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Title drought ends! Mural dedication at Taylors Falls Currents feature Leader SPORTS See editorial on page 8 INSIDE THIS SECTION INTER-COUNTY THE-LEADER.NET Follow the Leader WED., OCT. 12, 2011 VOL. 79 • NO. 8 • 2 SECTIONS • Readership: 13,800 An award-winning weekly serving Northwest Wisconsin RiverBank is no more Tankers tame wildfi firre FDIC forces bank closure, Central Bank to assume most operations PAGE 5 Straight talk on Eight 1,659 friends and counting COPY DEADLINE: PAGE 14 4:30 p.m. Mondays Your opinion? Domestic violence on rise in area What’s your personal economic outlook? 1. Employed - hope to stay in current job. 2. Unemployed but looking 3. Unemployed - given up looking for job 4. Good - further ahead than last year 5. Poor - worried about future Go to our online poll at (Weekly results on page 8) Community Referral Agency meets growing request for services PAGE 10 Polk Home Care losses increase Deaths Program’s future to be studied PAGE 7 Senior citizen flees police at 100 mph Spike strips used to stop fleeing driver after 38-mile chase PAGE 11 Webster native new administrator at Golden Age Manor Confirmation at meeting of Polk County Board, Tuesday Get your edition of the Leader every week on your computer - with every page in color. Go to and click on “Eedition” to subscribe. • No ink on fingers • No piles of old papers • Replica of printed version • Searchable/printable • Save past issues • Get your copy before the print version is mailed • Save a tree Find us on Facebook Frank talk with the WisDOT regional planner on Hwy. 8 PAGE 3 $1 The Minnesota DNR provided two large CL-215 aircraft tankers to help tame a wildfire northwest of Grantsburg on Sunday, Oct. 9, which consumed 11 acres. – Photo submitted Fire danger very high for Polk, Burnett counties Wildfires near Grantsburg last weekend highlight need for caution by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – Annual burning permits have been suspended and the Wisconsin DNR has issued a very high fire danger warning for Burnett, Polk, Washburn, Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland and Iron counties as a result of the recent dry weather conditions. Other counties in northwestern parts of the state are under a high fire-danger warning. “Things are dry now, and fire dangers have escalated. We typically don’t have fire dangers like this very often in the fall but every few years we have it,” said Bob Hartshorn, forestry supervisor for the DNR in Burnett and Polk counties. Because of the July 1 storms that ripped through Burnett, Washburn and Douglas counties, Hartshorn said that access to remote, heavily forested areas in these counties due to toppled trees makes for difficult access in fighting forest fires. The situation was realized last weekend when a fire burned roughly 11 acres five miles northwest of Grantsburg along the St. Croix River. A call reporting the fire was received between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9, and involved the Wisconsin and Minnesota DNR, as well as ground crews Ralph William Henning Elvira D. Johnson Bert A. Zillmer Gary Bearhart Joan R. (Pospisil) Collins Shirley Ann Behling Obituaries on pages 19B INSIDE Briefly 3A Letters to the editor 9A Sports 16-23A Outdoors 24A Town Talk 6-7B Coming Events Back of B Currents feature 1B Behind the Signpost 5B Letters from Home 3B Cold Turkey 3B Just for Laughs 3B River Road Ramblings 4B Copyright © 2011 Inter-County Cooperative Publishing Association Frederic, Wisconsin See Fire danger, page 2 The Leader is a cooperative-owned newspaper • Since 1933

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