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Sand Creek Chatter – 3-6-2013

The fourth graders at the Prairie Farm, Barron, Chetek-Weyerhauser, and Cameron schools were fortunate to have people from the Dovre Lodge of Sons of Norway give a presentation on the local history of the Norwegian immigration.  The Lodge members were Ingrid Rothenbuehler of Chetek, Elsie Krause of Prairie Farm, Louise Varness of Ridgeland, and Carol Anderson of Sand Creek.  The students learned about the plight of the immigrants, the hobbies and handwork of these new settlers, the churches of Norway, and some of the language of the Norwegian settlers as well as how to count to 10 in Norwegian.

 On Thursday, February 21, Marissa Cyrus and Benjamin Westholm of Sand Creek were two of many students from Chetek Weyerhaeuser Middle School taking part in the Middle School Solo-Ensemble Festival held at the Hayward High School.  Marissa participated in 8 entries, highlighted by division 1 ratings on her vocal and clarinet solos.  Benjamin had two entries at the festival and also received a 1 rating on his instrumental solo on Baritone.  Parents Julie Cyrus, Becky and Doug Westholm, and Marissa’s grandparents Rod and Carolyn Dahl were in attendance to support the kids in their efforts.

On Friday and Saturday evening, Doug and Becky Westholm, Brandon, Benjamin and Danielle, traveled to River Falls to attend the Jazz Cabaret and a concert by the UWRF Jazz Ensemble, both presented by the university’s Radd Jazz Series.  Guest artist of the university for the weekend was world renowned Jazz Guitarist Mike Stern, who has been nominated for 6 Grammy awards and was a member of legendary band Blood, Sweat and Tears in the 1970’s.  Derek Westholm had the privilege of performing at a clinic on Friday with Mike Stern and also performed with Stern and the UWRF Jazz Ensemble at the concert on Saturday night.

Swanhild Rasmussen and her daughter, Carol Squires, are enjoying their social schedule during Carol’s visit to Wisconsin.  They had noon lunch with Delores Krahn, Swanee’s friend from high school and college days, at the Norske Nook in Eau Claire on Monday, February 25.  Then on Wednesday, they visited Gerald and Anna Madison in Bloomer.  Thursday, they met Joanie Lindau of Medford, and Doris and Herb Tallman of Sand Creek at Randy’s Family Restaurant in Eau Claire for noon lunch.

The Vlcek families got together on Saturday, March 2, for their annual venison processing day, grinding sausage, making bologna, salami, summer sausage and brats.  Families represented were:  Nathan and son, Hunter, Bill and sons, Noah and Joey, Brian and children, Moriah and Briahna, Isaiah and Elijah.

Arlene Koenaman and Thelma Waterhouse attended their classmate Robert Rediger’s funeral last Tuesday at St. Paul’s Lutheran church in Bloomer.

Dan Nelson returned to Morningside Apartments on March 2 after being a patient at Sacred Heart hospital for a few days.

Kathy Follendorf and Judy Horn attended the Dunn County Garden Seminar on Saturday, March 2 at the Dunn County Judicial Center.  The theme was “Gardening Smarter and NOT Harder”.  Afterwards, they took in Empty Bowls at the Menomonie Middle School.  The proceeds of the soup and bread meals and other activities benefit Stepping Stones Food Pantry and Shelter, and Menomonie Area Bread for the World.  Anita Jenson, Lana Anderson, Carol Anderson, Rod and Carolyn Dahl, Doris and Herb Tallman were among those in attendance from Sand Creek.

Norma Waterhouse and her mother, Thelma Waterhouse, attended a 2nd birthday party for Thelma’s great-granddaughter, Page, on Saturday, March 2.  Also present were Allen and Bev Waterhouse, grandparents of Page, near Cameron.