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SPOONER– The ferocious November wind blew occasionally heavy snow sideways across the football field … unfortunately, it was only the middle of October!

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SPOONER– The 2019 Spooner High School Homecoming Week celebration also turned into a celebration for the Spooner Rails volleyball team.

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LADYSMITH– After the Spooner Rails and Ladysmith Lumberjacks battled to a 16-16 tie in the first half of the Heart O’ North Conference game at Ladysmith on Friday, Oct. 4, the Spooner defense shut down the Lumberjacks and the offense rallied to put up 21 second-half points for a huge 37-16 victory.

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Four boats slipped almost silently into inky black water. The river’s mirror-calm surface reflected bright yellows, blues, and reds from our life jackets and warm layers as the current carried us gently around the first corner. Thickets of alders arched their twigs over the water, and matted…

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SHELL LAKE— It was a fight for the top spot in the Lakeland-8 North Conference when Siren visited Shell Lake, and in the end the Lakers prevailed in a 15-14 thriller.

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MINONG– The Northwood-Solon Springs Evergreens held a 41-0 lead after one quarter on Friday, and by the half of the Evergreen Homecoming game against Winter-Birchwood, it was 75-6.

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SPOONER– A longtime rivalry came to an end on Sept. 27, as the Hayward Hurricanes, who will exit the Heart O’ North Conference in football following this season, visited Spooner one last time.

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CUMBERLAND– Haley Appleman, naturalist from the Cable Natural History Museum, will be at the Thomas St. Angelo Public Library of Cumberland to present “Northwoods Raptors” on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 6:30 p.m.

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SPOONER— The Spooner Rails golf team competed in the Heart O’ North Conference Meet on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Rolling Oaks Golf Course in Barron.

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SHELL LAKE– The Shell Lake Lakers traveled north on September 20 to take on Washburn-Bayfield-South Shore, taking a 49-14 Lakeland-8 North Conference victory.

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SPOONER– In Heart O’ North Conference girls’ golf at the Spooner Golf Course on a sunny Monday, Sept. 23, the Ladysmith Lumberjacks edged Spooner 213-217. Chetek-Weyerhaeuser shot a 240.

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SPOONER– It was a tough outing for the Spooner Rails on Friday, Sept. 20, as they hosted the St. Croix Falls Saints, falling 17-0.

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SPOONER– There was life again in the Spooner Civic Center on Friday, Sept. 20. The buzz of the large and excited crowd, the sound of whistles on the ice, the crack of pads on pads as players battled for the puck, the frosty spray of ice as skaters changed direction, the thunderous cheers as …

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SPOONER– The Spooner-Shell Lake Rails boys soccer team fell 6-0 to the visiting Cumberland Beavers in Middle Border action at Spooner on Monday, Sept. 16.

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SPOONER– In Heart O’ North Conference volleyball action at Spooner on September 19, the Rails girls opened the conference season at 1-0 as they hosted Chetek-Weyerhaeuser. After dropping the first game, the Rails regrouped and played inspired volleyball, winning three straight to take the ma…

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SPOONER– It was the Spooner Police Department against the Spooner Fire District in softball on Sunday afternoon. And while the Fire Department won on the field 25-12, local charities were the big winners.

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As I peered into the deep pool below the bridge through my polarized sunglasses, the four-foot-long, dark gray torpedo slid smoothly above the pale, sandy bottom — and vanished.

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SIREN– The Siren Dragons remained undefeated at 4-0 overall and 2-0 in Lakeland-8 Conference football, swamping Mercer-Butternut 47-8 on Friday, Sept. 13.