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Tale of an immigrant violin Currents feature St. Croix Falls Autummfest “It’s just neighbor helping neighbor” Page 35 Currents Page 14 Leader WED.,OCT. 5, 2011 VOL. 79 • NO. 7 • 2 SECTIONS • INTER-COUNTY Follow the Leader Readership: 13,800 $1 An award-winning weekly serving Northwest Wisconsin THE-LEADER.NET $1.5 million needed for GAM repairs Fall on the river NATIONAL NEWSPAPER WEEK • OCT. 2-8 Report brings project costs together PAGE 3 Pool may close Operating deficit, new regulations force issue at Grantsburg PAGE 5 Find us on Facebook 1,621 friends and counting Captured Your opinion? What do you feel is the most important element of your local newspaper? 1. Keeping local government honest 2. Investigative reporting 3. Sports coverage 4. Features on local residents/obituaries/school issues Go to our online poll at (Weekly results on page 8) The man suspected of assault and vehicle theft in the Town of Blaine arrested PAGE 3 BCLRA wins award Wisconsin Idea Award goes to lakes and rivers group PAGE 3 Meet the heritage cup SPORTS INSIDE THIS SECTION, P. 18-26 Deaths Roger Eugene Beecroft Wallace C. Erickson Ruth Ann Radke Rhoda H. Parker Lisa C. Hursh Carol L. Erickson Douglas L. Buck Barbara Peterson Obituaries on pages 18-19B The St. Croix River Valley in all of its fall glory was captured in this photo, taken from one of the many scenic overlooks at Interstate Park at St. Croix Falls. With summerlike temperatures and fall leaves reaching their color peak, a steady stream of tourists poured into Wisconsin this past weekend. - Photo by Erik Barstow Crystal ball theater symposium Historic 1917 SCF Civic Auditorium restoration is discussion focus by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – However you see it, the Civic Auditorium Theatre in downtown St. Croix Falls has a pretty striking profile - both visibly and historically. Poised regally on Washington Street and originally costing $18,779, the building was built and paid for by the community and originally designed on the dream of luring Twin Cities Vaudeville entertainment, just as the motion picture was born, meaning it had to change its focus from its debut. “That money went a long way,” stated advocate Kathleen Melin, who noted the theater’s wide and varied history, and how it has always been adjusting for changing tides. The historic structure has a pedigree that includes housing everything from a temporary hospital, to a sewing factory, city offices, gymnasium, movie The St. Croix Falls Civic Auditorium has been the home to theater, and eventually, as a venue everything from a hospital to gymnasium, sewing center, city offor live arts and music. INSIDE Briefly 3A Letters to the editor 9A Sports 18-26A Outdoors 27A 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 fices, movie theater and most recently, as a live arts venue. - See Auditorium, page 4 Photo by Greg Marsten The Leader is a cooperative-owned newspaper • Since 1933

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