My Northern Wisconsin

Covering Ashland, Iron, Lincoln, Oneida, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, and Vilas Counties



News: Phillips, Kennan, and Catawba    No Replies

My Northern Wisconsin, 06-17-2024, 02:00 PM

Equipment started moving into the future Forward Bank location in April 2024.

The ground has been broken for the new location of Forward Bank in Phillips, which will be at the corner of Hwy. 13 and County Road F.  The construction of the new building has been planned to "be conscious of the surrounding natural resources, understanding neighboring business’ parking need, and to respect the DOT requirements on accessing Highway 13," according to Forward Bank.

The structure will be the home for the bank, insurance, and investment services.  The new facility will have Interactive Teller Machine (ITM) technology, allowing for expanded self-serve transactions.

“We have been very purposeful in the selection of our new location and the design of the facility,” commented Bill Sennholz, CEO of Forward Bank.  “The offices will allow for collaboration between bank, insurance, and investment team members to help our customers meet all their financial needs.  It is set on a beautiful lot that will allow customers to enjoy the views as much as we do.”

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Steve Precour, and insurance agent with Forward Insurance, stated, “Our investment in this building demonstrates our long-term commitment to the success of our customers and neighbors here.  We’re looking forward to showing you this full-service office and moving forward together for many years.”

The existing bank building, located at 366 North Lake Avenue, will be sold.  The insurance offices are expected to be leased to other businesses.

Photo by:  Forward Bank

Pictured:  Therese Trojak, Barbara Chapman, Jon Pesko, Bill Sennholz, Frank Dusek, Stacie Prochnow, Terry Palecek, Steve Precour, Angie Revak, Doug Nutt, Jeff Baratka, Dave Clark, John Marshall, Sandy Klatt, Mark Brzeskiewicz, Trenton Larson, Shelby Kosmer, Dennis Immerfall, Brad Larson, Richard Heitkemper, and Kayla Bushman

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News: Park Falls and Fifield    No Replies

My Northern Wisconsin, 06-14-2024, 02:42 PM

Chequamegon School District announced Eagle Award winners for April and May 2024, plus May's pop tabs and RED winners.


Eagle Award Winners were announced at the Park Falls Elementary School for April and May 2024.  Students demonstrated "cooperation" in April and "leadership" in May.

April 2024:


Back row, left to right:
Sarah Morgan, Sebastian Snyder, Colton Bruun, Diesel Oswald, Jerrick Andreas, Cam Arntsen, and Kiah Eshankunda

Front row, left to right:
Adaline Klepac, Breeleigh Walker, Lila Hammond, Penelope Andreas, Madelynn Larson, Brooks Nelson, Jamie Herbst, Kaylah Nyakusinga, and Sienna Smith

May 2024:


Front row, left to right:
Riley Kontny, Adriana Schultz, Rowen Brummer, Daxon Singer, Natalie Lynch, Jack Carlson, and Connor Humphrey

Back row, left to right:
Chad Peth, Connor Wolf, Naomi Schneider, London Mederias, Aliyah Green, TJ Boone, and Myra Freiburger



Pop tabs were collected.  The following students collected the most pop tabs.  In May, the school collected 173 pounds in total.  All pop tabs get donated to the Ronald McDonald House in Marshfield.



Mr. Grams, a 2nd grade teacher from Park Falls Elementary School of the Chequamegon School District, is pictured proudly holding the monthly traveling Peacock trophy.  Mr. Grams' class is the May "RED" (Read Every Day) winning classroom.  His students read the most out of all the classrooms in the school.

Photos Submitted by:  Chequamegon School District

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News: Phillips, Kennan, and Catawba    No Replies

My Northern Wisconsin, 06-13-2024, 03:17 PM


The Power of 3 Community Development Group, Inc., Judy Hayton, Davette Hrabak, and Lynne Bohn, added a third bench to the bank clock pocket park in Phillips a couple weeks ago through various donations.

On June 7, 2024, the ladies added four geometric planters and flowers to the park, plus swept away the sand that had collected on the cement to get the area looking good for summer.

The staff at Birchland Realty has volunteered to water the flowers throughout the summer to help them thrive.

Aside from being down for repairs on about three various occasions, the clock has been in Phillips for 106 years, arriving in 1918.

For those who did not read the article in 2021, this link provides a history of the clock and its most recent restoration.





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My Northern Wisconsin, 06-11-2024, 06:54 PM


Merrlyn Gudim Seefeldt was born on August 21, 1938 in Maquoketa, Iowa to Victor and Edna Gudim.  Merrlyn went to be with Jesus on June 5, 2024 at her home in Monticello, Minnesota surrounded by the family she loved.  Merrlyn moved several times during her childhood across the Upper Midwest with her ending up in Fifield, Wisconsin, where she graduated from high school in 1956.  Merrlyn attended Valparaiso University (Indiana) and graduated from their Deaconess program in 1960.  It was at Valpo that Merrlyn met the editor of the yearbook, William (Bill) Seefeldt, who was looking for an assistant.  Thus started the dynamic duo team that we have all known and loved for over 62 years.

Bill and Merrlyn were married in Park Falls, Wisconsin, on June 30, 1962. They have four children:  Brenda, Krista, John, and Mark.  In 1974, the Seefeldt family moved to Monticello, where they have lived since.

Merrlyn lived a life full of faith and family.  Merrlyn loved her family with all her heart and shared her love in a variety of family activities including the annual Christmas hearts tournament, fantasy football league, and NCAA bracket challenge.  There is nothing Bill and Merrlyn did without the other.  They have had a lifelong passion for ministries at the local, national, and international levels.  Some of the many ministries that Merrlyn led and contributed to include Bible studies, prayer meetings, Alpha, congregational care, and most recently global missions with an emphasis on Tanzania.  Her example of steadfast prayer and a caring heart will be her legacy.

Bill and Merrlyn formed Electro Industries Inc. in Monticello in 1974 with a focus on manufacturing for the electric heat management market.

Merrlyn is notoriously known around Monticello for riding behind Bill on their white trike, a three-wheeled motorcycle.  Bill and Merrlyn have traveled with their trike across the country visiting countless states, national parks, canyons, and mountain passes.

Merrlyn is preceded in death by her parents, Victor and Edna Gudim; and son-in-law, Jon Smith.  She is survived by her husband, William (Bill) Seefeldt; their four children, Brenda Seefeldt Amodea (John), Krista Smith-Larson (Loren), John Seefeldt (Karin), and Mark Seefeldt; their grandchildren, Brittany Lindahl (Stefan), Tyler Zillmer (Amy), Ella Wilkes (Brian), Isaac Smith (Beth), Nathan Seefeldt (Anna) Megan Seefeldt, Loren Dale Larson (T’Sheal), Alex Larson (Stefani), Morgan Ritter (Jake), Jamon Brown, Curt Johnson (Rachel), Terrill Weathers, and Kenneth Wilson; siblings, Betty Gudim, William Gudim (Annette), and Jerry Gudim (Karen) along with special nieces, nephews, and numerous great-grandchildren, whom she loved dearly and brought so much joy into her life during her later years.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations go to Merrlyn's passion, the Bridgeview Church's Global Mission Fund. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m., with sharing of memories at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 17, 2024 at the Peterson-Grimsmo Funeral Chapel, 250 E. Broadway Street, Monticello, MN.  Her funeral service will take place at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, 2024 with visitation from 2-4 p.m. at Bridgeview Church, 20500 County Road 11, Big Lake, MN. Interment to follow at Riverside Cemetery, Monticello, MN.  The family will return to church after the interment to share a meal and fellowship.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Peterson-Grimsmo Funeral Chapel ~ Monticello.

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News: Phillips, Kennan, and Catawba    No Replies

My Northern Wisconsin, 06-04-2024, 05:20 PM

The list and map for the Phillips Community-wide Garage Sale Event have been published at

You can access the list from your computer or smart phone at the above link.  If you want a list you can print, you will find two options in the second paragraph at the link.  The first option is a pdf with all the information, including sale number, address, dates & times, and items for each sale.  It is four pages.  The second option is a pdf that omits the "items" and puts the listings in two columns to make it two pages for those who want to print less.

There is also a link for the interactive Google map.

Have a fun time thrift shopping with your friends and family.

The Phillips Community-wide Garage Sale Event will be back in June 2025.  My Price County is considering having a county-wide sale later in the summer, so stay tuned to see if that materializes this year.  Otherwise, it is something we will highly consider for next summer.


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News: Countywide    No Replies

My Northern Wisconsin, 05-31-2024, 04:14 PM


So many people ask, "What is there to do in this town? about the various towns in our county.  Making people aware of the many things to do in Price County is what will bring in more people and keep people here.  Therefore, My Price County is compiling a resource to answer that question at this link.  That's just a sample list, so if you are a member of a group that is not listed and that group is either free or meets for only a small price to cover costs, please send the details (activity, location, days & times, cost and/or needed equipment) to  Put "Price County Activity" in the subject line.  We are looking for sports groups, book clubs, genealogy groups, biking or hiking groups, chess clubs, etc.  Any group that meets to do something enjoyable is welcome to submit their information.  We appreciate your help with compiling this list.

If you are an instructor who gets paid and wants your group activity added, we can do so for a small fee, so please inquire with My Price County.

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News: Phillips, Kennan, and Catawba    No Replies

My Northern Wisconsin, 05-21-2024, 02:36 AM


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the awarding of $8.5 million in brownfield grants through the Investing in America Agenda.  Notice was received on Monday, May 20, 2024.

According to the EPA, they "selected three communities in Wisconsin to receive grants totaling $4,139,394 in competitive EPA brownfields funding through the multipurpose, assessment, and clean-up grant program."  Those communities include Brillion Iron Works Redevelopment in Brillion, Wisconsin; Community Development Authority of the City of Manitowoc; and Price County United Limited in Phillips, Wisconsin.  "In addition, the agency is announcing $4.5 million in supplemental funding to two existing, high-performing brownfields revolving loan fund grant programs to help expedite their continued work at sites in Wisconsin."  Receiving those funds are Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee and West Allis, Wisconsin.

Price County United Limited (PCUL) applied for a grant for the clean-up of the Lionite building at 115 Depot Street in Phillips.  From 1883 to 2015, and for a short time in 2017, the property has been industrial.  PCUL is slated to receive $1,677,894 to clean up the site, which is contaminated with hazardous substances, which include heavy metals and inorganic contaminants.  The clean-up grant will be put toward 9.2-acres of the 26-acre Lionite property.  Grant funds will also be used to conduct community engagement activities.  Lynda Ludwig, president of PCUL stated, "PCUL is committed to bringing the site back to productive use, serving the community's resiliency and sustainability goals."

Regarding the funding, the EPA added they "selected these organizations to receive funding to address and support the reuse of brownfield sites to address the health, economic, social, and environmental challenges caused by brownfields.  EPA anticipates making all the awards announced today once all legal and administrative requirements are satisfied."

For more information about this topic, read our previous article at this link.  We reached out to Lynda Ludwig and Blake Pluemer of PCUL on May 13, 2024 and May 21, 2024 asking them again to answer our remaining questions that community members have posed.  We will update the article if we get a response.

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News: Rusk County    No Replies

My Northern Wisconsin, 05-17-2024, 03:44 AM

On Monday, May 13, 2024, Scott Link, 61, from the Chetek area in Rusk County was reported missing by his family.

It was believed he left his home late on Friday, May 10, 2024 or early Saturday, May 11, 2024.  His attire, direction, and mode of transportation were unknown.

The Rusk County Sheriff's Office, Chetek Fire Department & Dive Team, Weyerhaeuser Fire Department, New Auburn Fire Department, Bruce Fire Department, Cameron Fire Department, WI DNR, WI State Patrol, and Sawyer County Search & Rescue worked diligently to locate the man.

A kayaker called authorities on Thursday, May 16, 2024, after spotting a body in the water, which he believed to be Scott Link.  The body was recovered, and Scott was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Foul play is not suspected.

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News: Prentice and Ogema    No Replies

My Northern Wisconsin, 05-17-2024, 03:12 AM


"It is that time of year in which we veterans start thinking about Memorial Day," Duane Harper, Commander, American Legion Post 452, said in April when he submitted the schedule to My Price County / My Northern Wisconsin.  The Spirit American Legion Post 452 will be rendering honors at the following cemeteries.

Monday, May 27, 2024:

8:15 a.m. Finlander Cemetery
8:35 a.m. Clifford Cemetery
8:55 a.m. St Mary's Cemetery
9:15 a.m. Knox Cemetery
10:00 a.m. Garden of Memories
10:30 a.m. Levitt Creek Cemetery
11:00 a.m. Ogema Hillside Cemetery
After program (mentioned below):  Hillcrest Cemetery

Duane shared, "After visiting these cemeteries, we will return to the Spirit Town Hall where lunch will be served to the community.  After lunch, a program, which is sponsored by American Legion Post 452, will be conducted.  Lunch will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

"The Memorial Day Program will begin at 1300 (1 p.m.).  There will be a simple program featuring the Prentice High School Band.  During the program, I will also have a virtual interview with Vice Admiral Brendan McLane.  He is Commander, Naval Surface Force U.S. Pacific Fleet.

"After the program the community will transit to Hillcrest Cemetery in Spirit to render honors."

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News: Countywide    No Replies

My Northern Wisconsin, 05-17-2024, 02:51 AM


Jean Gottwald, county clerk, and Lynn Neeck, county treasurer, have filed for noncandidacy for the November 5, 2024 election.

Jean filed on April 30, 2024.  Jean sent My Price County a notice stating, "After 20 years in the elected position of Price County Clerk, I have decided not to run for re-election this November.  I appreciate the amazing support I’ve received over the years, and I am so very thankful for the opportunity I’ve had to serve the citizens of Price County.  Thank you to all the wonderful people I’ve had the pleasure of working with."

Lynn filed on May 13, 2024.

This means neither of these ladies will be running for re-election.  The filing deadline to run for either of these offices is June 3, 2024.

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