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Clam Lake News By Andrea Krygoski 

Good Monday afternoon Readers!

The day before tax day, April 15. Did you get your taxes done yet or at least file an extension? This is always a dreaded day, I hope by now everyone got a return and did not have to pay. That's the better way!!

If you missed the last potluck dinner you really missed out on some great food! There were alot of pasta dinners for you to chose from, ham and scalloped potatoes and plenty of desserts to eat. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, May 8, at 5pm/ meeting, 6pm/ dinner. Hope to see you there...

If you are looking for something to do on a lazy after noon then the Clam Lake Junction has the thing just for you. They are now renting videos. They have recent releases to pick from. So, stop on down to the Clam Lake Junction and check it out....

On a sad note, last week's Enterprise had the obit of Dexter Sharp. I remember Dexter and his late wife Peggy from the good ol' days when Clam Lake held their breakfast's and running into Peggy or Dexter at the post office and having a nice chat. Our Sincerest Sympathies to all who knew them....

Still waiting for the snow to melt there's an 8 foot pile in my yard yet...Maybe by June!
Until next time be kind!!


                                                    SPRING NEWSLETTER      April 2014

Monthly potluck meetings on 2nd Thursday unless a federal holiday then 3rd Thursday. Check website for details on events and meeting minutes.

We thank the work crew and generous contributors for the new windows, handicap front ramp, newly painted picnic tables, mowing of lawn and plowing snow. With continued support we hope to replace beer shed roof, woman's bathroom floor, front door, rear handicap ramp to restrooms, remove outhouses and grade plus caulk windows.  A special thank you to Gary Hillstrom taking responsibility for pot lucks and providing generous setups, entres and prizes for bingo. Meetings and meals move smoothly due to his effort.

July 5th White Elephant & Bake Sale 11:00am until goods gone Proceeds are for the community Club. Items you wish to donate can be brought to the clubhouse Sat June 28th 9:00am - 12:00 or Sun June 29th 12:00 - 3:00. We have the right to refuse certain items. See website for most common non acceptable items or call Pat Dudley 715 794-2029

Fireworks at dusk. Bring a lawn chair, blanket, bug spray and a donation (accepted at beverage stand). The presentation will be larger than last year. Aug 16th 2nd Annual Reunion Picnic 11:00am thru afternoon Pulled pork sandwiches, homemade potato salad, bourbon beans, corn on the cob and beverage stand. Many games; raffle table, money wheel, minnow races for children etc. Music by Richard Anderson and Ron Gran.

                                                                          Special Attention

2014 Membership Dues     $5.00 per adult Mail to Patricia Dudley Treasurer, 60125 State Highway 77, Clam Lake, WI. 54517


Contact any officer listed below:  

Andrea Krygoski, President  715 794-2343  
Bud Rubeck, Vice President  715 794-2479
Patricia Dudley, Treasurer  715 794-2029  
Jane Eder, Secretary   715 794-2440

Interested in renting club premises? Contact any officer for policy

Here's a Snippet from Lynne:

After my last snippet on the trains of early Clam Lake, I will once again resume where I left off in Howard Scotford’s Journal. Howard Scotford was the owner of Campfire Island Resort and one of Clam Lake’s founding fathers.

September of 1914 starts out rainy with Scotford complaining that the supplies have gotten wet. On the 19th he says that Tom* and Louie (Deringer) get a whippenpoof.  This is one of the fanciful creatures he has drawn in his Journal. So, one can only imagine what they caught.

On the 28th Gertrude (Deringer), Hazel (Scotford) and him get a bushel of cranberries from Delano Lake. This lake and it’s surrounding land is located behind my property and was once a fur farm owned by Al Gardner and Tony Hinton. The property was once surrounded by fencing, some of which still remains. It is presently owned by Dr. Tom Chisholm of Chippewa Falls, WI and is still known for it’s cranberries.

In October he is working on the kitchen and a new cabin. Bird hunting is in full swing and he tallies 76 partridge for the month of October.

November 26th is Thanksgiving Day and he says, “nothing doing. All snow melted off Lake. Got mail. “ No mention of anything special being done that day, other than resting.

December 16th finds Scotford baking bread and setting traps around Little Clam. He goes to Glidden for Christmas and returns on the 29th finding a bear den along the way. He says, “found a bear den, but, nobody home.” Good thing! Once again, he is traveling by skiis.

New Year’s he heads back to Glidden. Hazel (his wife) usually spends the holidays in Glidden with her parents, so he is often traveling back and forth to see her and their families.

*As a side note: Tom is a person who often appears in the Journal. Whom he is, I am not sure. Another person lost to a century ago’s day to day.


Community Club Minutes

October 12 2013

With 24 people in attendance the meeting was opened with the pledge.

First business was for everyone to take a look at the new windows, everyone said they looked terrific and the ramp was exceptional. Thank you to the work crew!

As soon as the railings and the back ramp is finished, Andrea can call the Glidden Area Development Corp to take a look at it. We can be re-reimbursed for materials that that we used on the ramp.

2nd order of new business was the discussion of keeping the potluck and meetings together. There are several people who feel that the “potlucks” and meeting together run too long. It was suggested by Gary Hillstrom and 2nded by Cher to move the meeting to another night of the month.

Then it was brought up by Len Heinlein to have the meetings before the “potlucks” at 5pm, then potluck and bingo. After some discussion Gary and Cher rescinded their suggestion and it was decided to hold the meeting at 5pm for the next potluck with dinner to follow. If needed we will hold further discussion next month.

Meeting was adjourned. 8 people stayed for Bingo

Submitted by ak


West Fork Waterway Association Inc.

West Fork Waterway Association Inc. is an association of concerned people for the preservation and protection of the historic West Fork Waterway and wildlife area for recreation and public enjoyment of its scenic beauty today and in the future. 

WFWA Inc. is on the West Fork of the Chippewa River and includes the area from the Day Lake Dam to the Highway 77 Dam. It is located in the community of Clam Lake, Township Of Gordon Wisconsin and assists the Township of Gordon in funding expenses related to the maintenance of the Highway 77 Dam.

Click Here to Help the West Fork Waterway Association Save the Dam!


Clam Lake, Wisconsin Elk News & Updates

Successful calving year good for state’s growing elk herd (2013)
CLAM LAKE, Wis. -- Despite a very late spring and hordes of biting insects, more than 250 hardy volunteers joined Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologists to search the forests near Clam Lake for elk calves during May and June. This effort revealed that the year has started out exceptionally well for Wisconsin’s growing elk herd.

Forty-five potentially pregnant cows were monitored this spring. From them, 35 to37 new calves were expected to join the herd this spring. Of the calves that were born, a total of 23 were found by volunteers and fitted with tracking collars that will provide future information about their survival. At least five additional calves have since been seen and not captured.

“Generally, late springs are tough on Wisconsin elk calves. But this year was different.” said Laine Stowell, DNR elk biologist. “For the most part the elk found this spring were in great shape.”

Stowell says there were two particularly encouraging characteristics of the 2013 elk calving season.
Of significant importance is that for the first time, more females were observed born than males which will help with future growth of the herd, according to Stowell.

Also of note is that no newborn calves have been lost to predation to date. Black bears are the most likely predator during their first six weeks of life. Within a week or two after giving birth, cows group together with other cows to provide added protection to newborn calves against predators.

“This is the type of calving year we always hope for,” Stowell said. “A few more like this and we’ll really see some significant herd growth.”

More good news for Wisconsin’s elk herd came recently with the signing of the state budget where authority was given to DNR to bring in additional wild elk to boost the Clam Lake herd and start a second wild herd in the Black River Falls area of Jackson County. Both plans have seen significant public support and financial backing from partners outside of the DNR. As a result, more elk may be arriving from a donor state starting in 2015.

For information on elk, contact:

Scott Roepke
Wildlife biologist
Bureau of Wildlife Management

Clam Lake, Wisconsin Area Events


4th of July Fireworks Show - Sat. July 5, 2014



September - Fall Elk Bugling

Elk bugling is a special feature of the fall rut usually starting in late August and running through late September in the Clam Lake, Wisconsin area. As the big bull elk prepare to attract female cows, they let out bellows, which range from deep tones to high-pitch squeals to grunts. On fall nights in the Chequamegon National Forest around Clam Lake, Wisconsin, the distinctive sounds of elk rutting can often be heard. Listen to the remarkable, unforgettable sounds of native, free ranging bull elk bugling in a Northern Wisconsin wilderness. If you've never heard the bugle of the bull elk during the fall rutting period, you are in for an experience that is at once thrilling and haunting. We invite you to join us in Clam Lake during the month of September and experience this unique event! You won't soon forget the sounds of elk bulging as they echo through the forest and across the lakes of Northern Wisconsin!

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