Hello Clam Lake!
Wow! Is all one can say about our weather. There is snow, more snow and even more snow. The talk this week went something like this, “When did you get plowed out?” “Did you lose power?” “Are you done shoveling?” Going from less than half of an inch to over 30 inches of snow in less than a week sent everyone into full winter mode whether they wanted to be or not. Local plow trucks were going round the clock trying to get everyone cleared out. Roofs are full with icicles hanging. I guess winter is here to stay for a few months.
Of course, this is music to the ears for the snowmobilers and other winter sports enthusiasts. The Namakagon Trail Groomers have been posting pictures of them out and about tramping down trails showing one and all the abundance of snow. Trails should open on the 12th as soon as Muzzleloader season is over, so get those sleds ready! This is good news for the local businesses who look forward to the return of the weekend warriors.
CHRISTMAS PARTY: On Thursday the 12th, the Clam Lake Community Club will be hosting their annual Christmas Party at the Clubhouse beginning at five. This will feature a Pot Luck with an optional $15 gift exchange. Men bring gifts for men, women for women – so make sure to label them accordingly. I’m sure we’ll work in a few rounds of Christmas Bingo as the evening progresses – if Ace is willing. Time to mingle with friends and neighbors to celebrate the holiday season. Will be fun! Hope to see you there!
RECAP: Fun times were had at the Forest Riders meat raffle this past Saturday with the Glidden crew once again in good attendance. Is so great to see them come out to participate in this worthwhile and fun event. What great guys! I saw Santa (Dave Frasch) earlier in the day and he suggested we reprise our roles as Santa and his Elf for the raffle – so once Santa had his “Designated Sleigh Driver” lined up we were off and runnin’. Even the Mathey Road elk got in on the act by kindly agreeing to serve as reindeer. Chris Frasch took charge of rounding them up and manning the sleigh. Ray Serna of Minneapolis decided to donate 3 boxes of meat from Louie’s Meats in Cumberland and, of course, there were the delicious variety packs from the Sixth Street Market in Ashland to be had. Spud and Teri BeBeau provided the Christmas Tree to raffle off and before you knew it – it was a party!! Once again the Glidden boys were big winners. Flash started off the evening with two successive wins but, Snake became top of the leader board with three wins. Fence Post not only won a box of meat, he also won the Christmas tree which he gave to his son Luke. Spud, Popcorn and Luke all came away with meat for the holiday season as well. Even I, was lucky enough to win a box of meat. Yum! Thanks to everyone that made this a great evening of Christmas cheer! (As a side note – Last month’s meat raffle saw $700 being donated to The Brick and Sixth Street Market Holiday Dinners for charity. Good job!)
The next meat raffle will be held on January 18th 2020! See you there!
Until next week…..keep shoveling! since in Wisconsin we know we have to – keep ‘er movin’…..
Pictured are highlights from the Forest Rider’s December Meat Raffle: Santa (Dave Frasch) and his Elf (Lynne Rice), Santa enjoying the festivities and his elf having some fun with the Glidden boys – l to r – Luke Eder, Fence Post (Gary Eder), Flash (Jerry Kempf), Ms. Elf and Snake (Jim Motola).