Tyler Henke of Osseo-Fairchild/Augusta/Altoona/Fall Creek hoists Almond-Bancroft/Pacelli's Kyle Leonardt high before finishing the double-leg takedown. Henke won with a 19-3 technical fall during Saturday's dual tournament at Necedah. OFAAFC defeated Almond-Bancroft/Pacelli 63-12, Pittsville 51-27 and Necedah 39-37; but fell to Laconia 58-24 and Omro 51-20. (Photo by Nate Beier. Do not reproduce or share this photo without permission. To purchase it, visit gx3media.smugmug.com)
Andrew Fischer of Osseo-Fairchild/Augusta/Altoona starts to turn Almond-Bancroft/Pacelli's Joey Crahan before winning by pin in 1:56 Saturday at the Necedah duals. The OFAA Dragons won the dual, 63-12. (Photo by Nate Beier. Do not reproduce or share this photo without permission. To purchase it, visit gx3media.smugmug.com)
Blair-Taylor's Pat Vehrenkamp takes North Crawford/Seneca's Zach Stluka to the mat for a takedown during the 160-pound semifinal match at the Royall invite Saturday night. Vehrenkamp finished second after losing by fall to New Lisbon's Cullen Pedersen. (Photo by Nate Beier. Do not reproduce or share this photo without permission. To purchase it, visit gx3media.smugmug.com)
Blair-Taylor's Matt Massman works for his first takedown against Luther's Zach Harter in the 138 championship Saturday at Royall. Massman won with a 9-0 major decision. (Photo by Nate Beier. Do not reproduce or share this photo without permission. To purchase it, visit gx3media.smugmug.com)
Independence/Gilmanton's Chris Warner holds on for nearfall points against Aquinas' Nick Herlizka before winning by fall in 4:18. The Indees would tie Aquinas but lose by criteria, 37-36, at a quadrangular Friday night in La Crosse. (Photo by Nate Beier. Do not reproduce or share this photo without permission. To purchase it, visit gx3media.smugmug.com)
The Jubilate Choir performed one of its selections today at South Beef River Lutheran Church along county Highway B southeast of Osseo. The choir, which includes vocalists and instrumentals from the Osseo area, is performing the Christmas musical, “The Promised Hope Starts with a Baby’s Cry,” by Tom Fettke and Russell Maudlin. A second performance will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 15, also at the South Beef River Lutheran Church. There is no charge for admission, but a free-will offering is being accepted to cover the event’s expenses. (The Pulse photo by Scott Schultz/Do not reproduce or share this photograph without permission)
Mary Bessie Klatt, 88, of Eau Claire went home to be with Jesus, Friday, Dec.6, 2013, at the Mayo Health System-Eau Claire, while surrounded by her family.
Mary was born the daughter of John and Hazel (Williams) Duberstein Aug. 11, 1925, at her family farm in Guenther. She married Lloyd Klatt on Feb. 7, 1944 inRead More
‘Jubilate’ today at South Beef River
The first of two annual Jubilate Choir performances will be at 2 p.m. today at South Beef River Lutheran Church along county Highway B southeast of Osseo.
The choir, featuring vocalists and instrumentalists from around the Osseo area, will perform the Christmas musical, “The Promised Hope Starts with a Baby’s Cry,” by Tom Fettke and Russell Maudlin.
A second performance will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 15, also at the South Beef River Lutheran Church.
There is no charge for admission, but a free-will offering is being accepted to cover the event’s expenses.
Blair-Taylor's Simeon Pooler drives around Bangor's Canon O'Heron during the fourth quarter of the Wildcats' 65-63 win Tuesday night. Pooler finished with 25 points in the win (Photo by Nate Beier. Do not reproduce or share this photo without permission. To purchase it, visit gx3media.smugmug.com)
Eleva-Strum's Kelton Olson sprints back to the Cardinal front court after forcing a Mondovi turnover in the first half of Saturday's game against the Buffaloes. Mondovi won 45-29. (Photo by Nate Beier. Do not reproduce or share this photo without permission. To purchase it, visit gx3media.smugmug.com)
Eleva-Strum's Skyler Rivard spins around McDonell Central's Sydney Schmenauer to create a path to the basket during the third quarter of Saturday's non-conference game in Chippewa Falls. The Cardinals fell to the Macks, 53-34. (Photo by Nate Beier. Do not reproduce or share this photo without permission. To purchase it, visit gx3media.smugmug.com)
Community volunteers joined Osseo-Fairchild and Eleva-Strum high school staffs today to operate the annual Reality Check program at Osseo-Fairchild High School. In the program, high school juniors and seniors are challenged to budget through real-life experiences. Click on the arrows above to see a slide show from the event. (The Pulse photos by Scott Schultz/Do not reproduce or share these photographs without permission)
O-F, E-S students get a dose of reality
A dose of reality was fed to Osseo-Fairchild and Eleva-Strum high school juniors and seniors this morning during the Reality Check program in Osseo.
During the program, students select occupations and then have to calculate monthly budgets based on their take-home income and random circumstances – children, housing, insurance, health care, vehicle payments and repairs, traffic fines and more.
The students go through classroom programs about Area community members have donated time to help prepare the students for the program and for the financial realities they’ll face after graduating from high school. The students try to put the skills they learned into action during hands-on program in the O-F community gymnasium.
Participants are assigned to write reflections about what they learned during the program.
Osseo-Fairchild business teacher Gwen Skoyen, one of the project’s organizers, said students often are surprised at how quickly life’s circumstances can make what sounds like a good income quickly disappear – or even learn that take-home pay is substantially less than gross income.
This is the 10th year that the Reality Check has been run at Osseo-Fairchild High School.
Osseo-Fairchild High School senior English students were among presenters at the Great World Texts student conference Monday in Madison. Click on the arrows above to see a slide show from the event. (The Pulse photos by Scott Schultz/Do not copy or share these photographs without permission)
O-F students meet literary challenge
Traveling to a place such as Turkey to better understand that culture is something most American high school students will never experience. But organizers of the Great World Texts project through the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for the Humanities are working to open students’ worlds through literature.
High school students from throughout Wisconsin – including a group from Osseo-Fairchild High School, gathered Monday in Madison to learn more about “Snow,” the book they’ve been reading through the program, and to meet the novel’s Nobel Prize-winning author, Orhan Pamuk.
Through the annual Great World Texts grant project, participating schools are given copies of a novel to read. Participating teachers attend a training program at the university, and their students are challenged to do interpretive writing and arts projects based on the novel.
“They really challenge students to think about cultures in ways they otherwise might never have considered,” said Dee Beasley, who for five years has participated in the project with her senior advanced-English classes at Osseo-Fairchild.
Her Osseo-Fairchild students reported having a challenging time getting into the novel, but as the story developed many said they had challenging times setting the book aside. They started reading the novel during the summer break, and worked on a study guide at the beginning of this school year.
About a dozen of the Osseo-Fairchild students went to the Great World Texts conference in Madison Monday to present their written and artistic interpretations about the novel.
“Snow” is about a Turkish man who goes to a city in Turkey to investigate why girls there are committing suicide.
Pamuk said he was impressed after seeing some of the 300 interpretations that students presented at Monday’s conference.
“Critics don’t get as much out of it as you,” he told students at the conference.
Pamuk said he didn’t write “Snow” as a political statement, but to tell a story about people. “Snow” is set in 2001 (published in 2002) and deals with religious fundamentalism issues.
He said the world would be more peaceful if more people would look at each other and try to understand others without creating stereotypes.
“It is the understanding of the person that matters…,” he told the students. “Don’t look at the black and white; look at the gray.”
Program participants voted on the student conference’s interpretations, and an original vocal/drum composition written and performed by Osseo-Fairchild senior Alyssa Beasley was named the best overall interpretation. The composition was in Turkish folk-style, using Turkish rhythms. As she performed, “snow,” first white and then black, flew from the drum she was using.
Heather DuBois Bourenane, one of the program’s organizers as a Great World Texts fellow, said the project is designed to give high school students a chance to be part of university-level discussions about issues facing cultures with which the students might be unfamiliar.
New Osseo responders pass initial test
Seven new emergency responders have passed the first round of training and testing to join the Osseo Rural Fire Department as part of department leaders’ efforts this year to add and fully equip 10 new first responders.
Responders completing training and taking training tests last night include Tiffany Webb, Willy Wunder, Reva Wunder, Sandra Bertrang, Renee Walker, Wendy Janssen and Curtis Smith. The group will take state certification tests before joining the department’s first-responder force.
A progressive dinner and other fundraising events started in September to expand the first-responder force.
Kirk Gunderson, one of Osseo’s first-responder program organizers, said great strides have been made in training and equipping the new members and current first responders. However, a grant for which the organizers had applied was not approved, which leaves the department still seeking donations to cover the costs of equipping all first responders with defibrillators.
Even without the grant, community donations have helped the department equip all first responders with emergency packs containing first-aid materials and nine defibrillators are being shared.
Department officials have said it costs about $10,000 to train and equip (including defibrillators). First responders are required to have 68 hours of initial instruction, and then 24 hours of annual refresher-training and monthly department training.
Marvin James Hong, 75, of Osseo died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at his home while under the care of his family and Mayo Clinic Home Hospice.
Marv was born Aug. 27, 1938, in Osseo to Glen and Mabel (Iverson) Hong. After graduating fromRead More
Sons of Norway float tops parade entries
The Sons of Norway was named the top business/non-business float during Friday night’s Osseo Lighted Christmas Parade.
Star Prairie was named the best queens’ float during the 27th annual Christmas parade in downtown Osseo.
Tri-County Communications Cooperative had the second-place business/non-business float. Klomsten Auto body had the third-place entry and the Osseo Rural Fire Department received honorable mention.
Eleva had the second-place queens’ float, with Durand in third place and Alma Center receiving honorable mention.
Mary J. Boullion, 70, of rural Fairchild passed away early Monday morning, Dec. 2, 2013 at her home in the care of her family and Black River Memorial Hospice.
Mary Jane Boullion, daughter of Clarence and Vera (Campbell) Jinkerson, wasRead More
Alice Evenson of Osseo died Thursday, Nov. 28 at Grand View Care Center, Blair. Alice lived with Alzheimer’s disease for several years.
Alice Corrine Eide was born Sept. 30, 1924 on her home farm inRead More
Driver identified in fatal accident
The name of the man who died Friday in a one-car accident along Highway 94 near Black River Falls has been released.
James P. Richard, 81, of Madison died in the accident, according to Wisconsin State Patrol officials.
Wisconsin State Patrol Sgt. W. Brett Heino said in a press release that Richard’s Toyota Camry left the westbound rest-area ramp at mile-marker 123 in Jackson County, and that Richard, the vehicle’s only occupant, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of another vehicle called the Wisconsin State Patrol at 10:22 a.m. and reported seeing Richard’s Camry weaving in the westbound lanes, striking delineator posts, entering the westbound rest-area ramp, and then leaving the ramp and stopping in trees near the ramp.