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Fishing success on opening weekend

SHELL LAKE – It was finally sunny, if a bit windy, for the annual Governor's Fishing Opener Saturday, May 7, held for the first time on Shell Lake.

Many anglers were out before dawn, with lots of success. Gov. Tony Evers was out early, according to community members (he had to leave early for a funeral), after attending the banquet Friday night at the Shell Lake Arts Center. He caught a couple of fish.

Gene Harrington, who was one of the guides, fished with Department of Natural Resources Secretary Preston Cole and caught quite a few fish, walleyes and northern.

"He said he'd love to fish with me again," Harrington said of Cole. "He's a good boat partner."

Harrington said this was a great opportunity to showcase the community and to be an advocate for natural resources in the area.

Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela

Barnes was out on the lake, though he said he didn't have any luck catching fish.

"I got a snail on my hook," he laughed.

Barnes had fished on Shell Lake before, and said, "It was a beautiful day. I got to see one eagle."

Mayor Sally Peterson said, "It turned out to be a huge success."

She said Evers said he was very pleased to see how much children were included in this opener event.

Around the Memorial Park in Shell Lake, many local organizations hosted booths featuring casting for youth, arts and crafts, minnow races and other hands-on activities.

The newly remodeled Shell Lake Community Center was the spot for refreshments and coffee from the new shop on Main Street, Caribbean Coffee.

The Lions Club hosted a free community fish fry, while families enjoyed a magician and live music by Dan Schullo in the pavilion.

2022 Commencement set for area schools

As the 2021-22 high school school year starts to come to an end, area schools are making plans for graduations and announcing their honor students.


At Spooner High School, commencement will be held at the SHS Gymnasium starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 27.

Isaac Hopke has been announced as the Spooner High School Valedictorian. Earning the Salutatorian honors was Jeffrey Rongner.

The Class Flower for Spooner is the White Rose, and the Class Color is Sky Blue.

The Class Song will be "I Will Always Remember You."

The Class Motto is: "I don't know about you, but I am feeling the Class of 22."

Shell Lake

The Shell Lake High School graduation is also set for Friday, May 27.

The Class Valedictorian is Carlton Miller. Carlton has been a Laker since the age of 4 when he started kindergarten. He began playing piano in second grade, and his love of music has been part of his life ever since. He was awarded two scholarships to attend the Shell Lake Arts Center for music.

Carlton will attend University of Minnesota-Duluth studying physics, and hopes to play in the Jazz Band.

The Shell Lake Salutatorian is Samuel Negus, the son of Roderik and Judith Negus. He is a member of the National Honor Society, and has participated in football, hockey, track and field, power lifting, Student Council, Spanish Club and Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA). He plans to attend UW-Madison to pursue a major in computer science.

The 2022 Shell Lake Class Motto is "Crushed it!" The Class Flower is Blue Chrysanthemum, and the Class Colors are Sapphire and Gold.

Class Song is "Life is a Highway." Class officers are Cade Hanson, president; Negus, vice president; Jared Egbert, treasurer, and Chad Harrington, secretary.

Shell Lake National Honor Society seniors include Hanson, Alyssa Langham, Carlton Miller, Negus, and Caitlyn Skattebo.


The Class of 2022 at Birchwood will graduate on Friday, June 3, at 7 p.m. Graduation will take place at the Birchwood School Gymnasium, and all scholarships will be handed out at that time.

Valedictorian is Payton Schultz, who is also the Class Speaker. The Salutatorian and Class President is Lucas Lehnert.

Class Motto: "I don't know about you, but I am feeling the Class of 22."

School Colors are Maroon and White.


Commencement at Northwood will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 27.

Class Valedictorian and Salutatorian have not been determined yet, as there are several students that are very close.

Class Color: Blue

Class Song: "22" by Taylor Swift

Class Flower: Hydrangea

Class Motto: "Behind you, all your memories. Before you, all your dreams. Around you, all who love you. Within you, all you need" by Lilli Vaiher


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