WIR Week 22 - Dec. 17, 2009
Western Itasca Review Week 22 - Dec. 17, 2009
Western Itasca Review Volume 110, Number 22 Thursday, December 17, 2009 75 Cents Inside This Issue. . . Myla Anttila Page 3 Bigfork Walks Near Remer Page 20 Letters to Santa Pages 12 and 13 Obituaries Page 16 North Itasca Electric Donates to Food Shelf Page 2 Looking Back Page 18 The Bible Says Page 17 Deer River, Minnesota, 56636 School tax levy not as big of hit to Deer River tax payers as originally planned by Traci Crotteau The bad news: there will still be an attached school levy to Deer River property taxes in 2010. The good news: it's $79 thousand less of a load on taxpayers. Property owners are hit with more than $1.1 million in the 2010 school levy, which is a 28.42 percent increase in levy dollars from 2009. However it's a drop of 8.5 percent from the original levy proposal made by Deer River School Board members in September. The reason for the drop is something called Q Comp or Quality Compensation for Teachers. The Deer River School District (DRSD) planned to implement the program in 2010, but eventually decided the timing wasn't right. On the Minnesota Department of Education web site Q Comp is described as "a voluntary program that allows local districts and exclusive representatives of the teachers to design and collectively bargain a plan that meets the five components of the law. The five components under Q Comp include: Career ladder/Advancement Options, Job-embedded Professional Development, Teacher Evaluation, Performance Pay, and an Alternative Salary Schedule." Deer River Superintendent Matt Grose says when a district implements Q Comp it has to meet certain state criteria, initially with the Q Comp program the state was a little more liberal in what plans it accepted and what plans it would not accept from school districts. "Because of the problems that resulted in doing that, the state has started to crack down and take a very literal approach to which plans it approved and which plans it wouldn't. Our plan and what we believe philosophically didn't align with what the state's criteria were," Grose said. At this point in time, Grose is not sure whether the district will revisit implementing Q Comp. So what is your $1.1 million funding? One hundred six thousand dollars of it will pay for the Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) bonding. The state allows for school district's to levy money from taxpayers to pay back bonds that are invested in OPEB accounts. OPEB expenses come out of a school district's general fund each year to pay for employee retirement benefits and health premiums. Districts can then draw on the OPEB accounts to pay back these liabilities. More than half of the levy dollars ($557,355) funds the district's Debt Service from Voters, this includes paying back a voter approved building bond from 2000. Another $300 thousand will fund the air handling project SCHOOL BOARD/To Page 6 Members of the Northwoods Saddle Club Inc. of Effie and Itasca County Search & Rescue (ICSR) team met at the Effie Community Center on Dec. 6 to discuss what else the saddle club members might need to be effective volunteers for ICSR and to find out how they could help them reach that goal. Northwoods Saddle Club to volunteer for Itasca County Search & Rescue by Louise H. McGregor, staff writer The members of the Northwoods Saddle Club Inc. (NSC) of Effie have made the decision to take training in order to serve as volunteers for the Itasca County Search & Rescue team (ICSR). "The idea to do that came about," said former NSC President Liza Erickson, "two years ago when I was at a meeting to learn about helping out at the road crossings for the Deer River White Oak Society Sled Dog Classic. Art Frandsen, who is a member of ICSR, and I got to discussing the possibility of having the saddle club members become involved as volunteers for search and rescue." Erickson brought this idea back to the saddle club members to see what they thought about it. "They said, `Yes. Lets do it.' But, it did take us awhile to make the connections," said Erickson. The two groups ended up playing phone tag for awhile due to their different schedules. "Finally," said Erickson, "members of the rescue crew were able to come to Effie in June of 2009 and gave a presentation to the saddle club about what the ICSR does and what they need from volunteers." The ICSR team gave the members of the saddle club pointers on what they would need to do to get prepared to be effective volunteers. "We received an anonymous $1,500 grant and were able to get Global Position Systems (GPS) for the saddle club," said Erickson. "We have five saddle bag emergency first aid kit packs for teams to go out with, that were donated by Bigfork Valley Hospital. Then we just have to add our GPSs and walkie talkies to our gear and we are just about ready to go." Fourteen of the club members attended First Aid, CPR and Automatic Electronic Defibrillation (AED) classes on Nov. 17 and 18 to be able assistants in search and rescue missions. Those 14 were Erickson, Kim Graves, Heather Graves, Deb Muller, Rose Bojanawski, Greta Drewlow, Tim Drewlow, Brittany Hoyte, Jessica Letsch, Jill Letsch, Sandi Scheff, Dean Olson, Jenny Olson and Eli Olson. "Actually we have 15 trained members as Bud Drewlow already had certification from the state for emergency first aid," said Erickson. "Members need to be 18 before they can take the training and be a volunteer for search and rescue, but we did allow two teens to take the course as one has just turned 18 and the other one will be 18 in January of 2010." There are still some things the club members will need, such as reflective vests. "They will come in handy," said Frandsen, "as they will be helping out with other things besides doing search and rescue volunteering. Members of the saddle club will be helping out during the sled dog race at the crossings. The club will be utilized wherever they are needed." The saddles club's willingness has impressed the ICSR team. "It's good to see their enthusiastic response," said Frandsen, "and willingness to put in the time to take the training that will likely be needed during a search and rescue mission. They will be a big asset for us." The ICSR team is made up of 26 members. The individuals who came to Effie on Dec. 6 were Frandsen, SEARCH AND RESCUE/To Page 4 Bigfork Council meets by Julie Aakhus It was a full room Tuesday evening Dec. 8, as residents gathered for the Bigfork City Council meeting. They were anxious to discuss there new property tax increase. There was a Public Hearing before the meeting so residents had to wait patiently for the Public Forum portion of the meeting. Engineer Julie Kennedy, from Short, Elliot & Hendrickson (SEH), was present to discuss and answer questions about the 2010 Water System Improvement Project. "I'd like to note that a public hearing is required as part of the Rural Development funding process." She explained. "There's existing grants already in place. Receiving it depends on the documentation." Resident Dick Salmi asked, "What's our part of it money wise?" "There's a portion of grant money and a portion of loan money. The Cities part will depend on how much is received in grants." Stated Kennedy. "Can we also get money from Triple R B?" asked Salmi. "That's a possibility." Said Kennedy. Resident Howard McKinney asked, "Will this project include the creation of looped lines to eliminate deadends in the water lines?" Kennedy confirmed that the project would do this. BIGFORK COUNCIL/To Page 14 Itasca County Historical Society prepares Suomi area traveling exhibit by Louise H. McGregor, staff writer As the time for family Christmas gatherings approaches, thoughts and conversations often turn to discussions about family traditions, heritage and ancestors. Much of the history of families, from the local area, is what can be viewed at the Itasca County Historical Society, (ICHS) which is located in the Old Central School building in Grand Rapids. One such recording of history from this area is built around the Finnish families who played a large role in the development of the Suomi area, and the heritage they left behind. This exhibit is being worked on by Barbara Bunch, who is very impressed with the Finnish work ethics, self-reliance, resourcefulness, lifestyle and sense of family, that included neighbors who they often relied on during day-to-day living. Their's was a life-long working relationship. "The Finnish settlers were the predominant nationality of that area and they turned the Suomi area into the flourishing, beautiful and unique place that it still is today," said Bunch as she worked on putting together the Suomi traveling exhibit. There are many different segments of life that make up the history of this area, which was started in the early HISTORICAL SOCIETY/To Page 9 Barbara Bunch, who is working at the Itasca County Historical Society has enjoyed gathering the history of the Suomi area Finnish settlers and their descendants. WIR, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, page 2 North Itasca Electric Cooperative's "CFL for food" program raised money for Deer River Food Shelf by Jerry Loney, Energy Management Specialist North Itasca Electric Cooperative located in Bigfork, has promoted a program which donates dollars to area food shelves in their service territory. North Itasca Electric sells CFL light bulbs to its members for $1 each which saves money on bulbs purchased and reduces member's energy bills. North Itasca Electric is committed to helping its members in every way possible and this program is only one of many programs available to them. This is the third year of the "CFL for food" program where donations have increased each year. Even though we are a small cooperative of only 5,300 members, North Itasca Electric raised $2,277 to be divided between Deer River, Bigfork, and Northome food shelves where North Itasca Electric Cooperative has members it services. In October of 2009, North Itasca Electric was selected out of 100 cooperatives to be interviewed in a video produced by Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) for our "CFL for food" program to help other cooperatives develop programs that will work for them. Pictured are Patti Norris, Kathy Thompson, June Blankenship, Carol Stangler, Dianne Sundquist, Kathy Nelson, Randy Dugas and Jim Tarbell from the Deer River food shelf. IRR Board approves $450,000 in emergency funding for Minnesota Discovery Center By Beth Bily At a Monday meeting of the Iron Range Resources Board, Rep. Tom Rukavina, DFL � Virginia, showed unwillingness to waiver from his assertion that emergency money for the Minnesota Discovery Center, formerly Ironworld, should also include funding to reopen the facility's research center. "I'm the only person at this table who didn't screw this up," said Rukavina, referencing his opposing vote to the transfer of operations of Ironworld to the nonprofit Ironworld Development Corporation more than two years ago. Ironworld was founded in 1977 as a place to collect and store the history of the Iron Range. The 660-acre site also includes an amphitheater, park and other attractions, added after the opening. IRR Commissioner Sandy Layman requested the board approve $250,000 in emergency funding following the abrupt mid-November closing of the historical center � a closure Minnesota Discovery Center officials blamed on a soft economy and a dwindling endowment � from $10 million in 2007 to a current $5.9 million currently - due to the stock market plunge. The money Layman requested is earmarked to fund $81,000 in receivables, $120,000 in facilities maintenance and $49,000 for an independent audit and business planning for the future. The $250,000 already was budgeted for FY 2010 as a fundraising match for the Discovery Center's endowment. Layman said her agency planned to use the funding to pay bills and secure assets through March 2010, when a decision about the facility's future could be reached. "This is a crisis," said Layman, making her case for emergency funding. "It requires a new look (at the Minnesota Discovery Center). But, we're not ready to give up on the nonprofit model." The commissioner got more funding than she bargained for - or wanted - when Rukavina put forward a motion to allocate that $250,000 plus another $200,000 in IRR board funding to maintain a skeleton crew, thereby reopening the research center portion of the facility to the public. That motion was later approved by the board majority. Meanwhile, the approval of Rukavina's motion was preceded by lengthy discussion on a lack of clear understanding about the mission of the Minnesota Discovery Center and how the facility closed so quickly with little advance notice to IRR or IDC board members. Rep. Tom Anzelc, DFL � Balsam, voiced early hesitation for emergency funding without explanation of the Discovery Center's mission. "I don't know what the Minnesota Discovery Center has to do with preserving the history of the Iron Range," he said. "Somebody has to tell me why we've been embarrassed for the last 20 years abut telling our story." Rukavina later added that the Discovery Center was the only museum he knew of that was expected to turn a profit. IDC Board Chair Rich Puhek without further defining the Discovery Center's mission acknowledged the problem. "We've not done a good job of articulating our mission," he said. IRR Citizen Board Member Joe Begich criticized the abruptness of the closing, saying he read about it in the local newspaper. "How does this happen?" he asked. Puhek told the IRR Board that his nonprofit board is still searching for answers. "Part of this (trying to determine what went wrong) has to be an analysis of how we (the board) screwed up and how we didn't see this coming," he said. Beth Bily is staff writer for BusinessNorth and a weekly contributor to this newspaper. Jerry Loney, center, from North Itasca Electric presenting the check to Kathy Nelson and Kathy Thompson. Snow Buildup on vents and gas meters could cause carbon monoxide problems Residents with new high-efficiency furnaces and water heaters that vent through the wall (not into a chimney) should be wary of a buildup of snow or ice around the vent. Residents should check the outside vents just to make sure they aren't covered with snow or ice, and if they are, residents should shovel out and remove the snow and ice from them. Residents who experience flu-like symptoms only when at home should arrange for a carbon monoxide check from their local emergency agency at 911 immediately. Carbon monoxide detectors in the home are strongly suggested, said the company. The Western Itasca Review welcomes letters to the editor on subjects of interest to our readers. Short letters are most likely to be chosen for publication, but the use of any material is at the discretion of the editor. The editor reserves the right to edit letters to meet space requirements, for clarity and to avoid obscenity, libel or invasion of privacy. Letters published do not necessarily reflect the editorial policies or beliefs of this newspaper. All letters must be signed, and signatures will be printed. Please include the address and phone number(s) for verification purposes. (Address and phone number will not be printed) How to Subscribe to the Western Itasca Review It's easy -- just clip this, fill it out and mail or bring it, along with payment, to the Western Itasca Review office in Deer River. Western Itasca Review Subscription Rates: In Itasca County $25.00 Per Year In Minnesota $32.00 Per Year Out of State $35.00 Per Year Snowbird Rate: $30.00 Per Year Western Itasca Review ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS: $25.00 in Itasca County $32.00 out of Itasca Co. $35.00 out of Minnesota Single copies 75 cents The Western Itasca Review (USPS 678-540), P.O. Box 427, Deer River, Itasca County, Minnesota 56636, was founded in 1896. The weekly newspaper is the consolidation of the Deer River News and the Itasca Progressive of Bigfork. Periodicals postage is paid at Deer River, Minnesota. Our telephone number is (218) 246-8533; toll free 1-888-685-0800. Our Fax Number is (218) 246-8540. Our e-mail address is email@example.com. Enclosed is a check for $ _________________________ Send the Western Itasca Review to: Name _______________________________________________________ Address _______________________________________________________ City ______________________State ______________Zip ______ Bob Barnacle, Publisher & Editor Rebecca Passeri, Assistant Editor & Ad Sales Rep Robin Pederson, Receptionist Louise H. McGregor, Staff Writer Addison Smith, Typesetter/Graphic Artist Gladys Snyder, Printer Mail to: PO Box 427, Deer River, MN 56636 Office located at 15 1st ST. NE, Deer River WIR, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, Page 3 Myla Anttila's school year and life altered by medical challenge by Louise H. McGregor, staff writer Myla Anttila's 2009-2010 school year started off as a usual year when this nine-year-old from Zemple entered the fourth grade at the Cyrus M. King Elementary school. "But," said her mother Tara Anttila, "that soon changed after about a week-and-a-half of school. Myla's left eye started to protrude farther out than her other eye." Myla's mother and father, Travis Anttila, took her to the eye doctor. "They couldn't find anything out of the ordinary," said Tara. "We then took her to a regular physician. They did a CT scan on her and it looked like there was a mass behind her left eye." The next stop for the Anttilas was the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. "We went there on Oct. 1st," said Tara. "They diagnosed it as a lymphangioma, which didn't require any surgery. It was thought that the mass would subside on its own, but after we came back home, the mass continued to push her eye out another millimeter and a half over the course of three weeks." The Anttilas returned to Mayo on the 12th of November. "They removed 85-90 percent of the mass behind her eye," said Tara. "When the pathology results came back on the mass, it turned out it was not lymphangioma. It was a type of cancer called Precursor B-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma, which is a rare and aggressive form of cancer, but we were told it is very treatable and has a high success rate in children when found early." The Precursor B-Cell diagnosis was made on Monday, Nov. 16th. "The following day they ran a PET scan of her body to see if there was any other cancer in her body," said Tara. "That came back negative. Hearing that was a plus to the beginning of our week." On Nov. 18, a port was inserted in Myla's side for administering drugs and taking blood samples while she does chemo. "They also took a bone marrow sample and did a spinal tap to see if there were any cancer cells in the spinal fluid," said Tara. "They both came back negative as well." Myla has been attending school as much as she can on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The family heads for Mayo on Thursdays for the Friday treatments. But, attending school can also bring on other problems. On Dec. 8, Myla had to be taken into the clinic in Deer River. "She was possibly exposed to a boy at school who might have chicken pox," said her mother. "Even if he didn't have chicken pox, Mayo and Dr. Howard said it would be a good idea to have blood work done as a precaution. Myla might meet up later with somebody who does have it. This blood work is to be sent to Duluth to see if Myla is immune to chicken pox or not. If she is not, she might need to be on another pill to help her along if she were to get chicken pox, as she would likely end up with shingles and then be in the hospital. Something as simple as this is a lot more serious for her." Myla has been a trooper through all of this care in the battle against the cancer. "She just sat there when they drew blood like nothing was happening," said Tara, "and all the daycare kids just watched in awe. Each one of them received a sticker when we left." The daycare children were youngsters who are in Tara's Family Daycare. "I have dropped down the number of children that I accept in my daycare," said Tara, "so that I don't have so many youngsters to take with me when I take Myla for these appointments. The parents of the children all know about these trips to the clinic." Myla's brother, Tyler, and sister, Torii, are there for her too. "Tyler understands a bit more about what is going on," said Tara, "as he is 11, but Torii is seven and things are not quite as clear for her to understand." Everyone has felt encouraged that the cancer is localized to one spot behind Myla's eye. "She will have to do an intense weekly four month chemo program," said Tara, "during which she probably won't be able to attend school. After that program of treatments are finished, Myla will continue treatments in a maintenance program for the next two to two and one half years." There was a benefit held at the Deer River Vet's Club on Dec. 11 that was organized by friends of the family. "I was told that they served between 730 to 750 dinners," said Myla's Grandmother Mary Anttila. "That was a great demonstration of the love and compassion that this community is capable of." Updates on Myla's condition and care can be found on the CaringBridge.org website. This is a free website, for individuals during a serious health event. It was originally founded by Sona Mehring in 1997, during a friend's high�risk pregnancy. With extensive experience in the information technology industry, her vision was to build upon that formative and deeply personal experience � combining the capabilities of technology with the personal needs of people facing a crisis. On Dec. 14, Tara said, "We have three good things to share with Myla's friends and family. First of all, her bone marrow count is down to five percent, which is normal. The second thing is that Myla is immune to chicken pox, and the third thing is that we will be able to be home for the Christmas holiday. Usually we go down to Mayo on Thursdays for the Friday appointments, but they said that she would be able to take a break and didn't need to come down for them at Christmas time." Anyone wishing to help the family with expenses is to make the checks payable to Myla. A savings account has been opened up for her at the Deer River Co-op Credit Union, at PO Box 158, Deer River, MN 56636. Nine-year-old Myla Anttila, who will be 10 in January 2010, was diagnosed with a type of cancer called Precursor B-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma on Nov. 16, 2009. Loan extension granted for Essar Steel By Beth Bily Interest and principal repayment on loans from Iron Range Resources to Essar Steel Minnesota was granted a threemonth reprieve at a Monday meeting of the Iron Range Resources Board. Essar Steel Minnesota plans to construct a $1.6 billion iron mining to steel making operation near Nashwauk, MN. Per previous agreement, the company asked the IRR Board to grant the repayment extension on a $6.13 million loan (including accrued interest) issued by the agency. The company negotiated a fouryear window of yearly extensions beginning in December of 2008 into its loan terms. Essar received a one-year extension on payments last December. Extensions on loan repayments by IRR are based upon demonstration of forward progress � and the definition of progress generated board debate. Rep. Tom Anzelc, DFL � Balsam, first expressed concern that loan extensions made by the economic development agency were becoming routine. "As a matter of fact we just forbear, rather than requiring interest payments, which could be used for other projects," he said. Anzelc then questioned the definition of significant process, saying that the infrastructure work that has taken place was funded by the state, not the company. An Essar representative present at the meeting said the company currently has about $115 million invested in the project. He later said however, that $85 million of that total included the purchase price. Some legislators also voiced concern because the accruing interest on Essar's loans was unsecured per the agreement in place. "We should be getting paid interest at some point or have it secured," said Rep. David Dill, DFL � Crane Lake. Rep. Tom Rukavina, DFL � Virginia, motioned to allow the extension to April 1, which would provide enough time to renegotiate the letter of credit with Essar to include accruing interest or the company would be required to pay interest to date. In other business, the IRR Board: � Approved a $350,000 infrastructure grant to the city of Silver Bay for a 16-unit assisted living facility. � Approved $140,000 in public works grants. � Approved a $215,000 matching funds grant to the Range Cities Health Care Collaborative, which includes Virginia Regional Medical Center, Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital and Range Regional Health Services. Funds will be used for organization start-up costs. � Approved a $1.7 million Taconite Development Fund rebate to Keewatin, MN.- based Keetac, owned and operated by U.S. Steel Corp. Funds will be used for exploratory drilling, tailings basin reclamation and dust control and implementation of a new Welcome Creek Treatment system. A benefit was held on Dec. 11 to help with the medical expenses for nine-yearold Myla Anttila's cancer treatments. Between 730 and 750 dinners were served. This is just a few of the volunteers who helped out at this event. In the front, from the left are Barb Tornes, Donna Danielson and Pastor Peg Christensen. In the background can be seen the cooks for this event, who had been at this task since early in the day, Darrin Shevich and Ryan Fox. Florio's Grill & Tavern Cohasset, MN � 218-999-7077 y Fish Fr Night - t - Prime Rib s Friday ay Nigh ued Rib Saturd ight - Barbec Burger N ck Sundayay Night - Bu gs 35� Each t a d in Mon ht - W eel & E day Nig ht - 1/2 Lb. P$5.95 Tues y Nig a imp ednesd Steamed Shr W Beer 42DWchtfn ~Daily Lunch & Dinner Specials~ Leech Lake and Mille Lacs Bands awarded transit grants Two federal grants will help bring bus service to the Leech Lake and Mille Lacs Reservations. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded a $474,000 grant to the Leech Lake Tribal Council to start up bus service with three new vehicles. The Mille Lacs Band has been awarded $285,000 to buy busses and build a garage. The DOT made grant awards to 102 transit projects, totaling $32 million, on Indian reservations across the nation. Over half of the funding for the program came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. D ecials 5 ner Sp $8.9 in We have pull tabs now! All proceeds for GRAHA KITCHEN OPEN 10 a.m.-10 p.m. 7 days a week WIR, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, page 4 SEARCH AND RESCUE/ From Page 1 Jayme Williams, Jeff Niemala, Mike Stitt and Terri Sternal. "We are always on the search for volunteers," said Niemala. "During the last year we have been doing presentations to organized groups such as fire departments, police departments and ambulance crews to let them know exactly what we do and what we may require from volunteers. Individual volunteers are very much welcomed, but organized groups are much more effective and can be stationed independently at locations." How volunteers are utilized depends on the emergency situation and what is needed. "There are only so many of us," said Niemala, "and if the emergency is of a size that we cannot handle on our own, volunteers will be very much needed." "We are set up to be able to work with about 100 volunteers," said Frandsen, "if there is a large ground search its good to have organized groups who are used to working together so that they can be stationed at different locations and keep things organized and under control." The ICSR team has been trained in the National Incident Management System (NIMS). "This training is mandated for fire, police, and ambulance crews," said Niemala. "That is the framework that everything is held together with during emergencies. These are the pattern structures we use when we establish our rescue posts and missions." Members of the saddle club have been in contact with other mounted search and rescue groups that have assisted in actual search and rescue on horseback to get some pointers on what they might need or need to know. "We are going to have one of them come here to talk to us," said Erickson. "Ron Danielson from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources came up to Effie and taught us how to use the GPS systems we have," said Erickson. "That will be good," said Frandsen, "as everything we do is on the GPS system." The saddle club members have been having fun learning new things to be effective volunteers for the ICSR team. "So much fun," said Erickson, "that we are going to go geo caching in the spring to become more familiar with the systems. It will be good training and a blast." Members of the Itasca County Search & Rescue (ICSR) team welcome volunteers, especially organized groups of them. On Dec. 6 some of those team members were in Effie to talk to the Northwoods Saddle Club Inc. members. From the left are Liza Erickson of the saddle club, and Mike Stitt, Art Frandsen, Jeff Niemala, Jayme Williams and Terri Sternal of the ICSR team. Younger members of the Northwoods Saddle Club Inc. of Effie aren't quite ready to be part of the Itasca County Search & Rescue team's volunteers just yet, but they were at the Dec. 6 meeting and will be well ready when they become of age. From the left are, Annie Dostal and Brittney Hoyt on the first horse, Hilliary Dostal, Kaytee Drewlow, Clayton Drewlow, and Leah Olson. The weather was favorable for a winter horseback ride and that is what many of the members of the Northwoods Saddle Club of Effie planned on doing after the meeting with the Itasca County Search & Rescue team on Dec. 6. Deadline for news and advertising for the Western Itasca Review is Monday at Noon. Deer River Publishing Business Hours Mon., Tues. Thurs. - 8:30-5:00 Wed. - Office Closed Friday 8:00-4:30 Merry Christmas from Sportsman's Cafe! Drawing by Lexie Monroe Merry Christmas from everyone at Northern Lakes Insurance 22Wch Drawing by Sean Bell 22Wch WIR, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, Page 5 There was a Dec. 12 Christmas open house celebration at Espresso Up North, that is located on the west side of Deer River in Deer River Plaza. Espresso Up North owner Teresa Witkofsky offered samples, Christmas cookies and door prizes to those who stopped in besides the samples and discounts that were offered by Avon Representative Patti Oelkers and Tastefully Simple Representative Carolyn Christensen. From the left are Witkofsky, Gretchen Welsch, Christensen, Pete Petersen and Oelkers. There was a holiday open house at Hair Inspirations Salon in Deer River on Dec. 10. This business, owned by Shannon Anttila, offered goodies and cider to their customers during this celebration, to thank customers for their patronage. In the photo are, from the left, Vickie Lehman with customers Stephanie Goggleye and Karen Prescher. Christmas drawing contest winners announced The winners of the Western Itasca Review Christmas drawing contest sponsored by Deer River Publishing and the Deer River High School Art Club are junior high, first place - Sean Bell $35; second place - Brandi Scott $25; third place - Callee Matilla $20; honorable mention - Steven Nelson $15. Senior high winners are first place - Tiffany Jerry $35; second place - Lexie Monroe $25; third place - Lindsay Rooney $20. Bigfork Elementary School winners are kindergarten, first place - Kaylee Caron; second place - Wyatt Haley; third place - Caden Kallinen; first grade, first place - Jade Nei; second place - Natalie Haley; third place - Ashton Powell; second grade, first place - Matthew Koppelman; second place - Andi Chase; third place - Colton Moore; third grade, first place - Brianna Haley; second place Ethan Elhardt; third place - Grant Haley; fourth grade, first place - Austin Youngberg; second place - Saxon Moore; third place - Leeann Korstad; fifth grade, first place - Casey Danielson; second place - Ryan Johnson; third place - Jenny Clark. Dateline Carroll Funeral Home had two Christmas open house celebrations. The one in Bigfork is Friday, Dec. 18 and the one in Deer River was on Dec. 11. Area residents were invited to stop in and visit with the staff at these locations, enjoy hors d'oeuvres, cookies, cider and holiday cheer. This photo, taken at the Deer River location, shows Joan Isaacs trying to decide on a cookie, with Edith Shock signing up for the door prize with Angie Williams, one-half of the Carroll Funeral Home partnership of owners. THURSDAY, DEC. 17 �Information Center regarding domestic issues, 1-3 p.m., Deer River Family Service Center, or phone 326-0388 for further information or to schedule an appointment. �Bowstring Senior Center Lunch, 12 noon. Everyone welcome. �Dual Dependency Support Group meets, 7:30 p.m., Presbyterian Church, 703 Pokegama Ave. N, Grand Rapids, downstairs back entrance. Phone Greg 326-4433 for more information. �Deer River Foodshelf, open 10 a.m to 1 p.m., Goodall Resource Center, 1006 Comstock Drive, 246-2500. �Northern Itasca Foodshelf, open 12:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. on the side of the Over 50 Club on Main Street in Bigfork. �Parents Supporting Parents support group meets, Itasca Resource Center, 6:30-8:30 p.m.. Phone Janelle Diede, 327-6724 for more information. �AA meeting in Squaw Lake, 7 p.m., St. Catherine's Catholic Church. �Community Cafe Dinner at the Golden Age Center in Deer River, 4:30-6 p.m. �WeeCare Hope Chest (free children's clothing) open 9-11 a.m. at Deer River Church of God, 304 4th Ave. SE. �A volunteer from the Victim's Assistance Program will be at the Deer River Family Service Center, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Phone 327-2867 for more information. �Squaw Lakers Snowmobile Club meets, 7:30 p.m. at the Max Hall. �Senior and pre-retirees can get answers to Medicare/Medicaid questions, billing questions, prescription drug assistance and other info and services, 10 a.m.-12 noon, at the Goodall Resource Center, Deer River. Phone 1-800-333-2433 for appointment. Free and confidential. �Bariatric Support Group meets, 5:30 p.m., Goodall Resource Center, 1002 Comstock Drive, Deer River. �Masonic Lodge Itasca #208 meets, 7 p.m., at the Itasca Lodge, 2515 E. U.S. Hwy. 2, LaPrairie. Phone Earl Machart, Worshipful Master, 218-654-3336 for more information. �Warrior girls basketball vs Greenway, away. �Huskie girls basketball vs Cherry, away. FRIDAY, DEC. 18 �Deer River TOPS meets, 8-9 a.m., Bethany Lutheran Church, Hwy. 6 north, Deer River; information 246-2613 or 2462180. �Deer River HealthCare Center Volunteers Salad Luncheon, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the DRHC lunch room. �Itasca County Veterans Service Office rep will be at Bigfork Valley health care facility, adult day stay area, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. to take applications and answer questions. Phone Service Office 218-327-2858 or Laurel Laudert 218-743-4148 for more information. �Leech Lake Diabetes Care Clinic, at the Ball Club Community Center �Huskie boys basketball vs Tower-Soudan, at home. �Warrior boys basketball vs Nash-Kee, away. �Warrior wrestling, Cass Lake-Bena Tourney, away. SATURDAY, DEC. 19 �Warrior wrestling, Cass Lake-Bena Tourney, away. �Warrior Nordic Ski at Bemidji. MONDAY, DEC. 21 �AA and Al-Anon, 7 p.m., Bethany Lutheran Church, Deer River �Women's Journey Group, 5-6:30 p.m., Advocates for Family Peace Office at 1611 NW 4th St., Grand Rapids. Phone 326-0388 for more information. �Suicide Survivor Support Group meets, 6 p.m., 430 SW 2nd St., Chisholm. For more information call Carla 218-254-2619. �Bigfork Lions Club meets, 6 p.m. For more information contact Dick Barber (218)832-3291. �Cardiac Support Group meets at the IMC Auditorium in Grand Rapids, 7 p.m. �Itasca County MS Support Group meets, 7 p.m., at the Grand Rapids Eagles Club, 1776 Pokegama Ave. S. Phone Linda Erickson (218) 327-1559 or Doris Washburn (218) 327-9285 for more information. �Bowstring Town Hall Dining Program. Phone 832-3478 Liz to reserve meal. �Itasca County Habitat for Humanity monthly meeting, 6:30 p.m. at the Community Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids. TUESDAY, Dec. 22 �Deer River TOPS meets, 5:00 p.m., Bethany Lutheran Church, Hwy. 6 north, Deer River; information 246-2180 or 2462467. �Support Group for female survivors of sexual violence. Phone 326-5008 for more information �Bowstring Senior Center Lunch, 12 noon Everyone welcome. �Community Cafe Dinner at the Golden Age Center in Deer River, 4:30-6 p.m. �Cohasset City Council meets, 7 p.m., Cohasset City Hall. �Huskies boys basketball vs Blackduck, away. �Warrior girls basketball vs Pequot Lakes, away. �Warrior wrestling vs Virginia, home. WEDNESDAY, DEC. 23 �Men's Domestic Violence Program, 6-8 p.m., at Goodall Resource Center. Call Joel or Ann for more information 327-4062 �Bowstring Senior Center Lunch, 12 noon Everyone welcome. �Deer River Lions Club meets, 6:30 p.m. �Leech Lake Diabetes Care Clinic, at the Ball Club Community Center �AA Meeting at Winnie Dam Community Center, 7 p.m. �North Itasca Joint Powers Board meets, 6 p.m. at Marcell Family Center. THURSDAY, DEC. 24 �Information Center regarding domestic issues, 1-3 p.m., Deer River Family Service Center, or phone 326-0388 for further information or to schedule an appointment. �Bowstring Senior Center Lunch, 12 noon. Everyone welcome. �Dual Dependency Support Group meets, 7:30 p.m., Presbyterian Church, 703 Pokegama Ave. N, Grand Rapids, downstairs back entrance. Phone Greg 326-4433 for more information. �Deer River Foodshelf, open 10 a.m to 1 p.m., Goodall Resource Center, 1006 Comstock Drive, 246-2500. �Northern Itasca Foodshelf, open 12:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. on the side of the Over 50 Club on Main Street in Bigfork. �Parents Supporting Parents support group meets, Itasca Resource Center, 6:30-8:30 p.m.. Phone Janelle Diede, 327-6724 for more information. �AA meeting in Squaw Lake, 7 p.m., St. Catherine's Catholic Church. �Community Cafe Dinner at the Golden Age Center in Deer River, 4:30-6 p.m. �WeeCare Hope Chest (free children's clothing) open 9-11 a.m. at Deer River Church of God, 304 4th Ave. SE. �Eligibility Specialists with Itasca County Human Services will be at the Deer River Family Service Center. Phone 1-800422-0312 or 327-2941 for appointments. �Grief Support Group meets, 5-6:30 p.m., in the Fireside Room of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 501 Northwest 16 Street, Grand Rapids. Potluck is served. For more information call Marion Leimbach, 327-6145. �Itasca County Housing and Redevelopment Authority meets at the Itasca County HRA offices in Grand Rapids, 8 a.m. Phone 326-7978 for more information. �Christmas Eve. Grand Itasca foundation receives donation Grand Itasca Foundation received a recent donation from Bixby's Caf� in Grand Rapids. Bixby's Caf� held an October fundraiser in honor of breast cancer awareness month. Through the sale of travel mugs Bixby's staff and customers raised $100 for Grand Itasca Foundation. These fundraising dollars will support a group of Grand Itasca employees who sew and assemble pink bags for women diagnosed with breast cancer at Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital and Bigfork Valley Hospital. Along with comforting treats, these handmade bags include educational literature on breast cancer and cancer support group information. Bixby's selected Grand Itasca Foundation as their funding source in order to support local women who are battling breast cancer. NOTICE: Meeting Date and Time Change The monthly Regular meeting of the Bigfork Valley Board of Directors will occur Friday, December 18th, 2009, at 9:00 a.m. in the main conference room. 21-22Wchtr WIR, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, page 6 SCHOOL BOARD/From Page 1 that was voted on in 2005. One hundred fifty thousand dollars of the levy goes towards the General � Referendum Market Value (RMV), which guarantees the district a fixed amount of funding. The $1.1 million levy accounts for only 8 percent of the district's overall budget. Deer River market value history As a point of interest, the district took the time to display the property market value of Deer River from the last five years. Property values have increased every year from 2004, with an average of nearly 16 percent. Two thousand seven reflected the highest increase at 17.56 percent, providing $666 million in property tax revenue. The year 2006 six showed the smallest increase at 14.62 percent, or $566 million in revenue. Compared to other cities in Itasca County, Deer River had the third highest market value increase in the 2007 and 2008 tax years. Nashwauk holding the top spot at nearly 17 percent, Hill City in the number two spot at 16.8 percent and Deer River at 14.8 percent. With all this being said, Superintendent Grose still stands firm that Deer River school taxes are still some of the lowest in Itasca County. tion and stimulus dollars were not added into the 2010 budget simply because those amounts were not known in June. "We also had reduced pupil numbers to account for losing some of the North students, so that budget was based on 845 pupils at that time. We currently have about 31 pupils more than that," Risberg said. Spending increased in every district area from last year. The largest spending increase, of nearly $549 thousand, was in the district's general fund, which is an estimated $8.4 million. The general fund pays for things such as employee salaries and benefits (nearly 66 percent of the district's budget). "These percentages are pretty consistent with at least the last two year, possibly three years. So we're spending about the same percentage of the budget in each account as other years," said Risberg. more computers to keep up. DRHS receives grant The high school received the $1,073 from the Minnesota State High School League Foundation (MSHSL). The foundation pays out the grants by using money collected from sales taxes the state requires MSHSL to charge its league regions. Back in October DRHS Activities Director Brent Schimek told board members that the district can apply for another round of grants available in February. The February grant can be used for special things like a hall of fame, a special needs project or defibrillators. Out of School Programs Boys and Girls Club is now up and running. The program started out slow with seven to 10 kids a day, but staff changed the hours and now there are 25 to 30 kids attending the club after school. Out of School Programmer Josh Solem says the district had to put the After School Learning Academy on hold because of the lack of numbers. Solem says they're trying to promote the academy to the Boys and Girls Club students and feels there should be enough interest to start the academy at the beginning of the year. Some of the other Out of School Programs options for students are the Fluid Power Team, which is the robotics program; and the Youth in Philanthropy program where students participate in a grant writing seminar. Through that program students will work to secure a $1,000 grant for their school. Board member Lee Pederson had one question for Solem. "When I come here after school, between that 3:30 and 5:30 time, and I see kids in the hallways are those the Boys and Girls Club kids, or are they other kids that are just hanging around," asks board member Lee Pederson. Solem said the Boys and Girls Club students have a room and they are to stay in that room. Solem says they are trying to address the problem. He says if a student is old enough to check out of the club then they can and that causes the problem of students wondering the halls. Keep your eyes open The busiest corner in Deer River has had a bit of refreshing. The large brick wall of Ott Pharmacy that faces east has new prints for folks to take in. The new scenes were painted by local artist Jan McClure and include the new Deer River High School (DRHS) logo. In appreciation the school board presented McClure with the "Friend of Deer River Schools" award. McClure received a hearty round of applause and all school board members and present district employees shook her hand in gratitude. School board chair Victor Williams said the mural really brightens up that corner and was thankful for her braving the scaffold to get it accomplished. "She was up on that, legs swinging, painting away. I'd have been scared to death," Williams said. McClure says she has a bit of painting left to do, but will wait for the weather to warm up until she gets back at it. An overview of the 2010 school district budget The 2010 school district budget was adopted by Deer River School Board members in June of 2009. At that time district employees anticipated deficit spending in the general fund by $549 thousand. But today, that budget reflects a more than $800 thousand deficit spending. DRSD Budget Director Carol Risberg explains that at the time of the adoption of the 2010 budget not all funding factors were accounted for. For instance state stabiliza- Paulette's last board meeting School board members and district employees said goodbye to long-time district administrative assistant Paulette Ojanen. December 7th's school board meeting was the last board meeting for Ojanen. She says goodbye to the district after 23 years of service. Tiffany Johnson will replace Ojanen at the beginning of the new year. "We're excited to be bringing Tiffany on board and we're saddened by having Paulette leave, but glad that we were able to find a quality candidate to help us out in the office," said Grose. Seeing a light at the end of the tunnel A more than 20 year project is coming to fruition. Since 1986, the district's buildings and grounds crew have been working to change every single lock on every single door in the Deer River schools. The project is to get all the locks onto the Best Locks system. King school is the first to be completed; crews were expected to change out the last lock on Friday, December 11. The district has budgeted $2,000 each school year to get the job done. In and around the elementary school King Elementary School staff is tapping into the former North Elementary School forestry resources. A Forest Committee has been established to create a forestry program at King school that will model the forestry program that was offered at North Elementary school. "Our goal is really to have an outdoor classroom where kids can be learning a lot of these things about science, outside. Not only with their experiments and text books and other classroom libraries, but also being outside," said King Elementary School Principal Amy Galatz. Galatz says her staff has also been working with new technology equipment in an effort to create 21st Century learners. "We have the kids creating pod casts, and doing wikis and blogs, and I don't even know really what all those things are quite yet," Galatz said. She says her staff is trying to keep up with kids sometimes. Galatz explained that the technology lessons are not just about creating the pod casts or blogs, but it's about working together to do the projects. She says the school needs Drawing by Lindsay Rooney From the School Board Member Pederson said he directed the school play, which he thought went really well. He mentioned that one of the cast members came down with pneumonia the weekend before the production, which was quite a challenge for the other cast members. "I spent Tuesday rewriting her scenes and the people that were in the same scenes with her were actually learning the new lines before they went out to the dress rehearsal. They were backstage, between scenes, learning these lines," Pederson said. He said when they asked the dress rehearsal audience if they knew which scenes they had to rewrite and learn, the audience said it couldn't tell. The next board meeting will be Monday, January 4, 2010 at the DRHS Media Center. Merry Christmas from everyone at Gorden's Tax Service 22Wch Drawing by Marissa Merry Christmas!! Assisted Living & Memory Care Communities 722 N Pokegama Ave. � Grand Rapids, MN 55744 www.wtohdevelopment.com 403 E. Main Ave., Deer River � 246-9710 22Wch 218-326-3469 GRH09116126 22DWchtfntr Merry Christmas From Everyone at U-Save 22Wch Happy Holidays from everyone at Deer River License Bureau and City Offices Merry Christmas from Surplus North 22Wch 22Wch Drawing by Patrick Jerry Cohasset City Council changes three ordinances, accepts grant for fire department, and approves 2010 budget and levy by Greg Lindahl, free lance There were two items displayed interchangeably on the new electronic message center in front of city hall on Dec. 8; one for the regular council meeting at 7 p.m., and one for a 6 p.m. public hearing for the budget and tax levy for 2010. The hearing replaced the annual Truth and Taxation meeting. The hearing opened a few minutes late because a closed session scheduled for 5 p.m., listing discussions about "union negotiations and preliminary review of councilor's actions," ran long. There was only one resident who attended the hearing. His business was conducted in a matter of minutes and he left the room, leaving the councilors to go over once more what they've had before them over the last month or so and to give it final scrutiny before the time came later in the regular meeting to officially approve the budget and levy. There were a few items of interest discussed during the time allotted for the hearing. City Administrator Susan Harper supplied most of the commentary on them. After mentioning that the city's tax levy would be about $56,000 less than last year and that the reduction should eventually show up on residents' tax bills, she continued by stating that funding for the new Project and City Services Coordinator position was the only recent change that was now figured into the final budget. In response to a question about the $350,000 state money dedicated to the Beier Road intersection change project, she said that the funds were sitting in their own category, not affecting the budget directly, and that they will be available until Dec. 31, 2010 when the state deadline for use of the funds runs out. appreciation banquet tentatively scheduled for Jan. 31. There was a short break before the regular meeting was convened at 7:07 p.m. After the Pledge of Allegiance and a roll call indicating all councilors present, the agenda was approved with two additional items (mcu). Three public hearings took place next, each addressing zoning ordinance changes. After an explanation by Hardy about how hearings work, Zoning Officer Greg Tuttle explained the proposed changes as each hearing was opened. Except for Fire Chief Davin Tinquist's verbal support during the third hearing, there were no speakers either for or against any of the changes and all were approved unanimously. The first hearing addressed changes to the city sign ordinance prompted by articles published by the League of Minnesota Cities concerning issues of constitutionality contained in some municipal sign ordinances. In an effort to stay correct, the 1992 version of the city's ordinance was updated to clarify definitions related to signage, the purpose and intent of the ordinance (e.g. "regulate the number, location, size, type, illumination and other physical characteristics of signs within the city in order to promote the public health, safety and welfare"), sign regulations by zoning district, and permits, etc. One significant change is in the allowable square footage of signs, reduced from 390 to 250. Existing non-conforming signs will be "grandfathered in." The second hearing addressed language to clarify what is and is not camping, recreational vehicle storage and/or their use as seasonal dwellings, and setbacks and septic requirements associated with those situations. The third hearing proposed language to assist emergency vehicles to find correct addresses by requiring displayed numerical labeling on all residential, commercial and public buildings. Owners will have 45 days to comply with the ordinance after notification is received from the city by mail detailing how the labeling should be done. Non-compliance will result in a fine, but no amount was given in the paperwork. As mentioned earlier in this article, Tinquist spoke adamantly in favor of this ordinance for obvious reasons. Details about any of the ordinance changes can be obtained at city hall or viewed on the city's website, www.cohasset-mn.com. There was no resident input and there were no business updates, so council moved on to a written request from Park and Recreation Coordinator Dave O'Fallon to hire Dalton Carlson and Kirk Watson to work at the Portage Park ice rink for the season. It will be Carlson's second year and his pay will be $7.50 an hour. Watson will receive $7.25 an hour because it's his first year. It was approved by a vote of three with two abstentions; one by Councilor Timothy Carlson and one by Hardy whose next-door neighbor's last name is Watson. WIR, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, Page 7 Door prize winners announced Espresso Up North in Deer River recently hosted a Christmas open house, along with Avon and Tastefully Simple representatives. Winners of the door prizes are Gretchen Welsch from Espresso Up North, Jen McFadden from Avon and Addie Benham from Tastefully Simple. Deer River Lions Club fall raffle winners The Deer River Lions Club fall raffle week nine drawing was held at Surplus North. Winners are Tim Severson $30; Kelly Heck $20; Nick Geiger $10. Switched to a siding for now There was hope of getting preliminary work done before this winter at the proposed new crossing for Beier Road in order to secure the $350,000, but Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF) will not grant easement for the work until a contract is signed committing the city to the whole project. The city does not want to sign the contract until there is confirmation that Congressman Oberstar's transportation bill, which is being held up indefinitely, is approved that would supply additional funds for the project. Because of the lead-time necessary for the railroad to develop site design and specifications, and because of the transportation bill delay, according to Harper, the soonest any tangible site-work may reasonably be expected for the project, which could potentially cost as much as $800,000, would probably be in 2011. Prompted by a question from Councilor Norley Hansen as to the possibility that the project might be unaffordable, Hardy and Harper both responded that the default scenario, should the transportation bill not happen soon enough, is that the city would consider bonding to fund the project. Satisfied that the budget and levy contained no other hidden surprises or egregious anomalies, council closed the hearing at 6:40 p.m. and went into an open work session with Harper. A few of the subjects discussed during that session were: a review of a probationary staff member; rules governing liquor dispensation by caterers at functions held at the community center; and the volunteer Drawing by Brandi Scott The chief is smokin' Tinquist returned to the podium with a request for approval of fire department officers selected by the department for a two-year term effective Jan. 1, 2010. It was approved unanimously and they are: First Assistant Chief Pat Smith, Second Assistant Chief Kevin Tinquist, Captain Andy MacDonnel, Tom Linser-�safety, Jerry COHASSET COUNCIL/To Page 15 Merry Christmas from Everyone at the Outpost Bar and Grill Deer River 22Wch Drawing by Lyman Sherman Woodland Bank wishes you a safe and prosperous holiday season. Member FDIC 22Wch Drawing by Kristin Warner Peace on Earth, Good Will To Men Wishing everyone a blessed Christmas Northern Star Cooperative Northern Star Foods, Cenex Convenience Store, LP Gas 22Wch WIR, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, page 8 The Woodland Bank in Deer River had their Christmas open house celebration on Dec. 11. Snacks and door prize drawings were offered to those who stopped in. From the left are Emily Bradley, Shirley Matlock, Rick Hutchins, Irv Seelye and Stephanie Tomberlin. Bradley and Tomberlin are Deer River Woodland Bank employees. Santa was on hand and waiting, at the Woodland Bank in Deer River on Dec. 11, to visit with the youngsters who stopped in. He wanted to find out what they wanted for Christmas. Here he listens to William Kessler and Sarah Kessler as they tell him what is on their Christmas wish list. Omnibus spending bill includes millions for Minnesota projects Itasca County one of the recipients Twenty-two Minnesota projects will receive nearly $30 million in funding from an appropriations bill that won final approval from the U.S. House of Representatives. The omnibus spending bill funds nine government agencies in fiscal year 2010. Earlier this year, the House passed individual appropriations bills to fund these agencies; however, the Senate consolidated the appropriations legislation into one bill so it would have more time to focus on health care legislation. The following is a list of Minnesota programs included in the appropriations bill: Transportation- Housing-Urban Development; $500,000 Northern Lights Express; $400,000 CambridgeIsanti Bike-Walking Trail; $1,200,000 City of Isanti Pedestrian Bridge over TH 65; $600,000 Twin Cities-toTwin Ports Trail Linkage; $3,000,000 Northstar Phase II - Extension of Northstar Rail to the Saint Cloud Area; $97,400 Northstar Phase II Commuter Buses; $711,661 Northstar Corridor Rail - Minneapolis - Big Lake; $2,000,000 Central Corridor Light Rail Transit Project; $730,500 Park Rapids Street and Utility Reconstruction Main Avenue; $450,000 Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute, MNIWI. Commerce-Justice-Science; $500,000 Northeast Law Enforcement Administrators Council - Meth Reduction Project; $35,000 City of Gilbert Integrated Radio System; $500,000 Itasca County 9-11 Radio System; $500,000 St. Louis County Sheriff Regional Interoperability Data System Project; $100,000 9th Judicial District Koochiching County DUI/Substance Abuse Court; $240,000 Minnesota State Patrol- 8th District Patrol InSquad Digital Cameras. Financial Services; $200,000 Northeast Entrepreneur Fund - Greenstone Group. Labor- Health and Human Services - Education; $200,000 Lake Superior College - Aviation certification and degree program; $550,000 College of St. Scholastica - Rural Health Technology project; $500,000 Range Regional Health Services - Pulmonary Center of Excellence. Military Construction-VA; $15,000,000 Duluth International Airport - Jet Fuel Storage Complex; $1,710,000 Camp Ripley - Urban Assault Course. Drawing by Callee Mattila Merry Christmas from everyone at GRV Gibbs Wild Rice Processing and Gift Shop Hwy. 46, Deer River 22Wch Merry Christmas from Shaw & Shaw Law Offices 22Wch Drawing by Brandi Scott Drawing by Tiffany Jerry Merry Christmas From everyone at Ott Pharmacy Deer River Drawing by Brandi Scott Merry Christmas from everyone at White Oak Inn and Suites 22Wch 22Wch WIR, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, Page 9 HISTORICAL SOCIETY/From Page 1 1900s. Bunch is separating the history into different categories. These grouping titles include children, sounds, farming and the visiting that went on in the early years and how that formed a base of what and who is there now. "I was able to get a good number of photographs from the Rikila family," said Bunch. "They are photos of the schools, children and the band, with some of the actual songs that they sang." Music was important to the Finlanders who settled Suomi. "They sang as they worked," said Bunch. "It is such a wonderful area, that when I am there, I feel free and happy. Singing just comes naturally." Research of different types is important in putting pieces of the past together. Bunch came across an old newspaper article about the Suomi community that impressed her. "It was written about 15 days after the stock market collapse of 1929," said Bunch, "and talked about how the people of the Suomi area were farmers, very cooperative with each other and how they survived the Great Depression because of the wonderful features of their community." Oral interviews are another part of the research for history of the area. "For example," said Bunch, "I did one with Miriam Payne and have a photo of her and her twin sister when they were youngsters. She talked about how her parents would always sing when they worked." Visiting, as done in the past, seems to be a lost art, but it was an everyday event in the days of yesteryear. "Now," said Bunch, "whenever a person wants to go see someone they always need to call first. That concept was unknown to the Finnish people of Suomi. People traveling down the road would just drop in as they were going by. I heard one story about a woman that walked to church on Sunday. It was nine miles away from her home, and when she walked home, she would stop and visit everyone along that road." There were many stories about walking that were related to Bunch. "Mrs. Payne told me about a time when she and her sister had walked to Grand Rapids to visit someone who had gone to the hospital there with a burst appendix. They walked all the way there and all the way back. That was a 32-mile trip one way." Then, because Bunch was going to the area to interview different individuals of the Suomi area, she thought that she would photograph the different lakes of the area, as they too are a part of the history. She said, "They are another reason that I so love the area. I identified and did photos of 12 lakes." One of the reasons why this exhibit on the Suomi area was started was because it had been noted that the historical society had a lot of information from the Grand Rapids and range area cities, but there was not much from the other surrounding areas, which does make up the whole of Itasca County. A second reason for doing the Suomi exhibit is due to Bunch's continuing work at the historical society. This is her second year at the society. "I am getting training as an exhibition designer," said Bunch. "Part of my assignment for that training is to do two exhibits. I am doing this one on the Suomi history and then I will be doing one on the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), which I have not started yet." Bunch used to live in the area and does still have a cabin on one of the lakes near Marcell so she is familiar with the Suomi area and residents, and this has added to making this an enjoyable, fun project for her. This recent expansion of the ICHS going into a larger area of Itasca County is also featured in other exhibits, such as their upcoming exhibit on four individuals, either from this area or well known to the residents here. "That will be called Four Ordinary People," said ICHS Executive Director Lilah Crowe. "This exhibit will feature Lillian Carr of Bigfork, Bill Marshall, Lloyd Nesseth and Russ Johannsen, who are all well known throughout the Itasca County area. The exhibits will be completed towards the end of February 2010." These exhibits will also be traveling exhibits that can go to schools and other different locations for people to see. "The historical society is having a Rotunda Grand Opening that will feature the Four Ordinary People," said Crowe. "That same night all of the things in the hallway will be taken out and visitors will be able to go into the workroom and see the Suomi exhibit. It will only be up at the historical society for a while, before it starts its journey as a traveling exhibit. The first site it will be at, is the Itasca County Courthouse." The historical society is always on the lookout for information on the past. If anyone has items that they would like to donate, they are welcomed. If they have a photo album or documents that can be copied this can be done, or if they have stories to share, interviews can be arranged. They can be contacted at (218) 326-6431. One of the photos Barbara Bunch has discovered while doing her research on the Suomi area is this one that was taken in 1934. "It is the Suomi choir," said Bunch, "and all of the people are named." Drawing by Goozis Egen Merry Christmas from Riley's Cannibal Merry Christmas from Goggleye Electric Junction Merry Christmas from everyone at Cinderella's Closet! 22Wch 22Wch 22Wch Drawing by Steven Nelson Season's Greetings from Paul Bunyan Telephone 22Wch 209 2nd St. S.E., , Deer River WIR, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, page 10 Deer River youth basketball in Cloquet The Deer River, Ball Club, Inger and SLake youth basketball team traveled to Cloquet on Dec.5 for a sixth grade basketball tournament. Although they did not bring home any trophies, they had fun and gained valuable experience, and represented the communities well. The team played four games throughout the day against some very good teams. They played much larger schools such as Duluth East, Grand Rapids, Cloquet, and Esko. There were many bright spots throughout the day for the young scrappy team, with Cloud, Howard and Hardy doing a majority of the ball handling as they went against a very tough press in each game. The boys did a very good job handling the pressure and getting the ball across center court. S. Fairbanks, D. Fairbanks, W. Charwood, and G. Charwood played very good defense against much taller opponents, and did a great job rebounding. Charles Raisch had the flu and did not make the trip with the team. These boys will continue to improve as the season goes on, as the team is entered in many tournaments all the way into March throughout northern Minnesota. Submitted story and photo. Warriors compete in first wrestling tournament by Dustin Horner The Deer River Warriors competed in their first wrestling tournament this past weekend in St. Michael. 9 teams appeared at the tournament with the Warriors placing 7th with 61 team points. Deer River entered 6 wrestlers in the varsity tournament. After receiving a bye first round and falling the second round, sophomore Cody Mickle pinned his Elk River opponent at the start of the second period. Mickle came up short in his 3rd place match at 125 pounds, and is now 1-2 on the season. Freshman Bryce Ortloff began strong in the first round, and pinned his opponent in the first period. After dropping his second round match, Bryce defeated his St. Michael opponent 8-2 in a hard-fought wrestle-back round match. Ortloff finished in 4th place at 130 pounds, and is now 2-2 for the season. The senior captain Cody Mentges fell first round to his St. Michael opponent, but came back strong to gain a 5th place finish. Cody Mentges had two falls on the day in the first period at 135 pounds, and is now 2-2 on the season. Devon Pehrson competed at 140 pounds in the tournament and fell first round to his Dassel-Cokato opponent. In the wrestle-back round, Devon fell just short in a hard fought match by a score of 4-2. Devon is a junior at Deer River. At 160 pounds, Cole Serfling began the day with a hard-fought match, edging out his Eastridge opponent 7-5. After coming up short in the second round, Serfling controlled his Minneapolis opponent in a 7-1 decision in his 3rd match. Cole finished 4th at the tournament after dropping a close 5-2 decision, and is now 2-2 on the season. Freshman Lance Serfling competed at 189 pounds and came out with intensity as he earned a first-round fall in 34 seconds of the first period. Serfling fell in the semi-finals, but answered back with another fall at the start of the second period in a wrestle-back round. Lance finished 4th on the day, and is now 2-2 for the season. Junior Neil Baumgarner competed at 215 pounds in the St. Michael tournament. After falling short in his first two matches, Baumgarner finished the day strong with a first period fall in his 5th place match. He is now 1-2 for the season. Thursday, December 10th, the Warriors will be home as they take on both Walker and Pequot Lakes in a triangular dual meet. Saturday they will be competing in Grand Forks in a dual meet tournament. Back row, left to right, Walter Charwood-sixth grade, Darnell Fairbanks-fifth grade, Ethan Hardy-sixth grade, Seth Fairbanks-sixth grade, Keith Howardsixth grade. Front row, left to right, Travis Cloud-fifth grade, Ginew Charwood-fourth grade. Missing is Charles Raisch. Warriors wrestle at home and in Grand Forks by Dustin Horner The Deer River Warriors had their first home wrestling meet on Thursday, December 10th against Walker and Pequot Lakes. The night began with the Warriors squaring off against Pequot Lakes. The first dual proved to be a difficult one for Deer River, as the only victories of the meet came from Cody Mentges and Dillon Entenmann. Both wrestlers picked up a fall in the first period, and Neil Baumgarner accepted a forfeit for the Warriors. However, the team came up short in the team standing. Deer River then got a rest while Walker and Pequot Lakes wrestled. Afterward, the Warriors and Walker went head-to-head in the home team's second dual meet of the night. In the opening match of the dual, Spencer Tibbetts moved up from 103 lbs. to 112 lbs. and pinned his opponent to give Deer River 6 team points. The next victories came from Bryce Ortloff, Cody Mentges, Devon Pehrson, and Cole Serfling. Unfortunately, the Warriors came up short against Walker. The day after the triangular dual, Deer River traveled to Grand Forks for the Sertoma Wrestling Tournament. The Sertoma duals are a two day tournament, and the action started at 3:00 p.m. on Dec. 11th. In the opening dual, the Warriors faced off against Devil's Lake. Joe Velishek, Bryce Ortloff, and Cody Mentges all picked up falls while Cole Serfling earned a hard fought 7-5 decision. Scotty Mickle and Neil Baumgarner stepped in for a forfeit en route to a 45-36 victory for Deer River. The second dual of the evening did not fare as well for the Warriors as they squared off against Perham. Bryce Ortloff and Cody Mentges earned quick falls and Scotty Mickle earned a 13-10 decision. However, the Warriors couldn't hold off the tough Perham team, and fell 15-63. The second day of the tournament began with Deer River wrestling Whapeton, and though four Warriors earned falls, they could not hold off Whapeton, and fell to compete for 7th place in the tournament. They faced Red River of North Dakota, and five Warriors earned falls and one earned a decision, but still came up short due to open weight classes. Deer River finished the 16 team tournament in 8th place. The Warriors will now prepare for the Big Bear tournament in Cass Lake, which begins on Dec. 18th. 32 teams gather and compete in the two day tournament, and Deer River will see many teams from their respective section. The streets in Bigfork became a little more festive on Dec. 9 when the winter snowflakes were hung up on the street lights. Now the city is decked out for the holidays. Saloon & Eatery SCENIC HWY. 7 15 MI. SOUTH OF BIGFORK Drawing by Amelia Daigle 245-1136 Dining room features artifacts, antiques & mounts Step back in time. . . Grand Reopening Thursday, Dec. 17th We will have an antique Christmas item & gift sale Fri., Sat. & Sun. from 12-8 p.m. Christmas ornaments, homemade jelly baskets, crafts, afghans New ... Shop for pottery & antiques while you dine! Hours Thursday Bar: 4:00-10:30 p.m. � Dining: 5:00-9:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday Bar: Noon-Midnight � Dining: Noon-9:00 p.m. Sunday Bar: Noon-10:30 p.m. � Dining: Noon-9:00 p.m. Closed Monday & Tuesday & Wednesday We Accept Visa, Mastercard and Discover 22DWch Merry Christmas from Deer River Dental Clinic 22Wch Dr. Jeff Carter WIR, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, Page 11 Vanessa Perrington takes fifth place at Ely Invite by Sue Cook Snow has been slow in coming to the Deer River area, but Ely was fortunate to have enough to host the Timberwolves Invitational on Dec. 13 at Hidden Valley Ski Center. In the last race of the day, Warrior eighth grader Vanessa Perrington was making quick work of the girls' junior high 3.3K freestyle course but took a short tumble on the final loop near the finish line. She recovered and kept racing to take fifth place with a time of 17:16.4. Perrington was 11.7 seconds behind fourth place finisher Maggie Anderson of Grand Rapids. Ribbons were awarded for first through 10th place. The rest of the junior high racers worked hard on the ski trail. Seventh grader Tiffany Amy and freshman Hannah Hron finished in 20th and 21st places with times of 22:06.1 and 22.09 respectively. Sixth grader Ali Juntunen competed in her first high school race and finished about half way back in the pack in 24th place with a time of 23:03.5. Freshman Caitlin Wilson was right behind her in 25th place with a time of 23:25.2. Seventh grader Nikki Kellems finished in 31st place with a time of 25:04 and eighth grader RaeAnn Giffen was 37th with 28:23.5. Seventh grader Karley Paulley suffered an injury during the pre-ski warm up and was unable to compete. Liam Martin was Deer River's lone male junior high skier. Martin, a seventh grader, finished the boys' 3.3K course in 12th place with a time of 16:19.8. The varsity and junior varsity races were 5K freestyle. Skiing at the varsity level, freshman Kevin Drotts finished the race in 21st place with a time of 17:19.9 and senior Cody Gustafson was 26th with a time of 17:39.8. Next up were the varsity girls. Senior Mindy Drotts completed the course in 15th place with a time of 20.01.1 and freshman Kaila Juntunen was 31st with a time of 22:21.1. Deer River had no boys skiing Junior Varsity (JV), but Ashlea Grife, a sophomore, skied to a 24th place finish in the girls' JV race. She had a time of 27.14.5. The competition at this meet was top-notch with Deer River skiing with teams from Duluth East, Cloquet-EskoCarlton, Two Harbors, Mesabi East (Virginia), Marshall, Proctor, Duluth Denfeld, Duluth Central, Grand Rapids, Bemidji and of course, Ely. The Warriors have been doing lot of running for workouts since there hasn't been enough snow for skiing at Blueberry Hills. Prior to Saturday's meet the team had spent only three practices on skis, traversing the football field behind the high school; not a very realistic representation of the steep hills they would encounter in Ely. The team is coached by Tess Drotts and Robin Baker. Bowling Scores ALL AMERICAN 12-09 64-34 GRV Gibbs 63-35 Ott Drug Store 60-38 Carroll Funeral Home 58-40 Hastie Construction 54-44 Denny's Resort 49-49 Lucky Strike Lounge 33-65 Cherney's Resort Team High Handicap Game: Ott Drug Store 1243; Carroll Funeral Home 1157; GRV Gibbs 1122. Team High Handicap Series: Ott Drug Store 3411; GRV Gibbs 3314; Carroll Funeral Home 3291. Individual High Scratch Game: Jim Daigle 268; Vince Cleveland 268; Brad Enger 240. Individual High Scratch Series: Vince Cleveland 723; Wayne Rhoades 636; Dave Donnelly 614. MONDAY NIGHT KEGLERS 12-07 55-36 Blueberry Bowl 55-36 Paul Bunyan 53-38 Northview Bank 46-38 White Oak 35-56 Co-op 29-62 GRV Wild Rice Team High Handicap Game: White Oak 1015; Blueberry Bowl 899; Paul Bunyan 868. Team High Handicap Series: White Oak 2777; Blueberry Bowl 2591; Northview Bank 2578. Individual High Scratch Game: Ray Guertin 235; Jim Howard 219; Dave Chase 211. Individual High Scratch Series: Ray Guertin 633; Wayne Rhoades 593; Jim Howard 587. Splits: Dave 3-10; Bernie 310; Bryan 3-10; Steve 5-10; Lloyd 5-10; Ron H. 5-8-10; Rudy 4-6; Ray 4-9. EARLY SUNDAY MIXED 12-13 58-40 Mixed Trix 56-42 Upnorth 4 43-55 Graveyard Shift 39-59 No Fear Team High Handicap Game: Upnorth 4 1026; Mixed Trix 909; No Fear 899. Team High Handicap Series: Upnorth 4 2823; Mixed Trix 2634; No Fear 2584. Mens Individual High Scratch Game: Mick Hagen 221; Ron Shandorf 220; Richard Shadley 208. Mens Individual High Scratch Series: Mick Hagen 634; Ron Shandorf 540; Rich DeBock 521. Womens Individual High Scratch Game: Kris Nelson 185; Laurie Shadley 177; Barb Shandorf 162. Womens Individual High Scratch Series: Kris Nelson 500; Laurie Shadley 474; Barb Shadorf 447. Splits: Mandy DeBock 310; Sadie Hawkins 5-6; Mick Hagen 2-7; Sue Hagen 2-7; Tom Rasley 3-10. BLUE MOON LEAGUE 12-11 65-33 Sportsman Cafe 56-42 Rogers Ram/Jets 51-47 Whiteoak Casino 44-54 Tractor Club 40-58 Big Winnie Bar 38-60 Vet's Club Team High Handicap Game: Tractor Club 820; Sportsman Cafe 807; Big Winnie Bar 804. Team High Handicap Series: Sportsman Cafe 2357; Big Winnie Bar 2353; Tractor Club 2335. Individual High Scratch Game: Brenda Bixby 184; Nelda White 180; Julie Rahier 179; Fran Nason 179. Individual High Scratch Series: Nelda White 510; Brenda Bixby 507; Julie Rahier 491. Splits: Paula Jackson 2-7; Collette Johnson 9-10; Knute Lien 2-7; Christina Francisco 2-7; Fran Nason 2-7; Mary Grauman 3-9-10. SUNSHINE LEAGUE 12-8 67-31 M&M's 59-39 Blueberries 54-44 Gutter Gals 52-46 We Try 50-48 Jessie's Girls 48-50 Shud A Bens 47-51 Rolling Pins 46-52 Loons 34-64 Jury's Out 33-65 Honor Guard Team High Handicap Game: Jessie's Girls 680; M&M's 674; Gutter Gals 643. Team High Handicap Series: Blueberries 1867; Jessie's Girls 1847; Gutter Gals 1826. Individual High Scratch Game: Marla Rasley 218; Evie Swisher 212; Sharon Miller 200. Individual High Scratch Series: Marla Rasley 591; Rita Onraet 488; Ronna Peck 486. Splits: Wanda Parks 4-5; Emily Peck 8-9; Marilyn Roth 310. PINPOUNDERS 12-01 38-14 Coors Light 31-21 Macharts 30-22 Cen-XXX 30-22 Big Winnie Bar 26-26 Northern Star Food 25-27 Advantage Water 21-31 D.R. Healthcare Center Team High Handicap Game: Cen-XXX 985; D.R. Healthcare Center 982; Coors Light 944. Team High Handicap Series: Coors Light 2718; D.R. Healthcare Center 2654; Big Winnie Bar 2653. Mens Individual High Scratch Game: Vince Cleveland 254; Jeff Gardner 246; Willie Bixby 217; Bruce Wolfe 217. Mens Individual High Scratch Series: Jeff Gardner 662; Vince Cleveland 596; Dave Chase 569. Womens Individual High Scratch Game: Jessica Cleveland 207; Trudy Gardner 199; Nelda White 188. Womens Individual High Scratch Series: Trudy Gardner 554; Mandy Reed 513; Nelda White 489. Splits: Willie 3-10; Lenore 4-5-7; Carol 5-10. Deer River Warrior Vanessa Perrington takes off from the starting line of the 3.3K girls' junior high freestyle race. She finished in fifth place earning a ribbon. Dusty Miller, a Deer River resident, participated in last week's Snocross in Duluth. He was literally flying through the air when his image was captured by former Deer River resident Wade Petrich. Petrich is now the editor/publisher of the Hermantown Star. Photo is printed with his permission. Drawing by Jesse Miller Drawing by Samantha Vickerman Merry Christmas from Above All Auto and Towing Deer River � 246-9437 22Wch Merry Christmas from American Disposal 22Wch WIR, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, page 12 Dear Santa... Dear Santa, I have been trying to be a good boy this year. I wanted you to bring me two real babies but my mom told me you can't bring me babies. Can you bring me a guitar with a microphone and dinosaurs? I will leave you milk and cookies and baby carrots for your reindeer. Love, Cole Nelson Dear Cole: Merry Christmas. I'm going to be stopping at your house in Shakopee on Christmas Eve. My helpers tell me you have been a good boy. Do you think your dog will bark at me and the reindeer? I saw a gift with your name on it down in the elfs' work shop. Love Santa Dear Santa, Hello! My name is Jaren Paul Gustafson and I am 4 1/2 years old. I live in Bigfork and I go to Preschool. I have 3 brothers and 1 sister, buyt you already know that. How are you? How are your reindeer? I am wondering if I am on the Naughty List or the Nice List this year. My parents say it could go either way. If I am on the Nice List, I would like a play deer rifle or a play shotgun for Minnesota Whitetails, NOT reindeer! I would also like a Transformer, Space Police Legos, an Imaginex Dragon Castle and the Pop a Pig game. My niece, Kiley Gilbert, is 10 months old and she would like any kind of baby toy or doll. Thank you Santa and Merry Christmas! I will leave some cookies out for you and some carrots for your reindeer. Love, Jaren Gustafson Bigfork, MN Dear Jaren, Great bouncing icebergs Jaren, you live way up in Bigfork don't you. It's really pretty up there and nice and cold like the North Pole. Fear not, you are on my nice list so I have some nice gifts for you and your niece Kiley. I'm sure glad you don't shoot reindeer. I'll be ready for cookies and the reindeer with love a carrot break. Love Santa Dear Santa this is what I whant OK princess peano, baby and baby stuff, shoshy hairshop, puzzel with nubers up to 600, earrings, princess stuff, 3 pesse of face lickerrish, you chos the rest Jaime Drewlow Dear Jaime: Merry Christmas! You live way up in Effie, right? It gets so dark in the woods I'll have to have Rudolph keep his nose glowing and then we can find your home. So we'll be there on Christmas Eve. Love Santa Dear Santa this IS what I whant A DS with the zoo game and stilel savy and shosh hair shop and you pick the rest. Sierra Drewlow Dear Sierra: Oh thank you for the picture you drew. Mrs. Claus has it on the refrigerator, and when the elves saw it, they all smiled. I know you've been good and I'll find your house on Christmas Eve. Love Santa Dear Santa How are your Randeer? I have been vary good this year. For crismas I would like a Ipod and a new cell phone. Other then that Im happy with what I get. Are the elfs working hard? How can you fit in a chiminy? Owell. Thank you, from TBJ Dear TBJ: Hi! How are you? Do you have enough snow for my big sleigh to land on? The elfs are busy from early to late and the reindeer are helping all they can. We'll be seeing you (asleep I hope) on Christmas Eve. Love Santa Dear Santa, My name is Nikki. I've been a good girl this year. I want a puppy, a DS, and a toy dolphin. Thank youLove, Nikki Rae Olson Dear Nikki: Hi, Merry Christmas. Glad to get your letter. Our mail box has been full every day so the elves are up early to get all the gifts ready and the sled packed. So we'll see you Christmas Eve. Love Santa Dear Santa, My name is Hailey. I want a green video camera from Wal Mart and I want an American Girl doll. Thank youLove, Hailey Jo Olson Hello Hailey: Merry Christmas! Thank you for writing. So are you excited about Christmas? There's a package down at the toy shop with your name on it and I'll be delivering it Christmas Eve. Love Santa Dear Santa, Hello My name is David Downwind Jr. AKA: Murphy I have Been a Good Boy. Santa I would like Thomas The Tank Engine @ action canyon Set, Transformer Walkie Talkies, PSP with game, Speed racer DVD, some Transformer Toys. ohh yeah Santa can you please bring something for my Baby Brother Nathan he is 3 months old. Thank you so much Santa and Merry Christmas to you all and happy new year Love, David Downwind Jr. From Ball Club Dear David: I know where Deer River is and I recognize that unique last name. I know you have been good and help with your little brother. I'll be in Ball Club Christmas Eve, but don't 22Wch wait up for me. Love Santa Dearest Santa Clause How have you been. I hope i made it on the nice list this year i worked really hard in school i made the B honor roll and i have been helping my parents out with all of my little brothers and sisters. I have been working really hard at skating and for colorguard im really excited for next year. for christmas i would like a 5 subject notebook and gel pens also i would like new snowboarding pants, thanks hope you have a good night. fly safe or else you'll get a belly ake. Always -Kristin Francisco Dear Kristin: Anyone that's on the B honor roll and takes care of the smaller children is on my A+ list, so you can bet you're at the top of my gift list. Hope I don't eat too many cookies and get a belly ache. The reindeer will be setting down at your house for sure. Love Santa Dear Santa for crismis i would like some legos how is mrs clause and the rander doning or for crismis i would a ds game love, Jake Francisco Dear Jake: Shiver my whiskers, it was so cold up here at the North Pole even the reindeer were chilly. Have you seen pretty Christmas lights? I like all the lights I see on Christmas Eve, and I'm coming to the Deer River area, so you better go to sleep early on Christmas Eve. Love Santa Drawing by Brandi Scott 22Wch Merry Christmas from Eye Fashions Optical Merry Christmas from Carroll Funeral Home Drawing by Eugene Jenkins Merry Christmas from Fred's Live Bait & Tackle! Merry Christmas from everyone at Shelly's Family Restaurant 22Wch 22Wch 22Wch Happy Holidays from the entire Credit Union Family Deer River Co-op Credit Union Season's Greetings from Deer River Hired Hands Drawing by Nick DeHart Drawing by Jesse Miller Drawing by Brandi Scott Happy Holidays from the Schultz's at the Merry Christmas from everyone at Skip's Beauty Shop 22Wch Bowstring Store 22Wch 22Wch Dere Santa What i wont for cismis i what icarle micrfon and remote and a liv gtare are the elfs ok Jadyn Danley Dear Jadyn: Jumping jingle bells, I sure like your letter and the picture. I remember last year when I came to your house the reindeer slid right off your roof and then got the giggles. We will stop at your house with presents. Love Santa Dear Santa Claus How are your elves and reindeer? I know you are busy but I'd like to know if you could squeeze in a few more presents. Brisingr Book Kingdom hearts 358/2 days - DS game The merchant of death - Book forest of silense - book Lake of tears - book Thanks Tim Francisco (P.S.(Sorry about the handwriting, I was I a rush!) Dear Tim: Your handwriting is fine. The elves and reindeer are raring to go. They love flying. About those books, they sound scary. How about Tom Sawyer or Huckleberry Finn? Good reading. Love Santa Dear SANTA What food do you like? What do your reindeer like to eat? How do your reindeer fly? What is your favorite color? love Kayden Gabel 6 years old Dear Kayden: Merry Christmas. I love kids who ask questions. The food I like the best is cookies, cookies, cookies. Sometimes I share cookies with the reindeer but they like hay and grain. My favorite color is red. I know where you live and I'll be there on Christmas Eve. Love Santa Dear Santa Thank you for my presents Last year. How is Mrs. Claus? How are the reindeer? This year I want a D.S. and Games and a case please. Thank you Love Mikalah Ann Little Granddaughter of Terry Serfling Dear Mikalah: You girls sure have pretty names. Mrs. Claus is busy but happy, and the reindeer are counting down the days `til Christmas. I'll stop by your home for sure. Love Santa Dear Santa This year I want a DS with Games and a case. Love Marissa Jade Little Granddaughter of Terry Serfling Dear Marissa: Merry Christmas! What a pretty name you have. My elves heard your teacher say what a good girl you are so I'm bringing you a special present. See you Christmas Eve. You be sure to be sleeping. Love Santa Dear Santa: This year I would like a D.S. I have been good. I would like 1 game called Brain H2O Your friend Marcus Little Grandson of Terry Serfling Hi Marcus: Merry Christmas! Great bouncing icebergs Christmas is coming and and the elves have had the flu. But they are all feeling better and are back to work making up for the lost time. So I'll be by your house Christmas Eve. Love Santa Dear Santa Would you please bring me a guitar and bring my brother a motorcycle. Please bring my sisters books they love to read all the time. Bring my mom a soft purple blanket and Dad a remote control Jeff Gordon Car. Oh almost forgot for my Grandma give her blue earrings You are the best Santa I have been good, Thank you. Ben Herfindahl Hello Ben: Merry Christmas! I'll bet you're busy helping your Mom & Dad. How nice of you to ask for a gift for grandma Gert. I know she loves all her grandchildren. Love Santa Dear Santa How are you? Please bring me a drum set and a cop car. For my brother a soft teddy bear. If you have any extra room on the sleigh you can bring my sister a new doll. And for my whole family and Grandma a new T.V. We would sure like that. I will leave milk & cookies by the manger we have one cause its Jesus birthday. Bet you already knew that. Thank you Santa Joe Herfindahl Dear Joe: Well hello again. I remember you wrote to me last year too. I bet your folks are busy with a house full of kids. My elves tell me you have been a good boy. I'm so glad you know Christmas is Jesus' birthday. I'll be ready for milk and cookies. Love Santa Dear SAntA My name is Peyton and I have been a very good girl this year. If your not to busy I would like for christmas is - Books - Dolly - Leap frog musical table Thank you! Love you SAntA Peyton Radtke P.S. I will leave Milk "n" cookies!! Hi Peyton: Merry Christmas, and thank you for writing. Mrs. Santa read me your letter at lunch time, so I checked with the elves and they said they were working on a gift for you. Milk and cookies are my favorite snack. Thanks! Love Santa Dear Santa, I've been a very good girl. I would like a Clarice to go with my Rudolf. I would like more skunk toys and more puppy toys. Merry Christmas! It was good to see you at lunch the other day. Thank you for the Rudolf you gave me 2 years ago. How do you think Christmas is? Do you like reindeer? Does Rudolf guide your sleigh every Christmas? Am I on the good list? I hope I am. Will you put candy in my stockings? I hung them around the TV. Just so you know where they are. I'm going to leave you milk and cookies. Oh, one other thing I want for Christmas is a UNO game. Love Hailey Great-granddaughter of Doris DeMeyere Dear Hailey: You ask how I like Christmas. I love it, and the reindeer are dear friends. Yes, you are on my list. You want more skunk toys. Why not catch you a live one? Ask Great Grandma DeMeyere to help you. Love Santa Dear Santa, Thank you for all the trucks and trains with tracks you brought me last year. They have had a lot of "hard use" this past year and some aren't working that well any more. Please bring me more trucks and trains with tracks? I am building a big train yard with tracks! William Christiansen 4 years old Grandson of Larry and Sandy Shaar Greatgrandson of Bob and Bernice Shaar and Andrew and Doris DeMeyere Dear William: Hello. I was hoping you would write to us up here at Santa land. I'm glad you liked the presents you received last year. The elves love to make trucks and trains so I'll tell them what you like. Love Santa P.S. I remember when your Great-Grandma was a child. Dear Santa, I've been a really good girl this year and I just know you've seen how happy I am, I still have that big smile and am really talking a lot! This third Christmas, I'm dreaming for 2 things that I hope you can surprise me with. The first is a new doll house for that pretty soft bodied baby doll you brought me last year. The second is lots of huggy stuffed toys to sleep with. I will leave milk and cookies out for you. Thank you Santa, I love you bunches. Abigail Christiansen 2 years old Granddaughter of Larry and Sandy Shaar Greatgranddaughter of Bob and Bernice Shaar and Andrew and Doris DeMeyere Dear Abigail: Yes, I know you're a happy girl and growing like a weed. So you want a doll house? I'll let the elves know and see what they can come up with. Cookies and milk will be appreciated. Love Santa Dear Santa, I know you're a busy guy, Grandpa told me so. If you have time while dropping off things for my noisy brothers and sister, could you please bring me some more flannel sheets and snuggly blankets. Also I like I love to look at flashy sparkly lights, they make me so happy. Thank you, I love you. Ehren Christiansen 5 years old Grandson of Larry and Sandy Shaar Greatgrandson of Bob and Bernice Shaar and Andrew and Doris DeMeyere Dear Ehren: Hello again. I still recall your letter from last year. So sparkly lights make you happy? Me too. I saw your name on some gifts at the elves' toy shop, so I'll stop on Christmas Eve. Love Santa WIR, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, Page 13 Dear Mr. Claus, Thank you for the new Bible and laptop computer last year. This year I am asking for a World of War Craft keyboard and mouse. Of course, I am still hoping for a 4 wheeler like my Grandpas. I'd be happy with anything you'd like to bring me. Thank you. Chris Beresford 14 years old Grandson of Larry and Sandy Shaar Great-grandson of Bob and Bernice Shaar and Andrew and Doris DeMeyere Dear santa I would like a camra and a recrd plaer and a DVD plaer alocht to a tape plaer and a pack of gum and a Littles petshop set and lots of DS games and some bodel capes and a speret the moove. Kristin Ketola Dear Kristin: Merry Christmas! Are you excited about Christmas? The reindeer sure are. They practice their flying and jumping every day. We will be at your house on Christmas Eve. See you then. Love Santa Dear Santa I would like an electric guitar with an amplifier. for my brother Riley a Bakagan Video game. for my mom a candle. And A present for Michael and Josh too. I have been good! for my Dad a Deer Blind. Love, Dylan Schjenken Dear Dylan: Merry Christmas and thanks for your letter. I know the elves are working fast to get all the gifts ready. I'll be stopping by Christmas Eve. P.S. Tell your dad not to shoot at reindeer. Love Santa Dear Santa I want a Shadow video game. I would like you to bring my mom a candle. Maybe you can bring my brother Josh a present too. And Dylan a ninetendo D.S. Love Riley Schjenken Dear Riley: My elves tell me that you and your brothers have been pretty good. They have a present with your name on it. See you soon. Love Santa Dear Santa~ Is it cold up there in the North Pole? I've been good today and all week. For Christmas I want a Mermaid toy with red hair and a green tale. I want to play with it in the bath tub. Thank you Santa! Love~ Annie Pierce Age 4 P.S. I love Ruldolf! Dear Annie: Well hello again. You're 4 years old? Gee, I remember when you were just a baby and now you're bigger. I told Rudolf you love him and his nose lit up. Love Santa Dear Chris: So you're 14 already. How the days zip by. Seems like yesterday you were just a little shaver. So you're hoping for a 4-wheeler? Tell gramps to share. See you soon. Love Santa Dear Santa I wold Like a Tomes set and racecars and you can get me more if you like. Reid Dear Reid: Good of you to write. Our mail box is full every day. I'll be stopping by your home with something you'll really like. Bye. Love Santa NOTICE OF VACANCIES ON ITASCA COUNTY 22W23Dchtr WIR, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, page 14 BIGFORK COUNCIL/From Page 1 H. McKinney was also concerned about Kennedy's visual map being wrong. "Does this include the existing loophole lines?" Kennedy then explained to him and Salmi where the new connection will be as well as where the new line will run. "The alignment of water lines near the river might need to be changed due to wetland mitigation concerns." With no further questions or concerns for Kennedy Mayor Logdahl moved on to the regular council meeting. Resident Gene Collins was first to speak at the public forum. "I got my taxes the other day, knowing that they would go up. I sure hope you people can do something about this." McKinney I also spoke, "I too am concerned about this increase. I certainly hope you council members can keep yourselves in check and get the budget under control and give us a break." "My increase is too high also." Stated Salmi. "When it comes down too it, it's too hard to swallow this much at one time. It would be awfully nice to have a cap on it of 8%. It's going to be hard for a lot of people to make these kinds of payments. I know it's tough but I sure hope this can be changed." Again, H. McKinney spoke saying, "You people need to do whatever you have too to get this budget under control." Councilman Mike Stevens spoke saying, "I'm not on the budget committee but what happened is we taxed what we thought was the decrease last year only to find out that there was an increase and we have 30 grand less in the bank than we thought we did. I don't think it was the intention of the committee to have such a high increase on taxes." City Commissioners updated Council. "The outside light needs to be repaired." Stated Airport Commissioner Salmi. "I especially would like to thank Bob Zimmer and Amy Pifher on a really good job of getting the dedication in June in progress and underway." Police Commissioner Mike Bakke reported, ""There hasn't been a lot of crime here in Bigfork. Thankfully. Unfortunately there is such a level of tension and conflict within the Police Department and between the Police Department and the City Council that it's very frustrating. But there has been an awful lot of conflict. I'm saddened by Pat Richards resigning."" Logdahl read the letter of resignation submitted by the former Police Officer Pat Richards. He then asked Police Chief Babcock "Has the matter regarding the incident at the liquor store been resolved yet?" Babcock stated, "The matter has been resolved. It's a juvenile case and I won't say anything more. It's a closed case." City Engineer Mathew Pellinen provided his report. "Due to recent interest in the economic development in Bigfork, I highly recommend that the City should consider moving forward on some type of comprehensive plan to review their future infrastructure needs. I think that a complete comprehensive plan would be the best alternative for the City. This plan should be maintained and updated by the City Council and City staff." Public Works Superintendent Chuck Almhjeld reported that the rates charged to plow the Airport in the winter would rise next year by the county. "The City received a quote from R&K Construction for snow removal at the airport of $700 per event, which is $200 less per event than Itasca County's rate. R&K also removes snow at the school and would be in town if the City needed their services. I think that R&K could do just as well at the airport as the County's equipment. I think the City's equipment can handle the snow removal during smaller snow storms." Logdahl read a letter from the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC) requesting nominations for Itasca County's Cities under 10,000 representatives to the ARDC board. Z Councilman Bob Zimmer asked, "Is it possible to nominate the City Clerk/Treasurer to this position?" City Clerk/Treasurer Mike McKinney presented two alternate versions of the 2010 final tax levy and budget to the Council. "One version would be to adopt the preliminary budget and tax levy adopted by the City Council and certified to Itasca County in September. This version would provide for no changes to either the budget or the tax levy for 2010. The second version is the recent recommendations of the Personnel and Budget Committees. This version would cut both positions and all expenditures in the Police Department, while maintaining a portion of the Police Department budget for the purposes of contracting out police services if necessary. This version would reduce the levy to $113,545.84." Stevens asked, "Does the funding include for the School Liaison Officer in the cost estimates?" M. McKinney replied, "The numbers put together for the City Council do not reflect changes in funding for the Liaison position but rather only include the reductions in the expenditures for the Police Department budget. Adopting the budget proposed by the Budget Committee would create a deficit of $1,878. If the Police Chief position was eliminated then unemployment compensation would likely need to be paid out for that position. Also the unemployment compensation is not included in the expenditures the Council is considering. " Logdahl remarked, "The Budget Committee recommendations would allow for consideration of staffing alternatives for the Police Department." City Attorney John Licke was present and stated, "The Council has the authority to discontinue positions or to consolidate two positions into a new position. The Council also has the right to organize a labor force and the City could determine if cutting the school liaison position or the department as a whole is a better alternative. Some communities do contract with a county sheriff for police services." Stevens asked, "Can the City eliminate the Police Department and hire someone for a similar position?" Licke replied, The Council should decide if they intend to eliminate the department only to reestablish it or if you intend to contract out for police services." Logdahl believed that contracting out would be a better alternative and that the City would still have County coverage until the City could reevaluate its own situation. Councilman Amy Pifher stated that contracting out to the County for law enforcement is a very expensive option. Licke also remarked, "If the City has an issue with a particular employee then the City should address that issue through disciplinary proceedings. Also if a new position is created then it must be substantially different from the position that it replaces." Councilman Linda Koppelmann stated that the City should not eliminate the Police Department. Stevens remarked, I think the City needs to determine what level of service its' residents desire." "Much of the work done by the Police Chief is in his role as a liaison officer." Stated Logdahl. Koppelmann asked, "Is the Police Department the only area to be evaluated for cuts?" Stevens replied, "The City shouldn't eliminate services as a method of correcting a budget problem. I think eliminating the Police Department is not in the City's best interest. I also feel that the liaison officer is an asset to the community." "The County is responsible for patrolling a large area and it would take them a long time to respond to any service calls." Stated Koppleman. Stevens felt that the Council should receive more information before moving forward on a decision. Councilman Bob Zimmer made the recommendation, "The City could opt to have a part-time Police Chief and we can ask the current Police Chief if he was willing to accept this arrangement." "Can the City cut other items from the budget besides personnel?" Asked Pifher. Stevens replied, "The only reason there is a tax increase this year is because of the budget mistake that was made last year." He then brought up a conversation he had with Logdahl where the mayor had suggested that the Police Chief was saying things behind Stevens' back. "I think you suggested this because the real issue with cutting the budget is not based on reducing the budget but is based on removing the Police Chief from his position." M. McKinney told Council, "The applications for liquor licenses from the two applicants are complete except that the background check has not been completed for the owner of the Wilderness Bar and both the Wilderness Bar and Kocian's currently maintain insurance that does not cover the entire 2010 license year. The State may not grant a license to the Wilderness Bar if it only has insurance for 6 months but the owner has expressed her intent to carry insurance for the entire year." Stevens asked, "Does the City ordinances provide for the invalidation of a liquor license if the insurance of an applicant lapses?" Licke replied, "The City should include provisions in their approval of these liquor license applications stating that the applicants must maintain current and appropriate insurance for the entire 2010 license year and the applicants need to contact the City no less than 30 days before any changes are made to their insurance policies related to this license. If either applicant fails to take these steps, their licenses will be invalidated." Logdahl asked that the Appointment of a Police Officer would be put on hold while the City looks at its budget and makes recommendations as to what areas in the budget will be reduced. Raffle winners announced Busy Bee Pet Grooming in Bigfork recently held a raffle to raise money for the Star of the North animal shelter. Raffle winners were: first place, W. Talstad, who won a dog house; second place, Nancy Thurston, a bathing tub; Lillian Brock, a lap quilt; Larry Pratt, a gift basket from Mirror Lake Bee Works. DNR Question of the Week Q: Where can I find information about snow depth and ski trail/snowmobile trail conditions? A: The DNR provides a Web page that provides snow depth and ski/snowmobile trail condition reports for DNR-maintained trails around Minnesota. Information is updated weekly or as conditions warrant. For current conditions go to http://mndnr.gov/snow_depth Greg Spoden - State Climatology Office 22DWchtr 22Wchtr WIR, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, Page 15 COHASSET COUNCIL/From Page 7 Snetsinger�water, Sheldon Johnson�training, and Secretary Kris Klev. D. Tinquist continued with a request for the city to accept a $5,000 donation from Cohasset Hook and Ladder that was raised at the annual Turkey Bingo event in November and destined for the city's Fire Rescue Equipment 230 account (mcu). He then made a request for the city to accept a $4,400 grant from Enbridge to be deposited in the same account (mcu). The money will most likely go for a number of sets of turnout gear and/or replacement of the department's self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBAs). Harper verbally applauded D. Tinquist at this point because it was due to his personal initiative in contacting Enbridge that the grant was given. Finally, D. Tinquist took a few minutes to remind everyone to be careful out on the ice that could very well be thin due to the sudden cold spell and also to have your chimney flue cleaned and build up your home fires slowly to avoid chimney fires, which the fire department has recently been responding to at an "alarming" rate. He stated that because of the mild November weather resulting in damped down and smoldering fires, creosote has built up and is ready to ignite when the first hot fires are turned loose. Two actions were taken next that involved the probationary staff member discussed during the work session that followed the hearing earlier. The review of Darla Frink, the city's utility clerk, was very favorable and led to her being hired on a permanent basis as a result of the unanimous vote by council in the first action. As later described by Harper, her job performance has been so outstanding and all-encompassing that the second action approved her to be designated Deputy Clerk/Utility Clerk with a step in pay increase to grade eight, step five at $16.19 an hour. Frink's past experience comes from six years as municipal deputy clerk for Annandale and certification from the Minnesota Clerk's Institute. A closed council work session was set for 5:30 p.m., Jan. 26, to discuss the Hays Study rating results and wage recommendations (mcu). A written request from the Itasca County DFL Party for free use of the community center for precinct caucuses on Feb. 2 received no motion for approval and therefore no action was taken. job for two days, to correct an error in procedure, council officially voted to approve his job description; a step not taken after the description was reviewed and approved previously (mcu). And due to the addition of that position, the city's organizational structure and chart were amended and approved (mcu). Hardy reported on results of two closed sessions, Nov. 24 and Dec. 1. He stated that the first was a discussion about salary and subsequent offer to a potential employee. Although it was not stated directly, it would be a safe assumption that he was talking about Horton and the Coordinator's position. Hardy said the second session was an internal situation with a city employee that resulted in preliminary disciplinary action that has yet to take place. When asked by a member of the audience about when the name of the employee would be released, a short discussion determined that it would be at the discretion of council after the disciplinary action occurs. The two additional items to the agenda were recommendations by the Public Utilities Commission. One, to apply for a grant from the state out of a fund related to the Clean Water Act that has about $80 million in it, but as yet has no application forms available to use. The recommendation was approved, placing the city in position to apply as soon as the process becomes apparent. Up North General Store owner Rinda Etter hosted a three-day holiday open house celebration at this business in Deer River on Dec. 11, 12, and 13. Offerings during these days included hors d'oeuvers, beverages, fudge samples, cookies and hot cider. Here at the store on Dec. 11 are, from the left, Butch and Pam Cherney, with R. Etter in the background, Lacy Etter, Leola Sorenson, Sheree Dockter and Ellie Pedersen. What a gas The second recommendation was approved and was to join in a coalition by contributing an amount for legal fees capped at $1,500, for a case against natural gas transmission companies (e.g. locally, Great Lakes Gas Transmission Limited Partnership) that have been making excessive and possibly illegal profit margins from their delivery charges for gas, not from the charges for the gas itself. The case is unusual in that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), instead of consumers, is bringing it forward. According to Harper, this is a chance to participate in a federal action that could potentially lower natural gas bills to city residents. She also stated that joining will not commit the city to any future contributions should the case drag out over time. And finally there was approval of the consent agenda containing "claims" against the city in an amount of $235,645.63, acknowledgement of a Planning Commission and an Economic Development Authority meetings' minutes, and approval of a cemetery deed for Shane Solberg (mcu). The large ticket item in the claims was US Bank Corp Trust Services debt service for gas, sewer and water including principal and interest in the amount of $210,400. The meeting adjourned at 8:28 p.m. and the next one will be on Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Activities room of city hall. Be it hereby resolved Two resolutions approving the certification of both the tax levy and the budget for the city for 2010 were passed unanimously. As read by Hardy, the levy is $1,929,654. The budget readout can be seen at city hall or the city's website. There was no discussion on either of the resolutions. Even though Project and City Services Coordinator Rick Horton has been on the Mrs. Claus was at the Up North General Store in Deer River on Dec. 12 to read the story of "The Night I Met Santa" by Lora Johnson, to the children, as elf helper Lacy Etter waited to hand out treats. Seated in front of Mrs. Claus are Marcie Witkofsky and her nephews Caleb and Caiden Latvala. The adults in the background are Julie Pederson, on the left and Ellie Figgins. CITY OF BIGFORK ITASCA COUNTY, MINNESOTA ORDINANCE NO. 158 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE FEES AND CHARGES FOR VARIOUS SERVICES, LICENSES, AND PERMITS FOR THE CITY OF BIGFORK, MINNESOTA. The City Council of the City of Bigfork, Minnesota ordains that the following sections of the ordinance setting fees and charges shall be amended to read as follows: PUBLIC WORKS FEES The sewer service rates and charges to users of the Sanitary Sewer System pursuant to � 51.48 (A) shall be as follows: Deer River Publishing will be closed Friday, Dec. 25 Friday, Jan. 1 for the Christmas and New Years holidays. The deadline for advertising for the Deerpath Shopper will be 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23 and Wednesday, Dec. 30. The water service rates and charges to users of Water System pursuant to � 52.36 (A) shall be as follows: The rates and charges for users of the Street Lighting System pursuant to � 53.10 (A) shall be $4.19 per month. This ordinance repeals Ordinances #152 and any other inconsistent ordinances. This ordinance is adopted this 9th day of December, 2009 By: Roger Logdahl Mayor Attest: Michael McKinney 22Wchtr Clerk Happy Holidays! WIR, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, page 16 Obituaries Cora Lee `Corky' (Schromen) Olson Cora Lee "Corky" (Schromen) Olson died peacefully on Friday, November 27, 2009 at the age of 69 after a long battle with cancer and under the care of Hospice at the Bigfork Nursing Home where she received loving care for the past year and a half. She was born in Chicago on January 31, 1940. She moved to Bigfork, Minnesota in October of 1947 at the age of 7. She went to Bigfork High School. On October 9, 1961 she married Bernard "Bucky" Duane Olson of Northome. Her world centered around her husband. Corky started out working at the Bigfork Theatre as a teenager. She also worked at the Arrowhead Grill, Bigfork Drug Store, Red Owl Store, planted trees for the County and then worked for approximately 25 years as a paraprofessional at the Bigfork Grade School. She loved working with children. Corky & Bucky were avid fans of the Bigfork Huskies. She enjoyed bowling, golfing, fishing, rummage sales and especially Halloween capers. She loved animals � cats and dogs and especially her exotic chickens and peacocks. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bucky, her parents, Chris "Red" and Emma "Pat" Schromen. She is survived by her four sisters and their families, Betty Lou (Bill) Benson, Grand Rapids, MN; JoAnn (Dick) Bueckers, Detroit Lakes, MN; Bonnie (Lial) Pederson, Bovey, MN; Linda (Gary) Dahl, Beaverton, OR; and many nieces and nephews. Memorials may be sent to Corky's sister, Bonnie Pederson, 26880 County Road 329, Bovey, MN or to the Grand Rapids Community Foundation and will be given in her name to a scholarship fund for Bigfork High School students. Visitation was from 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral service on Monday, November 30 at the Bigfork Presbyterian Church. Rev. David Gabriel officiated. Burial was in Bigfork Cemetery. Arrangements by Libbey Funeral Home, Grand Rapids, Minn.. Paid Obituary Seniors Legal Line Patricia Ann Monroe Patricia Ann Monroe, age 58, of Federal Dam, MN died Sunday, December 6, 2009, at Garden Lane Assisted Living in Bemidji, MN. Patricia was born in 1951 and grew up in Boy River, MN, where she attended grade school and graduated from Remer High School in 1970. She later graduated from Detroit Lakes Technical College with a degree in Culinary Arts. Patricia returned to the Federal Dam area, where she lived most of her life. She enjoyed taking long walks, fishing, playing bingo and raising and watching over the neighborhood kids. She was preceded in death by her father, Frank Godfrey; two sons, Billy Jo and Travis Monroe; sister, Norma Monroe; brother, Samuel Kevin Goose Jr. and by her biological parents, William and Caroline Monroe. She is survived by one daughter, Jessica Heinle of Sugar Point, MN; three sons, Shannon (Shaydren) Monroe of Deer River, MN; Shawn (Leah) Monroe of Sugar Point, MN; Michael Monroe of Minneapolis, MN; mother, Irene Godfrey of Remer, MN; six sisters, Lorretta Monroe, Darlene Marquardt, Mary Lou Reich, Iolanthe Wilson, Eva Mangum and Carol Goose; two brothers, Donald Godfrey, and Rick Goose; ten grandchildren, Josie, Lexie, Macie, Bridgette, Torie, Logan, Gabe, Isaiah, Landon and Danica; Cory Perrington of Deer River, MN, who Patricia thought of as a son; numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation began Thursday, December 10 at 11 a.m. and continued until the funeral service on Saturday, December 12 at 11 a.m. at the Battle Point Community Center. Steve Jackson officiated. Burial was in Battle Point Community Cemetery in Gould Township, MN. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home of Grand Rapids, MN. Paid Obituary Kenneth E. `Corky' Moore Kenneth E. "Corky" Moore, 71, died Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009, at the Treasure Coast Hospice Residence in Stuart, Fla. He was born in Sublett, Ill., and lived in Grand Rapids from 1978 to 1999, then retired to Jensen Beach, Fla. Before retiring, he was a tax consultant and foreman at Gibbs Wild Rice plant. Before moving to Grand Rapids in 1978, he farmed with his dad on the family farm near Garfield, Ill., owned Pioneer Country Cheese and Gift Shop in Wenona, Ill., and managed a grain elevator in Garfield. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, a member of First Baptist Church of Jensen Beach and the American Legion. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Carol Moore of Jensen Beach; daughter, Karin Moore of Chanhassen; son, James Moore of Grand Rapids; and two grandchildren. A memorial celebration will be held today (Thursday, Dec. 17) at the Solid Rock Church of God in LaPrairie at 6 p.m. Sheldon Jarva Jr. Sheldon Jarva Jr., 48, of Bigfork, MN, formerly of Greenwood, AR, died Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, in Bigfork, MN. He was born Nov. 25, 1961, in Grand Rapids, MN, to Sheldon Sr. and Shari Jarva. He grew up in Bigfork and graduated from Bigfork High School. He worked road construction until moving to AR. where he worked for Lowes as warehouse manager at Ft. Smith. He is survived by a daughter, Jessica (Mike) Brence of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.; parents, Sheldon Sr. and Shari Jarva of Bigfork, MN; brothers, Scott Jarva of Bemidji and Stacy Jarva of Warroad, MN; nephews and nieces and so many friends. No services are planned. Arrangements by Libbey Funeral Home, Grand Rapids. Paid Obituary We can supply rubber stamps for your every need! Dear Senior Linkage Line, I have been plagued by phone calls from this man that says that I won over one hundred thousand dollars and that all I need to do to collect my winnings is to go to my bank and send him a check for $1500 to cover the fees to send me the money. I know it is a scam. He is calling from Jamaica and it should not cost me money to win anything. My problem is that he keeps calling. I even have taken to blowing a loud whistle in the phone, but he stills calls. How can I get him to stop calling me? Signed, Loretta DEAR LORETTA: You are correct that it is a scam. Your name and telephone number seems to have landed on some form of "sucker list", a list of potential victims of scams that scam organizations keep. Unfortunately, these scam operations do not belong to the direct marketer's associations, so the Do Not Call lists will not stop the phone calls. However, the Federal Deceptive Mail Prevention and Enforcement Act may help with companies that promote contests. It requires the companies to remove you from their mailing lists within 60 days after receiving your written request. In your situation, however, you are being contacted by a nebulous organization that probably would not follow your instruction to remove your name and number from their calling list, much less from their mailing list. In your situation, you may wish to instead report the calls to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the United States Postal Service, and the Minnesota Attorney General's office. They may be reached at: 1. Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Response Center, 600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20580, 1-877-FTC-HELP, and www.ftc.gov. 2. United States Postal Inspection Service, PO Box 64558, St. Paul, MN 55164-0558, 651-293-3200, www.usps.com/postalinspectors. 3. Minnesota Attorney General's office, 1400 Bremer Tower, 445 Minnesota St, St. Paul, MN 55101, 651-296-3353, 1-800-657-3787. As far as the annoying phone calls, I suggest that you contact your telephone company. If you have caller ID, you can get the man's phone number. Then, you can see if the telephone company can block that number. Also, with caller ID, you can screen your calls and not answer when the scam organization calls you. In the worst case scenario, I suppose you could change your telephone number and have it be an unlisted number, but this would be a shame and an inconvenience to you. Perhaps the annoying calls will subside over time if they cease getting answered. This column is written by the Senior Citizens' Law Project. It is not meant to give complete answers to individual questions. If you are 60 years of age or older and live within the Minnesota Arrowhead Region, you may contact us with questions for legal help by writing to: Senior Citizens' Law Project, Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota, 302 Ordean Bldg., Duluth, MN 55802. Please include a phone number and return address. To view previous articles, go to: www.lasnem.org. Reprints by permission only. 246-8533 Deer River Publishing Holiday Reminder to Our Loved Ones Deadline for news and advertising for the Western Itasca Review is Monday at Noon. IN LOVING MEMORY OF OUR FATHER Gerald Ivan Kraskey Our lives go on without you, but nothing is the same. We have to hide our heartaches, when someone speaks your name. Sad are the hearts that love you, Silent the tears that fall. Living in our hearts that love you, is the hardest part of all. You did so many things for us, Your heart was kind and true. And when we needed someone, we could always count on you. The special years will not return, when we were all together, but with the love within our hearts, you will walk with us forever. With all our love . With the holidays upon us, we would like to remind families this is a time of celebration with those you love. Sometimes with the craziness of the world we forget what is most important and that is our family, our loved ones. Learn to enjoy the time together, drive safely, take family photos, listen to each other and celebrate each day as if it may be your last. Always remember to tell them how much they are loved and appreciated. After recently losing our little sister we are more aware of how short time can be. We always believe there will be a tomorrow and unfortunately God may have other plans. Our sister was always helping others and continued to do so by being a donor. If you want to be a donor, you will need to select this on your Drivers License. In loving memory of our sister Michelle (Grife) Bartell, The Good Samaritan on I-35. 12/25/1963 - 10/10/2009 You are dearly missed and loved. Your sisters, Arlene Grife, Anderson, MO and Pam Payne, Deer River, MN. 22Wchtr 22Wch Area Churches Christmas Mass Times December 24: Christmas Eve St. Catherine's, Squaw Lake at 4 p.m. St. Augustine's, Cohasset at 5 p.m. St. Michael's, Northome at 7 p.m. Our Lady of the Snows, Bigfork at 10 p.m. St. Mary's, Deer River at midnight December 25: Christmas Day Our Lady of the Snows, Bigfork at 9 a.m. St. Mary's, Deer River at 10:30 a.m. DAD YOU ARE SADLY MISSED EVERYDAY IN OUR LIVES. Geraldine, Carol, Debbie, Joe, Jerry and Jim 22W23Dchtr WIR, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, Page 17 The Bible Says ... The Christ of Christmas by C. Marvine Scott I love this poem by Annie Flint. How well she describes the normal problems in our everyday life. Statistics tell us that this is one of the worst times of year for depression and the temptation to return to unhealthy methods of relieving our problems. How do we deal with life especially during this busy Season? Let's take a look at how Annie does. I LOOK NOT BACK by Annie Johnson Flint I look not back; God knows the fruitless efforts, The wasted hours, the sinning, the regrets. I leave them all with Him who blots the record, And graciously forgives, and then forgets. I look not forward; God sees all the future, The road that short or long, will lead me home. And He will face with me its every trial, And bear for me the burdens that may come. I look not round me; then would fears assail me, So wild the tumult of earth's restless seas, So dark the world, so filled with woe and evil, So vain the hope of comfort and of ease. I look not inward; that would make me wretched; For I have naught on which to stay my trust. Nothing I see save failures and shortcomings, And weak endeavors, crumbling into dust. But I look up � into the face of Jesus, For there my heart can rest, my fears are stilled; And there is joy, and love, and light for darkness, And perfect peace, and every hope fulfilled. This is all fine and good but Who Is the Christ of Christmas? How can we do what Annie does? Let's listen for a minute to our beloved Charlie Grier as He describes to us the answer to this very question. Knowing Who He Really Was by Charlie Grier In a distant land, on a bygone day, A little BABE in a manger lay. But who could tell, as He nestled there, While Mary and Joseph bowed in prayer, That here on the hay, with His infant cry, Lay the Master of ocean, earth, and sky? And then as He taller and fairer grew � This lad that all of His neighbors knew To be pleasant and courteous, brave and strong, With a cheery smile and a hearty song � Touched their hearts and troubled their minds, "Who was this lad so gentle and kind?" They liked His frank, straightforward ways, His wisdom and words were beyond His days, And they paused to watch Him fashion wood In a manner no other craftsman could � He impressed them much, as a good boy does But they never dreamed who He really was! At last a lock is upon the door � The Carpenter of Nazareth is no more, But now, a Man with a "ONE-WAY" sign Is telling the Truth to all mankind. He is pointing to that "narrow way" That leads, at last, to Eternal Day; And they listen just as they did before Back in His humble work-shop door. "Never man spake as he," they cry � With new hope gleaming in their eye. "The strength of Elijah he displays, But he is unlike him in some ways � Like Jeremiah, he weeps and warns While favor from the rich he scorns. Messiah? � No, he cannot be � No prophet comes from Galilee!" And so they turned from Him because They didn't know who He really was! Then He showed His love through mighty deeds: He healed their sick and supplied their needs � He cleansed the leper and raised the dead � The hungry multitudes were fed. He stilled the storm � the poor He blessed � He offered pardon, peace, and rest! His critics cried, "He is too meek � He tries too hard the lost to seek! We want a leader strong as steel � Full of courage, strength, and zeal To rule the world with an iron rod � Yet, never once claiming to be God." At last united, in Pilate's Hall A verdict of "death" was agreed by all. "Envy" brought charges of trumped-up sin. "Hatred" shouted "Away with Him!" God's angry earthquake shook the sod! Honesty acknowledged, "This was the Son of God!" At Christmastide, when men of good will Seek to worship the Christ child still, Have you stayed too long in Bethlehem town? Or, have you followed His steps around To Jerusalem, and Galilee, And this angry throng at Calvary? Have you stood amazed beneath the Cross And cried, "For ME He suffered loss � It was for ME He bore disgrace � Bearing MY sin � taking MY place?" The message of Christmas is more, by far, Than the angels' song, or the Wise Men's star. Have you stood at the Tomb in ecstasy, Where nature responded to Deity And shouted, "Christ is the Victor now For He conquered DEATH on Calvary's brow!" If YOU are not saved, is it not because You too, haven't learned who He really was? "And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, The Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said... Flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father..." Matt. 16:16 -End quote Births Someone once said, "The way you spend Christmas is far more important than how much!" Wouldn't it be wonderful if we call all fall in love with Jesus this year and spend not only the next few weeks spreading the Love of God to all around us but have it become a life pattern for the years to come? When we get to know who Jesus really is, we can let Him fill our lives with meaning and joy! Let's let the Christ of Christmas fill us and become contagious so that everyone will come to know that same Wonderful Peace, Joy and Love. LOGAN CHARLES McNEAR Logan Charles McNear was born on Friday, Oct. 16, at 3:37p.m. at Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Neb. The proud parents are James III & Krista (Peterson) McNear. At birth Logan weighed 8 pounds and was 20 inches long. He has a four-year-old sister, Taylor, and a sixyear-old brother, James IV. Area Worship Schedule SQUAW LAKE Centennial Lutheran LC-MS Rev. James Anthony Sunday Service 8:30 a.m. St. Catherine's Catholic Father Thomas P. Galarneault (218)659-4353 Saturday Mass 4:00 p.m. Clara Lutheran DEER RIVER 246-8191 Apostolic Faith Church Lay Pastor Pastor Timothy Schultz Peg Christensen 212 2nd St. S.E. 246-2243 Sunday School & Sunday School & Worship Service Worship Service 9 a.m. 10:00 a.m. Hwy. 6 N - Right on Cty. Rd. 142, Bible Study, Wednesday Left on Cty. Rd 144 - 1 mile. 6:00 p.m. Deer River Bible Church BENA 246-9570 St. Anne's Catholic Pastor Gaylord Finch Father Stephen Solors Home 246-2093 Saturday Mass 7 p.m.. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. FEDERAL DAM Morning Worship 10:45 a.m. Sacred Heart Catholic Evening Service 6 p.m. Father Stephen Solors Family Bible Study & Prayer Sunday Mass 11 a.m. meeting Wednesday 7 p.m. 1 mile north on Hwy. 6 BALL CLUB St. Joseph's Catholic Father Stephen Solors Saturday Mass 5 p.m. Sunday Mass 9 a.m. Ball Club Assembly of God Church Rev. Greg Baudeck Pastor - 327-1005 Church-246-2511 Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. Sunday Evening 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study 7 p.m. JESSIE LAKE Jessie Lake Baptist 832-3911 Rev. Howard Williams Sunday School 10 a.m. Sunday Worship 11 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study Jesse Lake Lutheran Pastor John Hanson Parsonage 832-3834 Church 832-3883 Church Service 8:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. COHASSET West Cohasset Chapel Pastor Joe Franzone Sunday School -9:15 a.m. Worship Service - 10:30 a.m. AWANA Wednesday - 6:30 p.m. 999-9030 On Hwy. 6 one mile north of Hwy. 63 St. Augustine's Catholic Church Fr. Paul Larson Sunday Mass 8:30 a.m. Confessions half hour before mass Calvary Pines Baptist Church Pastor Charles Pratt 7 miles north of Cohasset at crossroads of Co. Rd. 256 & 62 Sunday School (ad. & youth) 9:30 a.m. BIGFORK MARCELL Marcell Community Church Pastor Paul Olson Sunday School 9:15 a.m. Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. Wed. Bible Study 10 a.m. Caribou Chapel Pastor Ron Grossman (218) 326-3574 Sunday 9 a.m. Bible Study Wed. 7 p.m. All denominations welcome! At Marcell Town Hall Evangelical Covenant Pastor Ron Grossman Sunday School, 9:45 a.m. Sunday Worship 11:00 a.m. Wed. Night Bible Study 7 p.m. 246-8062 St. Mary's Catholic Church Fr. Paul Larson Parish Office 246-8582 Saturday Mass 4:00 p.m. Sunday Mass 10:30 a.m. Confessions half hour before Saturday mass United Methodist Pastor Richard Wilder Sunday Worship 10:00 a.m. Office (218)246-8591 Cell (218)360-4795 Redeemer Lutheran LC-MS Rev. James Anthony Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Worship Service 10:30 a.m. Evening Service, Thursday, 7 p.m. Memorial Day thru Labor Day Bethany Lutheran, ELCA Rev. Dwight Rudquist Highway 6 North, 246-8398 Worship - 9:30 a.m. Wednesday - `Club 100' Sept.-May (1st-6th grade) "The Welcome Place" Oteneagen Chapel (An Independent Bible Church) 218-259-HOPE (4673) Church Services 10-11 a.m. Sunday School 11:15-11:45 a.m. Deer River Church of God (Pentecostal) Rev. Lee Pederson 246-8760 304 - 4th Ave. S.E. Sunday School 9:00 a.m. Sunday Worship 10 a.m. Sunday Evening Prayer 6 p.m. Wed. Night Bible Study 7 p.m. SUOMI Suomi Evangelical Lutheran Pastor John Hanson Parsonage 832-3834 Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. Bigfork Lutheran, ELCA Rev. Ryan Aarestad Office 743-3368; Parsonage 743-6986 Sunday Worship: Bigfork Lutheran and First Presbyterian are having blended worship services at the First Presbyterian Church two blocks west of Bigfork City Hall at 10:15 a.m. Bigfork Assembly of God Pastor Mike Stevens 101 Golf Course Road Morning Worship 9:30 & 10:30 Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Evening Service 6:30 p.m. 218-743-6316 Riverside (Presbyterian) Chapel Sunday Worship 8:30 a.m. Cell (218)360-4795 Our Lady of Snows Catholic Father Thomas P. Galarneault (218) 743-3255 Sunday Mass 9:00 a.m. Wed., Thurs., Fri..- 8:00 a.m. First Presbyterian Church Rev. Ryan Aarestad Office 743-3368; Parsonage 743-6986 Sunday Worship: Bigfork Lutheran and First Presbyterian are having blended worship services at the First Presbyterian Church two blocks west of Bigfork City Hall at 10:15 a.m. Worship Service 10:30 a.m. Sunday Bible Study - 6 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study - 7 p.m. Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Pastor Chris Gorshe Pastor Bill Zeige 35568 Foxtail Lane, Cohasset 328-5165 Sunday 9:00 Wednesday Evening 7 p.m. Sunday School & Bible Study 10:30 a.m. New Life Christian Fellowship 35 N.E. 3rd St., Cohasset, MN (Formerly Redeemer Lutheran Church behind SuperAmerica) SAND LAKE Northwoods Chapel Rev. Howard Williams Non-Denominational On Corner of Co. Rds. 35 and 36 Sunday Service 9:00 a.m. Fellowship following Wednesday Bible Study For info 1-218-259-0425 Sand Lake Alliance Pastor Sam Muntean Cty Rd 4 just east of Anchor Inn Resort) Worship 10 a.m. Bible Study - Wed. 7 p.m. 218-798-2872 Sunday Prayer 8-8:30 a.m. 9:00-9:45 a.m. Sunday School Worship 10:00 a.m. Sunday Evening 6 p.m. prayer 6:30 p.m. Worship Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Bible Study Good News Bible Church Rev. Tom Adams 9 a.m. Sunday Wednesday 7 p.m. 326-5972 EFFIE Effie Fredheim Lutheran Church ELCA Rev. Ryan Aarestad Office 743-3368; Parsonage 743-6986 Sunday Worship 8:45 a.m. BOWSTRING Bowstring (Presbyterian) Chapel located 15 miles north on Hwy. 6, 1 block west on Co. Rd. 133 Sharron Lewis Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Sunday Worship 10:15 a.m. Jurvelin Hardware Deer River 246-8628 Rajala Timber Co. Deer River & Bigfork Deer River Publishing 246-8533 North Itasca Electric Co-op Bigfork Area 743-3131 Carroll Funeral Home Deer River & Bigfork 246-8181 or 1-800-457-8181 246-8277 or 743-3333 WIR, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, page 18 Looking Back Compiled by Joan Isaacs from the files of the Deer River Newspapers. 110 Years Ago--A Christmas tree festivity is to be held in the new school house. Students of Deer River teacher Yoder and Miss Agnes Lowe, teacher at Deer Lake school, to present program. Deer Lake students participating are Paul, Lizzie and Luther Metke, Rose and John Voight, Doris Hagen, George and Tom Maher, Lillian Deering and Ethel McNevin. Rose School students participating are Martha McDonald, Clara Maguire, Orrie Inscho, Lillian Stahl, Mildred and Inez Woodruff, Willie Shook and Emma Olson. 100 Years Ago--People in Deer River evidenced some surprise, but more dumbfoundedness when a notice was received by every saloonist from the U.S. Indian Service stating that Deer River and Ballclub are included in the order prohibiting sale of liquor...three weeks notice is given for 12 men or firms to change their business. It is needless to say consternation is the inevitable result. The local hotels have raised the price of meals to 35 cents owing to the recent rise in the prices of food stuffs. 90 Years Ago--Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Walker of Maple Lake are making the E.E. Thompson, B. Bourdage and James Cochran families a short visit on their honeymoon trip. Deaths: Mrs. Levi Cochran of Bigfork, Mrs. O. Wenaus of Effie; James A. Quigg, Deer River. Quigg came from Michigan to Deer River in 1897 and purchased the J.W. Johnson Hotel. 80 Years Ago--William Bahr and W.R. Wallace will leave tomorrow for Canada to set up a sawmill. Eli Simon and Nels Bergh will accompany them to assist with the work. 70 Years Ago--There is a total of 1,131 pupils in schools in District No. 6. Inger with 33 pupils is the largest one room school and Sand Lake with eight is the smallest. 60 Years Ago--Lakehead Pipeline is securing and paying for eight-of-way for a pipeline which is to be built through this area in the coming year. Al Wohlenhaus, who recently bought the former Campbell Cafe, is conducting a contest for a new name for the cafe. 50 Years Ago--Bigfork's Cornell MacNeil gets New York opera role. Dr. R.F. Lynn and family to be honored at open house at Northern Itasca Hospital -- he will replace Dr. Detjen. Letters to Santa: My name is Barbara. I am in second grade. Would you please bring a pair of shoes for my mother. Would you please bring my sister some figure skates. And for me what you can. Barbara Patterson. I am in second grade at King School. My name is Janet Omer. Mother would like a coffee table. Father would like a suit. I have one brother and he would like to have a pair of belts. I would like a magnet kit, a can-can and some new clothes for the doll you brought me last year. Janet Omer. 40 Years Ago--Stump Climbers snowmobile club is to sponsor training. Paul Shaw is in charge. Instructors are Don Guthrie, Bob Murray, Roger Moede, Larry Schroth and Bob Schuder. Evelyn Nyberg, Jessie Lake, now a resident of Itasca Nursing Home, celebrates her 100th birthday. 30 Years Ago--Letters to Santa; I love you very much. I would like to make a list of toys I like. A Book of you, a glowing race track. Whatever you want to get me. I love you., Scotty Rustad. I am five years old. For Christmas I would like you to bring me a Joie Chitwood Cannon jump set and a fuzzy pumper pet shop. Also please fill my stocking. I want a sled too. Shayne Miller. 20 Years Ago--Letters to Santa from King School first graders: I hop you get in the chmne all rit. I want a hol bunch of cars and I want a pil of Robert Munsch books as hi as my desk! Also I want some stickrs. Well santa, good-by. From Darny Applebee. I will git you som kookes and milk for you. Will you give me a nintedo? I lic you, yuv got a berd and youv got toys. How r your elvs dooing? I am going to hav my Christmas letr on the radeo. I hop you hav a list that has my Christmas things I wood lic. From Kyle Chilman. 10 Years Ago--Bigfork Mayor Lonnie Kacon was presented with a Marcell Snowdrifters sweatshirt by President Paul Hanson for his effort in obtaining a snowmobile bridge across the Big Fork river. Senior Warrior wrestler Jesse Barnacle posted his 100th career win at the Sertoma Dual Meet Tournament. 20 Years Ago--Santa Claus had a busy day at the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) Christmas Festival at King School in Deer River. Left to right, Abby Mannelin, daughter of Gene and Donna Mannelin, and Emily Bergeron, daughter of Beth and Craig Bergeron, Deer River, visit with Santa. Public Notice CERTIFICATE OF ASSUMED NAME Minnesota Statutes Chapter 333 1. State the exact assumed name under which the business is or will be conducted: Sharpen My Shears 2. State the address of the principal place of business. 49092 Empty Bar Loop, Deer River, MN 56636 3. List the name and complete street address of all persons conducting business under the above Assumed Name: Joseph A. Campbell, 49092 Empty Bar Loop, Deer River, MN 56636 Carol M. Campbell, 49092 Empty Bar Loop, Deer River, MN 56636 4. I certify that I am authorized to sign this certificate and I further certify that I understand that by signing this certificate, I am subject to the penalties of perjury as set forth in Minnesota Statutes Section 609.48 as if I had signed this certificate under oath. /s/Joseph A. Campbell 11/26/2009 Joseph A. Campbell 218-659-2862 21-22Wchaff Public Notice STATE OF MINNESOTA COUNTY OF ITASCA Estate of Goldie Mae Miller DISTRICT COURT PROBATE DIVISION NINTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court File No. 31-PR-09-3729 NOTICE AND ORDER OF HEARING ON PETITION FOR PROBATE DECEDENT OF WILL AND APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS It is Ordered and Notice is given that on January 11, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. a hearing will be held in this Court at the Itasca County Courthouse, 123 NE 4th Street, Grand Rapids, Minnesota, for the formal probate of an instrument purporting to be the will of Decedent, dated September 18, 1985 and codicil (___) to the will dated _____________, and separate writing (____) under Minn. Stat. 524.2513 ("Will"), and for the appointment of Carol Sue Stangler whose address is: 12476 72nd Avenue NE, Deer River, Minnesota, as personal representative of the Estate of the Decedent in an Unsupervised administration. Any objections to the Petition must be filed with the Court prior to or raised at the hearing. If proper and if no objections are filed or raised, the personal representative will be appointed with full power to administer the Estate, including the power to collect all assets, pay all legal debts, claims, taxes and expenses, to sell real and personal property, and do all necessary acts for the Estate. Notice is also given that (subject to Minn. Stat. 524.3-801) all creditors having claims against the Estate are required to present the claims to the personal representative or to the Court Administrator within four months after the date of this Notice or the claims will be barred. No formal hearing will be held unless written objections have been filed with the Court Administrator. If no objections have been filed, the requests made in the Petition will be granted by default. (COURT SEAL) Attorney for Personal Representative: Andrew M. Shaw 205400 Law Office of Shaw & Shaw, P.A. Carlson Building By /s/ Marcia S. Brennan1 12-7-09 P.O. Box 365 Marcia S. Brennan, Sr. Court Clerk Deer River, MN 56636-0365 (218) 246-8535 22-23Wchaff /s/ Jon A. Maturi 12-7-09 Hon. Jon A. Maturi Linda R. Machen Acting Court Administrator School Board Minutes SCHOOL DISTRICT #317 SCHOOL BOARD MINUTES DECEMBER 7, 2009 At 6:00 PM on December 7, 2009, in the Deer River High School Media Center, prior to the regular meeting, discussion of the budget and the 2009 Payable 2010 Levy was held. Carol Risberg, Business Manager gave a presentation outlining the levy and time was allotted for questions. The Regular School Board meeting for Independent School District #317 was then called to order by Chairperson, Victor Williams, who then led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance.~ Members in attendance included:~Anne Gardner, Brad Box, Victor Williams, Sarah Bellefy, Nancy Adams-Hulbert and Lee Pederson. Administrators present included:~ Supt. Matt Grose, Carol Risberg, Business Manager, Amy Galatz, Elementary Principal, Brent Schimek Activities Director, Josh Solem, Out of School Programmer and Russ Bouchie, Building & Grounds Supervisor.~ Newspaper reporter, Traci Crotteau was in attendance and Paulette Ojanen was present as recorder.~ Motion to approve agenda as presented made by B. Box, seconded by L. Pederson. Motion carried unanimously. (MCU hereafter). Friend of Deer River Schools recognition certificate was presented to Jan McClure by Supt. Grose. Mrs. McClure and helpers were instrumental in the painting of the wall on Main Street with the new logo, etc. The board and all in attendance thanked her for her outstanding service to Deer River Schools over the years. Motion to approve minutes from the November 2 & November 16, 2009 board meetings was made by N. Adams-Hulbert, seconded by A. Gardner. MCU. A. Gardner made the motion, seconded by B. Box to approve the Accounts Payable/Payroll for November 2009 in the amount of $992,048.14.~ MCU. Motion to approve items on the consent agenda as listed below made A. Gardner seconded by L. Pederson. ~ MCU. 1. Approve hiring of Tiffany Johnson as Admin. Asst. (pending contract negotiations) 2. Approve Community Education Agreement between ISD #317 & ISD #318 B. Box made the motion to approve certification of the 2009 Payable 2010 Levy in the amount of $1,118,370.25. Motion was seconded by N. Adams-Hulbert. MCU. Recommended policy changes in Policies 613, 615, 707, 708, 802 & 805 were discussed. This being the first reading, no action was taken. A. Galatz reported for King School. Discussed the new science standards for students. Lesson plans are being designed to address these new standards. Mrs. Gephart is heading the Forest Committee this year. The goal is to have outdoor classroom activities and experiments and using Forest Service resources to aid in those programs. Staff and students are excited to be working with new technology equipment. PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support) training has been ongoing with the ultimate goal being improved school climate and increased student achievement. The next PIE (Parents In Education) night is scheduled for December 10, 2009. Yvonne Wilson will be doing Native American storytelling. She also mentioned the holiday music programs will be held the week of Dec. 14, 2009. B. Colligan was not present at the meeting, but left information for the board regarding high school activities. Mark Schjenken of Nor-Tran mentioned getting busses and drivers ready for the cold weather. He also mentioned scheduling meetings with Supt. Grose and transportation committee to discuss contract issues. B. Schimek reported that winter activities are in full swing. He also mentioned the MN State High School League Foundation grant of $1073 was received. J. Solem gave information to the board regarding the Boys & Girls Club and reported the number of participants is increasing and the programs are going well. R. Bouchie reported the plows and snow removal equipment is ready to go. He also mentioned the Best Lock project at King will be completed by December 11, 2009. B. Box mentioned he attended the Infinity (on-line academy) Governing Board meeting and found it to be very informative. He would like to invite Jo McClure to come to a board meeting to explain the program. He also mentioned the Christmas Bazaar which was held at King on Dec. 5, 2009. The music students did a great job and everyone enjoyed the day. L. Pederson mentioned he directed the school play and commended the students on a job well done. Supt. Grose mentioned the Cognos Data Warehouse Tool meeting he attended. We will be purchasing software from TIES (Technology in Education) to utilize student information. Apple Training for staff will be Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009. He mentioned the upcoming MSBA Conference, January 14 & 15, 2010. Motion to adjourn made by L. Pederson, seconded by B. Box.~ MCU The next regular board meeting will be Monday, January 4, 2010 with an open forum at 5:45 PM and the Regular Meeting at 6:00 PM in the Deer River High School Media Center. Victor Williams, Chair~ Nancy Adams-Hulbert, Clerk 22Wchaff WIR, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, Page 19 Western Itasca Review Classified Ads FOR SALE Waterford Wood Stove: Glass front, 55,000 B.T.U./hr. front & side opening, clean burning, like new, cost $2,499. Sale price $1,200. 2462368 ...................20-22DWpd For Sale: 1970 Colt 45 Model 1911 commemorating 25th anniversary of end of WWII Eastern Theatre, polished nickel in oak display box, $1,200 cash. 246-9561. .............17W18DWtfnn/c For Rent: 2 bedroom $685/month, $685 deposit, available immediately, utilities included. Non-smoking. Laundry on-site. Wilderness Apartments, Effie, MN. 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Free HD-DVR. Plus $600 sign-up bonus. Call now! 866/690-3219 FOR SALE ONE PIECE HYDRAULIC DOORS by Schweiss Doors. "New" hydraulic doors for farmshops/airplane hangars. Low headroom required, easy to install. Visit us at www.bifold.com 800/746-8273 Your ad here! Only $199 to reach a statewide audience of 2 million readers!!! 1-800-279-2979 Classified Ads Produce Results! REAL ESTATE ENJOY WARM WEATHER! Less than $10/day. Gated community. 2 pools, gym, cards, water aerobics and more. Fully furnished one bedroom park model. $28,500 928/287-0677 Call 246-8533 WIR, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, page 20 Bigfoot takes a walk near Remer by Louise H. McGregor, staff writer Bob Olson of Deer River was very excited when he contacted the WIR office on Nov. 20. There had been a new report of a Bigfoot sighting in the area and there was a photo. Olson who, along with Don Sherman, formed the business of Northern Minnesota Bigfoot Field Researchers. This business was developed after there had been a report of Bigfoot tracks on the Six Mile Lake Rd. in June of 2006. Olson checked out the tracks, made casts, and then made a connection with Searching for BIGFOOT, Inc. CEO/Founder Tom Biscardi of California. Biscardi and his crew arrived in Deer River on June 21, 2006 to do their own field research. "Since that time," said Olson, "we have listened to between 50 to 75 eyewitness accounts of Bigfoot sightings and have made numerous footprint casts." This latest report of a Bigfoot sighting came from deer bow hunters who had set up a game motion activated camera by a game trail on their property. This had been done before the start of that season. "The hunters," said Olson, "took the camera down when deer season started and checked what was on it two weeks later. They saw the usual deer, bear and wolf photos and then there was this." The unnamed hunters, who at that time wanted to remain anonymous, had found Olson and Sherman by checking out the Minnesota Bigfoot website and had emailed them a photo. Since Olson's first visit to the WIR office about this latest sighting, the story of the Bigfoot photo, taken near Remer, has appeared in many of the Minnesota daily newspapers. The individual who sent the photo of Bigfoot to Olson and Sherman is Tim Kedrowski, a 55-year-old salesman from Rice, who has property near Shingle Mill Lake, north of Remer. It was his adult sons, Peter and Casey, who set up the game camera. The photo is dated Oct. 24, and according to the different reports, the photo was taken at 7:20 p.m., and it was a rainy night. Sherman and Olson did not plan on investigating this Bigfoot sighting until after Thanksgiving. "We wanted to make sure it wasn't a hoax," said Olson. Sherman and Olson went with the Kedrowskis to the photo site and measured the height of the creature in comparison to the sapling next to it, with the attached leaf. They determined that the black animal, or Bigfoot, was about seven feet tall. "The camera," said Olson, "was about 25 feet from where the photo of Bigfoot was taken." Bigfoot skeptics want to see overlapping evidence of this creature such as scat and remains, at one sighting location, but Olson and Sherman are firm believers in the existence of Bigfoot without that evidence. They would like to hear from anyone who has seen, heard, or found sign of anything they think might possibly be from Bigfoot. Sherman can be reached at (218) 308-1451 and Olson can be contacted at (218) 246-8493. "We've got all kinds of investigative equipment," said Sherman, "such as night vision capabilities, cameras, and listening devices." On Saturday, Dec. 12, Dixon Lake resort reported 8" good ice on Third River Flowage which is located in the northwest corner of Lake Winnie. About 65 rental and private dark houses were counted. Cold weather continues to make ice. �Photo by Eric Hutchins. The winner of the $420 Deer River Holiday Dazzle Days shopping spree was Cindy Landwer of Gilbert. She was visiting Dennis and Jo Landwer in rural Deer River. Left to right are Karen Prescher, owner of Surplus North, Landwer and Shannon Anttila, owner of Hair Inspirations. The Dazzle Days event on Nov. 27 was sponsored by Women in Business. Submitted game camera photo that was taken near Remer. The camera, used for this photo dated Oct. 24, was set up by Tim Kedrowski's sons Peter and Casey. It was forwarded to Northern Minnesota Bigfoot Field Researchers, Bob Olson and Don Sherman, who then forwarded it to the WIR. 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