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Peske wins IWC raffle

Pat Peske, of Amherst, won the $1,000 top prize in the 2017 Iola Winter Carnival raffle.

 

Other top prize winners were: Dee Berna, Iola, won $500 donated by First National Bank; Nadine Moscinski, Stevens Point, $350, Premier Community Bank; Gene Wasrud,

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Peske wins IWC raffle

Pat Peske, of Amherst, won the $1,000 top prize in the 2017 Iola Winter Carnival raffle.

 

Other top prize winners were: Dee Berna, Iola, won $500 donated by First National Bank; Nadine Moscinski, Stevens Point, $350, Premier Community Bank; Gene Wasrud, Iola, $250, Farmer’s State Bank; Josh Loken, Iola, $150 shopping spree, Iola Sentry Foods; Sue Vial, Scandinavia, $100, Iola Car Show; Tara Tollend, Appleton, $100, American Legion Post 14; Dee Rinka, Stevens Point, $100, Iola Lions Club; Lynn Knutson, Shiocton, $100, Iola Norsemen Snowmobile Club; Gaylord and Elaine Abrahamson, Waupaca, $100, Iola Winter Sports Club; Shawan Dieter, Plover, $100 chamber bucks, Iola-Scandinavia Chamber of Commerce; Roxanne Fischer, Iola, $100, Iola Living Assistance; Bob Frank, Waupun, $100, Iola Lioness Club; Tiffani Greenenwald, McHenry, Illinois, Green Bay Packers Football, Green Bay Packers.

 

A total of 126 prizes were awarded during the raffle drawing on Sunday, Feb. 5.

Here is a complete list of the 2017 raffle winners.

Pat Peske. $1,000, Iola Winter Carnival.

Dee Berna. $500, First National Bank.

Nadine Moscinski, $350, Premier Community Bank.

Gene Wasrud, $250, Farmer’s State Bank.

Josh Loken, $150 shopping spree, Iola Sentry Foods.

Sue Vial, $100, Iola Car Show.

Tara Tollend, $100, American Legion Post 14.

Dee Rinka, $100, Iola Lions Club.

Lynn Knutson, $100, Iola Norsemen Snowmobile Club.

Gaylord and Elaine Abrahamson, $100, Iola Winter Sports Club.

Shawan Dieter, $100 chamber bucks, Iola-Scandinavia Chamber of Commerce.

Roxanne Fischer, $100, Iola Living Assistance.

Bob Frank, $100, Iola Lioness Club.

Tiffani Greenenwald, Green Bay Packers Football, Green Bay Packers.

Dave Johnson, two club level tickets, Milwaukee Brewers.

Rachel Nelson, four reserved seats for a 2017 regular game, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

Rebecca Maus, $10 gift certificate, Taste of Elegance.

Jason Woyak, $10 gift certificate, Taste of Elegance.

Gary Reierson, two Wednesday pizza buffet, Ambrosia Pub & Grill.

Valerie Olson, $15 gift certificate, Ambrosia Pub & Grill.

Josh Siegel, one-topping pizza, Big Falls Tavern.

Ken Colby, one-topping pizza, Big Falls Tavern.

Mike Hayes, $20 gift certificate, Bloomin Envy.

Marlin Haase, free homemade pizza, Boondocks Bar & Grill.

Doug Thompson, $10 gift certificate, Club 161.

Sandy Steinbach, $10 gift certificate, Club 161.

Tim Trull, one night stay, Comfort Inn & Suites.

Orly Orlikowski, crock pot, Community Insurance & Associates.

Judy Morey, 20-pound cylinder refill, Countryside Propane.

Mike McGibbon, 20-pound cylinder refill, Countryside Propane.

Doug Lytle, 20-pound cylinder refill, Countryside Propane.

Janice Lehrer, $10 gift certificate, Crossings Bar & Supper Club.

Jeff Bohuerk, buy one get one free fish fry, Crystal Café.

Gidder Dun, $20 gas card, Depot Street Station.

Jack Korb, $20 gas card, Depot Street Station.

Nick Weaver, $10 gas card, Depot Street Station.

Ryan Glover, two for one green fees with purchase of cart, Glacier Wood Golf Club of Iola.

Holly Neumann, buy one get one fish fry, Haufschildt’s Brew Haus.

Carvel Voie, buy one get one fish fry, Haufschildt’s Brew Haus.

Jon Waugh, buy one get one fish fry, Haufschildt’s Brew Haus.

Keith Williams, 18 holes of golf with beer and a pizza, Hidden Waters Golf Course.

Orly Orlikowski, unlimited golf for two people, Hidden Waters Golf course.

Gregory Loescher, collector cars, Iola Car Show.

Norm Aalsma, two passes to 2017 Iola Car Show, Iola Car Show.

Kevin Kading, $10 in chamber bucks, Iola-Scandinavia Chamber of Commerce.

Jodi Hansen, $10 in chamber bucks, Iola-Scandinavia Chamber of Commerce.

Lynn Perryman, $10 in chamber bucks, Iola-Scandinavia Chamber of Commerce.

Dorothy Erickson, free pool party for up to 30 people with room included, Iola-Scandinavia Community Fitness & Aquatic Center.

Dennis Smith, two family day passes, Iola-Scandinavia Community Fitness & Aquatic Center.

Jerry Hyland, two family day passes, Iola-Scandinavia Community Fitness & Aquatic Center.

Wally Gibbs, two family day passes, Iola-Scandinavia Community Fitness & Aquatic Center.

Thomas Christoffer, one free dinner for 2018 Norwegian Lutefisk Supper, Iola Winter Carnival.

Brent Dittmann, one free dinner for 2018 Norwegian Lutefisk Supper, Iola Winter Carnival.

Sandy Panacek, one free dinner for 2018 Norwegian Lutefisk Supper, Iola Winter Carnival.

James Tock, one free dinner for 2018 Norwegian Lutefisk Supper, Iola Winter Carnival.

Thomas Jirschele, two 2017 trail passes with equipment, Iola Winter Sports Club.

David Trader, two 2017 trail passes with equipment, Iola Wlinter Sports Club.

Ray Oksuiaa, one free fish fry, JD’s Corner Bar.

Karl Erickson, gift plus four magazines and a book, Jones Publishing.

Harry Smith, R. Simmons Remember Me angel and magazine, Jones Publishing.

Patricia Sterle, teddy bear and magazines, Jones Publishing.

Samuel Peterson, doll chair and magazines, Jones Publishing.

Wayne Butz, 12-inch homemade pizza, JR’s Bar & Grill.

Vivian Zimmerman, 12-inch homemade pizza, JR’s Bar & Grill.

Richard Phillipsen, 12-inch homemade pizza, JR’s Bar & Grill.

Virginia Wentzel, $50 gift card, Kwik Trip.

Don Johnson, Badger football, Liquidators Plus.

Scott Olson, $20 gift certificate, Little Fat Gretchen’s.

Dick Thorpe, $20 gift certificate, Little Fat Gretchen’s.

Angela Zubella, scarves and scarf holder, Lucky Tree.

Gale Walz, bear and bear lodge sign, Main Street Marketplace.

Diane Pedersen, family pack of tickets to 2017 Mid-Western Rodeo.

Mike Cisewski, fleece jacket, Manawa Sodeo.

Josh Christoph, $10 gift certificate, Manawa Steak House.

Austin Lewandowski, $10 gift certificate, Manawa Steak House.

Barney Snyder, one large pizza, Matero’s Pub & Pizza.

Tom Opperman, $25 gift certificate, Mills Fleet Farm.

Linda Sorenson, fleece vest and free oil change, Neuville Motors.

Roxanne Fischer, 16-inch house pizza, Northern Lights Bar & Grill.

Ben Cady, 16-inch house pizza, Northern Lights Bar & Grill.

Phil Trussoni, $10 gift card, Neumann’s Piggly Wiggly.

Jesse Alm, $10 gift card, Neumann’s Piggly Wiggly.

Ariel Lewandowski, guest room with waterpark passes and breakfast buffet, Ramada Hotel.

Nick Rasmussen, $25 gift certificate, Rose Garden Family Restaurant.

Mike Jacquart, $10 gift certificate, Schmidt’s Corners.

David Ehrenberg, $10 gift certificate, Schmidt’s Corners.

Gary Jacobson, one Friday land & sea buffet, Schueller’s Great ExSpechtations.

Monte Dannettelle, one Friday land & sea buffet, Schueller’s Great ExSpechtations.

Gary Meyer, pizza & beer, Shaunie B’s.

Al Marghetti, pizza & beer, Shaunie B’s.

Chris Nelson, $10 gift certificate, Silver Lake Lanes.

Richard Phillipsen, $10 gift certificate, Silver Lake Lanes.

Jane Christoffel, $10 gift certificate, Silver Lake Lanes.

Dr. Jeffer, free six-inch Subway sub and one McDonald’s breakfast sandwich, Subway and McDonald’s.

Dan Tap, free six-inch Subway sub and one McDonald’s breakfast sandwich, Subway and McDonald’s.

Glenn Cady, free six-inch Subway sub and one McDonald’s breakfast sandwich, Subway and McDonald’s.

Teresa Kielblock, free six-inch Subway sub and one McDonald’s breakfast sandwich, Subway and McDonald’s.

Mary Lewandowski, $25 gift certificate, Sweet Medicine Prescriptions Plus.

Mary Schwartz, $25 gift certificate, Sweet Medicine Prescriptions Plus.

Monte Dannettelle, $25 gift certificate, Sweet Medicine Prescriptions Plus.

Dan Loken, $20 gift certificate, The Flower Pot.

Ken Graef, one Thursday strip loin special, The Iron Grille.

James Maus, one Sunday rib special, The Iron Grille.

April Quick, $15 gift certificate, The Millstone of Iola Mills.

Paul Anderson, $20 gift certificate, The Woods Restaurant.

Kathy Glodowski, $20 gift certificate, The Woods Restaurant.

  1. O’Donnell, $10 gift card, Three Squares Restaurant.

Charlie Nordness, $10 gift certificate, TK Bar & Grill.

Kris Hanson, $10 gift certificate, TK Bar & Grill.

Ellen Beimeister, $10 gift certificate, TK Bar & Grill.

Orly Orlikowski, $10 gift certificate, TK Bar & Grill.

Kathy Blum, $35 gift certificate, Torborg’s Lumber.

Tracy Rosenthal, $35 gift certificate, Torborg’s Lumber.

Janice Lehrer, $20 gift card, Traci’s Mane Street Salon.

Judy Rice, $20 gift card, Traci’s Mane Street Salon.

Charlie Holtebeck, two Friday night fish frys, Union Still & Grill.

Clarence (David) Ehrenberg, two Friday night fish frys, Union Still & Grill.

Rick Ertl, $25 gift certificate, Waupaca Ale House.

Lori Anderson, $25 gift certificate, Waupaca Ale House.

Jim Grenlie, one year free subscription, Waupaca County Post.

Kathy Welk, one year free subscription, Waupaca County Post.

David Trader, one 16-inch pizza certificate, Whitetail Lanes.

Connie Scherkenbachone fish fry certificate, Whitetail Lanes.

Jacci Smith, $10 gift certificate, Wings Inn.

Charlie Hoyord, $10 gift certificate, Wings Inn.

Mike Kosbarki, $10 gift certificate, Wings Inn.


Feb 7, 2017

Jerry Thompson selected as Grand Marshal

Jerry Thompson is the Grand Marshal of the 2017 Iola Winter Carnival.

He was chosen for his past and present contributions to the Iola Winter Sports Club.

“Jerry is an ambassador for our club and is remembered with respect in skiing circles,”

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Jerry Thompson selected as Grand Marshal

Jerry Thompson is the Grand Marshal of the 2017 Iola Winter Carnival.

He was chosen for his past and present contributions to the Iola Winter Sports Club.

“Jerry is an ambassador for our club and is remembered with respect in skiing circles,” said IWSC member Phil Johnsrud.

Thompson’s past contributions include serving on the IWSC board for over 20 years, running the Youth Ski Program and coaching the high school ski team for many years, organizing two state high school ski meets at IWSC and bringing skijoring (skiing with dogs) to Iola.

“A few years ago I heard about skijoring, and decided to give it a try with my lab, Ruby,” Thompson said. “We entered a couple of races, just for fun.”

This led to starting the skijoring race at IWSC as an addition to the Iola Winter Carnival weekend. Thompson and his wife, Chris, organize the annual skijoring event, which will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4.

In 1984, Jerry and Chris Thompson built a house on Trout Creek Road in the town of New Hope, where they raised their three children.

Jerry Thompson has been a member of the Iola Winter Sports Club since 1991. He and his family joined IWSC because “we liked to ski and the trails at Iola are only four miles from home,” he said.

“Back then the ski trails were pretty narrow and Phil Johnsrud was grooming with one very old snowmobile,” Thompson recalled.

The Thompsons started skiing in 1975, mostly to get some exercise in the winter.

“Classical skiing was the only technique back then,” Thompson said. “A few years later, skate skiing or freestyle skiing became popular. We tried it and loved it.”

As time went on, he became a little more competitive and has since completed in 23 American Birkiebieners.

“Some of these I skied competitively and some, probably my favorites, were skied with my daughter and sons and brothers,” he said.

All three of the Thompson children have been involved in skiing.

Daughter Heidi was the Iola Winter Carnival queen in 2002, and was the driving force behind the start of the high school cross country ski team in 1997. Heidi and her brothers, Ben and Nick, skied on the high school team all through high school.

“I coached the ski team for eight years with the help of my wife Chris,” Thompson said. “During that time we took a second place and third place at the Wisconsin State Cross Country Ski Race. We also hosted two state meets at the Iola Winter Sports Club during that time.”
“The Iola Winter Sports Club has been a big part of our life over the years as it has made our whole family look forward to the winter months,” he said.
Thompson noted that Phil Johnsrud has been a major part of his family’s attraction to IWSC.

“He has and still does spend most of his spare time maintaining and making big improvements to the ski hill,” he said. “From expanded trails, to additional land purchases, to lit trails, to the 60-meter jump, piston bully groomer, the ski hill has evolved thanks to Phil to become a premier cross country ski destination for many skiers throughout the state. I have always been in awe at his dedication and vision.

“What a wonderful asset to our community.”

Written by Jane Myhra, Waupaca County Post

 


Jan 31, 2017

Fat Bike Race begins at 6 p.m.

CORRECTION: The Iola Snow Bully Fat Bike Race races start at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, February 4, not 6:30 p.m., as was printed on the Winter Carnival poster.

See link to event poster below.

Online registration ends at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 1.

Race day registration

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Fat Bike Race begins at 6 p.m.

CORRECTION: The Iola Snow Bully Fat Bike Race races start at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, February 4, not 6:30 p.m., as was printed on the Winter Carnival poster.

See link to event poster below.

Online registration ends at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 1.

Race day registration is only cash or check.

The race is held at the Iola Winter Sports Club, located on County Trunk MM, north of Iola, Wisconsin.

https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=82919


Jan 27, 2017

Amie Smith named 2017 Queen of Snows

Amie Smith has been named Queen of Snows for the 2017 Iola Winter Carnival.

“I believe I will be a great Queen of Snows because I have grown up attending all of the Iola Winter Carnival events,” she said. “My grandma

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Amie Smith named 2017 Queen of Snows

Amie Smith has been named Queen of Snows for the 2017 Iola Winter Carnival.

“I believe I will be a great Queen of Snows because I have grown up attending all of the Iola Winter Carnival events,” she said. “My grandma has her own stand at the (Craft Fair) and my grandpa prepares the lutefisk while singing the classic Norwegian songs.”

She also appreciates the ethnic heritage celebrated during the annual event.

“I know a lot about the Norwegian heritage and I would love to take part in this fun event,” Smith said. “I was lucky enough to go to Norway a couple of years ago and meet about 100 family members.”

Her passions in life include animals, spending time with family, and traveling. Her favorite place to travel was Norway, where she saw where her grandmother grew up and met family members who still live there.

At school, she is vice president of the chorus and plans events as a member of Student Council. Once a week she volunteers at the Humane Society of Waupaca County.

She is the daughter of Linda and Bryan Smith, of Iola.

The queen will be officially crowned at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Iola-Scandinavia High School during the annual Norwegian Lutefisk Supper and Craft Fair.

The 2017 Iola Winter Carnival princesses are Faith Loken, Lauren Hayes, Madelyn Nelson and Kendall Johnson.

The 56th annual Iola Winter Carnival is set for Feb. 4-5 in Iola, Wisconsin. The event includes a lutefisk supper, craft sale, ice sculpting, ski jumping, snowshoe race, fat bike race, plus a free ice fishing contest for children.


Jan 26, 2017

Kids Ice Fishing Contest on Feb. 4

A free ice fishing contest for children age 16 and under will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Lake Iola. Registration is at Taylor Park starting at 9:30 a.m.

Prizes will be awarded at 2 p.m. for biggest

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Kids Ice Fishing Contest on Feb. 4

A free ice fishing contest for children age 16 and under will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Lake Iola. Registration is at Taylor Park starting at 9:30 a.m.

Prizes will be awarded at 2 p.m. for biggest fish in type categories. There will also be many door prizes.

This free contest is presented annually by the Lake Iola Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District and the Iola Lions Club.


Jan 13, 2017

Snowshoe race set for Feb. 4

The Iola Twilight Snowshoe Race will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, at the Iola Winter Sports Club, E398 County Road MM, Iola, Wisconsin.

To register, visit: http://www.active.com/iola-wi/winter-sports/snowshoeing-races/iola-twilight-snowshoe-race-2017.

The nightime snowshoe race is held on groomed trails under the lights.

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Snowshoe race set for Feb. 4

The Iola Twilight Snowshoe Race will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, at the Iola Winter Sports Club, E398 County Road MM, Iola, Wisconsin.

To register, visit: http://www.active.com/iola-wi/winter-sports/snowshoeing-races/iola-twilight-snowshoe-race-2017.

The nightime snowshoe race is held on groomed trails under the lights. Both races utilize a rolling 5K loop. The 10K race involves two loops on the 5K course.

Event schedule: 5 p.m. – Packet Pick Up; 6 p.m. – Race Start 5K and 10K.

The cost per individual is $30 early bird registration for the 10K Snowshoe Race; $35 if later; $25 early bird registration for the 5K Snowshoe Race, $30 if later. Check website for early bird registration deadline.

Organic hot cocoa and homemade baked goods are served post race in the ski lodge. The fire will be crackling.


Dec 29, 2016

Iola Winter Carnival Craft Show

The annual Indoor Craft Show is set for Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, in conjunction with the 56th annual Iola Winter Carnival and Norwegian Lutefisk Supper.

The IWC Craft Show is sponsored by the Iola-Scandinavia Chamber of Commerce.

The craft show is located

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Iola Winter Carnival Craft Show

The annual Indoor Craft Show is set for Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, in conjunction with the 56th annual Iola Winter Carnival and Norwegian Lutefisk Supper.

The IWC Craft Show is sponsored by the Iola-Scandinavia Chamber of Commerce.

The craft show is located in the gymnasium of the Iola-Scandinavia High School, 540 S. Jackson Street, Iola, Wisconsin. The gym is adjacent to the area where the Lutefisk Supper is served. Attendance at the supper is approximately 1,000-1,400 people.

The Craft Show features vendors who have handmade crafts or Norwegian items to sell. This is a juried show. If you would like to attend, send three photos of the items you have to sell. Please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope if you wish to have the photos returned. Sending photos is not necessary if you have participated in the past and haven’t changed your product.

The fee for each 10’x10’ space is $30.00. Set up time is 10 a.m. We ask that you are set up and ready by noon and not leave before 6 p.m. After unloading, vendors are asked to park behind the school and use the rear entrance.

Vendors are responsible for providing their own tables and chairs. Please have all tables covered and draped to the floor, as we want the spaces to be neat and presentable for our many guests.

For more information or to reserve a space, call Mary Schwartz at 715-445-4005 or email her at mary@iolaoldcarshow.com.

NOTE: All spaces have been sold for the Feb. 4, 2017, Craft Show.


Dec 28, 2016

Iola Winter Carnival Raffle 2017

The 2017 raffle is winding down.

Over 144 prizes have been donated to the 2017 Iola Winter Carnival raffle.

Tickets were sold by members of Iola Lions Club, Iola Lioness Club, American Legion Post #14 and Iola Winter Sports Club.

The raffle tickets were

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Iola Winter Carnival Raffle 2017

The 2017 raffle is winding down.

Over 144 prizes have been donated to the 2017 Iola Winter Carnival raffle.

Tickets were sold by members of Iola Lions Club, Iola Lioness Club, American Legion Post #14 and Iola Winter Sports Club.

The raffle tickets were also available at participating area business until late January. There are no sales via U.S. Postal Service or online.

All raffle tickets, stubs and money should now be returned to Raffle Chair Pat Leer.

Your next chance to purchase raffle tickets will be from 12-6 p.m. Friday, February 4, during the Norwegian Lutefisk Supper and Craft Sale, held at the Iola-Scandinavia High School in Iola, Wisconsin.

The raffle tickets will also be sold during the ski jumping event from noon-3 p.m. Sunday, February 5, at Norseman Hill at the Iola Winter Sports Club grounds.

The public drawing will be held after the ski jumping awards ceremony (around 3 p.m.) Sunday, February 5, 2017.

The cost is $2 each or three for $5.00.

The top raffle prize is $1,000.00, donated by the Iola Winter Carnival. The other top prizes are: Second prize – $500.00, donated by First National Bank; third – $350.00, donated by Premier Community Bank; fourth – $250.00, donated by Farmer’s State Bank; fifth – $150.00 shopping spree, donated by Iola Sentry Foods.

Sixth through 13th place prizes are $100.00 each, donated by Iola Car Show, American Legion Sheveland-Taylor Post 14, Iola Lions Club, Iola Norsemen Snowmobile Club, Iola Winter Sports Club, Iola-Scandinavia Chamber of Commerce (chamber bucks), Iola Living Assistance, Iola Lioness Club.

There will also be prizes donated by area business, for a total of at least 160 prizes.

To make a prize donation, call IWC Raffle Chair Pat Leer at 715-445-3955 or mail a contribution to: Iola Winter Carnival, P.O. Box 1, Iola, WI 54945. All raffle prize donations should be submitted by January 20, 2017.

The proceeds from the raffle are returned to the community in so many ways. None of the proceeds are used for administration.


Dec 28, 2016

Norwegian Lutefisk Supper

Lutefisk (dried cod treated with lye) must surely be the strangest culinary effort credited to the Norwegians, but what a treat when prepared properly. Everyone of course is not a devotee of lutefisk, but those who are defend it vehemently.

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Norwegian Lutefisk Supper

Lutefisk (dried cod treated with lye) must surely be the strangest culinary effort credited to the Norwegians, but what a treat when prepared properly. Everyone of course is not a devotee of lutefisk, but those who are defend it vehemently. Others go to the opposite extreme and claim it’s a national disgrace. In years past, the homemaker had to go through the complicated task of treating the dry fish with lye, but now, even in America, frozen lutefisk is readily available at select fish markets and at Scandinavian delicatessens.

What is it about the Norwegian Supper?

Maybe it’s because of the large concentration of Norwegians in the Iola Scandinavia area that is certainly a reason for how and why it started 50 plus years ago.  But don’t be surprised to see licenses plates from all over the Midwest partially because the same weekend the Iola Winter Sports club is host to the fat bike race,  cross country ski and ski jumping competitions for young and old alike.  If you haven’t ever attended the Lutefisk supper don’t let the strange cuisine scare you away because there is plenty to offer at the dinner.   A family style dinner where you will be seated by hosts dressed in official red vests followed by waitresses in similar red vests.  Lutefisk, cod, Norwegian meatballs hand rolled and made with care, mashed potatoes, corn, cranberries, lefse, draw butter, milk and an endless supply of coffee.   Not but not least and certainly for most the top of the list for those with a sweet tooth don’t forget the endless supply of Norwegian pastries?

One can only be amazed by the vendors at the huge craft show in Iola Scandinavia Gymnasium.  Admire rosemaling by local artists, fine craftsmanship of wood furniture, beautiful Norwegian sweaters or as simple as some of the most tasteful homemade carmel, to name just a few of the items that can be found at the craft sale.

As you enter the Iola Scandinavia High School you will admire the ice sculpting by local students or possibly anyone who would like to give the ice sculpting a try.

Whether you come alone or with family be prepared to enjoy fine food and pastries, good conversation an endless supply of coffee a familiar face from the local Iola Lions, the Iola Lioness Club, the American Legion Sheveland-Taylor Post 14, the Legion Auxiliary and the Iola Scandinavia Chamber of Commerce

The Iola-Scandinavia High School is where you will find the dinner you may have missed it this year but you can certainly put it on the calendar for next year. The 56th Annual Norwegian Supper will be held on February 4, 2017.

Written by Michael Mazemke, Chairman, Norwegian Lutefisk Supper


Dec 28, 2016

Iola Winter Carnival 2017 Court

The 2017 Iola Winter Carnival princesses are Faith Loken, Lauren Hayes, Madelyn Nelson, Kendall Johnson and Amie Smith.

The 56th annual Iola Winter Carnival is set for Feb. 4-5 in Iola, Wisconsin. The event includes a lutefisk supper, craft sale, ice

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Iola Winter Carnival 2017 Court

The 2017 Iola Winter Carnival princesses are Faith Loken, Lauren Hayes, Madelyn Nelson, Kendall Johnson and Amie Smith.

The 56th annual Iola Winter Carnival is set for Feb. 4-5 in Iola, Wisconsin. The event includes a lutefisk supper, craft sale, ice sculpting, ski jumping, snowshoe race, fat bike race, plus a free ice fishing contest for children. For more information, visit iolawintercarnival.com.

The court was chosen by the IWC Committee, which consists of members from the participating organizations: Iola Lions Club, American Legion Sheveland-Taylor Post 14, Iola Lioness Club, Iola Winter Sports Club and the Iola-Scandinavia Chamber of Commerce.

The Queen of Snows will be crowned at 3 p.m. Saturday, February 4, at the Iola-Scandinavia High School during the annual Norwegian Lutefisk Supper and Indoor Craft Show. The announcement of the queen will take place at the Iola Lioness Club meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, January 23.

The princesses are scheduled to promote the Iola Winter Carnival on the WDUX Morning Show (92.7 FM) at 8:15 a.m. Thursday, January 26, and at  8:35 a.m. Thursday, February 2.  They also recorded promotional ads that can be heard on 92.7 FM and AM 800.

All five princesses are seniors at Iola-Scandinavia High School.

Faith Loken

“My family has been a proud part of this community for generations,” Faith Loken said. “I take great pride in this community and my Norwegian heritage.”

She is very involved in the high school band and has volunteered at several area events. Currently she is a swim instructor and lifeguard at the I-S Community Fitness & Aquatic Center.

After graduating from high school, Loken plans to major in psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

“This major allows me to utilize my strong desire to help people in their time of need,” she said.

Loken believes people skills are important and always wears a smile on her face.

“It is rare to see me without a smile because I am a firm believer you cannot gladly receive something you do not give,” she said. “I think people need something in their lives to brighten it up a little. Sometimes people need to forget the bad and just think about the good for a while, and something as simple as a smile can make all the difference.”

She is daughter of Jon Loken and Susan (Hoyord) Loken, of Iola.

Lauren Hayes

“I try to volunteer in my community as much as possible,” Lauren Hayes said. “I plan to continue to serve my community for the rest of my life and hope to spread it forward for future generations.”

She has volunteered at the Iola Car Show, Iola Vintage Military Show, Share-A-Tea, Iola Winter Carnival and as youth volunteer coordinator at the Scandinavia Corn Roast.

At school, her extra-curricular activities include Math League, band, forensics, Student Council, National Honor Society, Leos and serving as senior class treasurer.

Her hobbies include reading, spending time with family and volunteering.

After graduation she plans to study mathematics at UW-La Crosse or UW-Madison. She hopes to become an accountant or an actuary.

She is the daughter of Mike Hayes, of Scandinavia, and Mary Hayes, of Waupaca.

Madelyn Nelson

Madelyn Nelson has volunteered at the Iola Winter Carnival’s lutefisk supper for many years.

“I remember starting off as the water girl when I was younger, then as I go older being a waitress,” she said.

Her extra-curricular activities include Student Council, choir, band, Leos, and participating in musicals.

“I try to volunteer whenever I can for organizations such as Lions, Lioness, Leos, Booster Club and church,” Nelson said.

She has helped at Iola Car Show, Strawberry Fest, Lioness Easter Party, Foundry Picnic and various concession stands.

After graduating from high school, Nelson plans to major in elementary education at college.

She is the daughter of Chris and Michelle Nelson, of Scandinavia.

Kendall Johnson

Kendall Johnson is the daughter of Kevin and Wendy Johnson, of Iola.

“It amazes me how many people attend the lutefisk supper and keep coming back year after year,” she said. “When waitressing at the lutefisk supper, I enjoy listening to their stories and traditions.”

Besides volunteering at the Iola Winter Carnival, Johnson helps at the Iola Car Show and other area events.

“I enjoy spending time with people and getting to know them,” she said.

The majority of her time is spent going to school, attending Student Council events, and participating in basketball, volleyball and softball. In her spare time she enjoys reading, spending time with family, kayaking, bowling and helping others.

Her assets are being a hard worker, a good role model, and having a quiet but yet outgoing personality.

Amie Smith

“I have grown up attending all of the Iola Winter Carnival events,” Amie Smith said. “My grandpa prepares the lutefisk while singing the classic Norwegian song.”

Her passions in life include animals, spending time with family, and traveling. Her favorite place to travel was Norway, where she saw where her grandmother grew up and met family members who still live there.

At school, she is vice president of the chorus and plans events as a member of Student Council. Once a week she volunteers at the Humane Society of Waupaca County.

She is the daughter of Linda and Bryan Smith, of Iola.


Dec 28, 2016