to a call claiming that a person had fallen through the ice on Lake Chetek. … Three candidates have submitted their declaration of candidacy for alderman of Fourth Ward for the City of Chetek. They are Donald Janota, David France and Larry Olson. … John Postle, of Chetek, has officially announced his intentions to run for Barron County Sheriff in the 2006 election. Postle, a Democrat, will run under the same party as current Sheriff Tom Richie. … Running unopposed for Chetek municipal court judge is Monique Stertz, who is counting on her life experiences to be her guide in the position.

TEN YEARS AGO—JANUARY 2011

The Chetek Lakes Protection Association assisted the Department of Natural Resources with the installation of three aerators in Prairie Lake near Veterans Park. This area is normally winterkilled or suffers from oxygen depletion. … Blackhawk Tile & Stone Inc., of Burnsville, Minn., has filed a lien against the City of Chetek over a dispute arising from the remodeling of the city-owned Knapp Haven Nursing Home. … Glen Anderson was injured while snowmobiling near Barnes. Anderson is the retired owner of Rod & Gun Sport Shop in Chetek. … Winners of the Chetek Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship were Jordan Schaaf, of Chetek, Nate Fostvedt, of Cameron, and Chloe Wanink, of Cameron. … Ken Jost, a Chetek attorney, will compete in the spring election with Barbara Reisner and Janene Haselhuhn in an attempt to return to the Chetek school board.

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