State Senator Clifford W. Krueger of Merrill has said thanks but no thanks. Krueger advised he will not seek endorsement at the Republican Party Convention on the 10th. Krueger, who has served in the Senate since 1946, is midway through his present term and has been urged by many to seek the gubernatorial nomination.
Tickets are going fast for the annual Merrill Chamber of Commerce banquet at Lincoln Lanes on May 8 which will feature Head Coach “Al” McGuire of the Marquette Warriors basketball team as the main speaker. The gala affair, which is open to the public, is expected to draw a record attendance to hear McGuire who enjoyed the honor of being named Coach of the Year by the NABA. Tickets may be purchased at the Chamber office or by visiting Merrill Federal Savings and Loan, Schulze’s Pharmacy, Nelson Rexall, Lincoln County Bank, Lincoln Lanes, and Golde’s Music Bar.
A 37-year-old Merrill man was sentenced Tuesday to six months in the county jail after he pled guilty to a charge of negligent operation of a firearm. The man was originally charged with homicide by reckless conduct after the shooting incident on Nov. 1, 1973 in the Town of Harding which left a 14-year-old Merrill boy fatally injured. Judge Donald E. Schnabel noted in sentencing the man that he had no previous record and placing him on probation would do him no good and there was no sense in fining him as he had no money.
The four hour Gruett’s Appliance super savings sale is taking place tomorrow from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at their location on Merrill’s west side. Bargains include a GE side by side refrigerator and freezer for $221; a 25” solid state black Matrixpic GE TV for only $539; a GE electric range with auto oven cleaner, window in door and storage drawer for $310; a GE dishwasher with built in pot scrubber for $227; a porcelain top clothes dryer from GE for $148 while Maytag washers start at $169; gas ranges start at $219; and a 100 watt stereo with two microphones and an eight track player with Garrard deluxe speakers is only $219. (I am sure if Eddie was there he would honor those prices with a smile)
The list of candidates for Lincoln County Clerk gets longer as three have now officially declared for the post. Allen Osness, Sr. of the Town of Scott, Milton Kleinschmidt of the town of Corning and Ewald Katke Jr. of the Town of Pine River all announced their intention to run to replace retiring clerk Ken Oldenburg. Osness and Kleinschmidt are running on the Republican ticket while Katke will run on the Democratic side.
There was excitement in Merrill’s Sixth Ward this past Wednesday after a car crashed into a house. A vehicle being driven by a Merrill woman jumped the curb while turning the corner at S. Foster St. and Matthews St. and plowed into the home on the corner. The driver suffered head lacerations, her female passenger suffered a possible spinal injury and a twisted ankle, and the elderly female home owner was taken to the hospital by ambulance for sedation after the event. The driver was ticketed for driving while intoxicated.
On the entertainment page: It’s a record! For the third straight week “Footloose” is playing in Cosmo number one. The ad for Wally’s Video invites readers to come down and take advantage of Wally. Specials include $5 off of memberships with two free rentals thrown in and if you rent three videos you get the fourth free. In the front of the house, Andre’s Pizza and Pub has the May party pack special: Two medium pizzas, ½ a bucket of chicken and Jo Jo’s, a six pack of Pepsi and a six pack of Old Style, all for only $20.
Following an intense eight month course, the very first Leadership Merrill graduation ceremony was held. Dr. Tom Geiger led the course and Gerald Campbell, the Vice-Chancellor of the UW Extension in Madison, presented diplomas to the graduates who include: Elizabeth Wiesneski, Edward Tessmer, Brenda Mamer, Lana Strasman, Cynthia Skaar, Timothy Seidler, Jane Ann Savaske, Charles Roth, Ted Nickel, Michele Martinez, Daniel Jackson, Judith Hatz, Paulette Hagedorn, Boyd Gustke, Arlys Bourdage, Julie Bushor, Jerome Albers, David Belfiori, Jonathon Krohn, and Jack Mikunda.
The Gleason Bowling Center has ended its bowling season and awarded trophies. The ladies’ Monday night title went to the Gleason Branch of the Lincoln County Bank whose team members are Dorothy Gennrich, Ilene Oldenburg, Katie Ronis, Jean Thom, Shelly Mundl and Vonnie Kneiss. The men’s Thursday night league champions were Eddie’s Copper Town from Crandon whose team members are Fred Gruetzmacher, Jack Smith, Al Gruetzmacher, Les Yanda, Jocko Peterson and Don Miller. The Late Bloomers blossomed in the Friday night mixed couples league, Peg and Bill Hershey and Claudette and Dan Johnson took the crown there. The Wednesday night team of Gleason Electric was awarded the trophies for the men’s league, Steve Steger, Pat Fisher, Rick Bernsdorf, Kerm Montabon, Jim Johnson, Craig Schielke and Mike Hanson made up the team.
An ad on the entertainment page advertises the newest business in Merrill, the Starcade, a family fun center with billiards, darts and arcade games. The non-smoking center is located at 807 E. 1st St. (present home of the Merrill Foto News)