Lois M. Honadel

Lois M. Honadel, 72, of Augusta, went home to be with her Lord and savior on April 12, 2014, at Rutledge Home in Chippewa Falls, while she was surrounded by her husband and daughters.

Lois Marlene Lambrecht was born July 16, 1941, to Alvin and Ella (Zillmer) Lambrecht. She was baptized on August 17, 1941, and confirmed on June 19, 1955, at Grace Lutheran Church. She was a 1959 Augusta High School graduate. She lived

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Irma Klick

Irma J. Klick, 99, formerly of Osseo and Eau Claire, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at the Augusta Area Nursing Home.

Irma Josephine Nimsger was born Jan. 27, 1915. in Eau Claire. As a child she moved with her family to the town of Ludington, where she attended Oak Ridge Country School. On June 17, 1933 she was united in marriage to Arlo Berlin, and six children were born to that union.

In 1946 the family moved to their farm in the

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Helen Thompson

Helen Margaret Thompson, 85, of Blair and formerly of Osseo, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Grand View Care Center in Blair under the care of Black River Memorial Hospice.

Helen was born on April 30, 1928, in Mason City, IA, to Ray and Adrienne (Lee) Nelson. She graduated as valedictorian of her class from Lincoln Hill High School in Osseo. 

Helen married Marvin Thompson on August 24, 1946, at her parents’ home. Helen and

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Marguerite Fremstad

Marguerite A. Fremstad of rural Osseo passed away Sunday, April 6, 2014, at Mayo Clinic Health System-Osseo.

Marguerite was born Jan. 18, 1938, in Whitehall, to Edwin and Adeline (Sedahl) Nelson. She married Hensel Fremstad on Feb. 25, 1960, in Pigeon Falls, and five children were born to that union.

The couple farmed in rural Osseo until 1982, when they passed the farm on to

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Sons of Norway to serve breakfast

The Sons of Norway will serve a Norwegian waffle breakfast 10 a.m. to noon April 5 at the South Beef River Lutheran Church along county Highway B southeast of Osseo.

The event’s menu will include Norwegian waffles with toppings, scrambled eggs, pickled herring, fruit juice, milk and coffee. Norwegian baked goods also will be on sale.

Vendors and Sons of Norway members also will have on sale Norwegian items such as sweaters, embroidered materials, rosemaling and woodworking.

The cost for the breakfast is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under.



Bruce S. Babiak

Bruce S. Babiak, 77, of rural Osseo, passed away Monday, March 24, 2014 at Mayo Clinic Health System-Eau Claire.

Bruce Babiak, son of Alexander and Stephania (Kozoway) Babiak, was born on July 22, 1936, in Abee, Alberta, Canada. He was raised in Mercoal, Alberta.

While in Canada he married Verna Alasaker, and four children were born to that union. After Verna passed away he married Carol Robertson Davy on April 19, 1986, at the Price Lutheran Church, rural Fairchild.

Bruce and Carol lived all their married life in the town of

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O-F district returning to district-hired maintenance/custodial staff

Job postings are being made for a building and grounds director and custodial and maintenance workers to replace a private company that had been contracted for that work in the Osseo-Fairchild School District.

The return to district employees handling the custodial and maintenance work is being made after the Osseo-Fairchild School Board decided to cancel its contract with the Denmark-based company ISS World, which has its American headquarters in San Antonio, Texas.

School officials and some district residents had voiced dissatisfaction with the work done by ISS. The district’s three-year contract with ISS was scheduled to run until summer. The contract no longer will be effective as of May 1.

In recent weeks since district leaders decided to cancel the ISS contract, the district’s administrators and staff have been forced to take on some of the maintenance and custodial duties.

District Superintendent Bill Tourdot said the district will hire a building and grounds director and about seven full-time and six part-time maintenance and custodial workers. The jobs were posted Monday at the school district office in Osseo.

Tourdot said the goal is to have the district’s maintenance and custodial staff hired by mid-April, so that staff can start working on May 1.


O-F district looks for referendum ad hoc committee volunteers

The future of any potential referendum to raise money for maintenance, technology and general needs at Osseo-Fairchild Public Schools will be in the hands of volunteers who attend an upcoming meeting.

An ad hoc committee will be formed from people who attend the meeting at 7 p.m. April 1 at the Osseo-Fairchild district office in Osseo.

“Anybody in the district can show up and volunteer to work on the committee,” said O-F District Superintendent Bill Tourdot.

Last month, Tourdot outlined long-term maintenance needs at the district’s schools and other spending needs that include technology equipment and general spending. Going into that meeting, Tourdot said school district leaders would not move ahead with discussions about a spending referendum unless people at that meeting – and those who contacted the school later – said the discussions should move forward.

Reductions in the district’s tiered debt payment structure would allow the district to not raise property taxes while raising the $6 million to $7 million needed to deal with the maintenance, technology and spending needs.

Tourdot said an ad hoc committee would be formed to lead referendum discussions.  About a dozen people would be a good number of volunteers for the committee, he said.

“If enough people attend the April 1 meeting and volunteer, we’ll go from there,” Tourdot said. “If we don’t get enough volunteers, we’ll look for more.”

Tourdot said about a dozen citizens have contacted him about the possible spending increases, and that all of the feedback has been to move ahead with referendum discussions.



Betty Boettcher

Betty M. Boettcher, 69, of Augusta, passed away early Saturday evening, March 22, 201,4 at the Wissota Health and Regional Vent Center in Chippewa Falls.

Betty Marie Boettcher was born June 10, 1944, in Eau Claire, the daughter of Marvin and Johanna (Zielsdorf) Nehring. She was raised in the town of Bridge Creek, rural Augusta.

She attended the Dells Country School and in 1962 graduated from the Augusta High School.

Betty was a lifelong member of Grace Lutheran Church in Augusta, where she was baptized on July 2, 1944, and confirmed on June 8, 1958, both by the Rev. E.G. Schedler. Betty was united in marriage to Ralph Boettcher on

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LeRoy Hagen

On March 21, 2014, LeRoy (Le) G. Hagen laid aside his tool belt and headed to the big beautiful garden of his dreams.

Born March 12, 1929 and raised in the Levis area outside of Osseo, Le attended high school in Fairchild and Alma Center. Le was working at the Hatfield skating rink when his beautiful blue eyes met those of his brown-eyed girl, Anne M. Madsen. They were married September 29, 1950, and lived in Milwaukee until they moved to Neillsville and then Osseo in 1955.

Le held various jobs until he began working with his father as a carpenter. He was very proud of the houses he and his dad built in the

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Rolling some tradition

A piece of Norwegian heritage was continued Saturday when Sons of Norway Trygvasson Lodge members helped people learn to roll their own lefse.

The flat Norwegian potato delicacy was taught in two sessions at the South Beef River Lutheran Church southeast of Osseo. Teachers included Jeff Olson, Caroline Boehne, Alton Staff, Susan Solli and Ellen Myhre.

When all was done, class participants ate their lefse with butter and meatballs, and drank plenty of coffee -- maintaining traditions long held by area people of Norwegian ancestry.

Click on the arrows above to see a slide show from the Saturday morning session. (Photos by Scott Schultz. Do not reproduce or share these photographs without permission)


Thunder booms loudly in season-ending loss

Osseo-Fairchild stayed close throughout Thursday night's WIAA Division 4 sectional men's basketball game in Eau Claire, but the Thunder couldn't overcome Mondovi's timely shooting.

Mondovi ended Osseo-Fairchild's season, 53-39, to advance to Saturday's sectional championship.

Photographer Nate Beier was at the game for The Pulse to catch the game's excitement, drama and emotions. Click the arrows above to see a slide-show from the game. (Photos by Nate Beier. Do not reproduce or share these photographs without permission. To purchase these and other photos from the game, visit


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Preparing the field

Volunteers used a farm tractor and its snowblower attachment Thursday to clear some of the snow from the Osseo softball field so it won't take as long to melt snow from the field when warm weather approaches during the coming days. Volunteers on the project included Spec Pederson, Henry Filla, Cody Welke, Les Vold and Lance Stenson. (Contributed photos)

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Area students, teacher earn Kohl awards

Three area high school students and a teacher are among the recipients of the 2014 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Scholarship and Fellowship Program awards.

Student recipients and teaching fellows each receive $1,000 scholarships through from the foundation.

Alyssa Beasley, Osseo-Fairchild High School, is among the 100 students named to the foundation’s “excellence scholars” list. She will attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison to study theater and nuclear engineering.

Kayden Daggett of Whitehall High School also was named as an “excellence scholar.” She will attend the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse to study physical therapy.

Cristian Ramos Miranda of Independence High School received one of the foundation’s “initiative” awards. He plans to attend Southeast (Minnesota) Technical College to study occupational therapy or to become an emergency medical technician.

Paul Tweed, a founder of the Wildlands Science Research Charter School in the Augusta School District, is among the state teachers named as a foundation “fellow.”

Beasley, Daggett, Miranda and Tweed will be honored at a March 23 banquet in Eau Claire.

Excellence scholars have demonstrated academic excellence and high motivation to achieve, have displayed a broad range of activity and leadership outside of academics, and have shown strong promise for succeeding in college and beyond.

Fellowship recipients are chosen for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others, and for their leadership and service within and outside classrooms.

Excellence scholars and fellows are selected by a statewide committee composed of civic leaders, and representatives of education-related associations and the program’s co-sponsors: The Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools, and regional Cooperative Educational Service Agencies.

Initiative scholarship recipients, chosen by their schools, have demonstrated exceptional initiative in classrooms and have shown strong promise for succeeding in college and beyond, but have not yet received other academic-based scholarships.

The program was established in 1990 by now-retired Sen. Herb Kohl. It has awarded $8.6 million to students, educators and schools.

“Education is the key to the future of Wisconsin and our nation,” Kohl said. “I am very proud of the accomplishments of these students and teachers, and look forward to the great contributions they will make in the future.”


O-F sets childhood screenings

Developmental screenings for Osseo-Fairchild School District children ages 4 months to 4 years will be held 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 10 at Osseo Elementary School in Osseo.

The screenings are for children not already enrolled in the school district’s early childhood or 4-year-old kindergarten programs. Children ages 4 months to 2½ years will be screened by a birth-to-3-year-old specialist, and older children will be screened by a teacher or speech/language therapist.

Appointments for the screenings should be made by calling 715-597-3141, extension 3300.


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Whitehall's Zoey Matthews and Eleva-Strum's Erin Kensmoe fight over a loose ball in the first half of the Dairyland Conference Playoff championship game.  Eleva-Strum secured a 38-35 win over the Norse. (Photo by Nate Beier. Do not reproduce or share this photograph without permission. To purchase it, visit

Area squads advance in tourneys’ first round

All area high school women’s basketball teams advanced in the first round of WIAA regional action Tuesday night, including what could be considered a minor upset with 11th-seed Osseo-Fairchild dumping sixth-seed Glenwood City, 58-54.

Other winners were top-seed and Dairyland Conference champion Eleva-Strum, which beat Elmwood, 50-26; Whitehall, a 52-23 winner over Melrose-Mindoro; Augusta, which beat Spring Valley, 55-40; Blair-Taylor, which beat Necedah, 58-35; Independence, which defeated Alma/Pepin, 50-28; Alma Center-Humbird-Merrillan Lincoln, which beat Plum City, 46-44; and Gilmanton, a 60-53 winner over Cochrane-Fountain City.

Tuesday’s results created key matchups between area teams during Friday’s regional semifinal round. In Division 5, Gilmanton will play at Eleva-Strum and AC-H-M Lincoln will visit Independence.

In Division 4, Osseo-Fairchild will play at Eau Claire Regis; Augusta will play at Fall Creek, which had a first-round bye; Whitehall will play at Westby; and Blair-Taylor will play at Onalaska Luther.

The winners of Friday’s games will play in Saturday’s regional championship games, with the sites of those games yet to be announced.


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Scoring opportunity

Blair-Taylor's Matt Massman works to finish a takedown against Random Lake's Trent Gottsacker in the division 3 quarterfinal round of action at the WIAA state wrestling tournament Feb. 28 in Madison. Massman would fall 7-1, and would narrowly miss out on placing, following an 8-4 loss in the consolation round. (Photo by Nate Beier. Do not reproduce or share this photograph without permission. To purchase it, visit



Robert T. Starr II

Robert T. “Rob” Starr II, 57, of rural Eleva and formerly of St. Paul and Augusta, passed away peacefully Monday morning, March 3, 2014, at Mayo Clinic Health System-Eau Claire.

Robert Thomas Starr II, son of Robert and Ardyce (Carlson) Starr, was born March 7, 1956, in St. Paul. Rob lived most of his life in St. Paul. He attended Lakeaires Elementary School, graduated from Mariner High School and attended Bethel College.

While in college Rob drove school bus and worked with children through the local Parks and Recreation program. Rob was employed as a cook for various Twin Cities supper clubs, working at night and during days being a stay-at-home dad to his

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TCCTV on-air auction starts tonight

Great auction deals that will help local community television will be available during the next three nights on TCCTV.

The annual TCCTV Winter Auction will be run 6-9 p.m. tonight, Monday Tuesday. The event is telecast live on TCCTV, with bidders calling in their bids during the telecast.

TCCTV, based in the Trempealeau County Courthouse, provides telecasts of area community events and a variety of local programming.

Organizers said more than $5,000 worth of items will be available during the televised call-in auction.

The goal of this year’s auction is to fund equipment that will allow live telecasts from remote sites.

Last year’s auction helped with the purchase of three high-definition digital video cameras.