The Moose Lake Festival is just a month away. Some very nice donations have been given for the bucket raffles. The Challeens, Cucullus, Koehlers, Nielsens and Winters families have donated a beautiful hand-crafted bluegill wood sculpture for one of the bucket prizes. You will also have a chance to win two cedar Adirondack chairs designed and crafted by Cary McDonald. If you feel comfortable donating something, please call Sally Myers at (715) 462-3027 or Penny Broberg at (715) 462-3113. Thank you in advance. 

This year’s fireworks were rained out on the 4th of July, but we did get them shot off the following night on July 5th. They had to be shot off in between the rain drops but we got it done. As always, Larry Hofacker of Boot Hill Pyrotechnics did a fabulous job. The show lasted about 30 minutes, with a spectacular ending. Thank you to everyone who gave money for the fireworks. MLIA was a large contributor, along with Mystic Moose Resort and Louie’s Landing. 

The annual Moose Lake Improvement Association meeting was held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 6, on the lawn at Louie’s Landing. Many things of interest were reported on and details of the meeting will be posted on the MLIA website. Cary McDonald, who lives on River Road, was elected to a term on the board. 

The new president, Tom Koehler, gave a lengthy report on the regulatory flood elevation. Guest speaker Ellen Faulkner of Ayres Associates in Eau Claire gave a detailed presentation at the end of the meeting about the Flood Plain and Dam Failure study. 

I introduced Tom Heisler, our conservation warden from the DNR. With him was Sawyer County sheriff deputy and recreational officer Craig Depew. Tom talked about several changes in the law pertaining to water skiing. He also reminded people about having life jackets easily available. You must have one jacket per person on every boat. He also discussed the no wake law and what it means. 

It is always nice to meet your area warden in person, so you know who he or she is if you were to see them. Tom has offered to come back next year to talk in more detail to our members. Complete details and minutes from the meeting will be posted on the MLIA website at

On a sunny Saturday afternoon, July 6, about 86 people met at Louie’s Landing to honor an uncle, a friend and a man who always said, “How can I help you?” Leslie Marshall Miller had nieces and nephews who came from Florida, North Carolina, Minnesota and Pennsylvania. Many friends came from the Chicago area and neighbors from the Moose Lake area joined in the celebration of his life. His elder brother Ed (88 years old) came from Pennsylvania. Les was a well-liked man. These people traveled many miles to join his family to honor Les. Many kind words and memories of his generosity, his love of Mark Twain and Tolkien and his belief in higher education and learning was remembered. Les passed away April 22.

I knew Les from the many games of pool that he and I played together as partners or as competitors at Louie’s on the cold Thursday winter nights. Les was quite the pool player. He loved the game. I enjoyed meeting many of his relatives last Saturday. Most of them have been to Moose Lake many times to visit Les, Dave and Snook Sanders over the years. It was a beautiful day for this gathering and, even though we have lost a good friend, relative or family member, one thing that we will never lose is all the good memories that we will have of Les. Rest in peace, my friend.

On June 1 Ken Loefler of Moose Lake participated in the Rumble on the Lake Motorcycle ride. The ride had about 100 riders participating. The ride started in Cable, stopped in Hayward, and then continued through several small towns south of here. At the end of the ride the organizers raffled off a new 2018 Harley Davidson motorcycle and Ken won the bike! He was very surprised and would like to thank Harley Davidson and the organizers of the event. I’m sure next year he will be riding his new motorcycle. 

Happy birthday to Daryl Neibauer on July 14 and Dan Frame on the 15th. Happy anniversary to Bill and Barb Nielson and Chuck and Anita Halbleib, both on July 11, Dennis and Jean Laier on the 13th and Doug and Kathy Laier on the 14th. 

Have a great week and stay safe!

Jim Onarheim can be reached at (715) 462-4448 or



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