News items from the Baldwin Bulletin dated Wednesday, January 6, 1993

The Baldwin-Woodville wrestling team captured the Northern Badger title for the second time in the eight year history of the tournament. Cheerleaders include Jessy Velaski, April Rickford, Nicole Wahlquist, Brianna Helgeson and Tana Helgeson. Wrestling team members are Jeremy Smith, Tim Cormican, Alvin Peterson, Jesse Neely, Chad Veenendall, Dusty Veenendall, Bart Kooiman, Jason Iverson, Matt Oehlke, Greg Weyer, Scott Newton, and Aaron McKeever. Team mascot Trevor Wahlquist. Coaches Bill Wahlquist and Jim Larson.

Retailing giant Sears has fallen upon hard times in the past several years, and part of its return to financial health, apparently, will necessitate closing the Baldwin Sears store. Although there has been no official announcement from Sears, plans to close several hundred small stores and catalogue operations have been leaked to the media recently, and Mike Smith of the Baldwin Sears Store said the loss of the Sears franchise in Baldwin was communicated to him in May of last year.

Floyd Johnson, 90, Hammond, died Friday evening, January 1 at the Baldwin Community Memorial Hospital where he had been admitted earlier that day.

Evelyn Louise Wilbur, 68, of Warren Township, St. Croix County, died at her home early Wednesday morning, December 30 of cancer.

Ethel Doris Bosman, 80, Baldwin, passed away on Tuesday, December 29 at her home in Baldwin.

The St. Croix Central wrestling team finished third in Class 1 and eighth overall in the 33-team Northern Badger Invitational last Monday and Tuesday at Menomonie.

50 Years Ago January 11, 1968

The annual meeting of the Central St. Croix Rod and Gun Club was held January 8 with the following officers re-elected: President, Chet Nelson; vice president, Marvin Baardson; secretary, Jim Wernlund; treasurer, Ing Nokken. The following fish winners were announced: Northern, LaVern Johnson 8 lbs. 8 oz.; trout, Marcel Olson, 5 lbs., 3 oz., speckled; sunfish, I.C. Nokken, 1 lb., 10 oz.; bass, Glenn Boldt, 5 lbs., 10 oz.; walleye, Vernon Delander, 8 lbs., 15 oz.

Born to: Mr. and Mrs. Dale Strom, Spring Valley, a daughter, January 2; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Serier, Woodville; a son, January 6; Mr. and Mrs. Chris Wangen, Woodville, a son, January 9; Mr. and Mrs. Joe VanSomeren, Jr., Baldwin, a son, January 9.

The county agent reports that Dutch Elm disease has been reported in 50 of the 72 counties in Wisconsin. It progresses about 25 miles each year and will proably be in St. Croix County in two to five years.

Engagements announced were Sandra Marian Koari to James Chillstrom, Lisa Anne Kolk to David VanSomeren and Monica Skrutvold to Jack Berkseth.

Funeral services were held for Wallace (Wally) Jorstad, 78, of the Town of Pleasant Valley and Mrs. Dean DeMotts 79, formerly of Baldwin.

Lyle Gundersons and Earl Newtons captured first place in the rural and village classes of the annual Baldwin Booster Christmas decoration contest.

A balanced scoring attack by ten Baldwin-Woodville players offset a 34-point spurt by Wisse of River Falls as the Blackhawks grabbed a 73-70 win.

Ruth Louise Christenson passed away on January 4 at the Spring Valley nursing home.

New officers installed at the Masonic Lodge on December 21 were: Walter Steneman, W.M.; Ray Somsen, S.W.; John Ronningen, J.W.; W.L. Mattison, treas; Oscar Chillstrom, sec.; Ralph Thompson, S.D.; Leon Holle, J.D.; Rev. Sailor, chaplain; Joe McKilligan, S.S.; Kenneth VanSomeren, J.S.; Lloyd Helgeson, tiler.

75 Years Ago January 8, 1943

David Hope formally took over the duties of the St. Croix County Register of Deeds on Monday, succeeding Mrs. Gertrude Anderson Swasey who has held the office for the past eight years and was not a candidate for re-election. Other county officials who took office for another term were: county clerk, S.N., Swanson; sheriff, Geo. Evans; county treasurer, John C. Bogat; district attorney, R.A. Forsythe; clerk of court, Simon Lovas and county coroner, Dr. A. Ford.

Lt. Warren Knowles has been granted a permit to come home to at last begin service in the Wisconsin legislature.

Torbjorn “Tom” J. Sabby, died on Wednesday at his pleasant little farm on the east edge of Baldwin. He was born in Eidfjord, Hardanger, Norway on February 25, 1867 to Johannes T. and Ragna Sobo.

Walter Goodland, Wisconsin’s first farmer governor in 50 years, was inaugurated in January, succeeding Orland S. Loonis of Mauston who was elected, but died before he could realize his life’s ambition.

Our first letter from Africa, written to his parents, was received from Ray Johnson.

Secretary Wickard has announced the extensive rationing of canned goods. Meat rationing, butter and cheese rationing and probably numerous other farm products are likely to follow soon.

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