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Page Currents section Leader INTER-COUNTY THE-LEADER.NET Last mill standing And the wiener is ... Homecomings abound OCTOBER IS CO-OP MONTH Currents feature Follow the Leader Readership: 13,800 WED., OCTOBER 3, 2012 VOL. 80 • NO. 7 • 2 SECTIONS • An award-winning weekly serving Northwest Wisconsin e More flack over frac - edition A duplicate of this paper online. Subscribe today by going to: Committee hears concerns over request for use of explosives and extending trucking hours at Grantsburg frac mine; company’s requests denied PAGES 12-13 BL board OKs liquor license Word of a new grocery store in the works by 2013 PAGE 11 Collaboration, education key to conquering poverty Poverty Task Force seeks partnership coalition with county agencies, local organizations and churches to fight growing problem in Burnett County PAGE 11 Find us on Facebook 3,315 friends Deadline 4:30 each Monday. Breaking news This car was consumed by fire after the heat from its muffler came in contact with dry grass in the Town of Sterling, Saturday, Sept. 29. The lack of rain has created ideal wildfire conditions and residents are being asked to use extreme caution. - Photos courtesy DNR Wildfires a reminder: use caution Dryest September since 1952; burning permits canceled by Gary King Leader editor BURNETT COUNTY - Two weekend wildfires, including one that destroyed a car, serve as a reminder as to how dry conditions are in light of the lack of rain. “This was the driest September on record at the Grantsburg Ranger Station since See Wildfires, page 4 Firefighters contained this Town of Wood River wildfire to approximately one acre. Lost wedding ring turns up nine years later Megan Kalmoe gets a warm welcome home SPORTS/OUTDOORS INSIDE THIS SECTION DANBURY - It was a hot day in July of 2001 when Sander Staples and his young daughter, Michelle, went for a swim in the St. Croix River behind their home. After an hour of swimming, they dried off and went inside to eat supper. Later, while taking a shower, Sander noticed his wedding ring was not on his finger. Panicking that his wife might notice it was gone, he went back down to the river to look for it, searching the banks and rocks. His search continued for weeks and months, and after a few years he gave up the search. He felt that after the winter came and ice built up on the river, the ring had become victim to the seasons of change. His wife, Rita Joy, eventually bought a new one and when that one wore out she See River of love, page 4 Breaking local news is provided on our Facebook page and via our email bulletins (sign up at Your opinion Has your choice for president been swayed in the past few months? 1. No, still for Obama 2. No, still for Romney 3. No, still for another candidate 4. Yes, I’m now leaning more toward Obama 5. Yes, I’m now leaning more toward Romney 6. Still not voting 7. Now I plan to vote Go to our online poll at (Results on page 8) Deaths River of love See $1 Lavon “Voni” A. Nelson Barbara Staples Philip Dale Sperling Mabel Irene Harnstrom Catherine Ann LaPlante Obituaries 19B Your community connection INSIDE Letters to the editor 9A Sports 21-20A Outdoors 30A Town Talk 6-7B Coming events Back of B Letters from home 3B Cold turkey 3B Just for laughs 3B Assorted chocolates 4B Copyright © 2012 Inter-County Cooperative Publishing Association Frederic, Wisconsin An innocent-looking clamshell held a surprise for a Danbury couple. - Special photo The Leader is a cooperative-owned newspaper • Since 1933

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