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y KARE 11’s Academic All-Star A tale of two ordinary men Page 13 “Jack and the Beanstalk” Page 12 Currents feature Leader INTER-COUNTY THE-LEADER.NET DOT listens Follow the Leader WED., MARCH 21, 2012 VOL. 79 • NO. 31 • 2 SECTIONS • Readership: 13,800 An award-winning weekly serving Northwest Wisconsin White out Hwy. 8 bridge rehab will mean truck detours only, after a flurry of protests PAGE 7 Effective immediately 2,382 friends and counting 4:30 p.m. Mondays Scar tissue Deadline for Leader copy Veteran’s listening session brings the future to light Your opinion PAGE 19 Polk County nearly ends 2011 nearly $500,000 in the black PAGE 3 No action on pool $21,000 short, operations suspended PAGE 20 Alleged burglar tries to hide in tree Authorities forced to cut down tree PAGE 12 Get your edition of the Leader every week on your computer - with every page in color. Go to and click on “E-edition” to subscribe. • No ink on fingers • No piles of old papers • Replica of printed version • Searchable/printable • Save past issues Find us on Facebook DNR issues burning restrictions Back page In the black $1 Neighbors Chuck Fagerberg and Dwight Anderson of Grantsburg stood watching the ice breaking up on the St. Croix River on Thursday, March 15. Every spring as word goes out the ice is breaking upstream, people head to the Hwy. 70 bridge west of Grantsburg for a chance to see the frozen sheets floating by. More photos on back page. - Photo by Priscilla Bauer Putting poverty in its place Students make presentation to Burnett County supervisors by Carl Heidel Leader staff writer SIREN - When the Burnett County Board of Supervisors met last Thursday, March 15, they listened to a pair of Grantsburg Middle School students talk about putting poverty in its place. Rhiana Pochman and Amanda Pitts, seventh-graders, had prepared the presentation with the help of two other seventh-graders, Jordyn McKenzie and Kajsa Luedtke, as part of an assignment for the Grantsburg schools’ National History Day program. Pochman and Pitts shared statistics that report that 18.5 percent of the residents of Burnett County are affected by poverty. As a result they experience inadequate food, shelter, clothing, transportation and health care. The student team had also developed proposals for addressing poverty issues. They suggested including an educational unit on poverty in the curriculum of all Wisconsin schools, and they said that the Grantsburg schools have already created a computer skills class and support group for people coping with the impacts of poverty. See County board, page 27 How do you feel about the size of your county board? 1. Just the right size. 2. Could be a bit smaller. 3. Should be cut drastically - to as low as 5 members. 4. Should be larger. Go to our online poll at (Weekly results on page 8) Deaths Raymond M. Berklund Donald I. Newman Phyllis Anna (Hruby) Jorgensen Allen W. Niklason George Warran Nutt Jr. Robert W. Kettering Sr. Justyce Deja-Lynn Thompson Christine M. (Skow) Pedersen Charles Lee Pearson Beulah "Boots" Johnson Ruth Ethel Peterson Johnson Luann Sue Johnson Richard Zarling, M.D. (page 3) Dr. Otto Ravenholt (page 4) Obituaries on page 14-15B INSIDE Letters to the editor 9A Sports 14-17A Outdoors 18A Town Talk 6-7B Coming Events Back of B Letters from Home 3B Cold Turkey 3B Just for Laughs 3B Copyright © 2012 Inter-County Cooperative Publishing Association Frederic, Wisconsin All-Leader basketball teams are in! See SPORTS INSIDE THIS SECTION Grantsburg students Rhiana Pochman (left) and Amanda Pitts (right) talked to the Burnett County Board of Supervisors about poverty in the county at the supervisors Thursday, March 15, meeting. - Photo by Carl Heidel The Leader is a cooperative-owned newspaper • Since 1933

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